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Are We Who You Thought we were?
Feb 24, 2009 - 10:19 PM - by Jeff Taylor
Well, it's been a year. Happy Anniversary everyone! I hope you can forgive the lateness of my card, coming as it does, two after our actual anniversary.

It was on February 22nd 2008 that Kelvin Sampson was finally no longer a going concern as IU basketball coach.

So, since it is our anniversary, it seems like a good time to take stock of where we are now, to look back over the last year and inch the door just that much closer to closed.

I'd rather not rehash everything that has happened over the last year. If you're reading this, I'm working under the assumption that you know all of it. What I'd like to do is ask a question.

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Blown Up, Sir!
Feb 20, 2009 - 10:30 PM - by Jeff Taylor
I'm pretty sure I saw my uncle in the stands at the IU game against Wisconsin. It was right before the half and he was sitting on the left-hand side of the screen. He was on screen for a good five seconds, wearing this hideous yellow sweater and clapping.

Oh, don't get me wrong, he wasn't actually at the game. In fact, I don't think he's ever been to an IU game. The closest he's ever come to an IU game was Fort Knox, KY.

Let me explain. In 1980, my uncle took his wife and three daughters with him to Fort Knox to watch a movie being filmed. They sat in the stands for three days, I think, and watched as a rag-tag group of Army misfits struggled their way through the graduation ceremony of their basic training course.

He ended up in the final cut of... [Read More]
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The Weight of the World
Feb 15, 2009 - 12:21 PM - by Jeff Taylor
Late in season five of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, after Dawn had been taken by Glory for the purpose of bleeding her to open the gateway between all dimensions, so that she, Glory, could return to her own dimension and return to her full-godly state, Buffy slipped into a catatonic state. Willow had to use her powers are a Wicca to penetrate Buffy's dream-state and coax her back to reality so they could go fight, Glory, save Dawn and finish the season already.

I'm sorry if this spoils parts of season five for you, or if don't watch Buffy, but I'm coming to my point, never you fret.

Willow follows Buffy around through a number of memories, a series of repeating memories. Its clear that these memories hold some meaning and they were the key to unlocking this... [Read More]
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Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is The War Room!
Feb 10, 2009 - 1:39 PM - by Jeff Taylor
I was reading Bob Kravitz's column in the Indianapolis Star this morning about Devan Dumes and his special off the court situation. It seems that Devan has an 8-month old baby that was sick this last week and this was weighing on him. He decided to take out his frustrations with his elbows on cheeks, backs and groins.

Kravitz wasn't making an excuse for him and neither am I, but I will say this: He's not alone. What I learned from my semester as an Abnormal Psych major at California University and Wikipedia is that there's this thing called transference - it's basically taking out your feelings for one person on another.

There have been many examples of this throughout recorded history.
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I think I'll run through the sprinkler with my gym shorts on
Feb 07, 2009 - 3:07 PM - by Jeff Taylor
It's 50° in Chicago today, after a month where there were only 3 days above freezing a number of days in single digits, and a few below zero. There has been about a foot of snow on the ground since Christmas.

And today it is 50°.

It's almost impossible to explain what that has done to my mood. I left the house this morning wearing one of my IU sweatshirts and no jacket. I drove with my window down. I was in such a good mood I almost sang along to Elton John. It is a joyous moment when, after a long winter you get a glimpse of spring.

It's actually easier to explain how I feel today than I thought at first. It's how I felt after we beat Iowa on Wednesday night.

After struggling through a month's worth of losses, some of them close, some... [Read More]
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I saw the lights of the Goodyear blimp...
Feb 02, 2009 - 12:50 PM - by Jeff Taylor
...and they read, "Matt Roth's a pimp."

Watching Matt Roth's shooting performance against Ohio State taught me a really important lesson. Namely, If I have an opinion about something, I need to say it here, otherwise I can't say "I've been saying this for months," 'cause there's no proof.

Here's where I have been on Matt Roth for well over a month now and it's going to seem like hindsight. He needs to play more and here's why: If you've watched us play over this 11 game losing streak, and even before that I think you'd have to agree that all too often our offense gets down to the final seconds of the shot clock and needs someone to chuck up a shot. Matt Roth, if nothing else, is a tremendous release valve as he can shoot from anywhere.
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What is our major malfunction?
Jan 28, 2009 - 11:33 AM - by Jeff Taylor
I thought I would take a break today from yelling at you or telling you how to live your life to talk about basketball. Enjoy the break. I'm sure I'll return to being profoundly disappointed in something you are doing soon enough.

What follows is the direct result of two conversations I had in November. The first, with my cousin, Brian. The second, with my brother. I started this post then, but sat it aside, as I wasn't sure how to finish it.

The first conversation took place over the Thanksgiving holiday, and is more than a little fuzzy, so I hope that Brian will jump into the comment thread and help me in any place where I have strayed too far. The part that stuck in my head was a comment he made about having a Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs for basketball.... [Read More]
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In which I wag my finger
Jan 20, 2009 - 5:13 PM - by Jeff Taylor
Last week I met a current IU freshman who lives in my old dorm, Read. It was great to talk to someone who was living where I once lived and getting to experience IU as I once did, lo these many years ago.

It made me instantly nostalgic for Bloomington, for the days before I knew what "lactose intolerant" meant, when all I knew was Mad Mushroom Cheese Sticks, for the days of $.99 beer of the month at Mother Bear's (I'd like to know what they are up to now. If someone knows, please put it in the comment thread), for afternoon naps in the fireplace lounge (none of which were planned, as you all well know), for the Irish Lion, mutton pie, puff balls, half yards of Guiness, but most of all for trips to Assembly Hall for IU basketball games.

I snapped out of... [Read More]
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Preview: Penn State vs. Indiana
Jan 16, 2009 - 6:25 PM - by Casey Richards
Setting the Scene

Saturday night the Hoosiers (5-11, 0-4) return to Assembly to take on Penn State (13-5, 2-3) in an attempt to break their seven game losing streak. IU is coming off a road defeat to Ohio State while the Nittany Lions took 10th ranked Michigan State down to the wire before falling in their last contest.

This is a big game for the Hoosiers. It’s one of the few conference tilts that most people penciled in as a possible Big Ten win coming in to the season. However, Penn State is much improved from last year and has posted some solid victories, including wins at home against Purdue and at Georgia Tech.

Penn State brings back many key members from a team that knocked off the Hoosiers in Happy Valley and stayed... [Read More]
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Hello, hello, hello is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me.
Jan 16, 2009 - 12:24 PM - by Jeff Taylor
I got an e-mail last night in relation to another matter entirely. OK, I'll tell you what it was about. I have a Pope T-Shirt and I sent a picture of it to someone. It's the tackiest thing ever created and it was given to me as a gift. It was blessed by the pope in Shea Stadium, though I do have some questions as to how far a papal blessing can travel, as the person getting it blessed was in the upper deck behind home plate and the Pope was in the outfield. There's also the matter of directional accuracy.

But these are questions for which I have no answer and they don't relate at all to my point here, other than to say this: I HAVE POPE SHIRT!!! Tremble at its power.

In this e-mail I was told about a great string of e-mails that bounced back and forth... [Read More]
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Hammering the Holy Land Again
Jan 04, 2009 - 10:44 PM - by Adam Mendelevitz
If you've turned on the news at all during the previous week, there's a good chance you've heard about the latest spat between Israel and the Palestinians. As "that guy who majors in political science," I feel I am as qualified to talk about the conflict as the people who sit in their comfy network studios. Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I have some extended family members who currently live in Israel.

I just have one question: Is "Mideast Peace" really an oxymoron? It seems that ever since the state of Israel declared its independence in 1949, the Arabs have done everything from cursing it to actively blowing it up. Israel responds by bombing the crap out of the Arabs. In the end, nothing really seems to change.

I don't like to use blanket generalizations, but it seems that dislike or even hatred of Israel is a topic that spans across all religious and ethnic sects in the Arab world. From the Sunni-based Hamas to the Shiite-based Iran, the moderate Arabs want Israel shrunk back to the "1949... [Read More]
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Long As I Can See The Light
Dec 26, 2008 - 8:21 PM - by Adam Mendelevitz
Well, Christmas is done. Hanukkah is almost over. 2008 is drawing to a close and Creedence Clearwater Revival is currently playing on my iPod Shuffle. Honestly, there's a ton of crap that I could be writing about now: the economy's in recession, we're still at war, Israel is about to drop yet another military strike on the Palestinians, who have been firing rockets into Israel. Somalia is a failed state, Iraq and Afghanistan are relapsing, Zimbabwe's going to hell in a handbasket through the stubbornness of Robert Mugabe, the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer, and on and on and on. Our world is going to hell and I can't do much more than blog about it on the internet like millions of other people.

But there's only so much acidic contempt you can level at everyone in this world before it rips away at your heart. I suppose this is what I get for having become politically active during the Age of Bush, where if the politicians weren't actively trying to screw you over, they were simply letting you... [Read More]
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That shoe-thrower was quite unprofessional!
Dec 17, 2008 - 2:27 AM - by Adam Mendelevitz
Oh dear, I seem to have gotten the vapors over this latest petulant act by an ungrateful Iraqi. It was very uncouth of that Muntazar al-Zaidi fellow to throw his shoes, both of them, at our Glorious President George Bush. The nerve of that man! After all our God-chosen leader has done for his country of Iraq, he decides to actually attack Bush with flying shoes? What an insult! What a horrible tragedy!

I mean, didn’t he hear all the good news about Iraq? Violence against US soldiers is down because the Iraqis have been killing each other! The Blackwater mercenaries who shot and killed civilians in ... [Read More]
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