10 November 2011

Penn State - Idiocracy

So JoePa (as well as the university president) is fired over the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State. And the students riot. I'm really at a loss for words. Read the article that I linked to and you'll find descriptions of unruly students dancing on the tops of vehicles and describing the Board of Trustees as an "embarrassment" for making the decision to fire Mr. Paterno. It's football people. I know Joe Paterno is a legend, but we're talking about serious allegations, one of which is that Mr. Sandusky had sex with a pubescent boy, as witnessed by a graduate assistant and reported to both Mr. Paterno and the athletic director of the university. Nothing was ever reported to the police. Whether the allegations turn out to be true or not, the response exhibited by the students is just stupid in my opinion. Honestly it seems like they thought that such injustice was sufficient reason to riot, so riot they did. The kicker is the quote about the Board of Trustees being an embarrassment. What the hell is tipping over a news van, destroying private property and acting afool over the termination of a football coach by young adults who are supposed to be somewhat responsible and of sound mind? These kids are idiots.

09 November 2011

The Goods

See those lovely things off to the right there? What you are beholding are 16 tickets to every Runnin' Rebel home game for the 2011-12 season. I was literally glowing after I picked them up. Seriously, people said that to me, "You're glowing." Needless to say, I'm very excited about this.

I've talked about getting season tickets each of the previous two seasons, but never actually followed through, due to financial difficulties well under my control. Well this year it's over. I finally did it. A nice little bargain too. $130 for the package (the quoted price is actually $105 but they get you for another $25 on "processing" and "order" charges, whatever the hell those are supposed to be). At least they didn't try to throw in a parking charge.

Anyway, first game is this Friday the 11th at 7pm. That would be Veterans Day, which means I'm off from work. This would be an incredibly awesome opportunity to begin tailgating at 3pm in front of The Mack (and still may be, minus some of the fun because of what I'm about to tell you next) but unfortunately I'm unable to drink alcohol while on these anti-biotics. I guess it's really not an iron-clad restriction, but I don't know if it's worth the risk. Don't want to end up all drowsy with a sick stomach and miss the game. Probably for the best, as I will actually remember the game and the minutiae of the action if I remain sober. I will certainly miss that rum slushie at half-time though. Damn.

07 November 2011

The Return

Dadgum, it's been a while. I'm really not too good at keeping up with this thing. Which, really, isn't all that surprising. Without any external accountability or prodding I'm wont to never do anything with any level of consistency or reliability. I deem that as a character flaw (or at least I believe that others find it to be so), a lack of discipline and resolve. It's something I really should work on. Hmmm, wonder how that will turn out. It reminds me of that line in the movie "Tin Cup" (one of my all-time favorites, by the way):

Roy: And then the unfinished symphony of Roy McAvoy.
Molly: What's unfinished?
Roy: I have a short follow-through. It has an unfinished look...
Molly: Why?
Roy: Well, some say it's the easiest way to play in the winds of west Texas...some say it's because I never finish anything in my life.

So, that be that. I'm battling a sinus infection and pink eye at the moment. Been sick for over a week, since last Sunday actually. The pink eye just kicked in last Friday. Levofloxacin and tobramycin are doing the fighting now though. I haven't been on an anti-biotic in quite sometime, but this one ain't bad. Some of them upset the stomach something fierce, but I haven't really noticed any side-effects with this one. I haven't had pink eye since the third grade probably, haha. Hopefully this will be the only illness this year...got to take better care of myself to ensure that happens.

College basketball season is now underway, and the Dave Rice era has begun for the Runnin' Rebels of UNLV. Ed and I attended the Rebels exhibition game versus Washburn last Tuesday night. Boy, what a lackluster performance that was. I was genuinely nervous in the second half as the game stayed neck and neck. The Runnin' Rebs finally pulled it together with about 10 minutes to go and stretched out the lead with some crowd pleasing throw-downs, ultimately winning the contest 58-50. The team looks promising though. We've got a lot of talent and as always, a lot of heart. The home opener is on Veterans Day against Grand Canyon. Go Rebles!

And with that, I'll let it be. Until next time.