Friday, October 17, 2008

I was not, in fact, eaten alive by jackals.

A friend of mine voiced concern to me that I had not posted in two weeks and that he had been worried for my safety. I am fine. Thanks for the love. Are there jackals in Cameroon? I should look into that.



cmox said...

Hey -- Jackal's do hang in your hood. :) . . .

A jackal (from Turkish çakal, via Persian shaghal ultimately from Sanskrit) is a member of any of three (sometimes four) small to medium-sized species of the family Canidae, found in Africa, Asia and southeastern Europe.[3] Jackals fill a similar ecological niche to the coyote in North America, that of predators of small to medium-sized animals, scavengers, and omnivores. Their long legs and curved canine teeth are adapted for hunting small mammals, birds and reptiles. Big feet and fused leg bones give them a long-distance runner's physique, capable of maintaining speeds of 16km/h (10mph) (just over 6 min/mile) for extended periods of time. They are nocturnal, most active at dawn and dusk.

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Aunt Crissy

dabjrb said...

I have been trying to call you back over 20 times, and the call will not go thru! I will keep trying. Hope everything is okay.

Love you, Mom

Jenna B said...

I love you Jim, you're the best.

Christopher said...

That's ironic, because it turns out that Kunal actually WAS devoured by jackals the other day, and he doesn't even live in Africa!

dabjrb said...

Jimmy, You have to watch this!!!,115984
Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:59 am EDT

Welcome to the SEC, Stephen Garcia! Signed, your local umpire
By Matt Hinton
As if Stephen Garcia didn't have enough obstacles in his life -- keeping his pants on while being chased by police, dodging determined beers until his 21st birthday, controlling fire extinguishers with a mind of their own -- now he discovers in his first career start that, in South Carolina, the refs are unnecessarily rough with you:

I'm not sure what's going on here, and certainly not about to take liberties with the ethical reputation of officials in the SEC, the league that gave us the arbiter named "Penn Wagers." But assuming a disgruntled umpire is destined to take out a stunned ballcarrier somewhere, is it really a surprise it happened during a game featuring one team from Louisiana and another whose mascot is inspired by an illegal bloodsport? In fact, if you take a regular Saturday night in Columbia, then add the State Fair and several thousand victorious Cajuns in town, a ref thumping Stephen Garcia was probaby among the more mundane events of the evening.

The Wiz has a couple illuminating screenshots. It's great form, really. Chris Spielman would be proud.

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69 CommentsPost a Comment 1 - 25 of 69
First « Previous Next » Last 1. Posted by #1 Titans Fan Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:09 am EDT Report Abuse
That ref really did look like he was squaring up for a hit on the QB. How weird....
2. Posted by WhiteSpeedReceiver Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:20 am EDT Report Abuse
That's not really that great of form. He did a good job of keeping his head up, but he didn't wrap up after he hit and he didn't really drive through the man. Just because you can take one guy down with a shoulder shot doesn't mean you can do it to all of them. What if he has to ref a game with PJ Hill later in the year?
3. Posted by Nathan B Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:58 pm EDT Report Abuse
You know, I really didn't notice how blatant it was until watching the video. I watched the game and it looked like he was just in the way (which likely is the case, of course). But, boy, this sure makes it look like he took aim at him and then something just clicked in his brain that said "MAKE THE TACKLE!". Assuming SEC officials have brains, of course.
4. Posted by stjohn403 Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:52 pm EDT Report Abuse
If i had a mishap like that work i woulndt have a job
5. Posted by Danny A Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:02 pm EDT Report Abuse
How is this guy NOT FIRED? Why is it NOT all over the the mistake that Ed Hokule made during the Denver game? The big difference here ....this was INTENTIONAL! This guy should never ref another game period!!
6. Posted by dario r Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:45 pm EDT Report Abuse
If you watch the video, notice that the ref appears to be stalking Garcia when he's coming around and then pounces for the tackles. I hope this ref is either reprimanded or not officiating by next Saturday!
7. Posted by football is a sport Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:55 pm EDT Report Abuse
This is the funniest thing I've seen in football in a long time. The fact that it's not more in the news makes me wonder how real it is, but on some of message board's I've been to people are saying it is real. I know some people are upset about it, but it's seriously one of the funniest things I've ever seen. I keep watching it over and over and saying, "No way, he did not just do that!"
8. Posted by Chris Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:59 pm EDT Report Abuse
South Carolina has been complaining about SEC refs for years. If you want proof that we're not JUST paranoid. Please see exhibit A above.
9. Posted by Travis Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:03 pm EDT Report Abuse
I agree, how is this not BIG NEWS! This has got to be investigated. This is an outrage!
10. Posted by Kevin W Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:51 pm EDT Report Abuse
Maybe the ref got a little TOOO into the game? Maybe the QB questioned his eye-sight and then the ref told the OLB "Sit this one out buddy, I got it." *starts choppin his feet.
11. Posted by bama fan Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:21 pm EDT Report Abuse
Being a retired official...If this is fact...This umpire is way out of position...usually umpires works from tackle to tackle and the lead official picks up the TE and WR...If this really happen then where is ESPN blogs and why isn't Spurrier crying as he normally would? Hard to believe this tape is true. Need more evidence!!!!!
12. Posted by bcjg Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:30 pm EDT Report Abuse
Has any reporter even question the SEC head of officials? It seems blatant enough that they would have to address it if asked about it.
13. Posted by bear82 Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:54 pm EDT Report Abuse
Watch this video and its all the evidence you need.
14. Posted by cj4a007 Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:57 pm EDT Report Abuse
yea, even as a die hard LSU fan from Baton Rouge, i must say, that was one of the weirdest moments i've even seen in a college football game involving a official! it looks as though he was setting himself up to be in the right place at the right time, and then BOOM! he throws that shoulder at garcia like he had money riding on that game. Very strange, i must say.....oh well...GEAUX LSU!!!!............FUSC!!!!!!!!!!!
15. Posted by bear82 Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:57 pm EDT Report Abuse
16. Posted by Spiegs Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:02 pm EDT Report Abuse
Looks like something in a Buffalo Wild Wings commercial....
17. Posted by Jen Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:02 pm EDT Report Abuse
What the heck? haha!

Hook em Horns!
18. Posted by bill Schafer Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:02 pm EDT Report Abuse
wow. fire that chump
19. Posted by bill Schafer Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:02 pm EDT Report Abuse
wow. fire that chump
20. Posted by Greg L Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:03 pm EDT Report Abuse
21. Posted by Sean M Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:03 pm EDT Report Abuse
maybe he went to the ed hoculi shcool of officiating.
22. Posted by Greg L Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:03 pm EDT Report Abuse
23. Posted by tilei r Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:04 pm EDT Report Abuse
nice shoulder bump lol
24. Posted by I was there Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:05 pm EDT Report Abuse
Go to ESPN 360 and watch the replay of the game. Fast foward to just before halftime. It's pretty clear the video is not a fake.
25. Posted by boomerorourke Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:05 pm EDT Report Abuse
i would love to see an NFL ref do that in a game and see what happens to him.