Tournament Open Thread

By request. Meanwhile, I see Coach K is now concern trolling Obama regarding his bracket picks. All this “focus on the economy” stuff is killing me. To listen to folks, all Obama needs to do is get in a quiet room, concentrate real hard, and the economy will be fixed!

*** Update ***

And apparently, Coach K was just screwing around, and once again I fail for paying attention to anything produced by Fox News. I never learn.






196 replies
  1. 1
    jibeaux says:

    Coack K’s dickitudinosity knows no bounds.

  2. 2
    douglasfactors says:

    Hey, if you were the coach of a #2 seed and the president picked your archrival to win the championship, what would you say?

  3. 3
    Rob says:

    It takes five minutes…ten at absolute most…to fill in a bracket.

    Concern trolls need to stfu.

  4. 4
    jibeaux says:

    @douglasfactors:

    Maybe admit that they have a much better team this year and he’s probably right? Or just eat your cheese quietly if you can’t say anything nice?

  5. 5
    TenguPhule says:

    All this “focus on the economy” stuff is killing me. To listen to folks, all Obama needs to do is get in a quiet room, concentrate real hard, and the economy will be fixed!

    And the One spreads his hands and loaves and fish multiply and manna flows forth from his wings.

  6. 6
    Ricky Bobby says:

    I think there needs to be a little more flexing besides just the concentrating and then the economy will indeed be fixed.

    /flex

  7. 7
    Rappaccini says:

    Just another reason to hate Dook. Like I need more reasons.

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    RobertB says:

    Someone call the waambulance, Coach K’s feeling a little butthurt.

  9. 9
    JenJen says:

    WTF, Butler! Grrrrr. And Coach K? Not that I needed yet another reason to be the Duke-Hater I already am, but thanks anyway!

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    Nathan says:

    I think the video is pretty clear…Coach K was being tongue n cheek with a smile because O picked UNC to win it all.

    http://mediamatters.org/countyfair/200903190012

    But shhh…don’t tell Drudge…

    Cheers.

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    Libby says:

    I continue to think that a few RICO indictments would do more to quell the public anger and restore consumer confidence than all the bailouts in the world.

    Meanwhile, I’m hoping my initial boasting hasn’t jinxed my picks. I’m feeling a little shaky on my bracket already. Of course I can’t really remember who I picked except for the final four. I just want to look at my card tonight and see a lot of green. Which is the same way I feel about checking the stock market standing at 4:00pm every day.

  12. 12
    Lola says:

    Too bad Obama doesn’t have a ranch in Illinois where he can solve our economic problems while clearing brush.

  13. 13
    Bubblegum Tate says:

    Duck Fuke!

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    douglasfactors says:

    @jibeaux:

    That’s why the Tarheels are ACC Champions.

    Oh wait, they’re not.

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    El Tiburon says:

    I don’t mean to piss on the Coach K bashing…

    http://mediamatters.org/county.....012?show=1

    Unless my sarcasm meter is broken, then kindly disregard.

  16. 16
    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    Shitshevsky needs to focus on getting his team past the second round.

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    douglasfactors says:

    Duke players people love to hate:

    Ferry, Laettner, Hurley, Redick, Paulus

    Notice a pattern?

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    MattM says:

    @douglasfactors:

    2-0 vs. dook this year, though.

    Also, even though this story shouldn’t be taken seriously (and Ratface probably didn’t mean for it to), I like that none of the outlets reporting it seriously bother to note that K is a longtime conservative and donor/fundraiser for Republicans.

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    JenJen says:

    @El Tiburon: Now, that’s interesting. So, Mr. Conventional Wisdom is the one pushing the Coach K story while apparently leaving out the part where Coach was just kidding? Par for the Halperin course, I suppose.

    I can still hate Duke, though, right?

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    blahblahblah says:

    Josh Marshall has just made a great point about this whole AIG bonus scandal. Basically, he agrees that the bonus money being given out (stolen) is a minor slice of the total being given for the AIG bailout. But then he counters that the real issue is not the amount of the payments themselves, but that the payments persist in the face of public outrage – given how much the US government now appears to own of that firm – which shows an impotence at the executive that Obama must counter at the risk of losing his authority:

    I think the American people have demonstrated over the last six months that they’re willing to expand vast sums of money and endure great economic hardship without holding the damage against their political leaders. Effectiveness, in the sense of how long it takes to turn the economy around, is something they seem willing to be flexible on. But not on who’s in charge. And that’s what’s at stake here. As a matter of transparency and truth-telling, what Geithner knew about the bonuses may be significant. But it’s really all fine print that is largely beside the point. From Geithner and Summers, and indirectly from Obama, we keeping hearing financial-legal versions of ‘It’s bigger than the both of us’. Like we’re along for the ride, still taking dictates from the people who got us into the mess we’re in.

    Emphases mine, in italics (blockquote bolds the 1st paragraph here by default).

    http://www.talkingpointsmemo.c....._of_us.php

  21. 21
    jibeaux says:

    @douglasfactors:

    Cursed Toe Gods! I don’t care of Carolina lost to St. Mary Mother of the Poor, Coach K is a dickhead in a box, with a fox, in a train, in the rain, and on a boat, with a goat. He is a role model for little aspiring dickheads the world over.

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    jibeaux says:

    @douglasfactors:

    Yup. They all look like serial killers and flop like girls.

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    MattM says:

    I don’t even hate Paulus anymore. I almost feel sorry for him. His dreams of being Wojo Mark 2 were complicated by his complete inability to play basketball.

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    douglasfactors says:

    @jibeaux:

    Hey, if you’re a Tarheel fan, you have a special dispensation to say that kind of thing.

    What I don’t get is why everyone else hates on them. They’re just kids, you know.

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    Ed in NJ says:

    It’s always funny to read comments at other sites. The same poster who claims Obama’s policies are ruining the country on minute is pissed off the next minute because he took the time to fill out an NCAA bracket instead of working.

    And I’m sure these same critics yelling "get back to work" were very concerned about Bush setting the record for presidential vacation time while the country was going to hell.

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    ThresherK says:

    Some people on EPSN compared this to Bush’s steroids-in-baseball sideline in an SOTU speech.

    The unpleasant truth is that some people have more attention to pay than others. As a national figure for a decade, GWB hasn’t shown to me that he has the attention to pay to as many things at the same time as Obama does.

    On the other hand, the best turn on this "issue": Rep. Joe Courtney, D-CT, who said "The President, in selecting UNC, shows he hasn’t been watching enough college basketball." Heeheehee.

  27. 27
    Mac G says:

    Fox News suckered my Duke hatred, which does not take much to trigger.

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    El Tiburon says:

    JenJen-

    Can’t we all just get along?

    I kid.

    Fuck Duke and Coach Special K. And especially fuck that Laettner kid. Douchebag.

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    guest says:

    All this “focus on the economy” stuff is killing me. To listen to folks, all Obama needs to do is get in a quiet room, concentrate real hard, and the economy will be fixed!

    when carter did that, they accused him of failing to delegate and being too much of a micromanager. and the PR image of carter working hard, they somehow equated due diligence to contributing to the feeling of economic malaise. "Ooo, carter looks worried, he never takes the weekend off. things must be worse than we think."

    doesn’t matter what obama does because they have a ready made line of attack that goes at him both ways. if he does x, they complain he isn’t doing y. if he does y, they complain he isn’t doing x. there is no pleasing republicans because they’re unprincipled.

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    jibeaux says:

    @douglasfactors:

    Fan, graduate. Thanks for the dispensation. I’ve got more!

    They hate on them because you can feel the douchebaggery emanating out of the screen. Sometimes from other rooms.

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    Gus says:

    Go Gophers!

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    JenJen says:

    @El Tiburon: Fucking Christian fucking Laettner. To this day, the Laettner jumper against UK breaks my heart. He is completely responsible for my Duke-Hate. He owns it. I’m still waiting for his apology.

  33. 33
    Comrade Stuck says:

    Whoopee! I’m in first place place!. Don’t matter that 11 others are too.

  34. 34
    douglasfactors says:

    @JenJen:

    That was payback for the 1978 championship game.
    Then UK got them back in 1998.
    That’s how it goes.

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    bootlegger says:

    No upset from N. Iowa it seems.

  36. 36
    Comrade Stuck says:

    @JenJen:

    Please Jenjen, we KY natives don’t talk about that abomination in polite company, except the Duke-Hate part.

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    Rappaccini says:

    I don’t hate the kids. Not all of them anyway. I hate the ones that flop around like carp freshly pulled from the pond. (I hate Vlade Divac for the same reason), I hate the sportscasters talking about Dook like they are sent from on high to rescue basketball. I hate Kryshjkglowuwlkmi, just because he’s a little rat faced whiny punk. I hate that the team seems to get every single close call, and quite a few times they get calls that are just blatantly wrong. And I hate those fans, bouncing around and moaning in the stands like they are hyperactive bunnies on 4-day binges of Coke, Meth and Red Bulls.

    It’s just easier to say I hate Dook.

  38. 38
    douglasfactors says:

    It takes guts to take a charge.

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    guest says:

    @blahblahblah:

    why is media making geithner the fall guy when the AIG ceo admitted the Fed knew all about the scheduled bonuses from the get go. he admitted someone from the Fed always sits in on their meetings. the Fed has had oversight from the beginning. yet congress and geithner become the designated targets. nobody knows who bernanke is anymore. he’s turned into a ghost. even josh doesn’t mention him.

  40. 40
    bootlegger says:

    @Comrade Stuck: Yes, but recent transplants to KY have a serious hate-on for Big Blue. I’m sick of all the Glen Beck style emo from Cats fans. Since I like to be loyal though I’m taking Loovile for the championship and Directional Kentucky University for an upset or two (ok, just one).

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    Comrade Stuck says:

    @guest:

    AIG didn’t make the tourny, fuck them.

  42. 42
    jibeaux says:

    @douglasfactors:

    I like these nice and slow, over the plate like that.

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    gwangung says:

    On the other hand, the best turn on this "issue": Rep. Joe Courtney, D-CT, who said "The President, in selecting UNC, shows he hasn’t been watching enough college basketball." Heeheehee.

    Oh, that’s got win all over it….

  44. 44
    kay says:

    @blahblahblah:

    given how much the US government now appears to own of that firm – which shows an impotence at the executive that Obama must counter at the risk of losing his authority:

    What authority is that? The Unitary kind? I feel like we’re twisted, post-Bush. Obama isn’t supposed to issue directives.
    There is a Congress. They are ( properly, finally ) addressing the issue of conditions on the money they dole out. That they’re doing so after 8 years of accepting directives from the executive branch is regrettably tardy, but I’m willing to forgive and forget.
    Shuster called this dog and pony show by Congress "meta ass covering". I agree. What I don’t understand is why everyone is letting them dodge this.
    Obama is moving. You or I may not agree with what he’s doing, but he’s acting. That Congress has now, finally, decided to get off their ass and act like big grown up legislators is heartening. What isn’t heartening is how they have neglected the job they were given until the pitch forks came out, and are now blaming the executive branch.

  45. 45
    El Tiburon says:

    JJ-

    So perhaps I shouldn’t ask you how many times you’ve watched the Duke v. North Carolina documentary playing right now on HBO.

    That’s one hour of my life I could have spent raking a cheese grader against my bare ass.

  46. 46
    camchuck says:

    S&P is down 10 points today due to Obama’s bracket distraction. The market doesn’t lie.

  47. 47
    Comrade Stuck says:

    @bootlegger:

    I once worked with a guy who would become seriously ill every time the Cat’s lost. His house was a living museum to the Big Blue. He was not the only one who lost their minds over Kentucky basketball.

  48. 48
    bootlegger says:

    @guest: I agree with you, but Timmay knew going in that we was going to get a wedgie or two and probably have to endure a swirlee. This one may count as the swirlee.

    Cal v. Maryland next. I always love it when the big state schools play each other, it makes it sound like the two states are actually gonna slug it out in a shield wall.

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    douglasfactors says:

    A flop, no doubt.

    Also a no-call.

  50. 50
    guest says:

    @camchuck:

    i don’t know richard about sports, but isn’t that a lot of pressure to put on UNC to win? with obama warning them don’t fail me now.

  51. 51
    Libby says:

    Damn. I could have sworn I picked LSU. That was one of three or four picks I remember. Must have clicked wrong. That’s what I get for choosing my bracket before I finished my coffee. But I think I can still catch up.

  52. 52
    jibeaux says:

    You could really get hurt just deciding to trust-fall backwards like that with no one there. Do you think part of Duke training is learning how to flop safely, kind of like learning professional wrestling?

  53. 53
    bootlegger says:

    @kay: And isn’t it amazing how quickly the congresscritters grab a pitchfork and join the mob just like they’d been there all along? Perhaps they hope that nobody notices.

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    JenJen says:

    @Comrade Stuck: Since I live on the Ohio side of the river, I’m allowed to bring up Laettner. Of course, I wouldn’t dare speak his filthy name once I crossed the bridge. :-)

  55. 55
    Punchy says:

    Punchy says elsewhere:

    Can we puleeze get a tourney thread? Somewhere I can brag when CalStateEarthquake doesn’t lose to Memphis……by more than 20 points.

    81-70 Memphis. Miss Cleo, suck on this.

    Booyah. Anyone wanna me to tell you if yer wife is faithful or what yer cowerkers say about cha behind yer back?

  56. 56
    burnspbesq says:

    @jibeaux:

    White wine with crow, or red? I’ll have Mark Few deliver a bottle to your table.

  57. 57
    bootlegger says:

    @Comrade Stuck: I know, its a serious mental disorder in a part of the country where other mental disorders are normal. I’m not dissin’ my new neighbors mind you, just noting the lack of mental health care out here.

  58. 58
    jibeaux says:

    @burnspbesq:

    Do what now?

  59. 59
    burnspbesq says:

    @douglasfactors:

    Bad sample. They hate Grant, and Shane, and JWill, and Duhon, and Shelden equally as much.

  60. 60
    bootlegger says:

    @Libby: It’s very early Lib. This may be good news for John McCain, but you’re still in the hunt.

  61. 61
    douglasfactors says:

    If the defender is in position, it doesn’t matter how hard the foul is. Drawing the referee’s attention is fair game.

  62. 62
    jibeaux says:

    I like Grant Hill. He shoulda been one of us.

  63. 63
    burnspbesq says:

    @jibeaux:

    Yes, of course. And Hansblahblah flops like a man. When he’s not changing his pivot foot three times before making a move.

  64. 64
    jibeaux says:

    @douglasfactors:

    You keep telling yourself that. It’s very sporting. And manly. Also too.

  65. 65
    bootlegger says:

    @Punchy: No, but I can tell ya what your wife says about you while on her back (SNAP).

  66. 66
    jibeaux says:

    Hansblahblah

    Did you make that up yourself? C’mon, don’t be modest.

  67. 67
    Church Lady says:

    I’m feeling a little affection for Obama right now since he gave my Tigers their props. For a while, I thought my bracket was toast. I follow them pretty closely, and I’ve never even heard of Roburt Sallie. 35 points. Damn.

  68. 68
    blahblahblah says:

    @Kay:

    What authority is that? The Unitary kind? I feel like we’re twisted, post-Bush. Obama isn’t supposed to issue directives.

    Isn’t Treasury under the executive?

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    bootlegger says:

    @jibeaux: I agree. Its one thing to hold your ground and move when hit, its another to embellish. The move killed soccer in the US and the NBA is now imposing fines to players, mostly Euros, who engage the tactic.

  71. 71
    JenJen says:

    @jibeaux: Oh, that’s awesome. Very Italian Soccer Team. :-)

    @burnspbesq: You are not a nice person. ;-)

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    kay says:

    @bootlegger:

    Right. They’re driving me mental with this posturing, and I’m all out of synch. Everyone else in the country is mad at AIG and/or the Treasury Secretary. I’m mad at Congress. But, I’ve been mad at Congress for going on 9 years, oh, longer, honestly, since about 1994, and I had never heard of AIG until 6 months ago.

  73. 73
    ACC says:

    Doug,

    Having grown up in NC, but having ACC loyalties outside the state, allow me to share you my impartial prejudices I’ve acquired over the past four decades:

    UNC folks are straight NPR. I’m saying that as a liberal, and no, I don’t mean that as a compliment.

    NC State folks are exceptional haters; should they learn to focus their angst towards academics or athletics, they could be an MIT or have a sports dynasty to rival Wooden’s.

    But having lived and worked with Dook folk, well, I’ll try to make this brief: if you have a Dook colleague in your department, get ready to work some late hours. The Creator has never produced an uglier, lazier, class-conscious specimen as a Dookie.

    You can draw a direct line between the value our society places on grade-inflated, private institutions of higher ‘learning’, the previous administration, and our financial catastrophe.

    Pampered a$$holes, the lot of them. And Jeebus those kids are ugly.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @jibeaux:

    No. And I didn’t make up Rush Dimbulb, either. But they both work, so why not use them?

    Did you make up Ratface?

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    Punchy says:

    BTW, why cant Mormons play tourney basketball? Is each of them trying too hard to impress their wives? Or is their glaring crackerness and lack of a cross-dribble too hard to overcome playing against non-30% tithe skools?

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    bootlegger says:

    @blahblahblah: Yes, but like the AGs office they are expected to act independently and not do things for political reasons. (In a perfect world where Duke is just another tiny southern home for the Klan elite, oops, never mind).

  77. 77
    jibeaux says:

    @burnspbesq:
    Did I use Ratface?

    I found this application, it’s from last year but they’ll probably still take it.

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    Comrade Stuck says:

    @JenJen:

    Since KY really owns the Ohio river, your close enough. And besides, half the population of southern Ohio likely have some ky breeding, the in or out variety.

    P.S. I was born in Middletown and still have more than a few relatives living there now. Also spent part of my Hippie years hanging out on Mt Adams:-)

  79. 79
    BDeevDad says:

    I don’t know if anyone has seen this yet, but cool.

    The Democratic-led House overwhelmingly approved a bill on Thursday to slap punishing taxes on big employee bonuses from AIG and other firms bailed out by taxpayers.

    Don’t know if it’s legal, but the wiretapping immunity was, so why not this.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @JenJen:

    Wait – wasn’t that Diego Simeone conducting that drill?

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    douglasfactors says:

    @burnspbesq:

    Not in my experience. Seems to me the black players get grudging respect, even though they have Duke on their uniforms.

    But I’d like for you to be right.

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    Punchy says:

    @bootlegger: What? WHAT? I’m dying to know if she approves of the wallpaper, and what she thinks of my freshly waxed testicles.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @JenJen:

    Well, what did you expect from a Dook fan? ;-)

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    bootlegger says:

    @kay: And the part that is a real game of political twister is when they do the populist posture AND define it as the other side’s fault. Right foot on outrage, left foot on media, left hand on the Bible, right hand up the ass.

  85. 85
    bootlegger says:

    @Punchy: Dude, she loves the slick teabag, just loves it. The wallpaper reminds her of the cheap motel where you spent your honeymoon ;-)

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    douglasfactors says:

    @jibeaux:

    Not my fault if you don’t know the rules.

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    JenJen says:

    @Comrade Stuck: Mt. Adams, eh? I managed Longworth’s for years. I hope I had the pleasure of buying you a drink once.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @douglasfactors:

    I think Maryland fans hate JWill most of all (even more than JJ, which is saying something), because of Gone in 54 Seconds.

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    bootlegger says:

    @BDeevDad: I share your sense of justice here, but I still feel a bit squeamish about us cheering on the government using coercion this way, I think it sets a bad precedent. I think Obama should veto this and take it out of AIG either in their next ass-saving installment or in more worthless stock that could be worth something more next year.

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    jibeaux says:

    @douglasfactors:
    Eh, at least I don’t play college basketball at an overpriced satellite campus of the University of New Jersey without knowing the rules AMIRITE?

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    jibeaux says:

    And this thread is disturbing. Also.

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    Dork says:

    Anyone jonesin for an upset, watch Utah St. (Punchy: these Morons can PLAY) crush Marquette.

    They got a shitty seed being in a average conference but played killer ball and own a great record.

    Also, VCU over UCLA in the battle of shitty acronyms.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @jibeaux:

    University of New Jersey? Gee, where have we heard that before?

    There is no University of New Jersey, mon ami. If you’re going to use the slur, at least get it right. It’s Rutgers-Durham.

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    BDeevDad says:

    Since I’ll be taking a long lunch tomorrow at 12 pm PST. Go Cornell, beat Mizzou! I can dream.

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    les says:

    Jibeaux,

    Maybe Duke’s been borrowing training tips from the Italians:

    workout

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    El Tiburon says:

    Some dude named TBogg over at something called FireDogLake has this about something about why Duke sucks or something.

    http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/

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    douglasfactors says:

    @jibeaux:

    I remember when UNC was also a top-ten university.

    1986, I believe it was.

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    jibeaux says:

    @burnspbesq:

    Well, I don’t know what slurs y’all use between sprinkling French into your conversations, but down here we definitely say the University of New Jersey at Durham. Rutgers-Durham just sounds like an accounting firm, but you know, use it if you prefer.

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    MattM says:

    @douglasfactors:

    Shane Battier got it bad when I was in school–as bad as anybody in the last decade, Reddick excepted. I could recount some of the Tar Heel theories about how he got those grooves on his head, but decorum prevents me from doing so.

    EDIT: Also, if you think anybody anywhere outside of Durham respects Gerald Henderson, you’re delusional.

    Grant Hill, though…yeah, he should have been a Heel. Good guy.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Fuck, I got cold feet over my Michigan State picks and changed them about thirty minutes before tip off and somehow cleared out my champion pick so it’s all for naught for me.

    I’ll have to concentrate on the thirty seven other brackets I’m in. FYI, for those of you that care about this stupid stuff, my champion was Pittsburgh.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @jibeaux:

    Well, if you insist.

    Q: How many Carolina freshmen does it take to change a light bulb?

    A: That’s an upper-division course at Carolina.

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    jibeaux says:

    @douglasfactors:

    If only I’d talked my folks into spending 35 grand a year so I could live in a tent for a month so I could see a game where my team got their ass handed to ’em on their home turf, then I’d have a quality education. I mean, I would know just the product to use for sadly rubbing blue grease paint off my skin…how to get mud out of Banana Republic pants….and which friend of daddy’s I should call for a job when I got out.

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    douglasfactors says:

    Good points re: JWill and Battier.

    I also have to admit that UNC fans have a blazing hatred of Gerald Henderson.

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    MikeJ says:

    Well, I don’t know what slurs y’all use between sprinkling French into your conversations, but down here we definitely say the University of New Jersey at Durham.

    People in NORTH CAROLINA make fun of New Jersey? Talk about a lack of self awareness.

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    jibeaux says:

    @burnspbesq:

    Well, I’ll give you this much, it’s equally as funny as Hansblahblah.

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    bootlegger says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Every other pick is there. What? You really thought Pitt would win it all?

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    jibeaux says:

    @MikeJ:

    WE VOTED FOR OBAMA AND NOW WE ARE AWESOME.

    We make fun of Dookies. We have nothing against New Jerseyites who remain in New Jersey.

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    MattM says:

    @MikeJ:

    The joke is that Duke is a fallback school for a bunch of rich suburban New Jersey kids who couldn’t get into the Ivy League.

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    bootlegger says:

    @jibeaux: Don’t forget phone numbers for a stripper and a good defense attorney.

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    douglasfactors says:

    @jibeaux:

    Oh yeah, the class thing. Don’t go there. I have friends who worked their way through.

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    jibeaux says:

    Don’t go there.

    Dude.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @douglasfactors:

    If you ever want to feel blazing hatred, walk into a Waffle House in North Carolina wearing a Duke sweatshirt and carrying the Sunday New York Times, and when the waitress takes your order, say "no grits, please." It works especially well on Sunday morning of the ACC Tournament when the Heels lost on Friday and Duke is in the championship game.

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    liberal says:

    To listen to folks, all Obama needs to do is get in a quiet room, concentrate real hard, and the economy will be fixed!

    Well, going to a quiet room, concentrating real hard, and realizing that Summers and Geithner need to be fired would be a good start.

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    jibeaux says:

    @bootlegger:

    Hee hee. D’ya think this thread will be a batsignal for Paul L.? Because then it could really get fun.

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    jibeaux says:

    If you ever want to feel blazing hatred taste eight flavors of spit in your scattered and smothered, walk into a Waffle House in North Carolina wearing a Duke sweatshirt and carrying the Sunday New York Times, and when the waitress takes your order, say "no grits, please." It works especially well on Sunday morning of the ACC Tournament when the Heels lost on Friday and Duke is in the championship game.

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    bootlegger says:

    Anyone else want to blast the "AXE" motorcycle stunt rider off his bike with a shotgun? I don’t know which is more nauseating, the lame "stunt", the lame product, or the roofie-eyed look on the female "tv personality" as she sniffs the guys armpits.
    Why can’t March Madness get the same cool ads as the Super Bowl?

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    NonyNony says:

    @burnspbesq:

    and when the waitress takes your order, say "no grits, please."

    I’m a total midwestern bumpkin, but what kind of a Philistine would say "no grits, please" when having breakfast in the South?

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    burnspbesq says:

    @NonyNony:

    A Dook fan originally from New Jersey.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @jibeaux:

    If I remember correctly, there was also a cigarette butt on top of my sausage patty.

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    MattM says:

    Words can’t even describe how hard I’m pulling for Binghamton tonight.

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    jibeaux says:

    @burnspbesq:

    You got a slow one, then. Your sharper line cooks put ’em underneath.

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    bootlegger says:

    @jibeaux: I’d actually like BOB’s surreal take on this bit of uber-culture. I’m sure Paul L., Attanut, and Object Scrotum are still trying to figure out whether they agree with Limbah the Hut or the Republican legislators on whether or not "greed with tax money is good".

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    douglasfactors says:

    @burnspbesq:

    Did you ask for unsweetened tea?

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    Punchy says:

    My "love" for UNC can be summed up by the true fact that I named one of my online brackets "Tyler Hansjob".

    He’s the newest incarnation of the Laettner/Cherokee Parks annoying white overhyped too-high-drafted Dookie who’ll end up playing 4 minz/game with a post game ala Brian Cardinal and on the broadcast bench in 4 years doing UNC Wilmington v. Hofstra games in his Underoos.

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    bootlegger says:

    @bootlegger: I hate grits and in Texas we eat hash browns and every table has three kinds of hot sauce.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @jibeaux:

    You serve them goddam carpetbagging Yankees with the cooks you have, not with the cooks you wish you had.

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    bootlegger says:

    N Iowa within 6 but they won’t sustain it.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @douglasfactors:

    Even worse. Diet Coke.

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    jibeaux says:

    @bootlegger:

    I am always, but always, down with BoB. The man is a blog treasure.

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    jibeaux says:

    @burnspbesq:

    Now you’re warming up a little!

    Diet Coke’s not worse than unsweetened tea. It just means, if you’re a guy, that you are definitely gay.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Punchy:

    I think you meant Tom LaGarde/Eric Montross, not Laettner/Parks.

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    Ed Drone says:

    And besides, half the population of southern Ohio likely have some ky breeding, the in or out variety.

    But I thought that breeding involved the old in and out — well, live and learn, sez I.

    Ed

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    KRK says:

    An IM message I just got from my sister who works in downtown Seattle:

    they sent out a protester alert for our building today – we could not figure out why here… [] just discovered there is an AIG office on the 27th floor
    heh

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    KRK says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    There’s a lesson for you here: "I got cold feet over my Michigan State picks…so it’s all for naught for me."

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    bootlegger says:

    @KRK: A "protester alert", is that issued by the National Weather Service or Homeland Security?

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    Tymannosourus says:

    Ugggghhh….

    why did I think Northern Iowa would pull this one off? They both suck and blow.

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    Throwin Stones says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    I guess f-up’d minds think alike JSF.
    We have almost the same 16 – only Wash/Purdue different, then the same 8, 4, Final, and Champ.
    Get outta my head!

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    Tymannosourus says:

    @Punchy:

    burnspebq is right… producing horseshit NBA players is solely the providence of the Duke basketball program.

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    harlana pepper says:

    Oh dear, Obama has to say nice things about Schwarzenegger. Bleh.

    Why doesn’t Ahnold learn to speak English properly

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    douglasfactors says:

    @jibeaux:

    Apologies for the raised hackles. We’re cool.

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    Comrade Stuck says:

    @JenJen:

    Since I partook in beverage from most, if not all, the drinking establishments there, you may well have.

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    jibeaux says:

    @douglasfactors:

    But of course. Mutual hatred is just part of the friendship. I lived in Durham for six years, and with the weird knowledge that although not even most Durhamites like Duke, without Duke there would be more or less nothing redeeming about Durham. I scorn your Weejuns while appreciating your Whole Foods is what I’m sayin’, and I appreciate the ironies of that.

    None of that changes the immutable fact that Laettner is a tool, though.

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    bootlegger says:

    N. Iowa may be the latest in a long line of NCAA tournament teams to make a fool out of me. They are hangin’ late.

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    John PM says:

    Not a big fan of Duke myself. I liked them until one of the most annoying kids in my senior class kept bragging about how he was going to Duke, then I could not stand them anymore. I have no idea what happened to this guy, but I take joy in the fact that he attended Duke during the time where they really sucked and it looked like Coach K was going to retire.

    Having said that, an irresitable impulse compeled me to pick Duke to play in the Final, although I have Memphis winning. Also, I have Dayton beating West Virginia in a first-round upset.

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    burnspbesq says:

    C’mon, Cal.

    Sweat, Gary, Sweat.

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    KRK says:

    Ooh. This is very exciting. In the very unlikely event that Cal beats Maryland, I think I would get to have the #1 spot to myself (until my later picks torpedo me to the bottom of the pool).

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    burnspbesq says:

    Chattanooga has 27 points in 26 minutes. Ugly.

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    douglasfactors says:

    Go Twerps!

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    jibeaux says:

    burnspbesq, as a sausage fan it might interest you to know that you’ll probably be able to get them in a biscuit 2 for a $1 at a Bojangles near you pretty soon… if we can get 2 more points…

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    JL says:

    @douglasfactors: I asked for unsweetened tea in North Ga. They didn’t serve unsweetened ice tea. The waitress also asked if I was a Yankee.

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    Punchy says:

    I think you meant Tom LaGarde/Eric Montross, not Laettner/Parks.

    Yes, I fucked that up royally. Realized it way too late.

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    guest says:

    @liberal: @liberal:

    that’s great. so, how many months should we put the economy on hold waiting for the new guy to get up to speed? what’s that? we don’t have months to spare? guess we’re sol.

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    Adrienne says:

    Seriously though, does UNC really have to be beating up on Radford like this? 99-58? Really?

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    jibeaux says:

    @Adrienne:

    Biscuits are at stake here.

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    guest says:

    @harlana pepper:

    i wonder that about kissinger.

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    jibeaux says:

    @JL:

    She had to ask? You got one of the slow ones, too, then.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    All this “focus on the economy” stuff is killing me. To listen to folks, all Obama needs to do is get in a quiet room, concentrate real hard, and the economy will be fixed!

    There’s $600T (trillion) of derivative contracts that are coming due so things aren’t going to get better for a long long time. Consider the U.S. GDP for a given year is, what, $15T? That’s two and half percent of the monster in the wings.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @JL: "No, I ain’t a fucking Yankee, I just want my tea without any fucking sugar in it. Are you a retard?"

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    randiego says:

    Punchy, I just want you to know I stole that CalState Earthquake thing.

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    Cpl. Cam says:

    @douglasfactors: Uh… they all suck in the NBA?

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    guest says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    you must like spit in your tea.

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    douglasfactors says:

    @Cpl. Cam:

    Sure, like these guys:

    Corey Maggette: 19.8 PPG
    Carlos Boozer: 16.7 PPG, 11 RPG
    Mike Dunleavy: 15.1 PPG
    Luol Deng: 14.1 PPG
    Elton Brand: 13.8 PPG, 8.8 RPG
    Chris Duhon: 11.7 PPG, 7.6 APG
    Grant Hill: 11.0 PPG, career 18.5 PPG

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    woody says:

    Hey, if you were the coach of a #2 seed and the president picked your archrival to win the championship, what would you say?

    It’s not like he has any SAY in the outcome.

    The NCAA’s a lot like in the Dim Caucus in the Senate in that respect…

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    woody says:

    what code did i break that invokes the dread moderator?

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    woody says:

    or are ALL my comments now to be "moderated?"

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    Sasha says:

    And apparently, Coach K was just screwing around, and once again I fail for paying attention to anything produced by Fox News. I never learn.

    Um, you have seen this, right?

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    Ash says:

    @Sasha:

    Jesus take the wheel, someone needs to kick that guy in the face. SRSLY!?!?!?!?

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    Steeplejack says:

    @bootlegger:

    Speaking of BOB, when does he come off suspension? Hasn’t it been about a week now?

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    guest says:

    @Sasha:

    5 minutes ago, these guys were complaining obama was doing too much!

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    Punchy says:

    I see Washington, one of my Last Quatro teams, has a player named "Quincy Poindexter". That just cracks my shit up.

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    Comrade Darkness says:

    @Steeplejack,
    Yeah he has. Under at least two other names.

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    JD Rhoades says:

    Obama doesn’t pay attention to NCAA basketball=elitist. Obama makes an offhand remark about who he thinks is going to win the tournament=he’s not serious enough about the job.

    This has been today’s quick lesson in Wingnuttery.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @jibeaux:

    You can have mine. The nearest Bojangles is at least 2,000 miles away (and Popeye’s is not an adequate substitute).

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Ash:

    What is up with the people of Tennessee that they keep sending Lamar Alexander back to the Senate? To call him "dumb as a post" is to gratuitously insult every post ever made.

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    Andrew says:

    Biscuits are at stake here.

    :D

    Now this, folks, is a real Carolina fan.

    PS Coach K is an insufferable right wing asshole, regardless of whether or not he was joking in this instance.

    As for Lamar Alexander, he should be shipped off to a reeducation camp to clear brush.

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    douglasfactors says:

    @JL:

    Whereabouts in North Georgia?
    I’m from Gainesville, GA myself.
    Which means I grew up with a bunch of belligerent right-wing assholes, but I do know about sweet tea.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Comrade Darkness:

    He must be muting his style to stay on the "down low."

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    Ash says:

    @Andrew: Ditto to him being an insufferable asshole. I don’t know anything about his political leanings, but that wouldn’t surprise me. I HATE HATE HATE that he’s coaching Team USA. Everything about him just makes me want to punch something.

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    douglasfactors says:

    @Cpl. Cam:

    Oh, you meant the specific players I mentioned.

    Yeah, Ferry was a bust, but Laettner was better than people think: 13.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, and 2.7 apg over a 13-year career.

    He was also good on Six Feet Under.

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    JL says:

    @douglasfactors: I was up in Ball Ground. I unfortunately live in Tom Price’s district.

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    Maxwel says:

    Is it really true that Duke hating makes you incontinent and impotent?

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    Michael says:

    The ACC is going to get crushed this year by an all-BEast Final Four.

    Wonder if they’ll offer nice tickets to the boys from Duke and UNC for the finals?

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    Maxwel says:

    ^ Looks like the answer is yes.

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    John, shouldn’t the fact that Mark fucking Halperin decided to highlight the item give you pause that it was probably horribly misconstrued? Halperin FTL! (still love you, John)

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    Punchy says:

    the Big Least is gunna make noyz this year? Uh……no. UCant out in SS round, Pitt 2 b exposed as inadequitely coached in big games. Maybe L’ville bringz the men, but otherwise, watch the B12 to represent.

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    gwangung says:

    Uh uh….folks should not offend the Weauxff Gods….

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I’ve always respected Duke. Like UNC a lot. As I’ve matured, I’ve really come to appreciate the dynasties that always contend. That’s a feat to be admired. Don’t really have a team I hate. Don’t really understand the hatin’. Not really a hater anyway.

    Edit: Except for Terry McAuliffe. Stop spamming my answering machine asshole. I ain’t voting for you ever for anything. I’ll move first.

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    Mwangangi says:

    It looks like Texas is trying to drop me out of the first place clusterfuck…

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Maxwel:

    Is it really true that Duke hating makes you incontinent and impotent?

    And insolvent, too, if you bet against them too often.

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    Laura W says:

    @Mwangangi:

    It looks like Texas is trying to drop me out of the first place clusterfuck…

    Now see, therein lies the psychology behind my strategy.
    I’m hanging out a cool 49 out of 51 (or 52? The rankings confuse me, as does the whole system). The two contenders below me did not even PICK! I am certain to blow them right outta the water.

    So I can just sit here and drink wine and look for fun youtube videos.
    Low expectations and under-achieving have their advantages.

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    guest says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    re mcAwful, now there’s a guy who deserves an IRS audit.

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    Mwangangi says:

    @Laura W: The drinking part is covered. Nothing but the finest in in Stoli Gimlets.   I am pleased that the recycled computer multi screen set-up I assembled during the holidays is holding up. Total cost = $0 (except PG&E + broadband)

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    r€nato says:

    I’m just waiting for the right to start criticizing Obama for sleeping. Doesn’t he know the economy is in crisis? He should be pulling all-nighters! How does he have time to snooze?

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    Xanthippas says:

    Halperin’s begging for a whip cream pie at this point.

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    Fairfield123 says:

    Dookies make me pukie! (Carolina grad)

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