Wednesday, April 30, 2008

One of a Kind Sportsmanship Displayed

I just read an article earlier on MSNBC (even though I should have been studying for an exam tomorrow :/ ) about an incredible story of sportsmanship that left me completely surprised and will undoubtedly bring a smile to anyone with a heart.

While playing in a College Softball game (the loser would be eliminated from the playoffs), Sara Tucholsky scored her first home run (ever) but collapsed near the first base because of a knee injury. According to the first-base coach, her team could not help her because she would be called out, and even if a pinch runner was put in the home run would just count as a single. Unbelievably, two girls from the opposing team -- vying for the playoff spots -- picked Sara up and helped her touch the remaining bases and brought her back to home base.

In this day and age, where most people don't even bother helping others in every day situations that would have no effect on them, these amazing girls helped the opposing team in a competitive setting, just so the results would be fair and Sara and her team would get what they deserved, while knowing they would be eliminated from the playoffs.

Here's an excerpt from the article:
With two runners on base and a strike against her, Sara Tucholsky of Western Oregon University uncorked her best swing and did something she had never done, in high school or college. Her first home run cleared the center-field fence.

But it appeared to be the shortest of dreams come true when she missed first base, started back to tag it and collapsed with a knee injury.

She crawled back to first but could do no more. The first-base coach said she would be called out if her teammates tried to help her. Or, the umpire said, a pinch runner could be called in, and the homer would count as a single.

Then, members of the Central Washington University softball team stunned spectators by carrying Tucholsky around the bases Saturday so the three-run homer would count — an act that contributed to their own elimination from the playoffs.

Central Washington first baseman Mallory Holtman, the career home run leader in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, asked the umpire if she and her teammates could help Tucholsky.

The umpire said there was no rule against it.

So Holtman and shortstop Liz Wallace put their arms under Tucholsky’s legs, and she put her arms over their shoulders. The three headed around the base paths, stopping to let Tucholsky touch each base with her good leg.

“The only thing I remember is that Mallory asked me which leg was the one that hurt,” Tucholsky said. “I told her it was my right leg and she said, ‘OK, we’re going to drop you down gently and you need to touch it with your left leg,’ and I said ‘OK, thank you very much.”’

Click here to read the full article.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Another Fun Logic Question

Here's another fun logic problem, although different in content. I've seen a different format of this question before (with different animals and such), but this specific one was assigned to me in one of my classes for fun. Anyways, here goes:

There are three hobbits and three orcs on one side of a river. They have a boat that can carry two creatures at a time. All have to get across, but if the orcs outnumber the hobbits at any time, the orcs will eat the hobbits. How can all six creatures get across the river? How many trips across the river must be made?

Leave your answers as comments. I'd love to see what you come up with.

Dean Says One Must Drop Out

Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean said today that either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama must drop out of the Democratic presidential race after the June primaries have ended so that the party can be unified by the convention and win the general election in November. On an interview on Good Morning America, Dean said that, "We want the voters to have their say. That's over on June 3".

On a side note, classes end next Monday and my last final is on May 13th! It's about time. This semester has dragged on long enough. This summer should be amazing...exhausting, but amazing.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Pennsylvania Primary Results

School has definitely taken over my life this semester...I don't recommend taking six classes to anyone...unless at least a few are extremely easy or 100 level classes. It's just way to exhausting and near impossible to keep up with. Fortunately classes end in just under two weeks..and then finals.

On to the Pennsylvania primary results: A few minutes after eight and with the polls in Pennsylvania just having closed, the race was too close to call! :) The optimist in me definitely made me think for a second that Barack Obama has a chance for the race to be very close. Even though I am by no means expecting Obama to win the primary tonight, how close it is will definitely be a factor in the long run.

Around 8:35 P.M., MSNBC announced a change in terminology. According to the MSNBC network, it is now "too early to call", meaning Clinton is in the lead... but it is too early to call it a victory for Hillary Clinton.

Around 8:55 P.M., MSNBC did in fact announce that Clinton had won Pennsylvania. That was the wait is for by how much? That is the important factor. We'll see how long it takes for all the results to come in.

On to their speeches tonight. Can Clinton get any worse or cornier? "Yes we will"? Are you kidding me? At least come up with something on your own and not copy off of Obama after bashing him continuously. It was definitely an attempt at mocking Obama, but please.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Random Logic Question of the Day...

Here's a fun brain teaser/logic question that drove me crazy for a few minutes until it finally hit me:

Together a bat and a ball cost $1.10. The bat costs a dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?

Saturday, April 12, 2008

New Layout

I love the new layout that Hilary Keegan designed for me. Check out her blog where she has displayed some of her other designs... she's AMAZING! Many thanks to Hilary... I appreciate it a lot! :)

Besides the new layout, not much is going on. I am in Virginia visiting family for the weekend again.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Babbling Babies

Barack Obama getting the youths' vote takes on a whole new meaning...
These adorable babies tell us their preferences for President.

I saw this on CNN earlier.
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