Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Greatest Day of the Year!!!

For many sports fans, especially those living in the southeast, today is the greatest day of the year. Why, you ask? Because it is the first day of COLLEGE FOOTBALL. Sure, your birthday is great and Christmas is nice, but neither of them have anything on South Carolina playing Mississippi State tonight (7 pm CST on ESPN). Just think, after tonight we have nearly constant football until January 8. It just doesn't get any better than this.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Some thoughts on the Little League World Series

I am an avid Little League World Series fan. I have watched all but 2 or 3 games this year and will be watching the championship game tonight (7 pm ESPN2). However, given the quality of the commentary, I am considering watching it with the volume muted.
ESPN did everyone a great service by firing Harold Reynolds as a commentator. He was a none-to-bright know-it-all who thought that his commentary was more important than the game. Their replacement for Harold, Orel Hersheiser, appears to merely be a Harold clone, however. His commentary is lackluster at best and I am not convinced he and Harold combined could light up a 30 watt bulb (that does not mean they were not great athletes or baseball players, just that their mental aptitude does not match their baseball ability).
I have a few suggestions for ESPN in announcing Little League. First, realize that these kids are 12 and 13 years old; they have been playing baseball for 7 or 8 years and are not playing in their first game on national television. They know how to run the bases, hit the ball, and field. It should not be a surprise when they make a routine play or smartly tag up when a fly ball is hit. Their baseball IQ is higher than many adults in this country. Also, many of them will be invited to play on their high school's baseball team next year (I got to play for my high school in 8th grade). They are not idiots and the commentary provided during the game is nothing if not patronizing.
Second, the easiest way to improve this commentary would be to bring in commentators who are not totally disconnected from Little League. I would not want John Madden announcing a baseball game, nor would I want Joe Morgan announcing a football game; they would be too disconnected to do an excellent job. The same can be said for ESPN's announcers: they know MLB and perhaps college baseball; they know nothing about Little League (as anyone halfway connected to it knows based on their commentary). Bring in a Little League coach or a player or someone who watches Little League more than 2 weeks in August. They could provide much more accurate insight into the mind set of the players and coaches and would not come off as completely paternalistic.
Third, quit doing the building blocks segments. It is dumb and pointless. The kids doing it have been doing the drills shown for years (as has any other 7 year old who plays baseball). Do some segments about their home town or their home town league games. Show some of the players on their regular teams before All Stars. Talk about their parents. Do something, anything besides those building blocks segments.
So, in conclusion, watch the Little League championship tonight. It should be a great game and, hopefully, Columbus will win it all. But mute the volume.

UPDATE: The Little League World Series is now over. Columbus won 2 to 1. ESPN did not bother to stick to the scheduled start time or to update the new time for the game. Just another example of the bush-league nature of ESPN's coverage. Pitiful.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

This is incredible!

I have several friends who have children w/ special needs. I have always wondered how well I would cope if I were in their shoes. I would hope to be half the dad that this guy is...

Friday, August 25, 2006

Under new management???

Why would a gas station need to advertise that it is under new management? I saw just such an advert the other day. Does anyone really select their filling station based on the character of its management?


Thursday, August 24, 2006

Hogwart's School of Law

I recently read the Harry Potter saga. Not the sort of books that I would ordinarily read, but my wife insisted that I would enjoy them. And as much as it pains me to admit, she was absolutely right. I also discovered that a surprising number of law students read Harry Potter. After thinking about it for a while, I realized there are a lot of similarity between Hogwarts and Law School. I won't go into the details (if you are a Harry Potter-reading law student, the parallels should be obvious to you), but I think there should be more...

For instance, why don't we have "houses"? We already have "sections" - it shouldn't be too hard to convert them into "houses". Each law school could have 4 houses, and they could be named after supreme court justices, or prominent alumni from the law school. Class participation might even improve if we were competing for the house cup - professors could keep track of the points... "Bad form Mr. Weasley, I would expect a 2L like yourself to know all about the reverse commerce clause... 5 points from Scalia House!" Can you imagine?

Moot court would be a ready substitute for Quiddich - the competitors would don blazers and ties with their house colors and crest before entering the courtroom. What would the crest for Scalia house look like? Perhaps it would have a wolf... (see ,e.g., Morrison v. Olson 487 U.S. 654, 699 (1988) (Scalia, J., dissenting)). All the 1Ls would secretly hope to be the youngest advocate for their house in over a century. All would turn out for the final round of moot court where Easterbrook House (wearing gold blazers with purple ties) would loose the moot court cup to Cardozo House (sporting cerulean blue w/ yellow and white striped ties).

Just a thought...

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Why bother?

I buy all my casebooks used on Amazon. While purchasing this semester's stack, I noticed that there is a function that allows participants to "rate" the books up for sale. Now, I'm pretty sure the professors don't use this, because they get their copies free from the publishers. No sane student cares what kind of review his book received--he is only buying it because he has to. With that said, WHO IN THE HECK IS SITTING AROUND OPINING ABOUT LAW SCHOOL CASEBOOKS ON AMAZON?!?!?!?!?

These people must be stopped...

Saturday, August 19, 2006

A couple of generalized observations about JonBenet...

(1) Male substitute elementary school teachers are creepy.

(2) Child beauty pageants are also creepy.

I'm sure there are exceptions to the above stereotypes - but lets be realistic, this was kind of an accident waiting to happen...

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Oh no... We suck again!

I last apologized for our "extended absence" back in May. Now it is August, and we have only posted 7 times since... Anyhow, we are now back - back with a vengeance, back to school, and back up to our old tricks. OK - that sounded kind of lame, but the point is that we are now back.

As the good Lt. explained earlier, we have all been busy leading the glamorous and oft-envied lives of law clerks. He and I both stayed here in the great state and worked for the cream-de-la-cream of Alabama firms (although I frankly suspect that Dan will decline all 6 of his job offers and become a plaintiff's lawyer in Wetumpka). Boat and Paddle were off jet-setting with a couple of high-rolling international outfits. I understand that their cubicles smelled of rich mahogany and contained many leather-bound books...

Anyhow, the point is that we have now returned to our humble roots as law students (in much the same way that Batman returns to his faithful Bruce Wayne persona ). Now that we no longer have to hop the private jet to Hong Kong, Dubai, or Faunsdale (for the crawfish...) or waste our time golfing at Augusta Nat'l every weekend, I am sure that we will have a lot more time to blog.

Thanks for sticking with us...

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

I get to play Buzz Aldrin!

While I am not usually a conspiracy theorist (although I am not completely sure Hillary Clinton is not a robot), I can't help myself on this one. NASA says they have misplaced videos of the original moon landing. Hmm...we have video of one of the most historic and famous events in history and it has been stored in an undisclosed location. Makes me wonder if it might not have been filmed in an undisclosed location, like say a studio in Area 51. Anyway, if they need to "land on the moon" again, then I will volunteer to go. All they have to do is pay for my plane ticket to Nevada, give me the right security clearance, and let me hop around in a partially inflatable suit. I hope they will let me drink Tang.