Monthly Archives: October 2008

Dear Mr. Obama

I found this video on YouTube, along with over 11 million other people.

It’s only about two minutes long, but it’s the most powerful commercial I’ve seen in this election season. I’m an issues voter, meaning that I support candidates that share my opinions on certain issues and not simply because of the candidate himself (or herself). I’m also probably a make-or-break voter, meaning that there are certain issues that if a candidate’s beliefs don’t line up with my own, then I can’t vote for him (or her). The abortion issue is probably the biggest deal-breaker for me.

It’s clear that Barack Obama does not understand the War in Iraq or even the United States military. He has an obvious disdain for the military and so it’s no wonder that a survey done by the US military (incorporating members from each branch of the service – Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines) found that service men and women support John McCain more than 3 to 1.

If I’m supporting the candidate that’s being endorsed by over 75% of the people that fight and sacrifice to defend the freedoms that I have, I can sleep easy at night.

Today’s Idiot: Chad Michael Morisette

‘Tis the time for Halloween and with it comes spooky decorations. Personally, I hate Halloween and think it’s just another way to justify people acting like idiots. And Chad Michael Morisette has got to be one of the biggest idiots yet.

What did he do? He made an effigy of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, and strung it up on his chimney by a noose. And this is how he explained it:

It should be seen as art, and as within the month of October. It’s Halloween, it’s time to be scary, it’s time to be spooky.

I wonder how he’d describe an effigy of Barack Obama strung up with a noose.

Democrats have been playing the race card since well before Obama clinched the nomination, yet everything about Sarah Palin is fair game. String a depiction of her up by a noose, invent some story about how her child was actually her grandchild and make a porno named Nailin’ Palin. All of it’s fair. But anything negative about Obama is immediately a race issue.

Barack Obama has convinced his supporters of his perfection that the only way anybody can find any fault with the man is due to his race. I understand perfectly that a hanged black man in America has worse connotations than a hanged white woman, but either way it’s unacceptable and to see the difference in media coverage is quite telling.

“Hanging” a Barack Obama effigy is racist, worthy of an FBI investigation and raises the ire of the great NAACP. “Hanging” a Sarah Palin effigy is “art”.

The brilliance of the Democrats plan is that even though their Presidential candidate is probably the worst prepared and the least qualified candidate of all time, every time someone critiques something Barack Obama says and does, they can marginalize whatever criticism by labeling that person a racist. They’ve also done such a thorough job of demonizing Sarah Palin that Democrats hate her more than Osama Bin Laden or Kim Jong Il.

90% of the people who will vote for Barack Obama this November had never heard of him a year ago. And yet millions of Americans are willing to hand him not only the White House but a supermajority Congress that will be much more liberal than the voters themselves.

Obama’s catering to poor people. And what’s good for poor people isn’t good for America. As someone who cares more about the welfare of our country than welfare, Barack Obama scares the living crap out of me.

And the polar opposite standards that the media and the majority public have set for Obama and Palin is deplorable. Obama has not yet had to explain himself to conservative America. He can simply reach into his back pocket and slid critics a race card whenever he’s confronted with a real issue.

John McCain can’t hide behind his race. Neither can Sarah Palin, and the left has seen to it that she can’t hide behind her gender either. Not that she would if she could .. we conservatives tend to value individual responsibility over accountability avoidance.

Racist tendencies are still evident throughout America, although the majority of the country is trying to get past those. People like Barack Obama preach racial transcendence but still rely on the opposite to get what they want. Not every conservative American is a racist ignoramus. But the media and the left would have you believe that.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden know that if everything was dependent on the quality of each slates’ substance, John McCain and Sarah Palin beat their pants off. Luckily for them though, the majority of American voters care more about the color of one’s skin rather than the content of their character.

The Tax System – Explained With Beer

I’ve been trying to figure out how to explain taxes to liberals. I came across this explanation by David R. Kamerschen, a Economics Professor at none other than the University of Georgia. I certainly can’t explain a tax cut any clearer to anyone, and I haven’t found anyone better than Dr. Kamerschen. I’d love to see this guy sit down and grill Barack Obama for an hour or so. I’d love to take a class with this guy, instead of most of the inane educators I have here. So if you care about such things, go ahead and read this. If you don’t care or have completely bought into whatever lies Obama force-feeding his mindless followers, then stop reading. Because logic and common sense might just be too much for you.

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Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve.
’Since you are all such good customers, ’ he said, ’I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.’Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free.
But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ’fair share?’

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.

So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 ( 25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 ( 22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

’I only got a dollar out of the $20, ’declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, ’ but he got $10!’

’Yeah, that’s right, ’ exclaimed the fifth man. ’I only saved a dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!’

’That’s true!!’ shouted the seventh man. ’Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!’

’Wait a minute, ’ yelled the first four men in unison. ’We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!’

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important.

They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction.
Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

For those who understand, no explanation is needed.

For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

Today’s Idiot: Anonymous Coward

About two weeks ago, I stopped by the College Republican tent on campus. I picked up a few McCain/Palin yard signs and a handful of bumper stickers.

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Well, I’m now out of bumper stickers. One by one, they’ve been peeled off of my car. Now I’m absolutely sure whoever’s been doing this is a Democrat. There’s no reason for anyone else to pull them off. And it’s entirely juvenile, but not unsurprising to me, based on the majority of my experience with such people.

Maybe they think that if they steal my stickers then they’ll trick me into forgetting all about John McCain and I’ll buy into the load that Barack Obama’s selling to idiots across America. But it won’t. I’ll just keep getting stickers and putting them on the back of my car. The blue of the stickers goes well with the aptly named “Bright Blue” of my little car.

I ignore the hundreds of stupid liberal bumper stickers preaching acceptance of others, but apparently all this acceptance extends itself to wherever the Liberal Doctrine ends. If your views aren’t 100% accepting of every possible person or idea, and you don’t go out of your way to accommodate these things, then we’ll rip your bumper stickers off. Hypocritical fools.

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I now have to drive out to Vandiver to get more. I’ll probably get about 100 and just keep replacing them. I don’t really mind losing a bumper sticker, but the enormous immaturity of someone to rip off a bumper sticker simply because they may not agree with what it says is asinine.

I bet whoever yanked off my stickers think he or she is hilarious. Good for them, I can put stickers on just as fast as they can peel them off.

Key NCAAF Games – 10/18/08

(11)Missouri at (1)Texas
According to ESPN 61.3% of Americans think Missouri will upset Texas. And I’m with them. I don’t know what happened last week, but that wasn’t the Missouri offense I’ve watched all year. I think the offense will come back and Jeremy Maclin will take a kick back for a score. Missouri 37, Texas 35

(3)Penn State vs. Michigan
Penn State doesn’t seem like the third best team in the country and Michigan either sucks or plays great, so I think this game will be closer than anticipated. I’d put this game as an upset possibility, but ultimately I think Penn State stays undefeated. Penn State 24, Michigan 21

(2)Alabama vs. Ole Miss
I’m tired of picking Alabama games. So no pick this week.

(10)Georgia vs. (22)Vanderbilt
I guess Vanderbilt wasn’t as perfect as we thought they were after the Auburn game. They’ll get run over by UGA on the road and fall back out of the rankings. Georgia 27, Vanderbilt 12

(12)Ohio State at (20)Michigan State
Michigan State is a little underrated, but Ohio State will just continue to improve with a healthier Beanie Wells and a more experienced Terrelle Pryor. Ohio State 35, Michigan State 9

(16)Kansas at (4)Oklahoma
Ryan Reynolds’ absence from the middle of OU’s defense will allow Kansas to do more offensively than they would normally be able to. But Oklahoma still has enough weapons to beat a pretty good Kansas team. Oklahoma 48, Kansas 30

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Last Week’s Picks: 2-3
On the season: 13-4

How To Fix The Yankees

Just for the record, I’m rooting for the Dodgers. I just can’t root against Joe Torre and Don Mattingly. That, and I love Manny Ramirez. You can hate the way he plays the game all you want, but you can’t argue that he’s one of the best right-handed hitters ever to play the game. And he wins.

So how to fix the Yankees? Well, for starters, we have to know what went wrong.

1) Outside Joba and Moose, they had unreliable starting pitching.
2) Too much offensive falloff from 2007.
3) Defense sucked.

Those are pretty much the three reasons why the Yankees failed to reach the playoffs for the first time since 1993.

UNRELIABLE STARTING PITCHING
There are two types of unreliable pitching and the Yankees had both of them in 2008.

1. Ineffective: Darrell Rasner, Sidney Ponson, Ian Kennedy, Phil Hughes
2. Injured: Chien-Ming Wang, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Carl Pavano

Starting pitching definitely needs to be addressed this offseason. Only two pitchers have spots in the 5-man rotation right now. So the Yankees need to fill three spots, whether internally or through free agency.

1. CC Sabathia
CC Sabathia is a proven horse who eats innings and pitches well. It’ll probably be tough to woo him away from the weaker National League where he gets to take his hacks to the toughest division in baseball. He’s laid out the notion that he may want to stay closer to his California home, but money talks louder than most other factors and the Yankees need this guy to pair with a healthy Chien-Ming Wang.

2. Chien-Ming Wang
Wang suffered a freak foot injury in Houston and was done for the year. He’s expected to be fully healed and ready to take his place atop the Yankees rotation for 2009.

3. Mike Mussina
I think Moose had a lot of fun this year and would like to pitch again. And bluntly, the Yankees need him. He gave them 200+ innings of fantastic baseball this season and has obviously learned how to pitch with his diminished stuff. He needs to be one of the Yankees top priorities.

4. Andy Pettitte
Pettitte pitched much better than his 4.54 ERA indicated. A 3.74 FIP proves Pettitte was a victim of some bad luck and poor defense. But as the fourth starter, if he gives them another 200 decent innings on a slightly reduced contract, it’ll be perfect.

5. Joba Chamberlain
He needs to be a starter, and anyone that tells you differently is a liar. And none of this in-season transitioning. Chamberlain has been a starter at every level in his career except for about 40 innings as a Yankee. His innings still need to be somewhat limited, but you can do that without sticking him in the pen. Have him make 25 starts or so, skipping him every once and a while and don’t have him go over 6 innings. That’s 150 innings this year, which is right about where he should be. Bump him to about 175-180 in 2010 then turn him loose in 2011.

OFFENSIVE SHORTCOMINGS
The Yankees scored 178 less runs this year than they did last. I think that difference might have had something to do with the fact that they won 5 less games than a year ago. Let’s look at what happened and what they should do.

CATCHER
Obviously the big sting here was Jorge Posada basically being out or playing hurt the entire season. The Yankees don’t need his 2007 production (.338/.426/.543) but they do need a return to his career average production (.277/.380/.477). Jose Molina is a fine backup catcher and he may have hit the last home run at Yankee Stadium, but what he’s best at is making outs. Getting nearly nothing from the catcher production was a big reason why the Yankees offense dropped significntly.

FIRST BASE
Jason Giambi enjoyed a resurgent season of sorts, but remains one of the streakiest hitters in baseball. But he will be 38, is a defensive liability and has declining walk to strikeout ratio. With better options available, Giambi’s Yankee career is over and he’ll get a nice $5MM buyout of his contract. Mark Teixeira is a perfect fit for New York. He’s a talented switch hitter (career SLG% of .541 left-handed and right-handed) and is a two-time gold glove winner at first. He’s only 28 and will be a signability case based on his agent (Boras) but is exactly what the Yankees need.

SECOND BASE
No injury here, but significant production dropoff definitely hurt the Yankees. Cano has shown flashes of being an elite hitter and defender, but seemed to lose concentration throughout the season. Cano’s biggest kick-in-the-pants, Larry Bowa, followed Joe Torre to Atlanta and Cano tailed off. He must be a Democrat because once he got his brand new contract, he felt that he was entitled to the Yankees money, without really giving an effort. The Yankees need to find someone to get on his ass, early in the season, or preferably before, to make sure he stays on the top of his game.

SHORTSTOP
By all measures, Derek Jeter had a pretty good season. He hit .300 again and played above league average defense, even after reports of his premature defensive demise. He played a chunk of the season with a badly injured hand which hurt his offense output. A fully healthy Derek Jeter is still an offensive force and can be a premiere player in this league. Another return to career averages (.316/.387/.458) is needed.

THIRD BASE
It’s hard to say anything bad about having the best player in baseball at third base. He’s alternated MVP seasons with really good seasons since 2002. It was time for a really good season in 2008, so 2009 should be an MVP season. We’ll see. Having A-Rod is one of the easiest managing jobs in baseball. You stick him at third every night and pencil him into the four spot in the lineup. That will be the same in 2009.

LEFT FIELD
The Yankees started the season with Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui sharing time in left field. Matsui played the whole season hurt or on the disabled list and I doubt he sees much time there in 2009. That makes Johnny Damon the leftfielder, and I’m fine with that. Having him fully healthy and in shape in 2008, Damon had his best season as a Yankee. He’s really the only true leadoff hitter they have and his arm is adequate for a left fielder.

CENTER FIELD
Oy. I’ve never thought that Melky Cabrera would amount to even an adequate major league starter. But when he hit 291/.359/.505 in April with 6HR and 17RBI I was excited, but still cautious. And then he went on to hit .235/.280/.286 with 2HR and 20RBI the rest of the season. That’s awful. He should not be considered for anything more than a fourth outfielder role on the team next year. I’d like the Yankees to explore trade options, as the free agent CF pool is weak .. Mark Kotsay and Jim Edmonds are probably the best ones available. And they both suck. Brett Gardner showed a little late in the year and is a very intriguing stopgap until (if) Austin Jackson is ready (2010 at the earliest), but just like Melky, it’s not known if he’ll hit enough to hold onto the job.

RIGHT FIELD
Bobby Abreu had another nice season, hitting .297 with 20 homers and 100 RBI. But he was far and away the worst defensive right fielder in baseball, his walk rate continued to drop and the last two seasons have easily been the worst of his career. The Yankees acquired Xavier Nady not only for 2008, but for 2009 as well. He’s still a useful bat in the lineup and improves the defense, if only slightly.

DEFENSE SUCKED
Giambi was horrid in the field this year and Bobby Abreu was the worst right-fielder in the AL. Nady isn’t a huge improvement in right, but he is better than Abreu, and probably will set foot on the warning track at some point next season. Damon is probably also a slight upgrade over Nady in left and the centerfield defense will probably be above league-average whether it’s Melky Cabrera or Brett Gardner or someone else they bring in. Mark Teixeira improves not only the first base defense, but also improves the rest of the infield.

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Right now, without taking into account free agency signings and arbitration raises due to Wilson Betemit, Chien-Ming Wang, Xavier Nady and Brian Bruney:

C – Jorge Posada – $13.1MM
C – Jose Molina – $2MM
1B –
2B – Robinson Cano – $6MM
SS – Derek Jeter – $20MM
3B – Alex Rodriguez – $32MM
IF – Wilson Betemit – $1.165MM+
IF – Cody Ransom – $400K
LF – Johnny Damon – $13MM
CF – Brett Gardner – $400K
RF – Xavier Nady – $3.35MM+
OF – Melky Cabrera – $462K
DH – Hideki Matsui – $13MM

SP – Chien-Ming Wang – $4MM+
SP – Joba Chamberlain – $400K
SP – Phil Hughes – $407K
SP – Ian Kennedy – $400K
SP – Alfredo Aceves – $400K

RP – Mariano Rivera – $15MM
RP – Damaso Marte – $6MM club option ($250K buyout)
RP – Brian Bruney – $725K+
RP – Jose Veras – $400K
RP – Edwar Ramirez – $400K
RP – Phil Coke – $400K
RP – Mark Melancon – $400K

They’ll pay Jason Giambia ($5MM) and Carl Pavano ($1.95MM) to leave and are paying just over $1.5MM to Andrew Brackman and Juan Miranda to be on the 40-man roster. After taking those into consideration, the Yankees are looking at about $150MM. The Yankees say that they want to drop their payroll to the $180MM range, but they’ve said that for quite a few years now, so I expect the payroll to stay in the $200MM range.

Other than Wang and Chamberlain, nothing is set in the Yankees 2009 rotation. I advocate the signing of CC Sabathia, no matter the cost. Sabathia is a horse and will indirectly improve the bullpen by lessening their load. I’m skeptical of Burnett’s injury history regardless of what his agent says. He’s only averaged 148 innings a season since 2000, is 32 and his ERA+ was only 106. Which is just above average, but not by much. Derek Lowe will be looking for a multi-year deal and is 36. I wouldn’t mind him, but to round out the rotation I’d go hard after two mainstays .. Mike Mussina and Andy Pettitte. Moose was 7th in the American League in ERA+ and Andy Pettitte was victimized by bad defense and bad luck. If Moose and Andy would sign for one-year (maybe with a vesting option) how do the Yankees NOT do that? It gives them two pretty good pitchers and future payroll flexibility.

C – Jorge Posada – $13.1MM
C – Jose Molina – $2MM
1B – Mark Teixeira – $21MM
2B – Robinson Cano – $6MM
SS – Derek Jeter – $20MM
3B – Alex Rodriguez – $32MM
IF – Wilson Betemit – $1.165MM+
IF – Cody Ransom – $400K
LF – Johnny Damon – $13MM
CF – Brett Gardner – $400K
RF – Xavier Nady – $3.35MM+
OF – Melky Cabrera – $462K
DH – Hideki Matsui – $13MM

SP – CC Sabathia – $23MM
SP – Chien-Ming Wang – $4MM
SP – Mike Mussina- $12MM
SP – Andy Pettitte – $9MM
SP – Joba Chamberlain – $400K

RP – Mariano Rivera – $15MM
RP – Damaso Marte – $6MM
RP – Brian Bruney – $800K
RP – Jose Veras – $400K
RP – Edwar Ramirez – $400K
RP – Phil Coke – $400K
RP – Mark Melancon – $400K

Those three signings put the payroll at a cool $206MM. Most of the Yankees available money will be spent on pitching, but I’d rather see 2 pitchers and Teixeira than three pitchers. The Yankees will have their hands full wooing free agents to New York, but money speaks louder than most anything else, and the Yankees certainly have plenty of that.

Filling out the rotation with four 200-inning guys will allow Joba Chamberlain to slot into the fifth spot, occasionally skipping a start to limit his innings

My CFB Top 10 – 10/13/08

Another weekend, another trifecta of top 3 teams down. I have to address something first though, about the national polls. I understand USC is the premiere football program in the country. Pete Carroll, blah blah blah. But how in the world does anyone validate ranking them fourth in the country? They lost to an unranked Oregon State team!

1. Texas Longhorns (6-0, 2-0 Big 12)
Beat Oklahoma in a game that lived up to the hype. The offenses were there and Texas made the difference on special teams. Texas probably also found that game-changing back they needed. They should be heavy favorites against Missouri next week, and a win would give them a solid lead to winning the Big 12 South.

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 SEC)
The number one team lost while Alabama had their bye week, but they stay in the second position. They probably have one of the easier SEC schedules remaining and should be a pretty decent bet to win their division. They’re also in position to challenge for the National Championship, but anyone can upset anyone.

3. Penn State Nittany Lions (7-0, 3-0 Big 10)
Their offense didn’t disappoint, and the defense dominated a supposedly tough road game. The Big 10 isn’t what it once was, but JoePa’s boys are dominating every aspect of the game right now. Ohio State still looks a little vulnerable, but they’ll still put up a fight against Penn State.

4. Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-0, 2-0 Big 12)
The big winners of the week. By upsetting Missouri in Columbia, the Cowboys make the biggest jump in the polls. Their defense intercepted Chase Daniel twice three times and shut down the Tigers offense just enough to eek out a huge road win. But they still have Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech remaining, and the odds they burn through all three of those aren’t great.

5. Oklahoma Sooners (5-1, 1-1 Big 12)
The Texas-OU game was probably one of the better games we’ll see this season and losing to Texas isn’t the end of the world. They’ll need some help now if they want to win the Big 12 and lose in the Fiesta Bowl again, but it’s possible. One loss doesn’t end a season anymore.

6. Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-0, 2-0 Big 12)
I can’t wait to see what the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas will do to this team that had to hold off a terrible Nebraska team at home in overtime. But college football is more than a beauty contest to me, and a win’s a win in my book.

7. Brigham Young Cougars (6-0, 2-0 MWC)
Cougars still undefeated, strength of schedule still atrocious.

8. Missouri Tigers (5-1, 1-1 Big 12)
Horrible call nonwithstanding, Missouri deserved to lose the Oklahoma State game. The offense disappeared, and it looked like both Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin were a little beat up. There were some questionable coaching calls (opening drive FG, ill-advised second half timeout) but Missouri did not play well. The defense wasn’t bad, but everything has got to improve if they expect to win in Texas next week. If not, any bid for a serious bowl berth could evaporate.

9. Georgia Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1 SEC)
They managed to slide by a terrible Tennessee team, but should of won by much more. There’s no doubt the Bulldogs are a good football team, but they are also a team that can be exposed by other good teams. The offense is a little erratic and should be scoring more than they are.

10. Florida Gators (5-1, 3-1 SEC)
It was either the Gators or USC here, and while both have pretty bad losses, I feel Florida has played much more quality opponents than USC. They beat a really good LSU team and beat them pretty good.

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Oklahoma State 28, Missouri 23
I’m not making any excuses for Mizzou, as they deserved to lose this game. But Missouri was down 28-23 late in the fourth quarter but had the ball at Oklahoma State’s 37 yard line with about 2 minutes left. On second and six, Chase Daniel fired a pass towards Jeremy Maclin but it was caught by OSU’s Patrick Lavine to end the drive. The play was reviewed and confirmed as an interception. But I guess the ball on the ground wasn’t irrefutable enough for the officials (h/t to Steve Keers). There’s no going back and overturning calls, even if a team gets 5 downs against Missouri.

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Texas 45, Oklahoma 35
Easily the best game of the weekend and it certainly lived up to the hype. Every time Oklahoma tried to pull away, Texas came storming back and eventually took control of the game. There’s still a ton of time, and the number one ranking doesn’t mean anything in October, but Texas looks good.

Today’s Idiot: Skip Bayless & Joe Biden

Today’s Idiot is a two-fer. You get twice the idiot for the same price. It’s almost as good as Buy One, Get One Free Appetizers at the Berg! But not quite. I like cheese sticks pretty good.

But this time of year is more about football and politics than it is about pre-meal treats.

I’ll do the Skip Bayless one first. Bayless is a talking head that participates in ESPN’s “First & 10” show which is a segment on ESPN2 every morning that brings in someone with actual sports knowledge to debate Skip Bayless on 10 sports topics.

In this morning’s segment, they eventually got around to the inevitable discussion about the Oklahoma/Texas matchup this weekend. Somehow, Bayless used that discussion to take a shot at the Missouri Tigers, saying he smelled an upset brewing in Columbia.

Okay, that would have been fine with me, if Bayless didn’t follow it up with this gem:

Yeah, the Aggies have a great shot to keep up with Missouri.

Bayless had on an orange Oklahoma State shirt, yet he proved that he knows nothing about college football. Oklahoma State is in the Big 12 and they play Missouri in Columbia this weekend (8PM, ESPN). The Aggies are also in the Big 12, but they’re from Texas A&M and they don’t play Missouri again until October 16, 2010.

If you’re going to talk smack about someone Skip, at least know who’s who in the Big 12.

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Next, Joe Biden (h/t to Justin Ginter). People question Sarah Palin’s ability to be the President of the United States (even though she’s not running for that position)), but she’s shown no signs that she doesn’t understand the job she is running for. No so for Joe Biden.

Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we’ve had probably in American history. The idea he doesn’t realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that’s the Executive Branch. He works in the Executive Branch. He should understand that. Everyone should understand that.

And the primary role of the vice president of the United States of America is to support the president of the United States of America, give that president his or her best judgment when sought, and as vice president, to preside over the Senate, only in a time when in fact there’s a tie vote. The Constitution is explicit.

The only authority the vice president has from the legislative standpoint is the vote, only when there is a tie vote. He has no authority relative to the Congress. The idea he’s part of the Legislative Branch is a bizarre notion invented by Cheney to aggrandize the power of a unitary executive, and look where it has gotten us. It has been very dangerous.

> From the VP Debate

First off, Article II of the Constitution covers the Executive Branch, not Article I. Even though you say “everyone should understand that” Mr. Biden, for some reason, you don’t. But even better Joe, you think that the vice president can preside over the Senate only when there is a tie vote! That’s not the only “legislative authority” the VP has, silly! As VP, you’d preside over the Senate and interpret the rules (scary notion) and can only be overridden by 60 percent of the votes.

Sarah Palin got it right.

Of course, we know what a vice president does. And that’s not only to preside over the Senate and [I] will take that position very seriously also. I’m thankful the Constitution would allow a bit more authority given to the vice president if that vice president so chooses to exert it in working with the Senate and making sure that we are supportive of the president’s policies and making sure too that our president understands what our strengths are

So why couldn’t Joe? Where’s the outrage over Biden’s complete lack of understanding of the very important job he wants to get? I don’t want to go as far as to say that he’s less qualified for the position he’s running for than his running mate is, but he certainly doesn’t really grasp the whole VP gig.

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Also, if I ever got into a Town Hall debate and had the opportunity to ask Barack Obama a question, it would probably be this:

Senator Obama: You keep insisting that you will cut taxes for 95% of Americans. Seeing as only 55% of wage earners pay any income taxes at all, please explain how you plan on accomplishing this feat?

I know the answer, but I want to hear That One explain that his real plan is to just give poor people (and the people that will use them) a free ride on Social Security and Medicare.

I better stop so I can go to class and before I get started as Obama again referring to healthcare as a “right”. That’s even more disgraceful than Biden not knowing that the vice president holds positions in both the executive and legislative branches.

Key NCAAF Games – 10/11/08

There aren’t too many big-time games this week, but the ones that are this weekend are huge, starting with the Red River Shootout at noon on Saturday.

Clemson at (21)Wake Forest
I’ve learned a pretty good lesson about picking Clemson games against decent competition. Don’t. So I’ll take Wake Forest in a matchup of ACC ballclubs. Wake Forest 27, Clemson 24

(1)Oklahoma at (5)Texas
Oh boy! This is going to be a game to wake up to Saturday afternoon. High scoring offenses meet up at a neutral site. Whoever loses this game is going to drop in national polls, but not mine. Colt McCoy looks like a much different player this year than last, although I think the lack of a game-changing back will give OU a slight edge. But I am watching this game. Oklahoma 42, Texas 37

(17)Oklahoma State at (3)Missouri
Hopefully, OSU learns from Nebraska’s mistakes and no one spits on Superman’s cape number 10 jersey. Oklahoma State’s offense is really good, but Missouri’s has reached elite status. An improving defense and the home game swing this one to Missouri. Missouri 49, Oklahoma 28

(4)LSU at (11)Florida
The fact that an SEC matchup of two top-11 teams is pushed aside in favor of a pair of Big 12 games speaks volumes to the direction of the Big 12. But this game is still going to be great. I won’t be watching it as it’s the same time as the Missouri/OSU game, and if Percy Harvin’s playing with a bum ankle, I think I like LSU. LSU 30, Florida 28

Tennessee at (10)Georgia
Knowshon Moreno says he’ll be back, and I’m sure he’s still stinging (both his elbow and ego) from the boom that Bama laid on them two weeks ago. Tennessee isn’t the Volunteers of the late 90s, and Moreno, along with Matthew Stafford should have a big game against Fulmer’s club. UGA 41, Tennessee 17

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How I did last week: 6-0
On the season: 11-1

Predicted: Alabama 28, Kentucky 14
Actual Score: Alabama 17, Kentucky 14

Predicted: Missouri 40, Nebraska 21
Actual Score: Missouri 52, Nebraska 17

Predicted: Texas 40, Colorado 20
Actual Score: Texas 38, Colorado 14

Predicted: Vanderbilt 24, Auburn 13
Actual Score: Vanderbilt 14, Auburn 13

Predicted: Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21
Actual Score: Ohio State 20, Wisconsin 17

Predicted: Florida State 22, Miami 18
Actual Score: Florida State 41, Miami 39

My CFB Top 10 – 10/05/08

Nothing too exciting happened this weekend in college football, so my ranking hold pretty steady.

1. Oklahoma Sooners (5-0, 1-0 Big 12)
The only thing I can find with Oklahoma that isn’t perfect is their running game. Sure, they rushed for 217 yards and 5 touchdowns against Baylor, but only average 3.7 yards per carry. Their longest run against Baylor was 11 yards and their touchdown runs were of 1, 1, 1, 2 and 3 yards. Eventually they’ll run into someone that will be able to shut down their passing game enough and be able to score enough to knock them off. But there isn’t a more complete team than Stoops’ Sooners.

2. Missouri Tigers (5-0, 1-0 Big 12)
So I “homer” picked them as the number two team last year, but after their 52-17 (7 of which came after the game clock expired) walloping of Nebraska in a place they hadn’t won since the Carter Administration does anyone want to question me? Nebraska isn’t the same team as they were back in the day, but they’re probably as good as, if not better than say, Kentucky. It took the offense less than a minute to score and the defense shut down a Nebraska offense averaging over 37 points a game coming in.

3. Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 SEC)
Sure they walloped Georgia, but maybe Georgia wasn’t as good as the number 1 preseason ranking they were handed. After jumping out to a 14-0 lead at home against Kentucky, Bama hung on to win by a field goal, furthering my closing argument from last week. November 8 at LSU should be the only significant test left for Alabama. Let up against LSU and it’ll come back to bite them.

4. Texas Longhorns (5-0, 1-0 Big 12)
Texas tuned up for their Red River clash with OU by trouncing Colorado in Boulder. They’ll need to improve their pass defense if they want to have a chance at stopping Bradford and his wideouts. Texas also averaged under four yards a carry in their first Big 12 game, so the OU game will probably see who can outpass the other. Either way, I’m watching.

5. LSU Tigers (4-0, 2-0 SEC)
The Tigers got their bye week at the right time, just before having to play at Florida and at South Carolina before hosting Georgia. I’d say the quarterback play would have to improve, but Les Miles teams seem to always win regardless of what happens. LSU has enough weaponry to win however the game dictates as necessary.

6. Penn State Nittany Lions (6-0, 2-0)
My skepticism for Big & Pac Ten teams is well-documented and warranted, but as long as Penn State keeps dominating football games, I have no problem putting them here. JoePa hasn’t had a tough road test yet, but will face two (Wisconsin and Ohio State) in the next three weeks.

7. Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-0, 1-0 Big 12)
The defense isn’t the shutdown defense that Mike Leach claimed it was in the offseason, but the offense has certainly performed as advertised through five games. It should continue the next two weeks against Nebraska and Texas A&M, but will be tested the four weeks after that, having to play (16)Kansas, (5)Texas, (19)Oklahoma State and (1)Oklahoma in consecutive weeks.

8. BYU Cougars (5-0, 1-0 MWC)
I really don’t like putting non-BCS schools up in my Top 10, and I doubt BYU will get much higher than this. At the end of the year, if I had had to choose between a two-loss SEC or Big 12 team, or an undefeated BYU team, I’d take the two-loss team because I value strength of schedule more than most people.

9. Vanderbilt Commodroes (5-0, 3-0 SEC)
I figured the first place SEC team had to be up here somewhere. Vandy knocked off the then 13th ranked Auburn Tigers after being down 13-0 early in the first quarter. They don’t blow me away, but they’re one of two 3-0 teams in the SEC and that counts for something in my book.

10. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0 Big 10)
Hold on, here me out before blasting me for this placement. The Buckeyes are a different team when they pair Beanie Wells in the backfield with Super Freshman Terrelle Pryor. They just knocked off a ranked Wisconsin team on the road, and they have the most impressive loss of the one-loss teams. USC? Lost to unranked Oregon State on the road. Florida? Lost to unranked Ole Miss at home. Georgia? Lost to No. 8 Alabama at home. Ohio State lost to the number one team in the country on the road without their best player.

Just Missed: USC, Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma State
Fell Out: South Florida (lost to unranked Pitt), Auburn (lost to No. 19 Vandy)

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Vanderbilt 14, Auburn 13
It didn’t look good early for Vanderbilt, as Auburn manhandled them on both fronts and jumped ahead early. I wasn’t feeling good about picking Vandy, and certainly didn’t help when Chris Nickson left with an injury. But then the Commodores stopped allowing yards and rummaged up enough points to beat Auburn. As a documented believer that Auburn has been overrated by many, this win for Vandy isn’t as huge as some make it out to be. I still think Georgia and Florida will compete for the SEC East, but Vanderbilt should finish with one of its best seasons ever.

Ohio State 20, Wisconsin 17
Wisconsin blew a huge lead in Ann Arbor a week ago, then blew a late lead at home to the Buckeyes. Ohio State did get roughed up by USC, but I’m convinced that outcome would have been different if Beanie Wells and Terrelle Pryor had played the whole game. Maybe not 32 points different, but it would have been a game. Ohio State is not a bad football team, even though they’ve lost some bad games the past few seasons.

Oklahoma 49, Baylor 17
Texas 38, Colorado 14

Both teams had near-flawless tune-ups for their matchup next week. Both quarterbacks were brilliant and both defenses played well in preparation for facing huge offenses. Texas probably needs a win more because they have a tougher remaining schedule and Oklahoma missed Missouri this year. But neither team could have had a better first five games than OU and Texas.

Missouri 52, Nebraska 10 17
Mizzou won in grand fashion for the first time in Lincoln since 1978. After Nebraska scored a touchdown five minutes into the games, Mizzou’s defense allowed 3 more points until after time expired. Maligned by the media, they forced two turnovers, scored a touchdown and allowed 79 yards rushing on 35 attempts. And the “questionable” running game (according to ESPN talking head Mark May) accounted for over 200 yards on the ground (5.9 yards per carry), including 139 on 14 carries from Derrick Washington (3 TDs).

Alabama 17, Kentucky 14
Not as impressive of a win as you’d like to see from the number 2 team, at home, against an unranked opponent. Up 14-0 in the first quarter, it looked like Alabama was going to cruise to another big victory. But they made mistakes, committed big penalties and allowed Kentucky to stay in the game. I thought Saban would clear up the mental lapses from the Georgia game, but maybe it takes more than a week. Now they’ve got two before they take on Ole Miss.