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Is Tim Tebow the Tyler Hansbrough of football?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on January 2, 2010

Here’s a thought … (we did watch the Tebow cam)

Is Tim Tebow the Tyler Hansbrough of football?

  • Both had exceptional collegiate careers.
  • Both won NCAA Championships.
  • Both won the top collegiate individual awards (player of the year and Heisman Trophy)
  • Both are hard-working, good citizens.
  • Both will have difficult times in their professional sports (NFL, NBA). Hansbrough may actually have a better chance of making a “good length” career in the NBA than Tebow  in the NFL.

Congratulations to Tim Tebow on a great collegiate career. Please be open-minded in the NFL.  You may need to be a part-time hybrid quarterback and receiver.  Get in the league and show your value. All the cards will then fall into place. We wish you the best.


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What’s Up — 2008 Collage

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving morning. Atempting to learn how to create graphics and wondering what is going on in the world.  Take a look at my What’s Up collage.  (Note: The intent here is current news and issues.  Obama being in the graphic is not negative. It just happens to be news we have a new president in desperate times)

What's up in the world...

Some of the items represented in the What’s Up collage…

  • United States Flag
  • Darfur Sudan
  • AIG
  • CitiBank, CitiCorp
  • Lehman Brothers
  • Ford
  • Chrysler
  • General Motors, GM
  • Big 3 Auto Manufacturers
  • President-elect Barack Obama
  • Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez
  • North Korea’s Kim Jong
  • Iran’s Mahmoud Ahadinejad
  • Somali Pirates
  • Oil Rigs – go green
  • Smoke, polution — Global Warming
  • Russia’s Vladimir Putin
  • Osama bin Laden
  • Dollars representing the economy and Wall Street

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Of course, President Bush had a cold ;>)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 20, 2008

So President Bush did the right thing. Before he went to the G20 Summit, he let the other world leaders know he had a cold. And of course, none of the other leaders would shake his hand and risk getting sick. Yeah, that’s it… ;>)

… As it turns out, President Bush had already had greeted, shook hands, and hugged these people earlier in the day. CNN pointed this out the morning of 11.21.08. The CNN Anchor in this video was way off base.

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Obama, Biden, Clinton, and Michelle Obama on their way to Washington

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 18, 2008

This is a great picture. Hopefully they can help change the direction of the country. Please!

Obama Biden Clinton on their way

Obama Biden Clinton Michelle Obama on their way

(photo credit unknown — recvd in an email)

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The UFC / MMA, Brock Lesnar, Randy Couture

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 16, 2008

The UFC is taking some risks.  Up until now there has not been the hype of such charades as the WWE.

The UFC athletes give the appearances they are average Joes.  Real people.  The skilled athlete, not necessarily the biggest or most aggressive, wins.  The guy who has a strategy and keeps his wits about him, wins.

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Brock Lesnar winning the UFC Heavyweight Championship was bad for the UFC.  Lesnar is an incredible athlete and he happens to be 280 lbs.  NCAA Champion. A Freak. Who wanted him to win?  He had 50 lbs on Couture. He he was over 10 years younger.  He also doesn’t have a fraction of Couture’s MMA skills.

So Lesnar won.  He caught Couture with and elbow.  It would have been better if Couture had submitted Lesnar.  It would have shown actual skill versus brute force.

A part of the attraction of UFC / MMA is the “idea” that the skilled athlete will beat the “big bully”. Frank Mir beating Lesnar was the perfect example of this concept.  (Perhaps when the UFC grows, they should have a super-heavyweight class. Lesnar is simply too much larger than everyone else… except for Kimbo Slice…  )

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Here’s the second and final round of the Lesnar / Couture fight.

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Life – How true it is – a little chuckle

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 16, 2008

For those of you who have not gone through the Fun Photos section of TopOfTheThread here is one of my favorites.

Simple. A good chuckle. True.


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Special Interest Groups, Stadiums, and Arenas

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 12, 2008

Being an avid sports fan, I still find it peculiar hearing the sponsored names of arenas and stadiums.

Names like Minute Maid Park, Lincoln Financial Field and Ameriquest Field simply don’t sound right.

But it made me think of where this can lead.

I am waiting for special interest groups to take some of their funds and participate in the fun. They certainly seem to have plenty of money…

Can you imagine these venues?

  • Obama For Change Stadium ( He had enough money to do this!)
  • PETA Pavillion (No rodeos here)
  • Stop The War Arena
  • Proposition 8 Fieldhouse
  • Off Shore Drilling Is OK Garden
  • Illegal Immigration is Wrong Park

I know this seems ridiculous but a special interest group will eventually sponsor a stadium.

Please take a look a a sampling of the stadium names and the prices sponsors are paying:


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Why does Keith Olbermann show up at a SNL closed rehearsal?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 1, 2008

Keith Olberman is a funny, intelligent comedian. It would be hard to classify him a a reporter.

He’s not the only one. Bill O’Reilly is one obvious example that takes the polar opposite views. We need these formats. We need entertainment. We need to appease the extreme left and extreme right with some entertainment. They are both out and out funny.

What the pubic needs to remember is their livelihood depends upon ratings. Their livelihood depends upon ratings. They take basic truths and expand them, spin them, left and right. (Hopefully Americans are not using these shows to determine their voting preferences.)

Olbermann comes across as a big, confident, intelligent guy on TV. He does a good job and his show does well.

Its comes out that Ben Affleck will be spoofing him on SNL tonight (11.1.08 NBC). Olbermann sneaks into a CLOSED SNL rehearsal to watch? Ben Affleck comments he is uncomfortable with him there.
Is Olbermann so insecure? He should take being a character on SNL as a compliment. He’s arrived! Obama. McCain. Biden. Cinton. Clinton. And especially Palin have been ripped apart on the show.

Keith – it’s a part of the job. If you are going to be “who you have created” you need to be a little more confident. Evidently your TV persona is a facade.


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Sarah Palin – Why people like her

Posted by TopOfTheThread on September 11, 2008

I am most certainly NOT endorsing Sarah Palin as the most qualified person to be the Vice President of The United States.Sarah Palin in Kuwait

But of the 4 candidates (Obama, McCain, Biden, Palin) she is the person we can most relate to…

People can relate to Palin because her family life is busy, hectic, and not perfect… like our lives!

  • She is married with 5 children.
  • She has a special needs child.
  • She has a pregnant 17 year old child.
  • She has a son in the military about to be in Iraq.
  • Hockey mom
  • She and he husband eloped and did not have a big wedding.
  • She has battled / balance the time constraints of having a career and a job. (This is a sexist issue. No one ever questions a male candidate about his parenting.)
  • Her husband is a union man.

She is not a wealthy. She is not Ivy League educated. She does not have 7 homes… like many politicians.

She is that average person who succeeded in politics.

Does that qualify her to co-lead our government? No.

Does it explain why people have taken a liking to her? Yes.


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NCAA College Football Parity

Posted by TopOfTheThread on August 31, 2008

*** All draft pick numbers are total, historical picks ***

There is more parity in college football because the good players can go to more schools and still make it to the NFL.

college footbal nfl draft parity

For years, top high school football recruits would insist on only attending Notre Dame, University of Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, USC, Penn State, Ohio State, and a few other big-time football schools. Why?

Because they hoped to be drafted and end up in the NFL. Back then you needed to go to this group of schools to be noticed by the NFL scouts and coaches. Now you can be drafted and make the NFL after playing for virtually any school.

Technology has allowed scouts to find that left guard from Albany State (16 draft picks), the nose tackle from St. Ambrose (7 draft picks), or the running back from Willamette (7 draft picks).

Now an agent, school administrator, parent, friend, or anyone has the means of creating a video, posting it on YouTube, and sending an email to the NFL. Or better yet, this person can pass it around the school and friends, and create an on-line buzz for that person. If that player truly has any of the professional caliber characteristics, he can count on getting at least come consideration.

Let’s not forget ESPN and the other sports cable networks. There are cameras and videos everywhere in our society. (A great example is how often you see a great or bizarre High School Sports play ending up in the SportCenter Top 10 Plays of the Day.)

Obviously there are many other factors involved such as the quality of the competition. But if that Division III lineman (for example) is 6′ 3″, 280 lbs, and can bench 225 lbs 25 times, some team(s) will take a peek at him.

A good example was Wayne Chrebet. Wayne was this little possession receiver from Hoftstra. Hofstra Wayne Chrebet NY Jets Hofstrawas this insignificant school on the collegiate football scene. He was discovered, and went on to have a solid professional career with the NJ Jets.

Take a peek at this chart of the history of NFL draft. Two things to notice: (1) There are over 100 schools with over 50 draft picks, and (2) Scroll to the bottom of the list and notice some of the schools…  ELON, Lamar, Howard Payne…. (Of course that chart does not tell us how many of them “made it”. It does show you can be found anywhere.)

So let’s hear it for last year’s Appalachian State and many more going forward.

*** I was reading Ivan Maisel’s book, The Maisel Report. It spurred a lot of thought and this post on college football. It’s a great book for the college football fan. Ivan, a Senior Writer for ESPN, shows he has “big balls” the way he pulls no punches talking about coaches and players who he will have to interview in the coming weeks. I recommend picking up the book. (I have no financial stake in this book. Ivan is a friend of a friend.)***


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