Archive for February, 2007

Airport curse lands woman in court

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Question: “Is it against the f***ing law to say f***?”

Answer: Yes, apparently.

CNN Breaking News

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

A Florida court rejects an appeal by Anna Nicole Smith’s mother to overturn a ruling that allows her daughter to be buried in the Bahamas.

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Dear Joe Lunardi, I hate you. Sincerely, Brendan Loy

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Okay, Notre Dame vs. Gonzaga, I could deal with. But this…

Ugh.

On the bright side, it’s in the Midwest Region, so I’d be guaranteed to have one of my two favorite teams one win away from playing in the regional that Becky and I will be at.

But still. That first-round matchup would be far too painful. Selection committee, please, have mercy…


Side-by-side in the law lounge, and in my heart.

Pat Summitt repays Bruce Pearl’s favor

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

No, she didn’t go topless (thank God)… and no, she won’t be winning American Idol anytime soon, but still… this is pretty cool:

As a native of Connecticut, I’m required by state law to hate Pat Summitt, but still… that’s awesome.

P.S. Don’t miss the shot in the video of UT football coach Phil Fulmer picking his nose.

Is Florida this year’s UConn?

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

I don’t spend much time thinking about the top tier of college-basketball teams (I prefer to watch the bubble and cheer for mid- and low-majors, as y’all know), but I’m listening to yesterday’s edition of the ESPNU NCB Insider Podcast, and all the talk about whether Florida’s late slump is just a minor bump in the road, or an indicator of deeper problems, has me wondering: are the Gators another example of a team, like UConn last year, that probably has the most talent in the country, but just can’t put it together well enough to win the tournament? Hmm.

Alternate theory: the Gators are like the 2004 Huskies, or for that matter, last year’s Gators: a squad that has the most talent in the country, but doesn’t look like it during the regular season, and then rises to the occasion in March and makes everyone else looks like amateurs come tournament time. (Er, well, they’re all technically amateurs, but you know what I mean.)

P.S. Instead of “most talented,” maybe I should say “most dangerous.” Several of the freshman-laden teams might have more raw talent, but Florida’s combination of talent and experience probably makes them the all-around best team in the country, potential-wise. The question is whether they’re actually going to live up to that potential.

Championship Week(s) underway

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

The day’s big college-basketball news may be BYU stunning Air Force at home (ending the Falcons’ nation’s-best 30-game home winning streak) and Tennessee handing Florida its third loss in four games, but for mid-major and low-major enthusiasts, there’s much more important stuff happening: it’s Championship Week(s)!

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1Ls cry foul over TA role in Property class

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

[Bumped to top. -ed.]

In case the latest developments in the Patty O kerfuffle weren’t enough NDLS controversy for one day, here’s another, bigger issue that I’ve only recently become aware of. It seems roughly half the 1L class isn’t happy with the way Property is being taught this semester, due to a highly unusual situation (by law-school standards) in which student TAs are reportedly playing a substantial role in teaching the class and grading students’ work.

Rather than getting into the details, I’ll let the 1Ls’ exquisitely drafted petition to the Dean tell the story. You can read it in full (along with the letter that accompanied it in a mass e-mail to the Class of ’09 last night) after the jump.

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American Idol pool: Week 2

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

I hope y’all are thinking about your American Idol pool picks after tonight’s show. Who will get voted off this week?

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1 apartment, 91 cats

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

It’s people like this that cause apartment complexes to set arbitrary two-pet limits which make it nearly impossible for people like me and Becky (with our dog and three cats) to find a place to live. Argh.

Not that I’m bitter over our stagnating search for an apartment in Knoxville, or anything. Harumph.

While I’m on the topic: limits on dog size are SO FREAKING DUMB. Your average Jack Russell Terrier will do vastly more damage to an apartment, and cause vastly more grief for neighbors, than any Greyhound or Great Dane — two large breeds that are actually ideal apartment dogs.

It’s not the discrimination that bothers me; it’s the irrationality of it. I could more easily stomach being told “you can’t live here because you have a large dog” or “you can’t live here because you have four pets” if there was actually any rational reason for anyone to think that any of our pets would cause them any problems whatsoever. But our most-passive-dog-in-the-universe greyhound and our three adorable, harmless cats? Please.

Two-pet limits and large-dog restrictions are simultaneously overbroad and underbroad. And I don’t like them. And they suck. So there. :)

It’s a super, scintillating, spectacular… case of foot-in-mouth disease, baby!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Wow.

I can’t believe that B-Loy hasn’t picked up on this, as it’s an interesting convergence of journalism ethics and college basketball. I kinda thought that those two things were pretty much right down his alley.

As some of you may know, and as you can all tune into on ESPN tonight, the Florida Gators are coming into Knoxville to take on the Vols. ESPN is bringing in the big guns, i.e., Dick Vitale for the game as well.

Here’s where the fun starts. Local sports radio (WNML-FM) has a morning show from 10am-Noon called “The Sports Page.” It’s hosted not by professional radio guys, but rather by an occasionally rotating cast of sports writers from the local newspaper, the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

Yesterday morning, February 26, 2007, during the regular airing of “The Sports Page,” the hosts, specifically Mike Griffith and John Adams, had called up Dick Vitale for a pre-scheduled interview in anticipation of the big game. There’s where the fun begins.

Dickie V is sitting in a restaurant in Florida eating breakfast, apparently with an open cell phone, somehow doesn’t grasp that he’s actually on the air. Mike Griffith opens up with a lead in to welcome him to the show, and then, well, it’s kinda nothing. Then, all of a sudden, we hear Dickie-Baby chatting it up.

Unfortunately for Dickie-Baby, he’s not chatting it up with his Knoxville based interviewers, but rather some locals in his restaurant in Florida. Here’s how the initial, and pertinent portions went down:

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Law-student pomposity at its best

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Heh.

CNN Breaking News

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

The Dow sees its biggest one-day drop in 3 years, ending about 400 points lower after plummeting more than 500 points earlier in the day. More soon.

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Dick Cheney = Noah Daniels?

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

NRO‘s Kathryn Jean Lopez fantastizes about a Cheney ’08 candidacy, and muses that “President Cheney would make Tom Lennox secretary of homeland security.” Heh.

Speaking of which, I never posted a 24 thread yesterday, so if anyone is dying to talk about last night’s episode, this would be a good place to do so. TiVoers not wanting to encounter spoilers might want to steer clear of comments on this post. For my part, I’ll offer just one spoiler, after the jump:

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

MMM blue cup!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Such a temper!