Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Dale and I are going to the NCAA regional at Scottrade today to see the afternoon games->Syracuse v Dayton and Michigan State v Middle Tennessee. We've never been to one of these tournaments and decided that since St. Louis was hosting we'd go and see what it was like to actually be there. Our son in law grew up near Syracuse and is a big fan so there's that. Plus Michigan State is always good. I'm just happy the games start at 11:15 so we aren't there til into the evening.
Normally the CBS NCAA basketball brackets reveal takes about an hour, maybe less. But this year CBS decided to make a play for more advertising revenue or something...and went for a two hour format. This plan turned out to be botch all. The first area to be revealed was the South region which was followed by at least half an hour of useless talk by the sports people. Usually I look forward to this night but by the time CBS was wasting time by having Charles Barkley try to use a touch screen to show his South region picks, I got up and took the dog for a walk and never went back to the rest of the show. Which show was still not fully revealed when I got back.
But the best part was accomplished by some anonymous person who had gotten his hands on the entire thing, all the brackets, and he tweeted it out. That turned out to be so well received and retweeted by thousands of others, that tv's were turned off all over the country. Most people, after being bored to tears by the CBS plan, then were happy to say, "CBS, you got what you deserved."
St. Louis will be hosting the Midwest Regional and there are quite a few great teams coming to town. If you can't get to the games, it's also fun to go to the free practice sessions.
A few interesting pieces of news from the papers this morning.
Collinsville High School graduate, Tanner Houck is now a budding star as a starting pitcher at Mizzou. He is being touted as an anchor of a strong pitching staff which is predicted to lead the team well into the NCAA tournament this spring. Yay Kahoks
2. There is now talk among St. Louis Convention and Visitors Bureau Board members on the possibility of demolishing the Jones Dome. Exhibit space is need badly and the dome is not configured to satisfy this type of use.
3. An article on tools which will prevent advertisers from watching what products or services or stories you look at online. Haven't we all looked up articles on products we're considering buying and then found ourselves inundated with emails and ads on our webpages for similar products? Unfortunately, the tools in this story are not perfect and are also very difficult to set up and use.
Well, the last home game anyway. Last night was fun, a great win and kudos to the fourth year guys who played their last game, this time against Webster University. The last time for this team to sing the National Anthem.
Here are the 4th year players out on the court together
After the game it is tradition for both teams to form a circle and have a closing prayer.
And then the team went out and clapped for the fans.
How's this for a change of pace? Most stories about what to have while watching the Super Bowl are positive, written so that you'll go get whatever the article recommends. But not this one from Chicago Tribune columnist, John Kass. He writes: Super Bowl Snacks Must Rise Above Glistening Cheeses, Wilting Vegetables.
Ha. Most of us have been around football parties that featured veggie trays and plates of small cubed cheeses. Ranch dressing for dipping, crackers for holding the cheese. Often toothpicks are involved.
"Clearly, there is a reason for bad Super Bowl Party food: lazy cooks who don't even cook.
"Raw vegetable tray," tweeted reader Dan Lambert who hates the ubiquitous vegetable tray. (Crudites if you are fancy.) Deep-fry it or GET OUT!"
Sadly, Super Bowl hosts and hostesses have been brainwashed by evil corporate America to think all they have to do is order up deli or chunks of yellow cheese and stick stupid toothpicks in them and call it Super Bowl food."
And more wrong football food is stuffed into the story.
So what serves as good Super Bowl Food? Kass doesn't even like hot wings because most are not hot and they're soggy. He thinks they should be crisp. Frankly, I don't remember ever having crispy wings, most are sort of soft because of the sauce they've been tossed in. What he likes is Louisville Wings, bourbon-flavored wings dumped on a hot grill to crisp, then smothered in that spicy bourbon sauce.
Chips and dips and salsa and beer are good. But don't put out any food or dips formed into a football shape.
I usually try to do wings, tortilla chips with gaucamole and salsa, other snack stuff and a meat of some kind, sausage maybe. Beer, wine, Dr. Pepper, Scotch. Maybe meatballs would be good this year with good Italian rolls or bread.
Looks like there's a new trend in golf carts although carts may be the wrong term. They're scooters and Segway type things and how a golf bag is exactly balanced on them is a mystery, but they look like fun.
This would be me.
Here's a link to all kinds of photos of the newest thing in golf carts.
So the NFL owners let Stan Kroenke take the Rams out of St. Louis in favor of Los Angeles. We'll deal with this as we did when the Cardinals left us. But almost immediately I began to see commentary which said, "Let's get an aquarium."
This aquarium business comes up a lot in many cities who want to jazz up their downtowns or civic areas. The desire for a public aquarium baffles me.
This NFL relocation battle would a page turner if it were a novel. Here in St. Louis we all know the story of Rams owner Stan Kroenke who has won the most despised person of the year as he denigrates this city in his bid to move to LA. If you follow pro football you also know that two other teams want permission to move to LA as well-San Diego and Oakland. A few days ago I found it hardly credible that the owners would choose Kroenke or Oakland over San Diego because both these teams have moved back and forth a couple times already to no real purpose. San Diego has a built in southern California fan base and surely would be the best bet.
However, today I read that the owners have decided this: "The NFL has said it will support only one new stadium in Los Angeles capable of housing two NFL teams, so someone is going to lose this battle."
So it's not just one city vying for LA, it's two? This puts a whole different spin on who will get chosen or left out. You can read the two team stadium, three teams competing story here. It's as convoluted as you might expect. It's just hard for me to believe that Stan Kroenke is any more likeable to NFL owners than he is here in St. Louis.