Friday, August 13, 2010

History of the World

Happy Birthday Ben Hogan, 8/13/1912
Also Born on this day:
-1860 Sharpshooter, Annie Oakley
-1895 Actor, Bert Lahr (Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz)
-1926 Fidel Castro, president of Cuba

On this day:
-In 1846, The American Flag is raised for the first time in Los Angeles.
-In 1889, William Gray receives a patent for a coin-operated telephone.
-In 1942, Walt Disney's full-length animated feature "Bambi" premieres.
-In 1979, Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals becomes the 14th player in major league baseball history to reach the 3,000 career hit mark.
-In 1989, searchers in Ethiopia find the wreckage of a plane that had crashed a week earlier killing Texas Congressman Mickey Leland and 15 others.
-In 1989, James Brown, singer, is penalized when officials find $40,000 cash in his cell, exceeding the $50 limit. (What the hell do you need 40k in prison for?)
-In 1994, "I'll Make Love To You" by Boyz II Men enters the U.S. top 40 chart. (Best slow dance song in Middle School by far)
-In 1995, Baseball Hall-of-Famer Mickey Mantle dies of liver cancer at age 63.

Weird News of the Day
Judge Sentences Thief To Poker -- Seriously!
In Albuquerque, New Mexico, stockbroker Samuel McMaster, Jr. finally confessed to stealing more than $400,000 from his clients to support his own nasty gambling habit! And now the judge in the case is dealing him an unbelievable hand. He won't go to jail. Instead, prosecutors are letting him play poker for his freedom. No kidding! In exchange for pleading guilty, McMaster will start playing in poker tournaments to try and win enough money to repay his victims. His sentencing will be delayed for six months while he participates in tournaments and as long has he makes payments of $7,500 a month. If he misses two payments, he'll face immediate sentencing of up to 12 years in prison. (ABC News)

Frogs on the Radar.

Is that Malcolm Brown out there?

This probably isn't particularly worthy of a post, but Friday is always a slow posting/reading day so something is better than nothing. Anyway, the Dallas Morning News released their area Top 100 today and while it's typically a reason for Frogs fans to get angry because the top players in D/FW treat us like lepers, there are definitely a few pleasant surprises today. For one, we currently have commits from 7 of the top 100 area prospects, which is a major development in itself, but if you continue checking down the list, among non-committed prospects the Frogs are doing extremely well. We've drawn the interest of over half of that group which may seem like a small victory to a lot of you, but for those who have scanned this list in previous years, you'll understand how big of a deal this is. As we're well aware, D/FW is Big 12 recruiting country first, everyone else second, so being able to catch the attention of the best recruits in the area shows that the Frogs are finally getting the respect we deserve. And while recruiting victories over Texas and Oklahoma will be few and far between, if we can start to out muscle the Big 12 South also-rans from north Texas, the Frogs should continue to be a Tier 1 Football team for the forseeable future.

Also, we have the top kicking recruit in the area committed, which should be cause for celebration on its own merit. Go Frogs.

Morning Dump