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Many Musings

Posted by sburk44 on November 18, 2009

Really busy weeks coming up for me know…but wanted to throw our various links/thoughts I have stumbled over the past few days:

*Last Night good for Denver/Creighton fans: Creighton wins big (as they should have over cupcake FAMU); Nuggets win impressively after a slow star – shoot over 60%; Avs pull out a big win over divisions rivals Calgary IN the Saddle-dome – another huge night for Anderson as the team was out-shot again by double-digits

*If you have watched all 5 seasons of the wire – watch this sweet 10 min montage of the great lines from the series…if not…then you need to plan your free time around trying to watch all 5 seasons – best show ever – simple as that. Have already helped convince two other law students I am friends with at school to make time for it – one of them spent a full week watchign a few seaosns in a row and sent me the clip. Its the basis for our discussions in criminal procedure and basically any other realm of life.

*Have a professor who was a big shot lawyer turned social justice advocate in many ways because of his experience working with asylum seekers from El Salvador during the 80’s. He sent me this article about the CIA knowing about the plans to murder the 6 Jesuits on Nov. 16th 1989. 20th Anniversary was a few days ago and the SOA protest is this weekend – with the Jesuits sadly having their last ever teach in at the event. Uncle Kevin is speaking at it. There is a case about the murders pending in front of the Inter-american Commission of Human Rights – an international legal body set up to ajudicate human rights claims against states in the Americas. I am writing 2 differnt papers about this Comission for classes this semester.

*Fascinating case the was just heard by the supreme court…can two guys who were wrongfully imprisoned for 25 years sue the prosecutor for monetary damages (civil suit) because he basically had them framed. Or are prosecutors allowed full immunity from such suits to protect their work as prosecutors. NPR has the best summary – aside from the interesting legal issues – its a made for movie type story with the 2 kids being black teens from Omaha framed for a murder in council bluffs. The witness against them lied and had really no idea while a key suspect who was white was never questioned beyond an initial interrogation in which he failed a lie detector.

*Finally – I find it interesting (and disturbing) that the NBA will not do anything about Donald Sterling and his disgraceful actions as a discriminatory landlord. The NFL just fined an owner for giving fans the bird…but David Stern cant even make a comment about the unlawful activities of one of the sleaziest people in sports?

We spent months of news coverage on Vick - how about any substantial bad press on the most evil man in sports right now?



4 Responses to “Many Musings”

  1. John Thiede said

    Another loss for ND, another win for my Vikings. The Vikings actually look really good, which is hard for me to believe. I keep waiting for Favre’s 40 year old arm to fall apart . . . or a serious injury . . . but other than Winfield, so far so god.

    Looks like Charlie Weis will be fired. I wish he would just resign, but I guess he still feels he could do better next year. His initial arrogance cost him with a lot of ND fans, and .500 seasons don’t satisfy the Irish faithful. I do appreciate the 94 percent graduation rate and the team grade point average above 3.0. I also wonder if as the academic standards and SAT scores increaese at ND, if having a National Championship football team is really realistic. I really could care less about the NBC contract, I used to listen to them on the radio for years anyway . . . so . . .

    I know ND haters out there don’t give a rip, but we do only have two Catholic schools even able to compete at the D1 level, so I just wish the showing was better. (BC has done surprisingly well with all of their supposed recruiting problems and lack of talent in comparison to other ACC teams. Though I do see they are headed for the Emerald Bowl again . . . ugh!)

    Sean, I would love to post some El Salvador Jesuit stuff, if you can tell me how to do that.
    JT SJ

    • John Thiede said

      Just got this note from my classmate Dennis Brown, who works for ND publicity. I think this will be released to the press later today.
      Weis will not be retained as Notre Dame football coach

      University of Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis will not be retained, University director of athletics Jack Swarbrick announced today (Nov. 30).

      “We have great expectations for our football program, and we have not been able to meet those expectations,” Swarbrick said. “As an alumnus, Charlie understands those goals and expectations better than most, and he’s as disappointed as anyone that we have not achieved the desired results.”

      Swarbrick recommended the dismissal Sunday night to Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

      “We have established an evaluation process for all of our athletic programs that, in the end, results in a recommendation from Jack to me,” Father Jenkins said. “I accepted Jack’s decision and look forward to working with him on selecting a new head football coach who is the very best choice possible for the University and especially for our student-athletes.

      “I am most appreciative to Coach Weis for his service to Notre Dame and our community. He and his family have my prayers and best wishes.”

      Weis spent five seasons as Irish head coach from 2005-09, with his teams achieving consecutive records of 9-3 (Fiesta Bowl appearance) in ’05, 10-3 (Sugar Bowl appearance), 3-9, 7-6 (Hawai’i Bowl victory) and 6-6 in ’09 – for an overall 35-27 mark.

      Swarbrick announced that Rob Ianello, the Irish assistant head coach/offense, wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, will assume responsibility for football operations until a new coach is hired. Ianello has spent the past five seasons on the Notre Dame staff and previously was part of football staffs at Wisconsin (1990-93, 2003-04), Arizona (1994-2002) and Alabama (1987-89).

  2. junkycommish said

    I am somewhat surprised by the opening line for next week’s Border War: Wyoming is a 3 point dog. CSU has lost 8 games in a row and just lost to a winless New Mexico team even though they had two weeks to prepare.

    Burke, I expect some sort of coverage.

  3. junkycommish said

    nice meltdown for the avs last night

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