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some good news

In a reminder that some things are more important than poorly-called football games officiated by apparently blind referees, I'm happy to report that a UN aid convoy will cross the rebel lines to help the estimated 250,000 displaced Congolese who are trapped there and who have received little to no aid in the last week.

In other news, almost 50% of registered voters in Austin voted early, Obama's aunt living in the U.S. illegally was apparently the best October surprise anyone could come up with, and the asinine TSA liquids ban will loosen up considerably in about a year to something approaching reasonable and will be phased out by late 2010, even though there was never a solid scientific reason to limit us to 3 oz. bottles in a quart-sized bag in the first place.


Blogger Michael said...

poorly called games? i hope you are referring to the shipley punt return for a TD that had a block in the back that wasn't called?

Anyways. I hope you aren't blaming the refs. There were bad calls both ways.

Sunday, November 02, 2008 12:17:00 AM

Blogger Roger said...

Sorry TIA. Despite the fact that a Tech victory would help OU, I had to pull for the Horns. How can any team be up for four major games in a row? but they still fought like crazy...Sorry, but Michael is right...the refs didn't steal this game from UT...the O-line just got beat until it was too late...I hurt for Blake Gideon...He's a hell of a player and now this will be hung on his shoulders forever I'm afraid...

Well, guess you'll have to pull for the those two Oklahoma teams now! 1 loss can still win this thing...

Sunday, November 02, 2008 1:53:00 AM

Blogger Charlie Mac said...

I took the test for TSA employment.
The testing procedure (and cost to teh American people) were typicalof what our government agancies have morphed into. A real eye opener into the ineptness of the TSA.
FYI even bad officiating could not account for almost 200 more in passing yardage. UT was out played. To gripe about the officials is as bad as the UAlabama fans. UA never lost a game without it being someone else's fault.
Charlie Mac

Sunday, November 02, 2008 7:55:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

I didn't say the refs stole the game for UT. I said they did a bad job. They ignored fouls and obvious blocks on both sides. UT lost because the D didn't show up to play in the first half.

Charlie Mac, at least the TSA now requires its employees to have a high school diploma or the GED. Sigh.

Sunday, November 02, 2008 10:09:00 AM

Blogger Roger said...

Gosh, I"m sorry, You did not say steal. you only spoke in other sports hyperbole...poorly-called & apparently blind....my apologies. Even though I watched the game from a UT bias, I just didn't see that much bad officiating...in fact, I'm inclined to agree with Michael that the one questionable call to me was the clip that allowed Jordan Shipley to return a punt for a TD. Again, I am sorry....

Sunday, November 02, 2008 5:38:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

You don't have to be sorry; it's just football! I watched the game with six guys who never took their eyes off the screen. They saw every little thing. There were a ton of illegal blocks that were never called.

Anyway, once Tech fails to get through the Oklahoma schools gauntlet, it won't matter.

Sunday, November 02, 2008 6:38:00 PM

Blogger UPennBen said...

Lots of holds that were never called, and the hit on Colt was clearly helmet to helmet. He seemed pretty groggy for a long time after that. But the defense was asleep for a half, much as it was last week.

Sunday, November 02, 2008 6:53:00 PM


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