Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Doppelgangers: Robert Griffin III

Randall Boggs from "Monster's Inc."

Nothing against the guy (until he officially pulls a Redskins jersey over his head) but it's pretty tough to deny the resemblance here. RG3 is pretty slick on the field, so you could argue that they even move similar too.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Les Miles Is An Asshole

UPDATED: Added link to ESPN video.

A couple of years back, Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy called out the media for an article written about one of his players. The article was scathing and highly critical of a college athlete, which was not something Gundy was going to take lightly. If you are somehow not one of the millions of people who viewed it on YouTube or ESPN, you can view it here.

Not Les Miles... Not an asshole.

The line that has gone viral is now infamous:
"Where are we at in society today?
Come after me! I'm a man! I'm 40!"
The key point of his rant is a simple one at it's core... You dont attack a college kid. It really shouldnt be too hard to comprehend. Even reporters that are known for having questionable morals and/or standards generally follow this simple concept.

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Legend of JoePa Has Yet To Be Determined

Statue Of Joe PaternoImage by audreyjm529 via FlickrThe Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State is certainly a polarizing topic. Everyone seems to be "on this side" or "on that side" on virtually every topic discussed. Should Mike McQueary be allowed to coach or even retain his job or is he one of the worst offenders? Are the students who rioted just a couple of idiots fueled by anger or are they standing up for the right to due process? Did the college cover up the whole sordid tale or is this really only about one perverted creep?

He must stand on the world stage and explain everything.

It should be noted that any case, let alone one as complex as this, is never as simple as black and white. However, when emotions run high and the demand for answers is seemingly not being met, it isn't difficult to comprehend why the masses start to pick side. Right or wrong, this is what happens when something of this magnitude occurs. And on it plays.

The loudest of disagreements is the most obvious and an understandably sensitive one...
Joe Paterno and his storied legend.

The support for Paterno is hardly surprising. By virtually all accounts he has done more for Penn State then anyone could begin to list in detail. It is well known about the "Grand Experiment" where he demanded academic excellence from his athletes, particularly at a time when the word "student-athlete" was becoming an oxymoron. There are innumerous stories of Paterno shaping the lives of young men and women and helping to build them into great people. The fact that the campus library, not an athletic building, is named for him speaks volumes to what he has done to further the lives and minds of students at Penn State. Paterno taught honor and integrity.

But not all are convinced that Paterno practiced what he preached...

The anti-JoePa camp generally believes that Paterno had to know, or at least, had to suspect that a monster was amongst them. If you believe the grand jury testimony, then Paterno knew at the very least that "disturbing" and "inappropriate" actions took place between Sandusky and Victim #2 in 2002. McQueary had told him and did so in a manner where he was "visibly upset" as noted by Paterno. Many believe that if Paterno and McQueary had simply called the police, nearly ten years of torture could have been averted.

 ...the chance to finally do right by these victims is right there in front of him.

The people who called for Paterno's departure still want answers. They want to know what and when Paterno knew. They want to know what Paterno was thinking when he saw Sandusky with young boys consistently in the years following the initial disclosure to Paterno. Did Paterno know before 2002? Was the allegations of Victim #4 and the 1999 Alamo Bowl the real reason that Sandusky left coaching in an attempt to hide or shield Penn State from the possible backlash from going public with it?

The answers to these questions are what will define Joe Paterno. To be more specific, the way he answers these questions are what will define Joe Paterno.

If his messages on honor and integrity mean anything to him, then he will be front and center at the Sandusky trial. He must stand on the world stage and explain everything. He can't focus on how damning this will be to his image. He cant be worried about his finances and the inevitable civil suits that could arise. He need only concern himself with one thing... living up to what he taught.

For every story we hear about Paterno molding and preparing a young life for greatness, there is an actual person behind each tale. Surely those people are focused on Paterno's upcoming actions. If they continued on the path we so often hear about Paterno leading them down, then they expect him to do the right thing, just as he taught them to do.

Paterno may never recover his image entirely. No matter what happens now, it will be extremely tough to fully restore his name. But the chance to redeem something, the chance to try to make the right decisions moving forward, the chance to finally do right by these victims is right there in front of him. What Paterno does with it will undoubtedly play a heavy role in determining what type of man Paterno really is.

Joe Pateno's legend rests on what he does from this point on.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

US Women Define "Determination" & Capture Hearts

Soaring through the air, reaching it's apex and starting to come back down towards the pitch, a soccer ball is headed for it's destiny. With time literally about to run out any second, this ball will be the final nail in the coffin if it is stopped. But then, a face of pure determination, framed by short cropped hair held up by a thin headband would enter the equation and change everything. Abby Wambach took to the air and forcefully headed Megan Rapinoe's beautiful long cross into the back of the net. By the time Rapinoe leapt into Wambach's waiting arms, a reality was settling in to all in attendance...
The Americans were alive!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Recipe: Bacon & Egg Cupcakes

These are a interesting take on a breakfast staple. Not only would these make a great traditional weekend breakfast (especially for kids), but these can also be used as a hearty snack on a cold day. I plan on making these anytime I go snowboarding, I can tell you that...

The "Mix" that this recipe calls for is entirely up to you. What do you like with your Bacon & Eggs? You can mix it up add some spices or keep it traditional. Maybe go Greek with some Feta cheese? A scoop of Ricotta on top would do quite nicely as well.

The beauty of this recipe is that you can make plenty of variations of it until you find the one that knocks people on their asses.

Experiment and Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Welcome To My Introduction (Updated)

Sherlock Holmes
Updated: This blog was originally started on Tumblr. However the desire for a more full featured blogging platform required the move here to Blogger. My apologies for any double posting annoyingness.
After many years of planning on doing it, and several failed attempts, I have decided that starting today, on my 30th birthday (shameless plug), I am going to be writing and maintaining my own blog. Now that the eye rolling is done, we can begin…
I present to you… Slightly Less Than Great.

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