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  • Daniel Kalder: “Rider Publishing, an imprint of Ebury at Random House, acquired rights to Crossing the Border, a memoir by Jang Jin-sung – former ‘court poet’ to Kim Jong-il, and will publish next spring…Jang was so trusted that he met Kim Jong-il twice. The first time, Jang explained in an interview with the BBC last January, ‘I was overwhelmed and full of emotion. But at the same time I thought the image I had received of him – through brainwashing – was very different to how he appeared in person.’ Kim gave the poet an gold Rolex worth $11,000 (£7,000) and granted him the ‘sacred immunity’ that only the microscopic minority who spent 20 minutes in the presence of the god-dictator received. Now Jang could not be prosecuted without special permission from on high. At the second meeting, ‘We sat at a performance together, and he kept on crying while he watched it. I felt his tears represented his yearning to become a human being, to become an ordinary person.'”
  • UrbDezine San Diego: “Purge the term NIMBY from your language and your thinking. It stultifies any further understanding of community concerns, or how to reach a compromise. Every criticism or opposition to a high density project is now labeled as NIMBYism, with little further discussion of community concerns. Community stakeholders typically have great knowledge of their neighborhoods though they may not use formal planning terms.”
  • Yahoo Sports:  “If [Tim Tebow] wants to make it in the NFL, he needs to change. He needs to learn the game. He needs to become a backup at some team that has an established quarterback, like New Orleans or New England. He also needs to stop being a media presence. Tebow is a wonderful human being: polite, gentle, compassionate and giving. But he also never met a camera he didn’t like. He wants to be a public figure so that he can spread the gospel he believes in. That’s fine and it’s even OK that he has used football to do it. However, he is now at a point where being in the public eye detracts from his ability to make it as a football player. Teams don’t like the sideshow Tebow brings. The Jets tried to trade him this offseason and found no takers.”

 

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Marvel Comics used to produce a comic book series called “What If…?

The basic premise: The book’s narrator, Uatu, a member of a race of lifeforms called Watchers, speculated on how the Marvel Universe might be different if certain key events were played out in alternate fashion, e.g., “What if Captain America Had Been Elected President?” and “What if the Fantastic Four Had Not Gained Their Superpowers?”‘

Cover of "What If? Classic Vol. 1 (Marvel...

Wikipedia has the entire list of “What If…?” titles here, and many beg the question “What Was Uatu Smoking?

All that aside, I’d like to apply the “What If…?” methodology to the NFL, specifically,

“What if the World’s Great Philosophers and Thinkers Played Professional Football?”

Here is what NFL scouts are saying about the pool of talent available in philosophy and literature.

Immanuel Kant will be the best cornerback in next year’s draft and it’s not even close. Kid can run a Copernican Revolution in reverse….He ‘Tebowed‘ after riffing on the epistemology of Transcendental Idealism. I just thought that demonstrated a lot of chutzpah. Good kid. He’ll be in the running for the Heisenberg, even though he’s a defensive player.

 

Slavoj Zizek? Doesn’t look like much in his underwear, but the kid can flat-out play. He’s like loose silk in the open field.

If you ask me, Friedrich Nietzsche is an overrated piece of [expletive]. I don’t need grim meditations on eternal recurrence. I just need consistent play in the Red Zone.

There are no Jimmy Grahams in this year’s pool of tight end prospects, but I like Camus. He needs to grow up though. This is the NFL, it’s not the [expletive] Universitaire d’Alger. Still, the potential is there for big things.

If your O-line needs interior players, you could do worse than Søren Kierkegaard. I’ve warmed up to the kid but you’re gonna need a leap of faith to take him any earlier than the second round.

Other than Kant, I also like David Hume in this year’s batch of corners. Interesting kid — Scottish. He advocates a compatibilist theory of free will pretty nicely.

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At this rate, [Jean-Paul] Sarte is condemned to be free. Too bad, because he functions more efficiently in a ball-control, grind-it-out-offense. He’s a game manager, not a franchise QB.

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This kid Eratosthenes is a real mauler. Bookish guy but the cerebral part of him translates well to the game.  He didn’t look good late in the year though. Pass-blocking was horse [expletive]. Him and that whole part of the line were a sieve.

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Folks, you are cordially invited to join my fantasy football “pick ’em” league.

Entry is free, and the rules are easy: You pick the winners of games each NFL week and compete to see who compiles the best W-L record.

Go this link and when prompted, enter the group ID 24629 and the password borscht.

FUN AWAITS!

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Packers win 34-16!

Victoria Hall Disaster Memorial, Mowbray Park - Sunderland [WINTER REDUX]

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Week 8 NFL Picks

Haven’t done this for a couple weeks. Back in the saddle now.

  • Miami 19, CINCINNATI 15
  • Jacksonville 25, DALLAS 19
  • Washington 23, DETROIT 15
  • KANSAS CITY 26, Buffalo 9
  • ST. LOUIS 25, Carolina 9
  • NEW YORK JETS 29, Green Bay 16
  • SAN FRANCISCO 33, Denver 17
  • SAN DIEGO 26, Tennessee 19
  • OAKLAND 15, Seattle 12
  • NEW ENGLAND 35, Minnesota 17
  • Tampa Bay 23, ARIZONA 18
  • PITTSBURGH 29, New Orleans 15
  • Houston 29, INDIANAPOLIS 27

Contemptible ding-dong Jared Allen (defensive end, Minnesota Vikings)

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Tony Gonzalez for PETA

Tony Gonzalez and the Falcons will not wear fur while defeating the Arizona Cardinals on September 19, 2010

Rough start for me in 2010. I produced a pedestrian 9-7 record with last week’s picks. Time to start anew in Week 2:

  • Philadelphia 58, DETROIT 24 — Michael Vick will fill the highlight reels from top-to-bottom on Sunday night. He’ll cause all sorts of problems for the awful-until-proven-otherwise Lions defense. Final damage? Vick goes 17-for-27, 210 yards and 3 TDs through the air. On the ground, he’ll rampage for 144 yards on 12 carries and 2 TDs.
  • ATLANTA 31, Arizona 17 — Here’s where we see how bad the Cardinals are without Kurt Warner.
  • CINCINNATI 25, Baltimore 18 — Following a physical Monday night vs. the Jets, the Ravens are bound for a letdown.
  • KANSAS CITY 17, CLEVELAND 10 — I really like Jamaal Charles and some of the other younglings on the Chiefs’ roster.
  • DALLAS 29, Chicago 25 — Miracle of miracles, the Bears have offensive firepower. I don’t see it being enough to beat the Cowboys on their home turf though.
  • GREEN BAY 34, Buffalo 17 — OK, I got nervous last week and picked against my Packers. I won’t err again. Packers will win big vs. the Bills, and we might see prolific sack numbers from Clay Matthews, as he’ll be facing a team with serious problems at offensive tackle.
  • TENNESSEE 29, Pittsburgh 15 — Barring a complete collapse by the Titans, I see them defeating the Steelers sans Ben Roethlisberger.
  • MINNESOTA 26, Miami 19 — The Vikings restore some of their luster vs. a Fins team that hasn’t won in Minneapolis since 1979.
  • Tampa Bay 19, CAROLINA 15 — The Bucs’ young quarterback, Josh Freeman, seems to be a winner. I guess.
  • DENVER 25, Seattle 14 — It’s Year 2 for Josh McDaniels, and though he lost to an underrated Jacksonville squad last week, he’ll stand tall over the hapless Seahawks in Week 2.
  • OAKLAND 15, St. Louis 12 — If Oakland can’t beat a team that’s neck-deep in the rebuilding process, then it can’t beat anyone.
  • New England 26, NEW YORK JETS 6 — Something tells me the Patriots are going to step on the throats of the braggart Jets this week.
  • SAN DIEGO 27, Jacksonville 14 — It’s a tall order for the Jags to travel from Florida to California and beat a Chargers team with weapons aplenty. Too tall, actually.
  • Houston 36, WASHINGTON 16 — You heard it here first. The Houston Texans will be the AFC representative in the Super Bowl. Love that offense — Andre Johnson, Matt Schaub, Arian Foster…talent everywhere.
  • NEW YORK GIANTS 25, Indianapolis 24 — The two Manning brothers meet again and compel sports writers everywhere to beat the sibling rivalry angle to death. The Colts have serious problems that will be illuminated. This ain’t their year.
  • New Orleans 16, SAN FRANCISCO 9 — This could be a blood battle in the Bay, but it’s hard to envision a scenario where the 49ers actually get the “W.”
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QUESTIONS IN A WORLD OF BLUE

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The Saints-Vikings matchup is in the history books already, and although I predicted the correct outcome on Twitter, my expectations for a high-scoring affair were way off. Ah well.

Anyway, here’s the rest of my Week 1 picks.

Philadelphia 29, Green Bay 27 — The Pack is 0-9 in Philadelphia since 1962. Some trends are nigh-permanent.

Buffalo 15, Miami 9– The Bills, though awful, are 5-1 in their last six home games vs. the Dolphins.

Tennessee 19, Oakland 17 — Tennessee is 7-1 in its last eight home games vs. the Raiders.

New England 28, Cincinnati 26 — The Bengals have gone 1-6 in their last seven games vs. the Patriots.

Chicago 27, Detroit 25 — The Lions haven’t won a game on grass in their last 10 tries.

Carolina 25, New York Giants 19 — Here’s a juicy nugget: the Giants are 2-4 in their last six home games. Yikes.

Pittsburgh 28, Atlanta 25 — Pittsburgh is 12-2 in its last 14 home games and Atlanta has a putrid 8-17 record in its last 25 road games.

Cleveland 25, Tampa Bay 15 — Tampa Bay’s record in its last 20 games? 3-17. ’nuff said.

Jacksonville 29, Denver 24 — The Jags have won five of their last seven home games and are 4-1 in their last five games against Denver. I smell a Jacksonville “W.”

Houston 36, Indianapolis 21 — The Texans are a surprising 14-6 in their last 20 home games.

Arizona 16, St. Louis 9 — No stats or trends necessary. St Louis is simply horrible.

San Francisco 39, Seattle 25 — Don’t be shocked if the Seahawks squeak out a win here. They are 10-4 in their last 14 games vs. the 49ers.

Dallas 45, Washington 23 — The Redskins are 2-8 in their last 10 divisional games.

Baltimore 28, New York Jets 19 — Baltimore has beaten the Jets five straight times. That total will extend to six.

San Diego 36, Kansas City 18 — San Diego is undefeated in its last five road games. And the Chiefs are about to become roadkill.

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