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novembro 7, 2014 Uncategorized0

Saturday’s G Day game on a glorious spring day at Sanford Stadium in Athens provided an extended glimpse at the work in progress that is the 2015 Georgia Bulldogs. Not a lot of questions about the team were definitively answered, but that’s pretty much the case at just about every G Day, which is essentially a controlled scrimmage with no kickoffs, punt returns or hitting of the quarterbacks allowed.

My brother Tim and I were among the announced free admission crowd of 46,815 (sounds like one of those figures the late Dan Magill used to pull out of his, uh, tennis hat),cheap jerseys and we thoroughly enjoyed watching the alumni play flag football while the colorful Bobby Poss cracked wise, followed by the game between the Red (featuring the first team offense and second team defense) against the Black (first team defense and second team offense). Here are my main observations in the form of responses to questions I’ve gotten from folks who weren’t able to attend.

Ongoing. Brice Ramsey got the start with the first string offense, but he and Faton Bauta ended up rotating between the Red and Black teams. They’re obviously still in a tight battle for the starting job and both had their good and bad moments Saturday while operating an ultra vanilla offensive scheme. Ramsey showed his arm strength and down field capability with a couple of long throws but generally had a quieter day (5 of 9 for 174 yards, including a 72 yard touchdown) than did Bauta (16 of 25 for 171 yards, including a 25 yard TD strike to tight end Jordan Davis). Ramsey also overthrew some open receivers and got away with a ball that easily could have been intercepted. Bauta seemed comfortable mostly staying in the pocket and, unlike last year, wasn free to take off running since he was wearing a black noncontact jersey.

Faton Bauta stayed in the pocket mostly Saturday. (John Kelley / UGA)

Jacob Park played exclusively with the Black team and looked much more like a QB still learning the playbook than did the other two, as he went 10 of 15 for 92 yards and the game’s only interception. Walk on quarterback Sam Vaughn got in only for the Black team’s opening series of the second half.

The QBs all wore black jerseys and it’s fair to say that a few of the day’s numerous whistle sacks might not have been sacks if they could have taken off (particularly Bauta and Park), but at the same time many of the sacks appeared to result more from the quarterbacks holding on to the ball too long rather than poor offensive line play.

What about the competition for a starting center?

Still getting there. Sophomore Isaiah Wynn still seems to have the edge, since he played center for the first string Reds while senior Hunter Long was with the Blacks, but Wynn also had the game’s only bad snap, sending one sailing over Ramsey’s head on the third play of the game. He settled down after that, though.

What about the running game, and did Nick Chubb play much?

Nick Chubb on one of his rare runs in Saturday G Day game. (John Kelley / UGA)

Chubb only had three carries for 34 yards and one touchdown on a 17 yard run where he looked like a man among boys. As my brother put it, “He’s on a whole other level.” He also caught three passes and dropped another. Turman had a pretty good day going against the second string defense, with 26 carries for 106 yards, including a 52 yard touchdown scamper on which he outran a defender. He also had the game’s only fumble, though. Sony Michel and Keith Marshall didn’t play.

Other than giving up a couple of long pass plays and that touchdown by Chubb, the first string defense looked good, and, despite being hampered by the whistle being blown whenever they got near a QB, the pass rush, looked awesome. Between the two defenses, there were 14 tackles for loss, including eight sacks. And true freshman defensive back Jarvis Wilson had the game’s only pick, which he returned 53 yards. Reggie Carter led the Black team with eight tackles while, somewhat surprisingly, freshman Natrez Patrick led the Reds with eight. I’d say the defense looked on track at this point.

Besides Turman’s long run, Wilson’s interception return and Chubb making it look easy on his touchdown, the most excitement was generated by Ramsey hitting speedy Isaiah McKenzie on that 72 yard scoring strike. Unfortunately, McKenzie pulled a hamstring, which meant he was done for the day, but he looks likely to be much more than just a kick returner this coming season. Ramsey also had another very nice throw on a 60 yarder to Reggie Davis.

Not so special, especially since half the game (returns) was missing. The punting was mediocre, despite there being no rushing of the kicker, and placekicker Marshall Morgan appears to be still getting used to not having Adam Erickson as his holder. He missed a 42 yard attempt to end the first half but later made a 25 yarder. The Blacks’ Patrick Beless wrapped up the scoring with a 37 yard field goal with 58 seconds left in the game. All the PATs were successful.

Overall, as Mark Richt said after the game, “It’s so hard to try and judge what kind of a day it was when you go Georgia against Georgia while working your first, second, and third units because it’s just a lot of guys getting a lot of reps. When things were executed properly on offense, it was pretty to watch. Defensively, I thought that the guys for the most part played well as a unit. They tackled well and batted some balls down at the line of scrimmage.”

Your average G Day, in other words.

POOCH KICKS: The team warm up routine before the game appeared to have been tweaked a bit. Among those on the sideline were former Dawgs Chris Conley and Todd Gurley, both of whom drew ovations from the crowd when shown on the big video screen. The alumni flag game ended up in a 22 22 tie when Richard Samuel caught a TD pass on the final play. The Redcoats played from the stands and the only other halftime entertainment was a jokey race between some lame made up “mascots” that was won by Petey the Peanut. No Frisbee caching dogs or passing contest between former star quarterbacks this year, unfortunately. Mark your calendars: This year’s Countdown to Kickoff fan fest is set for July 11. Someone appears to have neglected to tell the UGA and Athens Clarke police that there was a football game in town Saturday, resulting in a lack of traffic direction (and hopeless gridlock) afterward.

I thought Bauta looked a bit like Hutson Mason, good decisions mostly, and pretty accurate on short throws. Ramsey threw it very well at times, but he had a couple of bad throws, and he had the pop fly to Aaron Davis. Reggie Davis saved him on that one, but his long throw to iMac, and the other to Davis looked great. Ramsey still seems to struggle with his feet from time to time. Park throws very accurately, and he gets rid of the ball very quickly. He just needs to learn and make the offense second nature. All of them need reps. Any of them could probably do well, so we have some potential at QB. I really like Park’s and Ramsey’s ability to take it deep. That will keep the safeties out of the box a lot more than they were last year. I’m not sure Bauta gives us that, but he may not have gotten the call Saturday. The short sfuff seemed a bit more open Saturday. I’m not sure if that is CBS or the D. I agree the kicking needs a lot of work. Some of the young defenders looked strong. The ILBs looked good, although they weren’t tackling really fast guys much. Douglas is very tough, but he isn’t as quick, and Chubb flew by them a couple of times. The D line looked good, and I noticed Mayes a lot. He brought it on several plays.

Sounds like you had a fun day, Bill.

I was dissapointed in much of the wide receiver play.

Worried about the depth there. Hopefully some incoming freshmen will catch on quickly.

I’ve been wondering the past couple of years if we’d get any significant play out of Malcolm Mitchell. I’m content to not expect it.

The guy is injury plagued. Sorry to say that, because I like the kid. By all accounts, he’s a good person. Maybe he’ll surprise us with a healthy and productive season.

novembro 7, 2013 Uncategorized0

While most of the Aggies quickly jogged off Merlin Olsen Field in anticipation of warming up in the locker room, two of the players took a slightly different route. As big No. 53 attempted to follow the more direct path of the rest of the team, his left arm and/or wrist was constantly being tugged at by No. 41, who apparently still had some energy to burn.

Although he was clearly annoyed with the antics of his teammate,cheap jerseys No. 53 the one with the flowing locks apparently on their way to Clay Matthews length also had a slight smile on his face as he tried to stay on his desired path. The big grin on the mug of No. 41, meanwhile, was practically ear to ear because he could tell that his antics were having the desired effect of annoying his fellow Aggie.

By the time the duo reached the north end zone, it would have been blatantly obvious to anyone even if they couldn see the name emblazoned on the backs of both jerseys that the two Aggies are more than just teammates.

They siblings. And No. 41 the one with the short rat tail hanging off the back of his hair is clearly the annoying younger brother.

usually the one who pestering him, Nick Vigil admitted a few minutes later. usually the one that real serious, while I always kind of joking around and messing around with him.

Just a few yards away from where Nick had been doing his best to bother his big brother on Tuesday, the two linebackers quickly closed in on opposing quarterback Blake Jurich near the 20 yard line. The defensive scheme of USU coordinator Todd Orlando called for both Vigils to blitz, and although both of the brothers were initially picked up by SJSU lineman, they each fought off the attempted blocks with ease and broke into the Spartans backfield.

Technically, little brother Nick, a sophomore, was there first and got a hand on Jurich lower legs. But that when big brother Zach, the senior, arrived, finishing Jurich off with a blow to his upper body.

Just that fast, the Vigil brothers each had half a sack to celebrate, and the Spartans were in need of a new quarterback, as Jurich, who was already filling in for injured starter Joe Gray, had to be helped off the field with a sprained MCL in his left knee.

By the end of the night, Zach Vigil totaled 19 tackles, including 3 for loss, and 1 sacks, while Nick finished the 41 7 victory with a dozen tackles of his own.

But as impressive as the performance by the Vigils was against the Spartans, it something USU fans have become pretty accustomed to seeing. The week before in a win over New Mexico, Zach (10 tackles) and Nick (13 tackles) also both reached double digits to lead the Aggie defense.

was pretty cool, Zach said, honestly, that our job. The defensive line did a good job of keeping guys off of us. Coach Orlando always says that, that if Nick and I have a good day, that means the defensive line had a good day. And nothing could be more true when you play an option team like that.

Similarly, Zach Vigil gave most of the credit for his epic performance vs. Air Force on Oct. 11 to the USU defensive line. In that game against the triple option running Falcons, Vigil racked up 22 tackles the second most tackles ever by an Aggie, trailing just Brent Passey 23 against New Mexico State in 1999.

Zach also recorded one of USU most memorable plays of the year in the Air Force game when he broke up an attempted reverse deep in the Falcons backfield by taking out an opposing player on his way to the person with the ball.

told him he looked like Bobby Boucher from Waterboy, USU senior safety Frankie Sutera said. never seen anything like it. It was an awesome play. He just ran in there on fire.

Heading into Saturday night showdown at Boise State, Zach Vigil leads the Aggies (6 1 in the Mountain West, 9 3 overall) in tackles (133), tackles for loss (18.5) and sacks (8.0) and is second in quarterback hurries. He also had three pass breakups and returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown in the win over Wake Forest.

Overall, Zach is also first in the Mountain West and ninth in the nation in tackles for loss, and second in the conference and eighth in the country in total tackles (11.1 tpg).

the most dominant defensive player in the league, and I don think it even close, USU head coach Matt Wells said of the older Vigil. a bias, but no knock on any other linebacker. This kid has just gone up from the beginning of the season. He was second team All WAC as a sophomore, and second team All Mountain West last year.

me, he played himself into an NFL draft pick, and into being the defensive player of the year.

A standout at Clearfield High while playing primarily wide receiver and safety, the oldest of Jamie and Kayla Vigil five children was not highly sought after coming out of high school and ended up walking on at Utah State under then head coach Gary Andersen. The 6 foot 2, 232 pounder redshirted during the 2010 season and saw very limited action in 2011 before starting all 13 games as a sophomore and all 14 last season.

remember being at Cafe Rio with one of my friends as a freshman and thinking, just hope I play, any reps, Zach recalled. The transformation that I been able to have is honestly just a true blessing.

the good Lord watching over me, who knows where I be? I was put in the right place at the right time in the right situation for me, and I very humbled to be in the position I am today.

Little did Zach know during his meal at Cafe Rio that he was also creating a place, right time scenario for his little brother.

Two and a half years younger than Zach, Nick Vigil ended up starring at Fremont High after he and his family relocated from Clinton to West Warren during his sophomore year. The two brothers were very close before Zach headed up to Logan, playing football, basketball and baseball with their friends, and going hunting and fishing with their father.

pretty much played every sport and always played together, Nick said. had all the same friends pretty much kids in the neighborhood and we always hung out together outdoors.

also did rodeo. We rode miniature bulls for a while until Zach nearly broke his neck when he was about 11 and our parents made us quit.

Unlike his big brother, Nick had numerous collegiate options coming out of high school after being named the Utah 5A MVP in 2011, mostly for his offensive performance at running back 1,309 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns on 211 carries as a senior.

Nick was recruited by Utah and BYU and received a scholarship offer from Weber State, after I got the scholarship offer from Coach Andersen, I called him about a week later and committed. I was pretty sure this is where I wanted to go.

Nick redshirted in 2012, then emerged as a top newcomer in the Mountain West in 2013. He saw action in all 14 games as a sophomore, started four times and was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week in late November after racking up 3 sacks and four tackles for loss in a blowout of Wyoming.

The Aggies were already expecting big things out of Nick this year, but as the team has had to absorb numerous injuries to the linebacker corps, Vigil ability to thrive on both the inside and outside has been vital. And then there was the BYU game.

janeiro 1, 2011 Uncategorized0

and put faith in new forwards for Chiefs

THE Waratahs continue to re sign their biggest names but will again rely on the unknowns against the Chiefs tomorrow night.

Wallabies Wycliff Palu and Dean Mumm each extended their contracts by one year yesterday, joining fellow internationals Berrick Barnes, Tatafu Polota Nau, Drew Mitchell, Lachie Turner and Rob Horne. But a week after Sitaleki Timani scored the match winning try against the Brumbies, NSW will hope new lock Pat O’Connor and debutant prop Paddy Ryan can make similar impacts at the Sydney Football Stadium.

”Seeing everyone else re sign, I got the feeling that we’ve got something special here. This Waratahs squad has been together for a while now, the feeling for me is we’re pretty close to where we want to be.”

Vice captain Mumm said that while the ARU had offered them only one year deals as it sought to overhaul the contracting system, he was pleased to stay.

”I suppose Cliff and I are getting a little bit older, they’re looking to put us on one year deals, but that suits me perfectly at the moment,” Mumm said. wholesale nfl jerseys ”I feel a positive movement going on within Australian rugby, I’m very happy at the Waratahs, you have a look at the people that have been re signing everyone is very happy here.

”From a Wallaby point of view, I feel the team can do something special not only this year but next year, I’m not quite ready to give that up.”

Mumm will partner O’Connor in the second row, and the new kid is familiar with many of the Chiefs, having played against a few in the ITM Cup for Northland last season.

”I probably didn’t have enough Super rugby under my belt even when I was in Perth, I needed to go somewhere and play some quality footy and the NPC was a good place for me to go and do that,” O’Connor said. ”As it turns out it’s worked in my favour a little bit.”

Ryan, a Tamworth product, spent a year living in Ireland before returning to the game through Sydney University.

Mumm’s brother Greg, who was head coach of the first grade side, pulled Ryan from the Colts and soon he had rushed his way into the Waratahs’ wider training squad.

He has no fears about packing down against the grizzled Chiefs front row. ”It’s a big focus for me, that’s one of the best things about being at the Waratahs, you’re under [assistant coach] Michael Foley, he’s obviously very knowledgeable when it comes to scrums,” Ryan said. ”I don’t think I’d be picked if I wasn’t ready to scrummage.”

Members of the Waratahs side visited the Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s centre in Allambie Heights yesterday, and will raise funds for the organisation by auctioning special jerseys worn by the players in tomorrow’s match. Last year they raised more than $94,000.

dezembro 1, 2010 Uncategorized0

analysis of ASU’s 3OT loss to Oregon

Adams then threw deep into the end zone to WR Bralon Addison, behind safety Jordan Simone. Addison’s catch was ruled a touchdown after a discussion by the officials with that call standing upon review, much to the displeasure of a crowd convinced that his foot came down out of bounds.

Oregon QB Vernon Adams followed suit, with a 6 yard run on third and 3 that upon review was ruled short of a touchdown. Royce Freeman scored standing up on the next play followed by the extra point for 55 55 and a third overtime. That putthe Ducks on offensewith a chance to tie or go ahead late.

Oregon advanced to the ASU 11 yard line where it faced a fourth and 1 after a timeout with 57 seconds left. RB Royce Freeman ran for a three yards and a first down. The Sun Devils forced an incomplete pass by Vernon Adams, who also missed on a second down pass to the end zone intended by Dwayne Stanford with Kweishi Brown covering.

On third down, the Ducks gave the ball to WR Braion Addison, who was harassed into an incompletion by the nfl jerseys With only 23 seconds and one chance left, Adams was chased to his right by Laiu Moeakiola and Ismael Murphy Richardson only to hurl a pass that 6 5 Stanford came down with at the back of the end zone near the goal post.

The touchdown stood up under review, Aidan Schneider made the tying extra point for 41 41 with 12 seconds remaining. ASU took a knee, and it’s on to overtime for the first time since last year’s 19 16 win over Utah.


Oregon’s open Darren Carrington dropped a potential game tying touchdown bomb from Vernon Adams, who slipped away from a sack, on a third down play from the Ducks’ 24 yard line. That left Oregon with no choice but to punt back to ASU, taking over with 6:45 left.


In what’s turned into the kind of game ASU played circa 1984 when QB Jeff Van Raaphorst was throwing for 400 or more yards, the Sun Devils regained the lead with a 62 yard touchdown drive including 29 and 13 yard passes to Tim White and Devin Lucien.

On third and goal from the Oregon 5 yard line, QB Mike Bercovici faked right, with the entire Ducks defense flowing left to cover, then threw left to uncovered tight end Kody Kohl for a touchdown and 41 34 lead with 7:49 remaining.

So this might not be great football, but it’s entertainingWhat appeared to be ASU’s first turnover, an interception thrown by QB Mike Bercovici on a third and 11 pass to the end zone from the Oregon 15 yard line, was overturned on replay review. Safety Reggie Daniels was ruled to have trapped the ball.

That allowed the Sun Devils to finish a 10 yard drive with a 33 yard field goal by Zane Gonzalez for a 34 34 tie with 12:41 remaining.

novembro 7, 2010 Uncategorized0

WASHINGTON (AP) Newly released videos show Osama bin Laden inside his hideout, watching himself on television and rehearsing for terrorist propaganda videos. intelligence officials Saturday, were offered as further proof that Navy SEALs killed the world’s most wanted terrorist this week. But they also served to show bin Laden as vain,cheap jerseys someone obsessed with his portrayal by the world’s media.

One of the movies shows bin Laden, wrapped in a brown blanket and holding a remote control, flipping back and forth between clips of himself. The small television was perched on top of a desk with wires running to a nearby cable or control box.

In another, he has apparently dyed and neatly trimmed his beard for the filming of a propaganda video.

The videos were seized from bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Officials said the clips shown to reporters were just part of the largest collection of senior terrorist materials ever collected. The evidence seized during the raid also includes phone numbers and documents that officials hope will help break the back of the organization behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

For years, when it was assumed that bin Laden was living in Pakistan’s rugged, mountainous tribal region, officials assumed bin Laden might not be able to get real time news. After the CIA discovered bin Laden’s suburban compound, they realized that a satellite dish provided a television feed to bin Laden’s compound.

novembro 1, 2010 Uncategorized0

And Jacobs Together Again At Dalton State

Dalton State basketball coach Tony Ingle will coach one of the teams in this Saturday’s Georgia Basketball Coaches Association (GABCA) Seniors All Star Game at Oglethorpe University.

Oglethorpe coach Phillip Ponders announced Wednesday that the game will feature 22 players from various NAIA and NCAA Division II and III program from across Georgia.

“This is a great opportunity for DJ and RS to play and bring recognition to the Dalton State program,” Coach Ingle nfl jerseys “Anytime you are recognized for your talents and efforts it is an honor and I’m sure they will put on a show.”

“I could not say enough about what these two young men have done to create awareness for our basketball program,” added Ingle.

“I told them to ‘shoot it only when you get it’. It should be a great, relaxing night of basketball. I believe the winning coach gets an extra pepperoni on his pizza.”

The “White” team will be coached by Piedmont College Coach Greg Neeley.

All members of Coach Ingle’s team will wear their away uniforms while white team wears home jerseys.

Also selected to play are Adrian Justice (Emmanuel), Leon Sampson (Emmanuel), Quinton Wood (Reinhardt), Luke Joseph (Reinhart), Brandon Wright (Point), Royal Thomas (Georgia College), Aaron Robinson (Georgia College), Ishmael Hollis (North Georgia), Lamar Richardson (North Georgia) Brandon Davey (Fort Valley State), Nigel Dominick (Fort Valley State), Corey Hunter (Fort Valley State),James Lodman (Albany State), Eric Martin (Albany State), Charles Shedrick (Clayton State), Omary Murray (Clayton State), McPherson Moore (Emory University), Dustin Baxter (LaGrange College), and Tyler Courson (Oglethorpe University).

Coach Ponders said there could be last minute changes.

Dalton State Women’s Soccer Begins Its 1st Season Of Play Ranked 8th Of 9 Teams In The SSAC

The Southern States Athletic Conference continued releasing the 2016 Fall Sports Preseason Coaches’ Polls on Wednesday. It was the women’s soccer teams that received the spotlight on “hump day”. Dalton State’s women will enter their initial season of play ranked eighth in the nine team poll. William Carey tops the SSAC predictions with 77 points and five first place . (click for more)

Volunteer WR Smith Ready For Key Role As Leader

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County Commission To Decide Whether To Allow Beer And Wine At Special Events In County Parks

The County Commission is set to vote next Wednesday to allow beer and wine at special events at Chester Frost Park, the Enterprise South Nature Park and the Riverpark. Lee Norris, County General Services administrator, said it would bring the county some revenue through the issuance of special permits. He said it would also give the county more control over such events. . Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will not allow EPB to expand its broadband service into outlying areas. A lack of strong internet coverage in rural Tennessee areas had led to customers asking EPB to expand its gigabyte broadband internet service. Tennessee state law prohibits utility companies from expanding their coverage outside . This has to be the most complicated and unneeded attempt to reinvent the wheel I can imagine. If you aren’t familiar with what our school system . (click for more)

junho 1, 2010 Uncategorized0

and livin’ is easily perilous

The summer sun is a lousy kisser, to those of us who end up blistered.

With apologies to Frank Sinatra for twisting Johnny Mercer’s lyrics my way, I must vent about Old Sol’s merciless punishment of us fair skinned Irish lads.

Part of the reason I cooked in the sun was because it also was the age of innocence, in the mid to late ’50s, when kids ignored parents’ orders not to slam the screen door as we zipped out of the house on summer mornings and signaled our return when we slammed it again when we got home for supper.

We were free to disappear all day because our elders didn’t fret about our safety, other than to caution us not to take candy from strangers.

Although sunscreen had been invented in the ’30s, it usually was called suntan oil, and it was a rare commodity in small towns, more suited to the citified fancies.

Land sakes, the Coppertone girl didn’t even bare her butt until a 1959 ad campaign portrayed that playful cocker spaniel tugging on her bikini bottom, with its now politically incorrect slogan of “Don’t Be a Paleface.”

My awakening to the power of the sun occurred after several cousins and I spent the whole day on a baseball field of a tiny Nebraska town. We were fully exposed to the sun, as there were no dugouts and only a few trees for shade.

The other three just got burns that began their annual browning ritual,cheap nfl jerseys while I ended up with blisters so severe they even had their own blisters. I spent many days with my neck slathered with creams to ease the pain.

To this day, I don’t tan. Oh, I still try every summer, but Kate scoffs at my attempts, tells me I’m burned, not tanned. She admonishes me to shaddup and slap on my SPF 5,000.

I recount my blistering not to encourage tanning, but rather, the opposite. Back in the day, we had no clue about how damaging the sun is to skin to the point of causing cancer.

As long as I’m telling a cautionary summer tale, it seems appropriate to piggyback a few more as public service announcement.

Not the least of the perils, but one that gets little attention, is chomping on a cob of corn. It’s not the so much the potential for choking or inadvertently swallowing a tooth, although those are possible.

The real menaces are the corn cob holders. I made it darn near seven decades without injury, until last summer, when I felt a pinch in my lip and started bleeding. I hadn’t secured the corn holder properly, and it slipped out and stabbed me.

“Why is your lip bleeding?” Kate asked unrhetorically.

Too embarrassed to admit my folly, and with the salt burning into the wound, I managed a feeble, “Uh, ouch.”

Warning: Don’t stab yourself with a corn holder. Plan B: If you do skewer yourself, put a napkin to your mouth and hack, excuse yourself from the table, saying a kernel is stuck in your throat. Then go hide in the can until you staunch the bleeding.

I discovered a previously unknown hazard just the other day, when I slipped batteries into the bug zapper that Kate got me because the gnats in the backyard irritate her.

The battery powered device is shaped like a tennis racket, and the “strings” are electrified, so a person can fry gnats, skeeters and other flying insects with a few deft swings.

I should have known that touching it might hurt, after growing up in the ’50s and ’60s, when the crackle of insects flying into the zappers outside Dairy Queens were as much a part of summer nights as lightning bugs, chirping crickets and belching bullfrogs.

But curiosity got the best of me, as I reached out and touched the metal strings, ever so quickly. A couple of double A batteries can deliver a surprising jolt. I shrieked like a little girl and muttered through clenched teeth what I imagine might have been Charlie Starkweather’s final words.

I’ll still use it, without touching it and, of course, not while standing in a puddle in the rain.

But I also just discovered an alternative.

A pitch for an assault gun that just came in over my email transom promises to unlevel the playing field so mosquitoes and flies don’t have the advantage.

junho 1, 2010 Uncategorized0

And One Of the Most Racist Places in America Is

All of southern New Jersey is “much more racist than average” while North Jersey is “more racist than average,” according to a new study released by the journal PLOS ONE.

The study analyzed the frequency of Google searches for the N word across the United States. The results showed the South and urban areas in the Northeast as the runaway leaders for racism.

On the map, a swath of red, indicating much more racist than average, covers all of southern New Jersey, all of Delaware, and most of Pennsylvania. All of northern New Jersey is in the tan zone, indicating more racist than average.

Racism isn’t an easy thing to measure.

Data scientist Seth Stephens Davidowitz said simply asking people if they’re racist reveals false results because they tend to self censor nfl jerseys If asked if they’re racist, most people will simply say no, he said.

But their Google searches tell a different story, said Stephens Davidowitz, who previously analyzed Internet searches for a paper measuring the effect of racist attitudes on Barack Obama’s electoral prospects.

Stephens Davidowitz and his research team looked at searches containing the N word, which they found occurred about as often as searches for non racist terms like “migraine(s),” “economist,” “sweater,” “Daily Show” and “Lakers.”

“Google data, evidence suggests, are unlikely to suffer from major social censoring,” he wrote in a previous paper. “Google searchers are online and likely alone, both of which make it easier to express socially taboo thoughts. Individuals, indeed, note that they are unusually forthcoming with Google.”

The study, however, was not merely a census of national racism. It’s titled “Association between an Internet Based Measure of Area Racism and Black Mortality.”

The findings indicate, perhaps unsurprisingly, that there is a higher mortality rate for African Americans in areas that are racist.

“Models further examining cause specific Black mortality rates revealed significant associations with heart disease, cancer, and stroke,” the study states. “These findings are congruent with studies documenting the deleterious impact of racism on health among Blacks”

Racist hot spots on the map stretch through most of Appalachia, from Kentucky through West Virginia, Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and New York State. It branches off and continues across Pennsylvania and all of South Jersey and Delaware. There are isolated spots in eastern Texas, northwest Florida, Georgia, and Michigan, but the bulk is concentrated in a single belt.

The western half of the country is almost entirely blue, indicating “less than average” and “much less than average” levels of racism.

This accuracy of this map and the study is reinforced by its similarity to Humboldt State University’s map of racist Tweets.

The study was published on April 24, hours before protests erupted in Baltimore over alleged police brutality against African Americans.


Experiences of racial bias have underpinned recent protests across the country, from Ferguson, MO, to Baltimore, MD. President Obama said this week that it’s up to Americans to bridge the divide. What can you personally do to change the culture?

abril 1, 2010 Uncategorized0

and Patriots are ‘trying hard’

Montana’s Hall of Fame teammate, Jerry Rice, has admitted to using stickum. When this was pointed out and Montana was asked if the 49ers ever cheated back in the day, the ex quarterback gave a convoluted explanation.

“Everybody does everything they can to possibly get a little bit of an edge,” he said. “Back then, it wasn’t illegal,cheap nfl jerseys but it was illegal our guys used to spray, and everybody did, silicone on their jerseys, so that the defensive linemen couldn’t get a hold of them. Go change your jersey.’ It’s a game. Everybody wants to win, so you do whatever you can to make it happen.”

“I actually thought if Aaron was healthy last year, they probably would have beaten the Seahawks,” Montana added. “But I think we’re looking at that kind of matchup somewhere down the line between New England and Green Bay. “

fevereiro 1, 2010 Uncategorized0

801st Maintenance Battalion Archives

Fort Campbell, KY “Better late than never” is the saying. For retired Platoon Sgt. Class Cecil Wiggins, the Honorable Order of St. Michael Bronze Award has been a long time coming for the impact he made on his unit during the Vietnam War. He received the award during a ceremony February 22nd at Fort Campbell, KY.

The Honorable Order of St. Michael Bronze Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion of Army Aviation in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient seniors,Pandora Sale subordinates and peers.

Retired Platoon Sgt. Cecil Wiggins expresses emotional gratitude as his wife, Gwen, looks on after receiving the Order of St. Michael Bronze Award during a ceremony here Feb. 22. The award lauds the leadership skills he used to turn around the production and morale of the 507th Transportation Company Detachment, attached to the “Condors,” Company C, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, during the Vietnam War. Army photo by Spc. Jennifer Andersson, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)