As most of you know, I am a big fan of sports. Well, SOME sport -- primarily college basketball, college basketball, and some pro football, in about that order. (That includes WOMEN's basketball, for those of you who haven't seen the light yet.) As a result, I spend a lot of time reading three sites:
If you follow UofL football, or college football in general, you know that this past Wednesday was National Signing Day -- the day when high school players make their commitments final to their chosen colleges by signing a Letter of Intent.
As a rule, I dislike all the hype put into recruiting, especially the over-the-top attention paid to some 17-year-olds simply because they can do skillful things with a ball. I tend to agree with Mike Wilbon of PTI:
As some of you know, I recently switched from a PC laptop (Toshiba) to a MacBook Pro. I love the machine, I'm getting used to the differences, and eventually I'll know the ins and outs on this box as well as I did on the Windows side.
One of the challenges, though, of switching platforms is replacing software. Some things are easy (Office to Office is fairly straightforward), some things are harder (Quicken Mac is a shell of Quicken Windows).
Then there are those special pieces of software that you just come to rely on, and that you miss on the new platform. One of those for me was dbPoweramp. It's a multi-faceted audio tool, but my main use for it was ripping an entire CD and adding it to my music collection. Imagine my happiness, then, to find out that dbPoweramp Converter is doing an open beta for the Mac!
Lots of people are saying this is one of the worst-shooting teams of recent memory. I know it seems that way, especially last weekend - but let's look at some data and not trust our lying eyes.
So, using the great site Sports Reference, I pulled down game stats for the past five seasons. I then did some analysis.
My wife and I traveled to a funeral on Saturday, and listened to the game on the way back to Louisville from Dayton. We were able to pick up the game at halftime, and listened to the end. And while I was disappointed in the loss, I have to say:
Outside of the score, this was a win for Louisville.
After many months away from all my sites, after many months of combining work with campaigning, after many months of doing no writing except for campaign blurbs and publicity pieces, I am very pleased and excited to share this important news:
Yes folks, it's a new verb: "Petrinoed." It's what happens when you play a team coached by Bobby Petrino, and you're not ready for it. You get Petrinoed.
What are the signs that you are being, or have been, Petrinoed?
Johnny Football is in the news again. But this time, as Paul Harvey used to say, there's the rest of the story.
Johnny Manziel, the Heisman-winning quarterback at Texas A&M, is accused of signing memorabilia for cash, which is clearly against NCAA rules. Allegedly, the NCAA is looking into the accusations, and could decide to suspend Manziel from playing in the coming season.
The NCAA rules are clear, and if Manziel actually did sign items for payment, he knew he was breaking the rules. What strikes me about this story, though, is the blatant hypocrisy exhibited by Texas A&M. From one of many news stories reporting on this:
The value of Manziel is clear in the memorabilia and appearance market: Independent merchandiser Aggieland Outfitters recently auctioned off six helmets signed by Manziel and Texas A&M's other Heisman Trophy winner, John David Crow, for $81,000. Texas A&M's booster organization, the 12th Man Foundation, sold a table for six, where Manziel and Crow will sit at the team's Kickoff Dinner later this month, for $20,000. (emphasis added)
So -- it's against the rules for a college football player to make money off his abilities while in school, but it's perfectly okay for the school to make even more money off the player? The school can grab 20 large ones from some sap of a fan, but Manziel gets busted for signing his name?
Manziel may wind up punished in some way by the NCAA. If that happens, I hope they go after the school and the booster organization as well. And if they don't, I hope Manziel sues them over the double standard, and brings the hypocrisy into the open. It's time for this double standard to end.
As some of you know, I have suffered from occasional attacks of gout for years. They range from a day or two of a little pain and swelling, to full-blown, can't-walk, feel-like-a-migraine-in-my-foot attacks that last a week or longer.
My first attack came out of the blue many years ago, and when I tried to figure out what had caused it, the only unusual thing I could think of was that I had eaten an entire box of Hot-N-Spicy Cheezits. That wasn't too unusual -- I LOVE Cheezits, and I love the HNS kind especially. This time, though, I had really chowed down on them ... and a day or so later, I was dying from the pain.
I told my doctor about the Cheezits, and he looked at me like I was nuts. So, I figured I WAS nuts, and gave up on the Cheezits theory. Till it happened again.
So today we learn that Urban Myer has suspended one of his players for three games following an alleged assault on a woman at a nightclub. Interestingly, the woman decided not to press charges, and the video evidence is relatively inconclusive. Even more interestingly, Myer's decision came after the case was dropped by the police.
So why did Myer issue the suspension anyway? And is there a larger issue here?
For a long time, I have been frustrated with Outlook's lack of a unified inbox. There are workarounds, including automating a custom search (really, MS? I have to write a macro for this?), but even Outlook 2013 still is missing this basic feature.
Now, however, with all the various online sites I support, having to open each inbox separately (and remember to check them all) had just gotten to be too much. So, I went looking for an alternative.
Most people recommended Thunderbird by Mozilla (the same good people who bring you Firefox), but in the middle of one thread someone touted eM Client. Since I'd never heard of it, I decided to check it out -- and I'm glad I did.
I think most Louisville fans are whistling in the dark about UK basketball next year.
You keep hear them talking about "they're too young" and "they don't have leadership" and "too many egos." And I think it's wishful thinking.
A short, declarative sentence. A sentence said, in other contexts, many times a day. A sentence that most of us are no longer shocked by.
And yet, with that sentence, the sports world finally entered the 21st century.
If you know me, you already know what this is about. It's about being a college basketball fan in March. It's about March Madness.
It's about filling out brackets. Not "a bracket" -- BRACKETS. One for your favorite team to win it all (no matter how improbable). One for what you think is going to happen. And one filled with upsets, just for fun. Who knows? Maybe you win the Bracket Challenge on ESPN ($10,000!) or the office pool. Or you just get to rub it in with your friends and even a few so-called friends.