On Teaching with a Song

Since children throughout the country are in the process starting another school year, here’s a look back at three people you may not have considered to be classroom specialists: Larry, Mo, and Curly. Now, for more of the story – You may not know that Larry Fine was a proficient classical violinist before joining the Stooges.

On College Football Trivia: More All-Time

Last week I had a dozen questions about college football’s all-time winning teams. This time let’s take a peak at other all-time team records with a baker’s dozen. Caution – these are tough.  Answers are below the video of Cheer Cincinnati, the UC fight song. Actually, it’s not my favorite of the UC spirit songs. Let us know how you did or what you thought.

Multiple Choice Questions
1 – Excluding South Florida, which member of a BCS conference has won the fewest games? Indiana, Kansas State, Rutgers, Virginia, Wake Forest

2- Michigan, Navy, Nebraska, Penn State, Syracuse, and Virginia have played the most games. Which school has played the most?

3 – Which school with “State” in their name has won the most games? Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, Penn State

4 – Which school has lost the most games? Indiana, Iowa State, Northwestern, Tulane, Wake Forest

5 – Which school has the most ties? Georgia, Navy, NC State, Ohio State, TCU

6 – Which school has scored the most points? Michigan, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas, USC

7 – Which school has allowed the most points? Colorado State, Indiana, Northwestern, Rutgers, Tulane

9 – Which school has the greatest points scored-points allowed differential? (Absolute value: thus positive or negative): Northwester, Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee, USC

10 – Michigan has won the most games, but which of the following have the highest winning percentage? Boise, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma South Florida

11 – If its school were added together, which of the 50 states has won the most games? Here’s the top 5: California, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Texas

12 – Better yet, try arranging the states in #10 in order. OK, here’s a hint. The last one listed was the answer to the previous question.

13 – Here’s one on the same line. Since states have a different number of football-playing schools, these 3 states have the highest number of wins to schools ratio: Alabama, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. Which has the best ratio?

Answers
1 – Excluding South Florida, which member of a BCS conference has won the fewest games? Indiana, Kansas State, Rutgers, Virginia, Wake Forest – Answer:  Wake Forest (406). Actually 32 fewer than Louisville, who has 1 less win than Indiana but played 211 fewer games.

2- Michigan, Navy, Nebraska, Penn State, Syracuse, and Virginia have played the most games. Which school has played the most?  Answer: Michigan (1207) has played 1 more than Navy.

3 – Which school with “State” in their name has won the most games? Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, Penn State – Answer: Ohio State (808) has won 1 more game than Penn State

4 – Which school has lost the most games? Indiana, Iowa State, Northwestern, Tulane, Wake Forest – Answer: Northwestern (614) is the leading loser followed by Indiana (603)

5 – Which school has the most ties? Georgia, Navy, Kansas, Ohio State, TCU – Answer: Tough question, but Kansas (58) with one more tie than Navy and TCU

6 – Which school has scored the most points? Michigan, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas, USC – Answer: It’s not team with the most wins (Michigan) who would be second (+11 over Nebraska), but the answer is Oklahoma (30493), that’s 807 more points over 66 fewer games

7 – Which school has allowed the most points? Kansas State, Indiana, Northwestern, Rutgers, New Mexico State – Answer: Northwestern (22714) followed by New Mexico State (21819). Interestingly, the Aggies have played 134 fewer games.

9 – Which school has the greatest points scored-points allowed differential? (Absolute value: thus positive or negative): Northwestern, Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee, USC – Answer: Michigan has the greatest scoring differential (16451) followed by Oklahoma (16225) – a wider margin than the widest negative differential (Northwestern’s -5229).

10 – Michigan has won the most games, but which of the following have the highest winning percentage? Boise, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma South Florida – Answer: It’s still Michigan (.738) followed by Notre Dame (.736)

11 – If its school were added together, which of the 50 states has won the most games? Here’s the top 5: California, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Texas – Answer: Texas (5113) following by Ohio (4229)

12 – Better yet, try arranging the states in #10 in order. OK, here’s a hint. The last one listed was the answer to the previous question. Answer: Texas, Ohio, California, Michigan, Lousiana

13 – Here’s one on the same line. Since states have a different number of football-playing schools, these 3 states have the highest number of wins to schools ratio: Alabama, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. Which has the best ratio? Answer: Alabama (Alabama, Auburn, & Troy) has 2054 wins averaging 684.67 wins per school – which is better than second place Pennsylvania’s (Penn State, Pitt, & Temple) 617.33 wins per school, just bettering Oklahoma’s (Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, & Tulsa) 616 wins per school.

Source: College Football Warehouse

On Year 1

One year ago today A Frank Angle was officially born. Inspiring by the election year, in that first post I promised both insight and respect; and I’ve kept my promise. As the Categories on the right show, I’ve posted on a wide range of topics, plus I’ve responded to most comments because I believe that is important.

There are many to thank, yet I don’t want to mention names for fear of forgetting someone. I’ve learned from you, laughed with you, practiced graceful disagreement, and appreciated both your work and your visits here. I’ve been privileged developing respectful dialogue with people across the United States and the world.

The first year has provided the following:

  • 286 Posts
  • 26 Categories
  • 1,410 Comments (probably about half are my return comments)
  • 11,202 Visits
  • 4 pages (and I hope to add content to those pages today, so check them out)

Although those who know me best may not think this is an accident, but today is also Shania Twain’s birthday. Did you know that I have a prosthetic left hand because my original hand (which she touched) is hermetically sealed in a jar? Unfortunately all of her videos must be watched on YouTube, so here’s one.

Meanwhile, this Carl Sagan video still touches me each time I watch it.

On North Korea

The detainment and subsequent release of the two American journalists was big news, yet the politicizing of their release surprised me. As a country, North Korea is an isolationist. The United States does not have an embassy in this country and has diplomatic communications with is typically through a third party.

The North Koreans asked for a visit from President Clinton as a condition of the release, and the White House approved the condition. The former president met with Kim Jong-Il, and if it made the North Koreans feel better, so what. Surely this visit didn’t open the door wide open for thawing the strained relations, and at best, maybe it put a slight crack in the door.

In the big picture, let us remember these key points.

  • No matter what the U.S. says or whatever the U.N. does, only China can apply significant pressure on North Korea
  • A unified Korea would not serve in China’s best interest
  • The U.S. can’t pressure China because of the amount of U.S. debt China holds

Just giving some points to ponder.

On Iraq and Afghanistan

As a reaction to 9-11, the U.S. targeted Afghanistan. As the action was swift, the Bush administration took their eye off the ball and shifted their focus to Iraq. Although many Americans initially supported the invasion of Iraq, time demonstrated a changing public sentiment as the public had little patience on continual use or our country’s armed forces and resources.

Out of Iraq we come as President Obama returns to the initial focus – Afghanistan, thus this will become his war, just as Iraq become President Bush’s war. The public eye will shift from Iraq to Afghanistan, so how long will it take for the American public to again have little patience with continual use of our armed forces and resources? Time will tell.