This, That and The Other

Too bad about the South Florida game.  If we can win either Pit or Cincy then my original prediction of a 9 and 3 season might come true.  Lose them both and we are 8 and 4.  However I can remember 3 and 4 win seasons so with perspective we are going OK.  In college football one or two incredible players can make all the difference.  At some point we will have that combination.  It is there now?  We will see.  Probably not.  But next year, the year after?  Who knows.


California wine country is beautiful.  No wonder the climate change movement is so alive out there.  We saw two different climate change street rallies going on in one day.  If there is a shift of the temperature gradient that could (a) radically change the wine country economy and (b) take away the absolutely wonderful California daily weather.  Obvious to me why that is a big issue out there and merely a coal mining issue in West Virginia.


Suddenlink is trying.  The fellows that actually come to your house are doing a great job and really want to solve the problems.  The irritation comes in because Suddenlink management has constructed a call in appointment system that is broken, inefficient and stands in the way of efficiency.  The poor call in folks have no idea what is going on in the field, there is no communication back to the customer to give updates (prohibited by the MBA management types I bet) and a general “handcuffing” of the phone people.  At some point the cable industry will no longer be protected so I guess Suddenlink will get away for the time being with a system that creates irritation for its customers.  But as soon as there is a clean alternative to the cable, watch out. 


Got a Kindle for my anniversary.  It is a wonderful product.  Trust me.  It costs about two fifty and books are ten bucks a download.  It will make a terrific Christmas gift.


After health care reform passes, insurance premiums will rise dramatically in 2010.  The backlash that occured when Medicare was “tweaked” to charge seniors a couple of bucks is going to look tame compared to the reaction to the proposed package.  All of the expense and “pain” is frontloaded in the bill with the “goodies” deferred until year three of further.  It is a shame that health care is being reformed in this way because I fear the good will be thrown out with the bad when the public reaction sets in.  Health care should have been phased in incrementally rather than “jamming” issue after issue into one bill.  So sad.  But that’s what we get for putting up with “partisan politics” instead of ignoring the party labels and demanding “performance politics.” 

The Marshall Game

We were at the game, and it was quite a mix of good news and bad.  The bad news is the injury to Jarrett Brown and the dismal performance of the team in the first half.  The good news is that Gino Smith got some good experience and the team played very well in the second half.  The absence of Ryan Clark and the re-injury to Scooter Berry is a negative.  So all and all, what can we say about The Game.  We won.  That’s about all it means.  Now the Eers are 22 which I like.  It is always more fun to rise in the polls as the season comes to an end than it is to fall.


If WVU can win out, we should certainly be in the Top 10 – probably 6,7 or 8.  If we lose one more, we will probably be around 14 or 15.  Lose two more (my original prediction for this season) and we probably sit around 20 to 24. 

The key at this point is whether players get healthy and stay healthy.  No one can really control that so once again the Football Fates are in control of the season.  Should be fun.