Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday Blog Casserole

Always wondered where Bay City's old Maxiflex B ended up (thanks Kast-A-Way):

YMCA of the Coastal Bend needs a pool manager. Job info is here.

Drink all sixteen ounces of that eight dollar theater soda before the previews even ended? Worried about missing something important in the feature? RunPee is for you.

What if...those of us funding the federal Spend-A-Thon...stopped paying our taxes?

Garrett Weber-Gale posted a good piece on communication the other day. It's got some serious items along with a little humor. Read it here.

They say he ate less than an hour ago...

Taking the "wo" out of Women's Studies? Read more here.

Trinity needs an assistant coach. Job info is here.

They were fine with Title IX compliance...until they found out what it's going to cost them! Read more here.

Next time they try telling you football and basketball are revenue sports, tell 'em this:

For every football or basketball program you can name that brings in more than it spends, I can name at least ten that don't!! Read more here.

It works at Ohio State and Texas. It doesn't at New Mexico State, Florida International and most everywhere else. Even when football teams are winning national championships, there are only a handful of athletic departments making money. The average Division I department lost $5.7 million in 2007, at least a year before the economy became an issue. That was up from an average $4.1 million loss in 2004.

ISU tennis is getting plenty of coverage - now that it's been dropped. Read more here. This A.D. should go on Leno...I mean Conan. Such a joker:

Prettyman realizes the preservation of the football program will draw criticism until its track record of futility is reversed. He hired former Sycamore Trent Miles as coach prior to last season, hoping to end the losing. Even though 2008 resulted in another winless record, on-field progress flickered in the latter half of the season, Prettyman pointed out.

Flickered? Like just before a candle goes out?

That's right, Ron, being outscored 229 - 61 in those final six losses showed boosters there's a light at the end of that tunnel. Hold on a minute...I think I hear a freight train...

For the record, I'm not advocating dropping football at ISU. I do wish they'd bring back men's and women's swimming, though.

More about suits on Swimming World here and at ASCA here.

Wrap-up of the Great Travis Trek is here. The six-member relay team covered 54 miles in 18:35.

Meet info for Senior Circuit #3 is here.

New Braunfels meet has been cancelled. Bud was unable to find a referee in time to make the sanctioning paperwork deadline. It's a danged shame!

Quote of the Day

Experience is not what happens to a man;
it is what a man does with what happens to him.

Aldous Leonard Huxley

Friday, May 29, 2009

Shark Hunters Nearly Shark Bait

Leon shared this story with us while Junior and I were in College Station for S.C. #2.

A buddy posted it Monday on Lone Star Sharkers (along with pictures).

Good news is they all had jackets.

Bad news is Brandon lost a lot of expensive gear along with his new kayak.

Read about it here.

We didn't catch any fish, but we made it back alive!

Quote of the Day

Humor is always based on a modicum of truth.
Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law?

Richard Wagstaff "Dick" Clark

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Quote of the Day

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.

Herbert George "H.G." Wells

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Quote of the Day

Women want mediocre men, and men
are working hard to become
as mediocre as possible.

Dr. Margaret Mead

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Quote of the Day

It's not enough that we do our best;
sometimes we have to do what's required.

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Quote of the Day

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out
the trees, then names the streets after them.

William E. "Bill" Vaughan

Friday, May 22, 2009

500+ Girls Rally Against Title IX Decision

Don't believe it? Read more here and here.

Parents of three (3) N.Y.C. girls (mis)used Title IX to get the soccer season changed. A huge majority of the girls wanted to keep the season where it was.

The NYCLU hailed the move as a victory in the battle for gender equality in sports; since it was announced, however, its critics have been far more outspoken than its proponents.

Players held hand-written signs that said things like “You’re part of the three, I’m part of the 1,600” and “If they can’t count, there’s a problem.”

Quote of the Day

If thou are a master, be sometimes blind;
if a servant, sometimes deaf.

Thomas Fuller

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Quote of the Day

When they call the roll in the Senate, the
Senators do not know whether to answer
"Present" or "Not Guilty".

Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Quote of the Day

We must believe in luck. For how else can we
explain the success of those we don't like?

Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Quote of the Day

If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered
mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?

Dr. Laurence J. Peter

Monday, May 18, 2009

Weakly Demotivator


I was stunned to read Tony Austin's take on Katie Hoff and Ryan Lochte. In yesterday's post on his SCAQ site, he ripped into both. Read more here.

Katie Hoff - you are swimming 1976 times in the 200 free. Sippy Woodhead, circa 1979, would have kicked your butt in her low-tech, Lycra suit.

Ryan Lochte: It "smells" like you are over training. (Garbage yardage has an odor, right?) You changed something and it is not working.

I doubt that either rested a whole lot for the Charlotte UltraSwim.

It's likely that Ryan was putting in some serious training during the meet as well.

To suggest that he should change coaches (there aren't many better combinations than Gregg Troy/Steve Lochte) is ridiculous!

Quote of the Day

Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at
a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day like a
football, and it will be round and full at evening.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Quote of the Day

The murals in restaurants are on
a par with the food in museums.

Peter De Vries

Friday, May 15, 2009

Quote of the Day

I guess we'd be living in a boring, perfect world
if everybody wished everybody else well.

Jennifer Joanna Aniston

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Quote of the Day

Foolish writers and readers
are created for each other.

Horace Walpole

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

USA Swimming Ends King's Reign

The big news out of Colorado Springs is that Don King is out of USA Swimming.

A piece on Oregon Live by Wendy Owen lays it all out there. This article and the comments that follow paint a disturbing picture. Read it here.

I started to include parts of the story and a few of the comments, but changed my mind.

Y'all need to take a few minutes and read it all.

Quote of the Day

When buying and selling are controlled
by legislation, the first things to be
bought and sold are legislators.

Patrick Jake "P.J." O'Rourke

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Quote of the Day

People do not believe lies because they
have to, but because they want to.

Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge

Monday, May 11, 2009

Spring Cleaning: Our disinfecting prowess is second to none!

Y'all may have noticed that I've started clearing out the old "stuff".

Teams/schools are probably tired of getting applicants for jobs posted months/years ago.

I know I'm tired of getting comments on posts from months/years ago.

Many of the old posts have dead links and pulled videos.

If there's something I've pulled that you just can't live without, you might try Google's "cached" feature.

I'll probably save all the Quote of the Day and Fishin' posts, but most of the rest is liable to be "culled" after a few months.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day (thanks MS)

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough
to maintain what I consider the most enviable
of all titles - the character of an honest man.

George Washington

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Quote of the Day

It is just the little touches after the average
man would quit that make the master's fame.

Orison Swett Marden

Friday, May 08, 2009

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Quote of the Day

If the only tool you have is a hammer,
you tend to see every problem as a nail.

Abraham Harold Maslow

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Quote of the Day

True friends are those who really
know you but love you anyway.

Edna Buchanan

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Quote of the Day

The public will believe anything,
so long as it is not founded on truth.

Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell

Monday, May 04, 2009

Quote of the Day

Formal education will make you a living;
self-education will make you a fortune.

Jim Rohn

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Weakly Demotivator

Title IX Backlash

Girl soccer players in N.Y.C. will now be playing their high school season at the same time as boys' soccer and football. The threat of a Title IX lawsuit forced them to make the move from being a spring sport to becoming a fall one.

It seems there are plenty of the players, coaches, and parents who didn't want to make the switch. It was forced on them by a handful of people who threatened to nuke them - with Title IX.

Read more here.


In the fall, three players, from Bronx Science, Beacon and School of the Future, threatened the DOE with a Title IX lawsuit and got the NYCLU involved. The argument was that girls’ soccer players weren’t getting the same benefits of boys’ soccer players, who play their season in the fall. The PSAL is the only association in the state to hold its girls’ soccer season in the spring, due to field space and referee issues.

Fearing litigation, the DOE signed a deal with the NYCLU and the switch will take effect for the 2009 fall season.

“I don’t think it’s fair,” Newtown senior Kathy Cano said. “We’re the players. Why shouldn’t we get a say?”

Added Forest Hills junior Dalila La Commare: “We don’t have enough field space, we don’t have enough referees. We’re missing a lot of things.”

Detractors have wondered all along why three players’ needs should dictate the fortunes of more than 1,600 others. There were signs held up Saturday and plenty of anti-season change sentiment to go along with it. The change is supposed to get PSAL girls’ soccer players more exposure to college coaches, but, Sprance says, only a small percentage actually play in college and the others will not benefit from the move.

“Only because they want to,” Cano said, “we have to play in the fall?”

So, Dalila La Commare and Kathy Cano:

Quote of the Day

Slight not what's near, while aiming at what's far.


Saturday, May 02, 2009

Quote of the Day

There is no comparison between that which is
lost by not succeeding and that lost by not trying.

Sir Francis Bacon

Friday, May 01, 2009

Quote of the Day

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.

Ralph Waldo Emerson