Monday, October 08, 2007

Sting'm Jackets

I have been informed that the University of Texas does not claim to have invented football. Rather, the Universities of Oklahoma and Southern California lay this claim. Oklahoma (where the wind comes sweepin' o'er the plain) is one of those unfortunate public schools that got its mascot from some obscure aspect of the state's history. The Sooners? That's right up there with the Hoosiers. Does anybody know if there are more?* As for USC, I've already made my comment. (Incidentally, if HPU could learn the Pythagorean defense and maybe base our offense more on something like Einstein's theory of relativity, we wouldn't have games like this.)

I hope you're still with me. I've been thinking a lot lately about how Texas elects our judges. I used to think it wasn't such a bad idea, but I'm starting to wonder--especially after the episode last week with the Presiding Judge Sharon Keller of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals refusing to accept a ten-minute-late petition, with death on the line. I hesitate to align myself with either side of the capital punishment issue, but come on--we're talking about death. There is no appeal from that. Let's at least make sure that we've covered all our bases.

*Note--I do know where the Sooners got their mascot. But what is a "hoosier"?


Justin said...

Mr. Masten,

I refer you to that fount of all knowledge, Wikipedia:

Also, since my Dad is an Indiana native, I would feel terrible if I did not contribute to the Hoosier definitional quest.

Yee said...

I forgive you, mostly because I feel better today. Thank Jon - he's the one that made me get sleep. Beautiful sleep.