Posted on 09-10-2010
Filed Under (Sports) by Rashtrakut

Last week, I picked on coaching ineptitude (as an aside, Les Miles pulled off another crazy finish this week leading to more speculation about the nature of his pact with the devil). Now it is time for players to take their lumps.  This is from today’s Texas Tech-Baylor game.  The Red Raiders aggressively call an onside kick.  Unfortunately the kicker does not kick it the ten yards required for recovery.  The ball is still live with a couple of Texas Tech players hovering over the ball until an alert Baylor player scoops up the ball for a touchdown.  Luckily for the Red Raiders they still beat Baylor for the 15th consecutive time. Enjoy the clip.

This play reminds me of a Denver-Indianapolis game a few years back. As the clip below shows, the Denver defense forgot that a player has to be down by contact in the NFL (unlike college) for the play to be over.

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Posted on 09-10-2010
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

Everyone seems to have agreed that the Republicans will make gains in Congress this mid-term election cycle.  The gains appear to be largely because of the “enthusiasm gap” with the Republican base being all fired up to fight the “socialist” in the White House.  A different question will be whether the gains are sustainable given the huge Democratic lead among moderates and the almost certain higher Democratic turnout for the presidential election in 2012.

So for Democrats not inclined to pull the lever, this clip put together by Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen and filmmaker Bill Simmon is worth watching:

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