UPDATE: The Herald reports here that former Miami Heat player Antoine Walker was arrested on South Beach for DUI. This is one time a basketball should have been called for traveling.
The Herald also has a nice piece on Attorney Stuart Mishkin who passed away earlier this year, but for some reason we can't find it on line.
Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, a power house in the Democratic Party has withdrawn from his nomination to be Commerce Secretary in a New Mexico version of "Pay to play". (The title links to the Times article.)
Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins are out of the playoffs, in a Miami version of "pay but no play."
QB Chad Pennington was intercepted 4 times, and as we predicted, the Ravens defense lit up the Dolphins, with all world safety and former UM star Ed Reed getting a "pick-six".
Richardson will be back when this scandal clears. So will Pennington, but the future of this franchise is with another quarterback. Everyone gives the Dolphins and their Big Tuna Brain Trust high marks for drafting this year, but has anyone noticed that Parcells and the Fins passed on Rookie QB sensation Matt Ryan? For that matter they passed on Ravens QB Joe Flacco as well. It may well be that the tandem of first round pick Jake Long and QB Chad Henne will work out, but until Henne becomes a starter for this team, the final grade for this years draft is Incomplete.
For the second straight week we went 3 for 4 with our picks, and we now sit at a season high 1469 Reeds as we enter the second week of the playoffs.
Meanwhile, President Elect Obama flew to Washington DC yesterday, sans a nominee for secretary of Commerce, while he deals with the last 15 days of this post election interregnum. (You robed readers may want to click on the word to read its definition.)
That's right folks, 15 days and counting until the "decider in grief" heads off to Texas, returning the idiot to his village.
The Congress goes back into session this week with the man who called Rush Limbaugh a "Big Fat Idiot" on the cover of his book ( Al Franken ) leading former senator Norm Coleman (his term expired on Sunday) by about 225 votes.
And here's a fun fact: Roland Burris the embattled and possibly putative appointed senator from Illinois and the Senate's Sergeant At Arms are old friends from Illinois politics: Terrance Gainer, the current Sergeant At Arms used to work for Burris when Burris was the Attorney General for Illinois and Gainer was the director of the State Police.
While neither expects fist-a-cuffs when Burris arrives to be seated, you can bet your cable bill that the cameras will be there to record the highlights of this strange twist in this strange political season.
And finally, yes we have reluctantly returned from our Winter Blogger's retreat, melancholy, and wistful, and rested and refreshed and ready to go.