So God made a farmer Dodge Ad

Best Super Bowl ad this year

I miss Paul Harvey.

Step One of a Great Speech: Know Your Audience

Let’s say, for instance you’re giving the invocation at a NASCAR race:


Football helmet review

Courtesy of Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences:

National Impact Database

Adult Football Helmet Ratings – May 2011

A total of 10 adult football helmet models were evaluated using the STAR evaluation system for May 2011 release.  All 10 are publicly available at the time of publication.  Helmets with lower STAR values provide a reduction in concussion risk compared to helmets with higher STAR values.  Based on this, the best overall rating of ‘5 Stars’ has the lowest STAR value.  Group rankings are differentiated by statistical significance.

If you’re in the market to buy a loved one a football helmet, or just curious, go and have a look. It doesn’t take long, there are only 10 helmets on the list. Go to the list.

I got to this from ESPN’s Page 2:

For years, football players, coaches and the parents of young players have been in the dark about which of the many helmets on the market may reduce the risk of concussions. The NFL does not mandate helmet types, while many NFL teams refuse even to reveal which helmets their players wear. The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, which certifies sports equipment, has been AWOL on the issue of helmets and concussions. There’s been no place for the player seeking helmet safety information to turn.

Now all that has changed. Researchers at Virginia Tech have produced the first brand-by-brand, model-by-model ranking for the likely concussion resistance of helmets. A star-rating system modeled on crash safety rankings for automobiles, the rankings clearly identify the best and worst helmets.

It’s a long, good article. It lays out the problems with helmets, concussions, athletes, etc. And it highlights some actual science for helmets.

Progress! Here’s hoping it helps.



MLB, Players Association adopt new protocols regarding concussions | News

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association adopted a new series of protocols under the new joint policy regarding concussions, including the creation of a seven-day disabled list.

A committee of experts created the policy, which will oversee the manner in which concussions are diagnosed initially and will be used to determine when players and umpires can return to the field following a concussion. The new policy goes into effect on Opening Day.

via MLB, Players Association adopt new protocols regarding concussions | News.

That’s a really good idea. I’m impressed.

EXCLUSIVE: Swift’s IndyCar plan –

EXCLUSIVE: Swift’s IndyCar plan –

My brother (the Aerospace Genius) is quoted, and I genuinely like the designs Swift has put forward (oh, and I’m biased, in case you didn’t pick that up).

Nice article if you’re following the IRL ‘what’s the next chassis’ debate.

London Olympics 2012: Meet Wenlock and Mandeville, drips off the old block | UK news | The Guardian

London Olympics 2012: Meet Wenlock and Mandeville, drips off the old block | UK news | The Guardian.

Yep, when I think Olympics, I think of amorphous one-eyed cartoon-blobs.  Strong work!

Permian player is impostor | permian, player, bodytext – Breaking News – Odessa American Online

Guerdwich Montimere, a 22-year-old naturalized citizen from Haiti, was arrested Tuesday for posing as a 16-year-old sophomore named Jerry Joseph and attending Permian High School.

After being confronted Tuesday, Montimere, a star basketball player this year at Permian, admitted the deception and was arrested and charged with presenting false identification to a peace officer. Montimere was arrested at Permian and taken to the Ector County Detention Center. At press time he was in a holding cell awaiting booking.

via Permian player is impostor | permian, player, bodytext – Breaking News – Odessa American Online.


Funny, as I start typing this, the Sports Radio I’m listening to is talking about this, and brings up that the gals like the star athelete.  Let’s sincerely hope this doesn’t get worse…

HT: Glen in West Texas

Think Fast: The Racer’s Why-To Guide To Winning

My brother, the Aerospace Genius, has written a book!

Here’s just part of the description from his web site:

Think Fast is not about the technology, but about WHY TO use some technologies and avoid others in your quest to WIN races. Think Fast can help any race car driver or race engineer tackle the big challenges and cross the finish line FIRST.
Think Fast is a professional racing industry insider’s detailed description of his unique process that makes racing drivers and race cars faster and work together more effectively. Both driver and car development techniques are covered, including very cost effective approaches to problems faced by every motorsports competitor.


So, if you’re in the market for a how-to go-fast book, here’s the one I recommend (nepotism works).

Available on!

Updated: Vid link added Texas Stadium comes down Sunday, 0700 Central

It was the only place I saw Cowboys play home games in my lifetime, and I got to march there in the HS band long, long ago (big stuff when you’re 16).  I have some ‘souvenir’ AstroTurf from the first time they recarpeted the place.

For those who are going to be up that early, the WFAA link to their live streaming web page is here: WFAA.

Here’s the video, via Austin’s KXAN.  Implosion starts about 1:10.

CNN Video:

What happens during a Cowboys out of town playoff?

The roads in DFW are apparently deserted. I’ve never seen all green before during the day.

It’s possible the person who updates the map was watching the game…

How the Yellow Line gets on the Football Field

Unsurprisingly it’s technical, but excellently explained:

I’ve tucked it below the fold, as it autostarts and that’s annoying.  Also, I’m not smart enough to keep it from autostarting…

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How to get yourself in hot water in Medicine: lie for someone famous

Another of life’s lessons, i.e., learn from the mistakes of others.

Plaxico Burress, apparently another incredibly gifted athlete with a 10 cent head, shot himself the other day.  Understandably he went to get medical help, and that’s where the weirdness for this lesson started:

New York Post* Getting special treatment at New York-Cornell Hospital, where he gave his name as Harris Smith, saying he’d been shot at an Applebee’s restaurant. Nonetheless, hospital workers recognized him as Plaxico Burress, sources said, and the gunshot was not reported, as required by law.

The trio was logged in at 2:45 a.m. by a New York-Cornell security guard, according to records reviewed by the police. The facility is connected with The Hospital for Special Surgery – a popular choice among elite athletes, where Burress was once treated himself. He was out about 10 hours later.

Hospital workers recognized Burress and agreed not to report the incident to police, the sources said.

City and state officials plan to interview hospital administrators about the trauma-unit visit and how notification of police was mishandled.

(emphasis added by me)

I wouldn’t relish being the hospital spokesman in this circumstance, but even I could come up with something better than this laffer:

A hospital spokesman, for the second straight day, denied that Burress was treated there.

"There was nobody listed under that name," the spokesman, Bryan Dotson, said.

According to state law, failing to report a gunshot injury to cops is a class A misdemeanor. But when asked about the hospital’s reporting policies, the spokesman said, "I don’t know what the policy and protocol is on that."

You’d better get briefed on it; this isn’t going to go well for a lot of people there.

Best of luck, NY-Cornell.  I suspect you’re going to need it.

Top Gear

I’m late to the party (surprise), but the BBC America series Top Gear is required watching for any car enthusiast.  I laughed out loud.

Inside the Scandal That Rocked the Formula One Racing World

Inside the Scandal That Rocked the Formula One Racing World is a very well told story of last years’ spy scandal involving McLaren and Ferrari. It makes for good reading whether or not you follow Formula 1.WIRED

And, this is a very good weekend for open wheel motor racing: the first combined Indy 500 in years (following the ‘merger of CART and IRL’ and the Monte Carlo Grand Prix.

Roy Williams is a Class Act

He and I have something in common, and it’s not athletic ability or being selected to the NFL Pro Bowl Team, but that we grew up in the same city, one block apart, and went to the same schools, Ross Elementary through Permian High School (but different generations, I don’t know him and have never met him).  Still, he’s a class act:

Permian grad sponsors raffle for Pro Bowl trip

By Chris Gove
Odessa American

Roy Williams got some exciting news this week and apparently wants to share the feeling with many others in his hometown.
The Permian High School graduate, who recently completed his third season as a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, got official word Friday from the NFL that he has been added to the 2007 NFC Pro Bowl team.
Williams finished the season with an NFC-leading 1,310 receiving yards and 82 receptions and will be making the first Pro Bowl appearance of his career. He was named to replace original selection Torry Holt of the St. Louis Rams, who pulled out with an injury.
The Pro Bowl, which is the NFL’s annual all-star game, will be played at 1 p.m. Feb. 10 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

Good stuff, but here’s where the Class kicks in:

Williams won’t be making the trip to Hawaii without a little company, however.
He has teamed up with the NFL Man to organize a benefit raffle for the Boys and Girls Club of Odessa, the grand prize of which is a trip for two to the Pro Bowl.
Raffle tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the NFL Man in Music City Mall from Monday-Jan. 21. The tickets will be available for purchase from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 3-6 p.m. Jan. 21, with the drawing scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the NFL Man.
All proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Odessa, an organization near to Williams’ heart. Three prizes will be given — a Playstation3 to the third-place winner; $1,000 to the second-place winner; and the grand prize of the Pro Bowl trip.
“I was the one who wanted to do this,” said Williams, who will be on hand for the Jan. 22 drawing. “My agent asked me why, but this is for the people of the Permian Basin. There are a lot of football fans here and this will be a chance for them to see the best of the NFL. Hopefully, this is an annual thing and not just this one time.”
The trip to the Pro Bowl will include airfare for two, tickets to the game and three nights of hotel accomodations [sic] in Honolulu.

(emphasis mine)

So, he’s not selling his tickets, he’s organized a raffle to help the Odessa Boys and Girls Club.  I’m entirely impressed.   Now I have to start watching Detroit Lions games, I suppose.  Anything for a fellow former Odessan.


Hat tip to my folks, who have been taking the Odessa American forever, and keep me up to date on the hometown.