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Check out Garrett Graff's new media blog Fishbowl DC if you're interested in the subject (certainly I am, but I work in the DC media, other readers...). Speaking of fishbowls, Laura notes that there's a crucial overclass backstory here. Garrett was "a news writer and executive editor at the Harvard Crimson, Harvard University's daily newspaper, where he wrote more news articles than any other writer in half-a-century" during the same period when I was a news writer and then editor in chief at The Harvard Independent, Harvard University's weekly newspaper. At one point, I stole the Crimson's foosball table which prompted either Garrett or else Dan Fernandez (or maybe both) to sick the cops on me in a rather humorless manner.

February 2, 2005 | Permalink


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What's the witty way to sick the cops on someone?

Posted by: John Isbell | Feb 2, 2005 3:30:39 PM

Humorless Crimson dudes? Now there's your scoop.

Posted by: Chris Marcil | Feb 2, 2005 3:37:27 PM

> Some speculated that the loss of the foosball table might even prove beneficial to the Crimson as freedom from distraction might give the staff the time they need to report actual news rather than making up stories about debate club rivalries based largely on misquotations.

Nonsense! Foosball makes your senses, reporting or otherwise, more accurate! I'm fully convinced of this.

Oh yeah, my liberal arts educated college team would dominate any Harvard team, ANY DAY OF THE WEEK.

Posted by: Adrock | Feb 2, 2005 3:42:57 PM

What's this with a school paper having a effin' registration block? What do they think they are, the New York Times?

Posted by: modus potus | Feb 2, 2005 4:26:41 PM

The amount of times Matthew brings up his undergraduate institution is truly incredible.

Barely a day goes by without another tired reference. Somehow every story is tied into where Matt went to school.

Everyone: Matt went to Harvard.

Matt: please, oh please, just turn the page? It would make your blog much better.

Posted by: Johnny | Feb 2, 2005 5:50:15 PM

sic the cops. Not sick the cops.
"Sic in this sense is originally a dialectal pronunciation of seek. It is first attested in the middle of the nineteenth century.

This word sic has only three meanings, and they're closely related. The first is 'to attack', usually used as an imperative ("Sic 'em!") to a dog. The second is 'to incite (a dog) to attack' ("I sicced my dog on him"). The third sense is the figurative use of sic to mean 'to cause to pursue', as in "I sicced my lawyer on him." "

Posted by: chris | Feb 2, 2005 6:05:54 PM

There's a region of the brain that doesn't develop fully until age 25. It's purpose is to suppress gratuitous references to one's Ivy pedigree.

Just have a little patience.

Posted by: Paul Callahan | Feb 2, 2005 6:07:07 PM

Funny story about the alcohol fueled theft of a rival's foosball table.

Occasionally the part of the brain associated with fun atrophies at an early age. The dearth of stem cell funding has slowed development of potential therapies.

Just have a little patience.

Posted by: gswift | Feb 2, 2005 6:26:35 PM

Fishbowl is quite awful! Figures; and I went there as well. No competition for you Matt; they never were.

Posted by: lise | Feb 2, 2005 6:43:30 PM

Matt, I am still annoyed that you are not considerate enough to make the small quote type larger. There are those who do not have vision that can be fully corrected. I am annoyed. Like Carole Gilligan showing a flim clip to a seminar in which there were 2 students who could not see the clip and never even caring to narrate.

Posted by: lise | Feb 2, 2005 6:48:12 PM

Well lise, you could try holding the control key and scrolling with the mousewheel which works in both Firefox and IE, using a User Style Sheet to over-ride any site's CSS, using some of the accesibility features built in your OS, or continue being annoyed at the wrong target.

Posted by: Andy | Feb 2, 2005 8:45:42 PM

Keep telling the fun stories, Matt, even if they're about Hahvahd.

Posted by: yesh | Feb 2, 2005 11:21:18 PM

Matt: please, oh please, just turn the page? It would make your blog much better.

Gotta love the whiners. "Oh you want to HARVARD, Matt? You're a HARVARD man, huh? Is that it? Do you think you're better than me? You think you're smarter me because you went to HARVARD? Why don't you shut up about HARVARD, Matt, and stop shoving the fact that you went to HARVARD in my face? OK, HARVARD boy?"

Posted by: Barbar | Feb 2, 2005 11:24:55 PM


Sometimes I come around here Matt just to fuel my LBJ-esque Texas inferiority complex.


:-p j/k

Posted by: Jim D | Feb 2, 2005 11:27:37 PM

Jim D, let me clue you in on a little secret—all three of his current roommates went to Texas. If I've taught him anything, I've taught him that the only thing worse than a Yaley is a Sooner. Hook 'em, Yglesias!

Posted by: Kriston Capps | Feb 3, 2005 12:08:43 AM

Matt went to Dalton, too, which he mentions from time to time. Clearly compensating for his lingering feelings of inadequacy at not having gone to Hunter.

Besides, we all know Harvard is merely the Northwestern of New England.

Posted by: John | Feb 3, 2005 12:47:17 PM

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