The blog here at jimthompson.org will go offline late February or early March for rethinking, retooling, and resurrection. When the blog returns it will (mostly) be an aggregation of my Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, and Photo Stream feeds. I’ll also be moving from paid hosting to self-hosting (our Internet uplink speed here has long been fast enough for self-hosting a low-traffic blog like this).
…since I posted anything here, I almost forgot my password.
Wendy discovered a “nest” (we’re not sure what the real word is) of baby bunnies in the back yard after we mowed for the first time this year. Fortunately, their little nest is well down into the turf because we mowed right over them.
(Yes, it’s safe to handle the baby bunnies. Momma bunny won’t “smell you” and abandon them.)
Auburn’s 27-24 victory against Clemson in overtime was one of the hardest hitting games I’ve seen in a long time. Two guys got carted off with serious leg injuries. Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker took a shot to the back (it was a legal shot, I might add) and showed tremendous grit in playing throught the pain. Auburn showed a lot of maturity in coming back from a 17-3 halftime deficit to win. Clemson showed, with running backs Jamie Harper and Andre Ellington, that the Tigers are going to be a force in the ACC Atlantic. It was a good old-fashioned street fight and I loved every minute of it. Just sorry that it came down to the Clemson kid missing a field goal. That’s a tough way for anybody to lose.
Clemson’s long snapper deserves a share of the blame. If he doesn’t double-clutch on Clemson’s first field goal attempt in OT, the game would have gone into another OT session, and who knows what would have happened then? I don’t like to think about it.
Every position of Rubik’s Cube™ can be solved in twenty moves or less
1. Ban the DH in major and minor league baseball. Don’t give me excuses – real pitchers hit for themselves.
2. Ditch the possession arrow in NCAA basketball and bring back the jump ball.
3. Learn something from hockey and add the penalty box to college and NFL football. If you commit a penalty you sit out one, two, or three snaps – depending on severity – and your team plays shorthanded.
4. Take away the home-run line, ground-rule doubles, and the like in baseball. If the outfielder can get to the ball, then it’s still in play. That includes going up into the stands to take the ball away from fans. If the ball hits the foul pole, but the outfielder can still catch it, it’s an out!
5. Ban cheerleaders, dance teams, costumed mascots, and all that fluff (does anybody really miss Chief Noc-a-Homa?) Bands, however, should be required; NFL teams should have marching bands and NBA teams should have pep bands. And no piped-in music. If you can’t hear your band, get a bigger band.
“If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there is a man on base.” – Dave Barry