Tuesday, June 7, 2016

2010 AC Election Content

Associated Content Contributors were once again instrumental in providing compelling election content from all corners of the country. In this midterm, AC also teamed up with Yahoo! News to supply their readers with great stories — from detailed race previews to authentic first-person experiences to persuasive opinions.

Here is a sampling of some recent coverage provided by AC writers. More will be published on Tuesday and throughout the week.

2010 election guide

In a joint effort between AC and Yahoo! News, the work of 10 Contributors was packaged together on the Yahoo! 2010 election site. These writers produced incredibly detailed and useful election guides on 123 election races across the nation. The authors include Carol Bengle Gilbert, Sylvia Cochran, Brad Sylvester, Steven Bryan, Christopher Berenger, Vanessa Evans, Mike Thompson, Mark Whittington, Robert Dougherty and Pam Gaulin.

The clickable map here showcases more of their work.

Local politics and government stories

Contributors also covered local government, election and politics stories throughout the fall. Former U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill said famously: “All politics is local.” Contributors proved that local does matter by penning hundreds of pieces on the local level. Some recent highlights:

* Sarah Palin’s influence on Georgia politics

* Meehan and Lentz contest vacant U.S. House seat in Philadelphia

* Proposition J Will Drive Tourists, Jobs out of San Francisco

* New Voting Machines May Complicate New York Election

Opinions and endorsements

On the eve of Tuesday’s election, dozens of Featured Contributors wrote short last-minute endorsements of the candidates and issues important to them. Pieces included “yeas” and “nays” on California’s controversial Proposition 19 pot initiative. Other efforts focused on the candidates, including these contributions on the governor’s race in Texas, the Senate contest in Alaska and a variety of congressional matchups — Illinois, Ohio, Virginia and more.

Many more opinions and endorsements can be found on the AC page on Yahoo! News.

Quote roundups

Featured Contributors also polled their fellow residents on the state of the midterms. These quote roundups provided a glimpse into the minds of voters just days before the election. Here are a few examples:

* New Jersey voters fed up with debt

* Indiana voters mixed on Obama

* Calif. voters on pot, Brown vs. Whitman, Boxer

* Do negative ads affect West Virginia voters?

* Stewart, Colbert fans attend ‘sanity’ rally to support comedians’ message

Many more quote roundups are on the AC page on Yahoo! News.

The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

And don’t forget the comedy. Saturday’s “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” on the National Mall provided levity for the hundreds of thousands in attendance, including some Contributors who wrote first-person experience, talked to voters and took in the crowd:

* Best quotes from the ‘Rally to Restore Sanity’

* Some ‘Sanity’ rally signs were funnier than Stewart and Colbert

* Rally to Restore Sanity: It was fun, silly and lackadaisical — but with little purpose

* Washington D.C. braces for comedy impact with ‘Rally to Restore Sanity’

* The story at ‘Rally to Restore Sanity’ was in its signs

* ‘Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear’ best lines and quotes

* Early attendance estimates from ‘Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear’ vary

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2010-11 College Football Bowl Schedule

Even though the college football season is just around the corner, it is never too early to take a look at the upcoming 2010-11 College Football Bowl Schedule.

Whether you are a traditionalists or prefer a playoffs in college football, there is no denying the appeal of the college bowl experiences.

Especially when the NCAA offers us so many bowl games that start on December 18th and run through the holidays until the championship game on January 10th.

While there are a few dates and times left to be determine, college football fans have a rough idea on how their holiday bowl schedule is going to shape up.

All that is left now is for your alma mater or favorite school to make a run at the BCS Championship.

Bowl Game / Opponents / Location / Date & Time / Network

New Mexico / Mountain West vs. WAC / Albuquerque, NM / Dec 18 @ 2 pm / ESPN

uDrove Humanitarian / MAC vs. WAC / Boise, ID / Dec 18 @ 5:30 pm / ESPN

R+L Carriers New Orleans / C-USA vs. Sun Belt / New Orleans, LA / Dec 18 @ 9 pm / ESPN

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg / Big East vs. C-USA / St. Petersburg, FL / Dec 21 @ 8 pm / ESPN

MAACO Las Vegas / Mountain West vs.Pac-10 / Las Vegas, NV / Dec 22 @ 8 pm / ESPN

S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia / Mountain West vs. Navy / San Diego, CA / Dec 23 @ 8 pm / ESPN

Sheraton Hawaii / C-USA vs. WAC / Honolulu, HI / Dec 24 @ 8 pm / ESPN

Little Caesars / Big Ten vs. MAC / Detroit, MI / Dec 26 @ 8:30 pm / ESPN

AdvoCare V100 Independence / ACC vs. Mountain West / Shreveport, LA / Dec 27 @ 5 pm / TBD

Champs Sports / ACC vs. Big East / Orlando, FL / Dec 28 @ 6:30 pm / ESPN

Insight / Big Ten vs. Big 12 / Tempe, AZ / Dec 28 @ 10 pm / ESPN

EagleBank / ACC vs. C-USA / Washington, D.C. / Dec 29 @ 2:30 pm / ESPN

Texas / Big Ten vs. Big 12 / Houston, TX / Dec 29 @ 6 pm / ESPN

Valero Alamo / Big 12 vs. Pac-10 / San Antonio, TX / Dec 29 @ 9:15 pm / ESPN

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces / C-USA vs. Mountain West / Fort Worth, TX / Dec 30 @ 12:00 pm / ESPN

New Era Pinstripe / Big 12 vs. Big East / Bronx, NY / Dec 30 @ 3:20 pm / ESPN

Franklin American Mortgage Music City / ACC vs. SEC / Nashville, TN / Dec 30 @ 6:40 pm / ESPN

Bridgepoint Education Holiday / Big 12 vs. Pac-10 / San Diego, CA / Dec 30 @ 10 pm / ESPN

Meineke Car Care / ACC vs. Big East / Charlotte, NC / Dec 31 @ 12:00 pm / ESPN

Brut Sun / ACC vs. Pac-10 / El Paso, TX / Dec 31 @ 2 pm / CBS

AutoZone Liberty / C-USA vs. SEC / Memphis, TN / Dec 31 @ 3:30 pm / ESPN

Chick-fil-A / ACC vs. SEC / Atlanta, GA / Dec 31 TBD / TBD

Dallas Football Classic / Big Ten vs. Big 12 / Dallas, TX / Jan 1 @ 12:00 pm / ESPNU

Outback / Big Ten vs. SEC / Tampa, FL / Jan 1 @ 1 pm / ABC

Capital One / Big Ten vs. SEC / Orlando, FL / Jan 1 @ 1 pm / ESPN

Gator / Big Ten vs. SEC / Jacksonville, FL / Jan 1 @ 1:30 pm / ESPN2

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Citi / BCS vs. BCS / Pasadena, CA / Jan 1 @ 4:30 pm / ESPN

Tostitos Fiesta / BCS vs. BCS / Glendale, AZ / Jan 1 @ 8:30 pm / ESPN

Orange / BCS vs. BCS / Miami, FL / Jan 3 @ 8 pm / ESPN

Allstate Sugar / BCS vs. BCS / New Orleans, LA / Jan 4 @ 8 pm / ESPN

GMAC / MAC vs. Sun Belt / Mobile, AL / Jan 6 @ 8 pm / ESPN

AT&T Cotton / Big 12 vs. SEC / Arlington, TX / Jan 7 @ 8 pm / FOX

Papajohns.com / Big East vs. SEC / Birmingham, AL / Jan 8 @ 12:00 pm / ESPN

Kraft Fight Hunger / Pac-10 vs. WAC / San Francisco, CA / Jan 9 @ 9 pm / ESPN

Tostitos BCS National Championship / BCS # 1 vs. BCS # 2 / Glendale, AZ / Jan 10 @ 8 pm / ESPN


NCAA Football

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2010 ACC Championship Game Preview: Duke Vs. Georgia Tech

It’s Duke vs. Georgia Tech in the 2010 ACC Championship Game. Duke was favored to win the 2010 ACC Championship Game, but Georgia Tech now has the chance to win the 2010 ACC Tournament, and with it attain an automatic bid into the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Duke is going to come into this game as the heavy favorite, with the only question for them now whether they will be a No. 1 seed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, and which bracket that they will play in. For Georgia Tech, they already knew heading into the 2010 ACC Tournament that they needed to win all their games in order to clinch a spot in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, and now they are one game from that goal.

In order to make the 2010 ACC Championship Game, Duke had to beat a tough defensive team in Virginia, and then a surprisingly resilient Miami team in the ACC semifinals. The route was a bit tougher for Georgia Tech, as they first had to end the dreams of North Carolina fans, then they had to play an extremely tough Maryland team in the ACC quarterfinals. Georgia Tech beat them before beating North Carolina State in the ACC semifinals to take their spot in the 2010 ACC Championship Game. Now the 22-11 (overall) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will try to prove all of the ‘experts’ wrong and snatch a spot in the 2010 NCAA Tournament on their own.

Duke will be led by three players averaging more than 17 points per game this season in Jon Scheyer, Nolan Smith, and Kyle Singler. Scheyer is one of the best shooters in college basketball, and will be tough for Georgia Tech to stop. Georgia Tech relies on a balanced attack, and will need a couple of players to come up big on Sunday if they want to win this game. The rallying cry for the Yellow Jackets will be that they already upset Duke once this season back on January 9th when they beat Duke 71 to 67. The season series split will make this a really exciting ACC Championship Game to watch.

Game Time: The 2010 ACC Championship Game is Sunday, March 14th at 1:00 p.m. on ESPN.

Prediction: Duke is the heavy favorite, and should win this game easily.


ACC Brackets

Duke Beats Miami

ACC quarterfinals

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2010 and 2011 Gardening Grants Available for American Schools

If you are a United States educator or associated with a community garden, you will want to read this article to find out about gardening grants that are currently available.

It is imperative to note that several of these grants are given annually so if your school does not win this time around you can always try, try again!

What follows is a very brief description of each grant currently available, the grant’s application deadline and links to where those interested can find more information on them including copies of the grant applications.

Home Depot Youth Garden Grant

The deadline for the “Home Depot Youth Garden Grant” is November 1st, 2010. Applications are available for download from both the “Kid’s Gardening” and “Home Depot” websites.

There will be 100 winners and of those, 95 will receive a $500 gift certificate from “Home Depot” as well as a plethora of educational materials from the “National Garden Association.”

The other winners will receive $1,000 packages. Each of those 5 packages are slated to include a $500 gift card for use with the “Kid’s Gardening” catalog and a $500 “Home Depot” gift certificate.

Jamba Juice: It is all about the Fruit Grant Program

The Jamba Juice grant application deadline is November 29th, 2010. Applications are available from both the “Kid’s Gardening” and “Jamba Juice” websites.

There will be 20 winners and those winners will receive live fruit trees valued at $500 along with educational materials.

2011 Muhammad Ali Center for Peace Garden

The deadline to apply for the “2011 Muhammad Ali Center for Peace Garden” grant is January 5th, 2011. Applications are available for download from both the “Kid’s Gardening” and “Yum! Brands” websites.

There will be 50 winners and they will receive educational materials, kid sized gardening tools and gloves as well as a composter and a raised gardening bed.

Welch’s Harvest Grant

The deadline to apply for the “Welch’s Harvest” grant is February 11th, 2011. Applications are available for download from both the “Kid’s Gardening” and “Welch’s Juice” website.

There will be 100 winners with two winners coming from each state. Of those, 5 will receive packages valued at $1,000 and the other 95 will receive packages valued at $500.

Additional Information

Those that would like additional information on gardening grants available as well as suggestions on how to get one’s children and overall community involved in gardening efforts should log onto the “National Gardening Association” website.

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2010 83rd Oscars - and the Nominees Are

The 2010 83rd Oscar Nominations have been announced. The Best Picture nominations are an eclectic group indeed, including a historical drama, an animated feature, a western, a science fiction film, and a ballet horror movie (of a sort.)

This writer has seen three of the best picture nominations: “True Grit,” “Inception” and “The King’s Speech,” and would be hard pressed to pick one over the other. If pressed, we would give the award to “Inception” primarily on the basis of its originality and mind-blowing special effects, which serve the movie very well.

For actor in a leading role, I have seen Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn in “True Grit” and Colin Firth as George VI in “The King’s Speech.” I would have to give it to Bridges as his character was more colorful. Also, since John Wayne won his Oscar for the same role in 1970, it would be amusing.

For actor in a supporting role, Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech” because (a) he’s the only one I have seen on the list and (b) he was bloody impressive.

For actress in a leading role, I have alas seen none of them, but I hear Natalie Portman was impressive as the confused ballet dancer who liked to cut herself in “The Black Swan.”

For actress in a supporting role, I saw Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech” and Hallie Steinfeld in “True Grit.” I liked both, but it’s Hallie Steinfeld hands down. That is one 14-year-old character I would not like to cross on the frontier.

The best animated feature was “How to Train Your Dragon” because dragon-riding Vikings are just too cool for words.

Unlike in previous years, there are some actually great films that are up for Oscars in 2011. One of the most irritating things in the world is to see the glitterati proclaim some film to be the best in a certain year that (a) I had never heard of and (b) would never have seen if I had. In 2008, for example, the Best Picture was something called “No Country for Old Men.” Seriously.

Will I watch the awards ceremony? They tend to be long, filled with self-importance and self-absorption, and on when I want to watch something else. Anything amusing and/or outrageous can be watched on YouTube the next morning. Besides, I fall asleep easier these days when things start to drag. That is never good,

Sources Nominees for the 83rd Oscars, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

‘Inception’: The Dream as a Film and the Film as a Dream, Mark R. Whittington, Associated Content, July 17th, 2010

‘The King’s Speech,’ Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter, Mark R. Whittington, Associated Content, December 31st, 2010

‘How To Train Your Dragon’ – a Review, Mark R. Whittington, Associated Content, March 27th, 2010

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2009's Most Memorable Sports Moments

The last year of the first decade of the new millennia has not disappointed in the sports arena. With new milestones being set in football, track and field and pro football, 2009 has not disappointed. As of this writing the NFL alone, has already seen two teams, the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts at a perfect 13-0 and both teams were strong favorites to finish the regular season with perfect 16-0 records, unprecedented in professional football. While we may not have the chance to watch two perfect teams playing in the Super Bowl surpassing one of the most exciting endings to a Super Bowl ever in February.

Records have been smashed in track and field, while NASCAR and professional tennis have winner’s marks that may never been equaled much less surpassed. In college football, a team wins college football’s most prestigious award, surprisingly, for the first time ever.

We’ve also seen scandals that have tarnished the possibly greatest golfer ever and the most American of sports has gone global with a non-American hemisphere player vaulting his team to a World Series win.

Yes, 2009 has been a very memorable year in sports.

10. A tie between Chicago White Sox’s pitcher Mark Buerhle pitching only the 19th perfect game in MLB history and New Orleans Saints’ quarterback, Drew Brees, almost breaking the NFL single season passing record with 5,069 yards becoming only the second player in NFL history to break 5,000 passing yards.

9. Alabama’s Mark Ingram’s tearful Heisman acceptance speech. In the closest Heisman vote ever, the running back for the top ranked Crimson Tide, surprised many with the depth of emotion he displayed in accepting the award. With his father, a former NFL player in jail, Ingram rushed for a school-record 1,542 yards and was key in Alabama’s win over the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship propelling them into BCS championship game against Texas. Surprisingly, he became Alabama’s first Heisman winner.

8. Almost Two Perfect NFL Teams. Last week, the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts were both a perfect 13-0 with most experts predicting that both could finish the regular NFL season with perfect 16-0 records and possibly set up the first Super Bowl of undefeated teams. But, the Saints fell Saturday to the Dallas Cowboys, leaving only the Colts undefeated at 14-0. Still, never in the NFL had there ever been two teams with 13-0 records in a season and only twice before, with the 1972 Miami Dolphins and the 2007 New England Patriots, have teams finished the regular season without a loss.

7. Roger Federer wins record breaking 15 Grand Slams. In a Wimbledon final befitting the momentous achievement, Switzerland’s Roger Federer barely beat American Andy Roddick, 16-14, in the marathon fifth set eclipsing Pete Sampras’ record. That Sampras attended the match to witness his record being broken was a testament to the historic achievement and class of both players, two of the greatest to ever play the game.

6. Yankee’s Hideki Matsui becomes the first Japanese-born baseball player to win World Series, Most Valuable Player. Driving in six run with a home run, double and a single in the clinching game against the Philadelphia Phillies and hitting .615 with three home runs and eight RBIs, Matsui was truly dominant. While baseball is a major sport in Japan and Major League Baseball has fielded several notable Japanese player and many, many more great non-Americans, it truly became an international sport with Matsui’s performance and award.

5. Jimmy Johnson wins his 4th straight NASCAR Title. Not, Richard Petty, the late, Dale Earnhardt or any other greats have ever won four year end titles in a row. But, Jimmy Johnson, only 34, did with surprising ease with consistent driving the entire season. In the season ending 10-race Chase series Johnson finished out of the top 10 in only one race. As part of a racing team that also took second and third place, Johnson is poised to set a record that may never be broken.

4. Tiger Woods car crash and fall from grace. Never has a fender bender so sent a sport in disarray. Tiger Woods, arguably the greatest golfer ever and certainly the life’s blood of professional golf for the past 10 years, set the golf world on its ear with the late night car crash and subsequent revelations of his numerous marital infidelities. Withdrawing from 2010’s golf competition indefinitely, costing professional golf countless millions in viewers and dollars, it has been rare that a sports icon has fallen so hard, so fast.

3. Usain Bolt smashing the 200 meter and 100 meter sprint records in one year. The world’s fastest man has done it again and, again, in the same devastating way he did it at the 2008 Summer Olympics. The 23-year old Jamaican crushed his competition as the ran a 19.19 200 meter and a 9.58 100 meter sprint smashing his own previous world records set at those Olympics by eleven hundredths of a second in both. Watching the videos again is just jaw-dropping as Bolt quickly pulls away from his world class competition early each time, leaving little doubt that he may be the fastest human of all time.

2. Santonio Holmes’ last minute catch winning Super Bowl 43. In what many consider as one of the greatest if not the greatest Super Bowl. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Santonio Holmes, caught the winning touchdown from Ben Roethlisberger with 35 seconds left in the game for a 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Well covered by two Cardinal defenders, Holmes barely got both feet down in the back of the end zone for the Steelers record breaking sixth Super Bowl win.

1. Vijay Singh’s hole in one at the 16th hole at the Masters. On the par three hole, Singh skipped his tee shot of the pond in front of the green then rolled it in for the ace. Any hole in one is amazing. Even for a professional in tournament play, it’s a rare thing. But, doing it at the most prestigious golf tournament and bouncing the ball off of water is something we are not likely to see again.

A great start to the millennium.

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2010 ACC Tournament Results Good for Duke

ACC Tournament 2010 results were good for Duke and Georgia Tech in the ACC semifinals. The ACC Tournament 2010 results were half expected, with the tournaments No. 1 seed Duke making it to the 2010 ACC Championship Game, but Georgia Tech may be a surprise for quite a few ACC fans. Duke did have to beat a tough Miami that that has been playing really well lately, but with the talent on this Duke team far superior to that of what Miami was putting on the court, it almost wasn’t a fair ACC semifinal. Georgia Tech had a tougher route, beating North Carolina, Maryland, and now North Carolina State in order to secure the other side of the ACC Championship Game.

The 2010 ACC Championship Game is Sunday, March 14th at 1:00 p.m. on ESPN. It should be an interesting game with Duke vs. Georgia Tech, as the teams split their regular season schedule, with both teams winning one game during the regular season. That should give both teams an incentive to play hard, with Duke trying to clinch a No. 1 seed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, and Georgia Tech just trying to make it into the tournament.

Full ACC Tournament 2010 Results:

ACC Tournament 2010 Results (First Round)

Georgia Tech 63 — North Carolina 58

Miami 83 — Wake Forest 62

Virginia 68 — Boston College 62

North Carolina State 59 — Clemson 57

ACC Tournament 2010 Results (Quarterfinals)

Duke 57 — Virginia 46

Miami 70 — Virginia Tech 65

Georgia Tech 69 — Maryland 64

North Carolina State 58 — Florida State 52

ACC Tournament 2010 Results (Semifinals)

Duke 77 — Miami 74

Georgia Tech 57 — North Carolina State 54


ACC Championship Preview

ACC Tournament Brackets

Duke Beats Miami

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2010 Cal Poly Pumpkin Festival in Pomona, California

If you live in or near Pomona, California and are looking for a great place to pick a pumpkin this Halloween then you might want to visit the Cal Poly Pumpkin Festival which is held on the campus of Cal Poly University in Pomona, California.The festival features a huge pumpkin patch filled with pumpkins. Attending the Pumpkin Festival and hunting through the fields for just the right pumpkin is an event that my family looks forward to every year and I’m sure that after you’ve been you will too.

The Pumpkin Festival is held on only one weekend a year. In 2010 Cal Poly will be holding their Pumpkin Festival on October 16 and 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Festival is located in the Farm Store parking lot and surrounding fields. Te address is 4102 South University Drive in Pomona, California. Parking for the Pumpkin Festival will be available in lots “K” and “B”. Parking for the Insect Fair will be available in lots “K”, “B”, and “C”. Limited Shuttle service will only be available if you park in lots “K” or “B”.

Choosing Your Pumpkin
Once you arrive at the festival you can walk through the fields and choose your pumpkins. There are thousands of pumpkins to choose from and almost all have already been harvested for you. The prices are very reasonable too, $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. All of the pumpkins in the patch are about the size of a beach ball. They have a couple of different varieties of pumpkin and gourds too. If you don’t feel like walking through the fields to choose a pumpkin they also have large cardboard containers full of different sizes and varieties of pumpkins at the entrance to the pumpkin patch.

Food and Fun
After choosing your pumpkin you might want to head over to the Farm Store parking lot where a variety of games and activities for children are available. The games are run by Cal Poly Agriculture student club booths.Its always fun to see what each group of students has come up with. There is a minimal charge for the games and activities. If playing games isn’t your thing there are also a variety of food booths set up that you can purchase lunch or a snack from. Some favorites include hot buttered corn on the cob, kettle corn, funnel cakes, shaved ice and Mexican food.If you attend the Festival on Saturday morning they offer a pancake breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. that’s very popular with festival attendees. Breakfast for adults is 5.00 and the cost for kids is 12 and under is $4.00.

Insect Fair
During the two day Pumpkin Festival there is also an Insect Fair that you can visit popular which features nearly 500,000 live and preserved insects.Children will love getting a close and personal look at these fascinating creatures.The cost to attend the Insect Fair is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for college students and children between the ages of 3 and 12. Children 2 and under are free.

Petting Zoo
If bugs give you the creeps then you might want to spend some time with some warm blooded critters over at the petting zoo instead. The cost to get in the petting zoo is usually around a $1.00 and a cup of food will cost you about $.50

What To Bring
Unless you enjoy carrying beach ball sized pumpkins through the fields you will definitely want to bring something with wheels to put your pumpkin in, especially since where you pay for your pumpkin is a long way from where you picked it and where you parked is even further. You will also want to bring a camera as there are plenty of great photo opportunities. The sunflowers that line the fields make an especially nice back drop or head over to the Farm Store and take pictures posing on some of the antique trucks or other farm equipment. If its a hot day make sure you bring a bottle of water as it can get really hot walking through the fields looking for just the right pumpkin.

For More Information
You can visit the Cal Poly Pumpkin Festivals website or contact them by phone (909) 869-2215

Cal Poly Pumpkin Festival website

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2010 Bentley Continental Supersports

The 2010 Bentley Continental Supersports is almost a contradiction unto itself. You have a two-seat 2-ton car with manually adjustable seats, and yet the price tag is $270,000. The Bentley Continental Supersports will top out at 204 mph and get a whopping 13 mpg, and yet it is being marketed as having an environmentally conscious small carbon footprint due to its ability to run on E85 Gasohol.

So what makes the Bentley Continental Supersports the car that it is? First, was having Bentley engineers look to building a sleeker car. They took the ever-popular Bentley Continental GT Speed and tweaked it into a smaller more performance driven car. The shaved all the unnecessary weight from the Continental GT and add more to the GT’s already 600 horsepower engine.

To get the additional power for the Bentley Continental Supersports, the engineers boosted the twin-turbochargers by about 10 percent before the W12 engine. Boosting the engine like that needs various cooling solutions. Engineers created things like larger front openings and hood vents to expel all the hot air in the engine compartment.

With the added horsepower, the engineers gave the Bentley Continental Supersport a new Quickshift, which is a variation of Bentley’s six-speed automatic. The Quickshift will put you into the next gear 50 percent faster than before.

The Bentley Continental Supersports comes with giant lightweight 20-inch wheels, standard with Pirelli Ultra High Performance tires. The for the Bentley Continental Supersport rear fenders were increased to accommodate these wheels. To stop those ultra light wheels are four gigantic carbon-ceramic discs. These brakes are the most powerful ever fitted to a production car.

To make the Bentley Continental Supersports lighter than its predecessor the Bentley engineers needed to find ways to shave off the pounds. The standard Bentley wood veneer interiors are swapped out for lightweight carbon surfaces. The front seats are set upon light carbon shells that have the bottom cushions angled to the taste of the driver at the dealership. Rear seats were not even thought of for this model. Why add the extra weight?

With all of this, the Bentley Continental Supersports ends up being much lighter than the Continental GT Speed. At 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds, the Bentley Continental Supersports is one fast car. Add to that the matte finish Dark Grey Satin paint job and trimming in smoked-steel bright-ware and you have an ominous looking automobile.

Now would one want to run the Bentley Continental Supersports on E85 Gasohol? The Bentley engineers should be given a huge round of applause for building a car that can. However, the image of a supercar that can run on alcohol just seems like an interesting idea.

Bentley Continental Supersports

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2010 BCS Bowl Game Picks and Predictions

Here are my 2010 BCS Bowl Game Predictions! I’ve already predicted many of the major sporting events for 2010 but I’m narrowing it down for more fun and giggles with the college football BCS games. There are five big games on the BCS Bowl game schedule but we’ll start with #1 vs. #2.

What are my 2010 BCS Bowl Game Predictions for the National Championship game? My picks and predictions are that Alabama will roll past Florida 34-17. You can see this and my other sport predictions for 2010 here.
Why do I think Alabama will win the National Championship? The Tide rolled past Florida to win the SEC title. Texas struggled with Nebraska. Heisman winner Mark Ingram will go out on top with not only the player of the year award but the big prize in the National Title game. Alabama is now way more versatile and armed with a strong quarterback in Greg McElroy. If you add the best defense in the nation then you’ve got a nearly unbeatable team. Can Texas upset the Tide? Colt McCoy is going to have to work very hard for his yards through the air and on the ground. Momentum is certainly a crazy thing and you can never count on the battle of turnovers. Texas wins only if Alabama struggles a lot early and has to pass to win late. I say the Tide won’t struggle at all.

Moving on with the 2010 BCS Bowl Game schedule and let’s talk about the Orange Bowl between Iowa and Georgia Tech. What are my picks and predictions for this BCS Bowl battle? Georgia Tech just has too much offense in my opinion for Iowa in this contest. Iowa will need 27 points plus to keep up with Georgia Tech during a bad offensive showing. The Hawkeyes will barely muster 20 points, if that. My 2010 BCS Bowl Game Picks and Predictions have Tech winning this one 36-21.

We aren’t quite done with the BCS Bowl game schedule. My 2010 BCS Bowl Game Predictions and Picks continue with the Fiesta Bowl between TCU and Boise State. Who will win this game between two teams without a loss? Destiny should have it end in a tie. I say TCU will outscore Boise State in one of the more memorable Bowl games in recent history by a 40-36 final.

The 2010 BCS Bowl Game Predictions and picks continue with the Sugar Bowl. Who will win between Florida and Cincinnati? And who would have thought in 2009 after Florida became National Champs that the BCS Bowl game schedule would pit the Gators against an undefeated Cincy team in 2010?
I still have the Gators chomping their way to a 48-16 victory. Tim Tebow and Carlos Dunlap live large in this one. It’s a big exit and the television cameras will probably follow every story line ever thought up on Tim Tebow. My prediction is most will turn off and gag before the end of the 3rd quarter of the Tim Tebow story. Tebow is great but let’s hope we don’t get TMI on TT.

Finally we take a look at the 2010 Rose Bowl between Oregon and Ohio State. This could be one of the more interesting matchups of the entire BCS Bowl schedule. Will the Buckeyes defense be able to slow down a high octane Oregon offense? My picks and predictions for this 2010 BCS Bowl game has the Ducks on top in the end 34-28. I’ve toyed with Ohio State winning in several different scenarios but in my gut somehow, someway the Ducks manage to win this one.

Here is a rundown of the complete 2010 BCS Bowl game schedule.

Rose Bowl Oregon vs. Ohio State
January 1st, 3:30 CST on ABC

Sugar Bowl Florida vs. Cincinnati
January 1st, 7:30 CST on FOX

Fiesta Bowl TCU vs. Boise State
January 4th, 7pm CST on FOX

Orange Bowl Iowa vs. Georgia Tech
January 5th, 7pm CST on FOX

National Title Game Texas vs. Alabama
January 7th, 7pm CST on FOX

That’s it for my BCS Bowl Game Predictions and Picks for 2010! We’ll try it again in 2011 when hopefully there is a playoff instead of Bowl games.

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