Tuesday, April 05, 2005


Well it seems that Illinois and North Carolina faced off in the NCAA tournament. Normally I wouldn't care but I'm an Illini alumni and when I went there they never won much of anything (they did win enough at football to get to the Liberty Bowl but they lost it - what was more impressive was that the quarterback was a 4.0 student of Nuclear Medicine). But they had a near perfect season, only losing one game before the tournament began. Then apparently they only lost this one. And there were tied at 70 all a minute and a half from the end after being down by 15 at one point. It sounds like a great game even if you don't much like basketball.

I saw a report somewhere (CBS sportsline?) which decried how tragic it was that they came so close to so many records. It's tone was that it was all over for Illinios. Forever. Bullcrap. But then that's generally what sports commentators are full of so it's not surprising. I respect the ones who have "been there, done that" and actually played the sport they're reporting on. The rest are all failed movie critics (a profession which has absolutely no professional requirements at all from what I can tell, you don't even need to know how to speak or how to write!) or people who can only get jobs with their name on their shirt.

The medal of honor ceremony for SFC Paul Smith (B Co, 11 EN) was the other day (4 Apr) at the White House. One of three awarded since the end of the Vietnam War (the other two were for the sergeants killed in Mogadishu in October, 1993). There is more at
but some of their information seems a tad sketchy (they refer to these two sergeants as "Special Services" rather than Special Forces, the kind of mistake which seems to imply that the folks putting it up there aren't ex-military and the words don't mean as much to them).

Well I was going to put some more up there but I forget what I had in mind and I've some things to get done. More later.


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