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International / Historic Result at 2021 Junior World's
« on: August 19, 2021, 11:46:04 PM »
For the first time in history, Team USA has multiple Junior World champions (three) in women’s freestyle. None of the three gold-medal bouts lasted longer than two minutes. The team has another chance for gold in the final rounds starting early Friday morning. See the story on The Open Mat home page.

Off-Topic / R.I.P. Michael Collins
« on: April 28, 2021, 09:51:43 PM »
Michael Collins (October 31, 1930 – April 28, 2021) was an American astronaut who flew the Apollo 11 command module Columbia around the Moon in 1969 while his crewmates, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, made the first crewed landing on the surface. Along with his Apollo 11 crewmates, Collins was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2011.

In 1979 at Andrews  AFB, I noticed Mike Collins sitting alone having lunch at the snack bar of Air Force Systems Command Headquarters, where I was stationed. He was in uniform, since at that time he was a Brigadier General (one-star) in the Air Force Reserves. In later years I regretted that I hadn't had the nerve to approach him and ask for his autograph in my pilot's logbook, where I had previously gotten the autograph of another well-known Collins, the long-time editor of Flying Magazine Richard Collins.

College / Missouri Back to Big 12 in Wrestling
« on: April 23, 2021, 04:00:13 PM »
What does anyone else think about Missouri returning to the Big 12 as an affiliate in wrestling? I call it good news for Missouri and the Big 12.

College / Championship Trivia
« on: March 22, 2021, 09:29:25 PM »
In case you haven't been over to the TOM home page lately, Earl Smith has an article up with a long list of interesting facts about the tournament. Here's a small sample.

For the first time, two unrelated champions had the same last name.
Of the eight AA's at 285, six came from Big Ten schools.
Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State) was the only AA to come from the state of Iowa.
Missouri was the only team with two true freshman AA's.
Missouri was the only team with three wrestlers that fell in the Round of 12.
For the first time, a #33 seed became an AA.
Oklahoma State was the only team with three AA's who had double-digit seeds.
For the first time, a team with four champions did not win the team title.
Penn State has had at least one champion every year since 2011.

Here are a couple I think he missed (actually, guesses on my part):

For the first time, a champion wrestled in the final without an ACL.
For the first time, a champion came from a school whose wrestling program is being eliminated.

Other Sports / A Good Day for College Sports Fans
« on: March 22, 2021, 01:37:19 AM »
Today (Sunday) was an exciting day for me in college sports. I started the day off watching a first-round game of the women's basketball NCAA Championship, with No. 8 seed OkState taking on No. 9 seed Wake Forest in the San Antonio Regional on ESPN2. OkState won 84-61, aided by a 27-point 15-rebound performance by Natasha Mack, who stands 6'4" and has a 6'11" wingspan. I'm afraid the Cowgirls will need a lot of luck to beat No. 1 seed Stanford in their next game on Tuesday.

The basketball game didn't end up being close, but a lot more drama was provided in baseball by the live-streamed rubber game of a 3-game series in Lubbock between No. 9 OkState and No. 4 Texas Tech. Going into the top of the 9th inning, Texas Tech led 6-3. The Cowboys were down to their last out after getting a single and hitting into a double play. After a single, hit batter, several walks, and two pitching changes, OkState had scored two runs and loaded the bases. I was pulling hard for the comeback, but it wasn't to be. The Cowboy DH came up to bat and struck out, giving Texas Tech the 6-5 win. At least the f‌inal inning kept me on the edge of my chair right to the end.

Throughout the day, I was also following the Mountain View Collegiate women's golf tournament in Tucson. At the start of today's final round, No. 31 Texas and No. 8 OkState were atop the leader board, with Texas ahead by eight strokes. Each time I checked the leader board, the Cowgirls had narrowed the gap a little more. When it was over, Texas had faded to even par and the Cowgirl team had scored 10 under par on the day, giving them the title by two points. The Cowgirls' Maja Stark took the individual title with an 11-under 205, tied for the second lowest in tournament history.

That wasn't the day's only golf. I also followed the OkState men's team in Arizona's N.I.T. at Tucson National's Catalina Course. At the start of today's final round, OkState and OU were atop the leader board, with the Cowboys ahead by three strokes. The Sooners soon pulled ahead by one stroke, and the two teams traded the lead throughout the round. At the end, OkState took the title with a 4-stroke lead. I think the Cowboys No. 8 ranking will improve with this win over the No. 2 Sooners, No. 6 Texas (3rd place) and No. 4 Illinois (5th place).

March Madness gave me my final viewing opportunity of the day, when No. 4 seed OkState took on No. 12 seed Oregon State in the second round of the Midwest Regional. Oregon State was coming off its first ever Pac-12 Tournament championship and its first March Madness victory since 1982, but couldn't be taken lightly, having beaten No. 5 seed Tennessee, 70-56, last Friday night. The Beavers kept their upset streak alive with an 80-70 win over the Cowboys, who had hoped to reach their first Sweet 16 since 2005.

All in all it was a good sports day, with a sad ending for me, but a happy one for the Oregon State fans.

Off-Topic / Something exciting coming for private planes
« on: November 04, 2019, 11:37:32 PM »
If you were a non-pilot in a private plane and the pilot collapsed with a heart attack, what would you do? Would you like to have a switch you could throw that would tell the plane to figure out a suitable airport, fly there, land itself, and come to a safe stop on the runway, with no further action on your part? A system like that won't be here in my lifetime for little planes like the one I fly, but it's imminent for some business-class planes. Before I read about Garmin's Autoland project, I would have said that capability might be available in a decade or two. It turns out Garmin has been working with no publicity on their project for nearly nine years, and you can buy it for your new plane next year.

This article makes exciting reading for pilots, and perhaps even for some non-pilots.

Off-Topic / Something worth seeing
« on: October 31, 2019, 06:24:17 PM »
In 2008 my wife and I flew to Camarillo, CA for a weekend with our pilot group to visit the Reagan Library at Simi Valley. It's a great place to visit, but not today. It was evacuated yesterday due to an approaching wildfire, which has now surrounded it. So far, firefighters from the air and ground have managed to save the building, which contains tens of thousands of artifacts, documents, and even the old Air Force One.

Off-Topic / RIP T. Boone Pickens
« on: September 11, 2019, 08:43:55 PM »

Off-Topic / Looking for good activities for your kids or grandkids?
« on: September 10, 2019, 09:00:28 PM »
If so, this article should be of interest to you.

This guy made out all right.

Off-Topic / Ever wondered what a "Glory Hole" is?
« on: August 30, 2019, 12:35:19 AM »
You can find out here.

Off-Topic / They are only trying to help us
« on: August 22, 2019, 07:02:04 AM »
CALLER: Is this Gordon's Pizza?
GOOGLE: No sir, it's Google Pizza.
CALLER: I must have dialed a wrong number. Sorry.
GOOGLE: No sir, Google bought Gordon’s Pizza last month.
CALLER: OK. I would like to order a pizza.
GOOGLE: Do you want your usual, sir?

CALLER: My usual? You know me?
GOOGLE: According to our caller ID data sheet, the last 12 times you called you ordered an extra-large pizza with three cheeses, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and meatballs on a thick crust.
CALLER: OK! That’s what I want …
GOOGLE: May I suggest that this time you order a pizza with ricotta, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes and olives on a whole wheat gluten-free thin crust?
CALLER: What? I detest vegetables.
GOOGLE: Your cholesterol is not good, sir.
CALLER: How the hell do you know?
GOOGLE: Well, we cross-referenced your home phone number with your medical records. We have the result of your blood tests for the last 7 years.
CALLER: Okay, but I do not want your rotten vegetable pizza! I already take medication for my cholesterol.
GOOGLE: Excuse me sir, but you have not taken your medication regularly. According to your credit card statement, you only purchased a supply of 30 cholesterol tablets once, at Drug Rx Network, four months ago.
CALLER: I bought more from another drugstore.
GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your credit card statement.
CALLER: I paid in cash.
GOOGLE: But you did not withdraw enough cash according to your bank statement.
CALLER: I have other sources of cash.
GOOGLE: That would show up on your last tax return unless you bought them using an undeclared income source, which is against the law.
GOOGLE: I'm sorry, sir, we use such information only with the sole intention of helping you.
CALLER: Enough already! I'm sick to death of Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and all the others. I'm going to an island without internet or cable TV, where there is no cell phone service and no one to watch me or spy on me.
GOOGLE: I understand sir, but you need to renew your passport first. It expired six weeks ago…

Off-Topic / Turnabout is fair play
« on: August 15, 2019, 05:22:38 PM »
I thought this one was pretty neat.

Off-Topic / I didn't think any were still left
« on: July 31, 2019, 09:30:47 AM »
But the Marine Corps has one still alive.

Off-Topic / One way to go for a fun ride
« on: July 25, 2019, 12:40:41 AM »

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