Here’s a very thorough point-by-point piece by USA Today‘s Scott Bowles on Oscar likelies, tendency tips and possible wind-shif- tings…but I don’t know. Too much in the way of intelligent rational assessment has a way of sapping passion and draining color. Does Bowles loathe or cherish anyone or anything in this year’s race? Let’s hear a little of that “kill the umpire!” Bleacher Bum spirit. USA Today reporters can’t express their personal passions directly, of course, but the way for any reporter to get around this is to find smart-ass sources who echo his/her own views. Sorry, Scott….you’re a good hombre and and you quoted me and all…I haven’t had my coffee yet.