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Top Games of the Week: Week 7

Okay folks…Week 7 sucks. It really does. It sucks so bad that there are TWO G5 games in my top five. I think that’s a first. I’m gonna go through this quick because I don’t feel the need to waste your time with games that don’t matter. Let’s just pray to the football gods that we get something good this weekend like an Oklahoma-Iowa State level upset. If that doesn’t happen it’s gonna be boring. Hey, if you want ranked teams playing each other there’s always the FCS!

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Top Ten Games of the Week

10. Oregon 4-2 (1-2) at #23 Stanford 4-2 (3-1)

Series Ledger: 46-32-1 Stanford
Last Meeting: 52-27 Stanford 11/12/2016

It’s not the game it once was, but the Stanford-Oregon series is still pretty important for deciding the PAC-12 North hierarchy. It’s the 80th all-time game between these teams.

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Top Ten Games of the Week: Week 6

So…this week kinda sucks. Besides a handful of games there’s not a whole lot going on. Plenty of bad teams playing each other and good teams playing bad teams that should be destroyed. Still, September has turned into October and the conference races heat up no matter what. If you’re a college football fanatic there are still things to be interested in, so if that sounds good read ahead!

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Top Ten Games of the Week

10. #5 Georgia 5-0 (2-0) at Vanderbilt 3-2 (0-2)

Series Ledger: 55-20-2 Georgia
Last Meeting: 17-16 Vanderbilt 10/15/2016

Georgia looks really good. Vanderbilt is playing better than usual, but they’ll probably get steamrolled. What’s gonna more fun is if Vandy plays the Bulldogs much closer than Tennessee did. I’m sure Vols fans will be paying attention to the margin of victory.

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Top Games of the Week Recap: Week 6

The great thing about college football is that even when a week doesn’t look good there will always be something interesting that comes along. Week 6 was no different, there were very few ranked vs ranked games and most matchups didn’t look particularly compelling, but we still had some good football.

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Top Ten Games of the Week

10. #5 Georgia 45-Vanderbilt 14

Okay not every game was good. Georgia pounded Vanderbilt like we thought they would. The Bulldogs are in control of the SEC East.

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The Keystone XL pipeline’s proposed route is a diagonal line, starting in the Alberta tar sands in Canada and running down through Nebraska. The project has been tied up for years in a polarizing argument about energy, jobs and the environment — and has run into trouble in the Cornhusker State.

Pipeline opponents challenged the legality of the proposed route through Nebraska, and the state’s Supreme Court could rule as early as this Friday. President Obama, who has final approval of the pipeline because it would cross the U.S.-Canada border, has been waiting on the Nebraska ruling before issuing his decision.

And as loud as the Keystone debate has been in Washington, D.C., and in the courts, Jenni Harrington says it’s talked about in hushed tones in Nebraska’s blustery York County, about an hour from the capital, Lincoln.

On Nebraska’s Farmland, Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Personal

Photo credit: Melissa Block/NPR
Map credits: TransCanada/Stephanie d'Otreppe and Alyson Hurt/NPR

I voted for Nader.  And I’m so, so, sorry.

Skip this if you’re just here for books, but ….  I have a confession to make.  

I voted for Nader.  And I’m so, so, sorry.  

It was the year 2000, which means I was 28.  I was left-wing, obviously, and idealistic, as I’d like to hope I still am. I voted in Nebraska at the time, and I was what was known as a Nader trader.  I matched myself with a voter in a swing state — I think it was Wisconsin — who wanted to vote Green but felt she needed to vote strategically.  I cast her Green vote, and she cast my mine in Democrat Blue.  I hoped that the Greens might pick up enough national support to get national funding, and a stronger future voice in national politics.  

My Green vote in Nebraska, I reasoned, wouldn’t cost Gore the state — and I was right about that.  Nebraska, county by county, looked like this.  


The results in Nebraska were 62 percent for Bush, 33 percent for Gore, and 3.5 percent for Nader.  We green voters were never going to cost the Democrats an electoral college vote in the Cornhusker state, and we didn’t.  

I felt pretty good about that vote, when I cast it.  

But then the results started to roll in.  You guys know what happened in 2000, right?  The final outcome was one of the closest presidential elections in the nation’s history.  Bush took 47.9 percent of the popular vote.  Gore took 48.4, winning the popular vote by a narrow margin.  But the electoral college race — the one that counts —  came down to Florida.  It was initially called for Bush in the media, but the outcome was so close that votes had to be recounted by hand in what became a highly politicized process.    Eventually the Supreme Court stepped in, and, in another highly politicized process, handed the election to Bush.  

Here’s where I start speculating.  Here’s why I’m sorry.  

The Greens took 2.7 percent of the vote, nationally.  What if — oh, what if — some of those votes had gone to Gore?  It would have taken less than half of them to push Gore over the 50 percent mark in the popular vote.  

Would the recount have gone better if Gore had had such a clear national lead? There was some feeling at the time that Gore was being a sore loser — surely those extra Green votes would have changed that.  Maybe the media wouldn’t have called Florida prematurely.  Maybe the Supreme Court would have tempered its arrogance in the face of that public support.

I don’t know.  Maybe.  

And thus I’m sorry.  I’m sorry we cut Pell Grants for poor students.  I’m sorry we turned corporations loose on the environment.  I’m sorry we let New Orleans drown.  I’m sorry we cut taxes and made the deficit explode.  I’m sorry about all the damn standardized tests students began to have to take.  I’m sorry about the assault on reproductive health care and the cuts to Veterans health care.  

I’m sorry we tortured people and I’m sorry we opened Gitmo.  I’m sorry we pulled us out of the Kyoto Protocol and shot our best chance at tackling global warming while it was still in its starting gate.  I’m sorry we pulled out of the Anti-Ballistic Missle Treaty and radicalized US/Russian relations.  I’m sorry we pulled out of the International Criminal Court and undercut the UN.  And of course, I’m sorry about two damn wars.  

Gore wasn’t perfect, but, can you imagine him doing any (say) three of those things?  

Elections matter.  

The Democrats don’t own my vote.  When I was in Nebraska I worked hard to re-elect  my independent state senator, the hero Ernie Chambers.  I sometimes vote NDP or Green here in Canada, where we genuinely have more than two options.   But you know what, in the American presidential elections, there are only two possible winners.  

Pick one of them.

Don’t pick Trump.  

Don’t do what I did, guys.  Because I am so, so sorry.