Ramblings - Unrelated stuff and everything else

This page will deal with off topic matters, which means during football season it will deal mostly with football :) More updates coming when Football starts again.

Owns 20 NCAA rushing records, including most rushing yards (6,279), all-purpose yards (7,206), highest average per carry (6.2), rushing touchdowns (72), total touchdowns scored (75), 200-yard rushing games (11, tied Marcus Allen of Southern California, 1978-81), points scored (452), games with a touchdown (33) and games with two or more scores (21). Finished his career with 44 school records. Only one of the top 13 all-time all-purpose rushers to accomplish that feat without having ever returned a kickoff. 3,889 of his 6,279 rushing yards have come after initial contact. Averaged 182.5 yards per game in the last two years since shifting from fullback to tailback. Started 46 of 48 games he played in (including two bowls). Caught at least one pass in 41 of 46 regular season games. One of the most decorated athletes in college football history.

Visit Ricky Williams personal web page (9/14/2002)

This page is incredible.... just like me Ricky has his own page on the web. What is amazing is how candid he is, take a look at this excerpt from September 11, 2002 : "When I'm old, I'm going to be in lots of chronic pain. That's a horrible realization, but it's the truth. Football can mess you up pretty bad. I can look at this two ways. I can look forward to a life of pain pills until my liver falls out. Or I can be proactive and have the attitude Jerry Rice has, keep working hard to protect myself against injury by having a body in tip-top condition. You can take care of your body so you can hold up longer and not fall apart. I choose to look at it the positive way but it's not always easy. My shoulder was extremely sore after this weeks game, and it is always going to be....... " go to http://www.run-ricky-run.com/ for the rest and a lot more. And of course... GO DOLPHINS!.

New Weekly update: The ranking of FIU's Golden Panthers. (9/12/2002)

As a new service to the visitors and because I am happy that my school kicked a** in its first football game, I decided to keep track of how the Golden Panthers are doing in the polls after every game. It was not easy to find a service that covers past the top 25 teams in Division I-AA, but I finally found one:

DOPKE.com is a full-service College Football website that ranks nearly 300 college football teams in Divisions I-A, I-AA and II each week. Whereas most publishers concern themselves directly with the game being played on the field, DOPKE.com understands that College Football is an experience that transcends more than just the game played on the field. Therefore, DOPKE.com offers links to areas and information vital to the College Football industry that you would be hard pressed to find at any other website.

FIU RANKING ON DOPKE.COM

DATE
RANKING
10/14/02
74
9/9/02
66
9/3/02
67
8/18/02
97

Vacation running out, only 48 hours to go (9/1/2002)

As the end of my vacation week approaches and I start dreading the return to the cubicle and my very slow work computer, I can't help but assess the whole vacation thing. So lets make a list of things that I did over the week and those I didn't out of laziness or lack of enthusiasm.

Things that I did:

1) I read a couple of Sci-Fi books including The Year's Best Science Fiction , which is like the fifth book I have read from that series. Overall, it was quite satisfying, but I liked the previous editions a bit more.

2) Bought a couple of things that I needed for myself and around the house.

3) Finally updated the loanuniverse.com website after three years of abandonment.

4) Watched a lot of football.

5) Had troubles with a contractor that is doing remodeling, I had to track the guy down and finally had to send him a certified letter. Good thing is after avoiding me for a couple of weeks; he was at my door within 48 hours of receiving the letter. It just goes to prove my number #1 advice to everybody "Put it in writing".

Things left to do:

1) I said to myself that I was going to go to Las Vegas this year, but I did not. I guess I could still go since there is still another week of vacation left for 2002, but Sin City does not appeal to me as much as it did before. I am clearly getting old.

2) The website could be so much better. As it is right now the html is very basic and frankly needs a bit more content. I still need to finish about 3 or 4 more base pages and then the updates will be either in articles and or the board.

During a 5-minute, 12-second span in the third quarter, the Golden Panthers tallied 28 unanswered points en route to 36-25 victory to close out their home schedule in front of 4,588. FIU (5-5) needs a season-ending victory over Florida Atlantic at Pro Player Stadium on Nov. 23 to complete a winning inaugural season. (picture by Richard Patterson)

Golden Panthers Football update (11/10/2002)

Four games since the last update.

The last four games stretch started with a loss against nationally ranked Maine on 10/19 and a second loss against Gardner-Webb on 10/26

However, the FIU players have been able to turn around the momentum in their favor during the last couple of games. First, they trailed Jacksonville 6-3 before scoring 26 points in the third quarter to pull away 39-6. Then, FIU scored 28 points in the third quarter to fuel a 35-26 come-from-behind "cardiac-arrest-inducing" victory over Albany at FIU Community Stadium. Our record is 5-5 and we can pull off a winning season record if we beat Florida Atlantic on Nov. 23

Florida International

Golden Panthers Football update (10/12/2002)

Horrible loss to Western Kentucky on 10/12/02 Burke managed to complete just five of 14 passes for 75 yards with four interceptions, one more than he had all season coming into the game. It does not get any easier as we are playing Maine (ranked #8 in I-AA) next.

Florida International's Rashod Smith flies into the end zone to score FIU's third touchdown as Georgetown's Matt Fronczke hangs on for the ride..

Golden Panthers Football update (9/29/2002)

Two games since the last update.

First a horrible loss (31-0) against Bethune-Cookman on saturday 9/21/02.

But the Golden Panthers were able to come back and win yesterday 9/28/02 by beating Georgetown 27-2 win in front of 6,084 fans at FIU Community Stadium. The victory was their third in a row at home, where the first-year team is undefeated and has not allowed a touchdown. Go Golden Panthers!

Florida International's Harold Leath hangs his head after a 23-22 loss to Elon. He showboated as he made his way into the endzone causing a unsportsmanlike foul thus causing a PAT to be missed.

Golden Panthers Football tastes defeat (9/7/2002)

The FIU Golden Panthers lost for the first time by missing extra points, penalties and bad tackling. The final score was 23-22 and the victor was Elon.

Some bright spots included the performance of wide receiver Herald Leath, who caught four passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns and FIU quarterback Jamie Burke, who passed for over 250 yards. However, Leath was penalized for excessive celebration at a critical time in the game. Overall, I am glad we kept it close.

FIU ROLLS TO VICTORY -- Freshman quarterback Jamie Burke scored on a six-yard draw play as the Golden Panther beat Saint Peter's, 27-3, in FIU's first-ever intercollegiate football game played in front of a sellout crown of 17,314

Golden Panthers Football Wins Big (8/29/2002)

The FIU Golden Panthers made history Thursday night with its debut football game, a 27-3 whipping of highly regarded St. Peter's in front of a sellout crowd of 17,314. FIU got started early by scoring four consecutive touchdowns and piling up 236 yards of offense in the first half on the Peacocks, last year's No. 1-ranked defense in Division I-AA.

Quarterback Jamie Burke connected with fullback Jerrid Lundstedt on a 5-yard swing pass for the first touchdown in FIU history with 8:18 to play in the first quarter. And special guests including Gov. Jeb Bush, former Dolphin great Dan Marino and FIU alumnus/Florida Marlins star Mike Lowell watched it all unfold.

A good Notre Dame joke: (8/28/2002)

A man walks into a restaurant, orders a drink, and asks the waiter if he'd like to hear a good Notre Dame joke. "Listen buddy," says the waiter. "See those two big guys on your left? They were both linemen on the Notre Dame football team. And that huge fellow on your right was a world-class wrestler at Notre Dame. That guy in the corner was Notre Dame's all-time champion weight lifter. And I lettered in three sports at Notre Dame. Now, are you absolutely positive you want to go ahead and tell your joke here?" "Nah, guess not," the man replied. "I wouldn't want to have to explain it five times."

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