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by Walt Mussell

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Men and Women

George Will, my favorite columnist, once opened a column with a discussion of the Latin phrase post hoc ergo propter hoc. His column discussed politics or baseball, so only the discussion, I believe, needs to be referenced.

However, the phrase refers to the fallacy that something which precedes an event is automatically its cause. The common example was the belief held by many ancient societies: roosters cause the sun to rise since they crow before the sun appears. A political equivalent would be recent accomplishments by our previous Presidents. George H.W. Bush is often given credit for the fall of the Soviet Union, as it happened on his watch. The rightful credit goes to Ronald Reagan, who spent the Soviets under the table in the arms race, bringing their economy to a screeching halt. (Instead, Bush ’41 should get credit for making the tough choices that led to the prosperity of the 90s. Instead, President Clinton, bless his heart, should get credit for not mucking it up.)

So what does that have to do with Auburn? Well, if I’m going to draw a specious argument, I might as well get a good frame of reference to start.

For those of you that might not have noticed, the women’s b-ball team is 18-0 and has risen to #6 in the country. Tough tests loom ahead with match-ups against Alabama tomorrow and Tennessee (the ultimate test for any team) on Sunday, but Coach Nell Fortner has the Lady Tigers playing where they should and has returned the program to prominence.

Joe Ciampi was a wonderful coach who brought several titles and tournament appearances to Auburn. His best string though is likely ’87 – ’89, when Auburn was a bridesmaid in the NCAA finals three years in a row to Louisiana Tech, Tennessee, and Stanford.

It was also during those three years that Pat Dye brought home three straight SEC Championships. Yes, I know, only one of them was outright, while the other two were shared. At the same time, it is an era of prominence that Auburn fans remember, particularly the way the ’89 season ended.

And so, as the Auburn women climb in the polls, I take heart that the Auburn football team will also resurrect itself with them. Gene Chizik, despite my earlier reservations, has assembled a crack staff that looks poised to get the job done. Recruiting is already bringing surprises with the top H.S. player in the state of Alabama choosing Auburn and the top wide receiver recruit in the country taking an official visit at Auburn.

Still, the argument that the two programs share some sort of cosmic kismet is ridiculous. However, if the Chizik program was supposedly designed to bring back the glory days of Pat Dye, then it may be that the women’s b-ball team may start to resemble its days from the Dye era, too.

War Eagle!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Extended Celebration

My younger son had a birthday recently. He turned seven. Given that males supposedly never grow up, this means he’s approaching his maximum maturity.

The thing I noticed about his birthday was the length. We celebrated on the actual day by going out for dinner and letting the birthday boy choose the destination. Christopher obliged, picking the only place we know of that has sushi and chicken wings. However, that was only the start of the festivities.

A few days later, on Saturday, Christopher’s birthday became a weekend affair. My wife (as if I would be any good at this) planned every detail of an action-packed day. She spent all day Friday cleaning house. (I tried to help and did an okay job of following instructions). On Saturday, we spent the afternoon at Laser Tag with his friends. For the evening, we entertained extended family (both now and future) at our house for dinner that evening. Christopher also had his first sleepover of a friend. By the end of the day, we were tired, Christopher was psyched, and our older son was looking forward to his birthday in May.

This isn’t the only extended celebration we experience. On Christmas, we opened presents Christmas morning and spent the afternoon and evening at my aunt’s in Alpharetta. The following morning, Friday, we drove to NC, having Christmas dinner at another aunt’s that night, opening presents at my Mom’s on Saturday morning, and again at my Dad’s on Sunday evening. (I worked remotely on Monday and we drove home that night.)

I remember Christmas and birthdays when I was younger. On Christmas, we woke up and opened presents. Then, we would go to maternal grandparents (later, my aunt’s, after my grandparents passed) for the turkey and more presents. As enjoyable as the festivities were, they lasted but a day. Birthdays were the same way. It was one day and done, something which I rarely see now.

I’m not complaining and I understand how it is, particularly with Christmas. My parents are divorced. One brother-in-law has family in the Atlanta area. The other brother-in-law has family close to where my parents reside. Coordinating all of this is a lot of work. It’s fun, but the time its over, you feel as you’ve need days off just to recover from the holidays.

I shouldn’t say anything though. The many gatherings are indicative of the amount of family I have and a wanting to engage in celebration. We should all be so lucky.

So, dear readers, how about you? Do you have extended holidays/celebrations and how do you enjoy it?

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Welcome Sacramento Parent Readers

The good people at Sacramento Parent magazine printed an essay of mine in their January 2009 issue. The essay dealt with the time commitment of parents with special-needs children. It was written over a year ago, but is still relevant. For those who would like to read the essay, please click here.

To the readers of Sacramento Parent, thanks for dropping by. I hope you will find my blog interesting and worth a return visit.

Starting the New Year twice

The good people at Sacramento Parent magazine printed an essay of mine in their January 2009 issue. The essay dealt with the time commitment of parents with special-needs children. It was written over a year ago, but is still relevant. For those who would like to read the essay, please click here.

To the readers of Sacramento Parent, thanks for dropping by. I hope you will find my blog interesting and worth a return visit.