It was a strange semester to say the least way back in the 1998. One of my roommates was in the class with me and it didn’t take long for he and I to pick up on this teacher’s quirky mannerism.
Surely it was just a random day where he wasn’t using the word, or he just misspoke a few times, right? Nope. All semester long this guy would skip over the word as he taught us the higher knowledge.
That was over 20 years ago, so why am I sharing this with you now? Well, I guess it just seemed like a story that needed to be told. Because who does that? The use of ‘the’ dates back to almost 1100 years ago so needless to say it’s an important word in the English language. I mean, can you imagine trying to form serious sentences without this word?
I dare you to try going an hour without using the word. As best you can, edit the word out of your normal comments and conversations and see how weird it sounds.
Now imagine you’re trying to get a good grade so you can graduate from college! You see how hard it can be for an innocent little college student trying to navigate world around him and teacher starts doing stuff like this? My roommate and I should’ve gotten A’s for all shenanigans we had to deal with 🙂
A bomb dropped in Tallahassee today… coach, or should I say former coach Willie Taggert has been relieved of his duties at Florida State. If you didn’t already know that, you probably haven’t been on Facebook, or the internet in general, this afternoon.
As a graduate of Florida State, a lot of my Facebook feed revolves around the breaking news. I’d talked to some of my family just a few weeks ago and we agreed if he finished the season with 6 wins and 6 losses, he may be given another year. But if it were 5 wins and 7 losses, no sir, gone! Well, we were kinda right… but he’ll never get a chance to get to 7 losses. At least not at FSU.
I don’t know of any names floating around that fans would happy with. Many fans are fed up, and they’re not alone. Even ESPN host Kirk Herbstreit had a real hangry outburst about FSU and the crazy part is he’s probably right about everything.
It’ll be interesting what happens next as far as head coaching goes. A return of Bobby Bowden? Perhaps, Mark Richt? I may even become a fan again if either of those two great men were hired for the job. But it’s FSU, so they’ll somehow mess things up further for the football program, I’m sure.
For now, gone are the days of great football at Florida State.
If you haven’t seen it yet, Geico has a TV spot featuring Jerome Bettis, NFL Hall of Fame running back.
I typically love GEICO commercials for their odd and usually hilarious deliveries. However, I can’t get on board with the bus on this one. You’re going to think I’m taking this commercial entirely too seriously, and you’re right. What can I say, I take everything too seriously, like what happened on the softball field a few weeks ago and perhaps this is embarrassing, watching the Bachelor. But upon further review, I counted 5 illegal moves from the ball carrier plus his flag is clearly tied on, which is yet another penalty, that makes 6.
I can’t help but think the folks that created the commercial haven’t ever played flag football, or just didn’t study up on the rules of the game. To be quite honest, I’d absolutely love for Jerome Bettis to be on the team I was playing AGAINST. He’s big, probably not very fast, and if he kept committing these kinds of penalties, he’d be benched or ejected from the game.
GEICO says getting insurance help is “having Jerome Bettis on your flag football team easy” when in reality if he were committing all these penalties, having him on your team wouldn’t be easy at all.
How’s that for overanalyzing a TV commercial? Maybe I’m still bitter my college flag football team never beat P-Funk. Still waiting on that rematch!
Seminole football may be in the spotlight but for an embarrassing reason. Whenever the defense gets a turnover, one of the players involved “gets to” wear this Dora the Explorer inspired backpack. Tell me, Noles, do Chanel accessories conflict with your Nike deals?
When Florida State football won the national title in 2013, I was pumped that we were relevant again on the gridiron. After the decade in which we do not speak of (a la Chris Rix fiasco, a la Tim Tebow dominance), it was nice to think of FSU football and have hope. Then it all went to heck when, out of nowhere, the university decided to change the iconic logo. While that may seem like no big deal, it showed the school’s true colors. Not garnet and gold, but green. To this very day I feel duped, like a partner who was cheated on. It keeps becoming more and more clear that from top to bottom all that matters is money.
Well, more drama lies ahead as head coach Jimbo Fisher might be leaving, and this will be days after the university president said, “Jimbo’s here…as long as he wants to be.” Everyone knows that’s a joke, right? If Fisher stays and has another very mediocre season, he’ll be on the next Capital City Pedicab out of town, whether he wants to or not. Why does the university continue to act as if fans and the general public don’t know anything? Just come out and be honest with them. It’s called transparency and it seems to be lacking in Tallahassee.
Anyway, here’s my list of gripes against FSU after I woke up and realized they care about making money a lot more than upholding tradition, supporting fans, or even doing things the right way.
OK, OK, that last one’s on me. But I ask, what kind of tradition is being established at Florida State? Football should be about having fun, believing in and cheering for your hometown team. But the logo change, as harmless as it was, lifted the veil to expose FSU’s true intentions. Money. It’s all about money. Well, money and acting like Tallahassee is Stepford, Connecticut.
Maybe everyone else already knew that, but I was under the impression fans mattered, tradition mattered, not just seeking any way possible to capitalize on fans loyalty. Or selling out to the highest bidder (ahem, Nike). Not to mention they’ve also used the stadium for advertising… to make more money:
Obviously, I still get heated up about FSU. It was a bad breakup between us so it’ll take time for me to be indifferent towards them. But I know one thing is for sure, it’ll never be how it once was. I’m an FSU graduate. But there is no more ‘we’ and ‘us’. There’s ‘me’ and there’s ‘them’. And I’m actually really happy about that! I feel more free now and let’s be honest, I’ve avoided a lot of heartache too, with all the losses and whatnot. Now as soon as I can get them to stop calling me for donations, we’ll be all set. 🙂