Is March Madness Good for Your Health?

Monday, March 12, 2012

This month's Saturday Evening Post quotes Daniel Wann, PH.D., of Murray State University saying, "Sports fandom is really a tribal thing." And, "Passionate fans tend to have lower rates of depression and higher self-esteem than the rest of us."

Contrary to what many bosses think, Wann isn't sure that watching basketball's "Big Dance" at work is a bad thing. He and others (who are of the academic world, not those paying people to produce stuff) actually believe that a short term loss of production can be overcome by long term benefits in morale and teamwork. To a point, I agree, but geez -- there are 33 games in the first round alone!

So, your boss frowns on goofing off, to the point of "Yer Outa here!?" You need "Boss Button," a simple tool which will quickly hide all open windows with a click. If you order it, be sure to do so with a company computer, and charge it to the company.

Murray State, Murray, Kentucky, is Heather's alma mater. They won 31 and lost only one this year and were one of the first to qualify for the NCAA tourney.


Pack rat that I am, I ran across my 1961 income tax return. My income included the sale of a new house to Omer Ellefson, of Supersweet, at 915 2nd AV SW for $14,659, and one to Westmar Prof. Clayton Feis, at 920 3rd AV SW, for $20,364. Our contractor's liability insurance cost $29.13, and $87.89 was the annual bill for insurance on a station wagon and a panel truck. I had remodeling income from 15 entities, including building an addition to the Union Presbyterian Church, Also, concrete, roofing, and gym work at the Union Consolidated school, and roto-tiller rentals at $1 an hour. The equipment inventory totaled $1,679, which included the two vehicles!


The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll of a week ago showed that although 43% strongly disapprove, 25% of the nation's voters strongly approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. He had been trending up slightly. Even with their best numbers in a year, Congress is still as popular as a picnic mosquito.

68% don't think those Repubs and Dems have done anything in the past year to significantly improve life in America.


Nobody is doing anything to significantly improve our image in Afghanistan, either, where American soldiers burned one or more Korans. No one seems to know how many. We have said the burning was "inadvertent" and an "error," but that hasn't satisfied President Hamid Karzai who has demanded the perpetrators be put on public trial.

At least 30 people were killed in protests to the burnings, including two American soldiers who were killed by an Afghan soldier who joined the demonstrations. Our president has apologized but that is not good enough for the United Nations, whose representative says, "After the first step of a profound apology, there must be a second step ... of disciplinary action."

This is another example of why the best we can hope for is to co-exist with those who are so completely different from us.

Our troops at posts in war zones are required to burn their trash, and we have burned bibles in Afghanistan before. Our Bibles, and lots of them.

As reported by CNN a couple years ago, "Unsolicited Bibles sent by a church in the United States were confiscated about a year ago at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan because military rules forbid troops of any religion from proselytizing while deployed there." Such religious outreach can endanger American troops and civilians in the devoutly Muslim nation, a military spokesman said.


From 1998 to 2010, The DaVinci Code was the bestselling book, but seven out of ten top sellers were Harry Potter books! The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larrson was the best seller in 2010. Heather is a fan of his books and I accompanied her to the movie. If there is a sequel I think I will do something more enjoyable, like cleaning the septic tank.

Although theguardian entitles the article "The Top-selling 100 books of all time," I am going to assume they mean worldwide works of fiction, for according to The New Yorker, the Bible consistently sells about double the number of any other book. One source claims that a conservative estimate is that in 2005 Americans purchased some twenty-five million Bibles--twice as many as the most recent Harry Potter book. The amount spent annually on Bibles has been put at more than half a billion dollars. E-books will change all of this.

Don Paulin,, 7557 30th Av, Norwalk, IA 50211 - 515-201-7236