Thursday, September 28, 2006

You can't get arrested for being too busy to blog

It's true.
Things should pick back up middle of next week.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Two college football notes

First, I want to reiterate that the new clock rules are stupid. They shorten the game at the expense of exciting games. Georgia just scored a TD with 46 seconds left to take the lead by 1. Under the old rules, Colorado would have gotten the ball somewhere in the neighborhood of their own 30 with about 40 seconds left (assuming that UGA would have squibbed because the clock would start on the receiving team's touch). Instead, Georgia kicked it deep, it was returned to the 20, and by the time Colorado ran their first play there was only 30 seconds left. After a sack, a spike, and a delay of game, they had only one more shot down the field. In other words, they got two plays off under this system where they might realistically have gotten 6 under the old one. How do these rules benefit everyone again? Isn't the idea to entertain the fans?

Second, during the Michigan-Wisconsin game they showed the old UM commercial which starts with a picture of Earth from somewhere out in space. Three names pop up in the corner, one by one, all Colonels. Then we see "APOLLO 15" on the screen, as an orbiting spacecraft comes into the picture. Then "An all U of M crew" splashes across the screen, and you can hear "Hail to the Victors" playing softly as the craft floats in front of Earth and passes out of view.

Obvious message -- U of M people are smart.

Message that smart people take away from it -- U of M people are still not smart enough to know that sound does not travel in space.

Go Buckeyes!

Friday, September 22, 2006

$185 million?

Just heard on SportsCenter that $185 million has been spent renovating the Louisiana Superdome. I don't know where that money has come from, but how on Earth is that justifiable? Aren't people still living in trailers? Aren't entire schools still shut down? For crying out loud, mail delivery was just restarted to a good chunk of the city in July. How many times per year does the Superdome get used? Twenty? Fifty?

I wonder what The Sports Economists would say about this.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Welcome to the 21st century

I am getting digital cable on Thursday. I don't even really watch TV, but this makes me feel very grown up.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Poll question

A few days ago I finished class at 11, and started eating my lunch -- I had skipped breakfast and was quite hungry. So as I'm sitting there eating my two pieces of cold homemade pizza, a friend comes in and chastises me: "What on Earth are you doing eating pizza for breakfast?"

There are two problems here. First, eleven o'clock is not really breakfast time anymore, and even though it was in fact my first meal of the day, if you come across someone eating at the law school at 11 a.m., you should assume they're just eating (an admittedly early) lunch, right? Second, and more importantly, when the hell did cold pizza become an unacceptable breakfast food? Until Thursday I was under the impression that every person in the whole wide world has at some point eaten cold pizza for breakfast. Or at minimum anyone who has ever been to college. But no, this guy thinks I'm the weird one here.

So I put it to you, dear readers. Cold pizza -- delicious breakfast food? Or victual of heathens?

Never had cold pizza for breakfast, good grief. Just another reason why Michigan sucks.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Well then

You know you're not getting the job when they misspell your name--which is only three letters long--on the envelope. Ouch.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

More NFL news

Hey, did you guys know that this Sunday night game pits the Manning brothers against each other? Huh. You'd think we would have heard more about this.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Blogstorm attempt numero uno, part deux (or something)

I blogged yesterday about how awful the new clock rules are in college football. Turns out there's a great petition site out there -- check it out: http://wehatethenewclockrules.com/.

Blogstorm attempt numero dos

Those of you here in Cincinnati know what this guy's talking about -- Time Warner sucks.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

New rules

I keep hearing about the power of the internet and how bloggers are changing the world. Well, consider this the start of the blogosphere groundswell revolution thingy, if there isn't one already, to repeal the clock rule changes in NCAA football. I mean, how awful is this approach? Take last night's FSU-Miami game for example. Nobody wants to see Miami have to take timeouts after a punt to stop the clock before first down. These new rules are completely changing the complexion of close games. It is now completely impossible to punt away the ball late in a game and prevent the play-clock run-off on each of your opponent's downs. The result isn't just shorter games (and don't even get me started on which idiot decided shorter games was a good thing), it's less compelling games. Can you imagine how that FSU-Miami game might have been different last night if Miami didn't have to let the clock run off an extra 25 seconds after third down on FSU's last series? I mean, ultimately we probably still would have seen Kyle Wright throwing an interception, but it would have been a less hurried interception. I just -- aarrgh! You know? Ridiculous.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Go Cougars!

When you get to be an old man like me, [1] you have to live vicariously through others. So just to let you know, I will be doing that all football season, living vicariously through my friend who plays football at BYU. Yes, I know I blogged about this last year when I went to see him play at Notre Dame. Yes, I know that none of you care about Mountain West football. But the Cougars will be on TV now and then in my neck of the woods, so I will periodically be updating you on his progress. In case you care to watch, he is no. 48—Andrew Stacey. He's an OLB by trade, but you're more likely to spot him on special teams (he's on the punt, punt return, and kickoff return teams at the moment).


Anyway, he has been on TV a lot so far, including a nice shot about six seconds long doing that Samoan dance in the pre-game.

So yeah. That's what I'm doing on this Saturday night.


[1] Full disclosure—I am only 24.