Elite Eight

I pick Louisville (+1 1/2) over Florida, Ohio State -3 over Syracuse, Kansas over North Carolina over and Kentucky over Baylor.

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    Baylor deserves to lose... (none / 0) (#1)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:30:57 PM EST
    for their gawd awful unis alone. Just say NO! to dayglo.

    *yawn*. Is the curling season over yet? (none / 0) (#2)
    by observed on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:33:09 PM EST

    Japanese fishing trawler... (none / 0) (#3)
    by desertswine on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:45:14 PM EST
    that was swept away in the Japanese tsunami a year ago approaches Canada, part of a huge debris field. There are only ghosts aboard.

    I pick Padres over Cubs. Breaded (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 03:24:26 PM EST
    Pork tenderloin sandwiches for sale.  

    I'll take two. (none / 0) (#5)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 03:33:56 PM EST
    One if they're real Iowa breaded pork tenderloins.

    Wouldn't that be (none / 0) (#9)
    by CoralGables on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 04:36:12 PM EST
    breaded Iowa bred pork tenderloins?

    Dewitt IA. 28 years. (none / 0) (#10)
    by oculus on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 04:42:07 PM EST
    Mustard with a side of ranch please. (none / 0) (#25)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 08:56:52 PM EST
    I'm probably going to have to go to Maid Rite and get one now!

    The paternal side of MMH's family has roots in DeWitt.  


    Where in Iowa is Dewitt? I should (none / 0) (#27)
    by oculus on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 09:09:12 PM EST
    know this.  

    Clinton County (none / 0) (#28)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 09:19:29 PM EST
    Pretty much due West of Clinton.

    Yes to the pork tenderloin (none / 0) (#11)
    by ruffian on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 05:00:16 PM EST
    But....Go Cubbies!

    You lose. 5 to 1. (none / 0) (#34)
    by oculus on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 10:20:45 PM EST
    Grasshopper over Sensei (none / 0) (#6)
    by Dadler on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 04:04:59 PM EST
    I like your Gators, looking very good.  Which means they're toast.  Seriously, all I pray for is blowout loss for Syracuse.  Boeheim is a complete tool.

    Who knew that Hoodies were Gangster wear? (none / 0) (#7)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 04:16:32 PM EST
    Did Brooks Brothers come out with a line of Hoodies or something?

    Glen Plaid with cashmere laces... (none / 0) (#8)
    by Dadler on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 04:26:44 PM EST
    ...is the wall street favorite.

    And, covering all the class bases, they better tell all those Bubbas to stop wearing wife beaters and driving the trucks with the gun racks, with the bumper sticker that says "Gas, Grass, or Ass -- No one rides for free!"  Someone might think they're a threat.  Ahem.


    Hey though (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 05:13:10 PM EST
    The Miami Heat is sooo cool.  I might have to start watching basketball.  Its players at this time seem to have a bit of an edge on promoting cultural health and equality over some football players.

    What's the scientific name for (none / 0) (#15)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 06:07:13 PM EST
    Loving LeBron James?

    LeBronaphilia? (none / 0) (#16)
    by Dr Molly on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 06:26:13 PM EST
    LeBronchitis? (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 09:26:11 PM EST
    perhaps (none / 0) (#17)
    by CoralGables on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 06:29:35 PM EST
    amō lebroniacomus (sunset climate zone - South Beach)

    We all love LeBron... (none / 0) (#20)
    by fishcamp on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 07:27:34 PM EST
    down here in the Fabulous Florida Keys.  The Tarpon are possibly starting to begin to arrive.  The sailfish are leaving.  Lotta Mahi Mahi.  The Feds closed the Grouper season for four months...grrr.  Perfect weather...just livin' the dream...

    MT...If serious (none / 0) (#29)
    by CoralGables on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 09:24:21 PM EST
    you may enjoy this article in tomorrow's Miami Herald. It's by a local sports writer that tends to write about sports figures rather than the sports they play.

    Reaction to Trayvon Martin


    That was a great write up (none / 0) (#36)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 08:38:00 PM EST
    Thank you for putting it up.

    Not sure what to make of Bank of America's (none / 0) (#12)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 05:08:21 PM EST
    new solution for people who can't pay their mortgage.  Bank of America never does anything that doesn't give them an edge on at least three angles.  The new accounting rules are something not talked about enough.  I've always wondered when the banks were going to have to begin to show some of their non-preforming loans in their profit loss statements, and I don't know what the new rules were allowing for.  So if a mortgage is non-preforming does this new rent to the homeowner scheme buy them more time without having to show loss?  When the time comes to have to show the loss on the books does this new proposition now allow them to show the property as a rental property and as an asset that they have?

    Also, how will this new proposition affect the people who can't pay and are now squatting in their homes?  Will it change anything legally, making it easier for Bank of America to throw the people out in the streets before having to actually foreclose on the property?  I don't see how that is likely but I put nothing past these guys.

    They can only be doing this to buy time though for something.  They have no real plan to be landlords.  And they claim they will sell the rental properties to investors.  Fixing properties is not in their make the quick easy money fast game plan, and my grandfather taught me that an absent landlord only leads to your property being completely trashed.  It is a joke of an idea.  My only question is what edge does this buy them?  They don't work for their money anymore and have no future plan to.  Everyone claims they are on the ropes and going down though, so maybe getting to claim all this rental property asset on their books will prop things up enough that they can qualify for some more free Fed money being funneled into them.

    We know BoA cannot be trusted. They (none / 0) (#24)
    by caseyOR on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 08:25:19 PM EST
    are grifters and conmen just looking for the next score. Still, this move might, might I say, help some homeowners. For the homeowner who cannot pay the mortgage but can pay the market-rate rent, if they qualify this provides them the chance to give back the house without declaring bankruptcy and totally trashing their credit rating and lets them stay in the house for up to three years.

    As always, the devil is in the details. Yves Smith over at Naked Capitalism has a more in-depth analysis of this plan.

    One thing I am sure of is that BoA is not doing this out of the goodness of their hearts. They are working some angle.


    Have you read Matt Taibbi's (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by NYShooter on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 08:59:00 PM EST
    blowout article about BA over at Rolling Stone?

    I thought I knew just about all the horrors committed by them, but I only scratched the surface.


    I'll have to read her tomorrow (none / 0) (#32)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 09:51:23 PM EST
    Josh wore me out today.  He isn't chained to the bed now.  He has a traction wheelchair and he IS bored.  If his MRI tomorrow looks as good as the CT did, after he is stable from his surgery on Wednesday he goes home for a few months in a traction vest.  He's alteady informed both of his parents he's going back to school ASAP even wearing that.  He loves us but it's wearing a little thin I guess.

    If I were at home without all this other stuff happening  I would have probably remembered to go read her first.


    Hey, glad to hear Josh is doing so well. (5.00 / 1) (#33)
    by caseyOR on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 10:13:23 PM EST
    I'll bet you are exhausted. If I was there, instead of on the other side of the country, I'd sneak in a thermos of martinis for you, kiddo.

    Am I reading correctly that Josh has a surgery this coming Wednesday? How much longer do you think you guys will be in the hospital?


    Yes, his halo traction is doing so (none / 0) (#35)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 01:09:15 PM EST
    Well and moving so quickly that the ribs on the other side have already realigned and the surgeon can put a veptor rod in on that side that will encourage his ribcage to spring outward.  They put one in the right side first and it has aleady made a big difference on that side.  He doesn't have much naturally occuring fusions either and that has allowed the traction to progress rapidly too.  He has a horrible kyphosis and had a very pronounced hump but wow is it responding to the traction.  On a scale of 1 to 10 of desirable outcome I'd say we are at about 9 on this so far.

    My Gators (none / 0) (#14)
    by CoralGables on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 05:52:58 PM EST
    were outcoached today as Louisville pressured our speedy guards the entire game, and by game's end they had no gas to hit a shot. I think Florida only managed 3 points in the last 8 minutes. They gave their all for 32 minutes and ran on fumes for the last 8.

    Time will tell (none / 0) (#18)
    by CoralGables on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 06:46:04 PM EST
    but it appears Dick Cheney followed the lead of the Tin Woodman and received his first heart today.

    Yes, he did. (none / 0) (#19)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 06:54:36 PM EST
    Los Angeles Times | March 24, 2012
    Aide says Dick Cheney had heart transplant - "WASHINGTON (AP): Former Vice President Dick Cheney had a heart transplant Saturday and is recovering at a Virginia hospital, his office said. An aide to Cheney said he had been waiting for a transplant for more than 20 months and does not know the identity of the heart donor. 'Although the former vice president and his family do not know the identity of the donor, they will be forever grateful for this lifesaving gift,' aide Kara Ahern said in a written statement that was authenticated by several close associates of the former vice president. Cheney was recovering Saturday night at the Intensive Care Unit of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., after surgery earlier in the day."

    Lod knows, we've all had considerable differences with Dick Cheney, but on this day, I wish his family well and hope that he has a prompt recovery.


    new post on this (none / 0) (#22)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 07:47:46 PM EST
    here. And please note the rules -- no calling for his demise.

    Thank you, Jeralyn. (none / 0) (#30)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 09:24:28 PM EST
    You're absolutely right. Nobody should ever wish for or take pleasure in another person's ill health. Not only Do I find it grotesque and unseemly, I also happen to believe that it courts bad karma.

    Yes Donald you are right (none / 0) (#21)
    by fishcamp on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 07:36:45 PM EST
    and I second your comment.  But...there are going to be some very funny jokes running around the rotunda.  Letterman will be good.  Chris Matthews should be the best.  

    Louisiana polls (none / 0) (#23)
    by CoralGables on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 08:09:28 PM EST
    have been closed for 9 minutes and Rick Santorum already called the winner in tonight's primary.

    Congrats BTD (none / 0) (#37)
    by cal1942 on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 11:34:44 AM EST
    100% correct.

    where are you when I hit 11 out of 14? Like I did the first day?

    I'll venture:


    Ohio State over Kansas

    Kentucky over Louisville

    Right now I don't see how anyone can beat Kentucky, but if any team has a shot it's Ohio State.

    If a ref lays four fouls (none / 0) (#38)
    by jondee on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 01:19:08 PM EST
    on State's top big man early in the second half and slows down the game with a whistle every couple of minutes, Kansas has a definte shot..

    What a travesty that State/'Cuse game was. Not that I'm biased..or bitter..


    Remember (none / 0) (#39)
    by CoralGables on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 04:22:20 PM EST
    if not for the refs, Syracuse never survives the first round.