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Delicious Link Dump– December 15th through December 17th

8 More PowerPoint Train Wrecks – I went to a great 2 day coaching clinic last weekend. About 10 minutes of the 2 days included the use of PowerPoint. Coincidence?

In Search Of Clark Griswold’s House – You have to check every single light individually.

Carbonhagen Meltdown – LOL! “…riots, madness, styrofoam cups, people eating meat, real fur coats, CFC-laden hairspray cans, it’s crazy.”


45 Free Online Computer Science Courses | – Street Fighting Mathematics? I’m in.

In pictures: Zambia’s leading lady in the ring – My buddy I.B. sent me this. He’s an Indian guy who grew up in Zambia and has a British accent. He also wrote the first code editor I’m aware of that allowed you to highlight and comment a complete block of code.

With U.S. Opportunities Dim, Expats Return Home – That’s a relief. Now we don’t have to worry about them taking our jobs. Oh…wait a minute…

Delicious Link Dump– December 9th through December 15th

With U.S. Opportunities Dim, Expats Return Home – That's a relief. Now we don't have to worry about them taking our jobs. Oh…wait a minute…

10 Ways Social Media Will Change In 2010 – And how do you plan to adjust your strategies?

You’ve Got Mail, But the Mailman Hid It – In the near future, postmen caught hiding mail will be transferred to the U.S. Department of Medical Services as a punishment.

To comment or not to comment on Facebook – Here's a simple flowchart to help you decide

Option Arms: A poison pill for housing – – Would love to see a heat map showing where these were issued. Anyone? Anyone?

Matt Banahan red carded for stamping – Play as much rugby as possible while you can boys. The game will soon be turned into nothing but a series of free kicks.

Twoddler Lets Toddlers Send Tweets – – Uh….no.

Essential Year-End Money Moves – Solid info.

More Rugby Learnin’ — Technique is For Sissies


I can’t believe I’m about to type this, but…

I attended a USA Rugby coaching clinic this weekend that was phenomenal. It could not have been more different than the USA Rugby “education” sessions I’ve attended in the past. Admittedly, I had very low expectations coming in, but this was time well spent.

A big part of it focused on coaching in general, not just coaching rugby, and it could have applied to any sport–any subject for that matter. Another benefit was that it actually reminded me of one of my weaknesses of being more of a big picture person. I tend to focus more on the “why” and “how” than on “exactly how”. I’m more likely to think about strategy first, then spend the bulk of my time on the various tactics I can use to implement that strategy. Technique seems to get lost in the shuffle a lot of the time.

If you’ve ever seen me do anything other than type on a computer, you know technique is not my strong point.

So, where would you guess my weakness is as a coach? Duh. Teaching technique. I need to remember that going forward and make an effort to focus more on technique and fight my urge to always move on to the next tactic.

Another option–try to align myself with people who excel at coaching technique. I like that option better. Then I wouldn’t have to work on my coaching technique so much. 😀

What I Didn’t Do This Weekend

While I was enjoying perfect weather to play rugby–temp in the 60s, overcast skies, a light rain falling–and listening to people complain about playing in the cold, I was not taking part in what may have been the South’s greatest fireworks display this year, which was put on by my former club.

This was filmed from about 60-70 meters. To give you some perspective, the little ant-sized figure on the screen just under the play button is a person (allegedly)

I hear there is talk of actually scheduling this event on purpose in future years.

Delicious Link Dump– November 5th through November 9th

We Need Your Help Finding The Savings – I think I caught the gist of the bill in the first few words where it says, "and for other purposes".

That’s a cannon of a pistol | No Silence Here | – The ever-accurate media.

android-scripting – I can't wait until I have some time. And my device gets upgraded to Android 2.0

The woman who stopped a mass murderer – Here here.

WordCamp Orlando 12.05.09 – I plan to attend this…unless there's a rugby coaching clinic that weekend. Please tell me there isn't a rugby coaching clinic that weekend. Please, just tell me SOMETHING about the coaching clinic schedule. Please.

Galco’s Soda Pop Stop – So cool. I saw a video on the owner linked from Seth Godin. I love to see people doing stuff like this. There's a guy right down the street with a little business called Mailman Joey's who sells specialty sodas as well. How's this for a rule for your kids–you can only have soda that comes in a glass bottle and is made with real cane sugar. That's my new rule for me anyway.

Sen. Burris Cites Unwritten Constitutional ‘Health’ Provision to Justify Forcing Americans to Buy Health Insurance – Come on. You didn't really expect him to know what the Constitution says did you?

Tale of Two Omars – Omar Comin'!!!!

Throwback Baseball Game To Benefit Parkinson’s Disease


There’s a throwback high school baseball game coming to Knoxville. In April 2010, Farragut and Karns will play a game to benefit Parkinson’s research. I got the heads up from my one of my rugby buddies, Pat Dorwin. Pat played on the 1982 Farragut State Championship team and later was a fixture for the Knoxville Possums. One word to describe Pat–“wheels”.

Both Pat and his younger brother have both been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and this is a great effort to not only recognize their accomplishments as athletes, but to use it as a platform to raise money for research.

I’ll be posting more on this as the date nears, but it’s cool that they’ve been able to put this game together.

For more information on Parkinson’s disease visit The National Parkinson Foundation.

What Happens When You Cross Rugby With Guy Fawkes Day?


Next to nothing.

A rugby club is set to celebrate Guy Fawkes night round a large TV after health and safety forced organisers to use footage of a bonfire rather than the real thing.

Organisers at Ilfracombe Rugby Club in Devon say they were put off having a real fire by the ”mountain” of paperwork and regulations set by council chiefs.

With a few exceptions, rugby players aren’t generally known for our ability to deal with mountains of paperwork. Or any other kind of work for that matter.

This is sad, yet ironically fitting.

Another Yummy Link Dump — 15:59

XKCD Strikes Again – While you’re at it, can I get a drink holder attached to the end of each arm?

Rich People Fleeing High Tax States – What? Unbelievable! The gov’ment should do something about this! 😛

Rowland Burris Blames Bush For Olympic FAIL – And I thought it was just because the IOC member are all racists.

Dell uses social media to gather employee ideas – This is going to be happening more and more as management becomes comfortable with the tools.

What Google Wave Can Do – I will be checking all of this out as soon as the people I invited get their invites. Right now, there’s no one for me to collaborate with.

10 Things Every Kumbaya Blogger Should Know | Copyblogger – When you solve actual problems, even if you (yikes) make a buck on it, you’re doing good work.

The Cocoa Beach Air Show | Metromix Brevard – If you aren’t able to get tickets to the Brevard/Miami rugby match this weekend, here’s another option.

Knoxville Rugby at Heart of Dixie Tournament – Look for Okie and Colonel Kurtz to make return appearances. We cannot guaranteed gravel slinging pickup trucks or soiled sofas.
Indian farmer’s daughter is most bad-ass woman in the world – Boing Boing – In a phenomenally bad-ass series of moves worthy of a Tarantino screenplay, 21-year-old Rukhsana Kausar attacked him with an axe, then shot him dead with his own gun.
Kids leave mother passed out drunk in minivan FLORIDA TODAY – So sad.

I Play Rugby

I play rugby because it’s the greatest game in the world.

I play rugby because somebody has to.

I play rugby because I want to be a participant, not a spectator.

I play rugby because it makes me feel alive.

I play rugby because it makes me smile.

I play rugby because so many people built and maintain clubs to give me the opportunity.

I play rugby because refereeing rugby is way too hard.

I play rugby to learn life lessons about hard work, sacrifice, perseverance, and loyalty.

I play rugby for my teammates–past, present, and future.

I play rugby for the funny stories from road trips.

I play rugby because it makes beer taste better.

I play rugby because it’s too late to turn back now.

I play rugby because it’s given me so many great memories and friendships.

I play rugby to spite the bodies that govern the game. 😛

15 Ways to Charm Her — How I Ended Up With a “Farner”

I’m definitely a Southern guy. I don’t need a stupid Facebook quiz to tell me this. It’s just something I know. Want proof? Try saying I’m not. Say it to my face! 🙂 However, according to this guide to winning over Southern girls, I don’t know much about how to woo women.

That explains how I ended up with the low-maintenance, easy-going, unpretentious, jaw-droppingly-beautiful girl I did instead of Scarlett O’Hara. Who wants a girl that wears curtains?

Still, I think I did pretty well for myself when I was fishing out of the Southern Pond, despite the fact that I frequently broke many of Bickers’ rules. You can click over to read the 15 things she recommends, but here’s a quick run-down on how I score with each of them.

  1. I actually do this one
  2. I agree with this as well…so far, so good
  3. I’m not getting up just to do that
  4. Yeah, but I do this for everyone, not just girls
  5. I pay people to do this one…does that count?
  6. Do rugby boots count? If not, it was over before it even started
  7. At the table, yes. Inside, not always
  8. I can do that
  9. I don’t chase girls. Even when I was single, I didn’t chase them. Ok, I didn’t make it obvious that I was chasing them.
  10. No way! I gotta eat!
  11. C’mon! Do you think your life is some sort of fairly tale? Really?
  12. I’ll buy dinner…no problem. But if we go for coffee after, you should at least offer to pay for it. (Of course, I wouldn’t let you).
  13. Some guys can pull this one off, some can’t. It’s worth not making the effort to see which kind of guy you are.
  14. Never? Never? That’s not really fair to ask of us.
  15. Twist my arm–I promise to do my best to get you drunk, just don’t make me listen to the novel about your day.

Tracking Diet AND Fitness

lance_armstrong_livestrongIf you haven’t checked out Livestrong, it’s the best site I’ve seen so far for tracking everything. They even have sports (like rugby) listed so that you can just pop in the amount of time you spent playing it will throw it into your calorie track. Lots of foods are already logged there, so just type in what you ate and it will more than likely show up. It also lets you group together common meals you eat and recommends healthier food choices.

There’s an active community there, and they also have really cool programs called “Dares” set up that allow you to join in and participate.

Success is much easier when you are quantifying everything. They have Facebook integration and an iPhone app, and I hope there’s an Android app coming out soon.

Other cool features–a water tracker in the sidebar that lets you hit a button and claim hydration. It’s actually a great motivator to drink more water.

A Replacement for Seatbelts

Safety Exposes Us to Risk:

So call the seat belt a boon to safety — no doubt true — but credit it too with spurring the modern study of risk compensation, which by now has been observed well beyond the highway—”in the workplace, on the playing field, at home, in the air.” When people perceive greater safety in skydiving, living in flood zones, having unprotected sex or even in high finance, they evidently take more chances.

My friend Jerry had a great idea…replace seat belts with huge metal spikes on steering wheels. Build all cars so that any crash will kill the driver. That will make people much more careful.

It goes along well with my idea of requiring every person on a airplane to be armed. Don’t own a gun? You’ll be handed one right after passing through the metal detector–sixteen in the clip and one in the chamber.

In all seriousness, the risk compensation thing explains why rugby is actually safer than football. With no pads you are a little more careful about what you do with your face and shoulders. That, or you have a very short career.

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