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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Inappropriate Schiavo Post!

If you had March 31 at 9:05 am in the office pool, congratulations!

For those like me who picked other dates and times for the vegetable lady to kick the bucket, there's always the pope pool! (My NCAA brackets are beyond hope at this point.)

Yeah, lack of blogging lately, I know. I would be happy to have any other Schiavo jokes in comments (assuming someone reads this page still). Consider this the antithesis of those sappy Beliefnet message boards.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

There's no crying in baseball!

Barry Bonds seems to have forgotten that one, based on his virtuoso performance of the world's smallest violin today for the cameras, dramatically appearing on crutches, son by his side, to say he might miss the season. In fact, go watch the video (which is linked on the ESPN page), it's really quite something.

In the wake of last week's events with Mark McGwire, perhaps Barry realizes the steroids inquiries aren't going away and it might be better for him to fade into the sunset without getting the home run record. He would be correct about that.

I also wish he would stop appallingly playing the victim in everything he does. Bonds has made millions off baseball, and he can easily come clean on steroids any time he wants and end the media circus he considers so harmful. You did it to yourself, Barry.

Monday, March 21, 2005

The Banker in Wolf's Clothing

I hear Paul Wolfowitz has a plan for ending global poverty: kill off all the poor people!

And here's a link to an article about opposition to his appointment as new head of the World Bank!

Yup, it's another one of those weeks, don't expect much from me here.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

March Sadness + Cellucci Saddled with Debt

BC is out of the tournament after dropping an 83-75 game to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee this evening. Everyone revels in the upsets this time of year, but no one mentions who much it sucks to watch your team on the other end, somehow getting beaten by Crapass U. I'll just say it really blows to see the other side out-hustling and out-executing you and the whole arena--even the overexcited announcers--unabashedly rooting for the lower seed to pull it off. Well, they did. Good luck against Illinois, you'll need it.

While I'm posting, I'll mention the hilarious story of Paul Cellucci taking a job with a racetrack company after resigning as the ambassador to Canada. As you might recall back when Cellucci was elected Massachusetts governor in 1998, his opponent Scott

Harshbarger also created controversy by calling on Cellucci to explain more about his personal debt, which has mounted to more than $700,000.

Some rumors floated around that the acting guv (who had taken over in '96 when Weld left for the ill-fated attempt to become ambassador to Mexico) had amassed such a debt because of his penchant for wagering big at the track (in one debate Cellucci blamed it on having two kids in college at the time--which doesn't account for quite $700k, of course). The new career move may help revive these rumors, and I hope the Globe/Herald delve a bit more into that angle in the coming days.

Bill Maher on the Schiavo Subpoena

Members of Congress admit the vegetable lady won't be a very responsive witness, but they figure she can't be any worse than Mark McGwire!

Thursday, March 17, 2005

No Code

Gee, maybe you should've told Catholics not to read The Da Vinci Code before it sold billions of copies. (For the record, I heartily recommend reading it--quite a page-turner, with lots of evil Catholic stuff going on as a bonus!)

Also dumb: the members of Congress for scheduling the steroid hearings exactly when the NCAA tourney begins at noon on Thursday, when no sports fans will be paying attention to a bunch of bloviating suits.

Happy St. Pattie's.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Arnold and the Gays

"I have absolutely no hang-ups about the fag business" Arnold once told a magazine. We'll see how true that statement remains now that a California court has ruled the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. Since everything in California is decided by ballot question, where the governor comes down on this one, and whether he devotes his campaign-trail clout to the cause, could determine the fate of this issue (pending the inevitable appeal to the California Supremes).

I also see Condi Rice has ruled out a presidential bid in 2008. Her fans at Burton Terrace must be sad.

I'll add my voice to the chorus asserting that some of the NCAA Tournament seeding looks screwy to me. Rather than pretending to have seen the likes of Nevada and Southern Illinois play this season, I'll just be filling in my brackets as blindly as I usually do. Maybe I'll link up some online pick 'em contests tomorrow if I find the time, though the week is looking pretty hectic right now. Have a good one.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Wear Your PJs to Court Day

Godless Bostonians

Adam G links to a blog by some Arkansas students who plan on coming to Boston to start a church. The reason for the project is that the people in Boston are "definitely starved of the Truth of God's Word."

Hint to the southern missoniaries: thinking of yourselves as spiritually superior isn't a way to win many friends, never mind converts. We like our secular cynicism very much, thanks.

Bestiality Daily

Let me one up the Atrios post on barnyard action in Pennsylvania by linking a study on necrophiliac ducks.

Death in the Garden

Yikes, did I mention "BC" and "#1 seed" in the same sentence in a recent post? Make that a #3 or #4, after the loss to West Virginia just now. Sure, it was a valiant effort, fighting back from 25 down to get the margin to 4. But that falling behind by 25 part isn't so good.

I see the Washington Post has a reporter in the MCI Center (lucky bastard) blogging the ACC Tournament, perfect for those shirkers at work who can't get away to the TV.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

ACC Blues

Don't you hate it when a big sports event comes to town and you don't have tickets? The ACC Tournament is in DC this weekend, and I'm not going. It's been sold out long ago. Someone should've let me know when the tickets went on sale, dammit.

I hope everyone's been enjoying the NCAA Tournament "bubble" talk overload. I've been spending the week glued to ESPN personally, trying to figure out the difference between the MAC and the MAAC. And it's all to find out who get to be the sacrificial lambs in next week's first-round games against the 1-4 seeds, sweet.

At least now some of the big boys are starting to play as we get toward the second half of the week. BC starts it's quest for the Big East tournament crown tomorrow, and I think they still have an outside shot at a #1 seed, so long as Kentucky and/or Wake Forest stumbles.

Thursday, March 17, will be a red-letter day, indeed. St. Patrick's Day, PLUS the opening day of the tournament--get ready, barroom proprietors.

Steroids & Subpoena

I am confused by the congressional subpoenas of baseball players. Why is Barry Bonds not being asked to testify while guys like Curt Schilling (not exactly the world's greatest physique, to put it mildly) are? Maybe they just figure Schilling is a blabbermouth who can't help himself whenever he's in front of the mic, so perhaps he'll name some names.

Also, why is this going before the House Government Reform Committee? Is MLB now part of the government? Shouldn't the commerce committee be overseeing a private commercial entity? And how can the players just flat refuse to come to the hearing? Isn't defying a congressional subpoena a rather bad idea?

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Phil Mickelson, the World's #2 Golfer

I think he's technically #4. Thanks to Blogdex, where I also found Glenn Reynolds on Lebanon's pro-democracy hotties.

Freedom on the March...in March!

I'm feeling particularly uninspired to blog at the moment (I actually started writing a post about Chris Paul punching Julius Hodge in the balls--no joke), so I'll just link James Taranto from last week since Brendan Wagner, one of my approximately -7.3 readers, wanted me to post the link. There ya go, big guy.

Look, if there are democracy movements taking hold in countries that have previously been under authoritarian rule, that's great. How close a line you can draw between such positive developments and the conduct of the president's foreign policy is a subject for never-ending and ultimately inconclusive debate.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Bush-Schilling Love Fest

You can read Bush's remarks or watch the video of him making them as he welcomed the Red Sox to the White House earlier today. Despite being an alleged baseball fan, Bush was still babbling about as badly as he does on policy issues in this appearance.

I noted that the only player Bush named specifically was Curt Schilling (for his charity work). Schilling memorably endorsed Bush during and after the Red Sox playoff run in October. After the remarks are finished on the video, you can seek Schilling present a "Bush 43" jersey to the president too.

Why don't I go find it and post the image? Here you go:

I've been trying to post but too busy to do that good a job this week. I may fall of the face of the earth for the next few days too. I do promise to return, though.

Summer '03 Hobby-Horses Revisited

Two brief sports-related notes on topics that made up a lot of the posts in this blog's early existence back in summer '03.

First, Kobe Bryant has settled his civil case. I don't see how this is really any different from extortion, given that the woman wouldn't even go through with a criminal prosecution. The settlement rationale given by Roger Cossack on ESPN is that this precludes her from doing a book, going on Oprah, etc. If you've read the site, you probably know by now I think the charges against Bryant are highly suspect, though we'll never know what happened, apparently.

Also, Maurice Clarett did badly at the NFL combine over the weekend, leading some to ridicule those, like me, who advocated for Clarett's early entry into the NFL last spring, when he was barred by NFLPA rules and the legal wrangling that ensued.

I have two responses. First, the NFL combine is not the be-all and end-all of one's football abilities. Clarett was the key player on a national championship team at Ohio State, and I have a hard time believing that won't translate to even a modicum of professional football success. Remember the play where Clarett wrestled the ball away from the Miami defensive back who had just made an interception, thus saving the Buckeyes a possession in the Fiesta Bowl? I don't think they test for that sort of ability at the combine.

Also, this issue is much larger than Maurice Clarett himself. I defended Clarett's right to enter the draft (and the right of Mike Williams, who by contrast looks like a first-rounder now) based on the principle that I think a young man ought to have the right to make a living as he chooses without being barred from a profession by arbitrary rules. It was a larger critique of the college feeder system to the NFL.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Troy Brown, Leaving Town

The Patriots cut Troy Brown today, and I imagine some people will think this is a cold, heartless move by the organization, especially given Brown's selfless conversion to defensive back on the most recent Pats' championship run.

Maybe so, but this is the modern-day NFL that we have. If you love the NFL for its competitive games every year, you have the salary-cap structure to thank for that. And the dark side of the salary cap is that this time every year, lots of veteran players get cut. That's the way it goes. Troy Brown, great guy that he was, wasn't worth the $5 million cap hit the team was going to have to endure to keep him around.

Jeff Gannon's Blog Sucks!

You're telling me a guy who writes like he's on the high school paper got credentialed to cover the White House? Yet another outrage.

(Yes, it sucks, kind of like the man himself, apparently.)

BC Teasers

Damn, a blowout home loss isn't exactly how this storybook season is supposed to finish up is it? This is a lot like the BC football team, one win from a BCS bowl, getting stomped in their home finale by Syracuse over Thanksgiving weekend. It was fun seeing the Eagles hoopsters in the top ten there for a while at least.