Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Tubman/Leach, Movie Reviews, Book Refiews

Most of the time when I blog I have a central point that I want to make or talk about. Usually it is about something that went on during the week or weeks previous to the post and I just thought about it for a while. Many times this is motivated by my frustrations over the subject or see some humor in it. Like for example, our past football coach at Texas Tech that I labeled, Coach Brilliance in his early days heading up the football program, then I changed it to spelling his name Leech rather than Leach, simply because the things he said about his contract reminded me of leeches. Those little slimy things that live in the water and blood suck on you till you finally die, I guess. Then he introduced the concept of Pirates to the university, team, and city and it became a cool thing to own some kind of Pirate stuff. This became so bad you began to wonder if the mascot and team name would be changed from the Red Raider to Pirate, and we were going to be required to wear an eye patch to the games. It all became history when he was fired for insubordination and right before their 2009 bowl game. Just because he called up the Chancellor and literally cussed him out with words that cannot be printed on my blog, and did the same to a few of the Board of Regents. Well the real story is he was insubordinate the whole time he was at Tech and in the first two years rumor had it that his adult bar visits were more frequent than his being on time for a team meeting. Now we have that problem all solved since he was fired and Coach Tuberville has taken over a very successful, winning football team(winning record last 10 years, bowl appearances for past 10 years and highest graduation rates of all the Big 12 schools) and coached it down(as opposed to up) to a 4 win 4 loss season so far. Yesterday they lost to old rival, the Texas A & M(Aggies) and now with some strong teams left on the remaining schedule they could finish at best 6 wins 6 losses, but I would predict right now 5 wins 7 losses. This of course would make them not eligible for a bowl game(must have 6 wins for that), which will only get them in the insignificant bowl at best. So, how does all this happen in just a mere few months. Well these new coaches have more excuses than I have ever seen but I do know one thing for sure, SouthEast coaches always come to Tech with the attitude that Big 12 football is not up to par with the SE and they always leave with more losses than wins and wonder what happened. So, Coach Tuberville please gear up your britches and start to get ready for 2011. Your coaching credentials are great but you need a better supporting caste of assistants and quit scrimmaging all through the season. The reason you have so many injuries is a 12 game season, starting with two a days in August, just invites more injuries especially if you have contact work during the regular season. With the degree of hard hitting that is going on, the artificial turfs that make it much harder to land on without injury, and the fact that these little darlings are pampered all their life, they need some rest from contact during the week. Now you ask, how do you know this you ole man that still scoots around with the swim, bike and run sport of triathlon. Well I spent 13 years playing that game of football and have experienced just about everything you can imagine on the field of play, i.e. winning lots of games, earning a college scholarship, injuries, lots of scrimmaging and contact work in workouts, being chewed out by coaches, being praised by coaches, etc., etc. So, listen to me on this and lightened up a little bit and see what happens. Right now your offensive coordinator is in way over his head and just doesn’t make the right decisions for the offensive plays when they are really needed. And that fake signal stuff that goes on during the game at the Raider bench is a waste of energy and seems to be confusing the team even more, plus the fact that making stupid excuses is even more ridiculous. And you Mr. defensive coordinator, you have a way about you in using that big mouth that just doesn’t seem to get your point across. Oh yes I am sure they hear you, as the rest of the world does, however I can’t see how it it equating to success on the field of play(where everything is measured). The bottom line here is that you can salvage a bowl eligible season, but not likely, if you buckle it up and follow my suggestions. Otherwise, you can hang them up after the Houston Cougar game and start getting ready for 2011. It is going to be a long off season and no amount of public relation speeches around town will make the city forget this season, until of course you go 12-0 in 11. Go for it Coach!!!

Movie Review: “Hereafter”, ****, This is a Clint Eastwood directed movie and is excellent. This story does not resemble anything else he has ever done and is so far from Dirty Harry that it really makes you appreciate the depth that Eastwood brings to this cinema industry. His exploration of death, or rather what happens afterward, is not what we walk in expecting from a man in his 80’s. Rather the movie is quiet often subtle, actually a little slow to start with except for the tsunami’s arrival at an Indonesian beach. Star newswoman Cecile de France is among the thousands killed, but while she has the opportunity to see life in the hereafter she returns to life, but then is haunted by this knowledge. Her story is the first of three separate story threads. Matt Damon plays the part of a rare legitimate psychic, also haunted by his “gifts” since he goes through life with strong misgiving about them and even labels them “curses” at times. The other story involves the death of a twin brother in England and how the survivor seeks out the real psychic to get answers on life “hereafter” and asks for his help in explaining where his brother is and why this happened, the twins are 10 years old. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing disaster and accident images, and for brief strong language.

Book Reviews: “Laura Bush-Spoken From The Heart”, ****, This is an excellent book written by the former first lady of the President George W. Bush. It starts with her childhood and goes through the years in the White House. Very articulate and full of details about her service as the First Lady, subtle justification for the decisions(but not dwelled on) made by “George” as he served in the Presidency. Her attention to details from the time she was a youngster up until the final days in the White House are interesting to read and would make this book an asset to your book shelf(after reading of course).

“Tiger-The Real Story”, ***, This is the second book written about Tiger since his fall from grace in the golf and business world. It is written by Steve Helling and he does a good job with the facts and definitely wrote it with no restrictions by the Tiger, but also was done with some taste and respect. Probably it would only be an interest to those who like golf or who have followed Tiger since he was a kid. His father use to say that “he would be more well known for what he did off of the golf course than what he did on it.” Well I am sure he was right but I am also sure that what he is now known for off of the golf course is not what he father meant.

How are you Ms. SH!! Hope you enjoy!!



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