Friday, August 31, 2007
Posted by Dean at 8/31/2007 12:43:00 PM
As you may be aware, China has a very robust population control policy. How robust, you may ask? To say they micro-manage the process is perhaps the only polite way to put it. And if they're not careful, continued practice of said policy may find China a spot on Emily’s List.
Click on link below for an uplifting story regarding completely free, pre-natal (just barely) care...... Chi-Com Style!!!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Firstly, it marked the first time an American won the 1,500 meters at a global event since Mel Sheppard won it at the 1908 Olympic Games.
(For a good stretch of time the near- equivalent distance “mile” was raced until its was phased out 20-30 years ago. Our crack research staff points out that Americans such as Jim Ryun, Steve Scott and Steve Prefontaine won international events when the mile was still ran. Regardless, this country’s showings in the middle distance events in recent years have been paltry).
Secondly, Lagat is a native Kenyan who became a U.S. citizen back in 2004.
Here is Lagat’s quote after the race: “This is a dream come true. I'm a champion for the United States of America.” “When you're carrying this flag, it means a lot, You're representing everybody, the victims of Katrina, everybody. Those who are serving in the war in Iraq. This is for everybody in the United States.”
Did you get that? His victory was for us… his fellow citizens and American brothers and sisters. Refreshing, huh? This dude gets it.
Congratulations, Bernard! Great to have you onboard. We are proud of your accomplishment and humbled by your sentiments.
Click here for story.
The whole Craig gone Cruisin’ affair is so plainly bizarre on so many levels its damn near parody-proof. Craig who was arrested back in June on misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges in an airport restroom in Minneapolis, has been reduced to making the claim, “I’m not Gay!” Ya hear that? He’s not gay!
Link is here. Read it first. Drink the whole thing in before reading on.
How about the cop, huh? How would you like that beat? Sitting around in restroom stalls with your trousers around your ankles. And the quote about other persons using the restroom “… for its intended use.”? One can only assume in Minneapolis this is a point of distinction that is required to be made. As if, “… get this Sarge, while the perp was putting the moves on me, we were almost interrupted by a couple of freaks happening by to relieve themselves at the urinals AND THEN washing their hands before leaving the facility. Can you believe it?”
We’re still wondering what it is he actually did that caused him to be arrested. Apparently, cruising in airport restrooms is a problem in Minneapolis. Don’t be mistaken. Being unfamiliar with this whole cruising thing, its not clear whether he was arrested for lewd conduct or just lame execution of lewd conduct…. Swiping his hand under the stall…? What a dork.
Afterall, Minneapolis is supposed to be the de facto capitol of the upper-Midwest and the cultural seat of its more tolerant and liberal sensibilities so maybe this arrest and resultant punishment will be used as an opportunity to, you know, coach-up the Senator a little bit.
As far as its concerned, his biggest crime, perhaps his only crime was complete disregard for restroom etiquette which in our books is indeed worthy of arrest and possible jail time. No joke – this is a matter to be taken very seriously.
If a person enters a restroom and has the option of multiple open urinals yet chooses the one adjacent to an employed urinal… jail time. If a person while relieving himself at a urinal attempts to engage in conversation with another person employing a urinal… jail time with mitigating circumstances if other person voluntarily engages in the same conversation.
Restrooms are no place for trifling or frivolity and we sincerely hope the lessons learned by the Senator from Idaho are heeded by us all.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Its not a conspiracy, though. Its anything but. When survey after survey consistently demonstrates around 90% of members of the industry identify themselves as Democrats or vote for the Democratic candidate depending on that particular election, this phenomena in the media can more accurately be described as “group-think”. (…and golly, just think of how much more these numbers would be skewed when you take Fox News out of the equation?)
… but 90%? Holy smokes. There is far more political diversity in our office… in the belly of the military-industrial complex beast.
Anyway, click on attached article below documenting a lowering of the poverty rate and continued low unemployment but where the “Yes, but…” caucus is in full throat and ask yourself if you really feel any better about the economy after reading it. Good news is simply an anathema to some people.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
It has caused no small amount of consternation over the years to constantly see the descendants of the Nazis, be they Euro skin-heads, Aryan Nation, Aryan Brotherhood or latter day Nazis themselves be attached to the term “right-wing”.
On top of this lemming-like agenda-driven practice, it also represents total journalistic irresponsibility. Good g*d, just what is it about “National… Socialist… Workers... Party” that suggests right wing, rather than left-wing?
Let’s see. Nationalizing formerly private industry? Yep, definitely a leftie thing. Showing preference to one group of people over others based on racial or ethnic backround? Viva La Left! Blaming a class or classes of people for your nation’s woes? Straight out of the leftist playbook in this country. And hatred of the Jews? As noted in a previous post, you'll get no seat at the International Left's banquet table unless you are serving up generous portions of anti-Semitism.
But, hey. It does feel great to have finally done that. On to #95!
I was going to link to an article about Nazis protesting something or another in Nebraska or Missouri but I misplaced it. Apologies.
Disclosure: We made this list a year ago before the season but preserved it for posterity and to see which comparisons still fit.
"Connie" as Miami (Florida): A semi-attractive, sloppy-drunk irrelevant ho early in life suddenly transformed in the 80s to a high profile, ass-kicking, law-breaking loyal defender of the Family, even when some in the Family (Vincent in III) screw up. "Ain't nuthin' matters but this U!". (ed. note: Slipping a bit. Need to get the fire back under new head coach Randy Shannon)
Clint Eastwood’s character in his Spaghetti Westerns as USC: Bad-ass, no-name (on back of jersey) who rides into town, steals the mayor’s wife, wreaks havoc and destruction all around and just as calmly rides back out of town. (Status: Pending. Take care of business in-conference this year and kick LSU’s, Texas’, Michigan’s or whoever’s rear end in the BCS championship and the title is yours o men of Troy)
Monday, August 27, 2007
The attached link contains Vick’s formal statement in its entirety. In it, Vick stated, “…through this situation I found Jesus and asked him for forgiveness and turned my life over to God. And I think that's the right thing to do as of right now.”
We really want to give Vick the benefit of the doubt, here. We sincerely want to believe that he stared into the abyss at some point these past few weeks and had a literal honest-to-God change of heart.
But, man…. We are a nation of cynics and in the PR campaign to rehabilitate Vick’s image that kicked off today at his sentencing, the timing of this statement put things out of order. Contrition, punishment and then… redemption is more what this country is comfortable with.
Again, none of us are equipped to sit in judgement on matters of the heart and we will give Vick the benefit of the doubt but it just seemed a little too easy to make that claim when he did.
The assailant, Kenton Astin, turned the knife on himself after the attack and stabbed himself several times in the chest. Police didn’t think he was a student at CU.
Medical personnel responded quickly to the incident to treat both people. The police arrested Aston at the hospital.
On the heels of a school season-ending tragedy at Virginia Tech, we get this to open the school season. As at least one commenter to the attached article noted, it could’ve been a lot worse.
This is amazing. Critics of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, like Clinton and Levin have based their reasoning, in part, on the hubris of imperialism, so al-Maliki was quite justified in firing back at his U.S. critics by saying, “There are American officials who consider Iraq as if it were one of their villages…” And he called out Clinton and Levin specifically in this retort.
And about this charge of ineffectualness? Are politician’s honestly that self-absorbed that they can’t see the irony of their words and deeds? Please don’t misunderstand, an ineffectual legislative body, particularly with this current group up on Capitol Hill is not necessarily a bad thing but members of a group that have an 18% approval rating might want to keep those rocks in their back pocket for the time being.
Click here for story on Al-Maliki
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Click here for story on Clinton campaigning in Martha’s Vineyard.
And here for story on Republicans hoping to see Hill’ win the Democratic Primary.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Wolfe’s innate ability to provide his subject a context within the broader American cultural experience was a perfect fit for this curious Southern phenomena that has gone Main Street, particularly in the past 10-15 years.
And though, open-wheel racing is more visually appealing and appears to take far more driving skill, they can’t seem to get organized here state-side, so it’s NASCAR for our intermittent auto-racing jones.
We’ve never been to a NASCAR event but we aim to. These races have the feel of an NFL or major college football tailgate on HGH. And when it comes to completely unabashed, bold-typed, in-your-face American culture experiences, it doesn’t get any better than a tailgate. Tailgates make our list of the 10 places/events to which we would take a foreigner that would best describe/define this country.
An outdoor sporting event, cold beer, grilled meats, unapologetic flag-waving and halter tops. How could it get any better?
The boys will be racing under the lights on the high banks of the short track at Bristol, Tennessee this evening.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
But that’s not why we are here today. Wanna talk about something a little different but definitely related and that is this whole surge business in Iraq and who is being honest with themselves and the American public on their desire to see success in Iraq.
The Democratic Presidential hopefuls have been treading a thin line not straying too far from vague, bland, meaningless centrist-speak and only speaking out both sides of their mouths when they think no one is listening or their audience demands them to speak from a specific template.
But make no mistake about what they are really thinking. They were betrayed by House Whip, James Clyburn, who in a fit of candor admitted that a successful surge would be “a real problem for us”. One can assume that “us” meant anti-war Democrats, most elected Democrats and certainly Democratic Presidential candidates who are now faced with the reality of finding a new tact in which to criticize the war effort and the Administration’s conduct of the same.
But lets get back to Clyburn. A problem…..? A problem? Gee, sorry that the military is fouling things up for you. Our apologies, pal, that General Patraeus’ military-equivalent plan to put a cop on every street corner isn’t synching up with your Party’s political plans. Muchos mea culpas, you miserable sonofabitch, that our G.I.s and Marines are experiencing success in killing and capturing the bad guys while simultaneously stabilizing the situation there.
Honestly. Not sure that we’ve ever read anything so revolting, so disgusting…. so maddening in a very, very long time.
This quote exposed the fallacy of any of their good intentions. It laid waste to any of this “We support the troops but not the War” bullcrap that has become their own bumpersticker. Its been suspected all along but its blatantly obvious now that they don’t give a damn about the troops and they sure as hell would rather us lose than win.
And here is what is most disgusting about all this: There are many U.S. servicemen over there who are NOT down with this. They don’t agree with the motives and ends. They may not give a hoot in hell about the Iraqi people and the freedom and democracy that this county is attempting to provide. They don’t want to be there – they just want to get back home safely.
But you know what? They get up every single day and without complaint, they get the job done! And you know why? Because they are U.S. soldiers, U.S. marines, U.S. sailors and U.S. airmen who have sworn an oath to follow orders, carry out the mission and respect the chain of command.
We wanted to leave you with an old adage we picked up back in Seminary but since this is a family program we’ll just say it involved: houses of ill-repute, family members and Party affiliation. Ask your Dad or Grandad….. they’ll know.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
The freaks are really starting to come out now that Michael Vick has pled guilty to the dog-fighting charges against him. We won’t get into all the bizarreness of the past 24-48 hours by people coming to Vick’s defense… you’ll hear it yourself but we wanted to share a Kornheiser response on PTI this afternoon to something that Stephon Marbury, an NBA baller, said in regards to Vick. Star-bury attempting to minimize Vick’s involvement in the dog-fighting scandal said that Vick had merely “…fell into a bad situation”. TK shot back, “Vick bankrolled a bad situation.”
As the country is coming up on harvest time for many of its crops, one can’t help but feel suspicious that the Administration and the pro-Amnesty crowd will leverage the complaints of the agriculture lobby and illegal immigrant advocacy groups along with possibly higher fruit and vegetable prices and images of crops withering on the vine to resurrect the Rube Goldberg Amnesty Bill or similar.
As part of her reasoning and riffing off the bumper-sticker theme that liberals are fond of, Schroeder told the AP, “The Karl Roves of the world have built a generation that just wants a couple of slogans: “No don’t raise my taxes, no new taxes”. “It’s pretty hard to write a book saying, ‘No new taxes, no new taxes, no new taxes’ on every page.”
She also claimed that liberals were more wonkish and because of that “can’t say anything in less than paragraphs.” Paragraphs! Of course, Schroeder is on to something as we will freely own up to the fact that our politics in practical execution be summed up as: “No thanks, we’re fine. Now just leave us the hell alone”.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
First, a quick word on announcers and sports talk TV/radio guys in general. As they like sports and they like to talk about sports, we are pre-disposed to liking them. Yes, we like to keep our relationships simple and as such, you don’t have to do a whole lot to keep us happy.
That is why the person of Joe Theismann had to work so hard to curry disfavor. You see, there was probably no color commentator on the planet that made listening to a particular ballgame more of a chore. He just oozed pomposity and regal arrogance. We always pictured him in a tunic robe holding a gold-leafed scroll while in the booth. Rather than offering mere opinions, Little Joey-T, made proclamations… grand, bold, sweeping proclamations.
And that would not have been so bad if it did not seem like he was making these same proclamations…. every damn week!
Either way, its of no concern any longer. Enter Jaws! The Polish Rifle, Ron Jaworski. The man LOVES football, makes insightful and pertinent comments AND has a sense of humor and doesn’t take himself too seriously so he has been (from what little has been observed) a great foil for Kornheiser.
Combine Theismann’s mere presence with the Network switcheroo beginning last season which relegated Monday Night Football to second fiddle behind NBC’s Sunday Night Football, and thusly second-fiddle match-ups, there became scant reason to tune in. That’s all behind us now. Monday night has true life-affirming value once again.
Welcome aboard, Jaws!
However, we’re going to give the man his due for calling out the Bush Administration for imposing stricter enforcement of the Cuban embargo with respect to family travel to and from and sending money back to Cuba.
In a larger context, it seems peculiar these embargos and sanctions we have levied against other countries on the basis of backwards-assed Socialist economic policies and deplorable human rights conditions (those two are always snuggling and necking in the corner, it seems) because, well…. they don’t seem to work.
Cuba and North Korea are the two prime examples of how these embargos are counter-productive as they give the miserable tin-pot dictator running the show ammunition to play the “us against them” card with the added benefit of keeping the citizenry that is absent exposure to foreign trade and thus, democratizing culture and ideas, even more dependant on said bastard’s cult of personality.
Of course the Clinton administration turned this concept completely on its head by giving the Norks, nuclear technology. We won’t even build nuclear reactors in this country anymore but will give it up to North Korea because they need it to uhhhh… generate electricity for their people. No, really.
Only South Africa comes to mind as a country where sanctions worked and in that case it was to bring about the end of apartheid. But South Africa was a different situation altogether. Contrary to most other countries against whom embargos and sanctions are imposed, South Africa was an open, Western democracy and as such they were sensitive and responsive to shame and humiliation from the rest of the civilized world.
We’re hoping that the whole tired, played-out concept of embargos and sanctions receives an extensive overhaul or perhaps better, a scrapping altogether.
As the article points out, the latest dip in approval ratings is shrinking support for Congress by those who identify themselves as Democrats (Republican disgust with Congress has been pretty steady).
There is growing dissatisfaction within the Democratic ranks caused by the feeling that Democrats in the House and Senate led by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, respectively, have not done enough to stand up to the Republicans and President Bush, particularly regarding the War in Iraq and recent FISA legislation that sailed through Congress on its way to be signed into law by President Bush (this is a whole ‘nother topic we may try to tackle later).
The talking point on Rove’s legacy has been how his “base first” strategy has lost a generation of Republicans, so we are waiting for commentary on Reid and Pelosi’s “face first” strategy losing a generation of Democrats. Hey, now.......
However, we are encouraged by the appearance of some Republicans emerging from the primordial ooze of politics to join the ranks of vertebrates in the animal kingdom.
Click here for full story on this poll.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Beauchamp, is a soldier stationed in Iraq and was writing under the (ahem) nom de guerre, get this, “Scott Thomas” for the The New Republic. His pennings, to no one’s surprise considering who he was writing for, were less than flattering towards the military and the mission in Iraq.
The story in a nutshell is that people both here and serving in Iraq began to question the veracity of some of his claims including witnessing a mass grave site and mocking a disfigured woman. The New Republic has issued some time and place corrections to at least one of his submittals but the jury is still out, though, on whether or not Beauchamp himself officially retracted parts of or all of his “diaries”.
Aside from the smarminess and condescension in his writing, Beauchamp would have you believe he was a formerly sensitive, caring and compassionate soul who had been transformed into an unfeeling savage by his experience in Iraq. Ahh…. We love it when transparency doesn’t try to be coy and just comes up and slaps us in the face.
Click on link below for an exhaustive look into this controversy that details Beauchamp’s marriage to one of TNR’s fact checkers, some inconsistencies/errors/lies(?) in Beauchamp’s stories and the “outing” of the whistle-blower at TNR (a recurring theme of late it seems for angered liberals).
At the end of the day, we are left scratching our head and wondering: with over 150,000 uniformed service men and women in Iraq to do their bidding, this is the best the Left could come up with?
Perhaps thinking she was in a remake of the 80s movie “Highlander”, she had spent the past year hiding out in a “sanctuary church” in Chicago. During this time, according to other reports, she was also speaking in other churches on behalf of the movement.
There’s little doubt her speeches in these churches were replete with the message of Christ’s compassion for the poor and less fortunate. What there is some doubt about, though, is if any of her sermons also invoked the story of Christ confronting the Pharisees’ lackeys when they challenged Him on the morality of paying taxes to the Roman government. Of course, Christ sent these lackeys packing by responding, “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s”.
Being suckers for the antiquated Constitutional notion of “rule of law”, we’ve always felt that one of the lessons from this story was to first obey the laws of the land before you start throwin' around Jesus’ name.
Click here for story.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
State law dictates the language for the initiative is to be submitted through the secretary of state’s office.
The original language as submitted by the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative reads as follows:
“Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to prohibit any form of discrimination as an act of the state by declaring:
“The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting?”
Problem is that Robin Carnahan, Mizzou’s SecState wanted to umm… tweek the language a bit. Carnahan apparently felt that ballot language being what it is, a tad dry and pedestrian, decided to pen this as an alternative and the one which would appear on the ballot:
“Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:
“Ban affirmative action programs designed to eliminate discrimination against, and improve opportunities for, women and minorities in public contracting, employment and education; and
“Allow preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin to meet federal program funds eligibility standards as well as preferential treatment for bona fide qualifications based on sex?”
What? Nothing about the drowning of little baby kittens and milk and cookies before bedtime for all minors? And how about “...preferential treatment for bona fide qualifications based on sex?” You get preferential treatment even after the bona fide sex? Excellent!
Seriously, what is stunning about this re-write is that the 2nd paragraph effectively cancels out the hopelessly slanted 1st paragraph. Talk about covering your bases.
Anyway, the folks at the MCRI are suing Carnahan over the re-write, though, as the attached article documents, she was undefeated in ’06 in suits involving her creative writing hobby.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
So are we excited? You bet. But we will admit that excitement is tempered a bit knowing that along with the joy that college football brings us, it is a double-edged sword that can also cause frustration, angst, and utter disbelief because it seems that each week we are witness to a continuing litany of boneheaded coaching decisions.
A quick peak into our dark psyche: Last October we were watching UCLA kick Notre Dame’s tail all over the field in South Bend. UCLA’s two defensive ends, Justin Hickman and Bruce Davis were living in the Irish backfield and ruining any chance that Brady Quinn had at winning the Heisman. Joy, oh joy. And just when victory seemed assured late in the 4th quarter, UCLA did a 180 and got completely away from what had been successful and what had them at victory’s doorstep. Yes, friends… the Bruins pulled “a Republican”
They completely shut down the offense, effectively giving the Irish defense consecutive 3 and outs and when the defense needed to make a stand with about 90 seconds left in order to ice the game, UCLA went into that god-forsaken and completely un-redeemable “prevent defense”, whereby Notre Dame blazed down the field in 3 plays for the winning score.
To say we were apoplectic would’ve been a slight understatement. Things were thrown, invectives cast, and house guests politely excused themselves from the premises in the face of this glorious meltdown.
This coaching performance was followed the very next day by the Chargers doing pretty much the same damn thing in their game against the Ravens. Unbelievable. We had a headache for about 4 days afterwards.
For the first time, we didn’t want to watch any football for a while. We’d had it. We were spent. We were beat down - ground into the turf by coaching stupidity. Why was it that we saw it coming a mile away but men who are paid great sums of money to lead young men to victory by being able to see the same could not?
It was then that we came up with this theory: Coaches watch game film but they don’t watch football.
Its not as counter-intuitive as it sounds. You see here at BwD HQ, at the height of any given Saturday afternoon in the fall, we are tracking no less than 6 or 7 football games simultaneously. And in watching and processing all this info, we don’t care that the left tackle is taking a bad technique in chipping on the defensive end before getting up field to block for a screen pass. We’re tracking scores and we are tracking game trends. We’re monitoring the ebb and flow of numerous games and as such, we start to see and recognize general situations and on-field circumstances from week to week that will lead to victory and conversely, defeat.
This is something that head coaches don't do. They watch plenty of game film and they get down into the weeds to look for an advantage in way of seeing if the wide receiver, for example, is tipping off plays by the way he lines up or hold his hands prior to the snap. But they don’t step back and look at the big picture - in fact, it would be nigh impossible for them to do so because as we are gathering game trends real-time, processing it and coming to our own conclusions as to what basic strategy will and will not work, the coaches are out there coaching and continuing to make boneheaded decisions.
Sorry for the long post but the poll and accompanying article from the AP via Sports Illustrated is attached. Click here.
On Wednesday, Tim Donaghy, the former NBA ref who has been accused of betting on NBA games admitted his guilt in a New York courtroom. In addition to betting on games, he advised professional gamblers on which teams to pick and provided information regarding referee game assignments, ref/player relationships and players’ health.
Now David Stern, the NBA commissioner, has been swearing up and down ever since this story broke that Donaghy is the only one, a rogue ref if you will and that the system the NBA has in place to police such illegal activity is in fine working order. This, of course, begs the question that if the system is operating as it should, why didn’t they pick up on what Donaghy was doing?
The NBA’s gambling scandal makes the NFL’s Mick Vick situation look like child’s play. The NFL and the Atlanta Falcons have essentially washed their hands of Vick and what he has been accused of doing, though reprehensible, does not strike at the very credibility and viability of professional football.
The Association and David Stern have a lot to answer for. For years, players, coaches and fans have grumbled, hinted and intimated towards the fact that certain refs had it in for certain players and/or coaches. Fans, in particular, have been openly suspicious that the league had a vested interest to make sure that certain teams advanced in the playoffs.
This was never more apparent than a few years back as the regular season was winding down, Commissioner Stern was asked in an interview what, from the league’s standpoint, would be the ideal Finals match-up. Without missing a beat and without a hint of irony, Stern responded with a big smile, “The Lakers vs. the Lakers.”
Of course, Stern and the league office would turn right around and dismiss charges of preferential treatment as essentially the rantings of conspiracy theorists.
Can it get worse? We shall see but no doubt these are dark, bleak and despondent times for a league struggling to maintain relevancy as the NFL (along with its complementary sidekick, college football) stands poised to swallow whole the entire American sports scene.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Of course, this is not what lost the Republicans control of both houses in Congress last November. The Republicans got their ass kicked because they got away from what got them there in the first place. Republicanism as defined by Reagan and later by Newt Gingrich when Republicans took control of the House in ’94 involved a belief in minimalism and fiscal restraint as practiced by government.
A combination of this out-of-control spending with a complete lack of attention to the border and illegal immigration (perhaps, “inattention” is the wrong word. The events of this past June and July proved that plenty of attention was paid to it... just so happens that too many Republicans were on the wrong side of the issue), resulted in a large bloc of voters comprised of the conservative base of the Party along with the independent swing voters, who formerly delivered for Bush and the Republicans, scratching their heads while looking at both the Democrats and Republicans and asking themselves, “What the hell is the difference?” Hello, ass kicking!
It is our hope that Democrat strategists take to heart what has been offered up thus far regarding those hate-filled zealots in the Republican Party and that those of the Republican Party kindly remove their craniums from their respective derrieres and get back to the basics of Conservatism.
Monday, August 13, 2007
It appears that people are starting to catch on to what we have known for quite a while: Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen is a relic who continues to hamper the image and relevance of the conference. In fact, its to the point that whatever success the conference does enjoy is in spite of, rather than because of Hansen.
The attached list (scroll way to the bottom) takes Hansen to task for standing athwart any designs the BCS has toward employing a "plus 1" game to the current bowl configuration. Hansen has said that if the BCS chose to go with the "plus 1" format he was going to take his ball and go home, essentially withdrawing the PAC-10 from the BCS. Uhh... Tom, that horse left the barn when you signed on to the BCS. Forget the legality of withdrawing, he would be handing down a death sentence to a conference that outside of USC, has the collective Q-rating of the Big East.... oops, bad analogy. We actually saw a couple of highly entertaining, mid-week, prime-time games involving Big East teams last year.
And ESPN's Colin Cowherd had Hansen on his radio show a couple weeks ago. Cowherd's criticism of Hansen through the years on his show carried over to his interview, though, Cowherd couldn't help coming across as a bit of an ass with some of his sniping. Cowherd being Cowherd.
Many criticize the conference's weak bowl affiliation, although, we don't mind seeing the Pac's #2 team come down here to San Diego every December to play the Big 12's #3 team. However, its unfathomable that the conference that dominates the Pacific Time Zone does not have any national cable or network TV affiliation in either football or basketball. Led by USC's "anybody, anywhere" philosophy, the football programs have done an admirable job of scheduling challenging out-of-conference games to enhance visibility, no thanks to the conference office.
Because of its geographic locale and access to the high school football recruiting hot beds of the L.A. Basin, San Diego and to a lesser extent, the Puget Sound area around Seattle, there is no reason why the Pac-10 should not be more on par with the SEC. And similarly, with L.A., the Bay Area and Seattle, there is no reason why the conference should not be more on par with the ACC in hoops.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Click here for story on Wall Street by Larry Kudlow
… and here for a story out of the AP on consumer… morale?
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York would leave residual forces to fight terrorism and stabilize the Kurdish region in the north.
And Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois would leave a military presence of as-yet unspecified size in Iraq to provide security for U.S. personnel, fight terrorism and train Iraqis."
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Over the past 19 years there have been 8 coaches to win a national championship within the first 3 years of taking over at head coach of their respective college teams, and in 6 of those cases, that coach never won another one (the exceptions are Urban Meyer who won it just last year so we will have to wait and see and Pete Carroll at USC who won it in his 3rd and 4th seasons. The rest of the lineup is as follows:
Lou Holtz – Notre Dame ’88 (3rd Year)
Gene Stallings – Alabama ’92 (2nd Year)
Bob Stoops – Oklahoma ’00 (2nd Year)
Larry Coker – Miami ’01 (1st Year)
Jim Tressel - Ohio St. ‘02 (3rd Year)
Obviously, each data point has a different backdrop and context from the others…. Holtz continued to field national championship caliber teams after ’88, though the last 3 years were mediocre (23-11-1) by Tying Irish standards. Stallings also, had very good on-field success after his lone championship, though he stepped down in ’96 after an exhaustive 2 yr. investigation of the ‘Bama program which did result in sanctions. Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, though, has not only not won another national title but is perceived now as heading a program in gradual decline.
Also in the 90s one has examples conversely of this alleged phenomena where ironically it was two ball coaches that had been at their respective schools for years before winning their first championships in the persons of Bobby Bowden at Florida St. and Dr. Tom Osborne at Nebraska. In fact, those two pretty much owned the decade by combining for 5 National Championships.
Things get a little juicier with this next set. Tressel won in his 3rd year and had a chance to win the title again last year before being upset by Florida and Urban Meyer, a 2nd Year guy himself. No shame, that. Larry Coker is the poster-old man for this post. After winning the championship in his very first season with the ‘Canes, his win totals declined thereafter until he was dismissed after last season. And though by no means is he in the hot seat, Sooner Nation, is getting a little anxious for Bob Stoops to get back to the BCS title game. (Ed. update: Last week's loss to Colorado is not going to help matters any).
Again… not sure if there are enough data points to lead to anything more conclusive than perhaps that each of the above won primarily with the last guy’s recruits.
It will be interesting to see how Tressel, Stoops and Meyer, coaches who man one of the 6 or 7 mega-programs in the nation, fare in the coming years.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Posted by Dean at 8/10/2007 05:02:00 PM