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August 6 -
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July 27 -
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July 20 -
El Chapo, Pluto and Apollo!
July 19 -
Records that will and will not be broken
July 16 -
Back on the lamb!
July 14 -
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July 10 -
Jeb Bush and the American worker
July 9 -
Evangelical Chirstians and gay marriage 
July 6 -
Uber vs. a taxi

June 23 -
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March 1 -
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February 15 -
The Economy Is Still In The Tank
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Military Force, The Constitution, And Thou
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February 1 -
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The State of Our Union
January 18 -
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January 15 - 
How Much Do We Want Our Government To Do For Us?
January 14 -
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Janury 12 -
 A Peaceful America, A Peaceful World
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The Carter Criteria
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The Bottom Ten/NFL Final

By Gaylon Kent
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January 6, 2016

It starts in the summer, 32 teams chasing, no stumbling towards, one (1) goal: the Dan Henning Trophy - symbolic of NFL Bottom Ten supremacy. One (1) team makes it. 31 don't.

Some make the medal stand, some settle for a final Bottom Ten ranking while twelve (12) completely fail and - whatever - make the playoffs.

And sometimes you make history, as the Tennessee Titans did this year, becoming the first team ever to win consecutive NFL Bottom Ten titles.

The final fiasco, as the nags stumble across the finish line:

1.
 Tennessee Titans (3-13; lost to Indianapolis 30-24) - Ranked as low as #9 in Week 6 poll, Titans bide time, taking command after Cleveland shocked everyone with win…Titans show mettle of B-10 champion, finishing with strong, league-best four (4) game losing streak…2016 Outlook: Strong…Titans will be tough to beat in quest for B-10 three-peat.

2.
Cleveland Browns (3-13; lost to Pittsburgh 28-12) - Browns offense heads into offseason on high note, with four (4) interceptions and four (4) field goals accounting for thrilling 1-to-1 Interception-to-Field Goal ratio…Browns settle for first ever B-10 runner-up finish, as onnly tragic win vs San Francisco prevented first ever B-10 title, season-ending nine (9) game skid…2016 Outlook: Very strong…B-10 pollsters achieving and maintaining state of arousal over Browns long-term B-10 prospects. 

3.
Dallas Cowboys (4-12; lost to Washington 34-23) - Cowboys overcome 2-0 start for magical first-to-worst NFC East run and first ever B-10 medal stand finish…2016 Outlook: Tony Romo ain't getting any younger and Jerry Jones will continue to show he is an average general manager, so while another medal stand finish might be asking a bit much, it might not be, either.

4.
Cleveland Browns - Team in such disarray B-10 pollsters need two (2) spots to sort everything out…Owner Jim Haslam is looking for fifth (5th) coach this decade, the type of continuity that leads straight to B-10 glory…B-10 pollsters "pretty sure" Browns first team ever to claim two (2) berths in final B-10 survey…2016 Outlook: With whack-job owner committed to revolving door coaches and general managers, Browns poised for strong 2016 B-10 run, not to mention making big pitch for B-10 Team of the Decade honors.

5.
 Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11; lost to Houston 30-6) - Jaguars finish strong, losing final three (3) games and five (5) of last six (6), but consecutive wins in November leave Jaguars on outside of medal stand looking in…2016 Outlook: Jaguars another team with some offseason soul searching scheduled, as consecutive five (5) win seasons have followed 2013's triumphant medal stand finish.

6.
San Diego Chargers (4-12; lost to Denver 27-20) - Chargers overcome so-so 2-2 start to kick it into gear, losing ten (10) of last 12 (12)…Chargers offense key in finale, turning five (5) Broncos turnovers into three (3) punts and only ten (10) points…2016 Outlook: Strong…With offseason of complete turmoil almost guaranteed, Barstow Chargers should have no trouble competing for 2016 B-10 medal stand.

7.
AFC South - B-10 pollsters with toughest call in recent memory, give Pete Rozelle Award - issued to league's worst division - to AFC South over NFC East "more or less for the hell of it"…While B-10 staffers scour bylaws for hell of it provision, pollsters point out AFC South second through fourth place teams had one (1) fewer win than NFC East counterparts.

8.
Thursday Night Football - Games significantly closer than last season - nine (9) point average margin of victory vs. 17 - but it is still cruel and unusual punishment to make professional football players play on three days rest…Plus football purists really prefer to leave Thursdays reserved for exciting Mid-American Conference games. 

9.
Chicago Bears (6-10; lost to Detroit 24-20) - B-10 pollsters - never too bright - were about to laud Bears strong 3-5 second half, only to realize they had a 3-5 first half, too…2016 Outlook: Not good…Bears have won more games than any team in NFL history and are seldom very bad for very long…Team needs to really do some soul searching and decide if they have what it takes to wrest NFC North B-10 preeminence away from Detroit.

10.
National Football League - Excitement generated from Titans repeating as B-10 champions bound to fade this offseason as Chargers, Raiders and Rams all looking to return to city they all once played in and then left because it wasn't good enough…B-10 pollsters still "more or less certain" league won't be around in a generation, as more and more kids decide they'd like to hit their 40's not drooling and able to use ketchup squirt bottles without causing everyone in the tri-state area to towel off.


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Sunday October 18
The Wife and I went for a walk today and ended up inside a house for rent a block down for us...The house is, at least, 8o years old while 80 years ago occupants would've marveled at the indoor plumbing, it would not be a very functional house right now…The stairs are very narrow and are mostly between two walls and don't have the handrails that become more and more important as you get older…Plus, the only bathroom is on the ground floor, also important as you get older, especially if your sleeping on the top floor and have to negotiate fun house stairs to get there.
The young couple that bought it was out staining the deck and said they've had some calls on it, but nothing has worked out so far…I forgot to ask how much they're asking for it.

Also on the walk we ran into a mom, Becky, out for a walk with her kids…One was a girl scout with an order form The Wife - an old girl scout herself - spotted from more than a block away…We thought it was for cookies, but no, it was for nuts and other assorted stuff like that…The Wife ordered some stuff that was chocolate covered and shaped like daisies, while I ordered some whole cashews, which I dearly love.

When we knocked off work Friday night we didn't know what we would be in store for Monday because our truck was being towed back to the branch…Well, Keith called me today and said we are driving to Town A Monday morning to pick one up that someone from Route 21 is driving up.

This means we will have to be on the road by 6am and ol' Sparrow will miss his now-treasured workout, but I will take the opportunity eat really well...I am almost down a notch on my belt and I am highly motivated to make it so I can get down a couple of more notches.

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