Friday, August 30, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
We've started a sports-only Facebook page
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
SU disses Penn State, Syracuse fans
I've written about the terrible goings on there in the past.
But now I want to talk about how the schedule-makers are messing with Penn State.
When the Big 10 went to 12 teams, they divided themselves into two divisions the comically-named "Legend" and "Leaders." The plan was to pay all six teams in your division and the best team in one division plays the best tem in the other for the Big 10 crown. This set-up has brought excitement and big bucks to other conferences.
In addition to these games, each team would play one team, the same team, each year in the same division to develop a rivalry. Penn State's rival was to be Nebraska. Sounds cool, huh?
Nebraska's a traditional football powerhouse. The game year after year figured to be an exciting series I grew excited.
But wait, when the Big 10 added Maryland and Rutgers, growing to 14 teams, they shuffled the divisions again, making them more geographical and dropping the hokey names.
But the second-worst thing is that the "rivalry" game with Nebraska was dropped, too.
This year, it's third year, will be its last year.
Some storied rivalry.
But here's the worst thing about Penn State's schedule, and I can's blame the blame Big 10 for this one.
Penn State opens this year against Syracuse.
Yay, right? This should be welcomed by local Penn State fans and our friends who'll be wearing orange that day.
No. Syracuse, has move the Aug. 31 game to to the Meadowlands. That's right, to New Jersey.
This should make those wearing blue and white, and those wearing orange and blue, just blue.
Syracuse, of late, has been billing itself as "New York's Team."
It't a marketing slogan that would be fervently disputed at Colgate, Stony Brook and the University at Albany.
I think it's obvious when SU professes to be "New York's Team," it really wants to be "NYC's Team." The heck with Central New York
Sept. 7 - EASTERN MICHIGAN
Sept. 14 - CENTRAL FLORIDA
Sept. 21 - KENT STATE
Oct. 5 at Indiana
Oct. 12 - MICHIGAN
Oct. 26 at Ohio State
Nov. 2 - ILLINOIS
Nov. 9 at Minnesota
Nov. 16 - PURDUE
Nov. 23 - NEBRASKA
Nov. 30 at Wisconsin
Aug. 30 - TEMPLE
Sept. 6 - AKRON
Sept. 13 - *at Rutgers
Sept. 20 - UMASS
Sept. 27 - NORTHWESTERN
Oct. 11 - *at Michigan
Oct. 25 - *OHIO STATE
Nov. 1 - *MARYLAND
Nov. 8 - *at Indiana
Nov. 22 - at Illinois
Nov. 29 - *MICHIGAN STATE
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Here's where I'll be Memorial Day weekend
I always like Memorial Day weekend.
Not so much for the time off work, because I rarely get vey much, but because it's a holiday with a meaning.
I think it's important that we, as a country, remember those who sacrificed so much for us.
This weekend I have several plans.
Friday I'll attend the Oneida Memorial Day Parade, where I've been invited to be a judge again this year.
Monday I'll attend the opening of the new Town of Eaton Museum.
And Sunday I'll teach my son, George, to use our new mower.
Expect me to tweet under my handle, #OneidaEditor, from the first two.
I don't think that will happen from the last. If I'm lucky, and the weather's favorable, maybe we'll play a little golf.
And I'll be at work Monday.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Changes at Durhamville golf course great news
It's good news that the golf course in Durhamville (now called Old Erie) has new owners.
It's especially good news that those new owners, Dave Nieman and John Stewart, have groundskeeping expertise, and a real bonus that they're local guys.
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My son, George, and I enjoy that course and it deserves to be kept better, especially the greens.
Like many, we started play there when it was called Brandy Brook. We played there often when George was on the OHS golf team, since it became the school's home course.
We played there a few times in the last couple of years, but to be honest, it wasn't in as good shape as it used to be.
So this comes as great news to me.
It's the closest course to my house and it's relatively easy (I'm not very good). I need the exercise.
George and I aren't members anywhere this year, so we plan to play all the local courses, Casolwood, Oneida Community, Pleasant Knolls, Rogues Roost, The Ridge, Valley View, Barker Brook and maybe Shenandoah.
As long as Old Erie's prices stay affordable, I plan to play there multiple times.
The owners have big plans for improvements and it all sounds great.
It will be exciting to watch the new course take shape.
Sports Editor Kyle Mennig interviewed one of the new owners read it here:
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
'I’ve made a nameplate especially for you'
John Haeger PhotoJerry Althouse, right, and Kevin Evans
The front nameplate is in the foreground.
On the iPad in the background is a photo of the back
that says "The Buck Stops Here!"
Friday, March 15, 2013
BYO cable modem and save $4 per month on your Time-Warner bill
|On the left is Time-Warner's cable modem |
and on the right is the one I purchased
for $20 on eBay. This was shot before
the changeover and the "old" modem
is still providing the Internet service.
When Time-Warner announced in the fall it would start charging $4 per month to lease me the modem that was already in my house, I decided to buy my own cable modem and stop paying this extra charge.
It turns out there are quite a few units that will work on TWCNY's Roadrunner system.
The modem that's installed in my house, a Motorola Surfboard SB5101N is a common model that's served me well, so that's what I shopped for.
Amazon has new ones for about $47; it would pay for itself in a year.
But what about a used one? I turned to eBay and snapped up an SB5101, which my research has shown is functionally the same, for $20 (I've since seen them for $14).
At $4 per month, it won't take long to pay for itself.
Hooking it up was easy.
I plugged it in to an outlet and moved the cable and ethernet connections from the old box to the "new" box (be sure to screw in the cable connector snugly).
At this point you'll lose Internet service.
I made note of the modem's MAC address and called Time-Warner's helpline (I got through quickly for a change). I
gave the technician the MAC address, she punched some computer keys on her end, and in a few minutes my Internet was back on using my modem.
It seems as speedy as ever.
Now all I have to do is drive to Rome and drop off Time-Warner's modem and my cable bill will go down $4 per month.
|I've circled the MAC address found |
on the bottom of TWCNY's modem.
The other MAC ID is for a USB port this
particular model happens to have
(my "new" modem doesn't have one,
but I have no need for this feature).
Below are some links I used.
Time-Warner's instructions on how to do this, including a lit of modems that have been tested:
The Surfboard SB5101 on Amazon:
The Surfboard SB5101 on eBay
Please note the modem I bought was a DOCSIS 2.0 model, suitable for most typical home accounts. If you're shelling out the extra bucks for one of the high-end data Internet plans, you'll need a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, which will cost you at least twice as much.
Since Time-Warner charges the same amount to lease one of these, and will replace it for free if it goes bad, leasing might not be such a bad deal if you need one of these.