48 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'sports':


The best-laid plans of mice and men and girls who look like mice gang aft agley

I had intended to complete this blog post before March Madness began. And then I intended to complete it before March Madness ended. Neither has happened, so this year I'm bringing you my March Madness predictions (or rather March Madness hopes and dreams, because I know that my bracket is never realistic) after you all know the results¹. Exciting, right? Read on for more, MacDuff. ¹ If you are basketball fans, which, judging by the fact that you are reading my blog, I am assuming you're not....

srah - Friday, 10 April 2009 - 12:12 PM
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Somewhere in space/ I hang suspended/ Until I know/ There's a chance that you care

Still waiting on that call from NASA, although we managed to lose last week when I was in Indiana and win against Minnesota while I was in my apartment building, so my theory about only winning when I'm outside Ohio is now kaput. Perhaps NASA has been following this and that's why they haven't called to offer to shoot me into space for tomorrow's game against Ohio State. Or maybe they're just too busy hunting for lost tools. Alas! I seem to have no control over tomorrow's outcome, so I will just have to hope as hard as my little...

srah - Friday, 21 November 2008 - 11:08 PM
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Planet Earth is blue/ And there's nothing I can do

I was in Ann Arbor when Michigan won their first football game this year and in China (or in the air coming back from China) when they won their second. This weekend, the team started out strong when I was driving south through Indiana and got progressively worse as I approached Srahtown, pulling out all stops and sucking pretty hardcore once I actually got in front of the TV. It would appear that Michigan plays better the further I am from Srahtown. The only solution is for the Wolverine-heavy NASA program to lend a hand by launching me into space...

srah - Monday, 20 October 2008 - 9:18 AM
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I don't know... I might just be a basketball machine.

It's time once again for Srah's Wholly Unknowledgeable Basketball Picks! You would think that after two non-consecutive years of doing this, I would start to develop some strategy, or get to know the playing styles of some of the teams that are in the tournament every year. Not so! I just pick the brackets. I don't watch the basketball, foo'. I have better things to do with my time, like... uh... well, very important things. Once again, I present to you (after the jump), my bracket-picking strategy, in all its glory....

srah - Monday, 17 March 2008 - 10:50 PM
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The Curse of the Srambino

I went to a hockey game last night because a friend had an extra ticket. The University I Work At was playing against Western Michigan, my friend's alma mater, although she's lived in Srahtown and had various connections to The University I Work at for years. So she had loyalty to both teams and I had loyalty to none at all, because although I work there, TUIWA has been battling the University of Michigan for the top of the league (and the top of the college hockey rankings altogether) all season. Once the game started, though, I started hoping for...

srah - Saturday, 23 February 2008 - 7:25 PM
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Rip! Rip! Rip the chipmunk off the field

Go Blue! (No, there is no real content to this post. What am I, a football blog? Kittens!)...

srah - Saturday, 10 November 2007 - 8:04 AM
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How many guys in a bear suit does it take to scare srah?

I am proud to have been a Bulldog/Mustang, a Roadrunner, a River Rat, a Briton and a Wolverine, because one thing that all of these schools had in common was that they never dressed anyone up in a stupid costume to dance around and seriously freak me out. Sports mascots are like clowns, but you can't even see their eyes so you never know when they're going to snap. (With clowns, at least you can see their eyes, so you can tell that they are going to snap and murder you... any minute now. It's... reassuring?) My usual reaction to...

srah - Wednesday, 3 October 2007 - 5:34 PM
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Excellence is good (I wish we were)

This is a really exciting time to be a Michigan fan. My director is a Notre Dame graduate, so this afternoon when talk turned to weekend plans, our conversation was basically My Team Is Going to Lose to Your Team. Both teams are 0-2 for the season so far, and going up against each other this weekend in what has been referred to as "Cripple Fight 2007" or "The Slump Buster Bowl". I think we have the advantage for MTIGTLTYT, though, with a freshman quarterback with half a game's experience (as opposed to a freshman quarterback with two games' experience),...

srah - Wednesday, 12 September 2007 - 9:47 PM
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Roast the Ducks!

Who's ready for some MICHIGAN FOOTBALL?! (I hope the team is.) ETA: The team was not....

srah - Saturday, 8 September 2007 - 3:11 PM
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'Whaddya got there, the ol' leather pumpkin?'

Using my awesome psychic powers, which only fail me oh, about every day, I have determined that the 2006 2007 NCAA Basketball champions will be... Gonzaga University in a surprise win over Michigan State. Start dousing the couches! Things will be aflame in East Lansing the evening of April 2nd! I will not go into quite as much detail as I did in 2005, but this year, my bracket selection strategies include: "We work with their study abroad programs" (Butler, Virginia, Wright State), "They're nearby and if they win, then Ohio State is out of the tournament" (Xavier), "They have...

srah - Monday, 12 March 2007 - 5:13 PM
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Some Pig Owl

So it seems like everyone's really excited about some owl this weekend. They're even throwing big parties for it, and they're going to be televising it for, like, 3.5 hours this evening. I don't really get it or why everyone thinks it's so superb, but I hear they're going to have some pretty good commercials on in between the avian coverage, so I guess I'll watch that. Go little Exlee, or whatever your name is....

srah - Sunday, 4 February 2007 - 3:35 PM
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What power?

To whom it may concern: Although I often use my Evil Voodoo Powers to curse the Detroit Tigers, I will have you know that I did nothing to influence the World Series, because I had already given up on caring what the Tigers did this season....

srah - Sunday, 29 October 2006 - 12:18 AM
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Well at least we're not round on our ends!

Yesterday I walked to the library as part of my HIGHEST STEPCOUNT DAY EVER. On the way there, another pedestrian passing in the other direction said, "Great shirt." I looked down and saw that I was wearing a Michigan sweatshirt. Ah, a fellow Wolverines fan! When I got to the library to pick up the books I had on reserve, the clerk said, "I don't know if I should give these to you." I thought, 'What have I done? Do I have enormous fines I don't know about? Did I reserve porn??' She continued, "... wearing that shirt." Aha! A...

srah - Thursday, 14 September 2006 - 12:28 PM
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Because you're mine, I walk online

Thanks to Ed, I have discovered Walker Tracker, which has many of the features of the previous step-tracking site I was using, but with more community interaction and graphs! Read my step logger! Watch my progress go up and down! Join this one now!...

srah - Wednesday, 6 September 2006 - 8:36 PM
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Got Lions and Tigers, only in Detroit

I am so disappointed with the Detroit Tigers this year. Remember when they used to almost break records for sucking and suck so bad they lost more games than they played? I have been mad at the Tigers for the last three years¹, ever since that season where they sucked so bad... that they couldn't even break records for sucking. They were poised to break records for the worst season ever, then at the end of the season they won a few games and avoided that plight. If you're going to be that bad, then go all the way and...

srah - Friday, 11 August 2006 - 5:11 PM
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You may not have felt anything, but I just kicked you in the solar plexus, suckah

I went to the first session of a self-defense class tonight. When I left I was all sweaty. What the heck? Forget this self-defense, man. You can have my wallet, just don't make me break a sweat. Speaking of things I'd like to beat up, how about this weather of ours? My sweaty self and I brought along a coat and a sweatshirt, prepared for normal February weather, but walked out of class in a t-shirt....

srah - Thursday, 16 February 2006 - 9:55 PM
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Who... dey?

I went shopping on Sunday, as I am wont to do but don't want to do¹. At 4pm, every television in the mall turned to the Bengals game. I don't just mean that they turned to the game in electronics stores or in bar/grills within the malls. I mean that when I was taking a break from the Hell That Is Holiday Shopping (and Gaucho Pants) by playing I'm Going To Buy This For You/Shopping For a Dress For a Wedding I Already Went To in the formalwear section in Dillards, the TVs in that section that usually show music...

srah - Tuesday, 20 December 2005 - 12:14 PM
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You know you're not from Ohio when...

... you see a special-printed Coke can with "Go Bucks" written on it and wonder why a Milwaukee basketball team¹ are advertising down here. ––––– ¹Note to naysayers and croakers: Look! I knew the mascot of a professional basketball team! Do you respect me yet?...

srah - Friday, 16 December 2005 - 11:11 PM
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Hey, guess what - Detroit's in the playoffs this year! *gag*

Ever since Cari left, there's no one around to organize social events. Don't look at me - I have all this important stuff to do... like... um... encourage my Sims to socialize. Wait... So luckily a fête happy hour was organized for last night. But unluckily, a basketball game was also scheduled for last night. Basketball and I have never quite seen eye-to-eye but we managed to coexist civilly - the occasional biting remarks but usually it was okay to take us out in public together. But our truce lasts no longer! The bar was full of people watching the...

srah - Friday, 17 June 2005 - 11:35 AM
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Another black day in my athletic career

Dear The People Who Are In Charge Of Picking These Things, It is with great regret that I inform you that I missed the deadline for the NFL Draft. Things were very busy this week and my mind was elsewhere. I assure you, however, that I will make an effort to declare my eligibility next year. Hope you're not too disappointed, SRAH...

srah - Saturday, 23 April 2005 - 6:44 PM
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Proof that you can combine blogging and professional basketball as long as you are not me

Paul Shirley, please continue blogging. [via swirlspice]...

srah - Saturday, 23 April 2005 - 2:40 PM
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The ongoing saga of srah vs. sports

I am a sports fiend! As some of you may have followed and others of you may have waited with baited breath* to learn, if I had been involved in some kind of NCAA basketball pool (which I WASN'T) I would have come in last place among the other people NOT participating in said IMAGINARY pool and won back the five dollars that I DIDN'T illegally bet on the outcome of the tournament. Victory! Sweet sweet breaking even!** On the heels of this triumph comes my new foray into the world of sports wagering: Fantasy Baseball. Fantasy Baseball, unlike NCAA...

srah - Monday, 4 April 2005 - 9:39 AM
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Hire me, ye downtrodden NCAA losers!

Have increased my Number Of Jobs Applied For by 67% today. By 67%? Is that right? Aw, forget this fancy math. I applied to two, bringing the total to five. I finally got around to applying for two jobs at schools that are still in the tournament, keeping my pathetic basketball hopes alive! Gonzaga, you have shamed me. But I ain't proud. Got any openings in your study abroad office?...

srah - Tuesday, 22 March 2005 - 10:26 PM
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Uneducated guessing

Here is the extent of my knowledge/made-up facts about basketball: Tall people play it. James Naismith invented it. He was Canadian. Converse used to have contracts to shoe the NBA. Now they just shoe ninjas. Here is the extent of my knowledge about the current state of college basketball: Division I college athletes are spoiled. Oh, and, um, I think Duke might be good. You always hear about them, don't you? So, of course, it follows that I am not (if the NCAA asks) entering a NCAA basketball pool. Yes, that's it. Not entering. Go away, nice NCAA. But I...

srah - Thursday, 17 March 2005 - 11:13 AM
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srah's Super Bowl halftime update

Who are you cheering for? I'm rooting for FedEx myself. Ah, that Burt Reynolds! Oh... there's a football game on? Well, if I have to pick a team, I'll cheer for Philadelphia. I base this decision on absolutely no knowledge of professional football and the conviction that there's something creepy about Tom Brady. Paul McCartney's halftime show is making me uncomfortable. I don't know what it is, but I feel very uneasy and on edge. It's like watching someone you know on stage - you want them to do very well, but there's this terrifying feeling that they will fail...

srah - Sunday, 6 February 2005 - 8:29 PM
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Go, erm, blue.

I bought season tickets today for next year's Michigan football season. I know, I know, I am not the first person you would expect to buy season football tickets. I am not necessarily a big sports fan*. But I do enjoy getting swept up in the enthusiasm and a Michigan football game, unlike Zzzzalbionzzzzz, has plenty of spirit.Cari told us her tales from the games last season and somehow I felt like I was missing out.This is my last chance to sit in the student section. Because of all of these factors, I grabbed the opportunity and bought tickets in...

srah - Thursday, 18 March 2004 - 2:41 PM
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srah's athletic exertion for the week

Having read a few books with characters who are athletes, I know that when you push yourself in athletic pursuits, chemicals called endorphins are released into your blood. You will push yourself beyond pain in order to release these chemicals, which drug your brain and make it happy. Athletes build up immunities to endorphins, though, which explains the athletic drive. Like with any addiction, the more you get, the more endorphins you need to get that buzz the next time. Running late for being early this morning, I combined frantic flailing running (think Phoebe on Friends) with brisk walking and...

srah - Monday, 9 February 2004 - 9:21 AM
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All my girls (and guys) at the party, look at his/her body

I question the logic of theming this year's Super Bowl halftime show "The Hits of Three Years Ago, As Performed By Has-Beens." As far as I know*, the only one in the mess who has a song currently playing on the radio is Kid Rock, and rather than sing that one, he sang his Big Hits of 1998 or whatever they were. The worst offender in this category was Michael "Janet" Jackson, who hasn't had a hit in years, but was for some reason the headlining performer. He has got to be the richest person in the world. He owns...

srah - Sunday, 1 February 2004 - 11:57 PM
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Go FedEx go!

I imagine that I will spend the evening watching the Super Bowl, then running into the office to work on Programming homework between the commercials. Apparently this year they have some football game or something on as filler. *shrug* Where do they get these ideas?...

srah - Sunday, 1 February 2004 - 5:45 PM
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It's a nerd... it's a jock... it's Supersrah!

I have managed to watch U-M beat OSU's sucky Ohio behinds and at the same time find a website devoted to Square One TV. Doan be jealous of my versatility now....

srah - Saturday, 22 November 2003 - 3:32 PM
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The national pasttime should be sitting around in your pyjamas and watching DVDs

My family seemed surprised to learn that, given the choice between going to a baseball game in Detroit and sitting around the house all day, I would choose the latter. I was only gone for seven months and these people don't even know me anymore. Actually, I love sitting around the house all day, so there wasn't even much of a decision to be made. If, on the other hand, my choices had been between going to watch the Tigers and jabbing myself in the eye with a pencil, THEN I might have had some soul-searching to do. Although I...

srah - Sunday, 10 August 2003 - 12:56 PM
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You'll be swell, you'll be great

Listening to a sports radio show on the way home from work last week, I decided that I wanted to be a professional basketball player in Belgium. Getting paid to live in Belgium sounds pretty good to me. Far from supporting my dream, my parents started pointing out various flaws in my plan, such as the fact that I am a 5'1" girl with no talent or interest in basketball and with a contempt for most athletes. I was horrified and disappointed that my family didn't support my decision automatically and tell me to shoot for my dreams because if...

srah - Wednesday, 2 July 2003 - 6:37 PM
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And not a Flying V in sight

So, the Mighty Ducks have finally been vanquished. After such fierce opponents as the Hawks, the Icelandic Junior Team, and the Eden Hall Varsity Team, it was the New Jersey Devils who finally managed to beat the team some considered unstoppable. I wouldn't know - I was busy watching D3 on the Disney Channel....

srah - Tuesday, 10 June 2003 - 1:40 PM
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srah's TV guide

Becky spent the evening flipping back and forth between the Stanley Cup finals and For Love or Money, and I spent the evening walking through and screaming at the télé while my cookies baked. My thoughts on the Stanley Cup finals are that I don't care who wins as long as it isn't Anaheim. So yeah, go Devils or whatever. I don't care how good Anaheim are or how long they've been around or how long ago the movie came out - I don't want to live in a world where the Mighty Ducks win the Stanley Cup. My thoughts...

srah - Tuesday, 3 June 2003 - 10:47 AM
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The rest of the weekend

The weather got worse yesterday afternoon, so no one went out skiing in the evening. I briefly considered going along this morning but Philippe, who is a ski instructor, was training and Mathieu, who is another beginner, was nursing a sore knee. So instead of going out and falling all over with no one to commiserate, I stayed behind and spent the morning with Mat (or Tomate, if you are a pompette joyeuse). We returned his skis, had a walk around the lake and a talk about Thanksgiving and politics, then went back to the apartment and spent the rest...

srah - Sunday, 2 February 2003 - 11:40 AM
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Bury me up to the knees at Super-Besse

The others went skiing, but I am a chicken. I don't like going downhill and the only thing I can think of to make this worse is two big awkward pieces of fiberglass stuck to my feet. No, that's not true - I can think of something worse: having one big awkward piece of fiberglass stuck to my feet, as in snowboarding. Anyway, I might work up the stupidity courage to do it for an hour this evening, just for the sake of saying I've done it. But at the moment the others are out skiing and I'm not. Instead,...

srah - Saturday, 1 February 2003 - 7:07 AM
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¡Hasta luego!

I'm off to Spanish class with the THOTs again, as we're leaving from Valéry Larbaud at 4pm for our weekend of snow and NOT skiing. I shall not allow myself to be convinced to ski. I shall remain stubborn as a mule and keep my limbs intact, thankyouverymuch....

srah - Friday, 31 January 2003 - 8:38 AM
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Régis suggests skiing uphill

I have been invited to go skiing (or "skying", if you prefer) with the S2OLs next weekend. This sounds like a fun, exciting way to spend a weekend, except for the whole skiing part. I imagine roaring fires, hot tea or chocolate, and perhaps tramping about in the snow a bit, but none of that nasty downhill nonsense, considering I have problems walking downhill or even descending staircases. Up up up for srah, or perhaps over over over, but certainly not down down down. Even better, perhaps, would be staying still still still, considering that I am unathletic and maladroite...

srah - Friday, 24 January 2003 - 1:42 PM
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And I would walk 500 miles... (6.10.02)

When I woke up this morning, my first thought was not Hmmm, how about I walk until my feet fall off? And yet I did. I will miss those feet, as I've had them for quite a while and have grown rather attached. Jennifer suggested last night that we go for a bike ride or a walk around the area, so we met up at 10am today. Finding no bike rental shops open, we set off on foot. We walked through Cusset and out the other side, throught a mountainous forest area that reminded me of Le pacte des loups....

srah - Monday, 7 October 2002 - 4:54 AM
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Strike baseball! Maybe you'll kill it.

The radio keeps getting my hopes up, talking about the impending possibility of a baseball strike. They keep saying that baseball may be finished. Unfortunately, they probably only mean for the season. Ah, the nation's beloved pasttime. Why doesn't it just die? Then we could have something worthwhile on TV. Maybe this is a local thing - maybe my love for baseball comes from the local team being the Detroit Tigers. Does anyone like baseball anymore?...

srah - Friday, 30 August 2002 - 10:30 AM
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My bottom is broken

Skating was lots of fun. I only fell once and in my defense, it was because Samata pulled me down with her. I landed hard on my butt and I am convinced it is broken, although no one else really believes me. Owwwwwwww......

srah - Sunday, 17 February 2002 - 9:06 AM
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Olympic Update

The women's Super-G results aren't online yet, but judging from the men's results, Chileans are better downhill skiers than biathletes. Duncan Grob seems to have been the only of the three Chileans to finish, but came in 33rd out of 58 in the Super-G this morning at+8.77....

srah - Saturday, 16 February 2002 - 4:15 PM
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What would srah boitano do?

We may or may not be going skating tonight as a goodbye get-together for Ayako, who is moving to Connecticut. The stinking rink doesn't have open skate until 8:30pm. I haven't skated in several years now! And I never really got the idea of braking down, so I just coast to a stop or skate myself into the boards....

srah - Saturday, 16 February 2002 - 3:16 PM
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Olympic Update

*sad face* Chile's latest biathlon results: Carlos Varas was 86/87 in the men's 10km sprint yesterday and Claudia Barrenechea was 74/74 in women's 7.5 km sprint. Better luck this weekend (both biathlon AND Super-G!) France is stuck at three medals for the moment (7th), but more happily, the US has been passed by both Germany and Norway....

srah - Thursday, 14 February 2002 - 3:55 PM
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Instant Replay

If anyone missed important chunks of the Super Bowl - like the AT&T commercials or the trailer for Blade - you can watch them here....

srah - Monday, 4 February 2002 - 8:15 AM
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*burp*

There is something seriously wrong with this Kellogg Centre computer. It keeps making Blogger eat my posts. I don't blame you, Blogger. As I was saying, before my post was so rudely eaten, my CS professor has cancelled Monday's class and pushed the test till Tuesday so that we can watch the Super Bowl Commercials Show. He may have mentioned something about football, too. Off I go to be evaluated in Spanish....

srah - Friday, 1 February 2002 - 11:24 AM
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Are you ready for some football?!

It's Super Bowl time again. For some reason, they break up the Super Bowl Commercials Show with a whole bunch of football breaks, so I usually watch it on tape in order to be able to fast-forward through them. I don't think I have blank tapes around this year, so I may be forced to watch it live. Sigh....

srah - Thursday, 31 January 2002 - 4:28 PM
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This is just stupid

This is just stupid: Ruling on girls sports gets mixed reactions. Our schedules are different from most of the country, but it's not hurting anyone. In fact, it's better because the use of equipment is spread out over several seasons, girls can do several sports, coaches can coach boys' and girls' sports, and we don't have as much need for referrees. I've yet to hear one actual person complain that the old system was hurting them - it was like these crazy feminist lawyers decided they had a problem with it and decided to screw over the rest of the...

srah - Tuesday, 18 December 2001 - 6:54 PM
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