Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Quote of the Day

I haven't seen this much Russian
medaling since the 1980 Olympics.

via the right scoop

Gregory John "Greg" Gutfeld

Monday, June 26, 2017

Quote of the Day

Being a boy is not a social disease. And the
de-Tom-Sawyering of American boys
should not be on anyone’s agenda.

via The Dartmouth Review

Christina Marie Hoff Sommers

Friday, June 23, 2017

California Dreamin'

California politicians have really stuck it to Texas.  No more state-funded travel to the Lone Star State.

All totaled, California now bans most state-funded travel to eight states.

The new additions to California’s restricted travel list are Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota.

They join Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee as states already subjected to the ban.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article157688724.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here

Ouch!  How will we get by without them?

The California law includes exemptions for law enforcement officers, tax auditors and training events that are required for grants.

Don't see any mention of athletic programs being exempted.

Will state schools have to cancel away trips to those eight (8) states?

What will Austin's 2019 NCAA's look like w/o Cal & USC?

via Amazon
Them folks is in La La Land!

Puzzlin', ain't it?

Quote of the Day

When forced to choose between two
equally undesirable options, the only
thing to do was to change the rules.

via William Shatner

William Shatner

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A New Question for Coaches?

When you're looking into a new club program or making the leap into college swimming, what questions do you ask of your potential coach?

Things about attendance requirements?  Workout times?  Dry-land training?

How they take their coffee?

...according to a new study published in the journal Appetite, which found a correlation between a love of black coffee and sadist or psychopathic tendencies.

The research surveyed more than 1,000 adults, asking them to give their food and flavour preferences. The participants then took a series of personality tests assessing antisocial personality traits, such as sadism, narcissism and psychopathy.

The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Innsbruck, found that a preference for bitter flavours was linked to psychopathic behaviour.

The closest association was between bitter foods and “everyday sadism” – that is to say, enjoyment of inflicting moderate levels of pain on others.

I must share that - although it's something that just goes with the sport - I've never "enjoyed" inflicting pain on our athletes.  Also, I never drink black coffee.

Read more of Psychopaths drink their coffee black, study finds here

Quote of the Day

Ask no questions, and you'll be told no lies.

via Encyclopaedia Britannica

Charles John Huffam Dickens

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Quote of the Day

If there were no bad people, there
would be no good lawyers.

via West End News

Charles John Huffam Dickens

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wayland Baptist Dumps Swim Programs


After four years as a competitive sport, the swimming and diving program at Wayland Baptist University has been discontinued. 

"After much examination and deliberation with athletic and university administration, we are making the difficult decision to immediately discontinue our swimming and diving program," WBU Athletics Director Rick Cooper said. "This has been a very difficult decision, but one we believe is both necessary and best at this point in time." 

The move comes on the heels of the resignation about a week earlier of swimming and diving coach Alyson Hannan, who is taking a position with the YMCA in Colorado Springs. Hannan had served as coach of the program since its inception for the 2013-14 academic year. Hannan's husband, James, served as an assistant coach for the Pioneers the past two years. He resigned several weeks ago for a position in computer software sales. 

Cooper said the reasons behind discontinuing swimming and diving were varied, but the most influential was the lack of an on-campus practice or competition pool/facility with no short- or long-term solution to alleviate that situation. 

The Pioneers trained at the Plainview YMCA, and the closest regulation pool for competition is the Pete Ragus Aquatics Center in Lubbock, where the Pioneers hosted only one of their 11 regular-season competitions this past season. 

"We want to thank the Plainview YMCA for its willingness and cooperation in allowing us to use their facility. Certainly their help was a great benefit," Cooper said. 

"The Y did a terrific job working with us to schedule practices, but we were unable to host any local competitions." 

Wayland was one of 25 men's programs and 29 women's programs within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to sponsor swimming and diving. The closest NAIA school to Wayland to host a program was St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Okla., although SGU discontinued swimming and diving earlier this year. 

The Pioneer men finished in sixth place at the last two NAIA national competitions. The WBU women, after placing 10th a year ago, were ranked sixth this season but finished 19th after a roster reduction just prior to nationals. 

About her resignation, Hannan said it was an opportunity she couldn't pass up, both for career advancement and because the move gets her and James closer to family. 

Hannan developed seven all-Americans (top three finishers at nationals) at Wayland and was named American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of Excellence three times. 

"I'm very thankful for my time at Wayland and for everyone who took a chance on me and the program," Hannan said. 

WBU's swimming and diving program ended last season with 28 student-athletes. Cooper has informed those student-athletes that the university is honoring athletic scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year for those who want to continue their studies at WBU. Cooper added that the university will grant full releases to any affected student-athletes who wish to transfer and pursue other collegiate athletic opportunities.

Quote of the Day

A successful industrial nation, meaning a
nation with future, can not be organized
as a collective holiday resort.

via Business Insider

Dr. Helmut Josef Michael Kohl

Friday, June 16, 2017

TCU's Sybesma Retires

Long-time Frog coach Richard Sybesma has announced his retirement.

"I have reached a point in my life where I need to put myself, family and health first," Sybesma said. "With that being said, I have come to a decision to retire.

"I've had an incredible 38 years at TCU and couldn't imagine a better place to spend my career and raise my family. It's been an incredible journey. TCU, this program and all the student-athletes I've come in contact with hold a special place in my heart. I will always bleed purple and support this program."

More here

via Indexed

Seventy years later, some continue to demand...

...that the authorities tell us the truth...

via Huffington Post

Via Wikipedia:

In mid-1947, a United States Air Force balloon crashed at a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico.[1] Following wide initial interest in the crashed "flying disc", the US military stated that it was merely a conventional weather balloon.[2] Interest subsequently waned until the late 1970s, when ufologists began promoting a variety of increasingly elaborate conspiracy theories, claiming that one or more alien spacecraft had crash-landed, and that the extraterrestrial occupants had been recovered by the military, who then engaged in a cover-up.

In the 1990s, the US military published two reports disclosing the true nature of the crashed object: a nuclear test surveillance balloon from Project Mogul. Nevertheless, the Roswell incident continues to be of interest in popular media, and conspiracy theories surrounding the event persist. Roswell has been described as "the world's most famous, most exhaustively investigated, and most thoroughly debunked UFO claim".[3]

Plenty of folks have made money based on this hoax.

via Huffington Post

We elected a president with a huge net worth*.  Of course, he's far from perfect.  Can't recall any that were, can you?

Still, it's absolutely impossible for anyone with an ounce of sense to actually believe he'd use the office for personal monetary gain.

It's something that's so ding-dang-diddly illogical, I can't believe even the dumbest media personality - and it's nearly impossible to determine which idiot deserves that title - actually believes what they're spouting.

Instead of using our FBI agents to investigate and track nutcases like Hodgkinson, we've got them chasing their tails in an attempt to find that "Russia link"...

Who will profit from this one?

*3.5 billion dollars

Quote of the Day

The secret to success is constancy to purpose.

via NewStatesman

Benjamin Disraeli

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Quote of the Day

Action speaks louder than words,
but not nearly as often.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Quote of the Day

If you learn only methods, you'll be tied to
your methods, but if you learn principles
you can devise your own methods.

via Wikipedia

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, June 12, 2017

Quote of the Day

I read the pilot script and I knew it was
the kind of comedy I wanted to do.

via Parade

William West Anderson, a.k.a. Adam West

Friday, June 02, 2017