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.

Quote of the Day

Insanity in individuals is something
rare - but in groups, parties, nations,
and epochs, it is the rule.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Quote of the Day

An empty head is not really empty;  it is
stuffed with rubbish.  Hence the difficulty
of forcing anything into an empty head.
Eric Hoffer

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Season of "Firsts"

It's been a season of firsts:

Utah defeated Arizona in a men's dual.

Rice downed SMU in a women's dual.

Diana Nyad swam from Cuba to Florida.

SwimScam credited a source.*

TCU just added another - their men defeated SMU's for the first time ever, 177.5 to 122.5!

*Just kidding!

Quote of the Day

You can't get any movement larger
than five people without including
at least one flippin' idiot.
(via Bytes)
Kim Stanley Robinson

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Quote of the Day

Party leads to vicious, corrupt, and
unprofitable legislation, for the
sole purpose of defeating party.
James Fenimore Cooper

Monday, November 11, 2013

Quote of the Day

Just because your voice reaches halfway
around the world doesn't mean you
are wiser than when it reached
only to the end of the bar.

(via Work by Art)

Egbert Rosco Murrow, a.k.a. Edward R. Murrow

Friday, November 08, 2013

Chuck Norris Was Here

(via Texas Humor Twitter)

Quote of the Day

Let us heed the voice of the people and
recognize their common sense.  If we
do not, we not only blaspheme our
political heritage, we ignore the
common ties that bind all Americans.

(via Austin NOW)
Barbara Charline Jordan

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Quote of the Day

Tonight on 20/20, Barbara Walters interviewed
the new King of Saudi Arabia about women's
rights and Walters asked why the King
doesn't let women drive cars.  The King
answered with two words:  Lindsay Lohan.
(via NBC News)
Conan Christopher O'Brien

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Let's see if I got this straight:

Kids in California can choose to "cross over" to a different gender for athletic purposes?

(via The Escapist)

Check out California Assembly Bill 1266 here.  Governor Brown signed it into law back in August.

This bill would require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.

Soooo...if Johnny thinks (s)he's really a Janie, (s)he can suit up for the swim meet in the female locker room and swim in the girl's meet?

Wonder if any of the legislators who sent this garbage to the governor would be okay with their daughters being put in that situation!

Thanks for the heads up, RR!

Quote of the Day

A study in the Washington Post says that women
have better verbal skills than men.  I just want
to say to the authors of that study:  Duh!
Conan Christopher O'Brien

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Quote of the Day

According to a new survey, 40 percent of
adults in Mexico say they would move to
the United States if they got a chance.  The
number would have been higher, but
the other 60 percent already live here.

Conan Christopher O'Brien

Monday, November 04, 2013

Quote of the Day

The results of a new study are out this week
saying that New Jersey is one of the most
livable states in the country.  The study
has a margin of error of 100 percent.

Conan Christopher O'Brien

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Quote of the Day

The worst moment for the atheist is when he
is really thankful and has nobody to thank.
(via Wikipedia)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Excuses, Excuses...

(via Hub Pages)

Reading first comment on this post the other day reminded me of some older posts on excuses.  Here are a few shared by coaches on TOC:

Had one miss yesterday because he got hit in the back with an instrument this weekend at Area Band competition.... He is out for a week.

I had a kid tell me he couldnt practice because he was claustophobic in his helmet, and it made him not able to breathe...

Heard both of these this week:

1. Coach I can't come to practice today, I have mandatory show qhoir tryouts for Beauty and the Beast.

2. Coach I can't go to the game Friday. I have to go visit my dad in prison before they transfer him to South Dakota.

My mom has a date with my uncle and I have to stay home and watch my brother and my cousins.

I have to stay at home because my new step-mom (mail order bride from Russia) went crazy and pulled a gun on my dad because my real mom came home from her year long trip to Amsterdam and she did not know that I had a new mom and they got in a fight. I have to stay home for 2 days so I can visit my mom.

"Coach I can't work out today. My parents told me I have lactic acid in my muscles and it hurts really bad."

Had a kid a few years back that came to me after the morning workout...."Hey coach, I won't be here this afternoon or in the morning for practice. I'm getting married at 1:00 at the courthouse and my mother-in-law has got us a room at the Best Western."

Had a kid once tell me he had to miss because his aunt's cat was having kittens.

I have to take my dog to obedience class

When I was playing, one of my teammates missed a weeks worth of practice because he wiped his butt with poison oak.

Had a kid last year give me a note from his parent that said "Please excuse so and so from football practice today. He is allergic to grass and cannot get in the grass. The Dr. said he can get on grass next week."

Full posts:

Excuses for Missing Practices

More Excuses

Still More Excuses

Even More Excuses

Tex Robertson

Ross Lucksinger, grandson of the late Tex Robertson, will do a "meet the author" event in Burnet tomorrow.

Lucksinger recently released Tex:  The Father of Texas Swimming.  Read more here.

“The tales got so tall and the legend so big, part of it was just trying to find out what was the truth,” Lucksinger said. “It turns out, most of it was actually true.”

Robertson is a Burnet County icon. He and his wife established Camp Longhorn on Inks Lakes in 1939 before adding Camp Longhorn Indian Springs, also in Burnet County, in 1975. But it wasn’t just his work at the camp that made Robertson such a legend, it was his entire life.

Born Julian Robertson in 1909, he earned an international reputation as a swimmer with trips to the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and by winning championships as a member of the University of Michigan swim team.

Get your copy here or here.

Quote of the Day

Happiness arises in a state
of peace, not of tumult.
(via Wikipedia)
Ann Radcliffe

Friday, November 01, 2013

Quote of the Day

The trust of the innocent is
the liar's most useful tool.

Stephen Edwin King