Welcome to the Ides of September Weekend Wonderings. By now, we’re still celebrating the Buckeyes successful trip to California, and the Browns have put away the Ravens. So, please grab whatever you drink on a Sunday afternoon and. like CS&N, we’ll carry on.
Let’s see what’s going on at The James. We’ll start with this.
Researchers have discovered a novel mechanism responsible for the loss of a critical tumor-suppressor gene in rhabdomyosarcoma and other soft-tissue sarcomas, rare cancers that strike mainly children and often respond poorly to treatment. Their cause is largely unknown (emphasis mine). Knowledge of the mechanism could guide the development of more effective therapies for these malignancies..
Here’s the deal; soft-tissue sarcoma is a nasty killer, and unfortunately, it’s a predominantly pediatric disease. If the cause is unknown, it’s difficult, if not impossible to treat , obviously. This is where our research dollars come into play. If the cause can be determined, we’re a leg up on treatment and possibly prevention.
Having said that, some options provided by The James are listed in making donations for cancer research. Pass the word. Thanks. Hitting my personal sweet-spot of golf and cancer prevention/cure, here are what folks in Columbus, OH are doing.
Not a whole lot of profundity today, just a couple of ‘Really?’ moments.
Tuscaloosa, AL is our first stop, where an attempt by the University of Alabama’s athletics department to honor the 100th birthday, were he still alive, of Bear Bryant, went a bit awry. A post on the department’s Facebook page asked fans to celebrate by changing their profile pictures to an image of Bryant’s houndstooth hat.
Fair enough, but the glitch was that Bryant was born on September 11th, and evidently the post drew a good many comments critical of the, um, timing of the request.
One response stated it’s ”not a good day to remember a football coach. We need to honor our fallen heroes.”
Another noted: ”Thousands died on this day 12 years ago, and you want to have us recognize a football coach instead?”
Good to know that a good many folks, especially those who read the Alabama Athletic Department’s Facebook page still have a sense of perspective. Maybe this was just a one-off situation, since it was Bryant’s centennial, but I thought it was an awkward way to honor God and country Bear.
Meanwhile on(to) Wisconsin, where a golf club mis-stepped a wee bit with a marketing ploy. It seems that the management of Tumbledown Trails Golf Course in Hogwarts Verona, WI had the idea to offer a price promotion this past Wednesday; it was “$9.11 Day” to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. The offer was for nine holes at $9.11 or eighteen holes for $19.11 per person, cart included. Why? Let’s read what the General Manager had to say:
Tumbledown general manager Marc Watts told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the golf course first ran the discount in 2011 as a way to remind people, especially young golfers, of the day’s importance.
I don’t know where to begin with this nincompoop, but I’ll start here. Feeling the need to “remind” people of the significance of September 11th is just about the lamest excuse to grift that I’ve heard in a long time. There are two dates that are indelibly seared into the American conscience, December 7th, 1941 and September 11th, 2001. Yes, September 11th was a world-shaking event, but the real Day of Infamy set in motion profound decisions and events that still have repercussions, and at a far greater cost to mankind. And, I really don’t remember having seen any pre-Christmas sales where an item or service was being offered for $12.07 to remind us of events on that day.
To add to the absurdity of this ‘patriotic promo’, the economics doesn’t even make sense. An 18-hole greens fee should never be greater than a 9-hole fee, but, 18 holes @ $19.11 > 2* $9.11. No wonder Bert left Wisconsin..
After a good deal of backlash and criticism on the course’s Facebook page, Tumbledown’s management was considering shutting the course down for the day because:
“There were (online) comments where people were saying, ‘Burn the course down,’” and other threats of violence, Watts said.
Not to tell a golf course manage how this stuff works, but I will. It’s extremely difficult to “Burn the course down”. Perhaps burn down the club house, but the course, no. I’ve tried a couple of times to set fire to our yard, and it just didn’t work. And my yard lacks something his golf course likely has, a sprinkler system.
I can’t blame this Wisconsin nonsense on Bret Bielema any more, so I’m going with Bo Ryan.
Based on the mention of Alabama in the Commentary, we’re going with The Doors’ Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)