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June 21, 2008 at 4:07am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den


As some of you may know, I am a University of Iowa Alum, and am proud to have spent a good four years in Hawkeye country. UI, Iowa City/Coralville, and basically most of the state have been rocked these past few weeks. Yesterday the UI Foundation established a recovery fund. I know that a lot of Lincolnites have ties to Iowa. Over to you.

From President Sally Mason:

To University of Iowa Alumni, Friends, Contributors, and Hawkeye Fans across the world:

Your University is facing what may be the greatest challenge in its 160-year history. Many people have contacted us asking us how they can help, and in response we’re offering a way to do so from wherever you may be.

Unprecedented flooding throughout Eastern Iowa has already impacted our entire arts campus and much more—including beloved landmarks such as the Iowa Memorial Union, the UI Museum of Art, our music and theatre buildings, and Hancher Auditorium. Although it appears the flooding on campus has crested, the high water will still inflict significant damage to the more than 16 UI buildings that took on water. The Iowa River is slowly receding, but it will take months and years for the campus to fully recover.

You can help by making a gift online today to the UI Flood Relief Fund. Please go online to to lend your support. Gifts of all sizes are needed and appreciated, and our first priority is to assist UI students and employees who have been displaced from their homes by the flooding. After addressing these most immediate human concerns, we will use contributions to the fund (as available) at my discretion to address other areas of flood-related need throughout the campus.

I encourage the UI community and Iowans generally to help –- whether through volunteering or other sharing of resources –- as they can with the relief efforts for those parts of the state most affected by the flooding. A good place to start in assisting our friends in Johnson and Linn Counties is by visiting

The University of Iowa community has always been far larger than our physical campus, and the Hawkeye spirit has overcome many challenges in the past. I am confident this University will emerge stronger than ever before. UI students, faculty, staff, and community members showed tremendous teamwork and resolve in last week’s massive sandbagging efforts. If you’d like to join them in helping us rise above this crisis, please visit

Our heartfelt thanks for all of your encouragement, and for your ongoing generosity.


Sally Mason
The University of Iowa

P.S.  For the most up-to-date information on the UI and the Flood of 2008, and for a large gallery of photos, visit the University’s flood information web site at

Total Blowout

June 18, 2008 at 3:50am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den


No words need be spoken. Sorry la-la land. This was a complete and total slaughter. There is no question that Paul Pierce must be series MVP. What a great way for KG, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen to win their first championship.

L.A.: It’s Over Fools…

June 13, 2008 at 3:50am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den


KG, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen come back from a 24 point deficit. Go Celtics!

Beat L.A.

June 9, 2008 at 3:51am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den


What a great sports TV weekend. The EURO2008 tournament kicked off, Nadal dominated Federer in the French Open, and to top it off, the Celtics beat LA in game 2. The Lakers looked completely bewildered near the end of the third quarter, although they came back strong late in the game.

The Celtics are proving that its not just KG, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen that can make the big plays. Rajan Rondo played very strong, and Leon Powe came off the bench to be a complete warlord. Powe needs to play at least 20 minutes a game. I believe the Celtics will beat L.A. this year.

Celtics v Lakers

May 31, 2008 at 3:11am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den


KG and Paul Pierce bring it home. Go Celtics!

Allen Iverson Is An Extraordinary Athlete

May 23, 2008 at 2:02pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den


Even though the Nuggets are out of the playoffs, Allen Iverson is my favorite NBA player. Pound for pound, he has to be one of the best professional basketball players out there, at least in terms of his offensive power. But speaking of his size, did you all know that Iverson is only 6 feet tall and 165 pounds?! I knew he was smaller than the average NBA player, but that is insanely small! 

Have a nice Memorial Day Weekend all.

Goodbye #4

March 7, 2008 at 12:44am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den


As a lifelong and eternally-suffering supporter of the Minnesota Vikings, there have been many a Sunday in which I have cursed Brett Favre and his first born. But even for me, it got a little dusty watching today’s press conference. To quote Terrell “Emo” Owens, number 4 was indeed a warrior of the highest caliber. Good luck Brett.

Indy Trailer is Out

February 14, 2008 at 2:42pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

The first Indiana Jones teaser trailer came out today. Its been almost 20 years and a lot has changed. Spielberg has, arguably, become a much better director; the bar for action movies is much higher thanks to franchises like the Matrix films, Mission Impossible, and the Bourne Trilogy; and Harrison Ford is a few years away from qualifying for medicare. Has anyone noticed how badly Harrison has aged over the years? Even Sean Connery, who is supposed to be his fictional father, looks better than him.

In anycase, this should be a definite summer popcorn hit, and will appeal to a broad range of ages, including older couples and entire families. The fact that they premiered the trailer on Good Morning America speaks to that. Although a healthy dose of CGI is to be expected from this one (after all, its produced by Lucas), I hope they don’t do it to death.

Not too much is known about the substance of the film beyond the fact that it takes place during the cold war, and will feature some cameos from the earlier films.

Pattani and the Deep South of Thailand

January 13, 2008 at 3:29am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den


As a final installment of commentary from recent travels, I wanted to post some photos from the deep south of Thailand near the Malaysian border. This is a traditional kolae boat off a beach in Pattani province.



January 2, 2008 at 8:49am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den


I finally made it out of the Big Mango and am currently upcountry in the northeast, close to the Mekong River and right on the border with Laos. These tri-wheel taxis will take you across one of the newest Thai-Lao Friendship Bridges into Laos. I was on the Lao side of the bridge when I took this photo.


The Big Mango

December 28, 2007 at 8:11am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den


Its been 5 years since I’ve last seen you Bangkok. How have you been?


Thursday nights now suck

November 12, 2007 at 8:14pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

Greedy TV producers vis-a-vis NBC reportedly laid off over one hundred staff members of The Office on Friday. Not writing staff, but all the lower paid studio staff who make things happen on the ground. This week’s new episode may be the last one in a while.

The Game

September 30, 2007 at 10:59pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den


I know Mr. Wilson is eagerly anticipating next year’s Dark Knight, as am I. But in the meantime, thank God for independent film. Here’s the best trailer I have seen all year. I figure any movie that can resurrect people like Hammer for 80s music aficionados like Jwilt is worth my $10. Opening in select cities this week.

No Slouches

September 20, 2007 at 2:58am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den


After yesterday’s win against Nigeria, Team USA is headed on to fight England this weekend in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. They will miss a match against Germany, who are also top ranked. But England are no slouches either.

Still, I predict US goes on to face Brazil in the semis.

I am sure international football fans in Nebraska (both of you) will be up at 7 in the morning this Saturday to root on our team.

2007 Women’s World Cup

September 15, 2007 at 9:15pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den


Is there any love for women’s Team USA soccer? Possibly the best athletes this country knows nothing about, the US national team currently has a 1 win (Sweden) 1 draw (North Korea) record in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup right now. Most of the games have been on in the wee hours, but I most recently managed to catch Australia v. Norway since I was up pretty early this morning. The US team is ranked 2nd in the world right now, and unlike last year’s men’s team, will probably finish at or near the top of this cup according to enthusiasts. I can’t say I know a whole lot about women’s soccer, but it is refreshing to see a competitive international sport expressed through pure athleticism on the field; as opposed to the drunken antics, excessive ego-mania, over the top jingoism and all around buffoonery that unfortunately seems to plague men’s soccer at times.

The US team plays Nigeria on the 18th in the group stage round. Besides the US and North Korea, the other real powerhouse to watch out for is Germany - which handed Argentina an 11-0 (!!!) loss in its first game.

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