Archive for ◊ November, 2008 ◊

Flyers Win Chicago Invitational Tournament
Sunday, November 30th, 2008 | Author:

If you’re a basketball fan, you may have seen the headline that the Dayton Flyers set an infamous record in shooting 0 of 24 on 3-point tries against Auburn on Friday (Dayton actually managed to win that game)…. Well, on Saturday Dayton beat 15th ranked Marquette 89-75 to win the Chicago Invitational Tournament.

I had to include this great Yahoo front-page shot…

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Chris Wright of Dayton was selected as the tournament MVP… you have to watch the slam dunk where Wright actually launched over the top of a Marquette player on his way to the basket… pretty amazing!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYL0v9BnVYI[/youtube]

29 sec

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Do You Understand Science?
Sunday, November 30th, 2008 | Author:

I figured out why the Christian Science Monitor is reducing the frequency of publications….  With headlines such as these: “Should we recycle urine on Earth, too?” it’s pretty obvious these folks are obtuse and out of touch. 

What do they think happens to the urine that people flush down the toilet?  Do they think it gets sent magically to a permanent dump?  Have they never heard of a waste treatment facility where they recycle our pee pee and poo poo into drinking water?

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Noah and the 21st Century Ark
Saturday, November 29th, 2008 | Author:

A cute story of the challenges faced by a modern-day Noah (much better than Evan Almighty)…

 Hat tip to Joe Knecht

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Is RPI a Reasonable Measure of Basketball Ranking?
Saturday, November 29th, 2008 | Author:

I happened to be glancing at the early season RPI rankings for NCAA basketball and I noticed a few anomalies that cause me to question their ranking algorithm.  I couldn’t figure our why a team with a 0-4 record (Jackson State) could possibly have an RPI Rank of 146 while a team with a 4-0 record (Texas Tech) could have a lower RPI Rank of 176 (see snapshots below).

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Look, I understand all the stuff about ‘strength of schedule’ and so on, but does this result really make any sense to you?

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Incredible Football Leap
Friday, November 28th, 2008 | Author:

This is one of the most amazing runs in college football (it just happens to be a running back from Ohio State).

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1opisGofQiY[/youtube]

1 min 22 sec

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Digital Video Formats
Friday, November 28th, 2008 | Author:

If you’re interested in understanding the prevailing digital video formats, the Gizmodo site has a nice article…

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Dealing with Somali Pirates
Thursday, November 27th, 2008 | Author:

I was recently having lunch with a friend that complained about our lack of resolve in dealing with the modern-day Barbary Pirates from Somalia…  I discovered an interesting article on Strategy Page that describes how the Russians intend to take matters into their hands.  You can rest assured that the Russians will be ruthless in taking care of this nuisance.

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More on Expectations from Our President
Thursday, November 27th, 2008 | Author:

Update – Sure enough, here comes the further re-calibration of expectations…  The friendly television networks in Chicago have this to say: “President-elect Barack Obama and his inner circle fear that some voters expect him to turn around the economy, wind down the war in Iraq and, perhaps, cure cancer — all by the Fourth of July”…  Am I mistaken, wasn’t that the gist of his election campaign?

The man who was Obama’s chief campaign strategist is moving to lower expectations…    

November 19, 2008 – We’re going to start seeing many images such as the one below:

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Limousine Liberal
Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 | Author:

A “limousine liberal” is a term used to describe a leftist that pleads for one perspective but actually follows the opposite position.  A great illustration is the O’bama’s plea for supporting public education contrasted with his recent decision to send his children to a private school in DC that requires an annual tuition of $30,000.

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Contrasting Dayton-Area College Basketball Programs
Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 | Author:

What a difference one night makes… Monday night, Len and I went to the Wright State Raiders basketball game (if you dare call that display basketball).  On Tuesday night, we went with the entire family to the Dayton Flyers basketball game…  You can hardly pick a pair of games to provide a contrast between college basketball performance.

Let me preface my comments by stating that I’m a staunch supporter of the Raiders.  However, I’ve never seen a more poorly played college home game than I did on Monday at the Nutt House.  The score was 3-2 for the first five minutes of the game, and the Raiders could only manage 16 points in the entire first half against a decent Miami of Ohio team.  The Raiders performance was so lousy, that I was screaming for a refund on my tickets.

Meanwhile, the Flyers came out against Mercer by putting on a show of dunking, 3-point shooting, blocking, and rebounding.   The Flyers built a first-half 48-26 lead and cruised to an easy victory.  I couldn’t help think about what a Flyers team would do against the Raiders from Monday night… It would be like men playing against boys.

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