By Dan Pool, editor
Oh cruel fates. How clear in hindsight our many, many failings, our utter ineptitude to see what should have been so obvious. How could we have stood by, like a slack-jawed gapping fool, while ignoring what was certainly to be?
What was I thinking picking Louisville to win it all again.
Nobody ever repeats as the Final Four Champion -- except Florida, Duke and UCLA a whole bunch of times, but that was back when the players wore really short shorts and had sideburns.
When it comes to March Madness, what a philosopher really meant was, “Does anything in nature despair except man [who picked Providence to upset North Carolina and knows his NCAA basketball bracket is doomed on the first round of the Big Dance]?
Why do we trust our gut feeling and ignore the inexplicable stats showing that teams who dress in blue almost always win the championship? Why did we squander so many hours watching college students play basketball and studying bizarre stats with a false but confident hope that our Final Four bracket might be perfect and bring not only the billion dollars offered by investor Warran Buffet, but also the admiration of our own local college basketball prognosticators when we successfully foretold not only the champion, but the entire final four, nay, nay the entire Elite Eight, because it all looked so clear – before the first game started. Syracuse faced such light competition and yet…
Lost, all is lost and it wasn’t just Louisville (a team coached by someone with an I in their name, which odd stats show is ubiquitous among final four teams).
But lo and behold, we saw so little. So many surprises, so many foolish gambits gone to naught.. Somehow we failed to see that lowly Dayton would rise up and crush us along with Ohio State in the very first game of the tournament – and yes, those of us who pick brackets take it personally.
At no time does an old man feel so foolish as when the facts come to light and he has hung his hopes on a false star. Really? North Dakota State to the Elite Eight? What was I thinking? Sure they were the best shooting team in the field, but my gosh you don’t put a college that has never made SportsCenter that deep into the NCAA tournament.
There are times in life when we all get blindsided, unforeseen tragedy comes out of the dark and torments you. Damn you Mercer Bears, even if you are a home state team, at a 14th seed you don’t knock out the mighty Blue Devils from Duke at #3 seed. You defied not only mathematical logic, but sports history. Sure, everybody hates Duke, but we also count on them to roll up some serious bracket points, before failing in a late round and then, and only then, becoming the object for vilification.
Other times in life those we count on the most let us down utterly. Kansas, I know you had troubles of your own (big injuries) but when we needed you to get by a lowly Stanford team. Where were you? I mourn your loss, but mostly I mourn that others correctly foresaw the Stanford victory.
I will take heart knowing, my own failure joins more than 11 million other faulty brackets at ESPN and up to 15 million more at Buffet’s billion dollar bracket contest without one single perfect bracket – misery does love company and we’ll all be back next season.
Updated -- See security video from robbery
Canton Police Press Release
On Friday, November 22, 2103 at approximately 11:20 am an Armed Robbery occurred at Cartersville Jewelry Exchange, 1552 Riverstone Parkway Ste 170 Canton (Next to Wal-Mart). Two suspects entered the store armed with a handguns and demanded employees to get on the ground. They attempted to smash out the glass display cases to remove contents. The suspects may have taken some jewelry from the display cases (unknown dollar amount at this time).
District Commissioner Jerry Barnes told the other commissioners during a break in the budget hearings October 29th that a constituent had approached him recently saying he didn’t care what they did with the budget as long as they could justify it.
Barnes said this might be the only person who has not advocated cuts in the county’s $20 million preliminary budget as the three person board of commissioners continue work on the 2014 spending plans. “I was floored,” he said.
“That is a rare sentiment,” said Commissioner Becky Denney, who along with Commission Chair Rob Jones agreed that the prevailing sentiment among the public has been to cut, cut, cut.
This Tuesday, the commissioners reviewed the results from the preliminary hearings compiled in 500 page binders presented to the three commissioners.
Come and support local growers, bakers and crafters as we hold our first winter Market of the season. For the first time you will be able to buy locally grown fall and winter vegetables. You will still be able to purchase chemical-free beauty products, laundry soap and one of a kind jewelry pieces, blankets, scarfs, purses as well as cutting and cheese boards, wooden toys and wind chimes.
Free range chicken and eggs will still be available and Cole’s Lake Creamery will have a variety of artisan goat’s milk cheeses. Roxanne will have her wonderful oat and cheese breads. Sasha his handpicked and mixed spices. Mimi from Royal Rose Bakery will be joining our group of wonderful baked goods vendors and pasta maker Mary Blandford has a wonderful line of dried pasta, including low and gluten free varieties. Mary grinds her own grains for the artisan pasta and has varieties which include kale, spinach or mushrooms. She will also make fresh lasagna and ravioli to order.
At the Master Gardener tent we will have a demonstration: Decorate your Thanksgiving table. Join us at 10.30 a.m. A lucky winner will get to take home the demonstration piece.
Come and fill your pantry with food as fresh as it is healthy. Support your local growers and crafts people.
The Jasper Farmers Market is a project of the Pickens County Master Gardeners.
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Is the state of the U.S. economy operating at a new norm-if so, what is causing it?
By Rich Andersen, VC for Programs, Pickens County Republican Party
This is the topic for the Pickens County Republican Party’s September 10, 2013 meeting to be held at the Appalachian Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College at 7 p.m. The speaker is Dr. Don Sabbarese, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Kennesaw State University.
Considering the high unemployment rate and the anemic state of the U.S. economy, the possibility that this is a new norm is disturbing.
Many external factors may be having a negative impact on the U.S. economy. Many of the Eurozone economies are struggling to escape their continued economic malaise, and the emerging economies of China, Brazil, Indonesia, and India are experiencing slower growth rates