Bag of Randomness for Thursday, August 18, 2016


  • When I first started this blog, my intent was to never post any of my thoughts or anything about me. It started with just a bunch of individual posts of this or that. Later when I couldn’t find much material, I’d just group them together in something called Bag of Randomness. When I couldn’t find enough material even for a Bag of Randomness, I would sometimes throw some personal stuff in there. A handful of readers said they liked hearing what’s going on in my life, which I still can’t understand, so that’s when I started to post random personal thoughts and experiences. Now, I basically just do a Bag of Randomness and it’s all mixed together.
  • It doesn’t matter if the road trip is five minutes or five hours, but we’ve never let our kids watch any movies or play with tablets or smartphones. It’s our way of trying to teach the kids to be patient, to look and observe, to not feel needy or occupied all the time, and it’s a great way to converse. Also, we just want them to experience a little bit of what we had to go through when we rode with our folks.
  • Watching the United States men’s basketball team play Argentina, I’ve come to the conclusion that Argentina fans are boisterously annoying, especially when they have air horns.
  • Manu Ginóbili was playing for Argentina. If there’s one thing I’ll remember him for, it was bringing the art of flopping in soccer to the NBA. Maybe not bringing it, but perfecting the annoying tactic.
  • I’m surprised sprinters still attach their race bibs, or whatever you call that sheet of paper looking stuff attached to their front and back, with baby pins. By now, something more “advanced” should be used. Like, maybe something peel and stick?
  • I only ran the hurdles for a small bit in junior high, but I really enjoyed it. There was something about counting and pacing your stride and the repetitious pattern that made if more fun than a regular sprint.
  • I don’t want to be too quick to judge Ryan Lochte, but he does have a bit of an interesting past that could lead one to think he made up the fake cops mugging him and his peers story. And it would be just his luck that the s hits the fan when his teammates are pulled off a plane because of the story. But I could also believe government officials doing what they can to discredit the story and make them hosting the Olympics look better. For now, I think I’m going to side with Lochte, thinking he told his mother with no intention of the story getting out and being hesitant to not get his friends in trouble because they were out so late. As for his story not being entirely straight, I think we’ve all been prone to embellish a story a bit and adrenaline and nerves will mess with your mind.
  • I think within the next five to seven years, we’ll find out Usain Bolt was doping.
  • The Olympic pool in Rio may have given some athletes an edge
  • One of the saddest stories I read all year – Arkansas police: Girl, 4, found zip-tied, beaten thought her name was ‘Idiot’‏
    • when a police officer asked the girl what her name was, she said, “Idiot.” Police later discovered Reed regularly called the child “Idiot” instead of using her actual name.”
  • Sports Illustrated Campus Rush – An oral history of how the Big 12 came to be
    • I got a chuckle out of this. The article title states it’s an “oral history”, which I understand the context, but since the oral part is now recorded in print, it’s “printed history” that’s now available in text form. I chuckle because it made me think of the Pepper Hamilton Report provided to Baylor, which was only provided orally, and there’s supposedly no recorded form of it, audio or print/text. Perhaps the report provided to Baylor should only be referred to as the Pepper Hamilton Oral Report. [Blogger Suggestion: Get your head out of the gutters with all the sexual innuendos.]
      • How Art Briles is the only coach fired and made scapegoat is baffling.
  • Take a look at the most opulent labour room in the world
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6 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, August 18, 2016

  1. John Mackovic says:

    – We're the same way with the kids, no electronics in the car.

    – Manu's biggest contribution the the NBA was the euro step, he really popularized that move.

    – That Argentina team has had a great run

    – I'm surprised Nike doesn't make aerodynamic, carbon-fiber safety pins

    – That Big12 thing was fascinating, I would like to point out:

    Texas Longhorns Football
    – 1994 SWC champs
    – 1995 SWC champs
    – 1996 Big 12 champs

    Whatever happened to their coach?

  2. Michael Willoughby says:

    I clicked on the labor room link without reading it. When the page came up, I thought it was pictures of another over the top Ole Miss dorm room.

  3. Bryan says:

    I have to admit that my wife and I screwed up by letting our kid get hooked on devices on road trips (and by "road trip", I mean the 30 minute drive to see my parents). Part of me feels like we've done a good job of off-setting it by limiting her time on them at home and by the fact that she can't stand to sit down and watch TV.

    I couldn't help but think of Seth MacFarlane's Ryan Lochte impression on SNL when I heard about him getting robbed. There was a great comment on Deadspin yesterday:

    "Authorities: Sorry, Ryan. You can't go back to Brazil.
    Ryan: But I love Europe."

    The pessimist in me says that dominant athletes like Bolt and Phelps will be exposed eventually, but the optimist in me says that these guys are the most drug-tested athletes in the history of the world. I can't see how they wouldn't have been busted. I'll qualify that by saying that I said the same thing about Lance Armstrong for years.

  4. ALEC says:

    -Just came back from a road trip to Washington DC from Harlingen, Texas, kids have never been allowed to watch movies, play with phones etc. while in the car, (same goes when we go out to eat). The kids took all the scenery and the boring times were taking up by either sleep, fights or conversation.

  5. Mr. Mike Honcho says:

    My kids are all older. We have no problems with letting everyone have electronics in the car. Three hours across west texas will pretty much exhaust small talk, interesting scenery, etc. So, they listen to their own music, play some games with each other and alone, catch up on social media, etc. We still talk, look at scenery, enjoy some together time… but we have all but eliminated the fighting. Which is a beating.

  6. Sara De La Rosa says:

    Don’t talk about my Manu that way. 😉
    I have a picture on my mom’s fridge of Manu with laurels in his hair back when they won in 2004? I kept thinking of his pretty hair watching him play this time.

    I’m going to miss him when he retires. He’s my favorite, next to David Robinson.

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