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Super Bowl Sunday

Well, today is the big day. It’s the Super Bowl! Who are you picking to win? Make your choice in the poll box, above.

Are you going to watch? Are you going to watch the commercials? Is the only reason you watch because of the commercials?

Hey, that’s alright. I know quite a few people who use the time when the game is on for food and bathroom breaks, then come back for the commercials.

I’m looking forward to the game and am hoping it’s not a blowout, so it’s fun to watch throughout.

Still remember watching Super Bowl 20 with my Dad, back in the day. Maybe the Bears will win another one, sometime. Maybe.

Enjoy the big game!

Super Bowl XLIX

Super Bowl XLIX

Ok folks, let’s hear from you. Who will you be rooting for in the big game – the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks? Leave your answer in the poll box below and feel free to expand on why you’ll be rooting for them in the comments section.

Can’t wait for Super Bowl Sunday. I’m a Bears fan but I’ll be cheering on the Seahawks!

National Spelling…er…Vocabulary and Spelling Bee

Some of you may already know that I was a participant in the Scripps National Spelling Bee as an 8th grader. It was a real thrill.

A rule change will have a major impact on the competition this year and as an alum of this event, I feel compelled to offer a few comments.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/28/us/spelling-bee/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

From the article:

This is the first time in its 86 years that the competition has introduced a vocabulary component.

It will count for 50% of a speller’s overall score and will help determine which competitors take part in the semifinal and championship rounds.

Spelling tests, both computer-based and onstage, will make up the other half of their scores.

“It doesn’t make sense,” said Sanat Mishra, who last year made it to the finals of the South Asian Spelling Bee, but is not competing at the National Spelling Bee. “I don’t get the rule.”

Speller

You’re right, Sanat. It doesn’t make sense. It’s the National Spelling Bee, not the National Vocabulary and Spelling Bee.

But the people who run it feel differently, and thus the kids who are in this year’s event and no doubt those in the future will be participating in a completely different contest than what it was designed to be.

Sure, kids could stand to learn all kinds of things in addition to spelling but you’re missing the point with what you’re doing to this competition. You don’t change the Super Bowl to a football game combined with a 5K because you want the players to get more exercise.

My thoughts of course mean very little and in the big picture of life, this is quite trivial. However it is very frustrating to see an event I considered hallowed ground back in my time get watered down as years have gone by due to television broadcast needs, and now completely altered to further serve that purpose of whittling away participants in the interest of time.

I feel bad for the kids who may never get to participate in this event as it used to be – a bunch of really hard words that you had to practice for and then spell correctly in front of a microphone, not in a written exam…and not in addition to a vocabulary test.

I am d-i-s-a-p-p-o-i-n-t-e-d in this change but am o-p-t-i-m-i-s-t-i-c it will be overturned sometime soon.

Regardless of the rules, good luck to all of this year’s participants. Do your best and know you’re already a winner for making it there. More than anything else, just have fun!

Your Ticket

Imagine what it would be like to have a ticket to the biggest event you’d ever want to experience.

Let’s say it’s the premiere of something. Perhaps a sold-out Broadway show or a stage performance.

Now think about having a ticket to a once-in-a-lifetime event. Could be anything.

Continue reading Your Ticket