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February 17, 2009

Why I miss my hate mail:

"It's an odd thing to admit, but in a perverse sort of way, I actually miss the wretched river, the rancid flow of puerile, nasty, sickeningly homophobic email I used to receive on a regular basis from the ultra-right and the Christian right and the Mormon right and the Bush-impaired whenever I would post a friendly, pointed column full of tangy liberal attitude. . . . . Oh, I miss all the lovely and positive email too, which outpaced the nasty stuff by a huge margin. But the hate mail was very special indeed, great fodder for live readings, for the reaction of horrified disbelief of anyone who saw it, for the charming reminder of just how ugly and violent and grammatically challenged the human animal can be."

--Mark Morford, columnist, (2/13/09)

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Bulldogs' bite not quite hard enough as Ags escape, 65-61

By Craig Morris

January 16, 2009 | The visiting Fresno State Bulldogs led for the first 24 minutes of the game, but ice in Jared Quayle's veins secured the Aggies a tough conference win. The Ags move to 16-1 on the season and 4-0 in the WAC.

Quayle led Utah State with 21 points, 15 of which came in the second half. Tai Wesley scored nine of his 11 in the second half as well, as the two led the surge to recapture the lead. Wesley was plagued by foul trouble in the first half that limited him to 24 minutes in the game.

"They were letting everyone else play," said Wesley. "I looked up and our team had four fouls and I had three of them." With Wesley on the bench, Brady Jardine saw his minutes extended and brought great energy off the bench.

The Bulldogs were led by Sylvester Seay, who had a career night -- 32 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.

"I'd like to think that we could guard better than that," said USU Coach Stew Morrill. "That should be embarrassing to some of our big guys."

Fresno State did not have any other players in double figures.

The home team did not shoot the ball as well as usual from the field, but the Aggies made all 10 of their free throws. They also held on to the ball extremely well, only committing six turnovers. The Bulldogs did beat the Ags on the boards, 28-27, which can't happen Saturday if the Aggies expect to beat Boise State.

Boise State is tied for second in the WAC at 3-1, 12-4 overall. The Aggies lead the overall series with the Broncos, 21-7.

The Aggies are quietly impressing people across the country, enough so that they received 12 votes in the coaches' poll.


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