I am agog

Frankly, I’d have been less shocked if a picture of Nate wearing leather chaps commando in the Folsom Street parade appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.

A while ago on Facebook, regular reader and contributor Nathan Cherolis posed an interesting question for downtime in the NFL with the World Cup approaching. It went something like this: If you could take one guy from each AFC South roster to train intensively for one year to be a World Cup goalkeeper, who would it be?

Welcome to the Euro side, Nate. We’ll have you drinking Blue Hawaiians in no time.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Teachers aren’t just stupid, they’re increasingly dishonest to boot:

Of all the forms of academic cheating, none may be as startling as educators tampering with children’s standardized tests. But investigations in Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, Virginia and elsewhere this year have pointed to cheating by educators.

Needless to say, this behavior was not only entirely predictable, it was predicted by many on both sides of the test standards issue. Personally, I don’t care either way. As far as I’m concerned, attempting to fine-tune mass public education through technical measures falls well into the lipstick-on-a-pig category.

The only interesting thing is how easily corruptible the great influencers of tomorrow’s leaders have turned out to be. At least the great destroyers of the global economy were playing for personal millions. These petty thieves were willing to sell out their charges for less than $3,000!

World Cup 2010

The quadrennial carnival starts tomorrow and it promises more excitement off the pitch than on it. Here are my predictions:

1) The USA upsets England and wins Group C.
2) The number of World Cup-related deaths in South Africa exceeds the number of goals scored.
3) South Africa will not get past the group stage.
4) Australia will finish last in Group D after being upset by Ghana.
5) The Italians will argue vociferously over which strikers should be starting and who was substituted too soon/late. Before and after every game.
6) Holland will finally claim the Cup.