Friday, February 27, 2009
The Iowa State Club Swim Meet for ages thirteen and above is being held at the University of Iowa Field House Pool. My neice, Sophie Shoultz is shown in lane 6 (third from the top) swimming the 1000 Freestyle. Sophie finished fourth with events to come on Saturday and Sunday.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
While we are at it, maybe the party also needs to update their logo. Image is everything.
Number two on the list is New Glarus Belgian Red. I have not tried this brand from the small Swiss village in south central Wisconsin. My wife and I have tried "Spotted Cow" as well as "Totally Naked." We recommend each highly.
Spotted Cow is the trademark beer of the company. It is found in restaurants and grocery stores throughout the state of Wisconsin as well as Miller Park in Milwaukee. Due to high taxes occurred when shipping outside the state, the people at New Glarus Brewing Co decided to keep this brew local.
On our next trip to the Badger State, we may have to try the Belgian Red.
The Downtown Athletic Club suffered severe damage in 2001 and that year's presentation occurred at the Marriott Marquee in Times Square. The next year it moved to the Yale Club where Iowa's Brad Banks finished second to USC's Carson Palmer. Having attended that year, I will not forget the experience, but it took a while for my knee to heal after the Asst AD from SC, who sat in a folding chair in front of me, slide it into me in jubilation of the announcement.
Good episode tonight and here is a link, and another to discuss Locke's return to the Island. Trying to find out who the "bad" guy is. Ben? Widmore? The plane seemed to land in better shape than Oceanic flight 815. Are we starting over with new "Losties" and "Others?"
Sunday, February 22, 2009
On our way to First Presbyterian in Oskaloosa I was trying to think of ways to keep the little one pre-occupied as well as Plan Bs if he just couldn't tolerate the service. We reminded him that it would last less than 60 minutes and, if he wanted to, he could play in the basement with other kids his age.
When we arrived my mom took us downstairs and he didn't feel comfortable leaving dad and Grandmommy so he decided to suck it up and sit with them. A kind lady of the church handed him a bag with crayons, fruit snacks and odd toys. Then as we walked to our seat I noticed communion plates...something my mom decided not to tell us. A serive of less than an hour now became much longer.
Colin sat up and listened to the music that serenaded the people as they entered. He also sat up and listened to the announcements. I held him as we sang and prayed together. He declined the option to walk to the front of the church with other kids in the church. We were doing well, he snuggled up to me and held onto his blanket and "Piggie," the stuffed animal that joined us on this Sunday. Then we got to the serman, and I began to notice the unsettleness set in. He declared for those in the rows around to hear, "I'm ready to go." A chuckle or two ensued. The serman was disappointing, as acknoledged by my mom as well. Then came the bread and "wine." Colin asked why he couldn't have them. I said the fruit snacks were for him, this for us.
Finally it was time to go and Colin was ready to put his coat on. However, all in all, he did a good job.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Outland Award winner from Alabama, Andre Smith is creating the most headlines on the opening day. Smith admitted to scouts that he hasn't worked out and declined to take part in the important bench press. Then he followed that up by being a no-show for workouts the next day. It is tought to figure out how an individual with so much potential as well as his future riding on this one-time interview could take it so lightly. NFL Network analyst Jamie Dukes predicted this error in his ways could cost up to $10 Million dollars.
Watching the combine is like watching the draft. It can be addictive. Especially for someone like me who knows athletes competing as well as coaches, scouts and video personnel who conduct the event. In one OLine drill at the combine shown on the NFL Network, there were many involved I know or met. Juan Castillo, OL coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and father of Hawkeye Football freshman Greg, Mike Devlin, former Hawkeye OLineman and current asst. OL coach of the NY Jets, as well as Bob Eckberg, Video Director of the Green Bay Packers. (I hope to find video and post later).
Friday, February 20, 2009
We followed up the day with a trip to his favorite golf course for dinner, Divots at Brown Deer.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
- Saturday (2.21)--Group I (Specialists and OLine), Group II (OLine), Group III (TEs).
- Sunday (2.22)--Group IV (QBs & WRs), Group V (QBs & WRs), Group VI (RBs)
- Monday (2.23)--Group VII (DLine), Group VIII (DLine), Group IX (LBs)
- Tuesday (2.24)--Group X (DB), Group XI (DB)
Off the field events that begin today include the Q&A interview sessions and tests with General Managers and other team personnel.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Discussion involved that of the new head of Big Ten Officiating and differences made to protocol of post-game video review. Dave Parry stepped down after the 2008 season and Phil Carrola will take over in 09.
The day concluded with myself, and the video coordinators of Virginia and Wisconsin answering questions from the NFL Video Directors who were also having their meetings prior to the NFL Combine. Questions pertained to internet exchange. Not only were the NFL Video Directors meeting in Indianapolis at the Westin, but also the head coaches. Jack Del Rio of Jacksonville and Marvin Lewis of Cincinnati were spotted outside the meeting rooms. Pictures of this would not have been appropriate.
Monday, February 16, 2009
The first day of meetings were highlighted by presentations from LRS Sports, Sony Electronics, Webb Electronics (pictured), DV Sport, Panasonic and XOS Technologies. XOS hosted the meeting for the fourth consecutive year and treated the conference video guys to dinner at St. Elmo Steakhouse (pictured below).
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Thanks to the people at AwfulAnnouncing the following is the preliminary schedule for college football on the ESPN family of networks.
Thursday, September 3rd- South Carolina at N.C. State (September 3rd
Monday, September 7th- Miami at Florida State (ESPN, 8pm)
Thursday, September 10th- Clemson at Georgia Tech (ESPN, 7:30pm)
Saturday, September 12th- USC at Ohio State (ESPN, 8pm)
Thursday, September 17th- Georgia Tech at Miami (ESPN, 7:30pm)
Saturday, September 19th- Texas Tech at Texas (ABC, 8pm)
Thursday, September 24th- Mississippi at South Carolina (ESPN, 7:30pm)
Thursday, October 1st- Colorado at West Virginia (ESPN, 7:30pm)
Thursday, October 8th- Nebraska at Missouri (ESPN, 7:30pm)
Thursday, October 22nd- Florida State at North Carolina (ESPN, 8pm)
Thursday, Octoer 29th- North Carolina at Virginia Tech (ESPN, 7:30pm)
Thursday, November 5th- Virginia Tech at East Carolina (ESPN, 7:30pm)
Thursday, November 19th- Colorado at Oklahoma State (ESPN, 7:30pm)
Thursday, November 26th- Texas at Texas A&M (ESPN, 8pm)
Thursday, December 5th- Oregon State at Oregon (ESPN, 9pm)
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I tend to remember certain events that happen on this day. For example, it was a year ago that one of the greatest Super Bowls were played. The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots to end a pefect season for the AFC Champions. At halftime of the game I decided to begin blowing away the 8" of snow that fell throughout the day (as witnessed by the video below).
It was also on this day in 1993 the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union voted to discontinue 6-Player basketball, the sport I dreamed of coaching.
Also, in 1982, the day after a large snow fell on my hometown of New Sharon, North Mahaska decided not to delay school, although my dad, the principal was snowed in on our country gravel road. So he called ahead to the school to let them know we may have problems...and we did. My dad and I, along with 30 cupcakes ran into a snowdrift less than a mile from school (our house was a mile and a half from the high school). Wilbur, the high school janitor, met us in the school's plow, but there was no way we could ride in with him, nor could he pave our way. We began walking back home, but stopped at our neighbors house only to find they had left on a winter's vacation. Another neighbor found us and drove us a different way to school in his 4-wheel drive. Once at school, and without cupcakes, it was announced school would end early.
And did you ever notice that in the movie Groundhog's Day, it is today that Bill Murray can never seem to get to?
And, of course, this is the anniversary of the XFL.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
How did Ben Roethlisberger continue to elude the Cardinal defensive pressure? Not a Ben fan, he should've been the MVP.
Hats off the Arizona Defense. They continued to stop the Pittsburgh Offense from goal line situations, except for the final drive. They earned a Safety and kept the Steelers to field goals twice when Pittsburgh made it within the five.
I do question some of the penalties, but definitely not a deciding factor in the game.
NFL Network - 3 Sets within the Stadium
ESPN - 1 Set within the Stadium. One in Downtown Tampa
NBC - Three Hours of Today Show inside Stadium and Pre Game show begins at 11am CT.