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Good news! I still exist! September 4, 2009

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Wait a second. Waaaaiiit just a second here. Has it REALLY been a bit more than two months since my last post? WOW. Inexcusable. Although, the one thing I will offer in my defense is that I can’t force it. I can’t make myself write something if I’m not “feeling” it. If that sounds nonsensical to you, then that makes two of us, because I don’t pretend to understand it either. Anyway – some random, stream-of-consciousness thoughts on what’s been going on recently:

  • The SHLF Project is continuing (original post about it can be found here) and I love it. I’ve given out over 130 messages so far, with many more to come.
  • College football! Starting tonight! I’m a bit excited. IMO, all these people (and polls – I’m looking at you, AP and USA Today) that have Texas ranked above Oklahoma have got problems. I’m no fan of either team, but OU is going to be the better team this year, and they’ll beat UT.
  • November is going to be awesome. My homeslice John Mayer’s new album, Battle Studies, drops on the 17th, and, later that same week, there’s this little movie called New Moon coming out that I may or may not be really excited for.
  • When I heard about Obama nominating Ben Bernanke for a second term as the Federal Reserve Chairman, all I could do was close my eyes and shake my head. Bernanke has become symbolic of everything that is wrong with the way our country’s monetary system works. It amazes me that more people weren’t up in arms over Obama’s re-nomination of him – it’s not like this information is hiding on some underground blog, or whatever. You can see it on Youtube! There are more videos than I care to sit through of Bernanke getting absolutely SCHOOLED, before Congress, on the way things should work. Granted, it’s mainly Ron Paul doing the schooling, but that doesn’t surprise me, at this point. I mean, just do a Youtube search for Peter Schiff. He predicted, with sometimes astonishing precision, exactly what has happened to our country’s economy, he was saying it years in advance, and no one listened to him! He’s a believer in Austrian Economics, which is, shock of shocks, the same school of economic thought that Ron Paul (another guy who tried to warn us of all the danger we were facing) subscribes to!

Whew! I apparently am still capable of blogging!

Obama vs. McCain – Bonus Debate Coverage October 15, 2008

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What you are about to read is a transcript of lost footage from the recent Town Hall debate between Senators Barack Obama (D-IL) and John McCain (R-AZ). Due to time constraints and editorial judgment, moderator Tom Brokaw did not allow certain questions and responses to be aired. However, through shrewd negotiations and outright blackmail, a deal has been brokered a deal allowing a previously unreleased discussion to be released to the blogosphere.

BROKAW: Our next question comes from Randall Kirby of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Mr. Kirby?

KIRBY: Good evening Senators. During this campaign, we’ve heard you talk a lot about the economy and energy and the environment. But neither of you have said one word about one of the greatest injustices in our country: the lack of a college football playoff. If elected, what would you do to reform this system? Thank you.

McCAIN: Thank you, Randall, for that question, and thank you for being a part of this very important debate. And again, I want to thank Tom Brokaw and the fine people of Belmont University –

BROKAW: Senator McCain, you’ve already thanked me five times and Belmont six. Can you move on please?

McCAIN: Ah, yes. Thank you, Tom. My friends, I want to make it clear that this is an issue that I’ve been passionate about for many years. When others in the Washington establishment were content to preen and posture talking about national defense and the environment, I was working behind the scenes to get rid of the BCS. It’s an inefficient, antiquated system, and it needs to go. As president, I would charge Vice President Palin with the responsibility of taking down the BCS and replacing it with a suitable playoff. And I tell you, I can’t think of anyone who is more qualified to overhaul our broken college football system. Just like with the energy issue, she knows more about this topic than anyone alive on planet Earth. And that’s not hyperbole, my friends. It’s just straight talk from this maverick to you, my American friends.

OBAMA: Randall, first I just want to say that I know what you’re going through. As I’ve traveled over this great country, I’ve met a lot of people who share your concern. They’re frustrated. They want change. Their voices just aren’t being heard because the big corporations who run the BCS – and who are supported by George Bush and John McCain – don’t care about the individual college football fan. Now, when you elect me as president, I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. First, I’m going to set up a government agency to investigate this issue and come up with responsible, alternative strategies and set hard-and-fast timetables. Now, you won’t hear John talk about timetables. He prefers to keep more of the same old BCS and George Bush policies. He thinks your unhappiness and discontent are “no big deal.” Second, I’m going to increase the taxes on these evil corporations, and return that revenue to our beleaguered college football fans, to provide some relief. They just need a little help during this difficult time. These folks need hope, and we can give that to them. It’s our duty as Americans. Besides, other than change, what’s more important than hope?

BROKAW: Ah, gentlemen, as a follow-up to that issue, how would you handle the inequities inherent in the current system, until an improved system could be implemented? Obviously this is probably the most complex issue facing America today, and nobody here can realistically expect an overnight fix. So what do we do in the interim? Specifically, what do we do with the most egregious abusers of the current system, places like Ohio State and Oklahoma? Senator Obama, you may answer first.

OBAMA: What Ohio State has been doing in the BCS system of late has been nothing short of criminal. As president, I would put together a blue ribbon commission to investigate the BCS and Ohio State for what I consider collusion and conspiracy to commit athletic fraud. While those fat cats in Columbus, Ohio were playing in title games, people from places like Athens, Georgia and Lawrence, Kansas were sitting around their kitchen tables wondering how they were ever going to get a fair shake. The sad truth is that they will never get a fair shake under this corrupt regime. That’s just wrong. These people need to be able to have hope. Hope that change is coming. Don’t you worry, Boise State and Hawaii fans, I have heard your voices. And I am on my way to Washington to bring about the kind of hopeful change that you’ve been hoping would be changed.

McCAIN (glancing at projected electoral map): Now, you see, my friends… Senator Obama is playing the blame game. The fact of the matter is that the state of Ohio is the birthplace of college football, and Ohio State is what all other football programs aspire to be. Senator Obama wants to punish Ohio State for being more successful than the rest, and that’s just his typical liberal mentality. Have I mentioned he has the most liberal voting record in the history of voting records AND liberalism? My friends, now is not the time to unfairly stifle success just to even the playing field for the have-nots. Now is the time to inspire the Floridas and LSUs of the world to pull themselves up by the bootstraps and just try, for once, to compete with Ohio State. Nobody said it would be easy, but nothing worth doing ever is. My friends, we can do this, and with Vice President Palin leading the way, the future of college football is as bright as our fundamentally sound economy. Oh, and I don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan. O-H! Thank you.

5WR = <3 September 10, 2008

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so, maybe we can roll with some thoughts on the college football season, two weeks in…..

What about the potential “BCS Busters”? In the past few months, most of the preseason prognostications put their money on either BYU or Fresno State as the front-runner, with some others throwing Utah in as a dark horse. I’m not sure that any of them knew just how inspired East Carolina’s play would be to start the season. I mean, holding the Mountaineers to three points?? That’s some serious let’s-kick-things-up-a-notch stuff. But let me propose the same (admittedly unlikely) scenario that Pete Fiutak of CFN did earlier today: say ECU runs the table. Do they go to the national championship game over a one-loss Big XII champion, or a one-loss Pac 10 champion? I mean, yeah, I know that’s a reach and that there’s pretty much no way, but remember: West Virginia could absolutely still win the Big East, if they can get by USF, and Va. Tech could still win the ACC, because that conference apparently sucks even more than the Hokies offense does. ECU running the table would also involve them beating two other ACC teams (NC State and Virginia) on the road, the defending CUSA champion (UCF), also on the road, and a decent Southern Miss team on the road.

BYU, Fresno State, and Utah all have potential feathers in their caps, as well. The Cougars already (juuust barely) took care of business at Washington, have UCLA on deck this week, play at TCU, and close the season at Utah. The Dawgs made Rutgers really, really mis Ray Rice, and get Wisconsin at their place this week, which should be a really good game, and I’m calling for Fresno State to take it. Mark it down. They also go to the Rose Bowl to face the Bruins of UCLA in a few weeks, get a dangerous Nevada team at home, and go to Boise State to close out the season, in what will double as the WAC championship game. Utah? Well, we all know what happened at the Big House, and they also have Oregon State, TCU, and BYU all coming to their turf. Who do you give the edge to, out of those teams, as far as strength of schedule is concerned? Starting with the toughest, I would go with ECU, FSU, BYU, and then Utah.

Now, what would be FANTASTIC, is if Tulsa could run the table and get in – the amount of talent they have at the skill positions is just completely absurd, and I would love to see my boy Brennan Marion break something off in the Fiesta Bowl against some terrified Oklahoma DB. I mean, have you SEEN his stats from last year? 1,244 yards on THIRTY-NINE RECEPTIONS??? THIRTY-TWO YARDS PER CATCH???!! This year, they return THREE 1,000 yard receivers, another of which was a FULLBACK that also happened to be a freshman. Just total insanity. While we’re on the topic, something you should know: I have been known to occasionally (and by “occasionally”, I mean “constantly”) develop bromances with teams that feature wide-open, high-octane passing offenses. They’re like my kryptonite – whenever I start hearing things like “shotgun”, “empty backfield”, and “spread the field”, I usually have to just stop whatever I’m doing and go throw some water on myself.