Too bad political parties don’t have fun mascots.
Even though my Seattle Seahawks did not make it to this year’s Super Bowl, I will nevertheless have a team to root for. That will be the Kansas City Chiefs. And the primary reason? They are quarterbacked by the great Patrick Lavon Mahomes II, fellow alumnus of Texas Tech University!
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The college football postseason has finally arrived! Beginning this Friday, December 20, 2019, teams from coast-to-coast and border-to-border will face off for championship glory. I wish my Texas Tech Red Raiders were playing, but they have not played in a bowl since 2017 and haven’t had the pleasure of winning one since 2013. But at least Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars are playing the Air Force Falcons in the Cheez-It Bowl. Go Cougs!
So, what teams will you all be rooting for over the holidays? Good luck to all, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and keep calm and cheer on! 🎄 😎 📣... [Read More]
Conference championship week has arrived, bringing with it some potentially epic battles. In chronological order, below are all of the scheduled games for the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), including both the the Power 5 (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) and Group of Five (AAC, C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt) conferences.
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This Thanksgiving weekend marks the effective end of the college football regular season. All of next weekend’s games will be conference championships, followed by the Army-Navy game on December 14, and then the postseason bowls and playoffs beginning on December 20.
This week’s matchups offer a number of traditional rivalries from coast-to-coast. In the ACC, the #3 Clemson Tigers 🐅 have a showdown on the road at the South Carolina Gamecocks 🐓, the Florida State Seminoles 🏹 are at the #11 Florida Gators 🐊, and the North Carolina State Wolfpack 🐺 host the North Carolina Tar Heels 👣. The Big Ten has the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes 🍂 at the #13 Michigan Wolverines 〽️ and the #12 Wisconsin Badgers 🦡 at the #8 Minnesota Golden Gophers 🐿. The SEC gives us the #5 Alabama Crimson Tide 🐘 at the #15 Auburn Tigers 🐯, the Texas A&M Aggies 🤠 at the #2 LSU Tigers 🐅, the Vanderbilt Commodores ⚓️ at the Tennessee Volunteers 🔶, and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝 hosting the #4 Georgia Bulldogs 🐶. Out in the PAC-12, the #14 Oregon Ducks 🦆 host the Oregon State Beavers 🐿 for the Civil War, the Stanford Cardinal 🚩 play the visiting #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ☘️, and Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars 🐆 are playing the Washington Huskies 🐺 in the Apple Cup. Finally, in the Big 12, Bedlam comes with the #21 Oklahoma State Cowboys 🤠 hosting the #7 Oklahoma Sooners 👨🏻🌾, the #21 Iowa State Cyclones 🌪 play the Kansas State Wildcats 😺 in this year’s Farmageddon, and in their annual game for the Chancellor’s Spurs, the Texas Longhorns 🐮 host my Texas Tech Red Raiders 🏴☠️.... [Read More]
I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday.
‘The Reunion’ proves to be a delight for all readers
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While much of the country may be feeling the chill of fall, the college football gridiron remains red-hot! The Atlantic Coast Conference has the the #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ☘️ hosting the Boston College Eagles 🦅 while the Pittsburgh Panthers 🐆 are in Blacksburg to play the Virginia Tech Hokies 🦃. Sadly, the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺 came up short against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝 28-26 on Thursday night. In the Big Ten, the biggest game features the #8 Penn State Nittany Lions 🦁 at the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes 🍂. Also, the #10 Minnesota Golden Gophers 🐿 play the Northwestern Wildcats 😸 and the #20 Iowa Hawkeyes 🐤 host the Illinois Fighting Illini 🏹. The top matchup in the SEC is the Texas A&M Aggies 🤠 at the #4 Georgia Bulldogs 🐶, while the Big 12 offers up the #13 Baylor Bears 🐻 hosting the Texas Longhorns 🐮. Finally, the Pac-12 has the #6 Oregon Ducks 🦆 at the Arizona State Sun Devils 🌞 😈, Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars 🐆 host the Oregon State Beavers 🐿, and the Washington Huskies 🐺 are at the Colorado Buffaloes 🐃.
As for my Texas Tech Red Raiders 🏴☠️, they are playing host to the Kansas State Wildcats 😸. This game is a must-win for Tech; a loss will eliminate the Red Raiders from bowl eligibility.... [Read More]
It is now mid-November and the end of college football’s regular season will be upon us in a few weeks. Thus, teams are jockeying for position as conference championships and the postseason loom. Let us look at a few matchups of interest.
In the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons ✝️😈 are on the road at the #3 Clemson Tigers 🐅. Also in the Carolinas, the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺 will host the Louisville Cardinals 🐦. The Big Ten has the undefeated #8 Minnesota Golden Gophers 🐿 at the #20 Iowa Hawkeyes 🐤, and in Ann Arbor the #15 Michigan Wolverines 🦡 will play the Michigan State Spartans ⚔️. In the Southeastern Conference, the marquee matchup will feature the #4 Georgia Bulldogs 🐶 at the #12 Auburn Tigers 🐯. The Big 12 Conference’s feature attraction is the #10 Oklahoma Sooners 👨🏻🌾 at the undefeated #13 Baylor Bears 🐻. Also, my Texas Tech Red Raiders 🏴☠️ will be hosting the TCU Horned Frogs 🐸. Out west in the Pac-12, the #6 Oregon Ducks 🦆 play the visiting Arizona Wildcats 🐱, and Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars 🐆 host the Stanford Cardinal 🚩. In addition, the game between the #23 Navy Midshipmen ⚓️ and the #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ☘️ should be worth watching.... [Read More]
Well, I’m back. And so is college football for another week of gridiron excitement!
Out west in the Pac-12, the Washington Huskies 🐺 dispatched the Oregon State Beavers ⚫️🟠 by a score of 19-7 on Friday night. On Saturday evening, Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars 🐆 will be on the road playing the California Golden Bears 🐻. The #7 Oregon Ducks 🦆 are on the bye.... [Read More]
the victory of the Oregon Ducks over the Washington Huskies. I am not saying the double dealing Great Adventure is a traitor. I would never cast aspersions on my dear friend. He does seemed well groomed and likes borscht though. And that dating of Natasha in college is just a coincidence that could happen to anyone who wants to hide their double life. I want to congratulation him on his Vladivostok Victory. I wonder how it feels to betray a country and everyone in it.
October has arrived, and this first weekend of the new month gives us some good games to look forward to.
In the Atlantic Coast Conference, the North Carolina Tar Heels 🦶 head to Atlanta to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝, the Miami Hurricanes 🌪 host the Virginia Tech Hokies 🦃 , the Boston College Eagles 🦅 are on the road at the Louisville Cardinals 🐦, and the Duke Blue Devils 🔵 😈 defend home against the visiting Pittsburgh Panthers 🐆 .... [Read More]
The Dawn Wall is a documentary about the life of climber Tommy Caldwell, culminating in first free* ascent of a 3000-foot sheer wall on El Capitan in Yosemite with his partner Kevin Jorgeson. During Tommy’s early years, he learns climbing from his father, whom he finally surpasses in his mid-teens. Tommy’s victory at age 16 in the International Sport Climbing Championship in Snowbird, UT launched his professional climbing career.
In 2000, he and three other climbers traveled to the Kara-Suu valley in Kyrgyzstan on a climbing expedition. While they were 1000 feet up a wall, Uzbek rebels fired on them and forcing them to rappel down. The four rebels marched them around the wilderness for six nights, hiding them from Kyrgyz army patrols during the day. At the end, they were left alone with only one of the rebels, at which point Tommy pushed the rebel off a ridge so they could escape to the safety of a Kyrgyz army post. He describes that experience and subsequent path to climbing the Dawn Wall in this talk. [spoilers]... [Read More]
Who is this Kent Hance of whom I speak? He is the former Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, a former congressman from West Texas, and the man who destroyed Texas Tech football when he fired the legendary Mike Leach in December 2009. Herewith, my poem (with apologies to Percy Bysshe Shelley):
Hanceymandias... [Read More]
Autumn has finally arrived, but the action on the field (and the sidelines) remains as hot as ever! Here are some of this week’s games.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has the Syracuse Orange 🍊 defending home against the Holy Cross Crusaders 🗡, the North Carolina Tar Heels 🦶 host the defending champion #1 Clemson Tigers 🐅, the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺 face the Florida State Seminoles 🏹 on the road, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝 are also on the road at the Temple Owls 🦉, and the #10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ☘️ have a showdown with the #18 Virginia Cavaliers 🤺 in South Bend.... [Read More]
Week 4 is upon us, as is summer’s end. As the Autumn equinox looms, the competition on the field is red-hot, as are the sirens of the sidelines. 😎
In Atlantic Coast Conference action, the Pittsburgh Panthers 🐆 host the #15 UCF Knights 🛡, the Louisville Cardinals 🐦 play the Florida State Seminoles 🏹 in Tallahassee, the Boston College Eagles 🦅 seek to bounce back against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 🏰 , the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺 play the visiting Ball State Cardinals 🐦, and the Charlotte 49ers ⛏ take on the defending champion #1 Clemson Tigers 🐅.... [Read More]