Archive for December 18th, 2009

Why I Hate Christmas

Today is December 18th, which means we’re a week away from the 25th, the two-month anniversary of Christmas. So now seems as good of a time as any to explain why I hate this “holiday” with a fiery passion.

It probably doesn’t come as much of a shock to you to hear that I hate Christmas: For one, I like hating things that are popular. More substantively, though, Christmas combines two of my least favorite things in the world: religion and consumerism.  At Christmas, people are encouraged to buy a bunch of stuff that they don’t need in order to celebrate the birth of a god that doesn’t exist.

Whether or not you’d like to admit it, it’s hard to deny that Christmas brings out the worst of both of these already-pretty-bad things. Every year, hundreds of billions of dollars are spent on Christmas, plenty of it horribly misallocated; advertising and the general holiday spirit inspire a sense of “rewarding yourself” and “remembering others” that can only be done through a commercial transaction.* As for the “religious” element of the holiday, Christmas cloyingly spoon-feeds us sweet and formulaic messages about the value of family and generosity: It translates moral and religious dogma into clichés and after-school specials. Continue reading

Aught Lang Syne: Top 10 Games — College Football

As much as I like to impugn the honor of college football, the game still has a soft spot in my heart, largely due to its ability to give us games like the following on any given autumn Saturday. The first full decade of the BCS served up its share of duds, but those were almost certainly outweighed by title games that will never be forgotten. It’s also worth noting that the sport that proclaims to have the most meaningful regular season did earn the most regular-season games in its top ten.

Final cuts to this list—which comprises many unforgettable finishes and frantic final quarters, not to mention some outright barnburners—include Stanford’s upset of USC at the Coliseum, Texas and Michigan’s classic 2005 Rose Bowl, Matt Ryan’s last-second heroics to keep BC unbeaten at Virginia Tech in 2007, and a personal favorite: Rutgers’ 18-point comeback and upset of Louisville in Piscataway in 2006.

And if you don’t know what No. 1 is…come on.

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