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  • Perfect NCAA Bracket

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    How does your NCAA tournament bracket look as we head to the Sweet Sixteen beginning tonight?  According to a story from ESPN.com, 17 year-old Alex Herrman, a student at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois, can say his is perfect.  Herrman, who is autustic, has correctly predicted every game thus far.

    Alex entered his bracket on CBSsports.com's bracket challenge.  And get this:  According to the Book of Odds, the chances of correctly predicting the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament are one in 13,460,000.    The odds of winning the lottery TWICE are better than this.  The odds of attaining a perfect bracket for the entire tournament are 1 in 35,360,000,000.

     

  • New NFL Overtime Rules

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    The National Football League owners have approved - on a 28-4 vote - new overtime rules for playoff games.  Under this set of rules, the team that receives the ball first in overtime must score a touchdown in order to win the game.  If they simply kick a field goal, the opposing team will then get the ball and have a chance to win the game with a touchdown or tie the game with a field goal.  If they tie the game, it would then be a sudden death situation, where the next team to score a touchdown or a field goal would win.  A safety on the first possession would also end the game.  And if the kicking team chooses to try an onside kick, recovers the kick, and manages to score any points at all on that possession, they would win because the receiving team had the opportunity to possess the ball.

    This will only be for playoff games, although there's word that owners will be meeting in May and will consider voting it in for regular season games as well.  To me, that only makes sense.  What other sport has special rules for playoff games only? 

    I was really indifferent to instituting a new overtime system until I saw the actual numbers.  From 1974 - the year that Sudden Death overtime was introduced to the NFL - to 1993, the team that won the coin toss won the overtime game 46.8% of the time.  The team that lost the coin toss also won 46.8% of the time.  And there were a few ties through the years, which accounts for the other 6.4%.  However, since 1994 - the year that the kickoff was moved from the 35 yard line back to the 30 yard line- the team that wins the coin toss has won nearly 60% of overtime games.  That extra 5 yards on the kickoff led to better field position for the receiving team, which meant that after just a few plays, a team could conceivably be in field goal position.  And with the range and accuracy of today's NFL kickers, usually the game is over at that point.

    So maybe it was time to tweak it.  Time will tell if this is the right system for the NFL.  If nothing else, it's great for the Monday morning quarterbacks who will have something else to second-guess the coaches on.

  • John Boehner Speaks

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    If you didn't hear John Boehner speak right before the health care vote, you owe it to yourself to check this out.

  • Congressman Perriello Speaks Truth

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    Congressman Tom Perriello (D-VA) this week spoke to a Tea Party gathering and said what many of us know.  It's nice to hear an actual congressman say it, though.

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  • Beer Not Main Point of St. Patty's Day

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    I know it's hard to believe - and I hate to break the news - but St. Patrick's Day isn't about drinking beer and partying.  Not that it matters to most Wisconsinites, since basically every holiday is about drinking beer and partying here in the badger state.

    But for those who care, St. Patrick's Day in Ireland actually honors the day St. Patrick died in A.D. 493.  For Catholics in Ireland, it's a family day that starts out with church services in the morning and usually a parade in the afternoon along with a big family dinner.  I'm told it's actually on par with Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.

     Patrick O'Neill, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says green beer isn't an Ireland thing either.  In fact, he said Irish people find adding color to beer to be "strange, to say the least."  Guinness would actually be the beverage of choice.  And as for that corned beef and cabbage dinner, that's not accurate either.  O'Neill says dinner for the big day in Ireland is more likely to consist of a lamb or beef roast served with potatoes and vegetables.

    By the way, if you're looking for a Guinness twist in the kitchen, check this out.

     

  • The Case of the Disappearing Brandy

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    When a time capsule was buried in Somerton, Arizona, in 1985 it contained letters from Somerton residents, photos, a VHS tape, a 1981 time magazine with a picture of President Reagan on the cover and a bottle of Mexican brandy.

    When officials in Somerton opened the time capsule this past weekend, they discovered that the bottle of brandy was missing. 

    The Somerton street and solid waste sueprvisor, Pancho Soto, was part of the crew that buried the time capsule.  He said he was surprised when it was opened and there was no bottle of brandy.  He says it was there when the crew buried the capsule. 

    No word on whether or not Soto had a guilty look on his face.

  • Woman Wants To Be World's Fattest

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    A 42 year old New Jersey mom is currently the 43rd largest woman in the world.  (Who knew they kept such records?)  But she aspires to be the world's fattest, according to a story in the Daily Mail.

    She's already in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest mom.  It took 30 hospital staff to deliver her daughter in a high-risk cesarean in 2007.  At that time, she weighed about 530 pounds.  She's around 600 pounds now.

    To achieve her goal of weighing 1,000 pounds within two years, she is eating 12,000 calories a day.  And just exactly how does she fund her roughly $800 - a - week food bill?  What a silly question.  She runs a website where men pay her to watch her eat fast food!

  • Image of Jesus In a Frying Pan

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    From time to time, we hear stories of people seeing the image of Jesus - oftentimes in food - and auctioning the items on eBay.  Not the case, however, with 22 year old Toby Elles, of Salford, England.

    After a night of drinking beer with friends, Toby said he decided to fry up some bacon for a snack.  He promptly fell asleep on the couch while the bacon was cooking.  About an hour later, he woke up and the room was full of smoke.  After turning off the stove, he took the burnt bacon out of the pan and says the image of Jesus was "looking back at me."

    Now rather than go the eBay route, Toby says he'll keep the pan forever.  In fact, he's considering putting it on display in a glass cabinet in his home.   That's definitely different.

    By the way, am I the only one wondering how long it's going to take for him to get the smell of bacon smoke out of his home?

     

  • Proposed Salt Ban in NY

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    Here comes Big Brother again.  New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, has introduced legislation that would ban the use of salt in restaurant cooking.

    The bill states, in part, "No owner or operator of a restaurant in this state shall use salt in any form in the preparation of any food for consumption by customers of such restaurant, including food prepared to be consumed on the premises of such restaurant or off of such premises."

    As you can well imagine, chefs and restaurant owners are furious.  So much so that they have formed the group "My Food My Choice."  It's a coalition of chefs, restaurant owners and consumers.  The group, in a press release issued on its Facebook page, called the proposed law "absurd."  Many of them say they are tired of politicians dictating what they can serve and what people can eat, referring to New York City's anti-sodium and anti-transfat campaigns. 

    Jeff Nathan, an executive chef and co-owner of a restaurant in New York, said, "The consumer needs to make their own health choices."

    Wouldn't you think there are more important things for these politicians to be focused on?   Or has their focus completely shifted to trying to take away as many of our freedoms as possible and controlling every aspect of our lives?  You decide.

     

  • Gun Fired in School By Superintendent

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    The superintendent of a rural Montana school district, Dwain Haggard, was demonstrating his black powder muzzleloader to a group of high school history students.  Haggard, a former Civil War re-enactor, said that he usually fires a cap during the demonstration and it just make a popping sound.  This time, though, when he pulled the trigger the gun actually fired, sending the ball into the wall of the classroom.  Nobody was hurt and Haggard can't explain how the gun was loaded, which is kind of scary.

    Haggard was not fired and, to my knowledge, wasn't even disciplined.  Meanwhile, it was just last week that one school suspended a 6 year old because he pointed his finger in the shape of a gun at another student.  In the last few weeks we also heard of a little boy who was suspended after he brought some sort of action figure that was holding a two-inch toy gun.

    So am I understanding this correctly?  If you bring a toy gun - no matter how small - or simulate a gun with your finger and point it at someone you get suspended.  But if you're an employee of the school district and bring a real gun and fire it in the classroom, that's okay? 

    Okay - got it.

     

  • Which Way Do You "Roll?"

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    Here are the poll results we've all been waiting for!

    According to Cottonelle's highly publicized "Roll Poll," 72 percent of Americans like their toilet paper to go over the roll, while just 28 percent prefer under the roll.

    "Overs" also tend to be more picky about how the roll is hung.  Nearly 75 percent of "overs" say they notice when the toilet paper is hung "wrong," and 24 percent admit they get annoyed if the roll has been - in their eyes - hung improperly.  Psychotherapist and relationship expert Dr. Gilda Carle says people's rolling preferences say something about their personality.  She says, "People who roll over like taking charge, crave organization and are likely to overachieve." 

    So apparently we can tell alot about a person by the way they hang their toilet paper roll.  Keep that in mind the next time you're in a friend's bathroom.

     

  • Most Ridiculous Headline of Week

    Posted by Kelly Meyer

    And the most ridiculous headline of the week has to be:

    Kindergartner Suspended For Making Gun With Hand

    This story, from Ionia, Michigan, is about 6 year old Mason Jammer.  He committed the egregious sin of curling his fist into the shape of a gun and pointing it at another student on Wednesday.  School officials say it's no laughing matter.  (Pardon me while I laugh)

    They suspended Mason until Friday, saying the behavior made other students uncomfortable, according to Mason's mother, Erin Jammer.

    Erin Jammer says her son isn't violent and, in fact, doesn't even have toy guns at home. She said, "He's only six and he doesn't understand any of this." 

    Once again, folks, lunacy on display.