Congrats to the Vols…

Good on the Tennessee football players for not letting their own fans’ booing get to them.   They came out swingin’ and the Gators… well, I’m not sure what they were doing.

Aren’t you getting tired of this feeling?

It really was a tale of two halves.  At halftime, Florida led 21-3; the Gators had racked up 300 total yards to Tennessee’s 162.  Josh Dobbs had gone 7-20 for 84 yards and Jalen Hurd had been held to just 36 yards on 12 carries.

In the second half, the Vols held Florida to just 102 total yards while gaining 336 against the Gators’ vaunted defense, en route to scoring 28 unanswered points, plus another seven in garbage time.

This Gator fan was as shocked as everyone else.

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No comments by Lochte protestors

Just a brief follow-up: I did reach out to Barzeen Soroudi and Sam Sotoodeh by way of their business’s contact forms and have not received anything in response.

I think we can assume that I was barking up the right tree, but I’m at the limit of what I can research from the comfort of my office chair.  I have seen some media sources indicate that the two are related, but I don’t know how.

Anyway, time to move on.

Why are Vols so confident?

I have a hard time understanding why Tennessee has been ranked as high as they have been this season; and why Vol fans are so confident about finally breaking Tennessee’s losing streak against Florida this weekend.

Both teams are 3-0, but neither has played against a challenging FBS opponent yet.  Yes, Vols, I acknowledge that you got a trophy for beating Virginia Tech.

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*cough* *cough* BULLSHIT! *cough* *cough*

Well, the media caught up to Barzeen and Sam as they left jail yesterday.  You can see a video of a partial interview at the ABC News site here.

Perez Hilton (yes, I know, I can’t believe I’m linking to a gossip site like that) has some more quotes from these fools:

Sam said:

“I don’t even understand why the people over there did that. I was not even going towards Lochte. I was going in a different direction.”

“This guy runs out, unnecessarily tackles me, hurts me, and as you can see I have bruises. My back also hurts, my neck hurts. Why? He could’ve come and said ‘Please get off the stage,’ or ‘Get off the stage,’ or handle it in a civilized manner. Then, as he was taking me out, he punched me. He kicked me.”

“Our purpose was to get the message out that Lochte is a coward, a liar, and, under Brazilian law, a criminal.”

Sounds like Sam is angling towards a personal injury suit.  More after the jump.

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Meet the idiots who protested Ryan Lochte’s appearance on Dancing With the Stars

As you may have heard by now, Ryan Lochte’s appearance on Dancing With the Stars prompted a small audience protest, including these two morons who attempted to rush the stage:

According to media reports, they were arrested and identified as Barzeen Brandon Soroudi, age 25; and Sam Sotoodeh, age 59.  They were accompanied by several female protestors, who cowardly left the studio after these two assclowns were taken down.  Here’s the video, as posted to Twitter by “DCHomos”:

Another angle of Lochte protesters on #DWTS #DancingWiththeStars

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The dilemma of the modern American parent

After reading Jonathan Last’s excellent piece, Safety Not Guaranteed: Yellowstone in the age of the helicopter parent over at the Weekly Standard, I got to thinking about my own kids and the example my wife, Swampette, and I are setting for them.

In Alaska, we hiked along many dangerous trails.
In Alaska, we hiked along many dangerous trails.

We like to think of ourselves as adventurous types.  We’ve taken family trips to Alaska and the Grand Canyon (both before our little girl, the Swampling, was born – but we did take Swampus Junior with us – he was 7 and 8, respectively).  Granted, we “camped” in an RV and a hotel room, but still.  We hiked the trails; we built fires; we stood amazed at nature’s awesome beauty.

We never had any dangerous encounters with the local wildlife, but there were times when I feared for Junior’s safety – was he wandering too close to the edge of the cliff face we were hiking?  What happens if this rapidly-flowing mountain stream carries him away and over the falls?

I’m not ashamed to admit that I was afraid of losing my son to these hazards.  I’m also afraid of him getting hit by a car when I let him ride his bike around the neighborhood.  Mostly because he’s still in that “lovable doofus” stage of childhood and not because he’s lacking in the brains department (sure enough, last time he rode his bike, he took a turn too sharply and somehow managed to sustain a smattering of scrapes).

I look at statistics for injuries and crimes against children, however, and on the whole, American children are safer than they’ve ever been.  Yet on the whole, we’re more frightened than ever of a multitude of boogeymen:  stranger abduction, peanut allergies, traffic accidenJunior in the Wildernessts and whatever else is on the front page of the newspaper this week.

I wonder if I’m doing him a disservice by not encouraging him to get outside and do more things on his own and without supervision.  When I was his age, I’d disappear down neighborhood streets on my bike or into the woods for hours.  I’m sure my mother worried about me, but it never got to the point of her freaking out about where I was.

Maybe it’s because she’s German.  They have different ideas about child-rearing; the idea of a “helicopter parent” is likely foreign to them.

Regardless, the toughest part of being a parent is realizing that your progeny is ready to face some of life’s challenges on his own – if not without your (distant) supervision, then without your help.