15 October 2008

The good ol' days...X-Country practice

Check out this article about a high school Cross Country team in Carolina: Green Hope.

Props to Michael Miragliuolo for getting this many kids out there. Great to hear that there is exercise going on at that level.

14 October 2008

Who gets to go to Miami?

The BCS may very well be in for another dose of "Who do we leave out this year?" With the Big 12 stealing the spotlight from the superpowers of the SEC, we are being led to believe that the champion crowned in Kansas City, Missouri on December 6th will certainly have proved their worth in the NCAA Football title race to compete for the overall championship in Miami.

And what about the SEC? Surely when the cloud of dust settles in Atlanta on the same day (06 Dec) and the one left standing has however many loses, they deserve to scrap it out in Dolphins Stadium. Don't they?

Well the BCS Standings come out for the first time next week and we'll get a peek of what's to come. It looks like we're due for USC, BYU, Boise State, or Ball State to spoil the easy pick 'ems. And don't forget about Penn State. If they run the table, JoePa's crewAtlanta, Auburn University, Ball State, BCS, Big 12, Boise State, BYU, College Game Day, Kansas City, Lee Corso, NCAA football, definitely deserves a shot at an early Spring Break.

I can just see it now. College Game Day at the Iron Bowl at the end of the season, when Alabama tries to finish the regular season undefeated. Corso incorrectly picking the War Eagle...I mean Tiger...what is the Auburn mascot anyway? And all of the Playoff signs in the background being hoisted by my beloved SEC brothers and sisters.

Hotel Green Linen Policies...

I am back on the road again for work and have been staying in some rather reputable hotels here in Louisville, Kentucky. Although the general ambiance does make one feel somewhat special, the level of service and hospitality are actually nothing to write home about.

I have recently stayed at the Brown Hotel, the Seelbach Hilton, and the Hyatt Regency Louisville and other than giving me a room key when traded for my credit card they haven't once in four weeks tried to explain anything about their properties. At first I thought it was the individual facility, but it seems as if it might be the industry in general here. I guess it's important to note that everyone has been nice and polite...just no above and beyond hospitality practices or much that would warrant ratings above 3 stars or diamonds.

The real point of this post was the linens though. Since I'm green conscious I always try to reuse my bath and hand towels since my typical stays rarely exceed 4 nights. Each of the mentioned facilities all have the new age stationary displayed in the rooms advocating that they will leave linens alone that aren't on the floor. Meaning, if I hang my towel on the hook on the back of the door on on the shower rod, they should leave it there to air dry. One thing is for sure, it has been consistent at each hotel everyday of my recent stays. That is a lot of detergent, water, and energy just on me alone. And further more, what a waste of paper if they are not following through on this effort.

I'm sure it's hard to train everyone on this 'radical' concept, but I have been surprised at how consistent the city was at the 3 different hotels. I guess, I'm going to have to revert to my previous plan of using the DND sign to save the materials and energy myself. It's not like I can't make my own bed...

07 October 2008

a BCS playoff...not at least for 5 years

For those of you who haven't seen the news flash or can't read between the lines...there will be no BCS playoff. Best case scenario is 2014. I know this is old news, but this season is shaping up to be another blockbuster and who knows how it will end this time.

Click HERE for an article posted on the Fox BCS site that paints the situation as "healthy".

Maybe I have a biased viewpoint being a big SEC fan, but the PAC10 and Big Ten aren't helping matters not letting go of the Rose Bowl. I understand their perspective a little bit since a trip to Pasadena has been theirs since the start, but if we all ever want a better system we need to shift gears to a playoff of sorts, plus 1, etc...

As for the other conferences, why would they want to let 2 SEC teams lock down on 2 highlight spots every year.

01 October 2008

My opinion on the whole 700B bailout plan

I'm not really too fond of this $700 Billion bailout plan that is front and center to rescue our American economy. Has anyone done the math? That is something to the tune of $2300+ per citizen. There is no way we are really in that much trouble.

Why don't they implement another crazy stimulus package. If people are really $10K+ in trouble, maybe it's their own fault. What about all of the people like me who have had their property go down tens of thousands and are still paying the man. No one is reaching out to give me a hand.