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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Clay Dyer

This guy's amazing. Clay Dyer was born with no legs and only half of one arm.
"I knew early that competition was something I would love to be able to do for the rest of my life," Clay said. "That's when I started getting into fishing. I realized it was something I could do, no matter if I was 6'5" and weighed 250 pounds or if I was 40 inches tall and weighed 85 pounds. And I thought it was a sport I could take up on a national level, versus trying to play in the NBA or NFL!"

Clay was right. He can do it - in fact, is doing it - on the national level.

"He's a giant among fisherman," said John E. Phillips, sportsman and outdoors writer. "In my opinion, Clay Dyer is the greatest bass fisherman with whom I have ever fished."

Jay Yelas, 2003 Bass Master Angler of the Year, said, "Clay drives his boat, runs his trolling motor, casts with precision, unhooks his own fish, even ties knots. Yelas lists Clay among his short list of heroes. "Few things move me as much as hearing Clay quote Philippians 4:13: 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,'" he said.

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Friday, February 24, 2006

Curling Bronze

The United States' first Olympic medal in curling was earned today by the boys from Bemidji when they defeated the British team 8-6. The team's skip (I think that's what you call the guy who sends the stone down toward the big target), Pete Fenson, is the owner of Dave's Pizza in Bemidji, Minnesota. Every student, past or present, of Bemidji State University has enjoyed a pie at Dave's. I had more than a few in the late 70's - early 80's. Congrats to Team Fenson!

But did you know ... ?
Britain was shut out of a medal one Olympics after Scottish housewife Rhona Martin threw the "Stone of Destiny" to win the gold medal in Salt Lake City. David Murdoch's team is also from Scotland, which is considered the birthplace of curling.
The "Stone of Destiny"? Did you know about this? I guess if you lived in Scotland you did. Here's more. (Obviously, this is not the "stone of density", with which we're all familiar.)

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Thursday, February 16, 2006


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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

re: Super Bowl
Gary -- I totally agree. The refs did a job on the Seahawks, without question. On the Rothlisbergereiesligbergerwhatever "touchdown", you could see the ref running up, thinking "Okay, hmmm, spot this on about the one inch line.... oh, wait, that's right, we got that memo from Tagliabue.... TOUCHDOWN!".

Hines Ward was given the MVP award, but I think the Refs should have gotten it. Without them, Pittsburgh wouldn't have won. As far as I'm concerned, Pittsburgh's "victory" is completely tainted. It was almost like an NBA playoff game out there.

My favorite commercial was the one where the guy kept throwing the phone at the other dude. I want one of those theft prevention phones. My other favorite commercial was the little colt who pulled the Budweiser wagon. That was cool.

As for the Holmgren family, God bless 'em.

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Monday, February 06, 2006

Super Bowl
The Seahawks were robbed. It seems the NFL wanted a Steelers victory and a Jerome Bettis "retiring as a champion" story line (what is this, figure skating?). The memo went down to the zebras and they did their part - quite unconvincingly. We saw phantom pass interference, holding to negate any big play, and blocking below the waist - on a tackler! They tried to give the Steelers the ball on a non-fumble but the video evidence was too strong. The Seahawks didn't help their cause much - too many dropped passes and poor clock management. But even in spite of those mistakes, they should have won. Had the crowd not been 90% Steelers fans, we would have (and should have) heard the time-honored chant, "These refs suck! These refs suck!"

Some related stories:
  • Joe Montana didn't appear with the other Super Bowl MVPs at the beginning of the game because he wanted a $100,000 appearance fee. It is reported that Terry Bradshaw also had a problem with the money and stayed home.
  • Coach Holmgren's wife and daughter were also not in attendance - but for much better reasons. They were on a medical mission in the Congo. I'm sure they enjoyed their day more than Mike.
  • My favorite commercial: "The Magic Fridge."

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Friday, February 03, 2006


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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Happy Groundhog Day!
How much better can it get? Jonah Goldberg writing about the movie Groundhog Day.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006


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Math Will Rock Your World
Business Week explains how math is being applied to new problems.
The world is moving into a new age of numbers. Partnerships between mathematicians and computer scientists are bulling into whole new domains of business and imposing the efficiencies of math. .. They're helping to map out advertising campaigns, they're changing the nature of research in newsrooms and in biology labs, and they're enabling marketers to forge new one-on-one relationships with customers. As this occurs, more of the economy falls into the realm of numbers. Says James R. Schatz, chief of the mathematics research group at the National Security Agency: "There has never been a better time to be a mathematician."
Very interesting article.

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Jack Bauer
I know, I know, this has been all over the blogosphere. But, what the heck, they made me laugh ...
  • If you wake up in the morning, it's because Jack Bauer spared your life.
  • Upon hearing that he was played by Kiefer Sutherland, Jack Bauer killed Sutherland. Jack Bauer gets played by no man.
  • Jack Bauer's favorite color is severe terror alert red. His second favorite color is violet, but just because it sounds like violent.
  • Jack Bauer was never addicted to heroin. Heroin was addicted to Jack Bauer.
  • If Jack Bauer was in a room with Hitler, Stalin, and Nina Meyers, and he had a gun with 2 bullets, he'd shoot Nina twice.
  • Jack Bauer doesn't miss. If he didn't hit you it's because he was shooting at another terrorist twelve miles away.
  • 1.6 billion Chinese are angry with Jack Bauer. Sounds like a fair fight.
  • Jack Bauer once forgot where he put his keys. He then spent the next half-hour torturing himself until he gave up the location of the keys.
  • Jack Bauer does not sleep. The only rest he needs is what he gets when he's knocked out or temporarily killed.
  • Jack Bauer's family threw him a surprise birthday party when he was a child. Once.
  • Jack Bauer has no problem following orders, unless you tell him to do something he doesn't want to.
  • Everytime Jack Bauer yells "NOW!" at the end of a sentence, a terrorist dies.
  • As a child, Jack Bauer's first words were "There's no time!"
  • Guns dont kill people, Jack Bauer kills people.
  • Killing Jack Bauer doesn't make him dead. It just makes him angry.
  • When life gave Jack Bauer lemons, he used them to kill terrorists. Jack Bauer hates lemonade.
  • Jack Bauer got Hellen Keller to talk.
  • Superman wears Jack Bauer pajamas.
  • The only reason you are conscious is because Jack Bauer doesn’t feel like carrying you.
  • You can lead a horse to water. Jack Bauer can make him drink.
  • Jack Bauer can get McDonald’s breakfast after 10:30.
  • People with amnesia still remember Jack Bauer.
  • Jack Bauer makes onions cry.
  • Jack Bauer would have gotten the ring to Mordor in 24 hours.
  • Jack Bauer knows where Carmen Sandiego is.
  • Jack Bauer won the Tour de France on a unicycle to prove to Lance Armstrong it wasn't a big deal. He thinks yellow wristbands are gay.
  • When Google can't find something, it asks Jack Bauer for help.
  • Jack Bauer has been to Mars. That's why there's no life on Mars.

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