Down by 5 with less than 2 minutes to go. 3rd down and goal to go on the 1 yard line. LeSean McCoy has just run for 5 yards to get it to the 1 yard line. LeSean McCoy- arguably the best running back in the game (with the possible exception of Adrian Peterson) - and two opportunities to punch the ball into the end zone for the win. So what do they do? They pass twice - for incompletions. 

I don’t get it. With the game on the line you should put the ball in the hands of your best player and let him make a play. Win or lose by playing your strength. Sometimes coaches out think themselves and this was one of those times. 


I was listening to Tavis Smiley on Democracy Now talking about his new book, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Yearand the topic of the parallel between the Vietnam War and the new War on ISIS came up. Tavis talked about how Dr. King voiced his strong opposition to the Vietnam War - which caused him great political harm - and would likely oppose our current bombing forays in the Middle East.

I was struck by a clip they played where Dr. King called the US Government “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today”:


"As I have walked among the desperate, rejected and angry young men, I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through nonviolent action. But they ask, and rightly so, "What about Vietnam?" And they ask if our own nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. That question has hit home. And I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today, my own government."  — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

So I tried to download the iOS 8 update 14 times and they all failed. I tried reseting the iPad. I tried going through iTunes on my iMac. It was total frustration. The load times looked like I was back on a dialup modem. It would run for hours and then fail.

I then found this thread in an Apple support group. It turns out I was not the only one having this problem. And it turns out that the common theme with all that reported the problem is that we were all on FiOS!. Go figure.

So I started up the hotspot on my phone, connected the iPad to the phone network and BINGO! The update downloaded in about 10 minutes.



Now I am staring at a screen that says “Preparing Update…”. 

This is probably a big mistake anyway. But I am committed now.

Not a great video, but it was a beautiful site. 


That didn’t take long…


This download ran from 9:30 this morning until 4:20 this afternoon. And then FAILED. Amazing. 



BTW - yes, I am kicking butt in fantasy football this week. -:)

This is God’s way of telling me “Don’t upgrade to iOS 8”



I guess I will try again tomorrow. Sigh…

Thwarted again:


OK - I now have my iPad connected to my iMac to try and upgrade to iOS 8. It doesn’t look promising:



Only 52 hours to go. :-)

I know I should probably give up on this, but I am into the game at this point.