Don't Mourn, Organize

I have to agree with the readers comments to EA. The Iranian opposition, based on what has leaked out about the day's events, lacks on-the-ground leadership. The smartest thing they could do is head right back out onto the streets tomorrow, when the government isn't expecting mass demonstrations, but I'm not sure they have the organizational capacity right now to pull it off. To that extent, the large volume of arrests seems to have paid off for Ahmadi's administration.

The attack on Moussavi's wife Zahra has massive blowback potential though. As with Neda's martyrdom, that's the kind of thing that could provoke an emotional reaction in people who might not otherwise participate in a protest.

It's still a long road ahead.

It's Painful 'Cause It's True

JC sums up the modern American political/media landscape in one brutally epic rant.

912 And Counting

Last night, en route to a win over the 76ers that was probably closer that it needed to be, the Raptors sank at least one three-pointer for the 912th consecutive game.

Obviously that's an NBA record. I'm not sure there's any team record in any sport that's comparable to it - I'm sure no baseball team has gone that many consecutive games with an extra-base hit, for instance. I only bring it up because, assuming they keep it going, the Raptors will reach 1000 games in about a year, sometime just before next season's All-Star break.

If the game happens to be in Toronto, I'll be there. Hell, if I can afford it, I might just go no matter where they're playing. It's a small, odd, bit of history I'd like to witness.

150 Minutes To Go

In two and a half hours (local time) the calendar will flip to 22 Bahman, the anniversary of the 1979 revolution in Iran.

Scott Lucas' blog, Enduring America, has been linked to heavily by Sully recently and is probably worth checking for the latest info, as is Sully's own blog. But most of the real online action will probably be on Twitter.

Baseball Season Begins Today

I'll be doing my first fantasy baseball auction today - 5x5 NL-only "experts" league on CBSSportsline, where I'll be representing Rotowire.

Since this is a league with a bunch of fantasy insiders, it's usually silly for me to target specific sleepers, since half the league will be targeting the same guys. I have to play this one as agnostically as possible -- regardless of what I think of a player (with a few exceptions like Adrian Gonzalez, who I won't touch because there's too good a chance he'll be traded out of the NL midseason which is Bad News by this league's rules) if he's going for what I've deemed to be below market prices, I'll need to move on him.

The real trick in one of these is determining quickly which way the market is skewing.

If I have time during the auction I'll do a bit of live blogging over on RW.

UPDATE: Here's the live blogging, and here's the auction results.