Monday, November 26, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

More on the rivalry

The Wall Street Journal reports (on the front page, no less) that the Missouri-Kansas border war has roots in a Missouri-Kansas border war.

In other news, Aaron is going to buy me a crab cake if Missouri beats Maryland in basketball this evening. If Maryland beats Mizzou, I owe him an order of toasted ravioli.

"Sweet Caroline" Revealed

After years of speculation, Neil Diamond has revealed who "Sweet Caroline" is.

The answer? Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg.

So apparently the use of "Sweet Caroline" at RFK Stadium was a tribute to RFK's niece.

I'm sorry to the Caroline on this blog that you had to find out the truth this way.

Monday, November 19, 2007

I would just like to point out

No. 3 (or No. 4*) Missouri has a legitimate shot (40 percent chance, according to a Post article this morning) at playing for the national championship. First they have to get by their arch-rival, No. 2 Kansas (where at least they can prove they know the alphabet), Saturday evening in prime time. (Funny: the top link from the MU Alumni Association's site, on sportsmanship. Yeah, thanks for the reminder. I'm sure everyone at the game will keep a copy handy.)

This game is huge. Which is quite a shock for fans who are used to the rivalry being hot only in basketball.

* Some polls, including the BCS standings, put West Virginia ahead of the Tigers. Thus I am suddenly also a huge Connecticut fan; they play West Virginia on Saturday.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Those pessimist lawyers

The Wall Street Journal reports today that there seems to be a brain basis for optimism and that "optimists tend to do better in life than their talents alone might suggest" ... except for a particular group:

Surveying law students at the University of Virginia, [Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania] found that pessimists got better grades, were more likely to make law review and, upon graduation, received better job offers. There was no scientific reason. "In law," he said, "pessimism is considered prudence."

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

It's awfully quiet lately.

The posting rate on this blog has declined significantly. Perhaps it's because there's no baseball to make jokes make bets write about.

So, in that vein, I give you this link, where you can watch grass grow. Or, in this instance, see pictures of the grass being laid (note to self: learn proper sod terminology) in the new ballpark.