Keep The Big Ten As It Is

There has been a lot of speculation lately about the Big Ten considering expansion.  The talk is that the conference might add a twelfth team, split into two divisions, and then end the season with a championship game.  Today the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors released a statement on the expansion possibilities that makes it sound like consideration of potential expansion is a standard exercise that the conference undertakes every few years as a matter of course.

I hope the Big Ten doesn’t expand.  I don’t care that expansion might permit the conference to “expand into new television markets,” or increase revenue through a championship game.  Although Big Ten football has been much-criticized lately, the reality is that the conference as a whole is the premier athletic conference in the United States and consists of high-quality academic institutions that also happen to emphasize intercollegiate athletics.  Why mess around with a good thing and risk the possibility of diluting the academic and athletic quality of the conference by adding schools that really don’t belong?

From a selfish standpoint, I also don’t want to see any changes to the traditions surrounding Buckeye football and the Big Ten.  Ohio State should end the regular season in football with The Game against Michigan, period.  No ginned-up “championship game” can hold a candle to The Game, and it is silly to even suggest such a thing.

The Death Pool Approacheth

I’ve written before about the 24 Death Pool we have at work. The new season of 24 will begin in about a month, and Fox has posted the trailer for the new season.  It’s set in New York City, it’s got Jack Bauer, and his daughter, and Chloe, and no doubt he will once more be reluctantly dragooned into saving his country through use of extreme methods that leave dozens dead and will be completely unappreciated by tight-assed, by-the-book politicians and federal agents.  What more do you need to know?

Calling For Christmas Cookies Recipes (Cont.)

In doing some baking over the weekend, I tried a new recipe of my own devising.  It was motivated, in part, by a desire to use some unused ingredients and by a desire to create a concoction I could legitimately call a dirty snowball, which I think is a pretty good name for a Christmas treat. The result is a bit sticky and messy but, in my view, tasty.

Dirty Snowballs

Bottom layer ingredients:  1/2 cup butter; 1/4 cup powdered sugar; 1 cup flour

Mix and pat into 9″ square pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.

Top layer ingredients: 1 7 oz. container of marshmallow creme; 1 tablespoon cocoa powder; 1 cup shredded coconut.

Stir together marshmallow creme and cocoa powder; do not beat.  Carefully spread over bottom layer.  Sprinkle shredded coconut evenly on top.  Return to oven at 325 degrees for 25 minutes.

Cool completely before cutting into bars.

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes