Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Le bol françaises

It's a nouvelle annee, so Paris must be burning;

Hundreds of empty, parked cars go up in flames in France each New Year's Eve, set afire by young revelers, a much lamented tradition that remained intact this year with 1,193 vehicles burned, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday.
His announcement was the first time in three years that such figures have been released. The conservative government of former President Nicolas Sarkozy had decided to stop publishing them in a bid to reduce the crime - and not play into the hands of car-torching youths who try to outdo each other.
Meanwhile, in Evanston, Illinois, Wildcat fans partied like it was 1949; 

The stuffed monkey spent the last year in storage, out of sight but still in everyone's mind.
Coach Pat Fitzgerald dusted it off for the Gator Bowl and had it on the sideline Tuesday as a reminder of Northwestern's decades-long losing streak in bowls — the ol' monkey on their backs.
Now, the monkey is in pieces.
No. 21 Northwestern beat Mississippi State 34-20. The Wildcats (10-3) hadn't won a bowl game since 1949, a nine-game postseason skid that was tied with Notre Dame for the longest in NCAA history.
And the Stanford nerds joined in the fun; 

Some people probably think quarterback Jim Plunkett led Stanford to its last Rose Bowl victory. It's understandable if memories are foggy, because it's been that long.
It was actually Don Bunce, backed by the "Thunder Chickens" defense, back in 1972. The losing team was Michigan, and Stanford was still nicknamed "Indians."
No wonder, then, Stanford so thunderously celebrated its 20-14 win over Wisconsin on Tuesday before a crowd of 93,359 on a chilly day [in Pasadena].
No count yet on the number of inflamed Priuses. 

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