Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Capitalism's Enemies Within

Wall Street's pay practices perversely encourage extreme risk-taking that can destabilize the economy.

Amid the mayhem on world financial markets, it is becoming clear that capitalism's most dangerous enemies are capitalists. No one can have watched the "subprime mortgage" debacle without noticing the absurd contrast between the magnitude of the failure and the lavish rewards heaped on those who presided over it. At Merrill Lynch and Citigroup, large losses on subprime securities cost chief executives their jobs -- and they left with multimillion-dollar pay packages. Stanley O'Neal, the ex-head of Merrill, received an estimated $161 million.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

KIffin Signs , Stroud to Hang self

It is was it is. Stroud is a lame hack.
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Monte Agrees In Principle, Stroud To Hang Self In Shower

January 18, 2008

Earlier today, I read Rick Stroud's story about Kiffin getting offered less than he was currently making.

It's believed the Bucs have offered Kiffin less than what he made last season, leaving the two sides considerably apart.

I had half an entry written about how "it's believed" means Stroud had absolutely no sources and was just pulling this out of his gargantuan asshole, but I abandoned it because it started to sound like I was piling on when I really didn't know what Kiffin was offered myself. The Tribune touched on it, but their version of it has far fewer instances of the words "fuckface" and "hack-tacular".

I'm not sure which is more satisfying, Kiffin being retained or Stroud being publicly proven wrong again. Isn't it about time to stick him on the monster truck rally or championship bingo beats?

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008


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Stroud goes on to make a very generalized point about Gruden having a big ego and making everything all about him. In reality, Gruden called a bad game. In a season where he made some fantastic calls in difficult circumstances, he called a shit game at a critical time. It's frustrating, but it happens. It doesn't mean that Gruden has somehow lost the team or that he's on some Donald Trump-ish ego ride. That's not looking through pewter-colored glasses (which most people call sunglasses,) that's just being objective. In fact, players backed him up when they were asked about their coach at the end of the season.

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Friday, January 4, 2008

New England Spygate DT Vince Wilfolk gets off Easy with Fine

EyE gouging incident yields Wilfolk only a fine, indicating the NFL's favored position towards the Patriots. Look for the Cheatriots to win the Super Bowl with help from the referees if necessary.
We're amazed -- amazed -- that Pats defensive
tackle Vince Wilfork was fined only $15,000 for treating Giants running back
Brandon Jacobs like he'd just said "nyuk, nyuk, nyuk."
Wilfork jammed his stubby finger into
Jacobs' eye!
Sure, Jacobs wasn't hurt.  But the act
was still heinous.  If the officials had seen it, he surely would have
been ejected.  So why wasn't he suspended?
And given that it was Wilfork's third fine of
the year for on-field misbehavior, we think that he at least should have
been fined far more than $15,000.
Finally, a reader has made a great suggestion. 
Why not base these fines on a percentage of the player's annual salary? 
As it now stands, these penalties affect players of different income levels
differently.  The goal, however, should be to create a deterrent effect
that is consistent.  The best way to do that is to take away a specific
portion of the player's pay. 
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