I'm out of pocket most of today as I'm up before dawn to help referee the above fund raising activity. Gotta keep those cops in line.
Edit: Observations . . .
- It lasted from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Non-stop with no lunch break. Kill me.)
- The tournament was made up of 4 teams with only one being comprised of cops (and only partially at that.)
- It was more of an all-star game of Wise County high school players over the last 10 years.
- And some of those guys were great.
- How's this for crazy. The four teams played a round robin (each team plays the other.) And they used that to determine the 1 through 4 seeding for the championship tournament. So the final two teams played five games (of 40 minutes in duration.)
- The defenses and offenses were very sophisticated (all because of the creation of 7 on 7 summer play for high schoolers. Whatever happened to "go about 10 yards and cut across" or "just get open"?)
- I screwed up a couple of calls. Officiating is hard.
- I told my friends/officials that the key was to make any call "quickly and forcefully." Hey, act like you are a 100% convinced and you'll convince others. They looked at me like I was nuts.
- Former Decatur high school star Cheyenne Redwine broke his arm. I didn't go look at it after a group huddle around him and yelled, "Oh, my god!" The last I saw of him he was being treated by EMTs.
- After the game resumed, one of his Decatur teammates yelled, "Let's win this one for him!" A quick response from another teammate was, "Dude, he's not dead." Funny. Very funny.
- I blew a whistle too quickly on a play which prompted some guy to yell at me. Loudly. I said, "It's an inadvertent whistle. Get off my back." Another player came up to me and said, "Don't worry about that *&^%&, he's from Bridgeport any way . . . [insert awkward pause] . . . uh, are you from Bridgeport?"
- By the way, cussing was a big player. It was F Bomb Central.
- The championship game came down to both teams firing passes into the end zone in the final couple of minutes. I was the back judge with the primary responsibility of ruling on interference and catch/drop. That was not fun.
- The final play came with two seconds left with the offense spending a very long time in the huddle. One lady on the sideline yelled, "There are only two seconds left! How much time do you need to come up with a play?" Maybe the most confusing yell ever.
- Most shocking comment I heard from a fan: "At least [our star player] has a college degree. [The other team's star] was just picked up off the street."
But a question mark has formed over my head. Do schools in Wise County actual begin with a "moment of silence?" Do we actually follow this crazy Texas law?
The lady that had her daughter write the fake "essay" (which was four sentences long, by the way) about her Fake Dead Daddy in order to win Hannah Montana tickets, was on The Today Show this morning.
So odd. Matt Lauer, because the lady was "very nervous", allowed her to read a statement apologizing for the incident. But more odd was that she appeared with her lawyer and psychiatrist. Psychiatrist?
It was fairly boring until she said that she had explained to her daughter what had happened by being truthful. "I told my daughter the truth. I told her we wrote an essay and they said it was a lie. And I refused to accept the tickets."
"Refuse the tickets or they were taken away?" Lauer asked.
"I refused the tickets," came the reply.
She's still having a little difficulty with that Truth Thing. But good eyebrows.
I'm working on some Bridgeport "Runner Up Division 8-3A Football 2007" hoodies.
Edit: Ok, ok. Bridgeport wasn't the runner up. My bad. Tired Head.
Edit #2: Speaking of playoffs, here are the odds to with the Super Bowl
New England Patriots 2/5
Indianapolis Colts 4/1
Dallas Cowboys 6/1
San Diego Chargers 8/1
Green Bay Packers 10/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 10/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 35/1
Seattle Seahawks 40/1
Washington Redskins 50/1
New York Giants 60/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 65/1
Tennessee Titans 100/1
The gal is crazy. Me loves me some crazy.
Edit: Best pic I could find of her from last night.
You know, I'm kinda hooked on watching the caucus results tonight.
For the GOP, it's Huckabee pulling off the win. (And, for the life of me, I don't know why the Rush and Sean Hannity's of the world hate him so much. But I'm glad this win will drive them crazy.) And I didn't know Ed Rollins had been brought in to help on Huckabee's campaign.
For the Dems, with about 70% of the vote in, Obama has a growing lead over Hillary and Edwards who are pretty much tied. For most of the night it's been a virtual three way tie.
Jeff Ireland, who up until yesterday was the Director of Player Personnel with the Dallas Cowboys, is now the General Manager of the Miami Dolphins after being hired Wednesday by Bill Parcells (the new Executive Vice President of the Dolphins.)
And in his first news conference this morning, Ireland was asked who would have final say on Draft Day:
"Well, I have final say over all personnel decisions."
I created that layout in 1997 when my dial-up connection speed on the shores of Lake Bridgeport was 25% of normal (14,400 bps or something like that). I wanted to make it quick loading and graphic free. I still think people appreciate that.
But I have to admit that the December numbers are probably inflated a little. For some crazy reason, on December 13th I was inundated with visitors (5,000 to 8,000) who had found Liberally Lean after googling "hot Boston College girls." Google returns this post as its #1 result. Why that was a hot topic on December 13th remains a mystery to me.
1. To stalk Britney Spears until she loves me like she promised me in a dream back in May.
2. Get a new car which will prove I'm going through a mid-life crisis.
3. Eat at Tater Junction.
4. Go to the Decatur Walmart without thinking, "I've got to get out of here."
5. Turn around and yell "What's wrong with you!" at the next person I meet walking right past me on the way to the courthouse and refuses to make eye contact.
6. Make more fires in the fireplace.
7. Give up hookers. (Kidding. I'm not giving up hookers.)
8. Get HD DirecTV after owning a HD TV for five years.
9. Take one of my football trips, possibly to Ohio State or Notre Dame.
10. Think about getting a cat.
From The Wichita Falls paper:
As stated here, When the Tulia scandal broke in 1999, Texas had more than 50 of these regional drug task forces. With the demise of the Wichita Fallas Task Force, we're down to four. And I think we are safely living without them.
The North Texas Regional Drug Task Force closed down in 2007, victim of budget cuts. The consortium of law officers had served 23 counties in drug investigations. The Texas Legislature curtailed its funding of regional task forces and federal grant money was diverted to other purposes.
Another factor was the trend of drug traffickers to choose methamphetamine over cocaine, which resulted in lower cash seizures by the task force.
City and county governments chipped in enough money to keep the task force, which operated out of the Wichita Falls Police Department, running though 2007. But the money wasn’t available for 2008. The task force officers were absorbed into WFPD or other agencies.
It's four day old news, but the story of the mom who had her six year old make up a story of her dad being killed in Iraq in order to win Hannah Montana tickets is amazing. The best coverage I saw was when Byron Harris confronted the mom in the store - the "deer in headlights" look doesn't do it justice. (It's here if you can get it to work.)
But the story is all over the place this morning - on a national scale. It was onThe Today Show and Good Morning America
Review from the Movie Tavern off of Hulen:
1) The first half of the movie was great. Absolutely great.
2) The second half can best be described by a comment I saw on IMDB:
I am a 40 year old movie buff Academy Award trivia expert I own over 700 movies I've been a member here for 6 years And I have a college degree. Maybe I ate too many milk duds or something but it went right over my head.Then again, I didn't think much of Pulp Fiction the first time I saw it. I'll give No Country another chance.
If you are looking for a Donnie Darko, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind MUST SEE A SECOND OR THIRD TIME TO FULLY UNDERSTAND kind of movie then go for it!
If you think you are going to see a Titanic, The Green Mile or Silence Of the Lambs kind of movie where the plot unfolds at a normal pace and doesn't make you search for answers and meaning then don't go see this thing.
Again, not a bad movie. Great acting, cinematography, pace.... the works... just incredibly difficult to understand after the first half.
In fact the first half is very good, suspenseful.. second half does not fulfill. Leaves you hanging and wanting more.