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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Pittsburgh v Seattle...discuss
« on: January 24, 2006, 11:44:35 AM »

Recall, for example, how the Patriots dealt with the injury to Bledsoe, or the Rams to the Trent Green injury. Besides, don't you think the Steelers would like to have a healthy Duce Staley?


You're comparing Tom Brady and Kurt Warner to Jon Kitna.  Enough said.  Also, you and I both know that Palmer means way more to the Bengals than Staley does to the Squeelers.  And how about those times when Squeeler fans mope and whine everytime Touchdown Tommy Maddox gets into the game.

Being a die-hard Bengals fans, I'm still bitter about the loss, even if the common sense side of me knows that injuries are a part of the game.  It's just heartbreaking how the season ended, especially considering all those bad years we had to put up with.

I did think that Indy was overrated all year, especially their Defense.  However, their fast start ultimately doomed them because after the San Diego loss, Peyton and company barely touched the field.  I won't deny that they were completely outplayed in the playoff game, though.


While I agree about Walter Jones being the best tackle in football, it's hard to call an offense the best in the league when they get to play the 49ers, Cardinals, and Rams twice a year each. This also applies to Alexander. Heck of a running back, but hell I'd get 10 tds a year running against those teams.


And the Squeelers play the potent Clowns and Ravens twice a year.

About the NFC not being physical, did you watch the NFC championship game?  Seattle dismantled Carolina, and I wouldn't exactly call Carolina a pansy of a team, especially considering what they did to the Bears in Chicago. 

Other than Polamalu, Pitts' secondary is average at best, and if Hasselbeck can go downfield, Seattle should win pretty convincingly.  The key for Seattle will be keeping their offense balanced and defending the blitz, something they did quite succefully against the Panthers.

I'm not comparing those guys to Kitna, only saying that one of the things that a championship organization deals with key injuries. And I agree that Staley is much less valuable than Palmer. I like the Bungles and was even a little upset with the Palmer injury but they are about 2 years away from being very serious contenders.

As for the Steelers playing Cleveland and Baltimore. Let's take a look at points allowed:
Cleveland - 310
Baltimore - 299
Arizona - 387
San Fran - 428
St. Louis - 429

So I think my argument that Seattle and Alexander have inflated offensive statistics cannot be applied to the Steelers. (As a side note, it is also telling that Chicago -- the Cinderella team of the NFC -- lost to both  Cleveland and  Baltimore this year.)

I also agree that the Steelers don't have an amazing secondary. However, their strength is in putting pressure on QBs. I think Hasselback has made hugh strides this year but I think he's still pretty shakey. (In fact, there were a few incredibly retarded passes he got away with against the Redskins.) I think those Steeler blitzes might just put enough pressure on him to turn him into the Hasselbeck of old.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Columbia: what are the benefits?
« on: January 24, 2006, 11:36:34 AM »
It's much easier to get to Columbia from LGA than JFK. Just take the M60 bus...that's it.

The M60 takes such a long time though. From NYU you can just take the F to Roosevelt and then take the Q66(?) to LAG. Overall I think it is shorter.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Kobe scores 81
« on: January 24, 2006, 10:54:12 AM »
whoever didn't watch the game need not criticize. He brought his team back from 18 down. He was passive in the first and second and his "TEAM" wasn't getting it done. That's what I don't get about fans. They rather have the guy lose the game and pass to inferior teammates than to show his brilliance and win. I rather have the W. If the other guys are hitting, Kobe won't go off. For example, the last game he played against toronto he had 11 points and took something like 8 or 9 shots. He had 9 assists. Lakers won. You know what the headlines were the next day? "Kobe stopped by Toronto, Lakers still win." So when he does what he needs to do, the media portrays it in a negative light. The guy can't win.



I think if he stopped a) selling Shaq out to the cops b) destroying dynasties and c) raping people, he might get more people on his side.

I don't care. Kobe doesn't care. Its you guys' loss that you're hating on greatness. You guys are missing out. Do you think Kobe cares that people hate him? lol, he makes $136million. So hate, but you're the one missing out if you're a fan. Not the rest of us.

Do you think Kobe cares that you like him?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: The Pets Thread
« on: January 24, 2006, 10:04:46 AM »
I LOVE mookie!

I'm normally not a cat person, but he is clearly awesome. 

You're actually not the first non-cat person that Mookie has won over. I'll make sure to let him know after he wakes up.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Held at Harvard: What does this mean?
« on: January 24, 2006, 10:03:21 AM »
Go talk to a New Yorker and you'll find out why.  ;)

I've actually been living in NYC for the past 3 years. I woudn't move for the world but I have plenty of friends who are actually eager to leave.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Held at Harvard: What does this mean?
« on: January 24, 2006, 09:42:46 AM »
If you were born and raised in California, went to a California school for undergrad, and have been working in California since graduation, Stanford is going to seem like an obvious choice.  It would be the same for people who are already living in NYC because it might not be obvious why you would want to pick up and move to Cambridge if you are already established in NYC.

The Stanford one makes sense but given that NYU is considered a slightly worst school and that Cambridge is so close to NYC I don't see how that would be.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Held at Harvard: What does this mean?
« on: January 24, 2006, 08:54:12 AM »
Ok, maybe I'm turning into a big prestige whore (ok, there's probably no maybe about it), but I don't think that you have to be all about a specific program/prof/joint degree/etc in order to want to go to Harvard.  An extra inch of foot-in-the-door for the job you want isn't nothing, nor is the bredth of offerings or the reputations of the Harvard teaching staff in general.  But any of that would sound more than a little lame in a "Why Harvard" essay.

If you are all about a program or prof or such, that's fab, and you should definitely write about it.  But the stuff that everybody appreciates may well not be worth restating, because they already know you probably care about it, and you want to be telling them something they don't already know.

And I'd agree, not everybody who gets into HLS goes there, even those of us who don't (won't) get into SLS or YLS.  There are things that HLS isn't the best at, or even the second best at.

This is somewhat related but a little off topic... I read a fascinating study by these two economists who looked at the extent to which Ivy league grads do better because they went to a better school or whether they would have done better anyways and were admitted to these school because they already had the potential for success. When they looked at people who were aceepted to both mid-level universities and ivy schools they found that after like 10 years there was very little difference in terms of their success. It only made a significant difference for people from disadvataged socio-economic backgrounds.  It would be interesting to see if the same thing was the case with law schools.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: The Pets Thread
« on: January 24, 2006, 08:46:38 AM »
Your kitty is gorgeous!

Thanks. As you can see from the dead mouse he's a straight up killah as well.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: The Pets Thread
« on: January 24, 2006, 08:38:55 AM »
This is my homeboy Mookie...








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