Archive for June, 2010

American football is unamerican

June 29, 2010

I will not be allowing my children to play American football. It has become a type of gladiatorial event for bloodlusters. I don’t even know if I can watch it anymore. It seems that brain damage is becoming the norm for football players at its highest levels. Chris Henry was a wide receiver, for goodness sakes. Who get hit on the head less than them on the team? (more…)

What would Ivan say if Ivan were a real person

June 29, 2010

Fallows of the Atlantic has posted an email that I [Ivan] could have written.

It turns out liberals aren’t that liberal

June 25, 2010

This is not surprising at all. (more…)

France Surrenders, or the question of European Football hegemony

June 22, 2010

France is pretty much toast. England, we’ll find out tomorrow. Spain and Germany have been inconsistent. Portugal may be great, but it’s hard to tell. Meanwhile, Latin America looks fantastic, with Uruguay, Mexico, Argentina, and probably Paraguay, Brazil, and Chile moving on. Poor Honduras was unfortunately stuck playing Chile and Spain. (more…)

Everyone else should be president

June 22, 2010

Every news outlet seems to think it can sell more copy or get more eyeballs if they act like a Dear Abby for the White House. Google “Obama should” and go to news and you have the choice of 1,070 articles containing that brief phrase. Obama should lay off of BP, Obama should punch the CEO of BP in the nose, Obama should stop playing golf, Obama should keep playing golf, Obama should have given this speech, Obama should stop telling Israel what to do, Obama should, Obama should, etc. (more…)

Football/Soccer Team Logos Inaccurate

June 22, 2010

I googled “Uruguay Mexico Tie” since I couldn’t figure out why either team would want to try given that they could advance with only an extra point a piece leaving France out of the knockout stage. This article explains why Mexico might actually try to win. Uruguay will probably still advance with a loss, but they would have to play Argentina. Mexico would have to play Argentina if they tie. Their point differential is a bit better than France’s, so either team would still likely advance even if they tried to beat each other. Whatever the case, don’t bet on a tie unless you get better odds than 4-5 since it’s likely they will collude in some way–Mexico might rest players but let the subs try.

But this is all beside the point. On the site that explained why Mexico might actually try in the game there is a picture of all the teams’ logos. I can’t save it as a picture so you’ll just have to go yourself. The thing I noticed is that the several teams that have a football on the logo have one with the traditional white hexagons and black pentagons: (more…)

Manute Bol, little Christ

June 21, 2010

I don’t know how devout Manute Bol (1962-2010) was, but I understand he was a Christian. His actions in his adult life exemplify my understanding of the Christian life. According to St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians, Christ gave up his riches and his life for those he loved. He also, according to the Gospels, gave up his dignity by undergoing embarrassment and dying on a tree, a sign of being cursed in the Torah. (more…)

Holy crap this is disturbing!

June 17, 2010

I tend not to link to things like this, but as the father of a 2 year old girl, I feel the need to publicise this.

My father went to Princeton University for grad school and occasionally jokes about Cornell being the 8th member of the Ivy League. I just took that to mean that the school falls below the standards of the other schools in the Ivies, but I wonder if it should qualify as a school at all. The medical school anyway has some disturbing practices going on that I fail to see as anything other than sexual abuse. An effing doctor in America is cutting away little girls clitorises! And then examining them periodically with vibrators to see if they can feel anything. Shouldn’t this guy be in jail? Way to go Ivy League!

Reason #12 for why Soccer will not become a major American Sport any time soon

June 16, 2010

The box scores are crap. Sports fans are kind of geeky in the states. We don’t beat people up for wearing the jersey of our rivals. We argue with them about why their team isn’t any good with statistics. (more…)

Canadian Super Group Plagiarism?

June 13, 2010

The two greatest active Canadian bands (sorry Arcade Fire) have songs that sound awfully alike. The new Broken Social Scene album, which I love way more than any reviewer I’ve noticed, has a song in it called “Meet me in the Basement”. I like the song a lot, but it sounded awfully familiar to me. I was listening to The New Pornographers’ album “Twin Cinema” today, an album I haven’t really given much thought to even though it’s also very good, and the title track has an almost identical hook to the previously mentioned BSS track. The rhythm is the same, the speed is the same, and the key is the same. The result is the same exact notes being played at the same exact time. It’s almost a little too obvious. (more…)