Posted on: November 19, 2009 9:22 pm

Chickens can prevent "nature-deficit disorder?"

Really? If you haven't read this article from the State newspaper you really need to take a look. Good stuff.

Yardbirds: urban chickens gain support

I wonder how they feel about "home tigers" in Columbia?

Category: General
Posted on: June 27, 2009 8:55 pm

Did you ever play ultimate?

Today an old friend visited and we went out to play disc golf. We got to talking about when we played ultimate in our college days and it reminded me of a couple of stories relating to ultimate frisbee that I had seen recently.

Ultimate Frisbee Takes Off

Game Off! Frisbee Team Gets Naked
The first is an article in the NY Times about growing popularity of the sport, particularly among women. I can believe this since I loved playing it myself. Fortunately the guys joked about it but never actually made me play on the skins side. Which leads me to the second story. *giggles* What is it about Oregon? Now they're playing ultimate without their shorts! I do think ending the team's season seems a little harsh. I mean boys will be boys.

Ultimate is a great pick-up game that requires very little structure to play. You need only a frisbee, a field, and something to mark off the field. We used a set of cones back in the day. And you can customize the size of field and rules based on how many you have to play. We disliked the downtime of kickoffs and so generally played the game like basketball. When one side scored the other picked up the disc and immediately went the other way. Talk about running your ass off! Some of today's youth need to try something like that. Anyone else have any stories or thoughts regarding ultimate frisbee?
Category: General
Posted on: April 30, 2009 4:05 pm

NBA draft mockery?

So what does everyone think about the NBA asking blogging college basketball player Mark Titus to withdraw from the draft so he would not make a "mockery" of it? It seems to me that asking someone to withdraw who has a legal right to enter is more of a mockery than anything the kid could write about it. It appears the NBA fears fun. Talk about Stern disapproval! 

Titus story
It seems sad to me that the NBA felt compelled to pressure him out when he had every right to be included. Some team might have thought it would be a good PR stunt to draft him. He might have even brought new fans. Who knows? It almost makes one wonder what else in the NBA might be "fixed" doesn't it? What do you think?
Category: NBA
Posted on: February 25, 2009 11:59 pm

OK, I may be done here!

OK, I knew they were reviewing avatars, presumedly I thought to remove the plethora of soft porn. I could understand that although it didn't really bother me either. Now I've been informed my innocuous avatar, a headshot drawing of me with a mask and a Clemson orange background, is going to be removed. Obviously there is no justice or sense of humor here. I'm a superheroine who fights Gamecocks you idiots! It is very specifically sports related! Anyway, what with the recent ratings fiasco still mystifying me, if my headshot drawing is removed and that headshot of Dennis Dodd that makes him look like the ultimate pervo stays, I'm out of here! I'm slow, but I catch on eventually. Apparently I am not wanted here and I can find plenty else to do.


Posted on: February 22, 2009 10:41 am
Edited on: February 22, 2009 10:24 pm

OK, what's up with the ratings?

I don't want to make too big a deal about this because ultimately it's not overly important I guess. But it can be a little disheartening when your rating drops from 96 to 93 overnight and then continues to melt away to 92 in the following days. Then you actually make several posts one day and the next morning you find your rating has dropped to 91.

I heard a rumor that they allow only x-amount of Superstar posters and had to drop some Superstars to make room for the returning baseball fans who post on Glogs. I heard that college basketball fans like me might get bumped back up when the baseballers leave in the fall. Well that rules out me glogging any basketball going forward. And it would also be dumb since baseball is currently meaningless and college basketball is entering into its exciting March Madness stretch. Maybe I need to favorite a pro baseball team or join a fantasy league? I'm kidding. Watching baseball for me is like watching the corn grow... field of dreams indeed.

I've also heard that they're trying a new system and haven't worked the bugs out of it yet. I suspect that not being able to see who rates you anymore has made it easy for haters to travel about handing out low ratings to everyone as well.

If participation is a bad thing I guess I'll just stick to the occasional Clemson basketball post. I was going to follow golf some during the neverending baseball season, but if those extra posts are gonna cost me points maybe I'll just watch and keep my mouth shut.

Ultimately I know I really shouldn't be worried about my rating number, but when it goes backwards it does tend to make one feel unwanted. Is anyone else as mystified by theses ratings as I am?

Posted on: January 27, 2009 7:25 pm

Obsessed with college football recruiting?

I've been noticing that a lot of the people here on CBS (and everywhere) are more interested in posting about football recruiting than about sports that are currently being played... like basketball! I know Clemson folks are all excited today because this Tajh Boyd quarterback recruit says he might be coming. Let's not forget he's already decommited twice before. Then it hit me! I knew what my next blog question should be. What the hell is this fascination with recruiting when nobody's actually signed yet and we know half of those who do will be losers anyway? Is it just me or is this degree of interest in football recruiting a bit obsessive?

Posted on: January 12, 2009 8:44 pm

What is the worst officiating mistake ever?

This week’s failure by officials to make a delay-of-game call on the Ravens potentially cost the Titans a playoff game. It got me thinking. Yes, I know the Ravens might well have won anyway. And I know the Titans are to blame for their own turnovers. Still the Titans showed the heart to keep coming back and controlling the game after each mistake they made. If they could do that then the least the refs could do was make the Ravens convert a third and seven after the play clock ran out on them... but no. As a result now only the Steelers stand between fans and a Stupid Bowl that is totally for the “birds.”

But that’s certainly not the worst missed call ever, and I don’t mean to limit this to professional football. There’s the missed call at first by Don Denkinger in game six that likely cost the Cardinals the 1985 World Series. There’s eventual national champion Colorado’s fifth down play to beat Missouri in 1990. And on a more personal note there’s the sinister time keeping at Cameron Indoor which gave Duke two extra seconds to come back for a game winning shot with one tenth of a second left in 2007, a demoralizing defeat that started Clemson down the road to becoming the first-ever 17 – 0 team to not make the NCAA Tournament since the inclusion of at-large bids.

And that leads to this question. What do you think is the worst officiating mistake ever?
Posted on: January 11, 2009 1:42 pm

What is the best college football uniform ever?

What is the best college football uniform ever? Sure, you could go with a classic like the maize and blue of Michigan or the unadorned white of Penn State. Or you could pick a personal favorite like the Texas red and white with the longhorn symbol on the helmet or, in my case, Clemson's all orange with a tiger paw. Or you could go off into left field and choose the crazy Oregon green and yellow with the neat diamond-patterned grid on the shoulders. But I think I have to go with Army's camouflage helmets and pants with black jerseys. Simply awesome! What do you think?
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