Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Coachspeak



In the video above, Coach Schlossnagle discusses his team's performance so far, including some pleasant surprises on offense, Matt Purke's development and the rest of the pitching staff. He also reminds us that there'll be quite a few Red Raider fans at Lupton when Tech comes to town this weekend, so TCU fans need to show up in big numbers (especially alumni, since the students will be on spring break).

Elsewhere, in his college baseball position power rankings, Kendall Rogers of Rivals (an Aggie, just FYI...) has Bryan Holaday ranked as the #1 catcher in the nation. He's also got Coach Schloss as the #9 coach.

Hughes Moving Up

For weeks, neither one of these guys have had Hughes as a first round pick, dropping him late in the season to a 2nd or 3rd round pick. But after his combine performace, he has skyrocketed on almost every scouts draft board. Kiper and McShay both have him going at #26 to the Cardinals. Huges proved that he has the speed and skills to move to OLB and the potential to be a immediate impact wherever he ends up. And from everything else I've read, it looks like Washington shouldn't follow to far behind him in the draft.

Arizona Cardinals

Jerry Hughes

LB, TCU
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Kiper: Productivity was never a question for Hughes -- he was a sack machine in Fort Worth -- but he also has proved he has the physical skills to succeed as an OLB and dangerous situational pass-rusher in the NFL. Hughes could help fill the productivity void left by Dansby's departure.
McShay: Hughes would give the Cardinals' base 3-4 scheme the explosive outside pass rush it currently lacks. Bertrand Berry and Chike Okeafor are free agents on the wrong side of 30, and Arizona's two best pass-rushers are five-techniques Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell

DFW celebs sing "this kiss" for Super Bowl XLV

Well this is 2 minutes and 39 seconds I can never have back. GP has a brief part and thankfully is better than most. For you Dallas sports fans, prepare to be embarrassed by your athletes.

Lessons in SMU Hate - Mean Mr. Mustard.

An Eyewitness photograph of Robert Mustard before his shooting spree.

Mean Mister Mustard sleeps in the park
Shaves in the dark trying to save paper
Sleeps in a hole in the road
Saving up to buy some clothes
Keeps a ten bob note up his nose
Such a mean old man
Such a mean old man

His sister Pam works in a shop
She never stops, she's a go-getter
Takes him out to look at the queen
Only place that he's ever been
Always shouts out something obscene
Such a dirty old man
Such a dirty old man

"Mean Mr. Mustard" - The Beatles.

For those of you who have ever tossed your hat into the respective rings of the stock market, bond market or, for that matter, been to a casino, you know that there is never a “sure thing” when it comes to making money. If there was such a thing as a flawless financial advisor, he’d be so wealthy and so overrun with business that his lifestyle would make Lindsay Lohan’s seem stable by comparison. She’d still probably have him in the cocaine department, but then again, if he had to put in that many long nights to keep up with his business, he might acquire a pretty solid taste for the dulce de nariz himself. What I mean is, when you invest your money with a financial advisor, you’re basically saying, “Here, I trust you to do your research and give me the best advice possible, given the current trends, to have a positive return on my investment; if it doesn’t happen, it sucks and I might be angry, but it’s a risk I chose to take and I have to accept the consequences, no matter how grim.” And, unless you hitched your horse to Bernie Madoff, that’s a reasonable way to view investments. It’s common sense.

Unfortunately, you can check your common sense at the door if you attend SMU.

For those of you who missed this story earlier in the week, Robert Mustard, a former SMU law student, apparently decided he didn’t think his financial advisors had acted in his best interests when investing his money. In most cases such as this, you’d expect this person to perhaps fire his advisors or, if they had truly wronged him, sue them for losses and maybe at least recoup his initial investment. But, like I said, apparently common sense isn’t a pre-requisite for SMU students, so Mr. Mustard decided to take matters into his own hands and attempt to murder said advisors, Richard and Chris Smith, before taking his own life. As fate would have it though, much like most SMU alums in their overall lives – or the Mustangs' performance on the football field – he failed at all three attempts, injuring himself and both of his advisors, but killing none. I've always thought that if you can't kill yourself, how do you expect to kill anyone else, but that's neither here nor there and it's fortunate that no one was mortally wounded in Mustard's rampage. Such a mean old man, indeed.

Now, you might ask, “Well, you mentioned something about bringing a lawsuit against his advisors. Seeing as how Mr. Mustard was an SMU law graduate, wouldn’t bringing legal action against his advisors play directly to his core strengths?” A valid argument, and an A for your diligence, but unfortunately for Mustard, this was never an option. Because he was disbarred. After he was convicted of bribery and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Such a dirty old man, indeed.

There isn’t a whole lot of information to what constituted Mustard’s bribery charge, but given his background it shouldn’t be surprising. SMU kids typically come from extremely privileged (read: TRUST FUND!!!) families which normally means they rarely have to accept responsibility for their lives. Mom and dad have breastfed them from the teat of prosperity and no remorse for their entire lives to this point, so why should that change now that they're in college, right? Given that assumption, coupled with the fact that half the student body hasn’t been suspended for drug abuse, should tell you all you need to know about the dirty money that exchanges hands on the SMU campus. Seriously, look into any of the recent drug murder scandals involving SMU students. The fact that no one has been locked up, nor any administrators fired, is shocking. SHOCKING! I typically liked George Bush just fine, but the fact that he's allowing his presidential library plans to go forward at SMU despite such a shitstorm of bullshit like that should make anyone question his judgment. Well, that and Dick Cheney.

So anyway, a case can be made that the bribery scandal wasn't really Mustard’s fault; he’s simply a product of his environment. As such, he’ll probably be pardoned by Obama for his actions, much like his bribery charge was pardoned by former Texas Governor Bill Clements. I have to be pretty sure this pardon on bribery charges involved more bribery. And I didn't even need an SMU law degree to tell you that!

Fortunately, it looks like all three victims – or 2 victims, one SMU dickhead – are going to be ok despite each suffering gunshot wounds in the incident. As time moves forward, I’m sure more will come out about exactly what prompted Mustard’s actions, and if it turns out Richard and Chris Smith were dishonest with him, this thing could get dicey. Probably not, "Ok, we're completely throwing out the laws on record and legalizing revenge killings in this state," dicey, but dicey nonetheless.

The Smith family has reported that Mustard entered their offices shouting, “You’ve taken all my money!’ before firing. In these troubling financial times, it’s easy to see how a person could become overwhelmed with grief and stress over their monetary situation, and while most people in their right minds wouldn’t choose to take their anger this far, there are a lot of nutty people in this world who simply need the right set of circumstances to be pushed over the edge. If I’m the SMU Athletic Department, I might hire some extra security for a while, because people have been yelling, “You’ve taken all my money!” at them for years and, if they look at their fellow alumnus for inspiration, a boiling point can’t be too far around the corner.

And that’s today’s lesson in SMU Hate.

Morning Dump

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