Monthly Archives: June 2010

Rep. Joe Barton and the GOP

HOWARD MEGDAL: As a Democrat, it is tremendous to see the Republicans beginning to catch up in the always-lose game of “eating their own”.

Look, what Barton said isn’t going away. It is going to be in ads across the country, in any place where the oil spill is resonating with voters, or where the Democrats decide to nationalize the election. And any after-the-fact actions, like getting Barton to step down from his post as ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, or his series of apologies. Continue reading

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How Much For Pedro?

HOWARD MEGDAL: The reports are that Pedro Martinez wants a hefty sum of money to pitch in 2010. Those who are skeptical point to the fact that he’s 38 years old, has pitched just 314 1/3 innings since 2005, and is currently inactive as a reason not to break the bank for him.

But when we discussed this among the Perpetual Post writers, I came to the conclusion that if I were a contending team one pitcher short, I’d pay $6 million for half a season. Now, I know that’s a lot. But hear me out.

CHRIS PUMMER: The bottom line is that there are a lot of options, which means it’s a buyer’s market. That means there’s no reason to grossly overpay Martinez to climb off his couch. Continue reading

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World Cup: Week Two Thoughts

HOWARD MEGDAL: Obviously, I’m still focused on Wednesday at 10:00 AM EST when the United States will be fighting for its life against Algeria. It is hard not to be confident going in, even though the Americans have given us…

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Stand Up Comedy: Theory, Practice

TED BERG: I’ve done a lot of standup comedy. The girls on my floor Freshman year convinced me to enter a contest at college and I won it, and then spent the next two years doing semi-regular shows opening up for the acts that came to campus.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: You know you’re watching too much stand-up comedy when you start to think, “I could do that!” Lately I’ve been spending my afternoons watching cable at the gym, and the stand-up comedians I’ve been watching on Comedy Central makes it look all too easy. Continue reading

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Conference Realignment

JON DALY: Sixteen years ago today, a Heisman Trophy winner from USC was in the news. I’m talking of course, about O.J. Simpson. He was riding in a white Bronco while the LAPD were in cold pursuit. Here in 2010, a USC Heisman winner would be headline sports news once again for all the wrong reasons, but the news about the NCAA’s sanctions on the Trojans has been eclipsed by other events.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Let me make this easy: the realignment is fine with me, because it left Big East basketball undisturbed. I’m a one issue guy, you see.

CHRIS PUMMER: While this summer’s college conference realignment now seems mild compared to the crazier schemes hatched by the imagination, the process still managed to produce a pretty serious loser. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Pillow Smothering and Employment

HOWARD MEGDAL: After further review?!?

MATTHEW DAVID BROZIK: Further review was necessary because the hospital disciplinary board was unable to understand the muffled testimony of the patient victims at first… due to the presence of pillows over their mouths. Continue reading

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LeBron Rumors: Should We Care?

HOWARD MEGDAL: I know, I know. Nobody knows anything. Tom Izzo thinks LeBron’s staying in Cleveland, but he never talked to him. Dr. Phil weighed in- seriously. Not Phil Jackson. Phil McGraw.

It’s all nonsense. But I can’t turn away.

JASON CLINKSCALES: Jason, meet rock; rock, meet Jason. This is where you’ll find me under until LeBron James makes a decision. From that point on, if Pope Benedict XVI has thoughts on where he thinks the NBA star should go, I won’t be reading about them. Continue reading

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The Jeff Suppan Signing in Review

CHRIS PUMMER: With the Milwaukee Brewers deciding to punt Jeff Suppan to the curb, they’ve suffered a number of snarky comments calling into question the wisdom of signing the soft-tossing pitcher to a four-year contract in the first place.

I won’t try to argue that it was a great decision. But it wasn’t an awful decision. And it was certainly one where the Brewers realized an upside that’s maybe hard to see through the billowing smoke coming from the pile of cash they’ve burned on Suppan’s uselessness this year and last.

HOWARD MEGDAL: There are two critical points Chris makes that I think speak to the inherent flaw in a team like Milwaukee spending money on a guy like Jeff Suppan. Continue reading

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Greeting Rituals

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Some people really hate the whole inane, “Hey, how are you?” “Good! How are you?” “Good!” greeting ritual, but I feel like there’s really no way around it and it doesn’t really bother me if I don’t think about it too much. Anyone else?

AKIE BERMISS: I usually break up that ritual with something new or unexpected. when i used to work in an office, whew: it got to be tough if i didn’t. it can be as simple as substituting “good” with “excellent” or “schmarvelous.” Continue reading

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Internet Addiction

AKIE BERMISS: I don’t consider myself an internet addict. Maybe that means I do have a problem and that there’s no escaping my crippling need to be in front a computer or hold a device with internet capabilities. I admit that I do certainly spend a fair amount of time on the internet. And it is usually the first thing I check in the morning (my emails, at least). And if I’m pressed for cash and I have to start dropping amenities at home, I’d lose quite a few things before I put internet on the table. I’m not sure what I’d think of my quality of life if I had no access to Hulu or Netflix or midnight access to my bank account. Still, I don’t think I count as an internet addict. I’m just an average joe.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Akie makes an excellent point that a lot of what makes the internet so great is its versatility and convenience; the way it helps you look stuff up and get stuff done and keep in touch with people so you know all about their stuff. These are just some of the things I love the internet for.

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