Archive for March, 2011

Elite Eight

March 26, 2011

We’re getting down to it now.  Fairly typical Round of 16, some great games, some great finishes and some blowouts.  I went 5-3 in picks, so, not too bad.

There’s an interesting mix in these eight teams playing today and tomorrow: you have three traditional powers (Kentucky, UNC, Kansas) with 15 national titles between them; you have three, relatively-new-to-success programs (Arizona, Florida and UConn) with 5 of the last 14 national titles between them; and, as always, two Cinderellas, Butler and VCU.

My rooting interests are with the two underdogs, Kentucky and UConn, but here’s how I see the games:


  • Florida over Butler
  • Arizona over UConn


  • Kansas over VCU
  • Kentucky over UNC 

Sweet Sixteen

March 24, 2011

There’s a lot to like about the NCAA tournament generally, but plenty of specific reasons this year.  You have star players (Walker, Fredette, Sullinger) and marquis teams (Duke, UNC, Kentucky, Ohio State, UConn); you have two unfamiliar programs that have had great seasons (San Diego St., BYU) as well as some underdog Cinderellas (VCU, Richmond, Florida St.); and you have great balance from the standpoint of both leagues (10 conferences are represented and only the ACC has as many as three teams) and geography (16 schools from 12 states coast-to-coast with no state having more than two teams).

Not all 16 teams can win the title, but all these teams can still win another game or two.  Ohio State and Kansas remain favorites but the team that’s been most impressive may be VCU, who whipped Georgetown and Purdue.

Here’s one opinion on this round of games:


  • SD St. over UConn
  • Florida over BYU
  • Duke over Arizona
  • Butler over Wisconsin


  • UNC over Marquette
  • Kansas over Richmond
  • Ohio State over Kentucky
  • VCU over Florida St.

Odyssey Dawn

March 20, 2011

Charlie Sheen’s latest porn-star-girlfriend.  Wait..what?  Oh, sorry, it’s the ridiculous name for our latest ill-conceived venture into bombing yet another Mooslim country.  Terrific.  Plan, strategy, end game, anything?  Didn’t think so.  Maybe we’ll be building schools and stealing oil again, who knows?

Well done Clinton, Obama, et al.  On the bright side, Joe Lieberman and John McCain support this, so what could possibly go wrong?

Terrorist-Lover Peter King…

March 20, 2011

…you know, the Congressman from NY who’s a long-time supporter of the IRA — if white, Irish-Catholics are murdering civilians it’s not really terrorism — held his sham hearings in DC this week.  This pretty much summarizes it: 

The Right Wing’s NPR…

March 19, 2011

Obama Shoots The Messenger

March 16, 2011


As the US government continues to hold Pfc Bradley Manning under clearly inhumane, if not torturous, conditions — in Quantico, mind you, not Guantanamo — the only one paying a price for that is veteran State Dept. spokesperson P.J. Crowley.

Crowley was forced out by Obama over the weekend after stating that the conditions of Manning’s detention, prior to any trial much less conviction, by the way, were “ridiculous, counter-productive and stupid.”   Let me get this straight:  it’s OK to abuse a US citizen imprisoned in his own country, but speak out over it and you’re fired?

Prominent blogger Matt Yglesias said it best:  “Sad statement about America that P.J. Crowley is the one being forced to resign over Bradley Manning.”

Words fail, Mr. President.

Grant Hill Shoots and Scores…

March 16, 2011

…after being flagrantly fouled by Jalen Rose.  Rose, a member of Michigan’s Fab Five from the early ’90s and executive producer of ESPN’s documentary on the team, is quoted in the film as saying Duke only recruits blacks whom he considers “Uncle Toms.”  Ignorant, insulting and flat-out wrong, by any reasonable definition of the hurtful term.

Hill brilliantly responds in today’s NY Times, with more grace and dignity than Rose’s comment deserves.

Jason Whitlock piles on.

Dumb AND Dumber

March 12, 2011

She’s actually both.  Congresswoman Numnuts said this in New Hampshire this week:

“What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty. You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord. And you put a marker in the ground and paid with the blood of your ancestors the very first price that had to be paid to make this the most magnificent nation that has ever arisen in the annals of man in 5,000 years of recorded history,” – Michele Bachmann, mistaking New Hampsire for Massachusetts.

This from the woman who earlier claimed our Founding Fathers ended slavery.  Of course, she wants to be President.

Simon Says

March 11, 2011

David Simon released a statement to Slate earlier today on the arrest of Felicia “Snoop” Pearson in a Baltimore drug raid yesterday.  Pearson played one of the many indelible characters created by Simon in his seminal HBO series The Wire.

As usual, he pretty much nails it.

Financial Choices

March 6, 2011

The choices we make as a country tell us just who we are and what our priorities are: