Month: November 2008

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The worst sports broadcasters

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On November 24, 2008
This is a very trivial issue, but on the other hand this is an eclectic blog. Why are so many high-profile sports broadcasters so incredibly bad? OK, I’m sure broadcasting a sports event, like just about everything else in this world, is harder than it looks if you’ve never tried to do it. But I’m […]

Outrage

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On November 24, 2008

Krugman on the Citigroup bailout. Or perhaps “weak, arbitrary, [and] incomprehensible” is the better phrase. The fact that Citigroup’s shareholders are apparently not even going to g

Clinton at State

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On November 24, 2008

I’m fairly agnostic about the merits of the appointment — I’m inclined to defer to Obama’s judgment given the quality of his campaign and Clinton is certainly a person of subst

On Having the Game Pass You By

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On November 23, 2008
While watching Penn State destroy Michigan State yesterday, it occurred to me that we aren’t hearing much this year about how Joe Paterno is a coach lost in another era, the “game having passed him by”. It also occurred to me that we would be hearing quite a lot about how Tom Osborne, Don James, […]

Preparing the Way…

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On November 23, 2008

This article is kind of fabulous, in the sense that it clearly lays out the connection between a lax attitude towards regulation and the production of bad loans: Simeon Ferguson, an 85-year-old Brookl

Ted Briggs

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On November 23, 2008

I am remiss in noting the passing last month of Ted Briggs. Briggs was the last of the three survivors of the destruction of HMS Hood at the Battle of Denmark Strait. Obits here and here. Here’s

AppleFutility Cup

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On November 22, 2008
Consider: The Washington State Cougars are currently 1-10, with only a victory over Portland State to their credit. The Washington Huskies are 0-10, and likely to lose at Cal. The Seattle Seahawks are 2-8. The Seattle Mariners lost 101 games this season. And the Supersonics? Heh. Is this the worst calendar year in the history […]

More McPherson

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On November 22, 2008

I suppose this silly column doesn’t really merit further discussion, but I think gmack’s comment merits elevation to the main page: So far as I can tell, no one here knows whether McPherso

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