I apologize for the lack of blog posts over the past month as my family and work obligations have been impeding on my ability to write pithy comments about the Bulls’ obsessive need to draft more tweener forwards.  (That being said, I haven’t really missed writing about the White Sox and the general awfulness of Chicago baseball this summer.)  The full-length posts will soon return, but in the meantime, feel free to follow Frank the Tank’s Slant on Twitter as I’m more able to squeeze in some 140 character thoughts these days with my new iPhone.  This is a public page (so you can read my musings regardless of whether you have a Twitter account or not) where the types of content will essentially mirror what’s seen on the blog (meaning that I won’t be boring you with inane details about the contents of my cat’s lunch even though I might find such Tweets personally amusing) – microblogging, as the digerati like to say.  So, check out the Tweets and have a great Fourth of July weekend!

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  1. […] Je présente mes excuses pour le manque de posts que depuis un mois que mes obligations familiales et professionnelles ont fait obstacle sur ma capacité à écrire un commentaire lapidaire au sujet du besoin obsessionnel des Bulls de intervalliste projet plus avant. (Cela étant dit, je n'ai pas vraiment manqué à écrire sur les White Sox et l'horreur générales de […] URL article original: https://frankthetank.wordpress.com/2009/06/30/frank-the-tanks-slant-on-twitter/ […]

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  2. glenn says:

    frank, you really scratch an itch with your commentaries regarding big ten expansion and the longhorn program.

    one thing that i don’t think i have seen mentioned that is incredibly important but perhaps not suitable for inclusion in your missives is the level of disgust texas may have for the big 12.

    following the hose job a year ago where numerous big 12 coaches low-balled texas in order to derail chances to advance to the national title game, the conference was asked to address the method of resolving a three-way tie. a cute smile was all texas got out of that. i suspect that the huge juggernaut of speculation that now chokes the internet would be not much more than a lazy whimper had the big 12 reacted differently.

    i really do not think that texas has any intent whatever to stay in the big 12, and the same people who were smirking broadly a year ago are now nervously predicting no change to the landscape.

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  3. glenn says:

    frank, there has been a lot of discussion following the alvarez comments, and i think most feel that the group of fifteen investigees (hmmm . . . guess that isn’t a word, oh well . . .) represents alternatives to the preferred program or candidates to round out a group of 14 or 16. at least that’s what a lot of us hope.

    bothersome to me, somewhat, is my memory of some very good discussions with some ohio st folks on one of their boards well before the alvarez leak. one caution, according to them, is that the big ten and the pac-10 go way back. if the pac-10 really does plan to expand — and you have to think it does — it is entirely possible that the only two state flagship schools within a reasonable distance and with decent enough academics for the pac-10 to admit are colorado and texas. the ohio st folks warned that it is entirely possible that, since there are numerous alternatives for the big ten, the big ten might pass on texas for that reason.

    with your insight into big ten thinking, do you think that is at all likely? is it conceivable that that is why texas is not on that list?

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    • I think that you’re exactly right that the list of 15 are the candidates in a 14 or 16-school conference, where they would be the ones coming along with Texas and/or Notre Dame (NOT instead of them). I’ve detailed this further in my latest post.

      As for the Big Ten/Pac-10 friendship, they are certainly tight, but the Big Ten isn’t just going to let the Pac-10 take Texas. The Big Ten took the risk of building the Big Ten Network and that property is tailor-made for taking in Texas specifically. All of the Big Ten university presidents are fairly cognizant of their own bottom lines and, as much as they like and respect their Pac-10 counterparts, they’re not closing themselves off from a massive potential windfall.

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  4. glenn says:

    by the way, your analogy regarding a&m is one of the best i’ve ever read. that really nails it.

    i can’t tell you how i wish they were ordinary hominids instead of whatever pleistocene derailment they represent.

    thanks for a great series of discussions.

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