2008 Bulldog Football season = Epic fail

Well, the season is finally over. I'll let out a sigh of relief. The New Mexico Bowl was a microcosm of the Fresno State Bulldogs 2008 footbal season. It started off with a lot of promise and fizzled out into an eventual loss.

There was definitely no shortage of drama this year. From beating 2 BCS Conference teams at home to hosting a Top Ten Wisconsin team at home to a nearly 60 yard game winning field goal to a season ending collapse and Coach Hill nearly leaving the program for Washington. Every year, a new season brings the promise of renewed hope. A hope that Coach Hill will finally make good on his promise of a BCS appearance...actually, his promise is a shot at a National Title. That's why the Bulldogs schedule the Big Boys of the BCS. After 12 years of coaching the Fresno State Bulldogs, this year actually promises to bring changes. Pat Hill has already spoke of making changes to the offense. It appears the Coach Hill is looking into the Pistol offense used at Nevada. Also, after 10 years, Dan Brown has retired from coaching. So, the defense may have a different look as well. There will be a new quarterback as Tom Brandstater graduates on to the NFL possibly.

So, as always, there will be hopes that the team can rise from the ashes and make another run at glory. But as for this season, I've got to stamp it as an Epic Fail. See ya at the baseball diamond in 2009!


Dream Interpretation

Last week on Twitter someone posted a tweet with their dream from the previous night: "I had a dream I was playing a game of soccer dressed as a zombie in target with a slipper for the soccer ball." Well, it was a pretty damn crazy dream, chock full of symbolism. Needless to say, it peaked my interest, so I put in a few minutes and did some Googling. This is what I came up with:
To dream that you are wearing a costume, signifies that you are putting on a facade toward others. Your true self is not being revealed and you are not being completely honest with people around you.
To dream that you are in a market, represents some emotional of physical need that you are currently lacking in your life. You may be in need of nurturance and some fulfillment. Consider the specific items that you are shopping for. Alternatively, the market signifies frugality.
To see an barren market in your dream, signifies depression and gloominess. There is a void in your life.
To dream that you are playing soccer, suggests that you are suppressing your sexuality and/or aggression and expressing it in a more socially acceptable manner. From a Freudian perspective, sports, in general, serve as a disguise for attitudes about sex as a aggressive act. Hence soccer can be seen as a pun for "sock her". Alternatively, the game of soccer may refer to how you function and run your life when confronted with challenges. It is symbolic of your competency, integrity, strengths and weaknesses.
To see or wear slippers in your dream, suggests that you are feeling sluggish and/or insecure. You feel that you do not have a strong foothold in some situation. Alternatively, it represents domesticity, ease, comfort, and/or relaxation. This dream symbol may mean that you need to relax. Or you are relaxing too much and are being lazy.

I obviously couldn't tweet all this information, so I just tweeted that the original tweeter sounded stressed. She agreed whole-heartedly. I'm not a big believer in dream interpretation or dream symbolism, so who knows what the dream could really mean. I think the prevailing thought is that dreams are just a bunch of garbage derived from memory and daily activities devoid of any psychological value. Either way, it was just another day's work on the internets.


A Vote, and Then a Cup of Joe

Well, it seems like more companies are jumping on the bandwagon. Starbucks is offering a free cup of drip coffee after you vote. How will they know if you have voted or not? “It’ll be a little bit of the honor system,” a Starbucks spokesman, Vivek Varma, said. So, you can go get a doughnut at Krispy Kreme and wash it down with a Starbucks coffee and all you have to do is perform your civic duty and vote. Not a bad deal if you ask me.


Sticking with the Free Food theme...

The emporium of sweet, doughy goodness known as Krispy Kreme wants to reward Americans who exercise their right to vote November 4 by offering a free patriotic doughnut. After you “exercise” your voting right and indulge in that free sweet treat, you may want to hop on a treadmill for a little more exercise if you catch my drift. Calorie intake aside, swing by Krispy Kreme Tuesday with your “I Voted” sticker and pick up the star-shaped, red-white-and-blue sprinkle-covered confection and celebrate democracy with each bite!

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Steal a Base Steal a Taco

Thanks to Jason Bartlett's stolen base in Game 1 of the World Series, Taco Bell is giving away free tacos today (10/28/08) between 2pm & 6pm. OM NOM NOM!!(Obtain Your Free Taco: from 2pm to 6pm on Oct 28 for games 1-4, Nov 3 for games 5-7)

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Flag Football

Flag Football, originally uploaded by iSlappy.

Flag Football season has ended and we move on to solely focus on Soccer. My thoughts on our second year of Clovis Unified's Flag Football league:

I really don't like the 'Parent's are the coach' setup. It's not a good learning environment for the kids and leans more towards chaos. They do the same in baseball, which is why we left for the River Park Little League. I think it should be more like what Clovis schools Basketball youth league's do, where Freshman/JV/Varsity student athletes each coach a team. Even maybe a hybrid of the two where one or two parents along with the student/athletes work together. Of course, too many hands in the pot could cause anarchy, but I think with kids this young, the more help in corralling them, the better.

Overall, my son had a fun time running amok and pulling flags. It was an added bonus to have my daughter out there doing cheer, so it turned out to be a two for one deal. I look forward to next year, but will do my best to get more kids from my son's school to show up and create a team of schoolmates. I noticed that teams with this type of makeup had the most success versus the hodge podge teams that my son has been on the last two years.