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This graphic showing ESPN's Top 10 High School Senior basketball rankings is pretty scary, if you don't pull for Duke:
I was having an interesting conversation with two musician friends today. I've come to the conclusion that - out of all the fine arts - visual art, particularly modern art - is the one field in which I have difficulty discerning mediocrity from greatness. A perfect example is Paul Cézanne. I've been going to museums regularly for thirty years, and have been exposed to a lot of modern art (Cézanne is considered by many to be The Father of Modernism). A couple years ago, I read an entire book on Cézanne, detailing his life, his periods, and his works. I can identify him by sight quite often. Yet, I cannot honestly tell you what makes Cézanne a greater artist than, say, Matisse. And that's just one example: With modern art in general, it would be *very* easy to fool me with something mediocre that an expert told me was profound, and vice-versa. Every other art form I can think of, I'm able to discern hacks from experts, but not with visual art, and especially with post 19th-century art. Can anyone tell me why this is? I'm willing to accept that I have no talent, but why in just this one area? I can tell you a great film from a lousy one, a great piece of literature from a lousy one, a great musical composition from a lousy one; it's just modern art that I am not capable of discerning. I admire, respect, and appreciate Cézanne. But I'd be lying if I told you I could definitively tell you *why* he's essentially considered "the Beethoven of visual arts." I cannot. Opinions sought and welcomed.
"The History Behind Football's First Forward Pass" on slu.edu This year is the 110th anniversary of the first documented forward pass ever thrown in football, by Saint Louis University's Bradbury Robinson (who had quite an interesting life). Incidentally, SLU is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River, having been founded in 1818. Termed the "Projectile Pass," it was the brainchild of coach Eddie Cochems. Robinson's first attempt was an incompletion, which (according to the rules at the time) automatically turned the ball over to the opponent, Carroll College (which, on Jul 1, 2009, became Carroll University) in Waukesha, Wisconsin. On the next play, a second attempt was successfully completed to receiver Jack Schneider, who was 20 yards downfield in the endzone. The previous off-season, the new NCAA changed the rules to include the forward pass, because numerous players had been *killed* in 1905, due to all the action being constrained to the area around the line of scrimmage. You've probably seen the 1912 photo of people testing an early version of a football helmet, and now you know why they did. Many people think head injuries are just now getting recognized in football, when, in fact, this has been going on for well over 100 years. And now, if someone would kindly tell me what in the hell kind of liquor the person was drinking who decided on the Billiken as a mascot.