“No risk, no reward”

Okay, I am hardly a Houston Texans fan, nor likely to be one. (Sorry Ginger!) However, I was surprised and amazed by the “roll the dice” approach of the Head Coach at the end of the game yesterday against the Jaguars.
The Score is 20-17, Jacksonville. You have the ball on their 1 yard line with two seconds on the clock, 3rd down. Conventional wisdom says you (try) and kick the field goal to tie, and go into overtime.
Dom Capers decided to go for it. For the unfootball inclined, there is no way to try a play, have it fail and then kick the field goal in under two seconds. So, if he failed here, the Texans were going to lose.
David Carr took a QB keeper and got across the goal line. Texans win, no overtime needed, Jacksonville (likely getting ready for an overtime session) stunned and amazed.
As was I.
In less happy football news, the Jets lost to the Dallas Cowboys. No surprise…but now Bill Parcells’ Cowboys, by beating both the Giants and the Jets at Giants Stadium, have a better record in Giants Stadium this year than either the Giants or the Jets.
Even more of a coincidence, Dallas will play Bill Parcells’ OTHER team in his resume, the New England Patriots, at New England Nov 16th.

Ticket to Ride

I wanted to share the “big” news this weekend for me with everyone.
I bought my first car. Yeah, I know that I am overdue, but then I’ve only had a license for a few years. It was due, aye, past due for me to do this.
I am now financing a 2002 Dodge Neon. White, which will be bad if I get into a snowbank, but otherwise its a *nice* car with about 26,000 miles on it. I am paying through the nose on APR and such because this *is* my first major life purchase.
But I now have wheels of my own. I know most if not all of you have done this far earlier in your lives than me, so forgive me for my enthusiasm and (especially) nervousness.

A quote from “The Big time”

“Woe to Spider! Woe to Cretan! Heavy is the news I bring you. Bear it bravely, like strong women. When we got the gun unlimbered, I heard seaweed fry and crackle. We three leaped behind the rock wall, saw our gun grow white as sunlight in a heat-ray of the Serpents!…”
“I don’t know how she does it, but she does–in English, too. That is, when she figures she’s got something important to report…Beau claims that all the ancients fit their thoughts into measured lines as naturally as we pick a word that will do.”
–The Big Time, by Fritz Leiber
Now the GA players know from where Iolaus gets it.