EXECUTION WATCH: Jose Luis Villegas(TX)*UPDATED*


*Update* For his last meal, Villegas had a beef sloppy joe, macaroni and cheese, carrots, sweet peas, black-eyed peas, and sliced bread, with a choice of tea, punch, or water to drink.(per Last Suppers)

**Update** Prior to being executed, Villegas made the following statement: “I would like to remind my children once again I love them,” Villegas said when asked if he had a statement before being put to death. “Everything is OK. I love you all, and I love my children. I am at peace.”(per ProDeath Penalty)
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*Thug: Jose Luis Villegas(age 25 at time of murders)
*Date of Execution: 16 April 2014
*Date of Crime: 22 January 2001
*Victims: Erida Perez Salazar, age 24; her son, Jacob, age 3; Alma Perez, age 51
*Last Meal: TBA, no special requests.
*Final Words: TBD.

What a despicable creature Villegas is. There aren’t words adequate enough to describe how disgusting his crime was.

Not only did he murder two women and a child, he did so in an appalling manner. Mrs. Perez was the first to die, stabbed 35 times, then her daughter Ms. Salazar was stabbed 32 times and finally the young boy, Jacob, was stabbed 19 times.

Villegas was identified by a witness leaving the house, was spotted, chased and caught by the police driving Ms. Salazar’s car, then confessed to the crime after being Mirandized. There was physical evidence linking him to the crime, including DNA.

His conviction took twenty minutes, which to me indicates the jury was very, very deliberate in their duty.

What is seldom mentioned is Villegas criminal past.

Villegas had multiple previous arrests, including burglary, making terroristic threats to kill a woman, assaults and two counts of indecency with a child for exposing himself and fondling the daughter of the woman he was accused of punching in the face. Records showed he had spent at least 200 days in jail and four years on probation.(Source)

In fact, he was due to go on trial for assault on a woman the day he committed these murders.

Meanwhile, justice has ground very slowly, mostly due to a judge who just couldn’t seem to get around to setting an execution date. Once the date was set, suddenly his attorneys realized he is “mentally impaired,” which the court rejected. There was a brief delay a few weeks ago when the new pentobarbital was being questioned, but that issue has been resolved by the courts, also.

It appears Villegas’ assaulting, burgling, fondling, murdering and stealing will finally come to an end tonight. As a drug user, at least he has 6p.m. to look forward too.

Sadly for Mr. Perez, the pain caused by Villegas continues.

EXECUTION WATCH: Ramiro Hernandez(TX)*UPDATED*

Glen Ernst Lich
*Update* An image believed to be of Dr. Lich
**Update** For his last meal, Hernandez-Llanas had chicken patties, mashed potatoes with country gravy, squash, navy beans, sliced bread, yellow cake with vanilla icing, and a choice of tea, punch, or water to drink.(per Last Suppers)
***Update*** In a final statement, Hernandez asked forgiveness from the victim’s family and said he was at peace.(per ProDeathPenalty)
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*Thug: Ramiro Hernandez(28 when murder committed)
*Date of execution: April 9, 2014
*Date of crime: October 14, 1997
*Victim: Glen H. Lich(age 48)
*Last meal: TBD, no special requests allowed.
*Last words: TBD.

Hernandez is the new poster boy for why the death penalty is essential for a civilized society. He began his violent, murdering ways at a very early age. His escape from a Mexican prison for murder and fleeing to the U.S. is often glossed over, but he was a murderer and an ILLEGAL alien. In this case, the Mexican government has backed away from previous claims involving murderous ILLEGAL aliens that he should be spared.

The victim of Ramiro’s crime was Glen H. Lich, a well respected educator and author from Texas. Dr. Lich was murdered by 10-11 blunt force blows to the head. The following is an obituary published shortly after his funeral:

Kerrville Mountain Sun
October 22, 1997

Glen E. Lich, 48, died October 14, 1997, at his home south of Kerrville. He was born in Fredericksburg.

Lich enjoyed a distinguished career in education and in regional and international affairs. He grew up in the Cypress Creek community in Kerr County, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern University, Masters of Arts from Southwest Texas State University and the University of Texas, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Texas Christian University.

Between 1979 and 1993, he taught at Schreiner College and Baylor university and he held an endowed professorship at the University of Winnipeg. He is the author of numerous books including “The German Texans”, “Fred Gipson at Work” and “The Humanities and Public Issues”, as well as dozens of articles, reviews and reports for journals, handbooks, Congressional publications and national and international conferences.

He also served 26 years in the U.S Army, Army Reserves and National Guard. Between 1993 and 1995, he was instrumental in establishing the Partnership for Peace programs in Romania, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. In 1993, he established the Hill Country Institute, a private consultancy specializing in improving life of the Texas Hill Country through philanthropy, research and leadership.

Dr. Lich is survived by his wife, Lera Tyler Lich, his son, Stephen W. Lich-Tyler, his daughter Elizabeth E. Lich-Tyler, his father, Perry Lich of Cypress Creek, and his sister, Nancy Lich Jones of Cypress Creek.

Funeral services under the direction of Grimes Funeral Chapels, were held Saturday at St. Boniface Episcopal Church in Comfort, with interment at the Cypress Creek Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hill Country Project, c/o Ms. Lynn LeMeilleur, 305 Earl Garrett, Kerrville, Texas 78028.

Hernandez took away a gentleman of value and virtue in a brutal fashion. One of Dr. Lich’s books was Fred Gipson at Work. Fred Gipson is best known to many as the author of “Old Yeller.”

Hernandez also sexually brutalized Mrs. Lich repeatedly. Then, while waiting for his murder trial to begin he murdered a female jailer by stabbing her repeatedly with an improvised knife. The jailer has remained unidentified from all available sources.

It appears at this time that all options to halt Ramiro’s execution are exhausted. His attorneys have tried many different approaches, from their appeal in 2006 that he was “retarded,” to the most recent claims that the new pentobarbital should not be used, which the Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied.

I sincerely wish I could find an image of Dr. Lich, but have been unsuccessful. As a result, I will not post an image of the murdering, raping ILLEGAL alien Hernandez. Nothing can alter the pain and suffering of the Lich family, but perhaps Hernandez facing justice for what he has taken can offer some solace.

In just over 24 hours Hernandez will face justice for his crimes and Texas will be just a little safer.

EXECUTION WATCH: Tommy Lynn Sells *Updated*

Kaylene Harris


*Thug: Tommy Lynn Sells(claims his first murder was at age 16)
Date of Execution: April 3, 2014
Date of crime: December 31, 1999
Victim: Kaylene Harris (age 13)
Last Meal: Same as all other inmates at Polunsky. *Update*:For his last meal, Tommy Lynn Sells had BBQ chopped brisket, chilled pasta salad, peas and carrots, sliced pickles, sliced bread, and he had a choice of tea, punch, or water to drink.(per Last Suppers)
Final Words: TBD.*Update*:He said nothing at all.

Pardon my confusion on this creatures execution date, the listing I had was for 22 Apr.

Regardless, Texas will impose justice on this serial killer. His murder spree lasted almost twenty years. His final murder was of an innocent young girl in Texas, Kaylene “Katy” Harris, which was terrible in its brutality, with the young girl being stabbed sixteen times.

Sells claims to have committed murders from coast to coast and in the range of seventy victims, but no one will ever know for certain.

What is certain is he will never kill or harm another innocent soul again, as his will be roasting in the fires of Hell after tonight.

EXECUTION WATCH: Anthony Dewayne Doyle (TX)*Updated*

doyle

Anthony D. Doyle

Hyun Mi Cho

*Thug: Anthony Dewayne Doyle (18 at time of crime)
*Date of execution: 27 Mar 14
*Victim: Hyun Mi Cho (female, age 37)
*Last meal: TBD, same shit salad served other inmates.*UPDATE* For his last meal, Doyle had a chicken patty, mashed potatoes with country gravy, navy beans, mixed vegetables, sliced bread, and he had a choice of tea, punch, or water to drink.(per Last Suppers)
*Final Words: TBD. In an undated comment Doyle stated “Everyone messes up from time to time but it takes a real man to admit his wrong doings and accept the consequences.” We shall see if he owns up to his alleged manliness.***UPDATE***: Anthony Doyle shook his head and said nothing inside the death chamber in Huntsville when a warden asked if he had a statement to make.(per Pro-Death Penalty)
No words and no remorse.

This scheduled execution has me thoroughly perplexed due to the fact that I can find no images or personal history of Hyun Cho. Including Doyle’s image and history is a disservice to the victim with the absence of her story. I can’t show her image, I can’t disclose if she was married or not, if she had children or any information about her parents or possible siblings.

*UPDATE* A shred of info on Ms. Cho is mentioned in a Grazyck piece from yesterday:”Cho, 37, had been in the U.S. about two years and was earning money to care for her ill parents in South Korea, according to Cho’s sister, who operated two doughnut shops.”
**UPDATE** Found an image of Hyun Mi Cho.

I can only discuss the brutal murder of an innocent woman who was simply working for a living when she had the misfortune of encountering Doyle.

Ms. Cho was delivering a dozen donuts and a dozen breakfast burritos to Doyle’s mother’s house, where Doyle was waiting with an aluminum baseball bat to rob Cho. When Cho informed Doyle she had no money, he struck her twice in the head with the bat and with assistance, stuffed her body in a large rolling trash can. Doyle made an attempt to hide the blood stains and splatters from his crime then proceeded to take Cho’s car, cellphone and credit cards.

The above hyperlink on Doyle’s name gives a brief synopsis of the crime, but in a ten page statement from Doyle we get a better idea of the brutality, callousness and perverse nature of Doyle.

When Cho informed Doyle that she did not have any money, Doyle writes, “I struck her in the head two times… after the second strike, I realized what I was doing and that I had really screwed up badly, so I dropped the bat and started to clean up the blood.”

Doyle told police that a friend arrived shortly after the attack. That friend, Doyle says, helped him remove the body from the house. “He then went outside and got our big green trash bin,” Doyle admits, “(he) brought it into the kitchen area and turned it on its side and shoved the lady into the bin. I then helped him sit the garbage bin upright. When I looked into the bin, the woman looked as if she were breathing, and she also moved her arms as if she were trying to get up.”

Doyle deserves the ‘tortures of the damned’ for his actions.

All of Doyle’s appeals appear to have been used up all the way to the USSC, though an attorney issued another motion to the U.S. 5th CCA on 21 Mar. I expect that Doyle will have his manliness tested come 6p.m. 27 Mar 14.

I do regret to you the readers for being unable to find any information or an image for Ms. Cho. She deserves recognition and to be acknowledged as more than a footnote to Doyle’s criminal behavior.

EXECUTION WATCH: Ray Jasper (TX)*Updated*

David Alejandro

*Thug: Ray Jasper (19 at time of offense)
*Date of Execution:March 19, 2014
*Date of Crime: November 29, 1998
*Victim: David Alejandro(33)
*Last Meal: Same shit salad served to inmates that day. *UPDATE*: For his last meal, Jasper had baked chicken, roasted potatoes, a vegetable blend, navy beans, and sliced bread. He was given a choice of tea, punch, or water to drink.(per Last Suppers Book)
*Final Words: TBD. I expect them to be self-serving. *UPDATE*: Before being put to death, Jasper spoke quietly, asking his family to “take care of each other, stay strong and faithful to God.” He also thanked his supporters and told his daughter that he loved her, adding that she “be strong, be positive, have a great life.” Jasper then asked that the “Lord God almighty in heaven Jesus Christ see my spirit.”(per Pro-Death Penalty)
No mention of the victim or remorse for his crime.

Now comes one Ray Jasper, a murderer that claims he isn’t because his cutting the throat of the victim wasn’t declared the cause of death, his accomplices twenty stab wounds were deemed the cause. A truly pathetic defense that has been lapped up by the bowl full from the hand-wringing thug lovers. He planned the crime, initiated it, offered no assistance to the man whose throat he slashed, then covered the victim so he wouldn’t have to look at him as he carried out his planned robbery.

The death penalty is intended for creatures such as this and come this Wednesday evening, Jasper will become Satan’s newest chew toy.

Jasper got some recent attention for a narcissistic, pathetic, self-serving and remorseless long winded letter which was published at numerous blogs and websites.  I won’t give it a direct link here, nor to the response from the brother of David Alejandro(Steven).  I will link to an interesting article I found in the Dallas Morning News yesterday, Stop turning death row inmates into tragic celebrities. The author isn’t my newest hero, nor is Steven Alejandro, but they are certainly more clear and direct than Jasper.

Jasper is fully and solely responsible for his pending execution, not the State of Texas.

Happy 178th Birthday, Texas

On this day in 1836, Texas declared itself a free and sovereign nation.

For the following ten history filled years until it was annexed by the U.S. Government, Texas fought for its freedom and liberty beginning with an historic slogan directed at the Mexican Government.

Gonzales Battle Flag

Our finest U.S. Senator(soon to be the Senior Senator from Texas), Ted Cruz, issued a statement for the occasion.  As always, Sen. Cruz was clear and precise.

“Courage and a love of liberty have long been defining characteristics of the Texas spirit. Both were exemplified 178 years ago when fifty-nine delegates convened in Independence Hall at Washington-on-the-Brazos to declare Texas’ independence.

“Inflamed by General Santa Anna’s refusal to abide by the Mexican Constitution of 1824 and inspired by the United States’ first Declaration of Independence, the men produced their own Declaration and resolved ‘that the people of Texas do now constitute a free, Sovereign, and independent republic.’

“The same love of ‘life, liberty, and property of the people’ that spurred the Texians at the Alamo and throughout the Revolution still lives in each Texan today. They fought for it. They died for it. We owe it to their sacrifice to carry the torch of freedom for future generations. And we will.

“Keep that resolve strong and when anyone threatens our liberties, proudly say, as only a Texan can, ‘come and take it!’”

For long time or life long Texians these words are instilled early on and accepted without question, as evidenced by our state song which was adopted in 1924.


Verse 2:

Texas, O Texas! Your freeborn single star,
Sends out its radiance to nations near and far.
Emblem of freedom! It sets our hearts aglow,
With thoughts of San Jacinto and glorious Alamo.

Verse 3:

Texas, dear Texas! From tyrant grip now free,
Shines forth in splendor your star of destiny!
Mother of heroes! We come your children true,
Proclaiming our allegiance, our faith, our love for you.

So Happy Birthday, Texas.  May you continue to be a beacon of freedom and liberty in these troubling times

Ted Nugent Enjoys Some Play Time On CNN

I never watch CNN. NEVER. So it came as a surprise to me that the “Nuge” would appear on this network, though I know he has before with the soon to be departed Piers Morgan.

Ted appeared on a CNN show with some woman named Erin Burnett, who was oh-so serious about the most awful/hateful/racist things he said about our current President.  I’m certain she believed that her “gotcha” style journalism would serve as an ambush Ted could never survive.  After all, he had actually apologized for calling the President a “subhuman mongrel.”

What Ted understands about ambushes, unlike this Burnett person and far too many Republicans that appear on left wing news programs, is the most effective way to defeat an ambush is to charge the fire.  Which Ted did, mocking her and those she attempted to defend.

As outraged as this Burnett person was about his reference to a “chimpanzee” when discussing Hillary, I doubt she even noticed that President Bush was often referred to as a “chimpanzee” while he was in office, or if she did she thought it proper.

In any event, I need to thank the BirtherReport for providing the video segment with Ted, otherwise I would have never known it took place.

Olympic Skiers And The Politics Of “Gore-Bull” Warming

It seems one hundred and five of the winter Olympians have signed a petition demanding climate action, due to the warm climate and melting snow in the Palm Tree lined city of Sochi, Russia.

Anthony Watts has the full story at Watts Up With That.

After reading Mr. Watts article and reviewed all his data, I decided to delve deeper into what is really going on with the weather in Sochi.  I don’t watch the Olympics precisely because they became so politicized and don’t care for winter sports anyway.  Snow and ice are the bane of my existence.

It didn’t take me long to discover what is actually causing so many snow skiers to fall down.  It isn’t “Gore-Bull” warming and there is video proof of what is causing this phenomenon.

Michael Sam And Dale Hansen “Come Out”

You may or may not know who these two are or what they have in common, though I doubt they have ever met.

Sam is currently a former football player at the University of Missouri that was voted the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and is expected to be drafted by an NFL team.

Hansen is a long time television sportscaster for Dallas WFAA.  I doubt he ever played football, but poses as a tough guy/know-it-all motor mouth.  At least he did the last time I watched him twenty years ago.

Sam recently announced to the world that he was homosexual. As a result, many pathetic attention seekers sang his praises and proclaimed him as “Courageous,” such as Michelle Soetero-Obama, Ellen Degenerate and the aforementioned Hansen.

Why this young man chose to tell everyone what his deviant sexual practices are remain unclear. Rush Limbaugh had a very interesting discussion about the Hansen/Sam issue on Thursday.  This link to his show has all the info and a great discussion:

CALLER:  My point was, though, if the football players are not supposed to feel anything about this or be uncomfortable in the showers — you know, in the locker room, in the showers — in that case, why don’t the cheerleaders and the football players shower together?  I mean, if nobody’s supposed to feel uncomfortable.

RUSH:  Hmm.  Let me see if I understand this.  Let’s take this beyond cheerleaders, because cheerleaders are not gonna be in the locker room of football teams. But you’re still trying to make a point here.

CALLER:  Correct.

RUSH:  You’re saying if men and women shower together, men may be unable to help getting excited — and maybe the women, too. Who knows?

CALLER:  Exactly.  Or feel shy and uncomfortable.

RUSH:  Either one.  Either one.  Okay.  So what you’re asking, I think, is, if you put a man who gets excited by other men, rather than women, in a shower full of other men, you’re thinking that somebody in there might feel uncomfortable?

CALLER:  Correct.

RUSH:  Okay.  So then what?

CALLER:  Well, I don’t know.

RUSH:  Cause the uncomfortable are supposed to get over it.

Hansen has always tried(with minimal success) to draw attention to himself and finally found a cause that would do just that, parlaying a rant I am only vaguely familiar with praising Sam and telling us we should “celebrate” Sam for letting us know he has Gender Identity Disorder.

The militant homosexual agenda marches on.

Not courageous, destructive

Rather than praise either of them I encourage them both to seek professional counseling.

The last time I ever watched a Dale Hansen show was when Barry Switzer was the Dallas Cowboys head coach.  I have no idea why I actually tuned into the show when I did, I was probably channel surfing and saw Barry “The King” Switzer was on.  During the interview Hansen made no attempt to hide the contempt he had for Coach Switzer and the tone of the interview became increasingly hostile due to Hansen’s attitude.  At one point Switzer, becoming increasingly agitated due to Hansen’s nastiness, half-heartedly punched Hansen on his arm.  Hansen screamed and wailed like a girly-man. One would have gotten the impression he was a side of beef and Switzer was Rocky.

Neither Sam or Hansen have earned or deserve any praise for their behavior in this matter.  Sam would have served his interest better by not telling us what most of us do not want or need to know.  Hansen, well I don’t know what would serve his interest best and wouldn’t tell him even if I knew.

Ricky And Romy~A BFF Story

I came across this wonderful story with video, about a kitten and dog.

From the video description:

The filmmaker of “Ricky” has a dog, Romy, who is afraid of other dogs, but she loves cats. Last year he adopted a friend for her: a cat named Ricky. This film is narrated — but unscripted — by his 7-year-old neighbor, Willa, and follows Ricky and Romy as they get to know each other.

Nothing like a ‘best bud.’

Execution Watch: Suzanne Margaret Basso(TX)

*UPDATE* Justice was served.

*Thuggette: Suzanne Margaret Basso (44 at time of murder)

*Date of Execution: February 5, 2014

*Date of Crime: August 25, 1998  

*Victim: Louis “Buddy” Musso (age 59)

*Last Meal: Last meal requests no longer allowed.

*Final Words: “No, sir.”

Looking at this woman’s history and deeds, her dysfunctional nature can be directly attributed to her family life growing up in New York.  I was reminded by her of something Tiberius once said about Caligula(and we all know how screwed up he was):

 …to allow Gaius(Caligula)  to live would prove the ruin of himself and of all men, and that he was rearing a viper for the Roman people and a Phaethon for the world.

For the citizens of Texas, this murderous woman will no longer be able to harm anyone else after Wednesday the fifth of February.

Basso’s role as kidnapper and ring leader of torture to death of a gentle, mentally challenged Louis Musso for financial gain was as brutal and sick a crime as any rational person could imagine.

In the days leading up to his death, Musso suffered tremendous abuse at the hands of the appellant and her five co-defendants. The appellant would take Musso to the apartment of co-defendants Bernice Ahrens, Craig and Hope Ahrens (Bernice’s son and daughter), and Terence Singleton (Hope’s fiancé), where Musso was forced to remain seated or in a kneeling position on a plastic mat in the hallway for hours. Whenever Musso attempted to get off the mat, O’Malley would beat or kick him. O’Malley, Singleton, Bernice, and Craig beat Musso, and O’Malley, while wearing combat boots, kicked him repeatedly. The appellant beat Musso with a baseball bat on the buttocks, back, and groin area, and both she and Hope struck him with a belt and buckle. After hearing that Musso had been “misbehaving” while she was away from the apartment, the appellant, who weighed over 300 pounds, repeatedly jumped on top of Musso while he was on his hands and knees, causing him to fall flat on the ground. At one point, Musso requested that someone there call an ambulance. Even though Hope, as she later admitted, recognized the extent of Musso’s injuries, he received no medical attention. Someone (the evidence suggests either O’Malley or Singleton and Craig) bathed Musso in a solution of bleach and Pine-Sol cleaning fluid, using a wire brush on his body. Apparently, his killers were giving Musso this kind of “bath” when he died.

Basso has tried nearly every trick in the book to avoid her just execution, but they have all failed, even her attempt to appear delusional when her competency hearing was held.

The harm this woman has caused so many, including to her own children, will end next week.  Justice has taken far too long for this creature.

Henri May Not Know Art, But…

…he knows what he likes.

Video Finale: 2013-14 OU Sooners Football

It has been nearly three weeks since the exciting OU victory in the 80th Sugar Bowl. The words classic or epic have been tossed around.

There are numerous excellent OU video makers and many have been featured on various blog posts over recent years.  While there are always videos of the previous season’s highlights and/or top ten or twenty plays of the year, the following video by onikuno is without a doubt one of the most perfectly mastered videos I’ve ever seen.  Not only from the HD video clips, but the music and the pre-game comments from the alleged experts, along with a tasty addition of clips near the end.

For a fifteen minute video it encapsulates the drama and the excitement of one of the most exciting college Bowl games I have seen OU play.

Sooner fans young and old, male and female will remember this game for years to come.

Execution Watch: Edgar Arias Tamayo(TX)

It’s a new year and first up for justice to be served is this creature for his twenty year old crime.

*Thug: Edgar Arias Tamayo(27 time of crime) 

*Date of execution: January 22, 2014

*Date of crime: January 31, 1994

*Victim: Guy P. Gaddis (Houston police officer, age 24)

*Last meal: Loser’s lunch, no special requests.

Meal was the same served to all inmates that night: a grilled pork chop, corn, Spanish rice, refried beans, mixed greens, and cornbread, with a choice of punch, tea, or water to drink.

*Final Words: “no”

Edgar Tamayo is a good example of why the death penalty is needed.  He was an ILLEGAL alien from Mexico that shot a young HPD officer in the back of the head three times after being arrested for robbery. 

This case is also becoming another Vienna convention circle jerk, much like Humberto Leal in 2011 and Jose Medellin in 2008.  The same tired arguments that were used then are being used now by Secretary of State John “Effing” Kerry.

Texas has traveled this road before.  It doesn’t matter where Tamayo’s native country is he came to Texas, ILLEGALLY, then committed the heinous crime of murder on one of our citizens, a police officer.  Tamayo was accorded all the same rights our citizens are in our justice system and was found guilty by a Houston jury, then sentenced to die for his crime.

I do not expect the board of pardons and paroles or Governor Perry to be moved by the international hand wringing from diplo-dinks or thug lovers.  There is always the possibility that the Supreme Court might intercede, but I believe that unlikely as the Medellin case set a precedent nearly six years ago.

Instead of worrying about how U.S. citizens might be treated in other countries as a result of this ILLEGAL alien’s execution, foreign nationals in this state (ILLEGAL or not) should be aware that we Texans will not tolerate our citizens being murdered.

Expect much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the thug lovers, they are emboldened by the international diplo-dink involvement, along with some Latin groups and AmNasty Int’l.

Update:  Here’s to you 17E23

Sugar Bowl And 2013-14 Sooners Reflections

It has been almost three days since OU defeated Bama in the 2014 BCS Sugar Bowl, 45-31.  I have read and listened to much both before and after the game, with numerous incongruous statements coming from the same alleged experts in both aspects.  The only honest alleged expert, the bald headed Bama homer Paul Finebaum, admitted the day after the game that he was an “idiot” for saying Bama would win.

Neither the Sooners, nor I, cared much for the prevailing mentality, that Bama would not only win, but that they could name the score.  When it comes to the experts, we just don’t care anymore what they have to say.  Like the song says:

I don’t care no more!

You listening? I don’t care no more!

Now for some personal admissions.  Since this past summer I have made numerous posts about the Sooners and their season.  I never made any predictions on game scores or the outcome of the season as a whole.  I did make some fairly accurate statements about the players, their abilities and potential.  I’m wise enough now not to invest too much into the games played by very young men and all the things that can happen during the season, such as injuries and discipline issues.  Those things were evident this year with two players removed from the team that were expected to make significant contributions, as well as too many season ending injuries to some of the biggest contributors to the team’s success.  Those occurrences are sadly part of the adversity a team has to contend with.

I admit I was wrong when I said in a recent post that this season was a disappointment because there would be no conference championship, no shot at the MNC in Pasadena or even a BCS bowl.  I was 50/50 in that statement.  I made that statement prior to OU defeating OSU and being selected for the Sugar Bow and well before their victory.  The disappointment I felt at that time was genuine, but not grounded in reality.

I must also admit that from the moment it was announced that OU and Bama would play in the Sugar Bowl, I truly believed that OU could/would win.  Sure I had my doubts, at times, but my gut feeling was that OU would win.  I told family and friends not to count the Sooners out of this game.  When (finally) it was time for the game and all the talking heads had made their predictions about how badly Bama would trounce OU, I felt very comfortable with the excitement, but not nervous or a feeling of dread.  In fact,  the only times I ever felt apprehensive or nervous before a game was before the two games OU lost this season.  A message from a higher power?  I don’t know, but it is a gut thing and I have learned to trust my gut feelings.

As for the game itself, (OU highlights are here) if the OU QB Trevor Knight had played that way all year, OU would be playing in the MNC Monday night. His performance can only be described as phenomenal.  Bama feared his running ability, but not his passing ability and rightly so, based on his performance through the regular season and Bama’s trouble with running QBs.  The running game for OU was stifled for most of the game, but was serviceable.

The OU defense, however, was sensational.  I am still a little puzzled as to why Bama didn’t run the ball as much as they did during the regular season, but by trying to throw the ball, they played into the strength of the OU defense, the pass rush.

Striker’s Hair Is On Fire

Striker had to take his helmet off after sacking the Bama QB, his hair was on fire.  In fact the entire OU defense had the same issue and for one simple reason, their DC Mike Stoops coaches with his hair on fire.  With seven QB sacks, four forced turnovers and McCarron running for his life and throwing passes away due to pressure, the OU defense stifled a talented Bama offense that was unaccustomed to being harassed in this fashion.

Bama racked up lots of yards, mostly on explosive plays and I wasn’t surprised by that outcome, nor do I think the Sooners were.  They knew they were facing a talented and experienced team that many thought would be playing for the MNC for the third year in a row.  The Sooners never fretted or sulked, they just fought and scrapped their way to victory, just as they had done all year.

Coach Bob Stoops said he loved his team in the trophy presentation and his comment was sincere.  I also believe this young OU team loves and believes in their coach.  With only 14 of the 56 Sooners that saw action in the Sugar Bowl being Seniors, the potential for this team next year is exciting.

One final note about winning and recruiting.  Late Saturday afternoon, at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the games MVP and nations #1 all-purpose running back,  Joe Mixon, announced he was committing to play for the Sooners.  In a tweet he stated that the OU Sugar Bowl victory “shut the deal” as to which school he would attend.

Winning, just like losing, is contagious.

Everything always looks better when you win.

Texas Loves Its High School Football

This past weekend(Dec 19-21) was a festival of high school football state championship games, ten games in all.  The previous weekend featured the Six Man championships.

Football Party In Texas

Texas high school football is organized by classification according to the student population of each school with 5A being the largest, followed by 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A and then Six Man.  Each classification has two divisions, once again student population determines which teams in each district are designated Div I or II.

With that out of the way, twelve state champions were crowned in all.  What is amazing about the two Six Man championship games played on 14 Dec., the attendance for the Div.I game between Crowell(population 928) and May(population 1,942) was 6,842.   In contrast, the attendance at the Florida 8A state championship game was 9,979.

The total attendance for all twelve state championship games was in excess of 230,000.  The 5A Div.I state championship game, featuring the #2 team in the country set a new attendance record for a Texas state championship game breaking a record that had stood since 1977, with 54,347.

Even Gov. Perry was there to celebrate the festivities, presenting the game offensive and defensive MVP awards, as well as the Championship Trophies.

Besides numerous teams repeating as state champs, one team, Aledo High School, won the 4A Div.II championship and also set a new National Record for most points scored in a season,breaking the 1,000 point barrier with 1,023.

It was a festival for those of us who truly love our high school football.  The finality of it means another long nine month wait until we get to do it again.

BTW, the attendance records at this year’s state championship festivities is also a little embarrassing to the numerous NCAA bowl games.

Forces Of Evil Desecrate Ft. Bragg Chapel

You can read all about this military “couple” that had their “marriage” “blessed” at the Ft. Bragg chapel at The Fayetteville Observer.  Where the Rev. Harry Abernathy said:

…the liturgy was one of blessing, not marriage, but the two were very similar. He added that the couple’s relationship was a sign of God’s love.

I have no idea where this alleged Rev. gets his information or how he was ordained, God views homosexual behavior as an abomination.

Lev. 20:13“`If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

Lev. 21:6[Priests] must be holy to their God and must not profane the name of their God. Because they present the offerings made to the LORD by fire, the food of their God, they are to be holy

Of course the favorite buzz word to describe me and those that agree with me is “homophobe.”  Which, in its pure translation, makes us appear as fearful of men.  Nothing could be further from the truth, but I can live with that label since the post-modern definition also includes “disgust” for this type of behavior.

Also, since words do have meaning, I will never use the word “gay” in describing the disgusting and unnatural sexual practices of those who have gender identity disorder.

However, what I do fear is the damage done to society as a whole by the promotion of this abominable practice by so many.  Take for example the following story of a man raised by his mother and her “partner.”  Growing Up With Two Mothers:The Untold Children’s View:

Whether homosexuality is chosen or inbred, whether gay marriage gets legalized or not, being strange is hard; it takes a mental toll, makes it harder to find friends, interferes with professional growth, and sometimes leads one down a sodden path to self-medication in the form of alcoholism, drugs, gambling, antisocial behavior, and irresponsible sex. The children of same-sex couples have a tough road ahead of them—I know, because I have been there. The last thing we should do is make them feel guilty if the strain gets to them and they feel strange. We owe them, at the least, a dose of honesty.

As more and more states allow homosexuals to “marry,” the greater the risk to any children that are adopted by these “couples.”  They certainly won’t be producing off spring.

“A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. ” (Gen. 2:23, 24)

Then we have a more revealing look at the vile practices of too many homosexuals in this piece, Why I Cannot Blame Russia And India For Taking On The Gays:

Gay male culture in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and much of Europe is sick.  It is literally plagued with disease — not only HIV (which is rising again), but also syphilis (which has made a comeback).  And Michelangelo Signorile, the dowager prince of gay news at the Huffington Post, admitted at long last what gay watchdog groups had been denying for decades upon decades: the chronic, timeless state of the homosexual man is to chase after pubescent boys.

There is much more disturbing information included in the above article.

As for what has happened at Ft. Bragg, a proud and storied Army base since 1918(as Camp Bragg), where too many American heroes to list have trained and defended this great nation, has now been debased by the very forces who’s intention it is to destroy all that America stands for.

I offer no apology while I vomit at this outrage.

Pat Condell~There’s No Racist Like A Liberal Racist

Another of his excellent semi-rant observations.

…agreeing with a progressive is like shaking hands with a leper.

Exclusive Video~University of Texas Administration

**UPDATE** Mack Brown resigns.

**NEW VIDEO**

Months ago, after the humiliating beat down BYU applied to the UT Longhorns and the fire Mack Brown screams were their loudest, one of the contributors at a UT blog claimed that his biggest fear in removing Brown and finding his replacement was that UT would look like a “clown car,” when a large number of clowns exit the car.

Well, with the way events have unfolded in the past six days at UT, with the Board of Regents voting to keep the President, the new AD not yet in full control of his office trying to be relevant, Mack Brown staying out of town dodging meetings with the administration and Nick Saban not signing his contract extension with ‘Bama giving hope to UT fans that he might be their new coach, we come to the exclusive video.

Mack is the ring leader, the administration is in the car and Nick Saban is the one hiding just out of sight.

I expect this scene to be repeated a number of times in the coming days, as we now know Saban has signed his contract extension with ‘Bama.  The UT President and new AD have stated often in the past 24 hours that Mack is their “friend,”  which would indicate that Mack will retain his job for at least one more season.  The boys and girls at Burnt Orange Nation are not well pleased with this prospect.

Probably next year’s 5-7, I’d guess.

Once the fanbase has turned on a coach the way that this one has turned on Brown there’s no saving the program. Never. This kind of thing never gets turned around. Kind of surprised that smart people like Powers and Patterson would allow this kind of needless damage to occur to the football program but apparently Patterson is too new (or too timid) to rock the boat and Powers put his friendship with Mack Brown above his duty to the University of Texas.

Nothing to do now but to watch in horror the continued deterioration of Texas football and all that comes with that.

Send in the clowns.

Bedlam~Frozen Tundra

When the ball is kicked off Saturday morning at 11a.m., the current forecast is for the temperature to be sixteen degrees, 95% cloud cover, 54% humidity, a six mph wind from the NE and a 7% chance of snow.

I am assuming the field has been and will continue to be covered until time for the teams warmup(?) on Saturday morning.

I have many other assumptions:

1)The seldom sold out and tiny Boone Pickens stadium will not be at capacity(they WILL NOT sell available seats to OU fans) .

2)The ball will be difficult to hold, throw or catch, as it will feel like a heavy, slick rock.

3)Turnovers and special teams will be of even more importance than normal.

4)The team that can run the ball most consistently and effectively will have the advantage.

I don’t recall this game having been played in these types of conditions in a very long time.  In fact, I watched the 1983 Bedlam Ice Bowl game.  I remember the conditions were bad and that from a spectators perspective it was less than entertaining, but looking back now and with information that wasn’t available then, it was quite the event.

This year’s Bedlam game has some interesting aspects.  This is only the sixth time in this 109 year Bedlam series(can’t really call it a rivalry, OU leads all-time 83-17-7) that OSU is ranked higher than OU.

Here are the major ramifications:

1)If OSU wins, they are the Big 12 Conference champions, even if UT beats Baylor, as OSU beat UT.

2)If OU wins, the Big 12 Conference champion will be Baylor if they beat UT.

3)If OU wins and UT beats Baylor…decorum prevents me from saying exactly how I would feel about that.

I don’t expect the passing game to be a consistent factor in this game, with the exception of some big plays, and believe that the running game will be the deciding factor in who wins.

So which team has the most effective running game? Well, the answer is found not only in each teams rushing game, but in their respective rushing defense, as well.  According to NCAA stats we know the following:

OU is 15th in rush offense with 242.3 yards per game vs. OSU’s rush defense at 21st yielding 130.0 yards per game.

OSU is 59th in rush offense with 169.5 yards per game vs. OU’s rush defense at 24th yielding 132.7 yards per game.

OSU is also the 5th ranked red zone defense and are ranked 2nd in turnover margin.

I believe both teams will use heavy sets in their rushing game(it worked for Baylor and UT against OU) and both teams will load their defenses to stop the run, leaving one on one coverage on the receivers.

OU’s offensive line has performed well this season, but coming into this game a few injuries on the O-line are a concern, one an ankle injury from two weeks ago and a back injury from three weeks ago.  They have capable back ups if they can’t start, but depth becomes a concern.

OU’s running backs are capable, but there are concerns.  First, FB Trey Millard(the best FB in college football) was lost for the season with a knee injury; starting RB Damien Williams has been removed from the team for violating team/university policies(3 suspensions in one season).  That leaves the rushing attack to two Senior RBs, with true freshman Keith Ford expecting to get quite a few carries.  Ford is an incredibly powerful RB and punishes tacklers, while also having excellent speed and vision.  Ford had a fumble in a game several weeks ago and was in the dog house for a while.  I’m certain ball security is a much higher priority for him now.

We know a little more about OSU’s offense than OU’s, as they have been utilizing the same QB for most of the season.  OU has only recently been using R-Fr QB Trevor Knight, with good results and Knight performed admirably in a cold and hostile K-St stadium.

As with every Bedlam game, expect the unexpected and expect many points to be scored.

I hope to not see this:

I would truly love to see this:

…and this:

**Post Script** Congratulations to OU Senior Center Gabe Ikard for being named Academic All-American of the Year. A fantastic accomplishment from a great kid and football player.

Congratulations To Coach Bob Stoops~Most Career Wins At OU

coach stoops

This is no small accomplishment, winning 158 games in his fifteenth season, with one regular season game left.

There is an excellent post on the life history and career of Bob Stoops, from the kid in Youngstown, Ohio until now, with all of his accomplishments, awards and testimonials from some of the best known coaches in college history. It is called Broad Shoulders.

On this evenings Sooner Football show with the coach, he was embarrassed and humbled to discuss it and hear his praises being sung, but he was also quick to point out not only the wonderful coaches and players involved with that record, but also the fact that he has had the same University President and Athletic Director during his fifteen seasons. That tenure combination of administrators and coach itself is a current NCAA record.

With so much competition in NCAA football, the desire to win at any cost is evident with many schools, often to the detriment of the players, like FSU. For coach Stoops to have been so successful, while winning the right way, is a source of pride for many Sooner fans even if we can’t hardly wait for another National Title.

One thing I know coach Stoops takes great pride in is the academic accomplishments of his players and never hesitates to praise his players on his television show. Earlier in the week it was announced that nineteen OU players had earned Academic All-Big 12 honors.

Congratulations, Coach.
May you have continued success and a blessed life.

OU’s Final Home Game~It Was Quite A Day

Saturday 16 Oct 13 was a memorable day at Owen Field and not all of it was about football.

Here is a list of what happened:
*It was Senior Day for the players
*A returning soldier was honored
*A Fox camera man was injured and carted off the field
*A State Trooper trucked an unruly fan that ran onto the field
*The starting QB was injured and replaced with the QB he had replaced due to injury early in the season.
*Coach Stoops tied the legend Barry Switzer for most wins in his OU career.
*OU racked up the most rushing yards in a game in the Stoops’ era.

The soldier, First Sergeant Brian Curtis of the Oklahoma National Guard(a 23 year veteran), that was honored at the end of the first quarter was without a doubt the highlight of the day. His family didn’t know he would be there and he arrived on the field with the fantastic honor of riding the Sooner Schooner.
The full video could not be embedded, so click this link for the video.

After the game the First Sergeant and his family were invited to the Sooner’s locker room, where the soldier was given the first game ball after the victory.
1st sgt

The camera man that was injured? What a character, even with broken ribs he showed an incredible spirit by making the OU sign and waving to the crowd.

The State Trooper that clocked the unruly fan is Coach Stoops personal body guard and is a 6’2″ 240lb. former linebacker at the University of Central Oklahoma and admitted “gym rat.”

As for the game itself, it was really dull until about 90 seconds before half time, with ISU leading 10-3. From that point on OU scored 45 unanswered points giving the hapless Cyclones their ninth loss of the season.

The victory did, however, tie Coach Stoops with Barry Switzer at 157 wins. One more victory will make him the all-time leader in OU coaching history, a coaching history unlike any other in NCAA football. OU football is the only program with four coaches that have over 100 victories. Coach Stoops has accomplished this record in his fifteenth season, while Switzer did so in sixteen, but they play more games each season now than they did during Switzer’s years, thus a much higher winning percentage than Stoops.

As for the QB situation, OU is right where it was at the start of the season, unsettled at QB. The offense has shown, at times, what it is capable of, but has been entirely too inconsistent, thus the two losses to teams they could have beaten.

How the season will end is anyone’s guess, with two tough games left on the schedule, both on the road at K-St. and OS-Ewe, then the obligatory bowl game. While the season has been a disappointment, there have been many memorable days and plays, as evidenced by events this past Saturday.

Baylor Bears To Wear All Black Uniforms Thursday Night

There is much I don’t know and don’t understand about teams wearing hideous uniforms. Baylor’s choice for what should be a great football game is just baffling. Their school colors are green and gold.

They aren’t alone in this fad, Oregon has been disgusting and hideous since they began, with their school colors(psychedelic green and psychedelic yellow) obviously the creation of some stoner in the OU horticulture department. Then recently I saw Arizona State(school colors maroon and gold) wearing all red uniforms with black letters.

As I recall, ASU wore shiny black helmets, Oregon is liable to wear any color helmet, and now BU is going to wear matte black helmets with black uniforms. Not only the football team, but they are calling for their fans to have a “blackout.”

One thing I do know is this is a big game for BU and OU, both ranked in the Top Ten. Considering that OU leads the all-time series with BU 21-1, that BU has never won the Big 12 conference championship and that BU is ranked in the top Ten for the first time in my life time and is averaging 64 points a game against seven opponents with a combined record of 27-30, it is understandable that BU is willing to try anything that will give them an edge.

I just don’t understand what is up with the all black uniform. It isn’t like they are going to play with the lights out or with lots of shadows to hide in.

If BU is Shinobi, then OU is Samurai Jack, dressed in all white with Crimson trim.

Baylor…walk towards the light.

NCAA Football’s Best Full Back Lost For The Season

The heart of the OU Sooner’s was ripped out, thrown on the ground and stomped on with heavy boots, this past Saturday(26 Oct 13).

A starter since his Freshman year, Trey Millard was not only the most popular player with fans, he was invaluable. Trey did everything, he was a superior blocker, efficient runner, outstanding receiver and a superlative special teams player.

Now, Trey has knee surgery and rehab to contend with and the Sooners have to find several players to fill all the roles this one magnificent player filled.

I wish nothing but the best for Trey in his future endeavors and I am grateful for nearly four years of wonderful memories of him being a great Sooner.

Click this link for a great video compilation of Trey Millard’s career.

On The Occasion Of My High School Reunion

This reunion marked forty-five years since we graduated from good Ol’MHS(Marshall High School).

Our class graduated around two hundred twenty five on 1 Jun 68. We were a pretty close bunch and since our ten year reunion we have gotten together every five years since, except for five years ago when many personal family issues of the people who had always organized events interrupted our streak. This year, a different group of classmates stepped up and took charge, refusing to let our life long connection end without notice.

In the months leading up to our reunion, my friends began the organizing and planning. Locating everyone was a much more challenging task than I would have thought and discovered from one of my classmates that she did a public records search of my name (and variants) and discovered there were two people with the same name in Dallas. She contacted one of the men and discovered that he was recently deceased, but when the woman she was talking to said his body had been returned to their home town in Kansas, she realized it wasn’t me. She finally got my email address from my oldest and best friend.

I had informed her that I truly wanted to be there, but due to demands on my time, I couldn’t be certain until a day or two before the event on Saturday, 26 Oct 13(I think I even used the term “game day decision”). On Thursday I was certain I would attend and let her know. I had planned to leave Dallas early that afternoon and make the two hour drive to arrive in Marshall early enough to gorge on some bodacious Brown Pigs. That was the plan, which got blown up quickly on Friday and didn’t leave Dallas until 6:15p.m. and there wasn’t a road or freeway that wasn’t clogged, making a normal twenty five minute drive to clear the last suburb East of Dallas a one hour and twenty five minute adventure of brake dust and a growling stomach.

By the time I reached Marshall it was 9:30p.m. and mercifully a Wendy’s appeared. I gulped down the burger and fries while driving the remaining fifteen miles to my friend’s lake house while listening to my High School’s exciting football game, which they won with two seconds left in the game on a field goal(45-42). I couldn’t be distracted, though, the “rut” is about to start and deer or other critters could dash out of the woods onto the dark, lonely highway and its rolling hills.
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