Remembering those who gave their lives–and congrats to the IU Baseball team!!!!!


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To those who have given their lives in the name of freedom thank you. On this day we remember those who have served and died. I also remember those who were not serving but gave their lives in the name of freedom. I cherish the gift you gave me.

lazy daysThis morning the world’s laziest dogs decided that they wanted to watch Netflix. Oh yeah and they also wanted a bed. Sadly evil Luke spoiled their plans. To say the least this was not the planned memorial day they were seeking.

The walls in Luke’s room are black (on the base at least). And yes he did in fact pick them. We had them painted that way before we moved in.

Printed one 3d napkin holder yesterday. Going to do another one today. I have to say it is really cool to be able to hit a web site, download a computer image and then print it in your house. I suspect as these printers get better you won’t have the level of troubleshooting to print that you do today. Of course, if you don’t learn how to do the troubleshooting you won’t know when it is easier.

(There is something to be said for Brittle Computing –)

Ran into a nozzle one issue this morning. I do so love troubleshooting.

Congrats to the IU Baseball team winning both the regular season and big ten tournament. Its nice to see them in the college world series for the second year in a row. Plus, now that Maryland is in the big ten I have a chance to go see my Hoosiers on occasion in the next couple of years. I already have the Cream and Crimson deck.

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The fall of the L.A. Lakers…


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I like snow when it stops before it covers everything. It is beautiful to watch as it is falling it is not beautiful to watch as you are shoveling. I do love watching it gently fall to earth however.

When I was in my 20’s I loved watching Magic Johnson and Larry Bird play. I didn’t like Magic Johnson because he played for Michigan State and Bird had spent part of his freshman year at IU so he was my personal favorite. When he ended up at the Celtics (my second favorite Pro Team) it was perfect for me.

I remember the great and epic battles between them.

I watched the Lakers play on television yesterday afternoon against my favorite team (who by the way has fallen a bit, but not as far as the Lakers) and I wondered what happened to that glorious show time team.

It just felt sad in the end to watch that team obviously play out the string. The Bulls aren’t great this year but they bring effort. Yesterday the Lakers brought tremendous effort but the missing talent was obvious. Sure they fought back and made the game close but that was against a Bulls team that is at best middle of the pack right now.

To my friends who are Lakers fans – I am pulling for them to at least right the ship and find some way to win a few games. It just looked sad yesterday.

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Super Bowl prediction…


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For those of you playing along at home, I have predicted the last ten super bowls (before the game of course) and am 5-5. After the game I am a much better prognosticator going 10-0, but before the game I am .500.

This year’s game presents problems for me. As the Indianapolis Colts vs. the Chicago Bears game of a few years ago did as well. I am a lifelong Bears fan but have become a huge Peyton Manning fan. In the end I rooted for the Bears in the first half and the Colts in the second half but I picked the Colts to win the overall game. I didn’t like the Bears offence at that time.

Fast forward to 2014. I rooted for the Seahawks (I’ve been to a couple of games while I worked at my previous job). I really love Seattle and the team. I am still however a Peyton Manning fan above all else.

That said it’s a really good game.

I am torn by my loyalties.

But my prediction for this game follows:

  1. This is going to be a great game. Good defense on both sides of the ball. One of the greatest offences of all time on one side of the ball and a very good defense on the other side.
  2. Peyton Manning’s last two Super Bowls haven’t been stellar.
  3. This is the Seahawks first Super Bowl. There are going to be jitters. Early in the game they will be pumped up. The question is will they have anything left in the 4th quarter.
  4. Seahawks offense has gone down considerably from last year. They have a good running game but not great, a mobile quarterback and their best receiver back. Still in the end this is a weakness that must be addressed. If they can fix their offence in two weeks, then this is going to be a really close game.

Final score Denver 27, Seattle 17 but Seattle has the ball and is driving as a the game ends.

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Two great games yesterday!!


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Acknowledged I am a Peyton Manning fan. For all the analysts out there who say he has to win a second super bowl to be in consideration as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, he has now been to three. Certainly Brady has been to 5, no question one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. But Tom Brady stepped into the role of QB on a winning team. Peyton was drafted number one by a small market losing team. Like Walter Payton who was on Bears teams that were steadily improving the Colts improved every year while Peyton was there.

What the analysts can now add to legend of Brady and Manning is that the last two times it counted – Manning and his team beat Brady and his team.

Its going to be a fun Super Bowl for the first time in a number of years there are two teams I really like in the Super Bowl. I have a lot of friends who are Seahawk fans – I spent a lot of time in Seattle and have actually been to a Seahawks game (although long before Russell Wilson). So like the Indianapolis/Chicago Super Bowl where I had to choose my allegiance – this one will be the same. Personally I would love for Peyton to win his second – it validates the management of John Elway and the career of Peyton Manning. But I would also like to see the Seahawks win – they have built a wonderful team.

I will post my prediction next week before the game.

I’ve gotten a lot of emails about my refrigerator run wild (and doors etc.) once controlled by a hacker. I have to point out that while the devices are certainly vulnerable if connected, they are more likely to be used as a hosting device for a bot rather than as a hacked device attacking a person. They would be fairly hard to weaponize. Remote doors and door locks however are something you should consider carefully as those present not a “I can’t get out” issues but in the end allow the hacker to easily gain access to your home when you aren’t there. If you are offered that service by your alarm company makes sure it comes with the alarm company willing to pay if your house is comprised (insurance for break ins, malfunctions of the system etc.).

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Congrats to the Broncos…


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Aches and pains seem to linger when you get over 40. Things I used to shake off when I was 18 now last two weeks, three weeks and have to be dealt with rather than ignored. That hardly seems fair to me, but somehow I suspect it is.

I watched the games yesterday. Playoff football is very different from regular season. For the first part there are many fewer teams so that analysts have less to talk about and more to focus on. Every year they focus on the failures of various players. As a Peyton Manning fan I get tired of hearing that to secure his legacy he has to win the Super Bowl again. Certainly as a fan I would love to see him hoist that trophy one more time but frankly what he has done to date is simply amazing. He has one of the highest winning percentages all time for a Quarterback. He took a struggling team that hadn’t been as good as it could have been and made it better. He took the Colts to two Super Bowls. He’s taken the Bronco’s to the AFC championship game. He’s won one more Super Bowl than Dan Marino. Plus he is without a doubt one of the nicest people you could ever meet (having had the pleasure of meeting him on an airplane, flying to Chicago he was simply an incredibly nice person. In one of those little regional jets where he practically had to fold himself in half to fit.)

In acting everyone says its an honor to be nominated. Let’s start football analysis with that. You measure a person not by a yardstick but by what he or she has done for the world while they are here. Let’s not spend so much time on a 10-11 playoff record. Many of those loses with a team that couldn’t play defense to well even stop anyone. Enjoy the glory, as we did Favre, Elway, Marino, Montana, Young and the other great quarterbacks in their time. Two of the greatest to ever play the game are meeting this coming weekend to go to the Super Bowl. Let’s talk about how rare that is.

Congrats on the win Peyton. You are an amazing person. Oh, and you’re a pretty good quarterback as well.

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My five favorite basketball players


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A week or so ago I posted my all time favorite football players. A list that starts and ends with Walter Payton. Today I would like to share my all-time favorite basketball players. The difference here is that I love college basketball and I watch pro-basketball on occasion. So my five all time favorite players are mostly college players. Like football I have a number 1 favorite and from there the rest are somewhat interchangeable.

Quinn Buckner: “You ain’t seen nothing like the mighty Quinn.” It should be noted that Quinn Buckner won a basketball championship on every level he played. High School, College (IU – last undefeated team in college bball), Olympics and professionally (with the Boston Celtics). He also played safety for the IU football team – which meant he had a lot of tackles. He stopped play football after his sophomore season. He was a floor general in the best sense of the word, Bob Knight’s motion offence seemed to simply be his to run and own. I loved watching him play and have to say I really came to enjoy him as an analysts as well. “When Quinn the Eskimo gets here…”

Larry Bird: College (he was recruited by IU originally before moving to Indiana State) and professional Larry Bird was the best shooter I have ever seen. He could shoot lights out on the court. I became a fan of the Boston Celtics in 1980 when he joined that team. He represents the adage work harder than everyone else.  I loved watching him play.

Michael Jordan: The graceful player I have ever seen. He represents the most well-rounded game of any player I’ve ever seen. He could score and he could defend. Was he the greatest player of all time? I don’t know, greatness has to live within an era. You have to bind a player to his time because the rules change, the gene pool is broader and more people play ball at a much earlier age. But for the time he was part of the Bulls Michael was the greatest player I’ve seen.

Scott May: I loved watching Scott May play (he was my student teacher the semester IU won the national championship in 1976. he actually started after that game until the end of the semester. That, speaks volumes about Coach – his players went to class even after the season and their careers at IU were over.) Scott May had the smoothest mid-range jumper. Without mono- and knee injuries I think he would have had a more effective and longer pro career.

Kent Benson: I worked at Diary Queen South in Bloomington Indiana the summer of 1978. Kent Benson used to stop by that Dairy Queen on his way to Lake Monroe. The first time I took his order I stepped to the window, leaning out a little to hear and said “May I help you.” As he placed his order I remember looking up, and then continuing to look up. He filled the entire window. As a player Kent Benson was part of my all-time favorite Basketball team (the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers). He represented the things that were important to me as a person as well. He was fun to watch.

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My favorite players (football) of all time…


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I have watched and love football now for more than 45 years. During that time I’ve seen some of the greatest players who have ever laced up cleats and taken the field. While as a child I was bound to teams (my grandfather told me at age 5 that I was and always would be a Bears fan, they are my first choice, always Grandpa).

It is however certain players that in the end I tune in on Saturday’s or Sundays. Not as much on Saturday’s because well since Anthony Thompson graduated from IU there really hasn’t been an IU team with a specific player that I loved to watch. James Harding was fun to watch at times, but as a receiver he would disappear when the defense came on the field.

So here is my list of my personal favorite players in order:

  1. Walter Payton: I watched Walter Payton return kickoffs and punts as a rookie in 1974/75 and I told my grandfather that he was going to be a special player. In the end I have to say I respect him more as a man. He was/is the greatest running back of all time. He could run the ball, pass the ball and catch the ball. He was a great blocker and all around player. I loved watching every minute he was on the field. Since his passing I’ve read every book about him and I respect him more as a man. I love him without question as my favorite all time football player but as a human being he was amazing.
  2. Peyton Manning: While I never met Walter Payton in person I have met Peyton Manning. Like “Sweetness” he is as great a person as he is a quarterback. To me he is the reason I’ve become a Denver Bronco’s fan. For years I rooted for the local team when I lived in Indianapolis when Peyton was the QB. He is amazing.
  3. Jerry Rice: He was the smoothest player I have ever seen period. It was fun to watch him play. I never liked a single team he was on but I always rooted for Jerry Rice to do well personally.
  4. Fran Tarkington: I hate the Vikings. But, I loved watching Fran the man scramble. He was an amazing athlete who simple created plays that just weren’t there if anybody else was the QB.
  5. Barry Sanders: OK I hate the Lions. But Barry Sanders was perhaps the best pure runner I’ve ever seen. He could bull people over like Sweetness but he could also run around them and be gone. It always felt like Barry was one step away from breaking a long touchdown run.
  6. Mike Singleton: My first defensive player and well what can I say about Samurai Mike. His intensity and drive was the heart and soul of the Bears defense in 1985 that may have been the greatest defense of all time.

Sweetness has been my favorite player for the past 38 years. My favorite before Walter was Fran Tarkington and as you can see he has slipped down my list a little since then. But the players on this list all represent both great players and great people. I think in the end it is as important to be a good person as it is to be a great anything.

My personal hall of fame. There are more players I enjoy but if the Bears weren’t playing I would root for any team any of the remaining players were in. The two Bears made watching games from 75 to 88 even better.

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