Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Sayeth Weitao, 2 weeks ago: "Good luck making up the 2.5 games between the Mavs and the Rocks in the standings"

And today:
Dallas 11-4
Houston 10-5

11....

Jim Webb -- A Very Dude Senator


From yesterday's Washington Post:

At a recent White House reception for freshman members of Congress, Virginia's newest senator tried to avoid President Bush. Democrat James Webb declined to stand in a presidential receiving line or to have his picture taken with the man he had often criticized on the stump this fall. But it wasn't long before Bush found him.
"How's your boy?" Bush asked, referring to Webb's son, a Marine serving in Iraq.
"I'd like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President," Webb responded, echoing a campaign theme.
"That's not what I asked you," Bush said. "How's your boy?"
"That's between me and my boy, Mr. President," Webb said coldly, ending the conversation on the State Floor of the East Wing of the White House.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

10....


and counting.

Friday, November 24, 2006

El Caballo: Welcome Home

Say hello to the newest Astro - Carlos Lee... Who, like Mike Lamb, will be happy to escape the baseball purgatory that is the Texas Rangers

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving


Some 400 years ago, my WASP ancestors broke bread with a bunch of minorities for the very first time. Naturally, that first Thanksgiving is very symbolic of my relationship with the dudes. About once a year (usually in a Vegas hotel buffet), I too leave my safe circle of honkies to feast with those who are different from me.

So dudes, have a wondeful and safe Thanksgiving weekend. I hope things turn out better for your people than it did for those land-hogging Injuns.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A different sort of Hall of Fame


Jon Scheyer may have only played 5 games in a blue and white uniform, but unlike the last MOT, Erik Meek, not only has he earned a starting spot in the Duke lineup, he has earned Tribal immortality...18 years old and already an inductee into the Hall of Fame...Jewish Sports Hall of Fame that is.
http://jewishsports.org/jewishsports/detail.asp?id=187
Mazel Tov, Jon!

Fringe benefits of quarterbacking America's Team... and doing it well

Besides winning over the hearts of Cowboys fans everywhere from Texas to Chocolatetown, it seems being Tony Romo may have other, less obvious perks... like dating Jessica Simpson! Of course, maybe he just fooled Simpson into believing he was Tom Brady...

Rachel Cohen - All-American

I'm not making this up.

Random Observations For Today

(1) Carlos Lee is surprisingly fleet-a-foot for a fat man... Think Kirby Puckett, minus the domestic violence charges..

(2) Is it just me, or is the Vision a boring team to watch this year? No flow to the offense (I have no idea what Dick Vitale was talking about last night; our offense did not look good)

(3) My new 2nd favorite basketball team: the Golden State Warriors. Don Nelson got them playing some serious basketball... Remember this now, Monta Ellis one of the 5 best point guards in the West, along with Steve Nash, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and Tony Parker (No dudes, I did not forget Devin Harris, Rafer Alston, Jason Terry or Andre Miller)

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Two Trips to the Barber Shop later...


A glorious day in Big D. The Cowboys announce their arrival, and in news that could only make Weitao happy, look who's back in Arlington? F-Cat!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Dude Hall of Fame Inductee: The Journey


Transfers Nicole Erickson and Michele VanGorp made the journey from West Lafayette, Indiana, and brought with them a kid from Peru, Indiana named Lauren Rice

Senior Hilary Howard made the journey from Scarsdale, New York.

Sophomore Georgia Schweitzer journeyed in from Ohio.

Gail Goestenkors led them, and 7 others, on a journey for the ages.

The Journey began on a gloomy note in a crushing defeat to Connecticut in San Jose witnessed by 3/4 of the Committee, but gosh did it ever end gloriously, right back in San Jose, for the Final Four.

Along the way, the Journey went 15-1 in the regular season, including a sweep of North Carolina that was punctuated by a win on Senior Day in front of a record-setting crowd.

But the season's exclaimation point was delivered on a chilly night in Greensboro, where the Journey stunned heavily-favored Tennessee, led by the Mighty Meeks Trio of Chamique Holdsclaw, Sameeka Randall and Tamika Catchings.

With a plucky Georgia Schweitzer leading the way, the Journey held on to a single-digit lead in the last 10 minutes for a white knuckled win that punched their ticket to the Final Four. A win that literally had 1/2 of the Committee shaking in disbelief on press row for the game's final 5 minutes.

Although the Journey's improbable dream season came to a premature halt against Purdue in the National Championship, it was a dream of a journey nonetheless

For taking the Dude Committee and their fans on an exhilirating ride for the ages, the Dude Committee proudly honors an inaugural and unanimous selection into the Dude Hall of Fame: The Journey

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Who's Your Daddy?

Feel free to check out the new Houston Rockets ticket commercial here...


As some background, Jeff Van Gundy & Tracy McGrady purchased 70 season tickets in the TC in one section this year and gave them away to fans, (each of whom had to win a contest to be the craziest, most maniacal fan), and called the section "Red Rowdies" - think smaller, redder version of Duke students.

In any case, in this commercial, Shane is dancing a very ... umm... "effeminate" jig while the Red Rowdies chant "Who's Your Daddy, Battier!" Well worth a look.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

A Night of Legends





It's a big night ahead tonight at the AAC. Chris Duhon, Luol Deng, Dirk Nowitzki, The Jet, Rachel Cohen...I can hardly sit still at my desk with all the anticipation.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Have You Seen This Man?


His impostor seems to have mutated into Jerry Stackhouse -- scoring 17 points a game with 38% shooting. Please return the original to Ming, Yao. I realize the breakout sensation Rafer Alston is bound to take away a few points a game, but 10?

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Not that the Dudes Care About Soccer, But...

Jay Heaps had the chance to tie the MLS Final for his N.E. revolution in a shootout against the Houston Dynamo as his team's final shooter.

Of course, like so many of his dunk attempts during pregame warmups in Cameron, Heeeeeeeeeeeaps came up short.

Somewhere, Yvonne Krywdjksfhjklasdfhjklasdhfla cries.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Start the Macaca! Clap-Clap Clap-Clap-Clap!!

Bye Bye Curious (and definitely not a racist) George...

0-82 Watch: 4 down, 78 to go

18 point loss to the Clippers?? Oy!!!

But at least you didn't lose to the Knicks at home!!!

Dude Hall of Fame Inductee: Jeff Bagwell


October 2004; Game 7 of the National League Championship Series; Jeff Bagwell and his Houston Astros stood 1 win away from facing the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.

One win. It would have given everything that Bagwell ever wanted; and everything that Bagwell never wanted.

As a youngster growing up in Killingsworth, CT, Bagwell always envisioned playing in the World Series in Fenway Park, and hitting World Series-winning home runs over the green monster.

But he never wanted to do it as the Fenway Faithfuls' enemy

Recognizing that Scott Cooper was better than Bagwell, the Red Sox crushed those visions that Bagwell entertained throughout his childhood

Thinking that they were set at 3rd base for the future, the BoSox dealt Bagwell to the Houston Astros in 1990 for Larry Andersen, laying the groundwork for roughly 10 years of the Dude mocking the Undude.

Little did the Red Sox know that Bagwell was about to discover the secrets of completely legal exercise supplements, thus launching him into a career that could also land him in that other Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

As the Red Sox struggled through the late 90s by playing Mobese Vaughn at 1st and guys like Reggie Jefferson and Jose Canseco at DH, the Undude could only shake his head in anger and mutter his frustrations under his breath.

Bagwell never did get that win in 2004. His dreams were left unfulfilled, thanks to the Red Sox's "foresight."

But for his contributions to the Dude's very limited arsenal of jokes directed at the Undude, the Dude Committee proudly honors an inaugural member of the Dude Hall of Fame: Jeffrey Robert Bagwell.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The President thinks we're dumb :(

On why he thought the Republicans wouldn't lose as many seats as they did, he said (not an exact quote) that he thought the American people would understand the importance of taxes and the importance of security.

Specific to those of us who live in PA, he said he didn't think the win by Casey had anything to do with Iraq. So now he knows the issues better than us in our own state's race?

I wish stupid old me could understand these complicated issues...

A Blue Star Kind of Night (and morning)



320 comments, and about 9 hours later, both the Dudes and the Democrats wrapped up a historic night, a night of firsts for both. And as the final votes trickle into Montana and Virginia, the reality of the situation will only become clearer: it was a blowout for the Committee. Well played, dudes, well played. See you in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Dude Committee Midterm Elections LiveBlog


It's 5:21 pm CST. I've just arrived home from my polling place. Let the (hopefully) victorious evening begin!

Judge Tylwalk gets involved in the election process

Because of "confusion" with the e-voting machines here in Central PA, the judges in both Lebanon and Lancaster counties have ordered that polls remain open until 9 pm tonight. One of the Lebanon County judges is, of course, my dad. I thought that was pretty cool until I realized that both counties are heavily Republican. That may draw a hearty "boo!" from the fans...

Who are representing the Dudes?

I think it's about time that we take a survey of the dudes to see if their interests are being represented in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Meet my representative, John Culberson, http://culberson.house.gov.

This arch right-winger has received the following scores from the American Conservative Union in his 5 years in the house: 100, 100, 96, 96, 92.; and the following scores from the ACLU: 7, 0, 0, 0.

John Culberson, you are dead to me. Sadly, he is projected to win easily in his election today.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Only in North Carolina...


Well, as long as we're talking politics, I must introduce you to Vernon Robinson. Vernon first caught my eye this weekend with an attack ad he ran against his opponent, Brad Miller. Miller's offense? Being endorsed by a local Muslim group. That's right, Robinson attacked Miller for being liked by Muslims. But that's not all...

http://vernonrobinson.com/radio.shtml

Please listen to the Beverly Hillbillies radio ad and the Twilight Zone TV ad. I wish this were a parody, but it's all true, and he's running in the district next to mine. Ugh.

Gotta love living in this state!

Dude Hall of Fame Inductee: Spencer Romine


Long before the men’s lacrosse case divided Duke, a much greater schism threatened to destroy the gothic wonderland. The late 1990s witnessed an epic quarterback controversy between Bobby Campbell and Spencer Romine. No student was without an opinion, and everywhere you went, people were talking Duke Football.

But the dudes, being of sound mind, backed Spencer. He wasn’t a physically intimidating man, but his laid-back charm masked a ferocious competitiveness and rifle arm. Besides, Campbell once threw seven interceptions in a single game (oh Lord how I wish that were a typo), and as Weitao said, “he couldn’t hit an ocean from a pier.”

Early in his career, Romine was hampered by the conservative offense of fellow inductee, Fred Goldsmith. But when Carl Franks launched his Airborne attack with Romine as the centerpiece, well, the results speak for themselves.

His career numbers do not dazzle, but numbers don’t always tell the story. All I know is this: If a time-traveling DeLorean were to pull up into my driveway tonight, I wouldn’t kill Hitler or break bread with Jesus. I would go back to the late 1990s and Wally Wade just to see Spencer throw one more tight spiral to Richmond “I’m a receiver, I catch footballs, that’s my job, thank you, Jesus” Flowers.

And to all those NFL teams floundering near last place, remember, Spencer’s for hire!

Midterm LiveBlog Preview

In advance of tomorrow night's live blog, I thought I'd share with the Dudes some analysis from someone who canvassed the betting sites to see what the smart money was betting on as far as the election goes:

1. House goes to Dems. Dems pick up ~20 seats.

2. Senate goes to Dems (51-49)

Contested elections: Dems win Maryland, RI, Missouri, Virginia, Montana, New Jersey; Reps win Tennessee.

Closest election: Missouri.

It's Time for Predictions


It's time for a bi-annual tradition (at least a tradition starting tomorrow) -- Awarding the coveted and prestigious Blue Star to the Dude who comes closest to predicting the outcome of tomorrow's election. Why a Blue Star? Because the Dudes would never award a Red one!

So will the woman to your left become the new House Speaker?

This Dude predicts Democrats +24 in the House and +5 in the Senate. Get your picks in now!

Is The Dude secretly writing for Page 2?

I would hope The Dude would inform the rest of the Committee if he accepted an offer from ESPN.com and started penning NBA pieces under the name "Bill Simmons." But perhaps his contract prevents him from doing so. In any case check out the NBA Preview Pt. II and scroll down to item 24. That gigantic man-crush on Yao and the Rockets sure smells suspiciously like the Asian Prince to me!

Mazel Tov!!

To our very own Head Dude, who apparently, paid someone much smarter than himself to take the Texas Bar Exam on his behalf.

This past weekend, Head Dude found out that his bribe paid off.

As you can see for yourself, the Dude Committee extends its welcome to its second member of the Texas State Bar!!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Ugh

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Hey! Ya Gotta Stop This Butt-Kicking!!


InterDude Battle 1 about as much of a "battle" as the France-Germany battle from WWII. For one night at least, Dirk was very French.

Dude Hall of Fame Inductee: William Avery


There was once an humble kid from Georgia with a dream - to graduate from Duke and star in the NBA.

He was rumbling down the right track.

The leader on the court for one of the finest collegiate squads in recent memory, William Avery led the 1998-99 Duke Blue Devils to within a trip and a travel from the National Championship. Needless to say: things were looking up for Avery.

Then the unthinkable happened.

Head Dude announced to the world that Avery was skipping class and failing school.

Ashamed and embarrased, Avery watched as his own dreams crumbled before his eyes.

He was forced to leave school early, saw his NBA career wash out after three seasons, and now showcases his talents in Israel and Europe - far away from the evil Head Dude.

Head Dude, on the other hand, added a gold star to his resume, stepping over William's whimpers.

In recognition of his magnificent career at Duke and his role in launching Head Dude into bigtime journalism, the Committee proudly honors a unanimous selection into the Dude Hall of Fame: William Avery.

If You Build It, Dudes Will Come




There was a time when the Dude center of gravity was in the heartland, back when dudes spanned America from California to Massachusetts, and the central meeting place was Illinois, or in this case, Iowa. So the dudes made pilgrimmage to the Field of Dreams, and found it to be the biggest disappointment since Weitao's grandparents built Imperial Palace. But at least there was a real field of dreams that didn't let us, or JR, down. And it also bears the distinction of the only Dudemania where all dudes made money at a casino, or in this case, a riverboat in Dubuque. And all it took was one general apiece.

Friday, November 03, 2006

InterDude Battle: Act I !!


A rivalry first stoked by Dude legend Jon Barry's twirling, leaping scissor kick returns to the Toyota Center in Houston. The Dude Committee is fairly certain that the Stormin Mormon will not be posterized in this rendition of Mavs-Rockets, but everything else is up in the air - Like T-Mac here!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Back Duke, or Back Off!!


September 10, 2005: DudeMania 9; We're getting trounced by Virginia Tech; and we were NOT BACKING OFF!!!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

DudeMania 11: Dallas, TX (October 14-16)


A 1,300 pound pig, the unforgettable Big Tex, and Todd Marchant beating Ed Belfour over and over again.

An epic weekend; an epic tale.

For many, DudeMania 11 was captured by the Hog, all 1,300 pounds of it: it was grand in scale, fared best in fairs, and involved a lot of lounging around and playing NHL 99.

But perhaps more significantly, DudeMania 11 bore witness to the curtain closing on one of the Committee's favorite athletes, Drew Bledsoe. In what was perhaps his last stroke of brilliance, the statuesque Drew led the Cowboys back from a 6-3 halftime deficit by throwing 2 second half touchdown strikes to Terrell Owens, and left the stage to a rousing ovation in favor of Tony Romo. One week later, Bledsoe was unceremoniously sacked, literally and figuratively and perhaps for good, in a MNF bludgeoning by the Tuna.

Let it be known that the Dude Committee was on hand for the last glimmering light in Drew Bledsoe's manificently immobile career.

Upcoming Hall of Fame Ceremonies

After roughly 9 years of friendship and more than 10 DudeManias, we figured that it was about time to establish a Dude Committee Athlete Hall of Fame. As you will note by the first round of inductees that the inductees are in no way selected on the basis of athletic prowess, but rather, on what they mean to us and our banter through the years.

The initial class of inductees is currently being vetted and debated amongst the Committee members as we speak. We will announce this honored initial class in short order.

- The Dude