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.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Happy 6th Birthday to my Princess Mary Ruth! It seems like it was just yesterday that she was born. Now she’s a big sister with a little sister and a little brother. She has her own music tastes and is her own person. Sometimes I think I’m harder on her than I should be… but I’m not as hard on her as The Wife is. True story: The Wife has been on Mary Ruth for over a month now because Mary Ruth couldn’t find her Leapster. I mean, she’d go on and on about how can we get stuff for Mary Ruth if she couldn’t take care of it and on and on and on. Well, last Friday night The Wife found the Leapster… up in the area where she puts all of Mary Ruth’s toys when MR is being punished. That’s right… The Wife was the reason the toy was lost. This, friends, is how my life is now. I can’t wait for MR to turn 13. Anyway, Happy Birthday Mary Ruth!!!! I love you very much.

So, now that Christmas has passed I can tell you the story about The Wife’s battle to get our family pictures printed at Wal-Mart. About a month ago The Wife had a friend take family pictures for us. This is something that the friend does to make a little money on the side (though, to my knowledge, she doesn’t charge people). At least, she didn’t charge us (but we gave her some money anyway). If you got a Christmas card from us… that was one of the pictures she took. So The Wife uploaded the pictures to Wal-Mart and checked the little box that said we weren’t going to get into any copyright problems. She then goes last Tuesday to pick up the pictures… only to have the old guy working behind the counter tell her that he couldn’t sell them to her because they looked too good. They looked like professional pictures so unless she had a copyright release form, she couldn’t have the pictures. The Wife took this news well, and by “took this news well” I mean she went all white-trash (her words, not mine) on them and started showing out (again, her words). She started demanding to see the manager and started yelling at the employees. Yep, that’s my girl. Haha… To be fair, she asked them if she could just sign something saying we own the copyright to the pictures and they said no… she either had to bring a signed statement from the company we got the pictures from or (and this really happened) she could get the photographer to come in and tell them it was ok to sell the pics. I think that might have been what set The Wife off (because it was so stupid). Anyway, before storming out of Wal-Mart (which isn’t easy since the photo area is at the back of the store) The Wife told them to throw away the pictures because she would never spend any more money at Wal-Mart. Like you, my first question to The Wife was “Did you watch them destroy the pictures?” That’s what I would have done. So then I couldn’t stop wondering if our pictures were still there. After all of this, she comes on Tuesday night and has to order our pictures from Costco. Wednesday, she sends me to Wal-Mart to see if our pictures are still there or if they were destroyed like she told them to do. I go in there and after waiting at the photo center counter for about 10 minutes, I go find someone to help me (some guy working in the electronics area). I tell him that my wife sent me to pick up pictures. He asks me what kind of pictures. I say I’m not sure… my wife just told me to pick up our pictures from Wal-Mart and I’m not even sure I’m at the right Wal-Mart. I gave him my last name and then watched as he started looking around. I see that he’s found some pictures, but he doesn’t look like he wants to tell me he’s found them. Sure enough, he comes over and says he’s got them but it looks like someone has written on the envelope that there is a copyright question. I don’t say anything, I just look at him. He goes on to say that whenever pictures look professional, they have to have the customer fill out the little form (that he then gives to me). He points out that there are two options… If you check the box for the first option, you are saying that you own the copyright for the pictures (then you have to fill out your name and address (I think… or maybe you just need to print your name and then sign the form). Anyway, the other option is to say that you don’t own the copyright. If you do this, then you have to bring in a signed form from the photographer/company saying you have permission to buy the pictures there. So I checked the box that said I owned the pictures and printed and signed my name “Jackson Horres” and went to the front to pay for the pictures. Ok, I signed my real name… but honestly, I could have put any name down. The guy I was dealing with didn’t care. I’m sure the jerk The Wife had to deal with would have wanted to see two forms of picture ID, but my guy didn’t care. So I got the pictures and The Wife got mad at me for not yelling at anyone. Again… this is my life.

Oh, I also went by Costco on Thursday to pick up our pictures there. They didn’t have me sign anything… they just gave me the pictures (after I paid, of course). So if you would like to purchase a picture of the Horres family, just let me know.

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Captain Dayton P. Clarke (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 12, 1864 at Spotsylvania, Virginia. His citation reads:

Distinguished conduct in a desperate hand-to-hand fight while commanding the regiment.

Second Lieutenant Powhatan Clarke (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 3, 1886 at Pinito Mountains, Sonora, Mexico. His citation reads:

Rushed forward to the rescue of a soldier who was severely wounded and lay, disabled, exposed to the enemy's fire, and carried him to a place of safety.

Watertender Edward Alvin Clary (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on February 14, 1910 on board the USS Hopkins. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Hopkins for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession on the occasion of the accident to one of the boilers of that vessel, 14 February 1910.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!!

I know today is Christmas Eve, but since I’m not sure I’ll have a chance to post anything tomorrow I’d like to take a minute to wish all of you out there a very Merry Christmas from all of us here at I’m just sayin….

Before we get to my favorite part of my Christmas Eve post, I’d like to take a minute to tell everyone how thankful I am. I know we think of Thanksgiving as being the “thankful” holiday, but I think it works at Christmas too. So let’s get to it…

I think when we look at the world we tend to think that everyone else has had the same experiences as us. At least until we meet people and find out their life is different. Times like this can help show us how lucky we are. I, perhaps, am the luckiest of all. Why? Because I’ve got a great family that I love. It’s something that I’ve always taken for granted, but the older I get the more I realize everyone doesn’t love their family. I realize how lucky I am that I love and enjoy being with my wife, daughters, son, Godson, parents, siblings, nieces and nephew, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, out-laws and so on and so forth. I was also lucky enough to know and love my grandparents, great-aunts and great-uncles and a good many “distant” cousins. I’ve come to find that a lot of people struggle to find one person in their family that they like… my cup runneth over. I have parents who raised me in a loving Christian home. They taught me right and wrong and then let me make my own mistakes. I’m close enough with them that I talk to them almost every day. I’ve got an older brother who I can talk to just about whenever I want… sometimes just a quick 5 minute call… sometimes an hour long call (that Sonny can talk your ears off once he gets going). Better yet, there are times he’ll call me… for no reason except to talk about one thing or another. I’ve got a sister who at least feels bad for seldom answering my calls and hardly ever calling me back, and never just calling me out of the blue… but when we do talk she tells me I’m funny and that she loves my blog (even though she knows The Wife hates it when people say things like that to me). There was a time when my favorite part of Christmas was opening gifts (mainly my gifts). Now, the thing I look forward to the most is seeing my family. And we haven’t even gotten to my friends. I’ve got the greatest in the world. They laugh with me (or at me… the point is the laugh), they pray for me, they share their joys with me, they play along with me when I act like a big shot… sure, they like me a little more after our trip to the lake house, but that’s understandable.

So thank you to all of my friends and family. I love you, one and all.

I will now leave you with something I love...

I know that some of you are not able to view the videos I post on here, so I’ll type what was in that video. It had a letter to the editor of the New York Sun from a little 8 year old girl named Virginia that was written in the late 1890s. One of the paper’s editors, Francis P. Church, answered with what would become one of (if not THE) most famous editorials. First, here is the letter to the editor:

DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.' Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?


Here’s the response from Mr. Church:

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

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

Pittsburgh vs. St. Louis – 1:00pm (FOX) – The Steelers are looking to bounce back from a loss this past Monday at San Francisco. The good news is this is a day game so I don’t think we’ll have to worry about the sun going out like the lights in San Francisco kept doing. My boss will be at this game and I told him in no uncertain terms not to bother coming back to work if St. Louis wins. Ok, I haven’t been working for him long enough to actually say that out loud… but that’s what I was thinking when I told him to have fun. Now that I think about it, I did say “Have fun at the game… and by ‘have fun’ I mean ‘I hope the Steelers win’”. He understood. With Big Ben hurt, I’m not sure if he’ll play. Still, I’m picking Pittsburgh to win this game.

Miami at New England – 1:00pm (CBS) – I’m picking New England to win this game.

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

First Lieutenant/Regimental Quartermaster John W. Clark (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 28, 1863 near Warrenton, Virginia. His citation reads:

Defended the division train against a vastly superior force of the enemy; he was severely wounded, but remained in the saddle for 20 hours afterward until he had brought his train through in safety.

Private Wilfred Clark (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 9, 1877 at Big Hole, Montana and on August 20, 1877 at Camas Meadows, Idaho. His citation reads:

Conspicuous gallantry, especial skill as sharpshooter.

Corporal William A. Clark (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on February 15, 1863 at Nolensville, Tennessee. His citation reads:

Was one of a detachment of 16 men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of 125 cavalry, repulsed the attack and saved the train.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Congrats to OutBehindTheWoodshed

As you know, our motto at I'm just sayin... is to always be the first to report something (unless our friends at Our Life report it first... then we will gladly give them credit. Actually, that isn’t entirely true… our motto is really Oderint, dum metuant [Translation: Let them hate, so long as they fear]). Anyway, if you've been over to Our Life the past couple of days you know that my very good friend Adrian and her still dead to me husband Michael are expecting... twins. I, of course, have known this ever since Michael sent me a mass email saying (without saying) he was having twins. Here's the thing, I was in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot waiting for Jeremy when I got the email. I couldn't view the attachments on my phone, so I didn't want to assume anything. At no point in the email did I see the words "babies" or "twins" or "Adrian is pregnant". For all I knew, one of the dogs was about to have puppies. I know what you're thinking, "Greg, why would they have ultrasound pictures of puppies? And why would there only be two puppies?" Well, first, they really love dogs. Second, I'm not a damn vet, how should I know how many puppies are usually born together? So anyway, I called Michael to get some answers (and by "called Michael", I mean I sent him an email telling him to call me). Less than 5 minutes later (yes, I timed it), I was on the phone with him trying to get answers without asking the questions. He, of course, knew what I wanted to know but was determined not to tell me. Really, it was like he had some sort of military POW type training. At one point, I fully expected him to just give me his rank and serial number. Anyway, we at I'm just sayin... are very happy for our friends. A two babies for one hospital visit is really the way to go. The good news here is that Michael isn't the kind of person to get stressed over anything, so he should have nothing to worry about. Haha... see, that's what we in the industry (and by the industry I mean the business) call sarcasm. In all honesty, the good news is he's already lost all of his hair so the stress of having a pregnant (with twins!) wife can't really do anymore damage. I can't wait until this time next year when we get to talk about them having another set of twins... How great will THAT be!?!

Now, an offer for Michael and Adrian: To help you guys get ready, I'm willing to send you Mary Ruth, Susie and Daniel (to go along with the kids from Our Life). The way I see it, if you keep all 5 kids at your house every weekend (or at least everyother weekend) from now until your two are born... then when you come home with "just" two (who can't crawl) it will seem like a piece of cake. Trust me, you'll thank us later (and we'll thank you now). It's really a win-win if you think about it.

By the way... when the time comes for you to get a babysitter, Mary Ruth will be here for you (just make sure you pay her well... baby girl needs to start saving up for college). ;)

Now for the I’m just sayin… Top Christmas Movies of All-Time as voted on by the I’m just sayin… staff.

20. Home Alone

19. The Muppet Christmas Carol

18. White Christmas (1954)

17. Four Christmases

16. Die Hard 2

15. Holiday Inn (1942)

14. The Santa Claus

13. Mickey’s Christmas Carol

12. Jack Frost (1998)

11. Elf

10. A Christmas Story

9. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

8. Fred Claus

7. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

6. Trading Places

5. A Charlie Brown Christmas

4. Frosty the Snowman

3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

2. Die Hard

1. Christmas Vacation

The I’m just sayin… College Football Playoffs (Playoffs!?) Second Round Predictions:

1 LSU (SEC Champion) vs. 8 Wisconsin (Big 10 winner) – I think LSU will win this game.

2 Oklahoma St. (Big 12 Champion) vs. 10 Clemson (ACC winner) – It won’t be easy, but I think the Tigers can pull off another upset.

3 Alabama (At Large) vs. 6 Arkansas (At Large) – I’m picking Arkansas to win this game.

4 Stanford (At Large) vs. 12 Michigan State (Sun Belt Champion)– I’m picking Stanford to win this game.

***Note: It seems there was a typo in my previous bracket posts showing Stanford as a 5 seed. They should have been listed as a 4 seed with Oregon as the 5 seed.***

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Technical Sergeant Francis J. Clark (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 12, 1944 near Kalborn, Luxembourg and September 17, 1944 near Sevenig, Germany. His citation reads:

He fought gallantly in Luxembourg and Germany. On 12 September 1944, Company K began fording the Our River near Kalborn, Luxembourg, to take high ground on the opposite bank. Covered by early morning fog, the 3d Platoon, in which T/Sgt. Clark was squad leader, successfully negotiated the crossing; but when the 2d Platoon reached the shore, withering automatic and small-arms fire ripped into it, eliminating the platoon leader and platoon sergeant and pinning down the troops in the open. From his comparatively safe position, T/Sgt. Clark crawled alone across a field through a hail of bullets to the stricken troops. He led the platoon to safety and then unhesitatingly returned into the fire-swept area to rescue a wounded soldier, carrying him to the American line while hostile gunners tried to cut him down. Later, he led his squad and men of the 2d Platoon in dangerous sorties against strong enemy positions to weaken them by lightning-like jabs. He assaulted an enemy machinegun with hand grenades, killing 2 Germans. He roamed the front and flanks, dashing toward hostile weapons, killing and wounding an undetermined number of the enemy, scattering German patrols and, eventually, forcing the withdrawal of a full company of Germans heavily armed with automatic weapons. On 17 September, near Sevenig, Germany, he advanced alone against an enemy machinegun, killed the gunner and forced the assistant to flee. The Germans counterattacked, and heavy casualties were suffered by Company K. Seeing that 2 platoons lacked leadership, T/Sgt. Clark took over their command and moved among the men to give encouragement. Although wounded on the morning of 18 September, he refused to be evacuated and took up a position in a pillbox when night came. Emerging at daybreak, he killed a German soldier setting up a machinegun not more than 5 yards away. When he located another enemy gun, he moved up unobserved and killed 2 Germans with rifle fire. Later that day he voluntarily braved small-arms fire to take food and water to members of an isolated platoon. T/Sgt. Clark's actions in assuming command when leadership was desperately needed, in launching attacks and beating off counterattacks, in aiding his stranded comrades, and in fearlessly facing powerful enemy fire, were strikingly heroic examples and put fighting heart into the hard-pressed men of Company K.

Corporal Harrison Clark (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His citation reads:

Seized the colors and advanced with them after the color bearer had been shot.

Private James G. Clark (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 18, 1864 at Petersburg, Virginia. His citation reads:

Distinguished bravery in action; was severely wounded.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Today we would like to wish my Dad a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! The old man turned 69 today… he’s one of the few people I know who’s older than my friend KC. Haha. Anyway, I won’t do a 69 things about Dad… I’ll save that for next year. I will say that he’s a great Dad and that I love him very much. Dad has three children (that we know about)… one daughter and two sons. One son once majored in Computer Science at a highly respected University and is currently on Facebook, LinkedIn, has a widely successful blog, two twitter accounts and helps run a well respected message board. The other son is the one who gets called whenever Dad has any technology questions.

Anyway, Happy Birthday Dad! I love you!

Now for the I’m just sayin… Top Christmas Songs of All-Time as voted on by the I’m just sayin… staff.

25. My Only Wish (This Year) - Britney Spears

24. White Christmas - Bing Crosby

23. Oh Come, All Ye Faithful - Any Church Congregation

22. O, Holy Night - Any Church Congregation

21. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee

20. The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole

19. Winter Wonderland - Darius Rucker

18. Silent Night - Any Church Congregation

17. Little Saint Nick - The Beach Boys

16. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra

15. The Little Drummer Boy - Peggy Lee

14. Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley

13. Christmas Baby, Please Come Home - Jon Bon Jovi

12. Santa Baby - Kylie Minogue

11. Christmas In Dixie - Alabama

10. I’ll Be Home For Christmas - Bing Crosby

9. Baby, It’s Cold Outside - Dean Martin

8. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer - Elmo and Patsy

7. Run Run Rudolph - Chuck Berry

6. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Bruce Springsteen

5. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) - The Chipmunks

4. Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano

3. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey

2. Go Tell It On The Mountain - Any Church Congregation

1. Joy To The World - Any Church Congregation

As always, feel free to post a comment letting me know how much you agree with me. Oh… Any Church Congregation is just that... any church congregation. It’s not the name of some new group.

The I’m just sayin… College Football Playoffs (Playoffs!?) First Round Prediction Results:

1 LSU (SEC Champion) vs. 16 Northern Illinois (MAC Champion) – I picked LSU to win this game and I was RIGHT! LSU won, 34-0.

2 Oklahoma St. (Big 12 Champion) vs. 15 Southern Mississippi (C-USA Champion) – I picked OSU to win this game and I was RIGHT! Oklahoma St. won, 26-7.

3 Alabama (At Large) vs. 14 TCU (MWC Champion) - I picked TCU to win this game and I was WRONG! Alabama won, 35-10.

5 Stanford (At Large) vs. 13 West Virginia (Big East Champion) – I picked Stanford to win this game and I was RIGHT! Stanford won, 16-13 on a last second FG.

4 Oregon (Pac 12 Champion) vs. 12 Michigan State (Sun Belt Champion) – I picked Oregon to win this game and I was WRONG! Michigan State pulled off the upset, winning 28-24.

6 Arkansas (At Large) vs. 11 Kansas State (WAC Champion) – I picked Arkansas to win this game and I was RIGHT! Arkansas won, 35-17.

7 Boise State (At Large) vs. 10 Clemson (ACC winner) – I picked Clemson to win this game and I was RIGHT! The Tigers won, 33-13.

8 Wisconsin (Big 10 winner) vs. 9 South Carolina (At Large) – I picked the Revolutionary War Heroes pull off the win and I was WRONG! USC made a great comeback in the 4th Quarter, but came up just short losing 20-22.

First… I’m not counting these games in my final record… but I will keep count of them for the playoffs (playoffs!?).

Second… It looks like I somehow forgot to pick the NFL games for this past weekend. Guess I was too focused on picking the bowl games.

C… I’m not going to post the results of my bowl picks until the end of the “bowl season”. That is, if we remember that long from now that we even picked those games.

Fifthly… These games are played by the CPU on my PS3. I have no control over the outcome.

I’m just sayin… College Football Playoffs (Playoffs!?) Prediction Record

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Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Chief Boatswain’s Mate Joseph Clancy (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 13 and 20-22, 1900 in China. His citation reads:

In action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China, 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. During this period and in the presence of the enemy, Clancy distinguished himself by his conduct.

First Sergeant Albert A. Clapp (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 6, 1865 at Sailors Creek, Virginia. His citation reads:

Capture of battle flag of the 8th Florida Infantry (C.S.A.).

Lieutenant/Adjutant Charles A. Clark (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 4, 1863 at Brooks Ford, Virginia. His citation reads:

Having voluntarily taken command of his regiment in the absence of its commander, at great personal risk and with remarkable presence of mind and fertility of resource led the command down an exceedingly precipitous embankment to the Rappahannock River and by his gallantry, coolness, and good judgment in the face of the enemy saved the command from capture or destruction.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


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

Navy vs. Army – I picked Navy to win this game and I was RIGHT! Navy won, 27-21. GO NAVY! BEAT ARMY!

Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland – I picked the Steelers to win this game and I was RIGHT! The Steelers won, 14-3.

Miami vs. Philadelphia – I picked Miami to win this game and I was WRONG! Miami lost, 10-26.

I’m just sayin… Football Prediction Record

High School: 35-12

College: 53-16

NFL: 15-10

Overall: 101-37

The I’m just sayin… College Football Tournament First Round Predictions:

1 LSU (SEC Champion) vs. 16 Northern Illinois (MAC Champion) – LSU was the clear cut #1 seed heading into the tournament and while I have a soft spot in my heart for the underdog, LSU is just too good. I’m picking LSU to win this game.

2 Oklahoma St. (Big 12 Champion) vs. 15 Southern Mississippi (C-USA Champion) – OSU will just be too much for Southern Miss. I’m picking OSU to win this game.

3 Alabama (At Large) vs. 14 TCU (MWC Champion) - Here’s our first upset pick of the tournament. Honestly, I think TCU might have been a little underrated. I’m picking TCU to win this game.

5 Stanford (At Large) vs. 13 West Virginia (Big East Champion) – I think Stanford wins this close game over West Virginia.

4 Oregon (Pac 12 Champion) vs. 12 Michigan State (Sun Belt Champion) – I’m picking Oregon to win this game.

6 Arkansas (At Large) vs. 11 Kansas State (WAC Champion) – I’m picking Arkansas to win this game.

7 Boise State (At Large) vs. 10 Clemson (ACC winner) – Another upset pick… If the Clemson team that played in the ACC Championship Game shows up, then the Tigers win this game. I think that’ll happen, so I’m picking Clemson to win this game.

8 Wisconsin (Big 10 winner) vs. 9 South Carolina (At Large) – I think this will be another close game, but I think the Revolutionary War Heroes pull off the win.

Remember, all games will be played at the higher seed’s field. So the Revolutionary War Heroes will be making the trip to Wisconsin while the Tigers will head to the blue field of Boise State.

The I’m just sayin… Bowl Predictions

*Note: Bowl name is listed under the teams playing…

Saturday, December 17  Pick
Temple vs. Wyoming   Wyoming

Ohio vs. Utah State     Utah State

San Diego State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette    San Diego St.

Tuesday, December 20
Florida International vs. Marshall   Marshall

Wednesday, December 21
No. 18 TCU vs. Louisiana Tech    TCU

Thursday, December 22
Arizona State vs. No. 7 Boise State   Boise State

Saturday, December 24
Nevada vs. No. 21 Southern Miss    Nevada

Monday, December 26
Missouri vs. North Carolina        UNC

Tuesday, December 27
Western Michigan vs. Purdue    Purdue

Louisville vs. North Carolina State    Louisville

Wednesday, December 28
Toledo vs. Air Force     Air Force

California vs. No. 24 Texas        Texas

Thursday, December 29
Florida State vs. Notre Dame   FSU

Washington vs. No. 12 Baylor     Baylor

Friday, December 30
Brigham Young vs. Tulsa      BYU

Rutgers vs. Iowa State      Iowa State

Mississippi State vs. Wake Forest     Wake Forest

Iowa vs. No. 14 Oklahoma      Oklahoma

Saturday, December 31
Texas A&M vs. Northwestern    Texas A&M

Georgia Tech vs. Utah    Utah

Illinois vs. UCLA       UCLA

Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt    Cincinnati

Virginia vs. No. 25 Auburn   Virginia
Chick-fil-A BOWL

Monday, January 2
No. 19 Houston vs. No. 22 Penn State    Houston

No. 20 Nebraska vs. No. 9 South Carolina     USC

No. 17 Michigan State vs. No. 16 Georgia     UGA

Ohio State vs. Florida     Ohio State

No. 10 Wisconsin vs. No. 5 Oregon     Oregon

No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 3 Oklahoma State    Stanford

Tuesday, January 3
No. 13 Michigan vs. No. 11 Virginia Tech      Virginia Tech

Wednesday, January 4
No. 23 West Virginia vs. No. 15 Clemson    Clemson

Friday, January 6
No. 8 Kansas State vs. No. 6 Arkansas     Arkansas

Saturday, January 7
Southern Methodist vs. Pittsburgh     Pittsburgh

Sunday, January 8
Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois     N. Illinois

Monday, January 9
No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 1 LSU       LSU

That's all for today. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Happy 40th Birthday Brent!!!!!

As you know, I started my new job today (it was great, thanks) so I've got a lot on my mind right now.  Therefore, I'm not going to give you one of my usual posts today.  Still, I wanted to stop by the I'm just sayin... offices to wish my brother-in-law Brent a very Happy 40th Birthday!  That's right friends... Now Brent can walk around yelling that great Mike Gundy quote, "I'm a man!  I'm 40!"

So Happy Birthday, Brent!  No-Name Teri could have done a lot worse... trust me, I remember the guys she dated before you.   :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pearl Harbor and Why I like the BCS…

I’ll be honest, this was just going to be about the BCS but then I remembered what today is and figured I couldn’t let it go by without saying something about Pearl Harbor. I think there is an important lesson to be learned from Pearl Harbor and that’s to always be ready. There are some in this country who hate war and who think we should cut the military way back. Well, I don’t like war either… but we need a strong military because of events like Pearl Harbor (and later 9/11). You can only not want to fight for so long before someone comes and punches you in the face. At that point, it’s time to fight. The mistake Japan made is not that they threw the first punch… the mistake is that they didn’t finish the job. They thought, America does not want war… so America won’t fight. Nope. America didn’t want war… but America also wasn’t going to take that without a fight. So hats off to all of the men and women who were there and to all the men and women who joined the fight after Pearl Harbor.

How would the BCS system had worked with WWII? Would Germany be rewarded for their early success or would some late season losses keep them out of the championship? Would Brittan get credit for playing a tough schedule or would they get penalized for playing mainly at home? How about the US with an early loss at home but then winning big on the road later in the season? Would Japan get credit for their early road win or would the voters just assume their opponent wasn’t ready? Would France get a pass based on name and conference affiliation? All valid questions, I think.

Anyway… Do you know why I like the BCS? Because I know that no matter how bad I screw something up, I’ll never screw it up as bad as the BCS has the post season for college football.

My initial thought when I started writing this is that I would go point by point through the arguments for the BCS and tell you why they were wrong or stupid. I decided I will not do that because reading that crap made my blood pressure shoot through the roof. Honestly, I’m all for a good debate and I pride myself on being able to see (and sometimes argue) both sides of an issue. But never before in my life have I seen such s*** said when arguing for something. As the saying goes, you can’t spell BCS without BS. You can read them for yourself (here and here).

I will highlight this one: “Also, the average size of players in Divisions I-AA, II and III are far less than those in Division I-A. Their recovery time is far quicker than the size and strength of players in the largest class”.

The only thought that came to my mind was the scene from Billy Madison when the Principal says, “Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul”.

Anyway, I guess it’s a good thing the NFL has such small players… I mean, how else could they play all of those games?

Honestly, some of these reasons for having the BCS are actually dumb enough to anger me. I’m sure there are some intelligent people out there who favor the BCS. You might be one of those people. If so, please tell me the reasons you like it. And spare me the “It’s better than what we had” because, A: That doesn’t mean it’s better than a Playoff System and B: I’m at the point now where I’m not 100% sure it is better than what we had. At least the old system didn’t try to shovel BS down your throat with this “Every Game Matters” lie. I’ll also point out that the old system at least had tradition on its side. And while I understand the BCS is just a select few bowls… it is hurt by the fact that the current bowl system “rewards” 6-6 teams for their great season.

Also, please do not tell me that a playoff system would be bad because then just one team would be the winner (while multiple teams can be winners in the bowl system). Let me tell you a little something about life… everyone isn’t a winner. You have winners and you have losers. How this is ok for kids in the Little League World Series, but not ok for guys in college (who want to think of themselves as grown men) is beyond me. If everyone is a winner then why do they keep score? I played football for two years of my life… 1988 and 1989. I do not remember exactly how many games we won, but I do remember the exact number of games we lost: Zero, Nada, Zip, Zilch, None, 0. We had playoffs, and we won. Every team wasn’t a winner those two years. Do you know why? Because they had to play us. Just so you don’t think I have this belief in winning because I’ve never lost… I played Church basketball from 7th grade – 11th grade and we seldom won a game. I think there were a couple of years in there when we didn’t win any games. We never made the playoffs in any of those years, but life went on for us. So to the people who want everyone to be a winner, I say suck it up. Everyone isn’t a winner in life. To quote the classic scene from Glengarry Glen Ross: “As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anybody want to see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired”.

Just so you don’t think I’m all about complaining and not about giving a good alternative… Here’s how I would have it:

I would have a 16 team playoff that would include all 11 conference champions plus 5 at-large teams. I include all conference champions because, while I don’t believe everyone is a winner, I do believe teams that have won their conference deserve the chance to play for a national championship. You might say, “But they aren’t good enough!” Yes, and they showed that by not getting the chance? To say they’re not good enough because they play in a weak conference is like saying USC in ’98-’99 (or Vandy/Kentucky in most years) was great because they were in the SEC. That’s stupid. Being in the ACC doesn’t mean Clemson has a great basketball program. I could go on with examples, but I think you get the point. So then the debate would be how to pick the 5 at-large teams. To be honest, I don’t care how this is done… as long as “how their fans travel” isn’t part of the equation. Anyway, here’s an example of how the first round of the I’m just sayin… College Football Tournament would look:

1 LSU (SEC Champion) vs. 16 Northern Illinois (MAC Champion)

2 Oklahoma St. (Big 12 Champion) vs. 15 Southern Mississippi (C-USA Champion)

3 Alabama (At Large) vs. 14 Arkansas State (Sun Belt Champion)

5 Stanford (At Large) vs. 13 Louisiana Tech (WAC Champion)

4 Oregon (Pac 12 Champion) vs. 12 West Virginia (Big East Champion)

6 Arkansas (At Large) vs. 11 TCU (MWC Champion)

7 Boise State (At Large) vs. 10 Clemson (ACC winner)

8 Wisconsin (Big 10 winner) vs. 9 South Carolina (At Large)

All games will be played at the higher seed’s field. So the Revolutionary War Heroes will be making the trip to Wisconsin while the Tigers will head to the blue field of Boise State. The first round starts next Saturday (December 17).

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

#21Clemson vs. #5Virginia Tech – I picked Clemson to win this game and I was RIGHT! The Tigers won, 38-10. You know what this means… Clemson reclaimed The Belt! You will remember, I’m sure, that back in January I congratulated Clemson on their decision to hire my friend and former teammate Tony Elliott as an assistant coach. I told Tiger fans that things were about to get better. Well, as my friend Michael would say, “BOOM”! And as I would say… I WAS RIGHT! I WAS RIGHT! I WAS RIGHT! Listen, that Morris guy they brought onto the staff as the OC has done a good job as well. I don’t want you to think I’m taking anything away from him. But winners win and Tony Elliott is a winner. It’s hard to explain, but just being around winners can sometimes be enough to help you win. You want to see the defense improve next season? Make Tony a coach on that side of the ball (or better yet, hire Levon Kirkland… but that’s another post for another day). Anyway, Congrats to Clemson! Good luck in the Orange Bowl!

#1LSU vs. #12Georgia – The only thing I hate more than picking Georgia to win a game is picking them and then having them lose. I picked the Dawgs to win and I was WRONG! UGA lost, 10-42.

Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati – I picked Pittsburgh to win this game and I was RIGHT! The Steelers won, 35-7.

Miami vs. Oakland – I picked Miami to win this game and I was RIGHT! The Dolphins won, 34-14.

I’m just sayin… Football Prediction Record

High School: 35-12

College: 52-16

NFL: 14-9

Overall: 101-37

Since this will probably be my only post of the week, I’ll go ahead and post my predictions for this upcoming week.

The I’m just sayin... Football Predictions

Navy vs. Army – 2:30pm (CBS) – One of, if not THE, best games of the season each year. Navy is down this season, but not that far down… I am picking Navy to win this game. GO NAVY! BEAT ARMY!

Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland – 8:20pm (NFL Network) *Thursday – I’m picking the Steelers to win this game.

Miami vs. Philadelphia – 1:00pm (FOX) – I’m picking Miami to win this game.

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Captain Clinton A. Cilley (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 20, 1863 at Chickamauga, Georgia. His citation reads:

Seized the colors of a retreating regiment and led it into the thick of the attack.

Sergeant James T. Clancy (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 1, 1864 at Vaughn Road, Virginia. His citation reads:

Shot the Confederate Gen. Dunovant dead during a charge, thus confusing the enemy and greatly aiding in his repulse.

Musician John E. Clancy (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 29, 1890 at Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota. His citation reads:

Twice voluntarily rescued wounded comrades under fire of the enemy.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Now it’s a party…

So I’m sitting around last night looking at twitter and I start seeing stuff about Dabo’s interview. Twitter was a tweeting all over the place about Dabo responding to what Spurrier said about Clemson. Now there is talk that maybe Spurrier didn’t say what they said he said. To me, that would be too bad… because I thought it was funny. I think trash talk like this is good for a rivalry. I loved Dabo’s response. You can hear it for yourself below. When I first listened to it, I didn’t see what the big deal was with what Dabo said… then I got about halfway… maybe ¾ of the way through it and… as my friend Michael would say… BOOM! Next thing I know, the gloves are off and the trash talk is flying. I must say I’m impressed that Dabo didn’t end up saying “F--- you Steve!”

It reminds me a little of an article my cousin Louis wrote a long time ago in The Tiger. I won’t repost it on here… because I don’t have it. And out of respect for my friends who cheer for the Revolutionary War Heroes… something tells me you wouldn’t appreciate it the way my Clemson friends would. Anyway, after all of this talking I sure hope Clemson wins this Saturday or things could get ugly in this state.

One word to the USC fans out there (not my friends… I’m talking to the people I’ve been hearing on the radio). You can’t go all season talking about how Shaw is so much better than Garcia and then turn around and talk about how your team won with a “back-up” QB. I think we all know USC was a lot better off with Shaw at QB this season… and had the change come sooner, the Revolutionary War Heroes might be playing LSU this Saturday.

The I’m just sayin... Football Predictions

#21Clemson vs. #5Virginia Tech – ACC Championship Game - 8:00pm (ESPN) – Maybe it’s a “heart” pick… I don’t know. I was all set to pick Virginia Tech, but then I listened to what Dabo had to say. I know it had nothing to do with Virginia Tech, but still… I now find myself leaning towards Clemson. Call me crazy, but I’m picking the Tigers to win this game.

#1LSU vs. #12Georgia – SEC Championship Game – 4:00pm (CBS) – Hey, remember when the “experts” at ESPN said Boise State didn’t have any good wins because they beat a bad Georgia team? This is why I think that deep down, all experts are morons. I’m looking at you Craig James. Anywho, let me tell you why I hate the BCS. Because I now find myself in a situation where I’d kind of like them to put a one loss LSU in the championship game against a one loss Alabama team… because if that won’t show people how flawed this system is then I don’t know what will. For this to happen, Georgia will have to win this Saturday. Seeing as how this is practically a home game for them, I think they might be able to pull it off. But it’s hard for me to want Georgia to win. It just doesn’t feel natural. But, I can’t let that get in my way. I’m a professional and I have a job to do… LSU is a very good team, but I think UGA will pull off the upset. I’m picking Georgia to win this game.

Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati – 1:00pm (CBS) - The Steelers won in Cincinnati and I think they’ll win again in Pittsburgh.

Miami vs. Oakland – 1:00pm (CBS) – I’m picking Miami to win this game.

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Assistant Surgeon James Robb Church (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 24, 1898 at Las Guasimas, Cuba. His citation reads:

In addition to performing gallantly the duties pertaining to his position, voluntarily and unaided carried several seriously wounded men from the firing line to a secure position in the rear, m each instance being subjected to a very heavy fire and great exposure and danger.

Corporal Samuel J. Churchill (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 15, 1864 at Nashville, Tennessee. His citation reads:

When the fire of the enemy's batteries compelled the men of his detachment for a short time to seek shelter, he stood manfully at his post and for some minutes worked his gun alone.

Private First Class Joseph J. Cicchetti (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on February 9, 1945 in South Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands. His citation reads:

He was with troops assaulting the first important line of enemy defenses. The Japanese had converted the partially destroyed Manila Gas Works and adjacent buildings into a formidable system of mutually supporting strongpoints from which they were concentrating machinegun, mortar, and heavy artillery fire on the American forces. Casualties rapidly mounted, and the medical aid men, finding it increasingly difficult to evacuate the wounded, called for volunteer litter bearers. Pfc. Cicchetti immediately responded, organized a litter team and skillfully led it for more than 4 hours in rescuing 14 wounded men, constantly passing back and forth over a 400-yard route which was the impact area for a tremendous volume of the most intense enemy fire. On 1 return trip the path was blocked by machinegun fire, but Pfc. Cicchetti deliberately exposed himself to draw the automatic fire which he neutralized with his own rifle while ordering the rest of the team to rush past to safety with the wounded. While gallantly continuing his work, he noticed a group of wounded and helpless soldiers some distance away and ran to their rescue although the enemy fire had increased to new fury. As he approached the casualties, he was struck in the head by a shell fragment, but with complete disregard for his gaping wound he continued to his comrades, lifted 1 and carried him on his shoulders 50 yards to safety. He then collapsed and died. By his skilled leadership, indomitable will, and dauntless courage, Pfc. Cicchetti saved the lives of many of his fellow soldiers at the cost of his own.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Here’s to you, Chester McGlockton…

I didn’t know Chester McGlockton. I did meet him one time when I was little and got his autograph… but now my youth, that autograph and big Chester are gone. I will be honest when I tell you that I have good thoughts of him. For all I know, he was a jerk. I’m old enough that I wouldn’t be surprised to find out he wasn’t a saint (he played for the Raiders for crying out loud!). But deep down I would like to believe he was a great guy. Why? Because he was a hero from my childhood. You will remember, of course, that McGlockton was a unanimous selection to the I’m just sayin… All-Time Clemson Football Team a year ago. From what I have been told by people who knew him (or at least saw him around campus), it seems he really was a good guy. I can tell you one thing without a doubt… he was a great football player. He played for Clemson back when the school had men on defense. He was huge, but quick… like he was a long lost Perry brother. He was a big part of some of the greatest defenses in Clemson history. This isn’t just memories from my youth… this is the truth. How great was the defense back then? Chester tied for the regular season ACC lead in sacks as a freshman… as a back-up! He was on the last Clemson team to win 10 games… and the last Clemson team to win the ACC. Just as good, he never lost to USC. He went on to play in the NFL and did a fine job there, but in my mind he’ll always be wearing orange… crushing Major Harris in the Gator Bowl and recovering a fumble in the end zone.

He passed away yesterday at 42. There was a day when 42 was old to me… but that day has long since passed. Now 42 is way too young to go. In honor of McGlockton, we will be viewing some of his greatest games at my house tonight.

RIP Big Fella

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private Herbert F. Christian (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 2-3, 1944 near Valmontone, Italy. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On 2-3 June 1944, at 1 a.m., Pvt. Christian elected to sacrifice his life in order that his comrades might extricate themselves from an ambush. Braving massed fire of about 60 riflemen, 3 machineguns, and 3 tanks from positions only 30 yards distant, he stood erect and signaled to the patrol to withdraw. The whole area was brightly illuminated by enemy flares. Although his right leg was severed above the knee by cannon fire, Pvt. Christian advanced on his left knee and the bloody stump of his right thigh, firing his submachinegun. Despite excruciating pain, Pvt. Christian continued on his self-assigned mission. He succeeded in distracting the enemy and enabled his 12 comrades to escape. He killed 3 enemy soldiers almost at once. Leaving a trail of blood behind him, he made his way forward 20 yards, halted at a point within 10 yards of the enemy, and despite intense fire killed a machine-pistol man. Reloading his weapon, he fired directly into the enemy position. The enemy appeared enraged at the success of his ruse, concentrated 20-mm. machinegun, machine-pistol and rifle fire on him, yet he refused to seek cover. Maintaining his erect position, Pvt. Christian fired his weapon to the very last. Just as he emptied his submachinegun, the enemy bullets found their mark and Pvt. Christian slumped forward dead. The courage and spirit of self-sacrifice displayed by this soldier were an inspiration to his comrades and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the armed forces.

First Lieutenant James I. Christiancy (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 28, 1864 at Hawes Shops, Virginia. His citation reads:

While acting as aide, voluntarily led a part of the line into the fight, and was twice wounded.

Private First Class Stanley R. Christianson (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 29, 1950 in Seoul, Korea. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company E, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Hill 132, in the early morning hours. Manning 1 of the several listening posts covering approaches to the platoon area when the enemy commenced the attack, Pfc. Christianson quickly sent another marine to alert the rest of the platoon. Without orders, he remained in his position and, with full knowledge that he would have slight chance of escape, fired relentlessly at oncoming hostile troops attacking furiously with rifles, automatic weapons, and incendiary grenades. Accounting for 7 enemy dead in the immediate vicinity before his position was overrun and he himself fatally struck down, Pfc. Christianson, by his superb courage, valiant fighting spirit, and devotion to duty, was responsible for allowing the rest of the platoon time to man positions, build up a stronger defense on that flank, and repel the attack with 41 of the enemy destroyed, many more wounded, and 3 taken prisoner. His self-sacrificing actions in the face of overwhelming odds sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. Pfc. Christianson gallantly gave his life for his country.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Oh Happy Day…

Before we recap the weekend, we at I’m just sayin… would like to congratulate my Labor Day cousin, Jane on her pending move back to the great state of South Carolina. I am excited and very happy that Jane and AJ will be moving back closer to home. I assume this means I will see them more than the zero times I saw them out in Wyoming. Oh… this also means I won’t have to follow Wyoming football next season. It’s a win-win. :)

If you follow me on twitter, you know by now that Winthrop beat Central Penn in convincing fashion. How good was it? A good friend of mine who I won’t name on here but who, I can tell you, sits next to me at Winthrop home games, told me #0 for WU (Derrick Henry) wasn’t really a shooter… he’s more a slasher. Derrick Henry then hit about 3 or 4 hundred 3 pointers. Ok, it wasn’t that many (that would have some kind of record), but he did hit enough for me to give my unnamed friend a hard time. The last time I remember this friend told me what to expect from a player (he said, “This Michael Jenkins kid is a 3-point specialist”… right before MJ bricked or air balled his next 3 or 4 3-point attempts. To be fair, and I always am, Jenkins did tie the record for 3 pointers in a game his junior season… and ended up being a great 3-point shooter (and all around player). Anyway, the point is the Eagles got into the win column for the first time this season. Maybe they found out how much fun winning is and will do it more often from now on.

Now, let’s look at how my predictions went this weekend…

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

High School
I didn’t get my picks done in time to pick the Ashley Ridge game. Oh well…

#14South Carolina vs. #18Clemson – My family didn’t want to hear it. How could I pick against the Tigers? I could I say USC was going to win? Friends, as you know I don’t pick these games with my heart. I pick them using a very complicated formula that I went over last Saturday. Because of that formula, I picked the Revolutionary War Heroes to win the game and I was RIGHT! USC was inspired by the rumors that Jane was moving back to this great state to work at the school and it showed. USC won, 34-13. Congrats to all of my Revolutionary War Hero fans out there on USC’s 10 win season… and 3rd straight victory over Clemson. Dabo would be wise to remember the old Chinese Proverb: “He who loses 4 straight to his rival does not get a chance to lose 5 straight”. I’m just sayin…

Wyoming at #7Boise State – I picked Boise State to win this game and I was RIGHT! Wyoming lost, 14-36. What a bad weekend for Wyoming… first they lose the game, then they lose the Jane. HA! See what I did there? The game/the Jane? Ok, if I have to explain it then it won’t be funny…

Pittsburgh at Kansas City – I picked the Steelers to win this game and I was RIGHT! Pittsburgh won, 13-9.

Miami vs. Dallas – I missed picking this game.

I’m just sayin… Football Prediction Record

High School: 35-12

College: 51-15

NFL: 12-9

Overall: 98-36

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Staff Sergeant Clyde L. Choate (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 25, 1944 near Bruyeres, France. His citation reads:

He commanded a tank destroyer near Bruyeres, France, on 25 October 1944. Our infantry occupied a position on a wooded hill when, at dusk, an enemy Mark IV tank and a company of infantry attacked, threatening to overrun the American position and capture a command post 400 yards to the rear. S/Sgt. Choate's tank destroyer, the only weapon available to oppose the German armor, was set afire by 2 hits. Ordering his men to abandon the destroyer, S/Sgt. Choate reached comparative safety. He returned to the burning destroyer to search for comrades possibly trapped in the vehicle risking instant death in an explosion which was imminent and braving enemy fire which ripped his jacket and tore the helmet from his head. Completing the search and seeing the tank and its supporting infantry overrunning our infantry in their shallow foxholes, he secured a bazooka and ran after the tank, dodging from tree to tree and passing through the enemy's loose skirmish line. He fired a rocket from a distance of 20 yards, immobilizing the tank but leaving it able to spray the area with cannon and machinegun fire. Running back to our infantry through vicious fire, he secured another rocket, and, advancing against a hail of machinegun and small-arms fire reached a position 10 yards from the tank. His second shot shattered the turret. With his pistol he killed 2 of the crew as they emerged from the tank; and then running to the crippled Mark IV while enemy infantry sniped at him, he dropped a grenade inside the tank and completed its destruction. With their armor gone, the enemy infantry became disorganized and was driven back. S/Sgt. Choate's great daring in assaulting an enemy tank single-handed, his determination to follow the vehicle after it had passed his position, and his skill and crushing thoroughness in the attack prevented the enemy from capturing a battalion command post and turned a probable defeat into a tactical success.

Boatswain’s Mate First Class George Robert Cholister (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 20, 1924 while on board the USS Trenton. His citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession on the occasion of a fire on board the U S.S. Trenton. At 3:35 on the afternoon of 20 October 1924, while the Trenton was preparing to fire trial installation shots from the two 6-inch guns in the forward twin mount of that vessel, 2 charges of powder ignited. Twenty men were trapped in the twin mount. Four died almost immediately and 10 later from burns and inhalation of flames and gases. The 6 others were severely injured. Cholister, without thought of his own safety, on seeing that the charge of powder from the left gun was ignited, jumped for the right charge and endeavored to put it in the immersion tank. The left charge burst into flame and ignited the right charge before Cholister could accomplish his purpose. He fell unconscious while making a supreme effort to save his shipmates and died the following day.

Second Lieutenant Dale Eldon Christensen (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 16-19, 1944 at Driniumor River, New Guinea. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty along the Driniumor River, New Guinea, from 16-19 July 1944. 2d Lt. Christensen repeatedly distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in the continuous heavy fighting which occurred in this area from 16-19 July. On 16 July, his platoon engaged in a savage fire fight in which much damage was caused by 1 enemy machinegun effectively placed. 2d Lt. Christensen ordered his men to remain under cover, crept forward under fire, and at a range of 15 yards put the gun out of action with hand grenades. Again, on 19 July, while attacking an enemy position strong in mortars and machineguns, his platoon was pinned to the ground by intense fire. Ordering his men to remain under cover, he crept forward alone to locate definitely the enemy automatic weapons and the best direction from which to attack. Although his rifle was struck by enemy fire and knocked from his hands he continued his reconnaissance, located 5 enemy machineguns, destroyed 1 with hand grenades, and rejoined his platoon. He then led his men to the point selected for launching the attack and, calling encouragement, led the charge. This assault was successful and the enemy was driven from the positions with a loss of 4 mortars and 10 machineguns and leaving many dead on the field. On 4 August 1944, near Afua, Dutch New Guinea, 2d Lt. Christensen was killed in action about 2 yards from his objective while leading his platoon in an attack on an enemy machinegun position. 2d Lt. Christensen's leadership, intrepidity, and repeatedly demonstrated gallantry in action at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, exemplify the highest traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Allison!!!!!!

We would like to interrupt our regular posting to wish my oldest niece Allison a very HAPPY 13th Birthday!!!!!  In honor of Allison's birthday, we will look at 13 facts from 1998 that have nothing to do with her at all:

1 - I was a Sophomore at Winthrop and had yet to meet The Wife... ah, the good ol' days...

2 - Harry Caray, Sonny Bono, Carl Wilson, Lloyd Bridges, Frank Sinatra, Phil Hartman, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry all died.

3 - Tommy West was fired as the head coach of the Clemson football team after leading the team to a 3-8 record.  Tommy Bowden was hired to replace him.

4 - Brad Scott was fired as the head coach of the South Carolina football team after leading the team to a 1-10 record.  Lou Holtz was hired to replace him.

5 - Gregg Marshall started his first season as the head coach of the Winthrop men's basketball team.

6 - Google was founded.

7 - Elton John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

8 - The Top single was:  My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion).

9 - The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Mamas & the Papas, Lloyd Price, Santana and Gene Vincent were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

10 - The top grossing film was Armageddon (followed by Saving Private Ryan).

11 - Lindsay Lohan, Taye Diggs, Jason Segel and Rebecca Romijin made their film debuts.

12 - Seinfeld aired it's final episode.

13 - That 70's Show aired it's first episode.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Big Game…

Yep, Winthrop hosts Central Penn today in front of what I’m sure will be a record setting crowd. Ok, the crowds at games my freshman year were about “church league” sized… so this crowd might not set a record, but I don’t plan on seeing too many people at the game. Seems there is something else going on in the state today...

Before we get to that, though, we at I’m just sayin… would like to congratulate No-Name Teri for her big accomplishment of passing her National Boards. This is a big deal and we are proud of her.

So back to this little football game. The thing that makes college football so great is rivalries. This, according to ESPN, is rivalry week. I know sports fans like to tell everyone that “their” rivalry is the best of them all. To be honest, you’re all wrong. Winthrop/Coastal Carolina is the best of them all. But we’re talking about college football, so I guess I won’t count WU/CCU. To be honest (and I think I’ve said this on here before), I don’t care if the nation thinks that Clemson/Carolina is the greatest football rivalry ever… as long as there is a TV station out there that thinks the game is worth showing on TV, I’m happy. For what it’s worth (and to you, it should be worth a lot), I think it’s the greatest football rivalry of them all. Army/Navy would be a very close second… so close that if you were to tell me Army/Navy should be first, I probably wouldn’t argue. By the way, why is it when I cheer for Navy or wear a Navy shirt, The Wife feels the need to point out I didn’t go to the Naval Academy nor was I in the Navy... yet she has no problem at all wearing a Clemson shirt and cheering for the Tigers? I don’t see her Clemson degree anywhere in the house. Let’s look at what makes a great college football rivalry.

Uh-oh... Did Daniel just hear my prediction for the game?

The I’m just sayin… 6 Keys to a Great College Football Rivalry

1. The schools must be in the same state. The exception to this rule is Army/Navy. That’s the only exception. Out of state schools could have a very good rivalry… but not great.

2. It’s not a must, but the game really should be at the end of the regular season most years.

3. If being in different conferences might end the rivalry (as the announcers of the Texas/Texas A&M and Pitt/West Virginia game are saying), then it’s not a great rivalry. A great rivalry will be played at all costs.

4. A great rivalry doesn’t need a cute name (Though we are willing to overlook this rule for the Iron Bowl). According to Wikipedia, this game is called the Battle of the Palmetto State. That’s not so much a name as it is an explanation of how much the game means.

5. Anyone can sell out a rivalry game when both teams are good… but a great rivalry game sells out when both teams enter the game with a combined 3 wins.

6. It also helps if there is somewhat of a balance throughout the state as far as fans go. This is, in my mind, what hurts Georgia/Georgia Tech… UGA owns that state. I’ve always pictured the Georgia Tech campus as being like West Berlin back in the day… this little piece of land surrounded by the enemy.

The I’m just sayin… Top 5 College Football Rivalries

1. Clemson/South Carolina
-First Game: 1896
-Overall Record: Clemson leads 65-39-4
-Last Five Games: 2006: 31-28 (USC); 2007: 23-21 (Clemson); 2008: 31-14 (Clemson); 34-17 (USC); 2010: 29-7 (USC)

2. Army/Navy
-First Game: 1890
-Overall Record: Navy leads 55-49-7
-Last Five Games: 2006: 26-14 (Navy); 2007: 38-3 (Navy); 2008: 34-0 (Navy); 2009: 17-3 (Navy); 2010: 31-17 (Navy)

3. Alabama/Auburn
-First Game: 1893
-Overall Record: Alabama leads 40-34-1
-Last Five Games: 2006: 22-15 (Auburn); 2007: 17-10 (Auburn); 2008: 36-0 (Alabama); 2009: 26-21 (Alabama); 2010: 28-27 (Auburn)

4. Florida/Florida State
-First Game: 1958
-Overall Record: Florida leads 33-20-2
-Last Five Games: 2006: 21-14 (UF); 2007: 45-12 (UF); 2008: 45-15 (UF); 2009: 37-10 (UF); 2010: 31-7 (FSU)

5. Southern Cal/UCLA
-First Game: 1929
-Overall Record: Southern Cal leads 43-28-7
-Last Five Games: 2006: 13-9 (UCLA); 2007: 24-7 (USC); 2008: 28-7 (USC); 2009: 28-7 (USC); 2010: 28-14 (USC)

The I’m just sayin... Football Predictions

High School
I didn’t get my picks done in time to pick the Ashley Ridge game. Oh well…

#14South Carolina vs. #18Clemson – 7:45pm (ESPN) – Both teams are entering the game looking for win #10. Typically, when I go to pick a game I look at a number of things before making my pick. First, I try to visualize how the game will go. This dates back to my days playing baseball at James Island High. Back then, I would start visualizing a game the night before the game and continue doing that until about two hours before the game. This might explain why I wasn’t the best student during the baseball season. This game, for some reason, has been hard for me to picture. So the next thing I look at is school colors. This doesn’t help me either in this case because each school has a favorite color of mine (Orange and Garnet), but neither has my #1 favorite color (Blue… specifically Royal Blue). So that takes us to the next thing… mascot. Of course, at face value this would seem to favor Clemson because I don’t care who you are… you’ve got to take a Tiger over a Gamecock… assuming that gamecock is the bird. But not so fast, my friends… what if that Gamecock is not a bird but is, in fact, a Revolutionary War Hero? Then I think it’s back to a toss-up. Next, of course, I look at who my friends are cheering for. In the past I might pick Clemson just to spite the sob Carolina fans I knew because, in all fairness, they were jerks. But that’s not the case now. Now the Carolina fans I see the most are nice people who I really like… which is good, but it doesn’t help me pick the winner. I can tell you this… I will be pulling for Clemson to win. I can also tell you that no matter who wins the game, my life will not change for better or worse. Dabo’s mood doesn’t sour when I have a bad day at work, so why should mine sour when he has a bad day? Having said that, I can also tell you that… for my money… Clemson fans shouldn’t kid themselves into thinking this game isn’t as important as the ACC Championship game next Saturday. Why? Two reasons: 1. As I told my brother-in-law Brent, think back on what you would consider the “best” Clemson football seasons. How many of them included a loss to USC? Exactly. 2. Think about how many Virginia Tech or Virginia fans you see daily. What do you think you’ll hear about more throughout the year… a loss to them in the championship game… or a 3rd straight loss to USC? Exactly. And spare me the “A win next Saturday means more because it will get Clemson a BCS bowl birth” argument. What’s so great about that? More money for the school? I’ve got news for you… they ain’t gonna lower ticket prices next year because they made more money on the bowl trip this year. Besides… who says you can’t win this Saturday and next Saturday? Anyway, back to this Saturday. I think it comes down to this: If the Tigers can score more than the Revolutionary War Heroes, Clemson will win this game. However, if the Revolutionary War Heroes can keep the Tigers from scoring more than them, USC will win this game. If I felt Clemson had just an average Tiger defense, I’d pick them… but as it stands right now… with it being a night game in Columbia… with Melvin Ingram playing… I’m picking the South Carolina Revolutionary War Heroes to win this game. Speaking of Melvin Ingram, my strategy for the Clemson offensive line would be to hold him on every play. What are the odds the refs would throw a flag on every play? And while I’m picking USC to win, it’s not like I don’t think Clemson has a chance. The good news for the Tigers is the weakest part of USC’s team is their offense. So if the Clemson offense goes back to its early season form, things could go well for the Tigers. But I’m still picking USC to win this game.

The shirt in this picture provided by Danny (yes, that Danny)

Wyoming at #7Boise State – 12:00pm MT (The Mtn. HD) – I’m picking Boise State to win this game.

Pittsburgh at Kansas City – 8:20pm (NBC) – I’m still picking the Steelers to win this game.

Miami vs. Dallas – I missed picking this game since it was played yesterday… Oops.

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Captain Marcellus H. Chiles (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 3, 1918 near Le Champy Bas, France. His citation reads:

When his battalion, of which he had just taken command, was halted by machinegun fire from the front and left flank, he picked up the rifle of a dead soldier and, calling on his men to follow led the advance across a stream, waist deep, in the face of the machinegun fire. Upon reaching the opposite bank this gallant officer was seriously wounded in the abdomen by a sniper, but before permitting himself to be evacuated he made complete arrangements for turning over his command to the next senior officer, and under the inspiration of his fearless leadership his battalion reached its objective. Capt. Chiles died shortly after reaching the hospital.

Scout Chiquito (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions during the winter of 1871-1873. His citation reads:

Gallant conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches.

Private William W. Chisman (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."

Thursday, November 24, 2011


We at I’m just sayin… would like to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! We have a lot to be thankful for and we hope you do, too.

I am thankful for The Wife and am lucky to have her (just ask her if you don’t believe me).

I am thankful for my three great children.

I am thankful for Jeremy and Rebecca and my Godson, Lucas.

I am thankful that the cartoons I grew up with are now on DVD.

I am thankful for the cartoons today that don’t stink… like Veggie Tales and Phineas and Ferb. I love Phineas and Ferb.

I am thankful for TV shows like NCIS, Psych and Modern Family.

I am thankful for Winthrop basketball… sure, they’ve started this season 0-5… but I still enjoy it.

I am thankful for Maverick.

I am also thankful for Scooby… because he makes me realize how lucky I am to have Maverick.

I am thankful that I have a family who lives all over the state and not all over the country or world.

I am thankful that I don’t know what Sonny’s outgoing voicemail message sounds like because he always answers the phone when I call.

I am thankful that No-Name Teri seldom answers the phone when I call (and rarely calls me back)… because she makes me realize how lucky I am that Sonny answers my calls.

I am thankful for Danny (yes, that Danny) and his wife (my favorite nurse) Jen; my buddy Adrian and her dead-to-me husband Michael; long-time I’m just sayin… fan Ashley and Cory (Husband of Ashley); of course my good friend and fellow blogger KC and his lovely wife LA; my friends from the House of Clark (Clark and Jenn) and all of friends who I won’t name on here for fear that I will forget someone.

Speaking of friends… I’m thankful that I have a group of friends who, when they found out I had ranked them, did not turn on me but instead did their best to move up in the poll. How great is THAT?!

I’m thankful that my cousin Susan is going to let me be the opening act for her wedding. What? Was she not going to do that? Oh well, it’s on the internet so I guess she can’t say no now…

I am thankful for these guys

The oldest and youngest living Medal of Honor Recipients

I am thankful for my parents, aunts and uncles.

I am thankful that I got to know 3 of my 4 grandparents. Sure, I wish it would have been 4 of 4… but when I think about how many people don’t know any of their grandparents (or worse, don’t have a good relationship with them) it’s hard for me to complain about my situation.

I’m thankful for college football… and college basketball… and college baseball.

I am also thankful for the NFL, MLB and the fact that the NBA is in the middle of a lockout.

I am thankful for my books.

I am thankful that starting December 12, I will have a new job (though I will miss the people I work with now).

I am thankful I got to play baseball for the best high school baseball coach at the best high school baseball program and with the best teammates.

I am thankful for good music and great movies.

I am thankful for good comedians.

I am thankful that we have a working, seldom used oven. Funny story: Last night I’m pulling up to KFC to get some wings that I had been craving all day. The Wife calls to tell me the oven is on fire. What are the odds that the one time this month she decides to use it, it catches on fire? Anyway, it’s sparking and she decides that with my extensive fire fighting skills (over 30 years of blowing out candles) I’m the person she should call. I tell her to get the fire extinguisher and (after checking to make sure it would work on electrical fires) use it. Hindsight being 20/20, I would have told her to try turning the breaker off first. She asks where I am and I tell her I’m about to walk into KFC (she knew I was going there). She makes it clear that she doesn’t want me to go into KFC… instead, she wants me to rush home. Here’s the thing, I was hungry. Not only that… I was sure she would get the fire out before I got home. Finally, if she was not comfortable fighting the fire, she should have called the fire department. But no… I had to go home (without my wings) to find out that… wait for it… wait for iiiitttttt……. She had already put the fire out (by turning off the breaker… after making a mess with the fire extinguisher). Long story short, someone (I won’t name names) now has an excuse for not cooking.

I am thankful it wasn’t our microwave that caught fire.

I’m thankful that I live in a country where I can go to church and not have to worry about getting in trouble.

And I am thankful for you, my readers.

The I’m just sayin... Football Predictions

High School
Summerville at Byrnes – I picked Byrnes to win this game and I was RIGHT! Summerville lost, 20-56.

Ashley Ridge vs. Stratford – I picked Stratford to win this game and I was WRONG! Ashley Ridge won, 24-21.

Dorman at Gaffney – I picked Dorman to win this game and I was WRONG! Dorman lost, 3-33.

#14South Carolina vs. The Citadel – I picked USC to win this game and I was RIGHT! The Revolutionary War Heroes won, 41-20.

#7Clemson at NC State – I picked Clemson to win this game and I was WRONG! The Tigers lost this game, 13-37.

Navy at San Jose State – I picked Navy to win this game and I was WRONG! Navy lost, 24-27.

CSU at Presbyterian College – I picked PC to win this game and I was RIGHT! CSU lost, 14-45.

Wyoming vs. New Mexico – I picked Wyoming to win this game and I was RIGHT! Wyoming won, 31-10.

Appalachian State at Elon – I picked Appalachian State to win this game and I was RIGHT! Appalachian State won, 28-24.

Pittsburgh at Kansas City – Oops… looks like I jumped the gun on this game. The Steelers were off last Sunday. I’ll pick this game this week.

Miami vs. Buffalo – I picked Buffalo to win this game and I was WRONG! Miami won, 35-8.

I’m just sayin… Football Prediction Record

High School: 35-12

College: 49-15

NFL: 11-9

Overall: 95-36

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Major Ralph Cheli (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 18, 1943 near Wewak, New Guinea. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy. While Maj. Cheli was leading his squadron in a dive to attack the heavily defended Dagua Airdrome, intercepting enemy aircraft centered their fire on his plane, causing it to burst into flames while still 2 miles from the objective. His speed would have enabled him to gain necessary altitude to parachute to safety, but this action would have resulted in his formation becoming disorganized and exposed to the enemy. Although a crash was inevitable, he courageously elected to continue leading the attack in his blazing plane. From a minimum altitude, the squadron made a devastating bombing and strafing attack on the target. The mission completed, Maj. Cheli instructed his wingman to lead the formation and crashed into the sea.

Corporal Benjamin H. Child (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 17, 1862. His citation reads:

Was wounded and taken to the rear insensible, but when partially recovered insisted on returning to the battery and resumed command of his piece, so remaining until the close of the battle.

Second Lieutenant Ernest Childers (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 22, 1943 at Oliveto, Italy. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action on 22 September 1943, at Oliveto, Italy. Although 2d Lt. Childers previously had just suffered a fractured instep he, with 8 enlisted men, advanced up a hill toward enemy machinegun nests. The group advanced to a rock wall overlooking a cornfield and 2d Lt. Childers ordered a base of fire laid across the field so that he could advance. When he was fired upon by 2 enemy snipers from a nearby house he killed both of them. He moved behind the machinegun nests and killed all occupants of the nearer one. He continued toward the second one and threw rocks into it. When the 2 occupants of the nest raised up, he shot 1. The other was killed by 1 of the 8 enlisted men. 2d Lt. Childers continued his advance toward a house farther up the hill, and single-handed, captured an enemy mortar observer. The exceptional leadership, initiative, calmness under fire, and conspicuous gallantry displayed by 2d Lt. Childers were an inspiration to his men.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Michael!!!!

I don't have time for a regular post today... I'm just stopping by the I'm just sayin... offices to wish my good friend Michael a Happy Birthday!  While he is still dead to me for missing the Lake Weekend earlier this month, I still hope he has a happy birthday.  So, Happy Birthday Michael!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Where has the week gone?

If you’re friends with The Wife on Facebook then you probably saw this picture:

She said Susie was like Steve Martin in The Jerk. I just need this… and this… and this…

I would pay good money to hear Susie say, “My story? Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child”.

I can’t believe it’s already Friday. I’ve been busy (again) at work and home, so I don’t have time to post all of these thoughts I’ve got bouncing around in my head. So, I’ll just post my picks…

The I’m just sayin... Football Predictions

High School
Summerville at Byrnes – I’m picking Byrnes to win this game.

Ashley Ridge vs. Stratford – I’m picking Stratford to win this game.

Dorman at Gaffney – I’m picking Dorman to win this game.

#14South Carolina vs. The Citadel – 12:00pm (PPV) – The Revolutionary War Heroes are looking for win #9. The Citadel is looking to party like it’s 1990. I think the USC defense will carry the day… I’m picking USC to win this game.

#7Clemson at NC State – 3:30pm (ABC) – I hear a lot of people saying this game “doesn’t matter”. I think it does matter. Clemson is going for win #10… something they haven’t seen since 1990. I’m picking Clemson to win this game.

Navy at San Jose State – 4:00pm (ESPN3) – I’m picking Navy to win this game.

CSU at Presbyterian College – 1:00pm – I’m picking PC to win this game.

Wyoming vs. New Mexico – 12:00pm MT (The Mtn. HD) – I’m picking Wyoming to win this game.

Appalachian State at Elon – 3:00pm – I’m picking Appalachian State to win this game (because they aren’t USC and this isn’t a basketball game).

Pittsburgh at Kansas City – 8:20pm (NBC) – I’m picking the Steelers to win this game.

Miami vs. Buffalo – 1:00pm (CBS) – I’m picking Buffalo to win this game.

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private John F. Chase (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 3, 1863 at Chancellorsville, Virginia. His citation reads:

Nearly all the officers and men of the battery having been killed or wounded, this soldier with a comrade continued to fire his gun after the guns had ceased. The piece was then dragged off by the two, the horses having been shot, and its capture by the enemy was prevented.

Gunner’s Mate Second Class John Purnell Chatham (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 13, 20, 21 and 22, 1900 in China. His citation reads:

In action with the relief expedition of the Allied Forces in China, 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. During this period and in the presence of the enemy, Chatham distinguished himself by his conduct.

First Lieutenant Benjamin H. Cheever, Jr. (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 1, 1891 at White River, South Dakota. His citation reads:

Headed the advance across White River partly frozen, in a spirited movement to the effective assistance of Troop K, 6th U.S. Cavalry.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Congrats Clemson

We at I’m just sayin… would like to start our post today by reminding Sonny that today is his anniversary.

(We will now pause 5 minutes to give Sonny time to send a quick text/email to Terry wishing her a Happy Anniversary… and to let her know he figured out why she was so mad this morning).

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Sonny and Terry! Who knew you two crazy kids would last this long? No, really… who knew? It seems I have misplaced the pool sheet I had showing who bet on what year. Anyway, it probably doesn’t matter… I’m not sure anyone thought it would last this long. I’m pretty sure I had Sonny dying of “natural causes” by their 5th Anniversary. I believe this is now their 19th Anniversary. Congrats!

Congrats also to the Clemson Tigers for winning the ACC Atlantic. I’m pretty sure I predicted they would do it. I’m not sure I posted it… might not have even told anyone. I think I told Maverick. I don’t know if I specifically said they would win the Atlantic this season… but I am sure I have said (and posted on here) that Tony Elliott is a winner and that if Clemson brought him on the staff they would start winning. So I’m going to count this as me being right.

Now let’s take a look at how my predictions were this weekend.

The I’m just sayin... Football Predictions

High School
Summerville vs. Fort Dorchester – I picked Summerville to win this game and I was RIGHT! Summerville won, 28-27.

Ashley Ridge vs. Laurnes – I picked Ashley Ridge to win this game and I was RIGHT! Ashley Ridge won, 48-7.

Dorman at Sumter – I picked Dorman to win this game and I was RIGHT! Dorman won, 46-21.

#15South Carolina vs. Florida – I knew the Revolutionary War Heroes wouldn’t let me down again. I picked USC to win this game and I was RIGHT! USC won, 17-12.

#9Clemson vs. Wake Forest – Again, I knew the Tigers wouldn’t let me down again. I picked Clemson to win this game and I was RIGHT! Clemson won, 31-28.

Navy at SMU – I picked Navy to win this game and I was RIGHT! Navy won, 24-17.

CSU vs. Coastal Carolina – I picked CSU to win this game and I was WRONG! CSU lost, 38-45.

Wyoming at Air Force – I picked Air Force to win this game and I was WRONG! Wyoming won, 25-17.

Appalachian State vs. Western Carolina – I picked Appalachian State to win this game and I was RIGHT! Appalachian State won, 46-14.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati – I picked Cincinnati to win this game and I was WRONG! The Steelers won, 24-17.

Miami vs. Washington – I picked Miami to win this game and I was RIGHT! The Dolphins won, 20-9.

I’m just sayin… Football Prediction Record

High School: 34-10

College: 45-13

NFL: 11-8

Overall: 90-31

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Gunner’s Mate First Class George Charette (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 2, 1898 in Santiago de Cuba. His citation reads:

In connection with the sinking of the U.S.S. Merrimac at the entrance to the harbor of Santiago de Cuba, 2 June 1898. Despite heavy fire from the Spanish batteries, Charette displayed extraordinary heroism throughout this operation.

Hospital Corpsman Third Class William R. Charette (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on March 27, 1953 in Korea. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against enemy aggressor forces during the early morning hours. Participating in a fierce encounter with a cleverly concealed and well-entrenched enemy force occupying positions on a vital and bitterly contested outpost far in advance of the main line of resistance, HC3c. Charette repeatedly and unhesitatingly moved about through a murderous barrage of hostile small-arms and mortar fire to render assistance to his wounded comrades. When an enemy grenade landed within a few feet of a marine he was attending, he immediately threw himself upon the stricken man and absorbed the entire concussion of the deadly missile with his body. Although sustaining painful facial wounds, and undergoing shock from the intensity of the blast which ripped the helmet and medical aid kit from his person, HC3c. Charette resourcefully improvised emergency bandages by tearing off part of his clothing, and gallantly continued to administer medical aid to the wounded in his own unit and to those in adjacent platoon areas as well. Observing a seriously wounded comrade whose armored vest had been torn from his body by the blast from an exploding shell, he selflessly removed his own battle vest and placed it upon the helpless man although fully aware of the added jeopardy to himself. Moving to the side of another casualty who was suffering excruciating pain from a serious leg wound, HC3c. Charette stood upright in the trench line and exposed himself to a deadly hail of enemy fire in order to lend more effective aid to the victim and to alleviate his anguish while being removed to a position of safety. By his indomitable courage and inspiring efforts in behalf of his wounded comrades, HC3c. Charette was directly responsible for saving many lives. His great personal valor reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

Sergeant Cornelius H. Charlton (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 2, 1951 near Chipo-ri, Korea. His citation reads:

Sgt. Charlton, a member of Company C, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. His platoon was attacking heavily defended hostile positions on commanding ground when the leader was wounded and evacuated. Sgt. Charlton assumed command, rallied the men, and spearheaded the assault against the hill. Personally eliminating 2 hostile positions and killing 6 of the enemy with his rifle fire and grenades, he continued up the slope until the unit suffered heavy casualties and became pinned down. Regrouping the men he led them forward only to be again hurled back by a shower of grenades. Despite a severe chest wound, Sgt. Charlton refused medical attention and led a third daring charge which carried to the crest of the ridge. Observing that the remaining emplacement which had retarded the advance was situated on the reverse slope, he charged it alone, was again hit by a grenade but raked the position with a devastating fire which eliminated it and routed the defenders. The wounds received during his daring exploits resulted in his death but his indomitable courage, superb leadership, and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit upon himself the infantry, and the military service.