Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - September 30th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on September 30th

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.” Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“My mother was against me being an actress - until I introduced her to Frank Sinatra.” Angiel Dickinson

“I respect anyone who has to fight and howl for his decency.” Deborah Kerr

“Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.” Truman Capote (pictured)

“My feeling is that when you're managing a baseball team, you have to pick the right people to play and then pray a lot.” Robin Roberts

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.” Truman Capote

“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.” Elie Wiesel

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” Truman Capote

Cheers! - Jason

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - September 29th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on September 29th

“There's two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery.” Enrico Fermi

“Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.” Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

“Right now (the team is) a zombie. Do we have a four game road trip? Honestly, I couldn't tell you. We just play, play, play.” Derek Thomas

“To kill a man is not to defend a doctrine, but to kill a man.” Michael Servetus

“The pen is the tongue of the mind.” Miguel de Cervantes Saavendra

“Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon.” Horatio Nelson (pictured)

“A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease.” Elizabeth Gaskell

“A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about.” Miguel de Unamuno

“I do wish I could tell you my age but it's impossible. It keeps changing all the time.” Greer Garson

Cheers! - Jason

Monday, September 28, 2009

Novato Stingers vs Rancho Cotate - Sept. 27

Novato players wear their game stickers with pride.

The Novato Stingers defense again held the opponents scoreless!

The photos from this Novato Stingers game are now available on the 2009 Novato Stingers Shutterfly site.

Game Summary

The Stingers descended upon the grass turf at Mountain Shadows Middle School for 2:00 PM game against the Rancho Cotate Cougars.  With the game time the temperature approaching 100 degrees it promised to be a scorcher.

The Broncos won the coin toss and elected to take the ball first.  This meant the Novato defense had the opportunity to quickly establish itself again with couple of solid defensive stops and an Alec Ball (12) interception of a short pass in Rancho Cotate territory.  The Stinger offense took advantage of the field position with a short drive and a Ben Putman (10) touchdown run for 10 yards followed by a 2-point PAT kick by Mark Alvarez (21) (Note: at this level the kicking PATs are worth 2-points and the running PATs are worth 1 point).  Stingers up 8-0 early.

After another stingy defensive stand, Novato got the ball back deep in Cougar territory.  Ball quickly took the ball 27 yards for a touchdown.  The PAT kick was low, making it 14-0.  

Heading to the second-quarter, the defense held again, capped by Robbie Cassée's (16) blocked punt giving the Stingers the ball back in Cougar territory.  Ball quickly ran the ball to the 2, setting up quarterback Tommy Sanz's (13) first touchdown of the year. Alvarez followed it up with another 2-point PAT kick giving Novato a 22-0 lead at half-time.

The second-half proved no different for Novato with a strong opening drive capped by Alvarez's 40-yard touchdown run to make the score 28-0. 

Following a Cougar fumble with 2:45 left in the third-quarter, the Stingers drove the field again culminating in Ball's 7-yard touchdown run to bring the score to 34-0, invoking the "mercy rule" again.

With the scoring capped, the Stingers would have scored again on their last play, a 60-yard run by Putman, but the buzzer sounded for a hard-fought 34-0 Novato win.

While the entire defense made the difference all day, Gene Peugh-Wade (8), Hunter Wegner (18) and Chris Fulsom (25) stood out for exceptional plays.

Final Score: Novato Stingers 34, Rancho Cotate Cougars 0

2009 Stingers Record: 4-0

Defensive Points Allowed So Far: 0 !!!!!

Gene Peugh-Wade (8) makes a spectacular tackle in the 2nd Quarter

Hunter Wegner (18) sacks the Cougar quarterback.

Ben Putman (10) dives in for the first TD of the game

Tommy Sanz (13) lines up over center before diving in for a TD

Mark Alvarez (21) runs for a TD - he also accounted for 4 points kicking PATs.

Alec Ball (12) runs for his first of two TDs on the day.

Cheers! - Jason

The MMOB Daily Quote - September 28th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on September 28th

“I have sat at the sumptuous tables of power, but I have not run away with the silverware.” Diosdado Macapagal

“I never thought about being a writer as I grew up. A writer wasn't something I wanted to be. An outfielder was something to be. Most of what I know about style I learned from Roberto Clemente.” John Sayles (pictured)

“Touch but a cobweb in Westminster Hall, and the old spider of the law is out upon you with all his vermin at his heels.” Henry Fox

“Everything I know I learned after I was thirty.” Georges Clemenceau

“It does make a difference what you call things.” Kate Douglas Wiggin

“As soon as you take money for playing sport, it isn't sport, it's work.” Avery Brundage

“Of such extraordinary doings are champions made.” Ed Sullivan

“Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do.” Stephen Spender

“The public is like a piano. You just have to know what keys to poke.” Al Capp

Cheers! - Jason

Friday, September 25, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - September 25th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on September 25th

“The man who invented the zip fastener was today honoured with a lifetime peerage. He'll now be known as the Lord of the Flies.” Robbie Barker (pictured)

“A blunderer is a man who starts a meat market during Lent.” James Montgomery Bailey

“Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.” William Faulkner

“The natural habitat of the tongue is the left cheek.” Red Smith

“When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best -- that is inspiration.” Robert Bresson

“I like radio better than television because if you make a mistake on radio, they don't know. You can make up anything on the radio.” Phil Rizzuto

“The toilets at a local police station have been stolen. Police say they have nothing to go on.” Ronnie Barker

“If the track is tough and the hill is rough, THINKING you can just ain't enough!” Shel Silverstein

Cheers! - Jason

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - September 24th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on September 24th

“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.” Horace Walpole

“To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well.” John Marshall

“What matters it if they do forget the singer, so they don't forget the song.” Frances Watkins Harper

“If one asks for success and prepares for failure, he will get the situation he has prepared for.” Florence Scovel Shinn

“Golf is an awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result” Tommy Armour

“The conception of two people living together for twenty-five years without having a cross word suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep” Alan Herbert

“We arg'ed the thing at breakfast, we arg'ed the thing at tea, And the more we arg'ed the question, the more we didn't agree” Will Carleton

“Man never has what he wants, because what he wants is everything.” C.F. Ramuz

“You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” F. Scott Fitzgerald (pictured)

Cheers! - Jason

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - September 23rd

Today's interesting quotes from people born on September 23rd

“You always pass failure on the way to success.” Mickey Rooney (pictured)

“The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.” Walter Lippman

“An apology? Bah! Disgusting! Cowardly! Beneath the dignity of any gentleman, however wrong he might be.” Baroness Orczy

“One of the first and most important things for a critic to learn is how to sleep undetected in the theater.” William Archer

“I never feel age ... If you have creative work, you don't have age or time.” Louise Nevelson

“If an ordinary person is silent, it may be a tactical maneuver. If a writer is silent, he is lying.” Jaroslav Seifert

“A lot of people have asked me how short I am. Since my last divorce, I think I'm about $100,000 short.” Mickey Rooney

Cheers! - Jason

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - September 22nd

Today's interesting quotes from people born on September 22nd

“The two most important things in life are good friends and a strong bullpen.” Bob Lemon (pictured)

“Advice is seldom welcome, and those who need it the most, like it the least.” Lord Chesterfield

“The important thing is to know how to take all things quietly.” Michael Faraday

“Nature's far too subtle to repeat herself.” Paul Muni

“Etiquette can be at the same time a means of approaching people and of staying clear of them.” David Riesman

“Do not make the mistake of treating your dogs like humans or they will treat you like dogs.” Martha Scott

“Baseball was made for kids, and grown-ups only screw it up.” Bob Lemon

Cheers! - Jason

Monday, September 21, 2009

Novato Stingers vs Napa Raiders - Sept. 19

Ronnie Lott poses with the Novato Stingers at half-time

Mark Alvarez (21) kicks for a 2-point PAT.  Alvarez accounted for 11-points on the day!

The photos from this Novato Stingers game are now available on the 2009 Novato Stingers Shutterfly site.

Game Summary

The Novato Stingers swarmed the new field at Napa's Silverado Middle School and kept their unblemished record alive with another great performance. The defense was outstanding again holding Napa scoreless and four different Stingers came up with big interceptions on the day. The first was a huge take-away by Danny Dreher  (5) who then ran the ball for a touchdown in the first quarter. Not to be oudone, Dreher's defensive teammates Jordan Polera (6), Henry Dalton (7) and Paul Kunst (24) all had interceptions of their own during the game.

As good as the defense continues to be, the offense was equally up to the task on this sunny day in the wine-country. The scoring starting on the first drive with a Tommy Sanz (13) to Robbie Cassée (16) touchdown pass up the middle. Both that touchdown and the ensuing interception and return by Dreher were followed by 2-point PATs by Mark Alvarez (21) puting Novato up 16-0 early in the first quarter.

The Stingers scored almost at will in the first half. Touchdown runs by Alec Ball (12) and Ben Putman (10) were followed up with 1-point PATs on a run by Alvarez and another catch by Cassée to make it 30-0 in the second quarter. Alvarez capped the official scoring with a long touchdown run down the left sideline to close the first half with the Stingers up 36-0. 

Half-time included a once-in-a-lifetime opportuniy, with former San Francisco Forty-Niner and Oakland Raider great Ronnie Lott paying a visit to watch Novato in action. The players all lined up to shake Ronnie's hand and then had the chance to say hello and get a signature. While the boys may not have fully appreciated the greatness they were meeting, their parents certainly did, so it was a very special day.

With Novato scoring over 30 points, the "mercy rule" was invoked in the second half so the Stingers were limited to running the ball between the tackles, no passing and no further official point scoring. That didn't keep the Stinger offense from crossing into the end-zone a few more times though. The first was a unique opportunity for offensive lineman Brandon Caamal (43) on a fumble recovery and run to the end-zone for a should-have-been touchdown. And the final was a long run by Chris Fulsom (25) to daylight in the fourth quarter.

And through it all the Stinger defense was stingy once again and didn't give up a point all day.  That means the swarming "D" has only given 11 first downs, TOTAL, in three games!

Defensive standouts of note included Eugene Peugh-Wade, Sean McDevitt, Willie Cesterollo, Johnny Viezcas, Ryan Johnson, Hunter Wegner and Daylan Birlin.

Offensive standouts included Michael Sumpter-Blakely, Andrew Larkin, Joseph Navarro, Leonardo Madrigal, Moses Johnson and Anthony Balestreiri.

Final Score: Novato Stingers 36*, Napa Raiders 0
Stingers Record: 3-0

* The mercy rule was invoked at the end of the second quarter

Here are some additional highlight photos from the game:

Robbie Cassée (16) catches it for 6-points to start the scoring on the day.

Danny Dreher (5) scores after picking the ball off in the first quarter.

Alec Ball (12) on his way to a touchdown

Ben Putman (10) scores another touchdown in the second quarter.

Paul Kunst (24) comes down with an interception in the fourth quarter.

Brandon Caamal (43) crosses the end-zone to "score" in the third quarter

Cheers! - Jason

The MMOB Daily Quote - September 21st

Today's interesting quotes from people born on September 21st

“Never mind whom you praise, but be very careful who you blame.” Edmund Gosse

“The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.” H. G. Wells (pictured)

“Music-making as a means of getting money is hell.” Gustav Holst

“Everything beautiful has its moment and then passes away.” Luis Cernuda

“One can judge a civilization by the way it treats its women.” Helen Foster Snow

“It is far better to be free to govern or misgovern yourself than to be governed by anybody else.” Kwame Nkrumah

“Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.” Chuck Jones

“A rattlesnake loose in the living room tends to end all discussion of animal rights.” Lance Morrow

Cheers! - Jason

Friday, September 18, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - September 18th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on September 18th

“Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.” Samuel Johnson

“Be brief, be pointed, let your matter stand lucid in order, solid and at hand; spend not your words on trifles but condense; strike with the mass of thought, not drops of sense; press to the close with vigor, once begun." Joseph Story

“Pen and ink is wit's plough.” John Clarke

“Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.” Harold Clurman

“The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.” Agnes De Mille

“Failure is good. It's fertilizer. Everything I've learned about coaching, I've learned from making mistakes.” Rick Pitino

“I just don't think I'm that interesting. I don't think what I have to say is that interesting. To hear me go blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. I mean, who... cares?” James Gandolfini (pictured)

“Is there anything better than to be longing for something, when you know it is within reach?” Greta Garbo

Cheers! - Jason

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - September 17th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on September 17th

“He who spends time regretting the past loses the present and risks the future.” Quevedo

“Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.” Marquis de Condorcet

“It is not what you say that matters but the manner in which you say it; there lies the secret of the ages.” William Carlos Williams

“Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.” Warren E. Burger

“I do not bring forgiveness with me, nor forgetfulness. The only ones who can forgive are dead; the living have no right to forget.” Chaim Herzog

“It is necessary to relax your muscles when you can. Relaxing your brain is fatal.” Stirling Moss

“If you were happy every day of your life you wouldn't be a human being, you'd be a game show host.” Gabriel Heatter (pictured)

Cheers! - Jason

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - September 16th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on September 16th

“You don't have to want to, you just have to do it.” Andrew Law

“There is no gilding of setting sun or glamour of poetry to light up the ferocious and endless toil of the farmers wives.” Hamlin Garland

“The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.” Alfred Noyes

“Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.” Karen Horney

“Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece.” Nadia Boulanger

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

“When people are smiling they are most receptive to almost anything you want to teach them.” Allen Funt (pictured)

Cheers! - Jason

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - September 15th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on September 15th

“The old begin to complain of the conduct of the young when they themselves are no longer able to set a bad example.” François de la Rochefoucauld

“Ignorance and superstition ever bear a close and mathematical relation to each other.” James Fenimore Cooper (pictured)

“Don't write so that you can be understood, write so that you can't be misunderstood.” William Howard Taft

“A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.” Robert Benchley

“One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late.” Agatha Christie

“Idealism is like a castle in the air if it is not based on a solid foundation of social and political realism.” Claude McKay

“Venus is now astrologically square with Pluto. That means there isn't a hip planet left.” Jim Critchfield

“Don't be a blueprint. Be an original.” Roy Acuff

“I reckon I tried everything on the old apple (baseball), but salt and pepper and chocolate sauce topping." Gaylord Perry

“When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.” Creighton Abrams

Cheers! - Jason

Monday, September 14, 2009

Novato Stingers vs Southern Marin Broncos - Sept. 13

The Stingers brought crunching, swarming defense all day long!

The photos from this Novato Stingers game are now available on the 2009 Novato Stingers Shutterfly site.

Game Summary

The Novato Stingers played their first home game of the season against cross-county rival, the Southern Marin Broncos, a strong team that went undefeated last year. The game started off well with the Stingers getting the ball first and then marching down the field under the fine quarterbacking of Tommy Sanz and a pesky running game. After pounding the ball on the ground, tight-end Robbie Cassée found himself wide open down the middle for a 20-yard touchdown pass from Sanz. Half-back Ben Putman put the on the finishing touch running for the PAT and Novato had the early lead 7-0.

That's when the Stinger defense got it's first chance of the day. With solid play by the defensive line, they held the Broncos in check and quickly got the ball back for the offense. And it was a routine that would be repeated throughout the day.

After Daylan Birlin recovered the ball when the Broncos mishandled a second quarter punt, the Stingers again drove the field and this time the running game did all the work. The capper was a long run by running-back Angelo Lagomarsino who took the ball around the right end and banged his way through four Bronco tacklers to get into the end-zone for a touchdown.

Novato left the field at half-time with a hard fought 13-0 lead.

The good news in the second-half was Novato wasn't through on the offense side of the ball. Putman took the ball around the left side and wove his way through the Bronco defense for a touchdown on a long run in the third quarter.

The scoring was capped in the third-quarter when running-back Alec Ball ripped off a long run to the left side for another touchdown.

As good as the Stinger offense was, it was the defense that provided the difference in the game. Building on the first-half performance, both the Black and the Gold defenses combined to hold the Broncos to a total of three first-downs and no scoring on the day. Swarms of Novato tacklers converged on every Southern Marin player who handled the ball, and there were no significant penalties to detract from the performance on the field.

"I really liked what I saw from the defensive today," said Stinger head-coach John Jones. "The boys really set a tone today and shut down a really good offense all day!"

Final Score: Novato Stingers 25, Southern Marin Broncos 0

2009 Stingers Record: 2-0

Robbie Cassée is all alone for a catch and run for a touchdown

Daylan Birlin comes up with the ball after a Bronco fumble

Angelo Lagomarsino crosses the end-zone after running over 4 tacklers

Ben Putman eyeing the end-zone on his way to a long touchdown

Alec Ball leads a herd of Broncos to the end-zone

Coach John Jones enjoys the Stingers second win of the season

Cheers! - Jason

The MMOB Daily Quote - September 14th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on September 14th

“You never ask why you've been fired because if you do, they're liable to tell you.” Jerry Coleman

“The real hope of the world lies in putting as painstaking thought into the business of mating as we do into other big businesses.” Margaret Sanger

“Dictators are rulers who always look good until the last ten minutes.” Jan Masaryk

“I often meet adults in their 30s, 40s, or 50s who, as soon as they recognize me, suddenly become six years old again.” Clayton Moore AKA The Lone Ranger

“Geography is about maps, but Biography is about chaps.” Eric Bentley

“I keep my eyes clear and I hit 'em where they ain't.” Willie Keeler (pictured)

Cheers! - Jason

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - September 13th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on September 13th

“A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.” John J. Pershing

“I am a lover and have not found my thing to love.” Sherwood Anderson

“I need so much time for doing nothing that I have no time for work.” Pierre Reverdy

“You have to put on more faces to pretend who you are.” Nell Carter

“There are plenty of clever young writers. But there is too much genius, not enough talent.” J. B. Priestley

“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” Roald Dahl (pictured)

Cheers! - Jason

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - September 12th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on September 12th

“If someone gives you so-called good advice, do the opposite; you can be sure it will be the right thing nine out of ten times.” Anselm Feuerbach

“Love is like war; easy to begin but very hard to stop.” Henry Louis Mencken

“Those whose approval you seek most give you the least.” Maurice Chevalier

“An amateur is someone who supports himself with outside jobs which enable him to paint. A professional is someone whose wife works to enable him to paint.” Ben Shahn (pictured)

“Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.Jesse Owens

“Lettuce is like conversation; it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.” Charles Dudley Warner

Cheers! - Jason