Monday, March 29, 2010

Harrry Brown

RE: Must Be Tough

A few thoughts:

1. It might be an "easy" path, but Kansas, Syracuse, Ohio State, Kansas State, Georgetown, and Pittsburgh couldn't manage it. Can't blame the Spartans for that.

2. I admit that I don't think MSU would still be in it if the sequence had been New Mexico - Maryland - Kansas - Ohio State instead of New Mexico - Maryland - UNI - Tennessee.

3. This is actually one of my problems with the Tourney. MSU could make it to the final game without playing a team seeded higher than fifth in their region. If they were to win I expect you would hear lots of squawking from Duke/West Virginia that it wasn't fair. But fairness has nothing to do with it.

4. This is also why I'm not a fan of a football playoff. People accept a 5 vs. 5 semifinal in basketball, it would cause a riot in football. And people wouldn't watch.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Must Be Tough

It must stink going into recruits homes and telling them, "If you come play at Michigan State for 4 years, I can theoretically guarantee you will play in two Final Fours. Are you interested?" Six out of 12 doesn't stink.

If someone would have told Izzo at any time before/during the season that he'd qualify for the tournament as a #5 seed and would advance to the Final Four without playing #1 (overall) Kansas, #2 Ohio State, and would only have to play #5 seed and oh yeah, mid-major Butler, to advance to the championship game, he'd probably have said you were playing a video game. Must be nice to sail to the championship game. I guess I shouldn't use the word "sail." More like have the easiest possible path to the championship game...EVER. (I chose not to use the word "sail" because they clearly had problems with some teams, even though they weren't top seeds.)

Judge: No school prom but girl's right violated

If you thought "Prom Night" was bad, or if you thought our Prom's blew, this is probably what's to come.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Quote of the Day

For two hundred plus years we’ve kicked ass, and we’re now choosing the belief system of the idiots whose asses we’ve kicked.
-Greg Gutfeld, Daily Gut: Anger is a Right (Big Hollywood)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Carrier Games?

The News has an interesting profile of MSU AD Mark Hollis today. This part in particular caught my eye:

His latest idea: To honor the members of the armed forces with the Carrier Games, perhaps to be played Nov. 11, 2011, on the deck of the USS John F. Kennedy as it sits anchored in Jacksonville, Fla. One game would feature MSU and North Carolina (with Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan as honorary captains, respectively), the other Air Force against Navy.

That is the greatest idea for a basketball game ever. Make it so.

Rabbit Fire!

I ran across this Spider-Man cover today and it made me smile:

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Knuckle Down

I really like this article by Bob Wojnowski in today's Detroit News.

Quote of the Day

From today's Dilbert:

Pointy-haired Boss: Is he qualified for the job?

CEO: Like a monkey with a hammer!


If the Lions are seriously interested in Pacman Jones, then they're every bit as stupid a decade of ridicule would suggest. Sure, Jones had skills, but he's wasted that talent by being a menace off the field. The guy isn't going to change, he's just waiting for some suckers to fall for his contrite act so he can get more money to blow at nightclubs and strip joints. Leave him be, the Lions don't need another embarrassment.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Road to Serfdom

We are driving headlong down the road to serfdom, and no advanced democracy that has come down this far has ever found an off ramp.
-Sally C. Pipes, NRO Symposium

Friday, March 19, 2010

Not A Coupon Insert

A great quote from a great article by Jonah Goldberg today:

The other side says that our rights come from God, not from government. That while the government has an obligation to promote the general welfare, it doesn’t have a holy writ to design the nation as it sees fit. The Constitution is not a coupon insert in your local paper, brimming with all sorts of giveaways and two-for-one deals. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights delineate what the government cannot do, not what it can. What was so fantastic and revolutionary about that is that for the first time in history, a nation was founded on the proposition that the government should mind its own business. Believing that doesn’t make you a fascist, it makes you a patriot.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010


As the OSU-UM basketball game was coming down to the wire this afternoon I remarked to one of my coworkers, who was checking the score online because her boyfriend was at the game, that OSU would make a last-second three to seal the game. When she checked the score again before the last play I said OSU would definitely be making that play. Final score 69-68 on Turner's three with .2 left.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Skillet - Monster

An 8th grade female student at school brought this CD in today for PE class. Let's just say that went over better than playing the Beatles. I think I've heard this song a few times, probably on Z93 or 101.5 and never knew it was Skillet.


Ann Arbor is the number one college sports town in America, according to Forbes magazine, which is well-known for its sports expertise. And by "well" I mean "not-at-all". The criteria used are listed in the article. They seem reasonable, and I'm sure Forbes was very methodical and analytical in putting together the list. Heck, even after the past two years, there's probably a strong argument to be made for Ann Arbor. But look at some of the other cities on the list:

#3 Norman, OK (OU)
#4 Palo Alto, CA (Stanford)
#9 College Park, MD (Maryland)
#10 State College, PA (PSU)

State College? Stanford? I think there might be something important missing in these rankings.

Cosby Dropping the Hammer

Finally, someone has the stones to say what "we" all have been thinking for a long time but "we" would get in major...cough...trouble...if we said anything like this.

Say what you want, but he's pretty much right. If anyone is allowed to say something, he should be.

Way to go Dr. Hux!

Top home-school Texts Dismiss Darwin, Evolution

Check out how messed up our world is getting here. I've posted the story below.

Home-school mom Susan Mule wishes she hadn't taken a friend's advice and tried a textbook from a popular Christian publisher for her 10-year-old's biology lessons.

Mule's precocious daughter Elizabeth excels at science and has been studying tarantulas since she was 5. But she watched Elizabeth's excitement turn to confusion when they reached the evolution section of the book from Apologia Educational Ministries, which disputed Charles Darwin's theory.

"I thought she was going to have a coronary," Mule said of her daughter, who is now 16 and taking college courses in Houston. "She's like, 'This is not true!'"

Christian-based materials dominate a growing home-school education market that encompasses more than 1.5 million students in the U.S. And for most home-school parents, a Bible-based version of the Earth's creation is exactly what they want. Federal statistics from 2007 show 83 percent of home-schooling parents want to give their children "religious or moral instruction."

"The majority of home-schoolers self-identify as evangelical Christians," said Ian Slatter, a spokesman for the Home School Legal Defense Association. "Most home-schoolers will definitely have a sort of creationist component to their home-school program."

Those who don't, however, often feel isolated and frustrated from trying to find a textbook that fits their beliefs.

Two of the best-selling biology textbooks stack the deck against evolution, said some science educators who reviewed sections of the books at the request of The Associated Press.

"I feel fairly strongly about this. These books are promulgating lies to kids," said Jerry Coyne, an ecology and evolution professor at the University of Chicago.

The textbook publishers defend their books as well-rounded lessons on evolution and its shortcomings. One of the books doesn't attempt to mask disdain for Darwin and evolutionary science.

"Those who do not believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God will find many points in this book puzzling," says the introduction to "Biology: Third Edition" from Bob Jones University Press. "This book was not written for them."

The textbook delivers a religious ultimatum to young readers and parents, warning in its "History of Life" chapter that a "Christian worldview ... is the only correct view of reality; anyone who rejects it will not only fail to reach heaven but also fail to see the world as it truly is."

When the AP asked about that passage, university spokesman Brian Scoles said the sentence made it into the book because of an editing error and will be removed from future editions.

The size of the business of home-school texts isn't clear because the textbook industry is fragmented and privately held publishers don't give out sales numbers. Slatter said home-school material sales reach about $1 billion annually in the U.S.

Publishers are well aware of the market, said Jay Wile, a former chemistry professor in Indianapolis who helped launch the Apologia curriculum in the early 1990s.

"If I'm planning to write a curriculum, and I want to write it in a way that will appeal to home-schoolers, I'm going to at least find out what my demographic is," Wile said.

In Kentucky, Lexington home-schooler Mia Perry remembers feeling disheartened while flipping through a home-school curriculum catalog and finding so many religious-themed textbooks.

"We're not religious home-schoolers, and there's somewhat of a feeling of being outnumbered," said Perry, who has home-schooled three of her four children after removing her oldest child from a public school because of a health condition.

Perry said she cobbled together her own curriculum after some mainstream publishers told her they would not sell directly to home-schooling parents.

Wendy Womack, another Lexington home-school mother, said the only scientifically credible curriculum she's found is from the Maryland-based Calvert School, which has been selling study-at-home materials for more than 100 years.

Apologia and Bob Jones University Press say their science books sell well. Apologia's "Exploring Creation" biology textbook retails for $65, while Bob Jones' "Biology" Third Edition lists at $52.

Coyne and Virginia Tech biology professor Duncan Porter reviewed excerpts from the Apologia and Bob Jones biology textbooks, which are equivalent to ninth- and 10th-grade biology lessons. Porter said he would give the books an F.

"If this is the way kids are home-schooled then they're being shortchanged, both rationally and in terms of biology," Coyne said. He argued that the books may steer students away from careers in biology or the study of the history of the earth.

Wile countered that Coyne "feels compelled to lie in order to prop up a failing hypothesis (evolution). We definitely do not lie to the students. We tell them the facts that people like Dr. Coyne would prefer to cover up."

Adam Brown's parents say their 16-year-old son's belief in the Bible's creation story isn't deterring him from pursuing a career in marine biology. His parents, Ken and Polly Brown, taught him at their Cedar Grove, Ind., home using the Apologia curriculum and other science texts.

Polly Brown said her son would gladly take college courses that include evolution, and he'll be able to provide the expected answers even though he disagrees.

"He probably knows it better than the kids who have been taught evolution all through public school," Polly Brown said. "But that is in order for him to understand both sides of that argument because he will face it throughout his higher education."

Cavs Fans Set "Snuggie" Record

Rome Take from 3/9/10:

You know how sometimes it's hard to gauge the exact moment when something "jumps the shark"? The moment it goes from interesting to annoying. From funny and fresh…to played and lame. Well, in the case of the Snuggie, it's not hard. It wasn't when they came out with team-logo Snuggies. Or, when they released "leopard print" Snuggies. Incredibly, it wasn't even when they released Snuggies for pets. No, that moment happened Friday night in Cleveland when 20,000+ Cavs' fans set the Guinness World Record for "largest gathering of people wearing fleece blankets." Congratulations, Cleveland. What was the previous record, 2?

Look, at this point, if you don't own a blanket with sleeves, you know somebody who owns one. But neither you nor anyone else has ever shown up in a public place rocking one. Well, except for the 20,000 Cavalier fans who did just that Friday night! They became the first people to "snug-up" at a sporting event, since that family of freaks did it in the commercial at a soccer game.

Look, I know that everybody wants to break some kind of world record, but it shouldn't be at the expense of your dignity. Now that the Cavs' fans have the Snug record…is it going to force the Magic to keep pace with the world record for simultaneous "slap-chopping"? Are the Steelers going to convert the "terrible towel" to the terrible Sham Wow?

Congratulations Cleveland. Unlike LeBron, the Snuggie record is something they can never rip from you. That one's going up on a wall and never coming down. I mean, who else would even bother to try?

Quote of the Day

Little Kindergartner: "Mrs. Haag, Cole said the 'f-word.'"

Mrs. Haag: "He did? Whisper it to me in my ear."

Little Kindergartner: "He said 'Shut Up.'"

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Remember that t-shirt I posted during the MSU logo controversy? It's for sale now at the MSU athletics official online store. The new jerseys are also up, which the Spartans wore for the first time when they beat Michigan on Sunday. I'm not sold on the picture in the mesh portion on the back of the jersey. It gets extra points for having Beaumont Tower worked in to the design, but there's a deduction for the now shelved helmet logo being used.


I was going to post a video of this song earlier in the week but forgot about it. Then I ran across this video, via Hero Complex, and couldn't pass it up.

Nolan is Super

Christopher Nolan is going to be the producer on a new Superman movie. The script isn't written yet, so it will be 2012 at the earliest before this hits theaters.

I'm a fan of Nolan and "The Dark Knight" is my favorite movie, but I have mixed feelings about this. I hope it doesn't get in the way of a Batman sequel, which is apparently being worked on and is mentioned in the article. With the last one making a billion dollars it's unlikely to be pushed back, but I'm slightly concerned. Also, Nolan's films don't strike me as being an obvious match for telling a story about Superman. I'm sure it will be a great story, but I wonder if it will feel like a Superman movie. Though I don't really like the other Superman movies, so that may not matter much.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


Heard the suggestion (via National Review) that we should put "American" on the race questions on the census. Its true, and protests racial bean-counting.

Here's the link:
Sending a Message with the Census - Mark Krikorian - The Corner on National Review Online

I'm all for it.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Victory for MSU

Winning a share of the Big Ten title is pretty sweet. Winning that share by beating Michigan is even sweeter.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Thursday, March 04, 2010

MLB'er Complains About Gun Rule

Great Romey take from Tuesday, March 2, 2010:

An NFL player shoots himself in the leg, and a few NBA’ers go bone-head in the locker room with their guns, and now they’ve ruined it for all responsible gun toting athletes…and they don’t like it! Especially, some major leaguers who aren’t even allowed to strap in their own clubhouse!

First, St. Louis Cardinal Ryan Franklin all but said, “from my cold dead hands.” And now Orioles’ outfielder and gun enthusiast Luke Scott says while he understands the rule, he doesn’t think he should be penalized for the knuckle-headedness of others. He says he’s been carrying heat into clubhouses for years. Why, I have no idea! And, even he admits he really doesn’t have a good reason to do so, even if he wants to continue doing it: “barring a tactical entry where terrorists come in and hold us hostage, that’s about the only thing that could possibly warrant me carrying a gun in the clubhouse. That’s highly unlikely and I admit that.” Really, you don’t think Hans Gruber is going to round up Karl, Theo and the fellas’ and take the Baltimore Orioles hostage?!

I mean, why is homeland security so focused on our government buildings and subway systems…when they should be focused on the Orioles’ clubhouse as a potential target. Raise the threat level to “Oriole Orange”.

Again, I’m not saying you can’t own a gun. I’m saying you can’t have it at work. Because last I checked, you worked at a major league ballpark, not Nakatomi Plaza, Mr. Cowboy.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010


Ryan Miller received more applause last night than Sidney Crosby before the Sabres and Penguins dropped the puck. They were in Pittsburgh. Miller is introduce around 1:20, Crosby at 2:25.

So, just to be clear, the visiting goalie got a better response the the home team's star player. (Via John J. Miller at The Corner)

Monday, March 01, 2010


Last night I watched "Punisher: War Zone" and came across the exact same bible verse, Matthew 7:1-2, that we discussed in Sunday school that morning. What are the chances of that?


I was disappointed that the USA lost the gold medal game to Canada yesterday, but it's good to hear that USA goaltender and fellow Spartan Ryan Miller won the tournament MVP. Miller knows something MVP awards as he won the Hobey Baker award while playing at MSU.

A few thoughts on the game:

1. Team USA beat Canada once earlier in the tournament, didn't lose a game before the final, but still had to play Canada for the gold. Does that seem right to you?

2. I did watch the game; it was the only Olympic action I watched.

3. Hockey in HD with no commercial breaks is awesome. I couldn't leave the couch to get something to drink because the action was so fast and furious. There would be a lot more hockey games if every game was like that.

4. I hate Sidney Crosby.

March Madness

Yahoo! Sports College Basketball Tournament Pick 'Em is live today. You probably already have an email in your inbox, but if not the group number is 6376 and the password is monkie. There's extra options for scoring and number of brackets this year, so take a look and make suggestions if you want anything changed.