The Lincoln Journal Star reports Tom Osborne has no comment on the story while Pelini says "I honestly don’t know where they’re getting their information." Not exactly a denial.
Meanwhile, the Sporting News is claiming to have confirmed the story as well, but offers no source.
What's it all mean? We're getting close.
Today there are various schools of thought on the game last night. I think it obviously proves that Dallas is the better team, but the Packers came away with a lot of positives. Number one, they could have laid down, but they fought until the end and kept it a game. Number two, one swallow doesn't make a summer, but Aaron Rodgers looked really good. This is good news for the Pack should Brett Favre go down or retire soon. Either way, Green Bay may get a few phone calls from some GM's in the off-season about Rodgers. In the short term, McCarthy needs to tighten up that defense. As for the Cowboys, it's easy to say they're going to be the team to meet the Patriots in the Super Bowl and that would be a smart bet, but I just have a funny feeling something's going to happen in the playoffs to spoil it for them, whether it's Wade Phillips bad luck or a T.O. clusterf*** or a Romo snafu. We'll see.
Another interesting story is the praise given to Andy Reid for resigning A.J. Feeley. I think Feeley excellent performance against New England shows that with the solid coaching you get from an Andy Reid coaching staff, you can win a lot of games with any solid QB. Thus, it's time to get rid of Mr. Sensitive Donovan McNabb and start fresh with Feeley and Kolb. It's a move that would benefit both parties.
Wow, that's all Paterno makes? $500,000 a year. Talk about loyalty.
But Pelosi, who is scheduled to speak to a Democratic National Committee event in Virginia on Friday, will surely face tough questions from reporters regarding Murtha's statement on the surge.
"This could be a real headache for us," said one top House Democratic aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "Pelosi is going to be furious."
What else is there to say?
In short, thanks to liberal white guilt...things will never change.
Now let's look at sports columnist (and black American) Jason Whitlock. He offers this:
The Black KKK claimed another victim, a high-profile professional football player with a checkered past this time.
No, we don't know for certain the circumstances surrounding Taylor's death. I could very well be proven wrong for engaging in this sort of aggressive speculation. But it's no different than if you saw a fat man fall to the ground clutching his chest. You'd assume a heart attack, and you'd know, no matter the cause, the man needed to lose weight.
Well, when shots are fired and a black man hits the pavement, there's every statistical reason to believe another black man pulled the trigger. That's not some negative, unfair stereotype. It's a reality we've been living with, tolerating and rationalizing for far too long.
When the traditional, white KKK lynched, terrorized and intimidated black folks at a slower rate than its modern-day dark-skinned replacement, at least we had the good sense to be outraged and in no mood to contemplate rationalizations or be fooled by distractions.
Our new millennium strategy is to pray the Black KKK goes away or ignores us. How's that working?
About as well as the attempt to shift attention away from this uniquely African-American crisis by focusing on an "injustice" the white media allegedly perpetrated against Sean Taylor.
Within hours of his death, there was a story circulating that members of the black press were complaining that news outlets were disrespecting Taylor's victimhood by reporting on his troubled past.
No disrespect to Taylor, but he controlled the way he would be remembered by the way he lived. His immature, undisciplined behavior with his employer, his run-ins with law enforcement, which included allegedly threatening a man with a loaded gun, and the fact a vehicle he owned was once sprayed with bullets are all pertinent details when you've been murdered.
In short, we have to pretend that this fact that the number one killer of black men is other black men is just a racist fallacy and point the blame back to a history of white oppression. Thus, nothing will ever, ever change for the black community in this country.
There was no apparent fan reaction to the omission, which occurred as many fans were scrambling to get back to their seats for the kickoff. The fans were ordered to leave the lower seating bowl at Heinz Field when lightning and a heavy rain resulted in both teams being waved off the field during pregame warmups.
National anthems are rarely televised during NFL games, with the Super Bowl being an exception, so there was no indication if any veterans groups were unhappy with the omission.
So why write the story? What's the point?
UPDATE: Osborne: No comment (until it's done).
It's gonna be a crazy week.
UPDATE: From KMTV in Omaha: Plane picked up Bo Pelini for a flight to Atlanta. Osborne and Harvey Pearlman on the plane.
MORE: Scout.com quotes Monte Kiffin on rumors he might be interviewed: “I haven’t heard anything right now. We’ll just wait and see on that. I spent a little time there, so we’ll wait and see,” Kiffin said.
“Obviously, you want somebody with integrity. And that doesn’t mean that these coaches don’t have integrity. I’m not saying that at all. But you want somebody whose word is good. It’s very important in recruiting that the players trust you. That what you tell them is going to happen. You want somebody that knows football and has a good work ethic. You want somebody that can motivate. Some people know football, but they really don’t get people to play hard for them. Again, I’m not saying that’s the case here. But you’ve got to get players to play hard. It’s still a Spartan game. I talked to (Bill) McCartney a couple weeks ago and hadn’t talked to him for two or three years. He has followed us pretty closely, and he said that we’ve lost our identity. What he was saying was that we used to be a team that people hated to play because they felt it for two or three weeks. I’m not saying that we need to go back to running the wishbone or running the option. I’m not getting into X’s and O’s. I’m talking about how we play. You have to play with intensity, and I think these coaches tried very hard to have that happen. I think they knew that. But I think at times, we didn’t have the intensity that you like to see in a football team.”
McCartney nailed it. When you watched Nebraska play, it just felt like watered-down pro football...not college football with its drive and passion. Now watching the Kentucky-Tennessee game this afternoon, that was college football. The SEC is the top of the head right now, while we've been trying to be something we're not. Back to the basics.
-Osborne said when the team was 4-4, Callahan had an opportunity to turn it around. He might have had a slim chance with a win in Colorado, but the Kansas game, Osborne said, was the real turning point.
-Osborne said he didn't hold anyone to standards that he hasn't been held to, which is cold comfort as he was always held to impossible standards. He told the regent story of how he would have been fired in his fourth year if he hadn't won the bowl game.
-The search begin, a firm has been hired and the Lincoln Journal Star reports Pelini is one of them. Osborne said he want someone the player will run through a wall for...that points to Pelini, but could also point to Gill. At this point I'd be shocked if the new coach isn't one of those two.
Here we go...
It was just awful, like watching old run-and-shoot University of Houston football. Yeah, it's high-flying, high-scoring stuff, but ultimately meaningless. When you see a high scoring game like this (unless it involves the Patriots), you know that you don't have quality teams. A 24-21 final score...chances are, that game had two good or great teams. 65-51? Entertaining for some, garbage in reality.
It's time for a change...and it's time for something retro. We need a new coach who has the ability to lead and respect our traditions and uses the walk-on program to its full potential. I was a proponent of Paul Johnson at Navy, and I wouldn't be unhappy if he got the job, but I'm now more inclined to Pelini: lot's of fire in the belly, defense-specialist, tough, able to withstand criticism, popular with fans. That is, of course, if the job comes open with the firing of Bill Callahan. Let's hope Osborne learned during his stay in Washington, D.C. how to bend with the political wind.
Union leaders began to concede defeat yesterday. "We have to face reality. Since yesterday's negotiations, things have changed. The strike is no longer the solution. The strike strategy is no longer winning," a leader of the Sud union representing Paris underground railway workers, Philippe Touzet, said in an interview with Bloomberg News.
The collapse of support for the strike by individual rail workers marks the first success in what Mr. Sarkozy considers the key goal of his presidency, the abandonment of expensive entitlements and special conditions for public sector workers, including generous early retirement and pension benefits for half a million rail workers, which he believes make France uncompetitive.
We need this kind of thinking in the United States.
By popular demand...here's a more current picture of Hank and Dean:
They grow up so fast!
Most people (thanks to brilliant marketing) are aware of the iPhone by Apple. A great product, but you're stuck with a huge AT&T bill. Few are aware of other touch-pad devices (due to lousy marketing) that have been on the market for a while like Sony's eReader or iLiad which serve as portable digital books. Now Amazon is into the fray with their new product, Kindle. It offers limited web access (site by site subscriptions) and new technology that makes the screen easier to read. However, no touch-screen and it is the size of a small book, thus bigger than your palm.
Ugh! Now is the time for some great company to put it all together without breaking the banks of the consumers. Do that, and you'll have built the proverbial "better mousetrap."
Osborne has said repeatedly that he won't evaluate Callahan until after the Colorado game. Osborne has given no indication which way he's leaning.
But Callahan has given the players notice that change could be coming, receiver Todd Peterson said.
"Basically, they've just told us that this is a business and it's about putting a product out on the field," Peterson said. "And when you put the product we've put out this year, eventually there are going to be some changes. Whether it will be this year, we don't know. We can't control that."
This illustrates the problem with Callahan's tenure as Husker coach. The phrase, "this is a business" has become a popular sports cliche used as a form of tough-love for players and fans when a coach is fired or a player is cut even though there may be a sentimental attachment. Like all cliches, there is a kernel of truth. In the NFL, it's especially true. It's a multi-billion dollar industry and is designed to make money by keeping the fans going to the games, watching the games, buying gear and memorabilia and so forth.
College football, on the other hand, is more complex. Certainly money is involved. They sell tickets, gear, TV packages, bowl games, but they also sell intangibles: pride, tradition, loyalty.
Callahan says it's a business and it's all about the product on the field. What he doesn't get is that it's also about character. Sometimes it's not about the number of loses, but how you lose. For weeks we saw not only loses, but incredibly lopsided loses from a team that showed no fight and a coach that offered no inspiration. Some are saying that the coaching staff deserves another chance and that this year was a fluke. That argument would have merit if we had seen some of these intangibles, but we didn't. College football has to be more than just a business for it to thrive and this is especially true in a place like Nebraska.
Nobody does it better than Jim Lileks. (Hat tip: Instapundit)
(AP) - The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will decide whether the District of Columbia can ban handguns, a case that could produce the most in-depth examination of the constitutional right to "keep and bear arms" in nearly 70 years.
The justices' decision to hear the case could make the divisive debate over guns an issue in the 2008 presidential and congressional elections.
Scary stuff. It's all in Justice Kennedy's hands.
MORE: There are a lot of ways to look at this. Some say we shouldn't worry because the court always endeavours to make very narrow rulings so it might turn out to be much ado about nothing. I'm not so sure...I think this is pretty serious stuff with huge ramifications. The court decides which cases to hear by the Rule of Four, i.e. it takes just four justices to decide if a case will be heard by the court. My question is, which four? Was it the four liberals who are hoping Kennedy joins them, or was it a ideological combination of judges? Also, did Chief Justice Roberts vote to hear the case? If so, that would lead me to believe he thinks they have the votes to protect the Second Amendment. I think the Rule of Four voting is secret, so we could only know through a leak.
Also, look for fawning praise from the New York Times and other MSM outlet on Justice Kennedy in hopes of cowing him into striking down the Second Amendment.
As the days go by we're learning more and more how Hillary Clinton and CNN were able to pull off one of the biggest con-jobs in presidential debate history. Not only does Wolf Blitzer lay down for Hillary, but they were able to fill the audience with "undecided voters" who were in fact Clinton loyalists. Somewhere, Don Hewitt is smiling in admiration.
ALE be damned - 102-year-old pensioner Nora Hardwick poses topless and becomes one of the oldest women ever to appear in a nude calendar.
The former-councillor, from Lincolnshire, became Miss November to raise cash for her local football team, Ancaster Athletic.
News of her picture has raced around the world - with stories as far a field in Bosnia, Australia and New Zealand.
She told us: "I'd never done anything like it before - and I doubt I will again.
Probably a safe bet.
An American soldier who was seriously wounded during a bomb attack in Iraq on Nov. 13 re-enlisted just hours after the ambush, telling Army officers he still had a job to do, the Army reported Monday.
I can safely say I would not have done the same. You serve in war, you get wounded...99% of us would say, okay, we've done our part with honor. This guy, however, is different. I bet there are a lot of folks (you know who I mean) who are condemning this guy as an inbred fool. Got a news flash for you Greenwich Village wankers...it's guys like this that give you the freedom to be Leftist idiots. You don't have to like it, but you do have to face it.
Big win for the Browns. They need to learn how to finish a game in order to play with the big boys, but still, a big (and crazy) win. Derek Anderson is one of the best stories this year. He made some big-time throws late in the game.
Detroit is stumbling. Better get it together for the Green Bay Favre's this Turkey Day.
The Dolphins are so bad, they can't beat the Eagles without McNabb.
Truth 2: Wolf Blitzer is a puppet;
Truth 3: With his answer on the Spitzer driver's license plan, Obama has proved beyond a reasonable doubt that he's not ready for prime time.
My brain just overloaded and shut down. If only Groucho was here.
GAUHATI, Indian (AP) - In a Nov. 13 story, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that Paris Hilton was praised by conservationists for highlighting the problem of binge-drinking elephants in northeastern India. Lori Berk, a publicist for Hilton, said she never made any comments about helping drunken elephants in India.
Meanwhile, the rumors about a future coach get crazier by the day. Bo Pelini has been spotted at the Lincoln airport so many times you have to wonder if he's really Elvis. There are also rumors being floated on the Internet boards that Callahan has already worked out a buy-out deal and accepted a job with the New York Jets under Coach Eric Mangini. I actually kinda hope that one is true. Callahan is like Norv Turner...good X's and O's guy, but not a leader of men.
Let's get the Colorado game over with and get onto the business at hand!
MORE: Political Black Ops?
He was a literary hero of the American Left and did indeed write some very good stuff, including his first novel, The Naked And The Dead. However, Mailer was a good example of someone who never really moved beyond the 1960s and spent many decades living off his reputation while putting out mediocre work.
Turns out Roger Kimball of Pajamas Media agrees with that assessment (though would judge me far to generous). I'm a man of few works, Roger on the hand takes a more quantitative approach. He has an excellent essay on Mailer's bad writing, though be warned...you may need a dictionary.
MORE: Christopher Hitchens gives us his take on the Left's half-baked hero. Naturally, Hitchens is much more sympathetic to his literary colleague. His take on Mailer: he did some good work, some bad work, but all in all he's the kind of guy that makes life more interesting. I can appreciate that.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer has been warned not to focus Thursday's Dem debate on Hillary. 'This campaign is about issues, not on who we can bring down and destroy,' top Clinton insider explains. 'Blitzer should not go down to the levels of character attack and pull 'a Russert.'' Blitzer is set to moderate debate from Vegas, with questions also being posed by Suzanne Malveaux... Developing...
Can someone explain to me how Tim Russert attacked Hillary's "character?"
Simply put, if Hillary wins the Presidency, she expects total and complete loyalty from the MSM...none of this 99% stuff.
This country could be in very big trouble.
-The Packers look really good.
-So do the Cowboys, but G-d bless...they're all ESPN talks about. There are 31 other teams, Bristol!
-Steelers and Browns played a good game. Browns have come a long way, but they've still got to learn how to beat the big boys.
-Some truly boring games this weekend (Raiders-Bears, Bengals-Ravens), but you can't have great ones every week. That Detroit-Green Bay game on Turkey Day is gonna be good.
The world famous Chippendales? No, just two bloggers in their prime: the Libertarian Popinjay meets "Captain" Ed Morrissey of Captain's Quarters and Blog Talk Radio. An incredibly nice man and one of the best bloggers on the net.
I also had the pleasure of meeting writer, producer, comedian Evan Sayet at the Pajamas Media booth. Evan has written for the Arsenio Hall Show, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher and other comedy projects in Hollywood for several years, but like his fellow comedian Dennis Miller, the events of 9/11 would change him forever. Evan noticed how many of his liberal friends were actually glad to see America get attacked, feeling that the country deserves what it gets. Evan spoke about this and his political transformation in a speech to the Hertiage Foundation. This speech has since become required viewing for the right side of the blogosphere. He did some standup bits throughout the day at the PJ Media booth. He was very congenial and we talked for about 5 minutes about his career and mine. Good guy.
More pics of the convention floor:
Poker lessons for bloggers!
Evan Sayet conducts a "White House press briefing."
Whether Callahan can save his job isn't known, but he gave the old coach something to think about on a day the Huskers looked like the Osborne teams that routinely throttled K-State. Callahan even called an option play for Ganz.
I didn't see the game, but it sure sounded like the days of old. I really hope we hire a coach that brings in some sort of updated Option Offense, whether it be Paul Johnson's Triple-Option at Navy or some form of Urban Meyer's Spread Option. The West Coast Offense is for the pros, not college. We need a college coach that understands tradition and the Nebraska way. We are not obligated to breed quarterbacks for the NFL. I personally can't wait until the seasons over and Osborne can get to work.
First, it's great these seniors got to shine in their final home game. It's also nice to see that Joe Ganz has some hidden talent. Should he have been the starter all along?
Is Kansas State really, really bad?
However, many, I'm sure, are concerned that this will save Bill Callahan's job. Probably not, but it will mean he can finish the season before he is removed and it means a new coach can develop something positive with this crop of players, including Ganz. Let's hope.
It also offers clarification for me. While I agree with probably 95% of Christopher Hitchens book on G-d, this photo and the story behind it covers the 5% of his take on religion that I don't agree with. He would see this as either meaningless or troublesome...I see it as a positive, especially in light of the circumstances.
More from Day by Day.
"It is my pleasure to announce my support for America's Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, a proven leader who is not afraid of what lies ahead and who will cast a hopeful vision for all Americans," Robertson said in a statement issued by the Giuliani campaign.
He made no mention of the fact that Rudy is pro-choice on abortion. Translation: Robertson understands what's at stake in this election.
As predicted, by the Popinjay!
MORE: Video of the endorsement. Robertson seems to be hitching his wagon to Rudy's promise to appoint Scalia/Roberts-type justices.
The Huskers are a harsh mistress.
Has anyone from the university asked for his resignation?
"You know what, I respect your question, but those are issues that I would have to defer right now to the higher-ups," Callahan said. "Again, the situation is very disappointing for us and we’re working through it the best we can. It’s one of those years we just haven’t performed to the standard we want to perform at, so I’ll let the higher-ups and whoever the decision-makers are make those decisions."
Interesting. It seems like a dead-cert that he'll be gone after the Colorado game. I'd really like to see Osborne interview Paul Johnson from Navy. He's got that crazy Triple-Option offense that would be most interesting at a school where you can get big-time recruits.
MORE: Praise for Johnson.
Answer: They all passed on drafting Adrian Peterson. It's especially bad for Tampa Bay, who of all these teams needs a running back the worst.
Can you imagine if Green Bay could have picked him up? Yikes!
Was it just me or did the Pats-Colts game feel a little strange. I don't know if anti-climactic is the right word, but something along those lines. It was a good game, but it had the feel of being a prelude to bigger things to come.
Regardless, I think the chances of the Patriots going undefeated are even better now that they've gotten past the Colts.
Good Lord! Detroit put a smackdown on the Broncos worse than the Jawhawks put to Nebraska. The Lions are no longer punchlines, they're just a very good team.
Speaking of surprises, after the Browns opening week loss to the Steelers, I was ready to call them the worst team in the league, but they've proved me wrong. Granted, their schedule hasn't been that tough so far, but they're scrappy and just might sneak into the playoffs. Nice win today against the stumbling Seahawks.
The Saints are back.
We interrupt our ongoing coverage of all things NFL to share some rumors we're hearing about a college program currently led by a former NFL head coach.
In Nebraska, one-time Raiders coach Bill Callahan is certain to get fired. And there has been plenty of speculation that Nebraska alum Barry Alvarez will take the job. Alvarez retired as head coach at Wisconsin after the 2005 season.
As our sources hear it, it's more than speculation -- it's a real possibility.And the Nebraska opening is one of many college gigs that soon will be available, and that could attract the attention of guys currently working in the NFL.
Also, something weird going on in the broadcast booth as Jim Rose (not me) did not call the game due to "personal reasons." This naturally has the Internet boards are all atwitter.
On the Liberal side, Hillary has to be pissed...she's Number 4 behind Al Gore and her own right-hand man Mark Penn. Oh, and her husband Bill is Number 1. Heh.
Oh what the hell...here's my top five movies:
1) Miller's Crossing
2) Simple Men
3) The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
4) Office Space
5) Remains Of The Day
Next, we have PJ Media founder Roger L. Simon who is writing a book on the new Hollywood Blacklist of conservatives. It's still in the works, but he has a portion of it online:
So I have not lost sleep worrying whether I have been blacklisted. Still I am sure this new form of Blacklist exists, but not nearly to the formalized extent of the original list of the forties and fifties with its Red Channels and dramatic hearings in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee, featuring ‘friendly’ and ‘unfriendly’ witnesses. Times are different and the system functions in a very different manner. Now it operates through an almost invisible thought control caused by a post-Orwellian “liberal” conformity so pervasive a formal Blacklist is not necessary, indeed would work against itself. In some ways, this new, less overt, list is more ominous than its predecessor, because there is nothing concrete to rebel against, no hearings, no committees, no protest groups pro or con, no secret databases that I know of. There doesn’t need to be. There is no there there, in Gertrude’s immortal words – only the grey haze of a mindless received “liberalism”, the world as last month’s New York Times editorials, half-digested and regurgitated, never questioned or even analyzed, going forth forever with little perceived chance of reform, as if it were the permanent religious text of some strange new orthodoxy.
Sounds like a great read, and highly poignant at this place and time when Hollywood works to impose its will on the populous with awards handed out like candy to Michael Moore and Al Gore. (Hat tip: Power Line)