Football Is Over

...until August, when NFL preseason play begins.

If you were paying attention to that new spring football league you already know it shut down with two weeks of regular-season play to go. The reasoning behind the timing of the shutdown still mystifies me, but I did anticipate it wouldn't last long. Just not less than a full season.

Mrs. McG had discovered that a number of players from Mississippi State were playing for the Birmingham Iron, so that was the team we had been following. They had just clinched a playoff berth when the plug got pulled.

It sort of reminds me of how the World League of American Football ceased play in the U.S. after its second season, when the Sacramento Surge won the league championship.

Today we got a consolation by watching Mississippi State's spring game, but that's it for four months.

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More Thoughts My Brain Made

The Left's problem is that they've chosen to pursue a segment of the voting-age population that has, over the generations, lost its motivation to be civically engaged -- thanks to policies enacted at the Left's own insistence.

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Thoughts My Brain Made

If someone made me absolute ruler of the world – just gave me the keys and said, “You’re in charge, command it and it will be done” – I would make a list of all the people on earth who think they're qualified to rule humanity, and I’d build a fleet of spaceships. I’d round up all those would-be world-rulers, put them on those spaceships, and launch them into the sun.

And then I would put the keys away, except that every so often I’d have to identify and round up a new crop of would-be world-rulers and build a new fleet of spaceships. That’s all I would use that power for – because trying to control all of humanity is pretty much the only reason anybody ever causes serious trouble in this world.

A mere serial killer may off a few dozen people before he's stopped, but it takes a genuine do-gooder to kill millions at a time.

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Criminal Mastermind Alert, 6

A tip of the, er, towel to Charles for this one.

A Stockholm policeman arrested a fugitive criminal on Friday evening after the two met completely naked in a steam sauna.

The officer was just starting to acclimatize to the intense heat, when through the haze, he realized that one of the men sitting next to him was a drugs offender who had gone on the run after being sentenced to prison.

Of which Charles remarks, "I’m guessing concealed weapons were not involved."

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I Could Learn to Appreciate High School Basketball

Is March Madness over yet? Will the NBA title be decided before school gets out for the summer? I can never keep track of professional or college basketball, despite Charles' best efforts to help. However, there's a chance I may do better a few years from now if stories like this can serve as a gateway drug.

In March, the Wyoming Indian boys and girls both captured championships. Both championships game wins came in dramatic fashion, the WIHS boys beat Pine Bluffs in double overtime and the Lady Chiefs knocked off Southeast on a 3 point buzzer-beater.

Both WIHS boys and girls are no stranger to winning championships, but they had never done it in the same season.

Wyoming Indian High School is located in Ethete, a community on Wyoming's Wind River Indian Reservation with a predominantly Arapaho population. Basketball is highly popular on the reservation and in a wide variety of Indian communities across North America, including Interior Alaska where it offers young people something to do during long winter nights. Winters in Wyoming may not be as harsh, but life on a reservation in this day and age is tough enough even without 20-hour-long nights.

The high school's football program, on the other hand, has struggled in recent years with poor records and lack of players. So, basketball it is.

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A Nu Start

Okay, who's up for a rollicking new month of almost daily blog updates?

You are? Then what are you doing here?

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This Is Actually Interesting

Had a message through my email contact form this morning from someone who found one of my posts from last August, I assume on Google, and guessed that I'm interested about robocalls -- which I suppose I am as much as the next easily annoyed telephone customer.

The robocall that inspired the old post was in fact a scam attempt alleging that I needed to send money or I would be "taken under custody by the local police" for unspecified tax offenses. Anyway, my more recent correspondent wanted to call my attention to an FTC study her site had linked, that found robocall complaints seem to peak consistently right around Tax Day -- either on or shortly after April 15.

If you're into big, colorful graphs breaking down data about things like this, you might find their post interesting, but the most important thing to take away from this is how not to become a victim of the sorts of scams that inflate the robocall figures. Just because I was robocalled in August rather than April or late March doesn't mean much.

As I wrote last summer,

No legitimate tax agency will robocall about a tax violation. No legitimate tax agency will leave a voicemail without identifying itself and the person with whom the caller wishes to speak. And that's even assuming any legitimate tax agency would make first contact about a tax violation by phone rather than registered letter or some other, more secure means.

If you need to know what to do to try to put a stop to these scammers, the site linking that trend study has this to say:

The IRS urges consumers that if they suspect the call is a scam, hang up immediately without giving out any personal information and call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.

Calling the FTC with details about the call you received couldn't hurt either, if only to help them compile statistics that might help get things like STIR and/or SHAKEN implemented.

And that's my public-service announcement for this month.

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Fun With Headlines

4th Graders Wanted in State, National Parks

I was not aware of a tween crime spree on our nation's public lands.

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The Left's Long National Nightmare Has Come to a Middle

No collusion?

No indictments?

No impeachment?

No shit.

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Sometimes Conventionality Is the Better Idea

When Mrs. McG and I moved to Georgia almost 20 years ago, freeway interchanges here were numbered sequentially -- which meant that the exit we lived nearest, though more than 50 miles from the Alabama line, was Exit 10.

That scheme was overturned a few years later for the more conventional mile-marker numbering system, and yesterday one of the rarely considered benefits of that system came into play right here in Coweta County.

The opening of the new Exit 44, on Interstate 85 at Poplar Road, was celebrated Wednesday morning in a conference room of Piedmont Hospital.

New interchanges are a rare thing, and the one at Poplar is the first new one since I-85 was built through Coweta County.

The new interchange came about at least in part due to the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital having been built on Poplar Road near its crossing of the the freeway. No previous hospital in Newnan had had freeway access, but only one of those previous had been built since the age of the automobile fully emerged. It was also much more accessible to the local population while the new hospital is on what had been a rural two-lane road before (and for some time after) its opening. The powers that be at the local and state levels may not admit it, but this location made a new interchange inevitable.

And under the old exit numbering scheme, this new interchange would have had to be Exit 8½ -- at least until all of the downstream exits had been renumbered to accommodate it.

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