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*The NBA playoffs continue to entertain me, but right now, I'm pretty grumpy about the Pistons 3-1 deficit to the Miami Heat. The teams are reasonably well matched, except at head coach, where Pat Riley is handing Flip Saunders his lunch. That, and Dwayne Wade is outplaying the usually ice-in-his-veins Chauncey Billups. The Pistons aren't out yet, but they're down, and Flip Saunders isn't getting the best out of this team. I remain hopeful, but it's a long road back from down 3-1.

*Kyle furthers the evolution of standards in the blogosphere with his Weblogging Disclosure Statement. At some point, we're going to have do more than just say, "The journalists are just scared of us!" Yes, that's true in many cases, but that's no reason to cut off our noses to spite our faces. Accountability matters. This is a good first step.

*Sunday Morning QB has me wondering: How much football does he watch? Dude's got insights on -everybody-, and by everybody, I mean everybody. Throw in some of the best writing in the blogosphere, and we're talking about a daily must-read. (Also compelling to me, I get the feeling he and I may have shared a major in philosophy. His piece last week on the aesthetics of college football had me rubbing my chin just like the good old days of college.)

[Also, FYI: I left a comment for him begging him to do Texas, which probably means we'll be 1115th out of 117 teams. Good work, Peter.]

*Ricky Williams is off to Canada.

*Random thought (that I think is important): if you're considering being a teacher, I commend you. And by God, watch these two movies: Stand and Deliver and Lean on Me. We need dedicated warriors out there. I don't usually venture outside the realm of sports, but in this case, allow me to briefly do so. If you're thinking about being a teacher; if you have that passion to better young people; if you want to be a teacher above anything else...  by all means, I hope you do so. You'll hear lots and lots of theories about what our school systems need, from money to tests to vouchers and so on...  What we need are better teachers. If the passion to teach is in you, I hope you find the courage to offer your service.

(Relevant parenthetical: I have a theory that Andy Garcia's role in "Stand and Deliver" was the precursor to his landing the big role in the wildly underrated Internal Affairs, in which Garcia was just absurdly good.)

I hope everyone had a terrific and safe holiday weekend.