JOURNALIZED

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Memorial day was Memorable. May 31

HEY GRANNY WHEN ARE THEM VITTLES GUNNA BE DUNN?

I try as hard as I can to find enough time so I can spend long periods in my tiny little cement pond that sets yonder in a sort of wooden cave (ooh, that sounds creepy), okay redwood cave then, just two steps down from the French doors that open out from my bedroom. There are a couple of tiny, skinny windows to match the overall tiny little décor in the tiny little ‘pool room’. They give a little light to the action in the water.

SOMETIMES CHEAP THRILLS ARE THE BEST

I keep the water temperature at just about 96 degrees or so and I open the doors to my room wide and I sometimes rotate the flat screen that is sitting on my dresser about 90 degrees so I can watch and listen a little as I stroke on by or do my pretend exercise. I love it in the water because it is the one place that I can feel some physical joy of movement without worrying as much about potential or immediate surgery when done. I can have some tiny little fun pretending that I am a tiny little bit still athletic and at any measure I am getting some exercise with not that much pain along for the ride. So I trot around in waist deep water and I shoot my 5 tiny little basketballs into my one tiny little collapsible basket (dunking!) and in my mind I am Isaiah Thomas (pick one) or CP3 for a half hour as I let jump shots fly and rain down on the hoop from all over (the shallow end). Awesome.

HARRY, HONEY IS THAT YOU?

Anyway, I was “swimming” past the TV screen today and I looked up and they were doing a one on one conversation with the Chicago Cubs manager during some baseball game and his name is Joe Madden. The image snatched me up. I need to add a touch of background.

SAY IT IS SO, JOE

I think it might be some sort of Harry Carey tribute, but newish Chicago Cub Manager Joe Madden wears these solid and thick black-framed glasses that are very Harry Carey. Harry is a Chicago legend. He did Cub baseball games on radio for pretty much ever and later TV, too right up until he died at a fairly ripe old age (maybe 10-15 years ago) and mostly he did it in Chicago. He became quite famous all over, however, as the broadcaster of Cub baseball games, and, as many people still remember, he sang ‘Take me out to the Ballgame’ for the crowd for/during the seventh inning stretch every game played at Wrigley. He would lean out from his press box which already stuck out and over a little, and with microphone in hand he was out with the people, and he let it rip. Everyone sang along and all of baseball fandom ate it up like the peanuts and Cracker Jack in the song. He was quite a character. This was Americana while still at its best.

THE WARHOL WORLD (Andy Warhol was a famous artist in the sixties – zero skill)

I do not recall the word ‘brand’ being used that much the way it is now 30-40-50 years ago, but people came to know Harry Carey so well that he was recognizable by the style and shape of his very thick black eyeglasses that he wore. He was quite blind. The eyewear stood out from his pearly white hair and head almost like 3D, and he became so recognizable that you knew it was he even when only his glasses were illustrated on a plain t-shirt. Not exactly Prince, But you saw that silhouetted glasses image alone all over the place. He was a bit of a rock star for old lady baseball fans in the later half of the twentieth century.

ONE MORE FOR MY BABY AND…..

He wasn’t exactly Frank Sinatra, but Harry indeed had a brand all his own, and speaking of which, Harry loved his Buds, and by that I mean his Weiser Buds and he always had a cup of Bud suds nearby, so by the seventh inning every afternoon he was pretty much three sheets to the wind, and lest we forget, it isn’t that long ago when they first put lights on Wrigley Field. Forever there were only afternoon games on the North side of Chicago. That took some time to get done. Those were definitely the days, right (?), when people fought over issues like putting lights on Wrigley Field and the White Sox used a midget as a pinch hitter so the guy could get 4 balls pitched (no strikes) that earn a ‘walk’ if the team needed a runner on base. Midgets don’t have much strike zone for umpires and pitchers to work with. I do not think that many baseball announcers (President Ronald Reagan would be an exception) ever became as famous as Harry Carey, or achieved any kind of fame at all outside of the people in the game for that matter.

FAST FORWARD TO TODAY, May 31

So there was Joe Madden up on the TV screen, big as day, and getting grilled by some Syracuse (journalism) educated smart-ass type that is the ESPNer when I saw Joe’s shirt and I had to stop and marvel. Madden was wearing a blue t-shirt (?) with only the black silhouette of his pretty thick black glasses depicted on the front. The drawing of the glasses could have gone either way, Joe or Harry, so I am taking it to be a tribute to the late great Harry Carey. I believe this will continue to be an ongoing tribute, and not just a one hit wonder sort of thing. Harry was a beloved Chicago icon, and Joe can’t lose with the fans on this sort of thing. The Cubs have never won a World Series, though. Never is a long time. They want to.

TRY NOT TO SUCK

The most wonderful thing for me with this was (or is it were?) the words printed on the front. They said simply, “TRY NOT TO SUCK”. I mean seeing that was almost thrilling for one such as myself. This is right now, not 15 years ago…..and it is still right in my wheelhouse! I am certain that all those POSITIVE COACHING books and seminar folks would find this approach to anything or anyone as abhorrent. Oh Lord! Shield the children’s eyes!

PRETTY IN PINK (I guess that was Molly Ringwald who was pretty in pink?)

I find Joe to be very logical as a leader. His kind of rules and regs make sense to me. For example, Cub players are allowed to wear flip-flops on the road when they travel, BUT only if they paint their toenails. Man, I wish I could have been that clever.

THERE IS MORE THAN ONE WAY to kill a goat

Joe puts it (his take on things) right there for all to use. It IS positive. It (his philosophy) just doesn’t fit in all those little boxes we have made with our politically perfect, social media accepted building materials. Bully. I know it is hard for some to accept, but if you think this Chicago Cub professional baseball team is not really good, look again. They are a functioning family because they all know who papa is, not because they are all the same or all superstars. The manager has some eccentricities that don’t fit much convention, but take a closer look, or better yet, let’s just see how it all looks in October.

WHAT IS YOUR SPECIAL PURPOSE? (Steve Martin)

Seems simple; just don’t suck and you are good. Everyone is capable of ‘not sucking’. One doesn’t have to be a star to not suck, so ultimately what can be better than NOT SUCKING? I would bet that there is no other manager in baseball that tells his players he wants them to not suck.

WILL YOU STILL NEED ME, WILL YOU STILL FEED ME, when I’m 64? (Beatles)

I did some ‘coach consulting’ you might say here in 2016. I worked with teams that had some young coaches trying to build teams and programs at different levels. It was so much fun for me to at least dab a little in the coaching waters again.

PLAY IT FORWARD!

The thing I most learned with coaching some this spring I already knew. You/teams play in games the same as you practice, and it confirmed my long standing belief of things like any standing around on the field is worse than a waste of time because it also becomes habitual, and muscle memory is big for me on many levels. I hear teams and coaches talk about all that like they understand how important the physical specifics of practicing, breaking things down on the field of play, and the pace of doing it all is, but then I often wonder if they even hear themselves at all as I watch practice unfold.

CAROLINA IN MY MIND (James Taylor) Tar Heel Nation

Great DI lax games this year of 2016, and the final game yesterday was so exciting. It made the game as a sport look great. The final one (lax) earlier in the day was capped last night with the seventh game between Golden State and OK City (NBA). It was a thriller in Oakville.

In lax, both the Carolina men and women won DI. Must be a pretty good party going on in Chapel Hill long about now even if school is out. Neither was favored and the men were not even seeded in the tournament, but they beat the #1 seed, Maryland in the final.

ON THE (spiritual) ROAD AGAIN (Willie Nelson)

I Have spent too much time in a mental state that serves me not well lately. I think I needed to just journal a little in hoping to get myself out of my own face and funk. I feel much better now. Thank the Lord for small favors! Night……

35 Responses to “JOURNALIZED”

  1. Noah Dube

    The 30 second lacrosse shot clock was introduced in the NCAA and in 2012.

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  2. AJ kern

    The season of 2015. I’d love to win because my birthday is st Patrick’s day

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  3. Caleb frey

    The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel

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  4. Ryan selzer

    Announced in 2012 but put in action for the 2013 season in the NCAA

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  5. Brennan Stewart

    August 2nd 2013 approved by The Playing Rules Oversight Panel of NCAA

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  6. Nate McLean

    The 30 sec shot clock was introduced to the NCAA in 2012

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  7. Eric Jackson

    2012 in the NCAA

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  8. Jake hinshaw

    The 30 second shot clock was approved in 2012. In addition D1 programs have to have visible clock by 2016 and DII, DIII need a visible clock by 2017. It was introduced in all levels of NCAA play.

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  9. Robert Gazzano

    The 30 second shot clock was introduced in the NCAA and in 2014.

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  10. Jon

    It was around in box lacrosse for decades before the NCAA added it.

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  11. Conor Schumaker

    The NCAA introduced the shot clock in men’s lacrosse in the 1985-86 season.

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  12. T Cabral

    It was introduced at the Playing Rules Oversight Panel in 2012, but the change took place for the NCAA 2013 season.

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  13. Anthony Whille

    It was introduced in 1982 by the ncaa

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  14. Parker Hopkins

    It was talked about in the 2012 season but wasn’t implemented until the 2016 season.

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  15. Ian Strong

    NCAA D1,2,3 starting in 2013. It was tough to get used to, especially before they had the visible clocks.

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  16. N Miles

    Introduced in 2012, implemented in 2015, used in D1, D2, and D3 of NCAA men’s lacrosse.

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  17. Giovanni Jana

    The shot clock was introduced in 2012 by the NCAA at their rules committee that meets once every two years

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  18. leggman04

    The NCAA first adopted the 30 second shot clock for men’s lacrosse in 2012, required a visible clock for D1 in 2016 and all other divisions in 2017.

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  19. Tanner Dickson

    The 30 second shot clock was introduced the 2015 NCAA lacrosse year

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  20. Tanner Dickson

    The 30 second shot clock was introduced the 2015 NCAA lacrosse year

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  21. Mitchell

    In 2014 the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee met in August in Indianapolis and PROP approved in September for VISIBLE shot clocks to be implemented in the Spring 2015 season. All D1 fields in 2016 and all D2 and D3 fields in 2017 are required to have them. The visible shot clocks would be in place of the 30 seconds stall rules put in by the officials. The place happens to be the first game of the 2015 NCAA D1 lacrosse season (which I believe was Sat Feb 7th at High Point University vs Duke?). If teams could not have a visual shot clock on their score board, the officials were required to keep track via the game clock.

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  22. Tommy

    It was introduced to the ncaa in 2013 season, but it wasn’t until the 2015 season that a visible shot clock was added to the field and was visible to all.

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  23. Jack Coyne

    I believe it was introduced as a 60 second shot clock in the MLL in 2010 – or just before

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  24. Mitchell

    In 2014 the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee met in August in Indianapolis and PROP approved in September for VISIBLE shot clocks to be implemented in the Spring 2015 season. All D1 fields in 2016 and all D2 and D3 fields in 2017 are required to have them. The visible shot clocks would be in place of the 30 seconds stall rules put in by the officials. The place happens to be the first game of the 2015 NCAA D1 lacrosse season (which I believe was Sat Feb 7th at High Point University vs Duke?). If teams could not have a visual shot clock on their score board, the officials were required to keep track via the game clock.

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  25. Connor freeman

    It was introduced in 2012 and put into action 2013 in NCAA due to the length of time teams would poses the ball. Some teams would stall and this would scare away lacrosse viewers.

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  26. Joseph Nerney

    2013 season

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  27. Ethan Kupka

    It was introduced to the NCAA in 2014, because they thought it would improve the quality of the plays. And so it did for college having a visible shot clock it had open opportunities to caused some outside of the box thinking from the Couches and was liked, but some people thought it would make the game slower but wasn’t cared for because the plays weren’t creative, weren’t admired, and flat out could be improved. But overall the 30 second was a well logical and admired thing that was added in the game of lacrosse in my opinion.

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  28. Emerson Hanlon

    The decided on the rule at the beginning of fall in 2014 and then said they would put it into effect in the season of 2015. And the NCAA introduced it.

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  29. Mason Carfello

    It was introduced at the nit tournament and in the year of 2015

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  30. jeff Bence

    It was introduced by the NCAA rules commitee which met in indianapolis and took effect in the spring of 2015

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  31. Bailey

    Taken into effect in 2015 spring season, decided just before it in 2014. It was decided in Indianapolis.

    Here’s a joke you may enjoy (because why not):
    A dyslexic walks into a bra…

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  32. Gregory

    Hopkins over Virginia
    10:9

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  33. austin

    was indroduced in the spring of 2015 after thinking abount it after the 2014 spring season

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