Monday, March 27, 2006



It's Monday....

I'm waiting on parts to finish up my Honda. I've got to get through today and tomorrow. Wednesday thru Friday I'll be in class in Indy.

According to the Bloomington Herald-Times...

Indiana is negotiating with current Memphis coach John Calipari. Now that would be a coup for Rick Greenspan! Possibly just another hot rumor-of-the-day - kinda like Few last week- so I refuse to call it a done deal. I still like Wittman over any of the other candidates mentioned as finalists (Crean being the other) and the only reason not to go with Wittman over Calipari is the instant muscle that Calipari brings to the program.

Wittman gets us there eventually, I think. But Calipari...

I'd be thrilled with Wittman, and maybe he's the better long term choice. I'd be ecstatic with Calipari.

We'll see.

Go George Mason!

I'm a fan until they either lose or win it all. What a story - even better than (then) 11 seed LSU because of the disparity in conferences.

College basketball needs a George Mason win. This has been the most compelling tourney in years precisely because more of the usual suspects are in the NIT than usual.

I hope the NCAA continues to reward the Mid-Majors with more spots.

Officiating sucks this year!

This has been - across the board - the worst officiated NCAA Tourney I think I've ever seen. The UCLA - Memphis game was horrible. I tuned in to watch basketball, not hockey on hardwood. The BC - Villanova game was miserably called too. Inconsistent would be a nice word for it.

The NCAA needs to look at officiating and clean it up some.

500,000 illegals and their supporters...

marched in LA. We should have herded them south to the border and closed the gate behind them.

My kids are all 1/2 Mexican. (Do the math - either "x" or "y" is Latino. See pic in profile and take a guess as to which.) I am not a xenophope, and I'm all for immigration. My grandfather was an immigrant.

Legal immigration. Documented guest workers. Controlled borders.

I'm a Catholic. I take the Church's stance to be that these are human beings and need to be treated as such and I agree totally. They are also illegal immigrants and need to be treated as such under the law.

The companies that hire them need to be prosecuted as well.

Constitution Party

I am a libertarian. At least, my default position on virtually any issue is libertarian. Politically, I'm an agnostic. I belong to no party. I used to be a card-carrying Libertarian, but parted ways with the party.

Democrats are just nuts. How you could take any party seriously that takes Nancy Pelosi seriously is beyond me.

Republicans are delusional. 30 years ago, Bush would have been a Democrat.

Libertarians are generally batty. Their candidates tend to be loons, particularly in the lower offices.

I wouldn't vote for a Democrat ever; a Republican VERY rarely; a Libertarian mainly for comic relief.

I like a lot of what I see as a check out the Constitution Party. I try to take voting seriously - really I do - but a vote for any of the other parties has been worse than a waste of time.

I may just sit out the next election unless something changes pronto.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Now that I'm over my depression...

A decent Gonzaga team beat a very average Indiana team.

Oh, we put a muzzle on Morrison - who needs one - but with no interior help for Killingsworth, we made Bautista & Co look like All Stars. Or maybe the Zags really are that good.

The End of the Davis Era. Feels good just to say it. I don't know if the weight is off Davis' shoulders or not, but it's off mine. I feel better about IU basketball than I have in years. Good luck to Coach Davis and his family.

Impressions of the Tourney so far:

Wichita State beating Tennessee is no surprise. Tennessee getting a 2 seed was. Can GMU beat WSU twice in a season? I think they can. They already beat the Shockers on WSU's home floor, and this game is in GM's backyard.

Oakland is wide open. I really don't have a feel for who is going to come out of there. My gut says UCLA; my heart says Bradley.

I think that in DC and ATL Duke and UConn hold serve. Maybe it's my gut again - or maybe it's the El Rodeo Taco Salad I had for dinner - but I think BC comes out of Minneapolis.

Or not. That's why I love March. Maybe - just maybe - Hickory High does it this year. Bradley or George Mason or Wichita State win it all? It could happen.

I'd love it.

The predicted spring blizzard passed with nary an inch on the ground.

The only inconvenience is the usual bread and milk shortage. Are women really this nutty? I mean, barring the end of civilisation as we know it were the storm to dump, say, a GLACIER on Indiana, I'm reasonably sure that the snowplows would get the roads cleared enough to enable them to navigate their 4wd SUV's to the local IGA.

Maybe a couple hundred years ago this behavior makes sense. Of course, then these same women would MILK the cow and BAKE the bread. They wouldn't have to go buy it - and the chances are pretty good that they wouldn't even know the winter storm was coming because the freaking alarmist Weather Channel didn't exist.

Speaking of the freaking alarmist Weather Channel:

After Tornado Month, I'm now expected to build a storm shelter when we do the addition. Great.

After Flood Week on Storm Stories, I suppose I'll have to intall davits on the @#$%&*! eaves.

I'd support any candidate who promised to ban the Weather Channel. Since it looks like we might get a la carte channels from our providers now - thanks to some busybody little Nazis in Congress with too much time on their hands, it won't be on the list when I choose my channels.

I've wanted the chance to choose my channels a la carte for, well, ever. Oh, well. If we're going to be run by National Socialists, we may as well get some benefit from regulation.

You should have seen the look on the faces of my students...

when I mentioned that we'd had a revolution once and we could - should - do it again. One wonders how they imagined the USA came into existence.

Our education establishment has done such a wonderful job.

Most of 'em couldn't find Vietnam on a map, but they know somehow that it was bad...why precisely they couldn't tell you.

In '08, some friggin' idiot is going to suggest these woefully ignorant products of the travesty that passes for the public school system should be encouraged to vote. We'd be better off allowing toddlers to randomly push buttons on the voting machines.

Universal suffrage is overrated.

OTOH, if I wasn't on the short list of eligible voters, I imagine I'd be more than a little tempted to off a few gummint officials myself.

It's going to be a long election cycle. I'm already grouchy.

Friday, March 17, 2006


Day One...

Pulled that one out of our a$$, didn't we?

On to the next game. Put a leash on Morrison and survive to play again next week.

Yeah, I know - easier said than done.

I'm still hoping MD makes us all *look* like fools with a F-4 appearance.


ATL - Didn't figure on Syracuse losing to TAMU. Kinda hard to make a case for
more teams from the Big East now.

OAK - I really thought Xavier could beat the Zags. Oh well. Now IU will have to.
Marquette loses to Alabama

MINN - Montana beating the Wolfback. Go figure. I saw Montana play in their conference
tourney; they could be trouble for BC.

DC - Perfect. Wichita State will beat Tennessee.

12-4 on the first day

Friday, March 10, 2006


Stroke me...

Having watched a 22 yr old kid get beat - handily - by a 40 yr old in arm wrestling, I decided to rub salt into his wounded ego by beating him left-handed.

I did.

I'm nearing 50.

Good thing he quit when he did because my shoulder nearly gave out. I'm pretty sure I didn't have the oomph to put him down while he was fresh so I had to wait until he tired himself out trying to put me down.

That was fun. Useless, but fun.

Monday, March 06, 2006


Go figure...

My Hoosiers morph into Road Warriors at the end of the season.

IU - 69 UM - 67

Ugly game - they did play the first half like they did in the Purdue win and - won anyway. We have set a new standard for "winning ugly" the past couple of games.

I'd take "winning ugly" 9 more times...and gladly.

Go Hoosiers!

* There's just something inherently wrong with March Madness during Lent.

Thursday, March 02, 2006


How Sweet It Is!

IU 70 - PU 59

One thing for which I'll always give Mike Davis his props is making Purdue his beeotch! Unless we meet in the B10 Tourney in Indy, MD finishes 9-2 against the Boilermakers.
That said, the first half was one ugly display of basketball. Yikes!
Next up: The Wolverweasels at Ann Arbor. Another road test. If we play the first half like we did in West Lafayette...

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