Bag of Randomness for Monday, September 21, 2015


  • When I found that picture on Imgur, it had the appropriate title of “The Difference Between Generations”.
  • Andy Samberg had a great opening act for the Emmys last night.  Heck, he was a terrific host.
  • I haven’t listened to Eva Cassidy in a long time, and I’m always moved when I hear her cover of “Over The Rainbow“, which I think is the best version ever.  It was played during last night’s “In Memorium”.  When WifeGeeding and I got married a made one of those photo-movie things to show at the rehearsal dinner using that song.  One day I may actually upload it to YouTube if you’d like to see the younger versions of ourselves.
  • Lady Gaga looked like a bombshell out of the Fifties last night.
  • That was a touching moment seeing Tracy Morgan fight through his emotions last night.
  • I watched my nephew play a baseball game in Grand Prarie on Sunday morning.  The catcher on the opposing team was blocking the plate and got run over, and then did some mouthing and was immediately ejected.  To my surprise, the penalty for an ejection is pretty touch.  Every time the catcher was supposed to be at bat after the ejection, it was an automatic out.
  • His game was played on a softball field, which meant they had to use an artificial pitchers mound, something I never knew existed.  It’s elevated and made with artificial turf.  Players and coaches don’t like it because you can’t wear cleats since the infield is made of turf and there’s no traction.
  • Since the new Gino’s East was only seven miles from my nephew’s game we decided to give the authentic Chicago deep dish a try, and it was very good, not great, but very good.  It takes close to 50-minutes for one of those thick pies to cook, and the waitress was nice enough to bring a game of Connect Four to the table for the kids to play.  They also brought out the kids’ food sooner than our pies, so they also helped.  Our server stated that ever so often the folks from Chicago fly down to make sure cooks are still following proper cooking procedures and the waitstaff is doing a proper job of explaining the menu.
  • My neighbor returned from his home country of Mexico last night and gave the kids some native sweets and tequila for WifeGeeding and me. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted tequila before, however, as a Baylor grad, WifeGeeding needs a swig of it every other day or she goes into withdrawals.
  • College Football Thoughts – which are going to but much longer than usual:
    • Jerrod Heard has something, it’s going to be up to him how much he wants to build upon it.  Heard taking over for Swoops reminds me a bit of when Vince Young finally was given the starting job after Chance Mock.  At least I think I have those QB’s right, my sports memory has been a bit fuzzy lately.
    • The highs and low of a season are funny.  Two weeks ago the Longhorns offense was ranked last in the nation after getting creamed by Notre Dame.  On Saturday, their new starting QB broke their school’s record for total offense, and that’s saying something after seeing what Vince Young did back in the day.
    • BaD Radio has a weekly segment with Fox Sports college announcer Joel Klatt.  I didn’t have a clue who he was, but he’s winning me over with his weekly interview and I was impressed with his they way he provided color commentary for the Longhorn game.  For instance, on the Longhorn’s last touchdown, he identified a blitz was coming and then stated Heard was going to audible for a run, which he did for like a 45-yard touchdown.
    • My heart went out to that Longhorns kicker that missed the tying extra point.  There’s no telling what some immature UT fans have done or said to him, and I hope he’s avoided Twitter and Facebook.  After the game, some fans mentioned he once made an 80-yard field goal and able to make an extra point mid-air while performing a backflip.  But the funniest thing I read was a tweet that said that kicker was a Mack Brown recruit, so Texas fans should just wait until Charlie Strong gets his own kicker in there.
    • Speaking of Charlie Strong –  ESPN polled coaches on who’d be best in a brawl, and Texas’ Charlie Strong won
    • I’m sure the college football players on the sidelines are having a bunch of fun jumping up and down and getting all animated before each kickoff, but I feel the bit has become tiresome and annoying.  At least to me, it’s more noticeable this year.
    • I saw some funny tweets about the Alabama fans leaving the game early stating that they all deserved to get Auburn tattoos for their lack of loyalty.
    • I mentioned how long college games are, and what’s worst is that the time on the program guide never matches.  The Ole Miss – Bama game went over an hour from what the program guide stated, ending at 12:35 AM.  I wonder how many East Coast folks watched the game passed 1:00 AM their time.
    • Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury shot back at the Arkansas head coach and didn’t hold anything back at the post game press conference, “At the Texas high school coaches convention this summer, he said, ‘If you don’t play with a fullback, we’ll kick your ass. If you throw it 70 times a game, we’ll kick your ass.’ He just got his ass kicked twice in a row, and probably next week by A&M, as well. So, that did feel good.”
  • Before becoming a parent, I had this immature idea of wanting my kids to excel in the sports and things I liked and participated in.  Now with more perspective in life, all I want is for my kids to be happy and healthy.  I thought about that as I read this article about David Beckham when his son stated he didn’t want to play soccer – One of my boys turned around to me the other day, he said, “Daddy, you know, I’m not sure I want to play football all the time.”It broke my heart a little bit. He said, “Every time that I step onto the field, I know people are saying, you know, ‘This is David Beckham’s son,’ and if I’m not as good as you, then it’s not good enough.” I said, “Okay, stop right there. … You play because you want to play.”
  • NFL Thoughts:
    • I miss the good ‘ol days when erectile dysfunction commercials outnumbered fantasy football commercials.
    • For the first time in NFL history, it is now possible, though highly unlikely, for a team to win 1-0.  It basically would have to happen during an extra point, and the kicking team being tackled all the way back in their own end zone.
    • At the end of Cowboys season, all fans were hoping to keep Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and DeMarco Murray together.  Now the Cowboys don’t have anyone of them for a while.  And who would have thought Sean Lee would still be healthy after two games?
    • If Romo and Dez wanted to stir things up, they should rehab in Cabo.
    • This is the second broken clavicle for Romo.  Back in high school I remember getting fitted for shoulder pads and my coach taking off a pair I thought fit well, but he stated I could break my collar bone if I chose to wear it.  I wonder if Romo has the right size pads.
    • For some reason, maybe Salvation Army related, but Jerry Jones was wearing a red sports coat and looked like the Devil of Dallas.
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    • When the game was over, Romo and Murray hugged, and Murray ended it with a peck on Romo’s cheek, no kidding.
    • Cam Newton front flip touchdown
  • Sumry is an interesting job recruiting tool that I would consider kicking the tires on, it seems like something forward-thinking companies would use. Per, “users write a Sumry, detailing their story, passions and character. They can include images, videos, blog posts and social media activity: anything that conveys their personality and experience to potential employers. Once complete, users can send their Sumry to businesses via ‘Introductions’, accompanied by a short message. Sumrys can be used to apply for any job online that accepts applications by email or PDF.”
  • GIF – A beautiful time-lapse of a cargo ship sailing at night
  • GIF – A large glass panel almost slices a man in half – If he were Maxwell Smart, he’s say, “Missed me by that much.”
  • U2 Postpones Swedish Show After Threat – A U2 concert in Stockholm was evacuated Sunday night because of an unresolved security threat. Fans were forced to leave the Globe Arena in the Swedish capital around 8 p.m., local time, and the concert was rescheduled for Tuesday.
  • Something for you parents that aren’t a fan of common core math being taught in school.  I recently discovered that DaughterGeeding’s school teaches Singapore math.
  • I can’t even picture this  – NBC originally wanted to cast Bill Cosby to play Sam Malone in ‘Cheers’
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA! – The Air Force will have combat lasers on its war planes by 2020
  • On yesterday’s ‘CBS Sunday Morning’, Jim Gaffigan provided the traditional commentary segment and it was over the Pope’s upcoming visit, as he is a practicing Catholic and will actually be performing for the Pontiff.  You can watch or read it here, but I like how he ended it (spoiler alert) – While Pope Francis is warm and genuine, I believe the thing Catholics and non-Catholics respond to most is his humility. In this age of Putin, ISIS and Trump, it is so nice to hear a world leader say, “Who am I to judge?”
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6 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Monday, September 21, 2015

  1. RPM says:

    Nick Rose has had a rough tenure as Longhorns kicker, but I like the kid. However, he entered the season on shaky ground and the student body is NOT happy with his performance. I wouldn't be shocked to see him relegated to kickoffs. Making that video with the trick kicks was probably a huge mistake. I'm pretty sure he was a walk on that earned a job / scholarship and not a recruit.

    Romo is done until the playoffs (Insert Jim Mara here: Playoffs?) I wonder who Jerry is going to sign as backup to Weeden? Please don't let it be either of the duds we saw in preseason.

    I really like Pope Francis. I think he is the best thing to happen to the Catholic church in a long, long time.

  2. Ben W. says:

    While I think a one-point safety is now on the table, I don't think you'll see a 1-0 score. The only way to get the one point, if I read that correctly, is on a point-after attempt, which would mean the other team just scored a TD. So a 6-1 score is now possible, but not 1-0. Right?

    I love Jim Gaffigan. And if you haven't watched his new show on TVLand, you should – it's pretty consistently funny.

  3. The Donald says:

    GIF – A large glass panel almost slices a man in half – If he were Maxwell Smart, he’s say, “Missed me by that much.”

    Although the man was not critically injured, he was seriously Sheik-en.

  4. Mr. Mike Honcho says:

    Re: Longhorn game… it was a shame to see it end up that way. But unless Rose also plays Cornerback, Safety, or Linebacker then he doesn't need to hang his head too low.

    Charlie is playing a lot of Fresh and Soph on the squad this year. If he gets two more years with this program then I think we genuinely have some hope.

  5. Brent says:

    My favorite version of "Over the Rainbow" is from Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. Sadly, he is also already gone like Cassidy. He was Hawaiian, played the ukulele and the song was featured in an episode of ER as well as the film "50 First Dates." Really beautiful. Eva Cassidy's version of "Songbird" is my favorite of her covers.

    • Geeding says:

      That is a beautiful version of the song. I could have sworn it was in the George Clooney “The Descendents” but a quick Internet search tells me I’m wrong.

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