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Saturday, March 08, 2008

How good are Rockets minus Yao Ming?

The Houston Rockets have won 17 games in a row going into tonight's game against the the New Orleans Hornets. Houston's All-Star center Yao Ming recently suffered a foot injury and is out for the rest of the season. NBA fans are wondering whether the Rockets, minus Yao, can still contend for a championship.

I'm interested in hearing what readers think will happen in the NBA playoffs. Is the loss of Yao Ming going to keep the Rockets from 'lifting off' in postseason? You tell me.

By the way, yesterday I came across a great blog about the Chinese center, which I know you will enjoy reading. The blog is called "Yao Central" and I like it a lot! Just click on the blog name, and check it out.

I'm here this afternoon and hoping to add more links. It's interesting to visit other blogs and know more about what's going on in the world. Sitting in front of a computer for hours can get kind of boring, but seeing as we are all spread out by hundreds or thousands of miles, this is an acceptable substitute for actually hanging out together. Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Democratic race for President has excitement of championship game

John McCain reached the number of delegates needed for the Republican presidential nomination with his wins Tuesday; Barack Obama struggled in key Democratic primaries due to tough--some say negative, or even nasty-- campaigning by Hillary Clinton, which helped her win the Ohio and Texas contests and make this an edge-of-your-seat Democratic nomination process.

By Scott McLean

It was another one of those late nights when there's so much excitement and tension that sleeping is impossible. On those occasions, I sort of forget how many cups of coffee I've had to drink and try to figure out what's going on with an election, this time important primaries, and just feel some pride in my perseverance, pointless as it might seem to someone not interested in presidential races.

I like the way Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are making it such a close race.

In terms of intensity and suspense, Barack vs. Hillary sort of reminds me of the big game in professional football. I'm sure most of you remember the thrilling fourth quarter. Unpredictable games and competitive presidential races make it hard to guess what will happen next. Some writers appear confident they 'know' who the Democratic nominee will be. Well, they hope they are right.

But on Tuesday, Clinton showed she wasn't going to simply give up, or lose the nomination to Senator Barack Obama without first proving she could get big-time, clutch wins in two key contests.

Clinton was able to stop Obama's momentum, at least temporarily, and stay in the race. Her campaign success this week could attract new supporters. She must also win over superdelegates, but it won't be a topic on this blog. However, I will try to provide more links, as I find them. Thanks for reading my blog. Take care.