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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My American Education

posted by on September 24 at 15:20 PM

Upon reading this

Rep. Barney Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and the chief House Democrat negotiating the bailout package, called McCain’s move “the longest Hail Mary pass in the history of either footballs or Marys.
…I wondered: What the hell is a “Hail Mary pass.”

Google gave me this answer:

And from Wikipedia:

A Hail Mary pass or Hail Mary play in American football is a forward pass made in desperation, with only a small chance of success.

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Interestingly, it was McCain who a few months ago brought up "executive pay" as an issue. From April 2008:

Holtz-Eakin said McCain would like to see shareholders and boards of directors take the initiative to ensure that pay packages for CEOs are reasonable and in line with performance. "We'll see what the response is," he said.

Lawmakers have expressed outrage over huge pay for executives at firms that were leading players in the subprime mortgage lending crisis, such as Bear Stearns Cos Inc and Countrywide Financial Corp.

McCain added his voice to those expressing concern about the vast compensation earned by the executives of those companies at a time when their firms performed disastrously and most shareholders lost millions of dollars.

Posted by John Bailo | September 24, 2008 3:18 PM

I'm now convinced McCain just wants to give the presidency to Obama more than ever.

Posted by mackro mackro | September 24, 2008 3:21 PM

a buck a post.

Posted by superyeadon | September 24, 2008 3:22 PM

How do you not know what a Hail Mary is?

Posted by uncouthheathen | September 24, 2008 3:22 PM

"longest Hail the history of Marys." I am happy to be alive to hear the most powerful out gay congressman throw casual shade like that.

Posted by tomasyalba | September 24, 2008 3:23 PM

Hail Mary
Full of grace
The lord is with thee

Blessed art thou amongst women
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus

THAT is a fucking Hail Mary, BITCHES!!

Posted by Mike in MO | September 24, 2008 3:26 PM

@4: because Charles is from Zimbabwe?

Posted by max solomon | September 24, 2008 3:28 PM

Aw, gee... I love football passes like that. I'm not a hardcore sports fan, but moments like that get me a little teary-eyed.

@5... I also love Barney's clever little comment!

Posted by coffeeboss | September 24, 2008 3:37 PM

What, they don't have sports metaphors in Zimbabwe?

Posted by uncouthheathen | September 24, 2008 3:38 PM

I'm dying to learn a Zimbabwean sports metaphor...

Posted by Mike in MO | September 24, 2008 3:45 PM

@10 (Mike in MO): Yes! We need Zimbabwean sports-metaphor Slogging. HELP US OUT, CHARLES!

Posted by Uncle Vinny | September 24, 2008 3:57 PM

@10 - Pulling your goalkeeper for an extra attacker is known as a "Hail Mugabe".

Posted by Mahtli69 | September 24, 2008 4:03 PM

fucking foreigners!

Posted by johnny mac | September 24, 2008 4:11 PM

@12 - awesome. Though I'd think a "Hail Mugabe" would be something more like beating the shit out of the opposing goalkeeper during halftime.

Posted by cdc | September 24, 2008 4:12 PM

@12: from Germany, but the same idea.

Posted by Abby | September 24, 2008 4:13 PM

Its like trying to score 150 wickets in 1 inings.

Posted by vooodooo84 | September 24, 2008 4:39 PM

I was living in the Boston area at the time of that play (Doug Flutie throwing to Gerard Phelan). Those 6 seconds are permanently etched in the memories of anyone who was there. Doug became an instant legend, and is still warmly beloved there. 'Hail Mary' as a football term long predates that game, but was appropriate since Boston College is a Jesuit institution.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | September 24, 2008 9:38 PM

Abby: The Bundesliga makes watching paint dry seem like a worthy pursuit. Fans here are insanely loyal and slavishly undemanding.

I know many, many HSV fans, the team is boring as shit, and they still schlep around with those damn blue scarves.

Xabi Alonso's goal from midfield (last season?) was a lot cooler...

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | September 24, 2008 9:43 PM

So, if Wikipedia is right, then when I was playing Canadian football in Canada (longer field), that wasn't a Hail Mary pass?

Um, yet another time when Wikipedia is not quite right.

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 24, 2008 11:09 PM

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