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Obama's Got Game

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Screw the bowling thing: Obama's got game.

Bryant Gumbel, of HBO's Real Sports, interviews Barack Obama on how basketball has impacted his life. Includes footage of Obama in a pickup game with some servicemen (and one amazingly muscular woman) at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

Obama's team wins with the Senator getting 5 points, 4 assists, 2 turnovers, a block and a steal.

LSU.gifNo. 2 LSU made OSU see double last night, gaining its second BCS title and sending OSU home winless from the championship game for the second consecutive year. The game really wasn't as close as the score shows (and the score wasn't that close either). LSU quarterback Matt Flynn threw four touchdowns and OSU committed multiple penalties. The Tigers became the first two-loss team to win the AP and BCS championship.

So Mark has to put Mike the Tiger in his masthead for a week. Better than shaving your head, eh old friend?

P.S. Oh yeah -- they're holding a primary election in New Hampshire today, or something.

Ana Marie Cox:

I've long believed that the Venn diagram of political junkies/indie rock fans/baseball nuts/sci-fi fanboys would be just about circular. What they have in common: controlled alternate universes that reward obsessive list-keeping and don't penalize lack of social skills....)
I do SO have social skills. They are just manifested in weird ways...
McCain's problem has never been that he tells jokes, it's that he re-tells them. And re-tells them. And re-tells them...

D'oh! Busted.

by Mark Adams

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First of All, it's a Spiney, nut. Buckeyes have sharp, razor-like, er . . . um, rabbit resistant pointy thingies, that can prick your finger, become infected, and hurt real bad.

Other than being shaken to my core upon finding out that Roger Ailes and I grew up in the same city today, my conviction in the dominance of The Ohio State University's football team remains true.

[And please note that when one spells out O.S.U., the pretentious "The" must be included -- lest it be confused with my alma matter, the older and much smaller Ohio University whose charter was signed by Thomas Jefferson -- not Woody Hayes. My Bobcats are perennial losers except for their consistent inclusion on the list of Playboy's 10 best party schools, something OSU only dreams of.]

But I digress. Yes, Ara, I Accept your silly challenge, and raise you this little guy -- who will preside over the E. Pluribus Unum masthead for the week following the BCS championship game on January 7, 2008.

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Tickets to his first OSU Championship Game -- $95.00

OSU Jersey -- $40.00

Stadium Hot Dog and Soft Drink -- $8.00

Temporary Tatoo -- $3.00

Teaching him how to salute the LSU Tigers as they enter the Superdome --

PRICELESS

LSU.gifWell, well, well. LSU is so going to kick the Buckeyes' asses.

In fact, I'm so sure of that I'll offer to put OSU's logo (they have no mascot -- they're a small hairy nut for God's sake) at the top of my blog for week if LSU loses. Similarly, Mark will have to put LSU's school mascot (Mike the Tiger) at the top of his blog for a week if the Tigers beat the Buckeyes (which they will).

What do you say Mark?

Picture115_31Oct07.small.jpgIf you follow college football at all you know that LSU vs. Alabama is always a great game. This year is no exception -- not the least of which is due to the defection of head coach Nick Saban from the Tigers to the Crimson Tide (with a short stay in Miami). To say he's a controversial figure is putting it mildly.

So feelings are high in Baton Rouge, as these Halloween decorations from earlier in the week would indicate.

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UPDATE: 'Bama fumbles late, LSU recovers, scores with a minute to go, and hangs on to win 41-34. You cannot be faint of heart watching this year's Tigers team.

(cross posted on Daily Kos)

patton.jpgMiss Julie and I were surfing our TiVo listings the other night when we discovered that the service had recorded Patton for us. Although it's the last movie she would watch in its entirety, I convinced her to watch the first five minutes.

You've probably seen it yourself: Patton (George C. Scott), in full-dress regalia, delivers a speech to his unseen battalion while standing in front of an enormous American flag. [How big is that flag? Patton is 4-1/2 stripes high.] He begins the speech with the famous line: "No sonofabitch ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."

Men, all this stuff you've heard about America not wanting to fight - wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans traditionally love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost and never will lose a war, because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.

Anyway, the film came out in 1970, at the height of the Vietnam war. It came from an era during which movies were made about characters who might have been heroes to an earlier generation, but were now revealed to be deeply flawed. I'm not talking Rocky Balboa here. I'm talking Harry Callahan and Popeye Doyle, lawmen, men of the state, men who had long-since abandoned notions of right and wrong, in return for which they won and their enemies lost.

Watching that sequence also made me think of how far we've come in the years since Patton was a hero. It made me think of how far we've come since the height of the Vietnam war ("...Americans have never lost and never will lose a war..."). It made me think of how far we've come since 9/11 and the beginning of the Iraq war. It made me think of men who loved nothing more than to win and who would never tolerate a loser -- men like dick Cheney, George W. Bush and Karl Rove and even of recent newsmakers, men like Michael Vick and Tim Donaghy.

It also made me think of how far we still have to go before this nation can see an end to the Iraq occupation and before we can be sure that we won't enter into another disastrous adventure like Iraq.

cavs-pistons.jpgIt's been 43 years since the city of Cleveland won a major championship in pro sports (the Cleveland Browns in '64) but they have another chance as they Cavs dismissed -- and dissed -- the Detroit Pistons to advance to the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs.

Mark, enjoy the next few days -- you deserve it. The better team won.

P.S. I'll tell you what: It was that pop bottle. It really was an omen.

Rasheed Wallace Throws His Jersey & Hits Someone ... on his own team.

William Blalock, a Pistons rookie, said the jersey felt like it weighed about 40 pounds...from the sweat.

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