Monthly Archives: September 2014

In Golf: The USA is a Big Underdog

In Golf: The USA is a Big Underdog.

The Youth are leading the comeback; USA now down 10 to 6

Win Some and the Home Underdogs Lose Some

Air Force (the group bombing Syria is having a good weekend, too), the Chicago Bears, Washington, Iowa State, and thus far undefeated North Carolina State have a half a chance of beating the odds this weekend. Top ranked FSU may not score more than 18 1/2 points than the Wolfpack.

Conventional wisdom has the Packers 1.5 point favorites over the Bears in Soldier Field. Chicago’s offense has shown more success than Green Bay’s during the first three games of this season.

These Packers Aren't Playing Against The Bears

These Packers Aren’t Playing Against The Bears

As for the rest of the NFL this weekend, Ike likes:

  • Oakland +4 (under 41 total points) versus Miami in London.
  • Buffalo +3.5 (under 41) at Houston.
  • Indianapolis -7.5 (under 46) against Tennessee in Indy.
  • Carolina +3.5 (under 40.5) in Baltimore.
  • Detroit -1.5 (over 45) in the Jet’s stadium.
  • Pittsburgh -6.5 (under 45) at Tampa Bay.
  • San Diego -12.5 (over 45) hosting Jacksonville.
  • San Francisco -2.5 (over 25) against Philadelphia in the first half only.
  • Atlanta -3.5 (over 47) at Minnesota.
  • New Orleans -3.5 (under 53.5) at Dallas.
  • New England -2.5 (over 44) at Kansas City.

Bonus Pick: Penn State -9 at home versus Northwestern on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The Nittany Lions’ NCAA curse and post-season penalties have finally been lifted! Thank God!

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[ for musement only ]

2014 … Another September 11

How far advanced or how much retrograde have we backed-up in over a dozen years?

Direction and Respect

Regardless of our opinions, wisdom regarding the facts and personal experiences, we continue to honor those who lost their lives and greater numbers who were harmed in New York, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania.

NYC WTF 2002

NYC WTC 2002

After honoring others, our thoughts shall turn to where is civilization going with anti-terrorism or reanalyzing events that led up to the tragedies on 9/11 and since.

President Obama plans to outline the new approach against ISIS in a press conference this (9/10/14) evening.

Just by letting the budding global jihadist ISIS and Al Qaeda fight over . . .

(see article http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/10/world/meast/isis-vs-al-qaeda)

just who thinks they are leading the extremist action.

Too bad any infighting will not cancel either of those factions out of the picture.

Conspiracy Theories

NewsOne has blogged an article about the most eleven (11) compelling conspiracy stories two years ago. Did the presidential administration stage it? Were Osama Bin Laden tapes faked? Was the defense systems ordered to stand-down? Were bombs planted in the Pentagon and WTC? Did Israeli intelligence and the Jewish community in New York forewarned? How is it possible that aluminum airplanes could penetrate steel building structures? Were phone calls from the highjacked flights faked? Was black-box evidence kept secret?

(reference at http://newsone.com/742485/the-11-most-compelling-911-conspiracy-theories/)

With all due respect of the passing of 2,977 victims – 246 died on the four hijacked airplanes, 125 were killed in the Pentagon, and 2,606 lost their lives in the World Trade Center – “We Remember.”

Details are listed on the following website = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_September_11_attacks.

In the words of the passengers on United Flight 93, “Let’s Roll!”

Human Rights / Liberty / Killing Ironies

But should we be concerned that American civil liberties and citizen rights have been abridged!?!

American efforts to address terrorist threats has led the U.S. to adopt the attributes of the enemy and extremists – for better or for worse. This irony can kill US.

Honor / Respect / Action

The World Trade Center Survivors’ Network (reference it at http://www.survivorsnet.org/) has a number of resources, medical and mental health care expenses for emergency responders and survivors, maintains WTC evacuation, fire and building safety research studies, support docents for the Memorial and Museum, and plans to commemorate the 2014 anniversary with an outdoor gathering and luncheon. American Airlines Flight 11 and United Flight 175 impacted the 93rd to 99th floors.

Two years ago, Abraham Wagner’s analysis of anti-terrorism technologies was published in the Huffington Post. Check it out at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/abraham-r-wagner/counterterrorism-technolo_b_1874521.html.

There is another good website focusing on counter-terrorism at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counter-terrorism#Counter-Terrorism_and_American_Law_Enforcement.

 

2014 Tribute in Lights

2014 Tribute in Lights

There are wide variety of concerns and specialties now grouped under the super Department of Homeland Security. Transportation safety, cybersecurity, terrorism prevention, border security, as well as academics, disaster relief, human trafficking, economics, local law enforcement, and immigration. (Reference: http://www.dhs.gov/topics)

My ‘caution to the wind’ is that perhaps we might:

(1) have created a monster bureaucracy or

(2) are spreading focused actions too thin

thus, rendering too many efforts ineffective.

We can pray and hope that our ingenuity and innovation can stay ahead of misfortune.

Mr. President, God’s speed.

Let’s roll!

 

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NFL for Openers and the Biggest Loser

 

 

 

Surprises – Man-O-Man

Cleveland put up a fight on the road in Pittsburgh only losing 30-27.

poorcleveland

At home, the Dolphins outscored the Pats 23 to nothing! Their opponent’s third-down efficiency was only 5 out of 17. It was New England’s first loss in an opener since 2003, and marks the first time the Patriots will not be at least tied for the AFC East lead since Week 3 of 2012.

Seattle, after a poor loss to the Oakland Raiders in the last preseason game, won in the second half of opening night. The margin of victory – defeat of the Green Bay Packers – was a stunner 36 to 16.

The Houston Texans ended up in last place last year but won impressively at home over the Washington Redskins (that’s if we can call them an Indian name) 17-6. Robert Griffin III was 29 of 37 but the Redskins had one punt blocked and fumbled twice in the second half.

Finishing undefeated during the preseason and playing at home, I expected a win – not a loss – by the Baltimore Ravens. Cincinnati 23, Ballymore 16.

You would have been a big winner last Sunday in the Las Vegas sportsbook if you bet:

Miami OVER

Atlanta OVER

Vikings UNDER

Eagles UNDER

Raiders UNDER

Tennessee UNDER

Buffalo UNDER

Cincinnati UNDER

Houston UNDER

Miami OVER

Cleveland OVER

The Biggest Scare of Birds

Quarterback Chad Henne (rejected by the Dolphins) had a 17-zip halftime lead on the road. The Philadelphia Eagles started slow but eventually came back at home to double the score on the Jacksonville Jaguars 34-17.

No Problems

San Francisco renewed an old rivalry in Texas against the Dallas Cowboys. Niners win convincingly.

No surprise… Vikings 34, Lambs 6. St. Louis was martyred at home without QB Sam Bradford who is out for the entire year.

Toughest Losses

In what I call the postmodern black and blue division, the NFC South Division faced off one another. Carolina had all it could handle with its win in Tampa Bay. Without Cam Newton, they had to play QB Derek Anderson.

Atlanta needed overtime at home to defeat New Orleans 37-34. The Saints fumbled after a completed pass and the Falcons scored a field goal. The Falcon’s Matt Ryan threw for a team record 448 yards.

By the way, Buffalo won at home in overtime, too. This was against the Chicago Bears 23-20.

The Biggest Loser

Ray Rice… cut by the Ravens, suspended by the league.