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September 2005

Before last Saturday's game against Washington, Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis visited a ten-year-old boy dying from inoperable brain cancer. Weis asked the boy if he could do anything for him. The boy said he wanted Notre Dame's first play from scrimmage to be a "pass to the right".

The boy passed away Friday.

On Saturday Notre Dame kicked off to Washington, Washington drove to the Notre Dame 1-yard line, and fumbled. Notre Dame recovered. Notre Dame, first and ten, from its own 1.

Now some very generous talk with a dying boy is one thing. But the boy is gone. And this is NCAA Division One football. Real life, not Hollywood, in one of the most pressure-packed jobs in America. What did Charlie Weis do?

He kept his promise. Charlie Weis called a pass to the right and it went for thirteen yards.

It's almost enough to make me convert.

Mickey Kaus has a grand time smacking TimesSelect around. I think he's right. It will be remembered as this decade's version of New Coke.

Meanwhile, Donald Luskin proposes a crazy--but interesting--theory behind TimesSelect:

But maybe there’s a reason beyond mere money. Maybe the Times has decided that it needs to call a halt to the way its mostly Leftist columnists are regularly chewed up and spit out by conservatives in the increasingly influential blogosphere. According to E&P, “Gail Collins says that everyone involved in this decision understands that there ... will be fewer mentions and links in the blogosphere.”