Saturday, December 16, 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017

Weekend watchdog

Before the big games New Year's Day and January 8, more than three dozen teams will be able to end their seasons with a win.
And a shiny new trophy.
Bowl season starts Saturday at noon with the Celebration Bowl from Atlanta, matching North Carolina AT&T and Grambling on ABC.
Troy takes on North Texas in the New Orleans Bowl at 1 p.m. on ESPN, with Western Kentucky against Georgia State on CBS Sports network at 2:30 p.m.
Boise State battles Oregon on ABC in the Las Vegas Bowl at 3:30 p.m., with Marshall-Colorado State on ESPN in the New Mexico Bowl at 4:30 p.m.
 The day concludes with the Camellia Bowl between Middle Tennessee and Arkansas State.
In the Championship Series, it's Sam Houston State against North Dakota State Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Texas A&M Commerce meets West Florida for the Division II crown Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
The NFL weekend continues Saturday on NFL network with a pair of contests - the Bears battle the Lions at 4:30 p.m. before the Chargers take on the Chiefs at 8:25 p.m.
The Ravens visit the Browns Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS, followed by Patriots against Steelers in the late afternoon slot. The Redskins host the Cardinals on Fox at 1 p.m.
The Cowboys meet the Raiders on NBC Sunday night, and the Falcons and Bucs tangle on ESPN Monday night.
The Thunder travel to Philadelphia Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, with Spurs-Rockets as the nightcap at 9:30 p.m.
The Wizards face the Clippers Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington
On the college court, FoxSports1 offers Creighton against Maryland-Eastern Shore Friday at 8 p.m.
Fox carries Butler-Purdue Saturday at noon, followed by Notre Dame's contest with Indiana.
Georgetown hosts Syracuse Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on CBS, then it's Cincinnati-UCLA.
ESPN2 has four contests Saturday, starting at noon with Louisville-Memphis. Virginia Tech takes on Kentucky at 2 p.m. and Oklahoma meets Wichita State at 4 p.m. The night concludes with Utah against BYU at 11 p.m.
DePaul faces Northwestern on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2 p.m., with Kansas visiting Nebraska at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington offers North Carolina against North Carolina-Greensboro Saturday at noon.
Georgia meets Massachusetts on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3 p.m.
Xavier hosts East Tennessee State Saturday at 2 p.m. on MASN2.
North Carolina tangles with Tennessee Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN and FoxSports1 has Stony Brook-Providence at 2:30 p.m. followed by Iona against St. John's.
On the women's court, Cincinnati clashes with Ohio State on ESPN2 Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Capitals host the Ducks Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
NBC Sports network brings Canadiens-Senators Saturday at 7 p.m.
The United States women face Canada on the ice Friday at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
In the Premier League, Leicester City meets Crystal Palace Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network. It's Manchester United against West Bromwich Albion Sunday at 9:10 a.m., followed by Bournemouth-Liverpool.
Stuttgart battles Bayern Munich Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1, with Hannover taking on Leverkusen Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
ESPN has the NCAA volleyball championship Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has the U.S. Olympic Trials in curling mixed doubles
Friday at 4 p.m., with semifinals Saturday at 10 p.m. and final Sunday at 4 p.m.
Short track speed skating has its trials Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

So disappointed

I was really looking forward to a Senate bill co-sponsored by Roy Moore and Al Franken.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


After all of these years, I am using an IPad to create a post.
Fun with technology.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Recycling update

A busy day Saturday started at the recycling center.
Dashing through the snow to get 50 cents per pound on cans.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Facebook quote of the week

I have to stop viewing political posts. My blood pressure can't take it.

Saturday song

On Saturday morning, does it really matter what time it is?

Friday, December 8, 2017

Weekend watchdog

Army ended a 14-year losing streak to Navy last season.
The Black Knights get their chance to extend their run Saturday, and claim the Commander-in-Chief's trophy.
The service academies have their annual grudge match from Philadelphia on CBS at 3 p.m.
Army enters the contest 8-3, with plans to play in Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 23. Navy will be playing in the Military Bowl at their home field on Dec. 28, but has lost five of its last six games.
James Madison continues its quest for the Championship Series title Friday at 7 p.m., meeting Weber State on ESPN2. Wofford tangles with North Dakota State on ESPN2 Saturday at noon.
The Heisman Trophy gets presented Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Redskins visit the Chargers Sunday at 4:05 p.m. on CBS, while Fox brings Cowboys-Giants and the Eagles' contest with the Rams in the late afternoon slot.
The Ravens tangle with the Steelers on NBC Sunday night, with Patriots-Dolphins on ESPN Monday night.
The MLS closes its season with Toronto meeting Seattle in a championship rematch Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN has the NCAA men's soccer championship match Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Wizards take on the Clippers Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Warriors take on the Pistons Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, then the Celtics meet the Spurs at 9:30 p.m.
On the college court, Liberty hosts Maryland-Eastern Shore Friday at 7 p.m. on MASN, while Oklahoma faces Southern Cal on ESPN2 at 10:30 p.m.
Michigan meets UCLA on CBS Saturday at noon while Fox brings VCU-Seton Hall at 3 p.m.
Duke takes on Boston College Saturday at noon on ESPN, followed by Indiana-Louisville.
ESPN2 has five contests Saturday, starting at 4 p.m. with Wichita State-Oklahoma State. Florida faces Cincinnati at 6 p.m., then it's West Virginia against Pittsburgh and Alabama-Arizona at 10 p.m. UNLV and Illinois tip at midnight.
Marquette meets Wisconsin on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon, with Nebraska-Creighton at 2:30 p.m. Colorado clashes with Xavier at 5 p.m.
Butler battles Youngstown State Saturday at noon on MASN2 and Baylor meets Randall at 7 p.m.
Dayton faces Pennsylvania on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3 p.m.
ESPN offers Kansas-Arizona State Sunday at 2 p.m. and FoxSports1 has the Philadelphia battle between LaSalle and Villanova at 1 p.m.
On the women's court, MASN2 has UCLA-Oklahoma State Friday at 8 p.m. and Connecticut meets DePaul on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m.
Texas takes on Tennessee on ESPN2 Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Capitals host the Rangers Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
West Ham United clashes with Chelsea Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Tottenham Hotspur-Stoke City. NBC has Newcastle United against Leicester at 12:30 p.m.
Southampton battles Arsenal Sunday at 7 a.m., then Liverpool takes on Everton and Manchester United goes against Manchester City at 11:30 a.m.
Bayern Munich faces Eintracht in the Bundesliga on FoxSports1 Saturday at 9 a.m. It's Koln-Freiburg Sunday at 7:20 a.m. and Hannover meets Hoffenheim at 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Franken Sense and Mirth

Senator Al Franken resigned Thursday - effective some time down the road.
Is it a trap for Republicans, or part of continued problems for Democrats and their supporters?
You never know who will be exposed in tomorrow's news.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Climategate carol

Time for my favorite parody Christmas carol

Al Gore speaks, no one's listening
In the lane, lights are glistening
Oh what a sight
With houses really bright
Seeing all the Christmas lights are on

Gone away is good science
Here to stay, blind allegiance
We're singing our song
Yet lights come on
Look how all the Christmas lights are on

On computers we can cook some data
then pretend that it is warmer now
They'll ask: Are you sure?
We'll say: You know, man
And here's the hockey stick
that we have found

Later on, we'll conspire,
With warnings, that are dire
Make the people afraid
We'll pass cap and trade
No more seeing Christmas lights turned on

On computers we can cook some data
And say skeptics are just circus clowns
We'll have lots of fun with our bad data
Until our own emails knock us down.

When we speak, ain't it thrilling
People's hearts, they are chilling
We'll frolic and play, the socialist way,
No more seeing Christmas lights turned on

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tomorrow in Jerusalem

President Trump speaks about Israel Wednesday.
The location of Israel’s capital is a question of fact, not opinion, and it is up to Israel. The Arabs may not like it, but Jerusalem is Israel’s capital: the Knesset is in Jerusalem, the Supreme Court is in Jerusalem, the Prime Minister’s office and official residence are in Jerusalem, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and most other government offices are in Jerusalem. To deny that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is as silly as denying that Paris is the capital of France.
Sounds like it will be a good day.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Empty bowls

The bowl matchups are now set.
CBS Sports ranks from best to worst.
Virginia's contest against Navy ranks 38th of 39.
Beats only being able to watch bowl season.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Let them fight

The 220-page report on the Charlottesville battle of August 12 provides plenty of interesting reading.
Bad quote from the police chief "Let them fight."
Fighting led to the cancellation of the protest.
Which led police to clear the park.
And bring the two fighting sides back together to fight again.
In fact, all the police really succeeded in doing at this point was forcing the white supremacist protesters back toward a crowd of counter-protesters and thereby creating more skirmishes and street battles [emphasis added].

Saturday, December 2, 2017

In trouble, and how

Elizabeth Warren doesn't like being called Pocahontas by President Trump.
Real Cherokees don't like her fake appropriation of their heritage.
She was not a hero to me when she failed to foster a haven of support for Native students within Harvard University’s alienating Ivy League culture. She is not a hero for spending years awkwardly avoiding Native leaders. She is not a hero because, despite claiming to be the only Native woman in the U.S. Senate, she has done nothing to advance our rights.
She is not from us. She does not represent us. She is not Cherokee.
That's how to speak to Senator Warren

Saturday song

Hitch a ride on the Midnight Ride with Gladys Knight.

Facebook quote of the week

This Sunday I will begin my duties as a pastor. Thank you for supporting us as we transition into full-time ministry!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Weekend watchdog

Four spots await in the college football playoff set for January 1.
Who goes, and where they go, gets decided this weekend.
The participants of the 2018 Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl will be announced Sunday at noon on ESPN after the conferences crown their champions.
Coming into the weekend, Clemson holds the top spot. The Tigers face Miami in the ACC championship game Saturday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Second-ranked Auburn battles Georgia in the SEC championship game on CBS Saturday at 4 p.m.
Third-ranked Oklahoma takes on TCU in the Big 12 title tilt Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Fox, with the Big Ten finale matching No. 4 Wisconsin and Ohio State at 8 p.m.
If this week's top four teams win, they advance. Any loss means the committee must do more sorting.
The weekend begins Friday with the Pac-12 championship game between Southern Cal and Stanford at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
In the American Conference, Memphis visits Central Florida at noon Saturday on ABC. Toledo takes on Akron in the MAC on ESPN, with North Texas against Florida Atlantic from Conference USA on ESPN2.
The Sun Belt Conference brings together Troy and Arkansas State on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. with Boise State against Fresno State in the Mountain West at 7:45 p.m.
Fox has the Ravens' contest with the Lions Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Panthers-Saints. CBS offers the Patriots against the Bills at 1 p.m.
It's Eagles-Seahawks on NBC Sunday night and the Steelers visit the Bengals on ESPN Monday night.
The Wizards tangle with the Pistons Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
On the college court, North Carolina duels with Davidson Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 before Creighton meets Gonzaga.
Kentucky hosts Harvard Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, then it's Kansas-Syracuse. ESPN2 has Duke-South Dakota at 3:30 p.m. and Villanova's contest with St. Joseph's at 5:30 p.m.
Cincinnati clashes with Xavier Saturday at noon on FoxSports1, followed by Butler-St. Louis and Sacred Heart taking on St. John's at 4:30 p.m.
N.C. State meets South Carolina State Saturday at noon on NBC Sports Washington.
North Carolina takes on Tulane Sunday at 2 p.m. and Seton Hall tangles with Louisville at 4:30 p.m.
In the Big Ten, Michigan State meets Nebraska Sunday at 4:30 p.m. before Georgetown hosts Coppin State on FoxSports1.
On the women's court, it's top-ranked Connecticut against Notre Dame Sunday at 4 p.m. FoxSports1 has Baylor-Stanford Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Capitals host the Blue Jackets on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 7 p.m.
The United States faces Canada in women's ice hockey Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Chelsea clashes with Newcastle Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Liverpool against Brighton & Hove Albion. NBC carries Manchester United against Arsenal at 12:30 p.m.
Bournemouth battles Southampton Sunday at 8:25 a.m. then its Manchester City-West Ham United.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich battles Hannover Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Hertha Berlin meets Eintracht Sunday at 9 a.m. before Wolfsburg-B M'Gladbach at noon.
Tiger Woods returns to tournament play at the Hero World Challenge Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Alpine skiing Friday at 1 p.m. and women's slalom at 2:30 p.m. There's men's Super G Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The big win

Don Surber notes the return of 400 Marines from Syria - since their mission has been accomplished.
We supplied the air power and artillery. 
The Arabs -- Iraqis, Syrians, and the Gulf Cooperation Council -- provided the foot soldiers.
This was an urban war. 
That's how it should be. We may by default be the world's policeman, but it is good to see the neighborhood watch take over.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Up what creek is Matt Lauer

The Today Show opened with a shocker Wednesday - Matt Lauer fired for his behavior in his office.
This afternoon, Variety released its story on Lauer.
Make sure no one has a buzzer to lock the door behind you.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Empty chair times 2

Good job by President Trump, holding a press conference sitting between a pair of empty chairs.
Where Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi should have been.
The budget is due soon.
Schumer and Pelosi are pouting.
The empty chair picture is a great way to note that.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Why today?

Of all the times for President Trump to bring back the Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" theme, he did it today.
It's the first day of the battle over Warren's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Does Trump have the authority to hire a new leader of this department, or does the power reside with the department?
Trump reminds everyone today that he has the power - to upend the news cycle with a single word.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Why can't we have a championship game like this

I turned on the CFL's GreyCup on ESPN2.
It's just before halftime.
And snowing hard.
The lines have been cleared and beginning to fill in.
Much more interesting that most Super Bowl sites

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017

Weekend watchdog

After the big day of eating on Thanksgiving, fans have plenty of choices to enjoy along with the leftovers.
The college football weekend continues Friday as Virginia and Virginia Tech close out their regular seasons at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
ABC has a Friday doubleheader, with Miami-Pittsburgh at noon and Central Florida taking on South Florida at 3:30 p.m.
Arkansas tangles with Missouri on CBS at 2:30 p.m., and Texas takes on Texas Tech on Fox at 8 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Navy meeting Houston.
On FoxSports1, Baylor battles TCU at noon. It's Iowa against Nebraska at 4 p.m. and California clashes with UCLA at 10:30 p.m
Alabama and Auburn meet in the Iron Bowl Saturday on CBS at 3:30 p.m. with a playoff berth in the SEC title game at stake.
Michigan meets Ohio State at noon on Fox, then Rutgers meets Michigan State at 4 p.m. It's the Apple Cup at 8 p.m. between Washington and Washington State.
ABC starts its day at noon with Georgia-Georgia Tech. Wisconsin meets Minnesota at 3:30 p.m. and Stanford hosts Notre Dame at 8 p.m.
Florida faces Florida State at noon on ESPN. West Virginia travels to Oklahoma at 3:45 p.m. and Clemson clashes with South Carolina at 7:30 p.m.
There's a Hoosier State battle between Indiana and Purdue at noon on ESPN2, followed by Kansas State-Iowa State. Oregon takes on Oregon State at 7 p.m. and Utah State plays Air Force in the nightcap at 10:15 p.m.
Kansas clashes with Oklahoma State on FoxSports1 at noon before Ilinois-Northwestern at 4 p.m. It's Utah-Colorado at 10 p.m.
The ACC network carries Syracuse-Boston College at 12:20 p.m.
Duke and Wake Forest clash on NBC Sports Washington at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the annual battle between Southern and Grambling State at 5 p.m.
Sunday's play includes the Dolphins and Patriots at 1 p.m. on CBS and Rams-Saints at 4:25 p.m. Fox in Virginia will carry the Eagles against the Bears, with some places seeing Panthers-Jets and others getting the late game between the Seahawks and the 49ers. The Steelers host the Packers on NBC Sunday night, with Texans-Ravens on ESPN Monday night.
ESPN2 carries the CFL's Grey Cup Sunday at 6 p.m., with Calgary taking on Toronto.
The Wizards meet the TrailBlazers on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 7 p.m.
On the college court, the Battle for Atlantis championship will be Friday at noon on ESPN2, with the third place game at 2:30 p.m. Then there's semifinals from the Advocare Invitational at 5 p.m. and Wooden Legacy at 7 p.m., with action from PK80 at 9 and 11:30 p.m.
At the Las Vegas Invitational, Fox has the championship Friday at 5:30 p.m. followed by the third place game on FoxSports1 at 8 p.m.
Miami meets North Florida Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and FoxSports1 has Boston College-Providence at 8 p.m.
The two divisions of PK80 have their third place contests on ESPN Sunday at 1 and 3:30 p.m., with championship games at 8:30 and 11 p.m.
 ESPN2 has fifth place games Sunday at 1 and 3:30 p.m., with the Advocare championship at 9:30 p.m.
Michigan meets California Riverside Sunday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Temple takes on LaSalle at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Capitals tangle with the Lightning Friday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
NBC has Penguins-Bruins Friday at 1 p.m.
On the college ice, Minnesota meets Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m., after qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m.
West Ham United faces Leicester City Friday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network and it's Huddlersfield Town against Manchester City Sunday at 10:55 a.m.
Liverpool meets Chelsea Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.
Dortmund battles Schalke in the Bundesliga Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1, then Sunday Hamburg faces Hoffenheim at 9:30 a.m. and Koln takes on Hertha Berlin at noon.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thankful for Trump

Kurt Schlichter plans to have a happy holiday.
No. 1: Be Thankful That Hillary Is Not Our President.
Every day, it is a joy to awaken, unlike Hillary Clinton, without a hangover. Oh yes, and also to awaken knowing that Felonia von Pantsuit is not, and will never be, our president.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

You got too friendly with me

Today's list of shame - Hollywood division - includes John Lasseter of Pixar.
How far do these problems go?
To infinity, and beyond.

What's the matter McFly? Chicken?

Al Michaels gives the blame to President Trump for the NFL's troubles with pregame kneeling during the national anthem.
Michaels said it felt like tension over the protests was starting cooling down, until President Trump weighed in during a September rally in Huntsville, Ala., where he called on NFL owners to fire players who decided to protest while the national anthem was being played.
But it reminds me of the Back to the Future series.
Marty McFly's future turned out poorly because he didn't want to seem to be backing down from a challenge.
Thus McFly in 2015 lost his job.
The NFL players didn't have to respond as they did to President Trump.
They decided to kneel since they didn't want to appear to back down to the president.
They lost bigger than they would have if they had ignored Trump.