I was surprised to learn that Chet Garner, the host of PBS’s ‘The Day Tripper‘, graduated first in his class at Baylor Law School. He’s also a University of Texas film school graduate.
ESPN’s ‘Megacast’ is going to show tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship game in 14 ways – some notables
Homer Telecast (ESPNU): An alternate version of the traditional game telecast — Joe Tessitore will host the interplay between Clemson’s all-time leading passer Tajh Boyd and former Alabama center and three-time national champion Barrett Jones as they serve as quasi-‘game analysts’ with a decidedly partisan view towards their alma maters. Other partisan guests and ESPN personalities will join the commentary which will be conducted primarily from field level.
Sounds of the Game (ESPN Classic and ESPN3): ESPN’s game telecast — sans commentators — will be amplified with dozens of microphones positioned throughout the stadium in addition to the public address announcer and referee calls to recreate the in-stadium fan experience of being seated at the game. This will include full coverage of the pregame on-field entertainment and halftime band performances.
Mock Replay Booth (ESPN3): An authentic recreation of the replay booth experience will give an inside look at the review process in which replay officials review every play of the game, determine which plays are subject to further review and then what happens during an official replay stoppage.
Pylon Cam (ESPN3): A continuous stream of the cameras being fed from the eight pylons surrounding the field, both at the goal lines and for the first time from the backlines of the end zones.
Spider Cam (ESPN3): A continuous feed of the camera that maneuvers above the field of play and often provides a behind-the-offense look at the game action. Taco Bell Student Section (ESPN3): Cameras in the Taco Bell student sections — focusing on students, bands, mascots and cheerleaders of each team — to showcase how the most enthusiastic fans in the building are reacting with every play.
I haven’t eaten at our local Chicken Express in several months, but my experience yesterday lead me to believe they had a change in ownership, which I later confirmed:
New staff and decorations
A rewards program that requires use of a touch screen device
They no longer bring food to you, they now call your ticket number and you have to pick it up at the counter. They seemed annoyed when we didn’t hear our order number, but for the last decade, we were used to having our order brought to our table.
They now print Bible verses on the bottom of the receipt. The cynic in me doesn’t think this is a noble way to spread the Gospel or proclaim their love for Christ. Instead, it feels a bit vain and insincere to promote a business using one’s faith.
The longtime Baptist music director at WifeGeeding’s childhood church, a senior citizen with grandkids, got busted soliciting a prostitute. It was one of those in which the person finds out their life as they know it comes crashing down as the police appear in the hotel room. I suspect the church will come down hard on him, as they should. But since he will now be at the lowest point in his life, I hope they offer some sort of counseling and support. Well, not support in that he was doing something right, but to assist him to get the help that he needs and repair his life.
There’s huge Indian population in Las Colinas, where our church is located. In an effort to reach out to them, our church is now allowing a congregation of Christian Indians to start their own church in our building. We both hold worship service at the same time, but they are in another area, and I don’t think they are the same denomination.
GIF – So that’s how they print stuff on the outside of bowls.
I was quite interested in that Seattle/Minnesota playoff game yesterday because of the subzero temperature, and I got quite the kick out of 88-year-old former Vikings coach wearing short sleeves for the coin toss. That reminded me a recent article I read by longtime Dallas Cowboys radio sideline reporter Kristi Scales about some tricks players use to stay warm, here are some highlights:
Vaseline/Petroleum Jelly: this is something NFL players use a lot. When you see players in cold games going sleeveless and looking all macho, there’s a good chance they’re slathered-up with Vaseline on their arms. It definitely helps keep you warm. It’s also excellent to use on your face/ears/neck if those areas are exposed.
Bread Bags: Former Cowboys kicker Billy Cundiff told me that, growing up in Iowa, Billy learned to wear bread bags over his feet for cold weather games. Put them in between your layers of socks and pull them up past your ankles/lower calf…the same way you wear a tube sock. It keeps your feet dry.
Wear the latex gloves underneath your regular gloves, as if the latex gloves were glove liners. It’s an extra layer of protection for your hands.
Lambeau Field fans: They put the piece of cardboard below their feet. In other words, while they were sitting in their seats at the stadium, instead of the bottom of their boots/shoes being on the cold concrete, they was a layer of cardboard between the feet and the cardboard.
Mike Zimmer was the Cowboys defensive coordinator when they botched a field goal attempt in Bill Parcells last game, a Wildcard playoff game, against the Seahawks. Yesterday, Zimmer had to watch as head coach as his team botch a field goal in a Wildcard playoff game to Seattle.
I ordered a BLT the other day and to my surprise the order came out wrong, it had a pickle on it. I’m not a fan of the pickle, and what’s worst, it was the kind of pickle that had a lot of pickle juice with it that soaked into the bread. Silly me, but I thought a BLT only included bacon, lettuce, and tomato between two slices of bread.
Before I throw out a bad sock, I’ll wash it one more time and then use it as a rag to clean the bathroom, and then toss it.
I looked up an item on the Target website recently and was impressed that it told me it was in stock at our local store and what specific aisle it was on.
I watched Train Wreck over the weekend. In one part, Tony Romo was giving a speech and New York Knick Amar’e Stoudemire yelled “Dallas sucks.” What’s funny is that Stoudemire later played for the Dallas Mavericks.
This is what country music has become. George Strait is rolling over in his grave. (Yes, I know he’s not dead, that’s the joke.)
115 years ago yesterday (and there’s even a picture of it) – A 100-foot drilling derrick named at Spindletop near the town of Beaumont, Texas produced a roaring gusher of black crude oil – the first major oil discovery in the United States.
Sylvester Stallone’s fellow actors sure did look really happy for him at the Golden Globes last night. He turns 70 in July. The best story I heard him tell was his last appearance on Letterman. He spoke about attending his first award ceremony and John Wayne came over to introduce himself and how much that meant to him. From that moment, he thought he’d do the same to any other up-and-coming actor. At his last celebrity event, he went out of his way to introduce himself to one such person who totally brushed him off. He then playfully complained to Dave that these young kids have no respect.