My 2¢ About Yesterday’s Cougars/Ducks Football Game

I just left a rather detailed comment on Facebook on the WSU Athletics page, so I thought I'd repost it here.

Now, I am not technically a Cougar, but I am a Cougar DAD, and because of this I've started following Cougar athletics. The football team certainly has a long way to go, but I saw some very respectable play yesterday against the #2 team in the nation.

My comment:

So say what you want, but the Cougs played a great first half yesterday, and they showed that the Ducks are NOT infallible. In fact, I think they showed why the Ducks are *not* the #1 team right now. WSU defense overpowering the Duck's offensive line. A sack/turnover for a touchdown. Tons of Duck penalties. 49 yard field goal to end the first half (way to go, Furney!). I think the Cougs actually outplayed the Ducks in the 2nd quarter. And that fumble in the end zone was just unlucky.

Nevermind that this was a home game in front of 50K+ rabid Homecoming Duck fans. That would have tough for any visiting team.

Halliday needs to learn how to throw the ball away or take a sack when there's pressure. He has moments of brilliance… and then chokes and lets the pressure get to him.

BTW, I think Helfrich's comments today about "low class" play in the 4th quarter are TACKY and UNPROFESSIONAL, and I think he's a cocky SOB. He's the one that's full of SH*T. He ran up the score to 62 when it wasn't necessary to win the game. Leach wasn't trying to run up points against Oregon's 2nd string: he was trying to give his team a chance to end the game on a positive note and make the score respectable. The Cougs also showed that despite their faults, they have a strong work ethic and can play to the last second with heart and determination. They are a young team in a building process that will take a couple more years to really gel.

I do wish they would run the ball more though. They consistently get 4 or 5 years every time they run the ball.

Anyway, my 2¢ I felt a lot more positive after last night's game than last week's cave-in against OSU.

[Correction: it was the Duck’s defensive coordinator that made the “low class” comments.  I actually heard this on either ABC or NBC today, and they *did* say it was Oregon’s head coach that made the comment.]


MyPoints Research Data Cannot Possibly Be Accurate

Sorry to have to rant, but this issue has been going for years now and happened to me yet again tonight.  I tried to do a MyPoints survey and got a message that I had to be running Internet Exploder in order to complete the survey.  I've been a MyPoints member for over 10 years.

This just baffles me that a company that makes its money off of survey data compromises their data so severely.  If I were a company needing market research, I would *never* use MyPoints.  

This issue has been going on for years and years now.  It was bad enough when it primarily effected Mac users, but now that 89% of people **do not use Internet Exploder**, I just can't fathom how they can be in the business of selling their data.

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Remembering Yertle The Turtle and The Sneetches on Holocaust Memorial Day

Many people know that the Yertle the Turtle was a parody on Hitler and the Nazis, but do you realize that the Sneetches, while primarily a commentary on segregation, might also have been a Nazi parody (although a bit more loosely)?  And if that is true, extrapolate what the star-belly-on-off-machine represented… gives me chills.

Yertle The Turtle


Star Belly On Off Machine


Got a Galaxy Note? Here’s a Useful Charging Tip


Galaxy Note (1st generation)I just purchased a Galaxy Note (last year's model) as a refurb from AT&T.  If you aren't dead-set on having the latest, cutting edge Samsung "Phablet" technology from the Galaxy Note II, grab one of these original Notes.  AT&T was selling them for just $29 on Black Friday (with 2 year contract), and they've been cropping up at $49 since. I've also seen them for Sprint at Costco for $49 new.  It's still a fantastic phone for someone that wants a massive, beautiful screen.

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