Biggest Wins in Next Four 2007 Bowl Games Belong to East Carolina and Texas – Part 2

Here are the next 4 winners of this year’s 2007 college football bowl game results:

Las Vegas Bowl – Brigham Young Nips UCLA 17-16 on a Blocked Field Goal

Brigham Young, which led UCLA 17-13 at the half and went scoreless in the second half, barely managed to hang on to win 17-16 against UCLA in a game the Cougars should have lost.

After allowing the Bruins a 4th quarter field goal to make it 17-16, BYU’s defense went into the dumper behind K-Mart by allowing UCLA to drive 87 yards in the last 2 minutes to give the Bruins a chip-shot field goal on the final play of the game.

Unfortunately for UCLA and fortunately for Brigham Young, a 280-pound Cougar lineman-Eathyn Manumaleuna (I think his last name is Hawaiian and 6 syllables)-who could not jump out of paper sack, got his right mitt up and became an instant hero. He will go into the BYU folklore history if he is not already there.

The win was the 10th straight for the Cougars who finished the season at 11-2, not too shabby by any standard. BYU dodged a bullet earlier this season against Utah, converting on a 4th-and-18 play in their winning drive to seal a 17-10 victory.

The Bruins only lost 2 games in their first 7, one to Utah 44-6 on the road (gag, gag and gag) and the other to Notre Dame 20-6 at home in the Rose Bowl (good grief). UCLA then lost 4 of its last 5 games plus the Las Vegas Bowl to end at 6-7, a losing season. No wonder UCLA coach Karl Dorrell was pushed out the door before the Las Vegas Bowl even started.

Hawaii Bowl – East Carolina Beats Boise State by a Field Goal, 41-38

Speed killed Boise State’s magic this year as East Carolina, which motored to a 38-14 lead early in the 3rd quarter, darn near sent the game into overtime when their star and the game’s Most Valuable Player-Chris Johnson-fumbled while the Pirates were ready to ice the contest.

Johnson’s fumble was picked up and returned for a 47-yard touchdown to tie the game at 38 with 1:25 left to play. East Carolina managed to drive to the Broncos’ 17 yard line and a last play field goal by Ben Hartman sealed the deal.

All Chris Johnson had done up to his inadvertent fumble was set a NCAA bowl record with 408 all-purpose yards for the Pirates. He rushed for 223 yards, caught 3 passes for 32 yards and returned 6 kickoffs for 153 yards. Boise State, a 10.5-point favorite, managed just 3 yards in the 1st quarter while East Carolina racked up 181 yards behind Johnson’s 106 rushing yards.

If you saw this match-up, Chris Johnson ran by Boise State Broncos as if they were standing still. The Broncos looked like they had lost a saddle and were watching their horse run away. It was Don James, the Dawgfather, who said “speed kills” while he built the University of Washington into a powerhouse in the 1980s and early 1990s as the Huskies’ most successful coach.

Boise State had cruised to a 13-0 mark last year and stunned Oklahoma with a miracle 43-42 overtime victory in the Fiesta Bowl. This year was the 6th straight bowl appearance for the Broncos, who dropped to 10-3 while East Carolina rose to 8-5. If Hawaii wins its bowl game against the SEC’s Georgia Bulldogs, Bronco mania could be in trouble. I hear it is cold in the winter in Idaho.

Did I mention that Boise State was ranked 24th in the final AP Top 25 Poll, 24th in the final BCS Standings, and rated 28th by Sagarin? Sagarin rated East Carolina 75th in its final poll; this is why Boise State was a 10.5-point favorite.

Motor City Bowl – Purdue Beats Central Michigan by a Field Goal, 51-48

Purdue was lucky to get out of Dodge a winner when the Boilermakers traveled to Detroit to face the Mid-American Conference champion Central Michigan Chippewas in the Motor City Bowl. Thankfully, the Boilermakers’ Chris Summers put his foot to the pedal to kick a 40-yard, last play field goal as Purdue drove out of town on top, 51-48.

This was an exciting game for fans to watch unless you care about defense. The combined 99 points tied the second-highest total ever for a bowl game in regulation play, topped only by California’s 52-49 victory over Virginia Tech in the 2003 Insight Bowl.

The game showcased the quarterbacks. Purdue’s Curtis Painter set a school-record 546 yards passing on a 35-for-54 effort (65%) with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, both of which went off of receiver Dorien Bryant’s hands. Central Michigan’s Dan LeFevour completed 17 of 34 (50%) for 292 yards and 4 touchdowns, and picked up another 114 yards on 33 carries.

LeFevour’s 19-yard scoring pass to Bryan Anderson with 1:09 remaining tied the game at 48. LeFevour, a sophomore, finished the year with 27 passing touchdowns and 19 rushing touchdowns, almost matching Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow of Florida as the only major college player to have 20 each in a season.

Purdue, which has risen folding in important games to an art form, blew no less than three 21-point leads before Summers decided to win one for a change. The Boilermakers were favored to win by 9 points. Purdue finishes the year at 8-5 and Central Michigan dropped to 8-6.

Holiday Bowl – Texas Beats Arizona State 53-34 for 4th Straight Bowl Victory

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy fumbled 4 times but it was still not enough to slow down his Longhorn teammates as they outlasted Arizona State 53-34 to win the Holiday Bowl. McCoy was helped by the Sun Devils committing 5 turnovers.

Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter had a horrible night, going 18-of-32 for 187 yards and being sacked 4 times. McCoy threw for one score, ran for another and fumbled into the end zone and his teammate Jermichal Finley recovered for another score. McCoy was 21-of-31 (67%) for 174 yards and ran for 84 yards on 16 carries.

A stupid mistake by Texas coach Mark Brown’s stepson, Chris Jessie, marred the game but did not affect the outcome. Jessie touched an errant fumble by Arizona State that was a live ball and the Sun Devils capitalized on the error to score a touchdown. “That’s the most unusual play I’ve ever seen in college football,” ASU coach Dennis Erickson said.

Texas led 28-10 at the half and was not about to be denied a victory. The win by Texas was its 4th straight in bowl competition and lifted its final record to 10-3 as Arizona State dropped to 10-3.

(Editor’s Note: This is the 2nd article of a series on the 2007 bowl game results.)

Copyright © 2008 Ed Bagley

6 Clever Interior Design Ideas Using eBay Finds

As a decorator I get paid to shop. That sounds like a dream job! The downside is that searching for interesting pieces within a set price range can be time consuming. With the price of gas, it can also be expensive to drive all over town. For me, online shopping becomes very appealing as well as practical.

One of my favorite places to shop for interesting and unique items is eBay. I remember the night I first discovered this wonderful site. I spent hours thinking up things to find. Need an Elvis suit? An original Pac Man game? A discontinued fragrance? Someone is probably trying to sell it and eBay will connect you with them.

This is a great site for decorating your home. Make a list of accessories you need to pull your rooms theme together and start shopping. Once you open an account with eBay, you can create a wish list so that you will be alerted when something you want is placed on the market.

Here are some interesting items that I found online:

1. Are you trying to create a vintage bathroom? Hang a glass front cabinet on the wall and fill it with old medicine bottles. A quick eBay search found a variety available for a few dollars. Add to this talcum powder tins and antique razors and you will feel like you are in your great grandmothers bathroom. Nostalgic touches can be very creative decorating.

2. Pottery and glassware are plentiful on eBay. This the fastest way to start a collection that would look great on top of your kitchen cabinets or on your bookshelves. Usually they will draw nice comments from your guests.

3. Cast iron doorstops are another collectible that can easily be bought. Dogs, floral arrangements and even the state of Texas are represented in these decorative pieces. Use them as a door stop or display them along the baseboard of a hallway to create floor art.

4. To add a focal point to a stone floor or wall, check out the marble stone mosaics available. They are hand cut and mesh mounted for easy installation when you are laying tile work. This category also has listings for colorful hand painted pieces that would look wonderful in a backsplash, tabletop or around the edge of a swimming pool.

5. I love the little details in a room. The light pulls that you can buy for less than $5 are a perfect way to add fun to your ceiling fan. I found whales, dragonflies, geckos and billiard balls to buy. I also searched and found great finials that you can also purchase for your lights. These little touches make a big difference.

6. It would be great fun to use the toys you grew up with to decorate a childs playroom? If your beloved items have been given away, you can buy new memories on eBay. Type in vintage toys and see what comes up. It is so much fun to go back in time in this category. I even found a set of 1968 Play-Doh Cans ( empty, thankfully!)

Grab a glass of lemonade and go shopping online this week. You will find things you may have never thought of to buy for your home and it will add to your creative arsenal that will have your guests raving about your decorating abilities.

Get To Know Designer Jan Barboglio

There are some designers who make an entrance into the fashion world and work their way to the top slowly. There are others who seem to make almost an instant splash and continue to be a popular choice among many individuals. Such is the case with Jan Barboglio, a designer that has a well-known name throughout her home territory of Texas and indeed, around the world. If you have followed any of her designs in the past, you might be interested in learning a little bit about her and how she found her love of designing that finds its way into many of our homes.

Jan Barboglio spent her young childhood in the area of northern New Mexico. The rugged landscape in the area likely influenced much of her design ideas. In addition, she spent a lot of her years as a young child on a large ranch in the area and there was, no doubt, a lot of iron work that was used on the ranch which also influenced her designs. Today, she lives in a historic neighborhood in Dallas with her family. She spends much of her time working on her decorations and enjoying being with her family in that area. She has a sister, named Tina that was influential in her design philosophy and helped to start the home decor design business that she is now so famous for doing.

Although most people are familiar with Jan Barboglio because of her home decor designs, that is not actually how she got her start. In the beginning of her career, she had an excellent reputation for designing a line of apparel, for which she really displayed a lot of creativity. She was in apparel design for more than 20 years and ended up taking her creativity to the home decor area. It is in the home design area that she tends to spend the majority of her time.

It is interesting that her popularity has much to do with the fact that she puts a lot of her past into the home decor business. You can see a lot of the influence of her young childhood in New Mexico and as we discussed, with the fact that her work was likely very popular on the ranch where she spent her young childhood. You will also see a lot of the influences of Dallas, which is where she now resides in the work that she does. That unique style has really added a lot to what she brings to the table and it likely adds to her popularity as well.

If you are somebody that enjoys decorating and likes to add some flair to your home, there is no doubt that you will also come to appreciate the different designs that Jan Barboglio offers. Regardless of whether it is a plate, a centerpiece item or any type of design that she does, she really puts a lot into it and there is no doubt that each piece is uniquely her own.

Dallas – Friendly Southern Gaybourhood

Surprisingly, deep in the heart of the world-famous George Bush’s ranch country, amidst ominous dark clouds there’s a ray of sunlight and a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow–gay-friendly Dallas, Texas. This vibrant, lively city legitimately boasts the sixth largest gay population in the United States and once you spend a few days enjoying gay Dallas this claim is easy to understand. After all there must be good reasons why openly gay pop singer George Michael now makes Dallas his home.

So what makes Dallas so appealing to the gay traveler? Firstly, there’s good ‘ol southern charm mixed with warm hospitality and colorful culture. Secondly, the GLBT community is comfortably and solidly woven into the fabric of the city. Thirdly, the community groups and gay businesses work together creating a vibrancy to this city’s hospitality, entertainment and retail organizations. Throughout the resident gay community a stranger is almost always recognized immediately and welcomed to the “gaybourhood”.

It seems as though there is always something happening in the Dallas GLBT community so whatever time of year one visits this city there are plenty of gay activities to entertain and fulfill your vacation needs. The diverse local resident community is integrated throughout Dallas and the gay scene is identifiable in several different areas. The heart of gay life can be found in the Oaklawn/Uptown district on Cedar Springs Road and the surrounding area. But there are also several smaller enclaves like the Bishop Arts District and local neighbourhoods such as Oakcliff. With approximately thirty gay and lesbian bars, pubs and clubs plus an equal number of gay or gay-friendly restaurants this city for sure knows how to entertain gay holiday-makers.

Local community groups include the Dallas Tavern Guild whose twenty-plus nightclub proprietor members strive to make your “night on the town” a positive, friendly experience. The North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce promotes and supports the economic development of the community. Dallas is home to the largest gay mens chorus in the country-The Turtle Creek Chorale-and the largest gay and lesbian church in the world-the Cathedral of Hope. Each spring the Texas Gay Rodeo Association organises the Big D Rodeo in Dallas and since 1984 throughout Texas they have raised an estimated two million dollars and donated this mostly to AIDS-related charities. The annual Pride celebrations take place in mid-September including the Texas Freedom Parade, Festival in Lee Park and the Voice Of Pride talent contest.

Undoubtedly these strong organizations are the very pulse and heartbeat of this vibrant GLBT population for which Dallas is becoming widely renowned.

If you’re interested in some arts and culture then the Dallas Arts District is the place to call home. Comprised of a nineteen block, sixty-eight acre downtown locale it’s the largest urban arts district in the country. The area residents include thirteen facilities and organizations dedicated to the arts. It is also the future site of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. Here you will find the Nasher Sculpture Center and Garden next door to the Dallas Museum of Art. A look and see here will reveal exhibitions similar to the recent Matisse: Painter as Sculptor-a combination of the artists paintings, drawings and sculptures-showcased between the two galleries.

Completed in October 2003 the 70 million dollar structure for the Nasher Sculpture Center and Garden houses the Nasher Collection of over 300 sculptures plus touring exhibitions. The unique building is enclosed by a glass ceiling with glass facades which allow the galleries to virtually extend into the garden and for the artworks to be viewed in natural light. The indoor and outdoor exhibition space totals 72,000 square feet on a 1.4 acre site which is probably the largest facility of its kind in the world. Strolling in the garden is akin to a tranquil sanctuary in the middle of the city where you are surrounded by unique, contemporary works of art. Art lover or novitiate this is a must visit during your stay in this cosmopolitan city.

History buff,or not, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza houses a not-to-be-missed important tribute to the life and times of the late President John F. Kennedy, his legacy and the era in American history often referred to as Camelot. Located on the sixth floor of the former Texas School Book Depository this is a fascinating, educational audio-visual journey back in time to an important part of history from the ’60s. Even if this particular historic time is unknown to you it’s an interesting, eye-opening lesson which will be well worth approximately an hour of your time to experience the Kennedy family impact on society yesterday, today and perhaps tomorrow. Be sure to rent the audio headsets which provide an uncanny reality to this presidential era and the period following.

As you would expect in any large city the available accommodations in Dallas are many and varied in style, location and budgetary considerations.

Major hotel chains include the Westin City Center Hotel and the nearby Adam’s Mark Hotel each of which proved to be extremely gay positive. Both are located in the heart of downtown a convenient distance to all the attractions and nightlife.

Newer boutique hotels are to be found all over Dallas and they also offer a wide range of choice in every way. The Hotel Belmont overlooks downtown with a spectacular skyline view providing garden, loft or bungalow rooms and suites reinventing 1940s cool with a mix of modern luxury. In the Uptown Art District Hotel Zaza is a stylish property reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa outside and dramatically eclectic inside. The recently renovated-perhaps more accurately rebuilt-Hotel Palomar is a structure infused with a spirit of renewal and is a true urban resort. In this luxury lifestyle boutique hotel you will discover that art is an integral part of the decor.

The restored historic Grande-Dame of Dallas hotels is the Warwick Melrose located right by the Cedar Springs gay village where entertainment can be found within a few short minutes walk from the hotel lobby.

For a home-away-from-home Bed & Breakfast experience The Daisy Polk Inn is also located a block form Cedar Springs Road and offers fully restored antique furnishings with comfy bedrooms and common areas. Gay owned and operated you can be sure this will make for a perfect holiday home.

Whatever your choice for a place to stay be ready for some southern hospitality with a gay flair and a genuinely warm welcome.

When it comes to nightlife the Dallas gay scene is probably the envy of residents from most North America cities for this is a true smörgåsbord of selection and choices to suit absolutely every gay desire for a night on the town. It would be impossible to describe everything in one short story but the Dallas Tavern Guild website provides extensive listings along with brief descriptions of what to expect from each restaurant or bar venue.

However, worthy of mention–in random sequence–are some of the highlights of my nightlife tour: Kaliente Dance and Show Bar with a young and vibrant crowd of the community’s hottest Latinos and Latinas keep this place smoldering with great salsa and Tejano music; Buddies II Womens Nightclub, a really popular spot, especially on weekends with good dance music, regular karaoke nights, pool tables and in the summer, a swimming pool and sand volleyball courts; Illusions where a friendly, welcoming staff make this bar a regular hangout for locals who enjoy darts, karaoke and female impersonator shows; Alexandres for live jazz and blues musicians on a nightly basis; Barbara’s Pavilion near the popular and trendy Bishop Arts district in Oak Cliff is known for a friendly atmosphere, great neighborhood crowd and a tropical patio; Phases for karaoke in a neighbourhood pub atmosphere.

Dining out in Dallas offers an international flair but also includes traditional barbecue steak and ribs with famous Texas beef. Dining variety in downtown might include the trendy new Stephan Pyles Restaurant with his famous culinary style or traditional Texan fashion at Sonny Bryan’s Bar-B-Que for ribs or steak. For a real culinary delight Uncle Julio’s Restaurant will satisfy the most discerning gourmet palate. Breakfast choices might include the non heart-healthy feast at Lucky’s Diner or a light start to the day at Buli Café. Whatever your favorite food might be you can be sure you will find it somewhere in this sophisticated city.

As you can see variety is the spice of life during a night on this town.

A good source of local information is the weekly newspaper the Dallas Voice published each Friday and available at practically every gay establishment. The 150 page Dallas/Fort Worth Lambda Pages is also a great reference guide to everything gay or gay-friendly in the community. To help find your way around this big city be sure to pick up the comprehensive Columbia FunMap which is loaded with helpful tips and local maps. For a broader look at the state of Texas the Red Nightlife or This Week In Texas magazines cover statewide GLBT activities.

If you were a fan of the hit 80’s television series Dallas then a short thirty-five minute drive to tour the home of the Ewings-Southfork Mansion and Ranch Museum-might be the highlight of your trip. If this is the case you probably won’t want to tell the locals you’ve recently befriended the next time you see them. They will politely tell you that on Cedar Springs Road JR’s Bar and Grill for cowboys or Sue Ellen’s Women’s Club for cowgirls would have been more fun. Instead of a TV land fantasy these clubs will make you feel like you know the real Dallas!

When making your travel plans it’s important to note that the extremely gay-friendly carrier American Airlines is headquartered here. The Dallas/Fort Worth international airport is a major hub making it easy to think of them as your airline of choice. They provide a great deal of sponsorship support to the Dallas GLBT community and deserve a consideration in return. They even have a special rainbow website for you to visit.

The City of Dallas motto is “Live Large. Think Big” and you have probably guessed by the end of this story that everything is larger in Texas which leaves a really big impression on every gay visitor to the misnomer Bush Country