Friday, December 17, 2004

As if we needed any confirmation...

of how screwed up the NFL's "Rooney Rule" is--the one that requires teams to interview at least one minority before hiring a new head coach--read this article, courtesy of Len Pasquarelli on ESPN.com.

I'm not sure any additional commentary is needed here, but it absolutely blows my mind that the NFL would have two rules (the aforementioned Rooney Rule and the anti-tampering rule with regard to employees of other franchises) whose coexistence could very well result in an NFL franchise losing a potential hire. And for what? So some token minority candidate can have a patronizing cup of coffee with a franshise's owner and front office?

Before one even considers the complications arising from the coexistence of these two rules, there's a fundamental flaw in the intent behind the Rooney Rule: it is entirely unneccessary. The bottom line is that the NFL, as any professional sports league, is a business--a business that is, in almost every case, directly proportional to winning. Consequently, NFL owners are going to hire whomever gives their franchise the best chance to win, with as little regard for one's race as the size of one's manteets.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Hollachaboi: Saban Headed to Miami

Apparently, Saban to the Dolphins is a done deal: $5 mil/year, full reign as GM

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Mailman on the Prowl

I can't believe I waited until today to share this gem.

Here's an excerpt:

Malone's agent, Dwight Manley, told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday that Malone was asked by Vanessa Bryant, "Hey, cowboy, what are you hunting?" in reference to Malone wearing a cowboy hat and boots.

"She said it twice," Manley said, "and Karl answered, 'I'm hunting for little Mexican girls.' "


I mean, what can you say about that? The UCR is off the charts here. Before you even get to the priceless quotes, how about the fact that you have an adulterer and alleged rapist publicly taking a teammate to task for making a pass at his wife? I couldn't come up with this stuff if I tried.

Thanks, NFLPA

I know most of you probably don't give a damn about this, but I was pretty pissed when I came across this bit of news.

Call me naive, but I think it absolutely sucks that the NFL would sell-out with no regard whatsoever for the consumer/fan. I'd expect that shit from MLB or the NBA, but I expect better from the NFL.

Many people who played both NFL games this year (EA's Madden & Sega's ESPN NFL 2k5) felt that 2k5 was the superior game (I own it, btw), regardless of price--and the damn thing retailed for $19.99 versus Madden's $49.99 (which they were eventually forced to lower). Now, EA can offer a sub-par product and charge the full $49.99 and anyone who wants an NFL game will just have to take in the poopchute.

I have ESPN College Hoops 2k5 and it is, by far, the best basketball game I've played on any system. Once again, 20 bucks. I know the development above deals only with the NFL, but I hope it doesn't discourage Sega from continuing their other sports franchises.

UPDATE: At the risk of being subjected to unrelenting ridicule, here's the link to a petition protesting the NFL's decision to enter into the exclusive contract with EA Sports. Don't ask questions--just sign it, you bastards: Upshaw Can Suck It

Monday, December 13, 2004

"It's not a tumor!!"

errr. . .actually it is.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Moyers retirement

should not cause sadness in any of you gentlemen. Check out his quote regarding the "partisan right-wing media" that is dead-set on electing Republicans or other some such nonsense. This must be one of the newest lines Dems tell each other to ease the pain of losing last month - "it's not our fault, we couldn't fight the huge conservative media." Of course, all of this ignores the elephant in the room: who exactly comprises the right-wing media? Fox News? Name one other media outlet that slants to the right, Bill, and I'll concede the issue.

Federalism and gay marriage

David Frum does a great job of dissecting why federalism will not be able to support the gay marriage proponents, or rather gay marriage itself. Read the article for yourself, but I tend to agree with what he is saying. I remember reading about the second case he cites, with the divorcing of two women and one moving to Virginia (Nate, I think this happened in towards the end of our first year up there). Implicitly, Frum also exposes the problems with DOMA and the thorny legal issues (again, back to federalism) that are attendant to the amendment.

By the way, isn't it amazing that John Edwards, back in one of the primary debates, had not heard of DOMA? I think it adds credence to the theory that he is: a) a political lightweight - how could he have not covered this in pre-debate prep, much less his years on the Senate?; and b) at his base, a very charismatic, attractive man who is stuck with an average brain - think Bill Clinton minus the extraordinary IQ.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

The fight has begun

It will be fun to watch the two factions in the Democratic Party (the anti-American, pro-Michael Moore crowd and Clinton's own DLC) struggle for control in the next couple months. I believe the election for the Chair is at the end of January. It's hard to imagine someone doing a worse job than Terry McAuliffe, but I firmly believe Howard Dean sitting atop the Committee would spell disaster for the Party for a long, long time to come. Of course, I'm assuming that the party should move to the center, an assumption that seems to have little credence among the most rabid Donks, but I can't honestly imagine how a shift left would produce more votes or translate to more Senate seats, much less win back the presidency. For a discussion I had in the DI on the subject, click here.

Denny Neagle goes skank hunting

Denny, you're a millionaire. You get what you pay for, buddy.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

MSR cruising with his girl. Posted by Hello

Friday, December 03, 2004

Posted by Hello

Methodist jury convicts lesbian minister

Shit, meet Fan

I'll have more thoughts on this post-LSAT, but let me get this straight: Barry* works out every day with his childhood friend and trainer, Greg Anderson. Numerous other MLB players have testified to receiving illegal steroids (including the cream, the clear, & clomid) from Anderson, through Bonds*, and that they knew the substances were steroids. Yet Barry* maintains in his testimony that he took only the cream and the clear, which he thought were an ointment and flaxseed oil, respectively? Are you kidding me? Hey Barry*, I take flaxseed oil, ok buddy? You don't have to go to top secret BALCO labarotories to acquire the stuff--try $6.99 at GNC. Yeah, I would imagine that a professional athlete, whose body is worth millions of dollars, would simply take substances that his lifelong friend & trainer gave him without ever inquiring as to what he was taking--must've had a real open relationship.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

The truth will set you free, Barry

Waiting for the other shoe to drop...