Tomorrow is Election Day. I can't wait until it's over. This campaign has seemingly been going on forever and I've had enough. If McCain wins, my brain will probably implode. I really don't think I could handle it. I was nauseous and depressed for 2 months after "W'" won the second time. Oops, I should clarify that. I mean when he won the election for his second term. That was actually only the first time he won an election. Anyway, let's just say I am not going to be in good shape on Wednesday if the Republicans steal another election. It could easily push me over the edge.
Speaking of the campaign, do these candidates actually think their recorded phone calls are effective? Do people really listen to these things? I hang up the instant it becomes clear to me that I'm listening to a recording. This generally occurs about 1.3 seconds into the call. They don't have the time to make some calls or come up with living people to make their calls yet I'm supposed to use my time to listen to their recording begging for my vote and warning me that their opponent is a child molesting, devil worshiper who runs over puppies. Right. I really want to spend my time that way. I would really be interested to find out the actual percentage of these recordings that get played all the way through. It has to be really low. Of course, they probably wouldn't be doing it if it didn't work, so maybe people really are that stupid. Maybe I'm in the minority with my crankiness. Still, I have doubts about the effectiveness of recorded messages. It's bad enough that it's a recorded message, but the sheer number of these calls is staggering. I'm up to 2-3 calls a day. In fact, my cell phone just rang and it was yet another one of these campaign recordings. I wish I was making that up. I hung up as soon as I heard "Hi". I didn't even get to the guy's name. That's some real effective campaigning jerk.
Sigh... I can't wait until this crap is over.
Yes, I am rather bummed out about TU losing to Arkansas. I didn't think we had a shot at a BCS bowl – even with an undefeated season, so that aspect of it doesn't bug me at all. I love TU but I’m also a realist and understand where we fit into the national landscape of college football. There’s no respect for our schedule or conference so we’re not getting into a BCS game unless the rules say they have to let us in. I know Utah or Boise would go ahead of TU if they win out so in my mind, TU has always been and still is playing for a trip to the Liberty Bowl. What really eats me up about the loss to the Piggies is the way TU lost. They should have won that game by 2 touchdowns, but stupid mistakes and poor execution cost them the game. And now all these idiotic BCS tools in the media are going to throw out the "I told you so" BS. They're going to talk about how the little guys can't hang with BCS schools and how we were over matched. And that wasn't what happened. All day long, we were in the red zone, then a stupid penalty or turnover or a snap over the quarterback's head would keep us from scoring the touchdown. Arkansas didn't stop us. We stopped ourselves. It was really frustrating to watch because I know TU is better than that. Unfortunately, all the media clowns who will pile on and bash TU don't know what TU is all about and all the brainless idiots who listen to said clowns will believe all the drivel that spews from the media. It's still going to be a great season. I just hate that TU couldn't shut up all the doubters and mid-major haters. In the end, I guess none of that matters. I will always love TU no matter what others say or perceive about them.
Still, the fact that TU let that game slip away is going to eat at me for a few days.
As for the trip to Arkansas, we had a great time even with the loss. We found a cool tailgating spot and the TU contingent was loud and proud. I never got hassled by any Arkansas fans and had an enjoyable game day experience. That calling the hogs stuff that they do was pretty entertaining, but nowhere near as loud or intimidating as I expected. Maybe it was because they had the TU fans way over in a corner behind the end zone where we were barely in the stadium, but that place didn't even seem as loud as TU's Chapman Stadium. It doesn't make any sense since Arkansas's place is more than twice as big as TU's. It had to be because of where we were sitting. Still, it didn't seem very loud.
I really don't have anything else too terribly exciting to share. Oh wait... yes I do. Cinnabar was on ESPN. At the end of the Tulsa/UCF game on 10/26, ESPN was doing crowd shots as the clock wound down and they zoomed in for a close up on Cinnabar. My girl is a TV star. They had no interest in me. It was all about The Bar. All you could see of me was my kick ass metallic gold Chuck Taylor high tops with blue shoelaces. That's probably the best part of me to see anyway. Seriously, those shoes are awesome and deserve national TV time just as much as The Bar. Anyway, I thought that was pretty cool. I have a feeling that won't be the only time Cinnabar makes a national TV appearance. It's not like you see a lot of dogs at sporting events so she kind of stands out. Plus, she’s hella-cute and extremely photogenic. She’s a camera magnet.
OK, now I am really out of exciting stuff to talk about. Things have been pretty routine. Dad and I have been doing a bunch of bike riding. All is still going well with that. We’re up to riding 40 miles now. I think we’re going to stretch it to 50-55 miles this weekend. My ass hurts just thinking about it. I've lost 15 pounds. Yay me! My fantasy football team that I am sharing with Randy is chugging along quite nicely and appears to be a contender. I’m not going to say much else about that due to the jinx factor. Basically, life is decent. So, that's it. I'm off to watch Monday Night Football. Toodles!