It’s not so much that I want the Patriots to win the Super Bowl—although I do, I’ve lived in New England—as that I really don’t want Eli Manning to have the satisfaction of taking them down.


Vanity plates I have seen.

In honor of tonight’s football game.

when it comes to race, crime and sports, the last source to be trusted is one’s gut, which tends to be lined with bilious stereotypes and prejudices.

Seriously, the ESPN ombudsman is awesome.

What I’ve learned: Questioning the validity of the Ohio State-LSU [football] game as a true national championship game will inspire a certain segment of the population to write mean-spirited e-mails accusing you of belittling “how hard these young men have worked” to achieve their goal of a national championship.

No “A” for effort, people. Good to know the sportswriters got our backs.

Would someone please write a meta-article on the coverage of Tim Tebow, white quarterback at Florida who is out-rushing practically everyone? Rushing is frequently considered the province of black quarterbacks, coded “athletic”. Tebow just set records for being the only Div I quarterback to both rush for and throw more than 20 touchdowns, apparently, and might win the Heisman. I really want to know how this is playing out.

I also really want to know if the off-the-grid/survival/prepare-for-the-apocalypse people are buying the One Laptop Per Child. I don’t know much about the OLPC, and presumably if there’s an apocalypse the net will be down, but if you are already stockpiling gold and MREs, a laptop designed for the developing world seems like it might be a worthy investment. Cheaper than gold.

This imaginary interview with the inventor of basketball is interesting. But I’m linking it here not to talk about race and basketball (although that’s a great topic), but because having students do an imaginary interview with an author strikes me as a fun teaching exercise.

To write the questions—admittedly leading questions, in this case—and the answers, partial answers, or non-answers, the student would have to read the book, select key parts that support their interests or argument, and do some contextual research on the production of the book. The comments show the necessity for the research, and some of the pitfalls. (Such an exercise is probably better done without reference to race, at least the first time.)

Hat tip to TrueHoop for the link.

At Jumbo Public University, the women’s basketball team has a coach for every three team members.

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