Sunday, March 31, 2019
Saturday, March 30, 2019
If you're in Austin today, head over to the swim center and look up Chuck Warner and Dana Abbott. They, along with some special guests, will be signing their new book, Eddie Reese - Coaching Swimming, Teaching Life.
Look for them just north of the swim center. Questions? Send them an email
Not in Austin today? Paperback comes out next week. Order your copy here
Down the road, a Kindle version is a possibility.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Bet ya thought I meant D-I men's 800 free relay, right?
Those heats are being swum as I type.
Scroll down a little and you'll find the real time results link.
No, this post is about the results from the New York Post Mueller Madness contest:
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Yeah, I added the question mark just in case y'all don't believe the causation here. There's definitely a correlation, but some might disagree with the cause.
Here are the schools without men's swimming programs that placed women's teams in the Top 20 at NCAA's:
13th - Houston
18th - UCLA
12th - Miami
16th - Miami
17th - UCLA
17th - UCLA
20th - Nevada
20th - UCLA
17th - UCLA
19th - Arkansas
In the past ten (10) years, UCLA has cracked the top twenty five (5) times, with their best finish being 17th place.
Miami managed to place as high as 12th in 2011. Their last appearance in the top twenty was 2013.
I'll let y'all decide if there's a cause/affect when it comes to "dropped" men's programs and women's programs "dropping" in team standings.
I think you'll find more correlation and causation there than here:
Monday, March 25, 2019
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Friday, March 22, 2019
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Tap the brakes!
|via The Cut|
Nancy Pelosi claims we should lower the voting age to sixteen.
How in the world can our nanny-state justify such a thing? The fools running our states (and country) can't come close to figuring out when a young person becomes an adult.
In my opinion, some choices* an "adult" should be able to make include:
a) buying a car/motorcycle,
b) drinking alcohol,
c) using tobacco products,
d) joining the military,
e) quitting school,
f) getting married,
g) getting a tattoo/piercing,
h) voting/running for elected office,
i) opening a bank account,
j) owning property/houses,
k) buying fireworks,
l) legally changing your name,**
m) driving at night, and
I mean, if you're mature enough to go to college, shouldn't you be able to gamble away your Christmas training per diem?
Some Twitter-ers posted their thoughts on lowering the voting age to sixteen by sharing some of the things they were thinking/doing at that age.
I'll list a few (from here) as written***:
I ate a dog turd on a dare when I was 16
When I was 16 I stapled my arm for 5 bucks...more than once. Since then I've wisened up and my price gone up to 15.
When I was 16, I sucked a drinking glass to my face for 10 minutes and gave my lower face a giant hickey that took 3 weeks to heal
When I was 16 my friends and I were rolling dice to see who had to put peanut butter on their feet and let the dogs lick it off.
When I was 16 I wore parachute pants
When I was 16 I listened to Lincoln Park and owned a pair of cargo shorts
When I was 16, I drank a cup of popcorn oil for $10.00 and belly flopped off the 3-meter high dive for a soda.
When I was 16 I liked Obama only because "he talks nice and seems cool"
When I was sixteen I made $20 taking a shot of dial handsoap.
When I was 16 I would have given anything to be able to have a tattoo of Axl Rose's face on my butt cheek
When I was 16 I thought jumping off 421 Bridge into the lake was an outstanding idea (it was not)
When I was 16 I drove west for 3000 miles because Jim Morrison said the west is the best. I'm not sure 18 is old enough to vote.
I was still ding dong ditching people at 16 years old.
When I was 16 me and my friends went into PetSmart and bought a bunch of live mice and then let them loose in Kroger
When I was 16 I pierced my own belly button with a thumbtack and was genuinely surprised when it got infected
At 16 I was still getting grounded
When I was 16 I stuck my bare butt out the bus window on a dare....to win a jolly rancher. Then did it again in front of some parents. Double or nothing.
When I was 16 I went to the staff parking lot of my high school and rearranged the teachers license plates.
When I was 16 I accidentally set my own hair on fire
When I was 16, I thought Vanilla Ice was an innovator.
When I was 16 my friends and I put nair all over our chests and it gave us chemical burns, then my cousin bit into a chlorine tablet 16 year olds should not be voting
*Not saying they're all good choices
**I'm thinking about making the switch to "Beto"
***If you're looking to waste even more time here, you might be able to find one (1) I threw in from personal experience
Friday, March 15, 2019
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Note: Click on pictures for enlargificationizing!
Went down to the Big Bend for a few days. Leon got married!
Ceremony was in the St. Agnes Church in Terlingua. More info here
In case y'all are interested, contact the preacher here
Pretty cool - barn swallows flew around and sang along.
We took over about half the Starlight Theatre for the reception. Menu included chicken-fried antelope.
Bride and groom had a drink with The Honorable Clay Henry, former mayor of Lajitas.
More on Mayor Henry here.
I never actually witnessed Clay Henry “drink” a beer. I did see him slam them, guzzle them and ferociously ingest them at a rate capable of incapacitating a full-grown man in minutes. To see it in person was nothing short of incredible.
Above is a not-so-great picture of some "artwork" at the Starlight.
It didn't have a title, but I'd have called it "Cyclops of the Public Cement Pond" as it was an underwater pool light with a bunch of other crap stuck to it.
Since then, it's been all Eddie (now up 14-2).
Will his guys make it 15-2 this year?
Swimming World scoring projection doesn't look good...but that's just based on psych sheet. More here
Which Longhorn greats will be joining Warner & Abbott?
I'm guessing a few are Olympic medalists who were mentioned in the book...
We know coaches/programs at many schools are able to use waivers to admit student-athletes that may have missed a deadline, not scored quite high enough in their SAT/ACT, etc.
It's an important tool.
Jackass coaches accepting bribes and using those waivers to help non-athletes gain admission is disgusting.
Will any of them ever be allowed to coach at NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA institutions again?
I sure as heck hope not!
Learn more about the coaches involved here. I hope this isn't just the tip of the iceberg!
Did mom love Eddie, or Randy, best?
Guess y'all will have to read the book...buy it here
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Sunday, March 03, 2019
Class of 2019 induction April 5.
Inductees are Ricky Berens, Ken Merten, Melissa Briley Mieras, & Pete Payne.
Lifetime Achievement Award to Chuck (posthumous) & Sherel Knesel.
Wally Pryor Distinguished Team Award to The Woodlands Swimming & Diving Team.