Monday, December 30, 2013

Quote of the Day (#2001)

I am putting myself to the fullest possible
use, which is all I think that any conscious
entity can ever hope to do.
(via Wikia)
Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer,
a.k.a. HAL 9000

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Quote of the Day

In prosperity, our friends know us; 
in adversity, we know our friends.
(via FamQuotes)
John Churton Collins

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Quote of the Day

One cannot answer for his courage
when he has never been in danger.

(via Biography)

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Friday, December 27, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Quote of the Day

What I don't like about office Christmas
parties is looking for a job the next day.
(via Daily News)
Phyllis Ada Driver, a.k.a. Phyllis Diller

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Quote of the Day

Success is important only to the extent that it puts
one in a position to do more things one likes to do.
(via Magnum)
Sarah Caldwell

Monday, December 23, 2013

Quote of the Day

I'm not against the police;  I'm just afraid of them.

(via The Red List)
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Quote of the Day

I will follow the right side even to the
fire, but excluding the fire if I can.

(via the guardian)
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Quote of the Day

Some people say I'm a dreamer.  Others say,
"If you fall asleep at work again we're
going to have to let you go."
(via Parade)
Silas Merritt "Si" Robertson

Friday, December 20, 2013

Quote of the Day

You can talk any redneck into a challenge.  That's
why so many rednecks die in strange ways.
Jason Silas "Jase" Robertson

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Guess who's back!

The perv is back!

Is he here to steal a story?  Interested in the old Texas Swimming Blog's page views?  Going to post another comment?

Looks like they didn't fire his sorry butt.  What kind of business would keep a guy on the payroll that made sick comments via a company computer?  They're either clueless or scraping the bottom of the barrel for employees.  Both?

No idear what's goin' on?  Catch up here.

Quote of the Day

I'm a low tech man in a high tech world.

Phil Alexander Robertson

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Quote of the Day

Reflect on your present blessings, of which
every man has many;  not on your past
misfortunes, of which all men have some.
(via NPR)
Charles John Huffam Dickens

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Quote of the Day

A man who limits his interests, limits his life.

Vincent Leonard Price, Jr.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Quote of the Day

Nothing I do is done by popular demand.
(via ABC News)
Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Quote of the Day

Life is like a cobweb, not an organization chart.
(via news times)
Henry Ross Perot

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Quote of the Day

Let us speak courteously, deal fairly,
and keep ourselves armed and ready.
Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt

Friday, December 13, 2013

Quote of the Day

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned
an invisible government owing no allegiance and
acknowledging no responsibility to the people.
Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Quote of the Day

The first requisite of a good citizen in this
republic of ours is that he shall be able
and willing to pull his own weight.
Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt, Jr.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Quote of the Day

There has never yet been a man in our
history who led a life of ease whose
name is worth remembering.
Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt, Jr.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Quote of the Day

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove
their ability to outgrow small ones.
(via Wikipedia)
Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt, Jr.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Confusion at Temple (and much, much more!)

Nope, not Temple, Texas - them folks knows what's goin' on!

The problem's at Temple University.  Read more here and here.

They're dropping seven (7) they can better support their Olympic sports.

Problem is, three of the programs they're dumping - men's track, men's gymnastics, and women's rowing - are Olympic sports.

You want the truth?  YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

Oh, you can?  Sorry about that.  Okay, here it is:

They're having money troubles in their athletic department and in order to continue fielding a red ink-bleeding D-I foosball program (2-10, 1-7), a few cuts are in order.  Can't afford to lose any of those 105 destined-to-play-on-Sunday's fellers, right?

To remain NCAA D-I, they need to keep six (6) men's sports.  That's why they're dumping the other five (5) men's programs.  Title IX lawyers have been pushing proportionality for years.  Since they're kicking so many men to the curb, they can do the same to a few of the women as well.  They'll take advantage of the opportunity and dump expensive, large-roster sports like rowing (60 women) and softball (23).

Worried about the Owls men's and women's swimming programs?  Relax!  They dumped swimming back in 1986.  Read about the Temple University Olympic Sports Purge, Part I here.

(via Ryan Seacrest)

Read Goals with Gratitude by Kathleen Hersey here.

Be an idealist when setting your goals; be an optimist on the road to pursuing them; and be a realist when assessing the honest endeavor.

Texarkana TISCA

San Antonio TISCA

Note - Cedar Park's Taylor Abbott went with everyone's favorite strategy en route to his 1000 free (9:14.91, 4:37.65/4:37.26) victory:

Go out as fast as you can and negative split it!

Texas Invite

USA Swimming Nationals

USA Swimming Nationals (Time Trials)

(via Indexed)

An aquatics coordinator is needed in the City of Coppell.  Info here.

(via Pinterest)

Get your Swim Like a Champion (Sprint Freestyle) featuring Kara Lynn Joyce and Jimmy Feigen here.

El Campo Invite

Caney Creek/College Park/Home School/Willis

Keller/Keller Central/Haltom/Richland

Big Cat Invite


Want to learn more about spending in college athletics?  The Knight Commission has put together a handy, dandy site that'll keep you busy while waiting twenty-four hours between Candy Crush Quests.  Visit their Athletic & Academic Spending Database for NCAA Division I here.

DSSC Turkey Splash

HSC Thanksgiving Classic

Texas Gold Turkey Time

AAAA Nadadores Time Trials

Woodlands Masters November Classic

Top Texas teams in SC Virtual Club Championships (w/national rank in parentheses):

Nitro (12)
AAAA (18)
The Woodlands (20)
Lakeside (25)
First Colony (41)
Longhorn (56)
Metroplex (58)
Cypress Fairbanks (59)
KATY (98)
DADS (118)

The Gun Ain't Loaded:

Public service announcement for Trekkers:

(via Montygog's Art-O-Rama)

Quote of the Day

A typical vice of American politics
is the avoidance of saying
anything real on real issues.

Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt, Jr.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Quote of the Day

We're not splitting atoms here;
we're trying to entertain people.
(via CiNCiNNATi)
Norman Julius "Boomer" Esiason

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Quote of the Day

A people that values its privileges above
its principles soon loses both.
Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower

Monday, December 02, 2013

Over the Break:

No more 200 fly for this guy:

Ricky Berens announced his re-retirement.  Read more here.

The Aggies took over the top spot in the CSCAA D-I women's poll.  More hereTexas is ranked 9th and SMU is tied at 25th.

USA Swimming Short Course Nationals this week:

Psych Sheet

Real Time Results (start Thursday)

We all know how our favorite official Bill Brown likes to "squeeze off a few rounds" when he spots a rolling start, right?

He's got to be disappointed to learn the anti-gun lobby finally got NCAA swimming in the crosshairs.

From the NCAA's Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving rule book:

Rule 2, Section 1, Article 1:  ...The use of a pistol shot is not permitted.

Quote of the Day

The most courageous act is still
to think for yourself.  Aloud.

Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Quote of the Day

The task of the modern educator is not to
cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.

Clive Staples "C.S." Lewis

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Turkey

Y'all were hoping for a great you'd be truly thankful for...bad news...this ain't gonna be the one...sorry.

(via Indexed)

...been there...

High School

Corpus Christi TISCA

North Texas TISCA (unofficial)


Frisco ISD Invite

Remember that high school foosball game that got out of hand early - as in starting with the coin flip?  That one where they realized the scoreboard wouldn't go past 99, so they backed off?  If not, catch up here.

Back to the point:  Aledo foosball wasn't always dominant.  Read about program (re)building here.

To say that the once-proud football program in the Parker County town had fallen on hard times understated things. The team had gone through five head coaches in four years, one of whom lasted two days. Only 17 players went out for the varsity team. The locker rooms were rat-infested.

Coaching turnover and facility issues...those certainly can destroy programs!

Happy to report that swimming made it into this month's THSCA magazine.  After discussing shoulder, knee, and neck issues, Dr. Stuart Elkowitz reminds readers of some common-sense tips to ensure safety in the water.  Along with the standard "do not swim alone" and "do not dive in shallow water" was "do not swim when tired"...

Best not let your swimmers read this or they'll be getting out after's orders...

Among the items tabled, rejected, etc. at this year's UIL Legislative Council Meeting:

*Adding fencing as a UIL sanctioned activity
*Adding indoor track as a UIL sanctioned activity

Items to be studied included:

*Adding water polo as a UIL sanctioned activity
*Adding cheerleading as a UIL sanctioned activity
*Adding bowling as a UIL sanctioned activity

If my nose was running money, I'd blow it all on you:



LAC Time Trials

SPA Open

Turkey Trot


AAAA Time Trials

Ever get the feeling...

(via Felipe Luchi)


Phill Hansel Invite

Art Adamson Invite

Western Shootout

Drury Invite

From the "Don't try to act surprised" file:

Unless there's a successful appeal, USA Swimming has banned Mitch Ivey. More here. Throwing the name "Spitz" in the piece reminded me of that SwimScam article from a while back.

Anything to sell papers paddles...

...nope, haven't been there...

December 6 is the beginning of the end for Boston University wrestling.  Barring a last-second escape & reversal, this will be their final season.

(via Save BU Wrestling)

Advocates for the wrestling program questioned whether competition and money were the only reasons the team was cut. Some wondered whether the university went out of compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which requires equitable opportunity for men and women in school sports, when it added men’s lacrosse.

However, Erin Buzuvis, a law professor at Western New England University and co-author of the Title IX Blog, said there’s not an obvious role for Title IX here. Adding women’s light weight crew was probably meant to address any compliance risk, Buzuvis said, and even if the university was still striving for proportionality, it would make more sense to add women and cut men, not replace one team with another.

“Either way you slice it, this is not looking like a ‘Title IX killed wrestling’ story,” she said in an email. “It’s just an ‘athletic department preference for another men’s sport killed wrestling’ story.”

So, Erin claims it's not a Title IX issue.  Since she writes the Title IX blog, would you expect anything different?

Erin failed to remind readers that - for decades - the Title IX quota system has wiped out hundreds of wrestling programs, making it tough for the remaining few to survive the athletic department axe.

Time to wrap it up.  Try this one full screen with speakers up:

See ya...

Quote of the Day

It is a besetting vice of democracies
to substitute public opinion for law.
This is the usual form in which masses
of men exhibit their tyranny.

James Fenimore Cooper

Monday, November 25, 2013

Quote of the Day

The liberties of a people never were,
nor ever will be, secure, when the
transactions of their rulers may
be concealed from them.

Patrick Henry

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Quote of the Day

The smallest minority on earth is the individual.
Those who deny individual rights cannot
claim to be defenders of minorities.
(via Wikipedia)
Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum, a.k.a Ayn Rand

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Quote of the Day

The question isn't who is going to let me;
it's who is going to stop me.
(via R J Dent)
Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum, a.k.a Ayn Rand

Friday, November 22, 2013

Quote of the Day

The strongest man in the world
is he who stands alone.
Henrik Johan Ibsen

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Addition by Subtraction

(via beRecruited)

The quota crowd won another one - at the expense of women!

Colorado State is dumping women's water polo and adding women's soccer.

If you're asking why, you must new to this site.

It's because they need more numbers on the women's side...but I guess not a whole lot more numbers...or they'd have added soccer and kept polo...

Read more here.

CSU has honored the scholarships to those members of the water polo team that chose not to transfer, even though the scholarships don't count toward Title IX compliance. However, Daley was left out. She said her scholarship offer was tendered verbally days before the program's elimination was announced, and the paperwork was neither signed nor processed in time to extend that benefit to her.

By the time the biology major's academic adviser contacted Graham trying to get CSU to honor Daley's verbal scholarship offer, the water polo squad's accounts already had been closed, and the athletic director said he was powerless to help.

Now Daley, a native of Hawaii, is faced with the likelihood of dropping out of school to work full-time and save up for tuition.

Daley said the odd juxtaposition of a women's sport being eliminated to comply with gender-balance guidelines is telling.

"It definitely shows that they didn't take our sport as seriously as maybe men's basketball or football, because they definitely wouldn't have eliminated them," she said.

First, welcome to our world, Alexzandrea.

Second, don't think they'll treat women's soccer any more seriously than they did polo.

Finally, doesn't look like there's any chance they'll restore the men's swimming program.

Quote of the Day

Justice delayed is justice denied.
(via PBS)
William Ewart Gladstone

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Quote of the Day

We don't believe in handouts.  We don't
think anyone should get a free ride.
(via Daily Kos)
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Quote of the Day

Do not cast away an honest man
for a villain's accusation.

(via safigue)
William Shakespeare

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Quote of the Day

It is weight that gives meaning to weightlessness.
(via the 189)
Isamu Noguchi

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Quote of the Day

A human being must have occupation if he or
she is not to become a nuisance to the world.

(via e-reading)
Dorothy Leigh Sayers

Friday, November 15, 2013

Huntin' Tuna

Last month Leon went on a hunting trip...looking for a kayak.

First pic was taken while being towed for miles.  Second is shot of buddy helping him with the 150# beast.