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The Week In Rewind | 19-Dec-2010

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– We discussed the end of an era with Brett Favre’s Consecutive Game Streak Ending.

– I’ve been studying up on some JavaScript techniques over at  I’m not sure what I’ll use these skills for, but maybe we’ll see some updates on this site due to my new skills.

– It looks like UMass football will be moving to the MAC.  I’ll have more on that next week.

– Other than that, it was a pretty slow week over here at BDR.

– Life has been pretty hectic on the home front, however.  Mrs. BDR and I tried to take the girls to see Santa, but the fat guy was on lunch break when we got there.  Unfortunately, we were up against a pretty tight schedule and had to boogie out of there before we had a chance to get their picture taken.  Hopefully we’ll get to do that today.  Other than that, we’ve been busy getting presents together, figuring out our travel plans, and coordinating our nightly activities as we both have work-related activities at night this week.  Speaking of work, I went through a small round of layoffs this week.  That brings the total for the year up to four.  I have been lucky so far.  Hopefully the new year will bring bigger and better things for my company.

I’ll be posting here this week, but if you don’t have time to read us, have a Merry Christmas and stay safe!

UMass Football – Moving On Up?

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As some of you might remember, my Open Letter to Jack Wilson, President of the University of Massachusetts received quite a lot of attention.  As such, I’ve been following the story on UMass football’s potential move from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).  Today, the Boston Globe ran a pretty interesting article on this exact issue – UMass still deciding on best move, MAC is a good option, but is there a better one?

As you might expect, I have an opinion on this issue… Read more of this post

Open Letter to Jack Wilson, President of the University of Massachusetts

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Mr. Wilson –

I recently read the following article on – UConn scores by spending more – The Boston Globe.  As a UMass Amherst alumnus, I am extremely disappointed to hear that my alma mater is hurting so badly and slipping down the charts with regards to its academic and research performance.  This school, which has graduated myself, my wife, my sister, my brother-in-law, and my brother, was once one of the best institutions of higher learning in Massachusetts.  Now, from all accounts, it’s littered with run down buildings, sub par research facilities and students who are not necessarily the cream of the crop.

I implore you to follow UConn’s lead and empower the athletic department to start raising money for the rest of the university.  Make your flagship university just that – THE most sought after university in Massachusetts!  Build your OSU, your University of North Carolina, your Michigan! Read more of this post