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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. 


It's time for hockey and the 07-08 Blackhawks begin their season tonight against Minnesota!

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!

Matt Powers
Senior Account Executive
Chicago Blackhawk Hockey Team, Inc.
Season & Group Ticket Sales Department
Direct Line: (312) 455-7059
Fax: (312) 455-7042