Top 10: Superhero Movies

The Big Guy helped me compile this list.

#10: Spider Man 2 TBG



#9: Captain America: Winter SoliderI like what I like. DH


#8: X-MEN First Class TBG


#7: Avengers: Age of Ultron — I’m a Marvel fan. To me the Avengers are the cornerstone of the Marvel Universe.  DH


#6: The Dark Knight TBG


#5: The Avengers  — I’ve always been an Avengers fan.  This is still one of my favorites. DH


#4: Iron Man TBG


#3: The Incredibles  — With the popularity and success of The Incredibles I’m surprised it has taken Disney so long to come out with a sequel. DH


#2: Guardians of Galaxy TBG


#1: Captain America: The First Avenger — Captain America may be one of my favorite recent movies. I’ve always enjoyed super hero movies and grew up reading comics. Captain America was one that I really didn’t know much about his story until this movie.  DH




Top 10: Songs That Make Me Smile

#10 Bzrk (Feat. Kb) by  Family Force 5

 #9: New Shoes by Paolo Nutini

#8: Boomin’ by tobyMac

#7: Good Morning (Feat. Toby Mac)by

#6:  Dance Or Die by Family Force 5

#5: Shut Up and Dance by Walk The Moon

#4:  Cray Button (feat. Lecrae) by Family Force 5

 #3:Beautiful Day by Jamie Grace

#2: Happy by Pharrell Williams

#1: Chainsaw (feat. Tedashii) by Family Force 5


TDZ Retrospective: Top 10 — Stuff I learned from my Dad (and Granddads too)

Originally posted 19 June 2011.

I was blessed to have a Dad, Granddad, Great-Granddad and several uncles who were positive influences in my life.

#10: It is okay to be a nerd.

#9: To be careful where you park your ride. This was a painful but practical lesson my dad taught me. When I was in 5th or 6th grade I left my bike setting in the middle of the driveway. I had been warned not to do this. After many warnings my dad “impounded” my bike. He chained it to a rail in the garage and charged a small fine. I think the fine was around 25 cents. However, because I couldn’t pay the fine that day I also had to pay interest. By the time I had the money the total was a couple of dollars.

#8: Encouraged my creativity.

#7:  You are never too old to try something new.  This was something my great-granddad modeled.

#6: Actions have consequences, both positive and negative.

#5: Pay attention to the small things. My dad had a  shoe repair shop.  He insisted that all shoes be cleaned/shined. He even insisted on refinishing the soles of every shoe in for repairs. At the time it seemed ridiculous because refinishing the bottoms of the shoe. That had nothing to do with the quality of the repair work.  He said that people judged the quality of the repair job in part based on the way the shoes looked. If they looked as good as new, then customers would be impressed by it. I learned that paying attention to the details is helpful.

#4: The importance of hard work and doing a job right. My dad may have been one of the toughest boss I have ever had.

#3: Family is important. 

#2: To keep trying in spite of obstacles that at times appear insurmountable. My dad always tried to encourage me to keep going when things were tough.

#1: They shared God’s love in both actions and words.

Top 10: Unusual Team Mascots 3.0

Back by popular demand Top 10 Unusual Mascots. Professional teams have been included in version 3.0.

#10: Webster University Gorlock is a mythical creature that was designed by Webster staff. It has the paws of a cheetah, the horns of a buffalo, and the face of a Saint Bernard dog.WUGorlock

#9: The Albuquerque Isotopes  are a Minor League Baseball team based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The team is the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado RockiesABQIsotopes

#8: University of North Florida Ospreys UNFOsprey

#7: Richmond Flying Squirrels  are he Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants team in Richmond, Virginia. RICHMONDFlyingSquirels

#6: Cairo High School Syrupmakers  is nicknamed the “syrup city” because Roddenbery’s syrup plant was formerly located in Cairo. During a driving rainstorm in the middle of a football game many years ago, workers at the local syrup shelter brought over their rain coats labeled “Roddenbery’s Syrup” on the backs of the jackets to keep the players dry. Reflecting this heritage, the Cairo High School football team was named the Cairo Syrupmakers. In 1986 ESPN named “Syrupmaker” the number one nickname for a high school sports team. The girls teams are the “Maids” and the boys teams the “Makers”.CAIROsyrupmakers

#5: Leigh Valley Iron Pigs are the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.LEHIGHVALLEYIronPigs

VTHokies#4: Virgina Tech Hokies  According to the Virgina Tech website the word Hokie   has nothing to do with a turkey, the schools previous nickname. It was coined by O.M. Stull (class of 1896), who used it in a spirit yell he wrote for a competition.  Stull won the $5 top prize for his cheer, now known as Old Hokie:

Hoki, Hoki, Hoki, Hy.
Techs, Techs, V.P.I.
Sola-Rex, Sola-Rah.
Polytechs – Vir-gin-ia.
Rae, Ri, V.P.I.

#3: The Las Vegas 51s, formerly known as the Las Vegas Stars, are the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. LV51sCosmo

#2: Texas A&M Aggies — So I was a little surprised to see that the Fighting Texas Aggies were listed as an unusual mascot. Of course, The Big Guy is an Aggie so that is just normal around our house. Aggies is derived from the school’s name Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University. Texas A&M home of the Twelfth Man. During a game in 1922the Aggies suffered so many injuries in the first half the coach recruited student E. King Gill out of the stands to suit up and stand by, ready to play if needed. Gill didn’t play. Today Aggies stand during games to support their team.

12th Man

Reveille, the first lady of Aggieland, is the official mascot of Texas A&M. Unlike other school’s mascots Reveille is a five-star general and the highest ranking member of the Corps of Cadets. The current Reveille is Reveille IX. She was officially introduced on May 9, 2015.


#1: St. Francis Xavier University X-Men — No Dr. Xavier’s school doesn’t really exist.  St. Francis Xavier is one of the oldest Universities in Canada. However, the do have a cool name.STFXXmen

TDZ Retrospective – Top 10: More Unusual Team Mascots

Originally posted, December 8, 2010.

The piece I wrote about unusual team mascots has been one of the most popular posts I’ve written. I decided to do a second list. Several of the teams in this list were from the comments of the 1st list.  This time I have included college mascots as well. Also, I have only included official mascots. This eliminated mascots like Delta State Fighting Okra.  While Mr. Okra is an unusual mascot the schools official mascot it the Statesmen.

#10 Blooming Prairie (MN) High School Awesome Blossoms: While the mascot does look mean for a flower, it isn’t that intimidating. Wonder if they have some sort of sponsorship with Outback Steakhouse.Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms

#9 Chickasha (OK) Fightin’ Chicks:Chickasha Fighting Chicks

#8 Sheldon (IA) High School Orabs: The name is a combination of orange and black.

#7  Speedway (IN) High School Sparkplugs: The town of Speedway is on the west side of Indianapolis. Actually I think the mascot is pretty cool looking. Speedway High School

#6 Poca  High School (WV) “Dots” : While not very threatening it is appropriate.

#5 Scottsdale (AZ) Community College Fighting Artichokes: It seems that the students chose the Artie the Artichoke as the college mascot in as form of protest. The students were furious because they felt too much money was being spent to make the school a junior college sports powerhouse. The other ran three choices for mascot were the rutabaga, and the scoundrel.  At first the administration voided the election, but the artichoke stuck around long after the political fight ended.Scotdale Community College Home of the Fighting Artichokes

#4Yuma (AZ) High School Criminals: Apparently the nickname Criminals started out as an insult against the team from a rival team. At one time Yuma High was housed in what had been a territorial prison.

Yuma High School Criminals

#3 Boiling Springs (PA)  High School Bubblers: Couldn’t find a logo for this one.

#2: Lone Oak (KY) High School Purple Flash: Couldn’t find any information about the origin of the mascot. But because purple is my favorite color, they have made it to the top of my list.

#1: Texas Christian University Horned Frogs: In doing research for this post I discovered TCU Horned Frogs listed on another list of unusual team mascots. Being from Ft. Worth I was pleasantly surprised to see my hometown team listed.  I really never thought about a horned frog  being unusual.  A horned frog or horny toad as it is called is really a lizard not a frog. Horny toads are indigenous to the Southwest United States.


Top 10: Unusual Team Mascots

Originally published November 1, 2008 this has been one of the all time post popular posts on TDZ. It actually started out as kind of a joke with The Big Guy and I discussing unusual team mascots.

Well, it has been awhile since I posted a top 10 because I just couldn’t come up with one I liked. The Big Guy was watching football the other day when I got an inspiration for another Top 10. The Big Guy liked the idea and even suggested a few teams.

#10 Hamlin (TX) Pied Pipers:  For a town named Hamlin I guess this one is an obvious choice. The piper in the logo looks pretty fierce nothing like the one from the story books.

Hamlin Pied Pipers
Hamlin Pied Pipers

#9 Sidney Lanier (AL) Poets: After Googling, Sidney Lanier I discovered that he was an American poet and musician who lived in the 1800’s. While Poet seems like a strange choice for a sports team mascot it is appropriate for the school’s name.

#8 Itasca (TX) Wampus Cats: We used to play Itasca when I was in high school. My favorite cheer when we played them was “Here Kitty, Here Kitty, Wamp Wamp (Clap hands together)”. I really did not know what a Wampus Cat was, so I decided to do some research.  Found out that according to Cheerokee legend a Wampus Cat is a mythical cat with six legs, four used for running and two for fighting.

Itasca Wampus Cats
Itasca Wampus Cats

#7 John Marshall (CA) Barristers: The school’s mascot does make sense because John Marshall served as Chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1801-1835. The idea of a lawyer as a team mascot is amusing. What do they do, sue their opponents?

#7 John Marshall (OH) Lawyers: Ok, #7 is a tie.

#6 St. Hubert (PA) Bambies: Yes, that is right Bambie. St. Hubert’s is a Catholic Girl’s High School.

#5 New Braunfels (TX) Unicorns: Not only does New Braunfels have the best waterpark in the U.S. the high school has a very unique mascot.

#4 New Berlin (IL) Jr./Sr. High School Pretzels: Not particularly a mascot that strikes fear the heart of opponents, it does make me hungry.  According to their website only two schools in the U.S. have Pretzels as a mascot.

#3 West Plains (MO) Zizzers: I don’t exactly know what a Zizzer is but they do have a cool logo.

#2 Danville (AR) Little Johns: I found the story behind Danville’s mascot rather interesting.  When French Explorer Jean Chavet left France to scout the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers he left behind his girlfriend Adrienne Dumonde. In desperation she followed him to the docks and pursued the cabin boy to let her take his place. The other crew members called her Petit Jean because of her small size. According to legend she for three years no one discovered her true identity. Her identity was not discovered until she became sic and was left with a local tribe. Petit Jean river and mountain are named in her honor.

#1 Ojai Valley School (CA) Spuds: A potato may be not only the strangest school mascot I’ve heard of but one of the least threatening.

TDZ Retrospective -Top 10: Signs You Might Be A Nerd

Originally posted May 10, 2010.

Top 10This post was inspired by a recent conversation with The Big Guy. For some unexplained reason our conversation evolved or eroded to a discussion about our favorite search engine from back in the day (late 90’s/early 2000s).

#10: Your pet has a Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or blog page.

#9: You have more gaming systems than TVs.

#8: When moving to a new place the entertainment system and network are the first things setup.

#7: You can remember you email, mac address, URL for your blog but not your phone number.

#6: You say BRB before leaving a room.

#5: You make a Skype phone call to the person sitting beside you on the sofa.

#4: When making travel plans you make hotel selections based upon availability of free Wi-Fi.

#3: On a job application you list Vulcan and/or Leetspeak as second and third languages.

#2: You fondly reminisce about favorite search engines of the old days.

#1: Your house has more computers than people. Bonus points if less than half of the computers actually work.