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Literally, one of the best things I have ever watched.

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The Golden Boy

It is no secret that I hate Jimmy Clausen. I think he is a whinny little prick. I have thought he was overrated and overhyped from the day his spiked head stepped out of the Hummer strech limo on national television to announce that he was going to save Notre Dame from the doldrums of Division I futility.

In three years he has done nothing of the sort. ND has lost big game after big game, but somehow, because they are Notre Dame, and people grew up watching their dads watching Notre Dame, they remain in the national spot-light, every year.

Following Saturday’s thrilling last second victory, the conversation was not about Stanford and their Heisman Trophy candidate running back Toby Gerhart…

What was left out of this highlight was Gerhart absolutly Beasting the saftey for Notre Dame that left the young golden domer searching the field for his displaced dignity.

I enjoy few things more in sports than watching Notre Dame suffer. This was awesome.

That black eye is symbolic of all the unfufilled promises of Jimmy Clausen’s tenure with the Irish.

603-Learning Targets, State Standards

1. Students will be able to define the key names and event of the Civil War.
(describe, identify, list, name, match)

Standard 1: History of the United States and New York
Standard 3: Geography
Standard 5: Civics, Citizenship, and Government

Comprehension
2. Students will be able to explain the major causes of the war as well as their effect on the outcome.
(distinguish, estimate, infer, paraphrase, summarize)

Standard 1: History of the United States and New York
Standard 2: World History
Standard 3: Geography
Standard 4: Economics
Standard 5: Civics, Citizenship, and Government

Application
3. Students will be able to produce a thematic or document based essay based on acquired knowledge.
(demonstrate, discover, manipulate, prepare, produce)

Standard 1: History of the United States and New York
Standard 2: World History
Standard 3: Geography
Standard 4: Economics
Standard 5: Civics, Citizenship, and Government

Analysis
4. Student will be able to outline the major battles of the war, describing their impact on the war at large.
(illustrate, relate, select, diagram, differentiate)

Standard 1: History of the United States and New York
Standard 3: Geography

Synthesis
5. Students will be able to summarize the major causes, events, and outcomes of the Civil War.
(categorize, combine, compile, compose, create)

Standard 1: History of the United States and New York
Standard 2: World History
Standard 3: Geography
Standard 4: Economics
Standard 5: Civics, Citizenship, and Government

Evaluation
6. Students will be able to draw conclusions about the impact the Civil War had on American History.
(appraise, discriminate, explain, justify, interpret, relate)

Standard 1: History of the United States and New York
Standard 2: World History
Standard 3: Geography
Standard 4: Economics
Standard 5: Civics, Citizenship, and Government

NYS Social Studies Standards

603-Final Assessment-Learning Targets

Knowledge
1. Students will be able to define the key names and event of the Civil War.
(describe, identify, list, name, match)

Comprehension
2. Students will be able to explain the major causes of the war as well as their effect on the outcome.
(distinguish, estimate, infer, paraphrase, summarize)

Application
3. Students will be able to produce a thematic or document based essay based on acquired knowledge.
(demonstrate, discover, manipulate, prepare, produce)

Analysis
4. Student will be able to outline the major battle of the war, describing their impact on the war at large.
(illustrate, relate, select, diagram, differentiate)

Synthesis
5. Students will be able to summarize the major causes, events, and outcomes of the Civil War.
(categorize, combine, compile, compose, create)

Evaluation
6. Students will be able to draw conclusions about the impact the Civil War had on American History.
(appraise, discriminate, explain, justify, interpret, relate)

Welcome to the Freeman Era

I would be lying if I said yesterday did not excite me. Maybe after what happened to Penn State Saturday (Daryll Clark, you sir have cemented your place as a guy who sucked in big games) I am just looking for any bright spot in my sports universe.

But hey, after the year that I have had (Penn State in the Rose Bowl, Mets collapse, Mets Epic Fail, Bucs lose last 4 games to miss playoffs) any bright spot looks like the sun.

Josh Freeman got his first start as a Buccaneer yesterday, and the rookie from Kansas State did not disappoint. He threw 3 TDs and one INT. He led the team on a 72 yard scoring drive to take the lead in the 4th quarter. He moved well. He looked generally great and brought a level of excitement to an otherwise putrid Buccaneers season.

I have begun cheering for the Jets. I have a true Jets fan living under my roof. But hard as I have tried, I simply cannot abandon my Buccaneers.

So the Freeman era at least will keep me afloat for a while.

And hey, with any luck, Matt Holliday will be a Met before you can say “Fire Omar Minaya”