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Thursday, October 07, 2004
Posted 8:18 AM by WiN
Red River Shootout - Fearless Predictions #2 & #3
By now, all Sooner fans are aware that OU super-frosh Adrian Peterson goes by the moniker 'AD' ('All Day'). But after seeing a preview Tuesday of the new movie Friday Night Lights, I feel a new nickname could become popular in the weeks to come - Boobie. Boobie is the iconic star running back that is going to lead Odessa Permian to the Texas State Championship, and Peterson is the iconic star running back that is going to lead OU to the Texas State Championship (Houston, Texas Tech, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor) and the National Championship in Miami.
And like Boobie in the movie, I predict that some time in this Saturday's game Peterson will take the ball from Jason White and fling that sucker downfield over the backpeddling Texas safeties to Mark Clayton for a TD that will take all the air out of the whorn balloon and clinch yet another Stoops victory over hapless Mack.
Monday, October 04, 2004
Posted 10:01 AM by WiN
Red River Shootout - Fearless Prediction #1
According to the Dallas Morning News, there have been 8 150+ yard rushing performances in the history of the game. I predict that OU's super-Frosh Adrian Peterson will join that list this Saturday. Texas' Cedric Benson will top 100, but not much more than that as the Longhorns again fall behind in the first half and have to go to the pass, while the Sooners run clock by pumping the ball to Peterson, Junior Kejuan Jones and whoever else is hot among Tashard Choice, D. J. Wolfe and Donta Hickson. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Peterson join former Sooners De'Mond Parker, Quentin Griffin and Greg Pruitt in the top five with 200+ yards.
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AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF IRAN FROM THE WEBLOGGING COMMUNITY
We are not politicians, nor are we generals. We hold no power to dispatch diplomats to negotiate; we can send no troops to defend those who choose to risk their lives in the cause of freedom.
What power we have is in our words, and in our thoughts. And it is that strength which we offer to the people of Iran on this day.
Across the diverse and often contentious world of weblogs, each of us has chosen to put aside our differences and come together today to declare our unanimity on the following simple principles:
- That the people of Iran are allies of free men and women everywhere in the world, and deserve to live under a government of their own choosing, which respects their own personal liberties
- That the current Iranian regime has failed to create a free and prosperous society, and attempts to mask its own failures by repression and tyranny
We do not presume to know what is best for the people of Iran; but we are firm in our conviction that the policies of the current government stand in the way of the Iranians ability to make those choices for themselves.
And so we urge our own governments to turn their attention to Iran. The leaders and diplomats of the world's democracies must be clear in their opposition to the repressive actions of the current Iranian regime, but even more importantly, must be clear in their support for the aspirations of the Iranian people.
And to the people of Iran, we say: You are not alone. We see your demonstrations in the streets; we hear of your newspapers falling to censorship; and we watch with anticipation as you join the community of the Internet in greater and greater numbers. Our hopes are with you in your struggle for freedom. We cannot and will not presume to tell you the correct path to freedom; that is for you to choose. But we look forward to the day when we can welcome your nation into the community of free societies of the world, for we know with deepest certainty that such a day will come
A personal note: I have only had one Iranian acquaintance in my life, but I definitely considered him a friend. While I was in college (second time round) I had a part-time job as a self-serve gas station attendant. The senior employee was an engineering student named Rahim. The school I attended had (and probably still has) a significant middle-eastern student population, a lot of them in engineering. This was also during a period (mid-eighties) when Iran was not a popular place to be from (Iatolla Khomeini era). Since he was obviously middle-eastern, people would sometimes ask him, "Where are you from?" to which he would reply, with a sly grin "Persia".
He was not very political, so the topic of Iranian politics rarely came up. Occasionally he would show me some propaganda sheet he had picked up on campus, written in Farsi, and translate some of it for me. He also delighted in the ridiculous political cartoons showing Uncle Sam in various uncomplimentary poses. He seemed to regard the whole thing as humorous, but he got very serious when he spoke on rare occasion about the danger his relations back home faced from the oppressive regime. He had married an American and intended to stay here, at least until things got better back home.
I can't count the number of times he helped me out with work-related situations like swapping shifts and taking over for me in emergency situations. I gladly did the same for him. He was especially enamored with a nice "fuzzbuster" I had that I used for my many trips to Dallas. He borrowed it for a couple of trips he had to make to El Paso, where a former professor was holding a term paper of his "hostage" and he was negotiating to have the paper approved in order to get credit for the course, which was holding up his degree. He returned from his trips singing the praises of the magical device.
I lost track of him, of course, after I quit the job but to this day he is the face of Iran to me - friendly, helpful and a little mischievous, with a heart of gold. I wish him and all the people of Iran good will and the blessings of freedom.