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Well, I finished the poll.  The results, I kid you not, were a dead tie for every single choice.  So, I had to cast the deciding vote myself.

The teams came out of the tunnel to thunderous applause.  Both groups were ready to go.  The teams chosen to represent their eras were finely selected, but Beckenbauer was a bit of a surprise.  The referees talked to the captains and completed the coin toss.  The new school won the toss and the old school kicked off the match.  The game proceeded slowly at first, but in the twentieth minute, Archimedes made a discovery: Feynman was distracted.  Apparently, Linus Pauling and James Watson began a bit of a squabble on the pitch.  Crying, “Eureka!” Archimedes quickly took a long shot from outside the 18 yard box and bent the ball into the back of the net.  Immediately, there were cries from the New School team.   Heisenberg said that the ball’s position cannot be determined with certainty, so the goal should be called off.  Einstein decided that this was too far and gave Werner a yellow card. 

Just before half time, the scores were levelled up.  As Robert Goddard moved towards goal, Descartes smashed into him with a terribly mistimed sliding tackle.  Einstein immediately issued a yellow card stating that the foul was relatively agregeous.  However, Descartes became upset at this, and declared that Einstein’s very existence was questionable, because he must not have been thinking.  Upon hearing this, Einstein gave Descartes his second yellow, resulting in a red card (thrown out of the game).  On the resulting free kick, Goddard calculated the trajectory the projectile would follow pefectly and shot a rocket into the top right corner of the net.

At the half, the scores were even at 1-1.

In the second half, the fast and furious play continued.  Play was interrupted, however, in the 52nd minute, as a spectator Thomas Edison rushed onto the field and tried to attack Nikola Tesla, claiming that DC was clearly superior.  Edison was rushed by security and taken off the pitch.  Nobody was injured. 

In the sixtieth minute, Old School captain Ben Franklin tried to inject some life into his team by substituting Alfred Nobel.  He took off Charles Darwin, as apparently, he was not amongst the fittest. Nobel seemed dead out there, however and made no  contribution to the match. 

As the end of regular time approached, the New School made one last ditch effort to win the game.  E.O. Wilson directed Rachel Carson forward and made a long cross to her in the corner.  She in turn crossed the ball into the middle, but Euclid headed the sphere out of the zone. 

Regular time ended 1-1. 

As the game moved into extra-time, the New School began showing signs of fatigue.  Schrodinger looked like a dead cat, so on the next stoppage in play, Schrodinger came out and Stephen Hawking entered the match. 

The first period of extra time ended without any changes in the score. 

Near the end of the second period of extra time, the game looked like it would head into a penalty shootout.  However, in the last two minutes, Jonas Salk, quiet during the whole game, made a great advance in the field.  He and the rest of the midfield pushed forward.  Made a brilliant move around Pasteur who slipped, leaving a gaping wound in the Old School defense, already hurting due to the red card to Descartes.  The New School attacked the wound like a plague.  Salk passed it to Goodall, who moved all around the field looking for an open attacker in the center of the pitch.  She tried to conserve time as the rest of her team moved forward.  She passed it back to George Washington Carver who switched fields.  Upon receiving the ball, Watson tried to do an around the world to Copernicus, who was not fooled.  Coperincus cleared it, but directly to Hawking who moved brilliantly around Brahmagupta, who did zero the whole game.  Hawking passed to Crick who shot a last minute blast towards the net.  The shot curved like a helix toward the bottom right-hand side netting.  Leonardo da Vinci tried to punch it out, but came out of the game without a Mona Lisa smile, as his efforts were in vain.  Crick won the game!  The battle was over!  The new school team had taken the lead with only seconds to spare!  In such an important match, Einstein decided to check with his assistant referees before making the goal official.  Lavosier decided to conserve the goal and Newton agreed, saying that the rate of change of Crick’s position could not have put him offsides.  The goal counted!

Action however continued well after what stoppage time should have been, but eventually the final whistle was blown.  Upon being asked about this, Einstein stated that the game was moving so quickly, time’s rate of change decreased.

Regardless, the New School had won in a 2-1 overtime thriller.

I hope you enjoyed the series and the game.

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Einstein

Einstein

I have decided to model my teams after the Monty Python philosopher’s soccer match.  So here come the referees, scientists who set up the laws of the game.

Head Referee: Albert Einstein

 

Einstein was a German theoretical physicist, best remembered for his theory of relativity, the photoelectric effectand  mass–energy equivalence, (E = mc2).  He was a 1921 Nobel Prize winner.

Einstein’s many contributions to physics include

  • Special theory of relativity, combining classical mechanics and electromagnetistm
  • General theory of relativity, a new theory of gravitation which added the principle of equivalence to the principle of relativity, correcting Newton’s equations for large bodies of mass
  • Founding of relativistic cosmology with a cosmological constant
  • The deflection of light by gravity and gravitational lensing, helping us understand black holes
  • An explanation for capillary action
  • Proving that light moves as both a wave and particle
  • The quantum theory of atomic motion in solids
  • Zero point energy
  • The semiclassical version of the Schrodinger equation
  • Discovering the photoelectric effect, the fact that light can excite electrons, causing them to be emitted from solids, specifically metals
  • The quantum theory of a monatomic gas which predicted Bose-Einstein condensation, a new form of matter

Linesman: Sir Isaac Newton

Newton

Newton

Isaac Newton was one of the most influential scientists in all of history.  His famous work  Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, sets  the groundwork for most of classical mechanics.  In this book, Newton described the law of universal gravitation and the three laws of motion

In mechanics, Newton also set down the idea that momentum in a closed system is conserved. In addition, he built the first practical reflecting telescope and developed the theory of the visible spectrum of color through experiments with a prism.   He is also credited with the law of cooling, a mathematical analysis of the rate of temperature changes. 

Finally, Newton was the leader in developing differential and integral calculus.

Linesman: Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier

Lavoisier

Lavoisier

Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier was a French scientist who is now credited as the father of modern chemistry.  Early in his career he recognized a component of the air and named it.  He also “discovered” and named hydrogen gas.  Lavoisier is most famous for his law of conservation of mass, which states that the mass of the reactants of a chemical reaction must equal the mass of the products.  In addition to this, he helped construct the metric system, write the first extensive list of elements, and helped construct a system of chemical nomenclature and stoichiometry. 

http://www.questacon.edu.au/indepth/einstein/science.html, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein, http://www.google.com/archivesearch?hl=en&safe=off&rlz=1T4GGIH_enUS284US284&ei=_Di5SdGzKI6gM4DLvacI&resnum=0&q=isaac+newton’s+achievements&um=1&ie=UTF-8&scoring=t&ei=_ji5Sd_sAZiWMfqCzZcI&sa=X&oi=timeline_result&resnum=11&ct=title, http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/Lavoisier.html

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Sorry about the delay, but my internet was down, so I could not write.   Time for a rant. 

THE POLES ARE OUT OF UEFA EURO 2008!  ARRGH!!!

A Saddened Polish Fan

Coach Leo Beenhakker completely revitalized this team and what…they can’t even win a single game in their group.

They get a solid chance to beat Germany for the first time, but they mess that up.  Alright.  I wasn’t really expecting to win that one.

Then they play Austria, the worst team in the group.  First, they let in like 4 breakaways which were defended brilliantly by Artur Boruc.  If not for him, they would be out of the game.  Then they score a great goal and defend well.  Then the stupid English referee calls a penalty kick for a tiny tug of the shirt!  What!?  There is no way the ref should decide the final outcome of the game like that.  That was no penalty.  Every team has been doing stuff like that and you decide to call it now, just when the Poles are about to win!    

Finally, they need to beat Croatia to have any chance of going through.  And what do they do?  Nothing!  Boruc plays amazingly again, but there is no offense!  If you can’t tell already, I’m a bit peeved by the whole thing. 

I suppose there will always be next time.

 

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Celtic F.C. (my team) have won the Scottish Premier League with a 1-0 win over Dundee United. 

All Hail the Returning Champions!

The win gave Celtic, who at one point was 9 points behind their cross-town rivals Rangers toward the beginning of the season, the League Title, completing a spectacular rally.  This title gives manager Gordon Strachan the honor of being the first Celtic manager since 1956 to win the league three times in a row. 

The lone goal was hit by Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor, his 20th goal of the season.  He scored off a cross by Paul Hartley in the 71st minute of play.  Artur Boruc, Celtic’s Polish goalkeeper, played brilliantly, saving all of the efforts United made to score. 

The match finally ended with the referee’s final whistle, declaring that Celtic had once again won the League.  Unfortunately, I did not get to actually watch my favorite team win, but I am pumped none the less.  Time to roll out my Celtic F.C. jersey and revel a bit.

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On this first Soulful Sunday post, I will be talking about football: the real sport.  Not the one where the ball touches a player’s foot around three plays every game.  Just to tell everyone, I am a big Celtic F.C. fan (mainly because of Artur Boruc, Celtic’s Polish goalkeeper). 

Today, one of football’s biggest rivalries will play out.  Rangers vs Celtic.  First off, it’s kind of like the Brooklyn Dodgers-New York Yankees rivalry as they both play their games in Glasgow, Scotland.  Another reason is because of the whole Protestant vs Catholic thing in Scotland.  Celtic began as a Catholic organization while Rangers was founded to counter Celtic’s Catholic domination of the Scottish Premier League.  For more reasons behind the brutal rivalry: http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showthread.php?t=121107

Celtic and Rangers Players in Action

Both teams have been on a hot streak, winning each of their last three games.  Celtic, however, have the advantage in both goals scored and goals against, and thus are in first place in the league (yay!).  If you pay attention to the game, keep your eyes peeled for Rangers’ top scorer Kris Boyd to be a big impact in the game.  He has scored 13 goals thus far and has more in him.  For Celtic, the man to keep your eye on is Aiden McGeady.  The flamboyant midfielder plays with great intensity which can prove to be a two-edged sword.  He has 9 yellow cards, but 8 goals and 15 assists in the League alone.   Another boon to Celtic is that a swarm of their players have returned from injury or suspension.  Nakamura, Brown, Caldwell, Hesselink, Hinkel, Naylor, and Hartley have all returned at some point during the week from injury, fit to play today. 

The last game was won by Celtic in a scoreline of 2-1, where Hesselink and Nakamura scored for Celtic.  I look forward to a very passionate game, that is sure to be fun to watch if some of the fans (hooligans) don’t take it to far (people have been killed over these games!).  I personally predict a scoreline of 2-0 favoring Celtic (there’s a surprise).

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The Sagrada Familia Cathedral

Barcelona is a confident, progressive city, filled with bustling central boulevards and stylish modern streets.   Barcelona has continued to blossom from provincial city to putative European capital.

First, a bit of history is in order.  With the return to democracy following the death of Franco, the various Spanish regions were allowed to consolidate their cultural identities through varying degrees of political control over their own affairs.  Catalonia, of which Barcelona is the capital, has an historical identity going back as far as the ninth century,  and even during the Franco dictatorship when a policy of cultural suppression was pursued, it proved impossible to surpress Catalan ethnicity.

As a result of this urge to retain its own identity, Barcelona has always had the reputation of being at the forefront of Spanish political activism and of radical design and architecture.  This progress is partly due to the tourist boost the city got when the 1992 Olympics were held in Barcelona.  When the Games had finished, the city was left with an entirely new harbor and the wonderfully the futuristic Olympic Village. Since 1992,  Barcelona’s push for self-improvement knows no bounds.  There is a great pride in the city which is expressed in a remarkable cultural energy, seen most perfectly in the glorious modernista(Art Nouveau) architecture that is everywhere throughout the city.  Antoni Gaudí is the most famous of those who have left their mark on Barcelona in this way: his Sagrada Família church is rightly revered as one of the greatest architectural masterpieces of the twentieth century.  Barcelona also has a great legacy in art, from Romantic to Gothic works are contained in the cities many art museums.  Their collection of Pablo Picasso is unparalleled.

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