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Can anyone explain it?  I've heard the phrase in a variety of unrelated contexts.


Leaf may have been a draft day bust, but that was partially the result of wasted potential.  His athleticism and gusto reminds you of what might have happened to Brett Favre had he ended his career after that catastrophic stint with the Falcons.  Moreover, while it's true that Peyton blossomed almost immediately, and Leaf wasn't as friendly with the press, the latter is a prime example of pinning a team's fortunes on a young QB without franchise-building patience.  Coaches pushed him to produce instant results, an unrealistic goal for any young quarterback.

I think that the Chargers wisely drafted Leaf, but failed to, well, follow up on that decision.  I wish there was some game footage I could use to demonstrate my point.

General Off-Topic Board / Why Did the Dolphins Pick an OT?
« on: April 22, 2008, 07:26:37 PM »
With the notable exception of Jason Taylor, that team needs help in virtually every category.  It's possible that they have the next Orlando Pace on their roster, but I still think they could have adequately beefed up the line with a few well-picked free agents.  I'm of the opinion that it's a bad draft decision from a chronically troubled organization second only to the Raiders in sheer incompetence.

Did they make a mistake?  Will they continue their losing?  What do you think?

I don't have much to say about the subject which can't be summed up with that simple, reductionist statement.  I read a lot of information about law schools, but, when I walked into the buildings, it seemed like most of that information quickly felt irrelevant.

It's the equivalent of reading hundreds of books on Japan and driving into downtown Tokyo.  Which would you think is more effective in helping you make a decision about whether you want to live there?  My point isn't that you shouldn't use the USNEWS as a proxy for reputations and employment prospects, or that you shouldn't check whether the school is located in Ann Arbor or Miami, but simply that all of this pales in comparison to a visit.

Lecture over.  Best of luck with your decisions.   :P

I'll admit that the posts of some of the veteran LSDers on here have made me guilty about not knowing any ways of finding gainful employment except for OCI and mass-mailing.  Granted, I'm not yet a law student, but I think that it would be helpful to start thinking about the topic.  Should I give out my e-mail?  Buy a rolodex?  Get an expensive photo shoot done and distribute Ricky Gervais-like pictures of myself with a dove?

Let's brainstorm.  Or, at the very least, link to old articles about the subject.

I'll periodically bump this thread, while keeping track.  I know that we're all excited about attending ABA-certified Law Schools next year, so let's keep this thread as positive and friendly as we can.  If you would like, feel free to elaborate on your reasons for picking your school of choice.

FWIW, TLS already has a similar thread, and everyone over there seems to have a good idea of where they'll end up.

I'm curious as to how we feel about it, now that many of our options are coming together.  Pending decisions count as disappointments, or default WLs/Rejections at this point, unless you applied really, really late.

General Off-Topic Board / Bad Feeling About A Trip? Advice, Please.
« on: March 23, 2008, 01:40:12 PM »
I realize that the question is a little abstract, so I'll ground it by saying that I'm getting cold feet about visiting Boalt.  I generally don't like flying, and I don't have a very good gut feeling about this trip, so I'm tempted to cancel it and move on.  The school would be in the running if they weren't so frugal, almost as a matter of policy, with scholarships, and I wasn't so intent on matriculating at the best ranked school which accepted me.  I mean, what's the point?

What would you do?  Trust your instincts?  I can earn another two days worth of income at work.

Has anyone had a similar experience with a trip?  How'd it turn out?  I try to trust my instincts whenever possible.

General Off-Topic Board / Any Thoughts on Chicago, the City?
« on: February 29, 2008, 07:46:44 AM »
I've heard it described as everything from a "dead workers' town" to a thriving metropolis where people are almost as hip as their West/East coast counterparts.  I guess that makes it no different than any other major town, as evidenced by my own vitriolic anti-NYC trolling.

I'll visit soon enough, but I'd like to hear some thoughts from people who live(d) there about what makes Chicago attractive, why it's so cold, and which neighborhoods are nice.  Do you prefer it to NYC?  How do the two cities compare? 

Law School Admissions / I Regret Sending a Preemptive LOCI
« on: February 24, 2008, 05:15:58 PM »

As the days go on, I feel slightly worse about it.  It wasn't as convincing as it could have been, and I made a spelling error in the LOCI, so it might harm me in some way.

Moral of the story: everything in its right place, no fluff.  All of my "Why X" essays were catastrophes, as anyone who read my Why Michigan will tell you.  Either put your maximum effort and brilliance behind it, or don't do it.   

*sighs heavily*

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