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Let's hope Tom Brady isn't injured again

Especially since Matt Cassell has been traded to the Kansas City Chiefs. I guess this is good news for the Chiefs, who receive an exceedingly solid quarterback that lead the Patriots to an 11-5 record (of those games he won 10 and lost 5). It's bad news, however, for the Patriots, as they give away a solid backup. Imagine how the last season would have turned out without Cassel. It would have been one of the most epic collapses in football history instead of simply an excellent season where technicalities kept them out of the playoffs.

You've got to admit, though, that the Patriots' front office must be very confident. Or dumb.

Because my dreams will finally be realized...

Everyone will want one now. Can someone help me get it?

Oscar Predictions 2009

Here are my Academy Award predictions for all of the categories that will be presented tonight:

Best Actor: Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight

Best Actress: Kate Winslet for The Reader

Best Supporting Actress: Taraji P. Henson for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Animated Film: Wall-E

Best Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Cinematography: The Dark Knight

Best Costume Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Directing: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Feature Documentary: Man on Wire

Best Short Documentary: The Witness - From the Balcony of Room 306

Best Film Editing: The Dark Knight

Best Foreign Language Film: The Class

Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Music (Score): Slumdog Millionaire

Best Music (Song): O Saya (Slumdog Millionaire)

Best Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Short Film (Animated): Presto

Best Short Film (Live Action): Spiezugland (Toyland)

Best Sound Editing: Slumdog Millionaire

Best S…

Recommended books

Because I have found that the reading list thus far to be very enlightening, I am posting a list of books I recommend from my history class (entitled War in American Society), as well as links to Amazon:

1. The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood

2. In the Presence of Mine Enemies: The Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863 by Edward L. Ayers

3. Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizenby Christopher Capozzola

4. A New Deal for the World: America's Vision for Human Rightsby Elizabeth Borgwardt

5. Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detenteby Jeremi Suri

6. The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by Warby Andrew J. Bacevich

The most amazing player in college football right now

Being a successful player in the NFL is much harder than being one in Division I FBS football. After all, plenty of players who were great in the college game ended up being either underutilized (Troy Smith, Matt Leinhart) or just plain bad (Ryan Leaf). Becoming a good quarterback just from the highest division of college football is hard enough. For example, Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons was a standout rookie, but he had to come from a major conference program that had been nationally ranked during the year (albeit not considered incredibly strong). Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco is even more impressive, as he came from a Division I FCS program, which are generally less well known than Division I FBS football programs and considered weaker. Just to be invited to the NFL Combine, an important pre-draft scouting showcase, from a lower program is impressive enough. That is why Jason Boltus is currently the most amazing college player right now.

Boltus plays for Division III Hartwick…