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20 Jun, 2016

Fair or foul, Cockle’s Connections to the Supreme Court by way of the College World Series

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How are Cockle Legal Briefs and the United States Supreme Court linked?  (Other than the fact that Cockle has been printing briefs for filing with the Supreme Court since 1923.)

Through the College World Series, of course.

Here is the linkage between the Court and Cockle by way of the baseball championship (which began this year on […]

11 Jun, 2014

Picking the FIFA World Cup (With Help From The U.S. Supreme Court)

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The U.S. Supreme Court is one of the most powerful institutions on the planet. In just the last few years, its opinions have transformed the $3 trillion U.S. healthcare industry, opened up marriage to same-sex couples, and declared an end to 400 years of racial discrimination. At Cockle Legal Briefs, we are as passionate about […]

3 Dec, 2013

NFL Playoff Predictions

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Hey football fans, we’re entering the final quarter of the season and while the majority of the playoff seeds have already been spoken for despite Seattle being the only team to have clinched a berth, the sixth and final seed in both conferences are up for grabs between about dozen or so teams all desperate to get blown out during Wild Card Weekend.

   Actually, all joking aside, whoever ends up grabbing those sixth seeds will have a good chance to advance past the first round because of the lack of dominance amongst the three and four seeds in both conferences. Still, don’t let that get your hopes up if you’re a fan of any of those teams because it’ll be quite a task to get past any of the top seeds in the divisional and conference rounds of the playoffs this year. Did you see how easily Seattle was able to dismantle New Orleans last night? Good luck trying to win on the road against the 12th man and their world-record-breaking-ly loud crowd.


7 Jul, 2013

What a Night of Fights! UFC 162

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I don’t know where UFC 162 ranks on the best cards ever rankings, but I do know that it was, to use a phrase uttered during the broadcast, beautiful destruction. And it was definitely the best card of fights we’ve seen this year.

Anderson Silva’s reign as the UFC’s unstoppable champ came to a crashing end. It is hard to believe how long he remained the champ. Almost seven years. I’ve had two children and a host of other huge life changes in that span, and I couldn’t even maintain my weight. Meanwhile, Silva became an international star and maintained virtuoso performances against the UFC’s very best, including former champs Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffith, Dan Henderson, and Rich Franklin, twice.  And he lived up to the hype and pressure time and time again.

He is the best MMA fighter we’ve ever seen. And yes, Jones, Aldo, and all the others are a distant second.


9 Nov, 2012

Early NFL Playoff Predictions

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Yes, I know we’re only halfway through the season, but ten of the twelve playoff spots are pretty much already spoken for in each conference, leaving a bunch of sub par teams to scramble for the remaining wild cards. In the AFC; Houston, New England, Denver, Pittsburgh and Baltimore are all in line for return […]

21 Jul, 2012

The State of the NBA

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The several years behind us and before us will define the future of the NBA. The denigration of competitive spirit and moral fiber amongst certain players and upper management has left an irreparable stain on the legacy of the game that in the past brought us pioneers and idols like Jordan, Russell, Magic, Bird, Chamberlain, […]

12 Jun, 2012

My Thoughts on the NBA Finals

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I’m not one to toot my own horn, but if you go back and look at my predictions from when the NBA Playoffs were just starting you’ll see the only series I got wrong was the Chicago/Philadelphia match-up in the first round. And who can blame me? I’m a homer. If I were from Montana or something, who knows what my pick would’ve been. Either way, thirteen out of fourteen isn’t too bad. The only question is whether my prediction of OKC beating Miami in the NBA Finals will come true. Let’s have a look and see, shall we?

Miami has been here before. LeBron has been to the Finals three times now, and is as determined and as hungry and as focused and as locked in as I’ve ever seen him, and to bet against him seems like it would be a risky move at this point. He did everything in his power with his team down 3-2 in the Conference Finals to make sure that they advanced to the Championship round. It was something magical to watch: In game six, he had thirty points by halftime and it was like he wasn’t even really trying all that hard. That kind of drive is something that comes along only a few times every generation, with Michael and Kobe being the most recent examples. But a collective group of players as talented as OKC doesn’t come around that often either. This Finals series will answer the question of what makes a better team: one that is built around two or three really really good players that will do whatever it takes to win (even if it means becoming totally selfish and taking every shot), or one that is build around a bunch of good players that buy into the concept of a team and who make sacrifices for the betterment of that team (even if it means being selfless and passing up shots)? […]

6 May, 2012

Predictions for the NBA Playoffs

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Now that Rose is out for the remainder of the playoffs, the Bulls are mere mortals in a pool of mostly mortal teams. They were able to get by through the season without the reigning MVP from last year by playing outstanding defense, allowing everyone to get involved in the offense, and playing each game […]

6 Oct, 2011

What’s Going On In The NFL?

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You know that stock video clip that you always see on ESPN when someone makes a boneheaded mistake or some crazy and improbable play happens and they cut to a shot of Vince Lombardi standing on the sidelines with his hands tucked into his beige overcoat, with his trademark glasses and fedora, yelling, “What the […]

12 Sep, 2011

Husker or Husky?

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Loyalty. It’s devotion. It’s faithfulness. It’s considered one of the highest acts of life.

And think about this: the opposite of loyalty is betrayal.

The reason for all this loyalty talk is because I must define mine this week.

In two days, I start first year orientation at the University of Washington School of Law. I’m a Husky. But I’ve lived the majority of my life in Nebraska, growing up with Cornhusker football. I’m a Husker.

This week the Huskies play the Huskers in football.

Which side will I choose to root for?

Well, I was a Husker fan before I was a Husky fan.

But I’m at the school of Huskies, not Huskers.

If my choice of who to root for was based solely on law school rankings, it would be an easy choice: purple and gold.

If my choice was based on nothing but football programs, it would be an easy choice: scarlet and cream.

So how do I choose?

I’ve not taken so much as a class at the University of Nebraska. And they turned down my law school application.

Washington didn’t. And they gave me an incredible scholarship to pay for my education.

The Huskers have given me memories.

The Huskies will help provide memories for my children.

Now you see why my loyalty is being challenged.

Which side will I choose?

I’ll let this picture do the talking. […]