Monday, April 30, 2007

Da Bulls

The Bulls have won their first postseason series since the Jordan era and did it in style, sweeping the defending champion Miami Heat out of the playoffs in the first round. Miami seemed to have no answer for Ben Gordon and Luol Deng.

Chicago gets the Pistons in round two. Even if the Bulls don't beat Detroit, ousting the defending champs was good enough ...

Thursday, April 19, 2007

That's a No-No

Chicago White Sox lefty Mark Buehrle pitched the first no-hitter of the season Wednesday night. Buehrle faced 27 batters in a 6-0 victory over the Texas Rangers, picking off the only runner he walked and throwing his team's first no-hitter since 1991.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Crawford Suspended

NBA referee Joey Crawford was suspended indefinitely by commissioner David Stern for his conduct toward Tim Duncan. Duncan contends the official challenged him to a fight during a game in Dallas.

Crawford has worked more postseason games than any active ref. His suspension will last at least through the NBA finals, and he apparently will have to meet with Stern after that to discuss reinstatement.

OK, time for a reality check ... who thinks Crawford can take Duncan in a fight?

Monday, April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech

At least 31 are dead today after a lone gunman shot students in a dormitory and in a classroom at Virginia Tech before turning the gun on himself.

The deadliest previous campus shooting in U.S. history took place in 1966 at the University of Texas where a gunman climbed to the 28th-floor observation deck of a clock tower and opened fire, killing 16 people before he was gunned down by police.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Don Ho Dies

Don Ho, known for his signature tune "Tiny Bubbles," died this week at age 76. Ho's publicist confirmed the singer's death but offered no details, although it was known that Don Ho suffered with heart problems for the past several years. Ho had a pacemaker installed last fall and also underwent an experimental stem cell procedure on his ailing heart in Thailand in 2005.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

That's Gonna Leave A Mark

A Taipei zoo worker had his forearm reattached Thursday after his colleagues recovered the severed limb from the mouth of a 440-pound Nile crocodile.

The crocodile severed the zoo worker's forearm Wednesday when he tried to retrieve a tranquilizer dart from the reptile's hide. The zoo worker apparently failed to notice the crocodile was not fully anesthetized when he stuck his arm through an iron rail to medicate it.


Ouch.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Mystery Solved

Anna Nicole Smith's ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead is indeed the father of her baby girl, according to DNA tests released Tuesday in a court hearing that left unanswered who will have custody of the infant.
So now what?

Does Anyone Really Care?

Some say Canadian Liberal Party Member Belinda Stronach is a real catch. She is single, youngish (just turned 40), attractive, wealthy, impeccably well-connected and politically ambitious.
The tabloids have cut to the chase, calling her "Bubba's Blonde" ... but does anyone supporting Hilary's presidential bid really care? Marital infidelity is old news for the Clintons so Bill's (apparent) romantic involvement with Belinda shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.
But will this (old) news hinder Hilary's presidential bid or are voters willing to support her despite it?
Some have said that Hilary should have said "that's enough" many times before; however, she continues to stay married to Bill Clinton regardless of what he does in this realm. I sometimes wonder if she is an amazingly forgiving spouse or if she just doesn't care anymore ...
Oh, and does anyone else think it's odd that Belinda somewhat resembles Hilary?

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Inked

Katie got me a tattoo for my birthday. I've wanted a tattoo for some time but wanted to come up with something that had significant meaning, something I'd be happy with for the rest of my life, something I could put somewhere that it wouldn't be seen unless I wanted people to see it. Here's what we came up with ...
Chi Rho ( Χ Ρ ) are the first two letters in the Greek spelling of the word Christ ( Greek : "Χριστός" ) . Also known as "the labarum," it displays the first two Greek letters of the word Christ ( Greek : ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ or Χριστός ) — Chi (χ) and Rho, (ρ). It was first used by the Roman emperor Constantine in the year 312.

The Chi Rho's miraculous appearance to Roman Emperor Constantine came before the battle at Milvian Bridge. Pondering the question of misfortunes that befall armies that invoke the help of many different gods, Constantine decided to seek divine aid in the forthcoming battle from the One God.
The day before the battle, Constantine saw a cross of light imposed over the sun. Attached to it, in Greek, was the saying "Εν Τούτω, Νίκα" ("in this, be victorious"). Constantine and his army of 40,000 saw the miracle. That night Christ appeared to the emperor in a dream and told him to make a replica of the sign he had seen in the sky, which would be a sure defense in battle. In the dream he also heard the voice of God saying "
In hoc signo vinces" ("In this sign you shall conquer"). When he awoke, he ordered his soldiers to put the emblem on their shields. That day they defeated the forces of Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge.
The labarum has since been interpreted by some Christians as a symbol of Christianity. Because it is composed of the combined Chi and Rho, it is often referred to as the "monogram of Christ."

I got the tattoo at Ronin Tattoo Studio in Aurora.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Football, Basketball - what's the difference in 2007?

Didn't Ohio State also lose to Florida in the football championship this year? Sheesh, this is getting ridiculous! Florida is now on my list of "teams I love to hate."

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Ohio State vs. Florida

Ohio State handled Georgetown, despite Oden sitting out much of the first half, and moves on to play Florida for the National Championship on Monday night. Florida had an easy time with UCLA and seeks to be the first team to win the National Championship 2 years in a row since Duke did it in 1991-92.
This ought to be a great game to watch. I'll take Ohio State but I think it will be close. Gator Haters unite.