If you do not know me (I mean, really know me) then there is something you need to understand before you read this blog: I value the truth above everything else... except a good laugh. A good laugh will almost always beat the truth as far as I’m concerned. Everything you read on this blog will be true, somewhat true, or something I made up in an effort to get a laugh. Sometimes I will go on a rant that I don’t really mean (or only kind of mean). Sometimes I will mean what I write only to completely change my mind a year, month, or day later. Such is life. By reading this blog you agree not to get offended by anything I write (or, at the very least, you agree not to tell me or anyone else that you are offended). It is worth noting that my employer does not endorse my blog (or even read it, to tell you the truth). The Wife also does not endorse my blog (though she will read it from time to time). I am not paid to write this... it’s just my way of giving back to the community. I have, and will, touch on a wide range of subjects and will give my opinion on these subjects. Again, most of what I say is for laughs but every now and then I will say what I really think and feel (see my views on Westboro Baptist Cult). How will you know when I’m serious and when I’m trying to get a laugh? You’ll know. And if you don’t know, well... maybe this isn’t the best thing for you to be reading. So, sit back, read and enjoy. Leave comments if you want and don’t be afraid to publicly follow me.

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Cubs... and football

I’m not sure if I’ll have a chance to post this weekend, so we at I’m just sayin... would like to wish all of you trick-or-treaters a safe Halloween. Remember to travel in a group and don’t go into any houses. And with all due respect to the Freeman family (who I love dearly) it’s ok to skip the house that is giving apples (or any other kind of fruit whose name doesn’t start with “candy”).

Did you see the Cubs hired a new manager? Did you see it wasn’t Ryne Sandberg? As you know, I’m not one to call names or to second guess the decisions of others, but we at I’m just sayin... think the Cubs ownership and upper management are a bunch of freakin’ idiots who have a long way to go just to get to be plain stupid. This has got to be the worst decision from an organization that has made plenty of bad decisions (hello, Sammy Sosa). Maybe this isn’t the worst, but it’s firmly in the top 3 (along with getting Sammy and letting Maddux leave). How could they NOT go with Ryno? He’s an icon in the city. He’s been a great AAA manager. He wanted the job. Instead, the Cubs hire Mike Quade... listen, I’m sure Mike Quade is a nice guy, but so is Sonny and I wouldn’t hire him over Ryne Sandberg (and he’s my brother!). You know who you hire over Ryne Sandberg? Ernie Banks. That’s it. That’s the list. If I was the one in charge and looking for a manager, I’d call Ryno and say, “Listen, I want to give you the job... I just need to hear back from Ernie to see if he wants it”. That’s how the conversation would have gone. Of course, Ernie wouldn’t want the job... but I’d still ask him. Why? Because he’s “Mr. Cub”, and by God if you’re “Mr. Cub” I think you should get first refusal. Then you give it to Sandberg. Really, what would be the harm? The Cubs ended up 16 games out of first place... would he cost them some games and have them end up 18 games out of first? He’s a hometown hero. He should have been given a shot.

North Charleston said ok to casino boats. It’s not in this article, but on the news last night I heard the mayor say that the crime associated with this kind of thing is just “People breaking into cars in the parking lot”. What went unsaid is that this kind of crime is much better than what North Charleston has right now. We at I’m just sayin... are not entirely sure how we feel about this. For now, we will treat it like every other vice and recommend that you do it in moderation (the casino boat thing... not the breaking into cars thing).

The I’m just sayin... Football Predictions

Friday Night
James Island at Stratford – It won’t be easy to beat Stratford at home, but I think the Trojans will be able to do it. JI by 3.

Summerville at Beaufort – This won’t be an easy one for the Green Wave, but I think they’ll find a way to win. Summerville by 5.

Ashley Ridge vs Goose Creek – I like Ashley Ridge. I do. Just not tonight. Goose Creek by 21.

Fort Dorchester at Wando – Wando by 14.

Dorman vs Byrnes – I have nothing witty to say about Dorman today. I’m not sure if Byrnes is as good as they’ve been in the past, but I’m pretty sure Dorman is as good as they’ve been this season (huh?). I’m picking Dorman by 3.

#17 USC vs Tennessee 12:21pm (SEC network, WMMP down here I think) – Derek Dooley said his team was like the Germans during WWII on D-Day. The Germans lost, so will Tennessee. I like the Revolutionary War Heroes to win this one by 14.

Clemson at Boston College 12:00pm (ACC Network, WCSC down here I think) – The Tigers had a good game last week... now they travel up north to face Boston College. With NC State’s win over FSU last night, the Tigers still have a shot at the ACC Atlantic Division Title. But they’ll need to beat BC to keep that dream alive. I think they will. Clemson by 6.

Navy vs. Duke 3:30pm (CBS maybe? I don’t know) – After yet another win over the hapless Catholics from Notre Dame, Navy will now face the even more hapless Methodists from Duke. I’m picking Navy by 7.

CSU at Stony Brook 3:00pm – The Bucs are still looking for their first Big South win of the year. I doubt they’ll get it this Saturday. Stony Brook by 21.

Pittsburgh at New Orleans 8:20pm (NBC) – This ain’t the Saints from last season. Steelers by 10.

Miami at Cincinnati 1:00pm (CBS) – The Dolphins are on the road, so I like their chances. Miami by 3.

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private George L. Banks (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 25, 1863 at Missionary Ridge, Tennessee. His citation reads:

As color bearer, led his regiment in the assault, and, though wounded, carried the nag forward to the enemy's works, where he was again wounded. In a brigade of 8 regiments this flag was the first planted on the parapet.

Corporal James A. Barber (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 2, 1865 at Petersburg, Virginia. His citation reads:

Was one of a detachment of 20 picked artillerymen who voluntarily accompanied an infantry assaulting party, and who turned upon the enemy the guns captured in the assault.

Captain William E. Barber (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from November 28 – December 2, 1950 at the Chosin Reservoir area, Korea. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of Company F in action against enemy aggressor forces. Assigned to defend a 3-mile mountain pass along the division's main supply line and commanding the only route of approach in the march from Yudam-ni to Hagaru-ri, Capt. Barber took position with his battle-weary troops and, before nightfall, had dug in and set up a defense along the frozen, snow-covered hillside. When a force of estimated regimental strength savagely attacked during the night, inflicting heavy casualties and finally surrounding his position following a bitterly fought 7-hour conflict, Capt. Barber, after repulsing the enemy gave assurance that he could hold if supplied by airdrops and requested permission to stand fast when orders were received by radio to fight his way back to a relieving force after 2 reinforcing units had been driven back under fierce resistance in their attempts to reach the isolated troops. Aware that leaving the position would sever contact with the 8,000 marines trapped at Yudam-ni and jeopardize their chances of joining the 3,000 more awaiting their arrival in Hagaru-ri for the continued drive to the sea, he chose to risk loss of his command rather than sacrifice more men if the enemy seized control and forced a renewed battle to regain the position, or abandon his many wounded who were unable to walk. Although severely wounded in the leg in the early morning of the 29th, Capt. Barber continued to maintain personal control, often moving up and down the lines on a stretcher to direct the defense and consistently encouraging and inspiring his men to supreme efforts despite the staggering opposition. Waging desperate battle throughout 5 days and 6 nights of repeated onslaughts launched by the fanatical aggressors, he and his heroic command accounted for approximately 1,000 enemy dead in this epic stand in bitter subzero weather, and when the company was relieved only 82 of his original 220 men were able to walk away from the position so valiantly defended against insuperable odds. His profound faith and courage, great personal valor, and unwavering fortitude were decisive factors in the successful withdrawal of the division from the deathtrap in the Chosin Reservoir sector and reflect the highest credit upon Capt. Barber, his intrepid officers and men, and the U.S. Naval Service.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A look at me... by me

I know most of you look at The Wife and think “God, she’s so lucky” or something along those lines. Ok, maybe most of you don’t do that... but I’m sure at least one of you has thought something like that in a moment of weakness. Anyway, it’s true that living with me has its benefits... but it isn’t always fun and games. I have some quirks that some of you may or may not have noticed... but she has noticed them. Oh... believe me... she has noticed them. For the most part, she is able to ignore or laugh them off. And it’s not that I don’t know I’m doing this stuff... it’s just I can’t help it. Even if I’m able to keep from saying it... I still think it. So let us begin... (***Note... I don’t think some of these are uncommon... at least among men.***).

I’ve told you about this one before, but I can’t say Alabama with out saying it like Keith Jackson.

I can’t go to the Y without singing (at least in my head) the song YMCA.

I quote movies. All the time. (I think this is a guy thing)

While watching a movie, I’ll repeat a funny part right after it happens (I try not to do this when watching a movie with friends. Also, this is something Mary Ruth does now).

I will also, from time to time while watching a great movie, say a line right before it happens.

I can’t go to the Aquarium without singing “This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarium” to the tune of the 5th Dimension song “Aquarius”.

I can’t say “Practice” without going into “Allen Iverson” mode and saying “practice?!” over and over.

I also can’t say “Playoffs” without going into “Jim Mora” mode and saying “playoffs?!” over and over.

I sing around the house. Sometimes with Maverick, sometimes alone. Sometimes I sing “religious” songs (Old Rugged Cross, In The Garden, Livin On A Prayer...), sometimes I sing classic songs (Margaritaville, Devil Went Down To Georgia, You Never Even Called Me By My Name, My Way, Me and My Shadow...), and sometimes I just make up a song or sing bits and pieces of various songs. (Mary Ruth also does this).

When I hear someone say “What?” a lot or say it in a whiny way, I go into “Samuel L. Jackson as Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction” mode and yell “Say 'what' again. Say 'what' again, I dare you, I double dare you mother******, say what one more G**d*** time!”

The Wife can’t say DHEC around me without me asking, “What dee heck?”

I can’t watch an episode of MacGyver without pointing out that Henry Winkler was an executive producer for the show.

So there you have it. I’m sure there are more that I’m not thinking of right now. Maybe I’ll list them later (if I remember them).

In other news, the current I’m just sayin... favorite songs are Southern State of Mind by Darius Rucker and I Don’t Care by Darius Rucker and Brad Paisley.

Not sure if you noticed, but Medal of Honor Recipient First Lieutenant Frank D. Baldwin (who was listed at the end of my post yesterday) was the first of 19 Double Recipients we will meet as we get to know these brave men. By first, I mean his name came first... I don’t know time wise who was first. I could look it up, but so could you.

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Hospital Corpsman Second Class Donald E. Ballard (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 16, 1968 at Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life and beyond the call of duty while serving as a HC2c. with Company M, in connection with operations against enemy aggressor forces. During the afternoon hours, Company M was moving to join the remainder of the 3d Battalion in Quang Tri Province. After treating and evacuating 2 heat casualties, HC2c. Ballard was returning to his platoon from the evacuation landing zone when the company was ambushed by a North Vietnamese Army unit employing automatic weapons and mortars, and sustained numerous casualties. Observing a wounded marine, HC2c. Ballard unhesitatingly moved across the fire swept terrain to the injured man and swiftly rendered medical assistance to his comrade. HC2c. Ballard then directed 4 marines to carry the casualty to a position of relative safety. As the 4 men prepared to move the wounded marine, an enemy soldier suddenly left his concealed position and, after hurling a hand grenade which landed near the casualty, commenced firing upon the small group of men. Instantly shouting a warning to the marines, HC2c. Ballard fearlessly threw himself upon the lethal explosive device to protect his comrades from the deadly blast. When the grenade failed to detonate, he calmly arose from his dangerous position and resolutely continued his determined efforts in treating other marine casualties. HC2c. Ballard's heroic actions and selfless concern for the welfare of his companions served to inspire all who observed him and prevented possible injury or death to his fellow marines. His courage, daring initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

Private Frederick Ballen (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 3, 1863 at Vicksburg, Mississippi. His citation reads:

Was one of a party that volunteered and attempted to run the enemy's batteries with a steam tug and 2 barges loaded with subsistence stores.

Private Neil Bancroft (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 25, 1876 at Little Big Horn, Montana. His citation reads:

Brought water for the wounded under a most galling fire.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Is it Tuesday already?

Let me start by thanking all of my friends and family who were able to attend Susie’s first birthday party. There were a group of our friends (8… 4 couples) who went to Clemson for the weekend together. We at I’m just sayin… would like to thank the one couple who made it back in time for the party. They know who they are. To the others, don’t worry… Susie was so hopped up on Tylenol that she didn’t notice.

Sonny couldn’t make it because he was preaching that Sunday.

Doubting Teri couldn’t make it because she didn’t believe me when I told her about the party.

Mary Ruth told me the other day that she misses MaMa. I do too.

Just watched The Blind Side with The Wife last night. It was pretty good… but don’t tell The Wife I said that. I still think the book is better (the book is always better... unless there is nudity involved, but I digress). I will say Sandra Bullock was great. This was probably her best role. I didn’t realize the clip of LT breaking Joe Theismann’s leg was going to be shown. That’s something you need to be prepared to see. Even then... you’re never prepared to see it. LT has said he’ll never watch a video of it. I don’t blame him. (***True Story: About 5 years ago I went to a Steelers game with my friend Dumpy and his dad and another friend. It was a Sunday night game. We’re sitting in a bar in Pittsburgh during the day just watching the afternoon games. We see a guy up by the TV’s who looks a lot like Joe Theismann. Holy Crap... it IS Joe Theismann... isn’t it? We’re pretty sure, but can you ever really be sure? Well, yes. You see, we’re sitting there and he starts to walk by and as he does Dumpy’s dad says [and I quote] “Hey...” as he waves him over to us “These fellas here think you’re Joe Theismann. Is that true?” “Yes sir, I am” Joe says... with a somewhat amused look on his face that says I can’t believe I just walked over here... I’m Joe F%#*ing Theismann. Anyway, Dumpy’s dad reaches out and shakes Joe’s hand and introduces himself and then introduces the rest of us. Joe shook all of our hands and talked to us for a little bit about the game on TV and about the Steelers game that night. He was great. Perhaps he noticed the somewhat amused looks on our faces that said I can’t believe Joe F%#*ing Theismann just walked over to our table to talk to us.***). Anyway, it was a good movie.

That movie inspired me… I now want to adopt a great 3 point shooting point guard (who will eventually play for Winthrop). Just kidding… maybe.

Speaking of best roles... Tombstone was on the other night. Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday has to be one of the best roles ever. I mean, he was great. Kurt Russell was also great as Wyatt Earp.

I wonder if Giants linebacker Michael Boley had a “Wyatt Earp” moment last night? After knocking Tony Romo out of the game, did he look at Jon Kitna and say, “All right, Kitna... You called down the thunder. Well, now you've got it! You see that? It says 'New York Giants.'... Take a good look at him (pointing to Romo), Jon, because that's how you're gonna end up!... The Cowboys are finished, you understand me?! I see a blue star, I kill the man wearin' it! So run, you cur... RUN! Tell all the other curs our Defense is coming! You tell 'em I'M coming... and Hell's coming with me, you hear?! Hell's coming with me!"

So far all the talk last week about the NFL seems to be all for nothing. I don’t know if they’ll ever get hard hits out of the game (see above talk about Romo). They just need to make sure the hits are clean hits.

I once saw Brian Dawkins hit a guy so hard that I almost got knocked-out.

If a defensive player can be fined for a “devastating” hit, can an offensive player be fined for a “devastating” block (or a helmet to helmet block)? I would hope so.

There are still some donations coming in for the Memory Walk, so I’m going to hold off another day or two before I announce how much we brought in.

An old friend of I’m just sayin... passed away this past weekend. Dr. Felix Nepveux III was my Dad’s dentist growing up and sang in my Mom’s choir at John’s Island Presbyterian Church many years ago. More importantly (to me, at least) is that he was always nice to me and always able to make me laugh. I spent many a Wednesday night in my younger years going out to an old, somewhat scary (especially at night) church with my Mom for her choir practices. Back then, her choir was really more a small ensemble consisting of a few women and usually two men. It was small enough that on Sunday afternoons when we’d meet Mom for lunch, she would tell us how many men she had in the choir that day. Anyway, her choir would always look out for me on those Wednesday nights and that’s something I’ll never forget. But back to Dr. Nepveux... I didn’t realize until reading his obit in the paper... he was in the Navy. Not only that, he was attached to the 5th Marines during the Chosin Reservoir campaign. If only I’d known then what I know now... wow. I’ve read about what the Marines had to go through there. Let me tell you, you read about that and you’ll realize you have no idea what a “bad day” really is. I HIGHLY recommend you read Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign – Korea 1950 by Martin Russ.

The I’m just sayin... Football Predictions Results

Friday Night
James Island at Fort Dorchester – I went with JI. I was right. JI won 28-21.

Summerville vs. Ashley Ridge – I picked Summerville. Right again! Summerville won 35-0.

Dorman at JL Mann – I picked Dorman, and I was right. Dorman won 35-7.

#19 USC at Vanderbilt 7:00pm – I went with USC on this one and I made the right call. The Revolutionary War Heroes won 21-7.

Clemson vs. Georgia Tech 3:30pm – The game wasn’t as close as I thought it would be. But I made a good call when I picked Clemson to win. The Tigers stuck it to The Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech, 27-13. (***To be fair, when making my picks I didn’t realize good friend of I’m just sayin... Danny was going to be at the game. Danny, as I’m sure you will remember, is a long-time fan of the Revolutionary War Heroes... yet he was at a Clemson game... on IPTAY Day. Hmmm... We have our people looking into the possibility that Danny is a closet IPTAY donor. One person we spoke to at Susie’s birthday party yesterday was “very disappointed” that Danny bailed on USC after the Kentucky loss and went to a Clemson game.***).

Navy vs. Notre Dame 12:00pm – The only mistake I made, was thinking Notre Dame could keep it close. I picked Navy to win... and I was RIGHT! Navy won 35-17. And no, I did not get to see this game. The local CBS station was carrying the Duke/VA Tech game. I need not tell you how mad I was.

CSU vs. VMI 11:30am – I thought the Bucs would get the win. I thought wrong. CSU lost 16-34.

Pittsburgh at Miami 1:00pm – I picked The Steelers to win, and I was right. Pittsburgh won 23-22.

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Pharmacist’s Mate First Class John Henry Balch (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 19 and October 5, 1918 at Vierzy, France and Somme-Py, France. His citation reads:

For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, with the 6th Regiment, U.S. Marines, in action at Vierzy, on 19 July 1918. Balch unhesitatingly and fearlessly exposed himself to terrific machinegun and high-explosive fire to succor the wounded as they fell in the attack, leaving his dressing station voluntarily and keeping up the work all day and late into the night unceasingly for 16 hours. Also in the action at Somme-Py on 5 October 1918, he exhibited exceptional bravery in establishing an advanced dressing station under heavy shellfire.

Coal Heaver Charles Baldwin (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 25, 1864 on board the USS Wyalusing. His citation reads:

Serving on board the U.S.S. Wyalusing and participating in a plan to destroy the rebel ram Albermarle in Roanoke River, 25 May 1864. Volunteering for the hazardous mission, C.H. Baldwin participated in the transfer of 2 torpedoes across an island swamp. Weighted by a line which was used to transfer the torpedoes, he swam the river and, when challenged by a sentry, was forced to abandon the plan after erasing its detection and before it could be carried to completion. Escaping the fire of the muskets, C.H. Baldwin spent 2 days and nights of hazardous travel without food, and finally arrived, fatigued, at the mother ship.

First Lieutenant Frank D. Baldwin (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 8, 1874 at McClellans Creek, Texas. His citation reads:

Rescued, with 2 companies, 2 white girls by a voluntary attack upon Indians whose superior numbers and strong position would have warranted delay for reinforcements, but which delay would have permitted the Indians to escape and kill their captives. FIRST AWARD Led his company in a countercharge at Peach Tree Creek, Ga., 12 July 1864, under a galling fire ahead of his own men, and singly entered the enemy's line, capturing and bringing back 2 commissioned officers, fully armed, besides a guidon of a Georgia regiment.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Everybody’s Working for the Weekend...


Tomorrow is the Memory Walk. There’s still time to give. Big thanks to all who have already given. I can’t wait for all the numbers to come in so I can let you know how we did.

Last night was GREAT! First, our seats were down on the ice (well, they were on a wooden floor that was set up on the ice). It looked like Mary Ruth had a great time... and that’s really what I wanted. My weakness, if indeed I have a weakness, is that I spoil my children. I entered the building with a set amount of cash and by the end of the night I had but a small percentage left in my pockets. As a business person, I must tip my hat to Mr. Disney for finding a number of ways to separate me from my money. Everyone left the event with a smile on their face, so it was worth the money spent. My girls should just be happy they don’t have my parents as parents. Things were different for me growing up. Don’t get me wrong... my parents weren’t awful... they provided me with a pillow, blanket, and a nice soft carpet to sleep on. They were kind enough to keep Sonny’s clothes around so that I would have something to wear. (***NOTE: “Ok, Greg,” you’re thinking, “Aren’t you doing the same thing with your girls?” Yes, I am. But, my girls are a little under five years apart... that’s not so bad. Sonny grew up in the ‘70s... I grew up in the ‘80s... surf the internet one day and then tell me if clothing styles from the ‘70s were still “in” during the ‘80s. I rest my case.***END NOTE). Haha... I’m just kidding. My parents were nice to me growing up. They never forgot to feed me (interesting note... the majority of my weight was gained while living under their roof). Anyway, for whatever reason, I can’t help buy spoil my girls (including The Wife).

Susie is sick today. I hope she gets better in time for her party on Sunday!

Hey it’s Friday, so you know what that means.... Time to pick some football games.

The I’m just sayin... Football Predictions

Friday Night
James Island at Fort Dorchester – I went to JI. The Wife went to Fort Dorchester. I’m picking JI to win by 14.

Summerville vs. Ashley Ridge – I think this should be another good game. Ashley Ridge would love nothing more than to stick it to the big bad Summerville. I’m sure it will happen one year... but not this year. Summerville by 10.

Dorman at JL Mann – Word on the street is the Dorman feeder system has some of the best paid coaches in the state. I think that investment is going to help the “Cavaliers” in the future. I also think the future is now... I’m picking Dorman by 8.

#19 USC at Vanderbilt 7:00pm (FSN) – Some things have taken place this week (thank you, Danny) that lead me to believe The Revolutionary War Heroes are going to be able to bounce back from their loss at Kentucky this week with a win over Vanderbilt. Garcia still doesn’t have a good SEC road record (0 wins) but the Law of Averages says he’s going to win a road SEC game... might as well be this one. I’m picking USC by 6.

Clemson vs. Georgia Tech 3:30pm (ABC) – The Tigers had a good game last week... now they host The Ramblin Wreck from Georgia Tech with Paul Johnson and his option offense. I have no idea which Clemson team will show up... but I’m going to pick the Tigers to win by 3.

Navy vs. Notre Dame 12:00pm (CBS) – Navy has OWNED Notre Dame these past few years. Navy seems to be a little down this season... so Notre Dame might have a shot. But I don’t think so. I’m picking Navy by 3.

CSU vs. VMI 11:30am (SportSouth) – The Bucs are still looking for their first Big South win of the year. I think they’ll get it this Saturday. CSU by 6.

Pittsburgh at Miami 1:00pm (CBS... not sure if it’ll be on in this area, but I sure hope it is) – Hope the Steelers set some money aside, because there’s going to be some heavy hitting in this one. Both teams are coming off of a win... but only the Steelers are leaving with a win. I’m picking Pittsburgh by 13.

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Sergeant John F. Baker, Jr. (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 5, 1966 in the Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. En route to assist another unit that was engaged with the enemy, Company A came under intense enemy fire and the lead man was killed instantly. Sgt. Baker immediately moved to the head of the column and together with another soldier knocked out 2 enemy bunkers. When his comrade was mortally wounded, Sgt. Baker, spotting 4 Viet Cong snipers, killed all of them, evacuated the fallen soldier and returned to lead repeated assaults against the enemy positions, killing several more Viet Cong. Moving to attack 2 additional enemy bunkers, he and another soldier drew intense enemy fire and Sgt. Baker was blown from his feet by an enemy grenade. He quickly recovered and single-handedly destroyed 1 bunker before the other soldier was wounded. Seizing his fallen comrade's machine gun, Sgt. Baker charged through the deadly fusillade to silence the other bunker. He evacuated his comrade, replenished his ammunition and returned to the forefront to brave the enemy fire and continue the fight. When the forward element was ordered to withdraw, he carried 1 wounded man to the rear. As he returned to evacuate another soldier, he was taken under fire by snipers, but raced beyond the friendly troops to attack and kill the snipers. After evacuating the wounded man, he returned to cover the deployment of the unit. His ammunition now exhausted, he dragged 2 more of his fallen comrades to the rear. Sgt. Baker's selfless heroism, indomitable fighting spirit, and extraordinary gallantry were directly responsible for saving the lives of several of his comrades, and inflicting serious damage on the enemy. His acts were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

Sergeant Thomas A. Baker (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from June 19 - July 7, 1944 at Saipan, Mariana Islands. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty at Saipan, Mariana Islands, 19 June to 7 July 1944. When his entire company was held up by fire from automatic weapons and small-arms fire from strongly fortified enemy positions that commanded the view of the company, Sgt. (then Pvt.) Baker voluntarily took a bazooka and dashed alone to within 100 yards of the enemy. Through heavy rifle and machinegun fire that was directed at him by the enemy, he knocked out the strong point, enabling his company to assault the ridge. Some days later while his company advanced across the open field flanked with obstructions and places of concealment for the enemy, Sgt. Baker again voluntarily took up a position in the rear to protect the company against surprise attack and came upon 2 heavily fortified enemy pockets manned by 2 officers and 10 enlisted men which had been bypassed. Without regard for such superior numbers, he unhesitatingly attacked and killed all of them. Five hundred yards farther, he discovered 6 men of the enemy who had concealed themselves behind our lines and destroyed all of them. On 7 July 1944, the perimeter of which Sgt. Baker was a part was attacked from 3 sides by from 3,000 to 5,000 Japanese. During the early stages of this attack, Sgt. Baker was seriously wounded but he insisted on remaining in the line and fired at the enemy at ranges sometimes as close as 5 yards until his ammunition ran out. Without ammunition and with his own weapon battered to uselessness from hand-to-hand combat, he was carried about 50 yards to the rear by a comrade, who was then himself wounded. At this point Sgt. Baker refused to be moved any farther stating that he preferred to be left to die rather than risk the lives of any more of his friends. A short time later, at his request, he was placed in a sitting position against a small tree . Another comrade, withdrawing, offered assistance. Sgt. Baker refused, insisting that he be left alone and be given a soldier's pistol with its remaining 8 rounds of ammunition. When last seen alive, Sgt. Baker was propped against a tree, pistol in hand, calmly facing the foe. Later Sgt. Baker's body was found in the same position, gun empty, with 8 Japanese lying dead before him. His deeds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.

First Lieutenant Vernon Baker (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 5 – 6, 1945 near Viareggio, Italy. His citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism in action on 5 and 6 April 1945, near Viareggio, Italy. Then Second Lieutenant Baker demonstrated outstanding courage and leadership in destroying enemy installations, personnel and equipment during his company's attack against a strongly entrenched enemy in mountainous terrain. When his company was stopped by the concentration of fire from several machine gun emplacements, he crawled to one position and destroyed it, killing three Germans. Continuing forward, he attacked and enemy observation post and killed two occupants. With the aid of one of his men, Lieutenant Baker attacked two more machine gun nests, killing or wounding the four enemy soldiers occupying these positions. He then covered the evacuation of the wounded personnel of his company by occupying an exposed position and drawing the enemy's fire. On the following night Lieutenant Baker voluntarily led a battalion advance through enemy mine fields and heavy fire toward the division objective. Second Lieutenant Baker's fighting spirit and daring leadership were an inspiration to his men and exemplify the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Disney on Ice

We’re going to see Disney On Ice: Princess Wishes tonight at the North Charleston Coliseum. I really hope Mary Ruth has a great time. We’ve got front row seats... so I REALLY hope she has a great time.

There is a boy (pre-teen... early teens) in Summerville who is lucky to be alive right now. Last Saturday (when we were leaving MR’s soccer game) I almost hit some punk on a bike in the parking lot. He came out of nowhere and was lucky I was able to stop before I hit him. Of course, we were in a parking lot so the worst that would have happened is I would have knocked him off his bike... I doubt that would have killed him. But The Wife had her window down and as he went by he looked at her and said, “F*** you”. I didn’t hear him... and The Wife grabbed my arm before she told me what he said. That was a lucky day for that boy... because when I was told what he said my first reaction was to get out of the car and run him down and then beat him for making me run after him. I know what you’re thinking... “Greg, look at you... there’s no way you could run down a kid on a bike”. You should know two things... 1. I was mad. I mean MAD. And b. We were in a dirt parking lot, so he wasn’t able to go as fast as he would have been going on a road. Had The Wife not grabbed my arm before telling me what he said, I’m pretty sure I would have gotten out of the car and run him down. It’s kind of like how the Toby Keith song goes... “I’m not as good as I once was, but I’m as good once as I ever was”. Well, I’m not as fast as I once was, but I’m as fast once as I ever was. And last Saturday, I would have been fast enough to catch that punk.

I’ve got to admit, I’m pretty excited about the Memory Walk this year. I’ve been fortunate enough to raise a lot more money than I thought I’d be able to (and I’ve still got money coming it). If you haven’t given yet, you can do so here. Either Saturday or early next week, I plan on posting the total raised. I can’t wait.

We at I’m just sayin... were sad to hear that Tom Bosley passed away this past Tuesday. You may remember him as Mr. Howard Cunningham from Happy Days. I also remember him as Sheriff Amos Tupper from Murder, She Wrote (a great show I remember watching with MaMa and Da). He had a great career and was in other stuff, but those are the two rules I remember him best for.

While I’m thinking about it, Happy Days has to be one of the best TV shows ever. I’ve seen every episode and loved them all. And really, who didn’t love “The Fonz”?

While I’m still thinking about it... has there been a person in Hollywood who has had a more successful life than Ron Howard? I don’t think so. Just look at his career:
He was a star as a child on The Andy Griffith Show. As a teen he was a star on Happy Days and a star in the classic movie American Graffiti. He also had a guest-star appearance on another GREAT TV series, M*A*S*H. From acting he went to directing and boy he’s done a great job with that. He’s directed such movies as: Night Shift, Splash, Cocoon, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code, & Angels & Demons. If anyone deserved a “Lifetime Achievement Award”, it’s Ron Howard.

Make sure you check back tomorrow to see my football predictions.

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Quarter Gunner Charles Baker (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 5, 1864 in Mobile Bay. His citation reads:

Served on board the U.S.S. Metacomet. As a member of the boat's crew which went to the rescue of the U.S. monitor Tecumseh when that vessel was struck by a torpedo in passing the enemy forts in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864, Q.G. Baker braved the enemy fire which was said by the admiral to be "one of the most galling" he had ever seen, and aided in rescuing from death 10 of the crew of the Tecumseh, eliciting the admiration of both friend and foe.

Sergeant Major Edward L. Baker, Jr. (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 1, 1898 at Santiago, Cuba. His citation reads:

Left cover and, under fire, rescued a wounded comrade from drowning.

Musician John Baker (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from October 1876 – January 1877 at Cedar Creek, Montana. His citation reads:

Gallantry in engagements.

Monday, October 18, 2010


That’s right, my little Susie is a year old today (which is good, because baby #3 will be here before we know it). A lot has happened in Susie’s first year of life...

I got my MBA
Winthrop won (another) Big South Men’s Basketball Championship
MaMa turned 95
The Revolutionary War Heroes won the College World Series
I floated down the mighty Edisto
The long-standing Adrian/Greg rivalry ended at the Edisto Peace Accords
The Wife got pregnant with Baby #3
MaMa passed away
The Wife turned 30
The Wife got a new job

It’s been a busy year...

Happy Birthday Susie!!!!!

GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!! I have now reached (and even passed) my goal of $1,000 for the Memory Walk. Of course, I couldn’t have done it (or done even close to it) without all of my friends and family who were good enough to give. Some gave a little, some gave a lot... but I wouldn’t have been able to reach my goal without all of them giving. I truly appreciate all who gave.

Better news!!!!!! You can still give! Yes, I reached my goal, but I’m still collecting money for the Memory Walk! Why? That’s simple... because I can. I sent out an email once mentioning that over 5 million Americans are living with this disease. I’d like to say I’m doing it for all of them... but I’m not. My reasons are a little more personal. I’m doing it for my friends who have had grandparents with Alzheimer’s. I’m doing it because my parents lost a dear friend to this disease. I’m doing it because I remember talking to MaMa about what Mr. Coccula was going through taking care of his wife who had this disease. Does that name sound familiar? If you were at MaMa’s funeral, you heard me talk about Mr. Coccula... if you weren’t there, maybe you read what I said. This is my small way of thanking him. So, yes, I try to be funny with the emails and the posts asking you to give for me... that’s just how I am. But the real reason I keep asking is because I feel I owe it to the people close to me who have had to fight Alzheimer’s. If you haven’t given and you’d like to, just go here.

The I’m just sayin... Football Predictions Results

Friday Night
James Island vs. Goose Creek. Got this one right... Goose Creek won 50-21.

Summerville at Wando – Got this one right, too... Summerville won 28-19.

Fort Dorchester vs. West Ashley – Missed this one... Fort Dorchester won 20-16.

Ashley Ridge vs. Beaufort – Missed this one, too... Beaufort won 42-7.

Dorman vs. Mauldin – I got this one right... Dorman won 42-24.

I ended Friday with a winning record (3-2).

#10 USC at Kentucky – I knew this was a “trap game”. I knew it, I knew it, I knew it. And yet, I couldn’t bring myself to pick Kentucky in a football game. I couldn’t bring myself to pick a team with a coach named “Joker”. But I should have. I got this one wrong as USC lost 28-31. Some of my friends who cheer for The Revolutionary War Heroes may see this as a reason not to give to the Memory Walk. I see it as a clear sign they should give. There’s still a lot of season left... USC could still have a great year... or a very bad year. Now’s the time to give (just in case). The good news is USC is still on top of the SEC East, so they’ve got that going for them.

Clemson vs. Maryland – Well, I was wrong in more ways than one with this game. I thought it would be close... it wasn’t. I thought Maryland would win... they didn’t. Not to harp on this Memory Walk thing, but I can’t help but point out Clemson fans have been very supportive... and their team won. Still, a little more support probably wouldn’t hurt... you know... just in case. Anyway, Clemson won this one 31-7. Highlight of the game (for me) was seeing Dabo go off on the linesman and get a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. I thought it was great. I doubt we’ll ever see it again (from him, at least), but I thought it was great. It takes a lot for a football coach to get a flag. Who knew throwing gum would do it. Like I told Dad... the linesman should just be happy it wasn’t Danny Ford standing there... ‘cause Danny wouldn’t have thrown gum. Oh, word reached me that my remark about the 1992 game didn’t go un-noticed... though I must point out I wasn’t told that Sonny had a problem with what I said. Think about that.

Navy vs. SMU – I was right... Navy won 28-21.

CSU vs. Gardner-Webb – Well, I missed this one... CSU lost 25-35.

Saturday wasn’t that good for me (1-3)... overall record after Saturday, 4-5.

Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland – Welcome back Big Ben! I was right... Steelers won 28-10.

Miami at Green Bay – I would like to take this moment to point out something. When I pick games, I usually say so-and-so by X number of points. The number of points thing is just for fun. I’m really just picking win or lose. I hardly ever get the points thing right. For this game, I did. I picked Miami by 3 and I was right! Miami won 23-20.

Sunday was good for me (2-0)... my overall weekend record, 6-5. My stats to date are:

High School: 20-11

College: 12-14

NFL: 5-2

Overall: 37-27

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

First Lieutenant/Adjutant George W. Baird (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 30, 1877 at Bear Paw Mountain, Montana. His citation reads:

Most distinguished gallantry in action with the Nez Perce Indians.

Lieutenant Colonel Addison E. Baker (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 1, 1943 at Ploesti Raid, Rumania. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy on 1 August 1943. On this date he led his command, the 93d Heavy Bombardment Group, on a daring low-level attack against enemy oil refineries and installations at Ploesti, Rumania. Approaching the target, his aircraft was hit by a large caliber antiaircraft shell, seriously damaged and set on fire. Ignoring the fact he was flying over terrain suitable for safe landing, he refused to jeopardize the mission by breaking up the lead formation and continued unswervingly to lead his group to the target upon which he dropped his bombs with devastating effect. Only then did he leave formation, but his valiant attempts to gain sufficient altitude for the crew to escape by parachute were unavailing and his aircraft crashed in flames after his successful efforts to avoid other planes in formation. By extraordinary flying skill, gallant leadership and intrepidity, Lt. Col. Baker rendered outstanding, distinguished, and valorous service to our Nation.

Coxswain Benjamin F. Baker (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 11, 1898 on the USS Nashville. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the cutting of the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Baker set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Night Lights

Good News! There is still time to give to the Memory Walk.

Some of you have received an email or two from me asking you to donate. Let me assure you that this will not stop until you give. Listen, I’m not trying to be mean or anything... it’s just I’ve set my goal ($1,000) and I intend to reach it. I’ve never failed at anything before and I don’t plan to start now. Ok, that’s not entirely true... I did fail Calculus in college, but to be fair my professor was from Vietnam and I couldn’t understand what she was saying. Not to get off subject, but I’m not 100% sure she was on our side during the Vietnam War. Anyway, I’m not even sure failing Calculus even counts as failing something since I’m pretty sure we all know Calculus is just something math nerds made up to make them feel superior to the rest of us. So I think it's safe to say I’ve never failed anything. The Memory Walk is being held on October 23, but I'd like to reach my goal by the 17th. Time is running out... please help me.

In other news, I downloaded Darius Rucker’s new album “Charleston, SC 1966”. I like every song on it (even love a lot of them). It gets the I’m just sayin... music recommendation of the week.

I’m currently reading Death To The BCS by Dan Wetzel, Josh Peter, and Jeff Passan. I’m about halfway through chapter 4 but so far this is looking like a must read for all you college football fans out there. What I would like to see is someone come out with a book in response to this book. I would be interested to read a response because it looks like these guys really did their homework. Even though I’m not done with it, I’m going to give it the I’m just sayin... book recommendation of the week.

Today is the first official day of practice for college basketball (also known as week 3 of practice for Coastal basketball). I can’t wait for the season to start!

The I’m just sayin... Football Predictions

Friday Night
James Island vs. Goose Creek. I’m going to be honest here, I love the Trojans but I don’t like their chances tonight against Goose Creek. I’m picking Goose Creek to win by 17.

Summerville at Wando – This should be a pretty good game. Summerville is coming off a big win over JI and I don’t think Wando will be able to stop the Green Wave. Summerville by 7.

Fort Dorchester vs. West Ashley – I’m going with West Ashley by 6.

Ashley Ridge vs. Beaufort – Home field advantage should be good enough to help Ashley Ridge pull out a 3 point win.

Dorman vs. Mauldin – I know what kind of feeder system Dorman has and yet I still like Dorman in this game by 10. Oh, did you know Dorman has the 3rd largest campus in the state (behind only USC and Clemson)? It’s possible that isn’t true at all, but I saw a picture of the school when I was trying to find their schedule and WOW... they’ve got a big school. Also, an alert reader informed me that it’s the Dorman Cavaliers and not the Dorman Doormats. I haven’t had a chance to confirm this, and let’s be honest here... the Dorman Doormats rolls off the tongue a lot better than the Dorman Cavaliers.

#10 USC at Kentucky 6:00pm (ESPN2) – This game has all the markings of a “trap game” for a number of reasons. #1 The Revolutionary War Heroes are coming off a huge win at home over Alabama. #2 This game is on the road and USC’s QB hasn’t done too great in SEC road games. #3 No USC fans have donated to the Memory Walk yet. Still, they are playing Kentucky (in football) and I just can’t pick Kentucky to win a football game. I say the Revolutionary War Heroes will win this one by 10. I’m not sure what my schedule will be like Saturday night, but if any of my USC friends would like to invite me over to their house to watch the game... I might be able to make it.

Clemson vs. Maryland 12:00pm (WCSC) – Clemson will have to show me something before I can pick them to win another game. These games have been close the past few years (which is better than the butt-kicking Maryland gave Clemson back in 1992... My goodness what a bad day that was... oh, that noise you hear is Sonny yelling “Amen!”). So I’m picking Maryland by 3. I remember growing up it seemed like this game decided the ACC championship every year. I miss those days.

Navy vs. SMU 3:45pm – I look for Navy to build off of their win at Wake Forest and beat SMU by 3.

CSU vs. Gardner-Webb 1:30pm – The Bucs are looking for their first Big South win of the year. I think they’ll get it this Saturday. CSU by 10.

Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland 1:00pm (CBS... not sure if it’ll be on in this area) – Big Ben is back and I look for the Steelers offense to get rolling. Steelers over the Browns by 13.

Miami at Green Bay 1:00pm (CBS... again, not sure if it’ll be on in this area) – It’s not easy to win at Green Bay, but I think the Dolphins will be able to do it. Miami by 3.

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Sergeant James E. Bailey (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions in the Winter of 1872-1873. His citation reads:

Gallant conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches.

Major Kenneth D. Bailey (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 12-13, 1942 at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. His citation reads:

For extraordinary courage and heroic conduct above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of Company C, 1st Marine Raider Battalion, during the enemy Japanese attack on Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 12-13 September 1942. Completely reorganized following the severe engagement of the night before, Maj. Bailey's company, within an hour after taking its assigned position as reserve battalion between the main line and the coveted airport, was threatened on the right flank by the penetration of the enemy into a gap in the main line. In addition to repulsing this threat, while steadily improving his own desperately held position, he used every weapon at his command to cover the forced withdrawal of the main line before a hammering assault by superior enemy forces. After rendering invaluable service to the battalion commander in stemming the retreat, reorganizing the troops and extending the reverse position to the left, Maj. Bailey, despite a severe head wound, repeatedly led his troops in fierce hand-to-hand combat for a period of 10 hours. His great personal valor while exposed to constant and merciless enemy fire, and his indomitable fighting spirit inspired his troops to heights of heroic endeavor which enabled them to repulse the enemy and hold Henderson Field. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.

Brigadier General Absalom Baird (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 1, 1864 at Jonesboro, Georgia. His citation reads:

Voluntarily led a detached brigade in an assault upon the enemy's works.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Talkin’ USC and The Big South

Before we get started, I feel I must remind you that the Memory Walk is coming up soon.  If you have not already given, please do so NOW!  Listen, I'm a nice guy... but if more people don't start giving then things might get ugly.  This ain't church... I have no problem calling people out.  I know what you're thinking, "Is he kidding or is he not kidding?"  Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I'm not real sure myself.  But, being as this is I'm just sayin..., the most powerful blog in the world, and would blow your mind, you've got to ask yourself one question:  "Do I feel lucky?".  Well, do ya?  

Did you see the Chilean miners are being rescued from the mine they have been trapped in for the past couple of months? No word yet on when Brooks Conrad will be heading into the mine.

I saw this poll question: What’s a bigger win for USC... the baseball team winning the College World Series or the football team beating then-#1 Alabama? Listen, I know football is king, but I don’t think it’s any contest... it HAS to be winning the College World Series. I mean, that made the USC baseball team THE CHAMPIONS. They ain’t givin the football team rings for beating Alabama.

They aren’t giving the football team rings for beating Alabama, right?

Don’t get me wrong, it was a great win... but I’d take a championship.

I know I have some fans of the Revolutionary War Heroes reading this... I need a ticket to the Navy game next year. I believe the game is on September 17, 2011.

A ride to the game would be nice, too.

Better make it 2 tickets... Jeremy might want to come, too.

I promise not to wear a “Remember 1984” t-shirt.

I’m thinking of taking a year off from being a NBA fan.

The Big South Media Day was yesterday and the preseason picks are:

Coastal Carolina
UNC Asheville
High Point
Charleston Southern

All-Conference: High Point’s Nick Barbour (Preseason POY), CSU’s Jamarco Warren, Coastal’s Chad Gray, PC’s Al’Lonzo Coleman, and VMI’s Austin Kenon

I don’t believe in this kind of thing for three reasons. #1 Jeremy and I weren’t invited to attend as part of the media. As you know, Jeremy runs a highly successful message board (winthropfans.com) and I, of course, have this blog (and I help with the message board). #2 A few years ago Chris Gaynor was left off the first team all conference team at the end of the season... and the Big South has yet to issue a public apology for this (even after I wrote demanding one). #3 That same year Mantoris Robinson was cheated out of the Defensive Player of the Year award... and again, the Big South has ignored my calls for a public apology.

For what it’s worth (and I’m pretty sure it’s worth more than the Big South thinks), here is how I would vote:

Coastal Carolina
UNC Asheville
Charleston Southern
High Point

First Team All-Conference: Winthrop’s Reggie Middleton (POY), High Point’s Nick Barbour, CSU’s Jamarco Warren, Coastal’s Chad Gray, and Winthrop’s Matt Morgan

Team most likely to go on probation in the near future: Coastal Carolina

And we at I’m just sayin... would like to tip our hats to the Texas Rangers for their clubhouse celebration after their win over the Tampa Bay Rays. They doused teammate (and recovering alcoholic) Josh Hamilton with ginger ale. It’s good to see teammates looking after one another.

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Chief Machinist’s Mate William Badders (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 13, 1939 at sea following the sinking of the USS Squalus. His citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession during the rescue and salvage operations following the sinking of the U.S.S. Squalus on 13 May 1939. During the rescue operations, Badders, as senior member of the rescue chamber crew, made the last extremely hazardous trip of the rescue chamber to attempt to rescue any possible survivors in the flooded after portion of the Squalus. He was fully aware of the great danger involved in that if he and his assistant became incapacitated, there was no way in which either could be rescued. During the salvage operations, Badders made important and difficult dives under the most hazardous conditions. His outstanding performance of duty contributed much to the success of the operations and characterizes conduct far above and beyond the ordinary call of duty.

Ensign Oscar Charles Badger (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 21 & 22, 1914 at Vera Cruz. His citation reads:

For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Ens. Badger was in both days' fighting at the head of his company, and was eminent and conspicuous in his conduct, leading his men with skill and courage.

Second Lieutenant Albert E. Baesel (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 27, 1918 in France. His citation reads:

Upon hearing that a squad leader of his platoon had been severely wounded while attempting to capture an enemy machinegun nest about 200 yards in advance of the assault line and somewhat to the right, 2d Lt. Baesel requested permission to go to the rescue of the wounded corporal. After thrice repeating his request and permission having been reluctantly given, due to the heavy artillery, rifle, and machinegun fire, and heavy deluge of gas in which the company was at the time, accompanied by a volunteer, he worked his way forward, and reaching the wounded man, placed him upon his shoulders and was instantly killed by enemy fire.

Saturday, October 9, 2010


HAPPY 32nd BIRTHDAY to my favorite cousin Louis! Football wise, I'm sure this wasn't the best birthday for Lou... but I hope it was good in all other areas.

Since we didn't predict any Sunday games, let's see how the I'm just sayin... Football Predictions went this week.

But before we do... Don't forget to donate to the Memory Walk.

The I’m just sayin... Football Predictions Results

Friday Night
James Island vs Summerville. I got this one right. Summerville won 56-12.

Ashley Ridge vs Colleton County – I picked Ashley Ridge... Right again! Ashley Ridge won 54-7.

Fort Dorchester at Stratford – I picked Fort Dorchester and I was wrong. Stratford won 20-16.

Dorman at Boiling Springs – I got this one right... Dorman won 38-6.

#19 USC vs #1 Alabama - Well, well, well... I wanted to pick the Revolutionary War Heroes. I really did. I was going to but I just couldn't. I thought the game would be close. I was wrong. I thought Alabama would end up wearing down USC. I was wrong. USC punched Alabama in the mouth. Then they kicked them. And when it looked like Alabama was going to get up, USC punched them in the mouth again. This looked like the type of beating Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen used to give to some poor no-name sap on TBS back in the day. Color me impressed. The big question now is can the Revolutionary War Heroes keep it going? I don't know... but do know some people who are pretty happy tonight. USC won 35-21.

Clemson at UNC – I thought the good Tigers would show up. I was wrong. UNC won 21-16.

Navy at Wake Forrest – Thank God for Navy. I picked them to win and I was right. Navy won 28-27.

CSU at Liberty – I picked CSU. I was foolish. Liberty won 44-20.

Pittsburgh Off

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Specialist Fourth Class John P. Baca (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on February 10, 1970 at Phuoc Long Province, Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Baca, Company D, distinguished himself while serving on a recoilless rifle team during a night ambush mission A platoon from his company was sent to investigate the detonation of an automatic ambush device forward of his unit's main position and soon came under intense enemy fire from concealed positions along the trail. Hearing the heavy firing from the platoon position and realizing that his recoilless rifle team could assist the members of the besieged patrol, Sp4c. Baca led his team through the hail of enemy fire to a firing position within the patrol's defensive perimeter. As they prepared to engage the enemy, a fragmentation grenade was thrown into the midst of the patrol. Fully aware of the danger to his comrades, Sp4c. Baca unhesitatingly, and with complete disregard for his own safety, covered the grenade with his steel helmet and fell on it as the grenade exploded, thereby absorbing the lethal fragments and concussion with his body. His gallant action and total disregard for his personal well-being directly saved 8 men from certain serious injury or death. The extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by Sp4c. Baca, at the risk of his life, are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

Private Elijah W. Bacon (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 3, 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His citation reads:

Capture of flag of 16th North Carolina regiment (C.S.A.).

Staff Sergeant Nicky Daniel Bacon (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 26, 1968 at West of Tam Ky, Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Bacon distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader with the 1st Platoon, Company B, during an operation west of Tam Ky. When Company B came under fire from an enemy bunker line to the front, S/Sgt. Bacon quickly organized his men and led them forward in an assault. He advanced on a hostile bunker and destroyed it with grenades. As he did so, several fellow soldiers including the 1st Platoon leader, were struck by machine gun fire and fell wounded in an exposed position forward of the rest of the platoon. S/Sgt. Bacon immediately assumed command of the platoon and assaulted the hostile gun position, finally killing the enemy gun crew in a single-handed effort. When the 3d Platoon moved to S/Sgt. Bacon's location, its leader was also wounded. Without hesitation S/Sgt. Bacon took charge of the additional platoon and continued the fight. In the ensuing action he personally killed 4 more enemy soldiers and silenced an antitank weapon. Under his leadership and example, the members of both platoons accepted his authority without question. Continuing to ignore the intense hostile fire, he climbed up on the exposed deck of a tank and directed fire into the enemy position while several wounded men were evacuated. As a result of S/Sgt. Bacon's extraordinary efforts, his company was able to move forward, eliminate the enemy positions, and rescue the men trapped to the front. S/Sgt. Bacon's bravery at the risk of his life was in the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

Friday, October 8, 2010

In case you missed it...

There is still time to give.

Here are some news items from the past couple of weeks that you might have missed. In the first one, we see that Duke might need to add a door answering class. Like you, I find it amazing that a former Duke basketball player (Carlos Boozer) would get hurt flopping… er, falling to the floor.

This next story, friends, shows why when it comes to hazing, you should always remember something worse can be done. Dez Bryant was too good to carry a veteran’s pads. No problem… if he doesn’t want to do that he’ll just have to take the team out to eat. The bill came to $54,896. In other news, we’re thinking of doing something like this to initiate new members to our Sunday School class.

Hey, Kobe said he could beat LeBron in one-on-one. No word yet on if LeBron thinks Kobe is racist for saying that.

The I’m just sayin... Football Predictions

Friday Night
James Island vs Summerville. I can’t remember the last time JI beat Summerville. And after what I saw last Friday from the Trojans… well, it pains me to say it but I think Summerville will take this one by 14.

Ashley Ridge vs Colleton County – I can’t get a good read on Ashley Ridge. I’m going to go with them on this one. Ashley Ridge by 3.

Fort Dorchester at Stratford – Stratford isn’t having a good year at all… I’m saying Fort Dorchester wins this by 7.

Dorman at Boiling Springs – I’ve added an Upstate game to my high school picks. I’m picking the Dorman Doormats (can’t remember their real nickname) to win this game by 7.

#19 USC vs #1 Alabama 3:30pm (CBS) – The game many consider to be the game of the day. Here’s a not so interesting fact… I can’t say “Alabama” without saying it like Keith Jackson. Anyway, I don’t know how to call this one. Everything says the Crimson Tide should win… and yet I can’t stop thinking the Revolutionary War Heroes have a shot at home. However, some things have not happened this week that I feel would have really helped USC (you know what I’m talking about, Danny). So I’m going to say Alabama takes this one by 14 (but it will be close until the end).

Clemson at UNC 3:30pm (ABC) – Which Tigers team will show up? I’m thinking the good one. Clemson by 10.

Navy at Wake Forrest 6:30pm – I think Navy will bounce back from their upset against Air Force. Navy by 3.

CSU at Liberty 3:30pm – The Big South’s Battle of the Baptist… you can throw the record books out the window when these two programs hook up. Liberty is the heavy favorite but I have a feeling CSU is going to leave Virginia with the upset. Bucs by 7.

Pittsburgh Off

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private John G. K. Ayers (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 22, 1863 at Vicksburg, Mississippi. His citation reads:

Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."

First Lieutenant John B. Babcock (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 16, 1869 at Spring Creek, Nebraska. His citation reads:

While serving with a scouting column, this officer's troop was attacked by a vastly superior force of Indians. Advancing to high ground, he dismounted his men, remaining mounted himself to encourage them, and there fought the Indians until relieved, his horse being wounded.

Sergeant William J. Babcock (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 2, 1865 at Petersburg, Virginia. His citation reads:

Planted the flag upon the parapet while the enemy still occupied the line; was the first of his regiment to enter the works.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


The following is something I posted last year on World Alzheimer’s Day. I was going to post it again this year, but forgot (insert your Alzheimer’s joke here). Anyway, the Memory Walk is coming up in a couple of weeks so I thought now would be a good time to re-post this. If you just want to donate without reading, go here: http://memorywalk2010.kintera.org/charleston/greghorres

Memories, good and bad, are great. They make us who we are. I think it's funny sometimes the things we remember. I remember it poured down rain the day I got married. I remember The Wife and I spent 90% of the next day flying... and in bed... sleeping, because we spent the night before (after the reception) driving from Charleston to Atlanta and then had to get up at 4am to go to the airport for flight #1.

I can’t remember what The Wife’s favorite color is to save my life... but without much thought I can tell you that in 1987 with Georgia beating Clemson 20-16, the Clemson defense was able to come up with a huge safety. Clemson was then able to drive the ball down the field and with time running out (Clemson was out of timeouts) David Treadwell went out and kicked the game winning FG.

I can’t tell you what songs were played at our wedding, but I can hear with perfect clarity the chants of “Rodney! Rodney! Rodney!” that came from a packed Death Valley as Clemson QB Rodney Williams was pulled from the game after leading Clemson to a victory against USC in his final home game.

There are classes that I took in high school and college that I have no memory of, but I can tell you where I was when I saw the Winthrop Eagles beat Notre Dame in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

I can’t remember what my boss told me to do an hour after she says it... but I remember everything Coach Hatley told me to do when I played baseball for him in high school.

I could go on and on and on... but you get the point. Memories are great. Sure, every now and then there might be a bad one... but good memories can get you through hard times. So how much would life suck if we didn’t have memories? How sad would that be? What if you were a Clemson fan and didn’t have the happy memories of 63-17 or of 1981? What if you were a USC fan and didn’t have the happy memories of... well, you get my point.

Think how hard it would be if you had to take care of someone who had lost their memories. Some days maybe they know you, most days they don’t. They forget how to do simple things that we take for granted. Forget about enjoying the happy memory of David Treadwell kicking a game winning FG at Georgia in 1986, they don’t even remember how to use the bathroom. It’s sad. I see it a lot at work. Think of all the history and happy times lost because of Alzheimer’s. Think of all the stress put on friends and family members of people who have Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association does a lot of good work for patients with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
They are having their Memory Walk on October 23, 2010. Our office is raising money for them. For the past 3 years, I have raised the most money at our office. As I write this, I am again in 1st place... but there are people here now who have a good shot at beating me.  Please don't let this happen.  So if you don't want to donate for the patients or caregivers... do it for me. Help me stay #1. Give here. Don’t forget.

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Lieutenant William B. Avery (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 5, 1862 at Tranters Creek, North Carolina. His citation reads:

Handled his battery with greatest coolness amidst the hottest fire.

Sergeant David Ayers (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 22, 1863 at Vicksburg, Mississippi. His citation reads:

Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."

Private James F. Ayers (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 23, 1875 at Sappa Creek, Kansas. His citation reads:

Rapid pursuit, gallantry, energy, and enterprise in an engagement with Indians.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

And this is why I don’t bet…

Every now and then, God shows me why it’s a good idea I don’t bet on games. This past weekend was one of those times. But before we get to that, let’s talk about my weekend.

MR and Daddy Camp Out in the Den Night went great (we watched ALF).

Saturday was fun… I went to Drayton Hall Plantation for a MOJA Luncheon honoring a number of people (one of them was my good friend Dr. Faison… who was honored twice). I had a great time. I tried to keep my voice down so that the only people to hear my racial-based humor were the people at my table (who, I have to say, were pretty good in the racial-based humor department themselves). I can’t be 100% sure on this, but I’d be willing to bet I was the only white male there who voted in the Republican Primary earlier this year. Still, I (and my table) had a great time.

Saturday afternoon, I went home to prepare my Sunday School lesson (yes, I was preparing it the day before, don’t judge me). After about 30 minutes, I was informed that we needed to get ready for Caroline’s birthday party. “Getting ready” means different things to different people. For me, it means throwing on shorts, a shirt, and shoes. Let’s face it, in my weight class there’s no use spending a lot of time trying to “look good”. For The Wife, “getting ready” means looking in our closet that is packed very tight with clothes… not finding anything to wear, spending far too much time in front of the mirror (doing God only knows what), then heading back to the closet to look for something to wear (still with no success), then going to get the girls ready (this is the part that even after 4 , almost 5, years I still can’t seem to account for when I try to figure out when I need to start getting ready)… After getting the girls ready (with my help, thank you) she then heads back to the closet where we find that God does, indeed, answer prayers (mine) and she is able to find something that “will do”. We then went to the party (arriving late, but I’m not going to start that fight again). At the party I did my best to see if anyone else would like to teach the next day (none did). Anyway, the party was great (nobody got hurt) and I got to meet Ashley’s sister (who works with Doubting Teri).

After the party we went home so I could prepare my lesson for Sunday.

Now for Sunday... just to be clear here, I’m at the bottom of the Providence Sunday School Teacher Depth Chart. If this were a pitching rotation, I’d be in the bullpen as the long relief/spot starter. So expectations are usually pretty low when I’m at the front of the class. Anyway, I was given the task of teaching chapters 7, 8, 9, AND 10 of Exodus. Long story short... I did the best I could and I don’t think anyone is going to quit the church over what I said, so I’ve got that going for me. A large part of my lesson was having people read from the Bible. Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure KC ended up talking more (due to his reading the longer passages) than I did.

After Sunday School we went out to eat with others from our class and had a great time. Another group was coming in as we left, so we didn’t even have to put the tables back the way they were before we got there. After lunch, The Wife and I (along with the girls) went shopping. I got a couple pairs of pants, some socks, and a couple of ties. The Wife emptied out two stores buys clothes for the girls. If you have a girl that is the size of Susie or Mary Ruth, don’t bother going to any of the stores in Tanger Outlet because they are empty. All of those clothes are now in our house. I knew I was in trouble when I saw The Wife leaving a store and I asked her how much she spent. She proceeded to tell me how much she saved. But I didn’t ask how much she saved; I asked how much she spent. I’m still not sure how much was spent.

But enough about my weekend... let’s see just how bad my predictions were.

The I’m just sayin... Football Predictions Results

Friday Night
James Island at Beaufort – I picked JI to win... and boy was I WRONG. The Trojans lost 0-36.

Summerville vs West Ashley – I never thought I’d say this, but thank goodness for Summerville. I picked the Green Wave to win and win they did (28-7).

Ashley Ridge at Wando – I picked Ashley Ridge... and I was wrong. They lost 20-36.

Fort Dorchester at Colleton County – I thought Fort Dorchester would fall to Colleton County... but the Patriots were able to pull out the win 31-21.

So I headed into Saturday with a 1-3 record.

Clemson vs #16 Miami – Clemson didn’t play the way I thought they would. I picked the Tigers to win and I was wrong. They lost 21-30. To be fair, there’s no way I could have predicted 6 turnovers for Clemson. Wow...

Navy at Air Force – I didn’t think Air Force had a chance, but they proved me wrong. I’m not sure what is going on with Navy, but I hope they turn things around. Navy lost 6-14.

CSU and The Revolutionary War Heroes were both off last week.

So I went winless on Saturday.

Pittsburgh vs Baltimore – I thought the Steelers would win. I got home in time to see Baltimore with a 4th and goal with a little under 3 minutes left in the game with the Steelers winning 14-10. The Steelers D got the stop and I thought that I might end my weekend on a high note. I thought wrong. Baltimore kept the Steelers from getting a first down, got the ball back, and scored a TD. The Steelers lost 14-17.

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private First Class Oscar P. Austin (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on February 23, 1969 West of Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an assistant machine gunner with Company E, in connection with operations against enemy forces. During the early morning hours Pfc. Austin's observation post was subjected to a fierce ground attack by a large North Vietnamese Army force supported by a heavy volume of hand grenades, satchel charges, and small arms fire. Observing that 1 of his wounded companions had fallen unconscious in a position dangerously exposed to the hostile fire, Pfc. Austin unhesitatingly left the relative security of his fighting hole and, with complete disregard for his safety, raced across the fire-swept terrain to assist the marine to a covered location. As he neared the casualty, he observed an enemy grenade land nearby and, reacting instantly, leaped between the injured marine and the lethal object, absorbing the effects of its detonation. As he ignored his painful injuries and turned to examine the wounded man, he saw a North Vietnamese Army soldier aiming a weapon at his unconscious companion. With full knowledge of the probable consequences and thinking only to protect the marine, Pfc. Austin resolutely threw himself between the casualty and the hostile soldier, and, in doing, was mortally wounded. Pfc. Austin's indomitable courage, inspiring initiative and selfless devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Sergeant William G. Austin (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 29, 1890 at Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota. His citation reads:

While the Indians were concealed in a ravine, assisted men on the skirmish line, directing their fire, etc., and using every effort to dislodge the enemy.

Seaman James Avery (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 5, 1864 in Mobile Bay. His citation reads:

Served on board the U.S.S. Metacomet. As a member of the boat's crew which went to the rescue of the U.S. monitor Tecumseh when that vessel was struck by a torpedo in passing the enemy forts in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864, S/man Avery braved the enemy fire which was said by the admiral to be "one of the most galling" he had ever seen, and aided in rescuing from death 10 of the crew of the Tecumseh, eliciting the admiration of both friend and foe.