Coastal Carolina Coach David Bennett - "Don't need no cats, we need more dogs" Coach wanted his team to act like dogs instead of cats at his weekly press conference leading up to CCU's game against Catawba. Priceless Carolina humor.
The scary thing is it apparently worked, Coastal Carolina 20 Catawba College 3.
New England Flooding Continues - Speaking of scary, more flooding in the Northeast has even made a mess of park and playgrounds turning the centers of kid fun into really scary places. But New England will get a break with Hurricane Maria which will head out to sea.
Remembering Flight 93 - The first battle in the renewed war against terrorism wasn't waged in Fallujah or Kandahar or Tikrit. It was held 32,000 feet above Pittsburgh, on Sept. 11, 2001.
And it wasn't soldiers who led the battle.
It was four athletes, pushing a food cart.
United Flight 93 was supposed to go from Newark to San Francisco that Tuesday morning, but 31-year-old Jeremy Glick wasn't supposed to be on it.
He was supposed to go the day before, but a fire at Newark Airport forced him to re-book for the next day, one of the bloodiest in American history.
About 45 minutes into the flight, four radical Islamic terrorists stormed the cockpit, sliced the throats of the pilots and took charge. They told the 33 passengers and seven crew members they were hijacking the plane and returning to Newark.
Glick, a muscular 1993 national collegiate judo champion, scampered back to the second-to-last row and called his wife, Lyz. It wasn't long before he and the others -- talking to their families -- realized that nobody was going back to Newark. They were on board a 150,000-pound missile, bound for some unthinkable end. The World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon had already been hit. What was 93 aimed for?
"We're going to rush the hijackers," Glick told Lyz.
The rest of Rick Reilly's story "Let's Keep Rolling" is here.
Bonus The Flight 93 National Memorial site is here.
CMPD Promotions - The unofficial word out there is that Captain Bruce Bellamy has been promoted to major. I realize a number of CMPD Officers are vomiting right now. Honestly Bellamy is an alright guy he's just a complete idiot. The announcement was short and to the point and made no mention of the much anticipated deputy chief promotions.
On behalf of Chief Monroe, I would like to announce the following promotions which were approved by Civil Service on September 6, 2011:
Officer Amy Stukey
Officer Lucas Veith
Sgt. Chris Dozier
Sgt. Michael Harris
Sgt. Harold (Chuck) Henson
Sgt. Dominick (Nick) Pellicone
Capt. Bruce Bellamy
Promotional ceremony details and assignments are being finalized and will be announced when completed. Please congratulate those being promoted on this accomplishment.
The announcement also failed to mention those promoted to sergeant last month. Go figure.
US Open Tennis - I don't imagine there is much an audience for women's tennis. I happened to stumble across it as few times over the last two weeks and each time my reaction was the same. The shrieking has got to stop. Uuuuuuggggghhhhhhhaaaaaaa or eeeeeeeeeeeeeooooooooooooaaaaaa whatever or however you describe it, the shrieking has gotten out of hand.
Like the guy who gunts for two hours at the gym, its beyond annoying.
And then there is Serena Williams John McEnroe impersonation.
Williams who lost in the final to the 9th seeded Aussie Samatha Stosur, raged on the chair umpire after being penalized for just such verbal shouts, grunts and groans. After realizing that she had been charged a point she ripped into the umpire with, "Aren't you the one who screwed me last time? Do you have it out for me? That's totally not cool."
During the changeover, Williams continued her attack from her seat, rambling, "You're out of control. You're a hater. We're in America last time I checked. Don't look my way. You're unattractive inside. You're out of control, out of control."
Williams' rude American behavior couldn't over shadow Stosur's win as she became the first Australian woman to win the U.S. Open since Margaret Court in 1973.
Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton has talent and "Stevie" Williams is stoked, sure they lost but in the 21-28 loss to Arizona there was a very good football game. Don't expect Cedar Posts to Monday morning quarterback the game. I know nothing of football's finer points. Sure it looks like the Carolina Defense needs some work and the final drive makes me wonder if Carolina has a running game, or if they even bothered to print those pages of the play book.
It honestly doesn't matter if they win a game, the Panther fans will be thrilled to see a game where at least the team is competitive. But Newton better calm down and stop playing superman. He might be good but he's no good to Carolina if someone rips off one of his knee caps.
A Few Good Pilots Needed - The Western States are in need of a few good pilots. One requirement is the desire to fly really big planes really close to the ground. I'm not kidding an ad for DC-10 pilots to fly super dangerous fire missions in Texas and Arizona says "by the book pilots need not apply".