Death of Paterno; why it seemed like fate

There was always a sense of fatalism. Not that he would one day die, that’s an inevitably we all face. But for the serious fan of college football, I think that there was a thought that he was never really meant to live apart from the game. Even before the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke, I think that sentiment existed.
 
Joe Paterno died today.
 
He was the winningest coach in the history of college football, but for many years of that career, he was pursing the wins record of the famous Alabama coach Paul “Bear Bryant. When Bryant retired after the 1982 season, he was asked how he would spend his time and replied that he would probably “croak in a week.”

Pro choice paradox: why efforts to curb gender selective abortions are irrational

Note: this post discusses what I see as a logical paradox in the current debate about abortion as a means of gender selection. Full disclosure: I am personally pro life.

I’ve written before about the topic of gender selective abortion. In developing nations, the process of aborting a fetus (typically of a girl) based on gender is common. I read an interesting article this afternoon in the Montreal Gazette discussing how the practice is also becoming more common in North America among certain ethnic groups, while outlining different steps which the medical community has taken in an effort to curb this from happening.

The Gazette sites an editorial from the Canadian Medical Association Journal which urges doctors to wait until the pregnancy is at 30 weeks before they inform parents as to the gender of the fetus.

Writer claims Tebow’s prayers contradict teachings of Jesus; and why that’s ridiculous

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Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has been highly publicized for his constant references to faith and to his active prayer life. As has also been highly noted, people have even gone as far as naming the way in which he positions himself during prayer, calling it “Tebowing.”

BCS title game: notes and thoughts

What is there to say about tonight’s game?

Despite the fact that LSU had been thoroughly dominated in the first half, they only found themselves down by nine. Nothing for the Tiger offense had worked. On five drives, they had four 3 and outs. The Alabama defense was standing on their heads.

But this was LSU. They had trailed in games before. They would come out fresh in the second half and the game would still be competitive…