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Consulting the Iraq Experts

By on 3.6.06 | 11:14AM

So this morning's Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that a strong majority belives civil war is imminent. Those polled? A majority of Americans. Methinks it might be a bit more instructive to poll Iraqis about whether or not their country will descend into civil war, not the American man on the street.

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Jack for Senate

By on 3.6.06 | 11:04AM

By the way, speaking of the great Jack Nicklaus (as I did a few posts ago when talking about Tiger Woods), I have a very, very serious suggestion: Florida Republicans should evict the hopeless underdog Katherine Harris from the Senate race (okay, I know, she won't actually step down, but in my plan she would be outgunned regardless) by drafting Nicklaus as their Senate nominee. The man is a solid, commonsense conservative Republican; he can largely self-fund; he's a terrific speaker and has infinite grace under press questioning; he's incorruptible; he has a history of charitable work that makes it impossible to lable him a "heartless conservative"; and he's a living, breathing hero, fergoshsakes. Truth be told, I think he would be a shoo-in in Ohio, whereas in Florida he would start out probably as a 50-50 chance (which is better than Harris, who has almost no chance, it seems) -- but Ohio has an incumbent semi-Republican already on the ballot in Mike DeWine. Florida needs Jack; the U.S. Senate needs Jack; and please don't anybody tell me that I "don't know Jack (s..)" about the subject, because I'm sure Nicklaus would have a better chance than Rep. Harris.

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Last Word to Wlady on Sayers

By on 3.6.06 | 10:32AM

Okay, most of what I've seen of Sayers were highlight reels; when I was first really getting into the NFL at age 5 and 6, he already was on his way out the door because of his knee injuries. But your description of his grace is so lyrical that he MUST have been even more beautiful to watch than O.J.; to inspire such brilliantly written blog-writing, he MUST have been even more special than I remember. Thanks for the descriptions, Wlady.

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Tiger, burning bright

By on 3.6.06 | 10:28AM

It is to Tiger Woods' credit that he is always in position to win if other people choke, and that he himself never seems to choke to hand away titles to other people. He is indeed the most dominant athlete in his sport in my entire lifetime, Lance Armstrong included. But how I wish we could see him, a la my idol Jack Nicklaus, be forced to deal with excruciating defeats once in a while. Just once it would be nice to see somebody do to Tiger what Lee Trevino and especially Tom Watson (and several others, although they made no habit of it) did to Jack, which is to make birdies to snatch victories away when Jack seemed to have done everything necessary to win. Instead, the only people who have even held on in the face of Tiger in the lead or tied for the lead were the forgettable Bob May -- who lost, but didn't choke -- the perennial runner-up Chris DiMarco -- who choked early on Sunday, then came back, but was made to look better when Tiger bogeyed the final two holes of regulation -- and the enigmatic Thomas Bjorn, who just lucked out when Tiger mis-hit a ball into the water on 18 to hand Bjorn the victory. In short, once Tiger has the lead, everybody else folds.

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Great Work If You Can Get It

By on 3.6.06 | 9:36AM

Pennsylvania's Supreme Court justices billed the state for more than $50,000 in assorted food, travel, and miscellaneous expenses -- for trips to conferences in Alaska, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico. And that's just for the first half of the fiscal year. Given their approval of the unconstitutional pay raise for themselves and the legislature last year, such spending would merit an audit. But no such luck, since Ed Rendell's the governor.

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Re: Curtains

By on 3.6.06 | 1:38AM

Oh, yes, Wlady, I forgot about that -- it was the president of the Academy who went on about how much better movies are in theaters than on DVD. You'd think he, of all people, would have a decent home entertainment center, but I guess not...

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Re: Vince Young, Gale Sayers

By on 3.6.06 | 1:35AM

Quin: So far as I know, the University of Texas is synonymous with the state, a state that was once synonymous with primacy in football. Thanks to Vince Young, a native of the Republic of Texas, not only did he for all intents single-handedly and in the most brilliant fashion win the national championship for his Longhorns -- but in so doing he returned Texas football to heights not seen since its glory days under Coach Darrell K. Royal many decades ago. So how could the savior and liberator of Texas football possibly be allowed to end up serving the football interests of some other state?

Let's say he's drafted by the Saints. Surely he'd be more likely to build on his legend if he were based in San Antonio rather than in New Orleans, no?

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