Weekend Wonderings

weekendwonderingsWelcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. Yeesh, here we are, the middle weekend of August. We’ll have a couple updates on The James, comment on some football related events and wrap it up with a song in our hearts. To get us in the mood, here is permanent musical accompaniment by Maroon 5. Grab whatever beverage that you need and let’s proceed.

On this date, August 17th, one hundred years ago; the Russians opened the Eastern Front against the Germans in the Battle of Stallupönen. It didn’t go well that day for the Tsar and his troops. Nor did the next three years, for that matter.

Before we get too far along, we have some interesting things going on at tBBC these days. If you haven’t planned on it, please stop by tomorrow for a glimpse.

The James/Wexner:

The new James opens for business in December. This is great news. Here’s a quick peek at some of the areas in the James.

Here’s a nice podcast with Dr. Russell of the Mayo Clinic and Dr. Balveen Kaur of The James. It does a nice job of explaining using viruses as cancer-killing agents. Click on the “Listen” button.


In one of my first articles at tBBC, the topics were the allegations of sexual assault by members of the Steubenville, OH high school football team and the use of social media in exposing/covering the event. Well, the fine administrators in the Steubenville School District made the news again, by allowing convicted rapist Ma’Lik Richmond to rejoin the high school football team. The Daily Banter’s JM Ashby is none too pleased with the decision, and is in disbelief. Dustin Fox isn’t too happy about the decision, either.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) can’t lift a finger, since this falls into the providence and authority of local school districts. Fred Abdalla Jr., Richmond’s probation officer, defended the school’s decision to allow the student back on the roster.

“I think the boy should be allowed to play,” Abdalla said. “Ma’lik Richmond has done everything the court has asked him since he’s been sentenced.”

Fair enough. Although I’m curious to what was asked of Richmond by the court. Here’s my objection; Richardson is a convicted sex offender. He wasn’t accused, charged and had the case dismissed. He was charged, tried and convicted. Now, he’s permitted to rejoin the high school team because, you know, football. Go Big Red. If you think about it, this probably applies:

“Boys throw stones at frogs in fun, but the frogs do not die in fun, but in earnest.”

– Bion of Borysthenes

Sunday’s Song:

Suzanne Vega is taking us way back to Tom’s Diner.


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Trifecta winner: husband, father, Ohio State fan. A native of Ohio living on the East Coast of...Lake Erie. Has been mistaken for George Clooney. Doesn't mind golfing when he gets the chance.