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Posted on: February 22, 2011 5:32 pm
 

UTEA TEN MOST OVERRATED NCAA MEN'S TEAMS

UTEA: THE TEN MOST OVERATED TEAMS IN THE NCAA

The goal of this thread is to list only those teams you consider to be grossly overrated and why you feel that way.  This is not a forum for defending your favorite team when someone else names them. The goal is to state why you think teams are overrated, not why you think your team is being singled out. A list of rules to keep everybody on equal footing.

1) Please list complete school names. While you may be familiar with the shorthand abbreviation for a school, I may not be. I don’t want to try and figure out if KU means KANSAS or is a typo for KENTUCKY. Teams that are commonly referred to by an abbreviation such as UNLV, UCLA, SDSU, BYU are acceptable. If you have ANY DOUBT about whether the abbreviation is acceptable, list the whole school name at least once so I know for sure what school you are referring to.

2) Please list your teams in the order that you consider them to be most overrated. A team listed as #1 will receive 10 points. #2 will receive 9 points, etc down to 1 point for #10.

3) Please give an explanation for each team you nominate stating why you believe then to be overrated.

3) Please be respectful of the opinions of others. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and should not be attacked for having it as long as they can substantiate it in some manner.

4) Please make your posts pertinent to the teams you think are overrated. Do not make posts defending your favorite team just because someone else has considered them overrated. The best way to defend your team is to nominate other teams and have them accumulate points. Points will not be deducted by arguing. Ballots by participants who cannot abide by this rule may not be counted.

5) This ballot will conclude immediately following the Selection Sunday Announcement show.

6) If you have submitted a ballot and you want to make a change, please indicate what team on your previous ballot you want to replace and what number position you wish to place your new nominee in.
Voters will be listed to a total of ten nominees. Failure to indicate what team you wish to replace will result in the original ballot taking precedence. This way each participant will nominate ten teams only and the weighted point value will remain accurate.

7) A new thread will be posted by TUESDAY following SELECTION SUNDAY with the final results.




Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 1, 2009 11:24 am
Edited on: November 1, 2009 11:26 am
 

VOTING FOR THE BEST BRITISH SOLO SONGWRITERS

We have 18 nominees for the best British solo songwriters. Not as many as we had for the Americans, but a goodly number of worthy contenders. I'm sure there are a couple of deserving artists that we've overlooked, but most of the significant songwriters of the original British invasion and a few of the late 70s New Wave/punk movement that transcended that brief moment in history are the main complement of the nominees. As on our last compilation, please try to make ten picks with first place being weighted for 10 points and descending to 1 point for a tenth place vote. Also as before to accomodate any artists that are felt to have been overlooked, everyone is allowed one write in vote of any artist not included in the nominated list no questions asked. Also as before, more than one write in candidate is permitted but must be accompianed by some information explaining why they deserve consideration. I will leave voting open for one week and will compile votes as I did previously. It has been a pleasure to write these posts and to know that ANYBODY has the patience to tolerate my writing style and pompous attitudes. I thank everybody who has chosen to participate both here and in my previous blogs and I have one more catagory planned for my next blog which I should get going this week. Explanations of your voting preferences are quite welcome though not required. Again, thanks to all of you who have been here and I'll see you on the other side.


THE NOMINEES ARE:

  • IAN ANDERSON
  • DAVIS BOWIE
  • ERIC CLAPTON
  • ELVIS COSTELLO
  • RAY DAVIES
  • GRAHAM GOULDMAN
  • GEORGE HARRISON
  • JOE JACKSON
  • MARK KNOPFLER
  • DONOVAN LEITCH
  • JOHN LENNON
  • NICK LOWE
  • PAUL McCARTNEY
  • VAN MORRISON
  • CAT STEVENS
  • STING
  • RICHARD THOMPSON
  • PETE TOWNSHEND



Category: General
Posted on: September 26, 2009 10:22 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2009 10:51 am
 

GREAT SOLO SONGWRITERS FORUM - PART 2

                                 THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK


In this version. I would like to continue with what I call complete songwriters, those who write both lyrics and melodies, that originated from some part of the British Empire. At it’s greatest, the British Empire included England, Ireland, India, Australia, parts of the Caribbean and the Asian islands around Indonesia and the Philippines. For argument’s sake, let’s include continental Europe so I have some place to put Mark Knopfler(I guess this would also make ABBA eligible although I won’t be writing that one!!!!) Once again, I’m asking everyone to hold back on songwriters who are primarily collaborators, such as JAGGER/RICHARDS, PINK FLOYD, U2, ELTON JOHN/TAUPIN, etc. as we can cover them in part 3. This should still give us a large amount of  songwriters to discuss. Again, I tend to be most knowledgeable in the mainstream rock genre from the mid 60s to the late 80s and will concentrate my writings in that area. Others of you who can fill in the niches I’m less familiar with or who have particular songwriters they feel strongly about please should feel free to extol their virtues as I don’t want my own point of view to dominate this too much. OK, enough rules, let’s try to have some fun.

I have a theory that much of the succcess of the British invasion and their point of view on life and art is the result of growing up in post World War II England. I have seen many interviews/shows on how many of this generation of English kids were fatherless and grew up in bombed out suburban settings that Americans can never duplicate or fully understand. It has to be more than a coincidence that so many significant musical figures come from England and were born between 1938 and 1950, including all of THE BEATLES, THE ROLLING STONES, THE WHO and THE KINKS. These kids didn't have playgrounds, they had remnants of bombed buildings to play in. A large percentage of them attended British art schools as well. Perhaps this required them to develop their creative imaginations at an earlier age, perhaps its all just a fluke. Regardless, this has to be the richest period for producing a new generation of artists that all longed for the paradise they thought America to be compared to their homeland and sought it out in the rhythm and blues of the black musicians of the American south.


Category: General
Posted on: September 1, 2009 3:19 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2009 3:39 pm
 

VOTING FOR THE BEST AMERICAN SOLO SONGWRITER

I will submit a list of songwriters talked about in my last blog to chose from for voting. There are 53 nominations, but anyone is allowed a single write in vote with no questions asked. Please cast ten votes as the votes will be weighted on a ten point system, that is 10 points for first place, 9 points for second, etc. Ballots containing MORE THAN ONE WRITE IN should explain why additional candidates should be considered for submission. You can write in ten songwriters if you want, just explain why on nine of them if you want their votes counted. Please remember that this particular vote is for songwriters who rarely collaborate and are North American, so Canadians and Mexicans are included. If you want information on the nominees, please refer to my previous blog,

THE ART OF GREAT SONGWRITING FORUM, American writers.

http://fansince66.blogs.cbssports.c
om/mcc/blogs/entry/8312922/16388714

Please list the nominee’s name ant not their number and try to list ten from best to worst to receive proper voting credit. Without further elaboration, here are the nominees:
  1.  ALANIS MORISSETTE
  2. BILLY JOEL
  3. BOB DYLAN
  4. BOB GAUDIO
  5. BOB SEGER
  6. BRIAN WILSON
  7. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
  8. BUDDY HOLLY
  9. BURT BACHARACH
  10. CARLY SIMON
  11. CAROLE KING
  12. CHUCK BERRY
  13. DOLLY PARTON
  14. GENE CLARK
  15. GORDON LIGHTFOOT
  16. HANK WILLIAMS, JR
  17. HARRY CHAPIN
  18. JACKSON BROWNE
  19. JAMES TAYLOR
  20. JIM CROCE
  21. JIMI HENRIX
  22. JIMMY BUFFET
  23. JOHN FOGARTY
  24. JOHN HIATT
  25. J0HN MELLENCAMP 
  26. JOHN SEBASTION
  27. JOHNNY CASH
  28. JOHNNY HORTON
  29. JONI MITCHELL
  30. KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
  31. LAURA NYRO
  32. LEON RUSSELL
  33. LOU REED
  34. LUCINDA WILLIAMS
  35. MARVIN GAYE
  36. MELISSA ETHERIDGE
  37. MERLE HAGGARD
  38. NEIL DIAMOND
  39. NEIL YOUNG
  40. OTIS REDDING
  41. PAUL SIMON
  42. PHIL OCHS
  43. RAY CHARLES
  44. ROY ORBISON
  45. SMOKY ROBINSON
  46. STEVIE NICKS
  47. STEVIE WONDER
  48. TOM PETTY
  49. TOM WAITS
  50. TONY JOE WHITE
  51. TOWNES VAN ZANDT
  52. WARREN ZEVON
  53. WILLIE NELSON


Category: General
Posted on: August 2, 2009 2:27 pm
 

THE ART OF GREAT SONGWRITING FORUM

My hope here is to create a place where we can discuss what makes a great songwriter, why they are great songwriters and to analyze the aspects of  the many different styles of successful songwriting. I think it is impossible to just name THE TEN BEST or some other form of that style as there are so many ways to measure success. Is it most popular, which is what I believe happens when you have TEN BEST format? If so, ABBA and MICHAEL JACKSON are the greatest  songwriters ever arguably. Is it quantity of songs recorded? If so, Neil Sadaka and Burt Bacharach could be the  greatest songwriters ever. Is it most influential? If so, Bob Dylan is superceded by Woody Guthrie as he was a great influence on Dylan, the Beatles are superceded  by Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones are superceded by Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, etc. Do songwriting teams get the same respect as individual songwriters who write both lyrics and melodies? I think the best way to do this is to talk about the different genres of songwriting individually. I have made many friends the last couple of years on the music threads who I think I understand pretty well and who I think understand me pretty well. While I think my taste is pretty diverse and that I possess a pretty deep understanding of musical history, I tend to be pretty mainstream and centered around the 1964-1980s timeframe in a lot of ways and I will offer my opinions in that manner. Others seem to be quite adept at filling in the gaps of having a greater knowledge of pre-BEATLE rock and roll and R&B music from Motown ands STAX. Some are more knowledgeable about writers like Townes Van Zandt and Warren Zevon  or country tinged bands like Gram Parsons. Some of you really seem to like narrative songs that are thought provoking from artists like Springsteen. I believe there is room to explore all these areas and they all deserve to be discussed, but not all at the same time. So I will propose some ground rules.

I will offer up various topics to discuss one at a time. Please feel free to offer up individuals you which to champion or lists of your favorites. However, please try to include a little dialogue about your choices.

I will generally try to comment on the entries made by those who wish to visit here and I invite all participants to feel free to offer their opinions of both agreement and disagreement. However, everyone MUST BE RESPECTFUL AT ALL TIMES . Remember, we are all stating opinions, not facts and I will remove any posts that are inflammatory.

I hope that this will be a long running forum and free flowing forum where everyone is comfortable enough to visit frequently and express their views. I’m using the blog format to control content  to a degree and to promote more in depth analysis of this great subject.

OK, enough of me pontificating. Thanks to anyone out there who reads this and chooses to participate.

Category: General
Posted on: October 11, 2008 9:38 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2008 9:47 pm
 

MUSIC MIX TAPES AND CDs

The lost art of the mix tape

I read a very interesting article in my local newspaper yesterday about the art of making a music mix tape.

www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.d
ll/article
Please try to find time to read the article at this link. I found it fascinating.

It was titled The lost art of the mix tape and was written by our local music reviewer. I have long been a practitioner
of this art form and have made literally hundreds of music mix tapes and CDs. Unfortunately, the records for the tapes
are impossible to keep and the tapes themselves have been given away as presents. I always had a theme in mind
when I made a mix and spent as lot of effort to make them sound professional by rolling off the input levels of the
songs as they ended. All my tapes were made from recording tracks off LPs. Now digital technology has made this
much easier and also allows you to file and reference compilations by looking in a designated folder. Have any of you
ever seen the John Cusack movie HIGH FIDELITY? It is about this very subject of making mix tapes and how it is
almost a religious experience for those of us that really enjoyed it. I'm interested in how many of the music friends
and any others on these boards have engaged in this practice. I would like you to list the songs from at least one of
your mixes. It could be your first, your most recent, or ideally, the one that you consider your best. So having said that,
I will list a couple of my favorite mixes. Please feel free to review and comment on any, but remember that people like
me feel very strongly about what they chose to record so try not to get to derogatory(unless you see Barry Manilow or
somebody like that show up!!!!! LOL) .
Category: General
Posted on: July 27, 2008 6:37 am
 

NOSTRADAMUS OR ORWELL: BETTER VIEW OF THE FUTURE?

Many people consider Nostradamus as the greatest predictor of future events in the last 500 years. His quatrains are famous and very popular in today's culture. I prefer to believe that George Orwell had a more accurate vision of the future, particularly in his book 1984.  This book was requisite reading in my High School days of the late 60s and early 70s. Orwell's predictions of Big Brother and constant video monitoring are eerily real in today's world. I recently dropped my wallet while leaving the local grocery store one morning after taking my kids to school. I realized within five minutes of driving that I had lost my wallet and returned to the supermarket where it had happened. They were able to replay their video monitors both inside the store and out into the parking lot and show me how I had tucked my shirt into my pants pocket along with my wallet and how my shirt had pulled my wallet out when I had sat down in my van. They also showed the young lady who worked in a business right next to them arriving about one minute after I left and picking up my wallet. She had carried it into her place of employment and was trying to find my name in the phone book to contact me. This is both comforting and disturbing to me. On the one hand, I was able to recover my wallet and its contents quickly and safely. On the other, hand, I feel like my privacy has been invaded as I was constantly surveiled while doing the rather innocent act of grocery shopping. Our media, which is supposed to be unbiased and keep us informed has become a branch of propaganda picking and choosing what facts to report only as they fit the message they are trying to convey. Probably the uncovering of the Watergate break-in was the last true real reporting for the benefit of the American public.  Now we are fed stories to justify our needs to invade foreign countries, manufactured numbers to deny that we are in an economic recession, and political rhetoric that is meant to confuse rather than clarify our leaders true motives.

Much is made of the predictions of Nostradamus' Quatrains. They are very long and obscure passages that are the subjects of interpretations of facts after they happen. Despite their existence for 500 years and vast studies, they have never been used to accurately predict a catastrophe or event in time to prevent it. It is only when looking back and using liberal interpretations that there seems to be any validity to his predictions.

I will provide links to several sites on both Orwell and Nostradamus for those wishing to look for themselves at the different sides of this debate. I have used these sites fro my own research, although I confess that much of what I feel about Orwell goes back to my studies of him in High School and Political Science classes in college.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostradamus
www.skepdic.com/nostrada.html
www.evangelicaloutreach.org/nostrad
amus.htm

www.nostradamus.org/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Orwell

www.george-orwell.org/
www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figu
res/orwell_george.shtml

www.k-1.com/Orwell/
Posted on: May 22, 2008 9:03 pm
 

BETTER ATHLETE? ROADRUNNER VS WILE E. COYOTE

This is my FIRST actual blog so if I do poorly at it, well just get over yourselves!! Now you may think that this isn't a sports issue, but I'm going to do my best to show otherwise. Here's a list of my reasons.

1) In my youth, this was definitely a regularly scheduled contest between two combatants EVERY Saturday morning. Always a match of raw talent(Roadrunner) vs tactical planning(Coyote). That fits my definition of a sporting contest.
2) This was a contest involving speed and nimbleness vs mastery of available support equipment and brute force.
3) As a youth, you never really knew if the coyote was going to be successful this time, hence there is drama and suspense while anticipating the outcome of each individual struggle.
4) There would be multiple momentum shifts each episode as the coyote would seem to be winning just before Roadrunner would find an escape. This could happen multiple times within a single episode, just like a Colts-Pats game or a NBA game.
5) At its core, this is basically just a footrace between two formidable adversaries.

OK, if we all agree that this is actually a real sporting event, then there are several complex issues we must examine. To me, we have the basic primordeal matchup, predator vs prey. Coyote has a basic need to find food in a desert environment where precious little food is to be found while Roadrunner has the strongest instinctual drive to survive and propagate the species(Strangely, as I kid I never really noticed that Mrs. Roadrunner was seldom seen. I do remember episode involving robotic, alluringly feminine roadrunners, blow up imitation roadrunner dolls, provocative pictures of roadrunners posted as bait to lure Roadrunner into a trap. Was there a marital aid store in the desert we wee unaware of? Did Coyote harbor some secret fetishes that we didn't understand as kids? I have no proof of these accusations, but as an adult looking back, you have to wonder. The contrast of styles makes it interesting too. We have the speed
of the Roadrunner vs. the cunning and mechanical mastery of the Coyote. So onto the comparison where some very suspicious issues spring up.

Roadrunner was exceedingly fast, so fast that he left a proverbial cloud of dust wherever he went(strangely, even on paved roads!) I remember Roadrunner once ran so fast that he ran across the span of a bridge that Coyote had cleverly blown up. Roadrunner was also able to run through stone walls, as in the episode where Coyote painted a scene of a tunnel on the wall and Roadrunner disappeared INTO the painting while Coyote still ran into the stone wall. Roadrunner could also stop instantly, often vibrating in one spot from the violent deceleration and then eating a whole bowl of ACME bird feed, sometimes laced with lead pellets, faster than Kobayashi gulps down hot dogs. As a child, I thought these were just God given talents, but given the state of modern sports, I now have to wonder if Performance Enhancing Drugs were involved. Was Roadrunner secretly ‘roiding up, ala Tim Montgomery to achieve his tremendous speeds? Did he owe his ability to run seemingly incredible distances and ridiculously long times to other steroids, ala Floyd Landis? Perhaps he was a Benzedrine abuser, you know, always in motion, nervously looking around when not running, the vibrating stops. Alas we’ll never knaw as Warner Brothers, like MLB, had no testing policies in place.

Then there’s suspicions about Coyote. He survived falls into deep ravines, being hit by vehicles, jet sledding into canyon walls, even explosions. Stranger than just surviving these was how fast he healed. Was McNamee giving him injections to speed his recovery? Even more bizarre is his relationship with ACME. Coyote had no visible signs of income(let’s face it. If he had money, he could have bought food instead of constantly endangering himself chasing Roadrunner. Perhaps it was ‘roid rage that caused him to keep up the chase.) yet he received an endless supply of mechanical apparatuses from ACME. And ACME’s name was always prominently displayed for optimal product endorsement value. Was Coyote secretly being given monetary aid to entice him to perform in the obscurity of the desert, ala Reggie Bush, O.J. Mayo, etc. These issues seemed to be nonexistent in the 70s when the media protected the athletes reputation, but look very suspicious now when looking back as an adult. If only Yosemite Sam would step up and publish a tell all book as Jose Canseco did. Too bad these contests didn’t take place in the state of Pennsylvania so Arlen Specter would form a subcommittee to investigate the cartoon cash cow conglomerates. So many suspicious circumstances and so little hard proof. Perhaps Oliver Stone can craft a movie looking inside the world of cartoons and reveals all its ugly sports. I remember watching a TV show in the 80s where a shadowy figure was shown in silhouette sobbing and speaking in an emotional, cracking voice that sounded suspiciously like Porky Pig saying “Cartoons aren’t real!! It’s all twick photography!” Was this a true confession or a tawdry expose’ piece. Please give me your views as to how best to resolve these unanswered sports scandals.
 
 
 
 
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