Friday, August 31, 2007

Saints and Icons

10 years ago, we lost Princess Di and Mother Teresa. The editorial labove talks about how our reactions 10 years later show our skewed priorities. I'd like to point out that at least Diana went to Africa to rally support for poor people and amputees from left over land mines. She could've just hung out in the castle and partied. So she is being memorialized by those who love her- her children and celebrities (her peers). At least she made a postitve contribution to life that had nothing to do with fashion.

And I'd like to point out that Mother Teresa is being memorialized by her friends- the poor. The poor just don't get as much air time and media play.

Friday, August 24, 2007

FIBA- Las Vegas!

As a true NBA fan, I have been watching the FIBA America tournament. I've missed wathcing the game, and with all of the Tim Donaghy stuff, it's just nice to just enjoy the game.

Now, the international game is different. In the NBA, Michael Redd is not more important than Tim Duncan. But with the widened lane and shorter 3 point range, it's a different ball game. Other nations do not have a slew of coordinated men 6'7" or more, so the international game emphasizes spacing, good pick and rolls, and moving the ball around by passing. This greatly contrasts with the NBA's 1 on 1, dribble game.

So this year, we got different players to fit the international game. Kidd, Kobe, Redd, and 'Melo are getting it done. I put this link up here to show how many NBA fans forget this is a different game. It doesn't matter if Stoudemire and Howard score from the low post. It does matter that 'Melo and LeBron are scoring in the paint- to open up long range jumpers for Redd, Chauncey Billups, Deron Williams, and Mike Miller.

Thursday, August 23, 2007


Some interesting facts:
1. The Rangers left 19 men on base.
2. Wes Littleton came into the game to protect a 16-3 lead. He got his first save of the year for his effort.
3. The Rangers managed to strike out 11 times.
4. In the 2nd game of the doubleheader, the Rangers scored 9 runs, which ain't so bad. Somehow the Orioles stranded 23 runners.
5. The orioles announced they are keeping their current manager for next year.

Friday, August 3, 2007

NBA ref scandal (?)

Just a thought......

Wasn't defamed NBA referee Tim Donaghy supposed to charged with some form of an indictment, or he was supposed to plead guilty to something? Well, I remember he was supposed to be arrested or turn himself in to authorities. None of these things has happened. And somehow this is getting no press. After a couple of weeks of breathless announcements and denouncements, suddenly nothing is happening.

What do you call the opposite of a smoking gun?

This puts it into perspective

Every tragedy always gets the same story from sports writers.
I'm not making light of a lot of people dying due to engineering problems. I'm not saying this does not "put things into perspective". I'm just saying I'm tired of the same story being written. I mean, give me "Random guy jumps in river and saves 2-10 people". I already know watching games ain't that important- that's why I watch.

That being said, I'm glad the death toll isn't higher. It could've been worse.

Thursday, August 2, 2007


Weed ain't good for you. Go figure.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Health Care- system

You can do whatever you want to with healthcare funding, but this is the biggest problem out there. Disjointed care makes it real hard to take care of a mobile population. And with the general lack of consensus on treatment guidelines, and the regional variability of quality facilities and staff....
Meanwhile, how a good SYSTEM can solve a problem in the health field.
I like how researchers always say,"Just give us more money for (insert diagnosis here) research and we'll get you a cure. SOON!!" Plus- heart disease kills more people than cancer. I'm cool with cancer research, but I don't think it will lead to a cure in the next 10 years if the state of Texas invests $1,000,000 a day for 10 years. Science does not work this way. It's trial and error and trial again.