Friday, October 20, 2017

Tennessee Volunteers Vs Alabama Crimson Tide: Hold My Beer, Er, Trash Can

I don’t usually take pity on an opponent who must face my beloved Crimson Tide.  I’m making an exception this Saturday as the hapless Volunteers of Tennessee take the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium at 3:30 PM ET.

In their 2017 season opener, the Vols beat the Jackets of Georgia Tech 42-41 in overtime.  They lost to Florida in heartbreaking fashion on a Hail Mary play in the final seconds of that game and then got steamrolled by the Jawja Bulldawgs 41-0 the following Saturday.

How humiliating must it have been to honor the Volunteers’ hero quarterback Peyton Manning as he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame only to suffer the worst lop-sided home loss since 1905 to Vandy. That’s the second worst home loss after a 56-0 defeat at the hands of Kentucky in 1893.

The Tennessee football program looks lost this season and continues to disappoint the Vols faithful and they are howling for Coach Butch Jones to be fired because Rocky Top has become Rocky Bottom.
If they canned Butch the school would owe him $9.2 million.  The money is clearly what has Athletic Director John Currie dithering.  If Vols fans stop showing up to their games the AD will have every reason to pull the trigger on Jones’ contract.
In 1992, Tennessee announced in mid-November that Johnny Majors wouldn’t be retained as head coach. In 2008, with three games remaining, UT announced Phillip Fulmer wouldn’t be coming back.
In 2012, Derek Dooley managed to go slightly deeper into the season before he was fired. UT let him go after a 41-18 loss to Vanderbilt on Nov. 17.
Why can’t Butch be classy like Oregon State Head Coach Gary Andersen and just leave?  Andersen left the Beavers sitting at 1-5 midway through his third season at OSU waiving the remaining $12 million on his recently extended contract.  His record at Oregon State was 7-23 in his two-plus seasons there.
“Coaching is not about the mighty dollar. It is about teaching and putting young men in a position to succeed on and off the field. Success comes when all parties involved are moving in the same direction,” said Andersen.
Some guy with a Twitter handle of Not Jerry Tipton summed up Tennessee football in 2017 with this tweet:
The cringe-worthy motivational gimmick has been the butt of merciless jokes.
TennesseeTrashCan (@TheTNtrashcan) joined Twitter in September 2017 and has yet to post a single tweet but here’s one from TrashCanTeam121:
Tennessee’s bye week and a change in quarterbacks didn’t do much to spark the Volunteer offense against the Gamecocks of South Carolina.
During last Saturday’s game, one of ESPN’s cameras caught a shot of a pack of South Carolina fans wearing red t-shirts that read “KEEP BUTCH JONES.” Jones’s fate was the shadow that loomed over the game─and may still for a few more weeks─and the shirts captured just how far the Jones saga has advanced; the coach is so widely blamed for 3-3 Tennessee’s woes that opposing fans are hoping he remains in Knoxville in perpetuity.
The ESPN Matchup Predictor is giving Tennessee a 2.1% chance of victory against the Tide.  With the Vols allowing an average of 252.6 yards rushing and Bama averaging 301.7 yards rushing it’s clear the guys from Knoxville are outmatched in the running game.  The Tide is only allowing opponents to score an average of 10.3 points per game compared to Tennessee’s 25.6.
Alabama owns the series history 53-7-38 and has a ten-game winning streak.
This will be a fun game to watch for Bama fans.  Not so much for the Vols Nation.

ROLL TIDE ROLL!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

There Is Nothing Better Than A Friend, Unless It Is A Friend With Chocolate

L to R:  Sophie The Wonderdog, my friend, Teddy, Tika

Last Friday my plans to visit by best friend of 43 years were changed.
I received a call at 6:00 AM that morning from her telling me she had phoned her daughter-in-law to take her to the emergency room.  Ten minutes later she called me again to say she was feeling better.  I knew that was a lie.  I immediately contacted her son to let him know his mother was in trouble.  He rushed to her house and immediately called an ambulance to transport her to the ER.
My friend was intubated on arrival and remained on a ventilator for five days.  She was sedated as well.  I got hourly updates from her son and daughter-in-law and the news was not good.
On Wednesday morning the medical staff removed the tubing and placed my friend on a BI-PAP machine.  Her breathing continued to be labored and the nurses continued to suction out her lungs.
Last night after she’d finished her shift at work, her daughter-in-law went to the hospital.  My friend’s eyes were open but vacant.  Her daughter-in-law asked if she knew who she was.  As she gave me an accounting of her visit she began to cry─her voice was thick with heartbreak.  The reason:  she thought she was talking to me.  I did my best to console her daughter-in-law.
This morning her son entered her room in ICU to find a weak and confused mother.  He had heard about the night before and he was scared as he spoke with me.
I have tried to tie up all the loose ends here in anticipation of a lengthy stay with my friend.  The guilt I have felt over the last six days has been unbearable.  Despite the assurances of her family members that it was better for me to stay home than be there with her and feel helpless, I finally decided to leave immediately to be with my friend.
If she survives this medical emergency it will be a blessing.  The attending physician said that hypoxia is common in situations like this.  The hypoxia may or may not be permanent.
I know we all have to leave this life someday.  I’m just not ready to say “goodbye” to the best friend I’ve ever had.
While I’m away blogger friends Proof and Sig94 have agreed to hold down the fort here.  Sig recently broke his left shoulder in three places and is recuperating after being retrofitted with a new titanium shoulder.  His typing will be limited to the use of one hand and Proof, well, not sure what he’ll submit.  It’ll probably be a bunch of Star Trek babes.  I apologize in advance.


The Purge: What Do You Wear To A Donkey Funeral?

According to a published report from NBC News, “A shake-up is underway at the Democratic National Committee as several key longtime officials have lost their posts, exposing a still-raw rift in the party and igniting anger among those in its progressive wing who see retaliation for their opposition to DNC Chairman Tom Perez.”
The report continues, “The removal and demotion of a handful of veteran operatives stood out, as did what critics charge is the over-representation of Clinton-backed members on the Rules and Bylaws Committee, which helps set the terms for the party's presidential primary, though other Sanders and Ellison backers remain represented.”
The ousters come ahead of the DNC's first meeting in Las Vegas this week.
Complaints began immediately after party officials saw a list of Perez's appointments to DNC committees and his roster of 75 "at-large" members, who are chosen by the chair. 
Superdelegates not only vote on who the presidential Democratic nominee will be, but also vote on party rules.  The party operatives that are planned to be named as superdelegates include holdovers from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.  The group also includes union leaders and, for good measure, an illegal alien.
Those who have been pushed out include: 
Ray Buckley, the New Hampshire Democratic chairman and longtime DNC official who ran against Perez for chair before backing Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. Buckley lost his spots on the Executive Committee and DNC Rules Committee.
James Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute and prominent Sanders backer, is no longer co-chair of the Resolutions Committee and is off the Executive Committee, a spot he has held since 2001.
Alice Germond, who has been on the DNC since the 1980s, was a vocal Ellison backer, was removed from her at-large appointment to the DNC.
Barbra Casbar Siperstein, the Party’s first transgender member supported Ellison and Buckley, was tossed from the Executive Committee.
Two days ago, the RNC sent out an email blast of a fake schedule for the DNC’s fall meeting mocking the problems Dems are having refighting the 2016 presidential election.
The mock schedule announced that to RSVP, one should email party chairman "Professor Tom Perez" at Thomas.Perez@brown.edu, taking a swipe at Perez's fellowship at the notoriously left-wing Brown University.
The first item on the agenda are opening remarks from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), who is in fact scheduled to speak at the "Women's Convention" later in the month.  The next day includes presentations entitled, "Where is Michigan?: A geographical presentation of what exists between New York and Los Angeles," "No Money, Mo Problems: Investments the DNC would like to make─but can’t" and "The Menendez Mess: How to keep a convicted felon in the United States Senate."
On Day 3, presentations include "Weinstein Shopping Spree: How to spend the $300,000 in money we won’t return from Harvey Weinstein," "Litmus Tests Over Lunch: A guest lecture by Brown University Professor Tom Perez on banishing pro-life Democrats and mandating support for single-payer," "Moral Victories: Jon Ossoff (GA-06), Rob Quist (MT-AL), Archie Parnell (SC-5), Jim Thompson (KS-4) discuss why they actually won their special elections" and "Impeachment or Else: Billionaire donor Tom Steyer lays out his requirement that candidates back a baseless impeachment effort that alienates the vast majority of voters."

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I Can Now Be Recycled

Right around noon time my wife drove me home from  the hospital  with my brand new titanium shoulder. My instructions were simple, "When I die don't bother to bury me. Just put me out with the soup cans and used aluminum foil."


The pain is finally manageable but I have a long ways to go. And I love sticking refrigerator magnets to myself. Any suggestions?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Flowing Curves Of Beauty


Instead of marriage counseling just join Tinder to remind yourselves what a nightmare single people deal with.




Saturday, October 14, 2017

Hillary’s New Bully Pulpit: Columbia University

The Democrat Party’s two-time loser who chose to stay on a course of political destruction is reportedly in talks with Ivy League school Columbia University to both take on a formal role with the university and to keep her archives there, according to the New York Daily News.
Granny could potentially be deemed a “university professor” at the famed New York institution, a position that would permit her to lecture in multiple departments and schools but without a specific course restriction.
She has not taught in more than four decades since she administered criminal law classes at the School of Law at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
In July 1973 she sat with 816 aspiring lawyers to take the District of Columbia’s bar exam.  In early November of that same year she received news she had failed the DC bar.  A full two-thirds of the test’s takers had passed. She never retook the exam (passing the Arkansas exam instead) and concealed her failure even from her closest friends until her autobiography in 2003.
Jerry Zeifman, Chief Counsel of the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate investigation, had a low opinion of Hillary. He told the Scripps-Howard news agency: “If I had the power to fire her, I would have fired her. I terminated her, along with some other staff members we no longer needed, and advised her that I would not—could not recommend her for any further positions.”
I wouldn’t worry too much about her ability to lecture ad nauseum on a host of other Bachelor’s degrees suited to her areas of expertise.  For example:
IT 101: Home Server Maintenance
PHILOSOPHY Level 3: Victimhood and Its Many Benefits
BUSINESS 301:  Real Estate Ethics and Standards 
FASHION 104:  Roomy Slacks for Husky Gentlemen 
CRIMINAL LAW 400:  Evidence Tampering
CRIMINAL JUSTICE 402: Avoiding Prosecution
MAP MAKING 101:  Modern Geopolitical Cartography
PSYCHOLOGY 201:  Coping with Failure
The embedded video is an example of what Hillary will look like giving one of her lectures.

Friday, October 13, 2017

2nd Time's The Charm

I wanted to do it right and I sure did, broke my left shoulder in 3 places on Tuesday...tripped over a bedframe in the garage. This is the second time for that shoulder.

Surgery is scheduled for Monday and they may have to replace the whole joint.

Yup, keeping this short and sweet for obvious reasons, see ya'll in a bit.

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