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Saturday, June 08, 2019

Stanford and Michigan Head Division I Learfield IMG NACDA College Directors’ Cup June 6, 2019 Standings for the 2018-2019 Athletic Season

As a Stanford Law School graduate together with his better half holding a degree from the University of Michigan, we are pleased to see the newly posted  Division I Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup Standings (National Assocation of Collegiate Directors of Athletics - NACDA) where Stanford University and the University of Michigan stand first and second, followed by Virginia, Texas and USC to round out the current top five.

As noted at NACDA.com:

"Trophy Presentation for the 2018-19 Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup winners will take place in conjunction with the 2019 NACDA Convention on Wednesday, June 12 at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida during the Directors' Cup Awards Luncheon."

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Stanford University Wins National Championship in Golf : 123rd All Time NCAA Title : An Incredible 25th Straight Annual Director's Cup Win as the Top Athletic Program in the Nation is Forthcoming

When various ranking services rank colleges and universities in the USA, they appear to forget to take into account the Latin wisdom of "Mens sana in corpore sano" meaning "A healthy mind in a healthy body" viz. "A sound mind in a sound body". College athletics exist to provide students with an opportunity to make that phrase a reality in their lives. Sports are a part of their education.

Not only does Stanford University rank at or near the top of lists that judge the quality of universities and colleges around the world by a host of variables, including of course, and especially, academics, but Stanford is unique in its competitive athletic excellence -- as Stanford this year will again win the Directors' Cup as the top collegiate athletic department in the country in NCAA Division I -- for the 25th straight year -- a record surely without parallel in sports, or elsewhere, for that matter.

Stanford just won the NCAA Division I Golf Championship at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It was this academic year's (2018-2019) 6th national athletic championship for the Cardinal and 123rd NCAA title overall, both NCAA records (Stanford also won six titles in 1996-1997, so the record was tied).

Stanford national championship teams this season thus (viz. thus far) are women's volleyball, women's swimming, men's gymnastics, women's water polo, women's tennis and men's golf.

As we wrote already in 2017:
"Stanford has won 22 straight Directors' Cups as the leading college and university athletic program in the nation, judged by performance ("Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports — 10 women's and 10 men's.")

Stanford also extended to 41 years the Cardinal's streak of at least one national championship per year by winning the 2016 men's soccer and women's volleyball titles. Stanford has won more team and individual titles than any other college. Talk about a culture of excellence!

Stanford's athletic record over the years is all the more astounding given the fact that its major competitors have much larger enrollments. Last year Ohio State finished 2nd in the Learfield competition and ranked first in the nation in student enrollment at 63,016, of which 49,435 were undergraduates. By comparison, Stanford had 6,999 undergraduates (14% of the Buckeye total !).

Surely the outstanding Cardinal athletic record is in part attributable to the independence of Stanford's athletic financing. But you also must have great admission "recruitment". Of the 6999 Stanford undergraduates, about 900 were student-athletes, a very high percentage.

The much larger overall enrollment at large state universities is however not matched by a corresponding percentage of such students-athletes, already because NCAA regulations place limits on the financial aid and scholarships that can be offered.

Ohio State, for example, has somewhat over 1000 student-athletes. In other words, in terms of the number of enrolled student-athletes, Stanford probably matches many much larger universities.

We regularly post about Stanford University athletics because of the sometimes controversial rankings of U.S. colleges and universities published by mainstream media, which generally do not factor athletic programs or things like Silicon Valley into their equations. When those are added, it is difficult to beat Stanford.

In fact, the many college applicants wishing to study at Stanford University have made Stanford The Toughest U.S. College to Get Into -- and that for good reason.

Mens sana in corpore sano -- Latin for "a sound mind in a sound body".

We must add, as a Stanford Law School graduate, that we are of course heavily biased, but we chose Stanford over many other superb law schools. Stanford University is simply unique."
Small wonder then, as reported in scandalous news reports in recent months, that some people are willing to pay millions to get their sons and daughters admitted to top-ranked colleges, such as Stanford.

Excellence and success have a price.

On that note, we take notice here that current German Chancellor Angela Merkel on May 30, 2019 received an honorary doctorate from Harvard University, a Doctor of Laws -- in advance of her keynote address at Harvard's 368th commencement ceremony.

People in America are impressed by her now already famous statement on mastering the migration crisis: (in German) "Wir schaffen das", translated into English "We can do it").

Whatever it takes.

But it must be legal ... and ... "politically correct".

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Federal Law Against Sports Betting Found Unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has found unconstitutional a federal law against sports betting, finding it encroaches on the rights of the States to make their own laws on gambling.

Debra Cassens Weiss has the story at Supreme Court strikes down federal law that bans sports betting.

We previously commented on Gambling and Gaming Laws and Online Fantasy Sports : What is Legal? What can be Prohibited?
 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Horse Riders: Equestrian Stories from Today and Yesteryear

At Scientific American, Roni Jacobson reports on new evidence linking horse riders ("equestrians") to the emergence of Proto-Indo-European language ("PIE"). See Scientific American.
After reading that article, take a look at our decipherment of the Avebury Henge Megaliths at our Ancient World Blog, in particular Avebury Henge Stone #42, which in our analysis represents the stars of Sagittarius as a horse rider.
Are we right? You better believe it!

(updated March 13, 2018)

Our view is that either you know something about this world, or you do not. Those of you who do want to know something, do read about the equestrian paradise Wellington, Florida, a playground for the richest of the rich.
 
Interesting for those of you out there who read beyond horse-blindered search engines such as Google Scholar,
is the Wellington Saga series (so its title in German), written originally in English by Jessica Whitman in the name of Nacho Figueras, the world's best-known professional polo player and Ralph Lauren model -- the "David Beckham of polo".
See Nacho Figueras Presents and his polo team Black Watch at https://www.facebook.com/Black-Watch-Polo-Team-8628204013/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlackWatch_Polo_Team

Is there a larger "horse connection" at Wellington? Absolutely. As written at the Wikipedia: "Wellington is host to the Winter Equestrian Festival, the largest and longest running horse show in the world from January to April."

Wellington, Florida also has interesting connections to Donald Trump, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, see below.

Donald Trump
If you drive due West on US 98 from Mar-a-Lago, you arrive in Wellington after about 15 miles. Black Watch (former) owner Neil Hirsch lives in Wellington https://wikivividly.com/wiki/Neil_Hirsch and he is a childhood friend of Black Watch owner Peter M. Brant, who is a childhood friend of U.S. President Donald Trump. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_M._Brant
And read a bit about the The Polo Crashers....

Bill Gates and Wellington

Steve Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs and Wellington

So, just as in the days of far distant European antiquity, when it all comes down to where it's really at, it's the horses!





Tuesday, August 02, 2016

The Travel Invention of the Decade for Travelers? A Rideable Suitcase

A rideable suitcase? Now that is AWESOME.
Not cheap, but we want one.
This looks like the invention of the decade for travelers....
Take a look at
Robb Gear: Modobag Rideable Suitcase
This is not an ad on our part, but only info.
We have no affiliation with the product manufacturer.

A Coming Revolution in American Football: Robots Replace Humans for "No-Tackling" Practice Drills: Are the Huskers Listening?

The future of football practice is a superb article by Adam Kramer with photography by Rich Miyara at Bleacher Report covering the use of robots to replace humans for football practice drills in a "no-tackling" system.

The system was introduced at Dartmouth by Buddy Teevens and is producing a veritable sports revolution because of its massive reduction of football-caused injuries to players and even its apparent increase in the playing skills and savvy of the players.

Are you listening in Huskerland?

Sky Earth Native America


Sky Earth Native America 1 :
American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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Volume 1, Edition 2, 266 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Sky Earth Native America 2 :
    American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
    Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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    Volume 2, Edition 2, 262 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Both volumes have the same cover except for the labels "Volume 1" viz. "Volume 2".
    The image on the cover was created using public domain space photos of Earth from NASA.

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    Both book volumes contain the following basic book description:
    "Alice Cunningham Fletcher observed in her 1902 publication in the American Anthropologist
    that there is ample evidence that some ancient cultures in Native America, e.g. the Pawnee in Nebraska,
    geographically located their villages according to patterns seen in stars of the heavens.
    See Alice C. Fletcher, Star Cult Among the Pawnee--A Preliminary Report,
    American Anthropologist, 4, 730-736, 1902.
    Ralph N. Buckstaff wrote:
    "These Indians recognized the constellations as we do, also the important stars,
    drawing them according to their magnitude.
    The groups were placed with a great deal of thought and care and show long study.
    ... They were keen observers....
    The Pawnee Indians must have had a knowledge of astronomy comparable to that of the early white men."
    See Ralph N. Buckstaff, Stars and Constellations of a Pawnee Sky Map,
    American Anthropologist, Vol. 29, Nr. 2, April-June 1927, pp. 279-285, 1927.
    In our book, we take these observations one level further
    and show that megalithic sites and petroglyphic rock carving and pictographic rock art in Native America,
    together with mounds and earthworks, were made to represent territorial geographic landmarks
    placed according to the stars of the sky using the ready map of the starry sky
    in the hermetic tradition, "as above, so below".
    That mirror image of the heavens on terrestrial land is the "Sky Earth" of Native America,
    whose "rock stars" are the real stars of the heavens, "immortalized" by rock art petroglyphs, pictographs,
    cave paintings, earthworks and mounds of various kinds (stone, earth, shells) on our Earth.
    These landmarks were placed systematically
    in North America, Central America (Meso-America) and South America
    and can to a large degree be reconstructed as the Sky Earth of Native America."

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