Daily Update: Monday, July 17th, 2017

07-17 - World Day for International Justice

We have no Saints to honor today, but today is the World Day of International Justice.

World Day for International Justice, also referred to as Day of International Criminal Justice or International Justice Day, is an international day celebrated throughout the world on July 17th as part of an effort to recognize the emerging system of international criminal justice. July 17th was chosen because it is the anniversary of the 1998 adoption of the Rome Statute, the treaty that created the International Criminal Court. On June 1st, 2010, at the Review Conference of the Rome Statute held in Kampala, Uganda, the Assembly of State Parties decided to celebrate July 17th as the Day of International Criminal Justice. Each year, people around the world use this day to host events to promote international criminal justice, especially support for the International Criminal Court. The day has been successful enough to attract international news attention, and for groups to use the day to focus attention on particular issues such as genocide in Darfur, Falun Dafa, and serious crimes of violence against women. (The United States had signed the treaty creating the International Criminal Court on December 31st, 2000, but on May 6th, 2002 informed the United Nations that the United States did not intend to become a party to the treaty and so was withdrawing its signature.)

Last night Richard gathered up the trash and wheeled the trash bin out to the curb.

On getting up to get ready for work today I posted to Facebook that today was the World Day of International Justice. I did my Book Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. Once we clocked in, Richard was on Mini Baccarat, and I was on Three Card Poker; today was a slow day at the casino, and I continued reading Sycamore Hill by John Grisham via Kindle on my tablet.

After we clocked out at 11:00 am, Richard went to talk to the insurance people on site at the casino to see if he could arrange for Long-Term Disability, should something happen to Butch that Richard would have to take care of, and I had my appointment at the Clinic with the doctor. Richard will get mail in two or three days about his request, and I had a clean bill of health; I will see the doctor next on January 22nd, with blood drawn for lab work a week before. I continued reading Sycamore Hill by John Grisham via Kindle on my tablet, finishing it just after we got home. I ate my lunch salad and read the morning paper. Then Richard went to our auto garage with the truck and to the oil change place, and I did my Book Review for this Weblog and for my Goodreads and Facebook accounts for Sycamore Hill by John Grisham. Richard came back home, and I did some Advance Daily Update Drafts for this weblog. At 4:30 pm we watched Jeopardy!, and I am now doing today’s Daily Update; when I finish this Daily Update I will do some reading before going to sleep.

Tomorrow is the Optional Memorial of Saint Camillus de Lellis, Priest (died 1614) (in the Universal Church his feast is July 14th, but in the American church that date is the Memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin (died 1680), so Saint Camillus de Lellis’s Optional Memorial in the United States is on July 17th). We will work at the casino; we plan to sign the Early Out list, but since we got out early last Tuesday we might not get out early tomorrow. After lunch I will go to Lafayette and run some errands, and then go to Barnes and Noble, where at 7:00 pm I will attend the Third Tuesday Book Club meeting to discuss Sycamore Hill by John Grisham.

Our Parting Quote on this Monday afternoon comes to us from Bill Arnsparger, American football coach. Born as William Arnsparger in 1926 in Paris, Kentucky, he attended Paris High School and became connected with the school’s longtime football and basketball coach, Blanton Collier. The relationship would have a major impact on his future career. After serving in the United States Marines during World War II, Arnsparger attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity (Alpha Chapter). After graduating from Miami in January 1950, Arnsparger remained in Oxford to work as an assistant for the Miami football team during the 1950 season. On February 21st, 1951, Arnsparger was hired by new head coach Woody Hayes of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He served as the Buckeyes’ line coach until 1954. That year he re-connected with Collier, who had been hired as head football coach at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Arnsparger remained at Kentucky for the next eight years until Collier was fired on January 2nd, 1962. During the 1959 season he was joined on the coaching staff by a young coach who had served at the University of Virginia the previous year. That coach was Don Shula, with the two coaches forging a strong bond that would tie them for much of the next quarter century. Arnsparger moved on to an assistant position with Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1962. After two years, he resigned the post on March 6th, 1964 to become the defensive line coach for the Baltimore Colts under Shula. That season the Colts reached the National Football League (NFL) Championship game and remained one of the strongest teams of the 1960s, competing in Super Bowl III on January 12th, 1969. When Shula left to become head coach with the Miami Dolphins after the end of the 1969 NFL season, he brought along Arnsparger. In just two seasons, the formerly moribund team had reached the Super Bowl, with Arnsparger fashioning what became known as the “No-Name Defense.” World championships in each of the next two seasons, including an undefeated season during 1972, made Arnsparger a prime candidate for a head coaching position. Following the Dolphins’ 24–7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl VIII, Arnsparger was named head coach of the New York Giants. With the Giants he managed just seven wins in his thirty-five games. Arnsparger coached the Giants in three different home stadiums during his tenure: the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut in 1974; Shea Stadium, home of the cross-town rival New York Jets in 1975; and finally, Giants Stadium in 1976. Arnsparger was fired in the middle of the season on October 25th, 1976, with the team having lost all seven of its games on the year. Just two days after his dismissal, Arnsparger was rehired by Shula as Miami’s assistant head coach in charge of the defense. In the team’s first game under his leadership, the Dolphins won a 10–3 defensive battle with the New England Patriots, who had averaged thirty points per game entering the contest. Miami finished the 1976 NFL season with a 6–8 mark, then narrowly missed a playoff berth the following season. During the next two seasons, the Dolphins reached the postseason, but dropped their first playoff game. During the strike-shortened 1982 NFL season, Miami reached Super Bowl XVII, but dropped a 27–17 decision to the Washington Redskins. Arnsparger again had created an elite defensive unit, known as the Killer B’s (so named because of the number of surnames beginning with “B” on the Dolphin’s defense). On December 2nd, 1983, Arnsparger was hired as head coach at Louisiana State University, but finished his season with the Dolphins before heading for Baton Rouge. One of his first innovations as LSU’s head coach was on getting the football team into what he considered to be optimal physical shape. A year later, the 1985 Tigers, who went 9-2-1, picked up the nickname “The Lean Machine.’’ LSU went 9-3 in 1986 and won the SEC for the first time since 1970. Arnsparger’s record then was 26-8-3, at the time the best of any third-year coach in Tigers history. Only postseason struggles marred Arnsparger’s LSU record. He lost two Sugar Bowls to Nebraska and a Liberty Bowl to Baylor. He also was at the helm in 1986 for one of the Tigers’ most surprising losses ever, a 21-12 defeat to Arnsparger’s alma mater Miami of Ohio. Since 1985 he had been at odds with LSU’s athletic director Bob Brodhead; their relationship became so acrimonious that it became the subject of a Sports Illustrated cover story about the program. Brodhead was quoted as saying that he felt that the problem was the coach’s “preoccupation with pregame administration.’’ Before the 1986 season started Arnsparger went to Florida to talk about the open Athletic Director position at Florida, but when news of his visit came out Arnsparger said he had “withdrawn” his name. Shortly after the final regular season game for LSU in 1986, Arnsparger announced he was resigning to become the athletic director at the University of Florida. In 1989 Arnsparger’s new school became embroiled in a series of controversies when it was revealed that head football coach Galen Hall had committed NCAA violations and that two players on his team had admitted gambling on college football games. In addition, questions about the school’s men’s basketball program also surfaced, allegations that led to the forced resignation of Gators basketball coach Norm Sloan. Despite seeing both teams put on NCAA probation, Arnsparger was able to extricate himself from the football problem by hiring Steve Spurrier, then the Duke University head coach and the Gators’ Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in 1966. The appointment set the stage for one of the most successful runs for a program during the 1990s. On January 13th, 1992, Arnsparger resigned to become the defensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers. During his three seasons with the Chargers, the team’s defense showed marked improvement, culminating with a berth in Super Bowl XXIX. Just days after the team’s Super Bowl appearance, Arnsparger announced his retirement, citing prostate cancer surgery he had undergone the year before (died 2015): “[Here at LSU] we’re shooting for the moon. If we miss, we’ll still be among the stars.”

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