A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library. ~Shelby Foote

Friday, December 21, 2007

Dennis Miller: Schillin' for da Man

So disappointed in Mr. Miller these days. Not because he's become conservative/Republican in his political views but because he seems a pale, sad shadow of his former self. There was a time when he was one of the sharpest satirists in the world, not to mention uproariously funny. Some of his rants were absolutely priceless.

But now... well, I listened to his radio show a few nights ago and it was just pathetic. Not in the least bit funny and the attempts at humor that were made consisted mostly of reflecting on how uncharismatic Hillary Clinton is and how Ron Paul was a "baying at the moon" lunatic. Color me unimpressed. Especially since there was a time when Miller would have embraced Paul as a guy that was holding the other candidates feet to the fire on subjects they would prefer to ignore or gloss over. Instead, he sounded like he was on the payroll of the Giuliani campaign.

And then there were the commercials. Honest to goodness, during one commercial break four out of five of the advertisements were Dennis Miller hawking something. I don't begrudge Mr. Miller the ability to capitalize on his celebrity, but it was like listening to the dude that sells those laundry balls on late-night TV. Blech.

Final nail in the coffin were the callers-- ye gods, they sounded just like the same chowderheads that call the Rush Limbaugh show. "Honor to talk to you, Dennis"... "Keep telling it like it is, Dennis"... "Would you have my child, Dennis?" Ok, maybe not that last one, but you get the idea. It was one big long ego stroke and not in the least bit insightful, provocative or even interesting.

Very sad.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Nice Beaver!

UW-Whitewater's running back Justin Beaver was recently awarded the 2007 Gagliardi Trophy, an award named for decorated St. John's (Minn.) coach John Gagliardi, given each season to the top player in NCAA Division III football. Several days after receiving the honor, Beaver helped his UW-Whitewater Warhawks defeat Mt. Union in the Division III Championship game, rushing for 249 yards and a touchdown.

Nice way to end your college football career, Mr. Beaver!

Congratulations to the Warhawks on their National Championship!

The Division III championship is called the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, by the way. Though the name does not exactly roll of the tongue, Amos Alonzo Stagg is certainly a man worthy of tribute in the field of athletics. He was a pioneer in both football and basketball and is in the college Hall of Fame for both sports.


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