tigers – #1

even though it was homecoming, tailgating at lsu was unusually subdued this saturday as lsu took on louisiana tech…that is, until around two hours before gametime when the unranked fighting illini of the university of illinois handed ohio state a very unexpected first defeat of the season. the illinois victory rejuvenated tiger fans across campus, giving new purpose to the homecoming game. with their decisive victory against la tech, lsu marched right into the #1 position in the bcs poll. and if that wasn’t enough, the alabama and auburn losses helped lsu seal the sec west title. what a weekend for lsu tiger fans!

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thank you florida state!

once again, lsu brought us to the brink of hysteria with yet another fourth quarter victory last night against alabama. more importantly, florida state handed boston college their first well-deserved defeat.

now, boston college’s loss will make way for the truly deserving teams to be in the top three – ohio state, lsu, and oregon. we should be ranked number 2 in the bcs, but don’t be shocked when you see how many first place votes oregon receives. they’ve caught the eye of many analysts this week with their impressive victory over arizona state.

the polls come out this morning. tigers – #2 with louisiana tech on the horizon.

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leaving the predictions to nostradamus

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to all my faithful readers, i promise to stick to doctoring rather than predicting sports. although boston college almost went down, they found a way to blow a 10 point lead in the last couple minutes of the game, blowing a victory that would have made my prediction half-correct.

so, lsu remains #3 in the bcs. a huge showdown in alabama comes this weekend as #3 les miles takes on #17 nick saban. what a great weekend it would be for lsu to get a much-needed win and for florida state to give boston college their much-deserved first loss.

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my prediction

ok…here’s the deal.
lsu is off this weekend and, without even playing a game, they will regain their #1 ranking when #1 ohio state goes to happy valley for their first (almost) test of the season against penn state. also, #2 boston college will get their first loss when they go to blacksburg to take on virginia tech.
so, after ohio state and boston college both lose, our tigers will regain their #1 ranking.

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espn gets it right…again!

for the second time in this short season, espn has correctly chosen to visit the tigers again this weekend for college gameday as the #1 tigers (5-0) take on the #9 florida gators (4-1). who could have predicted that this would be a #1-#9 matchup rather than a #2-#3 game? for the first time this season, i think we’ll finally get to see all that the tigers have to offer. prediction: lsu wins a very exciting victory in a very defensive game. final score: lsu 24 – florida 17.

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months thirteen, fourteen, and fifteen

first, let me apologize for a long absence from the blog.

the first three months of second year of fellowship have been very busy. i am currently preparing or helping to conduct three different research projects: one in lymphoma, one in bone marrow transplant, and one in leukemia. all of this work is being done in the background of continuing to enhance my clinical skills by attending multiple clinics each week. lots of work, but a great start to year two.

let me expound on month fourteen for a bit. august was spent at lbj county hospital on the general oncology inpatient service. it’s such an amazing experience to work at both md anderson and a hospital like lbj. at anderson, we see our fair share of early stage cancers. at a county hospital like lbj, cancers tend to present much, much later. it’s hard to determine why this is the case, but a lack of access to medical care and screening probably contributes to this disparity. nevertheless, it’s great that we as md anderson physicians can bring the best of oncologic care to the underprivileged.

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months eleven and twelve

well, first year is finally over! breast cancer and gynecologic cancers were both great rotations. i promise not to get on my soapbox for this one. please know that every woman should start getting yearly mammograms at age 40 (some recommend age 50, but i don’t like that recommendation). gynecologic exams need to begin at least by age 21.

for all who are still doubtful, the human papilloma virus vaccine (marketed under the name gardasil) is a very good thing. this vaccine protects against four strains of the virus. these four strains account for 70-80% of all cases of cervical cancer, an absolutely terrible malignancy. have your daughters vaccinated (and, hopefully, once congress realizes its importance, your sons, too).

so my life as a fellow will take a drastic change as compared to last year. now, my primary focus will be research rather than clinical medicine. i will now only have a few months of patient contact throughout the next two years. i will continue to keep you updated.

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