Thursday, September 12, 2002
Walt Harris, who coaches the Pittsburgh (don't call them Pitt) Panthers, uses the Swinging Gate formation on extra points sometimes. It's when the snapper, kicker and holder line up in the middle while the rest of the team lines up off to the side. There;s a possibility that the snapper will send the ball to someone on the side if the defense doesn't react to it. Usually, the line will shift into a normal formation.
Pittsburgh got flagged twice for doing it, and it may have cost them a game against Texas A&M. Why? Because their snapper's number is 91, which is for eligible receivers and not for linemen. There was also someone else on the line wearing number 45. Under the rules, there can only be one exception on kick formations to linemen having numbers between 50 and 79. They had two, therefore the flags. The penalties resulted in a kick attempt being 30 yards and pushed wide right.
A&M coach R.C. Slocum probably noticed this in films and asked officials to watch for it. They did and made the call accordingly. Harris' excuse for it? "I heard they did that, but the hard part is that we've done it before with other referees in different conferences."
That explanation is not unlike Gonzales' excuse for Ashcroft's raping of the Constitution, which was essentially, "Congress won't call us on it, so we'll do it."
Wednesday, September 11, 2002
Ahman Green is a running back of rather considerable ability who plays for the Green Bay Packers. He also has a bit of a problem with fumbleitis, which he had back in Nebraska. And his and the Packers' explanation?
Arm sweat. (I am not making this up.) Anyway, he's trying different long-sleeve tops to see if he can keep the sweat off the ball. Result in game 1: 197 total yards, 2 fumbles.
You mean it came as a surprise that football players sweat on their arms during games?
Tuesday, September 10, 2002
I do take issue with Somerby's characterization of TNR as "perhaps our brightest political periodical." Sorry, Bob, but that hasn't been the case since favorite TDH whipping boy and engineer of the Conservative Crack-up Andy Sullivan was editor. It's still a haven for political nitwittery that was so egregiously displayed by Crowley in his John Kerry piece. Underread periodicals such as The American Prospect are much better.
The young officers were not impressed.
I'd say it reminds me of Philadelphia, but a similar cover-up there got exposed and people went to jail.
Monday, September 09, 2002
"It is not in our interests to have a hostile terrorist state continue in power 90 miles from our shores," Reich said during a State Department news briefing. "And it would be one of the greatest ironies in history if the wealth of the American private sector is what keeps that failed government from finally collapsing."
I'm sure no one from the neutered press bothered asking Reich about his support for Cuban exile terrorist Orlando Bosch.
via Hesiod at Counterspin Central, who did something to boost my hit count by linking to me. Anything worth reading about Bill McBride comes from there.
The good news: The guy who does Way Too much Sense will replace it with something called Republicans Are Idiots. Right to the point.