Happy New Year to ATiM (Again)!

Happy New Year to all of you! It has been a long, interesting road. . .

Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all of you! May your plates and portfolios be full, and may we all have peace and hope.



And, of course, may all the correct teams win this weekend!

Weekend Open Thread (Long Version)

Happy Memorial Day weekend to all; I just got back from a trip to visit Mike Teng and family in Tampa. As a result I slept like a log last night and missed the meteor shower (although I’ve heard it was a bust, at least in this part of the country).

Here is a fun little ditty that I thought you’d enjoy.

Have a great time this weekend–

Weekend Open Thread

Nothing much to comment on, so I thought I’d drop some music in on you. Aloe Blacc is one talented guy:

But, of course, there is always the incomparable Aaron Neville:

Happy weekend, all!

Saturday Open Thread

Since McWing hasn’t put up a weekend thread yet I’ll pick up his slack.

Thought for the day:

With foxes we must play the fox.

Thomas Fuller

Which of course, in today’s day and age, led me immediately to this:

Birthdays today:

William Shakespeare, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Kevin James, John James Audubon, Jet Li

Sweet Sixteen and the Elite Eight

This weekend the NCAA women are in the Sweet Sixteen round. Today’s games:

University of Kentucky vs Baylor (12:00 noon EDT)(all games are on ESPN) UPDATE: Baylor 90 – 72

Oklahoma State vs Notre Dame (2:00 pm EDT) Go Irish! UPDATE: Notre Dame 89 – 72 Yay, Mrs NoVA!

BYU vs UConn (4:30 pm EDT) Go Huskies! (In the spirit of rooting for anybody who’s playing against BYU) UPDATE: UConn 70 – 51

DePaul vs Texas A&M (6:30 pm EDT) UPDATE: Texas A&M 84 – 65

Sunday’s games:

University of Maryland vs Tennessee (12:00 noon EDT) Go Terps! UPDATE: Maryland 73 – 62

LSU vs Louisville (2:20 pm EDT) UPDATE: Louisville 73 – 47

PSU vs Stanford (4:30 pm EDT) UPDATE: Stanford 82 – 57

UNC vs South Carolina (6:30 pm EDT) UPDATE: UNC 65 – 58

And of course, the men’s tournament is in the Elite Eight round. The games the last two days–and especially last night–have been some great basketball! Today’s games :

Dayton vs Florida (6:09 pm EDT, TBS)(Why in the world the “09”? Why not 6:10?) UPDATE: Florida 62 – 52

Wisconsin vs Arizona (8:49 pm EDT, TBS). For McWing’s sake, Go ‘Cats! But I have to admit, my heart is with the Badgers. UPDATE: Wisconsin 64 – 63 in overtime. The Badgers were trying to kill me tonight!


UConn vs MSU (2:20 pm EDT, CBS). Do you even have to ask? GO STATE!! UPDATE: UConn 60 – 54

University of Kentucky vs UM (5:05 pm EDT, CBS). Let’s Go Blue! UPDATE: UK 75 – 72

Dare I hope that 75% of the Final Four be BiG teams?

Sigh. There is no joy in Mudville tonight.

Saturday Open Thread 1/11/2014

Unlike last weekend it looks like the weather is swinging the other way (at least here in the mid-Atlantic area)–fog and rain here today and tomorrow and then warming up into the 50s early in the week. I’m guessing we have some very confused plant life out there!

Playoffs start in earnest in the NFL, and (since my Packers and the Eagles both lost last weekend) I’m reduced to hoping the Seahawks make it into the Super Bowl.

Happy weekend, all!

Saturday Open Thread–Polar Vortex Edition

It’s set to be a cold, cold weekend as the NFL playoffs begin.  One news story had it thusly:

This “polar vortex,” as one meteorologist calls it, is caused by a counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air. The frigid air, piled up at the North Pole, will be pushed down to the U.S., funneling it as far south as the Gulf Coast.

Ryan Maue, of Tallahassee, Fla., a meteorologist for Weather Bell, said temperature records will likely be broken during the short yet forceful deep freeze that will begin in many places on Sunday and extend into early next week. That’s thanks to a perfect combination of the jet stream, cold surface temperatures and the polar vortex.

“All the ingredients are there for a near-record or historic cold outbreak,” he said “If you’re under 40 (years old), you’ve not seen this stuff before.”

And three of the wildcard games are being played outdoors, which will separate the men from the boys (as it were):

Philadelphia: The Eagles host the Saints with an 8:10 p.m. Eastern kickoff on Saturday, and it will be cold: The forecast calls for an overnight low of 21 degrees, with a 20 percent chance of precipitation, and wind at 5-10 mph. Those conditions should favor the Eagles, who went 4-4 at home this season, winning their final four at Lincoln Financial Field, and already proved that they can play well in bad weather when they beat the Lions at home last month, in one of the snowiest games in NFL history. The Saints have been a bad road team all season (they went 8-0 at home but just 3-5 on the road), and Drew Brees and Co. will have a tough task on their hands dealing with the elements.

Cincinnati: The Bengals host the Chargers with a 1:05 p.m. Eastern kickoff on Sunday, and although it won’t rival the Freezer Bowl when these two teams met in the playoffs 32 years ago, it will be cold: The forecast for Sunday in Cincinnati calls for a daytime high of 34 degrees and an 80 percent chance of snow. (The game will end before it turns bitterly cold and dips below zero on Sunday night in Cincinnati.) With a Southern California team coming to town, the bad weather is good news for the Bengals, who were 8-0 at home in the regular season. The Chargers, who were 4-4 on the road, may be in for an unpleasant Sunday.

Green Bay: There’s cold, and then there’s really, really cold: The Packers host the 49ers with a 3:40 p.m. Central kickoff on Sunday, and it’s going to be brutally cold. The National Weather Service has issued an advisory that warns of “An Arctic outbreak” with “near record temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills.” Temperatures at Lambeau Field could rival those of the famous 1967 Ice Bowl, when game time temperatures of 15 degrees below zero made for the coldest game in NFL history. The forecast calls for a high of 5 degrees below zero and an overnight low of 20 degrees below. The Packers, who went 4-3-1 at home this season, are more accustomed to cold temperatures than the 49ers, who went 6-2 on the road this season. But neither team is accustomed to cold like this.

I wish you all a happy and warm weekend. . . Go, Pack!

Happy New Year 2014 Open Thread

I hope all of you have the very best year ever!

(I was trying to get all artsy-fartsy and add some fireworks, but for some reason my links keep breaking. . . oh, well, the thought was there!)

Saturday Football Open Thread (Wrap-up and Bowl Preview)

The annual Army-Navy game, played in Philadelphia, is the only game on the schedule for today (line: Navy, spread: 10)(3:00 pm EST/CBS). Since I don’t think any of us have a dog in this hunt, I hope it’s simply a great game. The weather will be problematic, with the forecast being for rain/snow at kickoff turning to snow around the end of the first quarter or so. Bundle up!  UPDATE: Navy wins 34 – 7.  

Bowl games start next Saturday; here is the complete bowl lineup:

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Washington State (6 – 6) vs Colorado State (7 – 6).  ESPN/2:00 EST

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl: Fresno State (11 – 1) vs USC ( 9 – 4).  ABC/3:30 EST

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Buffalo (8 – 4) vs San Diego State (7 – 5).  ESPN/5:30 EST

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Tulane (7 -5) vs LA-Lafayette (8 – 4).  ESPN/9:00 EST

Christmas week

Monday, 12/23: Beef ‘o’ Brady’s Bowl, East Carolina (9 – 3) vs Ohio (7 – 5). ESPN/2:00 EST

Tuesday, 12/24: Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl, Boise State (8 – 4) vs Oregon State (6 – 6). ESPN/8:00.  Wear sunglasses–the combination of those two uniforms is likely to be blinding!

Thursday, 12/26: Little Caesar’s Bowl, Pitt (6 – 6) vs Bowling Green (10 – 2). ESPN/6:00 EST.

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, Utah State (8 – 5) vs Northern Illinois (12 – 1). ESPN/9:30 EST.

Friday, 12/27: Military Bowl Presented by Northrup Grumman, Marshall (9 – 4) vs Maryland (7 – 5).  ESPN/2:30 EST.  Another game that may require sunglasses.

Texas Bowl, Syracuse (6 – 6) vs Minnesota (8 – 4).  ESPN/6:00 EST.  May the best ATiM team win! (I notice Texas doesn’t need any stinkin’ help hosting a bowl game)

Fight Hunger Bowl, BYU (8 – 4) vs Washington (8 – 4).  ESPN/9:30 EST.

Saturday, 12/28: New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Rutgers (6 – 6) vs Notre Dame (8 – 4). ESPN/12:00 noon EST.

Belk Bowl, Cincinnatti (9 – 3) vs North Carolina (6 – 6).  ESPN/3:20 EST.  Am I the only one who knows what “Belk” is, or are they outside North Carolina as well as inside?

Russell Athletic Bowl, Miami (FL) (9 – 3) vs Louisville (11 – 1).  ESPN/6:45 EST.

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Michigan (7 – 5) vs Kansas State (7 – 5).  ESPN/10:15 EST.

New Years Week

Monday, 12/30: Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Middle Tennessee (8 – 4) vs Navy (?7 – 4?).  ESPN/11:43 EST.

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Ole Miss (7 – 5) vs Georgia Tech (7 – 5). ESPN/3:15 EST.

Valero Alamo Bowl, Oregon (10 – 2) vs Texas (8 – 4). ESPN/6:45 EST.

National University Holiday Bowl, Arizona State (10 – 3) vs Texas Tech (7 – 5). ESPN/10:15 EST.

Tuesday, 12/31: AdvoCare V100 Bowl, Arizona (7 – 5) vs Boston College (7 – 5).  ESPN/12:30 EST.  Scott and “Carl” get to fight it out!  May the best ATiM team win.

Hyundai Sun Bowl, Virginia Tech (8 – 4) vs UCLA (9 – 3).  CBS/2:00 EST.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Rice (10 – 3) vs Mississippi State (6 – 6).  ESPN/4:00 EST.

Chik-fil-A Bowl, Duke (10 – 3) vs Texas A&M (8 – 4).  ESPN/8:00 EST.

Wednesday, 1/1:  Happy New Year!

Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl, Nebraska (8 – 4) vs Georgia (8 – 4).  ESPN2/12:00 EST.

Heart of Dallas Bowl Presented by Plainscapital Bank, UNLV (7 – 5) vs North Texas (8 – 4).  ESPNU/12:00 EST.

Outback Bowl, Iowa (8 – 4) vs LSU (9 – 3).  ESPN/1:00 EST.

Capitol One Bowl, Wisconsin (9 – 3) vs South Carolina (10 – 2).  ABC/1:00 EST.

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio, Stanford (11 – 2) vs MSU (12 – 1).  ESPN/5:00 EST.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, UCF (11 – 1) vs Baylor (11 – 1).  ESPN/8:30 EST.

Thursday, 1/2: Allstate Sugar Bowl, Oklahoma (10 – 2) vs Alabama (11 – 1).  ESPN/8:30 EST.

Friday, 1/3: AT&T Cotton Bowl, Oklahoma State (10 – 2) vs Missouri (11 – 2).  FOX/7:30 EST.

Discover Orange Bowl, Clemson (10 – 2) vs osu (12 – 1).  ESPN/8:30 EST.

Saturday, 1/4: BBVA Compass Bowl, Vanderbilt (8 – 4) vs Houston (8 – 4).  ESPN/1:00 EST.

Sunday, 1/5: GoDaddy Bowl, Arkansas State (7 – 5) vs Ball State (10 – 2).  ESPN/9:00 EST.

National Championship, Monday, 1/6/2014:

Vizio BCS National Championship Bowl, Florida State (13 – 0) vs Auburn (12 – 1). ESPN/8:30 EST.

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