Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ohio State national champions: a comeback within a comeback

Got to thinking today after speaking with a friend, and the topic turned to Ohio State's national championship win just 10 days ago.

Big comeback for the team, bigger still for Cardale Jones.  In spring 2014 practice, he was the no. 1 QB, got passed in the fall by J.T. Barnett.  He kept his mouth shut, head down, worked hard -- and his time came, and he was ready.  He electrified the nation for 38 days, leading the time to win after important win to make it all the way to the top.

This is what life is really all about.  The 2014-2015 OSU Buckeyes were all about comebacks, against the early VTI loss, against the odds (they were underdogs in their last several games, never favored to win), and for individuals like Cardale Jones.

If you can keep your mouth shut, head down, work hard -- even during adversity -- you can exceed your wildest dreams.

Having the chance to enter the NFL draft this year, Cardale opted out, and will return to Ohio State for his junior year.  We wish him, and the entire team, well for 2015.  They certainly provided those of us in Buckeye Nation with tons of thrills and chills this past year.

We also got to thinking about a tragedy that deflated the team along the way.  Sadly, the journey was marred by the November 26 suicide of a team member, Kosta Karageorge, 22, a talented wrestler and athlete and football walk-on who earned his spot among the very best.  We don't know much about his story, or his pain, but one wishes he could have been around for the triumph.  Suicide can never be the right course for one so young and full of promise.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hats off to THE Ohio State Buckeyes, national champions

All we can say:  after VTI loss, they just decided to

An extraordinary comeback.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

California Comeback


The New Year has brought change and new faces to much of our political landscape, not least on Capitol Hill, where Republicans took control of the Senate this past week. From out of the west, though, a different sight -- a familiar face on the Democratic side taking the oath of office yet again . . . many years after his political debut. John Blackstone reports our Cover Story.

Six years ago, the sun appeared to be setting on the California Dream. Plummeting home prices and soaring debt were robbing the Golden State of its luster.
As we reported on "Sunday Morning" back then, plenty of Californians were ready to give up hope:
"Is the California dream kind of dying?" Blackstone asked.

"It's not dying -- it's dead," said Harvey Schwartz of 20th Century Props (which closed its doors for good in 2009).

It was a crisis, to be sure. But in politics, "crisis" is just another word for "opportunity."

"The state was in massive debt, $27 billion," said Gov. Jerry Brown. "There was great uncertainty.

Over a million people had lost their jobs. Well, that was then. Now, California's coming back."

"Is that your doing?" Blackstone asked.

"It's in part my doing, certainly," said Brown.

Gov. Jerry Brown with correspondent John Blackstone.
CBS News
It's hard to imagine who would have wanted to become governor of a state that was in such a sorry state, but in 2010 Jerry Brown certainly did. And last November, voters rewarded him for leading California back from the brink, electing him to an unprecedented fourth term as governor.

The state once again boasts the world's eighth-largest economy -- bigger than Russia's -- and it even posted a budget surplus last year.

The governor regularly receives foreign dignitaries, befitting California's status as a high-tech superpower.

The secret to Brown's success? Raising taxes while cutting spending -- policies that have angered his fellow Democrats nearly as much as Republicans.

"You had to push Democrats in California to accept a lot of the cuts that you proposed," Blackstone said.

"I still have to push Democrats, and Republicans," he replied. "There's endless desires. The way I say it is, first, you have a desire, and then you make it a need, then you make it a right, and pretty soon you got a law. Then as soon as you got a law, you got a lawsuit.

"You've got to be able to say, 'No.' Because this government is not something you just milk forever."
"I don't like to spend money. But that's not because I'm conservative -- it's just because I'm cheap!" - Jerry Brown, in a 1976 speech
For decades Jerry Brown has always charted a unique course in politics. His father, Pat Brown, was elected governor of California in 1958. Edmund Brown Jr. was hardly the heir apparent: at the time, he was studying to become a Jesuit priest.

But politics proved to be his true calling, and in 1974, Jerry Brown won his father's old job.
"It is a unique experience at the age of 36 to find myself elected governor of the largest state in the union," he said at a 1975 press conference.

He encountered a political landscape that's all-too-familiar today...

"An election is not an end, rather it's a beginning," Brown said then. "It's fair to say people want a new spirit, but they don't want to pay a lot of money for it!"

Famously frugal, Brown dispensed with the limos and private planes of his predecessor, Ronald Reagan, favoring blue Plymouth sedans.

He was a creature of the 1970s, and the bachelor governor made waves for dating singer Linda Ronstadt.

Full story:

Sunday, January 4, 2015

He beat cancer by how he lived

Stuart Scott dies at age of 49 - ABC News

And he saved his best for his last year on the air. At the ESPYS on July
16, shortly before his 49th birthday and following another round of
cancer surgery, Stuart accepted the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance with
strength, humor, grace and these eloquent words: "When you die, it does
not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why
you live, and in the manner in which you live."