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Free Criminal Record Checks Are a Colossal Waste of Time

If you have found this article then you have no doubly been searching around for a free criminal record check web site or resource. You are probably quite frustrated at this point and you are realizing how much time you have been wasting. I am a Private Investigator who searches people’s criminal records almost every day. I have a lot of experience finding and retrieving documents. I use public records and criminal records databases all the time to get the information I need. I have seen them all. I can honestly tell you that any site that offers a free criminal record check is lying to you and will provide you with horrible useless results.

Criminal Records Are Public, Why Should I Pay For Them?

It is true that most criminal records are public information and the agency that holds them has a responsibility to provide them to you.

That being said, you must first find where the records are, visit the office they are located and then you can view them. If you want a copy, they will charge you for it. Now I am assuming you are saying “I would rather just look them up online and get them that way”. I am not going to tell you what to do or not to do but I will tell you what I do and what works for me.

Ok Smart Guy, What’s The Solution?

When you use a criminal record database that you pay for you are not paying for the records themselves, you are paying for all the work that the company has done to locate, obtain and organize the records in one place. This makes a little more sense now. We only use databases that we subscribe to for the mere fact that we know they are trying to keep our business. They will be updated more frequently and they will have a much much larger collection of criminal records.

If you are seriously looking for criminal records online you can by all means continue your search for a free database and continue to be disappointed and mislead.

 Maybe you prefer the challenge? My recommendation as a solution to your problem is to find a reputable criminal record check site, subscribe to it and really start getting results for the time you spend searching.

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i was wondering, if you have suspicions of people and want to get a check on them; if they have a criminal record, past offences, charges, known associates etc. is it possible to request/ obtain a file on them, if you are not a member of the police force/ investigating them? basically, can a civilian ‘pull’ a file on a member of the public?

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John Lennon’s Killer Denied Parole For Sixth Time

Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon, was denied parole for a sixth time on Sept. 7, 2010.

A New York State Division of Parole board denied Chapman request “due to concern for the public safety and welfare.”

Chapman, 55, has been eligible for parole since 2000. He can apply for conditional release every two years. The next time he’ll go before a parole board will be August of 2012.

“I felt that by killing John Lennon I would become somebody and instead of that I became a murderer and murderers are not somebodies,” Chapman told the parole board.

“I made a horrible decision to end another human being’s life for reasons of selfishness, and that was my decision at that time.”

Chapman’s parole was opposed by Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono.

Ono, who witnessed her husband getting shot, has been adamantly against Chapman’s release from the beginning.

In 2006, she purchased one-page advertisements in several newspapers saying she hadn’t yet forgiven Chapman.

“… the average person on the street would probably say, ‘Leave him in,’ and I understand that,” explained Chapman. “I can understand the feelings.”

In a transcript of the hearing, we’ve come to learn that Chapman was also considering killing Johnny Carson or Elizabeth Taylor.

“If it wasn’t Lennon, it could have been someone else,” he said.

Chapman has mentioned other targets at parole hearings before but their names were redacted.

However, in previous interviews Chapman mentioned names like Paul McCartney, Ronald Regan, and Jackie Onassis. Chapman admits he had a list but some of the names have slipped his mind. Perhaps he had his eyes on celebrities like Mick Jagger, Roger Waters, Burt Reynolds, or Richard Pryor? Who can say?

Ultimately, Chapman settled on Lennon because he was the most accessible.

“Instead of taking my life I took somebody else’s, which was unfortunate.”

Chapman shot and killed Lennon outside of The Dakota apartment building on Dec.

8, 1980. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Chapman had gone to New York in October with the hopes of killing Lennon but didn’t have any ammunition for his Charter Arms .38 special revolver (he said he couldn’t buy ammo in New York). Chapman managed to obtain some hollow point bullets from an unwitting friend in Atlanta.

Chapman returned to Manhattan in November intent on killing Lennon but balked after seeing the film “Ordinary People.” After a tearful call to his wife, Chapman returned to his home in Hawaii.

The desire to kill Lennon (be somebody famous) soon returned. On Dec. 6, Chapman skipped an appointment with a psychologist and flew back to New York City.

On Dec. 8, Lennon and Ono had their photograph taken by Annie Leibovitz. The picture would eventually adorn the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Originally, Leibovitz only wanted to take John’s picture—no one wanted Ono on the cover—but he insisted Yoko be in the shot. After Leibovitz left The Dakota, Lennon gave the last interview of his life to a deejay from San Francisco.

At around 5:00pm, about six hours before Lennon’s death, Chapman got the former Beatles’ autograph outside The Dakota. There’s an eerie photograph of John signing Chapman’s copy of “Double Fantasy” (Lennon’s last album). As the legend goes, Lennon asked Chapman “Is this all you want?” Chapman only nodded his head.

Lennon and Ono were leaving for the famous Record Plant Studio to mix a song called “Walking on Thin Ice.” The Record Plant Studios were a collection of three state-of-the-art studios known for recording some of music’s best albums. The long list of classic albums includes “Electric Ladyland” by Jimi Hendrix, “Hotel California” by Eagles, and “Rumors” by Fleetwood Mac.

About ten minutes to eleven, Lennon and Ono returned to the Dakota. Lennon wanted to come home instead of dining out so he could say goodnight to his son, Sean. Chapman was still standing outside of The Dakota waiting for his chance to kill Lennon.

John and Yoko exited their limousine which was parked on the street rather than in the building’s secured courtyard. As Lennon walked towards The Dakota’s entrance, Chapman emerged from shadows and fired five shots. Four of the bullets hit Lennon in the back and shoulder—the first nicked his aorta.

Lennon was pronounced dead at 11:15pm.

Chapman calmly remained on the scene and was arrested without incident. He was reading J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” when the NYPD blue arrived.

The book, first published in 1951, plays a prominent, if not encouraging, role in the death of John Lennon. Chapman identified with the novel’s main character, Holden Caulfield.

The edition Chapman was reading after he gunned Lennon down had been purchased upon his return to the Big Apple. On the inside of the cover Chapman wrote “This is my statement” and signed it “Holden Caulfield.”

Lennon’s death is arguably the darkest day in the history of rock and roll. The world of music not only lost one of its most talented and creative artists but it also lost its conscience and its leader.

Sadly, Lennon’s death was sandwiched between several other losses to the rock and roll family. Earlier that same year Led Zeppelin lost drummer John Bonham. In 1982, Randy Rhoads, lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, died in a plane crash. And the following year, fans said good bye to Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys.

Lennon would have been 70 in October in 2010.

Ryan Hogan is a music writer who contributes to eMagineMusic.com, a site all about music, such as original articles like John Lennon’s death.

Leonard Peltier’s lawyer drops the “he’s innocent” ploy and slides the eligible for parole angle from under the prison cell door, to the befuddlement of loyal followers who have been deliberately misled since 1977. What Counselor Seitz also hopes the crowd will not notice is that parole is awarded to those who accept responsibility for their actions, show contrition, and demonstrate rehabilitation. As the parole board concluded, inmate Peltier fails on all counts.

Question by ANNIE: What is your reaction to Texas thumbed its nose at the White House & the United Nations Stay rejected for?
What is your reaction to Texas thumbed its nose at the White House & the United Nations Stay rejected for girl’s Mexican killer ?

Texas thumbed its nose at the White House and the United Nations on Tuesday as it cleared the way for Thursday’s execution of Humberto Leal Garcia Jr., a Mexican national who was denied access to his nation’s consulate after being arrested for a San Antonio rape-murder.

The Texas Board of Pardons and Parole’s 4-1 rejection of Leal’s bid for a 180-day reprieve marks the second time in four years that Texas has resisted national and international calls that it observe the U.N.’s Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, which guarantees foreign defendants contact with their governments’ representatives.

His fate now rests with the U.S. Supreme Court, which is considering a stay of execution request from the Obama administration.

Leal, 38, was sentenced to die for the May 24, 1994, murder of 16-year-old Adria Sauceda. The girl was found naked on a rural road in San Antonio after being raped and then bludgeoned with a chunk of asphalt.

Acting without a pardons board recommendation, Gov. Rick Perry could grant a 30-day stay. His spokeswoman, Katherine Cesinger, said the governor has not yet decided, but historically he rarely grants such requests.

A reprieve for Leal, if granted by the Supreme Court, might give Congress time to act on a bill introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, that would provide for federal review of capital cases involving foreigners denied consulate contact.

About 100 convicted killers nationwide would be eligible for such reviews.

Leahy’s bill is an outgrowth of a 2004 U.N. world court decision, stemming from a Mexican lawsuit against the United States, that hearings be held for dozens of inmates to determine if their cases had been hurt by their inability to contact their consulates.
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How would contacting the Mexican Consulate is going to change the fact that he raped and killed a 16 year old girl ?

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It’s good to see that at least one state still convicts murderers.

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In The Fullness of Time

“To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,

To the last syllable of recorded time;

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

The way to a dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

Life’s but a walking shadow; a poor player,

that struts and frets his hour upon the stage,

And then is heard no more: it is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.”

–Macbeth, Act V, Scene v.

One’s weltanschauung is determined by the aperture through which time and history is viewed. Modern secularism, consisting of humanism, relativism, pragmatism, pluralism, statism and neo-Darwinism, each in correlation, perceives history as the consequence of impersonal natural forces acting at random in a blind movement of energy in cyclical fashion. Secularism’s foci is the present world, its focus is the experiential now. Time is devoid of any purposeful design renouncing any symmetry by which sequential events within the individual or the nation are progressing unto a consummation. The enhancement of the self in the existential now is secularism’s raison d’ etre. Each fleeting nanosecond is demanded to bring meaning and fulfillment but the ever passing present is incapable of such grand expectations. The attempt to extract from the momentary what is immutable, stable and enduring is fruitless. It is what one philosopher calls trying to “eternalize time.” The secularist ends up in what Thomas Altizer describes as a “…a total immersion in historical time, and an immersion that is totally isolated from any meaning or reality that might lie beyond it.” (Dialectic of the Sacred, p. 23) Late 20th century cosmopolitan man or woman lives in a calendar prison as constricting and oppressive as the walls and bars that enclose the inmate of any maximum security prison. With each passing hour the reduction of life grows more pronounced and controlling. Having rejected any meaning or reality that might lie outside the constricted moment, man has become time’s prisoner. Within this enslavement, time has inflicted him with a disease from which there is no endemic antidote. “Eater of all things lovely–Time! Upon whose watering lips the world poises a moment (futile, proud, a costly morsel of sweet tears) gesticulates and disappears.” (E. E. Cummings, Puella Mea, p. 20) Modern secularism, having discounted any realm or dimension outside the present world has become the embodiment of myopia.

In the late ’60s, three British astrophysicists, Roger Penrose, George Ellis and Steven Hawking made a discovery that impinges on the prevailing world view of time and history. Expanding on Einstein’s original equations of general relativity, which implied the origin for matter and energy, the three physicists established that matter was not only finite but that time and space also had a beginning and thus was not infinite. “…in real time, the universe has a beginning and an end at singularities that form a boundary to space-time and at which the laws of science break down.” (Steven Hawking, A Brief History of Time, p. 139) The space-time theorem of general relativity has enormous implications, theologically and philosophically. For time is the dimension in which cause and effect phenomena take place. Without time there is no cause and effect. If time had a genesis, concurrent with the origin of the universe, then there must, by necessity, be an antecedent reality or dimension, that existed before time and was its matrix. This dimension would not be subject to time or space in any contingent manner, but would be the determination of such. Astrophysicist Hugh Ross sums up the point of divergence between the measurable and the immeasurable, “If time’s beginning is concurrent with the beginning of the universe, as the space-time theorem says, then the cause of the universe must be some entity operating in a time dimension completely independent of and preexistent to the time dimension of the cosmos. This conclusion is powerfully important to our understanding of who God is and who or what God isn’t. It tells us that the Creator is transcendent, operating beyond the dimensional limits of the universe. It tells us that God is not the universe itself, nor is God contained within the universe. Pantheism and aetheism do not square with the facts..” (The Creator and the Cosmos, p. 76)

“In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

3,500 years before the discovery of the three British scientists, in a succinct and understated declaration, there is set forth the axiom of time and history; time is a creation from a transcendent God. It is the dimension into which the Eternal God would condescend to display His eternal nature to his handiwork, with the ultimate intent to prepare those created in time for eternal communion with Him. In the words of William Blake, time “is the mercy of eternity.” It exists by God’s appointing to make eternity accessible to humanity, for the God of eternity pervades time. Time being a consequence of the Divine fiat presents no boundary, constraint or limitation to God. He is revealed as a God of infinitude; without boundary, measureless and unlimitable. Not sequestered by time or the events therein, God can operate simultaneously in myriad dimensions. One of the prominent names in the Old Testament for God’s relation to time and history is “First and Last” (Heb. aleph and tau, the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet, Isa. 41:4, 44:6, 48:12). The name indicates that God encircles, boundaries and encloses all of history. He initiates it, sums it up and is present in all its movements. God is controlling every nanosecond, directing it along to its consummate goal. The title pictures God as standing at time’s birth and omega point simultaneously and within every intervening second saturating it with His providential preservation, direction and redemptive grace. God has enclosed time with His abiding presence. Solomon describes the theistic perspective of time, “He has made everything beautiful in its time…” (Eccles. 3:11). Solomon utilizes a Hebrew word frequently used in the Old Testament for the contour of a beautiful woman. He sees in history a symmetry, a harmony, a contour of interrelatedness and design, not a discordant morass heading mindlessly toward a cul-de-sac. The historic Christian view of time has always embraced early Judaism’s perspective of God’s sovereignty over history. “History in the Jewish conception is not a chaos leading to nowhere. But an overall progression with a definite goal which it derives from God who is above history, and who rules and controls history. For God in Jewish teaching is not only the Lord of nature, but also the Lord of history. History is the arena wherein God’s activity on behalf of man is made manifest, and in which, and through which, His eternal purpose is being fulfilled.” (Isidore Epstein, The Faith of Judaism, p. 258)

“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5)

C. S. Lewis writes that among times “…there is a time that turns a corner and everything this side of it is new. Times do not go backward.” (Perelandra, p. 62). At the kairos point of history, when the religious, political, economic and social pieces were all in place, the time was ripe. Like a vessel full to the brim, history was at its fullest measure. Under the control of God every ordained event in preparation for this climactic advent had transpired. The prophets of Israel who had described specific, soteric kairos periods to come to Israel and the world, had collectively reached an apex of fulfillment. The anticipatory strand of history had reached the summit. In a backwater province in the Roman empire in a rustic village, aesthetically offensive, that spoke of the ignoble status of the lineage of David, Eternity would intersect time. Time’s conquest would be accomplished by one who laid in an ox trough. The ancient cry for God to rend the Heavens and come down (Isa. 64:1) would be answered in a manner far different than Sinai. The God of Eternity would display the essence of His love for the world; unreserved, self-emptying, self-sacrificial.

“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you one will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity. Therefore, He will give them up until the time when she who is in labor has borne a child…” (Micah 5:2-3)

For 600 years the House of David had been deprived of royal dominion, declining into the lowliness of its origin, into the obscurity of private life. Bethlehem spoke of humility and degradation without the least vestige of royalty. Nothing of David’s greatness would attend to the present descendants of his line. A young virgin was the divinely chosen descendant to bring forth the scion of David, his greater son, whose coming would inaugurate the day of salvation for Israel and the Gentile world. As a tender sprout, He would come forth from the stump of the felled tree of the House of David (Isa. 11:1, 53:2, II Sam. 23:5, Jer. 23:16, Zech. 6:12). The ancient village where David was born and anointed to become King of Israel would once again rise to prominence.

“And she shall bear a son; and you shall call his name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:21). Before the birth of this child he was divinely designated to be named Jesus, indicating his soteric nature and work among men. The name “Jesus” is freighted with the implication of the deity of its bearer. For it is the Greek form of the Hebrew Yehousa (“Jehovah is salvation”). Every First Century Jew understood that only God could bring rescue and forgiveness from sin (Isa. 43:11, 45:22, Ps. 67:2). Salvation was exclusively a work of God alone. In Pesikta Kahana there is a characterization of the Messiah’s speech, “Confidence and restfulness are in His words. His tongue gives pardon and forgiveness…” (Pes. K. 149a). The Son of God left eternity to become the Gaal, i.e., Kinsman Redeemer of mankind. One who is related to those in need of redemption and thus qualified to present the redemptive price for their complete salvation.

2,000 years removed from Bethlehem’s advent, Christmas for millions is just an opportunity for a cultural celebration without a vestige of redemptive adoration. Yet the enduring significance of the incarnation confronts us still. Time’s prisoner has been offered liberation by the Father of the Ages. A portal from earth to eternity has been opened and the passageway secured by the Divine Visitor of Bethlehem. His voice still reverberates, “Come unto me, all that labor and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest.” The fiat nature of that voice can bring peace by a whisper. Though it appears that most are deaf to this soteric sound, a consummate day that He and the prophets foretold, as certain as His first advent, is on the horizon. He will speak then, not as the Kinsman Redeemer from Bethlehem, but as the Kurios of the cosmos.

“The Word of the Father, by whom all the cycles of time were made, entered time itself when he was made flesh in Bethlehem. With the Father the Word precedes all the time, but by a human mother the Word chose a particular day to appear in time. The mother of men became a man. The ruler of the stars was born beneath the stars. The power that brings food from the earth sucked at the breast, and then ate bread. The One who is the Way to salvation walked along dusty roads. The eternal judge of all mankind was condemned by a mortal judge. The true vine wore a crown of thorns. The foundation of the earth itself was nailed to a tree. The source of all health was wounded in the side. The source of all joy suffered and died. He who was pure took upon himself the whole punishment of sin, that those who are saved, might go free. Through Christ, time itself is made sacred, the stars, the plants, the trees and the earth made holy-and mankind is saved.”-Augustine, The Trinity

Lawrence Hilliard has been an educator and lecturer for over 35 years within private institutions, colleges, conferences, and churches. He has a Masters Degree in History from the University of Southern California and teaches philosophy, ethics, theology, and contemporary political philosophy. Clarion Voice

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'Witches' pardoned 400 years after executions
Cologne City Council has pardoned 38 women nearly 400 years after they were sentenced to death for suspected witchcraft, a newspaper reported on Saturday.
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The Dish: Lulla Time For North American Sports

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Lull, lull, lull.

The North American sports landscape has the post-Super-Bowl blues, which is kind of funny considering how many sports there are on TV just now. Tune to any NBC-owned station and you’re bound to see people who call themselves athletes who engage in what other people call sports. But pardon me if I don’t get all that stoked about half-pipe snowboarding.

“Today on NBC! Half-pipe snowboarding! All the annoying arbitrariness of figure skating, without the sequins! Or the possibility of some woman cracking her skull wide open!”

Any sport that requires judges to determine the outcome isn’t a sport. It’s vaudeville. As for curling, well, yeah, I’ve played shufflepuck in American bars. I guess it’s kinda cool. But I don’t recall the matches taking three hours. However, if U.S. captain Cassie Johnson happens to be reading (a likely event): Cassie, I would be honored to marry you.

As for NBA All-Star weekend…yawn. They might really have something if the superstars would dunk. But they won’t, presumably because they are wusses. The game is dreadful. The “skills” competition has all the drama of biathlon. March Madness cannot come soon enough. Oh, and the Daytona 500 is this weekend. If you’re into the whole fossil-fuel-guzzling, metaphor-for-everything-that’s-wrong-with-America kind of thing.

Now that our attention is shifting to March Madness, did UConn’s loss last Monday at Villanova shake your confidence in them? Do the Wildcats now deserve consideration as the nation’s #1 team?

Greg Jorssen, BoDog.com: If the Wildcats can do the same thing in Hartford in a couple of weeks, then I would say unequivocally that Nova deserves consideration as the #1 ranked team in the nation. They should be 12-1 in the Big East and UConn should be 11-2 when these two teams face each other again, and that game should be the decider as to who will be not only the Big East champion heading into the tournament, but also may determine who is the top in the nation. But let’s not count out the Blue Devils. They are sitting pretty right now with a 23-1 record and they really do not face a tough opponent until the final week of the season when they take on the Tar Heels. Unless they are upset over the next couple of weeks, it’s doubtful that any team can knock them off the top spot heading into March Madness. As for UConn, I believe this is a minor setback. They will have an opportunity to redeem themselves on Saturday when they take on #11 West Virginia, and with such a deep front line and with Rudy Gay the talent that he is, UConn will be a power to be reckoned with in March. The Wildcats in my opinion are undersized, and if the guards are not firing on all cylinders, they may suffer.

Which perennial powerhouse in college hoops do you think is most at risk of missing the Tournament: Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland or Stanford?

GJ, BoDog.com: I think Kentucky will make it despite their disappointing season, though they won’t be seeded as highly as they’re used to. Stanford is coming together, winning 8 of their last 11, and are only 1 games back in the Pac-10. It’s doubtful that Maryland will make the tourney unless they pull some miracles down the stretch. They face three of the top six ACC teams to close out their season. As for Louisville, they are the biggest disappointment thus far. I rode them to a Bracket Buster championship last year (I picked them to make the finals and they came up just short of that), thus I had high expectations for them this year. They had a great start, winning 13 of their first 15 games, but they’ve lost six of their past nine games and sit at 4-7 in the tough Big East conference. They first need to qualify for the Big East tourney, as only the top 12 qualify (Louisville is tied with Rutgers for the final spot right now), and then impress enough during the tournament to perhaps be a bubble team. In a conference that boasts Villanova, UConn, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Georgetown, the chances of Louisville impressing anyone and getting in is incredibly slim.

Do you expect that Duke will get the most action once the Tournament begins? Do you think that action will be well-placed for a team that’s so young and not deep at all?

GJ, BoDog.com: Bettors love the favorite and love high-profile teams, ones that are on national television, ones that are getting the hype, which Duke is right now. Duke games traditionally are the ones that receive the most handle, which is surprising considering that their ATS record is below.500 at 10-11-1. Duke has a high-powered offense, and is second in the nation in FG%, thus those that like betting the Over on their games are doing quite well right now, considering that their defense is sketchy and the fact that my grandmother could snatch a rebound away from them. (They are near the bottom of the ACC in rebounding, with only 32 per game.) As talented as they are, I think their lack of focus on the boards and their weak defense may cost them in the tournament. That said, J.J. Redick is as good as they come and Shelden Williams is a hell of a shot blocker and is holding his own under the boards (he’s about the only one on the team that is). These two players account for almost 60% of Duke’s offense, which says a lot for their lack of depth.

If I were to name a single team currently outside the Top 25 who I think could come out of nowhere and make a run at the Sweet 16, at this point I’d pick Wichita State. How about you?

GJ, BoDog.com: After this week’s huge win over West Virginia, I would say right now the team that could do some damage in the tournament and possibly make the Sweet 16 would be Seton Hall. The Pirates should be around a #7 or #8 seed in the tournament, and have enough talent to knock off some of the big names in their bracket. After being crushed by UConn a few days ago by 42 points, to then turn around and defeat the #11 ranked team in the nation says a lot for the Hall. They have already knocked off other Top-25 teams this season, including Syracuse and NC State, and are peaking at the right time, winning seven of their last eight games. They should go into the Big East tournament and the March Madness tournament on a positive note.

Christopher Harris is a featured writer for the Professional Handicappers League. Read all of his articles at www.procappers.com










The Dish: Lulla Time For North American Sports

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Article by Christopher Harris

Lull, lull, lull.

The North American sports landscape has the post-Super-Bowl blues, which is kind of funny considering how many sports there are on TV just now. Tune to any NBC-owned station and you’re bound to see people who call themselves athletes who engage in what other people call sports. But pardon me if I don’t get all that stoked about half-pipe snowboarding.

“Today on NBC! Half-pipe snowboarding! All the annoying arbitrariness of figure skating, without the sequins! Or the possibility of some woman cracking her skull wide open!”

Any sport that requires judges to determine the outcome isn’t a sport. It’s vaudeville. As for curling, well, yeah, I’ve played shufflepuck in American bars. I guess it’s kinda cool. But I don’t recall the matches taking three hours. However, if U.S. captain Cassie Johnson happens to be reading (a likely event): Cassie, I would be honored to marry you.

As for NBA All-Star weekend…yawn. They might really have something if the superstars would dunk. But they won’t, presumably because they are wusses. The game is dreadful. The “skills” competition has all the drama of biathlon. March Madness cannot come soon enough. Oh, and the Daytona 500 is this weekend. If you’re into the whole fossil-fuel-guzzling, metaphor-for-everything-that’s-wrong-with-America kind of thing.

Now that our attention is shifting to March Madness, did UConn’s loss last Monday at Villanova shake your confidence in them? Do the Wildcats now deserve consideration as the nation’s #1 team?

Greg Jorssen, BoDog.com: If the Wildcats can do the same thing in Hartford in a couple of weeks, then I would say unequivocally that Nova deserves consideration as the #1 ranked team in the nation. They should be 12-1 in the Big East and UConn should be 11-2 when these two teams face each other again, and that game should be the decider as to who will be not only the Big East champion heading into the tournament, but also may determine who is the top in the nation. But let’s not count out the Blue Devils. They are sitting pretty right now with a 23-1 record and they really do not face a tough opponent until the final week of the season when they take on the Tar Heels. Unless they are upset over the next couple of weeks, it’s doubtful that any team can knock them off the top spot heading into March Madness. As for UConn, I believe this is a minor setback. They will have an opportunity to redeem themselves on Saturday when they take on #11 West Virginia, and with such a deep front line and with Rudy Gay the talent that he is, UConn will be a power to be reckoned with in March. The Wildcats in my opinion are undersized, and if the guards are not firing on all cylinders, they may suffer.

Which perennial powerhouse in college hoops do you think is most at risk of missing the Tournament: Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland or Stanford?

GJ, BoDog.com: I think Kentucky will make it despite their disappointing season, though they won’t be seeded as highly as they’re used to. Stanford is coming together, winning 8 of their last 11, and are only 1 games back in the Pac-10. It’s doubtful that Maryland will make the tourney unless they pull some miracles down the stretch. They face three of the top six ACC teams to close out their season. As for Louisville, they are the biggest disappointment thus far. I rode them to a Bracket Buster championship last year (I picked them to make the finals and they came up just short of that), thus I had high expectations for them this year. They had a great start, winning 13 of their first 15 games, but they’ve lost six of their past nine games and sit at 4-7 in the tough Big East conference. They first need to qualify for the Big East tourney, as only the top 12 qualify (Louisville is tied with Rutgers for the final spot right now), and then impress enough during the tournament to perhaps be a bubble team. In a conference that boasts Villanova, UConn, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Georgetown, the chances of Louisville impressing anyone and getting in is incredibly slim.

Do you expect that Duke will get the most action once the Tournament begins? Do you think that action will be well-placed for a team that’s so young and not deep at all?

GJ, BoDog.com: Bettors love the favorite and love high-profile teams, ones that are on national television, ones that are getting the hype, which Duke is right now. Duke games traditionally are the ones that receive the most handle, which is surprising considering that their ATS record is below.500 at 10-11-1. Duke has a high-powered offense, and is second in the nation in FG%, thus those that like betting the Over on their games are doing quite well right now, considering that their defense is sketchy and the fact that my grandmother could snatch a rebound away from them. (They are near the bottom of the ACC in rebounding, with only 32 per game.) As talented as they are, I think their lack of focus on the boards and their weak defense may cost them in the tournament. That said, J.J. Redick is as good as they come and Shelden Williams is a hell of a shot blocker and is holding his own under the boards (he’s about the only one on the team that is). These two players account for almost 60% of Duke’s offense, which says a lot for their lack of depth.

If I were to name a single team currently outside the Top 25 who I think could come out of nowhere and make a run at the Sweet 16, at this point I’d pick Wichita State. How about you?

GJ, BoDog.com: After this week’s huge win over West Virginia, I would say right now the team that could do some damage in the tournament and possibly make the Sweet 16 would be Seton Hall. The Pirates should be around a #7 or #8 seed in the tournament, and have enough talent to knock off some of the big names in their bracket. After being crushed by UConn a few days ago by 42 points, to then turn around and defeat the #11 ranked team in the nation says a lot for the Hall. They have already knocked off other Top-25 teams this season, including Syracuse and NC State, and are peaking at the right time, winning seven of their last eight games. They should go into the Big East tournament and the March Madness tournament on a positive note.

Christopher Harris is a featured writer for the Professional Handicappers League. Read all of his articles at www.procappers.com










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