Heisman Winner 2011

The 2011 Heisman trophy was awarded on December 10, 2011 to Robert Griffin III from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. I took this photo on December 29, 2011 at the intersection of IH-35 and Airport Boulevard in Austin, Texas.

That didn’t take long.

Billboard of Baylor University's Heisman Trophy winner Richard Griffin III
Baylor University (Waco) advertising in Austin



Time Zones

In my younger days, I could stay up to watch all of Monday Night Football. Yes, I remember Howard Cosell. Then it got to be that I turned off the TV at half time. Some years later, I started struggling to make it through the first quarter. (Getting to work at 6:00 a.m. had a lot to do with my ability — or lack of it — to watch all of the football game. It wasn’t only that I was getting older.)

Then ESPN came along and there was Sunday Night Football. That was nice. Later, the National Football League got into the business with their own TV channel and a Thursday night football game showed up. (ESPN now broadcasts Monday Night Football and NBC took over Sunday Night Football, but the number of night games is the same.)

So much football and I can’t hardly keep my eyes open. It just isn’t fair! Surely there is some way for me to watch all these night games. I don’t want to tape the games, I want to watch them live. I think I’ve figured out a way.

I’ll move to a different time zone. A time zone where the games start earlier. I live in the Central time zone where the night games usually start at 7:30 p.m. and end way too late (for me). If I move to the Mountain time zone, they will start at 6:30, local time. And if I move to the west coast, they will start at 5:30 p.m. I might be able to stay up and watch the whole game! Yippee!

Oh, my. I never thought about moving to California before, but I am starting to seriously consider it. Sunday games, do they really start at 10:00 a.m.? Sweet, so sweet.

Lottery Lunacy

We all have plans for when we win the big money, the lottery. Most what-to-do-with-the-money lists probably start out about the same: taking care of family, house, car, bills, charity, travel. You know, the usual stuff.

But what about after that? What about the interesting stuff? What do you have planned to do or buy that’s just plain fun, silly or both?

Here’s my idea of a silly waste of money, waiting only on the right combination of Quick Pick numbers to come my way (cash option, of course):

I’m going to buy a pair of Crocs for each professional football team. Then, when I’m watching the games on TV, I’ll wear one shoe from each team. For the team going left to right, I’ll wear their shoe on my left foot. For the team going right to left, their shoe will dangle off of my right foot. When the quarter ends and the teams change direction, I’ll swap shoes as well, right to left and left to right.

As a lottery winner, I’ll finally be able to afford the NFL Sunday Ticket and I’ll get to watch all the games. That means that on Sunday mornings I’ll move 30 pairs of shoes to the living room. (One game is on Monday night. Later in the season, Thursday night football on the NFL Network will take another game off of the Sunday line up.)

Each time I change the channel to watch a different game, I’ll get up and change shoes. I’ll count that as part of my daily physical activity. It’ll be fun, really.

Now, if I could just remember to buy a lottery ticket . . .