Thursday, March 26, 2009

2009 NCAA Tournament---Pick and Rolls

I wish CBS would display the shot clock from the 35-second mark on every possession…like the World Wide leader does.

My Women’s bracket is a real mess, what with all the upsets I never saw coming. I did, however, have the Dukie Chicks losing in the second round to Michigan State. Duke was way over rated from day one.

This is the first year since 1998 that neither the UNC nor Duke Women’s team(s) has made the Sweet 16.

Villanova has won more games as the lower seed (13 wins) than any other college since seedings were introduced in 1979.

I understand the love of upsets, but that usually leaves you with a lousy second weekend and a messy bracket.

Tyreke Evans of Memphis averages 3.8 assists per game and 3.5 turnovers per game.

When Villanova won the 1985 championship game over Georgetown, it was the last college game played without a shot clock.

Jim Croce graduated from Villanova and said, “Villanova perfectly prepared me to live in the 13th century.” Of course, that was before Jamie Dixon became the coach.

Xavier gave Pitt all they could handle. Great game. Xavier has played a #1 seed four times in this century.

All this talk about “non BCS” schools succeeding in the NCAA Tournament drives one salient point home for me. College football and college basketball are entirely different animals. You could make a case that at least half the Sweet 16 teams are MIA in football.

Pitt’s Levance Fields assists to turnover ratio is the second best in the nation.

This year is the first time that any Massachusetts city has hosted the Regional Finals since the NCAA Tournament began in 1939. Boston has never hosted a Final Four.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

2009 NCAA Tournament--Rebounds

A win is a win…especially during a one and done tournament.

Every team that was ranked #1 this season is in the Sweet 16 except for Wake Forest. (Wake’s roll over and die show against Cleveland State looks worse and worse).

If there is one bracket I do not care about…it’s the one put together by the teleprompter-in-chief.

No coach has won national titles at two schools. Rick Pitino has that chance this year.

March Madness On Demand (MMOD) is just about the most brilliant Internet-based sports programming the free world has known. Kudus to the NCAA and CBS.

ESPN blew it by not offering a similar venue for the Women’s NCAA Tournament. The fan base for the women’s game is far more regional than it is for the men. If your team is not the feature game on ESPN, chances are…you’re not watching, unless they are playing U-Conn.

Count on Xavier giving Pitt a helluva game.

Len Elmore continues his evolution into college basketball’s version of Joe Morgan.

Eleven of the Sweet 16 teams have at least one McDonald’s All American. Of the 62 McDonald All-Americans remaining in college (and not red shirts), 29 are in the Sweet 16.

UNC with eight and Duke with seven have over half of that group.

Michigan State, Missouri, Pitt, Purdue and Xavier are the five teams without a McDonald’s All-American.

Just how difficult was the amazing run to the Final Four made by George Mason in 2006? They were an 11 seed…they had to beat a 6 seed, a 3, a 7 and a 1. According to a Bill James formula, the odds were 294-1.

On their way to the National Championship last year, Kansas beat a 16 seed, an 8, a 12, and a 10 to get to the Final Four.

Gonzaga is dangerous since they always have five players on the floor who can make jump shots…including 6’11” forwards Josh Heytvelt and Austin Daye.

Not only is Coach K the winningest coach in NCAA Tournament (71-21)…he leads in games coached as well with 93. Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim leads in number of tournament entered at 26.

Thus far, Duke has made more free throws (641) than their opponents have taken (624).

Over the past ten games, UNC’s opponent’s leading scorer has exceeded his ppg by an average of 5.1 against the Carolina defense.

In the past 11 games, Duke’s opponents are connecting on 47.9% of their attempts from the field.

Villanova is 8-6 against teams that made the NCAA Tournament…but 2-5 in games played away from Philly.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

2009 NCAA Tournament--Ball Screens

The final 100 seconds of the Duke/Texas game was about as good as it gets in college basketball.

The ACC’s talk of being the nation’s best conference will continue to fall on deaf ears until they do better than the 7-7 so far in the NCAA Tournament and NIT this past week. The ACC is nowhere near the top of the food chain.

Rick Pitino has a 37-12 (.755) record in the NCAA tournament…third highest among active coaches. Coach K and Florida's Billy Donovan are numbers one and two.

For Kansas, Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins have scored 93 of the 144 points tallied in the first two rounds.

Purdue’s overall NCAA tournament record is 31-22.

Pitt advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the past eight seasons…yet they do not have a winning percentage in the postseason. In 21 tournaments, Pitt is 20-21.

This season marks the 13th consecutive year that either Duke, UNC or both have advanced to the Sweet 16.

In the past seven tournaments, Gonzaga has beaten exactly one higher seeded team. I, of course have them beating UNC in my bracket.

Number one seeds, Pitt and Louisville were anything but overwhelming in their initial two victories.

Louisville is obviously a better team than it has shown thus far…Pitt’s Sam Young has hit as many big shots as anyone in the first two rounds.

A week ago, who would have predicted that Arizona would be the only Pac-10 team to advance to the Sweet 16?

Rave: Bob Knight is must-watch on ESPN and a natural born analyst with spot-on observations every time he talks.

I miss Billy Packer…Clark Kellogg has a firm grasp of the obvious.

Enough already of “One Shining Moment.”

Memo to broadcasters---its time to lose “are you kidding me?”

Dick Enberg’s “oh my” is still okay.

Hmmm: Why does CBS continue to call them “media time outs?” They are TV timeouts so CBS can run lotsa commercials.

Rant: Some of these teams’ short game pants have gotten so out of hand they almost reach the ankles. Purdue, especially needs a good seamstress.

Rant: Len Elmore won’t shut up about “athleticism.” What exactly does he mean? All these guys are athletes…of course, they have athleticism. Like Clark Kellogg, he too has a firm grasp of the obvious.

Worst Commercial: The faux preggo guy in drag with three sizes of nachos in a bubble container under his sweater. A great reason to stay away from Taco Bell.

Duke has won more games in this decade than any other team in any decade in NCAA history.

Duke has won more ACC titles in this decade (seven) than any team in ACC history…four is the prior high water mark.

Duke has won more NCAA Tournament games in this decade than any team except Kansas.

UNC and U-Conn have missed the Tournament twice in this decade.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

2009 NCAA Tournament---Tip Ins

Wondering: How often does CBS return from commercial, only to switch to a different game just in time for another break in the action and another commercial? Uncanny or premeditated?
The UCLA-VCU game delivered a great finish, but shouldn't the finest drama be witnessed by the largest possible audience, and not just West Coast?
Other than sports, what other entertainment industry would even consider scheduling its programming for times that greatly inconvenience the viewers?
Ben Woodside (ND State) was so good, Kansas coach Bill Self called him the best guard his team had faced all year.
USC sure figured out how to shut down BC's Tyrese Rice---something UNC and Duke could not do. Of course it didn't hurt that Taj Gibson went 10 for 10 from the field.
So much for the ACC being the best major conference...and the greatest conference in the history of the world (Big East) had many struggles, win or lose. They pulled a number of Houdini moves.
It's the Big-12 that's looking...well, big. They are 11-1 in first round games the past two years. 14-2, the past three years. Next year, I'm not picking against them in the first round.
I am yet to see one movie ad during the tournament that could get me to the cineplex.
There is one McDonald's ad that caught my eye.
Listening to Clark Kellogg is akin to eating a large Thanksgiving meal...zzzzzzzzzzz.
Westwood One does a great job covering the tournament on the wireless.
I still like the NCAA "going pro in something other than sports" ad.
Dick Enberg and Jay Bilas---easily the bast broadcast team. Sure hope they are there for the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight.
UNC, Oklahoma and U-Conn all looked as good as they were touted to be back in November. U-Conn looks as impressive as anyone thus far. Villanova looked pretty potent slicing and dicing UCLA.
Much to my chagrin, Memphis looked deep and talented.
Purdue's JaJuan Johnson is the tournament's best shot blocker not named Hasheem Thabeet. That will be a great match up Thursday in Arizona.
Wake Forest, my pick to go to the Championship game, was not ready for prime-time.
Bill Raftery is having as much fun as anyone at the tournament.
Despite his considerable talents on the court, Maryland's Greivas Vasquez needs to keep his mouth shut.
UNC's win over LSU tied them with Kentucky for most NCAA Tournament wins at 98.
It took about 55 hours for the SEC to be eliminated from the tournament.
http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/story/11534043
Congratulations to Hardy, Anwar and Tony who went 8-0 yesterday.

2009 NCAA Tournament--Free Throws

It matters not what your seed is this year, winning is not easy.

37.5% of the initial two dozen games were decided by a single digit margin...and many others were much closer than the final score indicated. Lotsa highly seeded teams got a real scare.

This afternoon's games were especially satisfying to me...any time Bruce Pearl and Bobby (T)huggins are eliminated in the first round is reason to celebrate.

Meanwhile, back in studio. I enjoy the hell out of Seth Davis. Greg Gumbel seems like a "hail fellow, well met"---possessing neither his brother's narcissism nor haughtiness. Greg Anthony is a major waste of time.

In the booth I enjoy Jay Bilas, Len Elmore, Dick Enberg, Sean McDonough, Verne Lundquist and Mike Gminski. I miss Billy Parker...Clark Kellogg just wears me out---he has a very narcoleptic style.

The streaming of all the games on the NCAA site is a great bonus, especially with more intensely close games than any expert could predict.

Lastly---is there anything more humbling than looking at your bracket after the first 32 games are in the book?


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/20/AR2009032004460.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/19/sports/ncaabasketball/19women.html?scp=1&sq=%22For%20the%20Women's%20tournament%22&st=cse

http://www.dukebasketballreport.com/articles/?p=26933

2009 NCAA Tournament---Three Point Shots

If the CBS affiliate in your area fails to show the game you desire, you can chose the game you want with nary a switch-a-roo at this site: http://mmod.ncaa.com/

This is especially important if your team is winning a blowout and CBS changes to a "closer game." Go Duke!

UNC has the second-highest scoring differential of all the tournament teams (+17.4 points per game). The last 20 NCAA champions in a row have had a scoring margin edge of more than 10 points.

Pittsburgh has the nation's # 2 RPI (second only to Duke by just .0007) and tied with Memphis for the most wins by more than 10 points all season, 24. Only 4 other teams had at least 20 wins by 11 points or more (Gonzaga with 20, Davidson and Missouri with 21 each, North Carolina with 22).

Oklahoma is one of just 4 teams not to lose any game this season by double digits (Butler, Memphis and North Carolina are the others).

The first building for the University of Pittsburgh (public) when it was founded in 1787 was originally a log cabin on the early frontier.

UCLA, founded in 1919, has more than 359,200 living alumni.

Back when it was known as Oklahoma A& M, Oklahoma State University (public, founded in 1890) had the first men's basketball team to win back-to-back national championships, in 1945 and 1946.

It takes four band members from Purdue University in Indiana (public, 1869) to lug the "world's largest drum," a 10-foot-tall, 4-foot-wide bass drum that's had the same frame since 1921

Almost half of the students enrolled at Brigham Young University (private, founded in 1875) ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class

Illinois has won the most Tournament games (38-28) among schools that haven't won a national title. Next on the list of championship wannabes are Oklahoma (32-25), Texas (32-29), Temple (31-26), Memphis (30-21) and Notre Dame (30-33).

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/18/sports/ncaabasketball/18upset.html?hp=&pagewanted=print

Curmudgeon in the Wry 427

3/22/09---721 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 39 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
A Life in the Slow Lane Production.
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
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Rave: Michael Tomlinson
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Reading: “Hey There, You with the Gun in Your Hand”—Robert Randisi. (A Rat Pack mystery)
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On the Hi Fi: Tommy Dorsey---“In the Still of the Night.”
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Under rated: Restless Heart
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Must See TV: The NCAA Tournament on CBS.
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Rant: Morgan State's Ameer Ali wants us to believe that he did not intentionally throw Oklahoma's Blake Griffin over his back in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Kansas City. Really? To everyone else, it looked like Ali was auditioning for Wrestlemania.
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Hmmm: The NCAA Tournament would be even better with Stephen Curry in it.
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Rant: I stopped going to movie theaters when they became giant multi-user cell phone booths
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Double standard: Ron Silver said he couldn't get work in Hollywood after he left the Democratic Party, the party that shoves equality down everyone's throat.
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Play Ball: The World Baseball Classic should be held in November, not the middle of spring training.
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Pop Quiz: Name the two largest recipients of political contributions from AIG.
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Free advice: Tip jars temp me to leave a note saying TIP: Go to College / Get a Better Job.
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Bumper sticker of the week: “Honk if I’m paying your mortgage.”
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Rant: presbo’s press secretary Robert Gibbs has the intellectual acuity of Homer Simpson.
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Just Wondering: How often does CBS return from commercial, only to switch to a different game just in time for another break in the action and another commercial? Uncanny or premeditated?
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1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: An Irony Free Zone. A treasury secretary who fails to pay his taxes. The head of homeland security who feels there “is no need for border fences.” You can’t make this stuff up.
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Truism: No one knows what constitutes traveling in basketball anymore…including the refs.
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Ironic Quote: “Over the next several months, the President will propose a series of legislative and enforcement measures to reduce such U.S. tax evasion and avoidance.” -- Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, who recently had to pay $34,000 in back taxes.
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Please: Dontcha just love those spring training stories about pitchers who had a good side session.
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Top three most inconsiderate people: 1. Dog owners 2. Cell phone users 3. Tobacco users
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Play Ball II: The top price for a ticket at the new Yankee Stadium is $2,625, which will get you a single-game ticket in the front row of the field-box section.
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Pop Quiz Answer: presbo and Chris Dodd---Hmmm.
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TV Timeout: If you have seen one cheerleader pyramid, you have seen them all.
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Just asking: Why wasn't presbo irate over the billions of dollars put into support pork in the stimulus bill and SO irate publicly now over AIG?
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Words you hate to hear, "Please enjoy the music while the person you are calling is located."
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Pardon my laughter: Congressional outrage at wasteful bonus spending. People who live in glass houses...
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Economics 101: GM is a welfare project masquerading as an economic activity.
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Manny BIZ: In “Becoming Manny,” he says that going to malls is one of his favorite things in life. Foolish me…all this time I was certain it was reading Shakespeare.
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Hmmm: presbo and family are expecting the arrival of the first dog in April. Reason for the delay---the initial choice was not able to make the final cut…something about unresolved tax problems.
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Pop culture: You know life is passing you by when you look at the celebrity photos in the Sunday magazines and you do not know half of them…and do not like the other half.
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No surprise here: AIG is throwing taxpayer money around, something the congress and senate have been doing it for years
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Math 101: The lottery is a tax on those that are poor at math.
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Rant: C’mon, people! How complicated is a 4-way stop?
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Hmmm: It would appear some voter’s remorse is setting in. Hoo-ray!!!
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Ever wonder: Why you never see a two pack of AA or AAA batteries?
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If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

2009 NCAA Tournament Shoot Around

FSU’s Toney Douglas is fabulous and they are huge...not a fan of their coach, but he has recruited some beasts. Douglas only FSU player in double figure PPG---of course nobody has figured out how to stop him.

Washington is pretty much playing a home game...MissSt. has superior defense.

That Michigan 1-3-1 defense is tough to figure the first time you see it and Oliver Purcell has never won an NCAA Tournament game...Clemson 7-8 last 15 games after 16-0 start.

UCLA traveling to Philly is a true road trip.

I hate myself for taking Memphis as far as I have...they were 1-3 vs ranked teams outside of conference.

Nova has no size advantage over Duke.

Taking Wake to the Championship game. They have three NBA lottery picks. They are young and their coach is young with not much experience...so I figure they'll go out fast or have a long run. Louisville has the defense to stop them, but I just can't have 4 #1 seeds in the Final Four.

Also going with Gonzaga over UNC. The Zags hit nearly 40% of their 3's and UNC is not the epitome of tough defense.

Getting close to Utah State over Marquette. With Dominic James out, they are struggling at the point and it is nearly a home game in Boise for Utah State.

California leads the country in made threes at 43.4%.

Louisville is the second worst team in the bracket at the foul line---64.3%...Syracuse next at 63.9%.

Ohio State, Arizona State, BYU and Purdue the worst in offensive rebounds.

LSU started SEC play 13-1…1-3 at the end of SEC play, making less than 40% of their field goals in those games.

Butler is 55-8 the past two seasons.

Cal State-Northridge has the lowest graduation rate (8 percent) of any team in the field of 65.

U-Conn is 4-3 since Jerome Dyson went out with a knee injury, including consecutive losses in its past two games. Moreover, they have lost their last five NCAA Tournament games.

Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado is tied with U-Conn’s Hasheem Thabeet as the NCAA leaders with 4.6 blocked shots per game.

Freshmen to check out this tourney: Tyreke Evans (Memphis point guard), Willie Warren (Oklahoma shooting guard—14.7 ppg), Devin Ebanks (West Virginia forward---team’s 3rd leading scorer), Isaiah Thomas (Washington, 15.4 ppg at 5’8”).

All NCAA Champions since 2005 have finished in the Top20 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. Six teams make up that club this year: U-Conn, Gonzaga, Duke, West Virginia, Missouri and Kansas.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 426

3/9/09---622 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 19 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
A Life in the Slow Lane Production.
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
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Rave: Megyn Kelly—Fox News.
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Reading: “Night and Day”—Robert B. Parker.
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On the Hi Fi: “This Is Duke Ellington.”
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Under rated: Richard Basehart.
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Must See TV: “Taking Chance” starring Kevin Bacon on HBO. Extremely powerful movie. Runs at various times and days this month.
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TV: “Burn Notice” started filming on March 1st…16 episodes to run this summer.
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Rave: Tabasco Hot Mustard---available in Spicy Brown and Coarse Ground---both excellent.
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Truism: We are all day-to-day.
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Didjaknow: The highest-rated college or pro basketball game was 30 years ago when Larry Bird’s Indiana State team met up with Magic Johnson’s Michigan State team in 1979 NCAA Finals. The game garnered a 24.1 Neilsen rating.
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Irony or coincidence: ESPN was created later that year.
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Rave: The Jesse Stone movie series on CBS. They are based rather loosely on the Robert B. Parker novels. I never pictured Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone while reading the books---but he is perfect for the role.
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Bumper sticker of the week: “No Taxation Without Deliberation.”
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Didjaknow: Cinderella’s last name in Tremaine.
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Quote: “Never have so few spent so much so quickly to do so little.” ---Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma.
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Truism: College basketball is, more and more, a game of matchups. Kinda like relationships, now that you think about it.
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Pop quiz: What was the name of the sorcerer in the 1940 Walt Disney animated feature, “Fantasia?” Answer below.
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Who Knew: Do you think that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown thought he was making a trans-Atlantic visit with presbo for a dinner and a movie? By the way, US format DVDs do not work in UK DVD players.
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Spelling Bee: I guess Hillary, the self-confessed smartest woman on earth, failed to grasp the rudiments of spell-check prior to presenting the
“reset button” to the Russians.
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Rave: The 1958-1960 reruns of
Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer,” starring Darren McGavin shown weekends on the Retro TV Network.
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Truism: obama offers no reason to be an investor at this point.
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In summation: There is only one phrase that describes what Terrell Owens’ absence means for the Cowboys---addition by subtraction.
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Quote: “One brilliant plumber, gifted carpenter or adept auto mechanic does more for the American economy (and our collective values) than a dozen 20-something sociology majors in progress.” —Victor Davis Hanson.
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Rimshot: Do kleptomaniacs take anything for granted?
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American History: As economic policy, the New Deal was a dismal failure. As a political strategy, it proved most effective.
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Definition: Stimulus legislation = No Social Worker Left Behind.
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Food alert: March is National Nutrition Month.
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Rant: obama‘s plan is to confiscate money that taxpayers otherwise would have given to the charities of their choice and give it to the charities of his choice. As far as he is concerned, the fruits of your labor are yours only by the grace of government.
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Quiz answer: Yen Sid. Disney backwards.
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Rant: It is unclear to me why anyone would support the socialization of health care. It has yet to work in Canada or the UK. Why import it?
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Didjaknow: One of the few bright spots in the stock market plunge is the stock of Smith & Wesson. Makes perfect sense to me.
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Hmmm: We are living in dangerous times and the folks know it. Fighting with a radio talk show host may be entertaining, but certainly not presidential.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 425

3/2/09---584 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 19 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
A Life in the Slow Lane Production.
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
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Rave: Rick Santelli…the Thomas Paine of cable news.
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Reading: “Spade and Archer” by Joe Gores.
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On the Hi Fi: “The Very Best of Artie Shaw.”
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Under rated: Doris Day. She could sing, dance and act equally well in comedy and drama.
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Happy Birthday: It was seventy years ago today that John Ford’s “Stagecoach” was released. His first filmed in Monument Valley. A wonderful ensemble cast in the film that vaulted John Wayne to stardom.
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Quote: “As ‘Stagecoach’ celebrates its 70th birthday, John Ford’s potent brand of civilizational confidence remains as valuable as ever, defiantly crying ‘Hold it’ in the face of a modern, decadent Hollywood seemingly hell-bent on driving our heritage and values out of America’s popular culture.” —Leo Grin in National Review.
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Rave: The “Coffee for the Troops” ongoing promotion at Starbucks. Seems a small thing to do for the men and women protecting us from the Islamic Terrorists. God Bless them.
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Huh?: The NY Yankees announced that 600 obstructed-view seats in their brand new stadium have been reduced in price from $12 to $5. Great---but what are obstructed-view seats doing in a 21st century stadium?
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Eye test: There is no missing the University of Maryland men’s basketball when they wear their canary jerseys.
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Welcome back: While I wish Tiger well in his comeback from a wicked knee injury, I have had little or no interest in professional gold since the days of Arnold Palmer, Doug Sanders and “Terrible” Tommy Bolt.
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By the way: Before we turn LeBron James into the next Michael Jordan, let’s wait until he wins a title.
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Rant: You know they are running out of burned-out celebrities when Andrew Dice Clay and Dennis Rodman are part of the new show, “Celebrity Apprentice.”
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Good idea: In order to avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables, get someone else to hold the vegetables while you chop.
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Truism: Some people are like Slinkies. They are not good for anything, but they bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.
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Downward mobility: Let’s see…in 45 years, we have gone from the Beatles to the Jonas Brothers in the teen-idol department.
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Rant: I'm old enough to remember when snake oil only cost a dollar. Now it's $800 billion.
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Slow game: In Big Ten conference games this season, only thee teams have scored more than 80 points…two came in one game when Ohio State beat Indiana 93-81. Purdue is the other team to break the barrier. Boring!
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The obamateur hour: obama nominated Tim “Indispensable” Geithner and Tom “Home James” Daschle to cabinet positions, two men whose enthusiasm for the size of the federal budget is in inverse proportion to their desire to contribute to it---until caught, of course.
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Didjaknow: In MLB, there have been only fourteen Triple Crown winners since 1900. Carl Yastrzemski was the last to do it…32 years ago.
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Quote: “Life’s lessons are often painful, but, instead of letting citizens learn from their mistakes, the Democrats keep bailing them out. Who pays the price? Responsible citizens who are left with no mortgage relief and higher taxes.” —Terry Paulson.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Political Wry 2

3/1/09---418 Words, Average reading time 1 Minute, 42 Seconds.
A Life in the Slow Lane Production.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Created because there is so much not to like about obama, his staff and regime.
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Setting the tone: obama entered office amid a disaster and he is transforming it into a catastrophe, all to pass every bit of government spending and move the USA more to the left before his political capital dwindles.
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This just in: obama is a serial narcissist.
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Good question: “Why should the 92% of responsible people bear the burden of the 8% that were irresponsible?” --Rick Santelli, CNBC.
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Quote: “Maybe if obama had spent time in the real economy, not simply as the recipient of government or nonprofit paychecks his whole life, he’d be a little less confident in his utopian plans.” --Linda Chavez.
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Rant: These obama wasteful spending orgies make it easier for people to continue their bad behavior by rescuing them.
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Truism: As with the Clintons, obama so solemnly believes in public school education that he sends his girls to…an expensive private school. He demands that taxpayers support the very public schoolteachers he won’t trust with his own children.
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Stats: 80% of the employees of private schools are teachers---only about half the employees of public schools are.
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Rant: As long as the nation (most especially the obama-fawners in the mainstream media) is obsessed with historic milestones, is no one going to remark on what a great country it is where a mentally retarded woman can become speaker of the house?
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PMSNBC: Rachel Maddow is the cable network’s less funny and perhaps more butch version of Keefe Overbite.
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Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal: The roughly 3.8 million income tax filers who had more than $200,000 in adjusted gross income paid $522 billion in income taxes (about 62% of all taxes paid). I would say they are doing more than their fair share.
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Rant: The irresponsible bailout culture has infected a nation founded on self-reliance.
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Truism: If you liked the Carter years, you’ll love the obama reign…as he is declaring war on investors, entrepreneurs, small businesses, large corporations, and private-equity and venture capital funds.
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Truism: Central to the class warfare being waged by obama is the insane theme of helping wage earners by destroying wage-payers.
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Wish list: Responsibility, principle, and common sense. Let’s hope the Republicans can provide them.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.

Curmudgeon in the Wryy 424

521 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 02 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
A Life in the Slow Lane Production.
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
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Rave: Suzanne Pleshette.
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Reading: “Spade and Archer” by Joe Gores.
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On the Hi Fi: “Original TV Soundtrack for Mannix” by Lalo Schifrin.
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Under rated: George Brent.
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Didjaknow: In the 1940’s there was one phone for every ten people. Quite different from the multiple cell phone people walking around today.
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Quote: “He (obama) has not explained in a compelling way why Americans who followed the rules need to sacrifice more to help those who flouted the rules.” ---The Doyenne of the left, Maureen Dowd, New York Times
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Didjaknow: The Pony Express was in action for just eighteen months.
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My take: During obama’s non-State of the Union address the very botoxed pelosi looked to me like she was the “Wack-a-Mole” with her repeated up and down sycophantic applauses.
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Truism: No sport sells itself better than baseball, turning weeks and weeks of spring training into an event, even when much of it is much ado about nothing.
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Rant: The only thing the massive pork-laden spending bill is going to stimulate is more cynicism for the Washington political elites.
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Rave: You’ve gotta love Penn State beating Illinois the other night 38-33---practically unbelievable considering the shot clock and the three-point shot.
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Quote: “Never have so few spent so much so quickly to do so little.” ---Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) on the socialistic stimulus bill.
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Rant: The Oscars are to celebrity what spring training is to baseball, an annual glorification.
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Truism: At this time we have the most contentious social and political debate---the opposing goals of equality of opportunity versus equality of outcome.
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Rant: A-Rod’s “it’s my cousin’s fault” is sorta like the adult version of “the dog ate my homework.”
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Rave: Barney Frank is a Saturday Night Live skit waiting to happen.
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Rant: Clearly, the president considers the economy a crisis. You need look no further than his speech last Wednesday (2/18), in when he used the word "crisis" more than 25 times -- sometimes three times in one sentence. Had you been playing a "crisis" word-drinking game, you would have temporarily lost all brain function by the end of the 18-or-so-minute speech.
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Lunacy: Now that 129 Division 1 men’s teams are eligible for tournament play, March Madness has become Twilight Zone madness.
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Count ‘em Dano: The NCAA Tournament---65 teams. NIT---32 teams. CollegeInsider.com Tournament has 16 teams. The College Basketball Invitational---16 teams.
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More Math: If college basketball used the same percentage (60%) that football uses for the bowl games, there would be 196 teams in the dance.
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Keeping it pithy: After the mortgage plan to reward the inept was announced, the UBS end-of-the-day wrap: “obama Speaks, Market Listens, Sells Off.”
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Bumper sticker of the week: “When the world turns crazy, the crazy turn pro.”
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If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

Quote from Dr. Adrian Rogers

You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that, my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
~~ The late Dr. Adrian Rogers ~~