December 2007

SI confirms what we all already know, VY should have won the 2005 Heisman. We here at SMSB have not been shy about pointing out how VY has owned Reggie Bush, from the 2005 National Title game, to winning the 2006 NFL Rookie of the Year, to whupping Reggie head-to-head earlier this season on MNF.

According to SI, not only was Bush’s 2005 Heisman bogus, Leinert’s ’04 Heisman was as well because Adrian Peterson clearly should have won that year instead.

Thx to SI

Adding to my list of favorite party names:

(1) Oil for Us Let it Gush LLC;

(2) Raw Crude Zeal LLC; and

(3) Oil is the Best Friend of a Goil LLC.


Apparently, all three of these foreign (to Texas) companies are suing Plano-based Energytec Inc. in the Northern District of Texas for allegedly operating a ponzi scheme.

That’s right, the company with the most normal-sounding name is accused of being the fraudulent one.

Thx to Tex Parte Blog

In a curious turn of religious teaching, some Christian groups across the county have apparently become convinced that I-35 is a Holy Highway.

This movement began a few years ago and traces its roots to passage in the Book of Isaiah. Chapter 35, verse 8 reads:

And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.

Well, both because the first letter of the Book and the chapter number form the moniker of the highway (“I-35”), and because the verse talks about a road, these believers intuit that I-35 is indeed the road of which Isaiah wrote.

Holy Highway

Being far from a biblical scholar myself, I can’t say one way or the other. However, having frequently zipped along the Texas portion of I-35, I can confirm that–if Isaiah 35:8 is a prophecy–it has not yet come to pass because “wicked fools” still predominate on I-35.

Thx to MSNBC and

George Clooney and a friend made a video tribute to Julia Roberts during the 22nd American Cinematheque Award presentation the other night.

Thx to YouTube

The first from Rudy:

The second from FDT:

Thx to Rudy and FDT

Random Austin factoids.


Did you know Mia Hamm is married to Nomar Garciaparra?

And did you further know that they have eight month-old twin daughters, Grace and Ava?

And that Mia and Mack have been fast friends since their days together at UNC?

And finally, that Mia and Nomar live in Austin in the off-season?

Well, now you do, class is adjourned.

Thx to MackBrown-TexasFootball


Fulbright just announced a revamped bonus structure that easily makes it one of the most lucrative shops in Texas. Below is the cribbed table from Above the Law.

Yr Base 1950 2050 2150 2250 2400 Total
1 $160,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $160,000
2 $170,000 $0 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $190,000
3 $172,500 $17,500 $7,500 $7,500 $7,500 $10,000 $222,500
4 $185,000 $27,500 $7,500 $10,000 $12,500 $12,500 $255,000
5 $200,000 $32,500 $7,500 $12,500 $17,500 $17,500 $287,500
6 $210,000 $40,000 $10,000 $12,500 $17,500 $17,500 $307,500
7 $220,000 $45,000 $10,000 $15,000 $17,500 $17,500 $325,000
8 $230,000 $45,000 $10,000 $15,000 $17,500 $22,500 $340,000
9 $240,000 $45,000 $10,000 $15,000 $17,500 $22,500 $350,000
10 $245,000 $45,000 $10,000 $15,000 $17,500 $22,500 $355,000

Thx to Above the Law


It’s vexing enough just managing to stay on the right side of potential conflicts in everyday law practice, imagine trying to do the same when one of your name partners is running for the presidency.

Thx to the WSJ Law Blog and the NY Times