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AlohaFrog last won the day on October 12 2017

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  1. One of my best days ever was the day PD told me about this board. I couldn't take the other board any longer.
  2. Saw what you posted over there and need to point out that there are plenty of right wing jerks on this board. I see one every time I look in a mirror.
  3. AlohaFrog

    The Sports Dump

    So, I saw a local news article that said several parents of Castle High School football players had filed suit over injuries during a practice drill. That sounded silly to me until I tracked down this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hZpkBaoev8
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    The Sports Dump

    I think Lehigh has an excellent chance of beating Bowdoin this season. That Charles Hamilton Wessex IV is quite the player and his teammate James Cambridge Kent III is pretty good too.
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    Week 15: America's Game

    In honor of Pearl Harbor Day and the eve of the greatest college football rivalry, I will tell a story of four acts of valor that Sunday morning 77 years ago. Two of our heroes are Navy. Two are Army. The USS Utah was an old battleship, commissioned in 1911. Thirty years later she was no longer a front line battleship but was still in service as a training vessel. She was used to tow targets for gunnery training and was equipped with anti-aircraft guns for training purposes. On December 7, 1941 she was docked on the opposite side of Ford Island from Battleship Row. In the early minutes of the attack, she was struck by two torpedoes released by Nakajima B5N Kates. Almost immediately she listed as water poured in. Chief Petar Herceg Tonic (Peter Tomich) was born in Herzegovina in 1893, immigrated to the United States in 1913, served in the U.S. Army in WWI, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. As the Utah took on water, Chief Tomich ordered the crew in the boiler room to abandon ship while he remained behind to secure the boilers. He was one of 64 men who went down with the ship. For his actions that morning, Chief Tomich was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Today, the Utah rests largely unvisited in an area of Ford Island not open to those without unrestricted base access. I visited her recently and was touched by a wreath that had been placed by the Utah State University football program when they were in Hawaii for a game. Doris Miller was born in Waco, TX in 1919. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 19 and, as was customary at the time, was relegated to mess duty because of his skin pigmentation. By December 7, 1941 he had risen to Mess Attendant 2nd class and was assigned to the battleship U.S.S. West Virginia. When the attack began, Petty Officer Miller was awake and fully dressed as he had been on breakfast duty that morning. He ran to his battle station only to find that it had been destroyed. He rushed to his secondary muster point and was ordered to the bridge where he carried his wounded captain to a less exposed corner of the bridge. He then accompanied two junior officers to an anti-aircraft battery and received a very quick briefing on how to operate it. He fired his weapon with great effect until he ran out of ammunition. He then carried his dying captain up to the navigation bridge to prevent him from being consumed by a fire sweeping through the bridge. As the crew abandoned ship, Petty Officer Miller helped a number of sailors through the burning oil saving their lives. For his actions, Doris Miller was awarded the Navy Cross. Unfortunately, he would live less than two years longer for in November of 1943 he was one of 702 men who went down with the U.S.S. Liscome Bay while supporting the invasion of Tarawa. Army Lieutenants Kenneth Taylor of Oklahoma and George Welch of Delaware had attended a formal event on Saturday evening, followed by an all night poker game. They had just gone to bed at their quarters at Wheeler Field when they heard the sounds of Wheeler Field and adjacent Schofield Barracks being bombed and strafed. They sprung from bed, jumped back into their tuxedo pants, called Haleiwa Field on the North Shore where they knew aircraft were available and would be unknown to an attacking enemy, and told the maintenance chief there to prepare two aircraft for combat. They then took Taylor’s personal vehicle on a wild drive through pineapple and sugar cane fields, coming twice under strafing fire. They managed to get two P-40 Warhawks into the air but with only part of the normal ammunition load. Lt. Welch and Lt. Taylor took down two Aichi D3A Val dive bombers over the Ewa Mooring Mast Field on their first run. They landed at Wheeler, reloaded, and took to the air for a second run. Lt. Welch shot down one more Val and a Mitsubishi A6M Zero. Lt. Taylor was hit by machine gun fire from a Val and came under attack by several Zeros but continued the fight achieving another kill. For their actions on December 7th, Lt. Taylor and Lt. Welch were recommended for the Congressional Medal of Honor. The military being the military, the recommendation was denied because they had flown without orders. They were instead awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army equivalent of the Navy Cross. By war’s end Mr. Welch would also be awarded a Silver Star, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, and two Air Medals. He would die in an accident in the 1950s while working as a test pilot. Mr. Taylor would make a career of the military, rising to the rank of Brigadier General. He died peacefully at the age of 86. Both men now rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Go Navy! Beat Army! Then work together for our nation’s sake.
  6. AlohaFrog

    Week 15: America's Game

    This seemed like an appropriate thread for this link. http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2018/12/06/first-time-attack-pearl-harbor-commemoration-will-be-missing-few-key-people
  7. This thread is becoming as complex as that Big 12 Conference Championship thread was.
  8. AlohaFrog

    Week 15: America's Game

    I know most of you have not served in the Navy, so I thought I'd share a "simulator process" which would allow you to have some Navy experience: 1. Sleep on the shelf in your closet. Replace the closet door with a curtain. Six hours after you go to sleep, have your wife whip open the curtain, shine a flashlight in your eyes and mumble "Sorry, wrong rack". 2. Renovate your bathroom. Build a wall across the middle of your bathtub and move the shower head down to chest level. When you take showers, make sure you shut off the water while soaping. 3. Every time there's a thunderstorm, go sit in a wobbly rocking chair and rock as hard as you can until you're nauseous. 4. Put lube oil in your humidifier instead of water and set it to "High". 5. Don't watch TV except movies in the middle of the night. Also~ have your family vote on which movie, then show a different one. 6. Leave lawnmower running in your living room six hours a day for proper noise level. 7. Have the paperboy give you a haircut. 8. Once a week blow compressed air up through your chimney, making sure the wind carries the soot across and onto your neighbor's house. Laugh at him when he curses you. 9. Buy a trash compactor and only use it once a week. Store up garbage in the other side of your bathtub. 10. Wake up every night at midnight and have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on stale bread, if anything. (Optional: Canned ravioli or cold soup). 11. Make up your family menu a week ahead of time without looking in your pantry or refrigerator. 12. Set your alarm clock to go off at random times during the night. When it goes off, jump out of bed and get dressed as fast as you can, then run out into your yard and break out the garden hose. 13. Once a month take every major appliance completely apart and then put them back together. 14. Use 18 scoops of coffee per pot and allow it to sit for 5 or 6 hours before drinking. 15. Invite at least 85 people you don't really like to come and visit for a couple of months. 16. Have a fluorescent lamp installed on the bottom of your coffee table and lie under it to read books. 17. Raise the thresholds and lower the top sills on your front and back doors so that you either trip over the threshold or hit your head on the sill every time you pass through one of them. 18. Lockwire the lugnuts on your car. 19. When making cakes, prop up one side of the pan while it is cooking. Then spread icing really thick on one side to level off the top. 20. Every so often, throw your cat into the swimming pool, shout "Man overboard, ship recovery!", run into the kitchen and sweep all the pots/pans/dishes off of the counter onto the floor, then yell at your wife for not having the place "stowed for sea". 21. Put on the headphones from your stereo (don't plug them in). Go and stand in front of your stove. Say (to nobody in particular) "Stove manned and ready". Stand there for 3 or 4 hours. Say (once again to nobody in particular) "Stove secured". Roll up the headphone cord and put them away. 22. Wake up at 0-Dark-30, line up in the driveway in a light drizzle, and have your mother-in-law criticize your clothes and read you the newspaper. Have a fine Navy day!!!
  9. AlohaFrog

    Week 15: America's Game

    The reason the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines bicker amongst themselves is that they don’t speak the same language. For instance, take the simple phrase “secure the building”: The Army will post guards around the place. The Navy will turn out the lights and lock the doors. The Marines will kill everybody inside and set up a headquarters. The Air Force will take out a 5 year lease with an option to buy.
  10. AlohaFrog

    Bowl Projections

    My dream came true.
  11. AlohaFrog

    Big 12 Championship Game

    Cheezit Bowl vs. an old Mountain West foe makes me happy. I will order a shirt. Boise weather makes me really happy I don't live there.
  12. AlohaFrog

    Week 14: Conference Championships

    I clearly don't understand the rules and what is worse, the rules are idiotic. Boise State throws an incomplete pass but the ruling is it's a fumble because the ball slipped while the QB was throwing it? Makes no sense to me. The ball went forward ten yards. It was an incomplete pass. It's raining and the ball is slipping but he was throwing it. It slipped. It went forward ten yards.
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    Week 14: Conference Championships

    If anything ever kills college football, it will be the SEC.