• Crime Numbers: While searching the Texas Department of Public Safety website this week for an editorial, I decided to search for the number of registered sex offenders (RSOs) in the Lubbock area. According to the TxDPS website, there were 16 "mapped sex offenders" and six "unmapped sex offenders" in the Lubbock area - as of earlier this week. While 16 RSOs is about 16 too many, this number pales in comparison to Amarillo, which had 36 "mapped sex offenders" and eight "unmapped sex offenders." Why the discrepancy in these numbers? It is hard to say, and perhaps someone wiser than yours truly can provide an explanation.

• Distant Replay: This is something I have always wondered about instant replay, and not only in football, but baseball and basketball, as well. Why is it - more often than not - the television viewer at home (not to mention the announcers) can view an instant replay and determine the validity of an officials call in seconds, but it takes upward of a few minutes for game officials to make an instant replay call? It seems sports has succeeded in taking what should be a good idea that takes only a few seconds and ruined it by making the process far more tedious and time-consuming than is necessary. Just let an official in the booth watch a television - make the call - and let us get back to the game.

• Social Media Comment Of The Week: This week it was a Facebook comment from John Martin from a recent Lubbock Avalanche-Journal article on the heat (Heat advisory issued for Lubbock, South Plains through Friday, July 19, www.lubbockonline.com.) Wrote Martin: "Remove a shoe and put it in the back seat. Not sure how you forget your dog or kid but this should stop it." Interesting and unique idea - and one I had not heard. As far as I can tell, there is no statewide law in Texas making it illegal to drive barefoot - although I would not recommend it. Depending on the quality of the driver's feet, any passengers may not be that thrilled, for obvious reasons. Still, this is a different idea.

• Phone Call Of The Week: This week it was an email offering the following quip: "Republican politicians inadvertently discovered a cure for osteoporosis recently, when they all had their spines removed." I am not sure that a drum roll is necessary for this line - which I have before heard. Let us try better, because depending on the controversy/scandal, being spineless is usually a bipartisan trait for lawmakers in Congress.