Monday, December 31, 2007

Hey Tom,

Stop giving relationship advice to guys who don't have kids out of wedlock!!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

16-0



Not surprisingly, the dudes did not recognize the historic achievement by the Patriots on this blog, so I guess it's up to me. But instead of saying what you already know, we'll simply repost a YouTube classic saluting the Golden Boy.

Four Days...

In spite of Obama's command performance on Meet the Press this morning, I'm concerned with four days remaining until Iowa voters meet up in civic centers across the state. Not just because today's fresh votes show either Clinton or Edwards in the lead, because those polls are extremely tight and put Obama in not much worse a situation than Kerry was in four years ago at this time.

The bigger concerns are this: (1) Older voters are tilting strongly towards Clinton, and they show up to caucus much more than younger votes, who overwhelmingly support Obama; (2) In every poll over the last few months, Iowans second choice is consistently Edwards, which is significant because under the arcane caucus rules, if your first choice gets less than 15% of the vote in a room, you have to switch to your second choice; and (3) The polls are showing that the intensity of those who support Edwards and Clinton is greater than Obama.

Not that any of this creates certainties -- perhaps young voters will turn out in high numbers, but I'm concerned that even though he's a much more credible candidate, Obama's supporters are looking a little too much like Dean's, and just like Dean, Obama has to win the caucus realistically to have a chance. Many pundits say even if Edwards wins and Clinton finishes third, she'd bounce back much better than Obama.

So I'm still very hopeful, perhaps even audaciously so, but in spite of shifting comfortably back into the Obama camp the last month, I'm not sure how long the campsite will stay around.

Friday, December 28, 2007

A Brush With (Semi) Celebrity

Fresh off the heels of Izzy's encounter with Michael Irvin, I have my own tale to report. A much smaller celebrity, though perhaps more important to DudeSpin.

On a lazy end of year Friday afternoon, I found some time to check out the Journey (sans G) in their first post-Christmas game in Houston against the University of Houston Cougars. I walked up to the ticket window (stunningly, no line) and face a dilemma - pay $5 for regular seats or $10 for floor seats. Figuring that I only live once, I ponied up for a pair of floor seats for me and a UH alum I dragged out to the game. Turns out, it wasn't a bad decision.

We found our way to the floor and wound up sitting directly behind Lindsey Harding and (presumably) her parents. As with Joel, I like to leave celebrities (and former Journey legends) alone, so I quietly sat back and caught bits and pieces of their conversation for the entire game.

The Journey hadn't played in a while, and looked as rusty as one would expect. One bright spot, however, was the play of posts Carrem Gay and Chante Black. They controlled the boards and was Journey's only consistent source of offense. Another cause for optmism was the play of freshman Jasmine Thomas. As one would expect of a freshman, she was a bit unsure with the ball at times, but showed glimpses offensively and defensively that she could develop into every bit the player and leader that Lindsey was.

For her part, Lindsey was vocal and cheered on her teammates the entire game. She made a couple of observations: McCallie makes more substitutions than G; and the Journey did not exploit their advantage in the post. The front row of the floor was also filled with other former Journeyers, includng Mistie Bass and someone whose name escapes me.

All in all, a nice Friday afternoon; and here's hoping the Journey makes more trips to Houston!

G Wins 400th

A belated link about Coach G winning her 400th game and her mixed feelings about being honored at Texas when all the work was done in Durham.

Monday, December 24, 2007

A Mile High With the Playmaker

The obvious sign should've been when I saw three young boys in #88 Cowboy jerseys walk by me at Fort Lauderdale Aiport this afternoon, but it wasn't until I was about to board the plane and saw a familiar profile signing autographs, that I realized none other than Michael Irvin was on my flight back to Dallas. At which point I quickly emailed the Dude to relish in the irony.

And wouldn't you know it, Irvin and his younger brother or oldest son (could've been either) seated themselves a row right in front of me. The three younger sons in uniform headed to the back of the plane. Irvin ordered a Grey Goose (I think but couldn't be sure if I heard right) and then slept for most of the flight. In the very few encounters I've had around celebrities, I prefer to ignore them and let them be in peace, but Irvin delivered a special message to all the dudes, and his #1 Fan Weitao in particular, upon arrival at DFW: Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The NBA Season at the One-Third Mark

Interesting signs abound since Franchise last checked in with an update, and while we don't expect the Dude to weigh in for obvious reasons, perhaps others have thoughts...

1) The Big 3 in the West seem to be back to the Big 3, with records of 18-7, 18-8, and 18-9. Dallas entered its latest stretch against Utah/Houston/Orlando/Phoenix just trying to stay in the top half of the conference, and ended up beating all 4. The Hornets and Jazz have cooled off and the Nuggets are as unpredictable as ever, great on their best nights, and frustratingly average on their worst. As for the Rockets...is there a pulse out there? Houston? Dude?

2) The Pistons served notice tonight that while Boston may win 65+ if its big three stays healthy, a trip to the Finals is no sure thing. At least if Boston has to play Detroit, because really who else in the East could beat them?

So at this point, is there any reason to think that other than adding Boston to the elite, this season is any different than the last one?

Right On TO!!

You gotta love a guy like TO - saying what all of us Cowboys fans were thinking after watching the game last Sunday. It's one thing for me to say it as a fan, but for TO to say it to the co-worker that has the most impact on his work - well, that's just TO!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A Call From Barack to the Dudes

I got this email below from Barack today. Tempting, to say the least:

Want to ring in the New Year in Las Vegas or Reno?
We need you to build
on the momentum we've got in Iowa and New Hampshire and keep it going through
the primary season.
We're building a rock-solid organization in Nevada, the
third state in the nominating process, and we're looking for our best volunteers
to get right in the middle of the action. Can you commit to spending a few days
or up to 2 weeks in Nevada this January?
Sign up to join us in Nevada:
http://nevada.barackobama.com/cometonv
The entire nation
will be focused on the January 19th Nevada Caucus, and you can make a huge
difference in this historic event. This is the first time that Nevada has
participated as a critical early state in the nominating process, and we need
all hands on deck to prepare potential caucus-goers and let them know about
Barack Obama.
We've got great supporters here in Nevada and many of them have
offered space in their homes for out of state volunteers who are willing to
help. We've also identified affordable housing throughout Nevada that we can
share with you.
Sign up to help out our Nevada team and someone from our
staff will call you to discuss your availability and possible housing
options:
http://nevada.barackobama.com/cometonv
We're looking for
people to help out during the following time frames, but we're happy to
accommodate your schedule.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Coach Cutcliffe: Welcome to Duke?

I have to admit, I'm still a little skeptical about this hire. I recognize that he won at Ole Miss, and recognize that he's developed two pretty good quarterbacks, but what about the fact those quarterbacks were both sons of an all-time legend, and probably had a little bit of talent to work with? Will he be able to recruit the same to Duke?

I'm just wondering, given that Duke apparently didn't see money as an obstacle (which is amazing, in and of itself), why names like Bowden (Tommy), Holtz (Skip), and Neuheisel didn't become more prominent. I can see why concerns over Dorrell being a West-Coast guy and not having many recruiting contacts in the East would factor in, but was this really the second-best candidate out there after Johnson? Part of the disappointment is that national names actually seemed to find appeal in the Duke job, and yet they never got a close look.

Now, of course, that's not to say that those guys would have been any better than Cutcliffe, but given Alleva's abyssmal hiring record, I would've felt a little more secure with a guy who has shown the ability to succeed at a school that has any parallels to Duke, which it's hard to say that Ole Miss has.

Thoughts?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Gettin' Juicey with Miggy!

It's just a shame former Astros heroes Clemens and Pettite couldn't have been in Houston to welcome their fellow brother in crime to town. I think we all now know that it was fate that Enron collapsed and created an opening for Minute Maid to take over Houston's ballpark. Now when they call it The Juice, we'll know why!!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Welcome to H-Town, Tejada!

I know only half of the committee cares, but I couldn't pass up a chance to mention that Miguel Tejada is on his way to the Astros. Yes, he's coming off of a less than impressive season, so here's hoping that it was really due to disinterest playing for the Triple-A team masquerading as a Major League team in Baltimore. I figure he'll give us at least two good seasons before he gets disenchanted in Houston!

All joking aside, I didn't mind trading for a guy who's fourth all-time in homers as a shortstop, even if he's a big defensive downgrade from Adam Everett. He's only 31, so if he actually, you know, tries, I'd bet he's not quite ready for the fork to be stuck in his back. I'm happy Ed Wade is at least trying to do something, and the lineup is likely to look a lot different with Michael Bourn and Kaz Matsui batting 1-2 and Tejada in an RBI slot (fifth?).

Now the question is, will we have any pitching? Dude, what say you?

Duke's next coach is... you?

Vandy's Bobby Johnson dropped out of the race, which is fine with me.

Meanwhile, sources are saying that former Washington front man and current Baltimore Raven coordinator Rick Neuheisel is very interested in the job, but Alleva has not interviewed him. Neuheisel once had a No. 3 ranking and Rose Bowl with Washington, but has had a few sketchy incidents in his past that this article write off as misunderstandings. Seems like a pretty interesting pick, and very worthy of our consideration.

Of course, he would have to beat out the readers of DudeSpin. Follow this link to the second page of jobs, and you too can submit your resume to become Airborne's next head coach. Having watched five straight years of Duke football, I feel like I must know the team better than any outsider that they can bring in. Surely that counts for something, right?

Wave of Obamentum!!

And they are tied in New Hampshire!!

No surprise that Barack continues to prove Head Dude and other doubters wrong by surging in the polls as we get closer to election day.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Meeee-Yao!

There's a catfight breaking lose in Houston! Yao Ming, on trailing the 76ers last night by 31 before finally losing by 12.

"When you are soft yourself, everything will feel tough," Yao said. "It's not because they are so tough. It's because of how soft we are.

"It's weird that we changed that quick. I never had that feeling. I feel like they traded me to another team, a new team I've never been on before."

Where have all the championship dreams gone?

Monday, December 10, 2007

Dude News and Notes

1. So now Alleva appears to be casting his net towards a comparable football program and a coach with a 20-50 career record. Now going 5-7 in the SEC isn't bad, especially for Vandy, but does this make sense for either Johnson or Duke? Methinks not really. I do gather though that by searching further, Alleva must not be sold on Broadway.

2. While Broadway was out searching for a new coach, South Carolina was out to see Oprah. Now I don't know the total population of the Palmetto State, but 30,000 has to be a significant percentage. I must say, after originally starting in favor of Obama, and then infamously shifting to Hillary for a few months, the tide is starting to pull me back to Obama a little bit. You hear too many independents and Republicans say they'd never vote for Hillary, but would consider Obama, and maybe that needs to mean something more.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Still Perfect!


The Cowboys stayed perfect against the NFC with a scintilating last second strike from Tony Romo to Jason Witten. Mazel Tov Tony!!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Something new is Bruin...

Although this seems to me like a pretty big fall in terms of coaching gigs, especially when you read about his pals in the NFL, SI reports that Duke is now looking at Karl Dorrell, UCLA's former coach.

From 10-2 and knocking off USC to taking over Airborne? I guess we'll see...

Friday, December 07, 2007

Back to the drawing board

Johnson gives Broadway the Heisman. Hey Broadway, I'm available, interview me!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Broadway Fires up the Charter to Meet Johnson

These are strange times at Wallace Wade -- not only is Duke apparently willing to offer Johnson $2 million a year (which far exceeds what they're paying K), but thanks to Chronicle crack reporting, they also are blowing 25K a pop to charter private jets.

Broadway meets Broadway

I think I still favor hiring Johnson, but you have to be intrigued by Broadway.

The Return of Rambo???



Oh how the Mighty have fallen!! Just a few months ago, Head Dude was mocking the Astros for relying on Mike "Lambo" Lamb for production in the line-up. But what is that I read today when I logged on to trusty mlbtraderumors.com?? The Rangers are going to offer Lambo their starting 1B job!! - that is, if the Red Sox don't get him first!!!

Of course, Lamb isn't a bad offensive option - he had a park adjusted OPS of +.112 last season (OPS was .112 higher than the league average adjusted for Lamb's home park - excluding pitchers). That number is lower than Mark Texeira's +.150, but comparably better than, say, Brad Wilkerson's +.104. So Head Dude, will you be a Lambo fan again?

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Dude News and Notes From Today

1) Alleva's search for a new coach has finally led him to contact Paul Johnson, and others appear to be in the works.

2) They've been ignored on this site so far this season (perhaps because the Dude never seems to post anymore), but it's of note that TAFKAJ (The Artist Formerly Known as Journey) has lost three straight.

3) And finally, it may be early, but it says here that a certain of NHL teams are atop the NHL. Will it last?

Monday, December 03, 2007

Dude NBA Info Worth Mentioning

Far be it from me to suggest that there are other teams in the NBA besides the Mavs and Rockets, but...

Denver's win last night brings the Nuggets to 11-7, just half a game behind Dallas. And unless I'm mistaken, they are two games ahead of the 9-9 Rockets.

Then there is Undude's team - if indeed the Celtics' hot start has convinced him to get behind them again. Surely I don't need to mention that the C's are 14-2, and owner of the best record in the NBA...

Yes, there is a ton of basketball yet to be played. I don't have League Pass like The Dude, so I have no way of knowing what, if anything, this all means. Just thought it was interesting to take note of how it stands as of Dec. 3.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Obamentum!!

The Des Moines Register's latest poll confirms what ABC News polls showed last week: Barack Obama has pulled ahead of Hillary Clinton among likely caucus voters. The shift repeats what has been a familiar trend in Obama elections since his loss to Bobby Rush in 2000 - as the calendar flips forward toward election day, Obamentum picks up!! Significantly, in the latest DMR poll, Obama has surged ahead of Clinton among female voters.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Duke Hiring Updates

WRAL, which brags about its accuracy in nailing UNC and N.C. State's choices the last few years, says Duke's highest target is Paul Johnson.

The little Chronicle does some solid reporting and throws out a number of possibilities, which once you move beyond Mike Shula and Cowher, looks to be a reasonable list.