Here we are, June 14th, Flag Day in the United States. This date is the “birthday” of our flag. Per the article on Flag Day in Wikipedia, below. And, as you see, below, it is also celebrated as the “birthday” of the creation of the United States Army. So, we get a two-fer today, and a pretty damn significant two-fer at that.
In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.
As you’re reading this, I’m headed from the left coast with the whole Mali family on our summer vacation. First stop is guaranteed to be really awkward, since my daughters aren’t allowed to say the name of the state we’re visiting. At any rate, here’s a couple of tunes that‘ll be running through the ol’ brainpan today.
Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. I hope that you notice the new header (above) that is the end result of efforts from tBBC’s Arts & Graphics Department. (Thanks, Joe). This is a “says it all” graphic; the James is in the background and our beverage if coffee. Another addition, the weekly embed of Sunday Morning. I hope that you enjoy the new look.
This week we’ll touch on a couple articles concerning The James, have some golf tips and of course, close things out with our Sunday Song. Grab your beverage and let’s proceed.
We have always been and always will be the roundtable experts around these parts and this time, it’s no different! Important stressful stuff is winding down in the sports world and summer is here — so let’s have some fun with the usual suspects and some twitter friends (Jim, Jeremy, Mike) I have invited over for the party, including Adam Sabie from 95.5 The Game!
Here are the answers to the “groundbreaking” questions I asked.
What kind of trouble would you like to see your least favorite Wolverweenie (past or present) get into this summer?
Sabie - I would absolutely LOVE to see Chris Webber call another timeout when his team doesn’t have any in a rec league basketball game…. Yep. That would be glorious.
@JayBuckeye74 - Desmond Howard for soliciting a transvestite prostitute.
@Finnessy - Desmond Howard finally shaves the peach fuzz off of his upper lip. In the process, he draws blood, freaks, passes out and knocks a couple of teeth out. Misses first couple weeks of college game day and I don’t have to put up with his cheesy grin or whiny voice.
@Capn33 - Taylor Lewan. Justice needs to be enforced for the Brawl he had with the OSU guy he punched. Maybe boot him out of the NFL .
Ken - Mike Hart gets ticketed for a speeding violation. He never seemed to be able to run that far, nor that fast against Ohio State.
Scott - Tom Brady tests positive for PEDs.
Broseph - I’d love to see Denard Robinson arrested for “improper use of a weapon.” I don’t think Denard understands that he has been in violation for quite some time and needs to be brought to justice. And no, playing running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars isn’t enough punishment.
Mali - I’m kind of past the point of rooting for Wolverine failures- don’t want any karma in my schadenfreude. That being said, I’d like to see two recent Wolverines not get into trouble but be held accountable for the mayhem they’ve already created: Gibbons’ situation from his freshman year and Lewan’s involvement there and his recent poor sportsmanship.
Jason - I would just like to see some action taken in the Lewan accusations along with the (alleged) rapist kicker. I’d also like an investigation into what Hoke knew and for how long.
Doty Sr. - I would not mind seeing Desmond Howard do a 3-5 year bit.
WVa - LOL, I have my own wishes with regards to Desmond Howard but those above are great! Mine is aimed to the one Wolverweenie that has caused me the most pain. I definitely want to see Tom Brady get into trouble for PED’s and for running a prostitution ring.
With our lead story today being what it is, of course there’ll be the obvious tie-ins for the soundtrack of today’s SBP. If 70′s rock ain’t your thing… here’s some 80′s pop and some country instead.
Welcome to another edition of Weekend Wonderings. Grab whatever beverage that you need and let’s proceed. Go ahead, take whatever time you need, I’ll wait.
We’ve got the usual updates from The James, a couple items that would not please Giordano Bruno (right) and a song that will get you in the mood to finish your Spring Cleaning. You’re welcome.
This August marks the 6th anniversary of Pelotonia, the annual fundraising bicycle tour held on behalf of the James. If you can get out to ride and raise funds, great. If you can’t, I’m sure that any number of riding teams will be glad to accept any donation from you for their efforts. My wife & I don’t ride, but this is our 2nd year supporting a similar endeavour, “Ride For Roswell“, in memory of our neighbor, Mark. Go ahead and get involved; lots of people, including yourself, will be glad that you did.
The concept of ‘pay it forward’ is something that is very familiar to Ohio State fans thanks to people like Woody Hayes. For most of us, paying it forward takes the form of donations, in the form of time, money, goods, or a combination of these, to various causes and groups that are important to us. For many of us, that includes donating to Ohio State so that the university can continue to grow and impact that lives of future students for years to come.
This week was graduation at the University of Sydney and several of the students from my department received their degrees today, including the student I supervise who received his Honours Degree; Honours is a weird Australian thing which is an extra year on top of a Bachelors without exactly being a Masters. As part of the graduation ceremony speeches, various higher-ups in the university encouraged the new graduates to continue being involved in the university by coming back to visit, joining an alumni society, and of course with strong hints that they should donate. This led to a discussion afterwards between several people in the department on the concept of donating to the university where you got your degree. As I have noted in a previous article, alums in Australia do not donate to their university anywhere near as often, or as generously, as those in the United States. In general, the attitude in Australia is to view universities as more of a service provider with the students as their customer; I find this incredibly ironic considering that universities in the US operate far more like businesses than those in Australia. For whatever reason (I speculate on a possible reason in my previous article) students at Australian universities do not seem to develop the emotional connection to their alma mater that those in the States develop.
It’s Wednesday, so you totally should be sobered up from your Memorial Day celebrations. While many of y’all were enjoying your Saturday slumber, your humble correspondent was up planting flags before the sun arose… certainly better than the usual Los Angeles morning. Well, what do you think was going through my head on the trail? What do you think I saw?