Thursday, June 9, 2016

2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

Its no surprise that the Toyota Camry continues to be one of the best selling vehicles in the world. The Camry has a lot to offer to buyers looking for a reasonably priced mid-size family sedan. Though the Camry has stiff competition from the likes of the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, and Chevy Malibu, the Toyota Camry still remains one of the best choices in the mid-size sedan category.

The 2009 Toyota Camry comes in many different styles with prices ranging from about $19,000 up to $30,000. This particular review will focus on the 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Hybrid models offer increased fuel efficiency over their gasoline counterparts by combining a gasoline engine with an electric motor and battery pack system. Read on to learn more about the 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

Model Overview: The Toyota Camry Hybrid appears similar to other Camry models. The main difference is the unique power-train which returns great fuel economy numbers for a small increase in price over other Camry models. There are a few changes that the hybrid version receives, those changes will be covered below.

Pricing: The Toyota Camry starts at a low base price of $19,145. The base model forgoes many options to keep the price low. However, the hybrid model, the focus of this review is well equipped at starts at a price of $26,150. For the price, you get many standard features and the added benefit of good fuel economy numbers.

Performance: For all practical purposes, the Camry Hybrid drives similar to other Camry models. It offers a solid ride, with decent handling. Though far from sporty, the Camry Hybrid displays good road characteristics and offer adequate acceleration. The Hybrid model returns 33 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. Great numbers for a midsize sedan. Power is provided by a 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine that outputs 147 hp and is paired with an electric motor that adds an additional 40 hp from 30 kW of electrical power. The battery system used is a nickel metal hydride system that provides power to the electric motor.

Standard Features: The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid comes well equipped with features including a 6 speed automatic transmission, halogen headlights, front fog lights, 17 inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust with chrome tips, rear defrost, and so on. The hybrid version has many standard features that are optional on lower model levels.

Bottom Line: Consumers buy hybrid vehicles for their fuel efficiency and the 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid returns strong fuel economy numbers at a bargain price. At 33 city and 34 highway mpg, the Camry Hybrid may not win for overall fuel economy numbers, but it is a no sacrifice hybrid. It offers all that is expected of a standard Camry, but sips fuel at a lower rate.

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2009 Sun Bowl Has Oklahoma vs. Stanford; Toby Gerhart Gets National Coverage

The 2009 Sun Bowl features more than just Oklahoma vs. Stanford as Toby Gerhart takes the field. The Oklahoma vs. Stanford 2009 Sun Bowl will give Gerhart, the Stanford running back, the national stage to finally show what he can do on the football field. Right now Toby Gerhart is the leading rusher in the nation, way ahead of Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram of Alabama. Gerhart didn’t get enough notice while playing in California during the 2009 Pac-10 season, but he will definitely be on display on Thursday when Oklahoma comes calling for a great bowl game match-up at the Sun Bowl.

During the 2009 season, running back Toby Gerhart went for 1,736 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns. It was simply an amazing year for the 2009 Heisman Trophy runner-up, as he averaged 5.6 yards per carry on the year, and had three games where he rushed for 200 or more yards against an opponent. His best game was probably against Oregon, where he rushed for 223 yards and scored three touchdowns as Stanford upset the Oregon Ducks back on November 7th. Gerhart was definitely the leader of this team, and helped them get to a nice 8-4 overall record during the 2009 season.

Oklahoma has been talked up as an outstanding defensive team during most of the season, and the Big-12 powerhouse will get every chance to show what they can do on Thursday. Oklahoma only gave up a total of 162 points in their 12 games this season, and will need to keep that defense running on all cylinders if they are going to stop Stanford. Nebraska showed on Wednesday night that they had what it takes to stop a Pac-10 team, as they crushed the Arizona Wildcats by a score of 33-0 in the 2009 Holiday Bowl. Oklahoma will be looking to duplicate those results in the 2009 Sun Bowl, but will have to stop one of the best players in the game.

The 2009 Sun Bowl of Oklahoma vs. Stanford will get started just after 11:00 A.M. PST on CBS. This seems like a battle between a good offense (Stanford) and a great defense (Oklahoma), with only one of their story lines having the capability to be carried out. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will have to play well in order to keep the Oklahoma defense from cheating on the run, and the special teams will have to play well to give Stanford a fighting chance against the Sooners. Oklahoma is picked to win this game by Las Vegas, but I wouldn’t count out the 1-2 punch of Luck and Gerhart from having big games for Stanford.


2009 Holiday Bowl Results

College Standings

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2009 Texas Sport Fishing Restoration Grants

The Sport Fish Restoration Program, which is one of the programs funded and authorized by the Dingell-Johnson/Wallop Breaux Act established in 1950, awards grants that improve recreational boating and fishing opportunities throughout the nation. The funding for these grants comes from a 3% tax on electric motors, a 10% tax on fishing equipment, import duties on fishing tackle as well as pleasure yachts and boats, motorboat and small engine fuel tax and interest earned on the Sport Fish Restoration Trust Fund.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for administering the Sport Fish Restoration Program grants that are awarded to state agencies throughout the nation, such as the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife. In 2009, the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife was awarded four grants. These four grants are the Fishing News Report Grant, the Cameron County / Highway 48 Boat Ramp Renovation Grant, the Angelina County / Cassells-Boykin Park Boat Ramp Construction Grant and the Federal Aid Public Television Grant.

The Fishing News Report Grant is $29,900 and extends from November 1, 2008 through October 31, 2009. This grant provides funding for improving awareness and recognition of the Sportfish Restoration Program in the State of Texas.

The Cameron County / Highway 48 Boat Ramp Renovation Grant is $411,633 and extend from January 15, 2009 through January 14, 2010. This grant provides funding for upgrades and improvements to the existing Highway 48 boat ramp. This includes rebuilding the docks, construction of a fish cleaning station, sidewalks, restrooms, parking area and pavilion with a shade.

The Angelina County / Cassells-Boykin Park Boat Ramp Construction Grant is $500,000 and extend from October 15, 2008 through October 31, 2011. This grant provides funding for replacing the existing boat ramp with a a5-lane covered boat ramp, a courtesy dock, for signage as well as a parking area, access road and lighting.

The Federal Aid Public Television Grant is $45,000 and extends from February 26, 2009 through December 31, 2009. This grant provides funding for promoting the Sportfish and Wildlife Restoration programs via the television.

The Sport Fish Restoration Program, which funds many grants, provides a cycle that begins and ends with the user of the facility where the grant has been awarded. The funds that are spent getting to the water and while on the water often help fund the grant that is awarded to make improvements as deemed necessary. Improvements such as the ones for which these grants have been awarded in the State of Texas create a safer and more accessible way for boaters and anglers to enjoy the vast bodies of water throughout Texas. The fund established by the Dingell-Johnson/Wallop Breaux Act enables boaters and anglers to invest in the recreational pastime that they choose each and every time they venture out on the water because the money they spend trickles back into the grant funds. Grants awarded by The Sport Fish Restoration Program are calculated using a formula that includes land area, the number of paid license holders as well as minimums and maximum. These grants are disbursed on a reimbursement basis of up to 75% of the cost of the project and up to 100% of the cost of projects for United States territories.

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2009 New Year's Resolution:

Warren (2002) says “God’s ultimate goal for your life on earth is not comfort, but character development. He wants you to grow up spiritually and become like Christ” (p. 173). Having made a series of missteps in times past, I realize that I truly have a made up mind and a heart to live, wholeheartedly, for the Lord. Though I, undoubtedly, once filled the shoes of the many hypocritical, I am confidant that God is faithful to continue the great and awesome work that He has begun in me. Because I recognize that, though I die daily to self, I am by no means perfect, each day I pray that there is more of Him and less of me.

While I desire that every member of the collective could live in peace and harmony, differences in opinion, religion, culture, nationality, political affiliations, and geographics aside, I understand that I must first search on the inward parts and pray that God would purge me of any and every unclean thing. Therefore, this race for which I am preparing is not about everyone else, but about seeking to discover areas in my own life in which I can become a more productive individual in my home, relationships, society, career and, more importantly, the ministry to which God has called me. Though not everyone will agree, it is my hope that I will be fashioned into a multi-cultural, inter-generational, cross-cultural leader who primes herself in being accepting of everyone, though I may not agree with the beliefs and moral codes of conduct by which others are governed. Through prayer, I am certain that I will not only receive clarity of thought, but be strengthened by the infalllible, immutable, and perfect Word of Christ.

Foster (1998) says “Prayer catapults us onto the frontier of the spiritual life. Of all the Spiritual Disciplines prayer is the most central because it ushers us into perpetual communion with the Father” (p.33). As much as I wish everyone believed in and reverenced God, I understand that there are a wealth of religious beliefs and diverse lifestyles in which people from all walks of life have become rooted and grounded, and it is those same areas that have built the foundation for their lives. Elmer (2002) says “Jesus, as the sinless God-Man, had to deal with cultural differences all the time. But the greatest cultural gap he had to bridge was between God and humankind, heaven and earth” (p. 46).

Just as Jesus was the most relational minister there ever was, while I will, undoubtedly, meet with varying opinions–many of which will often clash with my own, I am willing to do all that it takes to lead as Jesus did–wholeheartedly, in love, with a heart to reach every being ready and willing to hear a life-giving Word, whether they internalize the whole of my message, or find themselves chewing the meat and spitting out the bones. I am truly grateful for the many trials and tribulations which have given me a heart to love on God’s Creation, the many faces of this world, believing that each individual is, in some way, an extension of myself. Ultimately, my desire is to serve the Lord and stand before the world with an attitude of gratitude through servant-leadership, a willing vessel working to reach heaven.


Elmer, D. (2002). Cross-cultural connections: Stepping out and fitting in around the world. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press.

Foster, R. J. (1998). Celebration of discipline: The path to spiritual growth (25th Anniversary edition). San Francisco: Harper.

Warren, R. (2002). The purpose driven life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

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2009-2010 Fantasy Basketball: Top 10 Power Fowards to Draft

Over the years the Power Forward position in the NBA has evolved. No longer are NBA power forwards one dimensional players whose main contribution is to rebound while leaving the scoring to others on the team. Today’s Power Forwards are a vital component of any Fantasy Basketball Team, who is equally apt at shooting a three-pointer as grab a rebound. Here then are the top 10 Power Forwards to go after in this year’s Fantasy Basketball Draft.

Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks)

After 839 games in the league, Nowitzki remains the best Power Forward in Fantasy Basketball. Dirk can shoot from long range, hit his foul shots, rebound, pass and block shots, in short he can contribute in every Fantasy Basketball category. Last season in 81 games Nowitzki averaged 25.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, and ranked high in the league in both free throw and three-point shooting. Come Draft time, there will be sexier picks than Nowitzki, but few will give you the same output. Nowitzki is well worth your first round pick.

Tim Duncan (Spurs)

Few Power Forwards are in Duncan’s company in NBA history, though his value in Fantasy Basketball is diminished a little bit by his poor free throw shooting, and limited shooting range. Still, Duncan puts up numbers in all other categories and he will help in scoring, rebounding, block shots and assists. Last season Duncan averaged 19.3 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.7 block shots per game. This year his numbers should be close to the same, though after being in the league since 1997 he may be starting to slip a bit. Is he still worth a first round pick? Probably, if not, he will be gone by round two.

Pau Gasol (Lakers)

Gasol was one of the major reasons the Lakers won an NBA title last season. Though not quite in Nowitzki’s company, Gasol can still contribute across the board in Fantasy Basketball. Steady as they come over the past five seasons, Gasol is always good for 18-19 points, 8-9 rebounds, and 3-4 assists per game. He will also get you a fair share of blocks, and he always makes a high percentage of shots. Rest assured that in any Fantasy Basketball Draft, this 7 foot Spaniard will be gone by the 3rd round.

David West (Hornets)

Over the past three seasons few Power Forwards have put up numbers to rival David West. Last season West averaged 39 minutes, 21.0 points, and 8.5 rebounds per game, and there is no reason to believe his numbers will suffer any this season. As an added bonus David will also help you from the foul line, and will pick up a block or two along the way. At this point, his Fantasy Basketball upside is higher than Kevin Garnett’s.

Kevin Garnett (Celtics)

Injuries and age may have started to slow down one of the NBA’s greatest players. Last season Garnett was limited to 57 games and his playing time was down to 31 minutes a game, which directly affected his numbers. No longer good for 20 points and 10 rebounds a night, Garnett should be able to bounce back this season and average 17-18 points and 9 rebounds a game. Along with that, he will get you a block and a few assists a game as well. No longer a sure first round pick, Garnett will nevertheless be a good contributor to any Fantasy Basketball team.

LaMarcus Aldridge (Blazers)

Based on his performance the last two seasons, Aldridge should have been the first pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. Last season the former Texas player averaged 18.2 points and 7.5 points per game, and those numbers should begin to inch their way higher in the next few seasons to come. Aldridge will also aid your team with the occasional block shot and assist. In a keeper league, LaMarcus is a good investment.

Josh Smith (Hawks)

After missing most of November last year to injury, Smith’s numbers dipped considerably despite averaging the same amount of playing time he has in the past. Which Smith turns up this year remains to be seen, though on the low side, Smith will still get you 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks a game. If he is able to get back to his 2006-2007 form his numbers will go a bit higher. On a side note, Smith can also help you from beyond the arc, but he will hurt you at the foul line.

Troy Murphy (Pacers)

Murphy enjoyed a career year in 2008-09, averaging 14.3 points and 11.8 rebounds a game, while shooting 45% from beyond the arc. Murphy will help you in all shooting categories while throwing in a lot of rebounds, and as such should be consider as one of the best Power Forward options in Fantasy Basketball. This year there is no reason to believe that Murphy won’t be a 14-10 man again, and he makes for a solid pick in rounds 3-5.

Anthony Randolph (Warriors)

If you are looking for a potential sleeper pick, then Randolph is your man. A rookie last year who averaged only 17 minutes per game for the season, Randolph started receiving substantial playing time in April, and in 9 games over the season’s last month, Randolph got 4 double-doubles. This year look for Randolph’s numbers to take a giant leap forward, and for the Sophomore to average 14-15 points and 8-9 rebounds over the course of the 2009-2010 season.

Al Harrington (Knicks)

It took a while for this former high school first round draft pick to develop his game, but last season Harrington delivered with a career year. Averaging 35 minutes a game, and hitting on 36% of his three pointer, Harrington ended the season averaging a career high 20.7 points per game. Having said that, Harrington will only get you 6 rebounds a game, and he will only block the occasional shot. Overall Harrington is a middle round pick at best.

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2009: The Year of the Coupon

Recently I read an interesting article in Response magazine. Money Mailer’s Mobile Movement by Jacqueline Renfrow details 2009 as the year of the coupon. In 2008 Americans redeemed over 2.6 billion coupons for a wide variety of products. Take-out food, grocery items and supplies for home improvement projects are only a few of the types of products coupons were redeemed for.

With advances in technology coupon clipping is no longer limited to the inserts from the Sunday newspaper. Consumers have revealed to marketers that they would be even more likely to redeem coupons if they have the ability to download the coupons onto their store loyalty cards or to their cell phones.

This is where Money Mailer comes in. Money Mailer is a very well known direct mail marketing company that provides consumers with packets of coupons. With the 2007 introduction of the mobile coupon, Money Mailer has revolutionized the way consumers ‘clip coupons’. After receiving a traditional packet of coupons in the form of postal mail, the consumer can text message a short code back to the company which will offer a discount at the physical store. You simply show the clerk the message on your cell phone to redeem the mobile coupon. This tactic is gaining popularity and big name companies and franchises, such as McDonald’s are jumping on this band wagon.

Consumers like mobile couponing because it is more convenient than clipping and carrying around a traditional coupon, which will inevitably be lost or forgotten about while it floats around in a ladies handbag or crumpled up in a pocket.

Experts agree that mobile couponing has revolutionized the coupon industry, but it is also not “the- be all- end all” of couponing. Mobile couponing does have a definite advantage over email coupons. While this is a popular outlet for coupons, there is always the issue of having access to a computer when you are ready to redeem the coupon. Mobile coupons are always accessible if you have your cell phone on hand.

Mobile couponing is a brilliant idea. Combining the direct mail approach and the convenience of SMS messages is not only more cost effective, but it also helps to improve the image of Money Mailer. Mobile couponing saves a lot of unnecessary paper waste. This method of marketing matches consumers with the savings they are specifically interested in, eliminating the need to mail packages of coupons 4 times a year.

In this article the author is illustrating the way Americans shop is changing, and how technological advances influence these changes. The invention of the mobile coupon is amazing with its simplicity. This article explains how one business is adapting to these changing times, reaching a broader range of consumers, reducing waste and saving money.

Not only are mobile coupons an excellent form of advertisement, but also a powerful sales tool. Offering the consumer additional savings via text messaging is a brilliant way to compete in these times of economic uncertainty.

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2009-2010 NCAA College Football Bowl Previews and Predictions

Bowl Championship Series! It’s that time! The first NCAA College Football Bowl game kicks off on Saturday, December 19th starting with the New Mexico Bowl pitting Fresno State versus Wyoming and culminates with the BCS National Championship game on January 7th with the Texas Longhorns taking on the Alabama Crimson Tide. This article is heavier on prediction than on previews, but I’ll be posting up some individual previews as well. Predictions are based on team performance against common opponents (if any), team performance over the last third of the season, and if all else fails my personal judgment on who will win.

December 2009 College Football Bowl Games

19 December

New Mexico Bowl

4:30 PM (Fresno State 8-4 vs Wyoming 6-6) Alberquerque, N.M., University Stadium ESPN

Prediction: Fresno

Preview: Fresno State is favored by 10.5 in this one. Look for them to run the ball a lot with junior RB Ryan Matthews who has 10 100 yard rushing games this season. Final Score prediction, Fresno State 35, Wyoming 21.

St. Petersburg

8:00 PM (UCF vs Rutgers) St. Petersburg, Fla. Tropicana Field ESPN

Prediction: Rutgers

Preview:Rutgers has been impressive this season. Just a smidge away from some big upsets too. Final Score prediction, Rutgers 28, UCF 14.

20 December

R+L Carriers New Orleans

8:15 PM (Southern Mississippi vs Middle Tennessee) New Orleans Louisiana Superdome ESPN

Prediction: Southern Mississippi

Preview: Final Score prediction, Southern Miss 31, Middle Tennessee 17.

22 December

MAACO Las Vegas

8:00 PM (Oregon State vs BYU) Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium ESPN

Prediction: Oregon State

Preview: This will be a neat game to watch. Oregon State’s D will likely rule the day. Final Score prediction, Oregon State 28, BYU 17.

23 December

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia

8:00 PM (Utah vs California) San Diego Qualcomm Stadium ESPN

Prediction: Utah
Preview: Cal was a top 5 time at one point this year but got killed when they were #4 in the country. Look for Utah to win, 28, 24.

24 December

Sheraton Hawaii

8:00 PM (Nevada vs SMU) Honolulu Aloha Stadium ESPN

Prediction: Nevada

Preview: Nevada’s high-powered offense is going to be too much for SMU to get their first bowl victory since being awarded the “death penalty” by the NCAA. Final Score prediction, Nevada 42, SMU 28.

26 December

Little Caesars Pizza

1:00 PM (Marshall vs Ohio) Detroit Ford Field ESPN

Prediction: Ohio

Preview: Ohio’s had a great season. Final score prediction Ohio 21, Marshall 14.

Meineke Car Care

4:30 PM (North Carolina (8-4) vs Pitt(9-3)) Charlotte, N.C., Bank of America Stadium ESPN

Prediction: Pittsburgh

Preview: Pitt had a great season being ranked in the top ten at one point of the year. North Carolina was a BCS contender at one point as well. Final Score prediction Pitt 24, UNC 21.


8:00 PM (Boston College (8-4) vs. USC Trojans(8-4)) San Francisco AT&T Park ESPN

Prediction: USC

Preview: USC is favored by 9. BC will try to run the ball against their defense led by tailback Montel Harris who had 1,355 yards this season. I predict Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley will have a breakout game heading into his sophomore year and USC wins 35-21.

27 December

Gaylord Hotels Music City

8:15 pm (Clemson vs Kentucky Wildcats(7-5) ) Nashiville, TN LP Field ESPN

Prediction: Kentucky

Preview: Clemson is favored by 7 in this game. They lost a close contest in the ACC Championship and fell to 4th place in the ACC. The Wildcats also lost a tight overtime game against Tennessee that would have placed them 2nd in their division behind Florida. I’m going with the upset with the Cats playing in Nashville for the third time in four years and winners of their last three bowls (2006, 2007, 2008). A lot will depend on how Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke perform against the Clemson defense. Look for Clemson to try and take advantage of the deep ball against the Wildcat secondary. Final Score Prediction: Kentucky 28, Clemson 24.

28 December

AdvoCare V100 Independence

5:00 p.m. (Texas A&M Aggies (6-6) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (7-5)) Shreveport, La. Independence Stadium ESPN2

Prediction: Georgia

Preview: Texas A&M bounced back and qualified for a bowl after not being predicted to do so this season. Their signature win was beating in-state rival Texas Tech by more than 3 touchdowns. Georgia, however, started the season ranked in the top 10 only to finish a disappointing 7-5. The Bulldogs showed fans what they could have been doing all season in their season finishing win over Georgia Tech. They did lose to Kentucky at home for the first time since I think I was 2 this year. Final Score prediction: Georgia 35, Texas A&M 24 (Georgia is favored by 7).

29 December


4:30 p.m. (UCLA 6-6 vs Temple 9-3) Washington, D.C. RFK Stadium ESPN

Prediction: Temple

Preview: UCLA got in to the bowl after Army failed to beat Navy again this season. Temple is coming off of an impressive 9-3 season. Look for the Owls running attack to be too much for UCLA. Final score prediction, Temple 28, UCLA 21.

Champs Sports

8:00 p.m. (Miami 9-3 vs Wisconsin 9-3) Orlando, FL. Florida Citrus Bowl ESPN

Prediction: Miami

Preview: Miami is favoed by 3 points and early in the season were in the running for the BCS title. That talk died away with losses to Virginia Tech and then Clemson. Miami will have to shut down Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien to win, but my final score prediction is Miami 28, Wisconsin 24.

30 December

Roady’s Humanitarian

4:30 p.m. (Bowling Green vs Idaho) Boise, Idaho Bronco Stadium ESPN

Prediction: Idaho

Preview: Final score prediction Idaho 17, Bowling Green 7.

Pacific Life Holiday

8:00 p.m. (Arizona 8-4 vs Nebraska 9-4) San Diego Qualcomm Stadium ESPN

Prediction: Nebraska

Preview: Nebraska was like what, .5 seconds from Colt McCoy’s out of bounce pass stopping the clock from winning the Big 12? The finished the season extremely hot before dropping the game to Texas. Arizona comes in having beat Oregon State, USC, and Stanford this season. Arizona is favored by 1. My prediction is Nebraska’s D is too much for the Wildcats. Final Score: Nebraska 18, Arizona 14.

31 December

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces

12:00 p.m. (Houston (10-3) vs. Air Force (7-5)) Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Stadium ESPN

Prediction: Air Force


Brut Sun

2:00 p.m. (Oklahoma Sooners (7-5) vs. Stanford Cardinals(8-4) El Paso, Texas, Sun Bowl CBS

Prediction: Stanford

Preview: Oh, if Sam Bradford were here it would be a different story. Stanford’s favored by 9, but quarterback Andrew Luck may not be recovered from a broken finger in time for the game. If he is, he will not have much prep time under his belt. I mean, will they run Toby Gerhart 50 times? If Luck is back, my prediction is Stanford 28, Oklahoma 24, if he’s not back then the Sooners may just pull off the upset.


3:30 p.m. (Missouri vs. Navy) Houston, Reliant Stadium ESPN

Prediction: Navy

Preview: Navy’s already beaten Wake and Notre Dame this year. They played Pitt close, and believe they’ll pull the upset against Missouri. Final score prediction, Navy 24, Missouri 21.


6:00 p.m. (Iowa State (6-6) vs. Minnesota (6-6)) Tempe, Arizona Sun Devil Stadium NFL Network

Prediction: Iowa State

Preview: Minnesota is favored by 3. I’m taking Iowa State in the upset. They did play in perhaps one of the lowest scoring games I’ve watched this season in their 9-7 win over Nebraska. Final Score Prediction: Iowa State 15, Minnesota 10.


7:30 p.m. (Virginia Tech Hokies (9-3) vs. Tennessee Volunteers(7-5)) Atlanta, Georgia Dome ESPN

Prediction: Virginia Tech

Preview: The Hokies are favored by 4 points. Tennessee has rebounded from a “bowl-less” season last year to make the Chick-Fil-A bowl this year after overcoming the Kentucky Wildcats in the final game of the season in overtime. If Hokie QB Tyrod Taylor can protect the ball against the Vol defense, look for Tech to win 31-23.

January 2010 College Football Bowl Games

1 January


11:00 (Northwestern (8-4) vs. Auburn Tigers (7-5)) Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium ESPN

Prediction: Auburn

Preview: Auburn is favored by 8 points. They too have rebounded this season to finish 7-5, though they lost games in bunches this season. The Tigers pulled wins against West Virginia, Tennessee, and Ole Miss this season. Northwestern beat Purdue and Iowa. Final score prediction, Auburn 34, Northwestern 24.

Capital One

1:00 p.m. (Penn State 10-2 vs LSU 9-3) Orlando, FL Florida Citrus Bowl ABC
Prediction: Penn State:

Preview: I’ve watched LSU play several times this year. They just couldn’t get it done in the big-time games when they had to against Bama, Florida, and Ole Miss. Penn State’s favored by 3 and is coming in after thumping Michigan State to close out the season. Final Score Prediction: Penn State 30, LSU 20.

Konica Minolta Gator

1:00 p.m. (Florida State Seminoles (6-6) vs West Virginia (9-3)) Municipal Stadium

Prediction: West Virginia

Preview: Florida State is at the Gator Bowl because Bobby Bowden’s retiring/being run out of town. West Virginia is favored by 2 due to the emotions expected on the FSU side, but WVU did beat Pittsburgh and Rutgers this season. Final Score prediction WVU 42, FSU 24.

Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi

4:30 PM (Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2) vs. Oregon Ducks (10-2)) Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl ABC

Prediction: Ohio State

Preview: Oregon is favored in this game by just more than a field goal. Although the Ducks beat a common opponent in Purdue and the Buckeyes lost that game, I’m picking Ohio State in the upset. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor is going to have to protect the ball, but after watching his performance in the Buckeyes wins over Penn State, Iowa, and Michigan to close out the season, The Ohio State is my pick. Final score prediction: Ohio State 28, Oregon 21.

Allstate Sugar
8:30 PM (Cincinatti (12-0) vs. Florida Gators (12-1)) New Orleans, Louisiana Superdome FOX

Prediction: Florida

Preview: Cincinatti’s had another great year. They’ve lost their coach, Brian Kelly who took the Notre Dame job recently, however, and they barely squeaked past Pitt, West Virginia, and UCONN in the last third of the season. The Gators are coming off of an unusually lopsided loss to the Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship game costing them a shot at another BCS National Title. The Gators are favored by 10. I look for Coach Meyer’s defense to shutdown the air attack by Cincy and for the Gators to win 42-17.

2 January

12:00 (South Florida vs Northern Illinois) Toronto, Canada Rogers Center ESPN

Prediction: South Florida

Preview: Final Score prediction, South Florida 24, Northern Illinois 18.

2:00 PM (South Carolina (7-5) vs UConn Huskies Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field ESPN

Prediction: South Carolina

Preview: Steve Spurrier’s team could have easily been 8-4 or 9-3 this season. Final Score prediction, South Carolina 27, UConn 21.

AT&T Cotton

2:00 P.M. (Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3) vs Ole Miss Rebels (8-4)) Arlington, TX Cowboys Stadium FOX

Prediction: Ole Miss

Preview: Ole Miss had another season of almost getting to SEC championship. Look for the Rebels to be prepared for this game and for Jevan Snead to perform how he was supposed to all season against Oklahoma State. Final Score prediction, Ole Miss 35, Oklahoma State 28.

AutoZone Liberty

5:30 PM(East Carolina Pirates (9-4) vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (7-5)) Memphis, TN Liberty Bowl ESPN

Prediction: Arkansas

Preview: Arkansas’s offensive power is just too much for East Carolina. Unlike Houston (who East Carolina beat to get to the Liberty bowl), the Razorbacks have better defense. Final Score prediction, Arkansas 42, East Carolina 21.

Valero Alamo

9:00 PM (Michigan State 6 -6 vs. Texas Tech 8-4) San Antonio Alamodome ESPN

Prediction: Texas Tech

Preview:Texas Tech is favored by 7 in the Alamo Bowl. I tend to agree that they’ll win, though we don’t really know which Tech team is going to show up. The one that killed Nebraska by 21 or the one that got killed by A&M by 22? I think their offense will be too much for Michigan State, and final score prediction is 35-27.

4 January

Tostitos Fiesta

8:00 PM (Boise State Broncos (13-0) vs TCU Horned Frogs (12-0)) Glendale, AZ Univ. of Phoenix

Stadium FOX

Prediction: TCU

Preview: Conspiracy theorists say the only reason the BCS pitted these two teams against each other was so that only one of them would finish undefeated at the end of the season. The Horned Frogs are assessed at having the better defense and Boise State hasn’t had too many close games this season. When you look at signature wins, TCU has defeated Clemson, BYU, Utah, and Air Force this season where Boise State has beaten Oregon, Hawaii, and Nevada. Prediction TCU 28, Boise State 21.

5 January

FedEx Orange

8:00 PM (Iowa Hawkeyes (10-2) vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-2)) Miami Land Shark Stadium FOX

Prediction: Georgia Tech

Iowa Quarterback Ricky Stanzi hasn’t played in almost two months. The Hawkeyes defense, however, has had plenty of time to prepare for Tech’s triple option attack. The line on the game is four points. I think the layoff is just too long for Stanzi to perform in the Orange bowl. Final score prediction: Georgia Tech 35, Iowa 28.

6 January


7:00 PM (Central Michigan vs Troy) Mobile, AL Ladd-Peebles Stadium ESPN

Prediction: Central Michigan

Preview: Final Score Prediction Central Michigan 20, Troy 17.

7 January

Citi BCS National Championship Game

8:00 PM (Alabama Crimson Tide(13-0) vs Texas Longhorns (13-0)) Pasadena CA Rose Bowl ABCPrediction: Alabama
Preview: Before watching the Big 12 and SEC Title games, I would have given Texas the edge against Alabama. Who woulda thought Bama’s Greg McElroy would have one of his best games of the year and outperform Tim Tebow, while Colt McCoy would struggle in the Longhorns win over Nebraska? The various lines you see on the game have Bama favored by 5-7 points. Final Score prediction: Alabama 23, Texas 20.

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2009 Will Be a Great Year for St. Louis Institutions

What’s new and exciting in St. Louis in 2009? There’s something to do for everybody. The cultural institutions that make St. Louis the city that it is are in full swing this year. St. Louis has always been a big baseball town and this year we play host to the MLB All-Star Game. The game will take place at Busch Stadium on July 14th. Besides the annual contest between the American League and the National League this year, there will be an interactive Baseball Fanfest as well as a home run hitting contest. Your kid can also sign up to be a ball retriever for the contest.

Another great St. Louis institution is the St. Louis Zoo. To show that the tragic incident with the crocodile hunter and the stingray was an isolated incident, the zoo is having a close encounter with the beasts this year. Visitors will be able to watch as well as touch and feed these remarkable creatures at the “Stingrays at Caribbean Cove” exhibit. The zoo officials assure me that handling the stingrays is safe. I guess I’ll just have to take their word for it. Find out more at :

One of my favorite all time institutions in St. Louis is the Missouri Botanical Garden, also known to folks around here as Shaw’s Garden. Named after its founder Henry Shaw, the garden is one of the premier botanical gardens in the world. This year is their sesquicentennial birthday celebration. Check out the more than 150,000 flower bulbs in the spring. The park will be staying open late on Thursdays throughout the summer and will feature food and live music.

Six Flags over Mid America could definitely be considered a St. Louis institution. And this year there will be a new water park ride where visitors can race each other down a 262 ft. drop with plenty of dips and valleys. They will also have “Glow in the Park” this year featuring 65 lighted entertainers and a fantastic nighttime parade. Six Flags is located about 30 minutes west of St. Louis on Interstate 44.


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2009/2010 the CW Fall Television Schedule and Lineup

For the 2009/2010 fall television lineup, The CW is bringing back old favorites and premiering some new shows. The CW television network will be offering viewers plenty of shows to choose from and a great mix of suspense and drama. To learn more about The CW’s 2009/2010 fall television lineup and schedule and the shows just read this article.

2009/2010 The CW Fall Television Schedule and Lineup: 90210

90210 is a returning CW drama and its new season will premiere on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 8:00pm on the CW. The cast of 90210 includes Rob Estes, Lori Loughlin, Dustim Milligan, Jessica Stroup, Shenae Grimes, AnnaLynne McCord, Jessica Lowndes, Ryan Eggold, Tristan Wilds and Michael Steger. According to AOL “Beverly Hills 90201 gets a facelift in this somewhat edgier teen drama seen through the eyes of Annie and Dixon Mills, who father, Harry, has relocated their family from Kansas to Beverly Hills to keep an eye on their grandma, Tabitha, a fading former TV star and graduate of the Betty Ford Clinic” (AOL, 2009).

2009/2010 The CW Fall Television Schedule and Lineup: America’s Next Top Model

America’s Next Top Model is a returning CW reality competition and its new season will premiere on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 8:00pm on the CW. Host and Judge Tyra Banks will oversee fourteen aspiring models that hope to win the grand prize of a $100,000 Cover Girl Cosmetics contract, representation and management by Elite Model Management and a six-page cover fashion spread in Seventeen magazine. According to AOL, “after last season in New York, the locale for the first half of the new season shifts back to Los Angeles, while the international backdrop for the final episodes is Amsterdam, the Netherlands” (AOL, 2009).

2009/2010 The CW Fall Television Schedule and Lineup: The Beautiful Life

The Beautiful Life is a new CW drama and it will premiere on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 8:00pm on the CW. The cast of The Beautiful Life includes Elle Macpherson, Ashley Madekwe, Mischa Barton, Corbin Bleu, Sara Paxton, Nico Tortorella and Benjamin Hollingsworth. According to AOL, “young model wannabes learn about the business from the bottom up. Raina Marinelli is a young model on her way up, while Chris Andrews is starting at the bottom of the fashion food chain. Chris lucks out when Raina shares her expertise with him on his first assignment for Covert Modeling Agency. As he makes his way in the cutthroat world of high-fashion modeling, Chris must decide whether he can survive in the world of dangerous excess and fleeting fame” (AOL, 2009).

2009/2010 The CW Fall Television Schedule and Lineup: Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl is a returning CW drama and its new season will premiere on Monday, September 14, 2009 at 8:00pm on the CW. The cast of Gossip Girl includes Kelly Rutherford, Jessica Szohr, Matthew Settle, Penn Badgley, Taylor Momsen, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick, Chace Crawford and Blake Lively. According to AOL, “At an exclusive prep school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, students addictively follow text-messaged scoops on scandals and heartache among their peers as reported by Gossip Girl, a shadowy presence whose identity is known to no one” (AOL, 2009).

2009/2010 The CW Fall Television Schedule and Lineup: Melrose Place

Melrose Place is a new CW drama that will premiere on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 9:00pm on the CW. The cast of Melrose Place includes Shaun Sipos, Colin Egglesfield, Jessica Lucas, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, Michael Rady, Katie Cassidy and Stephanie Jacobsen. According to AOL, “this update of the popular 1992 soap features a new group of diverse 20-somethings living in an elegant Spanish-style apartment complex. The landlady of the building is the beautiful, middle-aged Sidney Andrews. Her tenants include the handsome and rebellious son of her former lover, a high-powered publicist who used to be her friend, a successful sous chef and former alcoholic she guided through AA, and a struggling medical student. The series starts off with a bang, when a bloody corpse is found floating in the complex pool, and police realize that almost everyone living at Melrose Place had motive to want the deceased out of the way” (AOL, 2009).

2009/2010 The CW Fall Television Schedule and Lineup: One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill is a returning CW drama and its new season will premiere on Monday, September 14, 2009 at 8:00pm on the CW. The cast of One Tree Hill includes Lee Norris, Bethany Joy Galeotti, Paul Johansson, James Lafferty, Austin Nichols, Antwon Tanner, Sophia Bush, Shantel VanSanten, Robert Buckley, Lisa Goldstein and Jackson Brundage. According to AOL, “the twentysomethings of Tree Hill find more questions than answers as they try to keep their dreams alive and their friendships intact” (AOL, 2009).

2009/2010 The CW Fall Television Schedule and Lineup: Smallville

Smallville is a returning CW drama and its new season will premiere on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 8:00pm on the CW. The cast of Smallville includes Allison Mack, Cassidy Freeman, Tom Welling, Justin Hartley, Callum Blue and Erica Durance. According to AOL, “this season, Clark takes on the role of protector of Metropolis as he wrestles with his identity, torn between his Kryptonian heritage and his human past” (AOL, 2009).

2009/2010 The CW Fall Television Schedule and Lineup: Supernatural

Supernatural is a returning CW drama and its new season will premiere on Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 9:00pm on the CW. The cast of Supernatural includes Misha Collins, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. According to AOL, “in the wake of Dean’s resurrection from hell, the Winchester brothers continue to battle evil” (AOL, 2009).

2009/2010 The CW Fall Television Schedule and Lineup: The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries is a new CW drama and it premieres on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 10:00pm on the CW. The cast of The Vampire Diaries includes Ian Somerhalder, Steven R. McQueen, Katerina Graham, Paul Wesley, Kayla Ewell, Sara Canning, Michael Trevino, Nina Dobrev, Candace Accola and Zach Roerig. According to AOL, “a few months after their parents are killed in a tragic car accident, Elena Gilbert and her brother Jeremy, are trying to come to terms with their grief” (AOL, 2009). Elena meets a vampire who is nice, but his brother is another story.


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