Thursday, January 27, 2005
In last week's New Yorker, Seymour Hersh laid out the Bush Administration's plans for next phase in the war on everyone he doesn't like. This year's lucky country is Iran, where one third of the population is younger than 15 years old.
In this online piece from 2002, Joe Klein wrote on how 9/11 was perceived by both the government and citizens of Iran.
Holding this tournament in the middle of World Cup Qualifying will be a challenge, and Bruce may decide to field a "B" team to protect his starters from possible injury. However, if the US progresses to the semis, it'll be their first appearance in the NY area since they whomped Jamaica 5-0 in a World Cup '02 tuneup.
Friday, January 14, 2005
The latest Fed offer, Mediation, with a promise that the players won't strike this year, was rejected by the players. What a mess.
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
On Monday, Sharon called Abbas to congratulate him on his election victory.
In the 1979 film bomb "Americathon," John Ritter was president of a bankrupt U.S. in 1998. The Israelis and Arabs had made peace by identifying their common love for "blond chicks with great butts". If only.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Friday, January 07, 2005
Richard Gere, longtime Tibetan rights activist, recently made a television spot imploring Palestinians to get to the polls in their upcoming election. And at least one Palestinian couldn't care less.
Thursday, January 06, 2005
In other soccer news, former Metro Clint Mathis has returned to MLS with expansion club Real Salt Lake. Clint's biggest soccer moment was shaking my hand at a Metro kick-off event in April, 2003.
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
In 2005, the Giants will face the NFC East (of course), the NFC West and the AFC West, with two other 2nd place NFC teams thrown in to complete the schedule.
At the swamp, the G-Men will face Dallas, Philly, and Washington, as well as Arizona, St. Louis, Denver, KC, and Minnesota.
On the road the Giants will play Dallas, Philly, and Washington, plus San Francisco, Seattle, Oakland, San Diego and New Orleans.
Scouting the Opponents
- Six of the Giants thirteen 2005 opponents are playoff teams this season: Philly, St. Louis, Minnesota, Seattle, Denver, and San Diego.
- The Giants finished their division schedule at 3-3 this season, beating Dallas twice and Washington once.
- Four west coast trips in one season will be a challenge, though the Niners of the 80's and early 90's did just fine, thank you, with all that travel.
- Pulling Minnesota, whom the Giants have beaten four straight times since the 2000 41-0 NFC Championship Game thrashing, is a positive sign.
- The Giants were crushed, 45-7 by New Orleans, the last time the two teams played on 12/14/03, Jim Fassel's next-to-last game as coach.
- The Giants beat the Rams in both 2002 and 2003.
- Big Blue went 1-2 vs. the current AFC west in 2001, the last time the Giants played that division, beating Kansas City and losing to Denver and Oakland. The Giants beat San Diego the last time the two played, on 9/27/98 on the west coast.
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Congrats to Dr. Andy Brown, the winner of the inaugural Commishkin Prize. Andy won the fantasy league championship, tied for first in the Suicide league, and finished 4th in the Pick 'Em league to claim the top spot.
Rank: Player: Fantasy-Pick 'Em-Suicide (Standing for each game), then Commishkin Points earned for each game (x denotes not participating, t denotes tie):
1: Andy Brown: (1-4-t1) 8-13-11.5: 32.5 Points
2: David Cutler: (x-1-t1) 0-16-11.5: 27.5
3: Brian Perkis: (x-2-t1) 0-15-11.5: 26.5
4: Mark Fishkin: (5-3-t11) 4-14-3: 21
5: Dan Fox (x-5-t5) 0-12-8: 20
6: Brett Friedman (7-7-t9) 2-10-5.5: 17.5
7: Drew Sumter: (x-13-t1) 0-4-11.5: 15.5
8: Susie Fox: (x-6-t11) 0-11-3: 14
9: Mike Steele: (x-12-t5) 0-5-8: 13
10: Eric Broder (8-11-t9) 1-6-5.5: 12.5
t11: Will Caligiuri (x-8-x) 0-9-0: 9
t11: Charlie Conrad (x-16-t5) 0-1-8: 9
13: Steve Scheer (x-9-x) 0-8-0: 8
t14: Matt Feldman (x-10-x) 0-7-0: 7
t14: Anthony Palomba (2-x-x) 7-0-0: 7
16: Rob Shapiro (3-x-x): 6-0-0: 6
17: "Grande Poobah" (4-x-x) 5-0-0: 5
t18: Dana Atkinson (6-x-x) 3-0-0: 3
t18: Adam Lavinsky (x-14-x) 0-3-0: 3
t18: Adam Tarsitano (x-x-t11) 0-0-3: 3
t18: Kevin West (x-15-13) 0-2-1: 3