I’ve always admired Gary Kubiak.
He was John Elway’s understudy for some 9 years in Denver and was offensive coordinator for the back-to-back Super Bowl winning teams of the late 1990′s.
His sons attended the high school at which I teach and, though I never taught them, one of them was involved in a summer program I was running in the 90s which had some mandatory days of attendance. Unbeknownst to me, those days overlapped with some time the Kubiaks wanted to take off – a few precious vacation days away from the grind of the NFL.
Mrs. Kubiak called me and explained that “Gary gets so few days off, we were wondering, if it’s okay with you and the school, if there is any way these days could be made up at a different time.”
Humble. Graceful. Unassuming.
That’s what I’ve always considered the Kubiaks.
The week Gary is fired, he takes out the ad below in the Houston Chronicle.
It confirms all I’ve ever thought of the man and his family.
I know I am not the first person to say this, but if Anchorman 2 is half as funny at the media blitz supporting it, it’s going to be pretty funny.
Take the cast, and One Direction and one of the (in my opinion) sweetest sounding songs about an inappropriate topic ever recorded and you get comedy gold.
You can see the results HERE.
We’re in a dark phase for superhero movies these days. All the fun of Avengers seems gone and is replaced by darker, grittier stories that evoke a sense of desperation and dread.
Makes me miss – just a little – watching re-runs of the 1960′s Batman television show.
Amazing Spider-Man 2 looks to follow in the darkness. It’s not that I won’t see the film. It looks very good and I love Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. It just looks… dark.
This link has been active since right after the anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. It suggests a pretty fascinating theory about who was really behind the president’s death.
Take a look HERE.
Oh, please comicbookresources.com, combine things that interest me!
The good folks at one of the best comic websites I’ve encountered have compiled a Comic Book Advent Calendar.
Click HERE for the link and then on the numbers and enjoy this very special way to prepare for Advent!
I don’t know if I’ll see Anchorman 2. I found the original only intermittently amusing. The concept pleases. The character does, too.
Take Burgundy and mix it with orange and blue and you get Ron Burgundy interviewing Peyton Manning.
Very, very funny.
Today’s Teaching Topic:
The Reward for the Work
The quote for the week is from Arne Duncan
“Money is not the reason that people enter teaching.”
Secretary Duncan’s quote is especially true of those of us who teach in Catholic schools.
Today’s Teaching Tip:
It’s not hard to find the rewards inherent in working with young people. Teachers just have to be cognizant of them.
The rewards are fiscal – they are far more important than that.
The calendar has turned. It’s December. Teachers, especially high school teachers, are now looking with new attention to all that needs to be done before the end of the semester at school. Curriculum concerns pound at them. Assignments that need to be graded laugh at them. Students’ attention seems to escape them. Oh, and teachers also have to prepare themselves, their families and their lives for Christmas and the Advent season.
I wonder if anyone keeps statistics on how often during this month a teacher asks “why do I do this?”
It’s not for the money, that’s certain. It’s really not even for the days off, though the coming promise of two weeks’ liberty shines like the sun during December.
The reward is living a life among the young. The reward is the journey with them towards knowledge and personal development. The reward is the companionship that teachers and students enjoy.
That’s the reward and I hope that I am ever thankful for it.
That’s my wish this Advent for teachers: be thankful for the real reward.