One of my coneflowers. A very healthy batch this year.
Well, we did it. We made it to 100 Photos of the Day. I figured there was no better way to cap off the first 100 with what Micky would call “flower porn”. Somewhere Russell is shaking his head.
What Russell doesn’t know is that while I can claim a decent amount of subscribers as far as I know only 3 people actually gander at my ramblings. So I hope Baier, Shannon, and Micky enjoyed Russell’s contribution to this here blog, ahem, online journal. I can already hear Micky calling this entry “blimp porn”.
Since I didn’t do the photography he will present me with a long diatribe about how this picture of the blimp was tastefully done and therefore not pornographic in any way. I guess I’ll wait with bated breath.
That being said, I’m proud that this is the first time in the storied 10 year history of the Roundball Oracles that somebody that shares my DNA has been able to hoist the unnamed championship trophy.
Past winners have included co-workers, high school locker partners, former roomies, father-in-laws, and once… even a woman!
So I’m excited this year that somebody with Bennett DNA coursing through their veins will be the reigning Roundball Oracles Champ! All is right in the world.
I know that there is a fair chance that you are wondering: “That is great, but I’d really like to know how some of my other favorite Oracles fared this year. I really root for Russell Kennerly. I like underdogs. He is like the Mid-Major of the Roundball Oracles.”*
So without further adieu, I present to you the final ranking of Year 10 of the Roundball Oracles!
|3.||Paul Golden||235||41||Michigan State||DNP|
|8.||Andree Jauhari||210||38||Iowa State||28th|
|9.||Derrick Gorshe||208||38||Iowa State||14th|
|10.||Carrie Baier||205||37||Michigan State||19th|
|13.||Nate Miller||203||36||Iowa State||DNP|
|14.||Frank Meiners||201||38||Michigan State||11th|
|16.||Corey Faust||200||36||Iowa State||7th|
|17.||Humble Narrator||196||36||Iowa State||33rd|
|21.||Carla Stensland||189||35||Iowa State||DNP|
|25.||Elizabeth Nordeen||181||35||Iowa State||21st|
|29.||Tim Peterson||175||34||Iowa State||22nd|
|30.||Becky Perkovich||175||35||Iowa State||27th|
|35.||Will Baier||147||23||Iowa State||34th|
This year might have been the closest year ever. It literally came down to Wisconsin’s last second shot rimming in and out, giving Kentucky the victory in the Final Four. If that shot drops, Micky wins.
But the shot didn’t fall and Micky waits another year, while Brandon’s name is carved onto the List of Immortals!
Roundball Oracles Champions
2014 – Brandon Kahler
2013 – William McAlpine
2012 – Lowell Davis
2011 – Carrie Baier
2010 – Mark Wolfram
2009 – Mark Wolfram
2008 – Mark Wolfram
2007 – Tim Peterson
2006 – William McAlpine
2005 – William McAlpine
However, there is 1 more bit of business before I let you go about your merry business. In the pre-tournament post I indicated that I might create a travelling trophy. I am not doing that… at least not yet. I did award a trophy for last place this year. It is an experimental tradition. But I may in the future present a last place trophy to the lowest placing adult that gave full effort to win.
This year’s winner…
*Inside joke that 3 people will get and 1 of them doesn’t even subscribe to this blog!
March Madness is once again upon us. That can mean only 1 thing! It is time for the Roundball Oracles to gather once again and make predictions about the outcome of the NCAA tournament.
I would actually like to start this by quoting the predictions I made about this year’s basketball season at the end of last year’s tournament:
I’m already excited for next years tournament. It is no secret that Iowa State is the rooting team of the grand majority of Oracles, with a few Hawkeye and Kansas fans sprinkled in to mix things up. Plus a few statistical anomalies, (like a UCLA fan) on top for garnish. I anticipate Iowa will actually join the tourney field again next year. Iowa State should have at least a fighting chance to get back to the dance as well. We lose a bunch, but some of the recruits coming in are heralded and I wouldn’t bet against Hoiberg going up against a Big 12 that I expect to be down next year. Plus don’t forget that Michigan will be getting a taste of Hilton Magic next year. 2013-14 should be another great season! Remember the name Monte Morris. I’m guessing you will know it very well next year.
Plus, Steve Alford will be choking at an entirely new school next year! What was UCLA thinking?
I will point out that at the time I wrote that, DeAndre Kane was not yet in the fold.
As always, basketball knowledge is not a prerequisite to participating. Every year when I look at the standings, I think basketball knowledge is actually a hindrance in this competition.
A few things to know that if you want to sign up this year and take a shot at putting your name on the list of the immortals:
1. You do not have to wager any money. The only thing you have to put on the line is pride. And as C.S. Lewis would tell you, pride is the greatest sin.
2. This competition is open to all ages (as long as they can make their own decisions), genders, and fan bases. Unfortunately more than a few of these titles have went home with Hawk fans.
3. There is a trophy for the winner. In fact, this year there might even be a traveling trophy that will go home with the winner for a calendar year. If said traveling trophy does come into existence, it will not be a bust of Kobe Bryant. The Roundball Oracles does not endorse ball-hoggery and low basketball IQs or mediocrity.
Here is a look at last year’s final standings:
|19.||Carrie Baier||188||34||Michigan State||20th|
|21.||Elizabeth Nordeen||176||32||Iowa State||DNP|
|26.||Michelle Haupt||170||32||Ohio State||DNP|
|27.||Becky Perkovich||166||32||Ohio State||29th|
|29.||JJ Baier||163||30||Ohio State||DNP|
|33.||Your Humble Narrator||139||28||Miami||25th|
|34.||Will Baier||121||14||La Salle||DNP|
Roundball Oracles Champions
You are? Just write me and let me know that you want in (I’m a fairly easy person to contact) and I’ll send you out all the information that you will need to participate with all due haste!
The deadline for entering your bracket is the tip-off of the first game on Thursday morning. So if you suffer from being a Hawkeye fan, you’ll will know whether or not your team made the real tournament by then. Not sure why you would care, but to each their own.
Good luck to all the oracles and GO STATE!!!
One of the most popular weeks at the Computer Mine is Customer Service Week. There are lots of theme days and people get to dress up in costumes. The week climaxes with the crowning of a Customer Service Week King and Queen. It reminds me of Spirit Week at dear old Boone High.
I was contracted to take a few pictures of the participants. Here are a few of those photos:
Not sure where next week’s Wednesday Randomness will take us. Probably down portrait lane…
Back in August I went on my 2nd ever work trip for the day job. I went to Corning, New York and Mansfield, Pennsylvania with Micky. We had enough down time to crack out the camera a little bit.
Very few pictures are from Corning, Iowa. No pictures are from Mansfield, Pennsylvania.
Here a few images from that trip:
It certainly beat my first ever work “trip”: going to the Carroll, Iowa McDonald’s to cover their store while their staff had a Christmas Party cause let’s face it, Carroll, Iowa kind of sucks. If the town didn’t have an A&W, it might not even have a right to exist.
A couple of months ago I went to New York State for the day job with Micky. On one of our free nights, we took the rental past a bunch of poorly spelled firewood signs to a beautiful park in Watkins Glen.
The remainder of the Watkins Glen Series:
Next week’s Personal Photo Project will involve flowers of some kind. Maybe lilies. Maybe not.
Time once again to look at some of my favorite Instagram work from the last couple of months.
Of course, if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you have seen all of these before. Just act like you are surprised.
I’m pretty excited by how far I got to expand my photo map in the last two months.
I can’t wait to see where life takes me in in September and October.
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