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'The Boss' Endorses Obama 'Ignite' - New


By Tommy Christopher (Political
Machine)
nation with a citizenry willing to tackle
nuanced and complex problems, a country
McCain Ad
Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:30:00 AM
that's interested in its collective destiny and By Greg McNeilly (Political Machine)
in the potential of its gathered spirit. A Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:54:00 AM
Filed under: Endorsements, Democrats, place where "...nobody crowds you, and
Barack Obama, Featured Stories, 2008 nobody goes it alone." Filed under: Ads, John McCain, 2008
President Rock and Roll icon, New Jersey At the moment, critics have tried to President
favorite son, and American treasure Bruce diminish Senator Obama through the John McCain's campaign launches a new
Springsteen has endorsed Democratic exaggeration of certain of his comments :30 second spot titled "Ignite." It focuses
Senator Barack Obama's Presidential bid. and relationships. While these matters are on the McCain's plan to ignite America's
From Bruce's website: Dear Friends and worthy of some discussion, they have been economy and jobs.
Fans: ripped out of the context and fabric of the The ad's script reads: ANNCR: As
Like most of you, I've been following the man's life and vision, so well described in President, John McCain will take the best
campaign and I have now seen and heard his excellent book, Dreams of My Father, ideas from both parties to spur innovation,
enough to know where I stand. Senator often in order to distract us from invest in people and create jobs. Taxes --
Obama, in my view, is head and shoulders discussing the real issues: war and peace, simpler, fairer. Energy -- cleaner, cheaper.
above the rest. the fight for economic and racial justice, Health care -- portable and affordable.
He has the depth, the reflectiveness, and reaffirming our Constitution, and the Workers retrained, mortgage debt
the resilience to be our next President. He protection and enhancement of our restructured, education transformed.
speaks to the America I've envisioned in environment. Initiatives that will unite us and ignite our
my music for the past 35 years, a generous After the terrible damage done over the economy. Big ideas for serious problems.
nation with a citizenry willing to tackle past eight years, a great American John McCain. JOHN MCCAIN: I'm John
nuanced and complex problems, a country white people. He's known and respected Here's the full text of the endorsement: reclamation project needs to be McCain and I approve this message.
that's interested in its collective destiny and for his socially conscious music, and even Dear Friends and Fans: undertaken. I believe that Senator Obama This is (finally) a real kick-off to the
in the potential of its gathered spirit. A casual fans associate him with patriotism Like most of you, I've been following the is the best candidate to lead that project General Election branding that McCain
place where "...nobody crowds you, and because of his anthemic hit, "Born in the campaign and I have now seen and heard and to lead us into the 21st Century with a needs. When it comes to pitting the
nobody goes it alone." Funny that I just got USA,"so this is probably about the best enough to know where I stand. Senator renewed sense of moral purpose and of experience of either a Ivy League lawyer
done joking to you that the candidates had Rock endorsement Obama could have Obama, in my view, is head and shoulders ourselves as Americans. versus a war hero, the difference on the
split The Village People's endorsement. hoped for. above the rest. Over here on E Street, we're proud to economy will be vision. This ad starts to
This will likely carry slightly more weight After the jump, the rest of Bruce's He has the depth, the reflectiveness, and support Obama for President. draw that distinction.
than that hypothetical endorsement. endorsement, including his comments on the resilience to be our next President. He Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
I never really "got" The Boss. I mean, I "BitterGate." speaks to the America I've envisioned in Comments Comments
like him just fine, but he's like a God to View Poll my music for the past 35 years, a generous

PA Poll Update
By Dave (Political Machine) Yesterday's ARG poll had down by 20 down from 18 last week, but SUSA also place, but average it all out and we have speculation, but I don't see anything else
Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:44:00 PM
points and stunned everyone, but ARG has has a history of volatile polling. Clinton up by 6-14 points and a probable dominating the news cycles over the last
been volatile. But other polling out today LAT: Clinton +5 bump of around 3-4. That's a reasonable few days to explain this.
Filed under: Hillary Clinton, Barack indicates that Clinton has bumped, but not Strategic Vision: Clinton by 9 with a +4 guess as to the real state of things. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
Obama, 2008 President, Polls by that much. bump over last week. Which means that Clinton has arrested Comments
Some polls I'm watching to judge the Rasmussen: Clinton up by 9 with a +4 Quinnipiac: Clinton up 6 unchanged her downward slide in PA, something she
effect of Obama's small town gaffe on the bump over the last poll. Extremely reliable. from last time. desperately needed to do. Whether this is
upcoming Pennsylvania primary. Survey USA: Clinton up by 14 but that's So yes, we are certainly all over the attributable to the Obama gaffe is open to
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100 Pa Mayors Endorse Hillary, 19 Show Up


By Tommy Christopher (Political Senator Clinton said. "From small towns to
Machine) big cities, these mayors work hard every
Submitted at 4/16/2008 2:45:00 AM
day to improve the lives of the people they
serve and they know they need a strong
Filed under: Hillary Clinton, partner in Washington to help them bring
Endorsements, Democrats, 2008 President affordable health care and revitalize their
The Clinton campaign sent out twin local economies."
announcements regarding mayors The 100 mayors endorsing Hillary today
yesterday, the first being the endorsement will work in the final week of the
of Hillary Clinton by 100 Pennsylvania campaign to get out Hillary's message of
mayors. HARRISBURG, Pa. - Turnout at change for Pennsylvania and the country.
the "100 Mayors for Hillary" rally was a Hillary understands the economic
little under 20 percent. pressures of families who have lost jobs,
Nineteen mayors of Pennsylvania cities face foreclosures, and can't afford health
showed up for Tuesday's rally in the insurance or college tuition. She
Rotunda of the Pennsylvania Capitol. understands what it's like to roll up your
Other mayors' names were listed on sleeve and work hard. As president, Hillary
placards supporting Sen. Hillary Rodham will fight for the issues that matter to all
Clinton of New York for the Democratic Americans starting on day one in the
presidential nomination. White House.
Oof! When I first read the Clinton Below is a list of the 100 Pennsylvania
camp's statement, I thought, "Really? 100 mayors endorsing Hillary Clinton:
mayors? Isn't that a bit like me listing my Ø Mayor Michele Avvisato, Old Forge,
kindergarten teacher as a job reference?" Lackawanna County
But, then, to only have 19 of them show Ø Mayor Norman Ball, Tunkhannock,
up to a rally called "100 Mayors for Wyoming County
Hillary?" What happened, did they take 81 Ø Mayor Anthony Battalini, Aliquippa,
of 'em down and pass 'em around on the Beaver County
bus ride over? Ø Mayor Sam Benyi ,Clarksville, Greene
There has been this annoying tendency County
on the part of both campaigns to trot out Ø Mayor Ronald Besong, Bell Acres,
volume endorsements like these and shove Allegheny County
them in front of the press like stacks of Ø Mayor Louis Biacchi, Berwick,
gleaming coins. Barack has 93 Generals, Columbia County
Hillary has 147 Admirals*, (*not actual Ø Mayor James V. Bitonti, Belle
figures) Barack has 3 of the original Vernon, Fayette County
Charlie's Angels, Hillary has Shelley Hack Ø Mayor Richard Bowen, Taylor,
and Tanya Robertson, they've split the Lackawanna County
Village People evenly. Who cares? If you Ø Mayor Thomas Brown, Bentleyville,
got the 93 stupidest generals and your Washington County
opponent got Sun Tzu, you're beat. Plus, Ø Mayor John B.Callahan, Bethlehem,
why are there so many Generals? Northampton County
See the full text of the Clinton Ø Mayor Willard Canfield, Hallsted,
campaign's statement after the jump. Susquehana County
100 Keystone Mayors Endorse State Ø Mayor Gennaro Cantalupo, Northern
Hillary Clinton for President Cambria, Cambria County
Harrisburg, PA - Showing strength and Ø Mayor Robert P. Carpenter, Laporte,
momentum in the Keystone State, the Sullivan County
Clinton campaign today announced 100 Ø Mayor Peter M.Casini, South
mayors who are endorsing Hillary Clinton Connellsville, Fayette County
for president. Following Senator Obama's Ø Mayor Joseph J.Cisco, Ellport,
remarks dismissing small town America, Lawrence County
mayors joined supporters today in Ø Mayor Anthony Colaizzo,
Harrisburg to declare their support for Canonsburg, Washington County
Hillary because of her readiness to lead on Ø Mayor Esther Cotner,
day one, her plans to jumpstart the
economy, and her Pennsylvania roots and commitment to Pennsylvania values. "I am proud to have such strong support from 100 of Pennsylvania's finest mayors," 100 page 3
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Washingtonville, Montour County Westmoreland County Tamaqua, Schuylkill County Fayette County
Ø Mayor Carl Cott, Forksville, Sullivan Ø Mayor Joseph Keating, Pittston, Ø Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia, Ø Mayor Matt Sinberg, Yardley, Bucks
County Luzerne County Philadelphia County County
Ø Mayor Joan B. Derco, Youngwood,
Westmoreland County
Ø Mayor James F. Kinder, Mount Wolf
Boro, York County
Ø Mayor Susan O'Connell, Crafton,
Allegheny County
Ø Mayor Joseph E. Sinnott, Erie, Erie
County
Yep, Another
Ø Mayor Christopher Doherty, Scranton,
Lackawanna County
Ø Mayor Donald L. Kinosz, Lower
Burrell, Westmoreland County
Ø Mayor Raymond J. Osmolinski, Sr,
Gallitzin, Cambria County
Ø Mayor Thomas Smith, Blawnox,
Allegheny County Dem Debate
Ø Mayor Bernard Dubaskas, Ø Mayor Philip Krivacek, Duquesne, Ø Mayor Salvatore J. Panto, Jr., Easton, Ø Mayor Rick Smith, New Brighton, By Denise Williams (Political
Edwardsville, Luzerne County Allegheny County Northampton County Beaver County
Ø Mayor Gary L. Durkin, Flemington, Ø Mayor Joseph Daniel Kudlac, Ø Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Allentown, Ø Mayor Larry Sprowls, Calysville, Machine)
Clinton County Ellsworth, Washington County Lehigh County Washington County Submitted at 4/15/2008 5:10:00 PM
Ø Mayor Greg Erosenko, Monroeville , Ø Mayor Maxine J. Kuntz, East Ø Mayor Louis Payne, East Pittsburgh, Ø Mayor Jeff Steffler, Wampum, Filed under: Democrats, Debates, Media
Allegheny County Prospect, York County Allegheny County Lawrence County It's almost over, gang. Just two more
Ø Mayor Emerson M. Fazekas, Ø Mayor Michael M. Kutsek, Ø Mayor Joyce Peccon, Carmichaels, Ø Mayor Margaret Stock, Butler, Butler Democratic debates between Hillary and
Versailles, Allegheny County Finleyville, Washington County Greene County County Barack before the convention. Wednesday
Ø Mayor Philip Ferrizzi, Bally, Berks Ø Mayor Leonard J. Larkin, Falls Creek, Ø Mayor Connie Peck, Trappe, Ø Mayor F. John Szatkiewicz, Ohioville, night, ABC News is hosting a debate that
County Jefferson County Montgomery County Beaver County will televised from the National
Ø Mayor Ned C. Fink, Fountain Hill, Ø Mayor Tom Leighton, Wilkes Barre, Ø Mayor David Perusso, Wilson, Ø Mayor Nicki Todaro, Newell, Fayette Constitution Center in Philadelphia at 8:00
Lehigh County Luzerne County Northampton County County pm EDT. Charlie Gibson and George
Ø Mayor Richard T. Fluck, Hellertown, Ø Mayor Patrick Loughney, Dunmore, Ø Mayor Delmar Phillips, Frackville, Ø Mayor Tom Trigona, Johnstown, Stephanopolous will moderate.
Northampton County Lackawanna County Schuylkill County Cambria County I'll be live-blogging from the spin room
Ø Mayor Jim France, East Lansdowne, Ø Mayor Thomas E. Loukota, Ø Mayor Dennis Pietrandrea, Koppel, Ø Mayor TonyWalck, Nesquehoning, starting around 7:00 pm Wednesday. It
Delaware County Masontown, Fayette County Beaver County Carbon County will be a different kind of live-blog as I
Ø Mayor Ralph Garzia, Brookhaven, Ø Mayor Robert J. Lucas, Sharon, Ø Mayor Albert Pipik, Allenport, Ø Mayor William L. Welch, State chase media types around the room trying
Delaware County Mercer County Washington County College, Centre County to get them on record on anything for our
Ø Mayor Richard Gassman, Matamoras, Ø Mayor Bernard M. Luketich, Ø Mayor Dominick Pomposelli, Ø Mayor Leslie Whitehill, Salladasburg, readers.
Pike County Cokeburg, Washington County Wilmerding, Allegheny County Lycoming County I don't expect I'll get anywhere near the
Ø Mayor Gerald W. Gross, West Easton, Ø Mayor Edward Lyons, North Belle Ø Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Pittsburgh, Ø Mayor Barbara Wilhelm, Dawson, candidates, but if you have any suggestions
Northampton County Vernon, Westmoreland County Allegheny County Fayette County for questions that I can ask other media
Ø Mayor Connie M. Guy, Mountville, Ø Mayor Timothy Martin, Freeland, Ø Mayor Judy Reed, Connellsville, Ø Mayor James E. Wolfe, Tarentum, people or the candidate surrogates, leave
Lancaster County Luzerne County Fayette County Allegheny County them in the comments section and I'll give
Ø Mayor John Haberland, Coraopolis, Ø Mayor Armand Martinelli, East Ø Mayor Stephen R. Reed, Harrisburg, Ø Mayor John Yacura, Elizabeth, it my best shot!
Allegheny County Stroundsburg, Monroe County Dauphin County Allegheny County Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
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Mifflin County Delaware County Schuylkill County Luzerne County
Ø Mayor David Haslett, Avalon, Ø Mayor Raymond McDonough, North Ø Mayor Herb Riede, McSherrystown, Ø Mayor Jayne Young, Lansdowne,
Allegheny County Braddock, Allegheny County Adams County Delaware County
Ø Mayor Joseph Herbert, West Ø Mayor Beverly Merkel, Jessup, Ø Mayor Joseph Saxton, Bristol, Bucks Ø Mayor Stanley Zamerowski, Pringle,
Wyoming, Luzerne County Lackawanna County County Luzerne County
Ø Mayor William Jenkins, Larksville, Ø Mayor John Milander, Jr., Coplay, Ø Mayor John Segilia, Moosic, Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
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Ø Mayor Joseph Kazan, New Stanton, Ø Mayor Christian P. Morrison, Ø Mayor Timothy Shoemaker, Everson,

Clinton Wins PA, Loses Nomination to Obama


By David Knowles (Political for Clinton is that, according to every delegate pick up)--is just not going to be into each and every district, are predicting
Machine) polling organization out there, the enough to get Clinton much closer to that the overall delegate totals don't seem
Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:00:00 AM
Pennsylvania race has tightened earning the nomination. likely to change all that much after the
significantly. A small margin of victory-- Singer relies on numbers generated by a Keystone State has had its say.
Filed under: Hillary Clinton, Democrats, say 8 or 9 percentage points--while rather exhaustive article written by Greg Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
Featured Stories providing a morale boost, will not do much Giroux and Jonathan Allen for CQ Politics, Comments
According to Jonathan Singer's analysis to cut into Obama's delegate advantage: titled, "Clinton Rates Slim Edge Over
at the pro-Clinton website MyDD.com, ...with a 164 pledged delegate deficit and Obama in PA District Delegate Race." Of
that may well be the story-line for what an overall 136 delegate deficit, merely Carolina is beginning to look like a rout in course, we won't know Pennsylvania's
remains of the race between Barack netting even 20 or 30 delegates out of favor of Obama (and thus another big final delegate allocation until after next
Obama and Hillary Clinton. The problem Pennsylvania--particularly when North week's primary, but those who are digging
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Bush to Announce 'Realistic' Emissions


Plan
By Mark Impomeni (Political effect real emissions reductions. Cap and
Machine) trade is in effect in Europe, but the debate
Submitted at 4/16/2008 1:45:00 AM
over its results remains unsettled. Still, the
White House will not rule out the
Filed under: President Bush, Bush possibility that the president would
Administration, Breaking News, eventually support such a program
Environment After receiving Pope The Bush Administration's position on
Benedict XVI at the White House today, global warming has been evolving slowly
President Bush will get back to the since the president took office in 2001.
business of state, announcing a new Early on, the Administration's stated
initiative on greenhouse gas emissions. position was that more research needed to
The Administration will propose a new set be done both to confirm and quantify the
of reduction targets for power plants to be phenomenon before regulations could be
met by 2025, in hopes of forestalling future burden on industry. White House enacted. Lately, the White House appears
regulatory action by Congress and the next spokesman Dana Perino said that the to be softening that stance. The president
Administration. Today's announcement courts have no place in deciding how the has acknowledged human beings' role in
seeks to begin a process of putting the government should respond to climate global warming, although he refuses to
nation on a path to regulating emissions in concerns. "To us, having unelected sign on to the Kyoto Protocols. On
what the White House calls a "realistic" bureaucrats regulating greenhouse gases at environmental matters, the president
way. the direction of unelected judges is not the prefers to encourage voluntary efforts on
Whoever is elected president, Republican proper way to address the issue," she said. the part of industry. But faced with the
John McCain or Democrats Barack Obama possibility of handing over the reigns of
or Hillary Clinton, will be a greater
advocate for more vigorous mandatory
The Administration opposes a bill being
considered in the Senate that would government to an environmentally less
forgiving Administration, the president
Obama Does Wear the Ribbon!
establish mandatory caps for greenhouse
measures to combat global warming that gas emissions and allow trading of appears to have decided that small action By Dave (Political Machine) the middle name, or hold his hand over his
President Bush. The Administration also now is preferable to more drastic actions in heart, but I guess they finally convinced
pollution credits between companies. The Submitted at 4/15/2008 6:42:00 PM
him he could, maybe, possibly, wear a tiny
fears that the courts will order the so-called "cap and trade" approach is the future.
government to regulate carbon dioxide as a Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Filed under: Barack Obama, 2008 flag on his suit. Given that he is running
feared by industry groups but hailed by President, Humor for president of the country the flag
pollutant under existing Federal laws, environmental activists as the only way to Comments
which would place an overwhelming After informing you of Obama's previous represents, and all the other candidates are
firm stand on principle to not wear an way ahead of him. I think they've got him
American flag, I feel it is also my duty to doing the hand over heart thing now too,
inform you that Obama has apparently the middle name, though I think they're
changed his mind. stuck with.
Awesome catch via Moe Lane at Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
Redstate. Comments
My guess is that finally, his campaign
handlers got through to him. He won't drop
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Submitted at 4/16/2008 1:41:00 AM
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Polls, Polls, Polls


By David Knowles (Political in line with the LA Times:
Machine) Clinton 50
Submitted at 4/16/2008 2:16:00 AM
Obama 44
Now, on to the less meaningful national
Filed under: Hillary Clinton, Democrats, snap shots.
Barack Obama, Breaking News, Polls Gallup's latest shows:
Read, interpret, and invest in these Obama 51
numbers at your own peril. My take is that Clinton 40
the race between Barack Obama and
Hillary Clinton remains ever-fluid, and
that, at best, the aggregate polls represent
Rasmussen:
Obama 50 JPMorgan and
Clinton 41
two-or-three-day-old trends. In other
words, they show something that may or
ABC/WaPo:
Obama 51
Wells earnings
may not be accurate by the time you
actually see them. That said, they're the
only booze in the liquor cabinet, so, like
Clinton 41
The ever unreliable Zogby (with Reuters
providing cover):
fall, shares rise
the incurable lushes we are, we drink them Obama 51 By Peter Cohan (BloggingStocks)
up just the same. Clinton 38 Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:00:00 AM
The first batch of numbers comes to us Indiana in need of a new web designer, sees:
Obama 40 Cinton 54 Alright, now that you have all this
from the latest LA Times/Bloomberg information, crumple it up and throw it in Filed under: Earnings reports, JPMorgan
findings: Clinton 35 Obama 40 the bin. Today's mood should be ready for Chase (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC),
Pennsylvania Sticking with the state of Pennsylvania Strategic Vision, winner of the coolest viewing in, say, two or three days. By then Housing, Recession
Clinton 46 for a moment, here's what Rasmussen's tea name for a P.R. firm, has the Keystone it will be stale, and available at half-price. T here's nothing quite like the earnings
Obama 41 leaves say: State leaning: game on Wall Street. And two big banks --
Clinton 50 Clinton 49 Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
North Carolina Comments JPMorgan Chase & Co.(NYSE: JPM) and
Obama 47 Obama 41 Obama 40 Wells Fargo & Co.(NYSE: WFC) both
Clinton 34 Survey USA, a polling institution badly And Quinnipiac puts the race a bit more played it very well. Despite falling
earnings, investors are celebrating. And
that's because JPMorgan and Wells both
March U.S. housing starts drop to 17-year low beat analysts' expectations.
Bloomberg News reports that Wells
earned 11% less than last year -- $2 billion,
By Joseph Lazzaro News had expected housing starts to total a builders are following that signal. They're
or 60 cents per share -- 5.3% more than the
(BloggingStocks) 1.02 million annualized rate. cutting back construction in the face of
Meanwhile, building permits, a measure these large home inventories." 57 cents that analysts had expected. Wells
Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:20:00 AM
of future construction, fell to a 927,000 Langan added that he expects the nation's took in $334 million from its stake in Visa
Filed under: Bad news, Economic data, annualized rate in March from 984,000 in supply of unsold homes, currently about a Inc.(NYSE: V) IPO, but it also benefited
Housing, Recession U.S. housing starts February. 9.5- to 10-month supply at present sales from a tight credit culture and an
plunged in March as builders continued to Single-family home permits dropped rates, to increase to about an 11-month aggressive sales force. Nevertheless, its
cut back construction in the face of the 5.7% to a 680,000 pace. Construction of supply by the summer 2008, before charge-offs for bad credit card and
nation's worst housing slump in more than multifamily homes, which includes inventories start to work-off. A healthy automobile loans were up 26% -- a sign of
a decade. townhouses and apartment buildings, home sale market typically has a 3-4 trouble in consumer loan land.
Housing starts totaled a 947,000 annual plummeted 25% to an annual rate of month supply of homes on the market. Meanwhile, AP reports that JPMorgan
rate, the U.S. Commerce Department 247,000 in March 2008. Continue reading March U.S. housing beat analysts' expectations by 6.3% despite
announced Wednesday ( pdf) - - the lowest Economist Glen Langan told starts drop to 17-year low Read| Permalink| a 50% decline in its net income.
annualized rate since March 1991. The BloggingStocks Wednesday many accordingly. "Potential home buyers are Email this| Comments Specifically, JPMorgan profit fell in the
February housing start statistic was revised potential homebuyers are doing what you'd simply delaying their home purchase, if first quarter to $2.37 billion after it took a
to a 1.075-million-unit annual rate. expect them to do in a sluggish housing they aren't putting it off entirely, until the provision of $5.1 billion to strengthen its
Economists surveyed by Bloomberg sector, and builders are responding market stabilizes," Langan said. "And reserves by $2.5 billion and account for
$2.6 billion in losses in its loan portfolio.
Option Update: Intuitive Surgical options indicate movement into EPS JPMorgan made 68 cents per share
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Submitted at 4/16/2008 4:02:00 AM
(1%) to $346 after closing yesterday at $58.90 according to Track Data, this| Comments Continue reading JPMorgan and Wells
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New Apple clone: A Mac IBM earnings preview:


for $400? Can they beat the analysts
By Michael Rainey (BloggingStocks)
again?
Submitted at 4/16/2008 4:25:00 AM

Filed under: Products and services, Apple By Gary E. Sattler (BloggingStocks) z10 mainframe has been received as well
Inc (AAPL) A company called Psystar has as expected, and in January the company
Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:50:00 AM
announced that it is selling a $400 issued $3.5 billion of 18 month floating
computer that can run Apple's Leopard Filed under: Earnings reports, rate notes, allowing reclassification of a
operating system. Psystar is referring to the International Business Machines (IBM) significant amount of debt.
machine as the Open Computer (a change
from the original name, Open Mac) and
In its previous two earnings reports,
analysts have been pleasantly surprised by
The Associated Press reports a selected
analysts review that depicts global strength
Inflation
claiming that it is "The Smart Alternative
to an Apple."
I doubt that Apple is very happy with
International Business Machines(NYSE:
IBM). Two quarters ago, IBM squeaked
past analysts' earnings predictions by a
coupled with conservative optimism. No
points of particular concern are mentioned.
The company withheld making it's own
protection:
this development, and I suspect that
Psystar probably has a few messages from
Apple's lawyers on its answering machine.
mere penny, but last quarter IBM dusted
those dudes by nearly 12 cents. What will
it be this time around? Can Big Blue pull it
quarterly forecast, but analysts and the
company are aligned with predictions of
$8.25 EPS for the year. I found nothing
Tips on TIPS
As Wired's blog points out, Apple's end off once again? Analysts are posting a that persuaded me to question the analyst's By Steven Halpern (BloggingStocks)
user agreement states that its software can consensus average of $1.44 per share. average consensus. I'll say $1.44 it is. Submitted at 4/16/2008 4:07:00 AM
be used only on Apple hardware. Apple The company gives an optimistic picture Gary Sattler is a freelance blogger. He
has a long and rocky history with clone of itself, which is nothing unusual for does not knowingly hold interest in the Filed under: Newsletters, Mutual funds,
hardware producers, and has aggressively Mac. But I hope that Apple will get the IBM. It's in the process of an aggressive companies mentioned in this blog post. Personal finance, Stocks to Buy
sought to maintain its monopoly on both message that there is demand for cheaper share buy-back program and expects to Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments "In a new paradigm where risk will
its excellent software and the sleek computers that can run its software. It spend approximately $12 billion on that become a paranoid obsession with
machines it builds to run it. needs to either produce its own cheaper this year. Launch of the company's System investors, a few TIPS make sense for
And that's a shame, because a lot of machines -- such as the eMac that I'm income," says long-standing advisory
people would like to buy a Mac but are put
off by the price. The most basic Mac Mini
using to type this post but that is no longer
available -- or allow clone manufacturers
Hell’s Kitchen is industry expert Curtis Hesler.
In his The Professional Timing Service,
is 50% more than the Open Computer,
despite being slower and having less
to produce on their own. In the long run, it
can only help Apple increase its market
Too Cold and Too he highlights the role of Treasury Inflation-
Protected Securities within a long-term
memory. Of course, I can't say for sure that
the Open Computer works as well as a real
share. Permalink| Email this| Comments Hot portfolio and reviews two ways for
investors to purchases these issues.
By Hollywood Grind "You can buy them in your Treasury

Southwest Airlines and Pfizer Q1 profits Submitted at 4/16/2008 4:35:04 AM

Gordon Ramsay is right to be upset after


Direct account. If you don't have a
Treasury Direct account, you can open one
at www.treasurydirect.gov. The problem is

expected to fall his assistants left his meat rare, then


scorched his meat, which is probably how
he likes it when the cameras aren’t rolling,
that so far, you can't open a retirement
account - only an individual account. Go to
the Treasury Direct Web site and bone up
By Trey Thoelcke (BloggingStocks) company's revenues were $9.8 billion and but his customers won’t stand for anything on all the details, especially if you are
Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:37:00 AM
its net income totaled $645 million. Its less than perfection. A five year old can going to buy them online.
EPS growth forecast for the year is - cook better than Ramsay’s assistants. "TIPS work this way. They are U.S.
Filed under: Earnings reports, Forecasts, 28.7%, worse than the industry average but Where did he find these people in a government bonds issued by the Treasury.
Pfizer (PFE), Southwest Airlines (LUV) better than that of rival JetBlue welding class? They are marketable in that you can sell
Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial Airways(NASDAQ: JBLU). The © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006- them in the 'after' market. They come in
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smaller profits in the first quarter. Both per share. The company has beat quarterly The stock has fallen 18.5% in the past
estimates recently. It only just beat the • Emma Watson is 18 Today and they are sold in increments of $1,000.
companies are scheduled to report results year and trades at a P/E of 14.7. Shares • Who’s Your Daddy Continue reading Inflation protection:
on Wednesday. consensus third-quarter 2007 estimate, but closed Tuesday at $12.35.
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Blue Jean Cable Shows
Dollar concerns lead to another March U.S. consumer prices rise One Way To Respond To
record high for oil 0.3%, in-line with estimates Overly Broad Patent
Threats
By Michael Fowlkes By Joseph Lazzaro
(BloggingStocks) (BloggingStocks) By Michael Masnick (Techdirt)
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Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:12:00 AM

Filed under: Before the bell, International Filed under: Economic data, Federal A few folks have been submitting the
markets, Consumer experience, Middle Reserve U.S. inflation at the retail level response letter sent by Blue Jean Cable's
East, Commodities, Oil Another strong rose 0.3% in March, after almost no President to Monster Cable after Monster
start to the day for oil prices, as the weak increase in February, the US Department sent a threatening letter claiming that Blue
dollar has led traders to push oil up to of Labor reported. Jean violated various Monster design
another new high today of $114.53, though Meanwhile, the core CPI rate, which patents and trademarks. While the response
it has moved a bit lower in early morning excludes the volatile food and energy is a bit over the top, Blue Jean's Kurt
trading. components, rose 0.2%. Denke makes it clear that Monster's threat
As we noted last night, there were Economists surveyed by Bloomberg letter appears to be nothing more than a
News had expected the CPI and CPI core compared with a year-over-year gain of fishing expedition/bullying tactic and he
several factors at work yesterday, but 4.0% from February 2007 to February
today's move is being attributed mostly to rates to increase by 0.3% and 0.2%, won't take it. He responds to each claim,
respectively in March 2008. 2008. The core rate increased 2.4% from noting that Blue Jean doesn't appear to
investor fears over the weak U.S. dollar. March 2007 to March 2008, after a 2.3
The euro has been moving strongly lately, In March, energy prices increased 1.9%, infringe at all, and asking for much greater
performing the stock market, and with the medical care rose 0.4%, food prices rose percent year- over-year gain from February detail in response, rather than simply being
and continuing to trade at record levels 2007-February 2008.
against the dollar, currently trading at dollar continuing to fall, the procession 0.2%, clothing increased 0.2%, and bullied into submission. Design patents are
into commodities still has a way to go education and communications costs Continue reading March U.S. consumer rather limited, but it looks like Monster is
$1.5966. prices rise 0.3%, in-line with estimates
It is strange writing about oil's recent run before traders get tired. increased 0.2%. acting as if they're utility patents in an
Continue reading Dollar concerns lead to For the 12 months from March 2007 to Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments effort to scare off Blue Jean Cable, not
up because typically we would be talking
about supply and demand, but that is just another record high for oil Permalink| March 2008, prices have increased 4.0%, expecting that the company's execs might
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Real Housewives of Where???


(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) Oxygen Media president Lauren Zalaznick original reality programming. Advertisers Last addressed were Bravo's digital and Housewives of New Jersey, of which the
Submitted at 4/15/2008 12:00:00 PM
employed to describe herself to the have responded: In 2007, the channel new media initiatives, with a focus on the audience was shown a brief clip.
reporters and Bravo officials assembled at brought in 30 percent more revenue than channel's multiple branded websites. A One of the housewives, Danielle, showed
T hey're back.... Craft, the restaurant owned by Tom the year before and snagged 110 new new initiative, the "L Bar," will shrink the off her cavernous mansion, which contains
The Real Housewives franchise, one of Colicchio, head judge of Bravo's popular advertisers. TV screen to 80 percent of its size and her Fabergé egg, French chandelier, and
growing importance to Bravo, will play an series Top Chef. The first quarter of 2008 saw a 60 introduce content along the left-hand and lapdog named Paradise. The video tour
even greater role in the coming Zalaznick kicked off the morning with a percent jump in revenue over the same bottom edges of the viewing area. provided much-needed reassurance that the
programming season, Bravo officials reference to the legal fight over Project period last year; a 38 percent increase in That content will allow for online and recession won't put a damper on the series.
announced at the channel's annual up-front Runway, a Bravo ratings winner and the the 18- to 40-year-old age group; and a 30 mobile initiatives tied into Bravo content, But could the Real Housewives series
advertising-sales press breakfast this subject of a lawsuit between NBC percent jump in total viewers, making it including live polling, voting, and quizzes. expand internationally?
morning. Universal, Bravo's parent company, and Bravo's biggest quarter ever. The network The L Bar will be available to advertisers "We are looking at the franchise," hedged
The Real Housewives of New York City, the Weinstein Company, the show's owner. hopes to reach 90 million homes this year. who want to offer coupons or conduct Andy Cohen, Bravo's senior vice president
which has its seventh episode and season Since litigation is under way, Zalaznick Bravo sought to emphasize its popularity polls during their commercials, as well. of programming and production.
finale tonight, will return for a second said there wasn't much for her to say, and among "affluencers," a consumer hybrid of Overall, the network announced 12 We're still rooting for Dubai.
season on Bravo, and the original Real her comment on the show "starts and ends affluent and influencer, a young returning series, including the fifth season Related Links
Housewives of Orange County series will here." But then she cracked a joke at demographic of adults, ages 18 to 49, who of Project Runway, which debuts in July, Hearst Cooking Up Magazine for Food
return for a fourth, Bravo Media general Weinstein's expense, saying "Harvey was are engaged and educated, according to the and three new series, plus a Bravo A-List Network
manager Frances Berwick said at the going to come but may not make it," due to network. Awards special. Flavor Flav to the Rescue!
breakfast. his busy schedule of dropping his kids off Berwick, speaking second, reiterated The new shows include The Rachel Zoe Globes Downgrade--Now What Of The
In addition, the franchise will expand to at school and washing his windows. Bravo's progress from 2006, when the Project, featuring the celebrity stylist as Oscars?
a third locale—not Dubai, as Portfolio.com Things quickly returned to business with channel had one show and one night of she runs her business and juggles her
speculated yesterday, but an as-yet- a brief sales presentation, highlighting original programming, to today, with 21 marriage and work; Date My Ex, a reality
undisclosed city in New Jersey. Bravo's transformation during the past original series, 12 of which have audiences show starring Jo De La Rosa, a former
The mood at the breakfast was earnest, to several years from an obscure arts of more than one million and three with Orange County real housewife, as she
use the word that Bravo Media and broadcast channel to a powerhouse of audiences of more than two million. looks for love in L.A.; and Real
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ExitReality Turns
Citi at a Crossroads Social Network Profiles
(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) ability to fix Citi’s sprawling and
dysfunctional empire because of his lack of
Smith, who publicly tangled with
Pandit’s predecessor, Chuck Prince, notes
C.E.O. to take over Citi. But investors can
now at least take comfort that the man who
Into 3D Spaces
Submitted at 4/16/2008 6:30:00 AM
operational experience. that "a lot of things that were on the plate told analysts he would "undertake an By Duncan Riley (TechCrunch)
Turning around Citigroup has been Known for his cautious analytical before Pandit arrived have now been objective, dispassionate view" of Citi's
Submitted at 4/16/2008 12:47:22 AM
compared to steering a huge ocean liner approach to managing risk, Pandit spent reversed, which I think is positive." parts knows deeply which mess he
away from danger. much of his time on Wall Street at Morgan Citi began to struggle several years after oversees. While a student, Pandit tackled Exit Reality from Duncan Riley on
In his four months as Citi's new captain, Stanley, dealing with institutional Sandy Weill created the behemoth in the the question of "asset pricing with Vimeo.
Vikram Pandit, has moved quickly to securities, before starting his own hedge merger of Citicorp and Travelers in 1998. heterogeneous agents" in his dissertation at ExitReality promises to transform the
stabilize the company and shore up its fund, Old Lane Partners. He only joined No amount of tinkering so far—be it Columbia University. It was very complex social networking experience by offering
balance sheet. The question—as Citigroup Citi last April, when the company reshuffling of personnel, restructuring of problem, says Rajnish Mehra, a finance virtual versions of every social network
prepares to report first-quarter results on purchased his hedge fund for $800 million, units, or tweaks in the game plan—has professor at the University of California, site profile. I caught up with CTO Danny
Friday—is whether a steady hand on the and he has never run a Wall Street firm. been able to fix Citi's problems. Santa Barbara, who served on Pandit’s Stefanic and CEO Dean Jones today for a
helm will be enough. His lack of experience running a Last month, on the eve of the combined dissertation committee. walkthrough, video above.
While some investors have been hoping company, along with his all-too-apparent company's 10-year anniversary, one of the It is also a very relevant one considering The London, UK headquartered (the dev
for a radical shake-up at Citi, there is a discomfort in his first public appearances merger's architects, former Citibank chief the difficulty banks such as Citi are now team, founder and CEO are in Australia)
growing realization that a recovery will as Citi C.E.O., left many scratching their John Reed, called it a mistake. "The having placing a value on their diverse startup is pitching its product as an
take years and that Pandit has taken the heads. The widely followed banking stockholders have not benefited, the portfolios of asset-backed securities. "He interactive value add for any social
right—if not very splashy—steps so far. analyst, Meredith Whitney, then with employees certainly have not benefited, has a very strong analytical background networking site. Each space is created on
William Smith, president of New York- CIBC World Markets, gave Pandit poor and I don't think the customers have and, looking back, I was really impressed the fly so that every social networking
based S.A.M. Advisors, said he had hoped marks for his first conference call in benefited because our franchises are how much he had done early on in the profile has a 3D Space in ExitReality, even
that "a cost cutter" would have come in to December, calling the details "scant" and weaker than they have been," said Reed in game," said Mehra, noting that he went if the profiles owner doesn’t have an
lead Citi and "start breaking furniture," the tone "defensive." an interview with the Financial Times. back over Pandit’s work shortly after he account there. When the service launches
ultimately splitting up the financial Since taking charge, Citi watchers say Weill shot back that it was not that Citi learned his former student would take later this year users will be free to visit any
supermarket that Sandy Weill built. Still, Pandit has worked quickly to change the was too big, just that management had not charge of the bank. "He can think through virtual representation of a social
he has a confidence that Pandit will bank’s course. Among the moves: Pandit been strong enough. complex situations pretty thoroughly and networking profile without the need to
succeed. slashed the company’s high-paying But for many investors, these problems has a clarity of thoughts. So, if that is any register, but registration will be required
"My turnaround and his might look a dividend by 41 percent to bolster reserves seem to be intertwined. They note that indication, then I think Citi is in safe for things like chat and customizing a
little different, but I think he will pull the and removed the guesswork from about Prince consistently snubbed calls to hands.” personal space.
turnaround off," Smith says. $49 billion in possibly shaky assets in Citi- consider a breakup of the company even as Richard X. Bove, an analyst with Punk ExitReality gives social networking sites
On Friday, Citi is expected to announce backed investment vehicles by taking them he failed to gain control over it and Ziegel & Company, notes that one of the the ability to advertise to their users with
an additional huge write-down for the first onto Citi's balance sheet. Citi is also discounted worries over the credit smartest moves Pandit has made since the 3D space, with CEO Dean Jones telling
quarter, estimated to be as much as $18 negotiating to sell off at a loss $12 billion markets—saying Citi should continue the taking over has been to ignore the analysts me that they see the service as a value add
billion. Yet investors will be focusing less worth of leveraged loans to private equity derivatives dance until the music and the rest of the chattering class. for social networks. They didn’t mention
on the subprime past than on the future groups. stopped—even as the band was packing "He’s got to turn his back on investors any deals in place with social networking
direction of the bank as articulated by Organizationally, he has moved to up. Prince resigned in November, as Citi and on the analysts and he’s got to run the sites, but did admit to being in discussions
Pandit. simplify the corporate structure, dividing it was disclosing it had $55 billion in direct business," Bove says. "This company has with some sites, although they declined to
In recent weeks, the grumblings of some into four regional units. He has brought in exposure to the American subprime gone through mismanagement for name them. CrunchBase Information
of the bank's long-standing skeptics has new blood to run the various arms and has market. something like 13 years and nobody steps ExitReality Information provided by
grown quieter. Deutsche Bank’s banking moved to further reduce Citi’s workforce. Citi’s chairman, former Treasury in for two months and turns it around." CrunchBase
analysts, Michael Mayo and Christopher The company is also in the process of Secretary Robert Rubin, has scoffed at any Related Links Crunch Network: MobileCrunch Mobile
Spahr, who were critical of Pandit's separating its credit card business from the insinuation that he should have been more Phibro: Beneficiary of Citi's Benign Gadgets and Applications, Delivered
predecessor, say that Pandit has "made company and shoring up its 900 U.S.- watchful of the risk the company was Neglect Daily.
logical changes." And Smith now says he based consumer branches, moves that taking, even while he has shown a striking Citi's New Chief
backs Pandit "100 percent," after being could portend a spin-off or sale of these lack of understanding about that danger. Wall Street Euphemism Watch
initially "extremely skeptical" of Pandit’s assets. Pandit may not be the most sociable

Next Up On Movie Theaters' List To Remain Relevant: 3D Movies


By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) Instead, they need to actually compete and building luxury theaters. The latest is that the theaters comfortable, clean and mostly might want to be careful about how much
Submitted at 4/15/2008 6:52:04 PM
offer a better experience, not easily they're trying to do a lot more 3D movies free from distraction. Also, it appears that extra they're charging, or no one will come
replicated at home. In the last month, where the overall experience is enhanced all of these stories focus on how the theater check out these innovations in the first
It is beginning to look like movie theater we've seen a few different stories by seeing it in a big theater. These are all owners are looking to increase prices for place.
owners are finally (finally!) coming to suggesting that theater owners at least steps in the right direction, and things that these "new" types of movie experiences. Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
terms with the fact that they can't just sit understand part of this. As we've noted, need to be done, but it would be nice if Considering how overpriced some folks
back and whine about home theaters. they're investing in IMAX screens and they fixed the core problems first: making already think movies are, theater owners
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You 2.0: Comparison Shopping for Comcast's Compromise


(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) with the industry to solve these issues
Your Future Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:30:00 PM

Two days before a second public hearing


rather than getting the government
involved."
The company's critics dismissed the plan
(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) scientists discovering genes for this or that series. I also will report on my own results
trait, a vacuum has formed in what this as a typical consumer. over its controversial "network as "ludicrous."
Submitted at 4/15/2008 9:00:00 PM
information means for individuals. So far, Two of the sites, 23andme and management" practices, Comcast, the "This so-called agreement is simply
I was comparison shopping in New the medical community has largely deCodeme, offer tests for ancestral DNA. nation's largest cable company, said it was another way for Comcast to try to evade
York's Soho neighborhood last week. The abrogated its role to help us make sense of Both also offer lists of "recreational developing a"Bill of Rights and punishment for its blocking and degrading
product? My DNA—and what it can tell all this research. This has allowed genomics"—genes that some people Responsibilities" for file-sharing services. of peer-to-peer services for its customers,"
me about when, or if, I might have a heart commerce to step in and use new, cheaper consider fun, such as whether or not one Critics blasted the idea as an attempt to said Gigi Sohn, president of consumer
attack and keel over one day. Or if I have a gene-testing technologies to bring DNA has wet or dry earwax, or is more inclined deflect criticism of Comcast for having rights group Public Knowledge. "The fact
high risk factor for acquiring exfoliate directly to the people. to be a sprinter, an endurance athlete, or blocked and deliberately slowed the that Comcast is trying to come up with a
glaucoma or Alzheimer's disease. Better "We believe this is a fundamental right, neither. delivery of on-demand video services and Bill of Rights for customers is ludicrous."
news would be that I have genetic markers for people to have access to their own Navigenics differentiates itself from other peer-to-peer services offered by "This is the company that not only lied
protecting me from certain dreaded DNA," Navigenics chief executive Mari those companies by featuring only medical competitors. for a year about the workings of its internet
maladies. Baker says. information and by creating a look that is Comcast's move today follows the service," Sohn added, "but also created
In a few minutes I'll know my results for At the moment, however, Navigenics is more like a serious medical site, with company's about-face in March, when it such ill will among its cable subscribers
17 gene-influenced diseases, delivered in a charging $2,500 for its service—beyond smiling patients and doctors that echoes said that by the end of 2008 its network- that one elderly woman busted up a
most unlikely place: A posh storefront that the reach of the masses; 23andme and pharmaceutical sites and WebMD. management policy will be "protocol customer-service office with a hammer
looks like an art gallery, with bare-brick deCodeme each charges close to $1,000. 23andme's investors include Google; agnostic"—meaning it will not favor one because she and her husband were kept
walls and hardwood floors. It's opening That's $4,500 for all three, which deCodeme's parent is publicly traded type of traffic over another—and will waiting for hours in the heat."
day for Navigenics, a company selling collectively offer information on genetic deCode Genetics, a pharmaceutical and instead focus on users who consume the Sohn was referring to an incident last
what may be a first for on-site retail: risk factors for some 37 diseases. The gene-hunting company; Navigenics is most bandwidth. year when 75-year-old Mona Shaw,
genetic testing for the healthy, with tests companies expect prices to come down funded in part by Silicon Valley venture Federal regulators are looking into frustrated by what she felt was Comcast's
ordered and results delivered online. with volume and improvements in capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & complaints by rivals and consumers that subpar customer service, smashed up a
Piled on a countertop are boxed kits technology. Byers. Comcast unfairly throttles some types of Comcast office in Manassas, Virginia, with
containing small vials that a customer will Baker acknowledges the price is high, When Navigenics opened its retail store internet traffic, particularly videos from a hammer.
fill with DNA-rich saliva and mail in to be though she points out that the first wave of in New York, Kleiner Perkins chief John companies, like Vuze, that compete with Public Knowledge said Comcast did not
tested on a gene array—a chip that locates any new technology is pricey—think about Doerr—whose venture successes include Comcast's video-on-demand service. ask it for any input regarding the Bill of
and identifies more than 1 million genetic cell phones and personal computers. But, Google and Amazon—dropped by to tell a The Federal Communications Rights.
markers, including those which scientists she adds, value is relative. "How much gathering of scientists, journalists, Commission scheduled this Thursday's When asked by the blog Ars Technica
have connected with certain diseases. would it be worth to you to find out you marketers, and investors that he has been hearing at Stanford University in Palo why Public Knowledge—along with other
Navigenics, based in Redwood Shores, have a risk of a disease that you can do tested on the Navigenics site. Doerr was Alto, California, after Comcast was consumer groups including Free Press and
California, is the latest company pushing something about?" she asks. mum about his results, however. Also discovered to have paid people off the the Electronic Frontier Foundation—were
us into the new world of direct-to- Each site proffers tests they consider attending was former Vice President Al street to take up space at an earlier hearing not consulted about the Bill of Rights,
consumer genetic testing. I already have scientifically valid, with Navigenics Gore, a new partner at Kleiner. He said he at Harvard. Comcast spokesman Douglas said, "I don't
results from the two other major online offering assessments of 17 diseases, hadn't been tested but was considering it. File-sharing company Pando said it was know."
genetic-testing companies that opened last deCodme 19 diseases, and 23andme 30 But can the products be trusted? Do they teaming up with Comcast on the Bill of But, he added, the company hasn't ruled
fall: 23andme in Mountain View, diseases. Some tests overlap. For instance, deliver? Can we yet determine which gene Rights, becoming the second peer-to-peer anything out.
California, and deCodeme in Reykjavik, all three look for markers associated with site is better? This series is going to offer firm to strike a pact with the cable giant. In Related Links
Iceland. heart attack, glaucoma, and type 2 up one consumer's thoughts and March, BitTorrent said it would work with Piling On
The three companies do what the Web diabetes. observations about being tested on the Comcast to devise the best way to manage Comcast Backs Down
loves to do: push the edges of technology The sites diverge on several diseases. three sites. It's not exactly Consumer peer-to-peer traffic. Comcast Has Plenty of Room for Video
and commerce to see if they can launch Only Navigenics tests for lupus, and only Reports, but it aims to offer a review of Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas — Its Own
new revolutions—and make money. deCodeme tests for asthma and psoriasis. sorts. said the company's "rights" document is
The issue is whether the science in the 23andme's larger cache includes several Next week: Am I going to have a heart "another example of how we can work
fledgling field of genetic forecasting is maladies reported in studies that the other attack? Related Links
ready to be peddled to healthy individuals companies consider less scientifically Gene-Sequencing Warrior
like an iPod. As Harvard geneticist David valid. Genes 'R' Us: The New Dot-Coms?
Altshuler asked me: "Just because you can I'll include much more detail on the tests Welcome to the Future
do something, should you?" and how they are chosen, and their validity
As we hear almost daily reports about and usefulness, in future columns in this
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Peeling Bear Stearns Onion Dimon in the Rough


(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) quarterly numbers before the market mess. Bear announced in its filing that it (Portfolio.com: News and Markets) negatively impact, our firm's credit losses,
Submitted at 4/15/2008 8:00:00 AM
opens. While J.P. Morgan chief executive has received a notice from the S.E.C. that Submitted at 4/16/2008 5:00:00 AM
overall business volumes, and
Jamie Dimon may not have much detail to it may be charged for its potentially earnings—possibly through the remainder
Just what exactly is J.P. Morgan Chase report, it's all but certain he'll be asked anticompetitive practices in municipal- J.P. Morgan Chase, with its "fortress of the year or longer."
getting for its $10 per share acquisition of about what Bear Stearns will bring to its bond bids. balance sheet" and its takeover of Bear He emphasized, however, that J.P.
Bear Stearns? balance sheet. The filing also disclosed that the Federal Stearns, may be the hero of the financial Morgan was prepared to ride through the
It turns out that things weren't so bad, One question that's on many minds now Trade Commission is investigating world, but that doesn't mean it is immune storm. "We are prepared to manage
financially speaking, at the bank before is whether or not J.P. Morgan will acquire whether or not Bear's mortgage-servicing to the effects of the credit crunch. through this down part of the economic
February 29. Bear reported its first-quarter Alan Schwartz with the deal. Schwartz, unit violated consumer-protection laws. The bank said that first-quarter earnings cycle, given the strength of our liquidity,
numbers in an S.E.C. filing yesterday, and, who was known as a preeminent And, of course, there's the slew of class fell by half as it took a $5.1 billion hit on credit reserves, capital, and operating
although income fell nearly 80 percent dealmaker before he took the reins at Bear actions and other suits related to Bear's credit losses and markdowns on margins, and to successfully position our
from the prior year, it still managed to eek Stearns just 11 weeks before its fire sale, credit problems and the events that led to mortgages, leveraged loans, and company well for the future."
out a profit of $115 million for the three- has not made his plans known yet. its shotgun wedding with J.P. Morgan last collateralized debt obligations. J.P. Morgan earned $2.37 billion, or 68
month period. But sources told Reuters that Schwartz month. For the banking industry overall, the first cents per share, compared with $4.79
As for what happened during the days will likely remain at J.P. Morgan as a As for J.P. Morgan, analysts expect it to quarter was ugly, with tight, still-fearful billion, or $1.34 per share in the quarter a
between February 29 and March 16, when "nonexecutive rainmaker" with the title of report a profit of 66 cents per share, and it credit markets and a weak economy. Even year earlier.
J.P. Morgan announced its surprisingly vice chairman. He would be responsible will likely report more write-downs from in a slump, J.P. Morgan still impressed by Net revenue, or revenue minus interest
low offer to save Bear Stearns from for bringing in high-level clients—such as troubled loans. Compared with many of its reporting results that exceeded analysts' expenses, fell 11 percent, to $16.9 billion.
bankruptcy, we still don't know just how Microsoft, which Schwartz is currently competitors on Wall Street, however, the forecasts. The bank set aside $2.5 billion for credit
desperate things became. The filing gives advising in its attempt to acquire Yahoo. expectations for loan losses are quite Yet many have said the rest of the year losses. It marked down $1.2 billion on
few details: "The company experienced a Schwartz wants to hold off on making a moderate. will be equally difficult for banks, and mortgages and $1.1 billion on leveraged
significant liquidity crisis during the end of formal commitment to J.P. Morgan until Related Links Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of J.P. loans.
the week of March 10, 2008, that seriously after more of Bear's 14,000 employees Behind Bear's Sale Morgan, gave weight to that view with an Related Links
jeopardized its financial viability." learn their own fate, Reuters reports. J.P. Whoo Hoo, WaMu uncharacteristically downbeat forecast. Peeling Bear Stearns Onion
Also on Portfolio.com: Morgan already made it known that it will Bear Funds Being Liquidated: Who "Our expectation is for the economic Whoo Hoo, WaMu
The Rescue of Bear Full coverage of the only invite five of Bear's top-26 Wants to Buy? environment to continue to be weak and Why JP Morgan Asked for a Fed
takeover. investment bankers to join its ranks. for the capital markets to remain under Exemption
We may find out a bit more tomorrow, as One thing we do know that J.P. Morgan stress," Dimon said. "These factors have
J.P. Morgan is scheduled to report its will acquire with Bear is a growing legal affected, and are likely to continue to

Lie-bor? All's Well at Intel


(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) crisis may be much worse than previously The British Bankers Association in (Portfolio.com: News and Markets) Plenty of technology analysts were
thought, with borrowers receiving loans London, which gathers the rate information Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:00:00 PM
worried that current recessionary pressure
Submitted at 4/16/2008 5:30:00 AM
tied to the index getting a cheaper rate than from its member banks, says that it will would hurt computer sales and orders for
One of the arcane financial acronyms that they should. ban anyone who provides false rate Any slowdown in the semiconductor new chips. Those concerns were
has gained much prominence over the Yves Smith on the Naked Capitalism information, Bloomberg News reports. industry due to a weak economic climate underscored last week, when the No. 2
course of the credit crisis is Libor—the blog points to another serious implication: "It's very important to us that we preserve appears to be isolated to Advanced Micro chipmaker, A.M.D., said that its first-
London interbank offered rate. It is the "As more and more statistics and the integrity of the figures,'' an association Devices so far. quarter sales would fall short of
average interest rate when banks make benchmarks come into doubt, it creates spokeswoman told Bloomberg News. "It's Intel, the biggest chipmaker, reported expectations.
short-term loans to one another. uncertainty and undermines planning, something we have been looking at. If we first-quarter results that were largely in line "People might now say maybe it's safe to
It is one of the most important credit which in turn is a deterrent to investment." find that people have been putting in with analysts' expectations, and it offered a put your feet in the water here,'' Raymond
benchmarks, used by banks and financial The Journal says there is no evidence figures which don't reflect accurately their strong outlook for the second quarter as James equity analyst Hans Mosesmann
institutions around the world. that banks are providing false data, but financial figures, the ultimate sanction is to well. It earned $1.4 billion, or 25 cents per told Bloomberg of Intel. "They have a
Carrick Mollenkamp of the Wall Street bankers have expressed concerns that the throw them out of the pond.'' share, on revenue of $9.7 billion. Sales super product lineup, and A.M.D. is in a
Journal reports that there are growing Libor does not reflect true credit costs. Related Links were up 9 percent, while net income death spiral.''
suspicions that some banks may be The Cash and Burn blog says the The Barriers to Bottom Fishing dropped by 12 percent due to restructuring Investors were certainly pleased with the
underreporting the rates they are paying for underreporting phenomenon "might just be Suprime Collateral Damage: Homes in charges. news. Shares of Intel jumped 7 percent in
short-term loans, undermining the a blip (and it probably is), but it is having Chelsea (London) "Our first-quarter results demonstrate a after-hours trading.
accuracy of the Libor. real effects on commercial lending." The Crowning Touch strengthening core business and a solid Related Links
His report is a startling revelation. If the "Amongst other things, it is driving up global market environment," said Intel Tech Firms Yield Mixed Results
Libor is viewed as unreliable, the credit investment-grade syndicated-loan pricing." chief executive Paul Otellini in a One Billion Laptops
statement. "We saw healthy demand for The Chips Fall to Abu Dhabi
our leading-edge processors and chipsets
across all segments."
Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper Biz Buzz Tech* 11

Activists Claim a Scalp That Inflation Thing


(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) shareholder support." (Portfolio.com: News and Markets) the need to stabilize the markets and
Glass Lewis and other advisory Submitted at 4/15/2008 6:00:00 AM
promote growth outweigh those concerns.
Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:30:00 PM The Fed is expected to cut its benchmark
shareholder groups had questioned the
Shareholder activists have made a lot of relationship of Pugh's investment firm with Everything in this economy seems to interest rate by another quarter point this
noise but have not been able to point to the savings and loan, "which might have slowing—except the prices for energy and month.
food.
many changes this proxy season—until
today.
Mary Pugh, a member of the board of
affected her objectivity and oversight of
the company's risk management."
She is a founder and chief executive of
The latest sign that inflation is very much
on the boil came as the U.S. Department of
Labor reported that the prices paid to
Higher food and fuel costs will further
sap consumer spending and will cut into
companies' profits.
"Cost pressures are building and will
Ecocho
Washington Mutual for nine years, has
resigned. Because she was chairwoman of
the board's finance committee for the last
three years, Pugh had been the target of
Pugh Capital Management, a 17-year-old
fixed-income money management firm that
has received more than $1.1 million in
investment management fees from WaMu,
manufacturers and other producers climbed
1.1 percent in March, more than double
forecasts and up from a 0.3 percent gain in
continue to build for a few quarters before
they recede,'' Michael Gregory, a senior
economist at BMO Capital Markets in
Means Well,
several shareholder groups who held her
accountable for what they said was
WaMu's shift toward subprime and other
according to Glass Lewis.
WaMu, however, did not say in its
statement why Pugh had stepped down.
February.
Energy prices gained 2.9 percent, while
food prices rose 1.2 percent. Rice surged
Toronto, told Bloomberg News before the
P.P.I. data were released.
Perhaps it is time to start thinking
I’m Sure
8.7 percent. seriously about stagflation? By Michael Arrington (TechCrunch)
riskier mortgages. WaMu also announced a first-quarter
"Shareholders at Washington Mutual sent loss of $1.14 billion, and it had closed on Excluding food and energy costs, the Related Links Submitted at 4/16/2008 12:21:52 AM

an unequivocal message today that they are its sale of $7 billion of common shares and Producer Price Index rose just 0.2 percent. Damaged Goods
The Federal Reserve has repeatedly House Poor Ecocho is a new search engine wrapper
ready for more independent and convertible securities to investors led by for Google and Yahoo that calls itself the
accountable directors," said CtW private-equity titan TPG. noted that it is concerned about the Steady as It Goes
mounting threat of inflation, but feels that first “green” search engine. They get to
Investment Group, which advises union Related Links that claim by using some of the revenue
pension funds. "We commend Washington Spotlight on Mortgage Giants they generate to buy carbon offsets.
Mutual's board for promptly accepting Ms. WaMu Gets Its Deal They’re a bit unclear on the exact payoff,
Pugh's resignation and urge them to also Stocks and Dollar Down; Oil and Gold saying only that “up to two trees” will be
demand the resignation of any other Up sponsored for every 1,000 searches on the
directors who fail to win majority site. The cynical side of me notes that zero
trees is within the definition of “up to

PluggedIn Wants to be Hulu For Music Videos two,” but I’ll give them the benefit of the
doubt. Plus they do say they aim to donate
70% of revenues to carbon offsets. And
By Jason Kincaid (TechCrunch) Youtube, and the amount of content is videos can be tricky - it seems that users even though the carbon offset system is
Submitted at 4/16/2008 1:35:02 AM
impressive, though there are some can only search by artist name, not song flawed in many ways, I’m supportive of it
noticeable gaps. At launch the site features title. And for a site that promotes its video in general and we tend to offset our events
At first glance, music might seem to be a over 10,000 available videos, but most of quality, there are surprisingly few videos through Zero Footprint.
saturated market on the web. Sites like them are not available in true HD quality available in HD at launch (though this is In general, though, I don’t like for profit
Last.fm have music suggestions, artists (largely because existing footage is not hi- mostly a fault of content providers). And startups that try to leverage the green
profile, and communities covered, the def). Pluggedin hopes that as the site gains videos cannot be embedded into other movement to get attention. I make fun of
iTunes and Amazon music stores make popularity, content providers will have a sites, a major obstacle standing in the way people who add email signatures pleading
purchasing a breeze, and music videos can greater incentive to film music videos in of viral growth. And the biggest issue of with me not to print it. I noted that
be found littered across Youtube and many HD. all: Videos are not viewable outside of the Google’s attempt to draw attention to Earth
other sites. Pluggedin does a good job integrating U.S. and Canada. Hour actually used more electricity than
It’s time to make room for one more, and with other sites on the web. Users are The social networking aspect is minimal, doing nothing would have. And the endless
it has the potential to be big. Pluggedin, a provided with direct links to Amazon and but sufficient for sharing music between debates about which giant Internet
music video and community site that sees iTunes if they’d like to purchase a video or friends. It’s a great timewaster - clicking company is most green are annoying.
itself as a Hulu for music, has just song they’ve just listened to. And the site through random music has never been this If you want to really help the world, get
launched in public beta. The site’s biggest has formed a number of partnerships with fun. And the playlist feature be will great ridiculously rich doing something that you
selling point is its high quality video merchandisers, including Hot Topic for for impromptu parties. As long as love and that doesn’t hurt anyone else, and
content, featuring music videos from labels clothing and Thumbplay for mobile PluggedIn continues to add content and then donate that money to people who
including EMI, Sony BMG, and Universal ringtones. All of this is presented in Music Guide, Last.FM, and Wikipedia. doesn’t go overboard with their ads, this
And while these pages don’t feature any know what the hell they are doing. We’re
Music Group, along with a number of unobtrusive menus that don’t detract from site will be one to watch. CrunchBase on the verge of actually getting Malaria
independent labels. Pluggedin is hoping to the experience at all. ‘HD-quality’ material, they do provide a Information PluggedIn Information
list of each artist’s music videos found under control, for example. Now that
add the last of the ‘big four’ labels, Warner The site also features profiles for over a provided by CrunchBase would be something.
Music, in the near future. million musicians, including those that elsewhere on the internet, all of which play Crunch Network: CrunchBoard because
seamlessly in the page. In the meantime, do all your searches on
The Hulu comparison is an apt one. The don’t have any videos on the site. Profiles it’s time for you to find a new Job2.0 Yahoo. They need the revenue.
site is very clean, video quality is generally are dynamically generated using content Despite all of these features, the site still
has a few issues. Searching for specific Crunch Network: MobileCrunch Mobile
much better than what’s found on from a number of sources, including All Gadgets and Applications, Delivered
Daily.
12 Tech* Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper

AdRoll Emerges From Private Beta Amid Fears of an Internet


With Co-Op Economics For Blog Downturn, Gawker Sells
Advertising Properties
By Erick Schonfeld (TechCrunch) for ads than they would be able to on their By Tom Lee (Techdirt) it's easy to find wishful thinking when it
Submitted at 4/15/2008 9:44:37 PM
own. The effective CPM (cost per Submitted at 4/15/2008 8:35:02 AM
comes to online advertising's capacity to
thousand impressions) that blogs are withstand the recession that most experts
When it comes to advertising for blogs, getting on AdRoll is about $1.50 (which is Yesterday's news that Gawker Media will say is coming or already occurring. But, as
there is Federated Media for the biggest much less than the $10-plus that Federated be selling three of its sites caught many by that second link notes, there's no denying
ones, and for everyone else there is Media is getting for the blogs in its surprise. Particularly shocking was the that advertising expenditures declined
AdSense (or some other low-paying ad an ad for tomorrow is cheaper than an ad network, but it is better than AdSense). revelation that Wonkette was among them during past economic downturns, or that
network). Jared Kopf thinks there is room for next month. Anyone can create a blog community. — it was an early site in the network, and online ads have fared even worse than
for a better alternative in between the two. But where AdRoll becomes interesting is That person becomes the leader of that one famous enough to be featured in the other media. So while Denton is just one
His startup, AdRoll, (see our earlier when blogs join communities of like- particular community, and he or she can newly-reopened Newseum. businessman, it's a safe bet that he's not the
coverage) brings together niche publishers minded blogs. For instance, there is a set the minimum price for ads on that But more interesting than the news was only one girding for lean times.
into self-selecting communities that, when community for surfing blogs, car blogs, community. The leader can also set a the reasoning behind it, which was This isn't to say that the organizations
rolled up, are big enough to attract brand sports blogs, and book blogs. By joining commission rate for participating blogs explained by Gawker chief Nick Denton in buying these Gawker properties are
advertisers. Today, AdRoll is coming out forces, 6 to 12 blogs with similar who bring in their own advertising to the an email to Fishbowl NY:[S]ince the end making a mistake. Mike has written before
of private beta and introducing new readerships can offer half a million to a group. That way, the bloggers themselves of last year, we've been expecting a about the need to marry content and
economics for bloggers who join. million readers a month that share a can sell ads for their network. (More downturn. Scratch that: since the middle of promotion in a way that's compelling to an
Blogs who join AdRoll can set their own common interest. During the private beta, details on Adroll’s economics here). Kopf 2006, when we sold off Screenhead, audience. Idolator and Gridskipper in
bare minimum price that acts like a private about 600 publishers created 140 different hopes all of these incentives will be shuttered Sploid and declared we were particular seem well-positioned to do just
reserve on eBay. Advertisers bid for that communities. In order to motivate blogs to enough for community leaders to assemble "hunkering down", we've been waiting for that, as they join newly-consolidated
ad inventory, and whenever the AdRoll join a community, AdRoll only takes a 20 the best audiences possible. the Internet bubble to burst. No, really, this ventures from Buzznet and Curbed,
price is higher than what the blog can get percent cut from ads that run across these This is a classic Long Tail business. Roll time. And, even if not, better safe than respectively (Wonkette, which exists in a
from AdSense, AdRoll swaps in one of its groups, leaving more ad dollars on the up the niches and sell targeted advertising. sorry; and better too early than too late. media environment filled with publications
ads in the same spot normally occupied by table for the blogs. Says Kopf: Repeat 10,000 times. Everybody says that the internet is that largely subsist on donor largesse, may
AdSense (or Glam or Pubmatic or It is really about designing the right CrunchBase Information Jared Kopf special; that advertising is still moving have a harder time of it).
whatever ad network the blog uses). But compensation structures and incentives to Adroll (Semantic Sugar, Inc.) AdBrite away from print and TV; and Gawker sites But whatever the fate of these particular
AdRoll only gets to show its ads if it can encourage sites to work together and sell Federated Media PubMatic Information are still growing in traffic by about 90 sites, a recession-sparked advertising
beat the price that the blog is getting from more. provided by CrunchBase percent a year, way faster than the web as a downturn would clearly be bad news for
AdSense (after AdRoll takes its 30 percent This is co-op economics at work. The Crunch Network: CrunchBoard because whole. But it would be naive to think that the web. With so much of the internet
cut). And the pricing decays with time as idea is that small blogs should be able to it’s time for you to find a new Job2.0 we can merely power through an economy built on top of ad models —
ad inventory gets closer to expiring, so that band together to command a higher price advertising recession. We need to Google's foremost among them —
concentrate our energies... on the sites with vulnerable startups may do well to follow
Did DirecTV Hire Satellite Hackers To Leak the greatest potential for audience and
advertising... [T]hen, once this recession is
done with, and we come up from the
Denton's lead and hedge their bets now.
Tom Lee is an expert at the Techdirt
Insight Community. To get insight and
Dish TV Smart Cards? bunker to survey the Internet wasteland
around us, we can decide on what new
analysis from Tom Lee and other experts
on challenges your company faces, click
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) cards. That's quite a claim, and it will be pushing many to pay up to avoid a lawsuit. territories we want to colonize. here.
interesting to see what evidence the It's also hard to see what the real benefit to Say what you will about Denton — and Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
Submitted at 4/15/2008 9:31:05 PM
company has to back it up. After all, DirecTV is of such a plan. Making it easier many people do — but he's proven himself
I had missed this story when it came out reverse engineering a product is perfectly to get Dish for free shouldn't increase to be a shrewd businessman. As he notes,
last week, but thanks to a reader (who legal -- and, indeed, DirecTV claims that's DirecTV's market at all. One would hope
prefers to remain anonymous) for sending all it did. Furthermore, it seems doubly that Dish actually has some serious
it in. Apparently, Dish Network is suing strange that DirecTV would go down this evidence to go along with these claims.
DirecTV, claiming that DirecTV (and its route after so thoroughly pissing off smart Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
parent News Corp) hired notorious satellite card hackers of all kinds a few years ago
TV hackers to break Dish's encryption and by accusing them all of stealing DirecTV
"flood the market" with hacked smart signals with almost no evidence, and then
Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper Tech* Web 2.0 13

JK Rowling Appeals To Judge's Grooveshark Launches


Emotional Side, Rather Than A Real Web Media Player
By Duncan Riley (TechCrunch)
Legal Argument Over Potter Guidebook Submitted at 4/15/2008 10:56:14 PM

Music sharing and sales startup obscure searches, where as Last.fm failed
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) some fun, pointing out that Rowling didn't seems like a bizarre complaint, as
seem to have that same sort of stress and copyright has nothing to do with quality. In Grooveshark has launched Grooveshark or only had 30 seconds of the song. Unlike
Submitted at 4/16/2008 12:08:00 AM Seeqpod, another service that allows you
heartache when she gave an award to the fact, as the publisher's lawyer asked, "You Lite, a flash app that provides access to all
Earlier this year, we wrote about how J.K. website that "The Harry Potter Lexicon" feel it's your responsibility to prevent the songs in Grooveshark’s library. to search for and play music uninhibited
Rowling's lawsuit against the publishers of came from. And, when presented with people from paying their hard-earned cash For those unfamiliar with the company, (and until now my music service of
a guidebook about Harry Potter's universe evidence of how the book took Harry for things you don't like?" At which point, Grooveshark allows users to upload and choice), the music on Grooveshark is of a
was extremely misguided. That lawsuit got Potter details and did more with them she switched arguments again, reverting to share their music collection with friends, more reliable quality as it’s vetted for sale,
a lot more attention Tuesday, as Rowling (making them more useful), Rowling the claim that it was "theft." Of course, if but with a twist: every song uploaded can although unlike Seeqpod you cant illegally
herself showed up in court to play an tossed out the following: "This is theft. she really thinks that the book is awful, be purchased DRM-free with the uploader download the track, if that’s how you like
emotional, rather than legal, strategy. The Wholesale theft." Well, no, it's not. If it there's a really easy solution: to come out getting a cut of each sale (the rest goes to getting your music.
NY Times even reports that she was were anything, it would be infringement with her own version of a guidebook. the record companies, and the service is The player offers music by artist, album
"stoically holding back tears." Cry me a (not theft), but more importantly, it wasn't Surely, people would be a lot more 100% legal). and song title, and is free to use and
river. Rowling is basically trying to get about republishing the content, but making interested in buying the "official" version, The new Grooveshark Lite player is not doesn’t require registration, although
copyright law to do a lot more than it is it more useful. It's the same argument we written with Rowling's approval, than dissimilar to what Last.fm offers, but registration is required to use Grooveshark
intended to do -- and all of her emotional discussed recently with people some fan-created one. In fact, Rowling without the silly restrictions like being able services such as playlists and sharing.
bunk doesn't change that. Claiming that the overestimating the value of the content, admits that she's been thinking of doing only play the single five times. It also CrunchBase Information Grooveshark
"stress and heartache" of such a and underestimating the value of the exactly that (and throws in the totally helps that Grooveshark has a huge Last.fm Seeqpod Information provided by
publication had hurt her creativity for the service of making it useful. The most separate from the legal issues, but good for selection of music; I don’t have CrunchBase
last month seems excessively questionable. damning point might be that Rowling an emotional tug, claim that she would comparable numbers but Grooveshark Crunch Network: CrunchGear drool over
Furthermore, it doesn't change the fact that herself in the past admitted to using the donate all proceeds to charity). Of course, returned better results on a couple of more the sexiest new gadgets and hardware.
a derivative work, such as this guidebook, lexicon to check up on facts she didn't there's nothing actually stopping her from
doesn't violate copyright. There are lot of remember. competing, other than what appears to be
things that cause me stress and heartache However, the real key point that Rowling her own unwillingness to actually have to
and which might make me lose my went back to again and again in her compete for readers.
concentration. It doesn't make them illegal. complaint is that she just didn't think the Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
It appears that the publisher's lawyer had quality of the Lexicon was very good. That
Twitterspy -
Tungle Brings Own Approach to Scheduling Meetings Twitter Meets Digg
By Mark Hendrickson (TechCrunch) Outlook itself or other calendar apps like class of professionals that needs to
Submitted at 4/16/2008 5:00:12 AM
Google Calendar). You can choose to
share your schedule with others who also
schedule group meetings all the time.
Many of us only schedule one-on-one
Spy
Meeting coordination service Timebridge have the plugin installed, and you can meetings that take at most a few emails to By Stan Schroeder (Mashable!)
now has serious competition from Tungle, invite others to a meeting whether or not pin down, and we won’t be bothered to Submitted at 4/16/2008 5:02:13 AM
a Montreal-based service that opens up they even use Outlook. change our habits. But I imagine there are
into public beta today. The invitation system is key. Tungle many assistants and managers out there This is one of those articles where title
When I met with Tungle CEO Marc users can invite non-Tungle users by who will find this very helpful and worth literally says it all. If you’re familiar with
Gringas this past January, he outlined the sending them a link to a special the effort of picking it up. Digg Spy - Digg’s cool tool for displaying
Tungle and TimeBridge (see our review of new stories as they show up on the site in
type of technology that would address the coordination page. This “Tungle Space” the latter here) but Gringas stresses that Tungle raised $1.5M CAD from JLA
major pain points of scheduling meetings: page shows your availability and solicits Ventures and Des Jardins Venture Capital real time, you’ll know what Twitterspy is
TimeBridge has more of a “wish list” about. It displays new tweets in a similar
it would reduce the number of transactions their input for when they are also available. approach to it, where organizers suggest a in May 2007. Jiffle is another competitor
needed to pick a time, it would be simple If your schedule changes after sending out we covered just last week. CrunchBase ajaxy fashion; nothing more, nothing less.
set of times and these get either accepted Unfortunately, total lack of options (you
to use across time zones, it would be an the invitation, the Tungle Space page will or rejected by invitees. But while Tungle Information Tungle TimeBridge jiffle
open system for anyone to use, and people update itself accordingly. And you can use Information provided by CrunchBase cannot, for example, choose whose tweets
may be more about finding the overlapping you see, or even see only the tweets from
would be able to see each others’ it to invite multiple people to the same free time in participants’ schedules, it lacks Crunch Network: MobileCrunch Mobile
schedules with it. meeting. As people visit the page and Gadgets and Applications, Delivered the people you follow) renders Twitterspy
the freedom of TimeBridge, which can be as little more than an interesting idea. If
Tungle does a good job fulfilling most of indicate when they are available, the used entirely through the browser. Daily.
these principles. It comes as an Outlook options get narrowed down until the last the author spices it up with some features,
When it comes down to it, this type of it might become a useful tool.
plugin that automatically loads all of your invitee to respond chooses a time. product will mostly appeal to a certain
contacts and calendar events (either from There are many similarities between ShareThis
14 Tech* Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper
Mobile WiMAX Products Finally Arrive - Pirate Bay Wants
- So Everyone Claiming They Were Prediction: The LTE Patent IFPI To Pay Up For
Offering Mobile WiMAX Has To Scramble Bundle Won't Prevent LTE Danish ISP Block
By Derek Kerton (Techdirt) WiMAX turns out to be defined as "not
Submitted at 4/15/2008 11:36:00 AM

It wasn't all Singapore Slinging ( of mud)


really WiMAX at all but I'm eager to get
on the bandwagon." This massive reality
gap between pre-WiMAX and standards-
Patent Lawsuits By Michael Masnick (Techdirt)
Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:55:02 PM

By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) so many patents need to be "pooled" just to The folks behind the Pirate Bay certainly
at WiMAX Forum Asia Congress 2008. based WiMAX is illustrated by a recent offer this technology should be a pretty aren't ones to shy away from a fight. In
Submitted at 4/15/2008 7:04:00 AM
There was some real progress to mention story in which Clearwire Chief Strategy clear warning sign that the patent system fact, they seem to enjoy it. The latest is
coming out of the show last week. The Officer Scott Richardson says "...Clearwire I've been seeing a few folks take the news isn't working as intended. Basically, what that they're demanding compensation from
Forum has announced the certification of may use dual-mode devices to support both that a bunch of big telco firms looking to you have here is a patent thicket. Many of the IFPI for downtime associated with the
the first 8 products that are fully mobile technologies [pre-WiMAX and WiMAX] get into the LTE (Long Term Evolution) the patents in question are overlapping IFPI's successful efforts to force Danish
WiMAX compliant, and it's been a long and may overlay WiMAX equipment on its market have agreed to form a patent pool. patents that never should have been issued. ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay.
time coming. This is good news for existing markets." Some are even suggesting that this is However, given all the uncertainty around The Pirate Bay says it will ask for a
network providers that have been counting Dual-mode equipment and overlays? To exactly how the patent system should patent litigation (and how the courts will "reasonable" sum, rather than an
on high-scale-economies for standards- manage an upgrade from "pre-WiMAX" work. That's wishful thinking at best. LTE be treating patent issues), most of these extraordinary amount as is typical of the
based kit, with which they can deploy their equipment to "WiMAX" equipment? What is the next generation of wireless firms realize it's better to agree to split the entertainment industry. It also says it will
networks. The WiMAX Forum says that he's really saying is that the older Nextnet- technology that many telcos around the pie rather than sue. That's still not a good use any money it gets from the IFPI to
2.5GHz kit will likely be certified later this made gear is simply NOT compatible with world are adopting as their choice for "4G" result, because it only encourages more fund Danish artists who want to give away
year. 2.5GHz is of particular interest to WiMAX(i.e., it's NOT WiMAX and never technology -- and it will be important. companies to suddenly push for these sorts their works online. While the guys at the
Sprint Xohm, which is currently working was), and it eventually needs to be forklift- However, don't think that just because of marginal and totally unnecessary patents Pirate Bay reasonably complain that the
with non-certified gear. upgraded out. If this stuff was really just some companies have agreed to pool just to get included in future patent pools -- entire lawsuit between the IFPI and Danish
And what were all the prior "pre-," then it should have taken no more patents that it's a good thing. There have even if their "invention" really adds ISPs never involved The Pirate Bay or
announcements that WiMAX certification than a software upgrade and a tweak or been plenty of patent pools in the past, and nothing to the technology. Furthermore, gave the site a chance to make its own
was available? Well, this 2005 two to make it standard WiMAX (much you can bet that one of two things is likely this patent pool will automatically increase argument (despite being entirely about the
announcement was regarding fixed like 54G was pre-G, or pre-n was basically to happen. First, some other company (or a the price of all LTE technology, making site), this request for compensation may be
WiMAX, and this 2006 announcement was = n WiFi). It's funny that the WiMAX few other companies, and almost definitely sure that adoption is slowed down. So, yes, pushing the boundaries a bit -- especially
really about a suite for equipment makers bandwagon was so attractive, that some individual patent holders) will spring it's better to see a patent pool created than considering that even The Pirate Bay folks
to test their products in development. But companies that were absolutely not using up at some point with yet another patent, to see everyone just jump to lawsuits, but have admitted that the ban eventually
that's behind us, there is now real Mobile WiMAX felt the need to call their solution claiming that LTE technology infringes on the history of patent pools is littered with resulted in more traffic. Perhaps they
WiMAX equipment available. Finally. WiMAX. Apparently it brought more press that patent and all these firms owe a ton of additional lawsuits and companies having should send some money to the IFPI to
But, if certified mobile WiMAX gear is coverage, more public enthusiasm, and money. And, given how so many patent to pay for patents that they shouldn't be thank them for all that "free" advertising.
only available as of this week, what were easier access to capital. But, it didn't mean holders don't believe in apportioning paying for. This is hardly a "good" solution Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
all those other "mobile WiMAX" network they were actually offering WiMAX. damages, they'll even claim to want more -- it just encourages the bad system to get
announcements you've been hearing for Permalink| Comments| Email This Story than all the money being spread around in worse.
years? Turns out many of them were what the pool itself. Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
boosters dubbed "pre-WiMAX". But pre- But, much more to the point, the fact that

Recording Industry Testing Out New Theory: It Deserves More


Money Because It Lets You Transfer Music
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) being able to transfer music around, job to hand over that "value." externalities it created -- even if it's better though, unless you're a copyright wonk,
Submitted at 4/16/2008 1:46:00 AM
otherwise why would people want that The reasoning for this seems to go back off at an absolute level. Basically, the you might not even notice that the
ability. The audacity of such a statement to the psychological explanation for why industry is so overvaluing its own content, recording industry is trying to do this.
William Patry has a long, but fascinating, from the industry shouldn't be understated. the recording industry keeps getting itself that it assumes that any additional value Instead, it presents its case in a logical
discussion on the latest trick being used by After all, this is the same industry that has, into trouble (and it's similar to the story we that people get out of music, even if it's fashion, focusing on how much "value" it's
the recording industry to try to squeeze for years, ignored pleas from fans all over had recently about bloggers worrying through no effort of the recording industry suddenly creating by "allowing" people to
more money out of you: telling the world to get rid of DRM because it about a new aggregator). They assume that itself, should be entirely converted to more transfer the music they already legally
governments that because it's now willing would make digital files increase in value. all of the "value" needs to be captured by revenue for the industry. As an analogy, purchased to the device of their choosing.
to let people transfer the music they legally And, now, that the industry has finally them, and not anyone else. In economics, it's like your automobile maker demanding Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
purchased between devices, it deserves been forced to recognize this, it seems to this is effectively an industry telling the an ongoing cut of your salary, since
extra money for it. To back this up, it's be claiming that all of the value belongs to government that it needs to be without the automobile, you wouldn't be
claiming that there's obviously value in the industry itself, and it's the government's compensated for all of the positive able to drive to work. Unfortunately,
Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper Tech* Gossip 15

Music Tax: The iPod Chinese Internet Users Say


Approach “Enough” To International
By Michael Arrington (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 4/16/2008 7:50:08 AM Bullying Twitter Saves
Music executives from the UK continue
to try to out-dumb their counterparts in the
By Michael Arrington (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 4/16/2008 2:15:00 AM
Man From
U.S. We’ve barely started to settle down
from the Warner Bros. led attack (with
both economic and emotional sorties) here
A virus is spreading through Chinese
Internet users - they are adding a “Love
Egyptian Justice
in the U.S., and now our UK brothers are China” icon to their MSN chat names by By Michael Arrington (TechCrunch)
getting bombed( more) with the idea of an the thousands to show support for their Submitted at 4/16/2008 2:35:35 AM
iPod tax to counter those sneaky users who country.
The icon, according to a number of Twitter. Don’t leave home without it.
“format shift” files from a legally I don’t know if this is as good for Twitter
purchased CD to a MP3 player. blogs, is said to be in response to Western
bullying over recent Olympic protests. as the Charlie Rose incident was for Apple,
The UK’s Music Business Group, a but it’s close. UC Berkeley graduate
coalition of music industry entities Over the last weeks thousands of protesters
have come out in force as the Olympic journalism student James Karl Buck was
(composers, songwriters, performers, arrested on April 10 without any charges in
managers, producers, record labels, music torch, destined for China this summer, has
traveled through their borders. On a Egypt for photographing a demonstration.
publishers), said in a report He used his mobile phone to twitter the
“Unquestionably, there is a value produced number of occasions the torch has been
extinguished, and additional security message “ Arrested” to his 48 followers,
by the ability to format shift. It is who contacted UC Berkeley, the US
imperative that creators and performers measures have been taken in cities around
These people won’t quit until they’re out the world. Embassy and a number of press
should benefit directly from this value.” of business. So let’s hasten the go-out-of- organizations on his behalf.
The report also states “Composers and From SushiPanda, linked above:
business process as quickly as possible. Over half of my Chinese-Chinese friends The next day Buck twittered” Alive and
performers are entitled to earn a living Think twice before you buy any form of China is being censored and that Chinese ok. Still in jail,” but was released not too
from their creative endeavours” which on MSN have put the badge on their citizens aren’t getting a balanced view of
music. Just send money directly to the contact names, in defiance of all the anti- long afterwards. He’s still worried about
parallels Ethan Kaplan’s (VP Technology, artist instead. the reality of the international protests. But his friend, Mohammed Salah Ahmed
Warner Bros. Records) argument that the China bullying that they’re undoubtedly
See also: reading about in the Chinese newspapers, whatever the cause, this is a significant Maree, who was arrested with him and
quality of music shouldn’t matter when it The Inevitable March of Recorded Music showing of Chinese nationalistic behavior, remains in jail. Buck says he is on a hunger
comes to compensation to the artist. watching on the Chinese news, and and a sign that they are paying attention to
Towards Free scouring over on the hundreds of blogs and strike until his friend is free. CrunchBase
It is exactly this line of thinking - Replacing DRM With A Music Tax Is the outside world. Information Twitter Information provided
righteous entitlement - that leads to the BBS’s peppering China’s cyberscape and Crunch Network: MobileCrunch Mobile
Incredibly Stupid devoted to propping up this country’s by CrunchBase
idea of using taxes to support businesses Crunch Network: CrunchGear drool over Gadgets and Applications, Delivered Crunch Network: CrunchGear drool over
that can’t support themselves. Music taxes national pride. Daily.
the sexiest new gadgets and hardware. Outsiders are suggesting that the news in the sexiest new gadgets and hardware.
in any form are a bad idea and always will
be.
Emilio Diaz Dies from Pneumonia
Seagate Decides It Can't Compete With Solid By Hollywood Grind

State; Sues Over Patents Submitted at 4/15/2008 11:52:30 PM

Emilio Diaz(58), the father of Cameron


By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) admitting that he was planning to use Basically, the company is admitting that it Diaz, died this morning from pneumonia.
Submitted at 4/15/2008 1:22:00 PM
patents in exactly the opposite of the way can't actually compete or make a better Emilio was said to have been in "terrific
they were intended to be used. He'd use product, so its strategy is to sue health," developed the flu, which
Just a few weeks ago, we noted that them to block an innovative new competitors. It's a pretty weak response, progressed to pneumonia, then he died
Seagate's CEO appeared to be admitting competitor, but only once that competition but thanks to our patent system, it may be suddenly. Emilio worked as a foreman for
that his company didn't have a real strategy became serious enough. Apparently, perfectly legal (if exactly the opposite of an oil company.
to compete with the growing threat of solid Seagate believes that moment is now, as what the patent system intended). This is heartbreaking. Her Shirt
-state flash drives competing against we're seeing more and more laptops hit the Permalink| Comments| Email This Story © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006- • Drew Barrymore is Dating Justin Long
traditional hard drives. Instead, he said that market with solid state drives, so Seagate 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts: • Jessica Simpson’s Large Mouth Betrays
if the competition got too hot, he'd just sue has filed its first patent infringement • Herb Peterson Died Her Jealousy Over Cameron and John
for patent infringement. Basically, he was lawsuit against a maker of the technology. • Leonardo DiCaprio is Single
• Scarlett Johansson Hides Pumpkins in
16 Tech* Gadgets* Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper

Nike+
SportBand gets
reviewed
By Darren Murph (Engadget)
Submitted at 4/16/2008 4:09:00 AM
Chinese Photo Site Tuyuan May Do Filed under: Wearables
Facial Recognition. Or It May Just Put For those breaking into a sweat trying to
decide whether or not the Nike+
SportBand is really worth your hard earned
Boxes Around People’s Heads dollars / euros / pounds / Schrutebucks,
By Michael Arrington (TechCrunch) for nearly a year), among others. Most ASUS Eee PC 900 review simmer on down. The runners over at the
Stuff offices have snapped one up and
recently Tagcow came on the scene, but it
Submitted at 4/16/2008 1:06:01 AM

I can’t really say much about Tuyuan yet


turns out it uses humans to tag photos,
which tends to produce bad data.
roundup tossed out their two pence. Summarized as
a " Nike+iPod system without music," the
unit was given fairly high marks all
since it’s in Chinese and there isn’t much Will Tuyuan be any different? We have By Darren Murph (Engadget) keyboard (still), and echoed Trusted around. It was noted that calibration was
information (translated page here), but it no idea yet. But we’re contacting them to Submitted at 4/16/2008 2:43:00 AM
Reviews gripes of lackluster battery life. highly recommended before taking on the
certainly looks like they’re trying to tackle find out. More soon. Thanks for the tip, Yeah, that last dig could be fairly London Marathon, but that setup was a real
the facial recognition problem that has Orli. Filed under: Laptops substantial if you're looking to stay
It's like this: if you found yourself all lesson in simplicity. Design wise, most
destroyed many a startup. Crunch Network: MobileCrunch Mobile untethered completely for hours on end, everything was kosher save for the
We’ve seen Riya(now focused on Gadgets and Applications, Delivered giddy playing with the Eee PC 701, you'll but if you're confident you can locate an detachable face (Link USB drive) that may
ecommerce via Like.com), Ookles(never Daily. be absolutely enthralled when handling the AC outlet when necessary (and can't afford not fit perfectly in slim laptops sitting flush
launched), and Polar Rose(in private beta 900. At least, that's the verdict being to wait for an Atom-based version of the on a table and the non-backlit display that
blasted out from reviewers web-wide. machine), it seems the 9-inch Eee is well
More specifically, CNET found the 9-inch proved difficult to see at night. Believe it
worth a look. or not, critics still found the SportBand to
subnote to be superior in quite a few ways Read- CNET review (8.7 out of 10) be a joy to use despite the aforesaid quirks,
to the 701, and felt particularly impressed Read- Trusted Reviews review (...the but given the drawbacks, we'd certainly
with the ability to run multiple applications Eee PC 900 still represents staggering recommend trying out a pal's before
more easily due to more screen real estate value for money.) Permalink| Email this|
and the included 1GB of RAM. However, throwing down for your own. Read|
Comments Permalink| Email this| Comments
they were none too thrilled with the

GamePark's GP2X F-200 handheld gets reviewed


By Darren Murph (Engadget) you? Don't lie.) or are waiting intently for LCD, somewhat "tinny" speakers and the you're looking for excuses to hold off.
Submitted at 4/16/2008 4:28:00 AM
the Pandora. Nevertheless, the cats over at ability to chew through batteries without Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
AnandTech managed to wrap their paws shame. Still, aside from a few minor
Filed under: Gaming, Handhelds around the GP2X F-200 and give it the full niggles, the critics found it to be "well
We know, most of you even remotely review treatment -- needless to say, worth the $170 price tag for the emulation
interested in the F-200 either already own impressions were (fairly) positive. Sony's PSP and the Nintendo DS," the capabilities alone." Hit up the read link for
one (and you're playing it right now, aren't Immediately recognized as a "hybrid of gaming handheld possessed a bright, clear the entire review, but don't even bother if
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Parrot readying PARTY Black


Edition Bluetooth speaker with
NFC
Enkin: digitized signage for your By Darren Murph (Engadget) speaker. Specs wise, expect it to boast six
Karim Rashid-designed
total watts of power, a 5-button user
Android device Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:05:00 AM

Filed under: Portable Audio, Wireless


interface, eight hours of battery life and an
auxiliary input for times when a vanilla Globalight champagne
By Chris Ziegler (Engadget) what they're actually looking at in their Just days after we got wind of the NFC- DAP will have to do. Word on the street cooler steals the show
Submitted at 4/16/2008 1:05:00 AM
environment. Augmented with what, ified Nokia 6212 comes word that the has this one landing in the summertime for
exactly? Placemarkers that indicate PARTY Black Edition Bluetooth speaker - £79 ($156), but we've yet to see any By Darren Murph (Engadget)
Filed under: Cellphones, Handhelds landmarks, that's what, and the possibilities - that was introduced around a fortnight official details on US pricing / availability. Submitted at 4/16/2008 1:29:00 AM
Among the hopefuls for Google's are pretty endless -- restaurants in the ago -- will also include the same Check the full release after the jump.
Android Developer Challenge(which immediate vicinity, a gentle reminder of technology. Yep, a NFC-enabled Bluetooth Continue reading Parrot readying Filed under: Household
ended yesterday, by the way, so put down your car's location in the parking lot, the version will soon be available for PARTY Black Edition Bluetooth speaker Typically, you'd think a pricey bottle of
your pencils and turn in your papers) is this list goes on. Nokia's been toying with this purchase, giving owners of NFC handsets with NFC Read| Permalink| Email this| Veuve Clicquot champagne would be the
little gem, Enkin. Put simply, the concept for a good long while now but the ability to pair up their device by simply Comments star attraction on a night out, but we'd have
navigation app's ace card is its "live they've failed to commercialize it, so here's getting up close and personal with the to suggest otherwise if said container is
mode," which combines a plethora of hoping will finally see a usable product on being toted around in this thing. The Karim
sensory data -- camera input, GPS, a retail device. Read| Permalink| Email Rashid-designed apparatus, which is
directional information, motion detection - this| Comments limited to just 500 pieces worldwide, is
- to show the user an augmented view of said to be a "modern reinterpretation of the
traditional French chandelier." As for
Cin King vehicles are just slightly ahead of their time utility, it promises to keep your alcohol
chilled for four solid hours, and
By Darren Murph (Engadget) considering the built-in LEDs will also
Submitted at 4/16/2008 2:19:00 AM
flicker out after the same amount of time,
we suppose that's a good indicator of when
Filed under: Transportation it's time to toss 'er back and get going.
Yeah, Cin King has been tickling Here in the US, a handful of the
people's fancy for a small while now, but Globalight's will be available exclusively
with a lineup consisting of the Slim Jim, you can't get a laugh out of such a cleverly with twin turbines, anything codenamed go over so well in America. at select W Hotels, but you're not unboxing
Full Power Flagship, Naked Wonder and designed website meant to showcase the "Naked Wonder," and a round-mobile [Via AutoblogGreen] Read| Permalink| one without laying down $4,500 first.
Circular 360, how could we not pass this whole family, right? Go on, you know you ripped straight out of 2184 (or an obscure Email this| Comments [Via Luxurylaunches, thanks Yoge] Read|
along? Barring some sort of miracle, it's can't wait to read more about "the first episode of The Jetsons). 'Tis a shame these Permalink| Email this| Comments
safe to assume that all of these motorcars electric car with diesel drive," a compact aren't anywhere near production -- they'd
are patently fake, but that doesn't mean
18 Gadgets* TV* Gossip Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper

Ten shows that


desperately need
DVDs - VIDEOS
By Allison Waldman (TV Squad)
Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:04:00 AM

Filed under: OpEd, TV Squad Lists,


New Wii homebrew hack unlocks Streaming Networks iRecord Pro
Reality-Free There's something really great
about being able to buy an entire season of
a TV show, or the entire run, on DVD. It
region-free gaming offers up full res recordings can be addictive, too. But isn't it interesting
that even though there are scads of great --
By Paul Miller (Engadget) game and hit reset. The hack claims to and some not-so-great -- series committed
Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:27:00 AM
have borrowed zero code from Nintendo or By Paul Miller (Engadget) Given the quantity of content we're to DVD and readily available online or at
Datel, making this pure homebrew. You'll Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:46:00 AM
consuming on the go these days, there's the local superstore, there are a ton more
Filed under: Gaming still need to use that Twilight Princess certainly room for a device that can easily that aren't? And what about great TV
Homebrew coders over at TehSkeen hack to get thing started, and Nintendo Filed under: Home Entertainment, nab and convert video from our TV setup specials? When I read this list, it got me
have manged the near-ultimate hacker could always rain on this parade, but for Portable Video for some viewing on the move, but time thinking about which TV programs I
achievement of enabling region-free the time being the world (of foreign- Ah, D1, that most professional of video will tell if Streaming Networks has hit the would buy in a heartbeat. My list is very
gaming on the Wii via a software hack -- released games) is your oyster. recording resolutions. Streaming sweet spot with this $260 device. It'll be subjective -- maybe even eclectic -- but
no mod chips or Freeloader disc required. [Via Wii Fanboy] Read| Permalink| Email Networks' new iRecord Pro bests its available sometime in the second quarter here's my ten TV shows that need to be on
Implementation of Gecko Region Free this| Comments previous iRecord offering with some fancy of this year. Read| Permalink| Email this| DVD.
couldn't be simpler: you just load boot.elf 720 x 480 recording, in addition to new Comments The Bob Newhart Show
from the chain loader, stick in your Wii DVR functionality and the ability to Recently, when the American Masters
convert video formats without a computer. did a special about Bob Newhart, they
Verizon XV6900 finally available for order showed footage from The Bob Newhart
Show. No, not the one with Suzanne
By Darren Murph (Engadget) snapped up now by those in need. The Pleshette as Emily. They had clips from
Submitted at 4/16/2008 1:57:00 AM
pain? $249.99 on contract after all the 1961-62 Bob Newhart Show on NBC.
applicable rebates -- oh, and knowing the It was a variety hour, showcasing many of
Filed under: Cellphones Touch Dual is heading Stateside later this his now classic routines. It looked really
Wouldn't you know it? Just as promised, on Verizon Wireless' website and can be quarter. Read| Permalink| Email this| funny, filled with his inspired sketches and
that strikingly white XV6900 has landed Comments bits. And it was critically acclaimed, too,
winning Emmy and Peabody awards.
Emma Watson is 18 Today Naturally, NBC canceled it after just one
season. I'd love to think that there's enough
By Hollywood Grind 18th birthday. Yes, she’s legal now, but © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006- • Jason Beghe Says Scientology is footage from those shows to create a DVD.
Submitted at 4/15/2008 10:55:56 PM
she still starts her day with strawberries 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts: Dangerous Gallery: Need to be DVDs
and Nutella. Tonight she’ll probably go • Hell’s Kitchen is Too Cold and Too Hot • Dwarf Soccer Team Continue reading Ten shows that
Emma Watson made this video to say clubbing, then fall asleep watching Disney • Diane Neal is Leaving Law and Order desperately need DVDs - VIDEOS
hello to all her fans on this special day, he movies. • Who’s Your Daddy Permalink| Email this| | Comments
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BlogPulse: Metrics Based on Google Earth 4.3


Conversation Released
By Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins By Paul Glazowski (Mashable!) an overhead angle to one at the city’s street
(Mashable!) Submitted at 4/16/2008 8:20:24 AM
is as simple as double-clicking an icon
Submitted at 4/15/2008 9:35:45 PM
associated with an overlaid photo.
Google Earth, the 3D global mapping Google also promises more prevalent
Yesterday, I was late to the party with the application that has grown to become one displays of buildings modeled in
Shyftr bitchmeme. Today I’m going to of the most popular and freely-accessible SketchUp. The company notes that
continue that train of thought by being software developments to come out of navigation through the 3D map when
about a day late to the party talking about Mountain View not directly affiliated with buildings are shown is significantly
BlogPulse. They recently came to the its search engine nor its advertising quicker, too.
attention of Louis Gray when he was business, has just today received an update. Lastly, for those Google Earth users who
featured prominently on the Nielsen blog And from what it looks like to me, Nor would I expect it to. This meme is Google Earth 4.3(Beta) is now available consider the static lighting of the globe a
search engine yesterday (and today too) as BlogPulse, similar to Technorati, seems to barely a few days old. My point is that for download. nuisance - in the past, you’ll have noticed
being a ‘top blog post’ with his post be progressing down that same path of Nielsen, in it’s dealings with blogosphere There are several things new with the that everything is shown under a mid-day
Should Fractured Feed Reader Comments measurement more by engagement and rankings and measurement, has decided to latest software upgrade. First, as many of sun - and a physical disgrace, not to worry.
Raise Blog Owners’ Ire?. conversation as opposed to simple look more into the realm of discussion than you well know, Google is regularly Clicking the new sunlight button in
I think part of the reason that BlogPulse pageview metrics (ala Quantcast, Compete pageviews as the important metric to looking to expand its audience and cater its advance of hitting the play button on the
hasn’t gotten much press over the years and Alexa). watch. I think this says that my idea services ever more to the international time slider will give you the chance to
(and it has been years, since they’ve been The difference as to why this matters is (which may or may not be all that original) arena. So in its pursuit of linguistic watch the sun circle the globe.
around since 2005) is that they’re still not that this is Nielsen, here, instead of a Web has some legs and is worth exploring equanimity, the company now touts the (Figuratively speaking, anyhow. Google
competitive on the comprehensiveness of 2.0 startup. They’ve, for the last several further. addition of 12 new languages in the new does recognize the orbital truths of our
their blog indexing as compared to years, been very much on the fore of trying I got a number of interesting responses version of Google Earth. They include: solar system.) You can also zoom in from
Technorati and Google Blog Search. What to measure online text and downloadable off yesterday’s piece on this topic, but no Danish, English (UK), Spanish (Latin afar and watch the sunrise crest the
they do have an angle on is a different way media. They’ve struck partnerships with one has seemed to really come up with the American), Finnish, Hebrew, Indonesian, horizon.
of measuring reach and value for a blog, Wizzard Media to certify all their podcast silver bullet yet. I’m wondering if I’m Norwegian, Portuguese (PT), Romanian, By the bye, the announcement of the new
and it’s very much in the vein of what I downloads. They’ve joined the Association phrasing my question the right way. What Swedish, Thai, and Turkish. release of Google Earth also notes that it
was attempting to describe yesterday: for Downloadable Media to find more I’m trying to find here, first of all, is the On the technical front, the new release of will be gradually adding particular
The pageview is dying as a monetizable lasting metrics that truly value an online cornerstone of what a superior method of Google Earth arrives with enhanced mapping information in the form of
metric. For us big blogs like Mashable, it video and audio piece for what it is. valuing a blog would be than simply by the navigation tools, which Google hopes imagery acquisition dates. These details
works, because we have scads of it. They’re heavily involved with measuring pageview; something that gives a fair users will find to be more intuitively are presumably not the focus of the broad
Unfortunately, the smaller blogs and traffic with the Netratings program. Point shake to the mid-size blogs (in terms of operable. Peter Birch, a product manager at majority of users of the software package,
communities have issues getting any return is, they’re busy about finding the right way traffic) as well as the giants. Once we get Google Earth, explain the upgrade thusly: but some do wish for such data, so Google
on their work, even though they have high to measure our stuff. that fleshed out a bit, then we can talk “We modified the zoom control. As you has made sure to note that it will provide
levels of engagement, participation, and To be real clear, here, they don’t go as about the best way to measure that and get closer to the ground, your view slowly as much in the way of photographic time
value contributed. Rather than rolling them far with BlogPulse as I describe in my then monetize it. tilts, almost as if you are parachuting onto stamps as possible.Google Earth 4.3 Beta
all up into some sort of CNet competitor, piece, nor as far as most of the Rat Pack You, dear readers, have had a day or so the ground. We also added a new control, is available for download for Windows,
blogs should shift their focus on described in our ideal situation on this to noodle what I asked you yesterday. Any the “look” joystick, which allows you to Mac OS X, and Linux.
monetizing their work in a way that’s more weekend’s show. The BlogPulse system brainstorms on that yet? look around. If you are on the ground, you ShareThis
valuable - capitalizing their expertise and functions by measuring amount of links ShareThis can change your viewpoint and look up at ---
community engagement. into an article, not quite as simplistic as --- buildings, down canyons, or over at the Related Articles at Mashable! - The
In that respect, these sites that shard off Technorati’s linking algorithm, but Related Articles at Mashable! - The rising sun. If you use the “pan” joystick Social Networking Blog:
the community can actually serve to essentially the same thing. It doesn’t Social Networking Blog: when on the ground, you will follow the Terrorists Using Google Earth to Target
increase that blogs revenue, if they return account for volume of comments, and it Tech Startup USA: 27 Web Companies ground as if you were walking on it.” Israel
instead of the conversation, the metrics on doesn’t go so far as to take into account in the Northeast Another addition to Google Earth’s Google Earth and NASA Complete
that conversation. While the actual address things we talked about on the show, like 6 Key Ways to Measure Your Blog’s navigation controls is the much-requested Project
where that conversation takes place may measuring Shyftr comments, Readburner Success Street View option, which first arrived Google Earth Enterprise Version Update
shift around on the Internet, the derivative comments, Twitter comments and under the Google nameplate back in May Released
ideas from that conversation remain more FriendFeed comments. 2007 within the more elementary Google Google Earth Shows Real-Time Traffic
or less branded by the originator. Maps utility. The company’s software Google Earth Updates Images
engineers have employed the Twango’s New Google Earth Features
PhotoOverlay feature to give Google Earth Google Earth Takes Classified Military
users a view of panorama shots from Data in Israel. Oops.
ground level, which can be seen when the
Street View layer is activated. Going from
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SoccerGirl Due For IRS Audit Very Jangl Founders Rock Out
Soon with Messaging Convergence
By Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins
(Mashable!)
the movie makes. Strictly interpreted
history and constitutional law says that the
Federal Income Tax is unconstitutional. I
and Live Music [Podcast]
Submitted at 4/16/2008 12:29:14 AM
personally believe that I shouldn’t have to By Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins
Soccergirl, a podcaster working for Adam pay it. (Mashable!)
Curry over at PodShow, was recently Folks in the party I belong to get out Submitted at 4/15/2008 10:28:47 PM
featured in Wired’s Tech Biz blog for her there and protest this law every year, and Jangl is one of those companies that
income tax filing. Given it’s the 15th of some will even go so far as to protest the provides a utilitarian service that you may
April, I’ll lay aside any blame I’d normally law by not paying it. As is evidenced by easily overlook, despite the fact that
lay at the feet of someone writing about a the many ruined lives profiled in Aaron
tax return on a Web 2.0/science blog. they’re absolutely everywhere. You can’t
Russo’s film, though, the IRS really hit up a single major social networking site
The story hook, aside from the fact that doesn’t care one lick if you have the best this humble geek’s opinion. Check bits of
out there without eventually running into their work out, both in the form of
Soccergirl is obviously an attractive young argued reasons in the world not to pay their application - they’re on Bebo,
woman who frequently talks about sex them money. They will make your life a conversation about their company and
with her audience, is the type of stuff she’s Match.com, Plentyoffish, MySpace, clips from their music.
living hell until you bend to their will. Facebook and Tagged, just to list a few.
trying to get away with on her income tax And this is why I never once participated [This show sponsored by Audible. Get
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Rudegeair bought three different brands of metric tons of blog coverage, they’re still You can hear all about this in today’s
the government, and why I advise all those one of those companies that not everyone
condoms. This month, she sat down with folks that are inspired by From Freedom to episode, the embed is available below, or
TurboTax and listed the cost of rubbers as knows exactly what they do. They’re you can download the MP3 file directly
Fascism not to suddenly start making a essentially a convergence provider,
a deduction. It was, she believes, a stink with their local taxman over Federal here.
allowing two way mobile access to social Get the Mashable Conversations podcast
business expense. Income Tax constitutionality. The IRS network messaging by utilizing VoIP
The story goes on to quote a number of does not have a sense of humor that they’re here.
interesting folks that they’ve contact in for technology. In English, that means they Add directly to iTunes here(or give us a
aware of, they won’t find the expensing of use the various development platforms on
their expert opinion: lawyers, accountants, everything in your life to be amusing, or rating).
Rob Walch and Julia Allison. While Rob social networks to deliver messages from Add directly to your Zune here.
admissable, and they will audit you from people’s voices to your inbox.
made some decent points on the nebulous here to the other certainty in life until you ShareThis
nature of business and pleasure for folks in I recently had the chance to sit down ---
life, you can’t expense it.” bend to their will. with one of Jangl’s founders, Michael
the business of profiteering from their In this instance, it’s not real difficult to So basically what I’m saying is this: it’s Related Articles at Mashable! - The
daily life, it was Julia Allison that made Cerda, and we talked about the rise of his Social Networking Blog:
make the judgement call on this one. Let been a great run, Soccergirl. Been great company, the very interesting funding and
the most salient observation: me give you the benefit of my personal listening to your podcast all these years. Jangl Adds Voicemail to Facebook
founding process they went through, and Jangl Adds VoIP to Another Social
“The IRS doesn’t understand, isn’t experience when it comes to taxes. I’m a Lemme know when the IRS gets done exactly what has fueled the growth of his
interested in understanding that your libertarian, and a former very active screwing you so we can all listen to you Network: PerfSpot
personal life can sometimes merge with organization. Send Her Your Drink and Your Number,
member of several Libertarian Party talk about screwing some more. An interesting tidbit I found out from the
your professional life,” she said. “It has to functions. Like every good LPer, I’ve seen ShareThis with Jangl Now on Fubar
be 100 percent business. If there’s even a conversation was the the founders of Jangl Jangl Lets You Call Anyone with an
From Freedom to Fascism, and by and are not just bussiness partners, but also
small percentage that is for your personal large, I agree with most of the points that Email Address
bandmates. A true Web 2.0 success story, Jangl Sees Big Growth Thanks to
they found each other by way of Craigslist
Why television is great - The Muppets (see the original want ad below), and
during the ‘wait and see’ portion of the
Facebook and Bebo Apps
Jangl is 1st Application on New Tagged
Profiles
By Paul Goebel (TV Squad) I'm not going to use this blog as a way to funding process, performed gigs together Jangl on TypePad
Submitted at 4/16/2008 4:26:00 AM
refute these arguments, instead I'd like to under the band name El Desayuno. The
give specific examples to defend the band has actually published a CD
Filed under: OpEd, Reality-Free medium that I have come to love. (available on iTunes), and is quite good, in
In my line of work (whatever that is), I Television is great because it is directly
am often put in the position of defending responsible for the creation of the
the medium of television. There is a large Muppets.
section of the population who is convinced Continue reading Why television is great
that television is inferior to film and all others go with reality TV, I once argued - The Muppets
types of print media. These people love to with a guy who said, "Two words...Jerry Permalink| Email this| | Comments
use a host of specious arguments to prove Springer" and walked away.
their point. Some choose advertising,
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MochiAds Lands 3 New Jaxtr Rolls Out Free SMS


Partners for Asian Services
By Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins
Expansion (Mashable!)
Submitted at 4/15/2008 10:37:22 PM
By Kristen Nicole (Mashable!) metrics MochiAds will offer in the future
for even more targeted advertising options. Jaxtr, a company we’ve covered
Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:34:07 AM

MochiAds has been expanding its game


In teaming with a handful of other
advertising firms, MochiAds is leveraging
extensively in the past here at Mashable, is
announcing the deployment of a new
The Riches: Trust
To learn more about the world of social
advertising network for well over a year
now, and its latest round of partnerships
established companies for access to a
broader client base, in turn offering global
feature that allows members to send free
SMS messages to anyone worldwide, media and its intersection with the mobile Never Sleeps
regardless of whether or not they’re a messaging world, check out today’s
takes the company further in that direction. markets wider access to gamers. Being at Mashable Conversations conversation with By Brett Love (TV Squad)
Wanmo, AdMax and Innovalue are all ad:tech this week, I’ve heard a bit of talk member of the jaxtr service - covering Michael Cerda of Jangl. The embed is Submitted at 4/16/2008 1:39:00 AM
working with MochiAds to enable it to about advertising firms partnering with mobile phones in 38 countries. Basic available below, or you can download the
further reach ad sales in Asian regions, each other in a greater capacity to ensure a membership to jaxtr is already free, and MP3 file directly here. Filed under: OpEd, The Riches, Episode
including China, Taiwan and Southeast more comprehensive solution for the this new service adds new free Get the Mashable Conversations podcast Reviews, Reality-Free
Asia, respectively. brands, and MochiAds has displayed that functionality to 10 million users with the ( S02E05) Right about now, some of the
company - a number of folks up from a here.
Having received $4 million in funding such partnerships are in fact a readily Add directly to iTunes here(or give us a Malloys should probably be having some
earlier this year, expansion is certainly on accepted byproduct of the ongoing reported 5 million back in September. rating). second thoughts about returning to Eden
the minds of MochiAds’ executives, innovation that’s still needing to deal with Jaxtr operatates very similarly to Jangl’s Add directly to your Zune here. Falls. The lure of big money is hard to
especially as web, mobile and gaming the current market for customers utilizing system, a company we explored earlier ShareThis resist, but it's certainly not going to be easy
advertising become well saturated markets. online advertising solutions. today with the founders on an episode of money. The dark turn to their adventure
Mashable Conversations. Essentially, Jaxtr ---
With these deals, Wanmo, AdMax and ShareThis Related Articles at Mashable! - The continues in episode five as we find Dahlia
Innovalue will extend options to their --- and Jangl both provide widgets that allow Social Networking Blog: continuing to struggle with her new triple
buyers for selecting ads in MochiAds’ Related Articles at Mashable! - The folks to be messaged on virtual or pre- Jaxtr Reaches 500k, Expands to 18 More life, Pete causing more trouble for Wayne,
network as well, giving their brands access Social Networking Blog: existing mobile phones from just about Countries and young Cael striking out and getting
to consumers. Boy Bands, Board Games, and Mochi every social networking platform in some story all his own.
existence. Jaxtr Raises $10M in Series A Round:
You may recall that MochiAds works by Advertising Reaches 1 Million Users Gallery: The Riches
displaying a pre-game advertisement as RockYou Launches RockYou Games The death of mobile is greatly Jaxtr Doubles to Two Million Users in Continue reading The Riches: Trust
well as inter-level ads, in addition to Slide.com Racks Up Several Partners for exaggerated, according to both Jaxtr and 30 Days Never Sleeps
targeted ads that also display elsewhere on Music Features Jangl. Figures provided to us by Jaxtr from Jaxtr Grows 10x; 5 Million Users in 5 Permalink| Email this| | Comments
the site. Targeted ad options include Shoutlet Announces Partnerships to the atest annual report from Research and
Markets say that in 2008, there will be Months
geography, domain and game category. Strengthen Social Marketing Platform Jaxtr Reaches 100,000 Users
Creating an ad network with a specific Metacafe Brings On Former Yahoo over two trillion SMS text messages sent Jaxtr Opens Door to MySpace Calls
focus on gaming media is a feat in itself, Executive across the planet, a figure that spells profits Jaxtr - Free MySpace Phone Calls
and even lends to a more unique look at King.com Game Network Grows 138% for both carriers and application providers.
behavioral and intermittent advertising in One Year
options as well. Shifting that to a more Bebo Hires MTV VP
widespread global market is an ambitious
task, and I’ll be curious to see what other

Pirate Bay To IFPI: Pay Up For Damages


By Stan Schroeder (Mashable!) “what?”). Now, the Pirate Bay is lawsuits are one-sided affairs. RIAA sues anything, and they were never heard in the BOiNK to Replace Recently Shut Down
Submitted at 4/16/2008 12:18:43 AM
demanding a compensation from IFPI for you for piracy; if they win, you give them case, although the case was obviously OiNK
the lost traffic. The money, they say, will money; if you win, then…nothing. Little in about them, and them alone. We need What Does The Future Hold For The
Funny guys, those Bay Pirates. As you be given to musicians which are willing to the way of apologies, and certainly no some law and order here, folks, and law Pirate Bay?
may remember, recently the IFPI put their work online for free. compensations of any kind. Well, the and order goes both ways. Oodle Talks Like A Pirate
(International Federation of the Of course, there’s little chance that they Pirate Bay is aiming to change that. After ShareThis Pirates Had Photo-Sharing?
Phonographic Industry) has tried will succeed, as they weren’t really hurt by all, if they’re a legitimate operation - and --- The Pirate Bay Gets Buried In Legal
(succeeded) to convince Danish ISP Tele2 the block. However, I love this approach they are until proven otherwise - why Related Articles at Mashable! - The Papers
to block the Pirate Bay (they also tried to and it’s really good that someone is ready should some third party be allowed to Social Networking Blog: Impress Your Twitter Friends With Post
do the same thing in Sweden but it didn’t to take the fight over to the other side. force an ISP to block their site? In this Pirate Bay Takes Over Anti-Piracy Like A Pirate
work as the ISPs pretty much said The thing is, a lot of these piracy-related particular case, no one even asked them Domain. A Major Hack?
22 Web 2.0 TV* Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper

Video: SixApart Launches


BlogIt. Publish Across Blog
Networks from Facebook
By Kristen Nicole (Mashable!)
Submitted at 4/15/2008 10:01:05 PM

Blogging and life streaming are nearly


one and the same, and as serious bloggers
and other forms of self-publishers realize
the need to broadcast their original content
across networks (blogging platforms,
social networks, and the miniblogging
networks in order to tell everyone that
we’ve published something on our blog),
the need for an automated distribution tool
Rob Lowe's nanny
has been around for some time.
Most services that deal in social media
files countersuit
are now more willing to integrate such claiming sexual abuse
PluggedIn: Hello And options into their own content-creation
services. For instance, WorldTV recently
added Qik support with automatic Twitter
By Kristin Sample (TV Squad)
Submitted at 4/16/2008 1:20:00 AM

Goodbye updates. And now that we have open


platforms within social media and
networking sites like Facebook, the ability to get an early look at the new BlogIt
Filed under: Celebrities, Brothers and
Sisters, Reality-Free Last week, Rob Lowe
By Stan Schroeder (Mashable!) laws, they’ve done a lot of bad things for to republish and re-distribute is quite application earlier. See the screencast filed a lawsuit against three former
Submitted at 4/16/2008 2:19:05 AM
all us music lovers around the world: commonplace. below as David Recordon walks me employees. The star of Brothers and
remember Pandora, which you cannot SixApart’s blogging platform is through the new product. Sisters says that one of these former
This article might sound unfair to our US access if you’re outside the US anymore? embracing this concept completely, with ShareThis employees, former nanny Jessica Gibson,
& Canada readers, so I’ve decided to give Then it was Hulu, and now it’s PluggedIn. its new BlogIt application on Facebook. --- wanted $1.5 million to remain silent about
you a quick recap of this new service, Let me remind you that folks from outside This app lets you create content directly Related Articles at Mashable! - The allegations of abuse.
called PluggedIn, before jumping to the of US and Canada are not given a choice within your Facebook account, send it to Social Networking Blog: Gibson, who worked for Rob and Sheryl
point. It’s a freshly launched music video here - you cannot do anything, even pay, to all the major blogging platforms (TypePad, Assignment Zero, CosmoTourist, Lowe on and off for seven years, filed a
repository, focused on licensed, high see/hear this content. You’re simply faced Blogger, Wordpress, etc.), and the SueTube, Lala-Woxy, PlanHQ, ThisNext claim in Santa Barbara yesterday. She
quality videos. It’s slickly designed and it with a nice big GO AWAY sign. Well, miniblogging platforms (Twitter, Pownce, claims that the actor sexually abused her
has a really solid selection with over ten that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. etc.) too. I stopped by the SixApart office on numerous occasions from September
thousand videos, featuring some big labels ShareThis 2005 to January 2008. Why did she stay
(UMG, EMI, Sony BMG) as well as some --- for so long? "I always thought it would be
indies. The videos are free too look at… Related Articles at Mashable! - The different when I went back, but it was not.
… if you live in the US or Canada. Social Networking Blog: I stayed as long as I did because of the
Which makes the site completely useless Facebook is Fastest Growing Social children and because I needed a job,"
for anyone not living in these two Network in Europe Gibson explained. Her lawyer added that if
countries, and it’s the majority of the Google Transit Route Planning Now the Lowes think that sueing Gibson as a
world’s population we’re talking about Works In Europe pre-emptive strike will intimidate her, "I
here. iPhone. Europe. Still on Track for can assure them it will not." Gibson's
I’ve written pretty much the same thing September Launch. countersuit seeks an unspecified amount of
when Hulu launched: sorry guys and girls, iPhone. Europe. September. damages.
but if the site doesn’t work for me at all, Viagogo is Official Secondary Ticketer Permalink| Email this| | Comments
I’m not going to write a raving review. for NBA Europe Live
I don’t want to imply that PluggedIn is to Europe Chooses YouTube
blame for this. The music industry and the LinkedIn Opens Office in London
copyright laws & regulations are to be
blamed. And whatever you think of these
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The Daily Show: April 15, Diane Neal gives her notice to
2008 - VIDEOS Law & Order: SVU
By Annie Wu (TV Squad) By Allison Waldman (TV Squad)
Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:21:00 AM Submitted at 4/16/2008 2:01:00 AM

Filed under: OpEd, The Daily Show, Filed under: Law and Order, Reality-Free
Episode Reviews, Reality-Free If you've This is a bummer. (By the way, isn't there
been having trouble touching yourself a better expression than that to describe
recently, it may be because the Pope is in disappointment? "What a shame" is just
the States. Because he doesn't really have too British to me.) Anyway, TV Guide's
anything better to do, President Bush Michael Ausiello reports that Law &
picked up the Pope from the airport. More Order: SVU has lost Diane Neal. The
coverage has been promised for actress, who's played assistant district
Wednesday night, so I guess anyone that attorney Casey Novak on the Dick Wolf
was expecting some in-depth Popewatch
was sorely disappointed.
show for five years has turned in her
resignation. This season will be her last.
Bob Barker is enjoying
"House of Pain" (the alternate was "Itty- "Diane spent five years on SVU and was a his retirement, thinks
Bitty Torture Committee", which is so tremendous addition to the SVU team. She
much better): To further creep out the is looking forward to new opportunities amid the many others who seem Carey is doing a good job
entire country, Bush admitted that six of evasive maneuvering from that interview and she will be missed," says the NBC interchangeable, it was crucial to match By Joel Keller (TV Squad)
the top members of his administration have clip, it really shouldn't have been so source about her departure. fire with Christopher Meloni, Mariska
Like I said, I'm not happy about this one. Submitted at 4/16/2008 2:20:00 AM
extensively gone through what is chuckle-inducing. Ha-HA! Sadist Hargitay and the other SVU cast.
considered torture. No wonder CIA government. Unlike so many of the faces and forms that Continue reading Diane Neal gives her Filed under: TV Royalty, Daytime, Game
Director George Tenet and company have Continue reading The Daily Show: April come in and out of the L&O universe, notice to Law & Order: SVU Show, Reality-Free If anyone thought Bob
freely and happily repeated that the 15, 2008 - VIDEOS Diane Neal stuck out. And I mean that in a Permalink| Email this| | Comments Barker was going to miss being on stage at
government does not torture. Their Permalink| Email this| | Comments good way. She had a presence and a The Price is Right, then they'd be wrong.
definition probably stops just short of passion, which was not only recognizable At least if you listen to Bob; he not only
killing the interrogation subject. Asf for thinks he left "at just the right time," but is
Condoleezza Rice's chuckle-inducing keeping himself extremely busy.
Barker spoke to the Long Beach, CA
An Arrested Development reunion. Sort of. Press-Telegram recently, and he explained
that "I enjoyed the show right up to the last
By Brad Trechak (TV Squad) members from previous successful series minute of the last show. But, I don't miss it
and call it a "reunion." I've seen Lost In so much that I want to go back and do it
Submitted at 4/16/2008 4:02:00 AM
Space reunions on Babylon 5 and Dukes of again. I think I'm going to be very happy in
Filed under: OpEd, Casting, Reality-Free Hazzard reunions on Smallville. retirement." He's currently working with
It's an Arrested Development reunion! Arrested Development has its own cult various animal-rights organizations and is
Well, not quite. But Jason Bateman, Will following, which I do not count myself writing an autobiography, which he
Arnett and Henry Winkler will be lending among. I enjoyed episodes of the show, but expects to be out late this year (ah, the
their voices for a new Fox animated series don't go out of my way to see it or own it publishing world moves quickly when they
called Sit Down, Shut Up. on DVD. However, given AD's following, have to, know what I mean?).
The show centers around staff members it may mean more viewers for Sit Down, Continue reading Bob Barker is enjoying
at a high school where the student needs Regina King, Nick Kroll, Tom Kenny and Shut Up. his retirement, thinks Carey is doing a
become secondary. It is based on an live- Maria Bamford. Permalink| Email this| | Comments good job
action Australian series. Also joining the It's a common strategy of television Permalink| Email this| | Comments
voice cast are Cheri Oteri, Will Forte, shows to bring together two or more cast

Nielsen ratings for the week ending April 13


By Bob Sassone (TV Squad) American Idol gets three spots this week. up seven spots in the weekly top 20 and week ending April 13
Submitted at 4/16/2008 1:07:00 AM
You know what FOX should do? Just also make sure the shows that follow all Permalink| Email this| | Comments
spread out Idol over seven nights. Why get high ratings too.
Filed under: Industry, Programming, not? Some episodes wouldn't be as highly- 1. American Idol- Tue (FOX)
Ratings, Reality-Free rated as others, but you know fans would 2. American Idol- Thurs (FOX)
Here are the weekly ratings, by number tune in. They can have four performance Seacrest can drag out the results over a few 3. CSI(CBS)
of viewers. shows and three results shows. Ryan nights. This will make sure that Idol takes Continue reading Nielsen ratings for the
24 TV* Movies* Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper

Super Skank Wednesday: Ambre, Horror Remake Machine Shyamalan's


the superior skank & A tribute to 'Airbender' Gets
Thing 2 to Visit 'Sorority Row'? 2010 Release Date
By Kristin Sample (TV Squad)
Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:38:00 AM
(Seriously?) By Elisabeth Rappe (Cinematical)
Submitted at 4/16/2008 1:46:00 AM

Filed under: Other Reality Shows, OpEd, By Scott Weinberg (Cinematical) Filed under: Animation, Sci-Fi &
Celebrities, Episode Reviews Welcome to Submitted at 4/16/2008 4:32:00 AM Fantasy, Paramount, Family Films,
Super Skank Wednesday. This is where I Newsstand, Comic/Superhero/Geek M.
celebrate the awesomely skanky people on Filed under: Horror, Remakes and Night Shyamalan's live-action adaptation
the following shows: Rock of Love, Flavor Sequels OK, this is now moving beyond of Avatar: The Last Airbender now has a
of Love, I Love New York, (or whatever ridiculous and venturing somewheres release date, according to Variety. Fans of
show Tiffany Pollard is making next), The towards Planet Absurd. Obviously I can the popular Nickelodeon series can circle
Surreal Life, and Charm School. Basically, see the creative / financial appeal in their calenders for July 2nd, 2010 -- and
I'll discuss the skankalicious shows that remaking something like Halloween, start complaining about the title change. In
make VH1 the network it is today. on that show. Dawn of the Dead or The Texas Chainsaw order to avoid confusion with James
After the jump, I'll be discussing the Continue reading Super Skank Massacre. On the creative side you get to Cameron' s Avatar, the film will now
finale of Rock of Love 2(oh how Wednesday: Ambre, the superior skank & play around with one of the grand-daddies simply be titled The Last Airbender.
bittersweet it was) and Bret's past finalists. A tribute to Thing 2 of the horror genre ... and hopefully you've The anime series follows a young hero
I'll also be paying tribute to Thing 2 who Permalink| Email this| | Comments got something new to add to the mix. On who has the ability to manipulate the
left the Flavor of Love house in the most the financial side, remakes with semi- elements, and who must stop a ruthless
tearful elimination I have ever witnessed familiar titles like Prom Night, When a nation from crushing everything in its path.
Stranger Calls, The Fog and The Hitcher It is heavily influenced by anime legend
are a quick way to turn a relatively easy
DreamWorks Grabs dollar.
But a few of these remakes just boggle
my mind. It's not a half-bad remake, but
mill. Written and directed by Mark
Rosman(who ultimately went on to direct a
lot of Hilary Duff stuff), HOSR is about a
Hayao Miyazaki, which Shyamalan says
was the big appeal of the project. "In The
Last Airbender, I see an opportunity to
make a live-action version of a Miyazaki
'Atlantis Rising' someone actually made another version of
The Toolbox Murders a few years back. I
guess I'm just surprised to learn that
bunch of college girls who get slashed up
after they cover up an accidental death.
Surely a plot like this simply screams for a
film," Shyamalan said. He is penning the
script himself, which may give fans a
pause. There's been talk that an adaptation
By Elisabeth Rappe (Cinematical) just optioned Platinum Comics' Atlantis remake. According to Fango (and a
Rising five-part series to develop into a someone else besides me actually website called TrackingB.com), the is just what Shyamalan needs to get his
Submitted at 4/16/2008 4:02:00 AM remembers movies like The Toolbox
live action movie. screenwriting team of Josh Stolberg and storytelling focus back on track -- but if
Filed under: Action, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, The series takes a different approach Murders, The Wizard of Gore, and The Pete Goldfinger are on the job. They just he's doing the writing, there's no telling
Deals, Newsstand, Dreamworks, than the usual "lost city of vast House on Sorority Row... and not only finished writing the Piranha remake for where this could go.
Comic/Superhero/Geek I have to concur mythological wealth." Instead, seismic remembers 'em, but wants to remake 'em! Dimension, so I assume they'll soon be Continue reading Shyamalan's
with the reader on Superhero Hype when disturbances at sea force the military to Yes, the latest wacky word from the remaking Spasms, Humongous, and The 'Airbender' Gets 2010 Release Date
he/she said "Yet more comics I've never investigate the deepest realm of the ocean, horror sites (beginning at Fangoria, I Final Terror. Read| Permalink| Email this| Permalink| Email this| Comments
heard of." Indeed. According to The believe) is that the justifiably obscure 1983 Comments
Hollywood Reporter, DreamWorks has slasher flick The House on Sorority Row is
the next flick to be tossed into the remake

Indiana Jones and the Epic Running Time


By Elisabeth Rappe (Cinematical) before its premiere. To quote CHUD's run time of rather epic proportions. Jeff are others that are just fine clocking in at
Submitted at 4/16/2008 2:32:00 AM
Devin Faraci, "I was told a long time ago - Wells reports that the final cut runs two 90 minutes or so. That's where Indiana
when the movie was still filming - to not hours and twenty odd minutes, longer than Jones belongs -- he's the man who never
Filed under: Action, Classics, Thrillers, expect to see Crystal Skull until maybe a any previous Indy installment. There was a overstays his welcome and makes a
Paramount, RumorMonger, Newsstand, day or two before domestic release. great deal of groaning last summer over graceful exit, leaving you wanting more.
Steven Spielberg, Remakes and Sequels As According to some insiders, this policy needlessly long blockbusters -- I rather Don't read too much into that.
the release date for Indiana Jones and the was a smart one, as the movie may not think Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's Continue reading Indiana Jones and the
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull draws near, have turned out to be what people in the End was the most guilty. There are some Epic Running Time Permalink| Email this|
the worried rumblings begin. First, there's industry call 'good.' I'm hoping for the movies that scream for 2+ hours, like Comments
insider talk that Indiana Jones is only best, of course." Aren't we all. This is this messenger or Faraci. anything with hobbits or scantily clad
going to screen for the press a day or two being whispered elsewhere, so don't shoot Second, Crystal Skull is going to have a Spartans (ok, that one is just me) but there
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Mike White Sees 'The


Glory of it All'
By Monika Bartyzel (Cinematical)
Submitted at 4/15/2008 12:32:00 PM

Filed under: Comedy, Deals, Scripts,


Miramax Thanks to the wonderful Whit
Stillman, we've gotten lots of elite
Manhattanites in the eighties. Younger
folks have acted like 40-year-olds in
Metropolitan, and young yuppies have
pulled the last little bits of dancing wonder
from The Last Days of Disco. But now the
whole rich eighties scene is switching
Interview: Jason Kohn, Finally! The Farrelly Bros.
Get Behind That Redneck
coasts and coming from the hands of Mike
White.
The Hollywood Reporter has posted that
Director of 'Manda Bala Action-Adventure!
By Erik Davis (Cinematical)
Scott Rudin and Miramax are bringing
Sean Wilsey's high-society memoir called
Oh the Glory of it All to the big screen, Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. But
(Send a Bullet)' Submitted at 4/15/2008 1:32:00 PM

Filed under: Comedy, Deals, Newsstand


with Mike White signed on to produce and By Kim Voynar (Cinematical) Awards. It's been quite some time since the Farrelly
she also proved to be devoid of certain Cinematical: I read that at the Cinema Bros. have given us a gem like There's
adapt it. Glory focuses on Wilsey's strange motherly traits, like, say, keeping her son Submitted at 4/15/2008 1:02:00 PM
youth in San Francisco during the 1980s, Eye Awards, in your acceptance speech Something About Mary, Kingpin or Dumb
safe -- she attempted to convince him to Filed under: Documentary, Interviews, you talked about this film being made out and Dumber. Big-screen comedy trends
tracking "his journey from dubious role commit suicide with her. Cinematical Indie
models to a tour of boarding schools and of anger; can you talk a bit more about seem to be changing; moving away from
Obviously, this is retro dysfunction at its Manda Bala(Send a Bullet), directed and that? the random gross-out gags and more
an Italian 'therapeutic community.'" His finest, one that could make for a very
father was a strict and distant man who produced by Jason Kohn, is a richly Jason Kohn: Really that came out of my toward the random pop-culture references.
funny movie in the hands of White, as long painted, riveting documentary weaving sense of frustration at the state of But that won't stop Bobby and Peter
drove Wilsey to rebellion, a man who as there are actors to pull it off well. So, together threads of political corruption and
divorced Wilsey's mother to marry her best contemporary documentary films, at least Farrelly from navigating toward material
who would you cast? Permalink| Email disparity of wealth distribution in Brazil, at the time when I started making the film. they're familiar with -- and Variety tells us
friend. His mother, meanwhile, was the this| Comments frog farms, kidnappings in Sao Paulo,
belle of the social scene, a woman who There was a lot of talk going on about the their latest comes from a script written by
entertained everyone from movie stars to reconstructive ear surgery, and the growth democratization of docs, how it's cheaper Mike Arnold and Chris Poole. It's called
Black Panthers and inspired a character in of the personal security business in Brazil. to make them with new technologies, and I Beaujolais. Yup. I don't know what it
If all this sounds like a lot to meld together thought that was mostly bullshit. This idea means; Wiki says it's a wine.
into one coherent tale, it is, but Kohn that people on the marginalized fringes of Anyway, the Farrelly boys are going to
proves himself more than up to the task. society now have access to these produce with an eye on possibly directing.
Cinematical spoke to Kohn by phone technologies - it's just not true. Variety describes Beaujolais as a "redneck
recently about Manda Bala, which has Continue reading Interview: Jason Kohn, action-adventure with a protagonist along
received numerous awards on the fest Director of 'Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)' the lines of Austin Powers or Ace
circuit over the past year, and recently won Permalink| Email this| Comments Ventura." So basically it's Larry the Cable
three awards at the inaugural Cinema Eye guy with a few more catchphrases. Danny
McBride is currently in talks to star; he's

Stan Lee Launches Another Superhero Franchise popped up in films like The Heartbreak
Kid and Hot Rod, with upcoming roles in
Land of the Lost and Tropic Thunder.
By Elisabeth Rappe (Cinematical) superhero property. on these projects when there's so little to Do you think Peter and Bobby Farrelly
Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:32:00 AM
Legion of 5 is being planned as a series go on. There's always part of me that still have a comedy classic left inside
of CG animated films, but will be wonders if these deals will actually come them? Or has their type of humor simply
Filed under: Animation, Deals, expanded to include games, online and to anything, or if the $24 million being taken a long walk off a short pier? (Man,
Newsstand, Comic/Superhero/Geek Stan mobile releases. Basically, wherever you raised by all partners will just be spent on would I love to see another Outside
Lee is one of the busiest guys in the world. go, there will be something Legion of 5. It failed design concepts. Plus, anything with Providence from these boys ...) Permalink|
He has to be. He's just involved in could be ... like air! CG that isn't Pixar does little to excite me - Email this| Comments
everything, and still manages to cameo in Details of the storyline and the characters - for some reason, I'm just seeing a
any Marvel movie. According to The are all being kept under wraps. There isn't superhero version of Space Chimps. I think
Hollywood Reporter, Lee is now paring up expected to be any kind of further Comics Legend award. I'm drinking too much caffeine these days.
with Brighton Partners and Rainmaker announcement at New York Comic Con, It is so hard to make any judgment call Permalink| Email this| Comments
Entertainment to launch Legion of 5, a new where Lee is receiving the New York
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Horror Flick Gets Tossed


From Oklahoma Film Festival
For Scary Marketing
By Scott Weinberg (Cinematical)
Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:02:00 AM

Filed under: Horror, Independent,


Celebrities and Controversy Prior to an
hour ago, I had no idea what kind of
behavior could get your film tossed out of Ashlee Simpson
Muskogee's Bare Bones International
Independent Film and Music Festival... but
now I do. According to news sources out
Might Really be
of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the independent
horror film A Beautiful Day was scheduled Pregnant
to play the festival, but the filmmakers By Hollywood Grind
have been asked to take their celluloid and
Submitted at 4/16/2008 12:08:16 AM
go home. Why? Cuz the "little guys"
thought they could borrow some of that Finally a news source we are inclined to
viral marketing from the big boys, that's
why... American high schools, it's no surprise that
Cinematical Seven: Films with believe, PEOPLE, is reporting that Ashlee
Simpson is not only pregnant, but getting
Apparently the guys put together a very
vague trailer for their film's festival
screening -- and it was so damn vague it
school officials caught wind of the clip and
brought it to the awareness of various Hilarious Nudity married in May. The source even said the
wedding will be held at a friend’s house in
La Jolla, California, which is up the hill
authorities. By Eric D. Snider (Cinematical) have a rich history in Hollywood. Here are
was mistaken for a possible terrorist threat! Continue reading Horror Flick Gets from San Diego. There’s even a Walmart
The trailer never lets on that it's a ... movie seven movies with hilarious nudity.
Tossed From Oklahoma Film Festival For Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:02:00 PM
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for nearby, so they can order a cheap cake.
trailer, plus it had some creepy voice-over Scary Marketing Read| Permalink| Email Earlier today Ashlee denied her pregnancy
that went a little like this: "People of Filed under: Comedy, Cinematical Seven Make Benefit Glorious Nation of
this| Comments One of the scenes in Forgetting Sarah Kazakhstan saying, "Some things you want to keep
Muskogee. Open your eyes. April 25th is a personal."
day you'll come to remember." Yikes. Marshall that people will be talking about What's funnier than a naked dude? A
over the virtual water cooler next week is naked FAT dude. And what's funnier than The whole video of Ashlee pregnant was
Given the current state of affairs in just a smoke screen so we wouldn’t know
the one that involves Jason Segel doing a naked fat dude? A naked fat dude
full frontal nudity. Yes, he lets it all hang wrestling a naked skinny dude in a hotel she really is.
out, and what's admirable is that he does it room, and a hotel hallway, and a hotel Ashlee passed up a $4 million dollar
purely for the sake of a joke. That takes elevator, etc., etc. offer to pose for Playboy, so she must be
courage! That takes guts! That takes ... Continue reading Cinematical Seven: holding out on the pregnancy news to
well, you know. Films with Hilarious Nudity Permalink| score a big pay check with baby pictures.
This isn't the first film to use nudity for Email this| Comments Very sneaky.
laughs, of course. Comical naughty bits © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
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• Ashlee Simpson Denies Pregnancy
• Pete Wentz Denies Ashlee Simpson Is
Pregnant
and an underground civilization emerges to global debate on our impact to the one and it didn't grab my interest. But • Ashlee Simpson is Pregnant
wage war with Earth. "The comic brings a environment." That's becoming the new maybe I am just not in the mood. Let me • Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson Are
fresh, techno-thriller approach to a story buzz phrase -- I think I first heard it with know if I need to go back for a second look Getting Married
that holds all the tenets of a classic us-vs.- the Dune remake, and it just keeps coming and read up to issue three. I don't think I • Ashlee Simpson Bittersweet Album
them alien invasion movie," says back. have ever seen a good story centered
DreamWorks Alex Kurtzman, who is If you're interested in checking out the around Atlantis, though. Permalink| Email
producing the project. series, Drunk Duck has three issues up to this| Comments
Platinum Comics' CEO, Mitchell read free of charge. I have to confess, I
Rosenberg, says the project echoes "the only got about halfway through the first
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Welcome to the Daily Fix’s 2008 Seasonlong Baseball Contest


(WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) getting in the first entry. card, as is nearly everything else that Diamondbacks 14
Submitted at 4/8/2008 5:28:00 PM
On to the picks. Answers may not add up happens in this wretched league. Take the Cubs 11
to 135 because some readers omitted some 2007 Diamondbacks. There’s no way a Padres 10
(If you’re looking for today’s Daily Fix answers. Readers picks come first. Last team with a negative-20 run differential Brewers 9
column, it’s here.) year’s right answer in bold, where could win an American League division. Dodgers 8
The Detroit Tigers are Fix readers’ applicable. Want to weigh in on how the Madness. Reds 4
consensus pick to win the World Series, season, and this contest, will play out? I also blame the designated hitter Astros, Cardinals 1
for the first time since 1984. Of course, the Please sound off in the comments. whenever I stub my toe or spill my beer. Just 11 readers choose their AL wild-
Tigers promptly started the season by THE BASICS(point value in Larry Borowsky: Red Sox, Indians, card pick to win the league crown, and just
losing their first seven games, so the 134 parentheses) Angels, Mets, Brewers, Diamondbacks. three expect the wild-card team to go on to
readers who entered the Daily Fix 1. Which six teams will be division A lot fewer gimmes than usual — the win the World Series. Those numbers are a
seasonlong baseball contest can take solace winners? (5 each) Mets are the only no-brainer pick similarly paltry 17 and five, respectively,
in the fact that the World Series winner is AL East: Red Sox 105; Yankees 27; Blue (although the D-Backs pick required only in the NL. Yet a wild-card team has made
just one of 20 questions. Predicting Barry Jays 2. the brain stem). The Braves, Cubs and each of the last six World Series.
Bonds’s home run total (most think he AL Central: Tigers 95; Indians 39. Yankees would not look out of place on Meanwhile, more than 57% of readers
won’t have any); the first player to be AL West: Angels 98; Mariners 33; A’s 3. this list; the Mariners have two Cy Young expect the AL wild card to come from the
released or traded (so long, Richie NL East: Mets 101; Phillies 22; Braves candidates (Felix Hernandez and Erik East, which makes sense given that the
Sexson); and the most-improved team 11. Bedard), and the Phillies have Chase Utley Red Sox or Yankees have taken the extra
(break up the Rays!) is just as important in NL Central: Cubs 86; Brewers 37; Reds and Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels. I playoff spot in four of the last five seasons.
this test of forecasting skills. 6; Cardinals 4; Astros 1. don’t like the Tigers’ pitching at all, so I’m Belth: Angels and Phillies.
This roundup of reader picks may come NL West: Diamondbacks 60; Dodgers picking against them. Bois: Yankees and Braves.
late, but the first week of the baseball 40; Padres 18; Rockies 16. Nick Dallamora: Red Sox, Tigers, Their lineups are strong enough to reach
season generally doesn’t mean much, as More than 43% of readers picked Mariners, Mets, Brewers, Rockies. the playoffs, but their pitching rotations
New York Sun columnist Tim Marchman identical division winners in the AL: the Will Leitch: Red Sox, Tigers, Angels, hold too many unknowns for them to win a
pointed out this week. Unfortunately for Red Sox, the Tigers and the Angels. And Mets, Cubs, Diamondbacks. division race.
Mr. Marchman, one early return that does there were just five picks, total, for teams compelling year for the game in both Tim Marchman: Red Sox, Tigers, Borowsky: Tigers and Reds.
seem to matter is the Tigers’ early woes — that didn’t finish first or second last year. leagues. The NL West is exciting and it’ll Angels, Mets, Cubs, Diamondbacks. I don’t really think the Reds will go, but
he’s a guest entrant in the Fix contest, There was far less unanimity in the NL, be interesting to see how the Mets perform Jeff Passan: Red Sox, Indians, Mariners, they’re a fun novelty pick. They vaguely
along with eight of our other favorite where all but five teams got at least four after their regrettable finish in ‘07. If Pedro Mets, Brewers, Dodgers. remind me of the D-Backs from last year
baseball writers, and he picked the Tigers. votes. and Johan remain healthy, each home start Red Sox are a no-brainer. Indians benefit — young talent out the wazoo. Not even
Marchman, Joe Posnanski and Jeff Passan Alex Belth: Red Sox, Tigers, Mariners, will be an event, kind of like the old Doc from Detroit’s bullpen and Seattle from the Dusty Baker can ruin this much potential.
are newcomers to the contest this year, Mets, Cubs, Rockies. Gooden days. I think the Yankees may Kelvim Escobar injury. The Mets and Dallamora: Yankees and Dodgers.
joining veterans Deadspin’s Will Leitch, I’ve actually found myself avoiding have trouble relying on so much young Brewers are too talented, and I rolled a Leitch: Yankees and Brewers.
Jon Bois and Nick Dallamora from the reading too much about the coming season pitching; still, they still have a formidable four-sided die to get the Dodgers. Marchman: Yankees and Braves.
Dugout, Larry Borowsky, Alex Belth and this spring. Not an easy trick when you team with a lot of players I find easy to Joe Posnanski: Red Sox, Tigers, Angels, Bronx partisans will continue to stay
Joe Sheehan from Baseball Prospectus maintain a daily blog. This is now the sixth pull for. The defending champion Red Sox, Mets, Cubs and Diamondbacks. I feel good curiously silent about the corrupting
(here are the returning sextet’s 2007 Opening Day I’ve blogged on Bronx once again, look to be tough. The Indians about none of these. Maybe Arizona. effects of allowing second-place teams into
picks). Below they share their predictions Banter. When I started, there were only a should regroup from their disappointing Joe Sheehan: Red Sox, Tigers, Angels, the playoffs.
for the season, along with some handful of Yankees-related sites. Now, playoff exit and be strong too, but I’d be Mets, Cubs, Diamondbacks Passan: Tigers and Cubs.
commentary. If you didn’t think the eephus there seems to be dozens, including lying if I didn’t say that the Tigers are the Carl Bialik: Red Sox, Indians, Angels, Solace for Cubs fans: A wild card has
pitch, Minnie Minoso, a young, sullen professional blogs by journalists like Pete team I’m most interested in watching — Mets, Reds, Rockies. made each of the last six World Series.
Nick Markakis, Leavenworth, Jimi Abraham, Joel Sherman, Kat O’Brien and their offense is just staggering. Jason Fry: Red Sox, Tigers, Angels, Posnanski: Yankees and Phillies. I want
Hendrix, Residence Inn, Sunday school, Tyler Kepner. The constant stream of Jon Bois: Red Sox, Tigers, Angels, Mets, Mets, Cubs, Padres. to say Cleveland, but I suspect the Yankees
“Michael Clayton” and a bronzed llama information and analysis helps make this Cubs, Dodgers. 2. Which two teams will win the wild will find a way.
could all make it into one MLB column, something of a golden age for baseball The American League’s division winners cards? (5 each) Sheehan: Yankees and Braves.
you haven’t read these guys enough. fans. At the same time, I find it all to be are slam dunks compared to the National AL Bialik: Yankees and Braves.
Also returning from last year are the overwhelming at times. So, in the interest League’s. Why? The designated-hitter rule, Yankees 51 The Tigers can’t pitch.
winner and runner-up among our readers. of having a fresh perspective going into the naturally. The AL is a real-world computer Indians 33 Fry: Indians and Braves.
The winner, Matt Viereck, expects the year, I’ve tried to read as little as possible, program comprised of flesh, wood, leather Red Sox 19 Watch out, Met faithful, the Braves are
Tigers to beat the Cubs in a World Series only keeping myself familiar with what is and dirt. It’s an algorithm, played out with Tigers 15 alive again. Oh yeah: Eat it, Steinbrenners!
with lower ratings than last year. Also, he happening, not intimately so. This general simple dice-roll probability. When NL Blue Jays 7 3. Which two teams will go to the World
thinks the Giants will finish with the feeling of needing a break also has been teams send pitchers to bat, they’re putting Angels, Mariners 4 Series? (15 each)
majors’ worst record. Runner-up Steve heightened by the departure of Joe Torre, baseball’s primary mathematical unknown NL AL
Saeger likes the Mets to beat the Tigers in the decline of George Steinbrenner and the into play. Sure, you know the pitcher is Phillies 24 Tigers 49
October. He thinks Barry Bonds will hit 12 beginning of the final year of Yankee probably going to suck at the plate, but you Braves 19 Red Sox 38
home runs. Meanwhile, the first prize of Stadium. don’t know how or how badly he’s going Mets 16
the 2008 contest goes to Elie Mischel, for That said, it should be another to suck. The NL wild card is truly a wild Rockies 15
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Indians 17 Leitch: Red Sox and Mets. so it doesn’t count (the last team other than with the best record will win the World Dallamora: Orioles.
Yankees 14 Marchman: Red Sox and Cubs. the Yankees to repeat was the Blue Jays, in Series. And barely a quarter of readers Finally, an easy one.
Angels 12 Boston and Chicago will win the 1993). But am I really picking the expect an NL team to have the best record Leitch: Giants.
Mariners 3 pennants, inciting unprecedented levels of Diamondbacks? Ah, screw it: the Sawx — all but 6 picking the Mets. Marchman: Giants.
Blue Jays 1 sepia-toned columnizing by people who win again. Belth: Mets. San Francisco will have a season so bad
NL have no idea what they’re talking about. Dallamora: Tigers. Bois: Red Sox. that the Dolan family will charter planes
Mets 62 Passan: Indians and Mets. Leitch: Red Sox. Their mix of veteran leadership and full of basketball writers and enraged fans
Cubs 17 Sorry, Cubs fans: No wild card this year. Marchman: Red Sox. young talent is tuned perfectly to rack up to the Bay Area just to make themselves
Diamondbacks, Dodgers 13 The Indians’ pitching is deep and hitting Boston will win in the 19th inning of 105 wins. As an aside: I’m now 25 years look good by the contrast. Isiah Thomas
Phillies 11 will return to form, and the Mets have the Game Seven at Wrigley Field, having old, which makes me older than a decent will be seen munching a hot dog in the
Braves 6 best pitcher in baseball, a talented offense come back from at least two sizable number of players. I can actually say stands, pointing and laughing at Giants
Brewers 5 and superb up-the-middle defense. deficits. One also naturally supposes that “young talent” and mean it. It’s unsettling. management, and loudly boasting that even
Rockies 3 Posnanski: Red Sox and Mets. this game will involve a Cubs pitcher Borowsky: Red Sox. he wouldn’t field a team whose average
Cardinals, Padres 2 Sheehan: Red Sox and Mets. walking the bases loaded and then giving Dallamora: Red Sox. age was 37.
Some 22 readers predicted the Tigers Bialik: Yankees and Mets. up a grand slam on an eephus pitch, Leitch: Red Sox. Passan: Orioles.
would face the Mets, and another 20 This may be wishful thinking: I want to Alfonso Soriano tossing a live ball into the Marchman: Red Sox and Mets, in a tie. Especially after they trade Brian Roberts.
predicted a rematch of the Mets-Red Sox be in New York for a Subway Series, stands on account of having forgotten how Passan: Mets. Posnanski: Orioles.
series in 1986. One of these, Samuel having missed by 90 miles last time many outs there are, or something else of I remember the Mets of April and May It’ll be Baltimore or Pittsburgh. Does it
Sanchez, writes, “Mets in seven, only this around. the sort. 2007 (34-18), not the ones from June matter? Two proud 1970s organizations.
time it will be Ortiz at Shea with the boot.” Fry: Indians and Mets. Passan: Mets. through September (54-56). Sheehan: Orioles.
Belth: Tigers and Mets. 4. Which team will win the World Santana at least twice, Pedro and Maine Posnanski: Tigers. Just barely behind the Giants. It’s a
Bois: Tigers and Braves. Series? (30) filling the other slots, Wright and Reyes in Sheehan: Red Sox. necessary part of the process, but the
The Tigers possess the playoff Tigers 29 the swing of their primes. The only thing Bialik: Red Sox. Orioles are going to be almost unwatchable
experience they lacked during their 2006 Mets 27 that could screw this up is Willie Randolph The last three teams in their division will this year.
run to the Series, both from holdovers from Red Sox 23 and, well, come September, if this looks provide lots of easy games. Bialik: Nationals.
that team and from the newly-arrived Yankees 12 foolish because of him, at least I’ll have Fry: Tigers. They won’t get a new-ballpark bounce.
Edgar Renteria. Aside from being an Indians 10 been prescient in one respect. 6. Which team will have the worst Fry: Giants.
excellent player, Renteria has played in Angels 8 Posnanski: Red Sox. regular-season record? (10) 7. Who will win the AL and NL Cy
two Series and is a clubhouse leader. I Cubs 7 They won’t be able to talk about curses Orioles 48 Young awards? (10 each)
think Dontrelle Willis will find his throw Braves 4 in Boston for a long, long time. Giants 23 American League
again, and the acquisition of Miguel Dodgers, Phillies 3 Sheehan: Red Sox. Marlins 17 Justin Verlander (Tigers) 42
Cabrera will make the Tigers’ lineup the Brewers, Diamondbacks 2 Predicting who will win short series in Royals 15 Josh Beckett (Red Sox) 24
scariest in baseball. I’m picking the Braves Cardinals, Mariners, Padres, Rockies 1 October is hard enough in October, so Pirates 14 C.C. Sabathia(Indians) 20
because I always pick the Braves. If for Just 51 readers expect the NL to win the consider this just a vote for the best team. Nationals 11 Erik Bedard (Mariners) 14
some reason Mike Hampton stays healthy World Series. Two sweeps in three years No playoff team has better than a 1-in-5 Rays 3 Roy Halladay (Blue Jays) 8
enough to pitch 150 innings, Atlanta will will do that to a team’s repuation. shot in October, and, most years, worse A’s, Astros, Rangers 1 Felix Hernandez (Mariners) 5
possess one of the best rotations around. Thanks to the addition of Miguel than that. See the answers to No. 11 for one reason John Lackey (Angels), Chien-Ming
During off-days they should store him in Cabrera, the Tigers are readers’ favorite Bialik: Mets. why the Orioles are such a popular pick for Wang (Yankees) 4
that vat of fluid that they kept Luke pick to win it all — but they started the Fry: Mets. this one. Rich Harden (A’s) 3
Skywalker in while he recovered from his season winless. (Associated Press Photo) I write this every year it’s even plausible. Belth: Orioles. Fausto Carmona (Indians) 2
encounter with the ice monster. I have a lot Belth: Tigers. Is it a jinx? Possibly. But since I want it to Bois: Orioles. Jeremy Bonderman (Tigers), Mark
of other great ideas. Bois: Braves. happen, wouldn’t NOT writing it when it’s The Orioles have two good players: Nick Buehrle (White Sox), R.A. Dickey
Borowsky: Red Sox and Diamondbacks. I’m picking the Braves again because I plausible just be an attempt to trick the Markakis and Brian Roberts. MSNBC’s (Mariners), Scott Kazmir (Rays), Daisuke
The D-Backs’ rotation is the best in the always pick the Braves again, and also baseball gods, and therefore an even bigger Tony DeMarco seems to think that Roberts Matsuzaka (Red Sox), Gil Meche
NL. They’ve got good defense, a good pen, because it gives me the opportunity to talk jinx? Some people pore over VORP and could be out the door soon, which would (Mariners), Johan Santana (in a trade from
and I like their manager. They could use about them some more. I believe Matt Diaz advanced stats; I ponder the butterfly effect leave them with one good player. And the Mets?), Dontrelle Willis (Tigers) 1
another hitter, but they’ve got the trade is one of the most underappreciated hitters of my wishes on the baseball cosmos. Markakis? As kids, Nick and I were in the National League
chips to land one (and they could always in baseball. He hit .338 last year, and his 5. Which team will have the best regular- same Cub Scout den in suburban Atlanta. Johan Santana (Mets) 77
pick up Barry Bonds, who played his splits (.318 vs. lefties, .356 vs. righties) season record? (10) He and I raced our cars against each other Brandon Webb (Diamondbacks) 18
college ball in Tempe). As for the Red more than justify a full-time slot in left Red Sox, Tigers 33 in the Pinewood Derby. My car won. I Jake Peavy(Padres) 16
Sox, they’re a near-perfect balance of in- field. Yunel Escobar, who hit .327 last Mets 29 offered to shake his hand, but he responded Cole Hamels (Phillies), Dan Haren
prime stars and breakthrough youngsters. year, wasn’t the best infielder, but should Angels 14 with, “Whatever, you don’t want me to (Diamondbacks) 5
Dallamora: Tigers and Brewers. improve defensively now that he doesn’t Yankees 12 win, you don’t care,” and angrily stomped Roy Oswalt (Astros), Carlos Zambrano
This is starting to become a little too have to play three different positions. Diamondbacks 5 off. He grew up to be a star baseball (Cubs) 3
cliché, but the real World Series is going to Borowsky: Red Sox. Indians 4 player, and I grew up to blog about him on Aaron Harang (Reds), Chris Young
be the ALCS. I’m seeing the Red Sox I can’t pick the Sox to repeat — it’s Mariners 3 the Internet. But as far as I’m concerned, (Padres) 2
taking it to seven games again, but it’s the boring. There hasn’t been a repeat champ Cubs 1 that fateful day makes me the winner.
Tigers’ year to bring it home. in almost a decade, and that was the Yanks Just 35% of readers think that the team Borowsky: Giants. WELCOME page 29
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John Maine (Mets), Brad Penny Victor Martinez (Indians) 2 Passan: Alex Rodriguez and Utley. Troy Tulowitzki* (Rockies), Edinson Angels, Indians 2
(Dodgers), Ben Sheets (Brewers) 1 Travis Hafner (Indians), Torii Hunter Sorry, but A-Rod was so much better Volquez* (Reds), Delwyn Young Belth: Phillies and Yankees.
Belth: Verlander and Santana. (Angels), Derek Jeter (Yankees), Justin than anyone last season, it would be (Dodgers) 1 Bois: Phillies and Tigers.
Bois: Halladay and Santana. Morneau (Twins), David Ortiz (Red Sox), foolish to pick against him. Utley, not *No longer eligible for the award (see Unfortunately for them, the Phillies lack
Halladay has already won a Cy, and Placido Polanco (Tigers), Jorge Posada Jimmy Rollins, would have won NL MVP eligibility rules here) the pitching to win more than 85 games. I
finished third and fifth in voting the last (Yankees), Dontrelle Willis (Tigers) 1 had he played a full season last year, and, Cueto made a strong first impression, wonder whether Ryan Howard would hit
two years. My process for determining my National League at age 29, he’s about as good as he’s going striking out 10 batters with no walks — so many home runs if someone let him
prediction went exactly like this: “Johan David Wright (Mets) 43 to get. and by one analysis compiling one of the know they were all going to waste.
Santana. Oh wait, he’s in the NL. Uh, Pat Matt Holliday (Rockies), Ryan Howard Posnanski: Jeter and Beltran. best major-league debuts in history. Borowsky: Phillies and Yankees.
Hentgen.” Then I pulled up the Blue Jays’ (Phillies) 14 I have this weird feeling that this will Belth: Buchholz and Fukudome. Dallamora: Brewers and Red Sox.
Baseball Reference page. “Did Pat Prince Fielder (Brewers), Jose Reyes finally be the year Jeter wins it. I always Bois: Buchholz and Homer Bailey. Leitch: Phillies and Tigers.
Hentgen change his name to Roy (Mets) 10 pick Beltran to win in the NL. Bailey had an awful Spring and was sent Marchman: Rockies and Yankees.
Halladay? I can’t imagine why he would, Alfonso Soriano (Cubs), Chase Utley Sheehan: Cabrera and Wright. to Louisville, but I believe he’ll be called In the NL, Chicago will score the most
but then, I haven’t watched a Blue Jays (Phillies) 8 Note: will win. “Should” is an entirely back up before too long. Reds manager among teams that don’t play in a pinball
game in years. Halladay it is.” Cy Young Mark Teixera (Braves) 5 different matter, especially in the AL. Dusty Baker has already proven his ability machine. ( Humidor or no, Coors Field still
voters tend to get excited about wins, and I Albert Pujols (Cardinals) 4 Cabrera’s RBIs and new-car-smell will to get the most out of young pitchers, and has freak-show tendencies.) The Yankees
think Santana will rack up 22 of them. Chipper Jones (Braves), Jimmy carry the day, but his defense will trim his he can do the same with Bailey. Granted, will bludgeon people to death as usual.
He’s moving to a pitcher’s league and will Rollins(Phillies) 3 true value down. he’ll probably trot him out to throw 340 Passan: Phillies and Tigers.
enjoy plenty of run support. Carlos Beltran (Mets), Derreck Lee Bialik: Rodriguez and Beltran. innings, run him into the ground, and The Yankees are getting too old, and
Borowsky: Felix Hernandez and Santana. (Cubs) 2 Fry: Cabrera and Wright. sacrifice the rest of his career, but what’s a even though the Tigers have some rings on
Dallamora: Verlander and Santana. Jeff Francoeur (Braves), Alex Gonzalez 9. Who will win the AL and NL Rookie vase if you don’t break it? their tree, I’ll take them by 15 runs.
Leitch: Verlander and Santana. (Reds), Matt Kemp (Dodgers), Aramis of the Year awards? (10 each) Borowsky: Barton and Bruce. Phillies ahead of the Braves simply
Marchman: Sabathia and Santana. Ramirez (Cubs), Hanley Ramirez American League Dallamora: Buchholz and Fukudome. because of their ballpark.
These are admittedly incredibly (Marlins), Johan Santana (Mets), Ryan Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox) 42 Leitch: Longoria and Soto. Posnanski: Phillies and Tigers.
unimaginative picks. I would pick Josh Zimmerman (Nationals) 1 Evan Longoria (Rays) 39 Marchman: Buchholz and Soto. Philadelphia, because the Phillies
Beckett, as one almost expects that his Belth: Cabrera and Utley. Clay Buchholz (Red Sox) 18 Clay Buchholz’s award will, along with ballpark is roughly the size of a Residence
back problems will recur in perfect Bois: Cabrera and Chipper Jones. Joba Chamberlain (Yankees) 10 continued great pitching from Justin Inn Suite.
proportion to the number of 18-hour flights If I’m supposing that the Braves will Daric Barton (A’s) 8 Verlander and Scott Kazmir, help provoke Sheehan: Braves and Tigers.
he’s asked to take, but taking him at his make an improbable run to the World Carlos Gomez* (Twins), Adam Jones* a scouting bias toward beanpole pitchers, Bialik: Phillies and Tigers.
word one has to slate him behind Sabathia Series, I need to be consistent with my (Orioles) 3 an entirely welcome development. Fry: Cubs and Indians.
and his marvelous array of hat angles. improbable prediction and suppose that Ian Kennedy (Yankees) (2) Geovany Soto’s award will prove an 11. Which NL team will give up the most
Passan: Felix Hernandez and Santana. their injury-prone clubhouse leader will Erick Aybar* (Angels), Carlos Gonzalez inadequate salve for the above-mentioned runs? And which AL team? (5 points each)
If you asked me two years ago, I would lead them there. At age 35, Chipper is a (A’s), Phil Hughes* (Yankees), Dustin Game Seven. NL
have thought Felix Hernandez would gain better player than he’s ever been. Pedroia* (Red Sox), Jonathan Van Every Passan: Longoria and Cueto. Marlins 38
30 pounds instead of lose them. When I Borowsky: Sizemore and Pujols. (Red Sox) 1 Posnanski: Longoria and Fukudome. Pirates 20
walked into Seattle’s clubhouse, I didn’t I picked the same two guys last year; The Cubs’ Kosuke Fukudom, who had Fukudome becomes the latest Japanese Nationals 19
recognize him. His arm is the same, and Pujols pert near snuck off with the award played 1,074 games for Japan’s Chunichi star to win the inappropriately named Astros 13
with his slider unleashed by the Mariners (and he might have won it if us sabermetric but none in the majors before this season, “Rookie of the Year” award. Rockies 12
and his conditioning likelier to keep him types ran the voting). is the favorite for the NL’s Rookie of the Sheehan: Longoria and Fukudome. Giants 11
deep into games, there’s no reason he Dallamora: Manny Ramirez and Prince Year award. Bialik: Buchholz and Fukudome. Reds 8
shouldn’t break out. Santana with Shea is Fielder. National League Fry: Longoria and Fukudome. Phillies 5
like Jimi with a Strat. I picked Manny last year and he had his Kosuke Fukudome (Cubs) 38 TEAMS(all remaining questions 10 Brewers 4
Posnanski: Verlander and Santana. worst season in 10 years. By my logic I Geovany Soto (Cubs) 17 points each. All questions include regular- Cardinals 3
Verlander becomes the first AL pitcher should learn that he’s an aging All-Star Joey Votto (Reds) 13 season games only.) George Sherrill and his fellow Orioles
in three years to win more than 20. Santana and pick Alex Rodriguez. This, of course, Jay Bruce (Reds) 11 10. Which NL team will score the most hurlers are expected to lead the AL in the
has a monster year for Mets. results in him going bonkers in a contract Cameron Maybin (Marlins) 10 runs? And which AL team? (5 points each) dubious stat of yielding the most runs.
Sheehan: Felix Hernandez and Santana. year, leaving me to kick my own behind Johnny Cueto (Reds) 7 NL (Associated Press Photo)
Bialik: Carmona and Santana. when he picks up the award. I’m Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers), Andy Phillies 58 AL
Fry: Felix Hernandez and Johan Santana. outsmarting you this time, baseball god. LaRoche (Dodgers) 4 Rockies 26 Orioles 65
8. Who will win the AL and NL MVP Leitch: Alex Rodriguez and Wright. Hiroki Kuroda (Dodgers), Jayson Nix Mets 17 Royals 25
awards? (10 each) Marchman: Cabrera and Teixeira. (Rockies), Colby Rasmus (Cardinals), Cubs 14 Rangers 24
American League Cabrera will not deserve it, but his 150 Justin Upton* (Diamondbacks) 3 Brewers 10 Rays 13
Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) 46 runs driven in will trump the 25 that Chase Headley (Padres), J.R. Towles Braves 5 White Sox 2
Alex Rodriguez(Yankees) 43 bounce off of and drop past his (Astros) 2 Astros, Diamondbacks 2 Mariners, Tigers, Twins 1
Manny Ramirez (Red Sox) 14 outstretched glove. Teixeira will deserve it, Homer Bailey (Reds), Yunel Escobar* AL Belth: Marlins and Orioles.
Grady Sizemore (Indians) 9 and the team that signs him for $25 million (Braves), Evan Longoria (traded from Tigers 77 Bois: Marlins and Orioles.
Magglio Ordonez (Tigers) 7 a year coming off his peak season will Rays?), Lastings Milledge* (Nationals), Yankees 37
Vladimir Guerrero (Angels) 5 deserve what they get most of all. Alexei Ramirez (traded from White Sox?), Red Sox 16 WELCOME page 30
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See my Markakis anecdote above. He you know who I am?” Maybe the Rockies. Maybe Seattle. I’ll Pirates, Orioles. the Illinois Senate seat I expect will open
can pitch a fit, but unfortunately for the Posnanski: Rays. go with the Rockies, but I don’t feel good Carl, you owe the Rays a dollar. this year. Alan Keyes got 27%, and he has
Orioles, he cannot pitch a baseball. Sheehan: Rays. about it. Bialik: Royals, Rays, Pirates, Orioles, no world championships as far as I’m
Borowsky: Astros and Orioles. There won’t be that many great leaps Sheehan: Orioles. Nationals. aware.
Dallamora: Marlins and Orioles. forward this season, in part because not The Giants will be right here as well, as Fry: Rays, Nationals, Royals, Pirates, Passan: Guillen.
Leitch: Reds and Rangers. that many teams were all that bad last year. will the Phillies. Orioles. Or: Likeliest to have a Tom Wilkinson-in
Marchman: Rockies and Rangers. Bialik: Royals. Bialik: Diamondbacks. Still, all of those teams can plausibly -”Michael Clayton” meltdown.
Colorado will allow the most, but They should have won five more games They should have won 11 fewer games think better days are coming. Posnanski: Guillen.
Florida’s runner-up performance will be than they did last year, based on run than they did last year. INDIVIDUALS(Asterisk denotes partial I’ll go with my old friend Ozzie Guillen.
far more impressive in context. Texas will differential. Fry: Cardinals. credit will be given.) That curtain seems about read to close on
continue to labor under whatever curse it is Fry: Rays. Let’s see Tony La Russa’s annoying 15. Which manager will be first to no that act. Who is managing Pittsburgh now?
that they suffer from. 13. Which team will suffer the biggest micromanaging and paranoid fantasies get longer be managing his team (whether Oh, John Russell — he just started. He’ll
Passan: Nationals and Orioles. decline, measured in decrease in total them out of this fix. I’ll feel for St. Louis fired, retired, resigned or otherwise not be fine. Dave Trembley in Baltimore
Sucks to be a Beltway baseball fan. regular-season victories? fans, but not for him. managing) in 2008? seems like a good guess too, but he’s
Posnanski: Marlins and Orioles. Rockies 26 14. Rank these teams in order of regular- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, probably also too new.
Sheehan: Marlins and Orioles. Twins 16 season wins, most to fewest: Nationals, shown arguing on Opening Day, isn’t Sheehan: McLaren.
Bialik: Nationals and Rangers. Indians 13 Pirates, Orioles, Devil Rays, Royals. expected to last in his job much longer by Bialik: Trembley.
Fry: Phillies and Rangers. Angels 12 Nearly 60% of readers –77, to be exact dozens of Fix readers. (Getty Images) Fry: Gibbons.
12. Which team will have the most- Cardinals 10 — think the Rays will do best of these Ozzie Guillen (White Sox) 26 16. Who will be the highest-salaried
improved record, measured in increase in A’s 8 teams. Just seven picked the Orioles, who John Gibbons (Blue Jays) 17 player (based on 2008 salary) released or
total regular-season victories? Red Sox, Yankees 6 were the pick of 73 readers to have the Dave Trembley (Orioles) 14 traded?
Rays 49 Brewers, Giants 5 worst record of the five. The most popular Ron Washington (Rangers) 11 All dollar figures are 2008 salaries, in
Reds 20 Astros, Mariners, Padres 4 ranking: Rays, Nationals, Royals, Pirates, Bruce Bochy ( Padres Giants), Ned Yost units of $1 million rounded to the nearest
White Sox 12 Orioles, Phillies 3 Orioles. In all, 53 of the 120 possible (Brewers) 9 $100,000, and are based on USA Today’s
Royals 10 Braves, Diamondbacks, Marlins 2 rankings were selected. Tony La Russa (Cardinals) 7 salary database.
Dodgers, Tigers, Mariners 5 Blue Jays, Mets, Rangers 1 Incidentally, they’re now the Rays, not Charlie Manuel (Phillies) 6 Richie Sexson (Mariners: $15.5) 10
A’s, Marlins 4 Belth: Yankees. the Devil Rays, as the Fixers erroneously John McLaren (Mariners) 5 Jason Giambi (Yankees: $23.4) 9
Cubs, Giants 3 Bois: Twins. called them in this contest. Reader William Manny Acta (Nationals), Willie Miguel Tejada (Astros: $14.8) 7
Blue Jays, Braves, Brewers, Pirates 2 In addition to losing the best pitcher of Backer deducted points from us for this Randolph (Mets), John Russell (Pirates) 4 Carlos Delgado (Mets: $16), Todd
Astros, Mets, Nationals, Orioles, his generation, they also dumped Torii gaffe; at least he didn’t fine us. Joe Girardi (Yankees), Lou Piniella Helton (Rockies: $16.6), Juan Pierre
Rangers, Twins 1 Hunter, an underappreciated Carlos Silva, Belth: Rays, Nationals, Pirates, Royals, (Cubs) 3 (Dodgers: $8) 5
Belth: Blue Jays. and future star Matt Garza. You know Orioles. Cecil Cooper (Astros), Bob Geren (A’s) A.J. Burnett (Blue Jays: $13.2), Joe
Bois: Braves. what you do when you want to mail in a Bois: Royals, Rays, Nationals, Pirates, 2 Nathan (Twins: $6) 4
Braves, naturally. They’ll win 98 games, season? You get rid of your talent and sign Orioles. Dusty Baker (Reds), Bud Black (Padres), Jason Bay (Pirates: $6), Coco Crisp (Red
which won’t be enough to catch the Mets, Livan Hernandez. I’m choosing to believe what I read Bobby Cox (Braves), Ron Gardenhire Sox: $5.1), Mike Hampton (Braves: $16),
but will be enough to clinch a wild card by Borowsky: Rockies. about new Royals manager Trey Hillman. (Twins), Mike Scioscia (Angels), Eric Andruw Jones (Dodgers: $14.7), Melvin
mid-September. They were a .500 team until mid- He seems like a Joe Girardi type, which is Wedge (Indians) 1 Mora (Orioles: $7.8), Alex Rodriguez
Borowsky: Brewers. September last year, and they look like a exactly what that team needs. The only immune managers, in the view (Yankees: $28), Barry Zito (Giants: $14.5)
The very quiet addition of Mike .500 team to me again. I’m counting on Borowsky: Rays, Royals, Pirates, of our readers, are those who manage 3
Cameron is huge: The resulting defensive them not repeating the 14-1 finishing kick. Nationals, Orioles. teams with very low or very high Bobby Abreu (Yankees: $16), Beltre
shuffle (Bill Hall to third base, Ryan Braun Dallamora: Twins. Dallamora: Orioles, Nationals, Pirates, expectations: Red Sox, Rays, Royals, (Mariners: $13.4), Lance Berkman (Astros:
to left field) will improve the Brewers by Leitch: Rockies. Royals, Rays. Tigers, Marlins, Diamondbacks, Dodgers $14.5), Pat Burrell (Phillies: $14.3), Jose
at least half a dozen games. They’ll have I don’t think my Cardinals are going to Leitch: Rays, Royals, Pirates, Nationals, and Rockies Giants. Amid this paranoia, Contreras (White Sox: $10), J.D. Drew
Yovanni Gallardo around all year, Dave be as terrible as everyone thinks, but Orioles. one reader even predicted Phil Garner’s (Red Sox: $14), Adam Dunn (Reds: $13),
Bush will probably pitch better, and for maybe I’m just saying that to avoid the fact Marchman: Rays, Nationals, and Pirates, repeat departure would come first. Jim Edmonds (Padres: $8), Nomar
once Ben Sheets had a healthy spring; that Todd freaking Wellemeyer is in our with the Orioles and Royals tied. Incidentally, Guillen is also the most likely Garciaparra (Dodgers: $9.5), Ken Griffey,
maybe this’ll be the year he finally makes rotation. (Note the high correlation, also on display pick according to a betting Web site. Jr. (Reds: $8.3), Brandon Inge (Tigers:
all 32 starts. Marchman: Mariners. in San Francisco, between being terrible Belth: La Russa. $6.2), Jeff Kent (Dodgers: $9), Carlos Lee
Dallamora: Rays. A great number of people will express and having a really great ballpark.) Bois: Fredi Gonzalez. (Astros: $12.5), Hideki Matsui (Yankees:
Leitch: Rays. disbelief at the huge decline from an 88- Passan: Rays, Royals, Pirates, Nationals, …because Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria $13), Andy Pettitte (Yankees: $16), Brian
Marchman: Rays. win team that added Erik Bedard, and will Orioles. tends to fire managers for no good reason. Roberts (Orioles: $6.3), C.C. Sabathia
Tampa Bay would have to botch things continue to scoff at the idea that there are Posnanski: Rays, Royals, Nationals, Borowsky: Gibbons. (Indians: $11), Jim Thome (White Sox:
pretty badly not to win out here. stable, predictable relationships between Pirates, Orioles. Dallamora: La Russa. $15.7), Javier Vazquez (White Sox: $11.5)
Passan: Rays. runs scored and allowed and win totals. I think this question is just plain mean. Leitch: Yost. 2
When they finish the season at .500, it Passan: Cardinals. That’s all. Mean. I should refuse to answer Marchman: Guillen. Daric Barton (A’s: $0.4), Joe Borowski
will be the best moment for the franchise By June, Pujols will be begging for it on principle. But since I have no Guillen threatened to run for mayor of (Indians: $4), Milton Bradley (Rangers:
since Vince Naimoli’s wife got popped for surgery to get away from this mess. prinicples… Chicago a while ago, so once he’s fired he
running a red and he asked the cop: “Do Posnanski: Rockies. Sheehan: Rays, Nationals, Royals, should look into maneuvering his way into WELCOME page 31
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$5.3), Bartolo Colon (Angels: $16), Joe Only redeeming quality is that he doesn’t Fry: Santana. Bonds would remain stuck at 762). The balls hit out of Leavenworth.
Crede (White Sox: $5.1), Kyle Farnsworth strike out in a lineup full of guys who do. 18. Will anyone reach the 20-20-20-20 highest guess was 24. In a season with Sheehan: 18.
(Yankees: $5.9), Eric Gagne (Brewers: But with Jeff Clement and Wladimir threshold (in doubles, triples, home runs more than 42 at bats, Bonds hasn’t hit as If I say “zero,” the best I can do is tie.
$10), Jay Gibbons (Orioles: $5), Orlando Balentien waiting, why are the Mariners and stolen bases) that Curtis Granderson few as 24 homers since 1989. Bialik: 11.
Hudson (Diamondbacks: $6.3), Randy sticking with a sub-.400 SLG DH? Runner and Jimmy Rollins reached last year? If Since this is a Major League Baseball Fry: 0.
Johnson (Diamondbacks: $15.1), Kyle -up: Nomar Garciaparra, making the $8.5 yes, who? contest, incidentally, we’re only counting 20. Will average television ratings for the
Lohse (Cardinals: $4.3), Daisuke million Vidro is, and probably just as No one 76 homers Bonds hits in the majors — though World Series go up or down from last
Matsuzaka (Red Sox: $8.3), Kevin likely a designate-for-assignment. Jimmy Rollins (Phillies) 21 several readers wondered if we’d be year’s 10.6?
Millwood (Rangers: $10.4), Mike Mussina Posnanski: Eric Chavez. Jose Reyes (Mets) 13 including homers in Japan — or a federal Up 87, Down 47
(Yankees: $11.1), Carl Pavano (Yankees: Sheehan: Contreras. Curtis Granderson (Tigers) 11 penitentiary. Belth: Down.
$11), Manny Ramirez (Red Sox: $18.9), I never, ever, ever get this right. Hanley Ramirez (Marlins) 7 Belth: 0. Bois: Up.
Ivan Rodriguez (Tigers: $12.4), Curt Bialik: Giambi. Carl Crawford (Rays), Grady Sizemore Bois: 0. Just barely. Not sure if I’ll be
Schilling (Red Sox: $8), Jason Schmidt Fry: Delgado. (Indians) 2 It’s starting to look as though Bonds’ contributing, though. I’m volunteering my
(Dodgers: $15.2), Ben Sheets (Brewers: 17. Which starting pitcher who’s Ryan Braun (Brewers), Ichiro Suzuki legal problems won’t prevent him from apartment as a Nielsen household,
$12.1), Ichiro Suzuki (Mariners: $17.1), changed teams (a group that includes (Mariners) 1 playing this year. What will prevent him purchasing 25 televisions, and tuning them
Mike Sweeney (A’s: $0.5), Mark Teixeira Johan Santana and Dontrelle Willis) will Belth: Jeter. from playing is the truth that no team with all to re-runs of “The Wire” in an effort to
(Braves: $12.5), Woody Williams (Astros: earn the most wins? Except instead of 20 triples he’ll be hit any measure of ego or self-respect will convince HBO to order a sixth season. I
$6), Dmitri Young (Nationals: $5), Johan Santana (Twins to Mets) 111 by 20+ pitches. want him. I suppose that narrows the want to find out whether Bubbles helps
Michael Young (Rangers: $6.2) 1 Dan Haren (A’s to Diamondbacks) 8 Bois: Ramirez. candidates to San Francisco and Baltimore, with the dishes.
According to 10 readers, Richie Sexson Erik Bedard (Orioles to Mariners) 6 These days, answering “Hanley and even those two strike me as very Borowsky: Down.
won’t be with the Mariners by the end of Dontrelle Willis (Marlins to Tigers) 4 Ramirez” when asked “who will do good unlikely. On the legitimacy scale, his role Ya can’t go wrong betting on baseball
the season. (Associated Press Photo) Livan Hernandez (Diamondbacks to in baseball” is like answering “God” in as a pinch-hitter in San Francisco would be TV ratings to go down.
Multiple readers selected Alex Twins) 2 Sunday school. more of a joke than his role last year, and Dallamora: Up.
Rodriguez and C.C. Sabathia, the Shawn Chacon (Pirates to Astros), R.A. Borowsky: No. less of a joke than Minnie Minoso’s return Leitch: Up.
defending MVP and Cy Young Award Dickey (Rangers to Mariners), Brett Dallamora: No. to the White Sox at age 54. We can only Marchman: Up.
winner, respectively of the AL. Gibbons Tomko (Padres to Royals) 1 Honestly, I’m thinking Hanley Ramirez, regard the teams’ refusal to sign Bonds as Way up, as the prospect of a Boston-
and Williams, both released before their Among top picks, last year Santana and but saying “no” is a lot easier than picking an act of collusion if we view the Coates Chicago World Series hints at the possible
teams’ openers, make less money than Haren had 15 wins apiece, Bedard had 13 the player correctly. family’s decision to shoot Old Yeller as an creation of a pocket universe right there on
dozens of players on this list, so the Fix and Willis had 10. Leitch: No. act of collusion. I’m not saying Bonds is a the field.
has some time to defer the decision as to Belth: Santana. Marchman: No. dog; I guess I’m just saying that he Passan: Down.
whether they count. Bois: Santana. Absolutely not. Eight guys have hit 20 contracted rabies defending his family Under 10.0. Baseball’s greatest trick:
Belth: Giambi. “Your search for ‘johan santana good triples in a season since integration. from a prairie wolf. Nearly quintupling its revenue over the last
Bois: Nathan. baseball fellow’ returned about 38,300 Passan: No. Borowsky: 0. 15 years in spite of plummeting TV
When I was a little kid, one of my results (0.24 seconds).” The closest will be Grady Sizemore. And 74, for the Cell Block 6 Raiders in ratings, something that would kill the NFL.
favorite storybooks was titled, “As Right Borowsky: Santana. Posnanski: No. the California Institution for Men. Posnanski: Up.
As Right Can Be.” It was about a poor man Dallamora: Santana. Rollins could do it again if he gets 800 Dallamora: 10. If it’s Red Sox-Mets as I predict, then
who bought some sharp new shoelaces. Leitch: Santana. plate appearances or whatever crazy Prison ball counts, right? yes, way up from last year. Cincinnati-
The shoelaces only served to highlight the Marchman: Santana. number he got last year. Leitch: 0. Tampa Bay would draw quite a bit fewer, I
dullness of the rest of his possessions, so Santana will win more games than he Sheehan: No. If Bonds were on the Opening Day roster fear.
he bought new shoes, then a new jacket, pitches. Some guy somewhere in Ozone It’s kind of a fluke thing. You need a of, say, the Mariners, they could win their Sheehan: Up.
then a new house. The story ended with his Park will remain really angry that the Mets million plate appearances, not that many division. Teams ignore him at their own … courtesy a longer, more competitive
property being repossessed by the bank. gave up Carlos Gomez in the deal, and will walks, the right park… peril. Series.
It’s a good read. Anyway, the Twins are repeatedly call Joe Benigno to express his Bialik: No. Marchman: 19. Bialik: Up.
currently in the process of telling this story views on the use of leverage in Fry: Reyes. 13,429 if we’re counting home runs he Though New Yorkers will have to watch
in reverse. Johan Santana was the new negotiations. 19. How many home runs will Barry hits while bitterly playing MLB 2k8 on his in droves to make up for apathy elsewhere.
mansion; Torii Hunter was the horse and Passan: Santana. Bonds hit?* Xbox, 19 if we’re counting the ones he hits Fry: Up.
cart, and Joe Nathan is the snappy new I’m nothing if not consistent. Barry Bonds won’t get much of a chance for the Yankees after he’s signs for a Seeing the Red Sox annihilate the
vest. The shoelaces are Kevin Slowey. Posnanski: Santana. to add to his record home-run total while prorated $30 million, a bronzed llama, and Rockies was fun if you lived in
Borowsky: Burrell. But I think Willis has a good year too. attending basketball games such as this a framed letter of general apology. Massachusetts. Otherwise, not so much.
Dallamora: Buerhle. Sheehan: Santana. Lakers-Kings matchup. (Associated Press Passan: 0. – Tip of the Fix cap to Thomas Sperber,
Leitch: Thome. He could have an obnoxious record, 26-3 Photo) Let the dying die, would you? Patrick Houston, Nick Dallamora, Alex
Marchman: Pujols. or something. The mean was four, while the median Posnanski: 0. Belth, Richard E. Peck and Tim Marchman
Passan: Jose Vidro. Bialik: Santana. and mode were zero (98 readers thought Don’t know how we would count the for suggesting contest questions.
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Parker, Lady Vols Claim Title


(WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) how? Wonder no more: Carl has the the playoffs. Fans cheered new ace Johan is hard to muster. In the Knicks me-first
Submitted at 4/9/2008 11:41:00 AM
results, and commentary from the winners. Santana and gawked at Citi Field, now self-regard, theyve blasphemed the most
“Stanford, which had been picking up looming behind the outfield wall — but in gorgeously collaborative of games.”
Tennessee joined Kansas as NCAA momentum like a Cardinal-colored the late innings they wound up booing ***
tournament champions Tuesday night, as avalanche, was stopped cold by a quicker, luckless reliever Scott Schoeneweis and This year the ever-flowing ink of
Candace Parker scored 17 points and tougher, fiercer foe,” he writes. “The Vols first baseman Carlos Delgado, who erased sportswriter elegy is bathing Yankee
grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Lady forced 25 turnovers. Twenty-five! Stanford a good day at the plate by firing a double- Stadium, in its final year before the
Vols to a 64-48 rout of Stanford, marking couldn’t even inbound the ball at times. It play ball into the Philadelphia Phillies’ Yankees open the new version of the
the end of Candice Wiggins’ stellar career was a valuable life lesson for the Stanford Chase Utley. The Phils won, 5-2; the Mets House That Ruth Built. Not much ink is
with the Cardinal. women. Never get into a wrestling match are in last place. (And in New York, it’s flowing the way of a place that’s seen
But reducing the title game to Ace and with an octopus. The Vols were all arms never too early for it to be getting late.) more than 2,000 spring-training games: Al
Ice is too simple, John Smallwood writes and legs and double-team traps and triple- “This was supposed to be a day of Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Jason
in the Philadelphia Daily News. teams. … The Vols are a team, much more pleasant nostalgia,” writes Joel Sherman in went to Met spring-training games there in
The tale of a title-game defeat: Lady than simply Parker, backed by the the question. Had he had second thoughts the New York Post. “But by the end of yet the mid-80s, and remembers being
Vols everywhere. (Associated Press Photo) legendary Death Stare of their coach, Pat about throwing out the first pitch at another Mets loss to the Phillies, their astonished to find he was about the same
” ‘Ace’ got the support that both she and Summitt. They were a swarming, hungry, yesterday’s home opener and celebration ninth in a row, all that was rekindled for height as the Mets’ Wally Backman, who
‘Ice’ agreed would be the difference,” he mature (five seniors), well-oiled machine. of the 2007 World Series win? … His eyes the Shea Stadium fans was how much they also stepped on the future Fixer’s foot
writes, noting that Ms. Parker (Ace) and They smothered Stanford and the Wiggins grew wet and red. Dwight Evans, seated disliked this team the last time they saw it while hurrying to the bus.)
Ms. Wiggins (Ice) had said the mystique.” next to him, reached out and put his arm together. The regrouped Mets made just as Al Lang’s long tradition seems to be at
championship game “was going to about *** around Buckner.” bad an initial impression at the last-ever an end: The Tampa Bay Rays are
the best team, not the best player. It was Who’ll win the Masters? Bah, says Sean Crowe on Bleacher Shea opener. The largest first-game crowd relocating to Port Charlotte next spring,
going to swing on which supporting Tiger Woods, obviously. Report, arguing that’s just more Red Sox in the closing stadium’s history booed and eyeing the site for an open-air stadium.
players would make Tennessee or Stanford Next! mythologizing. Scott Schoeneweis and Aaron Heilman and If this is the end for Al Lang, it couldn’t
the better team. With Parker struggling due *** “Every time his name is brought up, ultimately the whole team more lustily ask for a better farewell than the column
to an injured shoulder, her teammates — Wait a minute! Not so obviously! That’s history is completely re-written to make than they booed Jimmy Rollins.” ESPN’s Jayson Stark wrote a couple of
Alberta Auguste, Nicky Anosike, Shannon what Fix golf guru Tim Carroll says in his Red Sox fans look bad,” he writes. *** weeks back.
Bobbitt and Alexis Hornbuckle — did Masters preview: “Please calm down and “Boston hates Buckner. Boston never The horror show that is the New York “Lou Gehrig trained here,” he writes.
what you would expect of four senior remember the boys have yet to put a tee in forgave Buckner. Boston blames Buckner Knicks has been well-chronicled, but the “Stan Musial trained here. Grover
starters who already had won a national the ground, have yet to hole a single putt, for the curse. Its all crap. Garbage. Fix has never seen the mess plumbed quite Cleveland Alexander and Tom Seaver
championship. With Wiggins just have yet to wipe a sweat-stained brow after Hogwash. In 1990, Bill Buckner made his so deeply and pitilessly as Jeff Coplon trained here. Joe DiMaggio got four hits in
struggling, her teammates — Kayla a power lip-out leaves a putt longer than triumphant return to the Boston Red Sox. does in New York magazine. Virtually his first spring training game as a Yankee
Pedersen, Jayne Appel, JJ Hones and the original.” This was four short years after the 1986 every sentence stings, so it’s hard to pick a here. Don Zimmer hit the first Grapefruit
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude — played the way His pick for the green jacket? It’s not World Series, when old wounds were still representative few, but here’s a taste: League triple in the history of the Mets
you might expect three sophomores and a Eldrick. fresh on Red Sox fans minds. So, given the “Theyve been called the worst team in the here. Babe Ruth once launched home runs
freshman to play in their first *** way things have been portrayed, we must history of pro basketball, but theyre really here that traveled across First Avenue into
championship game.” The Boston Red Sox — who started the have booed him off the field, destroyed his much worse than that. These Knicks are the balconies of the now-defunct West
Ms. Parker is projected as the top pick in 2008 season on the other side of the world confidence, eaten his first born and worse than the fire-sale 41 Phillies or the Coast Inn. Mickey Mantle once smoked a
Wednesday’s WNBA draft, to be joined what seems like a very long time ago — banished him to Canada. After all, were expansion 62 Mets or the 76 Tampa Bay mammoth, game-winning, opposite-field
within a few picks by Ms. Wiggins. (And finally made it to Fenway Park for their the awful Red Sox fans who blamed our Buccaneers, who were perfect in their home run here that high-hopped off the
will they both go to Russia in the home opener, complete with handing out cursed baseball team on his bad fielding, winlessness. Theyre the worst of the worst asphalt beyond the left-field fence and
offseason?) But first, Scott Ostler ponders World Series rings, welcoming back a right? As a matter of fact, he received a because of how theyve lost, in petulance plunked into the turquoise waters of
the final thud of Ms. Wiggins’s collegiate redeemed man, and thrashing the suddenly five minute long standing ovation on and complacencyand with management Tampa Bay.”
career in the San Francisco Chronicle. pathetic Detroit Tigers. opening day.” that bulldozed any critic it could not – Tip of the Fix cap to reader Don
BASEBALL CONTEST The feel-good story of the day was 1986 *** ignore. … Now that the [Isiah] Thomas era Hartline.
See how Fix readers, the Fixers and World Series goat Bill Buckner, who threw The homecoming was a lot less sweet for is dead, the obituary can be written. The Found a good column from the world of
some of our baseball writers see the season out the first pitch. “The pause lasted a full the New York Mets, taking the field at temptation in these moments is to gloss sports? Don’t keep it to yourself — write
playing out, in a roundup of the Fix’s 13 seconds,” Amalie Benjamin writes in Shea Stadium for the first time since they over the faults of the deceasedto remember to us at dailyfix@wsj.com and we’ll
seasonlong baseball contest. the Boston Globe. “Bill Buckner sat at a completed their epic gag job by getting through a lens, brightly. But Isiahs tenure consider your find for inclusion in the
MARCH MADNESS Wondering who table in the Fenway Park interview room, a pummeled by the Florida Marlins on the was so contemptibleso bereft of redeeming Daily Fix.
won the Fix’s March Madness contest, and microphone in front of him, and pondered final day of the 2007 season and missing value, on court or offthat such tenderness
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Poulter Upstages Woods in Masters Opener Like No Other


(WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) adrenaline rush he had ever experienced. tour players, but for Woods himself. final playoff spot in the Western
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‘It was a great buzz,’ he said. ‘Massive. “Throughout Tiger’s career, golf pundits Conference.”
Unbelievable buzz.’ ” have opined that, great as he is, the And then there’s the Eastern Conference,
Your guest Fixer is David Roth: The majority of the buzz, of course, has absence of a foil like Arnie or Jack will where the Atlanta Hawks (36-42) hold a
Let’s do a quick thought experiment. Say accrued to Tiger Woods, who shot even hinder the reckoning of Tiger’s legend,” two-game lead on the Indiana Pacers (34-
there’s some sort of institution that you par on Day One, and is the overwhelming Slate’s Dave Larzelere writes. “This is an 44) with four games remaining, but the
have, in the past, not merely admired but favorite to win the Masters and an eventual alluring idea, but it’s got Tiger and golf all Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Mark
actually enjoyed. Thanksgiving, let’s say. PGA Grand Slam. The Washington Post’s wrong. Going by the Arnie-and-Jack Bradley isn’t ready to forget his hometown
Only this year, starting around Thomas Boswell has the actual odds on index, it’s hard to imagine what this absent franchise’s broader futility. “Of nine
Halloween, you start seeing commercials Woods’ win — “London bookmakers have adversary could add to Tiger’s narrative, [straight] losing seasons, this is by far the
for Thanksgiving on television. Woods as an 11-to-8 underdog against the because Tiger himself is the entire best,” Mr. Bradley writes. “The Hawks
“Thanksgiving: A Tradition Like No field” — as well as some other stuff about equation. As the most charismatic and have changed ownership and management
Other,” a voice intones, as a series of how great Woods is. “Woods wins more marketable golfer who’s ever lived, he is and coaches and have had seven lottery
artfully composed close-ups are intercut often, by larger margins and with a more Less comprehensible is Bill Plaschke’s the clear heir to Palmer, the sport’s first picks over those nine seasons and have
with images of smiling white guys. There’s complete game in his era than [Jack] Los Angeles Times column today. Maybe great salesman-idol. And, of course, he is finally swung a trade for their long-sought
no real reason to be advertising Nicklaus did in his,” Mr. Boswell writes. it’s Mr. Plaschke’s frequent shouting-head the only credible heir to Nicklaus, simply point guard, and still they’re south of
Thanksgiving — it’s Thanksgiving, after “But let’s not pretend Woods has won this appearances on ESPN — or the smirking because he’s so overwhelmingly and mediocrity. They’ve made progress, yes,
all — but the commercials work. Soon, Masters, much less the Grand Slam, when author photo atop his column — but the consistently dominant. In the end, the yin- but does progress get any more glacial than
whenever someone says the word the first of the four major events has barely Fix doubts that Mr. Plaschke even believes and-yang theory falls apart when it comes this?”
“Thanksgiving,” the phrase “a tradition begun. Woods is better than anybody, by a what he writes half the time. Even for one to golf. The best golfers play the course ***
like no other” is spilling from your lips. lot, but he’s no better than everybody put who manufactures outrage so well, though, and not the man.” Finally, to the world of NCAA hockey.
It’s a bummer. together. What we’re watching here — Mr. Plaschke is particularly goofy today in *** No, seriously. After scoring a 5-4 upset
Ian Poulter finally is known for Woods vs. the world — is fabulous drama, his argument that the field is “kissing up to The tight playoff race in the NBA’s over Michigan last night, Notre Dame
something other than brash comments a fair fight (93 against one), not a foregone Tiger.” “Have you ever heard anything like Western Conference is starting to shake became the first No. 4 seed ever to make it
about Tiger Woods. (Associated Press conclusion.” it?” Mr. Plaschke fumes. “In a sports world out as the regular season enters its final to the NCAA championship game.
Photo) To the Fix’s mind — and to that of Tim whose very pulse is pumped by the days. After some recent struggles, the That’s a nice story in itself, but the story
And so, in its way, is the pomp-intensive Carroll, our resident golf guru — Mr. heartbeat of competition, would this Mavericks have gotten back on track and of Notre Dame defenseman Christian
promotion by CBS and ESPN of the Boswell is right. But considering that happen anywhere else? Tiger Woods clinched the seventh playoff spot in the Hanson is even better. His last name is
Masters, a legitimately iconic if recently Woods is facing a field of competitors showed up here this week reiterating his West last night with a dramatic 97-94 win familiar to fans of the ultra-profane cult
overhyped golf tradition which began that’s colorless even by PGA standards — understandable belief that he can win this over the Utah Jazz. The final spot will go hockey flick “Slap Shot,” in which his
Thursday with some pretty good golf. and that he’s won 10 of the last 20 PGA summer’s golf Grand Slam. to either the Denver Nuggets or Golden father, Dave Hanson, played one of the
Justin Rose and Trevor Immelman sit atop events he’s entered — it’s probably no “Then his opponents — exasperated gasp State Warriors, a pair of fun-to-watch fighting Hanson brothers. The Fix
the field at four under par, but the story of surprise how much Masters coverage has — agreed with him. ‘He has already won teams that faced off in Oakland last night, recommends two entertaining pieces on the
the day was Ian Poulter, who finished the been centered on him. That’s not four majors in a row, so it’s not an with Denver scoring a dramatic 114-105 younger Mr. Hanson and the role that his
day two strokes off the lead, in large part justification for ESPN’s Bob Harig parsing impossible feat,’ Phil Mickelson said this win. father’s only movie role has played in his
thanks to a hole-in-one eagle on the par- Woods’s every shot and speculating over week. ‘I think it’s doable.’ Doable? Lefty, “Just as the crazy season, this tortuous life: Brian Hamilton’s article in the
three 16th. Before that memorable eight- “butterflies floating beneath those six-pack are you that dork-able? You’re Woods’ playoff run and the Nuggets as we know Chicago Tribune and Allison Hayes’s
iron, Mr. Poulter was best known for his abs” — click here if that sounds good to biggest rival, yet you’re going to concede them were on the verge of fading to piece at the Notre Dame football fansite
glib good humor, New York Times you — in what was supposed to be him the entire World Series even before black,” Denver Post columnist Mark Blue and Gold.
columnist William C. Rhoden writes. In coverage of the first day. But it is the season’s first pitch?” Kiszla writes, “A.I. came to their – Tip of the Fix cap to readers Gerard
2007, Mr. Poulter “told Golf World understandable. BASEBALL CONTEST Somebody award that man some emotional rescue. Using every basketball Cosloy and Don Hartline.
magazine that he hadn’t yet played to his See how Fix readers, the Fixers and “Around the Horn” points! move that has made him famous, from a Found a good column from the world of
full potential, ‘and when that happens, it some of our baseball writers see the season Mr. Plaschke’s bluster aside, a broader twisting reverse layup to his trademark pull sports? Don’t keep it to yourself — write
will be just me and Tiger.’ Until Thursday, playing out, in a roundup of the Fix’s media trend towards celebrity is just one -up jumper and a step-back 12-foot shot to us at dailyfix@wsj.com and we’ll
Poulter had not been able to live down the seasonlong baseball contest. reason so much Masters coverage has that ripped the nets, Iverson led a consider your find for inclusion in the
comments, although…his ace at No. 16 got MARCH MADNESS Wondering who fixated on Woods (the other is that he’s desperately beautiful 21-1 run by the Daily Fix.
everyone’s attention. Maybe even Tiger’s. won the Fix’s March Madness contest, and really, really good). Nuggets that opened the second quarter. It
Poulter, an Englishman, called the how? Wonder no more: Carl has the Still, his dominance presents a challenge forever changed the tone of a game that put
subsequent sensation the greatest results, and commentary from the winners. not just for sportswriters and his fellow them in the driver’s seat for the eighth and
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Memphis, Kansas Ride Free-Flowing Style to Title Game


(WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) point where after his team rolled to a 40-12 moments, such as in their furious start upset when senior Erica White sunk two
Submitted at 4/7/2008 12:29:00 PM
lead over North Carolina on Saturday, Self against North Carolina. “This Kansas team free throws to put the Lady Tigers ahead of
proclaimed, ‘There were times when I that will play Memphis in tonight’s Tennessee, 46-45, with 7.1 seconds left.
If the men’s Final Four, with its didn’t have much control over what was national championship game was forged of But a last-second put-back by Alexis
unprecedented four No. 1 seeds, really going on out there,’ ” Mr. Clay writes. many things,” Richard Justice writes in the Hornbuckle gave Tennessee another title-
featured the nation’s four best teams, then Letting great players freelance results in Houston Chronicle. “It has a terrific coach game berth and sealed LSU’s fifth national
Monday night’s championship game in beautiful improvisation, notably a surfeit in Bill Self, a wonderful tradition, and semifinal defeat in five years. LSU’s
San Antonio features the two most- of lobs for dunks. “Sure, it takes discipline some of the bluest of the blue-chip recruits. accomplishment remains impressive,
deserving teams, by far. Less than five to run it right, to set the screens, to make Kansas has something else, something Carter Gaddis writes in the Tampa
minutes into the early game Saturday the right cuts, to deliver the precise pass,” that’s hard to measure and harder still to Tribune: “They overcame the death of a
night, Memphis took the lead over UCLA Joe Posnanski writes in the Kansas City understand. Kansas has a toughness and beloved coach, the scandal-ridden
and never trailed again en route to a Star. “But, in the end, it’s also about letting closeness born of pain and tragedy.” resignation of another coach and the
comfortable 78-63 victory. Kansas did players enjoy the games. It’s about getting Darnell Jackson left the team briefly last ravages of Hurricane Katrina. For five
better, never trailing in 40 minutes against players to think on their own. It’s about year to care for his injured mother, and consecutive seasons, under four different
top-ranked North Carolina. The Jayhawks getting out of the way and remembering teammates still drop in on him to make coaches, nothing kept the Louisiana State
ran out to a 40-12 lead, then withstood a the game isn’t about coaches; the game is sure he’s OK. Tigers out of the Women’s Final Four.”
North Carolina comeback bid and won, 84- about players. That’s how Self and His teammate, Sasha Kaun, lost his A packed Forum in Tampa obscures a
66 (to the great relief of CBS analyst Billy Memphis’ John Calipari coach basketball. father as a teenager in Russia, and his big challenge for the women’s game. “In
Packer). That’s why there will be some alley-oops mother, Olga, still suspects foul play. its attempt to make the women’s tourney
The surprisingly easy wins extended to tonight.” When Sasha first arrived in the U.S., he mirror the men’s, the women’s basketball
eight games the streak of Final Four games Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick wasn’t a basketball prospect but a committee stepped on the gas, expanding
without a thriller, with none since Illinois Telander says Messrs. Self and Calipari beanpole. Then he developed an appetite the tournament field way too quickly and
lost for the second time all season to North and their brethren get too much credit this and a sterling academic record, and going to neutral sites before there was
Carolina in the 2005 final more than three time of year, but it’s understandable colleges came calling. “Kansas appealed enough evidence that people would
years ago. Suddenly cautious columnists because their familiar faces contrast with most to him,” David Whitley writes in the actually show up,” Andrea Adelson writes
aren’t guaranteeing that Kansas-Memphis the exiting underclassmen. “What does Crawford flashes back to the NBA Orlando Sentinel. “Maybe the winters in the Orlando Sentinel. “Take an early
will be a nailbiter, but they do expect an allegiance to a university mean to a gifted, prospect’s family history. “Chris Douglas- reminded him of Siberia, where Olga round game in Los Angeles last year,
entertaining game. “If you watched the often poor athlete who sees no grandeur in Roberts grew up in a 110-year-old house in remained. Kaun was no longer homesick, which drew 878 people.”
way Memphis roared and Kansas soared, being an ‘amateur’ — whatever that means Detroit, the one his grandparents moved but he sure missed his mother. She would ***
you understand one thing with perfect beyond very, very low-paid — and the into when they moved from Louisville,” have had a hard time comprehending her Gib Shanley, longtime radio broadcaster
clarity: you can’t expect a photo finish possibility of professional league wealth?” Mr. Crawford writes. “The one where son’s development. He became a computer for the Cleveland Browns, died Sunday at
today,” Mike Vaccaro writes in the New Mr. Telander writes. Laura Roberts raised eight children after whiz like his father. It’s probably safe to age 76. He was there for the Browns’ last
York Post. “But you can expect a hell of a Memphis junior Chris Douglas-Roberts her husband died, half of whom went to say Kaun will be the only player tonight championship — and for their more-
lot of fun.” has stuck around long enough to suffer college, all of whom became successful in who has constructed a robot for a class plentiful disappointments. “In Shanley’s
Left to improvise, Chris Douglas-Roberts Elite Eight disappointments each of the last their lines of work.” project.” voice a measured amount of emotion could
devised a baseline drive and emphatic two seasons, and to surpass that round this Mr. Douglas-Roberts is constantly *** be heard, depending on the situation,”
dunk in the second half of Memphis’s year. He’s almost surely done with college reminded of his family by a tattoo bearing Seven times this season UConn’s George M. Thomas writes in the Akron
victory over Kevin Love and UCLA. hoops after tonight. The San Diego Union- the name of his mother, Judy. Another women’s basketball team had faced a Beacon Journal. “The moment his voice
(Associated Press Photo) Tribune’s Tim Sullivan re-creates the tattoo quotes Psalm 37. His teammate fellow top 10 team, and five times it won dropped on the radio during the infamous
Coaches Bill Self, of Kansas, and John moment when college coach first met Chance McGrady “permanently wears a by at least 10 points, including a 12-point Jan. 4, 1981, playoff game against the
Calipari, of Memphis, deserve much of the future star: “The body language was lousy. quotation from Nobel Peace Prize winner defeat of Stanford in November. But in the Oakland Raiders in an arctic Municipal
credit for authorizing their players to lead The effort was erratic. The shooting style Bernard Lown, developer of the rematch Sunday night in Tampa, the Stadium as the Browns were driving to
themselves and design plays. Lexington was unorthodox and the jump shot was defibrillator, that tells the world: Men Cardinal stunned the Huskies, 82-73, to take the lead, it was apparent what had
Herald-Leader columnist John Clay traces flat. But the results were remarkable. John capable of seeing the invisible can achieve advance to the championship game happened.”
that back to their common mentor, Larry Calipari’s first impression of Chris the impossible,” Denver Post columnist Tuesday night. Notable Stanford alumnae Found a good column from the world of
Brown, who while power-walking with Douglas-Roberts conjured a twisted Mark Kiszla writes, in urging fans not to were on hand, Ann Killion writes in the sports? Don’t keep it to yourself — write
Mr. Calipari was offering tips Sunday wreckage on the side of the road. The jump to steroetypical conclusions about San Jose Mercury News: “The women who to us at dailyfix@wsj.com and we’ll
morning. “In a profession known for Memphis coach was repelled and yet this ink-decorated squad. began and sustained the magic at Stanford consider your find for inclusion in the
exorbitant salaries and overcoaching, riveted, simultaneously bewildered and As for Kansas, several columnists write bore witness Sunday night to perhaps the Daily Fix.
Calipari and Self are much more inclined bewitched.” that tragedy helped forge the close bond most magical run by any Cardinal team.”
to let their guys, well, just play — to the In the Louisville Courier-Journal, Eric between Jayhawks evident at their best LSU almost pulled off Sunday’s second
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Is Upshaw Facing Challenge to His Reign?


(WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) short. Mr. Dawkins is seen as representing him. You dont challenge him. Palmer) get their lob-wedge on before an
Submitted at 4/10/2008 12:30:00 PM
a faction that seeks to replace Mr. Upshaw It is a little late for that, but Mr. Upshaw appreciative crowd, often with their kids or
with former Eagles cornerback Troy and the NFLPA face another, more- grandchildren acting as caddies. It was all
Your guest Fixer is David Roth: Vincent, whom Mr. Mortensen describes pressing challenge: an NFL collective kind of cute, in a benignly plutocratic,
Baltimore Ravens kicker Matt Stover is as a political force within the ranks of the bargaining agreement that expires in 2010, insanely-good-at-golf way.
an unlikely labor radical. Mr. Stover, the players [who] desires to replace Upshaw the same year as Mr. Upshaws six-year, Many first-time visitors to the course
Ravens player representative to the NFL one day. BASEBALL CONTEST $24 million contract. I normally hate don’t even know the Par 3 exists, ESPNs
Players Union, is an 18-year veteran best See how Fix readers, the Fixers and writing about labor and things like looming Bob Harig writes. From the clubhouse
known for being one of the most devout some of our baseball writers see the season strikes, Sports Illustrateds Peter King looking out onto the main course, the Par 3
Christians in the already-pretty-darn- playing out, in a roundup of the Fix’s writes, before going on to write about what is located to the left, behind a series of
devout NFL and for having spent his entire seasonlong baseball contest. would happen if either the NFLPA or cabins where the members often stayWhen
career with the Browns/Ravens. MARCH MADNESS Wondering who owners backed out of the current CBA and you walk through the hedges and past the
Nevertheless, this mildest of NFL figures won the Fix’s March Madness contest, and failed to agree on a new contract. cabins there and you see that green the size
found himself cast as an insurgent on how? Wonder no more: Carl has the complex figure than the caricature of What would happen? A 2010 season of your dinner table and youre hitting a
Wednesday, when an email he wrote to results, and commentary from the winners. bitter, snarling dominance painted by well, played without a salary cap — its less wedge and there are 20,000 people
other reps urging an end to NFLPA head All that would be so much internal his own quotes. Gary Smiths long article friendly both to players and successful, surrounding the hole, it can be pretty
Gene Upshaws 25-year tenure was leaked wrangling, were it not for the controversy about the NFLPA president appeared in deep-pocketed teams than youd think — disconcerting, former PGA Tour player Jay
to ESPNs Chris Mortensen. surrounding Mr. Upshaws last few years as Sports Illustrated in late January, but it among other things. In 2011 and beyond? Haas told Harig. Its a good warm-up for
Is Gene Upshaw facing rebellion? NFLPA head. While the NFL is awash in remains the best thing the Fix has read Mr. King writes. Murky times. The union the tournament.
(Associated Press Photo) profits and the average players salary rose about Mr. Upshaw, touching on everything could disband and try to rewrite the rules Rory Sabbatini won this years Par 3; no
Content-wise, its not a terribly to $1.2 million in 2007, increasing from his harrowingly belt-reliant father to of engagement with the NFL, as it did in player has ever won the Par 3 Contest and
scandalous email, unless youre the sort awareness of the plight of broken-down his tendency to do plumbing repairs around the 80s to try to break a labor stalemate. the Masters in the same year, which is no
who gets outraged by a veteran kicker NFL retirees — Paul Solatoroffs 2007 the NFLPA offices. Of course, it also The league could try to unilaterally adopt doubt a relief to Tiger Woods.
urging his unions executive committee to article in Mens Journal is a good primer on details Mr. Upshaws failings in dealing bargaining terms. There could be a strike. While the Fix is talking golf, our guru
use Board Designated Funds to hire an this issue — has led to tons of bad with a unique labor force, 78% of whose Still, King believes that the NFLPA and Tim Carroll has his pick for who’ll wind
outside consultant, Executive Head Hunter publicity for the NFLPAs pension and members would be divorced, bankrupt or owners will work things out. That season is up wearing the green jacket.
or Search Firm to aid in the collection of health-benefits programs. unemployed two years after their jobs — three-and-a-half years away, and to think ***
candidates from both the outside and In response to increasingly intense often because of injuries — had been the two sides couldnt figure out some way And then theres the Olympic Torch,
within the NFL world. (OK, maybe the criticism from both active and retired terminated. to divvy up $8 billion or $9 billion a which made a brief, clandestine,
syntax at the end of that last sentence is a players (as well as NFL Network employee Another executive might have anticipated year…There’s a better chance of Brett predictably contentious stop on U.S. soil in
bit scandalous.) It seemed even less so Bryant Gumbel), Mr. Upshaw a Hall of the trap the [retired players] were setting: Favre quarterbacking the Bears this year. San Francisco. Sports Illustrateds Frank
later that day after Mr. Stover wrote a Fame offensive lineman has delivered the feelings trap, Mr. Smith writes. *** Deford, who was sticking it to the IOC
second email— this time sent to Mr. himself of some impressively tone-deaf Another executive, early in the crisis, The Masters: maybe youve heard about before the Fix knew how to do long
Mortensen directly — denying it was his comments, most memorably when he would have called a news conference and it? The golf tournament with the green division, isnt surprised.
intention to oust the ultra-entrenched union expressed his wish to break [the] goddamn issued press releases assuring everyone jacket begins today and will be discussed And to tell you the truth, he writes, I
president and claiming he was only trying neck of fellow Hall of Famer Joe how much his heart went out to those more extensively in tomorrows Fix, but the think the Olympics are yesterday’s party.
to deal with the inevitability of the end of DeLamielleure, a particularly vocal critic suffering and how hard he was working annual Par 3 Contest, which takes place at Once upon a time before globalism and jet
Genes tenure. among retired players. Mr. Upshaw wasnt behind the scenes to improve their lot. But the 1,066-yard par-three course next to airplanes and cyberspace bringing athletes
Whatever Mr. Stovers intention, this is notably more circumspect in his response Upshaw’s catalog of emotional experience Augusta National, had its moment in the together quadrennially in one place might
the closest Mr. Upshaw has come to an to Mr. Stovers email. did not contain that page.” sun on Wednesday. It was the 49th year in have made sense. Today, its an
internal challenge to his authority. Upshaw Critics of the Hall of Famer have said he “You dont say to Gene, I deserve this or I which the contest has been played, and the unnecessary excess.
confirmed that hints of a movement runs the union in a dictatorial fashion, the demand this. That’s the worst thing you first time in which it was shown on live Found a good column from the world of
ultimately to change the union leadership Baltimore Suns Don Markus writes. [And] can do. He decides when to give it out, Mr. television. sports? Don’t keep it to yourself — write
were in play at the March [NFLPA] Upshaw doesnt express much regard for Upshaws friend Neil Grasso told Mr. Those with some time in the afternoon to us at dailyfix@wsj.com and we’ll
meetings in Maui, Mr. Mortensen writes. Stover. Matt Stover has no clue, Upshaw Smith. If these retired guys just did this your substitute Fixer, for instance got the consider your find for inclusion in the
An effort by one coalition of players to get told ESPN. Whoever is pulling his chain is behind closed doors, theyd get much more chance to watch a parade of legendary Daily Fix.
Philadelphia Eagles safety Brian Dawkins doing a disservice to the union. of what they want He loves to give. Hes players (one threesome was comprised of
elected as the new NFLPA president fell But Mr. Upshaw is a significantly more incredibly generous. But you dont question Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold

David Cook Performs for his Sick Brother


By Hollywood Grind standing ovation, and even Simon said During a commercial break, David Sympathy Vote? • American Idol is Going Postal
Submitted at 4/16/2008 4:45:23 AM
David is ready for a recording contract. walked down to hug his brother Adam in • No • Teri Hatcher to Sing on American Idol
David Cook may just win American Idol. his seat. All three judges, Simon Cowell, • Yes • Ashley Feri is Back
The American Idol judges gave David Tonight Cook’s brother, who is dying from Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, also View Results • David Cook Rushed to the Hospital
Cook high marks for his performance of brain cancer, was able to be in the hugged Adam. © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006- • Amanda Overmyer Without Clothes
Always Be My Baby. Randy gave him a audience to see his brother perform. n Is David Cook Only Getting the 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts:
36 Sports* Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper

Fans, Former Owner Fight to Keep Sonics in Seattle


(WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) Memories of bygone franchises can be Detroit sports teams giveth, Detroit supposedly aristocratic, staid franchise has
Submitted at 4/15/2008 12:42:00 PM
painful. On the occasion of the debut of sports teams taketh away. Right around the leaped into a realm normally populated by
arena football’s Iowa Barnstormers, Part time the preseason favorite Detroit Tigers voodoo dolls, séances, astrologers and
There are flickers of hoops hope in III, Des Moines Register columnist Sean showed some life at home by coming back rabbits’ feet.”
Seattle. On Sunday, in the Sonics’ last Keeler wonders if fans will risk a third to beat the Minnesota Twins, 11-9, and The Yanks might want to take a cue from
home game this season and perhaps in disappointment. Of course, for every jilted improve to a majors-worst 3-10, the Red two columns urging fans of the two-time
franchise history, the young club upset the city there’s a fan base eager to embrace a Wings were blowing a 3-2 lead in the third world champion Chicago Cubs not to get
Dallas Mavericks, 99-95. And on Monday, new franchise. On the 50th anniversary of game of their NHL first-round playoff bogged down in irrational thoughts about
former club owner Howard Schultz, better the baseball Giants’ West Coast debut, series in Nashville. The lead vanished in past failures. Chicago Tribune columnist
known as Starbucks’ chairman and chief Lewis Abraham Leade recalls in the San nine of the game’s final 240 seconds as the Fred Mitchell, inspired by Bill Buckner’s
executive, said he was prepared to sue to Francisco Chronicle how “San Franciscans Predators scored two goals and went on to Boston homecoming, says Cubs fans
get the team back from an ownership greeted their Giants with an outpouring of win, 3-2, and narrow Detroit’s series lead should forgive Leon Durham for a costly
group that plans to move Kevin Durant and gracious and grateful glee.” to 2-1. error in the 1984 NLCS. And Chris De
Co. to Oklahoma City. *** “The Wings do not sound terribly Luca argues in the Chicago Sun-Times that
Sonics fans hoped for a reprieve at the The NBA playoff slate is set, but the worried, but they are concerned about at Dusty Baker deserves no blame for the
home finale. (Reuters Photo) postseason doesn’t begin for four days. So least one thing,” Michael Rosenberg writes Cubs’ unraveling in the 2003 NLCS. (Mr.
A week ago, Mr. Schultz begged off for now, the Fix will stick with other teams in the Detroit Free Press. “Earlier in the Baker does have other baseball
questions about the Sonics at a press event that will be watching from home. game, Nashville scored two goals barely transgressions to answer for, however.)
for his coffee company, Jayda Evans The 48-33 Golden State Warriors have two minutes apart. In Saturday’s game, the ***
reports in the Seattle Times. The potential won more games than any team in the Predators scored two goals 11 seconds Tommy Holmes, a beloved All-Star
lawsuit, based in part on a Times account franchise’s previous 13 seasons — apart. Astute readers will notice a trend second baseman outfielder for the Boston
of emails by the new owners openly including last year, when the Warriors won here.” Braves for 10 years starting in 1942, died
talking about moving the team, despite 42 regular-season games and added five The Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t falter in Monday at age 91. In addition to a
their agreement to a stipulation when playoff wins. They’ve also won more their bid to take a 3-0 series lead over the remarkable 1945 season in which he hit
buying the team that they’d try to keep it in games than any non-playoff team in the Ottawa Senators. In the Pittsburgh Post- safely in 37 straight games, Mr. Holmes
place, appears unlikely to succeed, Times NBA’s last 25 years. These are small training camp, should be considered when Gazette, Ron Cook credits 23-year-old left behind a charitable legacy. “He was
columnist Jerry Brewer warns. consolations for a Warriors season that handing out guaranteed contracts.” goalie Marc-André Fleury. “Much was also instrumental in helping the Braves
“Ultimately, this effort only figures to get flamed out in dramatic and bizarre fashion In New York, where the Knicks’ coach made before the series of how much the initiate the Jimmy Fund in 1948,” Marvin
Schultz a considerable legal-fees tab and a Monday night, with Baron Davis sitting on and former president has made several Penguins have grown and matured since Pave writes in the Boston Globe. “He was
heap of disappointment,” Mr. Brewer the bench during the entire second half of a trades on par with the Miles fiasco, New their quick playoff exit against the one of several players, along with manager
writes. “Nevertheless, he has given the city 122-116 loss to the Phoenix Suns that York Times beat reporter Howard Beck Senators last spring,” Mr. Cook writes. “It Billy Southworth, whose visit to a young
an even stronger case to keep the Sonics in eliminated Golden State from the playoffs. makes good use of what may be one of his seems obvious now that no one grew and cancer patient known as ‘Jimmy’ (real
their KeyArena lease through 2010.” ( “In his absence, the Warriors met their last opportunities to kick Isiah Thomas matured more than Fleury.” name Carl Einar Gustafson) at Children’s
Contrary to what the Fix wrote earlier, Mr. season’s end with tributes of all that had around. “The Knicks thanked their fans — *** Hospital was nationally broadcast on radio.
Schultz hasn’t sued yet, but said he’s gone right, all that had been accomplished their irrationally loyal, perpetually The New York Yankees spent $30,000 to The Braves’ efforts helped raise $200,000
prepared to do so.) and ultimately, all that was not meant to tormented fans — with free hot dogs, drill for a David Ortiz jersey buried in the that year.”
The team made an emotional case be,” Janny Hu writes in the San Francisco popcorn, pizza and pretzels Monday at cement that will form the foundation for – Tip of the Fix cap to readers Michelle
Sunday, but fans responded with more Chronicle. Madison Square Garden,” Mr. Beck writes. their new stadium. They may spend more Alessandri and Don Hartline for link
sadness than celebration, Sports Like the Warriors, the 40-win Portland “They called it fan appreciation night, money on this story, if they’re serious suggestions, and to Michael McConnell
Illustrated’s Ian Thomsen writes: “What Trail Blazers would have made the although the fans surely would have traded about suing the Red Sox-loyal construction and Ed Onanian for error-spotting.
had been won, really? A victory in their playoffs had they sported their .500 record the food for a higher-ticket item, namely worker behind the prank. In reacting Found a good column from the world of
worst season on the court; a meaningless in the East. Instead Portland has had the termination of Isiah Thomas.” seriously to this story (which, by the way, sports? Don’t keep it to yourself — write
evening amid the bigger scheme.” several weeks to look ahead to next year, The Miami Heat have nine fewer wins graced the cover of the Journal’s corporate to us at dailyfix@wsj.com and we’ll
Gary Payton, who led the Sonics to the and management started by cutting ties than the Knicks, yet among moribund cousin, the New York Post, on Friday, consider your find for inclusion in the
playoffs 10 times in his 13 seasons, was in with Darius Miles. The Oregonian’s John South Florida pro teams, they may have Saturday and Monday), the 26-time world Daily Fix.
attendance Sunday. “He signed autographs, Canzano says the disastrous $48 million the best chance to turn things around champions “have embraced irrational
posed for pictures and for a few minutes Miles signing should impart a lesson: “The quickly, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s thought as their own, using Derek Jeter’s
made everyone forget about this miserable entire body of an athlete’s work, not just a Dave Hyde writes(clearly not putting much lighthearted concerns as their alibi, their
season, as if it was 1996 again,” Percy couple of inspired months at the end of an stock in the Marlins’ 7-5 start). beacon of reason,” Filip Bondy writes in
Allen writes in the Times. expiring contract, or promises made in *** the New York Daily News. “This
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Immelman (Not Woods) Gets Green Jacket


(WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) to a basketball prodigy in Chicago being doubt for most of the game, Saturdays final
Submitted at 4/14/2008 12:26:00 PM
guided by Michael Jordan. Mr. Immelman, was still a great showcase for Boston
for his part, calls Mr. Player another father. College star Nathan Gerbe, who scored
Your guest Fixer is David Roth: Player recognized Immelmans passion two goals, earned Frozen Four Most
The Fix was surprised, too: There were when he picked up a then-5-year-old Outstanding Player honors and, most
people other than Tiger Woods in the Immelman, his front teeth missing, in his prestigiously, cemented the honor of
Masters? Why weren’t we told?
As it turned out, Tiger Woods — still the
greatest golfer of his generation by a
arms and posed for a picture, the San
Diego Union-Tribunes Ed Zieralski writes.
Player is Immelmans biggest fan and,
becoming the Fixs favorite college hockey
player under five and a half feet tall. In a
recap of the Frozen Four win over North
Wesley Snipes
country mile, if you were wondering —
wound up a fairly distant second at this
when needed, his most stern taskmaster.
He left Immelman a voice mail Saturday
Dakota that got B.C. to the final, the
Globes Barbara Matson
Faces Jail Time
years Masters, won by South Africa’s night that touched the heart and soul of his asked(rhetorically). What else can be said By Hollywood Grind
Trevor Immelman. And so we see the countryman, inspired him. It gave me about Nathan Gerbe, except perhaps where Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:34:39 PM
regrettable downside of Tiger vs. the Field, goose bumps, Immelman said. He told me a supercharged word around the country did he learn to skate like that?
writes Dan Shanoff in the Sporting News. he believed in me and I needed to believe club; some golfers havent bought into the Charging after his older brothers on a Federal prosecutors asked a court
When Tiger wins, its all good. And when in myself. And he told me to keep my head concept. pond in Michigan started Gerbe on the fast Monday to make an example of Wesley
he doesnt? It’s The Meh-sters. a little quieter when I putt. He said I was *** track, she answers, and when he didn’t get Snipes by sentencing him to the maximum
Sorry Tiger: The jacket is Trevor’s. peeking too soon. The Fix, or at least this substitute Fixer, bigger than 5 feet 5 inches, he just kept of three years in prison for failing to file a
(Associated Press Photo) One thing that hasnt peaked: golf is so out of touch with the NHL Playoffs getting fasterEvery time Gerbe had the tax return.
Presumably Mr. Immelman was more commentators inimitable ability to lodge — apparently the Hartford Whalers didnt puck and a slice of open space in the It’s cases like this that really showcase
enthused: After grabbing a share of the their feet in their esophagi. One of the least make the field this year? — that its neutral zone, he deked and ducked to get how the IRS has too much power, and no
lead on Day One, he never relinquished it, -surprising, most-unfortunate probably best not to weigh in at this late a away from checkers, suddenly appearing watch dog to check that power. American
and shot a three-over 75 on the windy final consequences of the decision to tender date. But we loved the Frozen Four, a.k.a. on the other side of the blue line, staring citizens should not face jail time for debt,
day the highest final-round mark for a special invitations to star players from the NCAA Hockey Championship. In part, down the goalie. Even if you know where or for failing to file and pay taxes. The IRS
Masters winner in 36 years to finish three India, Thailand and China was CBS this is because of the extraordinarily varied he is, you dont. can get a court judgement, or even a lien
strokes ahead of Tiger. announcer and former PGA player Bobby selection of schools in the tournament this For a visual of Mr. Gerbes work, check against property, to get repaid for the debt
As he took the champions walk up the Clampett referring to Chinas Liang-Wen is the only collegiate sport in which out this jaw-dropping penalty shot against owed to them, so jail time seems more like
18th fairway, bathed in shafts of soft light Chong as the Chinaman. Colorado College, Clarkson and St. Cloud Providence College. an abuse of power than justice.
shining through the Georgia pines, Mr. Clampett later issued one of those State qualify as juggernauts but its also *** Free Wesley!
Immelman smiled, waved and fought to heavily conditional non-apology apologies because of the frenzied enthusiasm of the Finally, the requisite Longish Awesome n Should Wesley Go to Jail?
keep his emotions in check, the New York favored by sports figures, leading Michael games. Feature Piece of the day comes from Dave • No
Times Larry Dorman writes. Nearly four David Smith of AOL Fanhouse to note that The underdog Fighting Irish of Notre McKenna of the Washington City Paper, • Yes
months ago, he was in a hospital awaiting the style of apology that begins with if I Dame had their run end in the final on who casts a not-so-fond look back at the View Results
the results of a biopsy on a tumor. It was offended anybody always rings a little bit Saturday in a 4-1 loss to Boston College. recently retired Chris Webber and the ultra © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
benign. He has a seven-inch scar on his hollow. The word chinaman is a slur, and They backed into the tournament as the -boorish Washington Bullets/Wizards of 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts:
back as a reminder of what could have it’s the slur that should be followed up final at-large bid, then upset three giants of the 1990s. The Webber Era confabs werent • Carmelo Anthony Arrested for DUI
been. After parring the last hole for a total with an apology, not the reaction of being the sport New Hampshire, Michigan State only uncompetitiveone playoff appearance, • Richie Sambora Faces DUI and Child
of 8-under-par 280, he wore a huge smile offended by the slur. While the and Michigan before running into the one zero playoff wins, Mr. McKenna writes, Endangerment Charges
as a reminder of what is. commenters at AOL were confused at how they couldnt solve, the South Bend but hindsight reveals their rank as the most • Foxy Brown Being Released From Jail
Another thing Mr. Immelmans win was: anyone could think the term was offensive Tribunes Steve Wozniak writes. Well get unlikable team to ever call this town home. • Barron Hilton Pleads No Contest to DUI
surprising. Hed missed the cut in a Tour (also not particularly surprising — scroll over this, and well start preparing for Those teams are given a soul-stirring • Naomi Campbell Racial Tirade
event in Houston just last week, and had down to the comments if you dare), the [Washington] D.C., ” said [sophomore salute in two YouTube knockoffs of the
won only one PGA Tour event since bloggers at Awful Announcing werent wing Ryan] Thang, alluding to the site of NBAs Where Amazing Happens ads from
turning pro in 1999. Still, by avoiding the having it, writing that there are certain next years Frozen Four. Because now, its the inimitable Wizznutzz. The videos are
putting errors that dogged Woods (and the words that those of us who live in the 21st time to start hanging some banners. here and here.
general meltdown of third-place finisher century no longer use; this is certainly one The Eagles spent much of the game – Tip of the Fix cap to reader Don
Brandt Snedeker, who shot 77 on the final of them. turning away Notre Dame scoring attempts Hartline.
day), Mr. Immelman became the second All of which makes William C. Rhodens despite the fact that, as the Boston Globes Found a good column from the world of
South African ever to win the Masters. discussion of the PGAs global diversity Theresa Smith reports, they had only five sports? Don’t keep it to yourself — write
And that was thanks in part to support ambitions from last weeks New York healthy defensemen. Ms. Smith also got a to us at dailyfix@wsj.com and we’ll
from the first, Gary Player. Times seem that much more prescient. The great quote from injured B.C. defenseman consider your find for inclusion in the
By way of context, the Chicago Tribunes Masters initiative to expand the sport Carl Sneep, who skated onto the ice for the Daily Fix.
Ed Sherman explains that Player is revered reflects a complex, razor-thin distinction postgame celebration despite a nasty high
in South Africa, the highest order of sports between bringing fresh players into the ankle sprain. I cant feel a thing right now,
royalty. To be a young golfer and have game and inviting new members into the Mr. Sneep told Ms. Smith. Its so awesome.
Player advising you in that country is akin club, Mr. Rhoden wrote. Inclusion can be While the outcome itself wasnt really in
38 Sports* Gossip Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper

March Madness Contest Results


(WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) of talent and coaching in the tournament.” readers. Only two of these Sweet 16 teams finished with 125 points for Memphis.
Submitted at 4/8/2008 10:55:00 AM
The senior at the University of Kentucky are surprises: No. 12 seed Western 7. Which freshman will score the most
nonetheless was rooting for Memphis on Kentucky of the Sun Belt and No. 10 points (total points, not points per game) in
(If you’re looking for today’s Daily Fix behalf of his nine-year-old brother, who Davidson (Southern Conference). Top seed the tournament?
column, it’s here.) stood to win $60 in his pool if the Tigers Memphis from Conference USA and No. 3 Kevin Love (UCLA) 49; Michael
Congratulations to Greg Martinek and won the title. “Luckily, he fell asleep at seed Xavier (Atlantic 10) also advanced. Beasley (Kansas State) 12; Derrick
David Hudson, the only Daily Fix readers half-me and missed Memphis’s late-game Three of them advanced to the Elite Eight, Rose(Memphis) 11; O.J. Mayo (USC) 7;
among the 86 entering our March Madness choke at the foul-line and in the strategy and Memphis made the championship DeJuan Blair (Pittsburgh), Austin Freeman
contest who picked all Final Four teams department,” Mr. DeLotell writes. game. (Georgetown) 2; Gary Johnson (Texas) 1.
correctly and chose Kansas to win it all. “Always foul with a three-point lead in the 4. Which conference will see the highest Rose finished with 125 points, well
Mr. Martinek won the contest by a wide last 10 seconds!” number of its representatives reach the ahead of Love’s 99.
margin. He’ll be joined in the Daily Fix Read on for how the contest played out, Sweet 16? 8. Who will be named Most Outstanding
Skybox of Champions (which by now with correct answers bolded. Big East 61; Pac-10 13; ACC 6; Big 12 Player in the Final Four?
resembles a Titanic lifeboat, but anyway) 1. Which will be the team with the 5; SEC 1. Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina) 42;
by Mr. Hudson, who finished second, as highest seed number (16 is higher than 1) The Big East and Pac-10 have three Kevin Love (UCLA) 21; Darren Collison
well as by Chris DeLotell and Stephen M. to win in the first round?(Winners in teams each. For this question, Stanford’s (UCLA) 6; Brandon Rush (Kansas) 5;
Schleicher, who tied for third. Dr. italics.) last-second leaner to beat Marquette in Darrell Arthur (Kansas), Chris Lofton
Schleicher managed to edge into the top Winthrop (seed 13) 12; Georgia (14) 10; overtime was critical. The Big 12 led in the (Tennessee) 2; Antonio Anderson
four despite picking UCLA to win it all, Temple (12) 9; Siena(13) 8; Villanova(12) Elite Eight, with Texas and Kansas — and, (Memphis), Michael Beasley (Kansas
thanks to his perfect Final Four picks and 6; St. Joseph’s (11) 5; Baylor (11), Cornell most importantly, led all conferences with State), Mario Chalmers(Kansas), Roy
piling up points on the earlier questions. (14), Davidson(10), St. Mary’s (10) 4; one national champion. Hibbert (Georgetown), Ty Lawson (North
It was clear to Mr. Martinek, president of Kansas State(11), San Diego(13) 3; Boise 5. Which of the following bubble teams Carolina), Brook Lopez (Stanford),
an electronics-manufacturing company, State (14), George Mason (12), Oral will advance the farthest in the tournament: Derrick Rose (Memphis), Jessie Sapp
that the four top seeds were the four best
teams. In the semifinals, the 50-year-old
Roberts (13), Western Kentucky(12) 2;
American (15), Cal State-Fullerton (14),
Oregon, Kentucky, Baylor, Kansas State,
Villanova or Arizona?
(Georgetown) 1.
Chalmers finished the Final Four with
Pete Doherty is
from Brookfield, Wisc., reasoned that
UCLA couldn’t match “the toughness,
strength, and length of Memphis.” As for
Kentucky (11) 1.
Siena and San Diego both went on to
lose to No. 12 seeds in the second round.
Kansas State 25; Arizona 16; Baylor,
Oregon 12; Villanova 10; Kentucky 7;
none (all lose in first round) 4.
six assists, seven rebounds, seven steals
and 29 points — three of them tying the
title game with a couple of seconds left in
Doing Drugs in
Kansas-North Carolina, “A game played at
such a fast pace was going to be
Most readers erred on the conservative
side, with 15 correctly picking first-round
Only Kansas State and Villanova won,
and Villanova advanced to the Sweet 16.
regulation. He was chosen only by contest
winner Greg Martinek.
Jail
determined by the team with superior upset winners but choosing one with too 6. Which player will score the most 9. Which teams will make the Final Four By Hollywood Grind
depth, and it was.” His comments about low a seed. points (total points, not points per game) in (10 points each)? Submitted at 4/16/2008 3:52:09 PM
the final, emailed to me ahead of time, 2. Which No. 1 seed will win by the the tournament? East: North Carolina 79; Tennessee 4;
proved prescient: “This type of game fewest points in the first round? Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina) 63; Louisville 2. According to The Sun, Pete Doherty is
would favor Kansas due to their being a UCLA 30; Kansas 29; Memphis 17; Kevin Love (UCLA) 9; Darren Collison South: Texas 39; Memphis 22; supposed to be receiving methadone to
much better free-throw- and three-point- North Carolina 8. (UCLA) 3; Wayne Ellington (North Pittsburgh 12; Stanford 8; Marquette, help him stay off heroin, but he is still
shooting team than Memphis.” None of the games was close; Kansas Carolina), Brandon Rush (Kansas) 2; Joe Michigan State, Kentucky 1. getting and doing drugs in prison. The
It took the runner-up, Mr. Hudson, about and Memphis both won by 24 points, while Alexander (West Virginia), Darrell Arthur West: UCLA 76; Duke 4; Drake, Xavier picture above is a real picture of Pete in
10 minutes to put together his contest North Carolina won by 39 and UCLA by (Kansas), Chris Douglas- 2. jail. Pete is writing IOUs and signing
entry, he estimates. The 28-year-old 41. These blowouts presaged the relatively Roberts(Memphis), Roy Hibbert Midwest: Kansas 49; Georgetown 21; autographs that can be sold on Ebay to get
Oklahoma City fixed-income broker and easy path for all four teams — particularly (Georgetown), Chris Lofton (Tennessee), Wisconsin 7; Clemson 5; Kansas State, drugs, and has an ex drug dealer protecting
Oklahoma State graduate based his North Carolina’s — to the Final Four. But O.J. Mayo (USC), Derrick Rose USC, Vanderbilt 1. him in jail. The reports says Pete is being
champion pick on school ties: “My mind they were poor indicators of the results of (Memphis) 1. 10. Which team will win the treated like a celebrity, and guards have
said UNC, but luckily my heart said the national semifinals. Chris Douglas-Roberts finished with 140 championship (30 points)? promised him a better cell as soon as one
Kansas (Big 12 ties, OSU alum Bill Self),” 3. How many teams outside the power points, though he’ll lament three that got North Carolina 36; UCLA 32; Kansas 9; becomes available.
Mr. Hudson writes. “Rock Chalk Jayhawk. six conferences (ACC, Big East, Big 10, away — his only missed free throws, all in Memphis 3; Georgetown 2; Stanford, With Pete doing the same drugs in jail
Now let’s go talk to Bill Self about that Big 12, Pac-10, SEC) will make the Sweet the final minutes of regulation in the title Tennessee, Texas 1. that got him locked up in the first place,
vacant OSU head coaching position.” 16? game. Only reader Bob Trost got this one The two reader favorites were what qualifies as good behavior in jail?
Mr. DeLotell, a 21-year-old from Mason, 2.6 was the average answer, 3 was the right. Davidson’s Stephen Curry, despite overmatched and outplayed in the semis. © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
Ohio, says he chose Kansas “because I median and the range was 0 to 6. playing two fewer games, finished a close 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts:
simply thought it was the best combination Four broke through, as predicted by 11 second with 128 points. Derrick Rose • Carmelo Anthony Arrested for DUI
• Richie Sambora Faces DUI and Child
Endangerment Charges
• Foxy Brown Being Released From Jail
• Barron Hilton Pleads No Contest to DUI
• Naomi Campbell Racial Tirade
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Jayhawks Are Champs After Chalmers Caps Furious Comeback


(WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) to St. Francis, from Liberal to Hiawatha, averaging in double figures, and the third 2003, Syracuse missed three of four free
Submitted at 4/8/2008 11:02:00 AM
from Cuba to Dodge City to Chanute,” Mr. straight without a 15-points-per-game throws in the final 24 seconds, and five of
Posnanski writes. “Grandparents in scorer. Half a dozen Jayhawks have NBA its last six overall, to leave Kansas with
Kansas’s comeback from nine points Wichita will call their grandchildren in prospects, but none were named to the another last-second three-point attempt to
down with two minutes left in Monday Olathe to talk about what they were feeling first, second or third All-America teams. force regulation. That one was blocked.
night’s national championship game when Chalmers took that shot, the way the Mr. Collins, for one, came off the bench “History tells us, it should be pointed out,
required several missteps by Memphis. But ball arced, the way it fell. Farmers in Cuba last night but played 34 minutes and won that the free throw was not a part of the
the Jayhawks also had to play nearly and teachers in Salina and doctors in bragging rights over his erstwhile Chicago original basketball rules,” the Fort Worth
flawless basketball for those two minutes, Garden City will talk about the shot high-school rival, Mr. Rose. “In June, Rose Star-Telegram’s Gil LeBreton writes. “The
and the subsequent five minutes of forever. There were precisely 43,257 fans most likely will have the ultimate bragging free throw rule was soon added, however,
overtime. And so they did, capping a in the Alamodome on Monday night to rights when some NBA team turns him shortly after 1892, by Dr. James Naismith,
closely matched and thrilling title game watch Kansas win its first championship in into an instant multimillionaire,” Dana the first coach at the University of Kansas.
with a 24-8 run that featured 8 of 10 20 years, but as time goes by there will be O’Neil writes on ESPN. “For now, though, That’s a long time to wait for a payoff, but
shooting from the field, including the first 100,000, then 200,000, then a million who Collins is the toast of Chicago.” MARCH the Jayhawks will take it.”
seven shots, and 6 for 6 from the free- will say they were here.” MADNESS ***
throw line. Danny Manning, hero of that last Kansas Wondering who won the Fix’s March One tournament ends just as another
Kansas wasn’t the most-consistent team championship, was among those 43,257. Madness contest, and how? Wonder no begins. The NHL playoffs start
in college basketball this season, but in its “Not even Danny and the Miracles, the last more: Carl has the results, and Wednesday, and, stunningly, they will
peak moments, and at the very end, it was Jayhawks to cut down the nets (as a No. 6 commentary from the winners. include the team from Washington, D.C.
indisputably the best. To get to the final, seed) needed a shot like Chalmers’ in their BASEBALL CONTEST See how Fix “A Capitals story that shamed most hockey
Kansas used a 40-12 run at the start of its finale,” Luke Winn writes on Sports readers, the Fixers and some of our fairy tales, a dream that seemed almost too
game against North Carolina, then finished Illustrated. “Twenty years later, Danny baseball writers see the season playing out, silly to speak for months, came true in the
on a 30-16 tear to defeat the No. 1 team in Manning had a prime view of the Mario in a roundup of the Fix’s seasonlong pandemonium of Verizon Center last
the country. Miracle, as the assistant coach who had baseball contest. night,” Washington Post columnist
Mario Chalmers celebrates his already prepared the team’s scouting report of Mr. Rose could have ended his college Thomas Boswell wrote Sunday. “A team
legendary three-pointer to force overtime. Memphis for the title game. Ed Hightower, career in triumph, but instead he missed that was the worst in the NHL on
(Associated Press Photo by Eric Gay) one of the refs from ‘88, was working the one of two free throws with 10 seconds Thanksgiving day, but climbed and clawed
Neither run had to be executed under as floor the floor again in ‘08, and while left, paving the way for Mr. Chalmers’ for months, finally reached the playoffs on
much duress as the championship- Manning said he was thinking ‘deja vu’ date with history. Seconds earlier, his the last day of the season with a 3-1
clinching finish. To force overtime, when Chalmers launched it, the reason was backcourt mate, Chris Douglas-Roberts, victory over Florida.”
Sherron Collins had just a handful of not Hightower. Chalmers had hit the exact missed a pair of free throws. Those misses The Caps clinched with a win before a
seconds to drive the length of the floor, same shot — on the same play — to take were chalked up by most columnists today sold-out crowd, which supports Kevin
dodge Memphis’s attempts to foul him (he Texas to overtime in last season’s Big 12 “Mario Chalmers hugged his dad tightly to Memphis’s Achilles Heel — free-throw Greenstein’s thesis that the NHL is
said later he thought he was fouled), and tournament.” after the game,” Jill Painter writes in the shooting. The Tigers may have ranked heading in the right direction. Mr.
get the ball to Mario Chalmers. Mr. Mr. Chalmers practiced that shot with his Los Angeles Daily News. “Ronnie cried, 339th out of 341 NCAA schools from the Greenstein tallies the positive indicators
Chalmers then discovered a narrow space father, Ronnie, as a child in Alaska — he and he was pretty sure Mario had tears in stripe, but until that unfortunate dry spell, and has an interview with league
between defenders draped over him, rose follows recent Alaska basketball stars his eyes, too. It was a wonderful moment they had hit 80% of their free throws over commissioner Gary Bettman in the New
and hit a three-pointer. (And probably Trajan Langdon and Carlos Boozer, who between father and son, one that’s been the prior four games. And Messrs. Rose York Sun.
made CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz regret both played for Duke. Ronnie went on to difficult to navigate for Ronnie, since he’s and Douglas-Roberts were both a – Tip of the Fix cap to reader Garey G.
his declaration a few minutes earlier that a coach his son at Bartlett High in part-time assistant, too.” respectable 71% from the line this season. Ris.
Derrick Rose jumper for Memphis was Anchorage, then followed Mario to While Mr. Chalmers justly won Most Nonetheless, the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Found a good column from the world of
“the shot of the tournament.”) Lawrence to serve as Bill Self’s director of Outstanding Player at the Final Four, it Doug Lesmerises is right to call the end of sports? Don’t keep it to yourself — write
That shot will be forever celebrated by basketball operations, a hiring that should have been a close vote. The regulation “the greatest marketing to us at dailyfix@wsj.com and we’ll
Kansas basketball fans, Joe Posnanski displaced Mr. Manning and seemed fishy Jayhawks followed the blueprint of recent campaign for free-throw shooting videos consider your find for inclusion in the
writes in the Kansas City Star. “Kids 50 to some at the time. But its significance champs by spreading the scoring load ever conceived.” Daily Fix.
years from now will be shooting the last night was in keeping father and son evenly. They are the fourth-straight Bricked free throws have been good to
Chalmers shot in driveways from Pittsburg close together for the shining moment. champion with at least four players Kansas late in recent NCAA finals. In

Diane Neal is Leaving Law and Order


By Hollywood Grind Neal spent five years on the show. Reports • Hell’s Kitchen is Too Cold and Too Hot
Submitted at 4/15/2008 11:24:09 PM
say Dick Wolf wants fresher and cheaper • Emma Watson is 18 Today
talent for Law & Order. We saw this • Who’s Your Daddy
Just 24 hours after HG reported Gary coming in the last contract negotiations. • Jason Beghe Says Scientology is
Dourdan would be leaving CSI next Actors beware. Your pay checks could Dangerous
month, Diane Neal has also decided to be getting smaller in the years to come. 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts: • Dwarf Soccer Team
leave Law & Order: SVU next month. © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
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Let the Tiger Coronation Wait


(WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) second, second, all the way down to 12th,
Submitted at 4/9/2008 10:59:00 AM
and first. And, yes, this year’s majors — or
at least the middle two of the U.S. and
(If you’re looking for today’s Daily Fix British Opens — set up very well for
column, it’s here.) Woods. But let’s all calm down: From now
Tim Carroll offers his Masters pick: until August is a long time to
Now that the media has handed out the hyperventilate.
major tournament trophies for 2008, let’s So if not Woods, who does win the green
review: jacket?
Tiger Woods won the Masters because Chad Campbell does all the things that a
ESPN said so, the U.S. Open in June Masters champion needs to do — he hits it
because NBC wanted him to, the British long enough and well enough, but more
Open in July because it made for really importantly he putts well enough — and
great ratings for ABC, and CBS had Tiger illusion. his second-place showing on Tour this past
finishing up the Grand Slam in a runaway Memo to everyone: Please calm down week portends well.
because it was a wonderful lead-in to the and remember the boys have yet to put a Phil Mickelson has shown he can win
fall programming. Tiger even went 5-0 in tee in the ground, have yet to hole a single here. And his short-game coach Dave Pelz
the Ryder Cup in September simply putt, have yet to wipe a sweat-stained brow told me in a conversation about a month
because, well, he’s Tiger and it makes for after a power lip-out leaves a putt longer ago that Mr. Mickelson’s wrist was hurt
great TV. And the U.S. romped 27.5-0.5 in than the original. And we all know how worse than people thought last year, but
the Ryder Cup, missing out on the clean well the media is at predictions, don’t we, now is completely healed. Mr. Mickelson
sweep only to give Johnny Miller President Giuliani? has already won once on Tour this year. A
something to talk about on the final day of Certainly, Woods is a prohibitive third jacket for him is not farfetched.
the match. favorite. Las Vegas lists him as even odds But the Fix Pick is K.J. Choi. He is
Don’t hand Tiger the green jacket yet. in a sport where if someone — other than second in greens in regulation this year,
(Getty Images) Tiger, of course — has a winning sixth in scoring average, has won once this
OK, not really, but equally not really are percentage near 10%, it’s a monster, year, and, after getting off to an awful start
the ads that ESPN is running to announce monster year. Woods won five PGA Tour last week, rallied to finish 11th.
it is broadcasting the par-three contest on events in a row, and then his streak ended And, who knows: If my prediction is
Wednesday and the first two rounds of the when he plummeted all the way to fifth in right, maybe I’ll run for president!
Masters this year. The ads talk of how his last event. Check out the stats pages on Mr. Carroll, a news editor at the print
Tiger is going for history this year. PGATour.com and you don’t need a Journal, always wanted his Dad to be
History? His 14th professional major and workout for your scrolling finger to come president so the family could bowl in the
across Woods’s name in scoring, money,
fifth green jacket? Nah, Jack Nicklaus did
both. It’s an allusion to Woods winning the putting, greens in regulation, etc. And, yes,
White House. He can be reached at
tim.carroll@wsj.com. Heidi Montag Raps on TRL
Grand Slam this year. And it’s likely an in last year’s four majors he finished By Hollywood Grind © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
Submitted at 4/15/2008 11:41:10 PM
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Cynthia Nixon Survived Breast Cancer


By Hollywood Grind just get right on it." cancer survivor, knowing my personal risk
Submitted at 4/15/2008 10:50:45 PM
A monthly breast exam, and annual made me more aware and more
mammogram are the best defense to empowered when I faced my own
Cynthia Nixon, pictured here with finding the cancer early. diagnosis."
Christine Marinoni at a NYC benefit, Cynthia said she "made a big point" of Next year Cynthia will become the
battled breast cancer. Her mother battled telling her two children she had the spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen for
breast cancer when Cynthia was 12 years- disease. "I basically told them they found the Cure Foundation. There is a lot of
old, and even her grandmother battled some cancer in my right breast. It’s very support for breast cancer, but let’s not
breast cancer. small and it’s very early. I’m going to have forget another leading cancer, and that is
Cynthia said she had gone for her an operation, they’re going to take it out, prostate cancer.
"completely routine mammogram" in 2006 and then we’re going to have six-and-a- © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
when she got a call from her gynecologist. half weeks of radiation, every weekday. 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts:
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happen, that it’s found so early, and we can the hospital. As the daughter of a breast