Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CLOSED - For now...

Hello to those of you who frequent the Minding My Own Beeswax blog.

I've been diligently posting to the site since March, 2009 trying to find the right mix of content that (1) allows me to express myself in interesting and meaningful ways, and (2) is of interest to someone. While I think I've found a pretty eclectic mix, I don't think I'm hitting on either of those goals yet. So, I've decided to close up shop until I determine what to do with MMOB. 

I will miss the regular activity involved in keeping the blog alive and I hope I'm not leaving too many readers in the lurch. Based on the blog tracking reports I don't think there are but a small handful of you out there watching this space regularly, but maybe I'm wrong. It you are out there, and you are willing to share your thoughts, let me know what you've liked so far and what you think I could do to make the future MMOB more interesting.  Just send me an email at jcassee@comcast.net

But, before I go, there is a silver lining. Along the way I started another little blog that has taken root - at least a little - that could turn into something big. It's called Novato Sports and it's something that ties-in with many aspects of my life so it's easy to be passionate about it. For example, all of the baseball and football posting and photoshoots I've been doing for my son Robbie's teams now have an excellent home. But the beautiful thing is it could be a whole lot more, if contributors can take to it in a "grassroots" effort. I guess we'll all have to see how it pans out. Check it out at www.novatosports.blogspot.com and see if it's right for you.

Until later then,

Cheers! - Jason

Monday, November 9, 2009

'09 Football Playoffs - Novato Stingers vs. Esparto Spartans

Danny Dreher and Ben Putman showing their Novato pride for the playoffs!

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

Mountain Valley Youth Football League - 2009 PeeWee Division II Playoffs 

Game Summary

The first round of the 2009 PeeWee Division II Playoffs for the Mountain Valley League (MVL) of American Youth Football (AYF) took place on Sunday, November 8th in Northern California. The Novato Stingers entered the playoffs seeded first with an official record of 6-1 (7-1 overall). The eighth-seeded Esparto Spartans travelled to the Novato High School field for an 11 AM game on a beautiful sunny day for football.

Novato lost the coin toss and Esparto elected to receive the ball to start the game. Things started off well for the Stingers as Ben Putman (10) returned to action after a 4-game stint on the injured reserve, and promptly stripped the Spartan kick-returner of the ball and Henry Dalton (7) pounced on the fumble to give Novato the ball in Spartan territory. The Stinger Offense quickly established itself as Alec Ball (12) ran the ball for a 28-yard touchdown which Marc Alvarez (21) followed with a 2-point PAT field goal giving Novato a 8-0 lead.

The Novato defense quickly showed its stuff too, holding Esparto to a rapid 4-down and out on their first drive. It was an often repeated theme throughout the rest of the afternoon.

The Stingers second drive went 3-plays, capped by a 15-yard Tommy Sanz (13) pass to a wide-open Robbie Cassée (16) for a touchdown. The PAT attempt was thwarted by Esparto, making it 14-0 for Novato.

After holding Esparto to another 4-and-out, Novato drove the field for another score, this one a 12-yard pass from Sanz to a wide-open Dalton for another six points and a 20-0 lead.

On the Spartans third drive, Novato held tight again for a 4-and-out and then the offense took two plays for another score - this time a 42-yard run by Putman puting the Stingers up 26-0. A significant lead already, early in the second-quarter, and they were only getting warmed up!

The Spartans drove for a first down in their next drive, but the defense held tight once again taking the ball over on downs. Novato's fifth drive again resulted in a score, this time a 10-yard run by Ball and another 2-point kick by Alvarez for a 34-0 lead going into half-time.

Novato received the ball first in the second-half and promptly drove the field again. This time, Angelo Lagomarsino (9) pushed the ball in for a 2-yard score. The Stingers were hit with a big 15-yard penalty on the PAT attempt, pushing them to the 20 yard line. Undaunted, Sanz quickly hit Cassée on a quick out and he barreled his way in for another point and a 41-0 lead.

Things went from bad to worse for the Spartans, as Danny Dreher (5) intercepted the ball on the third play of Esparto's next drive. Novato quickly capitalized again, this time on a 50-yard, sideline-to-sideline scramble by Alvarez, and a 47-0 score.

The Stingers took the ball away again on the next drive when Cassée stripped the ball and Hunter Wegner (18) quickly recovered the fumble. Alvarez scored again, this time on a 35-yard run, and Lagomarsino followed it with a rushing PAT.

The defense made it three-take-aways-in-a-row, when Paul Kunst (24) intercepted a pass on the Spartans next drive. Novato quickly scored again on a 55-yard touchdown run by Ball.

Novato held Esparto to a 4-and-out again and Chris Folsom (25) capped a drive with a 3-yard touchdown run wrapping up the scoring on the day.

"The kids really played well on both sides of the ball today," said Coach John Jones. "The defense locked them down while the offense had a perfect day (10 touchdowns in 10 drives!) We'll work hard again this week to make sure we're ready for round two."

Final Score: Novato Stingers 67, Esparto Spartans 0

Next Up: Southern Marin Broncos

Here's are some photographic highlights from the game:

Ben Putman (10) is back with a vengence, stripping the ball on the opening kick-off

Alec Ball (12) follows Angelo Lagomarsino's (9) block on one of his 3 TD runs

Robbie Cassée (16) running to the end-zone after a catch

Henry Dalton (7) awaits the ball on the way to his touchdown

Marc Alvarez (21) jukes on a 50-yard sideline-to-sideline touchdown run

Cassée strips the ball and Hunter Wegner (18) gets ready to pounce on the ball.

The defense harassing the Spartans again.

Cheers! - Jason

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - November 4th

Today's interesting quotes:

“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” Eden Phillpotts

“I want to be able, as days go by, always to look myself straight in the eye.” Edgar Guest

“The difficulty in life is the choice.” George Moore

“Hollywood is the only place where you can wake up in the morning and hear the birds coughing in the trees.” Joe Frisco

“Everything is being compressed into tiny tablets. You take a little pill of news every day - 23 minutes - and that's supposed to be enough.” Walter Cronkite

“You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is.” Will Rogers (pictured)

Cheers! - Jason

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - November 3rd

Today's interesting quotes:

“Delay is ever fatal to those who are prepared.” Lucan

“Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant (pictured)

“What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public.” Vilhjalmur Stefansson

“Whether he is an artist or not, the photographer is a joyous sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts.” Walker Evans

“Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.” Andre Malraux

“The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” John Bingham

Cheers! - Jason

Monday, November 2, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - November 2nd

Today's interesting quotes from people born on November 2nd

“I can't say I was ever lost, but I was bewildered once for three days.” Daniel Boone

“Bill Clinton's foreign policy experience stems mainly from having breakfast at the International House of Pancakes.” Pat Buchanan

“There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.” Marie Antoinette

“No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure.” James K. Polk

“Every student has the ability to be a successful learner.” Warren G. Harding

“I took a round trip around Hollywood because I think it frightened me. I didn't want to get burned in that glare.” Luchino Visconti (pictured)

“Most people seem to think I'm the kind of guy who shaves with a blowtorch. Actually I'm bookish and worrisome.” Burt Lancaster

“I signed (Sandy) Koufax for fourteen grand and a hot dog.” Al Campanis

“It is easy to be popular. It is not easy to be just.” Rose E. Bird

Cheers! - Jason