Brent Kendall

Tournament of Poses

But some fans have a big gripe with this system, too. They complain that the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) system, which gives priority to the champions of the “major” conferences in the race for the national championship, unfairly discriminates against the smaller schools–the so called “mid-majors” in Division I-A. So this obscure power struggle between… Read more »

Bragging Writes

So it’s no surprise that there’s also early interest in candidates’ answers to the question, “What’s your favorite book?” This may seem an innocuous query, but it’s actually one of the more treacherous a candidate can answer. In January, for instance, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Sen. John Edwards to name his favorite book. Edwards replied… Read more »

Turnout Smackdown

Perhaps nothing better symbolizes American culture’s secondary emphasis on community more than the public political apathy and anemic voter-participation levels of the past quarter century. Though presidential and congressional midterm election turnout among eligible voters has declined only slightly since 1972, Patterson, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, says that the confounding (and… Read more »

Weather Vain

When Batten, the now-retired chairman of Landmark Communications, announced his company’s plan for a 24-hour weather network in 1981, the media and business communities responded with a collective snicker. Though cable was still in its infancy, stations like CNN, ESPN, and MTV were raising expectations. A weather channel, on the other hand, hardly seemed like… Read more »