Archive for February, 2007

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Its like looking in a mirror!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Oh those cheeks!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Little man is getting so big!

A Short Introduction

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

I thought that my first post wasn’t enough of an intro so I thought I’d write a bit more. Brendan has graciously allowed me to be the official guest-blogger for the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament which takes place this Thursday through Sunday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

This is my 10th straight year attending the MVC tournament. First as a member of the Illinois St. University pep band and now just a fan of the MVC and mostly as a fan of the Illinois State Redbirds, my alma mater. Some of you may remember me during Brendan and Becky’s trip to Arch Madness last season.

So, I’ll be doing some audioblogging and liveblogging from the games and then I’ll *try* and do some wrap-up type stuff at the end of the days. But, I cannot promise that will get done as I may be…well…uh…not of sound mind and body. :) It’s always a very fun weekend of friends and basketball.

So look for my first posts on Thursday!

SBA washes its hands of the Patty O

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

[Bumped up a bit. -ed.]

An update on the Patty O’Herald kerfuffle from last semester… this morning, we got this e-mail from the SBA:

Last semester, the Patty O’Herald took a different tone than it has in the last two years, departing from its more “news and information” nature to take a “satirical” look at life at NDLS. A number of the articles published in the Patty O’ last semester offended members of the student body, faculty, and administration. The SBA Board took this matter under advisement and closely evaluated the role that the SBA should play in publishing a wholly satirical newsletter. The SBA Board is a governing body, and as such it exists to represent the interests of every member of the NDLS student body. The Board does not believe that this job includes publishing satire. Therefore, the SBA Board has voted to remove the position of Patty O’ editor from the Board. In so doing, the SBA encourages the current editor…to begin publishing the Patty O’ as an independent newsletter. The SBA will begin to publish a weekly update that will be posted in the bathroom stalls and will provide law school news and information. As soon as the Patty O’ is an “unofficial publication” (to subsequently become a “student media publication” per the Du Lac Code), it will be reviewed for SBA funding similar to the manner in which all other law school organizations receive student funding.

The big unanswered question, based on that e-mail, is whether the newly “unofficial” Patty O will be able to keep posting in the bathrooms.

Incidentally, I have a copy of the resolution that BLSA passed condemning last semester’s controversial “P-Dizzle” article. I’ve been meaning to blog the text of the resolution, but haven’t gotten around to it. Now that this controversy is back on everyone’s radar again, I’ll try to type it up soon and post it here.

UPDATE: It should be noted that the first sentence of the SBA’s e-mail — “Last semester, the Patty O’Herald took a different tone than it has in the last two years, departing from its more ‘news and information’ nature to take a ‘satirical’ look at life at NDLS” — is arguably false, or at least misleading. The Patty O’Herald has always been a satirical newspaper, at least since I’ve been here (and I remembering seeing it, and thinking it was funny, when I visited in fall of 2003 as well). In prior years, it had some elements of “news and information,” moreso than this year, but it was still primarily satire, as indeed its title (a play on the name of the law school’s dean, Patty O’Hara) indicates. What set the Patty O apart in fall 2006 wasn’t that it suddenly became satirical, but that the satire became edgier, more biting, arguably more offensive, and in many cases at least, quite a bit funnier.

Give Petraeus a chance

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Joe Lieberman on Iraq:

I understand the frustration, anger and exhaustion so many Americans feel about Iraq, the desire to throw up our hands and simply say, “Enough.” And I am painfully aware of the enormous toll of this war in human life, and of the infuriating mistakes that have been made in the war’s conduct.

But we must not make another terrible mistake now. Many of the worst errors in Iraq arose precisely because the Bush administration best-cased what would happen after Saddam was overthrown. Now many opponents of the war are making the very same best-case mistake–assuming we can pull back in the midst of a critical battle with impunity, even arguing that our retreat will reduce the terrorism and sectarian violence in Iraq.

In fact, halting the current security operation at midpoint, as virtually all of the congressional proposals seek to do, would have devastating consequences. It would put thousands of American troops already deployed in the heart of Baghdad in even greater danger–forced to choose between trying to hold their position without the required reinforcements or, more likely, abandoning them outright. A precipitous pullout would leave a gaping security vacuum in its wake, which terrorists, insurgents, militias and Iran would rush to fill–probably resulting in a spiral of ethnic cleansing and slaughter on a scale as yet unseen in Iraq.

I appeal to my colleagues in Congress to step back and think carefully about what to do next. Instead of undermining Gen. Petraeus before he has been in Iraq for even a month, let us give him and his troops the time and support they need to succeed.

Gen. Petraeus says he will be able to see whether progress is occurring by the end of the summer, so let us declare a truce in the Washington political war over Iraq until then. Let us come together around a constructive legislative agenda for our security: authorizing an increase in the size of the Army and Marines, funding the equipment and protection our troops need, monitoring progress on the ground in Iraq with oversight hearings, investigating contract procedures, and guaranteeing Iraq war veterans the first-class treatment and care they deserve when they come home.

We are at a critical moment in Iraq–at the beginning of a key battle, in the midst of a war that is irretrievably bound up in an even bigger, global struggle against the totalitarian ideology of radical Islamism. However tired, however frustrated, however angry we may feel, we must remember that our forces in Iraq carry America’s cause–the cause of freedom–which we abandon at our peril.

A plea to Lieberman-haters: Read the whole thing with an open mind, without automatically assuming the worst possible connotation or implication of every word. Give it a few moments of serious thought, without regard to the identity of the speaker. And then tell us why Lieberman is a dishonest warmongering chickenhawk neocon scumbag. That’s all I ask.

(Hat tip: Alasdair and Roger L. Simon, via InstaPundit.)

Go Indians, Beat Rams

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

The Newington girls basketball team, which I used to manage once upon a time, faces Cheshire in the first round of the state tournament this afternoon, in a game postponed from yesterday due to snow. The Middletown Press is predicting an upset by #19-seeded Cheshire (11-9) over the #14 Indians (13-7).

If Newington wins, they’ll face #3-seeded Norwich Free Academy in the second round. That would be a rematch of the unforgettable triple-overtime classic that those teams played in the state quarterfinals my sophomore year, ten years ago — and wow, does that bit of math make me feel old — when Newington was seeded #9 and NFA was #1. NFA won that one, and went on to win the state championship. The Indians were the Wildcats’ toughest out of the tournament, and I remain convinced that we would have won the state championship if we’d been able to pull that game out. But alas. It remains one of the most thrilling games I’ve ever witnessed at any level in any sport, in spite of the heartbreaking result.

P.S. For those who don’t know, I got a varsity letter in girls basketball. And yes, I bought a letter jacket, and wore it proudly. :) Hey, I was a good team manager!

Test post

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Go Redbirds!

Quote of the day

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

“If my aunt were a man, she would be my uncle.” –Justice Rehnquist, Florida v. Royer, 460 U.S. 491 (1983)

Somehow, that reminds me of Chris Rock’s comment on homosexuality back in 1996: “Everybody’s so homophobic – everybody in this room has at least a gay cousin! All of you [are] thinking about it right now. Some of you got gay daddies! I got a gay uncle – I call him ‘Aunt Tom.’ I love my Aunt Tom. I know right now, if I was in a fight, Aunt Tom would come in here, take off his pumps and whoop some ass!”

(Of course, the best line from that SNL monologue was: “I like Clinton. You know why I like Clinton? Because he’s got real problems. No, he don’t got President problems, he’s got real problems, like you and me: he’s running out of money, his wife’s a pain in the ass, all his friends are going to jail… I know Bill Clinton. I am Bill Clinton!”)

Swimsuit models love Trojans

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models + Trojan Marching Band = I Freaking Love The Internet.


Hey baby, wanna hold my sword?

(Hat tip: TrojanWire.)

The model is Julie Henderson, if you’re wondering. Here’s a photo of her looking very cute in her USC hat, and standing next to another SI swimsuit model, Jessica White:

I wonder: How does a Notre Dame-loving, USC-hating heterosexual male react to pictures like the ones above? Not to mention the ones after the jump (SFW, but lots of skin):

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‘Cuse stuns Hoyas; Zags win WCC title!

Monday, February 26th, 2007

An evening basketball update…

Syracuse upset #10 Georgetown at the Carrier Dome this evening. The Orange, who were in Lunardi’s bracket this morning anyway, now definitely appear to be on the right side of the bubble, especially considering that they’ve officially won 10 f***ing games in the Big East. ;)

Less shocking was Central Connecticut State’s 79-54 win over Wagner. The Blue Devils finish the conference regular season undefeated at home, which is a good sign, since as the #1 seed, they’re guaranteed home-court advantage throughout the Northeast Conference tournament (which starts Thursday — see the One Stop Shop and click “ne” for details).

Last but not least, Gonzaga and San Diego are underway early.

UPDATE: Gonzaga wins! And Santa Clara and Pepperdine are in overtime. If the Waves win, Gonzaga wins the West Coast Conference regular-season championship outright, and gets the #1 seed in the WCC tournament. If Santa Clara survives, the Zags share the title, and get the #2 seed. Either way, they get a double-bye into the semifinals, which are Sunday in Portland. It’s a two-game season now… Go Zags!

UPDATE 2: Santa Clara loses! The Gonzaga Bulldogs are your 2007 West Coast Conference regular-season champions!! WOOHOO!!

I actually feel kind of bad for Santa Clara, though. Talk about a choke — in a conference that has been dominated by Gonzaga for so long, they had the regular-season title (and a guaranteed NIT bid, at least) in their grasp, and let it slip through their fingers with two straight road losses to bottom-feeder teams in the final weekend. Sucks for them.

For Gonzaga, though, another outright title… awesome.

On the other hand: I wonder if this will end up being bad news for the Zags. Could the Broncos’ late collapse motivate, rather than demoralize, them heading into the WCC tournament, and inspire them to win the auto bid? Hmm. Let’s hope not. GO ZAGS!!

USC, ND now “locks”

Monday, February 26th, 2007

According to ESPN’s Bubble Watch, both USC and Notre Dame are now NCAA Tournament “locks,” as is Tennessee. Joe Lunardi — who, incidentally, is promising daily Bracketology updates from now until Selection Sunday — has the Irish as a #6 seed (with a first-round matchup against my mom’s and Dmytro’s alma mater, Illinois), the Trojans as a #5 seed (against VCU in round one), and the Vols as a #9 (against Texas Tech … Bruce Pearl vs. Bobby Knight!).

Gonzaga remains a bubble team, according to the Watch, but is one of Lunardi’s “next four out” and probably needs to win the WCC Tournament this coming Sunday and Monday. The Zags can build momentum for that effort with a win tonight at San Diego (10:00 PM EST) in both teams’ regular-season finales.

And speaking of building momentum for conference tournaments: Central Connecticut State, which saw its 12-game winning streak snapped nine days ago, only to start a new streak on Thursday, hosts Wagner at 7:00 PM tonight in (again) both teams’ regular-season finales.

If Gonzaga and CCSU win their conference tourneys — they’ll both be favored — and if the projections of USC, ND and UT as “locks” are accurate, that’d be five of my seven favorite teams in the NCAAs (and all of my Big Three). Now if UConn and Buffalo could just make miraculous runs in the Big East and MAC tournaments, respectively… :)

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Arboreal self-hazing

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Is it really worth all this to become the next Stanford Tree? (Warning: descriptions of disgustingness.)

Worst. Oscars. Ever.

Monday, February 26th, 2007

L.A. Weekly Hollywood columnist Nikke Finke says she’s been scarred by the awfulness of last night’s Oscar telecast:

As a friend emailed me, “this was like a Reagan era show.” That was the low-tech level of this year’s broadcast. Which makes me wonder in disbelief why the very rich Oscar telecast seriously stinted on tonight’s production values. Did Bernie The Accountant abscond with the show’s hefty budget? It was lacking in razzle-dazzle. It had no trash and flash. Halfway through this snore-fest, ABC was about to voluntarily pay the FCC $500,000 just to make Beyoncé’s boob pop out.

Nor did Sacha Baron Cohen appear. Asked to be a presenter, he said he would do it only if he could be in character as Borat. But the Powers-That-Be said, “No way,” thus eliminating what surely might have been an oasis of humor in a desert of mediocrity. Morons.

In summary, it was the night that the Academy finally killed off what used to be its show-stopper of a movie awards. … Well, I say enough is enough. Who isn’t sick of getting stuck sitting through an ass-killing show that runs on and on beyond reason with no entertainment within it to speak of? As a comedian friend told me: “If this goes on any longer, they’re going to be reporting next weekend’s Friday night box office, the obituary package is going to be out of date, and the ballots will be going out for next years’ awards.” Frustration echoed by this emailer: “If they show another montage, I think it should be of people killing themselves while watching the Oscars.”

Finke’s Oscar liveblog has lots more good stuff, including this reference to producer Laura Ziskin (who, I regretfully must point out, is a USC grad), echoing something I wrote at around the same time:

I just received this very apt email with the subject line: “PLEASE FIRE ZISKIN MID-SHOW”. I agree whole-heartedly. It continues: “LAURA ZISKIN IS A TRUE DISGRACE. HOW THE HELL CAN SHE JUSTIFY THIS SH*T? WORST. OSCAR. TELECAST. EVER. IN. THE. HISTORY. OF TV. ABYSMALLY HORRIBLE. ARROGANT FOR THEM TO START AT 5:30 [PST] INSTEAD OF 5 PM WHEN THEY KNOW IT’S 4 HOURS LONG. THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT VIEWERS ON EAST COAST AND THEY SURE DON’T CARE ABOUT ANYBODY EXCEPT THEIR OWN INFLATED EGOMANIAC SELVES.”

Indeed.

3 law students still alive in Bouts

Monday, February 26th, 2007

There are 52 Bengal Bouts fights tonight, three of them featuring NDLS students:

Patrick Salvi, 163lb. Weight Division, around 9:30pm in the Main Boxing Arena

Colin Dougherty, 175lb. Weight Division, around 10:15pm in the Main Boxing Arena

Geoffrey Spiess, Super Heavyweight Division, around 8:45pm in the Boxing Room (between Gates 1 and 2 in the JACC, downstairs–near the fieldhouse)

Good luck, guys! Goooo Law Students, Beeeeat (Up) Undergrads!