You know, I’m not the biggest sports fan in the world. I barely know what’s going on when it comes to football even though I’ve produced well north of a hundred games. And several hundred more sports events when you count volleyball, basketball, soccer and even wrestling. I make sports on the web happen. Go figure.
Today was the Rocky Mountain Battlin’ Bears versus the Carroll College Fighting Saints, and the Saints won it by 2 points, and the entire game came down to the last two possessions and ultimately, the final play of the game. Carroll won with a field goal, and it was magnificent to watch.
I like all the teams in the Frontier, but Carroll is my first team, simply because I wouldn’t do what I do now if it weren’t for them. But I truly feel for the Bears, they played a massively impressive game, and at the end of the day, yes, they lost, but not before showing that they have what it takes to win. They never let up. They never backed down. They have a long bus ride home (although certainly not the longest) and I sincerely hope they aren’t too hard on themselves. They will be, tho. It’s a heartbreaker for them.
But that’s not the interesting thing that dragged me back to the blog for a quick post. Oh no, my friends, the interesting thing is that the coaches poll is Monday and that’s going to be a really cool thing to do. And I, who have a shit understanding of what is going on with football on the field, have gotten a good feel for how the coaches will vote. And people think I’m crazy, but I’ve been right more often then not, so I’m putting this out there for all to see.
Here’s the standings as they were coming into play today:
- Morningside (Iowa)
- Cumberlands (Ky.)
- Grand View (Iowa)
- Benedictine (Kan.)
- Carroll (Mont.)
- Baker (Kan.)
- Rocky Mountain (Mont.)
- Saint Francis (Ind.)
- Ottawa (Kan.)
- Missouri Valley
- St. Ambrose (Iowa)
- Faulkner (Ala.)
- Peru State (Neb.)
- Tabor (Kan.) & Georgetown (Ky.) (tie)
- Tabor (Kan.) & Georgetown (Ky.) (tie)
- Friends (Kan.)
- Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
- Sterling (Kan.)
- Northwestern (Iowa)
- St. Francis (Ill.)
- Reinhardt (Ga.)
- Bacone (Okla.)
- Saint Xavier (Ill.)
- Robert Morris (Ill.)
- Southern Oregon
And the top five have been the top 5 for a couple of weeks. Not a lot of movement here. But #1 Morningside LOST to #19 Northwestern (Iowa). #4 Benedictine got absolutely shellacked by #10 Missouri Valley. This should mean that Carroll rises to #3, without question. But what happens to Rocky, who were ranked at #7?
Well, this is where it gets interesting. Back in Week 4 of the season, which was the second poll of the year, the Saints also beat Rocky, and you’d think, naturally, that the team that loses will go down. But as I told Coach Van Diest and Bruce Parker during the filming of the Saints Wrap Up that week, I thought that Rocky might actually improve anyway. And they did, rising two ranks that week.
I think we might see a repeat of that. At least, I hope so. Today, someone had to come away with a loss, that’s the way the game works. But neither of these teams are week. And the coaches that vote know the schedule, and they basically said, with the rankings they’d put out before, that this week’s game was going to be a powerhouse showdown and the only game that actually had that was Rocky at Carroll. All the other claimants to “Game of the Week” failed to be anything but “Well, we like to play sometimes” games. Regardless, I challenge anyone from the other NAIA leagues to face the Frontier teams, even Dickinson and come away with anything but a spanking.
I’m going to go on record with the following: Carroll will rise to #3. Morningside will fall to #12. Benedictine will fall to #15. And just because I honestly believe there is an unwritten rule that Six Breakfast Beers must be enjoyed before voting, Rocky will rise to #6. We’ll find out on Monday.
If you don’t know Catbug yet, this is where you start. Enjoy the show. This is the entire season in one clip, which is awesome. The new season starts in just a few days.
Since the government has decided they don’t want to work, why don’t we give them what they want and fire the lot of them? Just my thoughts.
So USA Today doubled their price today. I bet they doubled their content too, right? Right???
— Kirstin (@lilyofspades) September 30, 2013
This tweet solidified a concept in my head that we are all going to have to face because we didn’t let the banks fail.
Yes, that appears to be the most random synaptic misfire, but I assure you, it is not. You see, we have allowed a change to the value of a dollar so dramatically because we were unwilling to let banks fail on bad investments on mortgages. They created a mess, and we the people cleaned it up and in doing so have shot the greenback down.
Attention USA Today readers — the price of the paper is going up. Starting September 30, USA Today will cost $2 at newsstands. That’s up from $1, which it had been since 2008. That year the paper raised its price from 75 cents to $1. – Media Bistro
Phoenix, AZ was a prime example of this madness. A friend was building his house, and during the time it took to build it, it’s value doubled, so he sold it for a huge pile of money. That house is now valued at about what it was going to be valued when it was originally proposed, actually, it’s a bit less, but the mortgage on it hasn’t moved. It’s underwater. The bank is fine, the property is actually fine, but the owner is in debt because of the madness that gave a bunch of money to my friend.
The realistic value of that home? Don’t know, but since many markets haven’t reset to values prior to the bust, we are left with homes that are going for huge dollar amounts higher than we had before, and that means that a dollar must cover less value than before because, regardless of what HGTV says, not everyone has done an upgrade to their home.
But that’s just in real estate, right? The value of a dollar hasn’t declined elsewhere, has it? Of course it has. If the value of a dollar is smaller when it comes to buying a home, you can bet it’s smaller when it comes to buying everything else. Which means it’s going to take more dollars to get the same amount of stuff and that means we’ve got a problem.
It means that because we didn’t let the banks fall into the spiked pits they’d created, to bleed out and be rebuilt we’ve screwed ourselves. Yes, it would have been painful yet quickly over, and many on Wall Street would have had to find new jobs, and perhaps be on assistance for a while, or at the very least have to sell a yacht or two, but that’s ok. They gambled with money, and lost, but never had to pay the bet. That’s the problem.
Instead, we pay, and the way we pay is by making the dollar worth less and less until all the various markets balance out. Real estate is pushing us down, and nothing can really change that now. We should have let them fall, but instead chose to reduce the value in the dollar. And it’s pretty easy to calculate. A house that was worth $X before the bubble, and was worth $2X during the bubble, means that our dollar is now worth half what it was before, because that house didn’t change. (Yes, this is simplified, but the concept is more important than the details right now.) Notice the timeline in the pricing at USA Today? It’s not coincidental, at least not completely.
Prices are rising. Not because something suddenly has more value, but because the dollar has less value in it. And it’s tied to the housing bubble and the mess we made when we tried to clean it up. The Law of Unintended Consequences has us caught like a snake in a forked stick, and we aren’t getting away from it.
This means that we’ve got a lot of work to do to fix this mess, starting with the minimum wage. Because, yes, the US Today now costs twice what it did before, but only because your dollar is really worth half what it was before.
Is this man, Alexei Zhuravlev, who is a move that is eerily reminiscent of a jilted lover, appears to go after homosexuals with all the fervor of someone with something to hide. I mean, really, just look at this bitter, pent-up, tightwad. He thinks that Europe is now Sodom & Gomorrah, and in order to win the latest biblical polls, he’s willing to turn Russia into Hell on Earth. Here’s what he had to say about a single mom who happens to be gay:
‘Homosexuals must not raise children. They corrupt them. They do them much more harm than if the child were in an orphanage. I am deeply convinced of this.’
With around 700,000 Russian children in
shit holes orphanages, and another 2.5 million street children, there are 3.2 million kids being fucked by this asshole already, and he wants to take the kids of gays away from their parents. Because he has to beat the Catholics in something, so why not in fucking kids? And, added bonus, “teh gays”, too!
First off, if Johnny had shown up wearing a Nazi uniform in an interview in 1936 saying we shouldn’t boycott the Olympics, let’s imagine how history would judge him. The term ‘quisling’ springs to mind. He’s out of line with this, and why Olbermann is letting him off by not bringing it up is astounding.
Yes, it’s a costume meant to provoke. Fine. He provokes me. His classless misunderstanding of the dangers faced by LGBT Russians, and their allies, is so fatiguing I may slip into a coma and never recover. How can anyone so miserably misinformed be given a stage to spout ignorance… oh never mind. I forgot we were living in insanity.
Aside from being a self-centered, self-indulgent child, Johnny also doesn’t understand how politics works, why boycotts work, and how they are really quite useful tools for minorities or those out of power to affect change. One would guess it’s because he’s spent more of his time practicing his skating than learning history, and that’s fine for the most part, but should be included in a simple handout given to Keith Olbermann, entitled “Reasons Johnny Weir Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Pontificate On History”. This wouldn’t be a thick pamphlet, but would probably be at least two full pages, including at least one pic of Johnny being exceedingly gay – doing a Triple Lutz, or a Salchow, or his husband, Victor Voronov. Putin likes to call this “propoganda”.
And why hasn’t his Russian/Jewish husband spoken out? I really would love to hear what he has to say, mostly because his heritage is combined with both the current and the past, and he’s a graduate of Georgetown Law. One would hope he has a better grasp on policy than dear, sweet, Johnny. But I digress.
Ok, we shouldn’t boycott the olympics. We should move them. As the political will doesn’t exist to make that happen, we should be more creative and much more slap-Putin-in-the-punim.
Here’s what we do: everyone who is LGBT and those who support us, and who are Olympians, should be given diplomatic status, a.k.a. Diplomatic Immunity, for their time in Russia during the Olympics. Then they can be as flamboyant and out-there as they want, and Russia can’t do a damn thing about it.
The requirement is that EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of them is required to wear rainbows, hold hands, kiss their lovers in public, and, above all, WIN. WIN ALL THE BRONZES, SILVERS AND GOLDS. WIN ALL THE THINGS!
And they should also make an toast from the podium, with Skyy!
I’ve been asked to be in the fundraiser for the Queen City Ballet, and I was talking it over with Campbell (the director here), and here’s the dealio:
I’m going to collect pledges from all of you wonderful people. If enough of you pledge money, there will be something spectacularly amazing happen at the show!
What is it? Well, first the money. I want to raise $1,500 for QCB.
If, collectively, we can reach $1,500, I’ll be dancing my number in bright pink tutu and leotard and tights.
I don’t know why anyone would like to see this, but I’m told they would. And I’m always up for this sort of random stuff. This post is public, please put your pledge amount in the comments (here or on Facebook) and let’s see what we can do.
You can find out more about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/210903189033889/
I don’t get it. He didn’t apologize for his ruling, District Court Judge G. Todd Baugh apologized for verbalizing his misogyny. He’s ABSOLUTELY a misogynist, which is horrible and tragic and mystifying, especially as he’s a judge, and his sentencing reflects his bigotry.
How can someone with an unassailable bigotry like this be allowed on the bench? How the hell did he get there in the first place? You can’t tell me that this is the first time that his raging misogyny, his victim blaming, his slut shaming, his incredible apathy towards justice, has reared its ugly head. It’s completely unbelievable.
The US DoJ has an absolute need to review his cases and rulings. Attorney General Tim Fox should investigate him as well. Because everything District Court Judge G. Todd Baugh has ruled on is suspect. Everything.
SOPA is back, people. I wish I had more time today to write about how dumb this law is, and how bad it is that we have a government that is scared of it’s citizens, that we have this divide between “We, The People…” and “Government” that is widening with every passed bill by our do-nothing-good, take-a-month-long-break-after-doing-nothing-good congress. There is nothing good about censorship. Not. One. Thing. And if bills like these are allowed to even be presented, we have a problem.
That they are considered is dangerous. Very dangerous. That they might pass and become law is terrifying. It must be stopped. Please stand with me, stand for what’s right, and let’s stop this madness.
And yet again, the reason sucks. Jeez, apparently Montana is tragically awful.
You know, even the best things must come to an end, and so must the CTC Kids Camp, which has been an awesome experience for all of us, from the youngest kids to the oldest adults, we’ve all had a great time.
We’ve played about SEVEN BAZILLION games this week, and we’ve settled on a few good ones that the kids are going to show off to their parents and some other friends tonight at The Shop. It will be awesome.
And while I’m glad I did this, and glad that every single kid was here, and I wish we had more kids, I’m very happy to be done with it. A week is a long time, and we bit off a huge chunk and it was a bit touch-and-go there for a while on if we’d bitten off too much. We didn’t, but it was close.
I can’t wait for the show tonight, and I know the kids are just as excited. Be sure to swing by if you can, because I’ll be having what we all need – an adult… beverage!
So it’s Day Three of the CTC Kids Camp, and while we’ve had a few of the normal moments that you expect when you’re dealing with kids ranging in ages from 7 to 14, it’s been a really amazing time.
The kids are funny, creative, and smart, and they are getting the games pretty quickly. They are also kids, and it’s fun to watch them try new games, especially after we’ve told them they will fail.
ASIDE: “You tell them they’ll fail?!? What kind of monsters are you?!?!” I hear you cry. And to you I answer, we are not monsters. We are teaching improv, which is a skill made up of making things up. And when you’re making it up, sometimes you go down the wrong the path, and things go off the rails, and you crash and burn in the valley of darkness and then your metaphors are as bad as this one. It can be horrible. And it absolutely will happen. I’d be a monster if I didn’t tell the kids that the games are hard, really hard, and there is a good chance that they will fail – the adults have failed, so why let the kids face that without warning? So we don’t. We tell them they’ll fail. We embrace failing. And we pick ourselves up and continue on. END OF ASIDE.
So today we decided to play the Alphabet Game. This is a deceptively hard game. Why? You know the alphabet; you have for years. Same thing for the kids. And all your doing is telling a story where your line has to start with the next letter in the alphabet and you go back and forth with a partner, starting someplace random in the alphabet, and you have to get all 26 letters in the right order, and you know what? It’s really complex. But the kids thought we were lying.
Till we had them play it.
Good news: All the kids over 9 years old got through it, and the 10 years or older were pretty good at it after an hour or two. You read that right: AN HOUR OR TWO. We played the game starting with two students, then added two more, and then had the whole group try it, then just took the last few younger kids to see how they’d do. And they made it, at least once, but it was a long game and they all agreed that:
- They like the game, and
- They want to play it again, and
- They really want to not play it right now, tho because it’s hard.
- It’s really hard.
So while everyone got to play, and it was a lot of learning, it was a tough game and a long day for all of us. I can’t wait for tomorrow!
Today was the first day of the Cow Tipping Comedy Improv Kids Camp, and it’s been a raging success from the get-go. With 11 kids here today (one is a half-day camp only) and two more joining us tomorrow, we’ve got a great group of really bright, creative kids that we are guiding into being able to play the improv games that we do at our regular shows.
Like I said, it’s been a great start, and the kids are having a lot of fun. The morning was spent doing the basics of trust and some quick-thinking games, and this afternoon we’ve divided the group into three smaller teams, which is giving the kids less downtime and more play-time refining those games into scenes for the show.
Oh, that reminds me, the kids are doing a show a on Friday at 6pm, and it will be at The Shop Helena. This space is kindly being donated by Matt Gorecki for the show, and will have enough space for parents and friends of the kids to see them, but it won’t be as overwhelming as a full stage would be.
There’s no charge for the show, but we are taking donations to put into a scholarship fund for kids for next summer’s camp. You know that will be awesome. Hopefully we’ll see you there.
And because I was left to my own devices, I called the kids’ show “We Need An Adult… …Beverage!”
You know you love it.
With all that’s happening in Russian re: LGBT Propoganda and citizens, you’d think it would be easy to discuss, understand, and digest. That’s not the case at all, but only because when most straights who aren’t already allies spend any time thinking about ‘the gays’ and what we do, they think of butt sex and kind of lose their minds.
I totally understand that, as when I think of butt sex, it knocks everything else out of my head, too. Go figure.
If we put the discussion in terms more easily digested for the masses, it might help, and that’s exactly what I’m going to try to do here. Wish me luck. Or bourbon. Both? Why not.
If Russia had banned discussing Christ, and any christian propaganda as well, you might understand the issue. At the Sochi Olympiad you’re going to see many people wearing crosses, as they are christians and that is their wont to do. More power to them. But that’s also propaganda. It’s showing your faith, yes, but it’s also espousing a viewpoint, and that, by definition, is propaganda.
And if you brought your bible to the Sochi Olympiad? Well, that’s also illegal. Never mind if you hadn’t opened it, it’s illegal, and you go to the gulag. Oh, you just happen to be a devout person who has published a blog and your pic is there, and we saw you on NBC last night and then found your blog, and BAMMO! Gulag for you, too!
Yes, it’s hard for us here in the U.S. to imagine that this is what’s going to happen, but I can guarantee that it is. This is exactly what they are trying to do – make scapegoats. The demonization of LGBT people is exactly that bad. Especially because, and I can’t stress this enough, ANYONE can be thought to be gay. And that means this attack is on EVERYONE.
The IOC has demanded some clarification, but there’s really no need. They are doing it because they realize, FINALLY, that they are in the very rough position of having to stand up for what’s right, and they have always been cowards before.
Move the 2014 Winter Olympics to Canada. They’ve had equal marriage for nearly a decade. I believe they’ll even let Russians in, provided they don’t attack anyone else while there.