November 23, 2006

This is not your dinner!

For today, a quick trip downtown to go to Christkindlmarkt, some kind of German Christmas festival, netted some bratwurst, strudel, and some sort of fried cheese fritter. Following that, I returned home to cook the traditional thanksgiving meal.

A Traditional Thanksgiving
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Lemon Butter Asparagus
Pepsi
Sirloin Steaks
Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream and homemade whipped cream

Sorry, no turkey this year. The next turkey I make will be deep fried, and this year it didn't work out. I watched a smashing episode of Good Eats the other day, so I know how to do it without lighting anything or anyone on fire, which is good, because old Alton demonstrated what could happen if you mess up, and let's just say you would never have to worry about whether your eyebrows were too bushy ever again.

November 22, 2006

American Music Awards

I don't watch award shows out of principle (that principle being that they are stupid), but the fact that the Black Eyed Peas have ever won a music award and continue to do so makes me sad for our country.

Halfway There

I'm about halfway to the minimum number of pages on my paper for Contemporary Issues in Sports. With a few days off and no travel on the docket, I hope to get a big chunk of that done this weekend. I have an interview email request in with a baseball writer who agreed to take my questions, and it will be good to get his responses to some questions I wasn't sure of another way to answer. I think I have enough sources, and I've got a good handle on the topic, but getting all the ideas onto paper in a coherent and well-written fashion isn't something I've done lately. Even when I was a full time student, I didn't have to write many research papers, since I was an engineering student. Janet did this stuff all the time, so I've been watching her do it for a while, but that's not exactly the same. It's good I like my topic, and I think liking the topic is key for me. If I had to write this paper about something I didn't care about, that would be tough.

By the way, I've been using a Google Homepage for a while now, but Jimmy got me to put another tab on there where I can put blog feeds, so I can check for updates to a dozen or so blogs all in one place. It's pretty sweet.

November 20, 2006

Wheaton vs. Chicago recap

A more extensive writeup on the Wheaton vs. Chicago match of November 15th can be found at the Wheaton MySpace blog:

Click HERE

November 18, 2006

Wrestling Videos

I will be posting videos of Wheaton College Wrestling on YouTube this season. The first match against the University of Chicago is up. You can find the individual matches on YouTube by clicking HERE.

The Ohio State University 42 Michigan 39

Go Buckeyes!

O-H-I-O

November 15, 2006

University of Chicago 25 - Wheaton 12

We started off with some good wins, but things started to go south in the 157 match. We were up 7-3 going into the third period, but you can see how it ended up. If we wrestled this match in a few months, I think we would win, and we should have won tonight, but now we'll have to focus on our next match on November 30th against Lakeland and Augustana.

Full Match Results

Fired

Joe Girardi won the National League Manager of the Year award today for the job he did with the Marlins this season. Of course, he was fired two days after the season ended, thanks to a rift with Jeffrey Loria, the owner of the team. I'm not sure what all went on to get him fired, but I know that part of it was bringing young pitcher Josh Johnson back into a game after an 82 minute rain delay. Just like that, Johnson went from 2nd in the league in ERA to the DL with biceps tendonitis.

I wonder, though, has any manger ever received this award after being fired? By the way, Girardi is joining the YES network as a broadcaster rather than immediately seek another managing job. The Cubbie faithful here were clamoring for this guy (he went to Northwestern), but they ended up with Piniella.

November 14, 2006

Wheaton Wrestling

Season Preview available HERE

Roster available HERE

Schedule available HERE

Wheaton Wrestling MySpace page available HERE

November 13, 2006

Go Buckeyes

This guy made a 1:275 scale model of the Horseshoe out of LEGOs. It weighs 38 pounds and is totally awesome.

YouTube made me famous

Not really, but in a way. I made a video that was highlights from the 2006 NCAA wrestling finals broadcast on ESPN. I uploaded this video in August after it seemed to disappear after a previous uploading. Since then, it has been viewed over 14,000 times on YouTube. I uploaded the same video on MySpace at some point, and it's up over 5,000 views. In other words, a video that I made has been seen nearly 20,000 times. If that's not ridiculous, nothing is.

November 10, 2006

November 7, 2006

Another Video

This one is short, only 80 seconds, so click Play already.

November 4, 2006

November 3, 2006

Blown Up

Sometimes, I wish I had a gas stove. Then I read a story like this one, and I start to have second thoughts.

Athletic Coaching Education

You know, I want to make fun of the fact that a full 1/4 of the West Virginia Mountaineers football team is majoring in "Athletic Coaching Education," but then I realize I'm in a graduate program that is either Sports Management or Sports Coaching. Of course, I can also remember, that, hey, I have a degree in electrical engineering. So, there, I can make fun of WVU. What a relief.