1. Until further notice, I can’t write about Illinois basketball. It’ll end up going badly for all of us. Trust me, it’s for the best. Let’s reconnect in early February when they’ve rode a smattering of wins over mildly overrated Big Ten teams to a ranking in the mid-teens and are getting primed for a second-round tournament exit against a team that plays zone.
2. Fortunately, the Bulls are growing more fun to watch and talk about by the day. Watching them play the Knicks in a game that mattered on Christmas Day took me back to 1993. It was fantastic.
CATCH TEXAS BOWL FEVER.
4. Throwing out the Patriots nightmare, here are the Bears’ four most recent point totals: 38, 40, 24, 31. Just sayin. All bets are officially off at this point.
5. The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was a nice way to finish 2010, but 2011 is looking like another dubious year for liberty, what with The Espionage Act being discussed in a serious way. I’m going to link to this Slate piece about the history of the act, but I’m going to feel terrible about it because of this affront of a passage:
Wilson’s greatness is sullied today because of the license he granted to Gregory and Burleson to abuse the act; conversely, Richard Nixon’s reputation as our worst president is only enhanced by his attempt to use the law to retaliate against Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg.
Woodrow Wilson’s “greatness”? I guess if the category is “open racists who repeatedly urinated on the Bill of Rights and The Constitution” then we can call Wilson one of the greats.