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Dispatches from the Creation Wars

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Here’s one short video clip of thirteen of Mr. Nugent discussing the Palin TLC series; it also provides an illustrative example of his overtly-florid rhetorical style in promoting hunting. He goes completely off the grid at about 1:35 when he refers to Sarah Palin (and her family): What a perfect, mystical lifestyle. Davey Crockett, Daniel…

Best Play of Sportscenter Era?

ESPN had the 30,000th Sportscenter show last night and they had a poll on the greatest play in sports since they debuted in 1979. The five choices were: 1. Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit walkoff home run in the 1988 World Series 2. Doug Flutie’s hail mary pass against Miami 3. The Music City Miracle 4. The…

Midseason College Basketball Report

This has been a fun year of college basketball so far, despite the fact that both of my favorite teams, Duke and MSU, are in the midst of rebuilding years. The dominant theme so far? The impact of the freshman class. When the NBA passed their rule that a player had to be in college…

Arenas and Coach K

Gilbert Arenas, who is having a spectacular year playing for the Washington Wizards, is mad at Coach K for cutting him from the USA team that will play in the olympics. He told ESPN that he’s driven to get back at anyone connected to the decision, which is why he dropped 54 points on Phoenix…

Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees

It was announced today that Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken were voted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Now, I’m not a big baseball fan, but I’m a little baffled by the votes. It was announced that Ripken got the third highest percentage of votes ever for induction, but I just have one question:…

Florida Wins BCS Championship

Wes Elsberry, who graduated from the University of Florida, was thinking a few weeks ago of making the trip to Arizona to see them play Ohio State for the national championship. I sarcastically said, “You wanna travel all that way just to watch them get their butts kicked?” Okay, so I’m apparently not gonna make…

Saban’s Latest Departure

I laughed when I saw Sportscenter last night and they talked about how no one knew what Nick Saban was gonna say at this morning’s news conference about whether he was gonna go to Alabama or not. Having watched Saban for a long, long time, I can tell you that there was no mystery at…

Bobby Knight’s Legacy

A major record in college basketball has been broken as Bobby Knight yesterday reached 880 wins, passing Dean Smith to become the all time leader in games won in men’s college basketball. I got to catch Knight’s postgame press conference and it was what I expected from him, curmudgeonly and acerbic but with a great…

Larry Legend Turns 50

Today was Larry Bird’s 50th birthday. Makes me feel old just thinking about it. Larry Bird has been a part of my consciousness since before I hit puberty. I was 11 years old when Bird and Magic led their teams into the NCAA championship against each other. I grew up loving basketball, and especially grew…

Oden’s Debut

Greg Oden, hailed by virtually everyone as the best big man to enter college since Shaq, made his debut with Ohio State on Saturday. He’s been recovering from wrist surgery and wasn’t expected to play until January, but the doctors cleared him early. And if the first game is any indication, the rest of the…