Saturday, March 27, 2010

Perhaps the BEST Japanese movie - ever.

The movie is Tampopo (Dandelion). It is a quest for the best bowl of Ramen.

It includes a Ramen Master (who has studied noodles for forty years). Yes, this part is a spoof of Zen Masters.

I will not spoil it for you. Go to the local library and see if they have it. Or rent it somewhere and watch it - twice. If you have any questions, by all means, do not ask me!Here is the DVD Cover art with the ISBN number.

It's a comedy - Japanese style.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Basketball scholarship leads to - NOTHING!


A new report from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) indicates that recently far fewer male basketball players are graduating from college. Even given six years to finish a four-year degree, sixty percent (60%) failed to graduate from Division I colleges, the lowest rate in 11 years. Coaches could only ask 'how the stats were compiled.' And the bad news only hides the really bad news.

Cal State Northridge has lowest graduation rates among NCAA tournament teams
March 17, 2009 - By STEVEN HERBERT

Cal State Northridge has the lowest graduation rate among the 63 teams in the NCAA men’s Division I basketball tournament reporting figures and the worst Academic Progress Rate, according to a study released Monday.

Northridge had an 8 percent graduation rate, with 50 percent of its white players graduating, but none of its black players, according to “Keeping Score When It Counts: Graduation Rates and Academic Progress Rates (APR) for 2009 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament Teams.”

Maryland had the second lowest graduation rate, 10 percent. Like Northridge, Maryland had 50 percent of its white players graduating and none of its black players.

The study issued by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida was based on NCAA statistics. The institute reviewed six-year graduation rates with a four-class average, freshman classes of 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-2001 and 2001-2002.

Another myth, shattered.
Some former hoopsters might now be saying:
"I could have been somebody."

Once upon a time, the Oscars were just presented in a theatre. Illusions upon illusions. It's not just bread and circus anymore, it's high-fructose corn syrup and pretentiousness.