From the Desk of Seth Mela

  • The Right Way to Eat a Chicken Wing!

    Posted by Seth Mela

    This may be the most important Blog Post I've ever done... sure, this may seem like a little bit of work, but it's SO worth it!


  • 1-30-13 Political Correctness Runs Amok... Again

    Posted by Seth Mela

    This is simply rediculous.  I understand a Zero Tollerance Policy against students having guns... real guns.  But I don't understand an ignorant lack of common sense when dealing with an issue like this.


  • Coaching Job Cover Letters

    Posted by Seth Mela just put up a story about some of the more interesting cover letters from individuals looking to get hired as UW's new coach... Enjoy!

    Check Out the Hilarious Cover Letters Sent to the University of Wisconsin After Officials Posted the Head Coaching Job

    Following Bret Bielema’s decision to go work for Arkansas, the University of Wisconsin began its search for a replacement football coach.

    The University listed the job opening on its human resources website (which is required by law because it’s technically a government job) and asked that applicants have at least “5 years of successful college football coaching experience” and a bachelor’s degree.

    And you wouldn’t believe some of the responses they received.

    Using a public records request to get his hands on applications from people who “did not request anonymity,” Doug Brown at Deadspin compiles some of the best cover letters from the “less qualified” applicants :

    Jeffrey Kohnlein

    Career job title: “Executive search consultant”
    Current salary: “$83,200/yr”
    Desired salary: “$100,000/yr”

    To who it might concern:

    I have extensive Executive level recruiting experience as part of a $1B professional staffing firm and currently with GE Capital’s Retail Finance business unit.

    I also played one year of NCAA Division III athletics (baseball) and began coaching High School Baseball at the age of 18. I spent 2yrs as the Head JV and Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach for my former High School coaching, teaching and mentoring student athletes on the game of baseball as well as how it relates to life and daily choices. My assistant coach during my first year is currently an Assistant Coach with the Phoenix Suns.

    As a life-long Wisconsin resident and University of Wisconsin supporter, also hold a Bachelors degree from the school system, I am expressing my interest in the Head Coaching vacancy for the football program.

    Ronald Rains

    Dear Holly,

    I want to see Barry if he is here and available. N.C.A.A. is very good when I am a fan. It is better when I am the fan, since 1969 for around 44 years now. It is best when I know you well at Division I and Big Ten Conference.
    My goal is to DISCOVER it, Plan is to DEVELOP Famous Wisconsin Football. Then, I retire with DEDICATE my time to you.
    PROPORTION is important for proper arrangement or balance of parts for WISCONSIN FOOTBALL SUCCESS. I believe it can be achieved.
    COMPREHENSIVE LEARNING occurs when they beat us, or we beat them. It’s good for program and N.C.A.A.
    PASSION happens when everybody works hard, yet so winning. It also occurs when they had more success for those events that we did not score more points.
    RESPONSIBILITY is to us POINTS PLAY, OUTCOACH THEM AS MUCH AS WE can. SPORTSMANSHIP AND CITIZENSHIP are important element at all times, before events, durning events, and reflections.
    Coach Ron Rains

    Lawrence Bullock

    To; Whom it may concern;

    Dear sir,

    I am writing in order for your personal consideration to be part of your staff as NCAA position. I was mentored by Steve Kiner, when he was at University of Tennessee, I believe you might know Steve, He was Linebacker for Oilers. I hope you will interview my services. I believe my experience with Steve was meaningful. I have coached with Tom Parry, friend of Mouse Davis, Mike Dunbar, and Greg Olsen who was @ Tampa Bay for 2 years.

    Sincerely, May you have many Blessings this Year(LB)


    Alex Cabasso

    I know I lack the overall experience in coaching, but what I lack in experience I make up for with hard work and unbreakable determination. Please give me a shot I promise you I will not let down the program.

    Brian D
    Career job title: “Financial Analyst”
    Current salary: “$48,000/yr”
    Desired salary: “$50,000/yr”

    I have no football coaching experience at any level. It would be a huge mistake to hire me for this position.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    James Lusiak

    Office of Athletics Human Resources:

    I am interested in the position of Head Football Coach. I do not fit the mold that you would expect to find from an applicant for Head Football Coach, but please read on and I will outline my qualifications and experiences for this position. I am currently a football season ticket holder and have been attending football games at Camp Randall since I was a student at UW-Madison from 1995-1999. Not only am I a fan of the game of football, but I am also a student of the game. It is my desire to see that this program continues to be the elite program that it has become through the rich traditions and the work of Coach Alvarez to put the Badgers atop the Big Ten Conference.

    In my time at UW-Madison I not only learned what it means to be a Badger, I earned a B.S. in Pharmacy. I have been a Pharmacist since 1999 and have been with my current employer, Walgreens, since 1991. I have worked at some of the busiest pharmacies in the country and have spent 7 out of the last 12 years being the Pharmacy Manager. Managing a busy pharmacy involves fulfilling the duties of a pharmacist at the same time that you are managing team of 9 to 11 people to complete multiple different tasks simultaneously within a specified timeframe. This is very similar to the game of football. I work with my team of assistant managers, technicians, and cashiers to schedule, plan strategies, put the right employees in the best positions according to their strengths, and do so within a fast-paced high-pressure environment to come together to achieve a specific goal.

    I believe that my skill-set that I have built as a pharmacy manager in combination with my knowledge of college football makes me a viable, although admittedly unconventional, candidate for this position. I am constantly working to coach my employees to help them develop and put them in the position to effectively use their talents. I have to work within a specified budget and spend a majority of my time dealing with the public, providing excellent customer service. This directly relates to both recruiting, public relations, and being able to work cooperatively with diverse groups and administrators, faculty, staff and students. In the pharmacy we may have computer issues, illness, insurance issues, customer problems, etc. Every day I have to work to resolve these issues at the same time I still have my responsibilities to my other customers and staff to complete prescriptions on time.

    I know that I do not have the coaching and head coaching experience with Division 1 that would be preferred for this position. I do not consider this lack of coaching experience to be a disadvantage and am not afraid of taking a challenge head on and tackling it. I was accepted into a very competitive and demanding Pharmacy program at UW-Madison while married, had two children, and worked full-time to provide for them all the while I was a full time student.

    I appreciate your consideration and look forward to a written response to this application. This application may be made available to the public upon request.

    David Eagan
    Career job title: “Senior Advisor”

    Looking forward to the interview process

    Eric Redmon
    Career job title: “Coach”
    Current salary: “$85,000/yr”
    Desired salary: “$200,000/yr”


  • People ARE Amazing!

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Here is a film clip of some AMAZING things we humans can do!  Of course, I want to see the out takes from these stunts... that's probably where we get shows like 1,000 Ways To Die and World's Dumbest Daredevils, etc... ENJOY!

  • Assassination Attempt Gone Bad

    Posted by Seth Mela

    This is another video compilation of the failed assassination attempt in Bulgaria.  There's so much that can be said, but one thing that stuck out from the very beginning are the men in suits punching and kicking the assailant.  However, when an old man with an umbrella comes up to take his shot at the guy, he is pushed away. 

  • I Love New York City...

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Here's a cheeky video giving the highlights of the NYC No Pants Subway ride of 2013...

  • Here Are the Eight Most-Commonly Used Words

    Posted by Seth Mela

    According to a study by Google, there are eight words in the English language that are each used in at least 1% of all speaking and writing.

     --That means that EACH of these words is used as one out of every 100 words when people communicate.  In order from most-to-least-often used, they are: 


    #1.)  The, which is actually used 7.1% of the time . . . or one out of every 14 words.

     #2.)  Of.

     #3.)  And.

     #4.)  To.

     #5.)  In.

     #6.)  A.

     #7.)  Is.

     #8.)  That.

  • 1-11-13 Lifetime Presidential Protection

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Regardless of what you think about Obama's politics, he is an historical figure.  He has sparked tremendous contriversey and on some occasions anger.  As a result, I agree that he will need and deserves life time protection from the Secret Service.

    What do you think?  Is his protection worth the Tax Dollars?


    President Obama Will Have Secret Service Protection For the Rest of His Life

    President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law H.R. 6620, the Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012, granting lifetime Secret Service protection to all former presidents, their wives (unless they remarry), and their children under the age of 16.

    “The measure Obama signed Thursday applies to presidents elected after Jan. 1, 1997, specifically Obama and former President George W. Bush,” the Associated Press explains.

    “It reverses a 1994 law that ended Secret Service protection 10 years after a president leaves office. Under that law, the Homeland Security secretary could extend such protection on a temporary basis,” the report adds.

    Citing increased terrorist threats and “the greater mobility and youth of former presidents,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), one of the bill’s chief sponsors, argued that a change in the 10-year limit was necessary.

    “Both men are young, enjoy good health, and have long lives ahead of them post-Presidency,” Gowdy said during a speech on the House floor. “This bill proposes to extend that security for the remainder of their lives.”

    “There’s an unintended anomaly, Mr. Speaker, that if current law were not changed, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush and Laura Bush would receive more protections by virtue of being First Lady than they would if they had served as President themselves. So I hope my colleagues will make sure that the person and the symbol of our Presidency is safe and secure for the duration of their natural lives,” he added.

    The House overwhelmingly supported the bill.

  • Drive Thru Prank

    Posted by Seth Mela

    I thought you might enjoy something funny to watch today... enjoy!


    How would you react?

  • Gun Appreciation Day

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Have You Heard There Will Be a ‘Gun Appreciation Day’?

    Conservatives and gun rights advocates are coalescing for a pre-inaugural event that is being dubbed “Gun Appreciation Day” (GAD). Planned for Jan. 19, the pro-Second Amendment initiative will take place just two days before President Barack Obama officially commences his second term.

    Much like the actions urged by organizers of “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” and “Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day,” two recent initiatives launched by right-of-center advocates, those behind the firearms effort are urging supporters to head to gun stores, shows and ranges to open their wallets in support of gun rights. The event is a essentially a protest against what is perceived as too-much government intervention in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.