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  1. 2 points
    I see what you're saying, but I think Houston would have been easy to dismiss. SMU, TCU or Rice might have been different, especially if Gib Lewis had still been speaker of the house and not in prison, but Houston had no history and very little love. I can't imagine that there have ever been that many UH grads in the legislature. Houston also never had many fans. If another of the privates had had a successful, well-attended program at the time to go along with Baylor, that would have been a different story. Especially Rice given the academic profile there.
  2. 2 points
    Zebra Frog

    most unforgettable

    Most unforgettable? My dad. He was born on a farm in Snyder, Texas, the youngest of 7 kids. When WW II came around, he joined the Army Air Corps. Was stationed in California, and I still have pictures taken of him and Alfalfa. How did he get to be friends with Alfalfa, I never knew. Was then sent to Pyote Air Field, then to Pecos. Here he met my mother and they ran off to get married. From what I hear, it was not a popular decision, especially with her parents and her brothers, who were quite the Hell raisers of the town. They were so rowdy, that when I was small, two of them got in a fight with one getting his leg broken. To the best of my knowledge, the only time they spoke to each other after the fight was at my grandparent's funerals. My my dad was then sent to Italy where he stayed until the war was over. Brought back lots of pictures of Rome and other places he got to visit. I remember him being a heck of a fast-pitch softball player for the Pecos Volunteer Fire Dept. Played first base and pitched. Silly me, as a kid I was more interested in playing in the dirt rather than watching him play. Later on, he was elected to the city council, and was on it for about 10 years. Was a member of the Masonic Lodge, where he served as the Secretary for 33 years, something he was very proud of. When I was growing up, he worked for a small, private railroad, Pecos Valley Southern. Google it, it has a long history. We never had a lot of money, (my mother got cancer and died when I was 16), but we always had decent cars, house, and food on the table. There just wasn't extra. As I started playing sports, he never missed a game, and due to his schedule was able to come to a lot of my practices. Even though he was there, he was never a helicopter dad. When I started playing golf, got interested by going to the course with him and pulling his golf cart for him, he did nothing put encourage it and somehow found the money to get me clubs and shoes, even though they were Hushpuppies. But they had spikes, and that was all I cared about. Since I had to have transportation to get from school to the golf course, found me a 1956 Ford that had a heater and radio that worked. It was green and white, but one of the headlight covers was red. Obviously, it's name became "red eye." Would like to expound on all of the time we got to spend going to watch Ranger games together after he moved to the Masonic Retirement Home in Arlington, but that would take more time. Needless to say he loved it more than anything, and we never left a game until it was over, no matter the score.
  3. 2 points
    FrogAbroad

    coaches I knowed.....

    Written by our very own OldScribe and read into the Congressional Record of February 9, 1979, by Rep. Jim Wright. ABE BELIEVED IN THE VALUES Sometimes this is a heck of a depressing business. Newspapers not only chronicle people's lives (and basically that IS their business), but the ends of those lives. It hurts to call a Jim Swink and be the one to tell him that Abe Martin is dead. It hurts that Abe is gone. The thing that cold facts and figures, the public successes and failures that make up the outward record of a life and a career are sometimes a small part of the story of that life. HE RUBBED OFF What does a man believe? What mark does the extension of that belief leave on others? A few years ago, when Abe had been out of active coaching for some time, we talked about doing a book together Abe's idea was that he had something to say about football. That's about as far as it went, and it's a shame. Abe not only had something to say about football, but about life. And when he didn't say it, he demonstrated it. I think it means something that an unusually large number of men who came from other places to play football for Abe Martin at TCU have remained in Fort Worth and hewed for themselves good lives and prosperous careers in any number of directions--doctors, dentists, lawyers, businessmen, teachers. And I think most of them (nothing is unanimous except Russian elections) would agree on reflection that some of Abe Martin rubbed off on them. "A lot of guys have stayed here," agrees one of Abe's former players. "He created a family for them. He always had time for his boys. There was nothing more important, to Abe, than one of his boys, and he'd drop anything for him." "He was never shocked by anything his kids did," says Mazie Varley, who was Abe's secretary for many years, "and because of that they trusted him." In the case of Abe Martin, there was a basic, overriding faith in the value of college athletics, and the value of the individuals involved, that colored his every act. Abe didn't feel he was doing a boy a favor by giving him a chance to play ball in college and thus getting an education. He felt college athletics was doing them BOTH a favor. There's a lot of lip-service to the eternal values to be derived from athletics. Abe believed it, down to the core. "He always seemed to have the entire person in mind," says Marvin Lasater, who played for Abe and then worked for him, "not just the football player but the human being." Lasater recalls when a teammate in the late 1950s came up against a bad disciplinary problem. He was about to be kicked out of school. "He wasn't a starter, either," he says. "But Abe brought him before the team an discussed the problem with us. We were together, we backed him, Abe backed him, and he got another chance. He'd have done the same for his top quarterback or a last-team guard. He was concerned about the individual. "He was always positive, always encouraging. He made people believe in themselves and he rubbed off on people. They came to have faith in others, because he had faith in them. He never preached about it, he just set an example. "Probably Abe's greatest quality was the ability to understand what the other person was going through. To have empathy. And he was enough of a country philosopher that he could talk to anybody and make them understand." MORE THAN VICTORY Last year Lasater called Abe to invite him to watch a peewee football game that Lasater's son Jeff was playing in. Abe came, and enjoyed the game. "But then," says Lasater, "he wrote Jeff a letter, telling him he hoped he achieved all his goals. Encouraging him. There was no reason for him to do that, except he believed in it. I'll tell you, that letter made Jeff feel like a real stallion." You see, just to write "Othol H. Martin, 1908-1979, coach, athletic director," isn't enough. Three conference championships and five bowl teams doesn't tell it. Abe was more than that, more than victory on the field of play. "Abe, says Lasater with a cracking voice, "was something else."
  4. 1 point
    Just read this. Great job. I might show my 16 year old this before she takes the ACT!
  5. 1 point
    Another great entry. I'm pretty sure Bootlegger's Boy had been retired for a while by the time Jerrah called him and began the active destruction of the franchise. There were John Blake, Gary Gibbs and Howard Schnellenberger eras before Stoops came along. I believe Blake was coach when we beat OU in Norman in 1996.
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    I was 6 in 1978 but I remember so many of these. Hardy Boys was my first crush. Remember watching Donnie and Marie while sitting under that giant hair dryer with curlers in my hair for church the next morning. We obviously watched a lot of ABC, but remember other shows from around that time we watched like Dukes of Hazard and Dallas. And I completely remember the "We' re the one" promo song. The minute they started singing that I remembered the words. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
  9. 1 point
    I too have always been a little mystified at how the Fonz was supposed to be cool, even in a 50's sense. He was basically Wooderson from Dazed and Confused on top of the fact that he was a tiny little "Italian" guy who looked really Jewish.
  10. 1 point
    A lot of these shows are on MeTV. I prefer the older ones to those from the 70's. Donna Reed, Leave it to Beaver, My Three Sons... My Three Sons is my favorite. They're the only show I can think of that had white guys dating Asian girls in the 60's. Sometimes Robbie picks up his date and she's Chinese-American and there's not a word about it. Just a high school kid picking up his date.
  11. 1 point
    Duquesne Frog

    Week 6 DUSHEE Rankings

    Last year they only had a few games against FBS teams and only one of their first 4 this year were FBS this year so I thought their schedule was light again. However looking down the road, it looks like they're FBS the rest of the way. I'll include them next week since they've got two FBS already.
  12. 1 point
    Black-it-out-Frog!

    Yoga Poses

    Hello Frogis! I am extremely excited to report that I have my first readers question to discuss! An anonymous reader asked me to discuss the difference between Yoga and Pilates and which would be better for a woman trying to stay in shape. Also, it was mentioned that she does not have to have a manly muscle look. Yoga and Pilates are very similar in some regards. Both works create lean muscle, provide core strength, and are not known for building bulky muscles. First, I will discuss yoga and then move on to pilates. Yoga is a series of poses that are held for a couple of breaths that build lean muscle and can be thought of as a stretching workout. Pilates is a series of exercise that are done through yoga like pose format. The different pilates poses/exercises isolate specific parts of the body to work that area. Both yoga and pilates seem to focus on core strength as the center to building strength through the rest of the body. I honestly had to talk to my girlfriend and some of her friends about the manly muscle look, which the reader wanted to avoid. If I understand correctly, many women feel like they get the manly muscle look from going to the gym and working out with personal trainers. Apparently, many personal trainers train women as they would train a man. Thus, a manly muscle occurs. However, many women desire to have slim and tone look from exercising. If you want a slim tone look, I feel comfortable saying that yoga and pilates will not create a manly muscle. However, looking slim and tone is not going to happen from one magical workout class. The key is to have different avenues to obtain your fitness goal. I do a mix of yoga and pilates (yogiates, I guess). I also like to add a lot of cardio and free weights. My girlfriend and I both workout together and she doesn’t use the free weights because she doesn’t want the manly muscles. The type of cardio is also important as well. The slim tone look comes from mixing different types of cardio. This can be done through sprint training cardio and then a stable constant form of cardio. Sprint training cardio can be done through sprinting exercises, but who likes to do those to get in shape? It can also be done through kick boxing or anything else. The key is just to have a high intense form of cardio and then mix in a stable constant form of cardio. What happens is you burn different types of fat from the different types of cardio. So if you wanted to go to a yoga class or pilates class and then wanted to go run/jog a mile or 3- that would work too. Hope that helps and if anyone has anymore questions feel free to ask away! As always, Namaste Article on Pilates Exercises http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/pilates-exercise
  13. 1 point
    old scribe

    just a shortie...

    Welcome to the scene....I wrote sports for the Star-Telegram 1961-82, primarily covering TCU and the SWC but also (especially while a sports columnist 1976-82) saw a lot of Cowboy games and other stuff....That 1980 game in Pittsburgh was, as I recall, a season-opener right after Steelers and Oilers had met in the playoffs the year before. Only Houston game I ever saw. Sorry. I then was an editorial writer and op-ed columnist 1982-98 before retiring to clip coupons.
  14. 1 point
    old scribe

    Bet When You Think You Have the Best Hand

    Even though I may never again play poker, and totally fail to understand the kind of poker you talk about (I was purely a draw and stud player, with variations on the stud theme, such as hi-lo splits, etc.), I look forward to your blogging.
  15. 1 point
    FrogAbroad

    Bet When You Think You Have the Best Hand

    Thank you, Ms Frisky, for the first entry in your blog. Even though I don't know Jack about poker I could tell from your narrative that you do...and I'm certain the forum's poker fans will delight and benefit. Honest...I did find it interesting the way you walked us through that hand. It also confirms to me why I should never, ever, sit down at a table where any card game is being played with money involved: I just flat don't have the brains for it!
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