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my blog on political and literary topics

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Tragically Hip, Bowie, John Cale, Neil Young

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Jun 22nd 2012

Swept by the Mets, need to swat the Nats. Where's the pine tar ?      

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Rating my CUSA hoops' predictions
Posted by Vapor52 on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 7:23:19 AM

I'll link the original sources but on the left  are my picks, on the right is today's standings.


On the left my prognostications. Nailed NT, way off on WKU.

1. UTEP Miners : Western Kentucky  
2. UAB Blazers |  Louisiana Tech  
3. Old Dominion Monarchs |  UAB  
4. Charlotte| Middle Tennessee  
5. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | Old Dominion  
6. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers |  UTEP  
7.Southern Miss Golden Eagles- UT San Antonio  
8. Marshall Thundering Herd :  Rice  
9. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders |  Florida International  
10. Florida Atlantic Owls |  Charlotte  
11North Texas Mean Green | North Texas  
12. Florida International Golden Panthers | Florida Atlantic  
13. UTSA Roadrunners | Southern Miss  
14. Rice Owls Marshall


CUSA/MAC/SunBelt hoops
Posted by Vapor52 on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:54:19 AM

re-posted from


Yes, I know the SunBelt may only get one dance ticket, but I like learning and reviewing these three conferences football and basketball programs.

CUSA misses Mempis and La Tech is off to a 2-0 start to fill that void. Raheem  Appleby leads the team with 16.1 PPG. Watch out for ODU, a one time stalwart CAA program.

1/19/13:Denzell Taylor’s 14 points helped  ODU comeback and beat FAU yesterday. Another surging team is Charlotte> How about that win yesterday: Terrence Williams scored twice in the final 42 seconds – including a game-winning dunk at the buzzer – as North Carolina-Charlotte slid past North Texas 76-74.

MAC- Buffalo( J.McCrea-16.8 PPG) leads the East &  W.Mich ( David Brown-18.9) leads  the West.

1/17/14 Akron is 3-0 in conference play but the Zips are sluggish today (Jan 18) on their to losing to Toledo.

SunBelt-  Ga St has been slow on the gridiron, but the Panthers’ cagers are off to a 3-0 conference start. Ryan Harrow leads the squad with 18.6 PPG. GA St now 4-0.

1/19/13: GA St moves to 5-0 in conference play: R.J. Hunter scored 25 points and Manny Atkins had 22 points as Georgia State in a 99-73 win over Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday.


Mid majors: CUSA, MAC, Sunbelt
Posted by Vapor52 on Monday, September 09, 2013 at 9:21:06 AM

I have previews and week 1 @ 2 quick hits over at Wordpress.


How about Cato's Kids at  Marshall. Joe Montanas's boy Nick at Tulane. Bowling Green off to a good start.


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Sporting Clue(less)
Posted by Vapor52 on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 9:00:43 AM

It still irks me that I have to surf FBook, You gab sports, macapp  etc  to find the SNers' blog entries  I used to get at one site. I guess the SN  sinking bottom line pushed the corporate honchos to radicallly F up their site. Since the print version of  SN was once  the baseball Bible, the baseball   tales & knowledge at the site were excellent. I  was about 12 & recall giving my parents saved coins so they'd send a check to Sporting News, and then I spread the paper mag  on the floor to read it

So it goes:


I'm pushing myself to write daily and pursue literary/politically/musical commentary at

and this year I'm pushing myself out of my sports comfort zone  working on Wordpress blogs on the MAC, CUSA, and  Sunbelt football conferences, which are featured at a

Speaking of pigeon holes. I went to an engineering high school then  earned a BA in English so I've received plenty of      at job interviews over the years. 
 Back to the accounting and inventory software to pay the bills.

I'll leave you with  Tragically Hip, great Canadian rockers.  Pigeon Camera


Fantrax College FF-FU to CBS, Yahoo Pickem
Posted by Vapor52 on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 7:40:08 AM

CBS was the best of a weak field in a College Fantasy football, and this season they didn't offer free leagues so I moved to Fantrax and have done my best to keep the scoring simple and free. PM me an email address if you're interested  in any of these leagues..posting a link and password won't cut it.



1)ACC, Big10, SEC, & AAC (old big East)- 

2) Big12 , MWC.Pac12, IND.

3) CUSA, Sunbelt, & MAC  (really need help with this league)


Yahoo Pickem: CUSA & Yahoo defaults

click join league, then insert  

Group ID#: 363
Password: terp79




One last name per team
Posted by Vapor52 on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 7:16:46 AM

Lately, NBCSN has been doing a Mt Rushmore - four faces per NFL team. My list is based more on my gut,- what comes to mind immediately. 

Colts- Unitas
Browns- Brown (Jim & Paul)
Bears- Sayers
Saints- Manning (Archie)
Steelers- Green (joe)
Raiders- Stabler
Redskins- Baugh
Jets- Namath

Lions - Lane  (Bobby & Night train) Yes, I cheated since it Bobby Layne)

O's : Robinson (Brooks & Frank)
Tigers- Kaline
Red Sox- Yaz
Pirates- Clemente
Yanks- Mantle

Cards- Musial

Bulls- Jordan
Bucks- Alcindor
Lakers - Magic
Warriors- Barry (rick)
Supersonics- Haywood (spencer)

Bruins - Orr
BHawks- Mikita

Flyers- Clarke
Oilers- Gretzky


CBSSports message boards gone
Posted by Vapor52 on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 8:14:24 AM

 CBS message boards used to be great  cuz you could track stories you commented on via your profile. You suffered the usual trolls, but you also could find interesting discussion that were more than 2- second twitter ejaculations.


CBS Fantasy Sports have been weak except for college football where they 're  the best  due to poor competition.

What they did with fantasy baseball is dizzying. They went from too little info to TMI.

CBS made no formal announcement and I had to find this via a non CBS outlet.



Moving forward, the Message Board component from -- which includes all off-topic boards, user-created blogs, threads, private messages and favorites -- is no longer featured on the site. Additionally, the user profile and avatar will also be removed; however, users will still be able to log in using their current CBS Member ID and password to post on stories, blogs, game trackers, team and player pages as well as using Facebook or Twitter accounts.

The current Livefyre commenting system  -- found on stories, blogs, game trackers, team and player pages permitting users to log in using CBS Member IDs or Facebook and Twitter accounts -- will remain



I don't love LA
Posted by Vapor52 on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 7:21:55 AM

....and the Oscar goes to Dwight Howard for sometimes posing as someone who cares about playing basketball.


My Nuggets w/o Gallo cruised by the Lakers last night and still the chat rooms are filled with Kobe Amnesty talk and Pau injury reports.

Lakers are 3GB of the final playoff spot, yet their trivial expectorations steal  headlines from the Thunder, dull Spurs' news, & even toss ice on Heat explosions.


Hey ESPN get off the Lakers c^^k


This old 45 RPM keeps spinning
Posted by Vapor52 on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 8:11:22 AM

No one knows if and when MD pays the 50 mil or less for early exiting the ACC. Sports change is difficult for me, and I won't rehash the opinions I've typed ad nauseum about missing Wacky Tobacky road.

As the disco dj's used to say 'the record keeps spinning...round and round".

So while I've noticed that Miami Fla , who joined the ACC less than a decade ago, is running up the men's hoop charts, I've focused more  attention than usual to the Big10, and I've been impressed with the excitement of the Mich/Ohio St and Indiana /Illinois games  and , of course, one can not ignore the Wisky bottles until katy bars the door.


Who doesn't know the Big10 football lore of the Bo & Big House, Woody Hayes, Bubba Smith, Leroy Keyes (Purdue), etc. More recently : Charles Woodson (Mich), one of a few defensive players to win the Heisman, Urban's growing legend in Columbus, Madison, WI maniacs.


in the past few seasons the Big 10 has improved it's lacrosse status and they'll need to get prepared for the Terps, one of the best LAX programs in the nation. During the year I spent at College Park, MD (1977-78) , I heard more "bad boy" bar stories about the lacrosse players than football players.



I'll leave you with one of my favorite childhood 45's. CCR's Fortunate Son


Terps moving to the Big ten ??
Posted by Vapor52 on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 7:51:22 AM

Elmore expressed concern that the decision was driven exclusively by Athletic Director Kevin Anderson and university President Wallace Loh, neither of whom have “had any real affinity with Maryland pride.”




Thx Len: I'm still spitting nails and you nailed the sentiments of most Terps fans.

There is so much rich history, particularly in hoops, that it asinine to let the man who's ruined our football program move us. There's a 50 mil ACC buyout unless they found some way to avoid that.


BTW, Elmore was on some great Terps basketball team with Tom McMillen and others. back in the day when a conference got one ticket to the Dance


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