Things are even worse for the Pima Community College football team, which canceled the four remaining games of the 2005 season last Saturday. The Aztecs, who had not won a game, had been outscored 358-62 this season.
The good news, for UA fans: The UA men's basketball team made a debut appearance at McKale Madness, the first practice of the year, last Friday night in front of nearly 10,000 fans. The Cats open the 2005-06 season with an exhibition game against Sonoma State on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The bad news: Sophomore guard Jawann McClellan has been ruled academically ineligible for the fall semester and will miss the first seven games of the season. Find yourself a study buddy, Jawann!
Meanwhile, the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station shut down two of its three reactors after a safety inspection showed problems with emergency cooling units, according to The Arizona Republic. The third reactor had been shut down earlier this month for routine maintenance.
Bennett's decision winnows the legitimate GOP field to conservative Don Goldwater and moderate John Greene. Other potential candidates: Former state transportation head Mary Peters and former Santa Cruz County Attorney Jan Smith Flores.
While we enjoyed learning more about Bat Boy (who has become quite a patriotic soldier since 9/11), the 12 U.S. senators who are secretly space aliens (including Democrat Dennis DeConcini, who retired in 1994), and the little-known fact that Abraham Lincoln was a woman, our absolute favorite had to be the story of how Saddam and Osama, just weeks after their gay marriage, adopted a shaved chimp. The report notes: "It's unclear whether Osama and Saddam know the baby is a shaved ape or if they've been led to believe it's human."
As great as all that is, we were even more fascinated by an Associated Press report last week that revealed that in Rome, a "Vatican-recognized university is offering a course in exorcism and demonic possession for a second year."
Italian Bishop Andrea Gemma, who peforms as many as four exorcisms a week, told AP that the "Devil's action is much more common than people may think."
The story noted that parents should "monitor whether their children were wearing strange pendants or T-shirts, if they listen to loud music on their home stereos, or watch too many horror movies."