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Blog Poll Roundtable: Ego Edition

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Over at EDSBS, Orson Stranko has proposed a new Blog Poll Roundtable. I'll let his introduction speak for itself:

Is there a better way to kill the off-season than talking about ourselves? I think not. That is why this EDSBS edition of the blog poll roundtable for discussion is designed to either refresh everyone's recollection about our fellow participants or give us a greater insight into the deep dark psyche of each of us.

With that in mind, a peek inside your favorite blogger's mind. (I am your favorite, aren't I? Maybe not after these answers...


1. Education. List the region of the country you were born in, what universities you attended and at least one other you would have attended if your alma mater didn't exist.

Born: Austin, Texas

Undergrad: Vanderbilt University, 1998-2000; University of Texas-Austin 2000-2003; B.A. Philosophy.

Grad school: Okay, I was gonna have to email dozens of you individually to explain the latest in my law school situation, but since nearly all of you read this blog anyway, this is far more efficient. You know how to reach me with follow up questions.

The law school I was gonna attend this fall had a few too many students accept their invitation to attend this fall. They decided to show solidarity with the football program and do what all good problem-solvers do - throw money at it. The dean made an offer I couldn't refuse to defer a year, and today I accepted.

Here's how it affects you: I'm aiming to spend my year of waiting in Austin. Mostly blogging about Texas sports. Hooray!

If I could attend another school: I'd have to go with the University of Georgia. It pretty much parallels Texas, which I loved. Big state school, strong academics, beautiful coeds, mostly nice weather, terrific sports. And judging from the bloggers it's produced, some damn fine gentlemen.

2. Sports Affiliations. List your top 10 favorite teams in all of sports in order. For instance, your alma mater's football team may be number 1, but perhaps there is a professional team that squeezes in before you get to your alma mater's lacrosse team.

1) Texas Football   2) Texas Basketball   3) San Francisco Giants   4) Pittsburgh Steelers   5) Tennessee Titans (again, all together now: Houston=stoopid)   6) Texas baseball   7) My fantasy baseball team    8) NBA Flavor of the Year (I fluctuate)  

That's about it. I think.

3. Movies. List the movie you've watched the most, your favorite sports related movie, the movie you secretly love but don't like to admit it (possibly a chick flick or b film), and the movie you were (or still are) most looking forward to from this summer's season.

Most watched: Fletch, by a hefty margin. Let's put it this way: I could recite the movie start to finish in a monologue, playing each character, if I had to. And if I could clone myself, I could probably hum the score in perfect unison.

Fave sports movie: Does Caddyshack count? Probably not, so I'll go with Chariots of Fire.

Shame flick: I don't suppose anyone else loved Celtic Pride, did they? Among the worst-reviewed movies of all time, I find it side-splittingly funny. Shrug.

4. Music. List your favorite band from middle school, high school, college and today. Also, as with the movies, include the song you secretly love but don't like to admit. If Nickleback is involved in any of these responses, please give a detailed explanation as to why, god, why.

Middle school: Pretty much whatever was Top 40 back then. I've successfully repressed those memories, and I'm not about to dig `em back out. Sorry, Orson.

High school: I had a huge Alice In Chains fetish back then, with a healthy dose of Metallica. Clearly, I was angry about something. I have no idea what - life was pretty simple, pretty great. But, yeah: AIC's "Dirt" made me wet my pants every time.

College: Ah, college. Sex, drugs, and... house music? Yeah, the first two had a lot to do with the last one. Mark Farina, DJ Heather, Thomas Sahs, and Derrick Carter spring to mind immediately.

Update [2006-6-28 13:33:27 by HornsFan]: Reader James duly notes in an email that I'm a fool to just omit the Phish part of my collegiate career. I guess 22 shows in 15 cities shouldn't be left out. Consider it fixed, Jimmer.

Today: Easy choice - The Gourds. I quote to you an email from long-time friend and loyal BON reader Will Ferguson, sent to me on Monday:

Now that I'm back in Austin I feel lucky to see The Gourds a lot more often.  And though I think their albums are getting worse (or at best, staying the same), their live shows are somehow getting better.  Their last one at Jovita's was just ridiculous.  It is still so strange to me that they aren't universally considered to be the best live band in Austin. But everyone else's ignorance is our bliss - it's like a great secret that only a few thousand of us know about.

FYI, a helpful hint for all you who know Will. If you're struggling to find the words to say something, query Will in an email. Dude can write.

Shamelove song: Honestly, I'm with O on this one. I'm a closet Kelly Clarkson fan. Or at least I was. In the closet, that is.

5. Books. Favorite book you've finished, worst book you've finished and the book you really should read but haven't gotten around to it.

Favorite book: Gotta be "Cryptonomicon," by Neal Stephenson; the bridge between his earlier fantasy works and his more rich Baroque series, Crypto had the best elements of both. Close second: "Wuthering Heights." Combine that with my Kelly crush, and you have to wonder what kind of man I am. Saved by my football obsession, I suppose.

Worst: "Three Blind Mice" by James Patterson. Horrifically written, with a lousy plot. No idea why I finished it.

Need to read: I've been dying to read "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren. One of these days.

6. Travel. Favorite city you've ever been to and the one place you still must visit before you shuffle off this mortal coil.

Favorite City: San Francisco, by a landslide. I have managed to be one of the most and least traveled people I know. I've been virtually -everywhere- within the United States, and virtually nowhere outside of it. Gotta work on that.

City I need to go to: Pick a major foreign city - any city - and I need to go. If I got to pick one, though, I'd take Sydney, Australia, please.

7. What do you love most about college football in 20 words or less?

Organized chaos, controlled violence, orchestrated like a chess match, in which a tie is not accepted. (Note: Most Texas fans could also answer this in two words: Vince Young.)