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Sweet 16 – Men's Basketball

So, the other day, I was in the doctor’s lounge and the TV was turned to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Villanova was playing UCLA. UCLA has a storied program. They have a history and tradition of winning basketball. The program has been revitalized over the last couple of years. They were playing deep into the Sweet 16 or beyond.

I’m not sure how UCLA got to March Madness, as I have not been following men’s basketball this year, but I sat down to watch this game. UCLA was down by 13 at halftime. It was the start of the second half. Almost immediately, it was clear who was going to win this game. One team played like a group of people who understood the offense. They passed, they moved, the ball went to the open man; the open man shot the ball or drove to the basket then dished to one of his teammates who was crashing the boards. This was beautiful to watch. The other team would grab a rebound and hit the outlet man. The outlet man would sprint to the three-point line and jack a three-point attempt. None of his team were under the basket for rebound, but it didn’t seem to matter. The other offensive play was instead of jacking a three-point shot, they would drive the lane and shoot some off-balance sideways fadeaway, again with no one from their team under the boards. This was very ugly to watch.

I’m not sure if UCLA had any offensive plays. The way they were playing, it sure didn’t look like it. When they called a timeout, I’m not sure what the coach could have said. It was one of the worst displays of college basketball I’ve seen in a long, long time. (UCLA lost, but only by 20. I was surprised it wasn’t by more.) I began to get nauseated looking at such a terrible display of basketball and halfway through the period I had to leave. It was sad… very sad.

The following video is a summary of the teams left in the tournament. The Sweet 16.

By |2009-03-24T18:18:05-04:00March 24th, 2009|Sports|Comments Off on Sweet 16 – Men's Basketball

Obama weekly Videocast

In his final weekly address before assuming office, President-elect Barack Obama speaks about the upcoming Inauguration activities, a tradition at the heart of our democracy.

By |2009-01-17T12:21:33-04:00January 17th, 2009|Obama administration|Comments Off on Obama weekly Videocast

Bush is the Grand tradition of the GOP

There are many on the Right that continually say that Bush has gone away from the “traditional” values of the Republican party. Um, NOT. Bush is exactly in the tradition of the Republican party. When you look at Reagan and Bush Senior, George W is in there. Again, look at what they did and not what they said.

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From NYT:

There have been a number of articles recently that portray President Bush as someone who strayed from the path of true conservatism. Republicans, these articles say, need to return to their roots.

Well, I don’t know what true conservatism is, but while doing research for my forthcoming book I spent a lot of time studying the history of the American political movement that calls itself conservatism — and Mr. Bush hasn’t strayed from the path at all. On the contrary, he’s the very model of a modern movement conservative.

For example, people claim to be shocked that Mr. Bush cut taxes while waging an expensive war. But Ronald Reagan also cut taxes while embarking on a huge military buildup. (more…)

By |2007-10-08T17:47:24-04:00October 8th, 2007|Party Politics|Comments Off on Bush is the Grand tradition of the GOP
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