Alabama v. Texas

For the college football national championship. From the Rose Bowl. Tonight.

I like Alabama's defense to stifle Colt McCoy and Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson to wear down the Longhorn defense.

I like the Crimson Tide (-4).

This is an Open Thread.

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    Oh yeah, and I don't get to read (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 06:34:06 PM EST
    stoopid anymore either.  I couldn't believe it.  Joshua told me today after school that he noticed that I was reading Booman Tribune, I said so and then he says, "Well, you told dad you would stay away from there."  And then he said that he was going to tell on me.  No more stoopid for me now.

    LMAO (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 06:35:09 PM EST
    So, the moron above me... (5.00 / 3) (#9)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 06:58:11 PM EST
    ...leaves her patio door open (so the dogs can sh*t on the patio) in sub-zero weather and leaves.  Pipes freeze and burst.  Water everywhere in my place, prized cook books ruined, plasterboard peeling, carpets, counters and closets soaked.

    Plus!  No heat, no hot water.  I don't even know where to start.  

    Talk about stoopid.

    Do you have the b!tch's GPS coordinates handy? (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Ellie on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 07:18:23 PM EST
    Just say the word. The thought of those innocent cookbooks that probably never did ANYTHING to ANYONE being hurt ...

    Not saying that I'd allegedly do anything ... Just passing along condolences.


    OH NO (none / 0) (#10)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 07:05:49 PM EST
    I'm so sorry!  I wish I were closer to give you a hand.

    Thanks MT. (none / 0) (#12)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 07:11:40 PM EST
    Some restoration company is in the building, but haven't got to me yet.  

    Still, I'll be dealing with this quite awhile.  Grrrr.

    Some heat would be nice.  My little space heater is a bit overwhelmed...  


    Do you have a blow-dryer and fleece-wear? (none / 0) (#14)
    by Ellie on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 07:22:00 PM EST
    Space heaters take awhile. Create a small warm space for yourself and use a blow-dryer to keep the immediate area cosy. Give yourself a nice warm blast of air up your sleeves and pant-legs too.

    LOL... (5.00 / 2) (#15)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 07:28:52 PM EST
    ...do I have fleece?  Tee-hee, I live in Colorado and have no body fat--I could start my own REI with all the fleece I have.

    No blowdryer though. (none / 0) (#16)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 07:31:00 PM EST
    /no Metro.

    I learned to love my disparaged blow-dryer (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by Ellie on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 07:59:05 PM EST
    -- which I now use instead of a space heater. It cuts down on power usage in deference to planetary and wallet-ary health, and is much more flexible around my Ice Palace.

    • bed warmer (pre-heat the bed under the duvet)
    • nephew improver (instantly induces small, snivelly, freshly washed boys who don't want to get into cold beds but want a storytime to obey your commands)
    • couch warmer (while the popcorn's popping for the movie)
    • dries more than hair (full body dryer: after slathering yourself in your preferred skin lube, upon which beads of water remain, this is better and quicker than towels and leaves less laundry!)
    • jeans warmer (for that just out of the dryer feeling

    If you buy a good one that can circulate room temp. air or cool air at different xxxW blasts, well, the list is practically endless.

    Weirdly, I use it for everything except my hair.

    Still wondering why Obama got the Nobel and not the inventor of my blow-dryer, or my second and third picks: that Dyson guy and the genius behind Dijonnaise.


    Do you have a gas oven? (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by nycstray on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 10:21:22 PM EST
    I've been known to hudle around one of those. . .

    so sorry this happened to you. That really sucks.


    My sympathies -- and empathy (none / 0) (#21)
    by Cream City on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 10:04:04 PM EST
    as we come up to the second anniversary of the day an upstairs pipe froze -- upstairs in our own house, but behind a remodeled wall so who knew that some idiot decades ago had messed with the pipes? -- and the first sign was worrisome enough, as I spotted water on the ceiling below and wondered what the heck. . . .

    And then the ceiling started falling down.  And that was only the beginning of months of insurance guys and plumbers and carpenters and plasterers and more.

    One thing I was told was incredibly important:  Be sure that your (or your landlord's) insurance company calls in one of the new specialists to ascertain whether there is mold.  It can start immediately.  It must be treated, or the ceiling and walls and all will have to come down again.  And your health will be at risk, too.

    And now this brings back to me memories of when I was a renter, and the fool woman above me had a waterbed, and she left after unplugging her hair curler but before it had cooled off, and the waterbed plastic melted, and . . . whoosh.  And the water came through a ceiling light fixture and almost started an electrical fire.  Check your fixtures, too!  I'm so sorry. . . .


    Dang---that really stinks! (none / 0) (#22)
    by NJDem on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 10:11:59 PM EST
    As a Librarian, I can't help but pass along this link for your books.  Hope it helps!

    Oops! (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by NJDem on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 10:13:44 PM EST
    Wrong link!

    Here's the one for your books :)


    When it rains it pours... (none / 0) (#33)
    by kdog on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 07:52:03 AM EST
    thoughts are with you bro...what a freakin' hassle.

    Roll Tide! (none / 0) (#1)
    by kdog on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 06:16:27 PM EST
    Rooting for Mark Ingram especially after being reminded today that his father is locked up and facing sentencing tomorrow.  

    Father innocent? (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 06:25:58 PM EST
    Don't know, don't really care... (none / 0) (#34)
    by kdog on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 07:55:00 AM EST
    sympathizing with an innocent kid going through a lot is all.

    In our zeal to lock people up we sometimes forget the toll on the innocent family.  


    Hook 'em horns! (none / 0) (#5)
    by MKS on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 06:29:04 PM EST
    Everyone loves the Tide in this one...

    Mussberger (none / 0) (#27)
    by jondee on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 10:42:49 PM EST
    in Inside Edition mode, just HAD to go into the sordid details of Ingram's fathers case.

    What a putz.


    Root for Mark Ingram (none / 0) (#36)
    by jbindc on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 08:12:47 AM EST
    For who he is and for his talents - not because his father is a criminal who stole money and then failed to turn himself in.  Those were all conscious acts by Senior, who rightly should be punished.

    Roll Tide! (none / 0) (#2)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 06:20:14 PM EST
    Out of sheer boredom.  If it would warm up a tad I could wash a dog or something.  I did get a new air cleaner for the house though today, maybe that's interesting...hmmmm?  Nope

    Now if I were to attempt to lose money (none / 0) (#3)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 06:21:58 PM EST
    I would bet that the Tide will lose by no more than four points?

    Should be an easy win for Bama, (none / 0) (#7)
    by Makarov on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 06:34:36 PM EST
    but I'm hoping for a good game, regardless of the result.

    I'll also pre-emptively predict Colt McCoy as an NFL bust.

    Heck... (none / 0) (#18)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 08:04:03 PM EST
    ...he couldn't even last one series against Alabama.  He'll get killed in the NFL.

    It's a mismatch even if McCoy played (none / 0) (#20)
    by Natal on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 09:12:57 PM EST
    Texas shouldn't be playing.  A playoff is needed to avoid these debacles.

    I went from (none / 0) (#26)
    by Makarov on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 10:38:40 PM EST
    rooting for bama to rooting for texas after the 5th bad officiating call. NCAA should fire the whole crew after this game.

    Glad it turned into a game.


    Non-armpit-ball fans counterprogram your Superbowl (none / 0) (#11)
    by Ellie on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 07:10:34 PM EST
    ... or playoff madness now with this fabulous political thriller double bill I posted in a dying thread (responding to an Orwell reference).

    Orwell's so yesterday; Greene's the prescient war/int'l menace oracle now.

    Here's a great double bill featuring IMO two of the BEST political baddies (and political intrigue plots evah) from the pen of the great Graham Greene:

    The Third Man with the incomparable Orson Welles as Harry Lime, and Our Man in Havana, with the incomparable Ernie Kovacs as General Segura.

    Greene was an excellent wordsmith -- though many snooty-pants who recoil at the mere thought of mystery and spy thrillers hate to say so out loud -- and especially inspiring to the best writers of political intrigue.

    I wish he'd written more screenplays because he rocks the (film)house.

    "I went home with a waitress (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by jondee on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 10:37:45 PM EST
    like always do. How was I to know she was with the Russians, too?"

    Warren Zevon must've been a Graham Greene fan; who was, by-the-way, one of the ten or fifteen greatest writers in English of the last century, imo.

    Alot of his short stories are wonderful, too.

    Who cares that the literary-retentive New Yorker mentality has problems with his conversion to catholicism?


    That fetish of keeping one eye on bio bugs me too (none / 0) (#29)
    by Ellie on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 12:30:54 AM EST
    An artist's work IS his/her bio and what (or who) s/he did is of secondary importance to me.

    They want real bad to find (none / 0) (#30)
    by jondee on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 12:57:52 AM EST
    SOMETHING that makes them feel a little less mediocre. So, Greene was religiously obsessed; Lewis Carroll was a kiddie fiddler; Willa Cather was SUCH a lesbo..

    It's bullsh*t. It dosnt help you "understand their work". Their work helps you understand their work.



    Exactly. And Tiger Woods' private life ... (none / 0) (#31)
    by cymro on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 02:34:44 AM EST
    ... is nobody's business. I never signed up to admire him for anything other than his golf game. This concept of a star athlete (or writer, or musician, or ...) as a "larger than life" hero is so ridiculous. To imitate BTD's mantra about pols, "people are people".

    Not familar with his work.... (none / 0) (#35)
    by kdog on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 07:57:10 AM EST
    but I will be sure to check it out now...Thanks Ellie!

    Tides (none / 0) (#19)
    by robotalk on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 08:22:34 PM EST
    can drown horns, but horns can't hook a tide.  

    Nature says Bama wins!

    Another state votes for bigotry (none / 0) (#28)
    by caseyOR on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 11:05:57 PM EST
    Today the New Jersey state senate voted 20-14 against legalizing same-sex marriage in the garden state. The plan, the hope, was to pass the bill in time for Corzine to sign it before he leaves office later this month. Christie is already on record as a bigot.

    There was a lot of thinking that this would pass in NJ because of the state Supreme Court ruling mandating equal rights for same-sex couples and the court ordered studies that proved that the current civil unions that are offered are not, in fact, equal to marriage. Now it goes back to the court.

    Right now I am in that totally crazy-making place of absolute fury and just plain sadness. I may have to start drinking.

    Here's the NY Times story.

    I'd advise cultivating your taste ... (none / 0) (#32)
    by cymro on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 02:53:00 AM EST
    ... while you're in the process of drowning your sorrows, because this is going to be a long slow battle. But there's no doubt that public opinion is slowly changing.

    (In the meantime, I can recommend some CA wines :-)


    Another Villager "shocked" by Obama (none / 0) (#37)
    by jbindc on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 08:30:14 AM EST
    Jack Cafferty

    How dare they? President Obama, Democratic leaders have decided to bypass a formal House and Senate conference committee in order to reconcile those two health care bills. Instead, White House and Democratic leaders will hold informal -- that's another word for secret -- negotiations, meant to shut Republicans and the public out of the process.

    What a far cry from the election, when then candidate Obama pledged to -- quote -- "broadcast health care negotiations on C-SPAN, so that the American people can see what the choices are" -- unquote.

    President Obama hasn't even made a token effort to keep his campaign promises of more openness and transparency in government. It was all just another lie that was told in order to get elected. The head of C-SPAN wrote a letter, asked Congress to -- quote -- "open all the important negotiations, including any conference committee meetings, to electronic media coverage" -- unquote. When White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked whether the administration would support televising the negotiations, he refused to answer, instead mumbling something about, well, I haven't seen the letter.

    That wasn't the question, Mr. Gibbs. You either support openness or you don't. The Democrats insist this is all on the up-and-up, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying -- quote -- "There's never been a more open process for any legislation." -- unquote.

    Really? This is the same Nancy Pelosi who you may recall, after becoming speaker in 2006, promised the Democrats would have -- quote -- "the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history" -- unquote.

    Here's hoping the voters remember some of this crap when the midterm elections roll around later this year.

    For kdog (none / 0) (#38)
    by jbindc on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 08:44:13 AM EST
    Oh lord.... (none / 0) (#42)
    by kdog on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 09:48:19 AM EST
    what a waste of time and money....not to mention an invasion of privacy.

    The people selling their pain scripts to buy food might be in for a tougher time in Minny...but where there is a will there is always a way...they'll figure a way around it and everybody who wants percs and dins will find them.


    Which was the (none / 0) (#39)
    by CoralGables on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 09:18:09 AM EST
    more poorly coached team last night?

    Alabama with a fake punt from their own 20 two minutes into the game? Texas taking a time out with 17 seconds left in the half rather than letting the clock run out when they were being dominated? Alabama trying to sit on the ball the entire second half wishing the clock would keep running?

    Hard to say, but if not for Alabama trying to run out the clock the entire second half the final score may have been closer to 44-6 with the Texas 6 points a gift from Alabama silliness.

    IMO (none / 0) (#40)
    by jbindc on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 09:19:53 AM EST
    Anybody that beats the Longhorns is A-OK in my book!

    Looks (none / 0) (#41)
    by CoralGables on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 09:30:10 AM EST
    like you were A-OK last night as Texas couldn't stay on the field with the Tide. The two hardest hits Alabama took were when Ingram was hit by calf muscle cramps and Saban was hit by the Gatorade cooler.

    I thought Texas had (none / 0) (#43)
    by brodie on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 09:53:40 AM EST
    the better coaching, while AL opened the game very nervous and could have gone behind by much more had McCoy not been hit by that big mean guy for Bama.  It was a very fluke play for the interception on the TX shovel pass -- normally a two-yard flip-toss is as simple and uneventful as a handoff, or at worst is dropped for a meaningless incompletion.

    Far worse was the AL coaching coming out of the halftime lockerroom ordering up an ultraconservative and easy to stop "prevent offense" -- preventing AL from even getting a first down -- allowing TX and their freshman QB numerous opportunities to gain momentum and confidence and put points on the board.  Saban nearly blew it big time for his team.

    That said, TX's McCoy did seem kinda fragile, and overall the AL team had better balance and depth on both sides of the ball.  Very uneven game to watch however, with numerous penalties, some uncalled, player miscues, and Brent Musberger calling the game on teevee.

    AL was slightly better, but I wonder if unbeaten high-scoring Boisé State wouldn't have made for a more worthy opponent.


    Crappy game (none / 0) (#44)
    by Buckeye on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 09:54:49 AM EST
    I had no dog in this fight so I just watched hoping for a good game and did not get it.  What I watched was one team get outplayed badly but had a nice halftime lead due to every lucky break imaginable going their way.  Then tried to sit on the ball hoping to cling to a lead until it disappeared, and got some garbage time points.

    I think Texas was the better team and played a better game.  Between the bad luck they encountered and the Mack Brown boneheadedness at the end of Q2, they lost.