Monday, October 23, 2006


Hey Everyone

Please see the post below but keep in mind the post I am referring to is "Open Letter" as B Strong has updated his blog since my post.

Have an awesome day.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Just want to refer you to another Blog today

Hey All

Many things to write about today but I am going to wait. If you showed up here today scroll down the right side of my blog to the links. Click on Down syndrome life and read the latest post by an awesome Dad.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Mike Sodrel vs. Barron Hill - Indiana's 3rd District

I am always amazed during the silly season how people from Washington DC use television to teach us about Hoosier Values. Nothing like the Republican and Democrat national committee's all the sudden understanding any values other then special interest groups and their money.

The interesting thing about this is the advertising we are being bombarded with on Indianaoplis television on the 3rd District race. Why is this interesing? Well my guess would be 95% of the Indy viewing area can't vote for either candidate because they represent Southern Indiana not Indianapolis. But the folks from DC are spending more money then I can imagine on these ads.

I don't know Mike Sodrel or Barron Hill nor can I vote for either, but since they are both from Indiana my bet is both of these gentlemen are probably pretty darn good guys. My guess is either one would try to make the best decesions they can for the people of Indiana if elected and they followed their Hoosier values and their gut instincts. But all we hear about is slam, slam and more slam.....all the polls say we as the public don't like negative ads so why do we let them get away with it. We can't find anything better to spend all this money on? I know I can.

But that is the problem in Washington today. Nobody votes based on any kind of value or gut insticnt. How do they vote? The do what they are told not by the people that elect them but by the goofballs in DC that run the R's and the D's, they same people that generate all this partisan political crap we are bombarded with everyday.

When was the last time anything really got done in DC? Well we did go to Iraq and the only thing good I can think of from that is Haliburton stock is stronger. Now I am not second guessing either side on this but only stating the only positive I can find about the whole mess.

Bottom line is when are we the American public going to finally say enough is enough and tell or Indiana delegation that we will not tolerate any more of this negative stuff. Cancel the ad's and stop the name calling......take the candidates running and get out in the district and knock on doors and let us meet you and talk to you and make a decesion based on what we think you stand for not what the goofballs in DC tell us.

Come on Hoosiers deserve better.

Monday, October 02, 2006

University of Findlay Oiler Football

It's been awhile since I have updated the tales but the time has come.

I proudly wore the black and orange of the Findlay College Oiler's from 1981-1984 and carry with me today many of the lessons learned from being part of one of the best teams in NAIA football history. Much of who I am today was honed on the practice field, the field of Donnell Stadium and the many fields of the Hoosier Buckeye conference were the Oilers ruled. Or maybe it was from getting my head bashed in for the first three years being part of the scout squad. Anyway.

When the time came for Coach Strahm (now a member of the College Football Hall of Fame) to hang up the whistle we all knew the belief "We Don't Lose at Donnell" would be safe under the watchful eye of our team mate Doug Coate. To this day many of us don't understand why Doug was only given two seasons at the helm of the Oilers and their new NCAA Division II status. Coach Coate is a stand up guy that wore the orange and black both as a player and a coach and understood what it meant to be an Oiler. But the change was made.

So they brought in a coach with years of experience as an assistant and as a head coach. I am sure the Coach Dan Simrell is a great guy but I have never met him. I have not been to an Oiler game since Coach Coate was fired. Coach Simrell seems to be creating his history all over again as in Toledo when he coached an average team and was let go with an average record. Findlay is now 30-40 under the leadership of Coach Simrell compared to 183-64-5 under Coach Strahm. This is not what Oilers of the past would rank as acceptable. The common belief was that the University moved past Coach Coate to obtain a higher caliber coach with more big league experience. It does not seem to have worked out as they planned.

Coach Coate on the other hand moved onto another great program at the University of St Francis in Ft Wayne Indiana. The Cougars are 65- 18 in the last 7 years under Head Coach Donley and assistant Coach Coate. Coach Coate was also the baseball coach and St Francis and did I mention is the all time win leader as baseball coach at Findlay?

Well Coach Coate has moved on and no doubt will not return to Findlay but as they say in college football it's time for a change.

It's time to restore the Pride in Oiler Football! The men that played for Coach Strahm and the men that wear the orange and black today deserve better.

If the powers at the University are serious about the football program and want to bring a coach in with big league experience and an Ohio football background I understand Lou Holtz likea to take on challenges and is available.

Well that is my two cents about Oiler Football but I am sure it won't make much diffence as I doubt anyone from Findlay will see the Big Dawg Tales, but hey I sure feel better.

Until we meet again.