Friday, November 12, 2004

 

Two Bright Spots for UA Football

Freshman CB Fontenot earns Pac-10 honor Despite the fact that the game was against the worst team in the Pac-10 (we only know they are the worst team since we beat them - making us the second worst team), Wilrey Fonenot was recognized for his hard play.
Wilrey Fontenot was named the Pacific 10 Conference's defensive player of
the week yesterday for his effort in the Wildcats' 23-13 win over Washington on
Saturday.

"I was surprised," said Fontenot. "I thought I had and an OK
game, but I think I can play better than I played last week."

Fontenot,
who finished the game with five tackles and a pass break-up, scored the go-ahead
touchdown with under four minutes remaining in the third quarter on a 33-yard
fumble return in the Wildcats' victory.

Another freshman cornerback, Anoine Cason was recognized earlier in the season for his play against NAU.

Fellow freshman cornerback Antoine Cason received the same honor for his
performance against Northern Arizona after the season's opening game, picking up
13 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles. The pair are the only two
Wildcats to pick up the Pac-10's weekly awards this year.

Can someone please call John Mackovich and tell him thanks for the recruiting.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

 

Democrats Acting Like They Are In Power

Democrats Vow to Hold Bush Accountable (washingtonpost.comm) Two of the far lefties in the democratic party, along with John Kerry (I guess he is a liberal again), announced that they would hold Bush accountable to all his campaign promises. Interesting that they would have to announce this since one of the reasons they have been in attack mode for four years is that Bush has consistently done what he promised in the 2000 election. It will be interesting two or four years from now when these dems are running for re-election and stand up and say "president Bush made the tax cuts permanent, reformed social security and won the war in Iraq because we told him to."

This public cry for attention is really pathetic. The democratic leaders are grasping at anything to make themselves appear relevent. The fact that the left actually lost house and senate seats was a huge blow. Most pundints predicted a close but Bush-win presidential election but even CNN was predicting the loss of the majority in the house and a slide to a one seat majority in the senate. Now, in defeat, here comes Nancy Pelosi and Charlie Rangel (I wonder how many democrats know that these two are the personification of what is wrong with the dems). Pelosi, a classic elitest, thinks the American people are too stupid or ignorant to know that the Republicans have been running the house and Senate for years now.

Pelosi, addressing reporters after lunching with about 100 House Democrats, said her party will speak out when it believes Bush and the GOP-controlled Congress are mismanaging Iraq, tax policies or the deficit. "The president won't be able to blame anyone, because the Republicans have full control," Pelosi said. Although Republicans have controlled the White House, Senate and House for two years, she said, "the American people did not know that. And now they do."


Unbelievable. When will they learn.

Apparently some have learned. Many of the Ds are apparently "lying low". These lefties are the ones who have learned the lesson: you can't get people to join you by insulting their intelligence and values.

DLC founder Al From said the 2004 election continued a "40-year slide" for the party, interrupted only by the elections of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Democrats must close the security, reform and culture gaps, he said, adding: "You can't have everybody who goes to church voting Republican."

Some congressional Democrats also say the party needs to do more soul-searching, but most are lying low. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), the party's second-ranking House leader, did not join Pelosi, Rangel and others who addressed reporters. Hoyer "wants to think things through" but will not challenge Pelosi or surrender his post as party whip, said a source close to him.


Tuesday, November 09, 2004

 

Power Line: Stupidity, Treason, or Both: Your Call

Power Line has a photo essay of sorts which goes along with my contention that angry democrats insulting the majority of Americans are shooting themselves in the foot, if not the head.

 

UA Women: The Real Sports Dynasty

The UA Womens Soccer Team had it's best season ever.

The Wildcats, seeded No. 13 in the tourney, are ranked No. 10 in the country. Arizona set a school record for wins this year and tied with UCLA for the Pacific-10 Conference title.

The question now remains, who is the athletic powerhouse at UA, men's or women's sports. The answer is easy: Women.

UA women's soccer team has been turning heads all year with several members being considered for the next USA traveling team (Mia Hamm and company are set to give up the reigns after just one more game this year). This season has been golden for them and they have split the Pac-10 crown with UCLA whose women soccer players had not had much competition in years past.

And how could we forget the one single team who has dominated far and away more than any other team in UA's history: Softball. The softball team has been a powerhouse for years now. Mike Candrea and staff consistently puts together national championship contenders year in and year out. One has to only look at the USA gold medal winning team from this years summer Olympics to see past and present UA greats (including coaches).

But what about the men's basketball team? Yea, they’re good and Lute Olson is definitely god material around Tucson but they are the single men's team holding their own. I give the guys credit for their national championship but I have also had to endure many years of first and second round bow-outs. Let us all hope that Olson lives to be 400 years old and coaches until the day he dies.

Credit also goes out to the men’s baseball team this past year. While they were supposed to be mediocre, they actually made it to the college world series. There, they were outclassed by the nations best but a glimpse of hope was nice. Their performance this year has certainly not been seen since the days of our last college World Series title - I think I was in 8th grade when that happened.

So if you want to watch the UA's dominate athletic teams, don’t turn to ESPN or any of the national networks - look for them on Fox Sports Net or that channel out of Prescott.

 

UA Won A Game Back In 1981

The Tucson Citizen relives the 1981 shocker when UA beat USC 13-10 in LA and while USC was #1.

No. 1 USC had tailback Marcus Allen, while the 1981 University of Arizona football team countered with "60 men believing together" to pull off a 13-10 shocker.

Must have been a great day in Tucson. Let's not get too hopeful though...

The current UA team could top that if the 35-point underdog pulls off a victory at the Los Angeles Coliseum over a USC team considered a lock for the Bowl Championship Series title game.

Now I'm no one to go around rooting for the Trojans but I would like to see them do well in the BCS again. I liken this to sticking with one's party even if you dont wholeheartedly support the entire platform. You have to stick with the conference. Let's face it, with three PAC-10 teams in the top 25, we need one of our teams to come up big. So go cats, beat USC and go Pac-10.

Monday, November 08, 2004

 

UA Still Better Than ASU

Janet Bingham, Vice President for University Advancement confirms what all us wildcats have known for years. She writes in response to several articles noting the failure of Prop 102, which would have let Arizona's three universities share in the profits derived from their research. The Businessman has some great commentary on this issue and I hope he shares it here soon. Nevertheless, the UA continues to be on the forefront of research in many areas that brings grants and funding to the U. During my time at UA, I worked in a chemistry research lab. Each research grant went 50% to the department and 50% to the general fund of the university. Thereby helping the entire campus as well as each specific department. Contrary to some, research and education are not mutually exclusive. In fact, the foundation of knowledge is based on research and the closer you are to the research, the closer you are to knowledge. My educational experience was doubled if not increased logarithmically by my participation with research. The idea is simple, strong research brings strong professors and strong professors improve the educational experience.

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