Monday, February 07, 2005

"This girl's tough"

Really cool story from the Washington Post (via Ann Althouse) on Condi Rice and her love affair with football. Not only is she an intellectual powerhouse, she is a football genius. Unfortunatey, for the first time in 38 years, Rice missed the Super Bowl. She was in the Middle East negotiating the peace settlement with the Israelis and the Palestinians. Just another day at the office, right?

From the last three graphs of the story:

"...Rice spokesman Sean McCormack says the new secretary is worried the sleep deficit would compromise her meetings Monday in Jerusalem and the West Bank. She is having the game taped, he says.

"I suggest she get Sharon to watch it with her," [former National Security Adviser Zbigniew]Brzezinski says of Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, "and wear him out and negotiate with him Monday morning."

"For the record, Rice predicts the Patriots by three points on a late field goal by Adam Vinatieri."

This story ran Sunday morning back in the States. Guess what the score of the game was Sunday night: 24-21 Patriots. Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri kicked a field goal with 8:40 left in the fourth quater to put the Pats up 24-14. The Eagles scored a touchdown with about two minutes left to put the score at 24-21. Without Vinatieri's field goal, the game would have likely gone into overtime. Condi's prediction was pretty much right on. I have a feeling her diplomatic endeavors in Europe and the Middle East will be, too.


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