Archive for August, 2009

Five Reasons It May Be Time to Worry USC….

No. 1

Mark Sanchez bolting school a year early for the NFL hurts a lot, even though “Slippery Pete” begged and pleaded with him not to leave him hanging (ten).

Never mind the silly surfing joke there. You probably missed it anyway.

No. 2

USC had a stellar defense in 2008—one of the best in the nation in fact—but eight of those 11 starters are now gone. Yes we all know USC reloads with more talented four and five-star blue-chippers, but it’s the lack of experience that can kill you.

No. 3

Starting center Kristofer O’Dowd could be out several weeks after dislocating his right kneecap during a scrimmage last week.

I know that Ohio State center Mike Brewster is the anchor of the Buckeyes O-line and if he went down, that would be devastating.

Even though the Bucks have plenty of young, highly-touted linemen waiting in the wings, it would be nearly impossible to overcome a loss this significant. Therefore, I have to believe the loss of O’Dowd is huge for USC.

No. 4

USC fans should be concerned that true freshman Matt Barkley was named the starting QB. Yes he won the Gatorade POY in 2007 and he was the top QB prospect in the nation this past season coming out of Mater Dei.

But, he has never taken a snap at this level and his second career start is going to be in Columbus, Ohio on ABC, in primetime, versus an out-for-blood and revenge Buckeye team, in front of their own 100,000+ crazy-loud, rabid, scarlet and gray clad fans in the biggest must game win of all must win games of all-time—yet despite all that, he’s going to just waltz right into the Shoe, be as cool as the other side of the pillow, and lead USC to victory?

Good luck with that Matt.

No. 5

Lastly, if you haven’t heard by now, starting WR Ronald Johnson will be out six to eight weeks after breaking his collarbone during the Trojans’ mock game Saturday at the Coliseum, depriving Barkley of one of his top targets until at least mid-October.

Johnson was the Trojans’ third-leading receiver last season with 33 catches for 570 yards and eight touchdowns. Coach Pete Carroll said the injury was “the hit of the hit of the weekend,” and called Johnson’s absence “just a crusher.”

Now, if USC fans STILL believe Ohio State has no shot to win this game, you must have some super-secret weapon stored away that none of us have a clue about.

Please, do tell.

USC is still USC and I don’t expect them to come in to Ohio Stadium and just wave the white flag. But, realistically, the odds of them winning have decreased over the last couple of weeks.

The sad part is, as many others have already said, this is a no-win-situation for Ohio State because if they do win, everyone will say it was because of these USC injuries and that the Trojans were overrated and rebuilding.

If they lose, it will be because Ohio State is overrated and they choked again like they always do on the big stage.

I want and fully expect the Buckeyes to win this game, but it’s a shame that if they do, it will be with this dark cloud hanging over their, dare I say, impending victory.

They may have been able to beat USC at full strength, but now we will never know.


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Ted Kennedy

I just read a headline on Yahoo! stating that Ted Kennedy was the most important Kennedy.

Is that really true?

I do not think it is.  I think that while some Kennedy’s have contributed more than others have to the good (or ill, if that is your opinion) of this nation, they each have been important in their own time and place. Without Joe Kennedy who was killed in WWII, would the world be the place it is today, without John Kennedy, would we have ever stepped foot on the moon….without Bobby Kennedy, would human rights become such a large part of our foreign policy….

Ted has been the patriarch of that family since that sad day in 1968 when Bobby was killed and has had to deal with every family crisis since.  He comforted the family as they lost their family members…he eulogized more family members during his lifetime than most of us could ever think of.  I will never forget when JFK Jr. was killed and Ted had to go out on the boat and identify the bodies of his nephew, his wife and her sister.

Does that make him a better politician than his brothers?  Yes, he has made an enormous impact on this nation and the laws which govern it but he was afforded the time to do such things.  I often wonder what it would have been like to have grown up in the 1960’s, to watch JFK and Bobby killed and to understand the promise that left this world when they did.  I do know that had Bobby not been shot and elected President, the world would be different.  I can’t say for sure if it would have been better or worse, no one will ever know, but it would have been different.

He is not the ‘last’ Kennedy of the nine, sister Jean still survives…but Ted tried to carry the promise of his brothers on, and what a burden that had to be.  Maybe that’s what makes him the most important one to America….not the great things he did in life, but the family and time that he represented.  Maybe that is what America is mourning this week…

Update 8/29

“He answered Uncle Joe’s call to patriotism, Uncle Jack’s call to public service and Bobby’s determination to seek a newer world. Unlike them, he lived to be a grandfather.” Edward M. Kennedy Jr.

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Back to reality…

After a 10 day break at home, it was back to reality yesterday….I had a great time at home…for once it was pretty hard to leave.

That’s interesting to me…

But overall a great trip, got to go to Columbus…and I can’t wait to be back there in a few weeks!

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June 25, 2009

The world will remember June 25, 2009 as the day Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett passed away…but will they remember Brian Bradshaw?

A Life of Worth, Overlooked

My nephew, Brian Bradshaw, was killed by an explosive device in Afghanistan on June 25, the same day that Michael Jackson died. Mr. Jackson received days of wall-to-wall coverage in the media. Where was the coverage of my nephew or the other soldiers who died that week? There were several of them, and our family crossed paths with the family of another fallen soldier at Dover Air Force Base, where the bodies come “home.” Only the media in Brian’s hometown and where he was stationed before his deployment covered his death.

I remember Brian as a toddler wandering around in cowboy boots and hat, not seeing the need for any other clothing. He grew into a thoroughly decent person with a wry sense of humor. He loved wolves and history. Most Christmases, I gave him a biography or some analysis of the Civil War. He read such things for pleasure.

He had old-fashioned values and believed that military service was patriotic and that actions counted more than talk. He wasn’t much for talking, although he could communicate volumes with a raised eyebrow.

He was a search-and-rescue volunteer, an altar boy, a camp counselor. He carried the hopes and dreams of his parents willingly on his shoulders. What more than that did Michael Jackson do or represent that earned him memorial “shrines,” while this soldier’s death goes unheralded?

It makes me want to scream.



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4-H and The Space Shuttle

4-H Flag Heads Into Space Aboard Shuttle Endeavor
Source: CSREES, National 4-H Headquarters

The National 4-H flag was carried into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour yesterday as part of the STS-127 mission. The flag, featuring the familiar 4-H clover, was originally scheduled to head into space earlier this year, but was delayed a record five times before finally lifting off this week.

“The inclusion of the 4-H flag on this mission reflects the commitment 4-H has to building young leaders in science, engineering and technology,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “As the global economy expands, these leaders will strengthen the United States’ global competitiveness and leadership in these fields.”

4-H promotes positive youth development, facilitates learning and engages youth in the work of the land-grant universities and USDA to enhance their quality of life. Nearly 7 million youth, ages 5-19, participate in 4-H youth development experiences in all 50 states, territories and military installations worldwide.

Azeem Ahmed, 17, who is an avid space enthusiast and 4-H member from Alabama and President of the Alabama 4-H Council, made the original request to NASA to have the flag flown with a future space shuttle mission.

“4-H is more than green and white – it is a collage,” Ahmed said. “It is agriculture and it’s also healthy living, leadership and citizenship and science, engineering and technology. Science, engineering and technology is one of the missions of 4-H, and by flying a 4-H flag into space, I hope we shine a new light on 4-H.”

Ahmed has been a 4-H member for seven years. He has participated in a variety of leadership and science, engineer and technology programs on the state and national level and wants people to see 4-H as he and thousands of other youth do.

The 4-H Youth Development Program began at the start of the 20th century to help rural youth gain technical and leadership skills. More than 100 years later, the organization continues to promote positive youth development in the areas of citizenship; healthy living and science; engineering; and technology. According to a two-year study in New York, young people who participate in 4-H clubs do better in school; are more motivated to help others; develop skills in leadership, public speaking, self-esteem, communication and planning; and make lasting friendships.

National 4-H Headquarters, along with its private partner National 4-H Council, has set the goal of preparing one million new young people to excel in science, engineering and technology (SET) by 2013. National 4-H Headquarters seeks to promote positive youth development, facilitate learning and engage youth in the work of the land-grant universities and USDA to enhance their quality of life.

More information is available at Information on the SET initiative can be found at

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Gulf War MIA Found

Rest your oars sailor…we are bringing you home….

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