Archive for November, 2016

“With the Playing Field Leveled, Getting the Right Coach Is Key”

November 30, 2016

The New York Times, Monday, November 28, 2016, by Marc Tracy

ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL

With the Playing Field Leveled, Getting the Right Coach Is Key

…”College coaches are, to their teams, what the head coach and the general manager, combined, are to an N.F.L. team.  For everything to work, the university needs a competent president and athletic director, but success begins and pretty much ends with the head coach…

This season, in Coach Jim Harbaugh’s second year, Michigan is 10-2 and ranked fifth.  Hint: it’s not because of the maize and blue uniform.”

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A Late Curveball for Obama’s Legacy

November 16, 2016

The New York Times: THE ARTS

Historians Look at Obama’s Legacy, With a Late Curveball

It’s the “First Historical Assessment” of His Presidency. But given Trump’s Rise, How Much Should Be Revised? by Jennifer Shuessler

Princeton, N.J.–“Journalism may be the first draft of history.  But on Friday, a group of scholars gathered here for what might be the second.

The occasion was a small conference with the uncolorful title: The Presidency of Barack Obama: A First Historical Assessment.  While it had been planned more than a year ago, the election had forced more than a few participants to look at the papers they submitted in late October–some of which referred to Donald J. Trump confidently in the last tense…”

You may go to http://www.sportsidioms, click on curveball to see the definition.  In this case, the conference recipients did not expect Mr. Trump to win and may need rewrites.