The Spectacle Blog

Re: The Crying Game

By on 3.24.06 | 7:42PM

My sympathies, James. Any time Duke loses, since it happens so rarely, its fans I'm sure have no resort but to howl at the moon and find consolation in Duke's natural superiority over the lesser forms of life the school deigns to compete with.

Nonetheless I must insist that J.J. Redick enjoyed plenty of coddling -- for at least two season he's been the darling of a media that has protected him at every turn against the occasional lowlifes that show up at Duke at Maryland games to deride his play. But I've noticed that he can dish it out pretty well himself. Perhaps yesterday if he hadn't spent so much time complaining to the referees that he was being fouled by LSU defenders -- on plays that time and again saw him pushing off in a desperate effort to get open -- his shooting concentration wouldn't have flagged.

It could also be that he was a bit too conscious of his clippings. He's a great shooter and great competitor. But in the stratosphere in which he competes, he's really not a great enough athlete to thrive among those more physically gifted. If an LSU freshman could stymie him, what chances will he have in the NBA?

Married faithful

By on 3.24.06 | 6:36PM

Courtesy of Townhall comes this story which bolsters one of the serious points underlying the predominantly humorous (or so I intended) piece I wrote for this morning's web site. Also, if you have the patience to wait for our May issue of the print magazine, I touch on the same topic again in an article there. Anyway, the point is that Hollywood has it all wrong: Americans do not habitually spend time and energy looking for extramarital pleasures. Adultery is not a way of life. And fidelity remains a virtue honored not just in the breach, but in the faithful observation thereof.

Re: Best Line of the Week

By on 3.24.06 | 6:02PM

Just heard it again. After describing the Dems' vacuity on the war, the Veep said, "If they're competent to fight this war, then I ought to be singing on American Idol." Don't look for Cheney to be crooning any time soon.

Best Line of the Week

By on 3.24.06 | 5:52PM

FNC showed a clip of VP Cheney talking today about the "incompetence" argument the Dems are trying to make against the Bush administration. Wish I'd been fast enough to get it verbatim, but Cheney ripped off the line of the week. Talking about the Dems' competency, he said something to the effect that, "If they're competent to fight this war, I ought to be singing on American Idol."

RedAmerica/State Ruckus

By on 3.24.06 | 3:35PM

For what it's worth Ben Domenech should recall that Sen. Joe Biden's career wasn't hurt much by his acts of plagiarism, nor was the Rev. Martin Luther King's legacy when his acts of academic theft were revealed. The left defended those two men vociferously, and forgave them, while conservatives did not pile on with profanity, insults and worse.

Conservatives have again revealed themselves to be far more principled and fair than their political opponents, and Domenech and his comrades at RedState have behaved honorably when in the face of shameful attacks.

So now we should move on and stop rubbernecking. Let's let the kid catch his breath, and gain some modicum of peace and quiet. Domenech has a future that has the potential to be as bright as Biden's. This, after all is America.

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By on 3.24.06 | 2:17PM

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Domenech Resigns

By on 3.24.06 | 1:35PM

At the WaPo. That's the best move for everyone involved.

RedState's experiencing a bit of a server overload right now.

UPDATE (3:39 p.m.): Domenech has an explanation and apology up at RedState. It is important to note this was the left blogosphere's gold mine after two days of invective. And they did strike gold. Domenech owns up for the most part, saying that while the plagiarized inserts were the work of his editor at the Flat Hat, he was ultimately responsible but as a "sloppy" "teenager." At 18- or 19-years-old, you're a man. Like Ben, I've traded on my work as a college student. I'll answer for its quality and integrity if it's ever questioned, as should Ben.

Re: The Crying Game

By on 3.24.06 | 1:28PM

Sorry, Wlady: J.J. Redick has been about as coddled this year as the President. But for many years to come it will be the bitter, mirthless sport of the anti-Dukies, playing the only game they can win, to heap every cheap insult and vindictive ignominity on the Blue Devils, until, at last, Duke loses a tournament game -- whereupon their crude and hollow laughter dares mock the emotion of players like Redick, whose victories are already legend.

Blogger Plagiarism?

By on 3.24.06 | 11:57AM

I'm watching closely how this one unfolds.'s newest blogger, Ben Domenech, a young veteran of various conservative publications and blogs as well as Capitol Hill and the Bush administration, is faced with very serious charges of plagiarism. He ought to answer them, and quickly. If true, he ought to resign. Or the Post should fire him. That very discussion between Domenech and the Post probably explains the silence on his blog over this.

What a fine reminder that politics/journalism (nearly one and the same) in this town is a full-contact sport.

The Crying Game

By on 3.24.06 | 11:52AM

An endearing new nickname in the ranks of serious basketball is Big Baby. One such is LSU's 6'9", 310-pound sophomore Glen Davis, a mighty tough hombre who last night helped power his team to an NCAA tournament victory over top-seed Duke, which probably now thinks of him as Big Brute. Another Big Baby is Los Angeles Lakers' rookie center Andrew Bynum, a still growing 18 year old who received that moniker from his proud mentor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. A recent story describes how Baby Bynum went mano-a-mano with Shaquille O'Neal, and lived to talk about it.

One other thing can be said about these two toddlers: Big Babies don't cry.