Thursday, January 24, 2008

 

RAG on NPR

Farai Chideya, Mary Frances Berry and yours truly discuss Fred T's departure and Johnny Mac's comeback.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

 

Pigskin Pick'em Playoffs - Championship Results

Audio Dave pulled the "two-fer" last weekend to tie Barker for first place going into the Super Bowl. In addition, Robert George pulled a "two-fer" to move into second place, one game back. The playoff results:
Bill Barker - 8
Audio Dave - 8

Robert A. George - 7
EdMcGon - 6
David Stefanini - 6
J. Mark English - 2

Stay tuned for Super Bowl picks next week!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

 

Better Dead Than Fred

Well, it was great while it lasted.

Ah, who am I kidding? It was great before it lasted.

On the bright side, he is now free to try and get back his Manhattan DA job.

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Oscars In Perspective

Heading into their tenth year, the Oscar nominations as they should be presented.

Ladies and gentlemen,
The Felixes!

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Monday, January 21, 2008

 

Got MLK?

The holiday weekend might be bringing out blood on the floor within the Democratic Party (Hillary vs. Barack vs. Bill), but there's some inter-party love flowing between former Arkansas chief execs.

Nice clip here from MLK Day ceremonies in Atlanta.

Oh, one slight piece of advice for Sen. Obama: Don't take the bait. Attacking Bill Clinton does you no favors. He's not the candidate. Whenever Candidate A gets into a fight with Candidate B's attack dog, Candidate A loses twice: Candidate B gets to remain above the fray, while Candidate A gets dragged down into the mud -- and becomes unable to spread his own message.

That is, of course, exactly what the Clintons were hoping.

One more thing: The "stop lying about my record" gambit didn't work too well for Bob Dole, circa 1988, if memory serves...

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No Love For Hometown Boy...

...from hometown folks.

Siena Poll has McCain surging ahead of Rudy Giuliani in New York.

It's still two weeks from Super Tuesday, but McCain shouldn't even be in the same zip code as Rudy, let alone leading him. But this tracks with other results in the tri-state area -- where Rudy should be strong. The Hartford Courant this weekend showed McCain beating Giuliani by more than 2-1. Given Joe Lieberman's strong endorsement of McCain, the lead shouldn't be a total surprise, but the margin is rather remarkable. At this point, Giuliani's best news seems to be in New Jersey where one poll had him comfortably ahead of McCain, while the other had him trailing. Things are really going poorly when a split decision is consisered progress.

Of course, the Giuliani strategy has been to base everything on Florida (next Tuesday) and then take advantage of the big states on Super Tuesday. However, it is looking increasingly likely that even if Giuliani wins Florida (an increasingly unlikely prospect), that his apparent dithering and embarassing string of lossess in all races thus run has only helped portray him as, well, a loser.

No one likes to back a loser. McCain, despite his still formidable problems with the base, has won two primaries (including the one that has proven the bellwhether for selecting every Republican nominee going back to 1980) and finished second in a third. Romney has wins in Wyoming, Nevada and Michigan. Huckabee has one solid win (whether there will be others is open to question). But, regardless of where these men actually place, they are all in the broader conversation -- because they've been "on the field" scrapping with one another. Giuliani keeps removing himself from the field, seeking more promising ground later on. Alas, in doing that, he leaves the field -- and the "debate" to his opponents. The once-frontrunner now gets even less Zeitgeist discussion than Ron Paul.

The Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, a journalist sympathetic to Giuliani's candidacy, contributed a rather sound analysis of what went wrong with America's Mayor's campaign.

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First and Already Too Long

Two weeks from now, which will people be more sick -- football or politics?
Matt Cooper's note suggests a third possibility:
both equally.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

 

Holy S#*%!!!

The New York Giants are going to the Super Bowl!!!

After the Giants own missteps combined with at least three "I thought it was the NBA refs who were fixing games" questionable penalties, it looked like Coughlin's not letting the offense get another ten yards as time ran out in regulation was going to be the final straw and cost the Giants the game (Following a bad snap, Tynes missed the 37-yeard field goal).

Two friends and I watched the game a bar in Hell's KItchen (Manhattan 38th-48th Sts/7th -10th Aves). The reaction of nearly everyone in the place when the Giants brought the field goal unit on 4th down-and-5 in overtime at the 30 was, "WTF is Coughlin doing!?!?!??" We were all in shock. Then Tynes hit it. (We thought the Giants should have gone for the first down).

The Blue Men did it -- in all phases of the game:

For the third consecutive time in the playoffs, Eli (Peyton who?) Manning was the best quarterback on the field.

The Giants defense completely shut down the Packers running game.

The G-Men held the ball for an insane 18 more minutes than Green Bay.

Plaxico Buress had the game of his life, leaving All-Pro corner Al Harris gasping for air.

Though the weather was the big story before the game, it didn't play that much of a factor after kick-off -- at least for the Giants. Yes, it was cold, but that was it. There wasn't any of the crazy winds that bothered Eli Manning and the Giants in the December Redskins loss or the snow in the Bills game they won.

One question: Didn't anyone on the Giants sideline think to suggest to Tom Coughlin that he put some covering on his face? He looked like he was about to collapse from frostbite several times.
Bring on the Pats!!!

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