Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Sort of a West Wing meets For Love of the Game


This is an entertaining read.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Great Floridian Triathlon

UC Law 98-er, Jim Lopez, is too modest to admit this, but the word on the street is that he completed this event, which is pretty sick.

The Male Results finishers list does show a "James Lopez" from Washington DC. He swam 2.4 miles in 1:26, then biked 112 miles in 7:24, and then ran a 5:18 marathon, which means he spent 14 hours 32 minutes swimming, biking, and running, or about as long as Ewald spent in class in law school.


Saturday, October 28, 2006

UC Law Kicks Ass, Adds names

UC Law, once again, had the highest bar apssage rate in the State (tied, this year, with U of Toledo). I don't see a news item on the UC Law homepage, but feel free to scour this to see which of our little brothers and sisters passed the exam.

FWIW, here are my thoughts: A law school ought to have a high bar passage rate. But really that's the base-line, not the goal. If a law school is not adequately preparing its student to pass the bar exam, then almost everything else that it is doing is a waste of time and unintended fraud (I like to create my own causes of action).

It's kind of like the attorney who wants to be a rainmaker and argues that his marketing is very solid because he gets a lot of referrals. That's certainly good and important, but shouldn't every attorney be doing a good enough job that his clients are happy with his work and willing to tell their friends? The exceptional rainmaking attorney is the one who generates leads beyond his referral network.


Thursday, October 26, 2006

Finally, a piece not about police/crime/jails


It's about time that Bronson wrote an article about an interesting topic, although I'm not really sure what his point is. Does he like beer pong, or just the fact that Oxford City Council has felt compelled to vote on outlawing the outdoor version? I do agree that the new UC mascot is lame.

Debate - New Topic

We've never really discussed this topic, but it is certainly interesting. My opnly problem with his list is that he includes fictional people with a host. I think the parameters have to be the character on TV. So you take Markie Post's character on night court, not her in real life. So on his list you judge Martha Quinn as she was on MTV. My vote goes for Angela Chase (Claire Danes) in "My So Called Life'.

Field Goal Bet Results

Field Goal Bet

Sorry it's sideways. This was my best kick. I failed.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

On Nate's B-day List...

Monty the Dump Truck

Monty the Dump Truck is a member of the team called "The Pack" who works for the Sodor Construction Company. He and his twin brother Max like to make trouble at the construction sites. He zooms around the site spinning out and kicking up dirt. Monty wears the number 16.

Max the Dump Truck

Max the Dump Truck is a member of the team called "The Pack" who works for the Sodor Construction Company. He and his twin brother Monty like to make trouble at the construction sites. He zooms around the site spinning out and kicking up dirt. Max wears the number 15.

Kinda made me tear up thinking of the good ole days when he asked for these....


Even you have to be impressed, Todd


Check out this amazing bit of drinking by one of Dartmouth's finest.

Monday, October 23, 2006

The Bet of the Century

Last night Moose and I were at the Cincinnati/South Florida game. We watched the Cincinnati kicker Lovell miss a 47 yard field goal. I of course said that I could make it from there. So either this Wednesday or this Sunday I will be joining Moose at Nippert Stadium to attempt a 47 yard field goal. I get five tries. Of course, odds are encouraged and bets are expected. Frankly the stakes between Moose and I are pretty weak (dinner). I will attempt to videotape the event and post it here, for you, the readers.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Should I sue the Wall Street Journal?

Here's a piece that they published October 20, 2006.

Here's an article that I published in the Cincinnati Bar Association's CBA Report in July 2006:


Friday, October 20, 2006

Classic Debate Series - Vol. 2 - Double Actor

i was pondering -- who do you think is among the most successful actors/actresses that have starred in two unrelated sitcom/tv series -- in the last 15-20 years?

some thoughts:

kelly and valerie -- tiffany amber thiessen - saved by the bell and 90210

paige and whatever her housewife name is -- nicolette sheridan -- knots landing and desperate housewives (i realize you boys may have not watched knots landing, but it was a huge hit during its prime and she was a major character)

zach and whatever his name was on nypd blue -- mark paul gausselear (sp?) -- saved by the bell and nypd blue

elaine and christine -- julia louis-dreyfuss -- seinfeld and the new adventures of old christine -- she did just win an emmy -- but this seems to recent...

-Moose (posting for Beamer)


You may remember Jack Chin as a UC Law Prof. who started after we graduated. He later moved onto U of Az. He was recently interviewed on the Daily Show. Pretty funny stuff.

I can't be bothered to sign up to You Tube to actually put the video on this blog, but here is the link.

-Moose (posting for Max)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

There was another college football brawl this weekend


Check out this excerpt from the article about the finish of the Dartmouth/Holy Cross game from Dartmouth's cleverly-named newspaper, The Dartmouth:

Unfortunately for the Big Green, Holy Cross was able to attempt a chip shot, 18-yard field goal. As DeSantis lined up for the kick, the swirling autumn winds and occasional shouts from the sidelines were the only noise to be heard in Memorial Field as both teams set up for what could very well have been the last play of the game.
The Big Green fans began to awaken and cheer, trying to distract DeSantis to no avail. The kick sailed through the uprights, allowing the Crusaders to come away with a dramatic and disappointing(for Dartmouth) 24-21 overtime victory.
The Big Green players were gathered on the sideline after the game when Holy Cross began dancing on the Dartmouth "D" in the center of the field. This was perceived as an insult by many Big Green players. Punches, and even crutches flew as a brawl broke out in the middle of the field. After nearly 10 minutes, the conflict was broken up by police and intervening members of each team's staff.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

It must be getting close to Halloween


Seattle is now hosting this traveling exhibit called Bodies which is basically a bunch of cadavers cut open in various ways to show a variety of internal systems, organs, etc. Not really my cup of tea, so I wasn't terribly surprised to see that someone was trying to shut it down. Probably some conservative alliance, distraught family members or concerned religious group, right? No. It turns out that the party filing the lawsuit is really just a competitor museum that hosts exhibits on bigfoot, ghosts and UFOs. They are likely just upset because theirs is no longer the freakiest exhibition in the city.

Can you even imagine if someone tried to bring this exhibit to Cincinnati? It would make the Condon/Tobias lawsuit look like some ill-conceived, small-time art project (oh wait, that's what it was).

Friday, October 13, 2006

Double downer


What will Moose do during lunch? From a WSJ blog: (I can't imagine this will do away with practice gambling sites--but that's fun like smoking oregano, so I'm told)

October 13, 2006, 12:38 pm
New Law Riles Poker Crowd
Poker players aren’t happy with Congress or President Bush, who today signed a law banning online gambling.

“Today is a dark day for the great American game of poker,” said Michael Bolcerek, president of the Poker Players Alliance , which claims more than 110,000 poker buffs. “Twenty-three million Americans who play the game online will effectively be denied the ability to enjoy this popular form of entertainment, even in the privacy of their own homes.”

The poker group, which fired off a news release, charges that Washington bluffed the public by attaching the gambling restrictions to a port security bill. In signing the bill this morning, Bush didn’t even mention poker or gambling, and instead stuck to his main theme for the campaign season: Security. “Our seaports are a gateway to commerce, a source of opportunity and a provider of jobs. Our ports could also be a target of a terrorist attack, and we’re determined to protect them,” he said.

The whole affair has left Poker superstar Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson fuming. “As a lifelong poker player, I can’t believe the underhanded way this new bill restricting online poker was passed through Congress. What does Internet poker have to do with the Safe Port Bill? We Texans don’t like this kind of trickery. Texas is a state where you can see an enemy coming, a friend is a friend, and you look someone straight in the eyes.”

The PPA finds it particularly galling that the law exempts horse racing, state lotteries and fantasy sports, and is pressing Congress for a similar exemption for poker. As it is, Bolcerek argues, the new law “leaves more than $4 billion in annual tax revenue on the table.” –Mary Lu Carnevale

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A New Series--Classic Debates

You may or may not know that I went through undergrad on a full-ride debate scholarship. So I like to argue. And I have found that some of the greatest arguments of all time occurred within the walls of the University of Cincinnati. Todays topic was the neverending debate of whether or not you can have more than one nemesis.

Clark always argued that a person can only have one nemesis. This had come up near the year 2000 when he replaced Budelski as his millenial nemesis. I was the replacement. He defined nemesis as being your chief enemy, and as such you could only have one of them. Bjorn was on this side of the debate.

I argued that you can have as many nemesi(s?) as you want. Your arch nemesis is your primary enemy.

Another Defining Moment


The UVA softball tourney should be on the list. Some reasons:
On the ride out Max loses his glasses while conducting a biology and physics experiment at 60 mph; Bart's amazing single in the rain exemplifies the seat of the pants streak we had; one of the best Beirut teams ever kicks Brooklyn Law butt; the White Spot; Chavez and I out on the town; Ammah not finding a throwing partner because he throws too hard; throwing up and/or passing out on the field.

It's true that everything was about section 1. As a section 6er, it was like a reoccuring nightmare of having to leave the sad, quiet high school lunch period (maybe talking D&D with JMike or walking silently and defiantly with Wils) just as the loudest, wackiest students were reporting for their lunch period, roaring into the cafeteria throwing erasers (say, Calaway), goosing the milk ladies (Moose), making silly animal faces and noises to underclassmen (Bartish), asking cheerleaders if they know that their epidermis is showing (Max).

On another note, I'm in 7th heaven with the polls coming out today.