I am an old retired shoe repairman and President Obama's choice to get his money's worth out of his shoes warms my heart. This picture shows the President or First Lady had his shoes fitted with Cat's Paw brand power soles. These thin rubber caps make leather soles last much longer, but in this picture they have obviously worn through. He needs heels also.
There is a group of Teabaggers who publish The Daily Nigger and firmly weld their movement to the white supremacist loons together at the hip. The rage and hate occasionally surface at their big rallies no matter how much Fox News tries to avoid their exposure. Witness the Obama witch doctor posters or portraying the middle of the road president as Hitler. The publishers of TDN hit all the Teabagger notes right down the line on health care reform to foreign policy to the recovery act. Acorn is prominently displayed as what blacks and liberals are doing behind the scenes. Every scrap of hate in their shriveled little hearts is slashed across the page in the crudest manner imaginable. They don't like gays much either.
The least popular, most maligned playoff system in sports today is the Bowl Championship Series. There is even a move afoot in congress to set up a play-off bracket system similar to the NCAA's basketball play-offs. Besides being a colossal waste of time this proposal ignores the unique nature of football. There are crippled middle age men who can trace their infirmity back to their college football careers. Not NFL retired pros, but linesmen and backs selling insurance who, a bit of bad luck and a nasty hit, have lived a life in pain. The spirit of the young man doesn't recognize limitations, and their coaches are under pressure to produce wins at the expense of the players who will soon graduate and move on.
A playoff would add at least four games to the seasons of major schools' schedule. That is a pro's life without the big NFL check or investment in the health of the players. You can play baseball and soccer as long as the weather permits because the opposite team isn't trying to kill you or ay least intercept you at a full run. A baseball pitcher will only play one in four games if in the full rotation and not expected to play through shoulder pain and broken fingers. Quarterbacks are and more. Snow, rain, heat and ice cancel or delay soccer, and basketball is played indoors. No disrespect intended, but football is different. The BCS is probably as good as we can do . Not every team gets a fair shot at national champ. Live with it. If it saves one offensive linesman a lifetime knee problem and one back an ankle that constantly need surgery, then I say Go BCS!
Update- 12-28-2009 : Texas Tech's coach Mike Leach has been suspended before the Alamo Bowl game for punishing a player for having a concussion. The only reason the coach was suspended is that the kid's parent is a big shot at ESPN and could get noticed. How many thousands of less parentally endowed players have been pushed beyond reason to further the ambitions of their coach. Everyone gets hurt in football, and that's in the nature of the game, but endangering the life and welfare of the students is not part of the game.