Had I “gone to press” when I arrived home last night I would have recreated the historical gaff eluded to in today’s title.
I Blame The Media
Though I’ve given up on college football I agreed to meet Hank and a few other former coworkers at Taco Mac Prado for the National Championship game last night. The kickoff of the game occurred sometime around 8:00pm.
It was nearly 11:00pm when Alabama scored the touchdown that “put the game away” with about two minutes remaining in the third quarter. The three remaining participants — Hank (Clemson), Tony (Alabama), and me (Florida) — decided enough was enough and headed to our respective homes.
I didn’t even think to put the game on tv when I finally returned home. Much like the presidential election, the team for which I was rooting wasn’t going to win and I didn’t want to see the other side bask in glory. Only this time it was different…
I was awakened around 12:30am by a text from Hank saying “Holy shit, we won”. First, I thought I misread his text. Second, did the game really not end until 12:30am EST? Anyway, I congratulated Hank on joining the “My Team Is The National Champion” club and then went back to sleep. Though Clemson won a National Championship some time in the 1980s (I’m too lazy to Google), Hank was not yet a student, nor a fan of the team, at that time.
Putting aside my disdain for all SEC teams other than Florida I think Alabama’s loss last night is good for college football as it returns a sense of hope to schools other than one of the most dominating programs of all time. And don’t worry about Alabama, Vegas bookies are already pinning them and FSU, two of my least favorites, as frontrunners for next season’s National Champion. I’m so glad that I won’t be watching then.
It was announced yesterday that upon completion of the acquisition by Verizon that Yahoo! is going to be renamed to Altaba, which sounds to me like one of those drugs advertised on tv — “Ask your doctor if Altaba is right for you.”. One of the potential side-affects of taking Altaba may be a change to Flickr, the once-popular photos hosting site that Yahoo! acquired, launching the Web 2.0 revolution, back in the aughts. This is important to me for two reasons:
1. I have been a dedicated Flickr user for a long time and it’s via Flickr that I post photos to this blog.
2. My software development practice coding, which I need to do a lot of in the next few days, is based on Flickr’s open API. Changing or shutting down this API shouldn’t be too much of a concern because it won’t happen overnight, at least not theoretically.
ITP Flickr Pic
Of course I need to shoot in order to worry about the first of those concerns.
A Return To German Class
I start another quarter of German classes tonight. Looks as if I failed to do my daily studying in preparation for today. I really want to buckle down on learning German during the next six months as a lead-in to my trip to Germany at the end of June. Of course there is this pesky thing called “employment” on which I need to concentrate as well.
Have a great day all!