Wednesday, June 29, 2016

R.I.P Pat Summitt

Woman's college basketball coaching legend Pat Summitt passed away yesterday. When she stepped down from coaching Summitt was considered the best coach in Woman's basketball history. Records don't last forever. Some of her records have fallen and some are getting close to being bested. However, many still stand.

Championships and achievements are archived forever. Seven times she was named the NCAA Woman's Basketball Coach of the Year. Geno Auriemma has smashed her record of eight championships by setting a new record of 11 Championships. Still eight National Titles is impressive. Her record of 1098 wins still stands!  She coached 38 seasons without a losing record. She never missed a tournament. She holds the record for being the number one seed in the National Tournaments with 21.

She holds records for most Final Four Appearances and most 20 win seasons. Geno caught her on 30 win seasons and in winning percentage she is third all time. Her teams dominated the Southeastern Conference. They won 16 regular season Conference Titles and won 16 Conference Tournaments. She was named the Naismith Coach of the 20th Century and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

45 of the woman she coached at the University of Tennessee followed in her footsteps and took up coaching. That is her legacy. Twice she was asked to coach the men's team for the Volunteers. She leaves behind a career of excellence may she rest in peace.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Battle of the Bands Results: Relax we have a winner

Lika Morgan won the Battle of the Bands in convincing fashion 7 to 3. So lets turn this blog into a house party.

"Take a Look Around"...

"Gone Tomorrow"

"Make Your Move"

Hope you enjoy and I will be back with a new Battle on the First!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Battle of the Bands: Relax

The recent events have made me want to celebrate Pride this month and pay tribute to the victims at The Pulse. This battle is taking quite a shift from the last battle. Welcome to my Battle of the Bands for June 15, 2016. Here are the rules: You pick the one you like best by casting your vote in the comments. I tally them up and I will announce the winner on the 21st. I encourage you to check out the other mighty Battles and if you want to join up details can be found here!

I'm old school so maybe in the 80's this song was played in Gay Clubs like the Pulse. I know I heard t a time or two. What kind of club was I going to when this song came out? Probably an afterschool play club.

The Song: Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Challenger One: Powerman 5000

Challenger Two: Lika Morgan

So who gets your vote? Please vote in the comments and I will be back soon with a new post.

Monday, June 13, 2016

50 dead, 53 hurt

Early yesterday morning 50 people died and 53 were injured as a fun Saturday night extended into the early hours of Sunday morning. When I first heard the news I just heard it was a club. To me it could have been a music club like I visited on Thursday night. It was a gay club that was riddled by bullets by a gunman.

It doesn't really matter what kind of club it was. 50 people don't deserve to die and 53 don't deserve to be injured. To the LGBT community I am sure it is even worse. The club was a place they could be free. It was there sanctuary. It was a place of peace, love and happiness stained and ruined in blood.

The shooter was Islamic. Off to condemn an entire religion even though we just celebrated the passing of a radical Islamic that many thought of as a hero. Did we forget Mohammad Ali? Of course Ali wouldn't shoot up a gay club. Just like most Muslims wouldn't. The shooter was one person, a terrorist, and a disturbed individual.

My facebook reaction:

Prayers for Orlando, for the victims, the survivors and their families. A hug for my LGBT friends. The world needs peace.

What makes someone want to kill and hurt so many? I don't have any answers. Just too many tragedies like this happening all over the world.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Battle of the Bands Results: It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere!

I wanted to pay tribute to Guy Clark with my Battle of the Bands selection to start the month of June off. Many of you stated you liked the song "Boats to Build" which Guy Clark wrote.  I think I accomplished that goal.

The results weren't close. They were what you expect when you put two musical Superstars together on one selection and pit them against someone most of the world hasn't heard of on the other selection. I was hoping for a closer contest. There were some twists in the contest.

The one who fell a dozen votes short of victory, Jerry Jeff Walker is friends with Jimmy Buffett. He is also credited in influencing Jimmy on his version of the song. Still the vote was 12-2 in favor of Jimmy and Alan Jackson. But it was nice to share a deeper track from the Buffett catalog.

Speaking of Buffett and Alan Jackson, I think it's 5 o'clock somewhere...

Here is a deep track from a really cute movie, which I would love to find, called "Hoot." It really is a family friendly movie. Anyway the song is called "Barefootin"

I'll leave you with Jerry Jeff Walker and Jimmy Buffett performing a song they wrote together..

Hope you enjoy! More songs and artists coming up on the 15th!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

R.I.P Muhammad Ali

Perhaps the greatest boxer has passed away. I am talking about the one who floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee, Muhammad Ali.

Muhammad Ali NYWTS.jpg

He started his pro career winning 31 straight bouts and finished his career 56-5. Ali was a three-time World Champion. Ring Magazine name him Boxer of the Year more times then any other participant in the sport. He was named "Sportsman of the Year" by Sports Illustrated. He was inducted into the IBC International Boxing Hall of Fame. Other notable awards include the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, Presidential Citizens Medal and  Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Ali with Howard Cosell...

News on his death from the BBC...

A vintage bout against Joe Frazier..

May he rest in peace!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Farewell Number 6

I was enjoying a late meal with the family over the holiday weekend in downtown Pensacola. Inside the establishment we here a loud roar which anywhere else might have created a little bit of panic. Not here. No it was just local flyers returning home. The local flyers being the famed Blue Angels. Sadly today one plane won't be returning home. You can read the news here.

The Blue Angels our the home town heroes in these parts. Old  Blue Angel A-4 Phantoms greet visitors at a rest area just outside of town and at the airport. Pensacola has a minor league baseball team with a beautiful stadium, they have a minor league hockey team, and they have a major league fly team sporting the Blue and Gold!

Yes I compared them to pro athletes. The hours they craft their skills in the aircraft and the physical training they undertake in my opinion rivals that of a pro athlete. They do their mission with Pride. What is their mission?

"The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach." That is from their site.

I might be a bit biased. I see them when I'm fishing..

I've seen them flyover my house and fly around when I am driving to work. I've seen them post about a far away show and see them return hours later.

I'll stand beside them..

My daughter has their back...

The Navy, the Marines, the community, and the fans mourn the lost. The Marines fly one of the planes it is tradition. Fitting they fly one. "The few, the proud, The Marines." Sadly he flew my daughters favorite plane, the number 6 plane. I think the article I link talks about the pilot the world lost. Not saying anything on my blog about the name due to respect. Farewell Number 6! That pilot lived the mission to the end.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Battle of the Bands: Boats to Build

A new month a new battle. Welcome to my Battle of the Bands for June 1, 2016. Here are the rules: You pick the one you like best by casting your vote in the comments. I tally them up and I will announce the winner on the 7th. I encourage you to check out the other mighty Battles and if you want to join up details can be found here!

Guy Clark passed away about two weeks and I didn't get a chance to pay proper tribute on my blog. Summer time is here so perhaps this song will be a good choice.

The Source: Guy Clark

Contender One: Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson

Contender Two: Jerry Jeff Walker

Vote away in the comments and I will be back with the results soon!