Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Old Man Hanson on his 21st training camp with the Lions



And in case the embed doesn't work, here's the LINK to the video.

My favorite Lion
In his 21st Lions training camp, turns out Jason Hanson had not heard it all. Derek Dimke, the other kicker in camp, bothered Hanson a bit at first. “The first couple of days he kept calling me sir and I was getting really irritated with that. I was like ‘dude knock it off,’ Because I think he actually meant it, I was reading his eyes like is he kidding, he’s not,’’ Hanson said. “Don’t call me that. Once we got that settled, we were fine. “So I started wearing my hat again so you can’t see my bald head,’’ Hanson added.
Over to you Opera Man Lions Fan:


Herodotus’ “Histories” of the Persian Wars (very liberally ‘translaparaphrased’): Book I section 75



75 (Wherein Herodutus relates a dubious tale about Thales, and his Lydian Construction Battalion)


So, Astyages was Cyrus’ grandfather on his mother’s side. He was attacked and subdued by Cyrus for the reason I now present. My point in relating this is to emphasize that Croesus blamed Cyrus for what he had done, and had therefore thought it best to send to the oracle enquiring whether he should invade Persia. When an ambiguous answer had arrived, as was wont, he interpreted it as being in his favor. He began the invasion. After he had led his army into Persia and came to the river Halys, he moved his army across using extant bridges, or so I believe. The Greeks, on the other hand believe that the crossing was accomplished due to the cleverness of Thales of Miletus. According to this story, the bridges did not yet exist, and Croesus was at a loss as to how his army would cross the river. At this point, Thales, being in the camp, diverted the river’s flow so that it not only coursed around the left of the army, but also around its right. By starting at a point on the river above the camp, he dug a deep semicircular trench, guiding the stream from its ancient bed, so that it would flow around and to the rear of the camp, and thus passing, would then rejoin, flowing into the older bed. The river, being therefore divided into two lesser channels, was easier to ford. Some who tell this tale even go so far as to claim the older bed was completely emptied. I find this hard to believe, for how then did they pass the same river, later on, when the returned from their campaign?