Friday, July 29, 2005

Lucky 113?

With a freshman coach and a sophomore AD, maybe I shouldn't be surprised about this.
Every year, before the college football season begins, College Football News releases its rankings of every football team in the NCAA Division I. This year, there happen to be 119 teams. My beloved alma mater, Utah State University, found itself ranked near the bottom (or at the bottom, but not last!). I think the relative strength of this year's team, as addressed by CFN, does lie in its secondary. The relative weakness, on the other hand, is a hard one to take.
Linebacker, Kelly Poppinga, became a traitor. He left the Aggies one year after begging other players to stay and help the Aggies rise from the dust. The remaining Aggie linebackers would do well to use this act as motivation.
Leon Jackson III showed moments of brilliance a year ago. This is his sophomore year, but it will be the first for the whole team under Brent Guy's watchful eyes. Jackson can throw and run, but he will need support from the actual running backs and receivers who are supposed to catch those throws. Kevin Robinson, this is largely your responsibility. Grab that ball, and run, baby!
The coaches from the WAC have picked the Ags to finish in the eighth spot out of nine teams. The media picked the same. The past few years haven't given Aggie fans much of a reason to believe otherwise. Fans, though, are still fans. A rank of 113 will not keep fans out of their frozen seats in two months. This team will provide some fireworks. This team will give fans something to cheer and sing about. This team is not going to finish in the bottom three of the conference. WAC teams, beware. The Aggies are coming.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Be Prepared?

Please understand that I was once a scout. I never earned my Eagle rank, but I worked hard as a scout for six years. Most importantly, I suppose, is that I still remember some of the most essential things my leaders ever taught me. You know, Be Prepared, as the motto of the group. The Scout Law does mention something about bravery, but not stupidity. Three hundred scouts had to be treated for heat related issues at the freaking National Jamboree. What the crap is that? Seriously. Can anyone explain this to me? It's like no one realized it was the middle of the freaking summer. Hello! It is the end of July, and this is an outdoor activity. Now, I understand that our little Boy Scout friends might be too proud to use water bottles, but there was no lake, ocean, or river to purify from, so... What were they planning on doing to keep themselves hydrated? Was each kid supposed to have enough water in their canteens for an entire day's worth of activities? Were they collecting sweat? Were they doing rain dances? What?
Memo to the BSA, being a scout is not the same as being in the military. These are kids. They are trying to be tough. You are the ones who need to teach them with prudence. There is no excuse for this.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Cough update

My doctor took today off because of the local celebration of the arrival of pioneers to the Salt Lake valley in 1847. After almost suffocating last night, my lungs didn't care who was celebrating what. I needed to see someone. I went over to the local Instacare and waited for more than an hour for my chance to visit with the doc. The good doctor asked the normal questions, "So you're coughing?", "Does it hurt?", and "Can I shove some pointy objects in your ears, nose, and mouth?" Of course, none of these were actually supposed to help anything. After all, I was coughing. Ears ache, but they don't cough. A nose may run, but it will not cough, either. The mouth is where a cough leaves, but it is not often the place of origination for such an ailment. So after we went though all of these fun games, the doctor wisely decided to have an X-ray taken of my chest. One quick look at the X-ray, and the diagnosis came. Pneumonia and bronchitis. Both. The new drug cocktail includes a week of antibiotics, narcotic cough syrup, and a steroid inhaler. Sounds fun, doesn't it?

Sunday, July 24, 2005


¡Somos los campeones! Felicidades a nuestro equipo Estadounidense por haberse ganado la Copa Oro hoy en Nuevo York. Tuvieron que hacerlo por medio de los penales. Ambos equipos tuvieron muchas oportunidades para meterse un gol, pero nadie podia encontrar la red. Mas importante es el hecho de que ganaron sin unos seis jugadores normales del equipo. Falta un ano para el Mundial del 2006 en Alemania. El mundo debe de tener cuidado porque nosotros ya estamos listos para traer el premio mas grande del mundo futbolista a los Estados Unidos.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Cough, cough, cough...

So I just spent two weeks in Cedar City with some of my mom's side of the family, and I have returned home with some nasty stuff in my lungs. I don't know if it was the smoke and ash from nearby fires. I don't know if it was the climate, the vegetation or what it could have been. I do know that my ribs are killing me. Blasted allergies! The good thing for those around me is that I can't talk much without having coughing fits. Thus, I talk less. No rants about Greg Ostertag, George Bush, or Karl Rove. In short, here goes the typed version: One of the three was given a pink slip but then rehired, and the one who can't be rehired should be doing the firing of the last. Get it?

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Hastily Begun

Ya. In Spanish, the word "ya" (which rhymes with the English word "jaw") is one of many uses and meanings. It can mean "already", "now", or "sure" to name a few. While those few translations may mean little to you, they mean a lot to me. The word itself is short and concise. I have never been either of those two things, so don't expect my ramblings to resemble the title.
Nothing I've ever created has been perfect on the first try, so this should be no different. Still, there is so much happening in my life and in the world around me that I had to have a way to talk about it. Maybe no one will read what I have to say, but that isn't really the point. The point is that you could know what's going on. If you do stumble upon something you like or don't like, please feel free to comment. If you are a blogger with some experience and suggestions, I am open to your help.
Well, that's it. Game on.