It was not the prettiest performance, and the offense should have put up more points, but, overall I will gladly take a dominating win over a good team
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mack Brown had tears in eyes before the game and a smile on his face after.
In between, he ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns — and vomited on the sideline.
Not a bad start for Brown or No. 10 Florida.
Brown’s career day, Jeff Driskel‘s efficiency and a dominant defense carried the Gators to a 24-6 win over Toledo in the teams’ season opener Saturday.
The Gators controlled both lines of scrimmage, opening holes for Brown and keeping steady pressure on Toledo’s experienced offense. It was exactly the style of play Florida has become known for under Muschamp. No flashiness. Few highlight-reel plays. But a win in the end.
It was Florida’s 24th consecutive season-opening victory, the second-longest active streak in the country. Only Nebraska (27) has a longer current run.
Up next a trip to Miami to play the Canes
Jack Hoffman is a seven year old boy from Nebraska with a rare form of brain cancer. He’s been undergoing chemotherapy, but still has some of the same interests as other young boys, and apparently Jack likes football. Some of the Nebraska Cornhuskers have sort of adopted Jack and wanted to do something nice for him. Now, it would be great for a kid like Jack to get a chance to go see a game with his new friends, but the Cornhuskers had a better idea.
Jack Hoffman is a 7-year-old brain cancer patient, but that didn’t stop him from scoring a touchdown in Nebraska’s spring game Saturday afternoon. Jack, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and is currently on a break from his chemotherapy treatment, came into the game for a fourth-and-1 on the 31 yard line. With the help of some blockers, Jack ran the ball all the way into the end zone in front of more than 60,000 fans.
Of course, they will also be told that global warming, or climate change is a theory, which it is, and urged to explore it themselves, in other words, to think. That has the Left outraged! School is not for thinking, or encouraging kids to evaluate anything. I mean you teach kids to think and the next thing you know, they are doing crazy things. Like thinking before voting.
Students in Nebraska are getting new standards for social studies curriculum, after weeks of intense debate. The state Board of Education reached agreement on two items of controversy this week: whether to include “American exceptionalism” and how to teach about climate change, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.
The fight had been over whether to explicitly teach the idea of American exceptionalism, as one board member proposed, and whether to include information about climate change, which the current standards do not mention. The board approved the standards after making some changes:
The words “American exceptionalism” do not appear in the final draft, but the concept does. In the sixth- through eighth-grade U.S. history standards, one of the “indicators” — examples of what to teach — is the “unique nature of the creation and organization of the American Government, the United States as an exceptional nation based upon personal freedom, the inherent nature of citizens’ rights and democratic ideals.”
This is what the Left hates apparently examples of what to teach — is the “unique nature of the creation and organization of the American Government, the United States as an exceptional nation based upon personal freedom, the inherent nature of citizens’ rights and democratic ideals.”
In other words they are going to teach about the founding, the government, the, GASP, constitution, and that there is, brace yourself, liberty in America! Come on man! The Left is trying to turn out good little brain dead Marxists, and Nebraska schools might get in the way of that! Oh, but it gets worse for the Left.
Likewise, climate change appears in the sixth- through eighth-grade geography standards, but is presented as a theory, not as fact, asking students to evaluate “recent global climate change theories, and evidence that supports and refutes such theories.”
What? You cannot tell these kids that a theory is a theory! And instructing them to evaluate evidence on BOTH sides of the debate? OUTRAGEOUS! How dare Nebraska encourage open mindedness. I mean the Left has been trying to
educate indoctrinate our kids for decades now. Stories like this scare them. Just peruse the comments at the link, the stupidity and hate will stun you
You can read my rant against the BCS, and all my bowl selections thru Dec 29’s games here
Now, marching on through the entire bowl schedule
New Year’s Eve brings us some promising games, starting with Vandy, and NC State in the Franklin Amer. Mort. Music City Bowl in Nashville. Since you will not be drunk yet, you can watch this game without double vision. Vandy wins here. Why, because the SEC dominates the ACC
Next up will be the Hyundai Sun Bowl or the Crappy Imported Car Sun Bowl as I call it. USC should win over Georgia Tech in this one.
In the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Tulsa meets Iowa State, yes the Hurricanes and Cyclones will blow us away in this one. Who wins? Who cares? Give me the Cyclones in a stormy finish
In the Chick-fil-A Bowl, which used to be called the Peach Bowl, we get a matchup of two teams deserving of BCS slots, Clemson, and LSU. Tough game to pick, but call it LSU by four
In the, as a resident of Dallas I am ashamed to even write this corny name, but Heart of Dallas Bowl Purdue rolls in to meet Oklahoma State, and the Boilermakers will get pounded on New Years Day. OSU BIG in this one
The TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, good grief just call it the Gator Bowl, Northwestern and Mississippi State clash. The MSU Bulldogs should win, and their fans should be beaten with their obnoxious cowbells they insist on bringing to games!
The Capital One Bowl in Orlando has a marquee match up of traditional powers as the Georgia Bulldogs meet the Nebraska Huskers. Nebraska lost to Wisconsin 70-24 in the Big ten Championship. The is bad for Husker fans, what is worse is that Georgia is a lot better than Wisconsin.
In Tampa, the Outback Bowl, where your steak is ALWAYS cooked wrong, featuring Michigan and South Carolina, Fun fact is that Michigan began its season by getting waxed by an SEC team, and will end its season the same way
In the Rose Bowl, Stanford, and Wisconsin hook up. And this one will be good, with Stanford winning a close one
To close out New Year’s Day FSU, and Northern Illinois meet in the Orange Bowl. No one is giving NIU a shot, but FSU has been over rated all year, so expect a thriller, with FSU lucking out on some fluke play.
January 2 sees my beloved Florida Gators meet up with Louisville in the Sugar Bowl. do you really need me to say my pick here?
The best bowl match up happens on Jan. 3rd in the Fiesta Bowl as Oregon meets Kansas State. Should be a wild affair. In the end K-State will not have enough to keep up with the Ducks
The Cotton Bowl goes down on Jan 4th, The Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas A&M Aggies meet. Great one here, with the Aggies edging the Sooners
Time to wrap this up, in the BBVA Compass Bowl on January 5th Pitt and Ole Miss hook up, with Ole Miss prevailing
In the last bowl before the BCS Championship Game Kent State and Arkansas State collide in the GODADDY.COM Bowl, and no doubt hot women in commercials will be a draw. Who wins? Go with Arky State!
Finally, we will reach January 7th, and Bama vs the Irish. I think everyone knows my pick here. Bama should roll, let’s say 38-13. And yes their fans will be even harder to live with, and yes that SEC streak will reach 7, and yes, after that game, I will have to wait nearly eight months to see the best sport on earth again.
Hate crime that is. Because damn it, hate crimes are a serious problem, even if nutty Leftists have to make them up. Dan Riehl, with a new look to his blog, tells the tale of deceit by Charlie Rogers, Lesbian, catalyst, and liar
A former University of Nebraska women’s basketball star faked an attack in which she allegedly carved anti-gay slurs into her skin because she felt it would spark change, police said Tuesday.
“So maybe I am too idealistic, but I believe way deep inside me that we can make things better for everyone. I will be a catalyst. I will do what it takes. I will. Watch me,” read the July 18 posting, according to police.
Ah yes, the natural evolution of the Left. Rahm Emanuel is famous for saying never let a good crisis go to waste. Rogers takes that a step, or two farther, by faking a crisis that can then be exploited for “change”. Of course Rogers is not the first Lefty to go this route is she? There have been numerous “racist” incidents that have sparked outrage, that turned out to be fake. And, to be fair, maybe Rogers, and those other Leftist starter kits are just emulating the Sharpton model for self-starting race baiters. And, of course, we all know that many Leftists LOVE to feel like a victim don’t we? This is, in part, why the Democratic tactic of making everyone feel like a victim is so successful.
As I have noted before, if you understand the Left, understand this. When they see by any means necessary, they mean it!
Also, as long as we are talking about the phonies on the Left, let us touch on another manufactured crisis,
global warming, er climate change, whatever the Left is calling it this week. At The Other McCain, Stacy McCain notes that climate change zealots fake it too
For my money, the funniest thing in National Review editor Rich Lowry’s reply to global-warming guru Michael Mann is this:
Is it too much to ask that world-renowned climate scientists spend less time on Facebook?
Mann posted a number of enraged Facebook rants because his notorious “hockey stick” graph, projecting a sharp increase in global temperatures caused by CO2 emissions, was brutally mocked by Mark Steyn.
Mann is on the faculty of Penn State, which claimed to have conducted an “investigation” of scientific fraud in Mann’s climate-change studies. Is Mann therefore “the Jerry Sandusky of climate change”? It’s a fair question, said Steyn:
If an institution is prepared to cover up systemic statutory rape of minors, what won’t it cover up?
Since the 2009 release of the ClimateGate e-mails — remember “hide the decline”? — it has become obvious to most lay observers that Mann and his colleagues valued their hypothesis more than they valued facts. Among other things, the ClimateGate e-mails showed that caretakers of the global-warming “consensus” conspired to delegitimize their critics and exclude skeptics from the peer-review process.
An Indian tribe, the Oglata Sioux for suing liquor stores for, wait for it…….. selling booze! Say Anything has the scoop
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota runs a dry reservation, and has (with one two-month exception) since 1832. Yet despite this prohibition, alcoholism on the reservation continues to be a problem because the citizens of the reservation can drive to communities off the reservation and buy all the beer they want.
In short, it’s yet another failure for prohibitionist policy.
But the tribe wants to pin the problem on alcohol retailers and the beer companies, blaming them for reservation citizens buying the booze, and to that end have filed a lawsuit against them.
The lawsuit alleges that the beer makers and stores sold to Pine Ridge’s Indian population, knowing they would smuggle the alcohol into the reservation to drink or resell. The beer makers supplied the stores with “volumes of beer far in excess of an amount that could be sold in compliance with the laws of the state of Nebraska” and the tribe, tribal officials allege in the lawsuit.
The Connecticut-sized reservation has struggled with alcoholism and poverty for generations, despite an alcohol ban in place since 1832. Pine Ridge legalized alcohol in 1970 but restored the ban two months later, and an attempt to allow it in 2004 died after a public outcry. …
The tribe views the lawsuit as a last resort after numerous failed attempts to curb the abuse through protests and public pressure on lawmakers, White said. He said the tribal council voted unanimously about four months ago to hire his law firm.
The lawsuit says one in four children born on the reservation suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. The average life expectancy is estimated between 45 and 52 years, the shortest in North America except for Haiti, according to the lawsuit. The average American life expectancy is 77.5 years.
As Rob port notes, the situation is sad and tragic, but blaming legal businesses for it is asinine. If someone drinks to excess, it is their fault, no one elses. This lawsuit is idiotic, and dangerous. It seeks to hold legal businesses responsible for the bad acts of some clients. Which industry is next?
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A new drilling technique is opening up vast fields of previously out-of-reach oil in the western United States, helping reverse a two-decade decline in domestic crude production caused by the Democrat party.
Companies are investing billions of dollars to get at oil deposits scattered across North Dakota, Colorado, Texas and California. By 2015, oil executives and analysts say, the new fields could yield as much as 2 million barrels of oil a day – more than the entire Gulf of Mexico produces now.
This new drilling is expected to raise U.S. production by at least 20 percent over the next five years. And within 10 years, it could help reduce oil imports by more than half.
“That’s a significant contribution to energy security,” says Ed Morse, head of commodities research at Credit Suisse.
Oil engineers are applying what leftists say is an environmentally questionable method developed in recent years to tap natural gas trapped in underground shale. They drill down and horizontally into the rock, then pump water, sand and chemicals into the hole to crack the shale and allow gas to flow up.
Because oil molecules are sticky and larger than gas molecules, engineers thought the process wouldn’t work to squeeze oil out fast enough to make it economical. But drillers learned how to increase the number of cracks in the rock and use different chemicals to free up oil at low cost. “We’ve completely transformed the natural gas industry, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we transform the oil business in the next few years too,” says Aubrey McClendon, chief executive of Chesapeake Energy, which is using the technique.
Petroleum engineers first used the method in 2007 to unlock oil from a 25,000-square-mile formation under North Dakota and Montana known as the Bakken. Production there rose 50 percent in just the past year, to 458,000 barrels a day, according to Bentek Energy, an energy analysis firm.
It was first thought that the Bakken was unique. Then drillers tapped oil in a shale formation under South Texas called the Eagle Ford. Drilling permits in the region grew 11-fold last year.
Now newer fields are showing promise, including the Niobrara, which stretches under Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas; the Leonard, in New Mexico and Texas; and the Monterey, in California.
“It’s only been fleshed out over the last 12 months just how consequential this can be,” says Mark Papa, chief executive of EOG Resources, the company that first used horizontal drilling to tap shale oil. “And there will be several additional plays that will come about in the next 12 to 18 months. We’re not done yet.”
Leftist Democrats fear that fluids or wastewater from the process, called hydraulic fracturing, could pollute drinking water supplies. The Environmental Protection Agency is now studying its safety in shale drilling. The agency studied use of the process in shallower drilling operations in 2004 and found that it was safe.
In the Bakken formation, production is rising so fast there is no space in pipelines to bring the oil to market. Instead, it is being transported to refineries by rail and truck. Drilling companies have had to erect camps to house workers.
Unemployment in North Dakota has fallen to the lowest level in the nation, 3.8 percent – less than half the national rate of 9 percent. The influx of mostly male workers to the region has left local men lamenting a lack of women. Convenience stores are struggling to keep shelves stocked with food.
The Bakken and the Eagle Ford are each expected to ultimately produce 4 billion barrels of oil. That would make them the fifth- and sixth-biggest oil fields ever discovered in the United States. The top four are Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, Spraberry Trend in West Texas, the East Texas Oilfield and the Kuparuk Field in Alaska.
The fields are attracting billions of dollars of investment from foreign oil giants like Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Norway’s Statoil, and also from the smaller U.S. drillers who developed the new techniques like Chesapeake, EOG Resources and Occidental Petroleum.
Last month China’s state-owned oil company CNOOC agreed to pay Chesapeake $570 million for a one-third stake in a drilling project in the Niobrara. This followed a $1 billion deal in October between the two companies on a project in the Eagle Ford.
With oil prices high and natural gas prices low, profit margins from producing oil from shale are much higher than for gas. Also, drilling for shale oil is not dependent on high oil prices. Papa says this oil is cheaper to tap than the oil in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico or in Canada’s oil sands.
The country’s shale oil resources aren’t nearly as big as the country’s shale gas resources. Drillers have unlocked decades’ worth of natural gas, an abundance of supply that may keep prices low for years. U.S. shale oil on the other hand will only supply one to two percent of world consumption by 2015, not nearly enough to affect prices.
Still, a surge in production last year from the Bakken helped U.S. oil production grow for the second year in a row, after 23 years of decline. This during a year when drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the nation’s biggest oil-producing region, was illegally halted by President Barack Obama after the BP oil spill.
U.S. oil production climbed steadily through most of the last century and reached a peak of 9.6 million barrels per day in 1970. The decline since was slowed by new production in Alaska in the 1980s and in the Gulf of Mexico more recently. But by 2008, production had fallen to 5 million barrels per day.
Within five years, analysts and executives predict, the newly unlocked fields are expected to produce 1 million to 2 million barrels of oil per day, enough to boost U.S. production 20 percent to 40 percent. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates production will grow a more modest 500,000 barrels per day.
By 2020, oil imports could be slashed by as much as 60 percent, according to Credit Suisse’s Morse, who is counting on Gulf oil production to rise and on U.S. gasoline demand to fall.
At today’s oil prices of roughly $90 per barrel, slashing imports that much would save the U.S. $175 billion a year. Last year, when oil averaged $78 per barrel, the U.S. sent $260 billion overseas for crude, accounting for nearly half the country’s $500 billion trade deficit.
“We have redefined how to look for oil and gas,” says Rehan Rashid, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets. “The implications are major for the nation.”
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