The Crotch Pot
So this appears to be a real thing. Is this something you would consider? I can think of a few people who might, and I now have to re-think going hiking with them...
The Crotch Pot
First of all, there should be eight teams in the college football playoff. A few years ago college football "relented" and "gave the people what they wanted", a playoff to determine the champion.
Except they didn't. What people hated about the polls was that arbitrary people not playing the games were deciding who was worthy enough to be the champion. The playoff was supposed to fix that. Except that college football decided that they would use a poll to determine who gets into the playoffs, so, like last year, you can win the Big 10 and have a team that finished behind you go into the playoff instead of you. Where does that make sense. The beauty of sports is that you settle it on the field. This current, four-team playoff, removes the joy of that.
Here's how to fix it. Go to an eight team playoff. The winner of each of the five power conferences gets an automatic bid into the tournament. Win the SEC, Big 10, Big 12, PAC-12, or ACC and you get an automatic entry into the playoffs. Win and you are in. You can still use the polls to seed them, but they are in.
The final 3 slots are left to this committee. They pick the next best three teams to fill out slots 6, 7 and 8.
For example, based on the projections and rankings right now:
1. Alabama or Georgia (SEC Champion)
2. Clemson (likely ACC Champion)
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan/Ohio State/Northwestern winner (Big 10 Champion)
5. Alabama or Georgia (based on rankings)
6. Oklahoma/West Virginia/Texas (Big 12 Champion)
7. Washington State (likely PAC-12 Champion)
8. UCF (because they won't allow 3 SEC teams)
Alabama/Georgia vs UCF
Clemson vs Washington State
Notre Dame vs Oklahoma/West Virginia/Texas
Michigan/Ohio State/Northwestern vs Alabama/Georgia
Alabama vs Georgia
Clemson vs Notre Dame
Georgia vs Clemson
- Alfred Adler
There are a number of quotes that go along this same line... "What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say." "Actions speak louder than words."
Be moving towards something... your goals. Big or small, be moving. Action matters. Action has value. And if you can bring some others along with you, well now you are creating a movement because you are multiplying your action and you are creating camaraderie and a community experience.
"When all is said and done, will more be said? Or done?" - Chief Gwizdak
Got to visit with members at the Hawkinsville Post this afternoon. Great group of comrades who care a bunch about the VFW, their Post and taking care of veterans. I'm looking forward to seeing how the grow over the next couple of years. Excellent potential. Beautiful property. #GoodVFWThingsComing
Honored to represent the Department of Georgia at the 6th District meeting in Perry today. Post 6126 showed excellent hospitality and there was more discussion and participation than I've seen in a long time in this District. This district appears to be growing and I'm looking forward to helping with that. Thank-you all for a great meeting.
Got to stop by and visit with Commander Gary Tisdale, Quartermaster Ty Matthews, and members of Warner Robins Memorial Post 6605 this afternoon. Superb hospitality and excellent low country boil. We solved a few world problems and talked of plans to grow the Post in the community and the Department of Georgia. Thank-you for all you do for veterans!
Originally published on polarshark back in April 2008, the restructuring of the site brought it forward for another go-round...
I'll start this off by saying I don't know whether it is true or not. Neither does Snopes. I just know I laughed until I cried when I read it. Enjoy...
Last weekend I saw something at Larry's Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something for my wife Julie.
"If you think education is expensive, try being stupid."
Traveling home from New Mexico bumped into Derek Hines, a friend (and his son) from high school back in the 20th Century from North Dakota. Small world!
This originally appeared on Polarshark in April 2008 but in moving to the new platform it has earned another publication.
Okay, couple of weeks ago we were wandering around historic downtown Ellicott City, Maryland when we came upon the Sweet Cascades Chocolatier at 8167 Main Street. I'm not sure what a 'chocolatier' is but I'm pretty sure it means they make candy. Anyway, we stepped inside to see what savory wares they might have.
In no time, the Mrs. was pointing out a thing called a "Hoochie Mama" (right) on one of the lower shelves. It was a jalepeno pepper dipped in chocolate. Oh my!
Since "Hoochie Mama" is my catch word for everything (kind of like a mainland version of "da kine"), I just had to get one.
I asked how hot the peppers were and the proprietor said they were fairly hot. I asked if the chocolate would cut the heat any. She lovingly smirked as she replied, "Honey, you won't even know the chocolate is there." Yikes!
She tried valiantly to convince me to bite the Hoochie Mama right there in the store but I had bigger plans. We were meeting a large group for dinner and I wanted to show off my Hoochie Mama.
I'll add here that I also bought a slice of chocolate covered bacon. That just sounded too strange to pass up.
So off we went to meet our group. There were about 30 people from the our week-long conference gathered for dinner at the Crab Shanty. I probably made a spectacle of showing off my Hoochie Mama but I think it was fun for everyone. I will also add that I gave everyone in the place a chance to bite the Hoochie Mama and none stepped forward.
So, after polishing off the Soft Shell Crab Volcano, I gathered everyone around to witness the event. After offering my Hoochie Mama one last time to everyone in the crowd and finding no takers, I lifted my chocolate dipped pepper friend and took the plunge.
I'd like to admit that I chewed my Hoochie Mama with a casual abandon befitting a man of my stature. I'd like to... but I can't. I had a glass of milk waiting there on the table and quickly chased the Hoochie Mama with the milk. She was still pretty danged hot. It was an event. George Wright tried some of the pepper (without the benefit of the milk - I drank it all). He ate it and he liked it. He was sweating profusely and had a kind of wide-eyed look on his face, but he liked it. I liked it too.
So if you ever find yourself outside of Baltimore,
Head to downtown Ellicott where they have sweets and more.
There'll be no need for acting up or any dance of drama,
Just talk to Sweet Cascades a bit and get a Hoochie Mama.
In the British military, "Thomas Atkins" was used somewhat like "GI Joe" or "John Doe". It was a generic placeholder used for a regular soldier. That soon morphed into the slang "Tommy Atkins" and just plain "Tommy." I cleaned up the colloquial style of language because I think the message is clearer for today without it. You can find the original version here. You can see the issues haven't changed much through the years. It's better but there's still room for improvement.
I went into a public house to get a pint of beer,
The publican he up and says, " We serve no red-coats here."
The girls behind the bar they laughed and giggled fit to die,
I'm out into the street again and to myself says I:
O it's Tommy this, and Tommy that, and "Tommy, go away";
But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins," when the band begins to play
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins," when the band begins to play.
I went into a theater as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but hadn't none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-halls,
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
For it's Tommy this, and Tommy that, and "Tommy, wait outside";
But it's " Special train for Atkins " when the trooper's on the tide
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.
Yes, making mock of uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, and they're starvation cheap.
And hustling drunken soldiers when they're going large a bit
Is five times better business than parading in full kit.
Then it's Tommy this, and Tommy that, and Tommy, "how's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of heroes" when the drums begin to roll
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it's "Thin red line of heroes," when the drums begin to roll.
We aren't no thin red heroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barracks, most remarkable like you;
And if sometimes our conduct isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barracks don't grow into plaster saints;
While it's Tommy this, and Tommy that, and "Tommy, fall behind,"
But it's "Please to walk in front, sir," when there's trouble in the wind
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's "Please to walk in front, sir," when there's trouble in the wind.
You talk of better food for us, and schools, and fires, and all:
We'll wait for extra rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
For it's Tommy this, and Tommy that, and "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Savior of his country" when the guns begin to shoot;
And it's Tommy this, and Tommy that, and anything you please;
And Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool - you bet that Tommy sees!
I've converted the site recently and am migrating and re-classifying old stuff as I go. Might take a minute...
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