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January 4, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

WEDNESDAY CAT BOWL BLOGGING....Blogging is officially suspended for the next few hours. I assume this picture makes the reason sufficiently clear.

As you can see, Inkblot has put on his best Heisman Trophy look for this portrait. Or should that be his best Outland Trophy look? Inkblot will never be an Academic All-American, but he's definitely got the build to be a good offensive lineman.

And now, on with the show just as soon as I get back from the store with some guacamole to go with the bag of cardinal and gold tortilla chips that I got for Christmas. As for the game itself, honesty compels me to admit that my faith is shaky this year, but loyalty compels me to predict a Trojan victory anyway. So here it is: USC wins 24-21 on a field goal in the closing minutes.

UPDATE: Well, that kinda sucked. You just knew Vince Young was going to run it in standing up on that final fourth down, didn't you? But hey congratulations to Texas. It was a great game.

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I know nothing about either team except that USC is there because of an illegal play.

Prediction: Karmic Payback.

Posted by: Jeffrey Davis on January 4, 2006 at 6:59 PM | PERMALINK

USC will not hold UT to 21 pts in this life or the next. go horns.

Posted by: MP on January 4, 2006 at 6:59 PM | PERMALINK

Since I'm here in lalaland, a USC victory is a must, besides, Texas doesn't need any more news.

Posted by: G on January 4, 2006 at 6:59 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks Kevin! USC hasn't lost since my wife started attending, so until summer 2007, the winning streak should continue!

Posted by: enozinho on January 4, 2006 at 7:01 PM | PERMALINK

51-50 SC

Trust me.

Posted by: Satan on January 4, 2006 at 7:01 PM | PERMALINK

Take Young away from Texas, and you have merely an above average team.

Take any single player away from SC you please, and you still have a championship-caliber team.

SC wins.

Posted by: cdj on January 4, 2006 at 7:01 PM | PERMALINK

I'm not predicting the winner, but the score will be more than 24-21 by halftime.

Posted by: Steve on January 4, 2006 at 7:01 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, I'm out on a limb by suggesting it's not going to be quite the touchdown fest everyone thinks it is. But I have a feeling that both teams have better defenses than everyone is crediting them with.

But I'd be happy to be wrong. A high scoring game would be a lot of fun.

Posted by: Kevin Drum on January 4, 2006 at 7:04 PM | PERMALINK

I saw Young choke against Texas Tech. I saw leinart turn a 4th and 9, no timeouts into a 64 yard pass against ND. SC wins... I hope.

Posted by: enozinho on January 4, 2006 at 7:04 PM | PERMALINK

At least I will enjoy seeing a Bush run tonight.

Posted by: G on January 4, 2006 at 7:07 PM | PERMALINK

Contain yourself, Kevin.

Posted by: pol on January 4, 2006 at 7:07 PM | PERMALINK

This is essentially a home game for USC. That should suck most of the drama out of the matchup.

Posted by: dan on January 4, 2006 at 7:12 PM | PERMALINK

I don't know anything about football, but I still say: Go 'Horns!

Posted by: alex on January 4, 2006 at 7:13 PM | PERMALINK

The reason is clear? Blogging is suspended because you've got a chubby cat?

Posted by: Scott E. on January 4, 2006 at 7:13 PM | PERMALINK

After reading the news and commentary, I find the cat pictures soothing. As my son says of my horse, your cat pictures have natural mellowing agents.

I don't care who wins. I usually root for all athletes to perform at their best, and I root for the best looking uniforms.

Posted by: contentious on January 4, 2006 at 7:13 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,

This Duck will be cheering your Trojans at Haley's Bait Shop and Grill in Friday Harbor tonight. As G says, at least you have a Bush we can cheer ;-)

Posted by: Russell Aboard M/V Sunshine on January 4, 2006 at 7:14 PM | PERMALINK

What kinda sucks (IMO) is that the Texans have the first pick in the NFL draft. I was hoping of seeing Reggie Bush in a Niner uniform.

Posted by: MyPetGoat on January 4, 2006 at 7:15 PM | PERMALINK

Is your cat really that fat or is it just cold in southern cal?

What time is kick off? what channel?

Posted by: B on January 4, 2006 at 7:16 PM | PERMALINK

I'm surprised that nobody has yet chided you for buying pre-made factory guacamole, instead of getting yourself an avocado or two and making it fresh.

By the way -- nice cat.

Posted by: Zandru on January 4, 2006 at 7:19 PM | PERMALINK

My secretary lives in Pasadena - which means he left the office at 3PM hoping to get home in time for the game. The good news is that he was taking the commuter train. Well, I think LA has something along those lines but I'm driving home - the OTHER direction!

Posted by: pgl on January 4, 2006 at 7:21 PM | PERMALINK

Can't you be honest and forthcoming about what you will drink wih the guacamole and tortilla chips?

Posted by: little ole jim from red country on January 4, 2006 at 7:21 PM | PERMALINK

Blowout. 43-23 USC. Texas is overrated.

Posted by: DanM on January 4, 2006 at 7:22 PM | PERMALINK

I'm with the poster upthread who suggested a 51-50 final score. It'll be fun to watch, unless you're actually a fan of defense or either team (in which case, you'll have your heart in your throat all game long).

And, oh yeah, I'm rooting for USC in the battle of blue vs. red teams (as it was last year, when USC creamed the hapless Sooners; serves them right for voting Republican).

_FF_

Posted by: fyodor_fish on January 4, 2006 at 7:23 PM | PERMALINK

No love for Texas here, but let's hope it's a closer game than last year's SC blowout over Oklahoma. I say SC 40-30.

Posted by: edub on January 4, 2006 at 7:25 PM | PERMALINK

It's 8pm kickoff, on ABC.

Posted by: little ole jim from red country on January 4, 2006 at 7:26 PM | PERMALINK

56-54 USC. The game will be won on a fake punt and Texas will spend the next month bitching about the officials.

Posted by: B on January 4, 2006 at 7:29 PM | PERMALINK

And, oh yeah, I'm rooting for USC in the battle of blue vs. red teams

USC is a republican school BTW. University of Spoiled Children and all.

Posted by: enozinho on January 4, 2006 at 7:29 PM | PERMALINK

KEVIN, SUC IS GOING DOWN TODAY DOYA HEAR?!
YOUR GANG OF SOUTH CENTRAL GANG BANGERS ("WE OWN THE POLICE") ARE GOING TO GET PUNKED AND YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO DO A SINGLE THING ABOUT IT!
USC = UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CENTRAL, UNIVERSITY OF SECOND CHOICE!!

Posted by: MorganParakeet on January 4, 2006 at 7:29 PM | PERMALINK

I'm surprised that nobody has yet chided you for buying pre-made factory guacamole, instead of getting yourself an avocado or two and making it fresh.

I have a tree in my backyard, fresh guac for me tonight.

Posted by: Gerald on January 4, 2006 at 7:29 PM | PERMALINK

Can't you be honest and forthcoming about what you will drink wih the guacamole and tortilla chips?
Posted by: little ole jim from red country on January 4, 2006 at 7:21 PM | PERMALINK

Anything other then a margarita, and you're a communist.

Posted by: E. Henry Thripshaw on January 4, 2006 at 7:31 PM | PERMALINK

Football, you bet!

Posted by: Mornington Crescent on January 4, 2006 at 7:33 PM | PERMALINK

I have a tree in my backyard, fresh guac for me tonight.

I'm having feijoada and beer, since my brazilian in-laws are in town. My mother-in-law saw leinart on campus last week and said "who's that tall guy with all the cameras?"

Posted by: enozinho on January 4, 2006 at 7:33 PM | PERMALINK

OFF TOPIC TO KEVIN DRUM

After reading your thoughts on torture under "ticking time nuclear bomb" scenarios, I think there is still no such reason which could justify torture.

Firstly, what kind of a terrorist organization which has the capacity to plant nuke time bombs wouldn't be able to train their operatives to resist torture? Manuals for such training are publically available, and the training works well.

Secondly, doesn't the substantial chance that valuable time might be wasted by false information from a tortured person mean that the FBI collaborative interrogation methods would still be the superior means?

The worst crimes always have tidy rationalizations.

Posted by: JamesP on January 4, 2006 at 7:34 PM | PERMALINK

If USC only scores 24 points, they're in DEEP trouble. Texas has a better defense than USC. USC has a better offense than Texas. USC needs to get hte point totals high for them to win, because their defense might be able to stop Texas a few times, but I can't imagine them making a habit of it.

Posted by: Balta on January 4, 2006 at 7:38 PM | PERMALINK

The Longhorns will spank the Used Trojans.

Go Big 12!

Posted by: Riesz Fischer on January 4, 2006 at 7:42 PM | PERMALINK

45-20 USC.

Posted by: Mazurka on January 4, 2006 at 7:43 PM | PERMALINK

Zero-zero after regulation time has expired, then zero-zero ever after, necessitating the selection of Penn State as national champeen.

Of course it may not actually happen that way, but if it does my future as a teevee network talking head is assured. I won't forget you, Kevin, when I'm on Press the Meat...

Posted by: The Dad on January 4, 2006 at 7:44 PM | PERMALINK

Has Inkblot been dipping into Daddy's fudge supplies again?

Posted by: praktike on January 4, 2006 at 7:45 PM | PERMALINK

I want to know more about the cardinal and gold chips.

Does that mean I should have made some chips from blue corn to watch Penn State yesterday?

Posted by: Linkmeister on January 4, 2006 at 7:46 PM | PERMALINK

A previous commenter said:
I saw Young choke against Texas Tech.

What a revisionist. Here

http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com/000_stats/05/ut7.htm

is a link to the stats for that game. True, that was not Young's best outing--but then again, 52-17 isn't exactly choking.
Texas' defense--statistically ranked 5th in the nation this season--will win a close game tonight.

Posted by: John B. on January 4, 2006 at 7:46 PM | PERMALINK

This is what is called choking:

PASSING: Texas Tech-Hodges,Cody 42-64-1-369. Texas-Young, Vince
12-22-2-239
.

12 for 22, two interceptions. That was Young showing off for the cameras.

Posted by: enozinho on January 4, 2006 at 7:52 PM | PERMALINK

The game against Texas Tech is where Young lost the Heisman. He was expected to shine, but didn't (he looked average at best and lost most of the time). That and Reggie Bush going hog wild over Fresno State several weeks later, that is.

If there's any justice in this world, no school from Texas will win a major college sports championship for the next several decades. The state of Texas has a lot to atone for e.g., raising Bush to governor, giving him inflated ideas of self-worth, and inevitably a run for president. AND we all know how that turned out, eh?

_FF_

Posted by: fyodor_fish on January 4, 2006 at 8:14 PM | PERMALINK

I like the cat, he is not fat!(just fluffy)

Posted by: mickeypigduck on January 4, 2006 at 8:14 PM | PERMALINK

Clearly, University of Texas is the more liberal of the schools and must win in order to right the outcomes the 2000 & 2004 presidential elections.

Posted by: Leszek on January 4, 2006 at 8:15 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot isn't fat, just mature-looking.

USC over Texas, 42-38.

If UCLA can't be there, at least USC will...

Posted by: Rick Tyler on January 4, 2006 at 8:16 PM | PERMALINK

Hey man, that's cruelty to animals making that cat pose on a USC banner. And he dudn't look none too happy about it neither!

Posted by: Riesz Fischer on January 4, 2006 at 8:16 PM | PERMALINK

As for the poster who made the USC is a Republican school crack, hey, it's a game. Who said I had to have fool-proof logic to root for one team over another? I went to a university back east without a football program (NYU), so I don't have loyalties to any one school (ok, maybe ND, which I almost attended).

The more I think about it, the more I'd like to see USC win another championship and make history.

_FF_

Posted by: fyodor_fish on January 4, 2006 at 8:16 PM | PERMALINK

fyodor_fish,

Maybe that poster who made that USC-republican comment was making a crack-lite. Maybe not.

Posted by: Leszek on January 4, 2006 at 8:25 PM | PERMALINK

As for the poster who made the USC is a Republican school crack, hey, it's a game.

Hey, I'm rooting for SC! I was just responding to another post claiming they should win based on their red state/blue state credentials.

Posted by: enozinho on January 4, 2006 at 8:29 PM | PERMALINK

3 and out for USC. A punt and a FUMBLE! Giving USC a second chance right away?

Posted by: Elrod on January 4, 2006 at 8:36 PM | PERMALINK

I'm completely neutral on this game. I just want it to be entertaining. So far so good.

Posted by: Elrod on January 4, 2006 at 8:39 PM | PERMALINK

USC is a red island in a sea of blue. UT is a blue island in a sea of red.

Posted by: Elrod on January 4, 2006 at 8:42 PM | PERMALINK

经编
列管冷凝器
发酵罐

Posted by: kjugyf on January 4, 2006 at 8:52 PM | PERMALINK

I don't care who wins. I usually root for all athletes to perform at their best, and I root for the best looking uniforms.
Posted by: contentious on January 4, 2006 at 7:13 PM | PERMALINK

Face it.

You're all just rooting for the sneakiest steroids-imbibers.

Posted by: Osama_Been_Forgotten on January 4, 2006 at 9:16 PM | PERMALINK

Riesz Fischer on January 4, 2006 at 8:16 PM:

Hey man, that's cruelty to animals making that cat pose on a USC banner.

That's not a banner, it's a litter-box cover...

Posted by: grape_crush on January 4, 2006 at 9:16 PM | PERMALINK

Sexism in America:

Would any woman as ugly as that man who just did the Nokia commercial ever get a job doing a commercial? I don't think so.

Posted by: Mazurka on January 4, 2006 at 9:27 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot rulz. If he were a movie star, I'd stalk him.

Posted by: kc on January 4, 2006 at 9:27 PM | PERMALINK

I think that boneheaded Bush lateral was actually forward. Can't believe I did not set the DVR so I can't check it out. Anybody with Tivo want to help me out? It was kind of an optical illusion since Bush's body was going forward with the ball, but I think the ball landed forward of where it left his hand.

Posted by: MattR on January 4, 2006 at 9:29 PM | PERMALINK

So my wife asked what I was doing on the computer and I said I was surfing the blogosphere. She asked what site I was at and the the thread was. I told her I was here talking about football.
"Oh, so you're in a chat room." She smiled smugly, thinking she caught me in a place I swore off ten years ago.
"No," I protested. As the words formed in my brain, I hurried them out in a quick response. "It's not a chat room, it's a blog site." I knew her next question.
"What's the difference," she had yet to lose her last smile. "It's just a bunch of guys sitting around talking football."
"But we usually talk politics," I felt a sense of urgency slip into my voice."
"Chat room." Same smile.
"We post topics of import and discuss them at length," I was getting nervous. Was I really in a chat room?
"So a bunch of liberal guys sitting around bitching." She was done with the conversation, but I wasn't.
"There are conservatives as well." I read her the neo-con role call.
She turned and walked out of my den, "Chat room."

Posted by: G on January 4, 2006 at 9:38 PM | PERMALINK

Nice non-touchdown.

Posted by: nutty little nut nut on January 4, 2006 at 9:48 PM | PERMALINK

"Losing their poise in the face of this Texas onslaught right now."

Posted by: Riesz Fischer on January 4, 2006 at 9:52 PM | PERMALINK

It's hard to look down field with your head hanging.

Posted by: G on January 4, 2006 at 9:55 PM | PERMALINK

USC is doing that scary stuttering start thing to me again. I've seen some really nice comebacks this years, so I'm not really *worried* yet, but . . .

Posted by: EmmaAnne on January 4, 2006 at 9:58 PM | PERMALINK

"The Longhorns have exploded in the last ten minutes."

Posted by: Riesz Fischer on January 4, 2006 at 9:58 PM | PERMALINK

Are the wheels coming off?

Posted by: notdrum on January 4, 2006 at 9:58 PM | PERMALINK

notdrum - did you see that list of trailing-at-half-time wins, though? I'm thinking not.

Posted by: EmmaAnne on January 4, 2006 at 10:04 PM | PERMALINK

Cramps

Posted by: Satan on January 4, 2006 at 10:11 PM | PERMALINK

notdrum - did you see that list of trailing-at-half-time wins, though? I'm thinking not.

That's as may be, but I'm sure they'd rather be ahead at the half than behind at it.

Posted by: Viserys on January 4, 2006 at 10:14 PM | PERMALINK

I'm glad to see that the tradition of Rose Bowl phantom touchdowns is alive and well.

USC had 5 trips inside the 20 yard line and has 10 points. And it's not because of great Texas defense. It's USC making uncharacteristic mistakes.

Considering that USC can't tackle, I'm surprised Texas hasn't scored more.

Matt Leinert's pro prospects are in freefall.

Posted by: Steve on January 4, 2006 at 10:27 PM | PERMALINK

Leinart has a raaaaagggggg aaarrrrrmmmmm

Posted by: norbizness on January 4, 2006 at 10:28 PM | PERMALINK

I almost forgot.

Keith Jackson is an embarrassment. ABC should have never let him come out of retirement. They can rectify their mistake by putting him back in ASAP.

Posted by: Steve on January 4, 2006 at 10:30 PM | PERMALINK

G,
How are things now? You, at least, are funny.

Posted by: Mazurka on January 4, 2006 at 10:55 PM | PERMALINK

Keith Jackson, did he suffer a stroke or has he always been this inept?

Posted by: G on January 4, 2006 at 10:55 PM | PERMALINK

Sexism in America? Every sitcom out there has a fat ugly guy married to a supermodel he would crush if they ever attempted sex.

Posted by: G on January 4, 2006 at 10:57 PM | PERMALINK

Go for 2!

Posted by: Riesz Fischer on January 4, 2006 at 10:59 PM | PERMALINK

LenDale White is the greatest name in college football. And if I'm an NFL team in need, I grab him immediately after Reggie Bush goes.

Posted by: Elrod on January 4, 2006 at 11:01 PM | PERMALINK

Imagine what Whits could do if the wideouts would start blocking.

Posted by: G on January 4, 2006 at 11:06 PM | PERMALINK

White

Posted by: G on January 4, 2006 at 11:19 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,

My cats are now infatuated with Inkblot.


If they begin to stalk him, please contact me before you contact the police. ...as a personal favor?

Thank you,
rainyday

Posted by: rainyday on January 4, 2006 at 11:20 PM | PERMALINK

There must be some cat hormone Kevin is emitting through this site, my cat won't leave the monitor, but my dogs won't come in the room.

Posted by: G on January 4, 2006 at 11:26 PM | PERMALINK

The USC defense seems to look like Democrats in Congress. I think they need to keep the offense on the field.

Posted by: Mazurka on January 4, 2006 at 11:31 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah... you gotta be on to something...

My guys are both on my lap trying to take control of the keyboard.....they keep hitting the "back" icon to where the picture of Inkblot is......


must.........

wrest........

control.........

from......

the........

cats........


Posted by: rainyday on January 4, 2006 at 11:32 PM | PERMALINK

There is nothing in history that shows a human ever wresting control from cats . . .

but, keep trying. Mine are sound asleep.

Posted by: Mazurka on January 4, 2006 at 11:37 PM | PERMALINK

It's coming up on tomorrow for you east-coasters

Posted by: G on January 4, 2006 at 11:50 PM | PERMALINK

I know. Penn State kept up until 1:30 a.m. last night. I hope there won't be a repeat of that.

Posted by: Mazurka on January 4, 2006 at 11:57 PM | PERMALINK

Sexism in America? Every sitcom out there has a fat ugly guy married to a supermodel he would crush if they ever attempted sex.
Posted by: G on January 4, 2006 at 10:57 PM | PERMALINK

That's why my supermodel rides on top.

Posted by: Osama_Been_Forgotten on January 4, 2006 at 11:57 PM | PERMALINK

You all think you enjoy the competition, the tradition, the drama.

But in reality, it's all just about Money.
My Invisible Hand at work.
Steroids, Sports Gambling, and Advertisers.

That's why schools' budgets never have trouble finding a few mil to build a new stadium. But can't afford to hire quality staff, or buy quality lab equipment for science classes.

Bow down before your Money God, puny mortals. Be sure to consume much during halftime.

Posted by: Mammon on January 5, 2006 at 12:00 AM | PERMALINK

If casting weren't sexist, Roseanne's husband should have been Tom Selleck or Pierce Brosnan.

Posted by: Mazurka on January 5, 2006 at 12:01 AM | PERMALINK

Sorry, Kevin. No time to watch the game. I have to run to the store for more Tostidos and Coors Light.

Cripes. Coors isn't even beer. Texas gets the ball with 2:09 to go.

Posted by: bobbyp on January 5, 2006 at 12:13 AM | PERMALINK

What's USC? What is this thing called... 'football'?

Great looking cat though!

Posted by: Yoshi on January 5, 2006 at 12:16 AM | PERMALINK

"2 times out" WTF?

Posted by: G on January 5, 2006 at 12:18 AM | PERMALINK

G,
That is absolutely correct English.

Posted by: Mazurka on January 5, 2006 at 12:19 AM | PERMALINK

Mazurka, it is nice to see someone having a great time on the blogs tonight -- go for it.

(Big smile)

Posted by: rainyday on January 5, 2006 at 12:22 AM | PERMALINK

Oooh. 38-39. So close, and yet so far.

Posted by: MJ Memphis on January 5, 2006 at 12:26 AM | PERMALINK

It is not colloquial football talk.

Posted by: G on January 5, 2006 at 12:26 AM | PERMALINK

Now THAT is a good football game, regardless of who wins.

Posted by: the good reverend on January 5, 2006 at 12:28 AM | PERMALINK

By my calculations, there should be about a minute twelve left in this game, but due to game clock malfunctions...

Posted by: Satan on January 5, 2006 at 12:29 AM | PERMALINK

Someone's got to have a small bit of class in all of this macho stuff, G. If only USC had some defense. I think the party is over.

Posted by: Mazurka on January 5, 2006 at 12:29 AM | PERMALINK

41-38!...Then Bush runs for 20...8
seconds left...

Posted by: grape_crush on January 5, 2006 at 12:29 AM | PERMALINK

I was gonna come here and mock the University of Spoilt Children if they lost, but man, that was a really hard-fought game on both sides. Good job boys.

Oh, what the heck. USC SUCKS

Posted by: Big 10 on January 5, 2006 at 12:30 AM | PERMALINK

I already hear the Rubenesque woman singing.

Posted by: G on January 5, 2006 at 12:30 AM | PERMALINK

Rats.

Posted by: Mazurka on January 5, 2006 at 12:30 AM | PERMALINK

OH!...Too bad for USC!...

Posted by: grape_crush on January 5, 2006 at 12:31 AM | PERMALINK

TEXASSSSSSSSSSS

Posted by: nate on January 5, 2006 at 12:32 AM | PERMALINK

USC 38, Texas 35, refs 6

Posted by: JVF on January 5, 2006 at 12:32 AM | PERMALINK

I have on location sources that have heard rumors of cell phone conversations that Diebold was in charge of time keeping.

Posted by: nutty little nut nut on January 5, 2006 at 12:33 AM | PERMALINK

TEXAS! FIGHT!

Posted by: nobody on January 5, 2006 at 12:33 AM | PERMALINK

Refs nothin' son. UT earned that win.

Posted by: Alexander Wolfe on January 5, 2006 at 12:34 AM | PERMALINK

I think Green Bay has found their new quarterback

Posted by: G on January 5, 2006 at 12:35 AM | PERMALINK

I'm predicting a 41-38 Texas win.

National Championship baby!!!

Posted by: Mr. Football on January 5, 2006 at 12:35 AM | PERMALINK

Hook'em Horns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry Kevin.

Posted by: berlins on January 5, 2006 at 12:36 AM | PERMALINK

Cracked me up, nutty little nut nut.

Like the classiness of G in refraining for referring to the fat lady. I really have to get to bed if I am going to make it to work tomorrow.

Oops, have to feed the cats first.

Posted by: Mazurka on January 5, 2006 at 12:37 AM | PERMALINK

Vince Young...some kinda' football player. But he was getting some great line play, too. Congrats, Texas.

Sigh. Another loss for the Pac 10-12. At least UCLA showed the world how to defense the on-side (sides? Mazurka has me confused) kick(s).

Posted by: bobbyp on January 5, 2006 at 12:38 AM | PERMALINK

Hookem Horns!

Posted by: melior on January 5, 2006 at 12:39 AM | PERMALINK

Well, good for Texas. That state needs all the help it can get. Although I'm USC all the way, I won't lose any sleep tonight. But in addition to some questionable Pete Carroll decisions on fourth downs and Reggie Bush's bonehead play, the officials sure did help Texas out. Even with replay, this was egregious. Although Young is incredibly good, he did not score that touchdown. Then there was the fumble that wasn't.....

Posted by: Nixon Did It on January 5, 2006 at 12:39 AM | PERMALINK

Ralph Ellison's book, The Invisible Man, has an early passage where a young African American man in the South goes to a Chamber of Commerce type event where the young men are given boxing gloves, blindfolded and told to slug it out for a dollar or some small amount of money. Of course, they knock themselves silly.

Ever since reading that passage, I have not been able to watch football with the same enthusiasm, especially college football. There were some vicious hits in that game tonight. I hope no one was seriously hurt and the young men achieve their academic goals.

Posted by: Powerpuff on January 5, 2006 at 12:44 AM | PERMALINK

OK, the fake pitch still resulted in a first down on the 10, and the refs took away an interception from the Longhorns. No whining!

Posted by: norbizness on January 5, 2006 at 12:49 AM | PERMALINK

USC led the nation in takeaways this year. Now I know why. They don't tackle, they just wrestle for the ball until everyone falls down. Didn't work against Texas - they missed tackles and allowed many yards after contact time and time again.

Poor Tackling, more than anything else, cost them the game.

But F'in-A, Vince Young strapped the Longhorns to his back and said, "Come along for the ride, boys!"

Congrats Texas.

Posted by: Steve on January 5, 2006 at 12:49 AM | PERMALINK

The call on the Vince Young lateral was undoubtably bad. But had it gone correctly, Texas most likely would have scored anyway. Had they settled for a field goal, the game would have been tied at the end.

The expected value for that possession would have been p(TD)*7 + p(FG)*3. If you assign 40% probabilities to those two events, and 20% to the Horns coming up empty on that drive (generously high IMO), you get an expected value of 4 and thus a victory by 1 point.

Bad calls are bad breaks, just like the way the ball bounces, unless you think the officials had their thumbs on the scale for Texas. But if you believe that the games are fixed, you probably should avoid watching football altogether.

Posted by: kth on January 5, 2006 at 12:56 AM | PERMALINK

It was fun all the way.

Even better than USC v. Notre Dame.

Posted by: contentious on January 5, 2006 at 12:56 AM | PERMALINK

Ehud Olmert is Israel's Acting Prime Minister. Olmert's opponents both inside and outside of the Likud point to a long record of opportunism. In the 1970s he was connected to a libel scandal involving well-known Jerusalem businessmen, organized crime, and retired General Rechavam Ze'evi. This often forgotten affair, well documented in investigative journalist Aryeh Avneri's Ha'tvusa in 1992, was only the first in a number of shady misadventures in Olmert's career. During the run-up to the Ze'evi libel suit, Olmert allegedly requested funds from the Likud Treasury for his defense fund, although his lawyers were from his own law firm, which would effectively constitute bribery.

All accusations against Olmert were eventually settled out of court, a pattern that followed through his involvement in the Herzlia Marina construction investigation, and various others that never led to any definite conclusions, and therefore were dropped. What is today almost beyond debate was that during his terms as mayor Olmert hired numerous Likud activists to positions in the Jerusalem Municipality. However, numerous cases of illegal housing construction both by Arab and Jewish firms continued throughout Olmert's term, and the phenomenon has plagued the city to this day.

In an interview in June before the 2004 elections, Olmert seemed very pleased with his relationship with Bush. He seems to fit right in.

Posted by: nutty little nut nut on January 5, 2006 at 12:57 AM | PERMALINK

No! Look over here, a boy in Turkey died from the bird flu. BIRD FLU! BIRD FLU! PANDEMIC!

Posted by: Satan on January 5, 2006 at 1:01 AM | PERMALINK

Woo hoo!

Congrats on 'SC's long run.

Make room for the Longhorns!

Posted by: Billymo on January 5, 2006 at 1:02 AM | PERMALINK

******** I knew USC was going to lose when they started running their mouths and goofing off for the the cameras leading by 1 point early in the 3rd Quarter...LOL

Don't come between a Californian and a TV camera.


Posted by: bevo on January 5, 2006 at 1:14 AM | PERMALINK

Great game. The best you can ask for. Vince is a stud.

Posted by: Jimm on January 5, 2006 at 1:23 AM | PERMALINK

Hey, inkblot looks ready to play. Maybe he (she?) could have tackled young at the goal line.

Headline: "Young trips over cat and lands at one as gun sounds" "Vince upended by swipe of paw".

Posted by: Steve on January 5, 2006 at 2:15 AM | PERMALINK

or how about this:
"Trojans win by a whisker"

Posted by: Steve on January 5, 2006 at 2:16 AM | PERMALINK


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Posted by: 成都机票查询 on January 5, 2006 at 5:04 AM | PERMALINK

Wow, unbelievable game. Despite Young's performance, I really think that USC beat themselves. They could have very easily had 14-21 more points. Also Texas got lots of lucky breaks (recovered their own fumbles, got a touchdown from the officials).

Posted by: DanM on January 5, 2006 at 8:16 AM | PERMALINK

Gotta thank enozinho for 'University of Spoiled Children'.

Add to my collection right it under the Nebraska fan who told me that Iowa stands for 'Idiots Out Wandering Around'.

Got nothing in particular against Iowa, it's not like they're, like, the Gators or sumpthin' but funny is funny.

Native born Texan, here. And been waiting for this a long time...suffered through enough Texas-OU weekend invasions in Dallas to have gotten a frisson when the burnt orange part of the grandstands began to sing 'The Eyes of Texas' after the trophy presentation.

And the last time I looked that Waterford football for 2004 was in Baton Rouge!

Posted by: CFShep on January 5, 2006 at 10:54 AM | PERMALINK

Can anyone say "choked".

Posted by: Conspiracy Theorist ph.D. on January 5, 2006 at 12:00 PM | PERMALINK

That was a awesome game. I think in 10 years we will look back and see a slew of NFL stars in that game and not just Bush, Leinart and Young either.

Posted by: Joseph on January 5, 2006 at 2:13 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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