Archive for October, 2009

Playoff Time in Ohio High School Football

October 31, 2009

Gotta love this time of year! I was just scanning through the 24 regions’ standings on to see the situation. In Region 13 the last playoff spot between Union Local and Campbell Memorial comes down to whether Leavittsburg Labrae can beat Steubenville Catholic Central, with Memorial needing the Labrae win. In Region 2 Canton McKinley is going to sneak in on the tiebreaker, Level 3 points after they beat Massillon today. Columbiana County, at least the northern half, will be well represented with Salem, Columbiana, Crestview, and East Palestine all advancing (the latter two may be playing each other in the 1st round on the Rebels’ home field) It looks like this season won’t have any 5-5 (or worse) teams get in and it won’t have any 10-0 teams get left out, though 3 9-1 teams (New Philadelphia, Athens, and Zanesville) all got left out in Region 7. At any rate good luck to everyone that qualified!


Potters Lose; Salem Advances to Postseason

October 30, 2009

For the first time in school history the Salem Quakers footbal team will advance to the postseason (according to projections at with their 33-14 win at Patterson Field. Salem literally always led in this game as they won the toss, elected to receive, and ran the game’s opening kickoff back for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead, then recovered a “walk the dog” onside kick and drove the ball 48 yards for another score and it was 13-0 only 2:14 into the game. The Potters responded with a scoring drive of their own to cut it to 13-7 and recovered their own onside kick but that ensuing drive stalled in the red zone on downs. Salem scored twice in the 2nd quarter to take a safe 26-7 lead at halftime. The Potters really didn’t have a great answer on defense for Salem’s spread offense. Maybe more blitzing could’ve forced some mistakes. Or just caused getting killed more quickly. Oh well.

The Potters finish the season 4-6. Though the “on the field” record is only one game better than last season I thought this team showed vast improvements over the squads of the McNicol Era. They played hard, they played disciplined, and they showed skill for the game at times. Very young team so there were mistakes, and injuries took their toll as the season moved along, most noteable the absense of Willie Leavell most of the 2nd half of the season. And it was a tough schedule. With the exception of the Linsly game the Potters loses could potentially all be to teams that make the playoffs in their respective states; Steubenville, Maple Heights, Salem, and Martins Ferry I think are all shoe-ins in Ohio and Oak Glen in West Virginia was very alive with a couple weeks left in the WV regular season. I think there is great reason for optimism for the 2010 season. In the meantime good luck to the Quakers and other area teams that qualify for postseason play!

When the Light Bulb Went Off

October 28, 2009

First Energy wanted to charge its customers a 600% markup on energy efficient light bulbs so the customers could save money:

I’m not really sure where to begin on that one.

NFL TV Maps for Pittsburgh/Youngstown/Wheeling Areas for Week 8

October 28, 2009

CBS has only one game this coming Sunday and all local markets will show a 1pm game. Pittsburgh will carry Denver @ Baltimore with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf while Youngstown and Wheeling will show Cleveland @ Chicago with Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots. At 1pm all area Fox affiliates will show San Francisco @ Indianapolis with Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan. At 4:15pm all local Fox affiliates, along with the vast majority of the country, will get Minnesota @ Green Bay (or as the506 lists it in a rare moment of casual “Favre New Team @ Favre Old Team”) with Thom Brennaman and Troy Aikman. And, as usual, the NFL Red Zone Channel will be on air all afternoon with its continuous live whip around the league. Due to the World Series (of which Game 4 is scheduled for Sunday) there is no Sunday Night game on NBC. There is however a Monday Night game on ESPN and its Atlanta @ New Orleans with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, and Jon Gruden. As always this info courtesy of and subject to change. Enjoy the games!

College Football Week 9 TV Schedule

October 27, 2009

As usual, the below table courtesy of awful announcing:

Tuesday, October 27th

East Carolina @ Memphis (ESPN2, 8pm)- Rece Davis, Mark May, Lou Holtz, Rob Stone

Thursday, October 29th

North Carolina @ Virginia Tech (ESPN, 7:30pm)- Chris Fowler, Craig James, Jesse Palmer, Erin Andrews

Friday, October 30th

West Virginia @ South Florida (ESPN2, 8pm)- Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore

Saturday, October 31st

Indiana @ Iowa (ESPN, Noon)- Mark Jones, Bob Davie
Purdue @ Wisconsin (ESPN2, Noon)- Pam Ward, Ray Bentley
Cincinnati @ Syracuse (ESPNU, Noon)- Clay Matvick, David Diaz-Infante
New Mexico State @ Ohio State (BTN, Noon)- Matt Rosen, Anthony Herron
Mississippi @ Auburn (SEC Network, Noon)- Dave Neal, Andre Ware, Cara Capuano (Will Air on MSG, FS Detroit; CSN California, Washington+)
Rutgers @ Connecticut (Big East Network, Noon)- Mike Gleason, John Congemi, Quint Kessenich (Will Air on Altitude, CST, MASN, SNY)
North Carolina State @ Florida State (Raycom, Noon)- Steve Martin, Rick Walker, Mike Hogewood
Akron @ Northern Illinois (ESPN Plus, Noon)- Michael Reghi, Doug Chapman
Nebraska @ Baylor (Versus, 12:30pm)- Ron Thulin, Kelly Stouffer, Lewis Johnson
Southern Mississippi @ Houston (CSS, 1pm)- Matt Stewart, Chuck Oliver, Allison Williams
Missouri @ Colorado (FSN, 1:30pm)- Bill Land, Gary Reasons, Emily Jones (Will Air on FS Arizona, Detroit+, Florida, Midwest, North, Ohio, South, Southwest, West; FSN Northwest, Pittsburgh, Rocky Mountain; CSN Bay Area, Chicago, New England, Washington; MSG+2; FCS Central)
Coastal Carolina @ Clemson (ESPN360, 1:30pm)- Ryan Rose, Jeremy Bloom
San Jose State @ Boise State (KTVB, 3pm)- Mark Johnson, Tom Scott, David Augusto
Florida v. Georgia (CBS, 3:30pm)- Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson
Michigan @ Illinois (ABC/ESPN2, 3:30pm)- Mike Patrick, Craig James
Kansas @ Texas Tech (ABC, 3:30pm)- Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham
Miami @ Wake Forest (ABC/ESPN2, 3:30pm)- Bob Wischusen, Brian Griese
California @ Arizona State (ABC, 3:30pm)- Terry Gannon, David Norrie
Central Michigan @ Boston College (ESPNU, 3:30pm)- Todd Harris, Charles Arbuckle
Temple @ Navy (CBS College Sports, 3:30pm)- Dave Ryan, Randy Cross
Duke @ Virginia (ESPN360, 3:30pm)- Frank Giardina, Danny Kanell
Arkansas State @ Louisville (WHAS, 4pm)- Drew Deener, Doug James (Will Air on SNY)
Nevada-Las Vegas @ Texas Christian (Versus, 4pm)- Tim Neverett, Glenn Parker, Lindsay Soto
Air Force @ Colorado State (MTN, 4pm)- James Bates, Todd Christensen, Roger Bailey
Hawaii @ Nevada (Time Warner-Oceanic, 4pm)- Jim Leahey, Russell Yamaoha
Western Kentucky @ North Texas (Sun Belt TV, 4pm)- Todd Kalas, Derek Rackley (Will Air on CSS, CST)
Penn State @ Northwestern (ESPN, 4:30pm)- Carter Blackburn, Chris Spielman
Louisiana Tech @ Idaho (ESPN Plus, 5pm)- Trey Bender, Jay Taylor (Will Air on Altitude2, MASN)
Kansas State @ Oklahoma (FSN, 7pm)- Joel Meyers, Dave Lapham, Jim Knox (Will Air on FS Arizona, Florida, Midwest, Southwest, West; FSN Northwest, Rocky Mountain; CSN Bay Area, Chicago, New England, Washington+; SportSouth; FCS Central)
Eastern Michigan @ Arkansas (ESPNU, 7pm)- Eric Collins, Brock Huard
Mississippi State @ Kentucky (SEC Network, 7pm)- Bob Rathbun, Dave Archer, Jenn Hildreth (Will Air on FS South, SUN)
Washington State v. Notre Dame (NBC, 7:30pm)- Tom Hammond, Pat Haden, Alex Flanagan
New Mexico @ San Diego State (CBS College Sports, 7:30pm)- Tom Hart, Aaron Taylor
Georgia Tech @ Vanderbilt (SEC Network, 7:30pm)- Doug Bell, Chris Doering (Will Air on CSS, CST, Comcast Network)
South Carolina @ Tennessee (ESPN, 7:45pm)- Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Erin Andrews
USC @ Oregon (ABC/ESPN2, 8pm)- Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Lisa Salters
Texas @ Oklahoma State (ABC/ESPN2, 8pm)- Sean McDonough, Matt Millen, Holly Rowe
Michigan State @ Minnesota (BTN, 8pm)- Wayne Larrivee, Chris Martin, Rebecca Haarlow
Wyoming @ Utah (MTN, 8pm)- Ari Wolfe, Blaine Fowler, Sammy Linebaugh
Tulane @ Louisiana State (Tiger Vision PPV, 8pm)- Doug Greengard, Rene Nadeau, Kevin Guidry

Sunday, November 1st

Marshall @ Central Florida (ESPN, 8:15pm)- Dave Lamont, JC Pearson

The Case Against Tax Credits

October 27, 2009

And the blurring of the line between public and private sector:

He of course makes a lot of sense. But the allure of credits is too strong for most politicians to resist.

Steelers Beat Vikings

October 26, 2009

I could write about it, but the author of Elvis Has Left does it much better than I could:

Steve Phillips Update

October 26, 2009

Word is that ESPN has terminated the employment of Steve Phillips in light of his affair with a production assistant at the network. It is unfortunate; he was a good analyst. But its certainly not surprising from a public relations standpoint, and its not like they don’t have 3,000 other MLB analysts to pick up the slack. I’m sure he’ll land at MLB Network or TBS or Fox if he wants to. Or maybe get back into working for someone’s front office.

Weekly Media Matters Update

October 25, 2009

Media Matters: Fox News isn’t news — this is news?

It is perhaps not unsurprising but still disappointing that several in the mainstream media rallied around Fox News this week following the White House’s well-warranted castigation of the network as an “arm” of the Republican Party. The most prominent defense of “one of our sister organizations” came from ABC News’ Jake Tapper, who was baffled as to why the White House would declare Fox News “not a news organization.” On Tuesday, he had the following exchange with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:

Tapper: It’s escaped none of our notice that the White House has decided in the last few weeks to declare one of our sister organizations “not a news organization” and to tell the rest of us not to treat them like a news organization. Can you explain why it’s appropriate for the White House to decide that a news organization is not one —


Gibbs: Jake, we render, we render an opinion based on some of their coverage and the fairness that, the fairness of that coverage.

Tapper: But that’s a pretty sweeping declaration that they are “not a news organization.” How are they any different from, say —

Gibbs: ABC —

Tapper: ABC. MSNBC. Univision. I mean how are they any different?

Gibbs: You and I should watch sometime around 9 o’clock tonight. Or 5 o’clock this afternoon.

Tapper: I’m not talking about their opinion programming or issues you have with certain reports. I’m talking about saying thousands of individuals who work for a media organization, do not work for a “news organization” — why is that appropriate for the White House to say?

Gibbs: That’s our opinion.

Of course, Tapper was lauded by Fox News and other conservatives. (Which is not the first time.) Glenn Beck called Tapper a “watchdog of freedom,” while Sean Hannity praised Tapper’s ability to “recognize the great quality of Fox News.” Bill O’Reilly said Tapper did “pretty good” and “really challenged” Gibbs, and the Fox & Friends gang called him a “great reporter” for his defense of Fox. Lou Dobbs called it an “extraordinary exchange.”

But Tapper’s real mistake was suggesting that the White House’s criticism of Fox News amounted only to criticism of their “opinion programming or issues … with certain reports.” Tapper’s remarks echoed Fox News senior vice president Michael Clemente’s comments from last week: “It’s astounding the White House cannot distinguish between news and opinion programming.”

Putting aside the suggestion that the relentless and vicious assaults on Barack Obama and the administration by Beck, Hannity, and O’Reilly alone shouldn’t have any bearing on how the White House treats the network, Tapper is ignoring that those shows set the agenda for the rest of the network. And of course, Tapper is ignoring that the attacks of Fox’s triumvirate dictate his own network’s — and the rest of the media’s — agenda as well. Is there any doubt that Glenn Beck’s war on ACORN — he’s reportedly mentioned ACORN 1,224 times (versus 50 mentions of Al Qaeda) since his Fox News show started — is the primary reason his network and other media are still talking about the organization? Beck and his fellow Fox News personalities have repeatedly called for Obama administration officials to be fired, asked viewers to dig up information on administration officials, and fearmongered about Obama, his advisers, and his policies. How can that not affect Fox’s “news” coverage of those same officials?

Fox’s “news” staff regularly conflates commentary and news reporting. The network’s “news” reporting is full of smears, falsehoods, deceptive editing, and GOP talking points. Just Thursday morning, the Fox & Friends crew parroted a House Republican press release and repeated its claim that the stimulus impact is “6 million jobs shy of what the administration promised us” since the administration stated “that 3.5 million jobs would be created. And, in fact, the United States has lost 2.7 million since the stimulus plan.” However, the administration estimated 3.5 millions jobs created or saved by 2011. It’s so much easier to read GOP talking points than actually do journalism!

The problems with Fox News aren’t confined to “certain reports.” Nor are they confined to Fox’s “opinion programming.”

Fox has organized and promoted campaigns against the administration. Fox has allowed its personalities to use the network to raise money for conservative PACs — money that is used for more attacks on the administration.

And Fox News’ actual “news” is anything but.

As Media Matters President Eric Burns pointed out this week, “Fox News is the story.”

Beck’s little red book of smears

On the walls of the Forbidden City, looming over Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, there is a giant portrait of Mao Zedong. Mao’s specter similarly looms over Glenn Beck’s show.

Beck has figured out that Chairman Mao is the best vehicle for him to attack progressives as “communists.” After all, communism is still kicking in China — well, not really, but just enough for Beck to launch McCarthyism 2.0: Great Wall Edition.

And as was the case with Joseph McCarthy’s crusade, no connection is too tenuous, no comment too innocuous. Beck’s favorite target du jour is White House communications director Anita Dunn — no doubt because she was the first to call out Fox News for its “war against Barack Obama and the White House.”

Beck managed to dig up a speech Dunn gave to graduating students earlier this year in which Dunn called Mao one of her “favorite political philosophers” (she also mentioned Mother Teresa) and related this anecdote:

In 1947, when Mao Zedong was being challenged within his own party on his plan to basically take China over, Chiang Kai-shek and the Nationalist Chinese held the cities, they had the army, they had the air force, they had everything on their side. And people said, “How can you win? How can you do this? How can you do this against all of the odds against you?” And Mao Zedong said, you know, “You fight your war, and I’ll fight mine.” And think about that for a second.

And to think that she was allowed to encourage students to follow their own paths and not do what they are told! Wait a minute, isn’t that pretty much the message Beck preaches every day?

Well, no matter. It doesn’t matter what she said — it’s that she quoted Chairman Mao! Gasp! You know, like John McCain did — repeatedly. And Newt Gingrich did. And numerous other conservatives did.

Dunn’s reference to Mao even made its way to a straight news story on Monday’s Special Report (take note, Jake Tapper).

On Monday, Beck ranted that, because of the overlap in the message of volunteerism from President Obama’s “Corporation for National and Community Service and a call for more service and volunteerism” on network television from the Entertainment Industry Foundation, “[i]t’s almost like we’re living in Mao’s China right now” and noted that NBC executive Mitch Metcalf is an “EIF board member,” exclaiming, “[M]y God, it can’t be.” But, predictably, Beck’s wild conspiracy theory overlooks that Fox Broadcasting Co. — which airs Fox News programming and, like Fox News, is owned by News Corp. — is also participating in EIF’s volunteer initiative and has a vice president who sit on EIF’s board of directors with Metcalf. Further, News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch sits on EIF’s “honorary board of governors.”

On Tuesday, Beck moved on to attacking “manufacturing czar” Ron Bloom because he once employed Mao’s quote that power stems from the barrel of a gun — a quote so threatening it can be found on a junior-high boy’s Rage Against the Machine T-shirt.

Beck has taken Dunn’s and Bloom’s employment of these quotes to ridiculous levels, claiming Mao is “the man that [Dunn] turns to most” and that Bloom is the latest in “long line of White House officials who seem to just love Chairman Mao.”

(Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs followed Beck’s lead again, attacking both Dunn and Bloom over the quotes.)

And of course, it should be noted that Beck’s (Chinese) communist witch hunt goes all the way to the top.

In one of his countless bizarre rants in front of a chalkboard last week, Beck started with the premise, “If the president of the United States, Barack Obama, said to you, ‘You know who I really love? Chairman Mao.’ ” With a premise that absurd, you can only guess where it headed. He then proceeded to explain how people like Van Jones, Valerie Jarrett, and John Podesta were somehow used to “keep separating” Obama from Mao so people wouldn’t see the direct connection between the two (the “six degrees of Obama”). You know, because President Obama loves Chairman Mao.

This from a guy who wrote that McCarthy made the “cries” of communism and socialism a “joke.”
Other notable quotes this week:

* “The Obama administration going to issue a new medical marijuana policy today, which I’m frankly thankful for folks, because we’re going to need to be stoned to live for the next three and a half years.” — Rush Limbaugh on Monday. Limbaugh cleverly dubbed the proposal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Smell.”

* “[W]hy doesn’t President Obama have his children vaccinated in front of us on TV?” — Deirdre Imus on Wednesday’s Hannity expressing concerns about the safety of the H1N1 vaccine.

* “Jerome Corsi, a terrific author, an amazing, amazing book, an important book.” — Lou Dobbs on his radio show Wednesday following an interview with birther and widely discredited smear merchant Corsi.

* “What was interesting to me is, just from my perspective having been in a White House, there is a network, MSNBC, that I could have said that about the evening anchors, or some people in the morning or — I could have taken that tack, but I thought it was not the right thing to do, and I think it’s mostly because it’s really unproductive, it feels un-American, and it’s not inspiring.” — former White House press secretary and Fox News contributor Dana Perino, ignoring her own role in advancing Bush administration attacks on NBC.

Letter From Congressman Wilson

October 23, 2009

Dear Friends,

This week my colleagues and I on the House Financial Services Committee took significant steps to further protect consumers when dealing with financial services companies. First, the Committee voted to create a Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) that will protect consumers from predatory lending, deceptive mortgage lending and other abuses. In addition, the Committee voted to speed up the time line for implementation of credit card regulations designed to protect consumers from unfair practices like unannounced rate changes and excessive fees.

The creation of the CFPA is an important component of the broad financial reforms the Obama Administration recommended earlier this year. The Financial Services Committee voted to create the CFPA on a 39-29 vote. The full House of Representatives will consider this bill and other pieces of regulatory reform in the next several weeks.

I am very proud of the work the Financial Services Committee completed this week. It is critically important that we make sure consumers are treated fairly any time they deal with financial companies. The CFPA will not only protect American consumers from fraudulent or unreasonable practices, but it will also restore common sense rules to help keep a crisis like the one we faced last year from happening again. I’ve often said it’s hard to play a good, fair game without a referee on the field. The CFPA will help put the appropriate referees in placeā€”and make sure consumers are protected. Our work in the Financial Services Committee is a big step toward more oversight, transparency and consumer protection in our financial system.

During consideration of the CFPA, I offered a common sense amendment that enjoyed unanimous support. My amendment ensures that the CFPA consumer advisory board is appointed in a bipartisan manner. The advisory board that makes recommendations to the CFPA Director should be bipartisan; consumer protections should not be subject to political winds.

Additionally, the House Financial Services Committee took action against credit card companies reported to be increasing fees and raising interest rates prior to the implementation of the credit card bill signed into law earlier this year. We marked up legislation that will move up the effective date for credit card reforms from February 22, 2010 to December 1, 2009.

It is unfortunate that a few credit card companies have chosen to raise their rates ahead of the original target date, and I felt it was very important to send a message that those kinds of practices will no longer be tolerated.

This legislation will now move to the full House for floor consideration.


Charlie Wilson
Member of Congress
Ohio’s Sixth District