Archive for November, 2009

Larry Porter one of the strongest recruiters in the country, is accepting the head coaching job at the University of Memphis again. Porter, 37, said he will bring a passion and energy to the program that a former player should bring. The former Memphis running back was introduced to about 500 members of the Tiger fan base and former players on the school’s campus. Porter said. “I thank God and my family for allowing me the opportunity I’ve been given to come home and be the coach of this team,” “I thank President (Shirley) Raines and R.C. for trusting me enough to ask me to be the coach.” Porter replaces Tommy West, who was fired Nov. 9 after nine seasons. Porter inherits a program that went 2-10 this past season and will lose the better part of its offense to graduation including two of the quarterbacks that started this season (Arkelon Hall and Will Hudgens).

Porter ranks sixth in career rushing at Memphis with 2,194 yards, and scored 20 touchdowns from 1990-93. He later coached at Tennessee-Martin, Arkansas State and Oklahoma State before joining Les Miles at LSU, where Porter has coached running backs since 2005. Porter was named National Recruiter of the Year by Rivals.com in both 2007 and 2009. In ’07, LSU finished with the nation’s No. 4 recruiting class and No. 2 in ’09. LSU’s 2010 class is currently ranked No. 4. Porter’s wife, Sharmane, is also a Memphis graduate, and she said she was happy to be back in Memphis.

As LSU’s running backs coach, Porter has helped developed some of the finest players at that position in school history. In four years with the Tigers, LSU has produced a 1,000-yard rusher twice – Jacob Hester 1,103 yards in 2007 and Charles Scott 1,174 yards in 2008. In 2008, LSU again had one of the top running games in the SEC as the Tigers rushed for 166.8 yards per game with Scott getting the bulk of the carries (1,174 yards on 217 attempts). Scott, who earned first-team All-SEC in 2008, and Keiland Williams (417 yards, 2 TDs on 83 attempts) gave the Tigers one of the top 1-2 rushing punches in the league last year. Porter and the Tigers had a running back-by-committee approach during the national championship season in 2007 with Hester leading all rushers with a career-best 1,103 yards and 11 TDs. Hester, who was a second-team All-SEC selection, had four 100-yard rushing games, including a 120-yard effort against Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game. Following the 2007 season, Hester was picked in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. Hester became the fourth running back coached by Porter that has been selected among the first three rounds of the NFL Draft since 2004.

In 2006, Porter juggled running backs as the Tigers started four different players, including two true freshmen, at tailback. At Oklahoma State, Porter’s stable of running backs continued the tradition of “Tailback U.”, as he coached 1,000-yard rushers for three straight seasons. Porter spent three years at Arkansas State, where he coached Jonathan Adams to back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Adams rushed for 1,004 yards and six touchdowns in 2000 and followed that with another 1,004 yards and five scores in 2001. Under Porter’s tutelage, Adams capped his career as the second-leading rusher in Arkansas State history. Porter began his coaching career at Wooddale High School in Memphis, Tenn., serving as head track and field coach. After two years at Wooddale, Porter moved to the collegiate ranks, coaching the running backs at Tennessee-Martin in 1998. During his playing days, Porter was a four-year letterwinner at Memphis where he was co-captain of the 1993 Tiger squad. Porter capped his career as the fourth-leading rusher in Memphis history, totaling 2,194 yards and 20 touchdowns. Porter’s 2,194 rushing yards currently ranks No. 6 in Memphis history, while his 20 rushing TDs is fourth all-time at the school. In all, Porter led the Tigers in rushing yards for three years during his career.

As a rookie in 1990, Porter rushed for 206 yards against Arkansas State, the highest single-game total for a freshman in school history. Porter had a total of six 100-yard games during his career, a figure that ranks fourth in Memphis history. Porter graduated from Memphis in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in education. A native of Jackson, Miss., Porter and his wife Sharmane have three children, Brandon, Omari and Olivia.

The Porter File
Year at LSU: Fifth
Birthdate: April 28, 1972, in Jackson, Miss.
Wife: Sharmane
Children: Brandon, Omari, Olivia
High School: Columbus (Ga.)
College: Memphis, ’96

Playing Experience
1990-93 Memphis (running back)

Coaching Experience
1998 Tennessee-Martin (running backs)
1999-2001 Arkansas State (running backs)
2002-2004 Oklahoma State (running backs)
2005- LSU (running backs; assistant head coach, 2006)

Bowl Experience
As a coach
2002 Houston Bowl (Oklahoma State def. Southern Miss, 33-23)
2004 Cotton Bowl (Oklahoma State lost to Ole Miss, 31-28)
2004 Alamo Bowl (Oklahoma State lost to Ohio State, 33-7)
2005 Peach Bowl (LSU def. Miami, 40-3)
2007 Sugar Bowl (LSU def. Notre Dame, 41-14)
2008 BCS National Championship Game (LSU def. Ohio State, 38-24)
2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl (LSU def. Georgia Tech, 38-3)

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Since the 1990s, craft brewers like the Boston Beer Co. and the Delaware-based Dogfish Head have produced a number of “extreme beers” that challenge old notions of beer and the decades-old laws that have governed them. The maker of Samuel Adams beer has released an updated version of its biennial beer Utopias. As more brewers take advantage of improvements in science to boost potency and enhance taste. By law, these specialty drinks still are classified as beer when they are based on fermented grain.

Utopias is now the highest alcohol content beer on the market at 27 percent alcohol by volume, pushed the traditional cap of 14 percent alcohol by volume for beer. Utopias comes with a cost of $150 a bottle. Utopias reaches its unique strength through a 15-year aging process in barrels at the Boston Beer Co.’s brewery in Boston. It’s aged and finished in wooden containers like Scotch whisky barrels and sherry casks. The drink’s yeast strains are regularly used in making malts and champagne. A quick sip unveils a cognac-like hit combined with vanilla, honey, and maple flavors. The drink comes in a ceramic-and-copper bottle that resembles a tiny brew kettle. Thirteen states prohibit its sale because its alcohol content exceeds the legal limit for beer: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Washington.

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From Tiger: As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries. I have some cuts, bruising and right now I’m pretty sore. This situation is my fault, and it’s obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I’m human and I’m not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn’t happen again. This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible. The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false. This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received. But, I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be.

The 911 call made when Tiger Woods crashed his SUV early Friday morning came from a neighbor. The caller told dispatchers, “I need an ambulance immediately, I have someone down outside my house … It’s a car accident … My neighbor, he hit the tree. I see him and he’s laying down.” When the dispatcher asked if the person was unconscious, the neighbor responded, “Yes.” Multiple law enforcement said Tiger Woods’ early morning accident came right after an argument with his wife, Elin Nordegren. Elin told cops about the argument at the scene of the accident and Tiger gave the same story to authorities at the hospital where he was treated. Florida law enforcement officials called it “a domestic issue.”
Elin smashed out the back window of Tiger’s car to help get him out.

Tiger was hurt in the wee hours when he backed his Escalade out of his driveway in the Isleworth gated community of Windermere, near Orlando, and hit a fire-hydrant then a tree. So happens that, on the same day, the Boca Raton-based National Enquirer hit the supermarket counters in the Orlando area with a front page story outing Woods’ alleged mistress, Rachel Uchitel, an events planner and former director of VIP operations at the NYC nightclub Grffin.  Tigers car crash has put the world’s spotlight on Uchitel a New York City party girl. Uchitel, 34, has a reputation for dating married celebrities, has been telling friends about a jet-set liaison with Tiger  that began in June. Multiple sources, who passed polygraph tests, say Uchitel told them that she and Tiger also stay in touch during his frequent travels through phone calls and “sexting,” sending each other racy text messages on their cell phones. Uchitel confesses that she does know Tiger. Her nickname for Tiger is ‘Bear.’ She lists his cell phone number under ‘Bear’ in her contacts. Uchitel traveled to Australia to meet with Tiger while he played earlier this month in the Australian Masters. Uchitel initially told us she traveled there with a boyfriend. In a later conversation she admitted to The ENQUIRER she had lied about going to Australia with a boyfriend. Uchitel said she was in the country “for business.” Uchitel said she was not in Tiger’s hotel,  an ENQUIRER reporter in Melbourne watched as Uchitel checked in to the Crown Towers hotel, and went up to the 35th floor, which houses the hotel’s VIP Suite. Tiger was staying in the same hotel 35th floor.

This could explain a 2:25 a.m. accident in your driveway.

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On 11/24/09 at 9:45 pm, a commercial airline pilot in the Cordova area was looking to the north at departing air-traffic from the Memphis airport, when he saw what he described as a diamond-shaped craft pass directly under a CRJ-200. This pilot who has asked to remain anonymous said the jet was flying at about 8000 feet and the Unknown flew under it at an approximate altitude of 6000. The pilot said the UFO was on a flight path from east to west and traveling at somewhere between Mach 1 and Mach 1.5. He said that it was banking slightly to the north-west as it flew under the jet, so he got a view of its underside. He described it as a perfect triangle with dim white lights at its corners and about 200 ft across, easily as large as a 747. Though it was somewhat hazy in appearance, he said he saw it distinctly enough to make out that it was a solid body with the lights attached. It had no stobe lights and was totally silent. He observed it for about 20 seconds until it passed out of sight.

This man has been flying all his life and is very knowledgable about airplanes. In his report to the MUFON CMS files, he concluded by stating that this sighting left him feeling numb. When interviewed, he admitted that he was still shaken by what he had witnessed. When asked if he experienced anything else strange or unusual in the immediate aftermath of this sighting, he mentioned that one hour after he saw the UFO, a helicopter flew directly over his house at about 3500 ft. altitude coming from the same direction the triangle UFO had been heading when it departed. He said this helicopter had no lights on it! This is in serious violation of FAA regulations, especially as this was within a fifteen-mile radius of the Memphis airport.

After reading this story, I start adding the facts, 9:45 is very dark. If he was in Cordova looking NORTH, he would not be facing airplanes departing from the Memphis Airport, he would be looking in the Bartlett, Brunswick area, the airport is southwest, from Cordova you can only see planes to the WEST. He mentioned speeds of Mach 1-1.5 and said the object was 200 ft across, Cordova is 24 miles from the Memphis Airport. Anybody that know Memphis understand what I’m talking about. You cannot see airplanes flying around the airport from Cordova, you cannot get measurement of objects flying around Cordova, you cannot see any kind of air-traffic in Cordova/Wolfchase looking north, Bartlett and see air-traffic in Whitehaven/Graceland. Results – FALSE.  What Do You Think?

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a $335 million investment in teacher effectiveness, with major grants for experiments in tenure, evaluation, compensation, training, and mentoring in three large school systems and a cluster of public charter schools.

The winners, picked from 10 applicants, are: Hillsborough County (Fla.) schools, in the Tampa area, $100 million; Memphis schools, $90 million; Pittsburgh schools, $40 million; and five charter networks in Los Angeles (Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Aspire Public Schools, Green Dot Public Schools, Inner City Education Foundation, and Partnerships to Uplift Communities Schools), $60 million. Most of the money will go to Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida, Memphis City Schools and Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Hillborough County alone will receive $100 million, the single biggest award ever to one district. Memphis received another $1.9 million in companion funds. This is the largest donation to Memphis City Schools in all the history of Memphis. Memphis school board president Martavius Jones said this is not just for Memphis City Schools, this is for everyone in the city of Memphis. The funds will be used on a seven-year project intended to improve teaching at Memphis public schools.

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