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Stuck in Purgatory

Monday, May 30th, 2005 No comments

This has been a weekend from hell. Time to move on. Time to get back to work on getting out of here.

One good thing is that the Bulldogs beat Ole Miss for the SEC Baseball Championship yesterday.

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Egg Bowl 2004

Sunday, November 28th, 2004 No comments

I went to Oxford with Jean, Joel, and Derek to watch the Egg Bowl on Saturday. The was the first Egg Bowl that I had been to since 1997, which was the last time it was played on a Saturday before this year. MSU lost the game 20-3. It was a game of missed opportunities by MSU on both sides of the ball. Ole Miss gave us many chances to win that game, but we blew it. Not only that, it was cold and rainy during the entire game. It wouldn’t be an Egg Bowl without miserable weather. As soon as the game ended, the sun came out and it was pretty nice. At least basketball season is here.

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Ouch!!!

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004 No comments

The NCAA finally laid the smackdown on the MSU football program. It took them long enough to make a ruling. The program is on probation for 4 years and is banned from postseason play this year (not that we were expecting to make it to the postseason anyway). They also reduced the number of scholarships and recruiting visits over the next 2 years.

You can read the ESPN article here.

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Go State

Monday, October 25th, 2004 No comments

The town is still buzzing about Mississippi State’s upset win over Florida on Saturday. We were last in the nation in offense but managed to score more than we had scored in the previous 4 games combined. I mean, we lost to Maine, a I-AA team. And Vanderbilt, which isn’t much better. Croom was looking very excited after the game and the fans just had to bring the goalposts down. An interesting fact is that this is the only stadium in the SEC in which Steve Spurrier never won a game. FL has lost 4 straight games in Starkville.

They wouldn’t stop talking about the game on the news and on ESPN. There was a lot of speculation on Ron Zook’s future at FL. Losing more than 2 or 3 games is just unacceptable there (he’s 20-13 overall). Well, this morning it was announced that Ron Zook has been fired, but he will finish the season. I wonder if they’ll try to get Spurrier back.

On a side note, I heard some things about Maine’s trip to Starkville. On the day of the game, the players were so excited because they got a police escort to the stadium. They had never had one before. Also, they said that there were more people tailgating at our game than they have in attendance at one of their games. And we lost to them.

Update: It looks like Steve Spurrier will be talking to FL about getting his job back. Something about him just rubs me the wrong way.

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Weekend Update

Saturday, September 11th, 2004 No comments

I was annoyed by how many people were on cloud nine this past week after the football team beat Tulane last weekend. It didn’t take long for everybody to realize just how much improvement we still need. Auburn beat us 43-14 today.

Last night I tried to use my dryer and it wouldn’t come on. It was working fine last weekend when I last used it. The thing is only 2 years old. That’s what I get for going with the cheap brand. Too bad I didn’t get the extended warranty because the one that came with it has expired. The repairman will be here Monday to look at it.

Next week is the beginning of the Fall Video Game Barrage. I’m looking forward to it, but I’m not sure I’ll have enough time to fully enjoy it.

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Labor Day Weekend

Monday, September 6th, 2004 No comments

I had a pretty good holiday weekend. At least it was different from the norm.

Friday night I went to a cookout at the Moorheads. Pretty much everyone that works for Dr. Moorhead was there, as well as his family, and some of their friends. I like to eat.

Saturday before the game I went tailgating with Alex, Sacha, Derek, Jean, Joel, and some of their friends whose names I can’t remember. They were friends of D, J, J and at least one of them used to work for Dr. Moorhead. We even went back there after the game for some more eating/drinking.

The game was a really good start to the Croom era. They gave away free t-shirts at the game that say “Maroon is all that matters,” which is based on a quote from his first press conference as head coach. MSU beat Tulane 28-7. We were sitting close to the visitor’s section, so I had to listen to them the whole time. It took a while for the offense to really get going, but at least it eventually did. I was happy about the low number of stupid mistakes on offense and the low number of penalties. I’m not optimistic enough to think that we can win 6-7 games, but at least we may be able to compete.

Sunday and Monday were spent playing video games and doing chores around the apartment.

Oh well, back to the grind tomorrow.

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Bored

Monday, August 30th, 2004 1 comment

As much as I enjoyed watching the Olympics, I am glad that they are over. My favorites were the swimming events and the women’s beach volleyball (the celebration after the gold medal match was better than the match). I’m hoping that I can find some other stuff on tv this week. I think NBC has a lot of new shows debuting in the next few weeks.

Dave Chappelle has a new comedy special called “For What It’s Worth” premiering on Sept. 4, but it’s on Showtime. Unfortunately, I don’t have Showtime, so I might have to wait a while to see it.

I found out last night that the Ying Yang Twins will be at Mississippi State this Friday. They’re the ones who sing “Salt Shaker”. It might be worth checking out. Not much to do around here anyway.

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Back Home, Ready for Football

Saturday, August 21st, 2004 No comments

It’s been 2 weeks since I made it back to Starkville from Dayton, OH. As much as I liked being in Dayton, it feels really good to be home. Living out of a hotel room is not my ideal living situation. I missed having a kitchen, having a shower with decent water pressure, and a lot of other little things. The worst part was not having a car because I didn’t have the freedom to move around like I normally do. On the bright side, not having a car did meant that I had to interact with the other interns outside of work more than I may have in the beginning, which turned out to be a good thing. The work that I did involved visualizing radar data using VTK and Paraview, both produced by a company called Kitware. They can be good tools to have on my belt if I decided to go into scientific visualization as a career. All in all, it was a good summer. The first five weeks were really hard on me, but things got much better after that. I’m glad to be back, and I’m ready for football season to start.

I think I’m actually going to try to make it to football games this year. I used to go to almost every home, but I’ve been going to fewer games each year. Last year, I only went to one game. Our record has been 8-27 over the past 3 years, so it’s been hard for me to motivate myself to lose 5-6 hours out of a day to go out and support a team that’s probably going to lose. I could watch on TV or listen on the radio and still get other stuff done.

Our new football coach Sylvester Croom, has caused a lot of excitement for our program. He’s the first black head coach in the history of the SEC. He was a running backs coach for the Green Bay Packers before he came to our school. Hopefully, he can turn the program around in a few years. I’m not too encouraged by the fact that after every practice, he talks about how many mistakes they are making and how much improving they need to do. At least they are improving. I saw on the news the other night that Coach Croom is implementing the West Coast Offense. I can’t wait to see that! It’ll be interesting to see something new on offense. I hope our new quaterback and our receivers are up for it.

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