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Monday, December 31, 2007

super mario

looks like mario williams is going to be getting the last laugh.  Let's review the performance of the most hyped 2006 draft pics
- Reggie Bush:  consistantly hurt and not durable despite some signs of greatness
- Matt Leinhart:  yet to show much and clearly inferior to Kurt Warner when healthy
- Vince Young:  benched for his team's two most important drives of the year
Mario Williams-- becoming one of the most dominant DEs in the league with 9.5 sacks this year.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

riddle me this...

Why isn't baby spears' baby daddy getting his redneck ass thrown in jail for statutory rape?
I'm just saying....

Sunday, December 16, 2007

question for those who are tech savvy...

My wife won a iPhone at our company christmas party last week. She loves it and after playing with it i dig it too (and I am not generally an earlier adopter of new toys.) I was thinking about getting one when the new generation comes out. However, then i realized something, they don't make a version without a camera in it. In fact, most manufacturers don't.

Go into any office, manufacturing facility in a competitive industry and you aren't allowed to have cameras in there. I am sure there are lots more places as well. Why haven't cell phone manufacturers come out with high quality phones with all of the gadgets without a camera on it? There is clearly a demand out there and this would be a huge differentiators out there, but there needs to be some reason these companies aren't doing this.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


The best poker player in the world died yesterday.  Chip Reese died in Las Vegas from pneumonia.   Renowed as the best player across multiple games, Chip went against the no-limit hold em craze.   He is one of the key reasons that I originally forced myself to play multiple games as my poker career progressed.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Riddle of the day--

This saturday, which would citizens of Columbis prefer
1) OU beating Missouri   or
2) Les Miles being named Michigan coach

Saturday, November 24, 2007

20-14... the end of an era... finally

A devasting loss... And since the decision to fire Ted was made before the game Duke fans don't ever have any mixed emotions about the loss.

Actually the entire game as a pretty good representation of the Ted Roof Era

We had

* 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

its always better seeing it online

let the coaching search begin...   and hope the Marty rumors are true.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

need no explanation

thanks to mike corey

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Duke superbowl

this is hysterical.
Truly a battle of the movable force against the resistable object.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Joe Alleva strikes again...

This story is funny on so many levels.

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

tom glavine and democracy

looked at the guest list for tonight's white house dinner and noticed a certain Atlanta Braves pitcher.  Nice guy and all, but not exactly sure why he and his wife merit an invite, unless the new French Prez is looking to expand baseball in France.
Below is the full list.

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

if you want some light reading...

apparently now when you write a letter to the editor, the chronicle now has an online forum where people can response to it.  I can't wait to get flamed by some holier than thou Cameron Crazies

Sunday, October 28, 2007

absolute ludacy

anyone in the consumer good business knows the importance of black friday, or the day after thanksgiving.  This is when most mass retailers start their Christmas promotions.  Everyone in the industry guesses how much value key retailers will be offering.  Too many value might cut into margins and prevent the retailers from hitting its year-end profit target.   Too little discount could prevent the topline sales and result in lower than expected profit and increased year-end inventory.
Over the past few years, Black Friday has become an event in and of itself.   Consumers look forward to Black Friday and even make it a tradition to get up at 4 in the morning to go to the store with the best values.  As a result, lots of websites first and tv stations second have begun to closely follow the ads, especially for the extreme value.  Often, these ads are "leaked" weeks ahead of Black Friday to insure that the stores receive the right amount of pre-Friday hype.  In fact, there are multiple websites solely dedicated to covering the ads.
However, just a few weeks ago, Wal-Mart sent a notice to all of these websites asking them to remove their black friday ads and threatening legal action if they don't.   Is Wal-mart really that naive to belief that by shutting down a few websites noone will know their black friday ad prices.  and even if they do, is this a good thing?   Black friday ads are printed up at least a month in advance and no one would be able to react even if they did know competitor prices in advance.  Additional wal-mart is constantly monitoring pricing and would do any additional rollback or Save Even More if key product failed to move.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

you mean The HIlls is fake?


duke athletic scheduling

Joe Alleva should be embarassed by the athletic scheduling situation
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

tv line of the line

leonard: I thought you werent interested in me.

Emily: That was before i saw you handling that beautiful piece of
wood between your legs.

leonard: you mean my cello?

Emily: No, I mean the obvious crude double entendre. I'm seducing you.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

making whoopi

what strange times we live in... Whoopi Goldberg is one of the few people making sense in the Duke lacrosse case.   Today she demanded that Al Sharpton apologize to the 3 indicted members of the Duke lacrosse team.  You go girl

Sunday, October 7, 2007

chicago marathon

a few thoughts:
  • 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

I just got this email this morning.  i was a season ticket holder for the 2003-2004 season and have not heard from the Blackhawks since.   Obviously, hockey's popularlity is down in this country.  The Red Wings just had their first non-sellout in 18 years.  However, you really can't say that the Hawks are doing all they can to generate a full house. 


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Martin Havlat, Patrick Kane, and the rest of the Hawks are ready to go and we have great ticket packages available for you to catch the action.

Just call me today at (312)455-7059 and we can pick out the best seats for your Full Season, 22, 11, or 5 Game Plan.

Thank you and go Hawks!

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Saturday, September 15, 2007


I think ryan mallett has girl calves. Not sure how you can be a
division I athlete with those legs. hopefully a picture will be
coming soon.

Friday, September 14, 2007

great article for any high school sports fan

Pretty much the same premise that i wrote about in my Philosophy of
Sports class. I wonder if that lunatic self-righteous professor
Ben Ward would receive this article any better....

Saturday, September 8, 2007

game over

well i couldn't keep the game blog up... far too frustrating. when
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..

from ted roof's halftime interview

we need to get better in every phase of the game.

maybe he finally gets it

force turnover, drive bacll inside 10, miss FG. ah Duke football.
I feel sorry for Joe Surgan, its not his fault the coaching staff
puts him in the game.
our fundamentals are horrible. we don't stay low, we don't play
with leverage, we don't wrap guys up. These are mistakes good high
school teams don't make.
missed FG by Duke... UVA isn;t that good either. Its almost about
who will implode more
SAFETY 14-2.

just when you want to give up, they reel you back in

get a first down on a fake punt-- ted is desperate, that can be a
good thing. 6 passes so far; none more than 4 yards down field.
TD UVA 14-0. nothing special, they just walk the ball down the field.
another 3 and out ended by a drop..keeping a positive atitude is tough.
TV UVA. their TE runs over 3 of our guys
short punt returned 66 yards to the Duke 2. This blog might be
pretty short.
first play-- audibile into a FB lead for a 3-yard loss. nice way to

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.

mike hogewood back on the sidelines. with coverage this bad, you
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.

keys to the game

For Duke: Beat UVA, not themselves.

Quite insightful for a team that has lost 23 straight.

real time blog of Duke vs. UVA game

let's see how this goes and how long i can prevent getting hostile.

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

another episode in poor customer service.

wanted to share this with you guys and get some opinions on what I should do next. Clearly, many golf courses forget that they are in the service industry.

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

great new website

check out one of my new favorite website.  This website is designed to measure how "walkable" a neighborhood is.  However, its real value is a quick and easy to read view of all of the key restaurants, grocery stores, etc near a certain address.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The dog ate my law license

Apparently Mike Nifong's dog ate his law license.   If they made this a movie, noone would believe it.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

dumb question.

If you usually wear a size 11 shoe, but end up fitting right in a
size 10.5 instead, do these shoes run big or run small?

Saturday, July 28, 2007

what the heck?

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.


i feel like the ESPN ombudsperson here. but why on earth did 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

strange edit

watched office space on comedy central today. obviously swear words
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

one week in... I still haven't seen a person with an iPhone.  Maybe i just don't see technosavvey people on a daily basis (no, that's not true) or maybe I just don't see enough really stupid people on a daily basis.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

shout out

thought i would give a shout out to one of my new favorite web

For a foodie like myself, you can always
pick somethign up.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

good news

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


andy roddick is a stud. he was down 3-0 in the third set and then
down 5-0 in the tiebreaker and still managed to win. He just kept
putting the ball back in play and let the frenchman he was playing
completely implode. This is the year he beats federer.

Monday, July 2, 2007

no sightings

still no iPhone sightings yet.  maybe I have reached that point in my life where i don't associate with conspicous consumers that much.

Friday, June 29, 2007

it never fails

somethings just never chance. the things you appreciate and look
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

political correctness

in the car this morning, when talking about our respective middle management heavy organzations, i made the comment, "sometimes its all chiefs and no native americans".   Wifey didn't get it.  Then i explained, I was referencing the expression all chiefs and no indians, with my tongue in cheek politically correct adjustment.  She still didn't get it. 
Apparently, she had never heard the expression before.  Guess the U of C Lab school was politically correct way before the rest of us

Sunday, June 10, 2007

My list...

products that charge a premium for offering a cheaper or less quality product than their competitors.

Here is my start

- Nudie jeans
- Dove/Degree Ultimate Clear deodorant
- some type of plastic hangbag Wifey was telling me about

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

here's the secret... P&G are liars.

maybe you've seen the latest ads for Old Spice or Secret Deodorants.   Money-back guarantee.    One would think that if use the product and it doesn't work, P&G (the owner of the two brands) would do the right thing and refund your money.   WRONG!!
I recently called their Refund line (1-866-311-0795) to call and ask for a refund after my mother had green marks left on her underarm after using the product for the first.   But no, they want the original receipts, the UPC from the original document and enough information to fill a wikipedia site.   Who is actually going to have this information?  Only someone trying to get something for free.  Users of the product who are NOT trying to take advantage of the company, will get nothing back except a bad taste in their money to P&G.
Here's hoping all of the Secret complainers switch to Dove after they can't get their money back.    And stop using Tide too.

Monday, June 4, 2007

back from alabama

Ross Bridge might be one of the best golf courses in the world.  Next time I am in sweet home alabama.  Definitely need to make a point of playing (though not that 8300 yard version).

Monday, May 28, 2007

the price is wrong, bitch

haven't watched the show since the summer of 1986. (when it was
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

will the country be behind Duke?

In the heart of Maryland country, is there a chance this could be a
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

watch me... i'm trendy now.. and a great marketing idea

I am now officially the most fashion forward member of my family, passing wifey this weekend.  The reason-- our latest purchase, a pair of Nudie jeans.
Never heard of them before?  Me neither.  There are jeans made with unwashed denim.  When you try them on, they are stiff and rigid.  As you wear then over time, they wear out to your body.   Apparently, they are the rage in Europe.  So I will be wearing these jeans for the next few months at home, before they will be ready to leave the house with me.
From a marketing perspective, this is truly brilliant.  They are taking costs out of a product, but charging consumers a premium.  Kinda reminds you of deodorants, doesn't it?

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

The bestest boyfriend in the world!!!

Gotta check out the latest US magazine. A great story on Spencer and Heidi promoted on the front cover with the quote "The Best Boyfriend in the world". Upon reading the article, you see that the quote was accurate from the article, but Spencer was the one giving it as in "Heidi has the Best boyfriend in the world."

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

my new favorite pastime

and america's pasttime as well. Computer Simulated fantasy baseball league. Here you are the manager and general manager for a mythical baseball team. They play 8 games per day so the seasons run fast and you can really build a dynasty over time.

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


It is now a word. How cool is that...

We are Virginia Tech

Just watch this...

One of the most moving things I can remember in a long time. Speeches like this are why I love the spoken word.

Monday, April 16, 2007

still waiting...

for an apology from Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to the Duke lax players. I know Jesse promised to pay for the poor stripper's college education. I wonder if that offer is still true for Colin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann.

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

Texas is trendy

why are all the women on Friday Night Lights wearing premium denim? I doubt there are lots of Sevens sold in Dylan, Texas

Saturday, March 31, 2007

new favorite blog

CJ Nitkowski, MLB journeyman reliever is pitching in Japan this year. His very often updated blog is a really good read and is becoming part of my morning routine.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Radio Daze

something happened on the way from the suburbs. Wifey and I were driving back from Niche in Geneva last Saturday and she asked that we listen to FM radio. After learning that my car had FM radio, she switched the channel to Q101.

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

for the ladies... a saving tip from wifey

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

G for the money

I like women's basketball. I really do. It is entertaining and since Duke has been pretty good in recent years, I can even have a rooting interest.

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.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

History of television, part one

50 years from now, when they teach a class in reality television, Sanjaya's performance where he hugged a crying obese 8-year old will rank among the all-time greats right next to Real World New Orleans' David singing "Come on be my baby tonight".

Sunday, March 18, 2007


earlier this week, I ws talking about how bad television was. With S60 on its way out, Friday Night Lights not looking much better Antonella off American Idol and Janice Dickinson at the end of her season, there is NO must-see television for Mark. However, I saw October Road on DVR this morning and finally saw something with promise.

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

Peeves and Complains

1) Fox Sports' NASCAR covered. Noone on TV or via the internet can you find our when the race actually starts. It is probably a way to drive rating of the prerace shows, however, it might end up working in reverse with lots of fans missing the starts. I definitely wouldn't want to be an advertiser with a big spend on the first C-Break. For a sport that literally revolves around its fans, I would expect more.

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


for one day, Ted roof was not the worst coach for a high-profile Duke athletic teams.

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.


Antonella lost. So did Sundance.

I'm done watching Idol for the year. Hopefully, lots of others are as well.

Friday, March 2, 2007

Over the Hills

If you ever want to very dirty, read this!

Not sure that I can every watch The Hills the same way again. Spencers talks about making a sex video with Heidi and posting it on the internet.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Random thoughts

things i've been meaning to post about, but haven't

- 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

does anyone else...

prefer watching the NFL combine to an actual college basketball game?

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

American idol

if you watch American idol, you need to know about This will allow you to monitor real-time which contestant is likely to be voted off.

this made me laugh

Sign above the Chelsea International Youth Hostel in the New York:

Check-in In Rear

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Help please

love our new Mac, Sparky. Only negative is Excel.

is anyone can get me a good list of Mac shortcuts for Excel, I'd be your baby tonight.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Jim Harbaugh... classless

Kind of ironic it happens during Superbowl week. But the former Bears and Colts QB has realy made his mark as Stanford's new head football coach. Already with a good recruiting class in tow, Stanford rescinded an offer to Eddie Morgan, a fast Texas DB. Not that much interesting there, though academic schools tend not to yank schollies the way teams Mack Brown coaches do.

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

i love my wife...

- she coined a new phrase today, "debutards" . noun. a combination of a debutant and retard. See also, "My Super Sweet 16"

- While watching the Apprentice she said, "You know what the problem is with this team. There are too many damn women."

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Its official... im a traitor

After 9 years, I'm coming back. Just purchased a new computer and it is a Mac. I'm sick of slow boot ups and it will make photo editing and storing easier for Wifey.

Should be here Tuesday.

great quote...

from my friend Erin, regarding Duke guard.

Marty Pocius.

"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


Indy beats the Pats. So I actually need to root for Bears in a couple weeks. I hate being part of the crowd.

The American Pasttime

...not baseball, real estate.

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.

what's on my tv

have a few new favorite shows...

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.-
  • Iconoclasts.

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.

Football picks for the day

everything logicial points to the Saints, but everyone and their dog like the Saints. So as much as it pains me, i'll pick the bears.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Getting good value in manhattan

New York city to eliminate sales tax on clothing. link. Wifey will be quite happy. She will definitely want to visit more.

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

in breaking news...

The Miami, DC and Vegas condo markets have collapsed. Couldn't see that coming. Let's see in cities with no real growth in industry, quadrupling the amount of high-income housing in a concentrated area.


Heidi-larious: The season premier of The Hills

OMG, like this is a total bummer, dude.
Is MTV now trying to create Heidi into a sympathic characters? She is now getting played instead of doing the playing and making accidently have been pregnant. Maybe they are just trying to delay her inevitable career into the porn industry. And by the way.. That Bolthouse guy looks like the dirtiest pimp I have ever seen. I guarantee there are some "extras" available to the VIP room in his clubs.

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.

At least Kristin Cavellieri knew how to be a good power dater. Matt Leinhart and Nick Lachey. And she wasn't as attractive as these two either.

Now if only Matt L. had given Kristin a pregnancy scare... that would have been some must-see television.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Duking it out on campus

Get your bets in now people. Duke is going to a bowl in 2008. Don't believe me. Ask head coach Ted Roof. Or Duke President Dick Brodhead. Or Duke Athletic Director Joe Alleva. Apparently, the pieces are in place to get to a bowl in TWO year.

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

Can he sink any lower

Apparently, Tom Cruise helped influence David Beckham to the LA so he could join the church of what's happening now, I mean scientology.

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

I love revenge

especially for small and pretty stuff.

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?

Guerrilla Marketing

Anyone who drives through the River north neighborhood in Chicago is familiar with it. Going south on Wells a big green billboard saying "If you were offended by the Rolling Rock "Beer Ape" ad please email"

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

today's news

A few very good things online today..

- 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.

Things I wish I could bet on....

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

I guess Joe really know how to work his Dick

quotes from Dick Brodhead regarding Duke athletics.

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.


something is wrong with me. Or wrong with wifey... possibly both.

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

High comedy in the NFL

There is comedy, there is high comedy and then there is Nick Saban. Check out this link for the most mind numbing press conference ever. At this season ending press conference when asked about whether or not he would return next year as a dolphins coach.

If he won't answer that question, what will he answer?