My favorite subject in college had nothing to do with my communications major.
I took Astronomy 101 and 102 to avoid the chemistry sequence that my BS degree required. I will always be grateful to the University of Kentucky for this ‘broadening of my horizons,’ because it introduced me to Professor Thomas Troland.
Dr. Troland was one of the best teachers I have ever had. His sense of humor made his classes zip by, and made me a true fan of astronomy, a subject I had little knowledge of prior to college.
If you are interested in the upcoming total eclipse of the sun, I encourage you to give a look-see to this UK news story featuring Dr. Troland, who I am proud to say is a good friend to this day.
Posted in Astrology, College, Education, Humor
Tagged astronomy, college, Dr. Thomas Troland, Eclipse, education, friendship, physics and astronmy, science, teaching, total eclipse of the sun, University of Kentucky
I had a hilarious astronomy professor in college who sometimes used questionable photography in his lectures to make sure we were awake.
I saw one of his more fabled pics Friday on a greeting card in a Detroit airport gift shop:
I wish I could remember what point my teacher was making in class when he used it…
My mind is drawing a blank.
Posted in Advertising, College, Education, Humor, Photography
Tagged astronomy, college, education, greeting card, Humor, innuendo, photography, pics, professor, rocket
The 2015 NCAA Final Four doesn’t start for three hours, but TBS’s coverage has already begun.
That’s right — they’re going to spend the next three hours talking about the two games yet to come.
And I’m cool with that.
It’s a bit like the red carpet that precedes all the major awards shows.
But based on what I’ve seen so far, this show won’t be as pretty. I mean…
Dennis Miller is the host.
Posted in Basketball, College, Commentary, Humor, March Madness, Television
Tagged basketball, college, commentary, coverage, Dennis Miller, Final Four, host, Humor, March Madness, NCAA, red carpet, Television, who are you wearing
I had seen images online of the April 6th issue of Sports Illustrated, so I couldn’t wait to get mine in the mail.
Just look at that angle of Karl-Anthony Towns in action:
But then I got my issue today. And it looked like this:
Because apparently there are no college basketball fans in the Northeast.
I mean, how could there be? No teams from this area made the Final Four. And there couldn’t possibly be fans of Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan State or Duke outside their state lines, right?
(Well, probably not Duke.)
Don’t worry. I’ve already contacted SI and requested a copy of the Kentucky cover issue. And written a letter to the editor.
March Madness only comes once a year.
Posted in Basketball, College, Commentary, Humor, Magazines, March Madness, Sports
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During the exquisite, emotional roller coaster that is March Madness, I often wonder —
What if real life was conducted like the NCAA basketball tournament?
* You hold a press conference at the end of each business day to discuss your successes and failures with members of the media.
Can you imagine the questions you would receive about your workday?
- You were 15 minutes late. Was it really traffic?
- You ate lunch at your desk. Do you think getting some exercise would have been a better idea?
- You seemed to lose focus during your afternoon teleconference. Any particular reason why?
* You have your car custom-painted for business trips, or for the start of a new project, much like the Kentucky Wildcats’ new custom paint job on their bus for the trip to the Final Four in Indianapolis.
* And a huge, adoring crowd of cheering fans would greet you each night upon your return home.
It would definitely have its perks.
Posted in Basketball, College, custom paint job, emotional roller coaster, fans, Final Four, Humor, Indianapolis, Kentucky Wildcats, March Madness, media, NCAA tournament, perks, press conference, Sports
Tagged basketball, college, Humor, March Madness, Sports
Thank you for the greatest gift EVER!
- Having a panic attack mid-afternoon when you fear you may have missed one of the Sweet 16 games.
- Breathing a huge sigh of relief when you realize they don’t begin until after 7pm ET. Geez.
- Keeping your birthday open because you don’t know the game schedule yet.
- Wishing the games would just get here…and wanting them to last forever, all at the same time.
- Being grateful every day that you are an alum of the University of Kentucky!
GO BIG BLUE! #BBN #TIMEFORNINE
Posted in Basketball, College, Humor, March Madness, NCAA, Sports
Tagged #TimeforNine, alumni, basketball, basketball game, BBN, birthday, college, game schedule, go big blue, Humor, last forever, March Madness, NCAA tournament, panic attack, Sports, Sweet 16, UK Wildcats, University of Kentucky
As I sit firmly planted on the couch, enjoying another full day of March Madness, I noticed a trend amongst the basketball players.
(And I’m not talking about falling seeds.)
More and more are wearing tights under their shorts. A quick survey of Google images reveals many NBA players are making this choice as well.
I for one consider it a slam dunk.
Being a fairly pasty person, I find displaying my glowing gams to be a fashion don’t . The older I get, the smarter this decision becomes.
If these basketball leggings inspire fashion designers of everyday wear…
The NCAA tourney will have more than one winner this year!
Posted in Basketball, College, Fashion, Humor, March Madness, Sports, Television
Tagged basketball, college, couch, Fashion, hams, Humor, leggings, March Madness, NCAA, pasty, shorts, Sports, Television
In honor of Kentucky’s game against Hampton in the NCAA tourney tonight…
…a work of art from my niece Hope!
#BBN #GoBigBlue #TimeforNine
Posted in Basketball, College, Crafts, Design, Humor, March Madness, Sports
Tagged basketball, BBN, college, crafts, design, go big blue, Humor, Kentucky Wildcats, March Madness, NCAA, Sports, weave, yarn
I didn’t expect the ESPN documentary I Hate Christian Laettner to make me like the guy.
It’s a movie, not a miracle.
But unlike a movie plot, Laettner’s story exhibits no signs of growth or learning over the past two decades. In his interview, he seems as much of an arrogant bully now as he was 20 years ago.
What did surprise me was not only Coach K’s acceptance of his behavior but also his decision to let Laettner have ‘free reign’ to bully others — not the best message to send.
I guess winning was more important than how they won.
I’m glad we currently have teams in college basketball who can win the right way…and I still hate Christian Laettner.
Posted in College, Entertainment, Humor, Life, March Madness, Sports
Tagged bully, Christian Laettner, Coach K, college basketball, documentary, Duke, ESPN, I Hate Christian Laettner, life, March Madness, Sports, winning