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Dead Birds And Razorbacks

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What is up with all the dead birds falling out of the skies in Arkansas?  And apparently, now, also in Louisiana?

And what about all those dead fish in Arkansas?

The initial reports said something about the birds being freaked out about the fireworks.

Look, I grew up in rural Texas.  I used to shoot really loud guns at and around birds, and unless I was aiming at one, they didn’t just drop out of the sky due to an exceptionally loud noise. Including Black Cat bottle rockets (for those of you who remember those, and probably fondly).

Methinks something else is afoot here.  And it reminds me of when all the bees started dying off a few years back.  Remember that, back in 2006?

In that case, the scientists came up with some really cool, “Fringe”-ish names for the phenomena: “Colony collapse disorder” (CCD) and “honey bee depopulation syndrome” (HBDS).

Turned out, just last year some proteomic-based pathogen screening tools developed finally suggested that invertebrate iridescent virus type 6 (IIV-6) and Nosema ceranaewere were found in all the CCD colonies sampled.

Just in case you were wondering what the likely cause(es) were.

So, don’t hold your breath on the lowdown for all these dead birds.

We may not know anything for years.

I just hope it’s not any kind of foreboding against the great Arkansas Razorbacks, who are taking on THE Ohio State University tonight at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

But just in case, I guess it’s a good thing the Sugar Bowl has a roof.

Written by turbotodd

January 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm

BCS: What A Finale

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That was some serious college football last night.

Though I was obviously rooting for the UT Longhorns, I give great kudos to the Alabama Crimson Tide in their victory.  The Tide was definitely on a Roll.

I give many kudos to UT senior QB and Heisman trophy finalist, Colt McCoy, who had to sit back and watch his last game as an active player for the Longhorns from the sidelines after an injury at the start of the game.  I know that could not have been easy, but once back from the locker room, there he was, fully suited and cheering on his team.

Also outstanding, freshman QB Garrett Gilbert who got rolled through the 1H of his Walter Mitty-like college football debut before turning it on in the second half to almost send the tide rolling in the other direction.

Without that late 4Q blindside, who knows what might have happened.  But due credit also goes to the Alabama defense…those guys were like a human Maginot line last night and all season, but one that you could hardly ever flank.

Regardless of the outcome, I think both teams demonstrated why they both absolutely deserved to be in the BCS Championship game and, in the process, gave all of us a joyride that we’ll certainly not soon forget.

I also enjoyed all the social media smack talk that was going on across the country and around the globe.

I love American college football, and based on the Twitterstream last night, apparently I wasn’t the only one!

Written by turbotodd

January 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm

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