Bag of Randomness for Monday, April 3, 2017

  • That was my attempt at pulling an April Fool’s joke on WifeGeeding. The concept isn’t all that original, but she got a kick out of it.
  • DaughterGeeding’s soccer coach told the team he’d take the first three suggestions for a mascot and they’d vote on them. Their choices were Star Wars, cheetahs, and fighters. Surprisingly, cheetahs won.
  • We wanted to eat at Hutchin’s BBQ in Frisco and needed to buy DaughterGeeding soccer shoes, so we stopped at Soccer City, what I assumed to be a mom and pop shop in their downtown area. Not only was the service exceptional, but I they have a beginner soccer package we took advantage of in which you get shoes, shin guards, and a ball for $35.
  • BoyGeeding played a decent amount at first base at his first tee-ball game of the season.
  • In 1967, the acting Australian prime minister went for a swim at the beach and never came back, his body was never found.
  • Fans Of ‘The Office’ Are Still Finding Evidence To Prove Toby Is The Scranton Strangler
  • ‘Batgirl’ Movie: Joss Whedon to Direct Standalone Film
  • The X-Men television pilot is shooting in Deep Ellum this week and here is the flyer that’s been making the rounds.
  • Watch a dance performance change in real time with facial projection mapping
  • One school’s formula for athletic success: Build a lazy river and (hope) the recruits will come.
    • UCF’s lazy river — part of $25 million in athletic upgrades UCF plans on its sprawling Orlando campus — is the latest innovation in the college athletics facilities arms race, a nationwide competition between many of the country’s largest universities to build the best, most luxurious facilities as recruiting tools. At UCF, like at many other schools, this arms race is subsidized by students, through mandatory athletics fees tacked onto tuition bills. For its proposed “athletics village,”
    • UCF is taking an idea originally hatched at Clemson University and adding a wrinkle. Clemson’s $55 million football-only facility, which just finished construction, features a “players’ village” with sand volleyball, laser tag and mini golf. But the new home of Tigers football does not have a lazy river.
  • Why it’s so difficult for McDonald’s to make burgers from fresh beef
  • No One Pulls The NFL’s Strings Like Its Greatest Puppet Master, Jerry Jones
    • Partially owned by Jones along with the Steinbrenner family and other companies, Legends will sell the suites and sponsorships for the Raiders’ new Las Vegas stadium, and is already selling them for the Rams and Chargers’ stadiums. Legends also was a big reason the 49ers sold out the suites and sponsorship deals for Levi’s Stadium. Al Guido, who is the president of the 49ers, is a former executive in Jones’ Legends company.
    • Jones, in some ways, has pulled the NFL’s version of a Jedi mind trick. Other teams are using him to run big parts of their business, and he, in turn, has gained a significant influence on the finances of those teams, according to league officials familiar with the matter.
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