On Foghorn Leghorn and Basketball

With his classic, That’s a joke… I say, that’s a joke son, Foghorn Leghorn is one of my favorite classics. As a large, friendly, but overbearing rooster, Foghorn delivers many great lines, which I will both highlight below, even some on audio. And if you’re looking for round 2 basketball tournament picks, they are at the bottom of this post.

10 Points about Foghorn J. Leghorn

  • Created by Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons for Warner Brothers
  • Starred in 28 cartoons between 1946 and 1963
  • Loved to hum Camptown Races, but only knew the words Duh dah, Duh dah
  • Original voice by Mel Blanc
  • Drawn from Senator Claghorn, a blustering Southern politician who was a regular character on the Fred Allen radio show
  • Made a cameo in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Space Jam (1996)
  • Grandfather to Feather Buster
  • Appeared with Henery Hawk – a young chickenhawk who usually is seen looking for a chicken to eat, but doesn’t know what a chicken looks like
  • Moves around a lot – one address is Cucamonga, California where he received a telegram from Rhode Island Red
  • According to the cartoon Raw! Raw! Rooster!, Foghorn and his chum Rhode Island Red went to Chicken Tech

Some Classic Lines
“Okay, I’ll shut up. Some fellas have to keep their tongues flappin’ but not me. I was brought up right. My pa used to tell me to shut up and I’d shut up. I wouldn’t say nothin’. One time darn near starved to death. WOULDN’T TELL HIM I WAS HUNGRY!”

“Boys as sharp as a bowling ball.”
“Pay attention, boy!”
“Boy’s like a dead horse — got no get-up-and-go…”
“That boy’s as strong as an ox, and just about as smart.”
“That boy’s like a tattoo … gets under your skin.”
“Go away boy. Ya bother me.”

“This is gonna cause more confusion than a mouse in a burlesque show!”
“You’re doing a lot of choppin’, but no chips are flyin’.”
“I’m cuttin’ but you’re not bleedin’!”
“That dog’s as subtle as a hand grenade in a barrrel of oat meal.”
“Clunk enough people and we’ll have a nation of lumpheads.”

Random Recordings (Click to here)
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven

Take them to the bank
Kansas over Northern Iowa
Tennessee over Ohio
Ohio State over Georgia Tech
Syracuse over Gonzaga
Butler over Murray State
Kansas State over BYU
Kentucky over Wake Forest
Duke over Cal
Villanova over St. Mary’s

Yes, but beware
Wisconsin over Cornell
New Mexico over Washington
Baylor over Old Dominion

The Coin toss says
Michigan State over Maryland
Xavier over Pitt
Purdue over Texas A&M

The Upset Special
Missouri over West Virginia

On March Madness Brackets

We have 64 teams, and 63 games later, the NCAA crowns a legitimately recognized national champion of college basketball (none of the BCS crap!).

Last year I provided picks at the opening of each round, which is different than fill-the-bracket-from-the-start. For whatever reason, last year I started in the second round and did fairly well 25/31=81%).

Now my percentage is much better than the graduation rates of many teams; and way above schools as Kentucky (31%), Cal (20%), Baylor (36%), Georgia Tech (38%), Louisville (38%), Tennessee (30%), Washington (29%), and Maryland – a pathetic 8%.

At the same time, I am below teams as BYU (100%), Marquette (100%), Utah State (100%), Wofford (100%), Notre Dame (100%), Duke (92%), Lehigh (92%), Vermont (92%), Villanova (92%), and Butler (90%).

Without further adieu, it is time to step up to the plate for round 1.

Midwest: Kansas, Northern Iowa (upset), Michigan State (upset watch), Maryland, Tennessee, Georgetown, Oklahoma State, Ohio State

West: Syracuse (upset watch), Gonzaga, UTEP (upset), Vanderbilt, Xavier, Pitt, BYU, K-State

East: Kentucky, Texas, Temple (upset watch), Wisconsin (upset watch), Marquette, New Mexico, Clemson, West Virginia

South: Duke, Louisville, Texas A&M, Siena (upset), Notre Dame, Baylor, Richmond, Villanova

On the Flintstones and the Elite 8

Who could ever forget people as Ann Margrock, Clark Gravel, Stony Curtis and many others? ABC brought us these (and so much more) in TV’s first animated, adult show – The Flintstones. Over the 166 episodes (1960-1966), producers Hanna-Barbera gave us countless memories.

The original 1960 opening was different than the song many know.

Watch a one-minute episode … this is great.

The Flintstones are in a commercial than can’t be imagined today.

Resources for More Information about the Flintstones

Elite 8 Predictions

These are tough picks; actually the other team could easily win.

  • UConn over Missouri
  • Villanova over Pitt
  • Louisville over Michigan State
  • North Carolina over Oklahoma

On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 17

On Afghanistan
Ever since our leaders decided to militarily engage in Afghanistan, I’ve continued to wonder if that’s the best decision. History shows mighty armies of the British and Russians both left with their tails dragging behind. We fighting the Taliban, a group that our subversive efforts armed and helped gain power (as per Charlie Wilson’s war).

  • Does our mere presence in that country in the name of finding top Al Qaeda leadership actually motivating people to join Al Qaeda?
  • Would capturing Osama bid Laden create more harm than good?

David Ignatius’s recent column is a good read.

On City School Superintendents
Public school systems in the large cities throughout our country struggle for a variety of reasons, thus regularly rank low on state-scoring criteria. Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) is currently searching for a new superintendent. I’ve been in the area long enough to observe a search pattern, so I ask these questions.

  • Why do urban districts (like CPS) continue to search other urban schools for new leadership, thus not the successful suburban schools?
  • Better yet, if the suburban superintendents are so good, why aren’t they setting up to face the challenges in the urban districts?

On the Next Justice
No, there’s no opening currently on the U.S. Supreme Court, but Paulette at Let Us Talk tosses out a name.

On the Hall of Justice
I’ve never been into comics, but those who are will be interested in this article from the Cincinnati Enquirer about DC Comics’ Superheroes and the Hall of Justice of the Justice League of America.

On a BG Legend
I attended my first college sporting event when I was in grade school. I grew up near Ohio University and my uncle took me (and my cousins) to a game because he wanted to see a player on the opposing team known as a greater scorer. Little did I realize this would actually be my first Bowling Green game (I’m a BG grad).

Howard “Butch” Komives, a guard, was the nation’s leading scorer in the 1963-64 season with 37 points per game – long before the 3-pt line existed. The other day I read of his passing.

In another link to me, that same season Loyola (Chicago) won the national title, thus preventing Cincinnati’s bid for a third-straight title. (I was am a Bearcat grad and fan). Interestingly, the Falcons pounded the #2-ranked, undefeated Ramblers earlier that season. Sports fans will like this look-back perspective from Loyola and the 1963 tournament bracket.

On the Sweet 16 Games
Gotta Pick

  • Louisville over Arizona
  • Memphis over Missouri
  • North Carolina over Gonzaga
  • Oklahoma over Syracuse

Coin Toss Says

  • Michigan State over Kansas
  • UConn over Purdue
  • Pitt over Xavier
  • Villanova over Duke

On Something to Chuckle

On Hoops and Handbells

On NCAA Brackets: Round 2
The brackets are now down to 32 and we’ll know the Sweet 16 by the end of the weekend. Since there are some great matchups in this round, here’s a take on some of the this weekend’s games.

Gotta Pick

  • Memphis over Maryland
  • UConn over Texas A&M
  • Villanova over UCLA
  • North Carolina over LSU
  • Oklahoma over Michigan
  • Syracuse over Arizona St
  • Kansas over Dayton
  • Louisville over Siena
  • Michigan State over USC
  • Arizona over Cleveland State b/c I said Arizona didn’t belong

The Coins Says

  • Washington over Purdue
  • Duke over Texas
  • Oklahoma State over Pitt
  • Missouri over Marquette
  • Wisconsin over Xavier

Upset Special

  • Western Kentucky over Gonzaga

PS: Anyone having a problem with President Obama completing a bracket is a problem and needs to get a life.

On Handbells
I’ve mentioned before that my wife and I play in our church’s chime & handbell choir. We played a classic piece on Ash Wednesday, and are playing it again at our first bell fest this weekend. Well, courtesy of YouTube, here’s the piece, but you will notice it is not our group of 13. Enjoy!