Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mark Ingram of Alabama Crimson Tide has knee injury, ruled out against San Jose State - ESPN

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Updated: August 31, 2010, 2:02 PM ET

Alabama's Mark Ingram out for opener

By Chris Low

Alabama will be without junior running back Mark Ingram for Saturday's opener against visiting San Jose State, and probably longer, after the Heisman Trophy winner underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday morning.

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Ingram suffered the injury late in Monday's practice, and Alabama coach Nick Saban said it was a "situation where everyone thought it would be better to take care of now, so he would not have any issues with it later in the season."

Although Alabama officials are ruling Ingram out only for the first game at this point, it's unlikely he would be able to get back in time for the Crimson Tide's second game, against No. 19 Penn State on Sept. 11 in Tuscaloosa.

Saban said Ingram would be managed on a week-to-week basis after Saturday.

"We will make every decision on the future based on what's best for Mark and his career as we consult with Dr. [Lyle] Cain and Dr. [James] Andrews on his progress," Saban said. "This is not an injury that will affect Mark's future ability to make a full recovery in a relatively short time."

Sophomore Trent Richardson will move into a starting role after rushing for 751 yards last season as Ingram's backup.

The Crimson Tide also have redshirt freshman Eddie Lacy.

Ingram, who became Alabama's first Heisman Trophy winner last season, rushed for 1,658 yards and scored 20 touchdowns.

Chris Low covers the SEC for ESPN.com.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Is Believing In God Evolutionarily Advantageous? : NPR

Is Believing In God Evolutionarily Advantageous?

August 30, 2010

August 30, 2010

Jesse Bering's mother died of cancer on a Sunday, in her own bed, at 9 o'clock at night. Bering and his siblings closed her door and went downstairs, hoping they might somehow get some sleep.

It was a long, hard night, but around 7 a.m., something happened: The wind chimes outside his mother's window started to chime.

Bering remembers waking to the tinkle of these bells, a small but distinct sound in an otherwise silent house. And he remembers thinking that those bells carried a very specific message.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Today I watched a friend walk out of the building we had worked together for two years. He taught me most everything I knew about that place, kept me from putting my foot in my mouth, and general fuckupery.  I watched him walk out of the building knowing weeks in advance that this was going to happen.  And yet I didn't say a thing.

I'm not sure how I feel.  Just to make it all about me of course.  But that's what's on my mind so that's what I am putting down.

I am going to do everything I can to help him out.  Help him find a new job or something.  I just hope it's not my name who comes up next.  I like my new boss but I just know I can't trust him.  And I know that if the word comes from high there is nothing that will save me.  On top of that is the news another friend could be facing a cut from his job in another department due to the political in-fighting that I know all about but have to keep to  myself.  I'm not good at this.  I don't like secrets.  If it's between the truth and hiding something I am much more likely to go with the truth.  Sometimes I end up embarrassing myself but at least I know I'm honest with others.  Lies add up and I can't keep them straight.  I think I need to blow off some steam.  I am looking forward to this weekend in Atlanta.  I just hope I can keep a lid on things in order to keep my job.  But it's getting easier to find a reason to quit.  I hope they give me the raise soon.  At least my high morals don't apply to bribery.