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Dec 29, 2016
December 2016 Sports Update

Time for a new sports update. Well, baseball season did not go as good as was expected for the Washington Nationals(many thought they would be in the World Series again), and they lost on the first round of the playoffs. Still looking forward to this coming 2017 season. Nats have lost a few players including catcher Ramos, and got a couple of new ones, but they still need a closer. They added Adam Eaton to play centerfiled so Trea Turner can now play shortstop. Relief pitching will tell if the team is better this year.The Washington Redskins football team finally decided that Kirk Cousins is their quarterback after two good seasons in a row. And, they can make the playoffs this year if they win New Year's Day 2017. The Washington Wizards should make the playoffs this season, but still not sure if they are good enough to win in the playoffs? Guards Wall and Beals are great, but they have a really weak bench. The Washington Capitals are really good(again) this season, should definitely make the playoffs, and hopfully get on a run during the playoffs after losong in the playoffs last season. Their stars are getting old, so could theis finally be the year they have a good playoff run?

In college sports, the Maryland Terps football team had a good season, under their new coach(K Durkin), but they lost their bowl game to Boston College this week, and did not look good. They are having a good recruiting class so far this year. We will see if the results on the field will match. The Maryland Terps basketball team is off to a great start this season and should be in the Top 20 late in the season with several Freshmen playing a lot. Melo Trimble decided to return this season which helps. They got another great recruiting class and deep with players, and they could make a run in the NCAA playoffs this year. The Maryland Terps baseball team was a little disappointng last season and did not make the College Wrold Series playoffs like they did lin 2015. They should return to the playoffs this season with a good retruning class and some good recruits.

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Jan 2, 2016
January 2016 Update

Time for a new sports update. Well, baseball season did not go as good as was expected for the Washington Nationals(many thought they would be in the World Series) and din't even make the playoffs. Still looking forward to this coming 2016 season. Nats have lost a few players and got a new manager. They have lost Desmond and Zimermann and have added a few players, and time will tell if the team is better this year.The Washington Redskins football team finally decided that Kirk Cousins was a better quarterback then RGIII. And, they have made the playoffs this year, so will see how they do. The Washington Wizards should make the playoffs this season, but not sure if they are good enough to win in the playoffs? The Washington Capitals are really good this season, should definitely make the playoffs, and hopfully get on a run during the playoffs. Could be the year.

In college sports, the Maryland Terps football team had a terrible season, fired their coach, and hired a new coach(K Drurkin), and he is putting together a great staff and good recruiting class so far. We will see if the results on the field will match. The Maryland Terps basketball team is off to a great start this season and should be in the Top 10(most of the season). Got a great recruiting class and deep with players, and they should make a deep run in the NCAA playoffs this year. The Maryland Terps baseball team was Top 20 last season and should also be this season.

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Dec 31, 2014
December 2014 Update

Time for a new sports update. Well, baseball season did not go as good as was expected for the Washington Nationals(many thought they would be in the World Series), so looking forward to this coming 2015 season. Nats have lost a few players and have added a few and time will tell if the team is better this year.The Washington Redskins football team has been a total disaster(again) this season, and I am not sure it will be any better next season. The Washington Wizards, on the other hand, should definitely make the playoffs this season. They could be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. The Washington Capitals, also should make the playoffs, and hopfully get on a run during the playoffs.

In college sports, the Maryland Terps football team had an "OK" season(7-5), but they lost their bowl game to Stanford. If they can add a few more good recruits to a good class so far, things should be looking "up" for them in the Big 10 next Fall. The Maryland Terps basketball team is off to a great start this season and coud be in the Top 10(certainly the Top 25) this season and they should make the NCAA playoffs and win a couple of games. They are young and they may have a great recruiting class coming in next season.

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Dec 18, 2013
December 2013 Update

Time for a new sports update. Well, baseball season did not go good at for the Washington Nationals, so looking forward to this coming 2014 season. Nats have added another good pitcher, Doug Fister, so that shold really help. The Washington Redskins football team has been a total disaster this season, and I am not sure it will be any better next season. The Washington Wizards, on the other hand, should have a good year and make the playoffs this season. They seem to be on the upward track. The Washing Capitals, also should make the playoffs, and hopfully get on a run during the playoffs. This could be the year for the Caps.

In college sports, the Maryland Terps football team had an "OK" season(7-5), and they are playing in a bowl game. If they can win the bowl game and add a few more good recruits to a good class so far, things should be looking "up" for them when they move from the ACC to the Big 10 next Fall. Same for the Terps basketball team. They need to make the NCAA playoffs this season and win a couple of playoff games. They are stil young and have a great recruiting class coming in next year when they also move from the ACC to the Big 10. The Terps soccer team just lost the National Championship game, but they surprised by making it to the final. I am looking forward to see how all the Terps teams do in the Big-10 next year.

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Jun 26, 2013
Mid-year Update

2013 Mid-year update. So, what is new. Not a lot.

Weather has been weird. In February, the ground-hog said it would be an early Spring, but he was totally wrong. We had a late Spring. Did not get warm until well into April. Had a nice short Spring and our cherry trees were in full bloom for well over two weeks(the longest I can remember).

The weather than got like summer in late May and thru a lot of June. Can’t wait to see what summer is going to be like?

In sports, there has been more disappointment, which is typical for the Washington area. First, the Washington Capitals played great in the short strike season, but then again failed in the playoffs. The Washington Wizards, keep teasing us with big wins then big losses, and still did not make the playoffs.

Baseball, which was suppose to be "the season", has not been good so far. The Washington Nationals win one then lose one, and do not look like a World Series contender at all. Still over a half season left, but they need to start stringing some wins together if they are to even make the play-offs.

Everything else is good, so that makes life good. And that is all that really counts, right?

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Jan 17, 2013
Happy New Year and 2012 Review

It's a New Year and been a while since I posted. Where to begin? Well, first, the world did noit come to an end on 12/21/2012 as a lot thought it would. So, that is great news!!!

Just to re-cap a few other things the past year. Last year(2012) was the warmest year, ever, in the US. And 2013 is starting off that way, also. Global Warming? I think so.

In music, which is a big part of my life, nothing much new. CD sales are continuing to decline and more people are "buying" their music on-line and playing thru "the cloud". For me, I still like to see and hold my music. I still play music thru "the cloud", but I continue to buy CDs and even an occasional vinyl recording, and I hope those avenues do not go away.

In sports, the Washington DC area has not been a good place for sports recently. Until last year, when the Washington Nationals baseball team finally started winning and made it to the playoffs. With two outstanding drafts of Steven Strasburg and then Bryce Harper, things are really looking good for the Nat's baseball team. And the Redskins, also with a great draft in quarterback RG III, are looking like a team that may be back in the playoffs on a regular basis. But, the Washington Wizzards basketball team has not made the same progress eventhough they had a great draft with John Wall, who has been hurt too much to help this team. Maybe their fortunes will turn with another good draft this year. The Washington Capitals are just starting their season(after a long hockey strike), so will have to see how they do. They have been good the past few years, but not good enough to win anything.

In college sports, the Maryland Terps have been bad in football and not good in basketball. With new coaches in both sports, it is still a "wait and see", althought the basketball team looks like it may have turned the corner and are on the way up, whereas the football team may not have reached bottom. With Maryland leaving the ACC and going to the Big 10 in 2014, overall I feel it was a great move and will help the University of Maryland in the long run.

 

Well, that kind of summarizes what has been going on the past year. Maybe I can do more frequent posting, but on the otherhand, maybe not. Wait and see..

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Sep 22, 2012
Washington Area Counties Wealthiest in U.S.

 

The Washington region dominates the latest list of highest income U.S. counties. New 2011 data from the Census Bureau show that Loudon and Fairfax counties held on in the top two spots, while Arlington moved into third place, up from fifth the year before. Even better, Prince William rose from ninth to seventh on the list, and Alexandria jumped from 39th to 26th.

Here are the Top Ten weathiest counties in America.

1 Loudoun VA 119,134

2 Fairfax VA 105,797

3 Arlington VA 100,735

4 Hunterdon NJ 99,099

5 Howard MD 98,953

6 Somerset NJ 96,360

7 Prince William VA 95,146

8 Fauquier VA 93,762

9 Douglas CO 93,573

10 Montgomery MD 92,909

Here’s the list of the

Top 100 wealthiest counties in America.

 

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Feb 4, 2012
nTop Albums of 2011

Top Albums of 2011

1) 21 - Adele

2) Bon Iver, Bon Iver - Bon Iver

3) Born This Way - Lady Gaga

4) Barton Hollow - The Civil Wars

5) King of Limbs - Radiohead

6) Father, Son, Holy Ghost - Girls

7) Circuital - My Morning Jacket

8) Ceremonials - Florence and the Machine

9) Wasting Light - Foo Fighters

10) Any Man in America - Blue October

11) The King is Dead - The Decemberists

12) The Whole Love - Wilco @@@@@

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Jan 10, 2012
Virginia Best Value Colleges

January 3, 2012 The University of Virginia retained its No. 3 ranking for the sixth time in seven years in the "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" list, released today by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

"As states cut funding for higher education and tuition continues to climb, the word 'value' becomes more significant than ever," said Jane Bennett Clark, senior editor at Kiplinger's Personal Finance. "This year's top 100 public schools deliver strong academics at reasonable prices. We applaud these institutions for tightening their belts without compromising quality."

According to its press release, Kiplinger's assesses quality and affordability based on a number of measurable standards. This year, rankings were revamped to give more weight to academic value, such as the percentage of students who return for sophomore year and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low sticker prices, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation.

The article says of U.Va.: "This elite institution not only has a competitive admission rate (33 percent), but also the highest graduation rate. And it stands out for its generous financial aid: U.Va. is one of the two schools in our rankings that meet the full financial need of enrolled students (the other is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Students who qualify for need-based aid pay an average annual cost of only $5,138."

For out-of-state students, U.Va. remained the No. 5 best value among public colleges and universities.

UNC at Chapel Hill was ranked first overall for the 11th straight year, followed by the University of Florida and U.Va. The College of William & Mary retained its No. 4 ranking. Rounding out the top 10: New College of Florida; University of Georgia; University of California, Berkeley; University of Maryland, College Park; University of California, Los Angeles; and the University of California, San Diego.

Other Virginia universities ranked in the top 100 were James Madison University, No. 28; Virginia Tech, No. 32; University of Mary Washington, No. 44; George Mason University, No. 50; and Christopher Newport University, No. 94.

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Dec 27, 2011
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

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