Friday, December 09, 2005

COM: Blogarithmic #73

[This (Friday) morning there was a complete blackout in Ingram, right after the initial posting of this in fact. Not even the streetlights were operational. Well everything was back up by 8:15 a.m. Everything, except the internet, which managed to stay down until late last night (Friday; confused yet?), so the bulk of this posting is early the next a.m. (Saturday). I’ll also be out most if not all of today (Saturday that is – posting resumes late tonight, Saturday . . . maybe. P.s. this post should be read as though it were written Friday, which it was (just not posted until Saturday, bwahaha).]

Justin Hawkins let me know this morning that yesterday evening he had a Bald Eagle over the river just outside the office. I suspect the same one was reported on TexBirds from Kerrville yesterday.

There's a new Surf & Skate shop in Ingram called Sk8er Nation. Hardly original, but it’s cool that we've got a shop at all. The sign out front mentions an arcade too so, you know Ingram, it'll be popular. It's in the old bike shop/Pa Nellie's building, and looks like it's big and fully outfitted. I haven't been in yet, but i'm interested in who owns it. I don't think Kerrville has a dedicated Surf/Skate shop (not that i’ve been there very much lately to know) -- so this one may get plenty of area traffic. Ingram's not exactly a skate (or surf) mecca, though i certainly know some folks who partake, but this, coupled with continued efforts to build a skatepark in town, ought to light some coals around here. Back to you soon on what it's all about.

A Christmas Carol, now in its last weekend at The Point, got a good review from Jacquie Bovée in the West Kerr Current this week.

The Ingram Tom Moore boys basketball team won two more games yesterday at the Cornerstone Tournament to go 10-0 and put a bit of icing on that No. 1 ranking.

Justin Rumbo, an ex-Vistan, was in a wreck yesterday with a couple more staff members from Star Ranch. That’s the last thing they needed over there. He’s okay, but one of the guys was airlifted to SA. [Well, maybe he's not okay. He was released after the wreck, but i've been told he was readmitted and has internal injuries. Will update.]

Related: the Austin coroner ruled last week’s death a suffocation. There’ll probably be repercussions for a while. The restraint is a standard one, and the person responsible well-trained and experienced. Sitting here, feeling numb for all those guys over there; they work with the very most difficult kids, and have done many wonderful things with them. And they are, to a person, among the finest people i know.

Wednesday the 14th is Pointy Awards Night at Cailloux. Shows included will be A Christmas Carol, Taming of the Shrew, the summer musicals, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and a couple others i can’t recall right now. Back with a full list when i get one. [I looked but could find no info online. Now this is funny, as many things are at HCAF. I received no notification by email or mail about these awards. Not generally unusual i don't think -- i was in no plays there during the awards period, and only tangentially involved otherwise. I could see invites going only to cast and crew and benefactors. But, then it appears in the paper as an open event. Odd. So, looking for info on the HCAF site -- there is none, zero. It's not even on the calendar! And they wonder about lack of involvement.]

Folks associated with my friends, projects and doings will know at least some of these names: Fred Tally-Foos, Ann Tally-Foos, Grace Beaudoin, Sloan Frierson, Kathryn Tally-Foos, Matthew Castillo, Taylor Danielson, Sarah Beaudoin, Tyler Brown, Hilary Bunker, Bryce Hawkins, Cadi Hawkins, Rachel Wood, Kris Hicks, Meggie Nidever, Suzanne Attridge, Dustin FIcker, Amanda Givens, Summer White, and Lillian Beaudoin. What do they have in common? They’re all on the latest IISD Honor Roll. Congrats!

Today's State title game in Tyler has been moved back an hour. Unfortunately, because i couldn't get out of a prior engagement, i probably won't make it, though i'm still hopeful something will change fast. That game is William and Highland Park taking on Stephenville. HP finished the season ranked #2 in 4A. The number #1 team was LaMarque, which got knocked out by Brenham 41-31 last week in Division 2. Soooooo . . . i'd say a championship ought to settle that matter as well. At Tully Stadium (my old district stadium) in Houston, Smithson Valley is facing Katy, which won closely last week. SV stomped.

Another of my continuing best/obscure movie notes: Year-end lists are already floating about – here’s a massive compilation in its early throes. From that i gleaned a list of the top-20 recommended films of the year. Although several are on my list, i have to see a single one on the 2005 list! That’s pitiful. Except that some of these are definitely obscure, several are documentaries which generally don’t play here, some aren’t due for release until today – so i’ll eventually see quite a few. But then they also list the top-20s dating back to 2000, and from that compilation of 100 films i’ve seen only 25. Although, once again, considering the obscurity of many, a quarter of them is not terrible. Most interesting is that a number of the films, 17 to be exact, on the Obscure Movie Meme list are on there, showing once again the good taste of the nominators. And remember those are supposed to be “obscure”.

A cool site for those of you with the psychological bent out there is this one: The Psychology of Combating Stress, Depression and Addiction. I’m blogrolling it if you want to check it out later.

48 hours away from the Heisman. I think it belongs, hands down, to Vince Young. Matt Leinart, last year's winner, got most of the early press this year, but in the end it appears his top handee is the one in the running for USC. Here's a note on Thursday's pre-Heisman awards.

Associated Press, Updated: 10:36 p.m. ET Dec. 8, 2005

ORLANDO, Fla. - Texas quarterback Vince Young and Southern California tailback Reggie Bush each took home two awards Thursday night, one as best player in the nation and one for being the best at his position, as college football honored its stars.

Young won the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top player and the Davey O’Brien Award given to the nation’s top quarterback.

Bush came away with the Walter Camp player of the year award and the Doak Walker Award given to the nation’s best running back.

. . .

Young and Bush will be in New York on Saturday night as finalists for the Heisman Trophy. USC quarterback Matt Leinart is the other Heisman finalist.

Young beat out Bush and Leinart for the Maxwell, and Leinart and Notre Dame’s Brady Quinn for the O’Brien. Young was the first Texas quarterback to win the award.

Bush can end QBs' Heisman stranglehold
Signal-callers have won college football's highest honor 5 straight years
The Associated Press, Updated: 3:33 p.m. ET Dec. 9, 2005

NEW YORK - From John Cappelletti to Mike Rozier, running backs once walked off with 11 consecutive Heisman Trophies.

Recently, though, quarterbacks have been too tough to pass up. The last five Heisman winners have been QBs.

The last running back to win was Wisconsin's Ron Dayne, in 1999.

Reggie Bush is a good bet to snap that streak Saturday night and become the 41st ball carrier to tuck away college football’s most prestigious individual award since Chicago halfback Jay Berwanger won the first in 1935.

USC’s untouchable tailback is the favorite after capping a brilliant junior season with two breathtaking performances and an outrageous average of 8.9 yards a carry.

“That’s crazy. That’s ludicrous,” said Tony Dorsett, the 1976 Heisman winner from Pittsburgh. “It is just unheard of. Reggie’s a game-breaker, a big-game player. That’s all you need to say.”

Guess where Dorsett’s vote is going?

Bush will be joined by Texas quarterback Vince Young and USC quarterback Matt Leinart in midtown Manhattan when the Heisman is handed out for the 71st time.

The three finalists have been the favorites even before the season started.

Leinart, last year’s Heisman winner, became a contender to repeat as soon as he decided to bypass the chance for NFL millions and return for his senior season. The left-hander has thrown for 3,450 yards and 27 touchdowns this season, improving to 37-1 as a starter for the top-ranked Trojans.

If Leinart wins the Heisman, he’ll join Archie Griffin as the only players to win the award twice. The Ohio State running back did it in 1974 and ’75.

As a past winner, Leinart gets to cast a ballot.

“Reggie’s got my vote,” Leinart said after Bush ran for 260 yards and two touchdowns in the Trojans’ 66-19 victory over UCLA that wrapped up a perfect regular season.

If Bush wins the award, he and Leinart will become the third set of teammates to win the award in consecutive years.

The last were Army’s famous Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside, Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis, in 1945-46.

And the two USC stars could become the first Heisman winners to play together in a college game when USC (12-0) meets No. 2 Texas (12-0) in the Rose Bowl for the national title on Jan. 4.

Or if Young wins, the national title game will be a matchup of Heisman winners for the second straight year — and the second time ever.

Last season after Leinart won the award, USC played Oklahoma and 2004 Heisman winner Jason White in the Orange Bowl, marking the first Heisman showdown in college football.

Young has always been one of the most dangerous runners in the country — he showed that in last year’s Rose Bowl, scoring four touchdowns on the ground against Michigan — but this season he’s developed into a topflight passer. The junior leads the nation is passing efficiency at 168.6 with 26 touchdown passes.

He would be Texas’ third Heisman winner. The first two were running backs. Ricky Williams won it in 1998 and Earl Campbell (’77) was part of that long run of Heisman running backs, starting in 1973 with Penn State fullback Cappelletti and ending with Nebraska I-back Rozier.

In between, USC cemented its reputation as tailback U. with Charles White (’79) and Marcus Allen (’81) joining O.J. Simpson (’68) and Mike Garrett (’65) as Heisman winners.

USC has gotten back in the Heisman-winning business in recent years with quarterbacks. Carson Palmer took the award in 2002, then Leinart last season.

With six Heisman winners, the Trojans trail only Notre Dame, which has seven.

Bush and Young seemed neck and neck in the Heisman race for most of the season, then Bush put a season’s worth of highlights together in one game against Fresno State on Nov. 19. He gained 513 all-purpose yards, helping USC escape with a 50-42 victory.

As with Leinart, Bush is being touted as a possible No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, even with a year of college eligibility left.

Bush has said he’ll decide whether to go pro after the Rose Bowl.

“Right now, college football is fun,” Bush said. “It’s everything I ever dreamed up. You only go to college once.”

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