Softball prodigy commits suicide

It’s been bugging me for the past several days and has to be one of the saddest stories I’ve ever read:  Brianne Matthews.

How does one begin to explain or simply understand why a young lady who holds the world in the plam of her hand would commit suicide?  Honestly, I don’t think you can.  There simply isn’t words.  My heart aches for this family and for Brianne Matthews.

Glad to meet you, I’m Negative Nancy

So today I’m Negative Nancy, all because I pointed someone to Preston Gralla’s article, “Why Chrome OS Will Turn to Lead“.  They didn’t even want to hear a differing opinion, sorta like sticking your head in the sand pretending all is right in the world, I guess.  I don’t know if Gralla is right or if Google is, I do know the world is littered with those without a clear business model for their products and that Gralla makes several good points, but perhaps Google knows something I (we) don’t.  Time will tell, but until then I’ll surround myself with differing opinions so that I (we) can make informed technology decisions.

Nine year old Jericho Scott

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ve undoubtedly heard about nine year old Jericho Scott.  Jericho loves baseball, and at nine years of age already inflicts terror on his opponents, so much so that teams refuse to play when he takes the mound.

I was struck by the news stories this week and the position of the league, opposing teams and the sort of message this sends to kids. Nothing about the leagues refusal to allow Jericho to pitch, nothing about the coaches who refuse to play, nothing about the parents of those teams who buy into this percussion of a nine year old child can be justified.

The ROOTS principle of Honoring The Game teaches us to honor our opponents, especially those opponents who challenge us to do our best. And even more so for those opponents who cause us to face our fears and rise to the challenge.  Nothing in life, no job, no school, no experience will reward you for cowering in the stands, at the plate or in your mind.

It truly saddens me, that these kids aren’t being taught the life lessons that can sustain them throughout their lives.  What an unbelievable gift, a wonderful teaching opportunity for the kids, squandered.

My message for these kids. Get out there! You CAN do it! I believe in you!  Swing the bat and do the best you can!  Give it a try!

For the coaches and parents, have you ever witnessed the magic on a kids face who hits a baseball he never thought he could hit?  What power, pride and confidence and it’s contagious –suddenly every kid on the team believes they too can do it.  What an opportunity and life lesson –those kids will remember forever!

Jericho –You keep pitching bud!  Be proud of your accomplishments and don’t let a bunch of misguided adults sour your love for baseball.  You keep working and you’ll be throwing in the ninities in no time!

Instant replay coming to MLB

Sports Illustrated is reporting that Major League Baseball has inked an agreement with the Umpires that allows the use of instant replay to help determine calls on the field.  Seems the gear has been installed and we could see it inuse this month.

The marching of technology is inevitable, but it’ll take some getting used to.  My only question, can we get instant replay for youth sports too?  Just kidding!

Jefferson City Public Schools cuts back on facilitators

From the “you’ve got to be kidding me category” comes a pair of stories from the August 19, 2008 Jefferson City, Missouri News Tribune.

$300,000 over budget as work continues on the High School Football Stadium the price tag climbs past $5 million.

Public schools cut back on facilitators; special needs students see 7 of 105 aides shifted to part time in an effort to save $200,000 a year.

OK. I know you’re all thinking it, so someone might as well say it.  Where have our priorities gone?  I realize the Football Foundation picked up the majority of the tab related to the new stadium, but if the school is struggling to the point of laying off facilitators that assist with special needs children in order to save $200,000.  Couldn’t the Football Foundation find it within their deep pockets to help educated our kids?

Something tells me there’s one of those youth sports life lesson stories here, and it ain’t a good one.

George Carlin on Saving the Planet

Ever contemplated your position in life? Wrestled with ones overall impact on the planet or better yet, the universe? I think George Carlin, may he rest in peace, sums it up about as well as anyone could. And though we come at things from very two different perspectives, I’ll miss his often spot on assessment of life. We’ll miss you George…

— Not exactly kid friendly —

Global warming cools off under a blanket of ice and snow

I just love this debate, full of hysteria and contradiction. No wonder you hear so many politicians carry the water –it’s a natural fit for them. Frankly, I don’t know what’s true. I also don’t know what the "optimum" earth climate might be, and suspect nobody does. In fact I know very little in the scheme of things, but one thing I’m sure of –human nature (ego) and grant money are dependent on proving ones hypothesis correct, not incorrect. All of this, either side, requires a leap of faith I’m not willing to grant a bunch of folks who can’t reliability predict the weather this weekend, much less the extinction of life on mother earth a thousand or ten thousands years from now. But on a positive note, my eyes get plenty of exercise rolling around in their sockets!

Forget global warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age
Largest and thickest snow/ice pack since 1966.