This last Saturday was Reggie Jackson's birthday. I never saw Reggie play but he's always been one of my favorite baseball players because of the awesome things he said and were said about him. Some of my favorites include:
"Please God, let me hit one. I'll tell everybody you did it."
"In the building I live in on Park Avenue there are ten people who could buy the Yankees, but none of them could hit the ball out of Yankee Stadium."
"The only way I'm going to win a Gold Glove is with a can of spray paint."
"I was reminded that when we lose and I strike out, a billion people in China don't care."
"You don't face Nolan Ryan without your rest. He's the only guy I go against that makes me go to bed before midnight."
"Fans don't boo nobodies." (my favorite)
The National Transportation Safety Board wants to see the blood alcohol content legal limit lowered from .08 to .05.
The move would bring the US more in line with what other nations do. The US and Canada are pretty much the only nations with the legal limit set at .08 instead of .05. NTSB cited statistics that indicate a person with a BAC of .08 is 100% more likely to have an accident than someone who had nothing to drink. At .05 it is more like 39%.
Other things to consider:
â€¢ Drunk driving fatalities are down about 50% in the past 30 years, but there are still more than 10,000 each year, to go with 170,000 injury accidents caused by drunk drivers.
â€¢ Restaurant advocacy groups say that lowering the limit would criminalize responsible behavior
â€¢ When Australia lowered their limit to .05, their provinces reported fatality reductions between 5-18%
So what's your opinion? Can someone have a few drinks and still drive responsibly? Or should the country take a step in the direction of "zero-tolerance" for drinking and driving?
Have you seen the video of two men experiencing the pain of childbirth? I must have seen this video posted to a dozen of my Facebook friends' accounts yesterday, all of them women. Must admit, it is pretty hilarious.
Emily White was kind enough to join us Wednesday morning to visit about the upcoming golf tournament, dinner, and auction to benefit the CASA program in Kearney and Buffalo Counties.
CASA, put simply, is a volunteer program to help children and families involved with the court system. The benefit tournament is scheduled for June 8th in Minden.
To learn about the event, and to learn how you can volunteer for the program, listen here:
Gothenburg High School Seniors graduated last weekend. Part of their sendoff was "The Harlem Shake," led by none other than GHS Principal Randy Evans.
This, according to junior Trenton Long, who joined us Wednesday morning.
Trenton had a lot to say not just about what is happening now but also what is coming up. Listen to the interview here:
The "Pyro Guy" Greg Hartman stopped by the show Tuesday morning to talk about Memorial Day weekend at Johnson Lake.
Hint: It involves a huge fireworks show.
Youth and high school soccer seasons are officially over, but that doesn't mean things are slowing down for the YMCA of Lexington.
In fact, based on what they have coming up things might be even more hectic. But when you are working with kids, teaching them the fundamentals of sports that will stick with them the rest of their lives, that's a good problem to have.
Shane Roberts of the YMCA of Lexington joined us on Ben & Breakfast Monday morning, hear his comments and find out what's on deck for the Y by clicking this link:
The folks at the state recreation area at Johnson Lake are hosting Family Adventure Day this Saturday from 10a to 2p.
There is free admission to the park and free fishing during that time, along with a host of other featured activities.
Park Superintendent Tim Boyle joined us Monday morning to talk about the event, plus a craft fair they have scheduled for June 8th. Give it a listen here:
Do you like eating cheeseburgers? How about enjoying Frosties? Helping children?
Good news! You can do all those things tomorrow in Lexington with Club 180's dine-in fundraiser at Wendy's from 5pm to 8pm.
Club 180 director Heather Devine joined us Monday morning to talk about the event, and also to tell us a little bit about Club 180 itself. If you missed it, listen here:
You'll have to indulge a proud father, but we celebrated Archer's birthday this weekend, though today is his actual birthday. Your future president was born two years ago today at 11:30 p.m. in an emergency c-section, 12 weeks premature and weighing one pound six ounces. I took this picture of his little footprint next to a penny for scale. He stayed in hospital for months and was on oxygen until a few days after his first birthday. Yesterday watching him open presents and run around with his cousins served as a stark reminder of how far he came in the last 12 months. Mom and Dad love you Archer!
Here's what he looked like the night he was born
We love you Archer, you've come so far
Seems like this pops up in the news every so often, but I think it is an interesting topic. According to a recent AP/GfK poll, four in five Americans do not believe the Washington Redskins should change their name due to pressure from Native American advocacy groups.
It looks like I am way outside of the mainstream on this one, but I think the name should absolutely be changed. Redskin is a racial slur. There is "refusing to buckle to political correctness," and then there is "slapping millions of people in the face with a slur." For me, calling a team the Redskins is the latter.
I'll go one further. I kind of think the Cleveland Indians should change their name too. "Indians" are people from India.
I think that team names like "Braves" "Warriors" and "Chiefs" are fine as long as the imagery remains respectful. Other instances like teams that use a tribe name like Seminole or Fighting Sioux are tougher to call. Are you paying tribute, or are you trivializing?
That's just my take on it though.
Had a blast last night at Kearney Shooters, big thank you to them for continuing to book great acts in central Nebraska.
Last night it was the Bart Crow Band. Their latest album, "Dandelion," is fantastic. They played several cuts from that album and sounded great. Of course they played the songs their fans have come to love over the years, as well. Adam can attest "Wear My Ring" nearly brought the whole place down.
How impressed was I? So impressed I broke not one but TWO of my cardinal rules for clothing: I bought a hat that has both camouflage and... gulp... the Texas flag on it.
Don't get me wrong, nothing wrong with camouflage or the Texas flag. They are just things I've gone to pains to avoid incorporating into my attire. But we got the chance to meet Bart before the show, he was so kind and gracious, and the band's performance was so strong I felt I had no other choice, haha.
And the hat is pretty sweet, I must admit.
Adam and I got to introduce the band, which was exciting.
Quick note here: always have a designated driver, even if you are only planning to have a few. Amanda was kind enough to drive me last night, thank you honey. I didn't have much to drink but hey, why risk it?
Bart Crow's latest CD, Dandelion, is one you should check out! I talked with Bart about the album, songwriting, and his show at Shooters in Kearney. Clink the link to hear the unedited interview.
Fourth grade students in Gothenburg are hitting the road next week for a great trip to Lincoln.
I have to admit I am more than a bit jealous, as they will be visiting three of my favorite places in Nebraska: Memorial Stadium, Morrill Hall, and the Capitol Building.
Teacher Claudine Kennicutt joined us on Ben & Breakfast Wednesday morning to chat about the field trip, it's worth a listen. You can do so here:
A New Hampshire man filed a police report after he allegedly spent two grand on a carnival game and has nothing to show for it but an enormous, dreadlocked stuffed banana.
Based on what I've read about this, the guy started off trying to win an Xbox Kinect. He blew through $300, went home then came back with over $2,000, which is all the money he had in the world. He lost that as well, though he claims that the carnival worker assured him he'd get his money back and get the Kinect. He went back the next day, however, and all the carnie gave him was $600 and the stuffed banana. He didn't even get the Kinect, for crying out loud!
Somebody should have told this dude that Kinects cost $100 and he could have just purchased one. Evidently he thought he had to either win a carnival game or guess Rumpelstiltskin's name to get one.
How could someone who would throw away his life savings on an un-winnable carnival game manage to save that much money in the first place?
We've all heard that Tim Tebow was cut by the Jets this week.
Here's something I will say in defense of Tebow... I've read criticism that he is too slow to run the read option in the NFL, except that we've already seen him run it somewhat competently. His playoff year in Denver, that was a terrible offense, just terrible, but Tebow and McGahee actually ran the read option better than I expected. I think that since the NFL is a league full of copycats we are going to see more read option as long as SF and Seattle continue to have success with it. I also think that if it was truly based on merit, Tebow probably deserves a shot as a backup read option quarterback.
Will anyone sign him? Absolutely not. A media circus follows him at all times, and it simply isn't worth it for a backup quarterback.
If guys in the NFL were more creative, we'd see quarterbacks that were more specialized. Lower paid, but more specialized. If you ran a read option offense, wouldn't you like to have Tim Tebow on third and 1? Or if you were on the five yard line? Sure you would, but not if you are paying your starter $15 million. Pat White from West virginia is another guy whose talents went totally wasted in the NFL. They tried to turn him into a drop back passer. Stupid.
Isn't it amazing how far Jack Hoffman has gone in less than two years?
When Jack met with President Barack Obama, the president had already watched the video of Jack's touchdown run in the Spring Game, along with 8 million other people.
What's more, Jack's 8th birthday was declared National Pediatric Brain Cancer Day by the United States Senate.
Very impressive, young man. Very impressive.
This photo is from Randy York's Husker N Side blog
On Wednesday the calender flips over to May and 4-Hers and FFA members in Lexington will be busy with a couple of separate events.
First, Lexington High School FFA members will host younger students for "Baby Animal Day" at the FFA Barn at Dawson County Fairgrounds.
FFA members Haley and Ross Rogers visited the studio last week to chat about it, listen here:
Later that day, the Horseshoe Bend 4-H Club is hosting their annual Flower Power Sale. 4-Her Mackenzie McKeone and club sponsor Barb Batie were on Ben & Breakfast as well, here's what they had to say: