Thursday, October 31, 2013

Quote of the Day

Everything that lives, lives
not alone, nor for itself.

William Blake

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sorry...Just Can't Pass It Up!

Seems SwimScam is advertising for a senior writer:

...looking for a reporter with an understanding of the sport, someone who can speak to swimmers, coaches, industry contacts, and can simultaneously continue to build the external audience of swimming.

Must also know:

(via A Canvas of Mine)

Irving ISD Aquatics at a Crossroads

The troubling headline says it all:

Irving's First Indoor Swimming Pool Circles the Drain

Read more on the future of the North Lake Aquatic Center here.

Three decades after it opened, Irving’s first indoor pool has chips in the walls, cracks in the deck and yellow spots on the white dome roof.

But the North Lake Aquatic Center also has clear water and Olympic-length lanes. And the city and school district still have no better place to hold daily lessons, classes and competitions.

They may soon need one. Tired of paying upkeep and repairs for a rundown pool it hardly uses, North Lake College will begin to phase the structure out after 2014.

The pool’s main customers, the city and Irving ISD, will have to pay to take over the natatorium if they want to keep using it. And they’ll need to find somewhere else to swim by 2020, when North Lake plans to drain the pool for good.

The bubble-roofed box opened on campus to much fanfare in 1985 — a partnership between North Lake, the city and the school district.

Finally, Irving had a competitive-class pool, and the school district swim team didn’t need to shiver through winter practice outside the YMCA.

UIL Under Review

(via Sunset Advisory Commission)

The UIL will undergo a Sunset review, but unlike other Texas agencies, won't be subject to abolishment.  Read more here.

If you'd like to give your input:

Suggestions are preferred by December 1, 2013, so they can be fully considered by the Sunset Staff.

Sunset Advisory Commission
P.O. Box 13066
Austin, Texas 78711
Fax: 512/463-0705

If you're looking for quick action on your suggestions, join the real world and lower your expectations.

It's dad gum guv'ment, fer cryin' out loud!

Sunset Commission recommendations won't be presented to the state legislature until its next session - in January of 2015.

Quote of the Day

I'm just happy I'm not a phony.

(via The Talks)
Michael Gerard "Mike" Tyson

Monday, October 28, 2013

Quote of the Day

I always believed that I have something
important to say and I said it.
Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed

Sunday, October 27, 2013

What does "Texas Edition" really mean?

Truck I just purchased is a "Texas Edition" Ford F-150.  Since I'd never paid attention to what that means, I checked out a Ford forum where folks were discussing that very issue.

My favorite response to the question was from 20F15010, who wrote:

I thought the Texas Edition gave you the abilty to cross three lanes of traffic without looking. Run any red light or stop sign in your path. Drive at least 15 mph over the speed limit. And the ability to put your rubber boots upside down between the cab and bed.

Fourth Commenter Enters Hall

We've got a new addition to the Comment Hall of Fame!

On the Officer Barbrady, I call Shenanigans! post:

Anonymous said…
Miami deserves the death penalty for caving to the Title Ninestas and dropping their award winning Men's swimming and Diving Program. To hell with the BS football crap, the NCAA needs to take back control of all sports and enforce the spirit of title IX, equal opportunity for all instead of a quota system in which those interested in sport are not afforded an opportunity to play. Male enrollment in higher education is at an all time low and part of that is due the Clinton, Bush, Obama interpretation of Title IX requiring strict numerical quotas for athletic participation. Affirmative action run amok!

In case you missed the first three inductees:

#1 (Deer Slayer)

#2 (Anonymous)

#3 (Anonymous)

Quote of the Day

If you've ever driven across Texas, you
know how different one area of the
state can be from another.  Take El
Paso.  It looks as much like Dallas
as I look like Jack Nicklaus.

(via ESPN)
Lee Buck Trevino

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

Wrestling Add*

(via Laser Magic)

First of all, who woulda thunk Ottawa University wasn't in Ontario, Canada?

Flash!  It's in Ottawa, Kansas, U.S.A.!  No funny lookin' pennies fer them folks, right?

They're adding men's and women's wrestling programs there.  More here.

Stumbled on this via the Title IX blog, an endless source of humor for yours truly:

Two of the many things we at the Title IX Blog are interested in are: 1) the reasons behind why schools choose to add specific sports; and 2) wrestling programs.

HAW HAW HAW!!!  Kris, yer such a kidder!!

*Y'all know it kills me to no longer call it rasslin'...

Quote of the Day

It is often easier to fight for a
principle than to live up to it.

(via Books Tell You Why)
Adlai Ewing Stevenson II

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Aledo 91 - Western Hills 0

(via Chicago Now)

Of course y'all have heard about it by now, right?  A Western Hills HS foosball parent claims the Aledo HS foosball coach bullied.

Gotta love Coach Lib's post on TOC on the subject:

I have read on this site about a parent filing a bullying report on a school district for running up the score. I think it is very sad that it takes the action of a parent to bring the issue in the spotlight. Why hasnt the UIL been more pro-active on this matter? Where are our UIL officials, school administrators, and community leaders? We are making good strides in safety issues for kids on the field, now its time we take a step further. Those poor kids do not need to be humiliated like this. Should we not show mercy and compassion to our opponent?

I say BRAVO to the parent and BOO to the UIL!! It is high time that the UIL address this. There is a mercy rule in baseball and softball, as well as 6-man. Although most of my freshmen games would end a little early, I do feel bad for the opponent when they can not stop me. I would think that if a team is up by 28 at anytime during 1st half it should be an automatic running clock. If that team is still up by 28 at the half, there should be no 2nd half. A team is not capable of coming from behind by 28 pts. By that point, a team is so humiliated, that they should not have to endure any further embarrassment. I know alot of you cave dwellers will all try to be big and tough on this issue, but the fact is, children should not have to endure this kind of pain that may have lasting mental and emotional scars. We have come too far as a society. Its 2013,,wake up folks!! We should teach children the spirit of competition is the most important part, not killing their spirits and turning them off from wanting to participate and enjoy sports.

Lets all get on board and call the UIL so they will take action!! I am sorry for my ranting, but children and their emotional concerns should always be 1st on our list. Hope you guys have a great day and a great week.

Biden-Clinton 2016,,,now, more than ever!!

Quote of the Day

Death likes it when you play hard to get.

(via Wikipedia)
Randal Keith "R.K." Milholland

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Quote of the Day

If you don't accept responsibility for
your own actions, then you are forever
chained to a position of defense.
Holly Lisle

Monday, October 21, 2013

Quote of the Day

Texas has yet to learn submission to any
oppression, come from what source it may.
Samuel "Sam" Houston

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Quote of the Day

How do you win?  By getting average
players to play good and good players
to play great.  That's how you win.
Oail Andrew "Bum" Phillips

Friday, October 18, 2013

Tennis Takes Lead

(via Buzzaurus)

Men's and women's tennis were the sports most often dropped at NCAA member institutions last year.

Guess they've run out of men's gymnastics, swimming, and wrestling teams to target.  Read more here.

Iowa State Daily: Reform Title IX

(via Cyclones)

The editorial board at the Iowa State Daily thinks it's time to re-think Title IX.  They point out the damage it's doing to male athletes.  Read more here.

Because of the restrictions created by Title IX, men are now unable to play in collegiate sports for which they are highly qualified. The necessity of equal funding for men's and women’s sports, paired with the inevitably massive funding that goes to football, prevents worthy men’s sports from being fully college-sponsored, funded and supported.

Thanks to proportionality, they no longer have a men's swim team...but they do have 128 players on the foosball roster...and 22 coaches to help out...

Quote of the Day

Whom the gods wish to destroy
they first call promising.
Cyril Vernon Connolly

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Quote of the Day

Every act of creation is first
an act of destruction.

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan
Nepomuceno María de los Remedios
Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad
Ruiz y Picasso, a.k.a. Pablo Picasso

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Onstott Retirement

Former Cy-Fair HS head swim coach Mark Onstott is retiring after nearly forty years of high school coaching.  Read more here.

BK, U B Kreepy!

Keep that guy away from kids!

Quote of the Day

A liberal's idea of being chivalrous
is to hold the car door for you
before driving you off a bridge.
Ann Hart Coulter

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Quote of the Day

The only place Al Gore conserves energy
these days is on the treadmill.
(via BET)
Ann Hart Coulter

Monday, October 14, 2013

Quote of the Day

I care not so much what I am to
others as what I am to myself.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Quote of the Day

An appeal is when you ask one court to
show its contempt for another court.
Finley Peter Dunne

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Quote of the Day

I know when two men collide,
it's a question of honour.
(via Sina)
Sarah Brightman

Friday, October 11, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Gone Underground?

A few of y'all actually read the comments left on various posts.  If not, you may have missed those posted on Wrap yer minds 'round this one:

On Sunday, October 6, at 9:09 a.m. Central, this anonymous comment appeared:

At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

If you are a swim coach / teacher living in Texas do you prefer to molest young boys or girls?

I went to Sitemeter and, sure enough, it was from the same IP Address that's submitted other sick comments in the past.

I took this screenshot of the info:

Rumor has it, this jackass has been posting crazy stuff on other swim sites, too.  Sometimes from the above IP Address, sometimes from another.

Haven't seen anything since Sunday from Mr. Sicko.  Wonder what he's been up to.

Think he's feeling the heat yet?

Quote of the Day

Poor man wanna be rich,
rich man wanna be king,
and a king ain't satisfied
till he rules everything.
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Quote of the Day

Keep the circus going inside you.
Keep it going.  Don't take anything too
seriously, it'll all work out in the end.
(via GQ)
James David Graham Niven

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Quote of the Day

The press is our chief ideological weapon.
(via Mirror)
Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev

Monday, October 07, 2013

Quote of the Day

Crazy people don't sit around
wondering if they're nuts.
Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Quote of the Day

Sometimes I think the surest sign that
intelligent life exists elsewhere in
the universe is that none of it
has tried to contact us.
William B. "Bill" Watterson II

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Leaving coaching to spend more time...

That's how the press release usually goes, right?

It continues "...with his/her family."

Worked with a guy who should end it "...with his phone."

Governing by Temper-Tantrum


God only knows when they'll throw on the straw that'll break the camel's back.

The average U.S. citizen can take a little more of the games they're playing in Washington, D.C., but not a whole lot more.

If Republicrats and Demicans are trying to alienate a couple hundred million people, they're certainly doing a fine job of it.

Read about the latest government shut-down fiasco here.

Florida Bay is the ocean. How, pray tell, do you "close" 1,100 square miles of ocean? Why would one even need to do so?

Apparently, according to an anonymous Park Service ranger, “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

(via Wood TV)
President Gorbachev Obama, tear down this wall Barrycade!

Quote of the Day

The time to pray is not when we are in a tight
spot, but just as soon as we get out of it.
Henry Wheeler Shaw, a.k.a. Josh Billings

Friday, October 04, 2013

They owe it all to mom!

Wonder where the kids got their athleticism from?  That's right, it was their mom, Clare Marie Edwards.  Clare ran track for Jack Daniels at UT.  Proof's here.  Ignore the typos.

Edited 10/6/13:

Am reminded that in addition to running on the first women's UT track teams, she also ran on the initial women's cross country team.  Listed here.

Wrap yer minds 'round this one:

(via City of Austin)

Out-of-town visitors to Austin's Deep Eddy and Barton Springs will be charged a dollar more than Austinites for taking a swim.  Read more here.

So...if you're an illegal alien living in Austin, you pay less per splash than a legal resident of Texas?

Quote of the Day

I have often wished I had time to
cultivate modesty...but I am too
busy thinking about myself.
(via viz)
Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Quote of the Day

The difference between fiction and
reality?  Fiction has to make sense.
(via akiba)
Thomas Leo "Tom" Clancy, Jr.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Longhorn Men

More Orange/White coverage (via Swimming World):

The Best Make it Look Easy

(via Fit Phreak)

The best make it look easy.  That's something my swimmers have been hearing for years.

The best in most any sport rarely appear to struggle through an outstanding performance.  Instead, they make it look like they could do the impossible all danged day, right?

At the UT men's Orange/White meet, some guys went very fast and made it look easy.

Want to know what they did leading up to that meet?  Eddie's fixin' ta tell ya in an interview.

Y'all know I have always liked Garrett McCaffrey.

It's that fool Garrett works with that makes this so hard danged to do.

Quote of the Day

We found ourselves in a hole that I
didn't dig, but I have dug, dug, and
dug to try to get out of that hole.
Harry Mason Reid

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Quote of the Day

There are 350 varieties of shark,
not counting loan and pool.
(via SFGate)
Louis Malcolm "L.M." Boyd