Options Instead of the Extra Point for the NFL and CFL

In North American football, the extra point is a single point short kick after a 6 point touchdown to give the full 7 point value a touchdown can give a team. The full 7 points also makes the touchdown more valuable than two field goals, at 3 points each, in not only concept but also score. Otherwise, the extra point is also a second chance to cheer loudly for the touchdown just scored if it were your team to have done so.

Once upon a time, the extra point used to require an actual effort so it was not a sure thing by any means. However, these days, it has a success rate of over 99% according to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. It has become too easy for the players playing to execute it that it not only becomes boring, it’s also a waste of time. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King feels the same way about it, calling it “the biggest waste of time in sports”. Nothing in sports should be that automatic, basically. What kind of competition is there if the outcome was the same more than 99% of the time?

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Dear Mr Dylan

Dear Mr Dylan,

You are the greatest songwriter in the world. I love your songs like I love nobody else’s song… even when I can’t make out what you’re saying in them. That’s because I know when I Google them, I will be profounded by what you were trying to sing. However, while learning to play your songs, I discovered didn’t feel quite right, so I made a few changes and I’d like to share them with you.

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Guitar and Ukulele Tabs for Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan (with extra lyrics)

Bob Dylan

There are two printable sets of guitar and ukulele tab PDFs for this song: one with Bob Dylan’s lyrics and one with his and mine.

On Bob Dylan’s site, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door only has two verses of lyrics. Those would be verses 1 and 3 in my arrangement.

When he performed it on MTV Unplugged in 1995, though, he put in an additional verse that is verse 2 in this arrangement… because it best fits between the original two verses, in my opinion.

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Free Advanced Year Long Excel Running Log

Jan 2 2015 update

Everything below from the original post still applies. The link immediately below is for a MS Excel 2010 version so you don’t have to put up with “compatibility issues” of the old log. I hope you’ll like it. The MS Excel 97-2003 version is far below if you’re still using that version of Excel.

Blank Run Log Excel 2010 version

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This is a much updated version of the year long Excel spreadsheet running log I had posted two years ago. You may want to refer to that post for some instructions. Thank you to all of you who had downloaded it, used it, suggested improvements and recommended it to others. If you liked that log, I think you’ll love this one! This new log has some great features I think you’ll love like a spot for your training plan next to what you did. While the focus is on running, there is room for other exercises and things you might want to track, like sleep, injuries, supplements, heart rate averages and maximums, etc. There is a race predictor using Jack Daniels’ running formula, with a short, simplified, but effective and practical explanation on how to use it. There is a calculator to determine any of time, distance or pace you need to run if you know 2 of the 3 variables. There is also a routes table to help calculate routes you take that are not your normal ones, but piece together bits of various routes you have ran. There is no new “summary” feature where what you input is number crunched, but that was because I didn’t perceive the need for any. Otherwise, most cells you shouldn’t touch are still locked up, but you have the ability to manipulate some partially for your use, like if you write a long comment one day and want to show it all rather than have some of it hidden away. As you use this spreadsheet, change the view size if the info is too small for your comfort. It can be at least twice as large. Don’t strain your eyes over using this or feel like you have to put on glasses to use it. You’ll use it less frequently for every little annoyance like this. The best way to see all this is to jump in so here goes! There are a lot of features to this log so don’t be intimidated by all the description. You need very little instruction to start and the rest should be pretty intuitive once you get going. Please click here to download the Advanced Excel Running Log by Minh Tan, 2011 version 2 (2.1 MB) The file is MS Excel 2003 version for greater compatibility for people. If you use a version later than this, please do a Save As and choose the latest version so you won’t get the “compatibility” pop-up each time you close the file. Continue reading

Who Wants to See Taylor Swift in a Twilight Movie?

Taylors Swift (l) and Lautner (r)

So, singer Taylor Swift is dating Twilight New Moon werewolf star Taylor Lautner. She (Ms Swift) only blatantly hinted subtly in her Saturday Night Live (SNL) monologue on November 7 (2:42 to 2:55 in the video).

Now, I know Taylor is a name for both genders, like Kelly, but isn’t that kind of weird to be dating someone with your name?

Taylor (Lautner) seems to think (Extra Magazine). He stated that “It gets confusing definitely”.

Wait a minute, Taylor (Lautner). What gets confusing? When you or Taylor (Swift) talk to each other or call, to whom would you be referring except the other?

I’ll tell you one thing, though, aside from strange, it must sound narcissistic! To be talking endearingly as much as you  might in a relationship and having your name in the place of the other person’s name all the time. Imagine all the things you say to your significant other and put your name there. How weird would that sound, especially if you had a purely male or female name, which most of you have? You’d sound like you’re gay! Taylor and Taylor had better come up with some pet names for each other or else it’s going to be weird!

Any of you out there reading this have a spouse with the same name to share some insights?

Anyway, since Taylor’s been in a movie with Taylor before (Valentine’s Day, due out Feb 12 2010), which I believe was where they met, how’s about another one? How’s about Taylor Swift being in Twilight Eclipse or Breaking Dawn?

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(Aside: Hey, this poll feature in WordPress has SO improved since the last time I used it!!! Nice!!! You can share this with your friends now, too, apparently!)

Now, I don’t like Twilight myself. I make all the stuff for it on my blog because I know there’s a big fan base out there for it. I haven’t read a word of it or seen any of it, so I don’t know if there’s any classy and pansy characters for Taylor Swift to be. But we could always alter the story so that Jacob Black, Taylor Lautner’s character who’s on the short side of a love triangle with Bella Swan with Edward Cullen and doesn’t seem like he will get her, could dump Bella for Taylor Swift’s character.

Hey, they’ve already altered the story so Edward Cullen could have a boosted profile since Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward Cullen, has become an international heart throb. I had heard that somewhere with my TV on one night. I really don’t actually know.

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Maybe Taylor Swift could be a cute weregirl. Well, no. There’s no such thing. Cat girl? Still feline but gentler? Or maybe a succubus? Nah. Too naughty for Taylor’s classy and clean image.

By the way, who does Jacob Black eventually end up with anyway?

No worries about spoiling it for me. I have zero plans to watch of read Twilight. 🙂

Finally, what do you think of Taylor & Taylor as a couple, since I’m on a gossiping streak?

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Reiteration:
I really don’t follow Twilight or any of this teen stuff. I was making some Twilight New Moon posters for their fans out there so I had to learn about the characters to know a bit about the series. I also had recently seen and posted about Taylor Swift’s SNL video, where I learned she was dating the werewolf from Twilight. I even forgot his actor’s name was Taylor! It was only when I realized that that I had the idea for this post. In “confirming” Taylor was dating Taylor, a quick Internet search revealed some other facts I mentioned in this post. In other words, my research wrote the story after I had the initial idea. But I’ll be honest that I’m becoming quite the huge fan of Taylor… Swift. Total class act. Couldn’t care less for Lautner. 🙂

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 6.2