…whether it’s possible for articles of impeachment to come to a floor vote without going through the Judiciary Committee? If so, what would it take to make that happen? Can a random House member simply draft articles and submit them for a vote? But then the House leadership would have to acquiesce in bringing the articles to the floor, right? Would a discharge petition be required… you know, like in Legally Blonde 2? :)
I’m just thinking something through here, in preparation for a possible future post. Anyone with a better knowledge of the House rules than I, please chime in.
Scientists at UC Irvine are using biological weapons to trigger civil war… among ants.
My mom will be at the Save Darfur rally in NYC this afternoon. She has a cell phone now; I’m not sure whether she’ll be able to liveblog, but she does at least plan to take pictures with her digital camera. So, stay tuned.
Is it just me, or is there something deeply, deeply ironic about Muslims firebombing churches “to protest the pope’s remarks…linking Islam and violence”?
I mean, seriously. Let’s ponder this for half a second. If you’re the sort of Muslim who thinks violence in the name of Islam is OK, then why would you be offended by the linkage of Islam and violence? And, on the other hand, if you’re the sort of Muslim who thinks violence in the name of Islam isn’t OK, then why are you firebombing churches? Can someone please explain this to me?
Anyway, Casey has (as per usual) a thoughtful post on the subject.
UPDATE: Now they’re killing nuns.
Well, catblog-linking, really.
For all you depressed Notre Dame fans*, here’s something to brighten your day… a kitty in a box.
Awww, isn’t it cute? And possibly more Heisman-worthy than Brady Quinn… just kidding! GO IRISH, BEAT SPARTANS!
*I would qualify in the category of “depressed Notre Dame fans,” but I at least had a USC win to lift my spirits in the evening… so, like Alex, I can say “at least one of my teams did something right today.”
UPDATE: Yet another cute kitten from a fellow NDLS blogger! Why, I’ve almost forgotten why I was depressed… something about wolverines? Eh, I don’t remember. Just look at the cute cats again. Awww. And have another beer. Go Irish!
I’m surprised David hasn’t posted about this yet, but perhaps he’s too busy celebrating. :) Anyway… on the same day that Charlie Weis suffered his biggest loss since coming to Notre Dame, former Irish coach Ty Willingham earned perhaps his most important victory since being hired by the University of Washington, as the Huskies beat Fresno State, 21-20. Washington’s previous wins under Ty were against lowly Idaho, Arizona and San Diego State, but Fresno State — despite being 1-2 this season, having lost a squeaker to Oregon last week — is a legit team, and the Huskies beat them. Washington is now 2-1, equalling their total number of wins last season, and with Stanford looking godawful, the Huskies have an excellent chance of beating that total by season’s end. Moreover, Oregon State and Arizona certainly appear beatable, and a 17-15 win over Baylor isn’t a huge vote of confidence for Washington State. Could the Huskies beat the Cougars in the Apple Cup… and earn their sixth win in the process, becoming bowl-eligible? It’s probably a long shot, but I suspect David and his fellow Huskies are daring to dream tonight, and who can blame them?
BTW, I still don’t think Ty is a good coach. :) But congrats to Washington on a win that will hopefully start their program on the road back to respectability.
UPDATE: I just got off the phone with David. Turns out, he was at the game, and he said it was a very exciting, awesome atmosphere. He also said Ty’s stated goal for the season is being bowl-eligible, and he (David) thinks it’s very much attainable.
Anyway, as long as we’re on the topic of stunning upsets… Southern Illinois became the latest Division I-AA team to shock a I-A foe, beating Indiana 35-28 in Bloomington. So much for Nick’s theory that the Hoosiers could become bowl-eligible by “defending the rock” against Western Michigan, Ball State, Southern Illinois, UConn and Illinois, and then pulling one upset against the rest of their schedule (Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Michigan, Purdue). It’d take two upsets now. Or really, three, since UConn’s gonna beat ‘em next Saturday. GO HUSKIES! :)
In terms of near-shockers, how about South Carolina almost losing to I-AA Wofford? (Oh, but that SEC schedule is a war! A war, I tell you!) And how about Army almost beating Texas A&M? I caught the end of that one, and it was a thriller. Pity the Army boys couldn’t pull it out. They almost, almost did. (Meanwhile, as I alluded to earlier, the Navy boys had no trouble winning against lowly Stanford, which is in serious jeopardy of a winless season.)
So how did colleges top 25 teams fair on Seperation Saturday?
1) Ohio State W - 37-7 over Cincinatti
2) USC W - 28-10 over Nebraska
3) Notre Dame L - 21-47 to Michigan
4) Auburn W - 7-3 over LSU
5) West Virginia W - 45-24 over Maryland
6) Florida W - 21-20 over Tennessee
7) LSU L - 3-7 to Auburn
8) Texas W - 52-7 over Rice
9) Georgia W - 34-0 over UAB
10) Florida State L - 20-27 to Clemson
11) Oklahoma L - 33-34 to Oregon
12) Louisville W - 31-7 over Miami
13) Michigan W - 47-21 over Notre Dame
14) Virginia Tech - 36-0 over Duke (who suck)
15) Miami L - 7-31 to Louisville
16) Iowa W - 27-17 over Iowa State
17) Tennessee L - 20-21 to Florida
18) Oregon W - 34-33 over Oklahoma
19) Nebraska L - 10-28 to USC
20) TCU W - 12-3 over Texas Tech
21) Cal W 42-16 over Portland State (I-AA)
22) Texas Tech L - 3-12 to TCU
23) ASU W - 21-3 over Colorado
24) Alabama W 41-7 over Lousianna-Monroe
25) Boston College W 30-23 over BYU
So, here’s where things stand after “Separation Saturday.” With Oklahoma and Florida State losing, the Big 12 and ACC no longer have any credible threats to go undefeated. The SEC has three, or perhaps four: Auburn, Florida, Georgia and maybe Alabama. Obviously, only one of those three can actually, ultimately finish unbeaten. Meanwhile, the November 18 Ohio State-Michigan game could potentially be a battle of two undefeated, championship-contending teams from the Big Ten (though I predict Penn State will stun the Wolverines in Happy Valley on Oct. 14). And USC continues to look like the real deal. ESPN’s analysts rated their performance against Nebraska tonight a C+ by Trojan standards, and Booty looked somwhat less Bootylicious in the second half, yet they still routed a ranked team, 28-10. Bob Davie said these Trojans could ultimately be scary good, and he’s right. Kirk Herbstreit is right, too, when he says what I’ve been saying for months: USC’s schedule is very favorable, lending itself to a distinct possibility of a 12-0 season. If that happens, and if the OSU-Michigan winner is undefeated, it seems entirely possible that an undefeated SEC team could again be left out of the BCS title game. (Needless to say, an undefeated Big East team has no chance of reaching the BCS title game unless there are fewer than two undefeateds from the other five big conferences, notwithstanding how well the Big East has done in OOC play so far. And even then, they might not make it. Oh, and TCU’s best realistic hope is a Fiesta Bowl bid, even if they go undefeated.)
On the other side of the undefeated/once-beaten sweepstakes, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, LSU, Tennessee and Florida State join Texas in the “root against the undefeateds” club, hoping against hope that they’ll somehow worm their way back into the national-championship picture. It’s especially plausible in the case of Notre Dame and Texas, since they started out ranked so high. Of course, they need to win out, and they need a lot of help. Meanwhile, with its second loss, a blowout by Louisville, Miami drops out of the picture entirely, and Larry Coker finds himself seriously on the hot seat.
Oh, and alas, the “perfect BCS sh*tstorm” scenario is officially shot. It required a Notre Dame win over Michigan and an Oklahoma win over Oregon, neither of which happened. (The scenario was: Ohio State beats Texas, which beats Oklahoma, which beats Oregon, which beats USC, which beats Notre Dame, which beats Michigan, which beats Ohio State, and all seven of those teams finish with one loss — all to one another.) That said, there are still plenty of crazy scenarios that could happen, still plenty of ways the BCS could blow itself up. Imagine, for instance, Ohio State finishes undefeated and undisputed #1, while Notre Dame rallies from today’s defeat and runs the table, beating USC in its finale to finish #2 in the AP poll — ahead of #3 West Virginia, even though the Mountaineers are undefeated. Who gets the BCS title-game bid? Does a one-loss Notre Dame, having finished its season with a major “statement” win in L.A., get in ahead of an undefeated West Virginia squad that hasn’t beaten anybody good except injury-depleted Louisville? Of course, that isn’t going to happen, because USC is going to beat the Irish :), but that’s just an example of one possible fun scenario.