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by Sean Dillon posted Sep 29 2014 5:44PM

Coronado beat Permian for the first time in 6 years, in the end words were said, shoving happened and stupid things followed.

But in the end, it was just a game.

In our lives we hold sporting events and competitions to such a lofty level that judges have been known to play favorites, officials "cheat" and parents drive their kids where they do not want to play anymore.

WHY?

Why is winning so important in the grand scheme of things? I think it is all about how teams accept winning & losing. Some are so entitled that they believe that when they lost it must be (insert excuse here). But it isn't. You lost plain and simple.

It all comes down to values. When the brush up happened and the rumor mills started up , I warned people to stop trolling and let ALL the information come to a front.

What we have found out is pretty amazing.

The story about how Coronado players disrespected a United States Marine. Disputed BY THE MARINE!

Why do we allow rumors and tales spread?

Because we don't want our kids to be the bad ones. "We taught our kids better." Yeah, you did, but sometimes teaching your kids doesn't mean that they execute your wishes.

Values are one of the richest things we can give our kids.

I'll be honest with you my friends, financially I'm not a rich man. I've lived hand to mouth my entire life. I have not gotten everything that I wanted, but I grew up with 2 brothers and 3 sisters. My parents worked multiple jobs sometimes to help me in my life. I was in a lower middle class family that handed down clothes to my brothers and did not get the coolest things first. But while my friends always had the hottest clothes, or the best lunches, I had family.

Yes, because of situations beyond my control, I once brought a macaroni and cheese sandwich to school. I was not cool and moved around too many times to make any life long friends until I settled down in Lubbock for college.

But I have worked my butt off and one day, the wonderful house that I have paid every single cent I could earn and more into… will be mine. No one can take away accomplishments that you achieve. Only you can take accomplishments and make them meaningless.

As a kid, I was terrible in sports, I wouldn't shut up and I did not have anything that I could call a significant sports success. I could tell you about leading the pony league of baseball in walks, strikeouts and being hit by pitch but that delays my point.

I don't remember any of the strikeouts today. None of them. I don't remember the disappointments of my father, if he had any, that I wasn't going to be a superstar. Because that wasn't important to me or to my family.

What was important was making an effort.

I do remember my brief baseball career the one playoff game where I got hit by a pitch, stole 2nd, stole 3rd and got hit in by one of my friends to win the one and only playoff game in my life.

If you think that was funny, have you ever heard about a team carry a player off the field after grounding out to short? I have.

I was the player. My teammates knew I was the worst player, but because I MADE the effort, they recognized how important it was to me to be recognized for my effort.

As adults we know that a kick to win a game should be celebrated today, remembered in the future but ONLY is a memory.

Kids are full of emotions and hormones.

Holding anger in our heart / acting out in frustration has no meaningful consequences. Anger does nothing but keep us from success.

Teach your kids… it's just a game and they will move on with their lives win or lose. I've lost more times than I have won in my life, but my wins I remember each of them with vivid details.

The losses have been forgotten

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by Sean Dillon posted Sep 19 2014 9:58AM
Red Raider fans are approaching a day that they would rather not reach. A day where realization kicks in.

"Holy crap, this team isn't that good." Don't be surprised. It's coming and when that day arrives there are two things that you should do.

1. Cheer LOUDER
2. Show up no matter what.

But how many games will be announced with more "paid ticket" attendance than actual attendance?

The Red Raiders are still a young team, and I still believe that we are 2-3 years away from a championship caliber team.

It isn't just players, because UT gets the best of the best in Texas, they haven't sniffed a championship in 4 years. Why? Because it takes everything firing on all cylinders to become a winner. It takes fans making the home games seem impossible to visiting teams, it takes players that can execute and it takes coaches that can mold these boys into men.

It takes experience and time.

But Red Raider fans are impatient. They want the respect that winning will give them.

They want other teams to HATE them. That won't happen. It takes beating a team over and over again then losing to that same doormat to start a rivalry.

The great solution to getting respect is being patient. Do your job. Cheer.

Leave everything else up to Tech.

They will win or lose, but that's not on us giving up. That's on THEM.

Quitters never win, and winners never quit. A dust storm of doubt and frustration is coming and how we react as a fan base is how we deserved to be viewed. As fair weather fans who go wherever the wind blows us or as fans who care about this team.

That's on us.

Judgment Day is coming for the Red Raider Nation. How will we be judged?

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Location : Texas
by Sean Dillon posted Sep 17 2014 9:23AM
The Minnesota Vikings proved once again that money reigns supreme. After losing their largest sponsor Radisson and several tersely worded letters to the NFL, Adrian Peterson is on the Commissioner's Exempt list until his court case with his son is over.

But let us look at it from another point of view.

Actions not words.

Radisson hotels have been wrapped with the Minnesota Vikings for years. They have a successful and meaningful partnership with the team. But could they sit there and accept their logo and reputation being sullied because of the anger of a "good man"?

No, they took action and said "Enough's, enough," suspending their sponsorship.

Now other NFL sponsors have taken the route of sending tersely worded letters.

HAVE SOME BALLS GUYS!

What sponsors needed to do was say was, "We aren't going to associate ourselves with a league that accepts the conduct of its teams and players that conducts itself this way. We would rather lose money in the short term, then be the brand that accepts violence versus women and children."

But many sponsors chickened out.

They sent letters that said things like, "We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season. We are not yet satisfied with the league's handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league."

Yup, that's going to make me want to drink a Bud now.

The NFL Owners have a commissioner that is supposed to be making them money. Now, Roger Goodell must go. It should be not about words of "disappointment" but ACTIONS that matter.

Send a message NFL that you want to turn over a new leaf. Fire Goodell, cancel Pinktober because nothing you say or do will not scream, HYPOCRICY than caring about Breast Cancer Awareness but not caring about a woman getting beat by your employees.

Otherwise be prepared for the lull of ticket sales like Major League Baseball suffered after the 1994-1995 Baseball strike. It took me until the year 2000 to go back to a baseball game.

I may never drink a Bud again.
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Location : Minnesota
by Sean Dillon posted Jul 23 2014 10:08AM
There are people in this world, some of them in a service industry, that could give a damn about the services that they are performing. They spend their waking hours sucking on a lemon and thinking that the world owes them something.

Hey Pinhead... the world owes you nothing. You were brought into this world as a result of a carnal act and no one is going to hand you the keys to the city. Bust your ass, do your job and make something of your life.

Why am I angry?

Because I go to a place at least twice a week to get the same order.

Some of the people know me by name and say "Hi, Mr. Dillon," and I always remind them to call me Sean.

But today I was greeted by the rudest, angriest, nastiest woman next to my ex. She got mad at ME because I called HER out on getting MY order wrong. Now, I am one of the most easiest going guys around, but when I come to your place and expect to get what I ordered when I ask for it, when YOU get it wrong, you shouldn't suggest that I go somewhere else.

Because when I leave...

I leave and I never come back.

So I'm sorry if you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, something in your life sucks or your just a mean hateful bitch, but stop sucking on the lemons and start making some lemonade. Now.
by Sean Dillon posted Jul 22 2014 9:40AM
I’m a person who believes in leaving things where they lie. Don’t stir up trouble unless it needs to be stirred up.  Recently I was in a restaurant when two people came in to play the game, “I’m better than everyone else.” This is the game where they flaunt their wealth, their knowledge and their ignorance.

From discussing how they “really didn’t need to work, but if they didn’t,” they would spend “all day watching the maid clean,” to how “ignorant people are allowing this country to fall,” to snidely talking about the waitress, “I don’t care about her short hair or her tattoos.” They filled the room with their tripe.

All people could do was stare. “Why don’t you go over there and tell them off,” a friend of mine asked me.  My response floored him.
“Why should I go down to their level? They are in a hell of their own choosing. There is a wonderful world out there with people I want to meet, want to help and need my love. These people are hateful gossipmongers that have a sad life to lead, and I don’t need their bile in my life.”

All he could do is stare. Maybe the haters heard what I said, because the shortly left thereafter. I can only help the people that want help and deserve help. Those who are ignorant and hateful…

Screw em.
 
by Sean Dillon posted Jul 17 2014 11:23AM
Tommorrow I am going to have to bury a friend and it is going to be painful. There is something that haunts me every time I visit a cemetary. It's the only place where people aren't forgotten until all the people who knew them are gone.

"Do you remember Great Aunt Janice or Great Uncle Rudy?" People ask, and to be honest, I have no idea who the hell these people are, but I go, read their tombstones and try to remember if Great Aunt Janice was the one who my dad hated or liked.

It's difficult and all I can do is say a prayer for them, hope they have found peace and move on with my life.

Because the dead are gone and I must stay living.
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by Sean Dillon posted Jul 16 2014 10:13AM
I've always been a person that believes that nothing that is reported in the 1st 48 hours is ever the truth , the whole truth and nothing but the truth, because it rarely is.  When something is reported first, emotions are high and getting the story out is more important than getting the story right.

It's amazing what the whole story will show.

When the first reports came out, Nigel Bethel II was seen as a vicious attack.

Look at the video if you must.  Bethel II didn't attack first. Battle did. There were no kicking or multiple punches. It was one punch.

YES, it is completely unacceptable for a man to hit a woman, not now, nor ever. But does the punishment fit the crime? Battle who struck FIRST, is gone for one month. Bethel II is gone for good.  It's like in the NFL. Two players may start a fight, but it's almost always the second one who gets penalized.

The Lubbock County Grand Jury sent a letter to Texas Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt saying :

"We believe he was unduly and prematurely punished. This was an unfortunate incident in a pick-up basketball game. This is a matter that should not result in criminal charges for either party.

"Any assault does deserve immediate action, however, please ensure all testimonies, evidence and circumstances are reviewed prior to taking action which may forever alter a person's future.

"We desire to see Mr. Bethel's scholarship re-instated. If he is re-instated, it is our belief that his consequences should not be greater than those of Ms. Battle. If he is not re-instated, a public exoneration of his character on the part of Texas Tech University should be forthcoming, since Mr. Bethel's future opportunities for an education as well as an athletic career have been jeopardized."

The Grand Jury found find "no probable cause after reviewing the evidence presented to true-bill the charge against Nigel Bethel of aggravated assault."

Bethel was immediately removed from the TTU football program. Battle will be suspended for the month of November.

Battle admitted that she "initiated the first contact" and apologized to "Nigel, the Texas Tech community, my teammates, coaches and fans" in a statement.

So does the punishment fit? For Battle, Bethel or neither. You are the judge now, what would you suggest Kirby Hocutt do to both? 

Meet you in the comment section...




 
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by Sean Dillon posted Jul 1 2014 10:07AM
Back from a well deserved vacation with my kids and I've come to the conclusion that we, as Americans, work too hard for other people. We spend our time slaving away for the ones we love and then try to put the joy that we have saved up for months for into a week period.

It's crazy.

Don't we remember a time when we didn't have to pay $9 for a drink in a plastic "commemorative" cup that probably cost the place we're at $2 at best?

And we can't leave the park without every toy gadget that a week later will end up in the bottom of some toy drawer.

But then again, when we see our kids smile, we melt...

until it's time to pull out our wallet AGAIN!
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by Sean Dillon posted May 31 2014 5:05PM
Tonight the Red Raiders take on Miami in a winners bracket game in the 2014 NCAA Baseball tournament or as some people will call it the #RoadToOmaha. The biggest game since 1995 for Red Raider baseball. I've been to Omaha, Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, the REAL place to see a baseball game. But the NCAA has wandering wallets and the city of Omaha was forced to build TD Ameritrade Park to keep the College World Series until at least 2035. Ah the NCAA , aka the greedy bastards who want to take every dime out of college sports, but I digress, wants big stories and excitement for the College World Series. Great story lines that keep viewers glued to the television and computer screens.

But in the 1st day , the #2,5 and 6 National Seeds, basically the teams that should have NO problem at all getting to Omaha all lost. Miami in the TV coverage was a fait accompli of facing the Florida Gators in the Super Regional.

Which should piss the living hell out of the Red Raiders.  They got no credit at all for the season they had in the Big 12 because of their 2 & que in the Big 12 tourney. So how do you fix that?

Play angry, aggressive and knock Miami to the losers bracket.

Win tonight and force one of these teams to beat the Red Raiders twice.

If we win tonight, we move on cause this team wants to prove people wrong. They want to play and beat the best like when they faced the #4 national seed Indiana earlier in the year taking 3 of 4.

Play angry and win boys! #WreckEm

It won't be to play #2 national seed Florida either as they were losing 5-0 in their losers bracket game.

 

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Location : FloridaIndianaMiamiOmaha
by Sean Dillon posted May 23 2014 8:00AM
Would you pay for "premium seats" for graduation?

A new graduation policy at a Florida high school is causing outrage. Students at Manatee High School in Bradenton are being required to pay $20 to participate in the event. And if parents want a good view of their child receiving his diploma, the school is charging them $200 for a "premium" seat.

I wouldn't pay to graduate... but then again my high school class was so small $20 per student would be chump change.

Read more here...
 
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Location : Florida
by Sean Dillon posted May 22 2014 4:12PM
But I told you so.

When you are afraid, you play afraid. When you play afraid, you lose.

Texas Tech Baseball had a 7-1 lead but couldn't take advantage of it as Oklahoma, the #8 seed ejects the 4 seed and the Red Raiders are 2 and Barbeque.

This year's team has had the greatest turnaround in the Big 12 from last year, but in the end, they are no better than where they were when the started the season. Yes, they will go to a NCAA Regional, but instead of hosting a region, they will be sent far away.  Instead of being able to take advantage of home field advantage which has been incredible this season, they head out to one of the coasts. I'm predicting South Carolina as a 3 seed.

Every Texas Tech fan feels like they've been kicked in the nuts, but there is nothing we can do about it.

We've supported this team and we will continue to support these men as they represent our school.

All of the fans are just a little disappointed right now and the bitterness will wear off once Texas Tech gets a shiny NCAA tournament bid.

Good Luck Red Raiders.
 
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Location : OklahomaSouth Carolina
by Sean Dillon posted May 21 2014 8:00AM
Thank goodness when the Lubbock ISD did improvements to Lowery Field, they did it safely and responsibly.

Not like the $60,000.000 Alllen Eagles Fiasco where the stadium has been found to be NOT SAFE

Take a look

Illustration: Cracks in Allen Eagle Stadium

Lawsuits will abound and once again, we may not have the ELITE facilities in the state.... but by God, they are safe for both participants AND FANS!

 
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People : Lowery Field
by Sean Dillon posted May 15 2014 10:37AM
...the Dallas Cowboys thinking?

They went the entire draft without picking a SINGLE quarterback.

They are putting their entire future in the hands of Brandon Weeden, and let's face it, he's approaching Social Security.  Tony Romo after back surgery

Since 1989, the Cowboys have drafted only FOUR QB's : Troy Aikman, Bill Musgrave, Quincy Carter and Stephen McGee. 3 of the 4 of them can be found places that involve saying, "Would you like fries with that," while the fourth is wondering why he's walking around Dallas without pants because of concussions. You can make the assumptions of who is who.

Look Cowboys fans, we are in trouble.  If we are going to depend on Tony Romo and his back, you better be praying that he doesn't get hurt. Otherwise, the miserable QB rating of Brandon Weedon who even the CLEVELAND BROWNS (who have had 20 QB's since 1999 dumped, will be your starter.

Thanks Jerry!
 
by Sean Dillon posted May 11 2014 6:49PM
Michael Sam was drafted in the 7th round.

So WHAT?

I've listened to more belly aching about a 7th round pick than I have heard about how the Cowboys should have picked Johnny Football.

It's a non issue.  It doesn't matter that Michael Sam is gay. What matters is that we as a society made this an issue. Sam had a horrible pro day, choked at the combine.  When other players do that, they end up dropping positions.

Why can't we look at the player for what he does on the field rather than who he loves.

Because until we do that, we're still sports idiots.
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by Sean Dillon posted Apr 30 2014 11:03AM
My dad always told me, "if you can't do it right, step aside and let someone else do it." The first time I stepped aside, I found that I wasn't involved with the project ever again.  So instead of stepping aside, I tried my damnest to do the task.

Quick fixes never work and in the end cost people jobs.  Take the healthcare website.  There was such a push to get it out and it just didn't work.  What IT/Software mastermind came up and said... "yup, take it around for a spin." The software was glitchy, nothing tested right and people lost their jobs because it didn't work. 

But was it a failure of JUST the designers, or a failure of the people who created the program in the first place.  If it was up to me, I would have had a fully designed , beta tested and appproved, website MONTHS before I ever threw out the initiative.

Because in the effort to get things done fast, they weren't done right.

There are people in the world who believe solving any problem with the path of least resistence.  There are other people who believe that fixing a problem involve rigging a complex series of things most of them involving duct tape and bailing wire.

But why can't we do things right the 1st time?

Cause if the website worked in the first place, nobody would give a damn about it now.

I once asked my dad for a scooter. My friends had scooters, and at 14, a scooter that could go 30 miles per hour was a step closer to a motorcycle. 

I got a bicycle, with a basket and tassles.

My dad tried a quick fix.

In the end, my brother enjoyed that wonderful bike and I walked everywhere. Because after riding with my friend on his motorcycle, there was NO WAY I was riding a bicycle... with a basket... and tassels.
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by Sean Dillon posted Apr 28 2014 9:48AM
Well, you knew it had to happen. We've had too much silence from the lack of Breaking News from Malaysian Flight 370. The news crews had to find some controversy to gin up and this one is a DOOZY.

Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers allegedly said some really nasty things that were caught by a recorder and was released by TMZ Sports.

First, no matter what happens, Donald Sterling is an idiot.  I don't care what you say, in this time and age, it's GOING TO BE RECORDED.  If you are an owner of a team whose organization is majority minority players, why would you ever say anything as stupid as he allegedly said.

Now, I'm not going to argue the point of what should happen.  The NBA will take away his team and he will be paid a large amount of money. He will go and scurry to his next place of destruction.

But think of this, could this had been an underlying reason why the L.A. Clippers were the doormats of the NBA for years?

Tell me, would you want to work there?
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People : Donald Sterling
by Sean Dillon posted Apr 22 2014 10:28AM
Recently, I've been sent letters from professionals who want my help on their projects. It's an honor to be considered for these efforts, but I am distracted by the amount of spelling mistakes that somehow get past. Now in a blog, Zuckerbook or something informal, I can understand being loosey-goosey with the language, but this was a PROFESSIONAL LETTER ASKING FOR MY HELP!

Really? As a society, we should realize that technology is our friend and that we have the ability to have several spell checkers / dictionaries / online dictionaries available to us and we should use them.

Because seeing this:

  should scare the living hell out of you.
by Sean Dillon posted Apr 11 2014 11:01AM
I want you to remember the heartaches that Texas Tech have had to suffer through the last 25 years. Yup, it's been 25 years since the 1989 All American Bowl Victory vs Duke for the Red Raiders to finish 9-3. But Sean, I hear you crying, "we've done better, 2007, 2008."  We've also done worse, 2011, 1996-2001, 1990-1994 just to give you some examples.

We can't live in mediocrity any more.  We've had coaches that have allowed it, we've had coaches that were miserable and we've kicked out coaches because they didn't fit in with administration and the good ole boys network.

We, as a fan base,  needed a fresh start. We needed a unifying candidate. Tech gave the university and their fans Kliff Kingsbury.

Wow.

A breath of fresh air on the South Plains. He relates to the players, he's played at the highest level and developed players to make their mark at the highest level.

What more can we ask for?

Fine, I'll do it.

Kliff, give the Red Raider Nation a Big 12 title in the next 2-3 years. 

You still have major national presence and have recruited well. When your players relate to you like this,
 

You can ask them to do anything for you and they will.

Bring the Red Raider Nation a Big 12 title. It's not like I'm asking for a National Championship, but now that you bring it up...
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People : Kliff Kingsbury
by Sean Dillon posted Mar 20 2014 1:24PM
And millions of people who had Ohio State moving onto the Sweet 16 are cursing.

Way to go Dayton.

This is why we call it Madness. Actually we call it infuriating, but March Infuriating doesn't roll off the tongue.

By the way, I'm not going to call my listeners names if their brackets beat mine.

I'm going to be cheering for them.

I'm not that type of "My listeners SUCK" kinda DJ.
 
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by Sean Dillon posted Feb 6 2014 11:45AM
One of the most corrupt and immoral nations bought the Olympics and we should be celebrating?  Russia spent 51 BILLION dollars on building the biggest boondoggle since the US Govt paid $800 for toilet seats.

But what do we expect? The Olympics are a farce. They are a political hot potato that nobody deserves.

Corruption is one of the rings of the Olympic Ideals, faster, higher, more crooked.  Salt Lake City's winter Olympics was filled with payoffs and corruption so this isn't just a "the US is better than the Ruskies" post.

It's about what the Olympics brings to an area. The goal should be tourism, and new venues that can be used for the benefit of the community.

How many venues were built for Olympic games and destroyed? I'll give you Sarajevo and their war, but come on, why waste money for a two week project that tickets are STILL available to?

Putin got his Olympics, he's still the power in Russia, but with every #SochiProblems post on Twitter or #SochiFail I see, I laugh.

Enjoy your bought Olympics 45 minutes away from the town that it is named for. Enjoy the debt and the buildings that surround the swamp of Sochi.

Cause the US, will be celebrating Gold... that is unless the refs for the 1972 Olympic Basketball team are out of retirement.
 
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Location : Salt Lake City
People : Putin
by Sean Dillon posted Jan 3 2014 10:19AM
So my brother asked me my opinion of Hulu Plus... so I thought I'd share it with you also.

I love Hulu. Love the concept of finding some of my old favorites and even new series where I can sit and binge on a single show for a weekend.

But I think Hulu Plus is stupid because their subscription model is useless. 


Hulu provides GREAT video streaming services to the web and the web only. Want to watch it on a television , you're hosed. Wanna watch it on a phone, hosed again. This is because their licensing with content providers specifically prohibits streaming to devices other than a computer browser.


So I'll look past that and examine the question my brother had...

Why Hulu Plus?

My answer T is easy?

WHY? 

Do you get less commercials? No.

That's like saying I'm paying to get this...



and instead we get ...


Do you get more content? Yes.

Is it worth having to look at commercials and crippleware? No.


People are going to have to complain and whine so Hulu gets off their ass and provide a VALUABLE service if your going to pay for it. After all, you should GET what you pay for. 

So T, enjoy Hulu.

But don't get Hulu + ... YET.

Love,

Your Brother
Sean

 
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