Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

The Big 10's new deal announced a few weeks back is $7 billion over 7 years.

  • The Star-Telegram has the story on the death of the second grader in the Rhome on Saturday "after she was hit in the head by a falling wooden archway at a party."

    • The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office lists that the incident occurred at  211 CR 4651. Google Maps returns that address to a private event center named Humble Hall.  Looking at some of their photos on Facebook, I noticed this one of a wooden archway. I have no idea if it is the same one. 
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  • A different Star-Telegram story about Rhome:

  • A guy drove around Memphis last night live streaming on Facebook as he randomly shot people.  Four are dead. He was arrested. He 19 years old. 

    • That was a wild time while it was ongoing.


  • Breaking. This doesn't sound good. “All the Queen's children are either at, or are travelling to, her Scottish estate near Aberdeen.” I mentioned her health on Tuesday.

  • An investigative reporter, Jeff German, was murdered outside of his home in Las Vegas on Saturday morning. Yesterday an elected county official, who had been the subject of the reporter's recent articles, was arrested. "The 45-year-old Democrat lost his re-election bid in the primary after German’s findings were published. German also had recently filed public records requests for emails and text messages between Telles and three other county officials, [one of whom] was identified in previous stories as a subordinate staffer allegedly involved in an 'inappropriate relationship' with Telles."

  • A Texas Justice of the Peace goes to a rural part of a county to pronounce someone dead (they still do that) and accidentally pulled into the wrong driveway.  That was enough for a guy to unload on her vehicle with six shots. She wasn't hit. 

  • A federal judge in Fort Worth, who constantly goes rogue, ruled yesterday that the federal requirement that health care insurance coverage pay for preventative care is invalid if the employer purchasing the insurance  objects on religious grounds about certain specific preventive care that they wouldn't use themselves. In this case, the employer objected to HIV preventive care. It's as crazy as it sounds.  So, under the ruling, your employer's arbitrary religious beliefs controls your health care. 

    • John Kelley of Kelley Orthodontics in Fort Worth was one of the named employers who brought the lawsuit and who objected to the HIV preventive care.

    • There were other plaintiffs who brought the lawsuit who weren't employers but just other employees who objected to their co-workers potentially receiving the preventive care under the same group insurance policy.  
    • Random Twitter post to ponder:

  • Tradition was restored yesterday when President Obama and Michelle were invited to the White House for the unveiling of their White House portraits.

    • Those are not to be confused with the other funky official portraits unveiled years ago and which are on display at the National Portrait Gallery which is one of the many museums which are part of the Smithsonian Institution, (Note: It is the Smithsonian Institution and not the Smithsonian Institute.)

  • Nerdy political observation: There was a new felony court created in Tarrant County and, as I understand it, the timing of its creation was such that the local Democrat and Republican parties got to choose who went on this November's ballot. The Republicans chose a guy who had the benefit of also being appointed in August by Gov. Abbott to fill out the term of that court until January 1st. The Democrats chose the guy below. If you want to know if Tarrant County is truly trending Blue, watch the down ballot races like this one. I don't think Tarrant County is there yet despite Biden and Beto (when he ran against Cruz) recently winning their races higher up on the ballot.

  • Since the documentary on Manti Te'o, the Notre Dame player who was famously catfished, is in the news, this old screenshot I ran across from ESPN's Game Day of signs taunting the guy got my attention. 

  • Random rare technical football thing I actually know about: The guy below giving a hot opinion about the end of the LSU/Florida State game is wrong (tweet and slow motion video are here.) It's not the defensive guy's effort. It's the blocker on the far right who screwed up. He has to block down and not let the guy get through the gap to his right. He can ignore the guy to his left who is trying to go around -- he'll never get there. 

    • You know how I know that? I was that blocker a million years ago and had a coach embarrass me in a film room when I, too, had worried about the guy going around instead of the guy to my right.  Of course, my thoughts at the time were, "That's great coach. You might should have shared that little tidbit of coaching beforehand."