Posted on: March 12, 2009 7:31 am

Stealing? I Don't Think So

 Maybe it's my love of words and concern that they be used correctly, but I strongly object to the phrase "stealing a bid" always popular this time of year among college basketball writers and commentators, specifically in reference to Cleveland State's winning the Horizon League championship on Tuesday night.  The Vikings most emphatically did not steal a bid; they earned their conference's automatic bid.  Creighton and St. Mary's, among others, had the chance to earn their conference's automatic bid and didn't do so; I'm sure by Sunday the same will said of the big conference 'bubble' teams.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 25, 2009 3:43 pm

Who is This 'We' That We Can't Respond To?

I think the title explains it all, but I'll elaborate anyway.  Who is the "we" who has decided the picture of myself I have as an avatar doesn't comply with the new guidelines?  Who is the "we" who decided on the new guidelines, as well as the recent changes to the site?  And why can't I or anyone else contact this "we"?

Category: General
Posted on: December 5, 2008 11:20 am

Hypocrite Thy Name is University of Texas Fans?

A few days ago I posted here that the University of Texas, having unjustly benefitted from a corrupt system in 2004, had no right to complain when they were the victims of that same corrupt system this year.  No one actually addressed the point I made about the corrupt system, except to off the impressively irrelevant argument that the susequent bowl results 'proved' the rightness of the corruption in 2004.  Let's turn that 'logic' back on them:  if/when Texas loses their bowl game this, that must mean that Texas didn't deserve to be in the Big 12 title game this year.  Do they now see see the absurdity of their argument about Texas in 2004?  Or will they maintain the consistently illogical position that future results ratify past wrongs?  Stay tuned, but don't hold your breath waiting for either to happen.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: December 2, 2008 11:29 am

Hypocrite Thy Name is University of Texas

An excellent definition of a hypocrite would be someone who keeps quiet and accepts the benefits when a corrupt system perpetrates an injustice in his favor, yet is the first and loudest to complain when that same corrupt system goes against him.  That's why I consider it poetic justice that the University of Texas has gotten the shaft so far in the BCS process.  Remember 2004:  Texas was 5th in the last few polls, behind California, before the final regular-season poll; then as now if you finished in the top 4 in the final regular-season poll and didn't get an automatic BCS bid you were guaranteed an at-large bid.  Texas did some heavy lobbying among its fellow Big 12 coaches and enough of them changed their votes in the final-regular-season poll so that Texas finished 4th and California 5th, even though neither had played a game that week.  And, of course, the few million dollars difference between a BCS bowl and the Holiday Bowl that those same Big 12 coaches would share in had nothing to do with their changing their votes.
Posted on: December 1, 2008 12:03 am

Work can be hazardous to your health!

The big news the last few days has been the Wal-Mart worker trampled to death by shoppers, which is an absolutely ludicrous thing to have happened as well as a sad event for the worker's family and friends.  But, to me, the truly tragic thing is that somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 other people will also lose their lives due to on-the-job injuries this year.  And even though that number is down in these more 'enlightened' times, that's still a staggering number.
Category: General
Posted on: November 28, 2008 1:17 am

Thankful for a Loss

On November 28, 1942 (66 years ago for the mathematically-challenged) there occurred one of the greatest upsets in college football history, as well as one of the greatest disparities in the point spread.  The #1-ranked Boston College Eagles were 21-point favorites against their archrivals, the Holy Cross Crusaders, yet the Crusaders won 55-12.  Gone was the Eagles' #1 ranking, gone was the anticipated Sugar Bowl bid, and the scheduled victory party with the Mayor, other civic officals, and well-wishers didn't take place either.  the Mayor, a few officials, and just a few of the players had a much-subdued dinner at a different location.  Yet I'll venture to say that when they woke up the next morning the Eagles, though they probably never said so publicly, were happy to have lost. 

Why would that be, you're asking?

Because November 28, 1942 was also the date of the fire at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub/restaurant, a fire that killed nearly 500 people.  And that was where the Eagles' victory had been scheduled.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: November 11, 2008 5:28 pm

'Entitlement' Blues

With all the blathering on these boards (and elsewhere) about coming 'entitlements':

Two Definitions

entitlement- what someone else gets that you don't

sound policy- what you get that someone else doesn't

Category: General
Posted on: October 25, 2008 9:32 am

Bailout Blues

Despite the repeated chanting of the word socialism in relation to things as far from socialism as can be (see previous blog entry), the bailout is starting to show its true colors:  PNC is using 5.6 billion of its 7.7. billion 'bailout' money to buy National City Bank.  And, of course this isn't the first time we as taxpayers have subsidized PNC; whatever they 'paid' for the naming rights to the park they were able to deduct as advertising, meaning that they didn't pay taxes on that amount.

Definition of Philanthopy

-the giving back,

to the public,

a small fraction

of what once was stolen

from the public

Category: General
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