Thursday, February 28, 2008


(Fact: Above person actually better wide receiver than Brandon Lloyd)

The Wide Receiver is No More

Woo Hoo!!!!1

I like this first line of the second paragraph of J.La's article:

"His release, long anticipated..."

You bet your ass it was.

Here's Le Wide Receiver's Redskins Tenure Recap (Per Redskins Insider):

The final stats: 25 receptions, zero touchdowns. For $10 million in guaranteed money."

Well, that was well worth it.

Somewhere in Koln, Deustcheland, Lil Bro's yodeling and clogging for joy in his lederhoesen.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Adventures of Zorno

Well, it's time for some Hardcore Zorn.
Not the best choice in my mind, but not the worse. I like that he comes from a well-managed team and has helped coach up young quarterbacks. And The Post mentioned that Zorn and Campbell have hit it off when they met.
But what about running a West Coast offense now? And are Vinny C-word's fingerprints all over this decision? And how many seasons -- if any -- until we expect results?

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Sumo Hazing Death

A 17-year-old wrestler was beaten to death by stablemates and his stablemaster, supposedly as punishment for "sitting wrong." The International Herald Tribune has more details. The alleged crime took place at Tokitsukaze stable, with the wrestler, Tokitaizan, dying the next day during training.
And I was just getting psyched for getting reinterested in sumo after rereading David Benjamin's classic, hilarious The Joy of Sumo.
Of course, heartless tragedy can happen in any country, and frequently in the US. But, having seen Japanese ijime (bullying) firsthand in schools, I think the Japanese still-feudal subservience of junior to senior, employee to boss, "koohai" to "sempai" makes these situations more possible. All societies are going to have sociopaths, but Japan is more prone to having bystanders who do not question the abuse of the senior/junior relationships. Everybody is quick to blame Confucius for this mess, citing his analects promoting fidelity to the natural harmony of relationships, but everyone forgets that Confucius held the authority, the emperor, head of household, sempai, accountable for acting as a just leader:
If the people be led by laws, and uniformity among them be sought by punishments, they will try to escape punishment and have no sense of shame. If they are led by virtue, and uniformity sought among them through the practice of ritual propriety, they will possess a sense of shame and come to you of their own accord.” (Lunyu 2.3)
Problem is, everyone has forgotten about this side of the equation. Questioning an unjust leader, even rebelling, was permissable in the analects as part of restoring the natural harmony of things. Over the years, though, the institutions of power across Asia have deemphasized the responsibilities of the leader, resulting in an interpretation of Confucian values that leads to blind obedience. See Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.
And poor Takashi Saito, age 17.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Right on, Sister

I like the idea of the Giants defensive coordinator being the new Redskins coach. But for all the reasons stated by Sally Jenkins in her Post column, I am afraid Snyder will screw it up. Again.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Hey, How 'Bout That?

In honor of the Giants and the several fans of theirs in the family.

You were so right Carl...