Sunday, January 25, 2009


Finally, he's gone. I cannot let him go without commenting.

I wish Bush a long and healthy life. I hope he and members of his administration have the opportunity to witness the complete destruction of their legacy. I hope they spend decades defending the decision to go to war in Iraq, their conduct during Katrina, their monstrous deficit spending, their intransigence on global warming, their embrace of torture, etc. Public opinion has long turned against Bush; I bet most Republicans will follow quickly. This administration's incompetence cost numerous Republicans in Congress their jobs, I expect them to turn on him to survive.

My country is a better place than it was a week ago.

And now back to regularly scheduled blogging....

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

We. Are. So. Screwed.

Michigan's defense last year was awful.

And we've just hired a man named Gerg. Gerg? Yes, Gerg. Gerg was just fired after going 10-37 at Syracuse, a worse winning percentage than even Michigan last year.

The reviews? Notsogood. Yes, now is the time to commence panic. When the Syracuse football blog's title is He's Your Problem Now, Michigan, it looks like we've chosen poorly:

Wha, was there something else important going on today?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

College Football Playoffs, Again

As with previous years, I still say that if you support a playoff in college football, you need to decide how many teams to invite. 4? 6? 8? 12? 16?

The problem is that every year the "right" number of teams is different. So in keeping with previous years, lets look at how many teams you would put in a playoff this year (for instance, last year, Ohio State deserved to play the final game against one of 8 other teams that had a case).

This year, how many teams? Eight teams indisputably deserve to be in a playoff, which is to say there's no way to choose between them. Boise State, which went undefeated, would at least have an argument. Here's the updated chart:

This year doesn't help those who advocate for a playoff. If you're going to have a playoff to be "fair", you must invite at least eight teams. The whole idea just doesn't work.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Michigan football is in terrible shape, but things may be looking up.

This is perhaps the only bit of good news in the last couple of years.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The 40-40 Club

At dinner a couple of weeks ago a few of us started talking baseball and the 40-40 Club came up. After much discussion, we finally agreed on the membership in this group. Without cheating, can you name them? We will pause for a moment....



Members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Alfonso Soriano

If you must cheat, they're listed after the word members above in white text, highlight to see them.

As we talked about this, though I realized another thing that some members of this club have in common, which may serve as an additional hint about its membership. If my calculations are correct, half of the member of this already exclusive club have had "special" relationships with Madonna. Suffice to say, though, that membership in the Madonna Club is considerably less unusual than the 40-40 Club.