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Wednesday, September 24, 2003
 
Child Protection Services. I don't know if that's the official name, but someone funded a commercial that I saw on TV a few times. It showed videos of adults with kids in elevators, walking down halls, etc. (with a nice diversity of skin colors, of course). It ended with, "If you even suspect someone of child abuse, call [this number]." That's right; if you have a hunch that someone might be abusing their child (the definition of abuse is not included in the commercial -- in the dictionary there are 5 definitions and one is specifically language-related, not physical) call the abuse-police. Did you know the soviets encouraged children to report suspicious behavior of their parents to the state? Did you the nazis encouraged citizens to report suspicious behavior of fellow citizens to the state? Did you know that the constitution of the United States of America states that its citizens are innocent until proven guilty? Why, then, should child protection services be called based on a suspicion?
At any rate, there's interesting info here. Its a bigger site than it looks like on the front page and has reports from various states and interviews with representatives and other officials.
Monday, September 22, 2003
 
A good, if old, article on Hovan.
 
Joey Harrington belongs in the NFC North. Here's why. He dislocated his finger on his throwing hand after hitting a teamate's helmet on his follow-through. They showed the procedure used to fix a dislocated finger on TV. Ouch. McMahon started 1 series, then Harrington came back out:

"I felt like I actually threw the ball better in the second half, so I might need to dislocate it more often," Harrington said.

The man belongs in the NFC north.

Also, Moe Williams has now kicked arse 3 weeks in a row, rendering all my negative whining about losing Bennet as just that; negative whining. Sorry about that, Moe.
Monday, September 15, 2003
 
Why is globalization wrong? Perhaps one aspect has to do with the history of anti-capatalism, discussed here. The belief that capatilism, or trade, creates wealth for some at the direct expense of others (others too stupid or ignorant to care for themselves) stems from the beginings of the industrial revolution. It was tied in with anti-semitism and anti-Irish propoganda.
It seems intuitive to me that wealth is created, that there is infinite wealth and not some large pot that we are constantly emptying. But it is sure easier to blame the oppresion and poverty of much of the world on American capatalism than it is to expect the entire world to take responsibility for their own wealth generation. People don't even take much responsibility for themselves here, and that's sort of what this country's all about, so I guess thats probably way too much to expect.
 
I want to comment on the Vikes win here. Daunte tried a few times to lose it for us (is that 5 or 6 fumbles on the year now?) but we won it in the end. We crammed it right down their throats - Klein knocking linebackers out of Moe's way for 5-10 yard runs every damn time! Tice comments:
"That last drive was a thing of beauty," Tice said.

Couldn't agree more!! We ran it right at them! The only scary time in the whole damn game was when Daunte went back to pass. Every time I could see the int or fumble -- you just knew it wasn't going to Moss for 15 yards, it just wasn't that kind of day. We shouldn't have tried passing so much in the 2nd half and just kept ramming down the middle with Moe, Onterio, and Avery. Good stuff.

But Sanny dissapoints me today, saying:
A thing of beauty? At the very least, it was a thing of 16 plays that covered 93 yards and drained 9:42 from the clock.

That IS a thing of beauty!! Who are we, the Rams? We're in the NFC North, man!! The black and blue! Playing the heirs of Dick Butkis and Mike Dikta!! You don't win that game by being pretty and ballet dancing your way to the end zone.

There's nothing wrong with going to Kleinsasser, nothing at all. The thing is, the Vikings aren't going to win a lot of games when Kleinsasser has more yardage than Moss. (If you're scoring, Kleinsasser had 29 receiving yards, two more than Moss.)

They can get away with that against the Bears. Not against a lot of other teams.


This is just.plain.false. Did Bob bump his head last night? What the hell? Remember the New York football Giants with Otis Anderson? Did they beat the Bills for the Super Bowl Championship by being fancy? If that was too long ago, try last year. The Bucs won it with straight-ahead football. Shoot, the Bears themselves did it running straight at you in '85. What about smash-mouth football doesn't sanny get?
I know I'm just whining here, but the worst part about winning during the denny green era was his "high-flying" offense. It just seemed wrong. We were the epitome of a "dome team" and that's just embarrasing. Sure, a long bomb is nice once and a while. But in general, its not worth the wasted down. Suddenly its 3rd and 10, when a Moe Williams run would've made it 3rd and 5 or 6. I mean, if the run isn't working, then the pass is sort of necessary, and you have to balance things. But complaining about a game-winning drive being boring after a win against the Bears because you're waxing nostalgic about Warren Moon tossing the underthrown bomb to Moss or CC in double coverage is just pathetic.
 
A CO School of Mines graduate forwarded me this article concerning scientists, engineers, and employment. Some noteworthy highlights:

And truly exceptional scientists and engineers will always be few in number and vigorously pursued by employers.

Although, of course, you have to get that first job to really prove you're exceptional.

The qualifications for careers in engineering and especially in science involve considerable personal investments. The direct financial costs of higher education in the sciences can be staggering,

So very true. I'm in it for about $550/month for about the rest of my life.

In contrast, professional careers in the sciences now commonly require completion of the Ph.D. and increasingly require subsequent postdoctoral work. The direct financial costs of this extensive graduate and postdoctoral work are typically heavily subsidized by both government and universities. Yet even with such subsidies, the personal costs to qualify as a scientist can be quite high—mainly due to the lengthening time required to attain the degree and complete postdoctoral training.

Oddly enough, while HR and hiring managers love the PhD behind your name, they often have no clue what it actually means. Where I work, it is taken as a sign that you know how to manage projects - how to motivate members of your "team" and accomplish grand things. However, what I learned in grad school was how to solve difficult problems and make difficult measurements. I rarely, if ever, dealt with living, breathing humans. What they're really looking for is a BS with an MBA or project management experience. I can't complain, since their misunderstanding got me the job, but it kind of frustrating. Grad school trains one to be a post-doc, professor or a bomb lab researcher and that's about it.

Many who might be attracted to careers in science are justifiably concerned that such a career choice comes at too high a personal cost.

Very true. Wow, can I feel sorry for myself with this article!

Some senior scientists stress that no one should pursue a science career to get rich, which is a point well taken.

Depends, I think. If you go the post-doc bomb lab route you get to do actual research, but make relatively little. If you pretend to have project management experience and follow a "career path" to middle management, you'll do quite nicely.

There are, of course, many significant noneconomic rewards associated with careers in science and engineering: the intellectual challenge of research and discovery; the life of the mind in which fundamental puzzles of nature and the cosmos can be addressed; the potential to develop exciting and useful new technologies.

This is, I think, the trade-off with good income. The better the income, the less the intellectual challenge of research and discovery and the more the pain and frustration associated with managing.


Friday, September 12, 2003
 
A funny has been making the rounds via email and warrants a post
A pompous minister was seated next to a cowboy on a flight toOklahoma. After the plane was airborne, drink orders were taken. The cowboy asked for a whiskey and soda, which was brought and placed before him. The flight attendant then asked the minister if he would like a drink. He replied in disgust, "I'd rather be savagely raped by a brazen whore than let liquor touch my lips." The cowboy then handed his drink back to the attendant and said, "I didn't know we had a choice."

Ha ha ha. As long as we're on a roll,

This guy was lonely and so he decided life would be more fun if he had a pet. So he went to the pet store and told the owner that he wanted to buy an unusual pet. After some discussion, he finally bought a centipede, which came in a little white box to use for his house.
He took the box back home, found a good location for the box, and
decided he would start off by taking his new pet to the bar to have a drink. So he asked the centipede in the box, "Would you like to go to Frank's with me and have a beer?" But there was no answer from his new pet.
This bothered him a bit, but he waited a few minutes and then asked him again, "How about going to the bar and having a drink with me?" But there was no answer from his new friend and pet. So he waited a few minutes more, thinking about the situation. He decided to ask him one more time; this time putting his face up against the centipede's house and shouting, "Hey, in there! Would you like to go to Frank's place and have a drink with me?
A little voice came out of the box: "I heard you the first time! I'm putting on my fucking shoes."

 
Thats twice, now. Twice in two days Internet Explorer stalled my computer whilst attempting to open a new browser window. And in these two days something like 20min. of total internet usage time. About 5min. computer re-boot and scandisk run time. Why would you so intertwine a web browser with the internal running of your entire OS such that sucks the life out of the very computer if an advertising banner locks up?

At any rate, what I was going to post is that everyone should read what happens when you call the Stribs own James Lileks an Angry White Male. What happens is Lileks (you have to scroll about half way down) strings together words to form actual sentences that even make sense in refute of your buzz-word happy nonsense. As if he should even bother. Check out some of the crap some blow-hard said about his anger at the events of 9/11:
James Lileks: What the hell does he have to be angry about? He's Caucasian, male, and living in the richest nation in the world.
Holy crap, so I guess only impovrished people can be angry. Well, they do outnumber us. About 3billion to 300million or so? I wonder if those people would be less angry if we take out our anger on repressive dictatorships that aid and abet terrorists and install representative governments. They seem less angry in Iraq now. But maybe thats all a facade and this critic knows better? Or maybe its just an a-hole.
He has more opportunities in one day than a Third World citizen has in a lifetime.
That's sort of the "theme" of this country. Every one gets an equal opportunity, and now a days that equal opportunity is pretty damn good, as this critic notes. I guess the way to go about helping these third worlders get an opportunity similar to ours is to not eliminate terror-supporting dictatorships and install representative forms of government like in Iraq.
Is he being targeted because of his ethnicity? Is he being thrown into a camp and being repeatedly raped?
This fellow forgets that, in many 3rd world hellpits, the raped people are subsequently stoned to death because they've lost their honor. You bet that would suck. I bet Mr. Lileks would be even more pissed off if he was raped because of his ethnicity (which is what? white? my guess is he's not a pure blood anything. will they target all those 1/8 Fin and 1/12 Irish?). Good thing our government has eliminated one such hellpit by deposing a dictator whose followers repeatedly raped and killed those of a different ethnic background from their own ruling minority. No, no, that can't be right. Because we aren't supposed to be mad about 9/11 or be doing anything about it? Hmmm...
The 9/11 victimhood seems to me an excuse for the Angry White Male to make a comeback.
Woohoo!! If there's anything I want to see more of, its angry white males! We've been way too cushy lately. I'm talking Dick Butkis mad. Clint Eastwood-Dirty Harry mad. You know what a .44 magnum can do to a man's face? I also like how Angry White Male is All Capatilized. Because otherwise we might not notice That It Is A Bad Thing. These Angry White Males are partnering up with Angry People including Angry Hispanic Females and Angry Black Males in the United States Armed Forces to kick Angry Baathist Party Member Ass. Do you suppose its OK to be Angry [insert gender and ethnicity-related skin color here] if you're a minority in the richest nation in the world who has the same opportunity as a white fellow like James Lileks? I bet it is.
According to some at my work, our work culture is a white male dominated culture. Maybe all us white males at my work will get Angry and kick the cultural diversity initiative out the window. Everyone under 30 went to school with probably more chinese than americans (or "white males") and are probably quite used to the cultural differences by now. The primary difficulty is communication - some of our foreign contributors have horrid accents and if not often misinterpret what I say - do to my "folksy way of talkin' and all". But we shan't counter that with English classes or communication initiatives. No, we'll solve that problem by forcing everyone to honor black history month. What crap.
Thursday, September 11, 2003
 
A positive thought for today. I used to live on the amount I presently pay in federal taxes each year. The switch happened when I obtained a degree, for which I worked very hard.
Is this a great country or what?
Tuesday, September 09, 2003
 
So last night flipping between Monday Night Football (rather dull) and Twins game (heartburn-inducing) I ran across prairie public television and some guy (by default white male of course) was interviewing some chick (by default Indian woman of course) and asked her about water shortages in Iraq (hadn't heard of this but presumably, since it is mostly desert, this could be an issue) and if the price of water should be set by a market. She answers, and I'm pretty sure this is exactly what she says, "I'm enough of a scientist to know that water isn't created by the market, its created by nature."
Oh.my.god. Not only are there people that dumb, but they get on tv and get treated like "experts". I ask you, gentle reader, what is there created by nature whose value isn't dictated by the market? It has to be. Its nonsense to think otherwise. If its valuable (say, water) then its expensive and in demand (watch 10 John Wayne westerns - 8 will be about water rights wars). Being a self-proclaimed "scientist" has nothing to do with it!
You can argue about wether market value should be more or less important than distribution of water to all who need it, but you can't argue stupidity and lies.
(which reminds me - I also caught a glance of a bunch, or perhaps a flock, of democrat candidates debating and one woman (black Amer-something or other, of course) was saying that the UN offered a way for America to "extract itself honorably" from Iraq. Because we're having issues with that? Again, lies to prevent debate about real issues like how long should we stay and what should our goals be. Probably cuz she's too dumb to carry out such a debate, being a woman and all!! Ha ha!)
 
Who is responsible for educating your children and managing your school? Why, you are according to Thomas Jefferson,
"If it is believed that... elementary schools will be better managed by the governor and council, the commissioners of the literary fund or any other general authority of the government than by the parents within each ward, it is a belief against all experience. Try the principle one step further, and... commit to the governor and council the management of all our farms, our mills and merchants' stores."

(original quote found here).

This prompted by today's article in the press, "Academic standards to strike nerves." As always with the newsprint it seems, I take issue with the tagline as opposed to content of the story. Content in the story is that, regarding the educational reforms, "You didn't have a lot of cultural warriors in there — you had serious, dedicated teachers who worked together to produce a strong set of standards" and "but he didn't think the committee makeup was overtly political. "I don't know if any philosophy won out,'' he said." So you know, the reforms are "too political and too conservative." and will "strike nerves" as a result. What crap.
But the story is itself a good one. The reforms appear to be less politically correct than the touchy-feely profile of learning bull.
And to that end I recommend you visit the Minnesota Education Reform website here. Not only do they quote a founding father on their website, but one of their mission goals is to

To inform Minnesota citizens about the shortcomings of performance-based, anti-knowledge, behavior and attitudes-based education

and to

To inform Minnesota citizens about the movement toward centralized, state-sponsored education (Goals 2000), labor (School-to-Work), and economy (Workforce Investment Act), and how it is transforming American society

Ha! Take that you commies, someone is watching you.

Friday, September 05, 2003
 
Watched the World Series of Poker conclusion last night. Kept me up till 11. Paying for it this morning, too. I'm an old man already. Anyway, Texas Holdem looks like a fun game. Watching the chips makes me want to go back to Vegas!!! Soon!! I think I'd even stray from the Roulette wheel to check out the blackjack tables this time. Twice the fun.
The winner was an amateur from AL or GA or something. Reminded me of my cousin. The number of times this guy bet everything on the turn of a single card, i.e. not playing the odds, just the card, was phenomenal. Looked like 1/2 strategy and 1/2 pure luck. Guys who had won it all three years ago and were dealt two aces were taken out by some accountant who basically bet it all on an unsuited 5 and 8 but drew a straight (that never happened, but similar stuff did).
Smoking wasn't allowed, which I thought was crap. When don't you see smoking in Vegas? Although I do think sunglasses shouldn't be allowed. You gotta see a man's eyes, you know! Plus they're "SUNglasses". For outdoors. Not "GAMBLINGglasses" or "POKERglasses" or "SEEINGglasses". If the tournament was on a pontoon on a lake, I could see the sunglasses.
 
The Gophers Football might become worth watching!!!! A $35 million donation has boosted interest in an on-campus Football Stadium! YES!
Ever see that Simpsons episode where the town gets a big settlement from M. Burns and blows it on a monorail? That is the Metrodome. What a waste of everything that was. The only question I have is will the U look like hypocrits for not wanting to build a Vikes/Gophs stadium on the exact same site, 4th and Oak. Of course they will! Will anyone care? Of course not! But its sad, nonetheless, that people whose decisions affect lots of people have to act like retards. (Literally, "I not want stadium with you!!! You give me more money from selling pop!!!!")
Get your season tickets now, while they're very much available. They won't be if an actual outdoors stadium is built ON CAMPUS!!
Thursday, September 04, 2003
 
A summary of the doings of al-kida prior to our attacking of Iraq. Link-filled and interesting.
 
Vikes fail to sign Lawyer. McCombs claims he needs a new stadium to be competitive. And it is worth spending $500 million or so. Maybe all he needs are real players. For $4 million or so. Idiot.
The NFL season opens tonight. I know Thursday night games are somewhat common in the early fall, but the opener? Is this new or am I catching Alzheimers (sp?)? At any rate, consider it your patriotic, Minnesota duty to not watch any part of the pre-game show. Unless your a chick, I suppose, and don't take it very seriously. Football is well-mixed with cheerleaders, beer, pizza, etc. Not hollywood stars. No matter how hard they try at the super bowl, its still an out-of-place spectacle that people who should not be watching football (nor attempting to understand football) watch.
 
So last night I went a little crazy. That's right. I put the crackers in the bowl, then poured on soup. It tasted about the same.
Glancing at the press this morning, there are simply too many easy targets. See if you can find them. On a related note, is it terrorism to threaten to kill someone, like say an abortion doctor? Or is that just a threat on someone's life? Either way the anti-abortion protestors calling a murdering a marter should be shipped off to Damascus where their views of morals and hypocrisy are the norm.
Wednesday, September 03, 2003
 
Why do 10% of smokers get lung cancer? Because they have low levels of OGG to repair DNA.
(courtesy of samizdata)

Researchers have discovered a genetic glitch that makes some smokers up to 10 times more likely to develop lung cancer than others, a finding that may explain why only 10 per cent of heavy smokers develop the deadly disease.

A simple blood test that will be able to detect which smokers are at an especially high risk of developing lung cancer could be on the market within three years, researchers told the Times of London.


Holy cow!!! How come I haven't heard about this? Has anyone?

Also: 10% of heavy smokers develop lung cancer. Suppose heavy smokers probably make up less than 50% of smokers - but we all pay 90% tax to bear the extra burden on the medicaid/medicare/whatever budget? And the next generation might be able to tell, from blood tests done before elementary school, who can be a "heavy smoker" and not get added risk to lung cancer. Amazing. Maybe the asshats of "target market" can dream up a tax to charge those 10% identified as low on OGG for their future burden on the socialist I mean medicare system and leave the rest of us the hell alone to have a frickin smoke with our beer.
 
Teddy Roosevelt, pride of ND, once gave a speech after being shot in the chest. Holy crap. He opens with:

The bullet is in me now, so that I cannot make a very long speech, but I will try my best.

...

I am all right - I am a little sore. Anybody has a right to be sore with a bullet in him. You would find that if I was in battle now I would be leading my men just the same. Just the same way I am going to make this speech.

...

I have prepared my speech because Mr. Wilson had seen fit to attack me by showing up his record in comparison with mine. But I am not going to do that to-night. I am going to simply speak of what I myself have done and what I think ought to be done in this country of ours.

That's Woodrow Wilson, the man who won the election and "masterminded" the League of Nations, who then "masterminded" the post-war (WWI) dealings with Germany (resulting, of course, in WWII).

It is essential that here should be organizations of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize. My appeal for organized labor is two-fold; to the outsider and the capitalist I make my appeal to treat the laborer fairly, to recognize the fact that he must organize that there must be such organization, that the laboring man must organize for his own protection, and that it is the duty of the rest of is to help him and not hinder him in organizing. That is one-half appeal that I make.

Labor unions were just starting out in those days. Child labor, unfair labor practices were common (the Hoover Dam, commissioned years later, was built with very poor working conditions that killed many).

Now, the other half is to the labor man himself. My appeal to him is to remember that as he wants justice, so he must do justice. I want every labor man, every labor leader, every organized union man, to take the lead in denouncing disorder and in denouncing the inciting of riot; that in this country we shall proceed under the protection of our laws and with all respect to the laws, I want the labor men to feel in their turn that exactly as justice must be done them so they must do justice. They must bear their duty as citizens, their duty to this great country of ours, and that they must not rest content unless they do that duty to the fullest degree.

Here he was referring to the problems of the day; unioners rioting. However, his plea to the union members stands as true today as 100 years ago. Let the "good" men of the IBEW take that to heart. The union does not confer on them the power to terrorize non-union workers. Nor should union members be told how to vote by union bosses.

I know these doctors, when they get hold of me, will never let me go back, and there are just a few more things that I want to say to you.

Classic. You can't make this stuff up.

And here I have got to make one comparison between Mr. Wilson and myself, simply because he has invited it and I cannot shrink from it. Mr. Wilson has seen fit to attack me, to say that I did not do much against the trusts when I was President. I have got two answers to make to that. In the first place what I did, and then I want to compare what I did when I was President with what Mr. Wilson did not do when he was governor.

This is beautiful. Seemingly honest, direct, and bleeding. He ain't got time to bleed.

And now, friends, as Mr. Wilson has invited the comparison, I only want to say this: Mr. Wilson has said that the States are the proper authorities to deal with the trusts. Well, about eighty percent of the trusts are organized in New Jersey. The Standard Oil, the Tobacco, the Sugar, the Beef, all those trusts are organized in the state of New Jersey and the laws of New Jersey say that their charters can at any time be amended or repealed if they misbehave themselves and give the government ample power to act about those laws, and Mr. Wilson has been governor a year and nine months and he has not opened his lips. The chapter describing what Mr. Wilson has done about trusts in New Jersey would read precisely like a chapter describing snakes in Ireland, which ran: "There are no snakes in Ireland." Mr. Wilson has done precisely and exactly nothing about the trusts.

Ouch. And bleeding at the time.

 
Take the Presidential Quiz!! Just in case you didn't get this month's Cosmo quiz, that is. He he! (Get it? Cuz those chick magazines have quizes and such to rate ones sex life and boobs, infinetly more important that who's president. ... No, I don't subscribe to such chick magazines and I mention the subject matter of their quizes based on dim recollection of being forced to take such quizes in the company of my sister, long ago when I was susceptible to such things. And I'm not insecure about knowing the subject matter of such quizes, either, despite the length of my explanation.)
I got G.W. Bush 100% on mine. I weighed in strongly against taxes, welfare, etc. As one might guess. By the way, if you vote "Full employment for all Americans should be federal policy." on question 1 or "Support a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." on question 8 you are a Communist bastard (is bastard gender independent? I don't want to offend any chick commies here). America is a land of equal opportunity to EARN things like employment and health care. (I did weigh in heavily on education, though. Government should certainly provide everyone with the opportunity to learn how to make something of themselves before requiring them to earn their way in life.) They are not given away freely (except at the expense of those who bother to earn such things which blows). Also if you vote "It is appropriate for the US to support the formation of a Palestinian state." on question 6 then you should read up on the history of the holy land (the formation of a "palestinian state" has been repeatedly turned down by arabs in favor of the elimination of the jewish state. And palestinians aren't a culture or people like, say, "French" or "Persians". They're a mixture of arabs and other stuff that moved in when the jews made the holy land a viable place to live.). Not that I'm telling you how to answer these questions.


Tuesday, September 02, 2003
 
Pioneer Press has an article on the Vikes today. Continuing the trend of blind optimism:

"There's a confidence about this year because everything has gone well so far," safety Corey Chavous said. "There haven't been any distractions, and the focus has been on improving. There is a good mindset here as we approach the first game, which is crucial mentally."

The Vikings aren't making any promises, but they enter the season with Tice feeling a lot more comfortable and with a calmness and stability that were missing last year.

Plenty of questions remain about this team; it has an unproven defense, and quarterback Daunte Culpepper is coming off a mistake-filled year. But they have fewer holes to fill this season than last.


They don't even mention the hole at runningback. That's going to be the killer this year, and it'll take our local sports experts until week 5 to figure it out. RB by committee only works if the committee is worth a crap. Which ours isn't (who outside MN has heard of Doug Chapman, Moe Williams, and/or Onterio Smith?). Maybe Williams and Chapman can come up with a good game each (its happened before), but the lack of a consistent running game will cripple the passing game, which lacks dependable #2 and #3 receivers, and Daunte will again try to do it all himself. Don't bother worrying about the defense; they're only important if they have a lead to protect. Which I don't much think they will. Losing Bennett cost us the year, I think.
Maybe I'm being overly pessimistic (considering I was just thinking that not only did losing Bennet cost us this year, probably next year too, since he has to recover for a year and he was first getting consistent last year, I think I am probably pessimistic), so in an optimistic frame of mind, if they can make Klein the #2 receiver and get him leading blocks for our committee, maybe something good can happen. Plus we don't need a RB to beat up on the crappy pack. Hovan will make Farv cry. Ha ha ha!
 
Inside College Hockey discusses the selected frozen four sites (St. Louis, Denver):

Detroit got totally hosed by the NCAA. No Frozen Four in 2007 or 2008? Passed over in favor of St. Louis and Denver? Detroit IS Hockeytown, for the love of Pete! To quote Hank Hill, "That ain't right!"

Joe in Livonia, Mich.

Joe: First and foremost, Hockeytown is Warroad, Minn., and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. They make a great window in Warroad, too.

Did the NCAA Ice Hockey Committee do Detroit wrong? Maybe. Here's the rub, however: Detroit is a miserable city. You saw "8 Mile", right? Is it a stereotype? Yeah. But is it also the truth? Hell, yeah! Tiger Stadium is still standing, even though no one has played a game there since Cecil Fielder weighed less than 300 pounds. Ironically, it's one of the better-looking structures within the city limits, what with boarded-up homes and desolate office buildings, warehouses and manufacturing facilities dotting the landscape. D-town would make a great setting for a post-apocolyptic movie.

And if you thought downtown Buffalo was a little desolate, you've never been to downtown Detroit. Let's put it this way: if you like coney dogs and gambling (there are a handful of casinos in the downtown area), you'll have a great time.

Then there's Joe Louis Arena. It looks great on TV, when it's packed and the crowd is going crazy. Up close, it's a monument to the hard-working men and women of the concrete industry. Because of its location – the rink is sandwiched between Cobo Arena, a parking ramp, a couple highways and the Detroit River – it looks like something built for the 1968 World's Fair.


That may all be true, Inside College Hockey, but get real. St. Louis is no better (I must have babbled a few times about how nasty that city is; particularly the downtown area, which has only a few blocks not boarded up). In fact, I'd say its worse. What with the lack of any college hockey teams in a 100-mile radius and all. Sheesh.

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