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The Syndicate

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 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, September 28 2005 @ 02:24 PM PDT
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 It starts. Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, September 09 2005 @ 05:53 PM PDT
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 XXXIX Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, February 07 2005 @ 12:31 AM PST
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SportsI feel bad for Philadelphia fans.

It's not because they lost - every Superbowl has a loser too - it's because the Eagles stopped trying with about four minutes left.

Instead of running a no-huddle to preserve what little time they had left, they nonchalantly dawdled before each play. They didn't even spike the ball or run out of bounds to stop the clock.

Now, I recognize that being down ten points with only a few minutes left and no timeouts is a tough place to be, but therein lies the real test. Mounting an offensive push when you're down is really the only way to measure heart.

It's no coincidence that the games people remember the longest most often have a come from behind story attached to them. In battle, the quality is known as valor, and those who possess it are respected by their foes and honored as heroes by their comrades.

I have the utmost respect for the skills and training of the Philadelphia players. They are arguably the best team in football. The one thing that they don't seem to have is a leader with the heart to pull them through the last four minutes of an important game.

I believe that at the end of the game there were ten guys in green jerseys that were willing to give every ounce of their remaining energy and break every bone in their body just to get that ball across the line twice. The eleventh man, whether he was aware of it or not, whether he will ever admit it or not, simply gave up, and his name is Donovan McNabb.

If I were Jeff Lurie, I'd do everything in my power to find a quarterback that has an indomitable spirit and fantastic leadership. Maybe he should also be able to throw the ball well, but that's almost beside the point. If I found somebody like that on Tuesday, McNabb would be riding the bench or released outright by Wednesday morning.

I am not a Philadelphia Eagles fan. I am a Patriots fan. The two teams played amazing football for 76 (56*) minutes, but I'm disappointed that it wasn't 80 (60*) and starting to wonder if maybe there's a good reason they lost the past few NFC championships.

I'm not sure who would've won if McNabb hadn't decided to take an early vacation, but I really would've loved to watch that game.

As it was, at about the three minute mark, instead of sitting in rapt attention, I went outside to smoke a butt.

* Apparently I was smoking crack and pining for hockey when I wrote this originally. Quarters of a football game are 15 minutes, not 20.

 One size down from extra-large* Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, February 06 2005 @ 02:10 AM PST
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SportsSuperbowl XXXIX starts in about 15 hours, and I'm stoked.

I just wanted to point that out.

Anything else I say about it might be visited upon my house a hundred fold, or something.

* You can figure it out. Trust me.

Most Recent Post: 02/10 11:56AM by Dan4th

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 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, October 31 2004 @ 04:48 AM PST
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SportsTonight I saw something that I'd never seen before, but first, a little background.

Codes are everywhere, especially public ones. Whether or not we recognize them as such, we use them as a mental shorthand. For example, stoplights are a code (one woefully understood around here in general). The orientation of a raised flag is a code. Even product branding is a code (You'd recognize a can of Coke even if the label were in a language you didn't know.)

 Let's hear it... Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, October 26 2004 @ 11:14 PM PDT
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Sports...for the Saint Louis Cardinals, who are poised to become the first baseball team in history to come back from an 0-3 record in the World Series.

Seriously though, I can't believe that our local bums only have to play .250 baseball to come up with the World Series title. That's fantastic.

Most Recent Post: 10/28 08:56AM by Dan4th

 For the next twenty-four hours Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, October 21 2004 @ 01:27 AM PDT
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Sports...I'm an Astros fan.

It's not that I have anything against the Cardinals. In fact, I don't feel one way or another about them at all. It's just that, after witnessing the sublime poetry (in retrospect) of the ALCS, I want the World Series to in some way approach it. I'm getting greedy for it.

 Presented without (further) commentary Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, October 21 2004 @ 12:52 AM PDT
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I should point out that I shamelessly stole the original artwork from a StarWars fansite. If the creator of the original work has a problem with my derivative work, I'll gladly remove it... unless of course you're a Yankees fan.

 St. Crispian's Day Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, October 18 2004 @ 11:16 PM PDT
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SportsOkay, so it's six days early, but I felt it to be appropriate...


O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in Boston
That do no work to-day!

 Congratulations, Yankees Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, October 10 2004 @ 06:28 AM PDT
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SportsI was rooting for the Twins. Not so much because I'd rather face them in the ALCS, but because I'd rather they made it to the ALCS.

As some of you may recall, a couple of years ago Bud Selig and his cronies thought it'd be a good idea to lose a couple of teams in the league. An obvious contender was the Expos, who (if memory serves) were actually losing money every time they played a game, and whose stadium was rapidly approaching condemnation.

A not so obvious choice was the Minnesota Twins. See, they actually had a winning record. They had fans showing up to games. They were (and remain) a pretty solid team across the board. Why would such a team fall into even the same conversation as the Expos, when they competed in a market (the markets are big in the midwest, especially the northwest end of things) with the Milwaukee Brewers, another team that was in only slightly better shape than the Expos?

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