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Monday, December 31, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Actually the entire game as a pretty good representation of the Ted Roof Era
* flashes of brilliance from both the offense and defense
* proved that "we don't have enough talent" is no longer a valid excuse.
* horrible game management from TR (playing for a 40 yd FG)
* horrible special teams play
* horrible game preparation and fundamentals (missed tackles and tons of bad penalities and delay of game penalties)
* poor use of talent (how often did we even look to Clifford Harris or Eron Riley in the last 3 drives).
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
The University of Louisville has filed a lawsuit against Duke
University claiming the schools had agreed to play each other four
times in football between 2002 and 2009 but that Duke canceled the
last three games, costing U of L money and a quality opponent.
According to the suit, which was filed in Franklin Circuit Court, in
2003 Duke backed out of three games — two to be played in Louisville
— scheduled for this year, 2008 and 2009.
The lawsuit did not say why Duke decided to cancel the agreement. A
call to Duke's athletic department was not immediately returned. A
call to U of L's athletic department did not issue an immediate
Louisville requested $150,000 for each of the three games or a
suitable replacement team from the Atlantic Coast Conference, of
which Duke is a member.
But Duke, according to the suit, asked U of L to find its own
replacement, and agreed to pay Louisville only if the program could
not, after a "good faith" effort, find a replacement game.
The suit claims U of L was unable to find a team of "similar stature"
to Duke and is now short an out of conference game for next season
and "was forced" to replace Duke with Indiana State, which is not a
member of the Football Bowl Division, for 2009.
Louisville claims its athletic department has spent countless hours
looking for a replacement for Duke but that no team of similar
stature will agree to play the U of L at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
two of the three games, as Duke was supposed to do.
The lawsuit is seeking $450,000 for the three football games and any
other relief the courts deem appropriate.
Claims made in filing a lawsuit present only one side of the case.
The Sept. 7, 2002, game between the two schools was played with U of
L winning 40-3.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Bernard Accoyer, president of the French National Assembly.
Sheldon G. Adelson, chairman of the board, Las Vegas Sands Hotel, and Dr. Miriam Adelson (wife).
Judith Ansley, deputy assistant to the president, and Stephen Ansley (husband).
Bruce Benson, president of Benson Mineral Group Inc., and Marcy Benson (wife).
Tom A. Bernstein, president of Chelsea Piers Management Inc.
James H. Billington, librarian of Congress, and Marjorie A. Billington (wife).
Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Abigail Perlman Blunt (wife).
Samuel W. Bodman, secretary of energy, and Diane Bodman (wife).
Joshua Bolten, assistant to the president and chief of staff.
Former Sen. John B. Breaux, D-La., and Lois Breaux (wife).
Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and Dr. Joanna Breyer (wife).
Nancy G. Brinker, chief of protocol at the State Department, and Eric Brinker (son).
Aaron Broussard, president of Jefferson Parish in Louisiana, and Karen Broussard (wife).
Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and CEO of American Express Co., and Kathryn Chenault (wife).
Vice President Dick Cheney and Lynne V. Cheney.
Harlan R. Crow, chairman and CEO of Crow Holdings, and Kathy Crow (wife).
Rachida Dati, French minister of justice.
Robert A. Day, chairman of Trust Company of the West, and Kelly Day (wife).
Xavier de Sarrau, French lawyer.
Philippe Douste-Blazy, former French secretary of state.
Joey Durel, city-parish president of Lafayette in Louisiana, and Lynne Durel (wife).
John P. Ellis, partner of Kerr Creek Partners.
Susan R. Smith Ellis, CEO of the (Red) AIDS initiative.
Gay Gaines, former regent of the board of directors of Mount Vernon, and Stanley N. Gaines (husband).
Ed Gillespie, counselor to the president, and Cathy Gillespie (wife).
Paul Girod, member of the French parliament.
Louis Giscard D'Estaing, deputy of Puy-de-Dome in France.
Thomas Glavine, major league baseball pitcher, and Christine Glavine (wife).
Mark Guzzetta, president of the Gemstone Development Corp., and Leigh Martin (guest).
Stephen J. Hadley, national security adviser, and Ann Hadley (wife).
John Hager, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, and Margaret Hager (wife).
Donald Hall Sr., chairman of the board of Hallmark Cards Inc., and Adele Hall (wife).
Wayne Hughes, chairman of the board of trustees at Public Storage, and Patricia Whitcraft (guest).
Yves Jego, member of the French parliament.
Olivier Knox, White House correspondent for the AFP, and Dr. Jennifer Lewis (wife).
Doro Bush Koch, sister to the president.
Bernard Kouchner, French minister of foreign and European affairs.
Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Caryll Kyl (wife).
Christine Lagarde, French minister of economy, finances and employment.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Frank Snellings (husband).
Edward P. Lazear, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, and Vicky Lazear (wife).
Howard H. Leach, president of Leach Capital Corp. and former ambassador to France, and Gretchen Leach (wife).
Serge Lemoine, chairman of the Orsay Museum in France.
Stuart Levey, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the Treasury Department, and Annette Levey (wife).
Jean-David Levitte, diplomatic adviser to the French president.
Maurice Levy, French president of the French-American Business Council and chairman CEO of Publicis Groupe
Henri Loyrette, chairman of the Louvre Museum in France.
Kevin Martin, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.
Catherine Martin, deputy assistant to the president and deputy director of communications for policy planning at the Office of Communications.
Nadine Morano, member of the French parliament.
Samuel Palmisano, chairman, president and CEO of IBM Corp., and Missy Palmisano (wife).
Laurence Parisot, chairwoman of the French Business Confederation.
Henry M. Paulson Jr., secretary of the treasury, and Wendy Paulson (wife).
Robert Pence, of Pence Friedel Developers Inc., and Suzy Pence (wife).
Ross Perot Jr., chairman of the board at Perot Systems Corp., and Sarah Perot (wife).
Mary E. Peters, secretary of transportation, and Travis Matheson (guest).
Bill Plante, White House correspondent for CBS, and Robin Smith (wife).
James C. Rees, executive director of Historic Mount Vernon, and Susan Magill (guest).
Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state.
Arthur J. Rothkopf, president emeritus of Lafayette College and senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Barbara Rothkopf (wife).
Leonard Sands, founding partner and chairman of Alchemy Worldwide, and Corrine Sands (wife).
Thomas A. Saunders III, president and CEO at Ivor & Co. LLC, and Jordan Saunders (wife).
Guy Savoy, French chef.
Dick Scarlett III, president and CEO of United Bancorp of Wyoming, and Maggie Scarlett (wife).
Dwight C. Schar, president and CEO of NVR Inc., and Martha Schar (wife).
Harold C. Simmons, chairman of Valhi Inc., and Annette Simmons (wife).
Former Sen. Alan K. Simpson, R-Wyo., and Ann S. Simpson (wife).
Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO of FedEx Corp., and Diane Smith (wife).
Dick Spangler, director of National Gypsum Co., and Meredith Spangler (wife).
Craig Stapleton, U.S. ambassador to France, and Debbie Stapleton (wife).
Beatrice Stern, French antiquarian.
Virginia Stuller, co-chair of the 2007 Marquis de Lafayette Commemoration Committee, and Sharon Burdick (guest).
Billy Tauzin, president and CEO of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, and Cecile Tauzin (wife).
Pierre Vimont, French ambassador to the United States.
Jeanne Warner, wife of Sen. John Warner, R-Va.
Kenneth Weinstein, CEO of Hudson Institute, and Amy Kaufmann (wife).
Guy Wildenstein of France.
Rama Yade, French minister of state and minister of foreign affairs, foreign affairs and human rights.
Raul Yanes, assistant to the president and staff secretary, and Sara Hazelwood (wife).
Amy S. Zantzinger, special assistant to the president and White House social secretary at the White House Social Office.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Saturday night. At 7pm, during the nationally televised Duke-
Florida State football game, the Blue-White scrimmage will be taking
place. Without a doubt, more students will watch an EXHIBITION game
than our football team play a game against the most beatable Florida
State team in years.
The athletic department has paid alot of lip service to the important
of rebuilding our football, including the first-ever football summitt
last year and significant investment in the Yoh Building and other
facilities. However, until it stops forces its students, alumni and
fans to choose between the two sports, our football team will never
have a chance to build an audience and fill Wallace Wade.
Yes, I know the Blue-White game was scheduled montha in advance
before the final football game time was scheduled. However, things
changed and you need to be able to change with them. At any
university serious about having a winning football team, the
basketball exhibition would be moved.
I wish I was an alumni of one of those schools.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
- one of the best finishes every for both the men and women. I saw the female finish occurring about 2 minutes before it happens. Whenever an inexperienced runner starts high-fiving fans, you know bad things are going to happen. That Romanian women is either going to be a star or will never be heard from again. Its probably 50/50
- The guy who won was running in his second marathon and the women who should hIave won was running in her first. Can you think of any other high-profile sport or competition wear people who are competing for the first time have a legitimate chance to win. And don't say world series of poker. Most of the online qualifiers had to win very difficult tournaments in order to qualify.
- Its quite sad that one of the runner died, however, I think we are lucky only one did. People die in this every year. I honestly thought at least 10 people would die today. Morbid but true. At least 20,000 runners were smart enough to not start or not try to finish. Admittedly, I am not a runner, but you must be one crazy motherfucker in order to run marathons.
Friday, October 5, 2007
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Monday, September 17, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
you are ready to give up, Duke will give you a glimmer of hope. All
in all, it was one of the worst played BCS conference game I can ever
remember. I doubt either team wins another ACC game this year.
in other news, watching Michigan get killed by Oregon, which brings
me to a question of trendy vocabularly. Is Michigan getting pwned or
getting punked? I'd love to hear some answers on this..
I feel sorry for Joe Surgan, its not his fault the coaching staff
puts him in the game.
with leverage, we don't wrap guys up. These are mistakes good high
school teams don't make.
who will implode more
just when you want to give up, they reel you back in
good thing. 6 passes so far; none more than 4 yards down field.
they don't even mentioned that Chris Long is Howie Long's son. I
think the production meeting for this game lasted about 5 minutes.
would think they would give some good young guy a chance. Or at
least a hot young southern belle. In the Duke preview, they don't
even mentioned that Duke is allowing Mike Tauilili to play even
though he fled a DWI and pulled a gun.
May guess is that it isn't intentional, it just piss poor reporting.
Opening shows Chris Dougherty which my wife told me just goes by his
last name. Just they wanted to save Doc Walker a few minutes of
time for his intro. Probably a good move.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Around 6 tonight, I go to my local muni (Winnetka Golf Club) to get a quick nine holes in. First, I go to the pro shop to hit a bucket of balls, I go to the counter and a new employee at first undercharges me. I correct him and pay him the full amount instead. He doesn't believe me until I throw the point to the rate sheet above the cash register.
After I hit a bucket, I go back in and pay for a greens fee. I go up to the register and talk to an assistant pro who is clearly on a personal phone call. I handed him $20 (the twilight greens fee). I ask if I need a receipt and he tells me just to go to the first tee.
At the first tee, as I am approached by a ranger asking me for a receipt. (in the middle of my backswing, noless). I tell him that Jeff, the assistant pro, told me just to tee off. He tells me that I need to go back to the pro shop and get a receipt. I told him no and he can radio into the pro shop if he doesn't believe me. Remember that there is only about an hour of daylight left so I have no interest in wasting any more time.
The assistant pro storms out in a huff to talk to the ranger. I ask them what the problem here is. He tells me "Stop being such a f***ing a*******. If you don't like the way we do things here, play some other F***ing course. The ranger is just trying to do his f*****g job here."
I respond that I paid for greens fee and don't like being this way. Jeff responds "Well, I don't having to be nice to f***ing a*******. As he walks away, I nail a three wood 275 right down the middle.
My questions-- what do I do now? The way I see it I have a few options
1) Never go back to Winnetka Golf Course again.
2) Ignore it and go back as normal like nothing happened.
3) Call the head pro tomorrow morning and tell him my story. (Not sure exactly what he would do about the problem though).
4) Go back and confront Jeff about his behavior.
Also keep in mind while there are other cheap munis in the area, this one has the best twilight rates and is usually deserted after 6pm, which I like since i can often play multiple balls and really work on my game. I would prefer to be able to go back, but don't want to go somewhere which doesn't treat its customers well.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
just got a mysterious package from the Duke Alumni Association. They wanted to thank me for my contributions so they gave me a, err.... gift. Not exactly sure what it is, but i think it clips to something.
I guess the $13MM they paid out for the lacrosse settlement made it so they can't give out gifts that the giftees can identify.
ESPN.com need to offer 5-hour of live coverage for the Michael Vick
arraignment? It should be noted that the arraignment offered no
surprises, occurred exactly as expected and lasted fewer than 15
On a related note, I expect Joey Harrington to have a huge year this
year. I will undoubtedly take him late in my fantasy draft.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
needed to be edited out. one switch doesn't make sense though.
They changed the phrase "we are going to pound me in the ass prison"
to "we are going to pound into ass prison" they still said ass on
both version. Apparently, any anal sex reference is too hot for TV.
On a related note, I watched "The Fuck Buddy" Sex in the City episode
on edited TV last night and the edits weren't that bad.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
so before i leave for work this morning, i check out the cover of the tribune. A quick link to people who are passionate about certain restaurants. So I wondered "Did Chick-fil-a make it?" Apparently, the closest Chick-Fil-A is in Racine, WI (70 miles away). But here is the better news, CFA is planning a Chicago-area restaurant by Christmas 2008.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
forward to and look back fondly on. Like Christmas when you still
believed in Santa, like going off to college before you discovered
alcohol or the g-spot or the proper combination of the two and now,
Bill Simmons' draft day diary. though not as good of the 2003
edition (nothing will ever be), it is a must read and i will probably
read it 15 times before next year. rarely is there good quality
analysis that can be laugh out loud funny.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
followed by Press Your Luck). These people are complete lunatics.
not sure if it is overacting or they just recruit complete lunatics.
I swear WWE is more realistics.
For instance, a 40 year-old single blonde who appently forgot her
lexapro that morning gets called to contestant's row wearing an 8
size too big green shirt with the word Plinko all over it. (quite
impressive since blondie was almost pushing 2 bills). Anyway, she
wins and what game do you they? You got it-- Plinko!!
I really wanted to know who watches this. (On a related note, there
was a wishbone salad spritzers commercial after the first pos..
gotta love Da U.).
Saturday, May 26, 2007
home game for Duke Lacrosse? I can never remember a past Duke
athletic event where most of the country was rooting for them to win.
(at least since the 1991 UNLV/Duke National FInal). Even Tony and
Wilbon on PTI wanted to see Duke win it all. If Johns Hopkins
wasn't just down the street, then i would be almost certain that it
would be a Duke crowd.
Stranglely, most people actually know more about David Evans than
they do about JJ Redick.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Other juicy tidbits from the article include Heidi not calling LC after the sex tape story leaked because she was recovering from a boob job.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
if i was 10 years old and the internet existed back then, I would have spent 20 hours a day on the computer
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
With all of the race-related public outcries over the past week with Duke Lax, Imus and Billy Packer, my complaint is not with the people who have committed an insensitive remark. My bigger complaint is with all of the opportunists who try to advance their own personal agendas. Nobody wins in their media stories and are hurt by those who kept the story alive.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Q101 is an alternative radio station that is pretty popular. (At the very least, its well-advertised). Anyway, within 5 minutes, the following commercials players
-An Ad for a downtown strip club
-An Ad for a strip club in Cicero
-An Ad for Jimmy John's
-An Ad for a strip club in Indiana
-Two Ads for a low-cost car insurance
-An Ad for New England Teddy Bears
-Another Ad for Jimmy John's
Now, I must ask... who the hell is listening to radio at 9PM on a saturday night? A bunch of reckless, horny, hunger young men who like sandwiches, girls and occasional send teddy bears to strippers the next day?
Someone really needs to explain this to me.
Friday, March 23, 2007
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Thursday, March 22, 2007
Here's what's not so cool and big pet peeve for me-- women's college basketball salaries. Guess how many women's college basketball programs make money. Guess? Remember that almost every top 25 program plays in packed arenas with big games on national television. Done Guess? Did you guess 20, 40? 60?
Here's the answer... TWO.. and barely. Uconn and Tennessee, two powerhouses who sell out 20,000 person arenas on a weekly basis. And Tennessee barely makes any money.
Why is this important and why do I care? Because over the past few weeks, several high profile women's college basketball jobs have opened up and Duke coach Gail Goestenkors has been named as a candidate for many of them. As well she should since she has led Duke to four final fours in the past eight years and this year's team is ranked #1 in the nation.
Coach G currently makes between $250-300K, based on recent estimates, well below the $1MM the UConn and Tennessee coaches make and well below what the likes of Texas, LSU and Michigan will be offering for a top coach. Many Duke women's fans are upset that G will bolt for more $$ and are urging Joe Alleva and Dick Brodhead to give me a big raise.
I will be very disappointed if Duke ponies up more dough to keep Coach G. Women's basketball loses $$ at Duke, despite an outstanding team. Given the dynamics of sports, this is unlikely to change anytime soon. Since there is only really one sport providing $$ for Duke Athletics, it is basically a zero-sum game for non-revenue sports. Every additional dollar you give Coach G will be a dollar taken away from the swimming, lacrosse and wrestling teams. I don't think thats a good trade.
I don't wish Coach G any ill will. If she can make more dough, she should go for it. I am sure that Duke will have people lined up the door to fill G's shoes and coach a perenniel top 10 program.
My response: You Go, Girl. Literally.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
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Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
originally, i thought it was going to be another sappy What about Brian, however, this was much better acted and writen for a more intelligent audience. (channelling Aaron Sorkin). With its Grey's lead-in, I hope it does well.
As an FYI, Lee Norris (the actor who played Minkus on Boy Meets World) is a recurring character in this show. Thanks IMDB.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
2) Brian Grossman. This guy is the slimiest realtor in Lincoln Park. He sends out obnoxious mailers every week and is our development snoop. He is constantly peering in our townhouse to see how it compares to his listings. If you are thinking of moving to Lincoln Park, DO NOT BUY A HOUSE FROM BRIAN GROSSMAN.
3) Franco Turinelli. The Black Widow has struck again; another one of his associates has quit. I believe this is 7 in 2.5 years. At some point you would think that the William Blair partners would stop giving Franco new associates. He is ruining William Blair's reputation in the finance community
Thursday, March 8, 2007
some highlights from our basketball team tonight
- young players who haven't developed
- an offense that runs away from its most effective weapon in the 2nd half
- an defense that can't adjust to a change in strategy from the other team
- poor decision making at key positions
- horrible unforced turnovers
- your best offensive weapon form the first half sits for most of the second.
I could write a book about this. But if coach K wasn't famous with 25 years of success, everyone would be calling for his head.
Friday, March 2, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
- Wimbledon Pay Equity. This week, Wimbledon announced that the women's and men's champion will make equal money. Women's right advocates rejoiced. This is one of the most ludricrious things I have ever heard of. Sports is entertainment. Compensation should be given based on which of the two sports generates a larger fan base, which gets more sponsors, which gets higher TV rating. In many cases, this might justify HIGHER prize money for the ladies, even though they work less (3 sets versus 5). I wouldn't let the chairman of the All-England Club manage a lemonade stand with these business principles.
- RFID. Somethign I posted on Jonathan Kaplan's blog. As someone who working in consumer packaged good, I feel like I need to comment here. First of all, the experience you describe already exists, and it has nothing to do with RFID. There is a much simpler and efficient way to give customers specific prices-- its called couponing. For a while, every who uses a frequent shopper card gets specific offers (at different values) based on various things in their shopper history (usually purchases of competitive products).
Additionally, some cards will now make custom offers to you when you ENTER the store and scan in your card.
Regarding the example you gave, this would never occur for several reasons-- most notablly whenever you see a discount on a product at your local grocery store, it is funded by the manufacturer, not the grocery store. The manufacturer has no incentive to "raise" prices, since they don't see any of it.
The only really use of RFID in retail (which is mandatory by end of 2009 is to improve inventory management and the amount of product which is actually in-stock.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Sunday, February 4, 2007
However, when terminating the scholarship, their method is a bit unusually. THEY DID IT VIA EMAIL. Yes, the same way Harriet dumped Matt Albie on Studio 60. Via Email. I know Palo Alto is in the middle of Silicon Valley, but a little class here would have gone a long way. I hope any football player thinking of going to Leland Stanford Junior College thinks about this.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
"In my country, this is where the talking stop and the sexxing begin."
Poor guy, the only attractive man on the basketball team who gets more applause for checking out of the game than most get for scoring 30 points. Somewhere J.D. Simpson is smiling.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
If you like real estate, live in Chicago, or are just nosey, go here. If up and coming website, just got a plug in today's Tribune, tracks recent real estate sales with some stories about the people doing the buying and selling.
Shows the wonders of Google.
these are the type of shows that you feel bad before it ends and are disappointed when a week goes by without a new episode.
Here are my two new favorites:
- Its always sunny in Philadelphia.-
Sunny is like Seinfeld on crack. Probably more like a combo between Seinfeld and Larry David. five self-absorbed people own a bar and always look for the quick score. The writing is incredible and I can't wait until new episodes next season. Its on FX, but you think it should belong on HBO.
Iconoclasts is a simple concepts. Bring two people, each famous for separate unrealted things together and see what happens. I've seen two episodes so fair-- one with David Chappelle and Maya Angelou, the other with Laird Hamilton and Eddie Vedder. I was blown away by each of them.I even started lookin to book a Malibu vacation after watching Laird and Eddie surf the other day.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
The fundamanetal economics of this still don't make sense to me. Take Manhattan. You have a concentrated population of comparative wealthy people, many of whom don't have transportation of their own. Now this is a captive audience if I have ever seen one. Where is the lift from this effective price decrease. Does the New York department of tourism think that Manhattanites are fleeing to Jersey to go shopping. Are they concerned about internet sales. Are girls from Queens no longer going to go to the trendy boutiques for their shiny halters top to wear to the best clubs on Staten Island?
Is this driven by trying to draw tourists for shopping vacations? Maybe. However, if this can't be driven by price due to the prohibitive cost of New York hotel rooms. The only legit argument I could think of is competition from the internet. However, I think this has to be marginal at best. This is a TON of $$ that NYC is walking away from, most of which is paid by people who are willing to pay it.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
And what's up with this doofus that she and Audrina are hanging out with? He must either have a billionaire father or a 12 inch cock because I just don't get. He isn't that attractive and is way too cheesy. These two girls are hotter than most of the girls in "The Janice Dickinson Modelling Agency" and they are chilling with an extra from the 2007 version of Mayberry.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Quite impressive and ballsy for a team that hasn't beaten a division I opponent in two and a half years.
This weekend was the 1st Annual Duke University Football summit. A rah-rah meeting attended by former football alums and some other friends of Duke athletics.
So quick summary-- noone is accountable for anything for another year. We are going to "stay the course." Gee, I wish I could get a job where I didn't have to deliver any results for 4 years before being held accountable. Boy, I'm glad to be an alum.
If this enrages you and you want to complain, go here
Admittedly, the source is the New York Daily News, but still it makes you wonder. Maybe some of Beck's $200MM of endorsements will be for books by L. Ron Hubbard.
In other news, the most hyped day of NFL playoffs came and went yesteday. Good thing I didn't bet on either game since I would have gone 0-fer. (Even though Philly covered, i would have taken the money line.).
It also got me to thinking about why I like or dislike certain people. Those who know me know that I refer to Peyton Manning as "the anti-Christ". Don't like Tiger Woods, but like Phil Mickelson and Barry Bonds. At this point, I don't even know why I hate Peyton Manning. Is it because he is smug, but Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are just as smug? Is it because he is a huge choker, well, I liked Phil before he choked.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
We sold our condo about a year ago. The new buyer (whose wife was a C*NT at the close has had his cell phone bill forwarded to our address for the past 6 months (no idea why). We called the cell phone provider and they will not allow us to change the address.
So now Wifey has let me get some revenge. I don't want to just cancel his cell phone service because that can be detected and corrected easily. Instead, I want to deluge him with telephone solicitations. Since this is a work phone and he is likely a drug rep, he can't easily change his number.Any ideas on how to quickly sign him up for really ANNOYING and persistant telemarketer?
Now, as someone who works in the consumer packaged goods industry, this has me thinking.. Is this really a guerrilla marketing programs, that should be driving web traffic? Or was there an ad where somebody truly was offended.
The biggest issue from a marketing perspective, is "Is this something you want to be associates your brand with?" Admittedly, I don't know what the rolling rock brand stands for. However, creating offensive commercials is probably not something that I would want to put in my brand key. It reminds me of interest companies circa 2000, who launched via Superbowl ads which had nothing to do with the product. The one shooting the squirrel out of a cannonball was particularly poignant.
Admittedly, I still need to try to go a find the commercial, but that doesn't mean this is good marketing.
Friday, January 12, 2007
- From Jonathan Kaplan: Interesting post about the stock options activity at Apple with backdated stock options. What I didn't know, though, was that Al Gore served on the board of directors and didn't say a word. Kinda suprising and it will definitely kill any chances Al has of getting elected President. Interesting since I think that he is the most electable Democratic BY FAR in the next election.
I also posted a reply on why legal backdating of stock options is not necessarily a bad thing due to the inherent assymetry of interests between shareholders and optionholders.
- From Bill Simmons Lots of good stuff today from the huge demise of Dante Hall (Are you listen Devin Hester) to the why Chris Collinsworth is the best announcer in the business. however, the best part was his arguments of why all football teams should have a Assistant coach of strategy.
Which leads me to wonder: I've already made the argument for coaches hiring a clock-management consultant (Andy Reid clearly needs one) and a VP of common sense (to talk them into things like, "Definitely try to punch it in on fourth-and-goal, otherwise you're giving up either an extra four points or 30 yards of field position and you're showing no confidence in your offense" and "Maybe we shouldn't call that quick pass to Terry Glenn on our own 1-yard line and just run the ball three times; we have the lead, for God's sake"). Well, why wouldn't they also have some slacker college student who has played 250,000 hours of "Madden" the past three years and faced every conceivable football situation on hand to throw out advice like, "Dude, let them score here; we can get the ball back down eight?" With those three advisers flanking him on the sideline, even Bruce Coslet would have been unstoppable.
Other than being my dream job, it just makes good sense. What other company do you have a key executive making decisions with little to no analysis nor training in the area of risk? None. You need a specialist game theorist to make specific recommendations to the coach during a game. Especially in the NFL with no limit on coaches or coaching salaries. Kinda surprised little Danny Snyder doesn't do this. I know Mark Cuban would if he owned an NFL team.
1) Time until Jimmy Clausen has his first arrest on the Notre Dame campus. (My bet: September)
2) What Jimmy Clausen will be charged with on his first arrest (Smart money is on underage drinking, but I like pot possession.)
3) Time until O. J. Mayo is compared with Harold Miner by Dick Vitale. (Any time now.)
4) Time until Justin Timberlake gets back from Britney. Need to ask Wifey on this one.
5) Time until the NFL person who hired Prince for the Superbowl halftime show is fired.
6) First member of "The hills" to do porn. Smart money is on Heidi, but don't put it past Jason. Also, Breanna Conrad could be a good sleeper as well to get out of LC's shadow.
7) Time until my wife slaps me, the next time I drop Breanna Conrad in the Alphabet game.
more to come...
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Q: How would you evaluate Joe Alleva's leadership of the Department of Athletics?
A: I'm in my third year as president. I met Joe as I met many others before I became president, because I spent six months here in my transition. I really have almost three full years of working with Joe as with everyone else here.
I think it would be fair to say athletics has thrived at Duke in the time that I've been here. Look how many teams have gone so far in postseason championship play. I'm also going to take note of Duke leading the pack in graduation rates of schools with strong sports programs. That's great too because the whole point is we really try to take the student-athlete concept seriously here and not just have students who are great athletes who do not participate in the academic life of the school.
Our one Rhodes scholar this year was a varsity athlete and a captain of a team. That's great. One of the things that's very much to Joe's credit is the evenness of attention that's been given to lots of sports. There are some schools where only a couple sports are taken seriously. I think Joe takes them all seriously, which is a very good thing. To be sure, last spring was a challenging time for him and his department as it was for the rest of the university.
Joe Alleva is the athletic director of this place, and he's our athletic director going forward
I don't even know where to began. Is the worst part of the article...
1) the perception that we needed to invest in all sports evenly?
2) the fact that Dick perceives Joe as doing a good job or
3) the perception that Joe has been responsible for our increase in the Sears Cup rankings? No sport where he has hired the Head coach is in a better position now compared to when he arrived.
Wifey was upset this past week because she told off some horrible customer service reps. She was upset that she was particularly mean to them . Me, I feel better after doing that.
Also, I have started to be addicted to cruise message boards. Especially those from people who had miserable times. though i would likely never go on another cruise (at least a middle market one), for some reason i love reading about people whose experience was worse than mine.
Tuesday, January 2, 2007
If he won't answer that question, what will he answer?