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Morning Shot: April 19, 2010
April 19, 2010
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- This Day in History
On April 19, 1897, John McDermott of New York won the first Boston Marathon, running 24.5 miles with a time of 2:55:10. Fifteen runners started the race but only 10 made it to the finish line. The marathon’s distance was changed in 1908 in accordance with Olympic standards to its current length of 26 miles 385 yards.
- Front and Center
The laconic Kerry Eleveld of The Advocate this past weekend asked if President Barack Obama was too centrist. Now once you take that inquisitive look off of your face and take a breath, there is only one conclusion to which to come. Ms. Eleveld makes the claim that she is only asking the question because it seems that President Obama is only doing things that are “too politically palatable to have a downside.” While I am a fan of her work, no one who is not far left of center would ever pose such a question. But in the words of our esteemed president, I guess “that’s why we have elections.”
- NCAA Rules Change
Last week, ESPN discussed several rule changes that will take affect over the next couple of season. The most eye-opening one is regarding taunting. Beginning with the 2011 playing season, “taunting in the field of play is a live-ball penalty, and if a player scores a touchdown, the points are erased and the ball is spotted 15 yards from the spot of the foul. ”WHOAH!!! What?! Texas Longhorn (hook ‘em!) Coach Mack Brown had this to say about the change. “I don’t disagree with it, but I am worried about the consistency in how the rule is interpreted, especially when it can cost a team a touchdown. It can be looked at so differently by the various officiating groups around the country and a call would have such a major impact on games that in fairness, it’s crucial that it is called the same way for everyone.”
- Who is winning on the economy?
This was a question posed this past weekend on Meet the Press with David Gregory. I don’t think either side is winning – Republicans or Democrats. In fact, you see strong resistance to all spending policies of the past five or six years. Personally, while being a fierce advocate of the war on terror, I have been, and will continue to remain a vocal critic of spending that is considered “off budget.” That being money allocated by the federal government, yet not counted in the annual fiscal budgets. This is primarily what the Tea Party movement is about! I postulate that I will be writing a much longer piece on this topic in the near future.