Monday, July 28, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

This is what hope really looks like

Coach Cut has landed another big recruit, this one in-state. Duke has yoinked NC's No. 4 overall prospect from out of the hands of Rutgers! Running back Desmond Scott of Durham's Hillside High has climbed aboard the Victory Express. What makes this news so big is that between 2003 and 2008, Duke only signed one top-25 North Carolina prospect. Change is in the air(borne)!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

That's What Hope Looks Like

The Giulianis -- the whole family blows!

So Rudy Giuliani's son, Andrew, is suing Duke because he was cut from the men's golf team "without cause". Seriously? Rudy must be flush in cash because a 198-page complaint would take hours and thousands of dollars for a lawyer to draft. He blames Duke for interfering with his efforts to become a professional, but judging by his picture, unless he plans on become the second John Daly, he appears to be interfering with his own efforts. Just makes me take extra delight in the millions Giuliani spent over the past year to win one Florida delegate.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Nothing quite like a politician in a yarmulke!

Kick out to Obama on the left wing - Onions!!

A couple of days late with this - but still pretty sweet: drilling a 3pter with so many folks watching on his 1st try.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Veepstakes Profile No. 10: Sam Nunn

Pros: Brings some much needed political experience to the table as a 24 year veteran of the U.S. Senate. Nunn's home state, Georgia, is one of the states that Obama is targeting for a November surprise. Nunn's work on nuclear non-proliferation tracks one of Obama's biggest legislative achievements during his short time in the Senate. But the biggest reason for adding Nunn to the ticket is his foreign policy "chops," earned as a former chair of the Senate Armed Forces Committee.

Cons: Nunn is to the right of Obama and most democrats on a myriad of social issues. He is not seen as the most effective campaigner or orator; but most significantly, his 70 years and long tenure in Washington would do some damage to Obama's change movement brand - which is the most valuable weapon in Obama's arsenal.

Ideological Similarity: 5

Added Electability: 5

Risk: 8

Intangibles: 2

Total: 20

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Veepstakes Profile No. 9: John Edwards

Pros: Because he's been out of DC for 4 years now (and was only there for 6), JRE does reinforce Barack's change banner, despite the fact that he was the Veep nominee in 2004. With his southern background and twang, the hope is that he would help win the white swing voters that they pundits have deemed crucial. He seems to have a good working chemistry with Barack and selecting Edwards, and putting Elizabeth Edwards back into focus, could give the Edwards one final turn in the spotlight together.
Cons: His poverty work does not play well in the general election, which seems to be directed more and more at answering the puzzle of "whose domestic policy is better for the middle class?" So while Edwards' "Two-America" message gains traction in the primary, it's the America in between that the general election is more concerned with. JRE also lacks the foreign policy experience that is so needed on the ticket.
Ideological Similarity: 8
Added Electability: 5
Risk: 8
Intangibles: 7
Total: 28

Monday, July 14, 2008

The End of Billy Packer?

There's no greater lightning rod in college broadcasting than Billy Packer (yes, I think even moreso than Vitale), and now we get word that after 34 years he and CBS finally are parting ways. Frankly, I didn't mind the guy so much other than his blatant mispronounciation of Duke players' names (e.g., Shawn Battier). What I'm a little more confused about is the apparent elevation of Clark Kellogg. I liked him in the studio, and just not sure how it'll work courtside. I guess we'll find out.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Veepstakes Profile No. 8: Shane Battier

Pros: Would combine with Obama to form the greatest 2-on-2 basketball team in the history of the White House; his bi-racial background, youth and newness to Washington would reinforce Obama's change mantra. Could bring Barack voters in traditional GOP strongholds of North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, and would help shore up Obama's lead in Michigan. His well-documented strength on defense could assuage worries about Obama's foreign policy deficiencies. He has post-up chops (as seen in this photo, as he prepares to drop a hook shot over Austin Croshere).

Cons: Could face a challenge stepping up to second fiddle status after playing a complementary third-option role in Houston. His youth could highlight Obama's inexperience. Could draw derision and comparison with soccer-mad Europeans from the GOP given Battier's propensity to "emphasize" taking charges. He has higher negatives in many parts of the country given his prior association with Duke basketball.

Ideological Similarity: 8

Added Electability: 5

Risk: 5

Intangibles: 2

Total: 20

Better Know a Movie: Two Days in April

It's hard to imagine that a documentary would be a must-see for the Franchise, but if any documentary fits the bill, it's this particular film, which tracks four NFL draft hopefuls from the end of their senior season to the NFL Draft. Thankfully, I did not recognize any of the four athletes profiled: Derek Hagan, Clint Ingram, Travis Wilson and DonTrell Moore, which allowed me to take the roller coaster ride of emotions along with the athletes. The film's substance is provided by the behind the scenes entre it grants viewers into the meat market environment of the pre-senior bowl draft prep camps, the senior bowl practices and games, the combine, and the anxious pre-draft wait, but what gives it its edge is how the film beautifully tracks the emotions of the prospects and their families and friends, as the names come off the board. It is a must-watch for NFL Draft fans.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Veepstakes Profile No. 7: Al Gore

Pros: Who doesn't love Big Al? After Barack and the Clintons, Gore is the next democrat heavyweight (literally) who will do wonders for firing up the democratic base. He brings a familiarity with the White House and the chops to confront the looming energy crisis.
Cons: In addition to the near certainty that he will decline any vice presidential nod, Al hasn't shone the ability to bring home the votes. He lost his home state of Tennessee in 2000, and his past association with the Clintons could trigger additional Republican angst and doesn't jive with Obama's change rhetoric.
Ideological Similiarity: 9
Added Electability: 7
Risk: 8
Intangibles: 9
Total: 33

Monday, July 07, 2008

Webb Says No

Cross one of the DudeSpin favorites off the list. Jim Webb says he will not accept the vice presidency. A little surprising.

Still a Champion

As I pedaled away on the elliptical at the YMCA this afternoon, watching the greatest tennis match since Agassi-Baghdatis in the 06 US Open (this one, given the circumstances and the competitors, was obviously greater), it dawned on me that the biggest losera in America's apathy towards tennis in the absence of a dominant male player were the American themselves. Through the rain and the gloam of a summer London afternoon, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer simply dazzled. Despite the outcome, Nadal said it best in his post-match interview - Federer is the greatest in history, and I hope that this isn't so much a changing of a guard as it is one of the many climatic moments in the greatest athletics rivalry in our generation.
Thank you Rafa, Thank you Roger; and we look forward to an encore in New York.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Mile High Salute??

After decades of hosting the exploits of John Elway, Terrell Davis, Rod Smith, Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, Clinton Portis, Rueben Droughns, Tatum Bell, [insert other 1,000 rushers here], Steve Atwater, Dennis Smith, Bill Romanowski, etc., could it be that Mile HIgh Stadium (and its predecessor) will be known as the site of one of the greatest speeches in American history?? Only time will tell. But one thing is for sure, it's a better venue than classroom IV in the basement of UC Law!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Drew You Believe?

Some more success on the recruiting trail... Coach Cut landed the nation's 19th ranked defensive tackle, John Drew, in addition to another quarterback, a tight end, and a local Hillside athlete in Corey Gattis.

In other news I received my autographed Cutcliffe football in the mail last week; needless to say, it now has a special place on the mantle, and will soon likely replace the Fred Goldsmith autographed helmet as the Ultimate DudeSpin Duke Football Collectible.