Friday, October 30, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 30th

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

“Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding.” Ezra Pound (pictured)

“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” John Adams

“I mean, the question actors most often get asked is how they can bear saying the same things over and over again, night after night...the answer to that is, don't we all anyway; might as well get paid for it." Richard Sheridan

“No star is ever lost we once have seen, We always may be what we might have been.” Adelaide Anne Procter

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” Paul Valery

“Genius ... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.” Ezra Pound

Cheers! - Jason

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Check it Out - Just How Long is a Campbell's Soup Noodle?

You have to have tongue firmly planted in cheek when talking about this one. Check out this video about the latest Time's Square display showing that there are 32 feet of noodles in every can of Campbell's Chicken Soup. It's certainly an interesting way to bring visibility to one of the other fall classics.

Cheers! - Jason

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 29th

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

“Those who weep recover more quickly than those who smile.” Jean Giraudoux (pictured)

“He who has provoked the lash of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it.” James Boswell

“In much knowledge there is also much grief.” Queen Marie of Romania

“Only the mediocre are always at their best.” Jean Giraudoux

“Wrong is for other people.” Fanny Brice

“It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion.” Joseph Paul Goebbels

“The surest way to become a pacifist is to join the infantry.” William H. Mauldin

“I never lie because I don't fear anyone. You only lie when you're afraid.” John Gotti

Cheers! - Jason

Monday, October 26, 2009

Novato Stingers vs Florin Phantoms - Oct. 24

The Stingers swarm the Florin Phantoms in Stockton

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

Game Summary
The Novato Stingers travelled to Stockton for a hot saturday afternoon game against the Florin Phantoms at Weston Ranch High School. Novato won the coin toss and quickly got things rolling on the offensive side with a two-play drive as Alec Ball (12) ran for a 22-yard touchdown only 42 seconds into the game. The PAT attempt was no good so the Stingers were up 6-0.

The Novato defense stopped the first Florin drive flat for a quick 4-and-out to get the ball back. It was a theme that would be repeated throughout the day as the swarming Stinger defense locked-down another opponent.

Novato scored again with another quick two-play drive, capped by a 13-yard Angelo Lagomarsino (9) run and a Danny Dreher (5) recovery in the end-zone for a touchdown. Mark Alvarez (21) kicked a two-point PAT to bring the score to 14-0.

Lagomarsino's ensuing onside kickoff was recovered by Ball and the Stingers were quickly at it again. Chris Folsom (25) back from a three-week layoff for an injury ran the ball 35-yards for a touchdown with 5:39 remaining in the second-quarter. With the addition of another Alvarez two-point PAT, the Stingers were up 22-0.

Novato added another quick score on Florin's next drive when Daylan Birlin (59) intercepted a pass and returned it 10-yards for a touchdown. Folsom ran for the PAT and Novato lead 29-0.

The Stingers would score once more in the first-half, when quarterback Tommy Sanz (13) hit a wide open Robbie Cassée (16) in the end-zone for a 9-yard touchdown with 2:30 remaining in the half. With the score 35-0 the "mercy rule" was invoked meaning the clock would run unstopped for the remainder of the game and that Novato could no longer pass and only run the ball between the tackles.

Novato would have scored once more in the fourth quarter on a 60-yard run by Ball with 6:30 remaining.

The Novato defense returned with a vengeance and held the Phantoms to no-first downs and no points in the game, giving the Stingers seven shutouts on the year.

Final Score: Novato Stingers 35*, Florin Phantoms 0
*mercy rule invoked with 2:30 remaining in the second-quarter

2009 Regular Season Scoring: Novato Stingers 209, Opponents 19

2009 Stingers Regular Season Record: 7-1

Here are some additional photo highlights from the game.

Alec Ball (12) busts loose for the game's first score!

Angelo Lagomarsino (9) pulls a pile of Florin tacklers toward the end-zone... 

...and Danny Dreher (5) smothers the loose ball in the end-zone for a TD

Daylan Birlin (59) ruturns a 2nd Quarter interception for a touchdown

Chris Folsom (25) returns to action with a bang with this 35-yard TD run

Robbie Cassée (16) is all alone in the end-zone for a 2nd Quarter TD catch

A Florin runner learns what it's like to run into a swarm of Stingers 

...more swarming Stingers piling on a Florin runner

Coach Rich Putman gets soaked in the post-game celebration

Cheers! - Jason

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 26th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on October 26th

“We must dare, and dare again, and go on daring.” Georges Jacques Danton

“Hate shuts her soul when dove-eyed mercy pleads.” Charles Sprague

“Comment is free but facts are sacred.” Charles Prestwich Scott

“The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.” Leon Trotsky

“Anybody that sings the blues is in a deep pit, yelling for help.” Mahalia Jackson

"More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth." Napoleon Hill

“Without music, life is a journey through a desert.” Pat Conroy (pictured)

Cheers! - Jason

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Check it Out - Charmin "Enjoy the Go" Ambassadors

I came across a really unique job opportunity that I had to share. Since it's in New York city, it's unlikely I'll be the best fit, but check it out - it might just be right for you!

Enjoy the Go job posting:

Cheers! - Jason

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 22nd

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

“Are you casting asparagus on my cooking?” Curly Howard (pictured)

“Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.” Sarah Bernhardt

“A man isn't poor if he can still laugh.” Raymond Hitchcock

"If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough." Robert Capa

“Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself.” Doris Lessing

“Think for yourself and question authority.” Timothy Leary

“If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking till you do succeed.” Curly Howard

Cheers! - Jason

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 21st

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

"Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“The more I see of the representatives of the people, the more I admire my dogs.” Alphonse de Lamartine

“Second to agriculture, humbug is the biggest industry of our age.” Alfred Bernhard Nobel

“Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble making individual.” Natalie Clifford Barney

“Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.” Ted Shawn

“Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read.” Leo Burnett (pictured)

“Did Adam and Eve Have Navels?” Martin Gardner

Cheers! - Jason

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Novato Stingers vs Johnson Warriors - Oct. 18

Paul Kunst (24) gets behind the Johnson defense for a catch, long-run and TD!

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

Game Summary
In their away white jerseys and home black pants, the Stingers hosted the Johnson Warriors on a sunny, cool and windy day at the Novato High School field. Novato won the coin toss and got the ball first and things looked good to start as Alec Ball (12) had a stong return and the Stingers started with excellent field position. But the Warriors held the Stingers to a three-and-out and the game quickly devolved into a defensive struggle. The Stingers threatened to score with the ball inside the Warriors five-yard line, but were unable to do so. At the end of the first quarter the game was still scoreless.

With 6:00 minutes remaining in the second quarter, the vaunted Stingers defense finally yielded their first points of the year, after 25 straight shutout quarters. After a long touchdown run Johnson scored the PAT and Novato was down for the first time all year, 0-7.

The Stingers quickly drove the ball back down the field on a combination of strong running and pass plays culminating with a critical fourth down attempt on the two-yard line. The Johnson line stopped Novato's attempt and took over on their own 1-yard line. Unfortunately, the Johnson running back burst through the middle on the very next play and ran the entire 99-yards for a seconds score.  The teams went to half-time with Johnson up 13-0.

Novato came on strong in the second-half, with Johnny Viezcas (82) recovering Angelo Lagomarsino's (9) opening kick-off giving the ball to the Stingers. Novato wasn't able to capitalize and gave the ball back to Johnson. The Novato defense then had a stop when a swarm of defenders combined to strip a Johnson runner of the ball and it ended up in the hands of Hunter Wegner (18). That's when the Novato offense really came alive, with Ball throwing a half-back pass to a streaking Paul Kunst (24) who got behind the Johnson defender,  caught a deflected ball and ran for a long touchdown. Mark Alvarez (21) kicked a two-point PAT and Novato was only down 13-8 with 3:10 left in the third quarter.

Novato made a big play on the ensuing kick-off, with Alvarez pouncing on another Lagomarsino onside kick. Alvarez followed it up with a streaking 21-yard run and Novato was seemingly back in control. Only, this time it wasn't meant to be. Novato fumbled on the Johnson 25 and gave back the ball.

In the fourth quarter, Johnson intercepted a long pass and then returned it for their third touchdown of the day with 7:18 left in the game. They missed the PAT, but Novato was down 19-8 and time was running out.

While Novato couldn't pull together another score in the final minutes, defensive lineman Ryan Johnson (54) gave them one last chance with a late fumble recovery in Warrior territory.

"This is a tough loss for us," said Coach John Jones, "but the kids played hard and didn't give up. We really beat ourselves in this one. I guess it will be a good lesson as we look at closing out the regular season next week and prepare for the playoffs."

Final Score: Johnson Warriors 19, Novato Stingers 8

2009 Stingers Record: 6-1

Defensive Points Allowed: 19! (over 7 games)

While the outcome wasn't what we were used to, the game was still exciting. Here are some pictures highlighting the great play during the day.

Quarterback Tommy Sanz (13) rolls out right and throws... a diving Robbie Cassée (16) for a catch during the Stingers second drive

The Stingers give up their first points of the year after 25 shutout quarters

Daniel Hopkins (33) fires up the Stingers at half-time

Johnny Viezcas (82) comes up with his second onside kick in two weeks!

A Novato "swarm" strips the ball and Hunter Wegner (18) ends up with it

Mark Alvarez (21) comes up with an onside kick in the third-quarter

Daronn McCall (14) fights for yards in the fourth-quarter

Ryan Johnson (54) fights for a fumble late in the game

Cheers! - Jason

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 20th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on October 20th

"He who has the fastest golf cart never has a bad lie.” Mickey Mantle

“Architecture aims at eternity.” Christopher Wren

“Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.” Lord Palmerston

“Remember there's always a voice saying the right thing to you somewhere if you'll only listen for it.” Thomas Hughes

“Statistics have shown that mortality increases perceptibly in the military during wartime.” Alphonse Allais

“Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.” John Dewey

“Trouble is a sieve through which we sift our acquaintances. Those too big to pass through are our friends.” Arlene Francis

“One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.” Evelyn Waugh

“Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven't been taxed before.” Art Buchwald (pictured)

Cheers! - Jason

Monday, October 19, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 19th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on October 19th

“Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes.” John LeCarre (pictured)

“There are two worlds: the world we can measure with line and rule, and the world that we feel with our hearts and imagination.” Leigh Hunt

“A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.” Lewis Mumford

“Any commander who fails to exceed his authority is not of much use to his subordinates.” Arleigh Burke

“For me, singing is a way of escaping. It's another world. I'm no longer on earth.” Edith Piaf

“I just think success has to be measured by a lot more than test scores.” Bob Sweeney

“The incestuous relationship between government and big business thrives in the dark.” Jack Anderson

“Writing is like walking in a deserted street. Out of the dust in the street you make a mud pie.” John LeCarre

Cheers! - Jason

Friday, October 16, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 16th

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

“Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable.” Oscar Wilde (pictured)

“Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to the ground.” Noah Webster

“If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert.” David Ben-Gurion

“There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now.” Eugene O'Neill

“Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.” Paul Strand

“Good habits are as easy to form as bad ones.” Tim McCarver

"I live in fear of not being misunderstood." Oscar Wilde

Cheers! - Jason

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - October a5th

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

“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.” Friedrich Nietzsche (pictured)

“Endure the present, and watch for better things.” Virgil

“O vanity! you are the lever by means of which Archimedes wished to lift the earth!” Mikhail Lermontov

"The man who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself." Friedrich Nietzsche

“Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.” Henri Bergson

“When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.” Enrique Jardiel Poncela

“The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.” P. G. Wodehouse

Cheers! - Jason

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 14th

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

“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” Miles Franklin (pictured)

“A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.” William Penn

“A wise government knows how to enforce with temper, or to conciliate with dignity, but a weak one is odious in the former, and contemptible in the latter” George Grenville

“It's a sign of your own worth sometimes if you are hated by the right people.” Miles Franklin

“The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.” Katherine Mansfield

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

Cheers! - Jason

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Check it Out - Cardboard by Sjors Vervoort

Here's a very creative stop-motion video I thought you might like.

Cheers! - Jason

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 13th

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

“In England there are sixty different religions, and only one sauce.” Francesco Caracciolo

“Half the work that is done in this world is to make things appear what they are not.” Elias Root Beadle

“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.” Margaret Thatcher

"My husband was just OK looking. I was in labor and I said to him, 'What if she is ugly? You're ugly.'" Beverly Johnson

“If a book doesn't grab me in the first chapter, I may not bother with it... As writers we're told that you have to catch readers in the first paragraph, but that is easier said than done.” Edwina Currie

“I won't say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like: What I'm going to be if I grow up.” Lenny Bruce (pictured)

“Why am I so soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard?” Paul Simon

Cheers! - Jason

Monday, October 12, 2009

Novato Stingers vs Rancho Cotate - Round 2 - Oct. 11

Mark Alvarez (21) on his way to six with a little help from Robbie Cassée (16)

Danny Dreher (5) upends a flying Cougar in the second-half

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

Game Summary

The Stingers hosted the Rancho Cotate Cougars at the Novato High School field for a rare home-and-home opportunity.  While the teams have played twice in 15 days, this time the chilly, overcast playing conditions in Novato were in stark contrast to the 100°scorcher in Rohnert Park on September 27th.

The Stingers won the coin toss and elected to take the ball first.  The Novato offense wasted no time at all as quarterback Tommy Sanz (13) quickly teamed up with Mark Alvarez (21) for a 42-yard catch and run for at touchdown.  Angelo Lagomarsino (9) followed it up with a run for the extra point and the Stingers were up 7-0 after two plays.

Things only got better for Novato as Johnny Viezcas (82) recovered an onside kick-off and the Stinger offense was at it again.   After a quick drive down the field, Alvarez ran the ball in from the 3-yard line for his, and the team's, second touchdown of the day.  

With Novato up 13-0 the second quarter proved to be a tight defensive struggle, with the teams exchanging the ball on downs a few times before the Stingers broke through again after a long drive.  Lagomarsino walked into the end-zone for a score at 2:30 left in the half and Sanz hooked up with tight-end Robbie Cassée (16) for a catch and run for the PAT.  The teams left the field at half-time with Novato up 20-0.

Novato came out strong again in the second-half, with the defense giving up only two more first down, for a total of three on the day.  After holding the Cougars on their opening drive, Novato quickly scored again, this time on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Sanz to a streaking Cassée who was wide-open down the middle of the field.  Alec Ball (12) ran the ball in for the PAT and a 27-0 lead.

The Stingers closed out the scoring with 1:30 left in the third-quarter on a 15-yard touchdown run by Ball.  With the score at 33-0 the "mercy" rule was invoked for the fourth straight game and the game wound down quickly under a running clock.

"I'm really proud of the guys today," said head coach John Jones. "We were down a couple of key players today and the team really stepped it up to cover for them.  Some of our regulars elevated their game and a few others filled in with some great play.  Like I told the kids all week, we have good players and even though we have a few guys out, we can continue to win if we work together." 

Final Score: Novato Stingers 33*, Rancho Cotate Cougars 0
* Mercy rule invoked with just over a minute left in the third-quarter

2009 Stingers Record: 6-0

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

Johnny Viezcas (82) comes up with the ball on our 1st kick-off

Mark Alvarez (21) sheds another tackle on the way to his second TD

Robbie Cassée (16) hauls in a Tommy Sanz pass on the way to six

Angelo Lagomarsino (9) pushes his way in for six

Alec Ball (12) has the goal-line in sight!

Daronn McCall (14) runs for a bunch in the third-quarter

Hunter Wegner (18) gets mauled from behind by a Cougar

Cheers! - Jason

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 12th

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

“Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another.” Aleister Crowley

“We hear war called murder. It is not: it is suicide.” Ramsay MacDonald

“But in the next world I shan't be doing music, with all the striving and disappointments. I shall be being it.” Ralph Vaughan Williams

“Man cannot produce a single work without the assistance of the slow, assiduous, corrosive worm of thought.” Eugenio Montale

“Let us keep the dance of rain our fathers kept and tread our dreams beneath the jungle sky.” Arna Bontemps

“The most important function of education at any level is to develop the personality of the individual and the significance of his life to himself and to others” Grayson Kirk (pictured)

“The twisted circumstances under which we live is grist for the writing mill, the loving, hating and discovering, finding new handles for old pitchers...” Alice Childress

Cheers! - Jason

Friday, October 9, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 9th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on October 9th

“History is philosophy teaching by example.” Dionysius

“People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.” Lewis Cass

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy” Giuseppe Verdi

“Babies haven't any hair; Old men's heads are just as bare; between the cradle and the grave lie a haircut and a shave.” Samuel Hoffenstein

“Between the fear that something would happen and the hope that still it wouldn't, there is much more space than one thinks. On that narrow, hard, bare and dark space a lot of us spend their lives.” Ivo Andric

“Orwell is almost our litmus test. Some of his satirical writing looks like reality these days.” John Pilger (pictured)

“Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.” John Lennon

Cheers! - Jason

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 8th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on October 8th

“Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.” Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

“Perhaps the crime situation would be improved if we could get more cops off television and onto the streets.” William E. Vaughan

“The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.” Frank Herbert

“The healthy and strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he's got an abscess on his knee or in his soul.” Rona Barrett

“If you run, you might lose. If you don't run, you're guaranteed to lose.” Jesse Jackson

“Can I borrow your towel? My car just hit a water buffalo.” Chevy Chase

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” John W. Gardner (pictured)

Cheers! - Jason

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - October 7th

Today's interesting quotes from people born on October 7th

“When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.” James Whitcomb Riley

“A pamphlet, no matter how good, is never read more than once. But a song is learned by heart and repeated over and over.” Joe Hill

“The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.” Niels Bohr

“Just like Santa Claus, a farmer works all year on a commodity, and at the end of the year he gives it all away.” Ronald Dawson

“Expect the worst and you won't be disappointed.” Helen MacInnes (pictured)

“Am I the same girl? Yes, I am... Although I have changed.” Martha Stewart

Cheers! - Jason