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Friday Funny: Balk!

This may be the best balk I’ve ever seen. A little over a month ago, Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey committed this fantastic balk against the Philadelphia Phillies.

I looked high and low for video of this gem, but can’t seem to find it. If anyone tracks it down, feel free to share.

Three years ago, Pelfrey had three balks in a single game. A couple of days later he was warming up before a game, and a fan had a little fun with him. It looked like Pelfrey was a good sport about it, though. Enjoy.

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Thankful, Part II

Sorry for the gap in between posts, it’s been a busy week. As we were driving to my family’s Thanksgiving festivities on Thursday, I was struck with how thankful I am. There is so much for which to be thankful. I talked about a lot of the warm ‘n fuzzy stuff last time, but I didn’t cover everything. You see, I am thankful for Practice Court.

Practice Court is grueling. It is not uncommon to get out of class at 3:30 or 4:00 with a 200 page reading assignment about which you have to be ready to speak competently at 7:45 the following morning. Unless your name begins with an “A” and ends with “ndrew Tuegel,” you just don’t have enough time to finish everything and get a full night’s sleep. The professors stand you up, grill you, and if they detect even the slightest hint of uncertainty, they will continue to question until they find your weakness. Once they do, it’s not like they crush you, kick you out, or give you a memo and sit you down, oh no. They expose your weakness for all to see, taking your erroneous conclusion to its end and expose it for the folly that it is. If that’s not enough, throw courtroom exercises on top of and in the midst of all of that other stuff. So yeah, 200 pages of reading a night PLUS preparation for mini-trials is the order of the day in Practice Court.

Most BLS students that have gone through the program despise it. While it’s true that most recognize the value the program has in preparing lawyers for the courtroom, they all swear that if given the chance, they’d never do it again. They think that the PC professors derive some sort of sick pleasure out of deriding their students, and have no purpose to it other than abject humiliation and because it’s the way it’s always been done at Baylor. Some even complain that they were swindled when they visited the law school, complaining that had the truth been told, they wouldn’t have come to Baylor. Again, pretty much everybody wouldn’t go through with it again.

Me? I’m thankful for Practice Court. It was grueling. It was intense. I fell flat on my face more than once. But I also got through it. Each time I fell on my face, I got back up and I worked harder. The pressure was incredible, but I relished the environment. I thrived on the challenge. I went from struggling with self-confidence to knowing that I could take anything. I was fortunate enough to discern early on the professors’ true motivations for their teaching styles, and I appreciated them for it. I saw that they treated us the way that they did to prepare us, so that when our day in the courtroom came, we would be prepared, confident, and ready to tackle whatever the challenge was. They demanded our very best, and it brought out the best in me. I loved it. And now, when asked if I would do it all over again, I answer without the slightest hint of hesitation.

Absolutely.

I am thankful for Practice Court. It taught me how to be a lawyer, and it showed me that I am one.

Oh Man…

What with the World Series, elections, and the Baylor Bears being ranked #21 in the BCS standings, I forgot that tomorrow (or Friday) the Bar Results get published.

Actually, I didn’t forget really. I think I was simply in a state of blissful denial. Reality came crashing in about twenty minutes ago. I haven’t been able to think about anything else since.

It’s going to be a long night.

Friday “Funny”: Prediction

Over on espndallas.com’s colleges blog, columnist Richard Durrett’s predictions post had this to say about Baylor’s upcoming game against Texas Tech:

Baylor vs. Texas Tech (11 a.m., Cotton Bowl, Saturday): This should be a great matchup in the Dallas area. Texas Tech is coming off a bad loss at Iowa State and should be highly motivated to get back on track. Baylor seems poised to get to a bowl game and a win over the Red Raiders would certainly give them some momentum toward that goal. Robert Griffin III had a breakout game last weekend and is ready for more. I’ll take the Bears.
Prediction: Baylor 28, Texas Tech 24.

Whoa… Whoa. Whoa.

Perhaps it’s because I’m a lifelong Baylor fan, and I’ve learned that getting your hopes up regarding Baylor sports leads to inevitable disappointment. Perhaps it’s just because this is something I hardly ever see. I don’t know, but I can’t help but feel like someone’s playing a cruel joke on me, trying to ruin a good start to a Friday.

Not funny, Richard!

Graduation Day

It is finished. Graduation Day has arrived. I am now officially a graduate of the Baylor University School of Law. As I sit here writing this, I still can’t quite believe that the day that we’ve counted towards has finally arrived. There is so much to process, so much upon which to reflect. I will have some time for reflection over the coming weeks, and I hope to put some of it down on this blog. I generally avoided discussing the PC experience while I went through it, but now that I’ve got some distance from it, I want to put down some of my thoughts, and share some of my personal triumphs.

But for now, I’m going to go back to enjoying the fact that I have my J.D. in hand, and that I never have to take another law school final again.

Sláinte.


Thanks to Prof. Osler for the photograph.

Done…

This afternoon I finished the bar exam. I don’t have words at this point, so I’ll let this photograph sum up how I feel.

YNWA

When you walk through the storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm there’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark

Walk on, through the wind
Walk on, through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone.

Godspeed, my friends.