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Texas A&M now has college football’s largest scoreboard


They say everything is bigger in Texas. That certainly applies when talking about scoreboards. Texas A&M is now claiming to have the largest scoreboard in college football.

The plans for the new scoreboard have been in place since the school finalized the budget for the $450 million renovation of Kyle Field, which will not be completed in full until next year. In all, the scoreboard measures 47 feet high and 163 feet wide. For those keeping score in the state of Texas, and you know there are people doing just that, the scoreboard in Austin measures 55 feet high and 134 feet wide for a square footage of 7,340 feet. Texas A&M’s new scoreboard beats that by 291 feet according to the numbers reported by The Austin American-Statesman in February.


You might think the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys still own the largest scoreboard (72 feet high by 180 feet wide for 11,520 square feet) in the state of Texas. That is actually not the case. Texas Motor Speedway features a video board measuring 94.6 feet hight by 218 feet wide (20,622 square feet). The Houston Texans also edge the Cowboys with a video board measuring 52.5 feet high by 277.17 feet wide for a square footage of 14,548.7 square feet.

Baylor’s new football stadium opening this season will have a video board measuring 5,018 square feet.

Rangers likely to shop Neal Cotts and Jason Frasor

Texas has the second-worst record in the league at 38-52 and when the Rangers start selling off veterans near the trade deadline T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that relievers Jason Frasor and Neal Cotts will likely be on the block.

Frasor and Cotts are both having good season and they’re both impending free agents, so contenders looking for bullpen help without having to overpay to acquire it figure to target them.

Frasor, who’ll be 37 years old next month, has a 2.86 ERA and 29/13 K/BB ratio in 28 innings after being similarly effective for the Rangers last season. He has a long track record as a solid setup man from the right side.

Cotts’ track record isn’t quite as impressive, but he was nearly unhittable for much of last season and this season the left-hander has a 3.65 ERA and 44/14 K/BB ratio in 37 innings.

A Tribute to Ricky

My old friend Ricky VanAssleberg was let go by the Grand Prairie AirHogs today. Doesn’t make sense.

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The Best Stadiums in College Football (Experts Poll)

It’s a cliché for a reason and it’s survived more than 2,000 years for a reason.

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VIDEO: Nelson Cruz launches MLB-leading 28th home run

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu grabbed the MLB home run lead on Friday night, but Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz took it back tonight with this two-run shot off Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg in the first inning. He’s now up to 28 home runs on the year.

John Lackey couldn’t be reached for comment. By the way, Cruz has already passed his home run total from last season and is just five away from matching his career-high. The Orioles still have 73 games left to play this season after tonight.

Watch drone fly into fireworks, capturing magical view


Simply amazing!
Nashville entrepreneur Robert Hartline captured the July 4, 2014 Nashville fireworks show from the air using a camera attached to a drone as part of a promotion for a new venture.

Media, it’s what makes the world go round

I have to be candid when I say I am often amazed how the media reports something, then the rest of the world piles on the story, and now all of a sudden, everyone is a psychiatrist.

I have to admit, I’m a confirmed Selfie Taker!!!! HORROR!!!!!!!

For example this story appeared on FaceBook:

Scientists Link Selfies To Narcissism, Addiction & Mental Illness

The growing trend of taking smartphone selfies is linked to mental health conditions that focus on a person’s obsession with looks.

According to psychiatrist Dr David Veal: “Two out of three of all the patients who come to see me with Body Dysmorphic Disorder since the rise of camera phones have a compulsion to repeatedly take and post selfies on social media sites.”

“Cognitive behavioural therapy is used to help a patient to recognise the reasons for his or her compulsive behaviour and then to learn how to moderate it,” he told the Sunday Mirror.

A British male teenager tried to commit suicide after he failed to take the perfect selfie. Danny Bowman became so obsessed with capturing the perfect shot that he spent 10 hours a day taking up to 200 selfies. The 19-year-old lost nearly 30 pounds, dropped out of school and did not leave the house for six months in his quest to get the right picture. He would take 10 pictures immediately after waking up. Frustrated at his attempts to take the one image he wanted, Bowman eventually tried to take his own life by overdosing, but was saved by his mom.

“I was constantly in search of taking the perfect selfie and when I realized I couldn’t, I wanted to die. I lost my friends, my education, my health and almost my life,” he told The Mirror.

The teenager is believed to be the UK’s first selfie addict and has had therapy to treat his technology addiction as well as OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

So here we have a story, an isolated story mind you, of a kid that wanted to commit suicide, and so anyone that takes selfies are going to be just like him. Rubbish!

I have another mind-boggling revelation for you too. Sometimes I cross my arms when I listen to people talk!!!!! That doesn’t mean I’m closing off their conversation either, it just means I’m more comfortable!!!!!!!

Too many people out there try to be doctors and lawyers, and they have no basis or education to do that!

Get a grip America. Stop playing doctor!


Injury strikes yet another Texas Rangers starting pitcher

Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos (61), left, and pitching coach Mike Maddux (31) right, talk to Texas Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez (22) during their MLB baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Globe Life Park, in Arlington,Texas on June 26, 2014.

NEW YORK – In a season that should be sponsored by Blue Cross, starter Nick Martinez may have suffered the kind of injury that sums up all the Texas Rangers injuries this season.

Martinez “tweaked” a muscle in his upper back that has left him questionable for his start that is scheduled for Tuesday against the Houston Astros.

How did he do this?

He did it on Tuesday while taking batting practice for a scheduled start in New York. He ended up not making the start, partly because when the Rangers ran into weather concerns and Yu Darvish, who was scheduled to pitch on Thursday, ended up getting pushed back to Friday. Martinez’s injury, however, may have had as much impact on the Rangers decision as the rain.

By inserting Scott Baker into the rotation and calling up Miles Mikolas, the Rangers were able to by a week’s more time to make a decision on Martinez. Martinez, however, has not thrown a bullpen session this weekend. He attempted to on Saturday, but could not get loose. Martinez was expected to see team medical director Dr. Keith Meister, who was in New York, on Sunday.

If Martinez can’t go, the Rangers are likely to call up either LHP Ryan Feierabend or RHP Phil Irwin. Irwin is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday, but could be held back as a precaution.

Browns “disappointed to learn” about Josh Gordon’s DWI

The Browns said about all there is to be said about troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon after his DWI arrest this morning.

“We are aware of the matter and are disappointed to learn of the situation,” Browns general Ray Farmer said in a statement, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “We will comment further at the appropriate time.”

The Browns can’t say they’re surprised, not after realizing he’d miss most if not all of this season after his latest failed drug test.

But this is a separate issue, since he was endangering others.

Gordon was stopped in Raleigh, N.C. around 3 a.m. Saturday, and charged with driving while impaired. He was jailed, but has already bonded out.

The Browns knew he couldn’t be counted on this year, and brought in free agents Andrew Hawkins, Nate Burleson and Anthony Armstrong. They had the chance to draft a star wideout such as Sammy Watkins, but passed on that opportunity.

“We have to build a football team that can win regardless of who is missing,” Farmer said in May. “I think that’s the charge that we have. That’s my job, that’s coach [Mike] Pettine’s job is to prepare this football team to win games regardless of who’s missing.”

If they ever thought they’d get Gordon back, they have to know today’s arrest makes it a little less likely.

Unless of course they were already resigned to that.

Question: How does someone risk millions of dollars doing something stupid?

John Lackey on Nelson Cruz: “Not even going to comment … I’ve got nothing to say about him”

My friend Sheryl Millar and I used to rejoice that ex-Ranger Nelson Cruz got traded from the Rangers. We both couldn’t stand his defensive liabilities in right field. Who could forget the World Series in 2011?

Cruz got traded and as happens so many times, is now a star for a different team. Notice this story:

Nelson Cruz went 5-for-5 with two doubles, a homer, and two singles as the Orioles won the nightcap of a Fenway Park doubleheader on Saturday against the Red Sox. John Lackey was on the other end of that offensive outburst, tallying a season-high-matching 11 strikeouts but surrendering five runs on 10 hits as the host Red Sox fell to 39-48 (.448) on the year.

The right-hander was then asked about Cruz in his postgame media scrum and offered this (via Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun):

“I’m not even going to comment on him,” Lackey said. “I’ve got nothing to say about him. There are some things that I would like to say, but I’m not going to. You guys forget pretty conveniently about stuff.”

Lackey is of course referring to the 50-game performance-enhancing drug suspension that Cruz was handed last year for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. What’s “convenient” in this case is bringing up an already-served punishment — however vaguely — after taking a beating on the mound.

Cruz did his time. And now he’s tied for the MLB lead in both home runs and RBI.

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