Points of Order

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.

3.      

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 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.

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