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Analyst upgrades:
Obama Staff: We Need More White People MSC Industrial,
By Tommy Christopher (Political
Machine)
American colloquial parlance, a person
who speaks falsely or misleadingly is said
depravity of lynchings are not something
you can "just get over."
Prudential plc, GrafTech
Submitted at 4/9/2008 5:05:00 AM
to be "full of shit," which a sack of crap, Senator Hillary Clinton illustrated this By Eric Buscemi (BloggingStocks)
and Michael Goldfarb, most certainly are. point very well in her controversial Submitted at 4/9/2008 4:48:00 AM
Filed under: Democrats, Barack Obama, I'm not going to waste a lot of time statements earlier in this campaign about
Breaking News, 2008 President, Race trying to explain how people have tried to Martin Luther King, Jr. and LBJ, and her Filed under: Analyst reports, Analyst
During a Michelle Obama appearance at "flip the script" in this campaign, trying to husband made it, less directly, by upgrades and downgrades MOST
Carnegie Mellon University, the school paint the Obama campaign, and black comparing Senator Obama to Jesse NOTEWORTHY: MSC Industrial,
paper The Tartan reported the attention- voters, as racist. I read the crap on our Jackson. Prudential plc and GrafTech were today's
getting phrase: The Tartan's message boards every day, and if a truth so MLK needed white people, and he got noteworthy upgrades:
correspondents observed one event obvious eludes people, what's the point of enough of them together to achieve what • William Blair upgraded shares of
coordinator say to another, "Get me more deconstructing it? To systematically seemed like miracles. Jesse Jackson MSC Industrial
white people, we need more white people." segregate and discriminate against and needed more white people, but he couldn't (NYSE:
To an Asian girl sitting in the back row, oppress an entire race of people, and then get them. So he became "the black MSM
one coordinator said, "We're moving you, have the balls to call them racist because candidate," a guy who couldn't win. ) to Outperform from Market Perform on
sorry. It's going to look so pretty, though." they're separated from us by the The controversial part is not that they valuation and improved execution
"I didn't know they would say, 'We need separations we imposed? needed white people, it's why they needed following the company's Q2 results.
a white person here,' " said attendee and I know, many white people will object to white people. They needed white people • Keefe Bruyette raised
senior psychology major Shayna Watson, the use of the words "we", or "us." Barack because we were, and still are, enlisted in Prudential plc
who sat in the crowd behind Mrs. Obama. Obama cannily identified the source of a the system of oppression. If we remain (NYSE:
"I understood they would want a show of lot of white frustration in his "A More beginning to the struggle of all American silent, or refuse to recognize the problem, PUK
diversity, but to pick up people and to Perfect Union" address, this idea felt by brothers and sisters against the Goliaths we contribute to the heavy weight of the ) to Outperform from Underperform as
reseat them, I didn't know it would be so many of us that we, individually, have who have pitted us against each other for boot on the neck of black America. We they believe the company's targets will be
outright." enjoyed no privilege derived from our centuries. may not be pressing down, but neither are exceeded.
Michael Goldfarb of The Weekly whiteness, yet we feel the sting of black We need more white people to believe we trying to lift it off. • Oppenheimer upgraded
Standard has a stranglehold on the anger. Even more, many of us feel that our system is still rigged against black So, sacks of crap everywhere would want GrafTech
meaning of this passage: The Obama divorced from responsibility for the black people, that racial profiling and you to read this story and believe that (NYSE:
campaign discriminates against people of plight in America because we never owned discrimination are inherent to our law Michelle Obama is discriminating against GTI
color, and their own supporters no less, in slaves, or refused to hire a black person, or enforcement, criminal justice, and prison black people by wanting more white ) to Outperform from Perform based on
what is presumably a misguided pander to tossed around the N word. apparatuses. people on the stage behind her. I believe strong fundamentals, improving margins,
white voters. Those are all excellent points. The We need more white people to recognize there should already be more white people and a strong 2008 order book.
Michael Goldfarb is a sack of crap. rationale is certainly appealing. The fact of that the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow standing behind her, and I am proud to be OTHER UPGRADES:
I mean that metaphorically, of course. If the matter is, we do need more white continues to tilt the playing field against one of them. • HFF Inc.
you took a sack and filled it with crap, people. In this case, "we" is the collective black people today, even if it doesn't seem Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| (NYSE:
there's no way you could get it to type soul of those in our nation who yearn for to be helping us. We need more white Comments HF
something that stupid. However, in an end to the legacy of racism, and a people to understand that the horror and ) was raised to Overweight from Equal
Weight at Morgan Stanley.
'Mother' - New Obama Ad • Lehman raised
Canadian Natural
By Greg McNeilly (Political Machine) some new spots to his rotation. The first elsewhere, previously with minor tweaks (NYSE:
Submitted at 4/9/2008 3:54:00 AM
:30 second ad is titled "Mother." Even with the recycled material, Obama's CNQ
Another Obama spot is a :30 second ad media team does a phenomenal job of ) to Overweight from Equal Weight.
Filed under: Barack Obama, Ads, 2008 titled "One Voice." creating an emotional tone. Permalink| Email this| Comments
President And another Obama :30 second spot Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
Barack Obama, who is spending $2.2 titled "Quiet." Comments
million a week in Pennsylvania, has added All of these spots have appeared
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Border Crossings Down With Economy Arcelor Mittal


By Liza Porteus Viana (Political
Machine)
laws he said could interfere with the
"expeditious construction of barriers" in
(MT): A 'steel'
Submitted at 4/9/2008 4:40:00 AM
Arizona, California, New Mexico and
Texas. Those laws protect things like the among cyclicals?
Filed under: Bush Administration, environment, endangered species, farms, By Steven Halpern (BloggingStocks)
Featured Stories, Immigration So, and Native American graves, the Times
Submitted at 4/9/2008 4:36:00 AM
apparently as the U.S. economy continues says. The paper cites a 2005 Congressional
its downward spiral, so do the number of Research Service report on the delegation Filed under: International markets,
illegal immigrants crossing our borders of such power. Newsletters, Commodities, Stocks to Buy
trying to get to the land of prosperity. "Criminal activity at the border does not "I've never been a big fan of deep cyclical
It could be a combination of nasty stop for endless debate or protracted industries, such as autos, chemicals, and
economic conditions and illegal immigrant litigation," Chertoff said in a statement last steel; the companies tend to have violent
crackdowns that caused the number of week. "Congress and the American public swings in their results as a result of
border apprehensions to drop 17 percent to have been adamant that they want and economic cycles," observes Chuck
347,372 from Oct. 1, 2007 to and March expect border security. We're serious about Carlson.
31, 2008, the Wall Street Journal reports delivering it, and these waivers will enable However, says the editor of The DRIP
today. The U.S. Border Patrol today told important security projects to keep moving Investor, "Every so often I'm willing to
Political Machine the number of forward. At the same time, we value the make an exception for a well-run cyclical
apprehensions to date since Oct. 1, 2007 is need for public input on any potential company. Arcelor Mittal(NYSE: MT) is
357,466, nationwide. The Journal reported impact of our border infrastructure plans such a company." Here is his review.
that the drop was particularly significant in on the environment - and we will continue "Arcelor Mittal is the world's number one
the Yuma, Ariz., sector, with to solicit it." steel company, with 310,000 employees in
apprehensions plunging 76 percent during HSToday reports that 14 Democratic more than 60 countries. It has
that period, as well as in Tucson. That members of Congress, including House demonstrated the ability to navigate the
could also be because a new Arizona law Homeland Security Chairman Bennie often-difficult waters of the steel industry.
that went into effect Jan. 1 cracks down on Thompson (D-Miss.), declared their intent "For investors who are looking for stocks
employers hiring illegal (I mean, er, this week to urge the U.S. Supreme Court that should hold up in an inflationary
undocumented) workers. Compare the to take up a case against the use of waiver environment, Mittal should be of interest.
national apprehension numbers to date to sectors also are rolling out initiatives like employers of migrant workers, and that the authority by Chertoff to build the fence.
"Operation No Pass," "Operation number of apprehensions was decreasing The company has pricing power -- for
that of 602,392. That's the number of The lawmakers will file an amicus brief by example, the company just announced a
apprehensions for that same period in Lockdown" and "Operation Lifeguard," the before the economy started tanking. April 17 on behalf of Defenders of
latter of which focuses on smugglers The San Diego Union-Tribune recently $100-per-ton price increase on its carbon
2006. Wildlife and the Sierra Club, which have and high-strength low-alloy plate steel
The Border Patrol says tougher laws and leading illegal immigrants across irrigation reported on how decreases in crossings petitioned the high court to declare
canals and ports of entry. along the San Diego-Tijuana border, products for all North American orders,
infrastructure (including border fencing Chertoff's authority unconstitutional. effective May 4.
and vehicle barriers) have helped stem the But the Journal reports that some whether they be casual shoppers or "This blanket waiver of laws like the
economists say the financial situation of workers, is causing some area businesses Continue reading Arcelor Mittal (MT): A
tide of migrants crossing the border. "We Clean Air Act and the Safe Drinking Water 'steel' among cyclicals? Permalink| Email
have more manpower, we have new the U.S. and the ailing housing market are to feel the pinch. Act is a clear and disturbing abuse of the
also contributing to the trend. Meaning, in Speaking of the border fence, the New this| Comments
infrastructure, we have new technology. A Secretary's discretion," Rep. John Dingell
combination of the three is what is part, as the demand for new houses York Times published an article yesterday (D-Mich.) said in the statement. "Congress'
working," Ramon Rivera, an assistant chief decreases, so does the demand for illegal about how Homeland Security Secretary efforts to seek justification for this waiver
with the U.S. Border Patrol, told me today. (cheaper) workers that construction Michael Chertoff is using unprecedented from DHS have been stonewalled, which
The Border Patrol had only 9,000 agents companies often hire to build them. The powers - approved by Congress - to get the leads me to believe none exists."
along all the U.S. borders a few years ago; Border Patrol, however, points out that border fence built. Last week, Chertoff Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
they now have 15,800. Various border farms are actually among the largest issued waivers suspending more than 30 Comments

Circuit City (CC) posts surprising 4Q earnings numbers


By Eliza Popescu (BloggingStocks) profit. It was the first time in the last six show a loss of 7 cents per share in the predictions for sales of $3.79 billion,
Submitted at 4/9/2008 5:18:00 AM
quarters when the retailer was able to post quarter. according to Thomson Financial.
a quarterly profit. Taking a look at the company's quarterly Continue reading Circuit City (CC) posts
Filed under: Earnings reports, Forecasts, For the quarter, Circuit City announced revenue, we see a decline of 8% to $3.65 surprising 4Q earnings numbers Read|
Good news, Consumer experience, Circuit that its profit climbed to $4.85 million, or 3 billion, compare with $3.95 billion last Permalink| Email this| Comments
City Stores (CC) Shares of electronics cents a share, up from a loss of $4.25 year. For this period, the second-largest
retailer Inc. (NYSE: CC) have been million, or 3 cents, reported in the same U.S. electronics retailer posted a drop of
soaring this morning after the company period a year ago. The company's move to efficient in its fight against weak sales. 10.4% in same-store sales. Quarterly
reported an unexpected fourth-quarter lay off employees to cut costs proved Analysts were expecting the retailer to revenue numbers missed analysts'
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Housing and Trade Next Up for Admin.,


House
By Mark Impomeni (Political action, the Bush Administration signaled
Machine) its intention to expand its own voluntary
Submitted at 4/9/2008 2:30:00 AM
program, set up last year, under which
struggling homeowners with good credit
Filed under: Bush Administration, House, and payment histories can rewrite the
Democrats, Economy, Trade It was a busy terms of their loans with the cooperation of
day on Capitol Hill yesterday. While most the nation's largest mortgage lenders. The
were focused on the Senate side of the Administration's plan, dubbed FHASecure,
Capitol for the Iraq hearings with Gen. is similar in design to the House version
David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan but smaller in scale. Under the proposal to
Crocker, The Bush Administration and the be announced today, lenders who agree to
House of Representatives were setting write down existing loans will have the
their sights on the housing and trade new mortgage backed by the FHA. But the
markets. President Bush formally Administration would only allow
transmitted the Colombia Free Trade restructuring of loans already backed by
Agreement to Congress for its same as ninety calendar days, to vote the the FHA and would pay for it through
consideration, while the House was taking deal up or down with no amendments. premiums for mortgage insurance already
up its version of legislation introduced in The House this week begins debate on a being paid to the agency by the
the Senate last week to help ease the housing package designed to bring more homeowners. The White House says that
volatile housing market. Federal help to struggling homeowners. this approach is expected to help close to
On trade, the president held a White
House event attended by members of his
Cabinet and the Colombian Ambassador to
While the Senate is working on tax breaks
and grants to states and localities for the
purchase of foreclosed homes, Democrats
500,000 homeowners by the end of the
year and will not spend any new Federal
money.
Hollywood Leaks Oliver
sign the letter sending the trade deal to
Congress. In his remarks before the
signing, President Bush said that the deal
in the House want to expand the role of the
Federal Housing Authority (FHA) in
mortgage underwriting. Rep. Barney Frank
(D-MA), Chairman of the House Financial
The twin issues of housing and trade
reflect a growing consensus in Washington
that the American people's attention has
Stone's 'W' Script
would strengthen U.S. national security, shifted from Iraq and terrorism to By Brandon Barker (Political According to Robert Draper, author of
help the economy, and provide vital Services Committee, has a plan to allow economic issues. Both sides are seeking to Machine) 'Dead Certain: The Presidency of George
support to an important ally. Some the FHA to guarantee up to $300 billion in gain the upper hand on the economy as the Bush,' "It leaves you with the impression
Submitted at 4/9/2008 2:01:00 AM
Democratic leaders in Congress are mortgage loans that lenders would agree to November elections draw near. It is a that the White House is run as a fraternity
skeptical of the deal, and most free trade write down, or reduce the principle owed. measure both of the growing success in Filed under: President Bush, Humor, house." And Jacob Weisberg, author
legislation, because they believe that past Under the plan, struggling homeowners Iraq and the growing concern about the LOLection Oliver Stone's buzz-laden Bush of"The Bush Tragedy," was skeptical of
free trade deals have worked to send who can demonstrate that they can make economy that Iraq has been largely pushed biopic, which the director hopes to release Stone's wishes to make a "true portrait" of
American jobs overseas. Sen. Hillary new, lower payments would be eligible to off the front pages and to the back of the while the President is still in office, opens the man.
Clinton, for example, recently said that she have their loans restructured. Critics, public's collective mind. Even as Gen. in front of Texas Rangers Stadium in Some scenes--in particular, one in which
would vote against the Colombia Free including House Minority Leader Rep. Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker testify Arlington, Texas. President Bush, wearing Bush flies a plane while intoxicated--are
Trade Agreement. But the trade agreement John Boehner (R-OH), charge that the plan to Congress on Iraq, the Administration a polo shirt and Dockers, stands in center merely based on hearsay. While others--
would open a two-way road between the puts taxpayer dollars at risk if the new and lawmakers are looking ahead to field holding a baseball. The crowd roars. like the one in which Bush flies to Iceland
two nations and builds on agreements mortgages go into default and amounts to a politcal battles closer to home. Somewhere in the background, wearing a to spend the day with a boy who crank-
already in place with other Latin American huge Federal bailout for lenders and Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| chicken outfit, is the guy from 'Borat.' calls him--are dead-on fact. When asked
nations like Peru, Chile, and Panama. irresponsible home buyers. Comments 'W', which IMDB slates for a 2009 about the accuracy of certain events, the
Congress has 90 legislative days, not the In an effort to head off Congressional release, will star former-Goonie Josh screenwriter said, "I have no comment
Brolin as President George W. Bush, other than the fact that I have read 17
Phorm Edits Negative History Right Out Of Wikipedia Elizabeth Banks ('Scrubs') as Laura Bush,
Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn as, gulp,
books on Bush."
An early scene in the film, which
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) "overzealous" in its defense, editing its over its legality?), the company admitted it Barbara Bush and James Cromwell (the features an enormous bottle of vodka, is
own Wikipedia page to erase many of the was a bit too aggressive, and was farmer from 'Babe') as George Herbert after the jump:
Submitted at 4/8/2008 8:38:00 AM Walker Bush-Stamos. B. Brandon Barker is the author of the
negative stories about the company. Of unfamiliar with the rule that you're not
Phorm, the controversial"former" adware course, doing that backfired pretty quickly, supposed to edit your own Wikipedia Recently, The Hollywood Reporter novel Operation EMU.
company that is aggressively defending its as the company got called out on it (and entry. leaked the first few pages of Stanley Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
new ads-based-on-your-clickstream the edits got reverted). While first Permalink| Comments| Email This Story Weiser's script to Bush biographers to Comments
program, despite some serious questions suggesting that it was merely trying to gauge the accuracy of the portrayal. As of
about its legality apparently became a little correct "inaccuracies" (such as questions now, reactions are mixed.
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Bill Clinton, Colombia, and Mark Penn


By David Knowles (Political claims otherwise.
Machine) Free and unfettered trade is indeed a sore
Submitted at 4/9/2008 2:17:00 AM
point with many an American voter,
especially those on the losing end of a
Filed under: Hillary Clinton, Democrats, global workforce re-alignment. Everyday,
Barack Obama, Featured Stories, Trade we witness the further morphing of our
Mark Penn's recent reassignment within economy: away from manufacturing, and
the campaign of Hillary Clinton came after into service. With a few notable exceptions
it was learned that Penn's lobbying firm (construction, defense, and the tech-sector
met with the government of Colombia to come to mind), we no longer produce the
promote passage of a trade bill which
Hillary officially opposes. The appearance
of talking out of both sides of your mouth
things people use, we serve that which
others have made for us.
You may be asking yourself: Why
In 'An
was something that Clinton knew would
damage her chances with working class
voters in Pennsylvania (and elsewhere),
should we want to restrict or oppose free-
trade deals? Isn't protectionism an un-
American concept? While there's no
Obama
but, oddly, Penn wasn't fired outright for
his indiscretion. Why, you may ask, would
Clinton keep Penn on the payroll?
simple answer to these questions, a few
points raised by the good people at Public
Citizen might be worth considering before
Minute'
Well, as Sam Stein writes in The we expand the NAFTA model to places By David Knowles (Political
Huffington Post: like Colombia. And as some commentators Machine)
But within the Clinton campaign, Penn is have pointed out, the time to get these Submitted at 4/9/2008 2:38:00 AM
not the highest-ranking adviser with for an activity her husband was engaged in, campaign was the one who contacted the deals right is before they are actually
financial ties to groups and individuals as well? Canadian Government to assure them that Filed under: Democrats, Barack Obama,
enacted. Featured Stories, 2008 President,
supporting the passage of the measure. The larger matter, of course, is central to the anti-trade-agreement rhetoric was just In short, it seems likely that neither
Former President Bill Clinton has earned the contest between Barack Obama and the bluster. When that story broke, Obama's Clinton or Obama would actually be very Fundraising
hundreds of thousands of dollars speaking former First Lady. Each Democrat has campaign was the target, but as more was successful at amending NAFTA or Via New York magazine comes word of
on behalf of a Colombia-based group made revising already-signed-agreements-- learned, Clinton's people, too, felt the heat CAFTA, but hopefully we've learned an "ostentatious" PR stunt that supporters
pushing the trade pact, and representatives so that they are more friendly to workers of the spotlight. of Barack Obama are hatching. Dubbed,
enough from our past mistakes not to make "An Obama Minute" a Web site has been
of that organization tell The Huffington rights and the environment--a top talking- Lastly, Hillary Clinton's datebook them all over again.
Post that the former president shared their point. revealed that she'd spent a whole lot of Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| created in the hopes of generating $1
sentiment. Both have taken ample shots at NAFTA, time pushing for passage of NAFTA, Comments million bucks in 60 seconds (10,000
So you see, how could HIllary fire Penn and a controversy remains as to which though on the campaign trail she often donations of $100 for those of you without
a calculator) on April 21, the day before
the Pennsylvania primary. Since the Web
The Turning Point site lists 1PM as the appointed time at
which money will magically fall from the
sky, I assume that the furious pointing and
By Dave (Political Machine) moderates and independents. And the polls clicking will last until 1:01PM.
Submitted at 4/9/2008 1:08:00 AM
immediately began showing that in the This election cycle has seen a few of
general elections Obama does better versus these hybrid fundraiser/publicity gambits.
Filed under: Hillary Clinton, Barack McCain.
Obama, Featured Stories, 2008 President What's more, they've proven effective.
So now Hillary has no electability Apart from those who'd seen the movie "V
Roger Simon has an article out today argument, her experience argument is for Vendetta" how many people knew
where he asks the question, "Where did it almost as thin as Obama's and she has little about Guy Fawkes before Ron Paul
all go wrong for Hillary." And he answers to no excitement around the base. The only dropped his money bomb on that hallowed
the question with Iowa: thing she has left is the Clinton power base
Iowa is where Clinton needed to strangle day?
and that too is slip sliding away. She could Of course, any of the candidates could
the Barack Obama campaign in its crib. still win if Obama implodes, but he's going ask his or her supporters to wait until a
She needed to do him in at the very to have to implode. Hillary can't beat him specific day or hour or minute and
beginning, while her inevitability argument and money elsewhere. sudden, the electability argument that on her own. generate what seems like an impressive
still had credibility. And as we now know, she came in an Hillary had going for was blown out of the Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
True, some in the Clinton campaign were amount of cash. The question is whether or
embarrassing third place and Obamania water. The Republicans had, wildly Comments not you can keep it up. On that score,
worried about Iowa. Mike Henry, her was born. enough, elected the one candidate that for Obama and Clinton don't seem to have
deputy campaign manager, wrote a 1,500- But I think even that was not the turning Barack was perfect for him to run against. much to worry about.
word internal memo saying Clinton should point. The turning point was when McCain An old white man that generates very little
skip the state entirely and spend her time Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
became the presumptive nominee. All the excitement among his own base, let alone Comments
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PG&E Corporation
Matthews On the Way (PCG): Share price
defines a bullish 'pennant'
Out? By Larry Schutts (BloggingStocks)
By Jay Allbritton (Political Machine) Submitted at 4/9/2008 5:00:00 AM

Submitted at 4/9/2008 5:16:00 AM Filed under: Good news, Technical


Analysis, Stocks to Buy
Filed under: Gaffes, Media Media PG&E Corporation(NYSE: PCG) is an
Bistro's advance coverage of a profile energy-based holding company, serving
about MSNBC's Chris Matthews written some 15 million northern and central
by Mark Leibovich to be published in California residents through subsidiary
NYT Magazine Sunday offers a very Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The
candid look at the Hardball host. The piece firm owns and operates electricity
reveals that Matthews may not be at generation facilities, over 150,000 miles of
MSNBC for long and that he reveres Tim electric lines, nearly 50,000 miles of
Russert, distrusts David Gregory and natural gas pipelines, and underground
resents Keith Olbermann. natural gas storage fields. Competitors
Perhaps the biggest revelation in the include American Electric Power(NYSE:
article is that Matthews essentially told AEP) and Edison International(NYSE:
Leibovich that he was insincere when he EIX).
famously apologized to Hillary Clinton. black." He then proceeded to hand Investors were pleased last week, when
According to an alternate version of the Washington a business card while referring PG&E said it expected FY08 EPS of $2.90
preview at Huffington Post Matthews is to himself in the third person, telling her to -$3.00 and FY09 EPS of $3.15-$3.25.
quoted as saying, "I was tonally inaccurate call "if you ever want to hang out with Analysts had been expecting $2.96 this
Iran Defies, Obama but factually true." When asked if he had
been forced into the apology, he said, "Oh,
yeah, of course I was forced into that. No,
Chris Matthews."
Leibovich characterizes Matthews as
"openly contemplating 'the second act' in a
year and $3.19 next year.
Continue reading PG&E Corporation
(PCG): Share price defines a bullish
Complies no, no .... Phil [Griffin] asked me to do
that."
The story is full of anecdotes that tend to
career that has already featured several"
after his contract expires next year.
Leibovich's sources at NBC claim they can
'pennant' Permalink| Email this| Comments

By Justin Paulette (Political Petraeus' assessment that Iran is characterize Matthews as a thoughtless oaf. get better ratings for the $5 million a year
Machine) sponsoring terrorism in Iraq, presidential In one encounter, Matthews told actress Matthews earns.
Submitted at 4/8/2008 10:37:00 PM
candidate Barack Obama has called for . . . Kerry Washington that the head of Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
more talks with Iran. Coining his MSNBC wanted her on Harball, "because Comments
Filed under: Barack Obama, Iran conciliatory approach a "diplomatic surge," you're beautiful." After a long pause
AP is running a story entitled, " Iran Obama's too-cleverly named strategy Matthews added, "And because you're
assembles more advanced centrifuges as it would be accompanied with a retreat of
continues enrichment program." Yet,
having received contrary information on
the exact location, method of installation
U.S. Armed Forces from Iraq.
Obama's lack of serious appreciation for
foreign affairs and conflicts has not yet
Economy is in recession, Bloomberg economist
and type of centrifuges in question, the
world is again left wondering what exactly
caused him much fret - as his foil thus far
in the Democratic contest has proved
survey says
Iran might be doing with all that nuclear equally frivolous. However, should Obama By Joseph Lazzaro that aside from the oil / oil services sector
enrichment hardware. win the nomination, he will soon find (BloggingStocks) and agricultural exports, there's little that's
In light of this new affront to the himself grossly over-matched by a positive about the U.S. economy right
Submitted at 4/9/2008 5:30:00 AM
international community, and despite three contestant with vastly superior now.
sets of UN Security Council sanctions (the international relations credentials and a Filed under: Forecasts, Bad news, "It's the worst economic picture since the
most recent imposed last month), Iran willingness to speak of victory in Recession Economic growth in the United 2001-2002 recession, clearly," Langan
spent yesterday celebrating "National unhesitating tones. The general election is States will halt in the first six months of said. "And given the housing sector's deep
Nuclear Technology Day." The original going to prove a very different contest for 2008 amid a consumer spending slump, a lack of job creation, and a tapped-
title, "National New Way to Sweep the Sen. Obama. slowdown, a new Bloomberg News survey out consumer, it's difficult to see where the
Jews into the Sea Day" was apparently Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| released Wednesday indicated. economic growth is going to come from."
scraped at the last moment. Comments The world's largest economy will Continue reading Economy is in
In response to Iran's inching ever closer contract from January-June 2008, that the U.S. economy is, or will soon be, recession, Bloomberg economist survey
to potential nuclear armaments and Gen. according to the median of 62 economists in a recession. says Permalink| Email this| Comments
surveyed from April 2-8, 2008, Bloomberg Economist Glen Langan, who did not
News reported. A majority now predicts participate in the survey, said Wednesday
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Analyst initiations: Jefferies Analyst downgrades: Dell (DELL) may


Corinthian Colleges, MSC take sovereign
Group, Quality Systems, fund investment
Techwell Industrial, HBOS Plc By Douglas McIntyre
(BloggingStocks)
By Eric Buscemi (BloggingStocks) TWLL By Eric Buscemi (BloggingStocks) the weakening housing and mortgage
) was assumed with an Overweight rating Submitted at 4/9/2008 5:12:00 AM
environment. Submitted at 4/9/2008 4:12:00 AM
Submitted at 4/9/2008 4:54:00 AM OTHER DOWNGRADES:
and $14 target at Thomas Weisel, as they Filed under: International markets, Deals,
Filed under: Analyst reports, Comerica expect TWLL to have continued stable Filed under: Analyst reports, Analyst • Salesforce.com Live coverage, Competitive strategy, Dell
Inc (CMA), Analyst initiations, BHP revenue growth given its market leadership upgrades and downgrades, Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: (DELL), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Russia,
Billiton Ltd ADR (BHP), Rio Tinto plc and increased global security demand. (KMB), salesforce.com inc (CRM) MOST CRM Middle East
ADS (RTP) MOST NOTEWORTHY: OTHER INITIATIONS: NOTEWORTHY: Corinthian Colleges, ) was cut to Market Perform from Usually, when sovereign funds put
Jefferies Group, Quality Systems and • Bernstein initiated MSC Industrial and HBOS Plc were Outperform at Bernstein. money into a company it is simply a
Techwell were today's noteworthy NetSuite today's noteworthy downgrades: • B. Riley lowered financial investment. Dell(NASDAQ:
initiations: (NYSE: • Piper downgraded shares of Iomega DELL) may have unlocked something
• Friedman Billings initiated N Corinthian Colleges (NYSE: more. According to The Wall Street
Jefferies Group ) with a Market Perform rating and $23 (NASDAQ: IOM Journal: " Dell said it is in talks with a
(NYSE: target. COCO ) to Neutral from Buy. government-owned entity in Dubai about
JEF • Keefe Bruyette started ) to Neutral from Buy as they expect the • Goldman downgraded establishing a joint venture to further
) with a Market Perform citing the Comerica company to face difficulty maintaining Bare Escentuals increase the personal-computer maker's
difficult underwriting environment and (NYSE: Title IV lending at its high default rate (NASDAQ: sales in the Middle East." In other words,
challenging credit market. CMA schools. BARE the computer company will get value well
• JMP Securities initiated ) with a Market Perform rating and $37 • Jefferies downgraded shares of ) and beyond cash.
Quality Systems target. MSC Industrial Procter & Gamble For Dell, it is a brilliant move that shows
(NASDAQ: • BHP Billiton (NYSE: (NYSE: government funds can do more than just
QSII (NYSE: MSM PG write checks. The PC market in the Middle
) with an Outperform rating and $35 BHP ) to Hold from Buy on valuation, as there ) to Neutral from Buy and East is large and growing very rapidly.
target. The firm expects the company's ) and is not enough upside to their $50 target to Kimberly-Clark Corp. The US company may have found a
practice management and electronic Rio Tinto maintain a Buy rating (NYSE: template for improving its market share
medical record solutions to benefit from (NYSE: • Credit Suisse lowered KMB around the world through forming joint
growth opportunities within the RTP HBOS Plc ) to Sell from Neutral. ventures with local pools of capital. Dell's
ambulatory market. ) were assumed at ING with Buy ratings. (OTC: Permalink| Email this| Comments growth in may markets has been hurt by
• Techwell Permalink| Email this| Comments HBOOY the improvement of share by Hewlett-
(NASDAQ: ) to Underperform from Neutral to reflect Packard(NYSE: HPQ), and the rise of big
computer companies Lenovo and Acer out

Squeezing the middle class so the Superclass prospers of China. All of these companies need to
improve their business in growing markets,
like the Middle East and Asia, if they want
By Peter Cohan (BloggingStocks) billion in 2007. I don't know how much he his $3 billion than the median American their earnings to move up.
Submitted at 4/9/2008 4:00:00 AM
made in 2000, but I'd bet that he's better paid on his or her $60,500. Specifically, If the Dell venture in Dubai works, it
off now than he was then. Paulson could have paid 15%, the long- would be wise to look to sovereign funds
Filed under: Rich in America, Housing Newsweek reports that people like term capital gains rate, on his income from in Russia, China, and Singapore for similar
The New York Times reports that in Paulson are part of a new Superclass that's shorting subprime. The median family paid deals. Dell's market share in many of these
2007, the median family made less -- prospered in the last seven years. The a 25% rate on its income. That capital regions is in trouble. Who better than the
$60,500 -- than it did in 2000 -- $61,000. Superclass is a group of a few thousand gains rate was 20% in 1997 so Paulson locals to help them?
Meanwhile, that family's costs have spiked government and business people who may have paid $150 million less in taxes Douglas A. McIntyre is an editor at
-- oil is up 342%; wheat, milk, and egg control most of the world. How many and thanks to that 15% rate. But the most 24wallst.com. Read| Permalink| Email this|
prices have doubled or tripled. And the how much? Newsweek notes: "The top 50 interesting part is how Paulson profited. Comments
dollar has lost 65% of its purchasing control almost $50 trillion in assets. The Continue reading Squeezing the middle
power. But no worries -- hedge funds are heads of the world's biggest corporations class so the Superclass prospers Read|
making out well. DealBook reports that are also members; the top 2,000 support over $100 trillion in assets." Permalink| Email this| Comments
John Paulson, who famously profited from perhaps 500 million people, generate Thanks to tax cuts passed in 2001,
selling subprime short last year, made $3 almost $30 trillion in sales and have well Paulson probably paid a lower tax rate on
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High school seniors fail A John Mack Lovefest


(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) impacting Sudan was dropped after an Morgan Stanley believes it will continue
economics Submitted at 4/8/2008 9:30:00 AM

PURCHASE, N.Y.— Morgan Stanley


Amnesty International representative said
it had such a "productive dialogue" with
the bank's management.
for the near term, so its focus on liquidity
will remain a priority.
One shareholder, who identified himself
By Michael Rainey (BloggingStocks)
shareholders might not be happy with the And even CtW Investment Group, a only as a resident of Purchase, called Mack
Submitted at 4/9/2008 4:24:00 AM
stock price, but they appear to be confident union-backed pension fund that had out for firing former co-president Zoe Cruz
Filed under: Bad news, Adobe Systems that John Mack is the right person to be publicly criticized Mack's leadership and late last year instead of stepping down
(ADBE), Economic data, Housing, Federal manning the ship. called for shareholders to withhold votes himself. She oversaw the trading desk that
Reserve American high school students At the bank's annual shareholder meeting on two board members as well as Mack's was responsible for the losses last year.
know little about the basics of finance and here this morning, the supporters of Mack's chairman position, seemed practically "Either you both should be here, or you
economics, and the problem is getting leadership widely outnumbered the enamored of him this morning. both should be gone," this shareholder
worse, according to a report from the AP dissenters. And even the dissidents were Bill Patterson, CtW's president, said.
today. mostly complimentary and cordial. commended the firm for its openness, its Mack explained that the board had made
The majority of high school seniors After Morgan Stanley suffered a huge outreach, and for engaging in a "superb the decision to let some executives go and
answered basic questions about finance trading loss and $11 billion in write-downs dialogue" in recent weeks. Still, he wanted him to remain.
incorrectly in a nationwide poll conducted the housing crisis. Sure, Americans don't last year, Mack made the largely symbolic explained to shareholders that the board Perhaps the board has good reason: His
by the Federal Reserve. Fed chairman Ben know much about the power of compound gesture of refusing a bonus for 2007. In needs an independent chairman to keep ability to quiet even the mere rumblings of
Bernanke called for better financial interest or how to calculate net present front of about 100 shareholders this better checks and balances on a shareholder uprising was certainly
education, and linked the woeful state of value, but that's not why the economy is in morning, the Morgan Stanley chief management. "The board needs the impressive.
basic economic knowledge to the housing trouble. The housing bubble was produced executive called the write-downs "an capacity to be able to stand up to you," he Plenty of investors seem content to
crisis. by people who knew what they were doing embarrassing loss" and claimed full told Mack. overlook the fact that Morgan Stanley's
Bernanke said, "In light of the problems -- mortgage brokers who winked at "liar's responsibility for them. But few shareholders agree. Mack shares are right around the same level they
that have arisen in the subprime mortgage loans" and sophisticated bankers who The gesture seems to have worked. A received a full 94.5 percent of the votes were at when Mack returned to the helm
market, we are reminded of how critically created new financial instruments to get rid shareholder proposal to adopt a so-called represented at the meeting for his three years ago, as Portfolio.com's Dan
important it is for individuals to become of the bad debt. All of these people were say on pay, which would give shareholders reelection as chairman. In fact, all of the Colarusso noted recently.
financially literate at an early age so that highly educated in economics and finance. a vote on executive-compensation board members received more than 90 Only one vocal shareholder raised the
they are better prepared to make decisions The problem isn't ignorance but a lack of packages, failed to garner enough support percent of the votes cast. issue of the stock price during this
and navigate an increasingly complex integrity and regulation. to pass. Nearly 37 percent of the During a question-and-answer session, a morning's meeting, but even he barely
financial marketplace." Continue reading High school seniors shareholders voted in favor of the handful of shareholders stepped forward to paused before continuing to shower Mack
It's hard to disagree with him on this fail economics Permalink| Email this| resolution, which was proposed by the raise issues or question certain decisions with praise for a job well done.
point, but a cynic might wonder if a poorly Comments American Federation of State, County, and made in the past year. Mack underscored In turbulent times, it seems most
educated population is really the source of Municipal Employees union and rejected the firm's focus on liquidity right now, investors would rather just see a calm
by management. choosing to forgo share buybacks or taking stoicism than a high share price.
John Keenan, the union's representative on risks in investment opportunities such Related Links
at the meeting, was pleased with the as distressed securities. Wall Street Requiem
outcome. "Anytime nearly four out of 10 With regard to the subprime crisis, Mack Morgan Stanley: Eminently Stoppable
shareholders vote for change, it sends a said that he believes we are in the "final Fighting for the Scraps at Bear
strong message to the board," he said. innings," but he concedes that today's
A proposal for Morgan Stanley to adopt market environment is tougher than he's
human rights policies on investments seen in his 40 years in the business.

Greenspan: No Regrets
(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) an opinion article in the Financial Times being blamed for things that I didn't do." "the grand architect of a Fed era which will notes, "by replacing exchange-traded
Submitted at 4/8/2008 5:00:00 AM
on Monday and in an article based on a Greenspan tells the Journal that he was forever be known for easy money and securities with ersatz O.T.C. instruments,
series of interviews with Greg Ip of the "wrong about the improbability of a nonregulation," says"Alan Greenspan Greenspan and the quant economists who
The most contentious campaign of the Wall Street Journal, Greenspan defends his housing bubble." seems to be hell-bent on destroying what dominate the Fed's Washington staff have
year isn't between Obama and Clinton, it's record, contending he is being wrongly "Yet he has long maintained that bubbles little reputation he has left." created vast systemic risk that need not
over the legacy of Alan Greenspan. blamed for the credit crisis. are an unavoidable feature of a dynamic The main argument against Greenspan is exist at all and that now threatens our
The former Federal Reserve chairman is Critics, he says, are ignoring the factors economy," the Journal says. "No sensible that the Fed failed in its regulatory entire financial system."
an astute politician. And so, even without a that led the Fed to cut interest rates under policy, he maintains, could have prevented oversight at a time when financial Related Links
book to promote, he is making another big his leadership and are being selective about the housing bubble." institutions' holdings of opaque, over-the- Steady as It Goes
public push, spinning his view in the wake the record in second-guessing him. His critics are not being swayed by the counter derivatives ballooned. Policy on the Fly
of the rescue of Bear Stearns and moves by "I was praised for things I didn't do," Mr. latest from the stump. Barry Ritholtz of the The Institutional Risk Analysts, Should the Fed Buy Securities Outright?
Congress to deal with the housing crisis. In Greenspan tells the Journal. "I am now Big Picture blog, who describes him as discussing the failure of Bear Stearns,
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Mark Penn's Missed Microtrends


(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) with Clinton's campaign is not the conflict donate to charitable causes like churches, in this record year, Democratic caucus liberal on social issues, perhaps, but
Submitted at 4/7/2008 12:30:00 PM
that ended it (talented campaign strategists medical research, even pet rescue—not turnout was just 250,000. Relatively fiscally conservative. These are the ones
often lend their skills to corporate clients political candidates. The total number of upscale and educated, they can indulge who might cross over to vote in a
A t least nominally, a conflict of interest between election cycles), but Penn's failure donors to all presidential candidates in their political passion by volunteering, Democratic primary.
with a foreign client, not bad strategy, cost to apply his own theories as well as the 2004 totaled just one million—less than attending rallies, donating, and, of course, The one thing most independents do
Mark Penn his perch atop Hillary Clinton's opposition did. 0.5 percent of the adult population. But the voting. have in common is visceral dislike for the
message machine. Penn is the best-selling author of Web has caused this smallish universe of Obama's history-making quest proved far major parties. This is why Obama's
Still, Penn is widely blamed for the Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind political donors to rise sharply: Obama's more appealing to political junkies than message of post-partisanship works so well
Clinton campaign's struggles, having Tomorrow's Big Changes. This book backers now claim that, if nominated, he Hillary's theme of the steady workhorse. for them. Independents who vote in
dictated the campaign's reliance on mirrors his approach to elections: identify alone will attract two million donors by Politicos love an exciting contest, and hate primaries tend to be well informed and
"inevitability" and "experience," and influential archetypes, like 1996's Soccer November. "inevitability"—and may now rally to engaged with the political process. They
rejecting the need to establish the Moms, and fine-tune campaign proposals These new donors' influence goes far Clinton only after it appears some are are predisposed to Obama's central themes,
candidate's "likeability." (for example, requiring parental-control "V beyond the attitudes changed by the ads trying to force her from the race. which concern politics itself (activism,
Penn's biggest lapse, however, may have -chips" in all new TVs) to win them over. they fund. They have rewritten the rules Entry-Level Pundits. The steady increase unity, reform) and are more concerned
been his failure to correctly apply his Microtrends applies this analysis to the about how quickly a candidate can in programming hours, columns, and with Hillary's campaign tactics than her
signature approach, the creative social sphere: Penn's "microtrends" involve capitalize on sudden momentum, and websites devoted to political strategy fuels policy proposals.
segmenting of the electorate. This allowed tiny but visible segments of the population pumped previously unseen amounts of an ever-growing demand for analysts and This year, the importance of states with
Barack Obama's campaign to artfully who are growing in size or influence due to cash into the campaign industry. These bloggers who can explain the election. open primaries has given the upscale
leverage support from small groups who social and economic forces—like the 1 new online donors are perfect specimen of Many local newspapers now have their independent voter new leverage; the
swing great weight in the limited universe percent of California youths who list a Penn microgroup: small, but growing own political blogs, while TV and talk relatively small electorate gives them large
of Democratic primary and caucus voters. "sniper" as a career goal. rapidly as a result of new outside forces radio need ever more guests with some potential impact if they break a particular
Penn gained national notice when Dick The book's critical reception was mixed. (the Internet, here). pretence to political expertise. Even way. In Virginia and Wisconsin, nearly
Morris handpicked his polling firm, Penn While it gained some corporate cachet, The Obama campaign's message amateurs can get into the act, by one in three Democratic primary voters
Schoen & Berland—a 20-year fixture in political writers showed Penn no love. perfectly suits the motivation of the kind of commenting on blogs (or clawing their were independents or Republicans; exit
New York City's rough political Influential blogger Ezra Klein called person who puts money behind a way into a Frank Luntz focus group). polls showed they tilted heavily toward
world—for Bill Clinton's 1996 reelection Microtrends "so epically awful as to take candidate: the desire to be part of But, rather than making political analysis Obama.
team. President Clinton's comeback victory the entire polling industry down with it." history—a claim Clinton could have made more diverse, the relative inexperience of Weepy-Eyed Boomers. Not every Baby
helped Penn Schoen & Berland attract Maureen Dowd snarked that "the chapters as well, but rejected in favor of the the expanded punditocracy, and their Boomer is a nostalgic liberal or ex-Yippie.
major corporate clients while continuing all read like reports that Mr. Penn wrote "inevitability" approach. How many people exuberance for the "horse race," produces The "great silent majority" shunned the
its work for politicians like Hillary for clients," and compared the names he are inspired to donate to the inevitable? more pack journalism. The conventional demonstrations and sit-ins. But the early
Clinton, Al Gore, and Michael Bloomberg, gave his population segments—among Political Junkies. Once, political wisdom becomes more entrenched, Boomers for whom late '60s activism was
all of whom spent lavishly on polling. them Shy Millionaires, Mildly Disordered, aficionados were too few for their votes to skewing the information that flows to formative are a small but visible group,
(I was a client—a happy one, I should and Uptown Tattooed—to "a new lineup of have noticeable impact, and surveys voters. now at the peak of its influence. Many of
note—of a unit of Penn Schoen & Berland Fox reality shows." showed voters rarely based their choices This year, Obama stoked media them are politicians, journalists, or donors.
that provides research services to Condé But perversely, Obama's success has on strategic considerations. But their ranks excitement that translated into a constant For many of them, the wounds of the
Nast Publications, which owns vindicated Penn's microtargeting approach. have risen ever since Theodore White's message over the airwaves. The Clinton seminal year of 1968 never healed. Those
Portfolio.com, and I once worked—also This year, microconstituencies that could 1961 book The Making of the President, campaign seemed to ignore this rising class who chanted "the whole world is
happily—for Geoff Garin, the pollster easily have fit Penn's book were poised to 1960 invented the mass market for political of political interpreters, making no attempt watching" saw their hope and excitement
newly selected to replace Penn on make a huge splash in the relatively small strategy. to court them—in fact, infuriating them dissipate. The promise of that slogan was
Clinton's campaign.) Democratic primary pool, swelling 2004's This year, that audience is expanding with a heavily packaged campaign that never fulfilled, and as these children of the
In 2001, advertising conglomerate WPP turnout of 16 million by 80 percent. thanks to a plethora of inside-baseball played into their stereotypes, and mocking '60s start to enter their 60s, their sense of
Group bought Penn Schoen & Berland. (Primary and caucus voters are a small, politics programs on three cable news the pundits' very purpose by claiming unfinished business takes on urgency.
Penn became C.E.O. of Burson-Marstellar, skewed fraction of those who cast ballots networks and a growing stream of political Clinton's victory as "inevitable." Now Obama—seemingly Robert F.
the WPP-owned public relations and in November, estimated at 122 million websites. (They're still a Independent Crossovers. Independents Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King
lobbying giant, a position he has juggled voters in 2004 and certain to grow this microconstituency: the peak audience for a who vote in Democratic primaries aren't rolled into one—offers them a two-for-one
with his work on for Clinton. year.) top political chat show is well below two "typical" independents: they're more redemption of 1968's political
On March 31 he met with the Colombian Receptive to messages of inspiration, million.) upscale, and much more politically assassinations and the illusion of picking
ambassador to the U.S., a Burson- change and political reform, groups like Political views aside, these aficionados engaged. up where America left off.
Marstellar client, to map a strategy to newly energized Internet donors, nostalgic share an obsession with the rules of the One stubborn barrier to the long-awaited The Obama campaign has fed the
persuade Congress to pass a bilateral trade middle-aged liberals, freshly recruited game, the ups and downs of the daily news development of a third party in the U.S. fantasy, converting their iconic Kennedy
agreement with Colombia. Senator Clinton pundits, and atypically upscale cycle, and process and story-line rather has been the reality that self-described endorsements into a Camelot video ad.
opposes that pact, and has made doubts independents have provided Obama's keys than policies. This year, it seemed that independents agree upon almost nothing; a Meanwhile, Hillary—a genuine icon from
about free trade an issue in her tight to success. every undecided Iowan interviewed at a surprising majority of them are downscale, that era, thanks to her Wellesley
primary race in Pennsylvania. Online Donors. Foremost among the rally was second-guessing the candidates' poorly informed and disengaged with commencement address, which Life
In the ensuing firestorm, Penn had to influencers are a new wave of political strategies or weighing their "electability." politics. magazine profiled in 1969—neglected to
resign as chief strategist for Clinton. donors, who have always been a Dedicated political hobbyists could A much smaller group fits the stereotype
What was surprising about Penn's tenure microconstituency. Most Americans easily tip the scales in a state where, even of the thoughtful, nuanced independent:
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Must Sue TV? WaMu Gets Its Deal


(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) "It dilutes their brand." a friendship, but they have different (Portfolio.com: News and Markets) telecommunications giant for 14 euros a
Submitted at 4/8/2008 11:30:00 AM
Brad Adgate, senior vice president at definitions of the word 'friend,'" says Submitted at 4/8/2008 8:00:00 AM
share. It also got a seat on Deutsche
media-planning and buying agency someone familiar with the personalities Telekom's supervisory board. Today, the
How times have changed for NBC Horizon Media, adds that the strength of involved, who declined to be identified out Private equity used to be about changing shares traded at 11.28 euros, or $17.17.
Universal. The one-time home of "Must Runway's online viewership and robust of concern about professional the rules: taking on new targets, using Sun Microsystems: Kohlberg Kravis
See TV" is now taking the Weinstein web offerings, including blogs by cast ramifications. "I would say that Jeff's different management tools, inventing new Roberts & Co. invested $700 million in
Company to court over rights to Project members, designer photo diaries, and definition of 'friend' is a lot closer to the ways to obtain financing. Sun in January 2007 through convertible
Runway. cameos from past contestants, also makes one that you and I would probably have." By playing by the old, conventional notes with an conversion price of $7.21 per
Since when does a niche reality show, it an attractive show. "It has repositioned This person speculates that failed movie rules, private equity is raising even more share. Sun shares are trading at $15.45.
running on Bravo, an NBC Universal cable Bravo and become a flagship program," projects at the Weinstein Company have eyebrows. T.P.G., formerly Texas Pacific Palm: Elevation Partners invested $325
channel, and generating little more than a 3 says Adgate. made money tight and that Lifetime's Group, is leading a group of investors to million in convertible stock in June 2007.
percent household rating on its best night And it is not as if the main franchise is reported $150-million-plus offer for pump $7 billion, with virtually no The conversion price is $8.50 per share.
this season, justify what will no doubt be pulling its weight. Since the 2001–2002 Runway was too rich to ignore. leverage, into the nation's largest savings Palm shares are now at $5.60.
an embarrassing and expensive lawsuit? broadcast season, the NBC network has Asked to comment on the lawsuit, an and loan, Washington Mutual. MBIA: Warburg Pincus agreed in
Not to mention an ugly and public fight suffered a steady decline in ratings, down NBC representative said only that the With the deal, T.P.G. resembles December 2007 to buy 16.1 million shares
between two media titans, Jeff Zucker and to a low of 5.8 percent of households in the company has "continuing legal rights Vanguard, Legg Mason, and of the bond insurer at $31.00 per share.
Harvey Weinstein? 2006–2007 season, when the network related to Project Runway, including a Barclays—mainstream institutional MBIA is currently trading at $13.35.
But NBC Universal is clearly desperate. placed fourth, behind Fox. NBC is right of first refusal to future cycles of the investors who also happen to be big To be sure, the use of convertibles in
Cable networks have become an wrestling with a fractured viewing series, which the Weinstein Company shareholders of WaMu already. some of the examples above will guarantee
increasingly important part of its television audience as the ratings for network unfortunately has refused to honor." As Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New a yield, and private equity firms generally
business. According to the 2007 annual television in general are declining. But when asked whether, if NBC is York Times put it in his DealBook column have a longer time frame than most other
report of NBC parent General Electric, In its lawsuit, filed Monday in New York successful in court, the company would today: "The buyout kings have been money managers.
NBC Universal's cable Supreme Court, NBC Universal contends hope to bring the show back to Bravo, reduced to playing in the same sandbox as Still, why do the same thing that other
business—including CNBC, MSNBC, that the Weinstein Company, led by where it made its debut in December 2004, the rest of us." big investors do?
USA, SciFi, Bravo, and Oxygen—make up brothers Bob and Harvey, had promised the spokesperson wouldn't rule out the Under the deal announced today, For one thing, the private equity firms
half the company's profits. And USA is the company the right of first refusal possibility. Washington Mutual sold the investor need to put the billions of dollars they have
currently the biggest cable channel before selling the airing rights to another In a statement, the Weinstein Company group 176 million shares of its common raised over the last year to work, as Sorkin
anywhere. cable channel. said that the lawsuit was without merit. stock at $8.75 per share, or $1.54 billion. It and others have noted.
So NBC Universal is fighting for every The lawsuit alleges that Harvey Holtzman does not expect any personal also issued 55,000 convertible shares that And they are certainly able to make big,
inch. Weinstein promised, at a lunch at the fallout between the two media moguls. have an exercise price of $8.75 per share risky bets that other big investors can't (a
"If I'm Bravo and I'm enjoying drinking Beverly Hills Four Seasons, not to "These guys have been around the block so for $5.5 billion. pension fund), or won't (the risk-averse
at the trough of upscale women and gay "embarrass" Zucker when it came to many times that this is all just business." T.P.G.'s founding partner, David Warren Buffett), or have come to regret
guys that love cool, urban, creative renegotiating the rights to the show. Related Links Bonderman, who served as a director of (the sovereign wealth funds).
programming, if someone is stealing my Instead, he signed a deal in secret with the The Future of Network TV? WaMu from 1996 to 2002, will return to With the high-yield debt markets still
signature show and one that already has a Lifetime channel on February 7 but In Groundbreaking move, NBC to Use the board. seized up, there are few other investing
big audience, that's pretty troubling," says continued to negotiate with NBC for two TiVo's Viewership Data Washington Mutual also said that it alternatives available to private equity.
Eli Holtzman, the creator of Project months. Bad Week for NBC - Or For Nielsen? expects to report a first-quarter loss of $1.2 The Financial Times' Lex column
Runway for Miramax Television in 2000. "I think that [Zucker and Weinstein] had billion, or $1.40 per share, as it sets aside contends his deal could be the wave of
$3.5 billion for bad loans. It is also private equity's future, saying that firms

Dreamliner Nightmare slashing its dividend to 1 cent per share,


down from 15 cents, a move that will save
it $490 million a year. Shares of
"will increasingly target distressed
companies which require capital and have
scope for a big profit if the business can be
(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) traveled from supplier facilities into seek billions of dollars in compensation. Washington Mutual tumbled 9 percent, to turned around."
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Boeing's final assembly line, unanticipated And Boeing has been spending to try to $11.99. Related Links
rework, and the addition of margin into the overhaul its supply chain in light of the There have been a number of prominent Citi's Big Loan Clearance
Boeing has again delayed delivery of the testing schedule," the company said in a problems getting the Dreamliner to minority investments by private equity When "Best" Isn't Good Enough, Call a
plane on which it has bet its future, the 787 statement. production. In March, the company bought firms in recent years. At first glance, few Lawyer
Dreamliner. The 787, a sleek, fuel-efficient plane, out a partner's half of an assembly plant in look promising. Blackstone: The First of Many Private
The first delivery of the plane, originally made its public debut this summer to much South Carolina. Deutsche Telekom: Blackstone Group Equity IPOs
scheduled for next month, is now expected fanfare. It is competing against the long- Related Links bought 4.5 percent of the German
for the third quarter of next year. It is the haul, superjumbo A380 made by its Takeoff Delay for 787
third delay to the schedule. European archrival, Airbus. There are now It's Boeing's Turn to Show Off Its Orders
"While significant progress has been 817 orders for the plane. Oasis in the Desert: Airbus Lands a
made assembling Airplane No. 1, the first Not only is the delay a huge Jumbo Emirates Order
flight is being rescheduled due to slower- embarrassment to Boeing, but it means that
than-expected completion of work that airlines that have ordered the planes will
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Apollo Set for Liftoff continued from page 8
offer her contemporaries any sense of campaign can be excused for missing.
(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) peculiar that it's hard to find any good momentum. completing the mission of their youth. Hillary's every-mom appeal is light years
Submitted at 4/9/2008 8:00:00 AM
reason for doing it now. And thirdly, if Apollo needs capital, Quarterlife Activists. It would be a away from the idealistic dreams of a young
Let's start with the obvious: Other private there should be plenty of places other than mistake to believe that the typical 21-year- Obama supporter, and probably no one
It's easy to see how tempting it might be equity firms that have ventured into the the public markets to find it. The firm has old can be found chanting "Yes We Can" attends a Clinton event in hopes of
for Leon Black to take his private equity public markets in the past year have already raised money from selling stakes to at an Obama rally. Every post-'60s hooking up.
firm, Apollo Management, public right nothing but failure to report. Shares in the Calpers, the Abu Dhabi Investment generation has seen its own popular cause But considering the accusations that
now. After all, if one group of investors Blackstone Group reached $38 on their Authority, and Credit Suisse. Plenty of sweep a certain segment of the young: anti Penn had almost microtargeted the Clinton
has spurned your shares in one place, why opening day last June, and today they swap limited partners in private equity firms -nuclear power in the 70's, apartheid in the campaign into oblivion, it's ironic how
not just try selling those same shares to a for exactly half that. Shares of Fortress continue to show interest in becoming '80s, globalization in the '90s. For all their thoroughly he missed the importance of so
different investor group in another place? Investment Group are faring even worse: general partners. visibility, these were fringe many small groups that did so much to
That's essentially what Apollo is trying They trade for $13.34 today, down from a In fact, if Apollo needs permanent capital phenomena—most Americans aren't eager benefit her opponent.
to do with its planned initial public high of $34 last summer. and can't find it anywhere but the public to join a movement. He provided no mechanism to harness
offering announced yesterday. Last Secondly, Apollo finds itself in the markets, that's an even more troubling But some are. After Vietnam, no youth the enthusiasm of online donors, no
summer, the private equity firm sold its headlines this week for another reason: selling point to potential new investors. cause translated into electoral politics until redemptive vision for nostalgic boomers,
shares on a private exchange for Linens-N-Things, which Apollo took Of course, Felix Salmon reminds us on 2004, when Howard Dean managed to no sense of fresh thinking for upscale
institutional investors for $24 per share, private in 2005 for $1.3 billion, is his Market Movers blog that this is Leon harness the idealism and the need to independents, and, until late in the game,
raising $716 million. On Monday, they reportedly on the verge of bankruptcy. Black we're talking about. Perhaps the only belong that characterizes the young and no exciting storyline for the political
traded for $14 per share. And that's not the only Apollo holding reason why he's taking Apollo public in educated. He also pioneered the use of junkies and entry-level pundits.
The plan, according to the firm's that's in trouble. Last year, it took Realogy this environment is simply because he can. Web tools like social networking and Related Links
regulatory filing, is to sell those shares on Corp., the parent of Coldwell Banker and Related Links blogging to channel that political energy. Clinton, Short of Cash, Taps Her Own
the New York Stock Exchange for $14 Century 21, private for $6.6 billion. Earlier Blackstone: The First of Many Private Obama offers young idealists a huge Coffers
each, raising $418 million. The hope is this year, Bloomberg reported that the debt Equity IPOs upgrade over Dean, with a better-focused Obama Bucks
that, by opening up the offering to the used to finance the transaction had fallen Carlyle MD: The Blackstone IPO was message and a more inspiring delivery. The Long, Hard Slog
broader investing public, the shares will so low that it rendered Apollo's equity "Highly Successful" Still, 20-something activists may be the
regain some of their losses. investment in the deal essentially A Private Equity Tsunami one group that Penn and the Clinton
It's hopeful. But we all know that hope is worthless.
not a plan.
Indeed, the timing of this filing is so
These are not exactly the type of news
items to help an I.P.O. road show gain Iomega acquired
by EMC for $213
Saving Face at Facebook million
(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) fledgling social-networking site, now done so after promising to help build now thought to be worth over $1 billion,
Submitted at 4/7/2008 9:00:00 AM
known as ConnectU. Harvard Connection, now known as making the 23-year-old techie the youngest By Darren Murph (Engadget)
Terms of the settlement, if indeed there ConnectU. "This was our idea, and Mark billionaire in the world. Submitted at 4/9/2008 1:44:00 AM
In 2004, three Harvard alumni filed a is to be one, have not been disclosed. A stole it." If the settlement goes through, it would
lawsuit against Facebook founder Mark Facebook spokesperson declined to Eric Goldman, director of the High Tech represent a softening of Facebook's Filed under: Storage Not even a month
Zuckerberg accusing him of stealing the comment on legal matters. Portfolio.com Law Institute at Santa Clara University, position toward the suit. after we heard that Iomega was warming to
idea for Facebook from them. Since then, emails to Tyler Winklevoss and Divya said a settlement would remove an obstacle Last fall, a Facebook spokesperson a revised takeover bid from EMC, the two
Zuckerberg has become a very, very rich Narendra were not immediately returned. to Facebook going public, an outcome that lashed out at the Winklevosses and lovebirds have finally let their true feelings
man. The lawsuit had been the source of much Zuckerberg is thought to be shooting for. Narendra, saying, "It is unfortunate but not be known. Announced today, EMC is
Rich enough, it appears, to make the consternation to Facebook, because its core "It's fairly typical for a company to settle surprising that others falsely claim credit acquiring the famed Zip Drive
lawsuit go away. assertion contested Zuckerberg's claim to major litigation in anticipation of a major for [Facebook] after its enormous success." manufacturer for $213 million. The final
The New York Times' Bits blog says that have founded Facebook while at Harvard. corporate event like an I.P.O. or an Related Links figure is nearly $7 million higher than the
Facebook is close to settling the At the time, Winklevoss described acquisition," Goldman said. "Settling the Facebook's Day In Court one proposed in March, and the all-cash
lawsuit—filed by two brothers, Cameron Zuckerberg's actions to Portfolio.com as litigation reduces one of the risk factors Facebook Dispute: It's Not Just Business, agreement worked out to $3.85-per share --
and Tyler Winklevoss, and a colleague, "premeditated, well thought out, that might depress valuation." It's Personal 5.8-percent higher than Iomega's Tuesday
Divya Narendra—that accuses Zuckerberg duplicitous, and conniving." In the months since the lawsuit revved Zuckerberg Looking for His Grownup closing price of $3.64. Also of note,
of stealing the source code, design, and "We were shocked and in utter disbelief," up, Facebook has exploded in popularity Iomega will be picking up the tab on a $7.5
business plan for Facebook in 2003. Winklevoss said, describing his reaction and received a$240 million investment million termination fee to the shareholders
At the time, Zuckerberg briefly worked when Zuckerberg launched Facebook in from Microsoft, valuing the company at a for a canceled deal involving China's
as a programmer for the plaintiff's own 2004. Zuckerberg, Winklevoss said, had cool $15 billion. Zuckerberg himself is ExcelStor Group, and EMC stated that it
didn't expect the acquisition to "have any
material impact on its full-year earnings."
[Thanks, Khattab]
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Citi's Big Loan Clearance Newsweeklies Struggling


(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) would force their liquidation. financing to buy the debt is coming from,
Submitted at 4/9/2008 4:30:00 AM

The months-long clearance of debt used


A successful sale of Citi could revive a
market for buyout debt that has been
moribund since the credit markets seized
suggesting that perhaps Citi will take a role
in a joint venture with the three firms.
That would mean that Citi isn't quite
To Adapt To The Web
By Timothy Lee (Techdirt) proliferation of new options means that the
to finance buyouts and acquisitions is up last summer, halting a wave of shedding all of the $12 billion right away. demand for mainstream "middlebrow"
Submitted at 4/8/2008 10:11:00 AM
culminating in a blowout sale that may dealmaking. Simon Nixon on Still, any deal would go a long way reporting isn't as big as it used to be. Most
indicate a bottom to this troubled market. Breakingviews.com agrees that a toward reducing Citi's deal-debt exposure, The Wall Street Journal has a good article people don't want to read the same generic
Citigroup is near a deal to sell $12 billion successful sale could steady the market. which, at the end of last year, stood at $43 looking at the decline of the major mix of news that everyone else is reading.
in loans to a group of private equity firms, "But even a $12 billion sale would make billion. newsweeklies, Time and Newsweek. Each They want to customize their news,
according to a number of reports today. little dent in the $200 billion backlog of Under Vikram Pandit, its new chief has gone through a round of employee reading more about subjects they're most
Apollo Management, known for profiting leveraged buyout loans currently stuck on executive, the bank has been steadily buyouts, and they're struggling with how to interested in and skipping subjects that
from distressed securities, is buying bank balance sheets," he notes. writing down its debt portfolio and adapt to the new media environment don't interest them. That means that the
roughly half of the loans, while TPG, The three private equity firms are shrinking its balance sheet. Citgroup may created by the Internet. Newsweek's editor 20th-century model, in which a handful of
formerly Texas Pacific Group, and essentially doubling down on their own announce a write-down of as much $16.8 is frustrated that his magazine has "this national media outlets publish "the news"
Blackstone Group are buying the rest. The deals, as Michael J. de la Merced and Eric billion, primarily on its collateralized debt image that we're just middlebrow, you that everybody reads, isn't going to work
three firms are paying from the mid-80 Dash of the New York Times point out. obligation, when it reports first-quarter know, a magazine that your grandparents any more. Whereas a generation ago, most
cents to 90 cents on the dollar for the Some of the debt being sold helped finance results on April 18, estimates the research get." The web creates two fundamental people subscribed to one newspaper and a
loans, according to the reports. the buyouts of Harrah's, Alltel, and TXU, firm CreditSight. challenges to a weekly magazine like couple of magazines, in the future people
It's an extraordinarily large sale of they say. The advantage to the firms, of Related Links Newsweek. First the web has raised the bar will cobble together their own mix of news
corporate loans, but as Megan Barnett of course, is that they understand the Trading Places for timeliness. By the time the typical from dozens of different websites, and
Portfolio.com reported in February, a underlying business better than other Deals: A Difference a Year Makes recipient of a newsweekly actually reads it, from aggregators like Digg and Google
number of large corporate-loan portfolios investors. When "Best" Isn't Good Enough, Call a some of the articles will describe events News.
have been coming on the market, dumped The Financial Times' Alphaville blog Lawyer that occurred close to two weeks ago. That This means that sites will be more
by investors fearful of price drops that wonders where the private equity firms' makes it hard to compete with a news successful covering a few topics really
cycle that's measured in hours rather than well (and attracting a lot of links from
What's Next for Merrill? days. It's no surprise, therefore, that people
who grew up with the web aren't that
other sites for their best coverage) than
they will trying to cover every topic and
(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) Bloomberg News. interested in subscribing to Time and often producing superficial, mediocre
Thain also repeated comments that Newsweek. Fortunately, the newsweeklies coverage. It also means that it's not
Submitted at 4/8/2008 5:30:00 AM
Merrill will not need to raise more capital, appear to be addressing this challenge reasonable to expect that most of a site's
John Thain, chief executive of Merrill but will continue to shrink its balance fairly well by beefing up their websites. traffic will come from people who visit
Lynch, seems to be spending an awful lot sheet. The firm has raised nearly $13 We've praised Time for being one of the their home page on a daily basis. Rather,
of time in Japan just a week before Merrill billion since the credit crunch hit it last first mainstream media sites to make traffic is driven by being a part of the
is expected to report an ugly first quarter. fall. decades of archives freely available (and online conversation and getting other sites
That has led to speculation that the Wall "We deliberately raised more capital than searchable) online. Unlike a few years ago, to link to and comment on your work.
Street firm will announce an alliance with we lost last year," Thain said, according to the Time and Newsweek websites are now That's going to be a culture shock for a
Mizuho Financial Group, the world's Reuters. clearly much more than an afterthought, news organization that is used to having a
largest bank. Merrill is set to report first-quarter with a stable of high-profile bloggers and a more or less captive audience of several
In comments to reporters today, Thain earnings on April 17. Many analysts are variety of original multimedia content. million subscribers who gets its magazine
declined to comment on possible alliances expecting the firm to take a loss on an These kinds of features go a long way to each and every week.
with Mizuho, which announced in January additional write-down of several billion attracting younger readers. Timothy Lee is an expert at the Techdirt
that it would invest $1.2 billion in Merrill. dollars. The more fundamental challenge, Insight Community. To get insight and
"We are not being specific about it at this though, is the sheer number of new analysis from Timothy Lee and other
moment,'' Thain said, according to I Saw The Future Of competitors in the media marketplace. A
sharp increase in competition almost
experts on challenges your company faces,
click here.
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Anyone who’s been reading this blog for
always leads to the erosion of market share
for the incumbents, even if the incumbents
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pageknows
12 I’m bullish execute perfectly. In this case, the
By Michael
on mobile Arrington
social networking.
(TechCrunch) Submitted at 4/9/2008
Patent Attorney Inadvertently Explains Why Design Patents Are Often Unnecessary The space is wide open at this point - no

By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) shows us why in many cases design spends another paragraph or two talking the innovation equation, that pretty much form."
Submitted at 4/8/2008 12:03:00 PM
patents are unnecessary. He spends a about eroding enforceability. This negates the need to grant a temporary Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
couple of paragraphs talking about how the demonstrates that innovation is happening monopoly to incent that innovation. So the
Andy Blair writes"In an Op-Ed patent prosecution process is long and in despite questions about whether protection real reform necessary is not reinforcing
promoting 'shoring up' design patent many cases designs are obsolete by the will be available or effective. If patent protections, but evaluating whether they
protections, Chris Renk inadvertently time protection is granted. Renk then protection is an unnecessary component in should be there at all, and if so in what
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one has created an application that has information, or help you meet people upcoming social network that does
Meetro Abandoned for
gotten enough traction to go mainstream.
That’s party because of tech limitations -
browser based networks don’t leverage the
power of the mobile device, and client
around you.
So when mobile social network startups
reach out to us, we give them a lot of
attention. I waded through a bunch of them
everything I called for in that February
post.
It’s Coming
The startup behind the new application
Lefora, A Hosted Forum
based applications are blocked by service
providers and handset limitations.
But it’s coming. A few years from now
in September 2007, and followed up with a
look at LimeJuice in December.
Frankly, MySpace and Facebook could
won’t let me disclose their name yet. But
the application is awesome. It shows you
everyone around you who has it installed
Solution
we’ll use our mobile devices to help us lock up this space simply by focusing on it, on an iPhone (default privacy is set to off,
By Mark Hendrickson (TechCrunch)
remember details of people we know, but but as far as I can tell from discussions but can be changed). Users can scroll Submitted at 4/9/2008 3:00:37 AM
not well. And it will help us meet new with execs at both companies, they’re through nearby users, and set filters for Meetro is finally coming out of the closet
people for dating, business and friendship. more focused on each other than in men, women or age ranges. If you find with the hosted forum solution we
Imagine walking into a meeting, dominating the mobile space. That creates someone interesting you can pull up their anticipated last October, and it’s pretty
classroom, party, bar, subway station, an incredible vacuum for a startup. profile and ping them. If they respond you much what we expected it to be: a white
airplane, etc. and seeing profile Start With The iPhone can start a chat, on the phone or in person. label platform like Ning except without all
information about other people in the area, In February I wrote a post called “ Will Of course, they can also choose to block that social networking humbo jumbo, just to build their own spam detection engine
depending on privacy settings. Picture, There Be A (Successful) iPhone-Only you. good old fashioned discussion threads. from the ground up. The engine is similar
name, dating status, resume information, Social Network?” and presented an Location is based on the triangulation The product, once codenamed to Akismet and that used by Gmail in that
etc. The information that is available argument that the iPhone SDK presented a feature of the iPhone, which is accurate “Makaha”, is now officially known as it leverages data from many properties to
would be relevant to the setting - quick compelling opportunity to launch a mobile enough to get this going. And the startup Lefora. The team behind Meetro has detect and eliminate spam more
LinkedIn-type information for a business social network while avoiding the chicken thinks they’ve found a way around the fact effectively abandoned Meetro for Lefora, effectively.
meeting v. Facebook dating status for a and egg problem that any new network, that third party iPhone applications can’t dropping all development and support for When we first wrote about Meetro’s
bar. and particularly a mobile network, would run in the background(meaning you’d have “the world’s first location-aware IM client plans, many commenters were skeptical
That requires a social network that has encounter. iPhone penetration in Silicon to have the application open, and not use and real-time social network.” that the web needed a Blogger for forums.
presence, location and contextual Valley, and among early adopters, is so any other iPhone features, to run the social Much of Lefora’s feature set should be CEO Paul Bragiel insists that forums are
information about you. It needs to know high that the application could spread network and see others). They explained familiar to anyone who used forums in the still very popular, with the top 2,000
where you are (via GPS or triangulation), virally among those communities. As the the work around in general terms to me, 90s (they haven’t changed much since forums boasting over 200m registered
if you are in business or personal mode, network gains traction, it could expand to but asked that it remain confidential for then). But it also supports capabilities not users.
and similar information for the people Google’s Android platform and grow from now. found with many modern-day forum He believes Lefora will not only make it
around you. It also needs, at a basic level, there. As I said, I saw the app running on an solutions, such as the ability to easily easier to create forums, but it will “light
the ability to sort and browse the people iPhone users are the perfect group to iPhone and even the early prototype left embed YouTube videos, files, and images. them up” as well since the platform has
around you based on their picture and launch the network to. They’re passionate me speechless. It will, I believe, prove to Lefora uses Amazon S3 storage to host been designed with SEO optimization in
name, and what they are looking for and elitist, and will like the idea of being in be very popular, and very valuable. files uploaded to its forums, currently with mind. Threads are given URLs that reveal
(dating, investments, job, friendship). Once an iPhone-only club. Go to a party and see The image shows a mockup of the no storage caps. their topic, as with blogging platforms like
this network is established, you’ll know a picture and first name of everyone there functionality I saw working live on the Lefora also surfaces the hottest topics WordPress, instead of ones that look
everyone’s name who’s around you (if who’s holding an iPhone - then meet them phone (I should be able to show a photo or and most recent activity on a special suspicious to search engines. If Lefora
they choose to share it), and enough basic and add them as friends. Then, once video of it running in the next week or two homepage, in addition to providing the takes off, we might expect to see even
information to jog your memory if you mutual friendship is established, see those as well). Look for a launch when the standard structural overview of a forum. more search results point to discussion
know them, or meet them if there’s mutual people wherever they are in the world, iPhone app store opens this summer. Membership to one Lefora forum can be threads.
interest. Poking someone on Facebook is along with presence information telling Credit for that awesome image at top of easily extended to membership of another, In its current form, Lefora is a pretty
great, but “poking” them when you’re in you what they’re thinking, or up to. post is to Hank Grebe at MediaSpin. since all of them access the same user solid product but not without its quirks,
the same bar as them can result in much I believe in the idea so much that I Crunch Network: CrunchGear drool over base. bugs, and inconveniences. The design
more immediate social gratification. explored putting together a team to build a the sexiest new gadgets and hardware. The look and feel of Lefora forums can editor could use some UI improvements
The mobile social network that wins will basic network on top of the iPhone SDK. be customized extensively with CSS and there’s no simple way to reset your
go way beyond, say, Facebook’s iPhone But I abandoned that idea last week when I modifications, pre-made themes, and color password as a user. Also, Lefora has yet to
site, which doesn’t leverage location saw a live demo, on the iPhone, of an adjustments. Categories and widgets, such feature some premium capabilities that
as those for polls and hot topics, can be more serious customers will demand, such
Viral Videos Go Berserk, South Park Style! managed via drag-n-drop. The company’s
working on an API that will allow
as domain masking. But all in all, the
service is off to a good start.
By Stan Schroeder (Mashable!) Pain, b***h! Viacom’s SouthParkStudios to Offer developers to add their own widgets to the Join a test TechCrunch forum here.
Submitted at 4/9/2008 2:37:11 AM
ShareThis Online Hub for Comedy Content gallery, although you can already add your Crunch Network: CrunchBoard because
--- Flash MashMeet is Tonight in NYC own custom, HTML-based widgets. it’s time for you to find a new Job2.0
This is…this is just…no, nothing can Related Articles at Mashable! - The MySpace Launches a Trailer Park Moderation is an important element of
prepare you for this. South Park does it Social Networking Blog: Comedy Central Comes Back To forum management and Lefora has decided
again, and this time it’s payback to all Watch All South Park Episodes Online YouTube
those viral videos which have been for Free AlwaysOn is On and FlashMashMeet
tormenting us and our Facebook profiles MTV To Give South Park Episodes For Approaches
for years now. Time to feel the Chocolate Free
Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper Tech* 13
Stephen King Slams
Yahoo Refugee Tim NY Mets Rickrolled... But Attempt To Ban
Cadogan Lands at OpenX MLB Uses DMCA To Shut Violent Videogames
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt)
As CEO Down The Fun Submitted at 4/8/2008 11:48:00 PM

After yet another court recently tossed out


By Erick Schonfeld (TechCrunch) By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) and will then use that song all year long. yet another law that would ban the sale of
Submitted at 4/9/2008 8:15:55 AM Submitted at 4/8/2008 10:03:05 PM
However, the Astley song got the home certain video games to children, it appears
opener nod, and was played during the 8th that the state of Massachusetts is next up in
Executive recruiters are still loving Rickrolling, the geek-inspired prank of inning of Tuesday's game. the lengthy list of states wasting taxpayer
Yahoo. Another former Yahoo executive tricking folks into watching a video of Now here's where the story gets money in order to appease some
has landed as the CEO of a startup. This Rick Astley's pop hit "Never Gonna Give interesting. Digg celebrated the grandstanding politicians who want to
time it is Tim Cadogan, an advertising publishers on 100,000 Web sites in more You Up," has been way too popular over achievement by linking to a video on "protect the children." However, the video
senior vice president who left Yahoo in than 100 countries. OpenX has raised the past few months, but looked like it was YouTube of the song playing. But the folks game industry has an interesting ally this
February. He is taking the helm at OpenX, about $21 million in funding since 2007. finally going to die a painful death thanks at MLB Advanced Media wasted time around. Writer Stephen King spoke
a startup which distributes an increasingly Besides Index and Accel, other investors to NY Times' coverage and YouTube's absolutely no time at all in rushing out a out harshly against the proposed ban while
popular open-source ad server. More include First Round Capital, Mangrove April Fool's joke. But, apparently the fun DMCA notice to take the video down, stating plenty of common sense:"What
details from TechCrunch UK: Capital and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. was just getting started. The NY Mets have suggesting that it wasn't a big fan of being makes me crazy is when politicians take it
London-based open-source ad server Former AOL head Jon Miller also recently been running a contest to see what song Rickrolled. Of course, it wasn't fast enough upon themselves to play surrogate parents.
startup OpenX is biting the bullet and joined its board as chairman. will be played during the 8th inning of for the video to be saved by others[ed: link The results of that are usually disastrous....
moving to Los Angeles. In addition, Current CEO James Bilefield, another home games all season. While there were a removed]. And, of course, there were some What really makes me insane is how eager
former Yahoo senior vice president Tim former Yahoo exec and British national, bunch of preset choices, the Mets also left fans at the ballpark who also recorded the politicians are to use the pop culture as a
Cadogan will take the CEO job at the will stay with them “through the transition a write-in options -- leaving open the Rickrolling live. Man, that's a lot of whipping boy. It's easy for them, even sort
startup funded by Index Ventures, Accel and as an adviser to the company” - which opportunity for Digg and Fark to "Rickroll booing. While MLB shouldn't be able to of fun, because the pop-cult always hollers
Partners and others, reports Kara Swisher. doesn’t exactly sound like a long term the Mets." take down those fan videos, given how nice and loud. Also, it allows legislators to
OpenX has about 30 employees, including arrangement. And... it worked... sorta. Apparently, the MLB has claimed ownership over all sorts ignore the elephants in the living room."
10 developers in Poland, but not all will His first act should be to change the write-in votes dominated the contests, but of stuff, I wouldn't put it past them to try. While perhaps not quite as eloquent as
head to the US. This is probably a name back to OpenAds. OpenX is simply the Mets are backing out of the agreement. Either way, would it really have been so some others, it's nice to see the press
necessary strategic move for the ad too vague and awful (although it does Instead of accepting the Astley song, troublesome for MLB to leave that brief picking up on King's feelings, rather than
company, heading to the capital of media signal that the company may try to expand they're playing it and a selection of other video clip up? simply parroting the politicians' dubious
and entertainment, but it’s a shame to see it beyond simply serving ads). CrunchBase songs over the next few games to see Permalink| Comments| Email This Story claims concerning the need for such laws.
move out of London. Information OpenX Information provided which one gets the biggest fan reaction -- Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
Cadogan was with Yahoo for five years by CrunchBase
in its search unit and was later SVP for ad Crunch Network: CrunchGear drool over
products. OpenX (which recently and the sexiest new gadgets and hardware.
controversially changed its name from
OpenAds) serves about 30,000 Web

Special License Plates Let Certain California State Employees Avoid


Tolls, Red Light Cameras
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) originally designed for police, putting their red light camera) to the guilty party -- all different types to get their license plate agreement that would allow them to get
Submitted at 4/8/2008 7:03:00 AM
license plate info in a special secret since you couldn't get their address. It even on the list, and from the sound of it, at least these secret plates. At this point, it would
database to shield home addresses from works in some cases when people are a few folks are abusing the privilege. The appear there's simply no reason to keep
With all the fuss recently over red light criminals who might want to hurt them. pulled over by police, because once the article found some who owed tens of these secret license plates in existence, but
cameras, Boing Boing points us to a That system is no longer needed because plate is looked up the record indicates that thousands of dollars in unpaid fines for they're still there basically just to be used
fascinating story about how somewhere DMV records are all now private. But one the plate is in this protected category, so abusing toll lanes. It seems clear that many by folks who want to disobey traffic laws
around one million Californians have of the unintended consequences of the officers often let the driver off for being state employees are aware of these and get away with it for free, no matter
special license plate that basically shield system was that it became nearly "protected." "benefits." The article notes that museum how often they're caught.
them from toll booth transponders and red impossible to send a remotely recorded To make matters worse, California has security guards actually made sure to Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
light cameras. Basically, the system was ticket (such as via a toll booth reader or a made it quite easy for state employees of include a clause in a recent labor
14 Tech* Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper

Adobe Launches Media


Player, Adobe TV
By Duncan Riley (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 4/8/2008 10:10:32 PM
Google
Adobe has launched Adobe Media Player
1.0 and a Adobe TV.
Adobe Media Player is a cross-platform Video Professionals, and Developers.
Rips Down
Adobe AIR application that offers content
discovery and interaction. Companies that
are offering content for the player include
Content comes from “Adobe evangelists,
leading trainers, subject matter experts,
and luminaries.” Over 200 videos are
available for the launch.
HuddleChat
CBS, MTV Networks, Universal Music By Michael Arrington (TechCrunch)
Group, PBS, CondéNet, and Scripps The media player can be downloaded Submitted at 4/8/2008 8:11:34 PM
Networks. here
Adobe Media Player offers playback of Update: screen shots added. Interestingly Google showcased HuddleChat, a real-
streamed, downloaded or locally-stored the service doesn’t appear to have time chat application, as one of many test
video in Adobe Flash and can be viewed in geographic blocking on CBS content. I applications (directory here) to show off
1080p, 720p or 480i resolutions. iTunes couldn’t get Jericho to play (error their new Google App Engine platform last
style the player allows users to subscribe to message) but CSI not a problem from night.
television shows and other content and Australia, where as every other site with Some bloggers noted that the application
automatically receive new episodes when CBS content would automatically block was a rip off of Campfire, a 37Signals
they are available. me and anyone else outside of the United product. And 37Signals CEO Jason Fried
Doom And Gloom Hits Adobe TV is available at tv.adobe.com
or as a network in Adobe Media Player and
offers “expert instruction and original
States. Lets hope it’s a feature, not an
oversight that might be corrected.
CrunchBase Information Adobe Systems
used HuddleChat as a PR opportunity,
telling ReadWriteWeb“We’re flattered
Google thinks Campfire is a great product,

Silicon Valley series programming” about Adobe


products. Adobe TV offers four channels
targeted at Photographers, Designers,
Information provided by CrunchBase
Crunch Network: CrunchBoard because
it’s time for you to find a new Job2.0
we’re just disappointed that they stooped

By Erick Schonfeld (TechCrunch) quarter of 2007. (See chart above). The


average amount raised for each IPO was
Submitted at 4/9/2008 9:35:47 AM

You didn’t really think that Silicon


Valley would be immune to the general
$56.6 million (down 42 percent quarter-
over-quarter). And the average M&A deal
size was $124.6 million (down 40 percent
New RIAA Argument: Throwing A
convulsions in the overall economy, did
you? I am not sure it is as bad as the NYT
gleefully makes it out to be, but there is
quarter-over-quarter)
The overall value of disclosed M&A
deals in the first quarter was $2.5 billion,
Promo CD In The Garbage = Unauthorized
growing evidence of a tech slowdown,
including M&A deals and IPOs drying up,
slower job growth, signs of weakness on
compared to $8.4 billion in the fourth
quarter of last year:
Diving a little deeper, Internet deals still
Distribution
Web advertising, cautious corporate IT dominated the first quarter of 2008, with By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) law allowing you to resell CDs or other preventing any use other than what the
spending, and rising costs for companies works that contain copyrighted material. In record label decided to allow. That would
12 deals valued at $1.7 billion. But the Submitted at 4/9/2008 1:22:00 AM
response, UMG has now filed a brief that seem to go against much of historical
that offshore their labor force due to the number of deals where investors are taking Last summer, the EFF sued Universal
decline of teh dollar. says that throwing out a promotional CD is precedent (and basic common sense)
a loss is going up, and the number of deals Music Group, after UMG had eBay unauthorized distribution. surrounding copyright. Courts in the past
The latest numbers from the National with outsized returns of 4 times or more of takedown the sales of certain CDs. The Effectively, UMG is saying that merely have noted time and time again that just
Venture Capital Association show that the the amount of venture capital invested is CDs were promotional CDs, purchased by putting some fine print on a CD, it can because you say something is true, it
startup economy was starting to feel some going down. Are our readers in Silicon legitimately by a guy going to LA record effectively "own" that CD forever. If the doesn't mean it necessarily is true.
pain in the first quarter. Venture-backed Valley feeling the effects of the downturn? stores. However, UMG claimed that the
M&A deals hit the lowest level in a court agrees, this would have some rather Hopefully the court will make that point
Please share in comments. CDs, as promotional items, were still the stunning ramifications, effectively wiping once again.
decade, with only 56 deals announced in Crunch Network: MobileCrunch Mobile property of Universal Music Group. The out the first sale doctrine. Record labels Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
the first quarter, down from 83 in the Gadgets and Applications, Delivered EFF charged that UMG was abusing the could then include similar language on all
fourth quarter of 2007. The IPO market Daily. law, specifically by ignoring the right of
also dried up, with only five venture- CDs, not just promo CDs, and then
first sale, which is enshrined in copyright basically create its own copyright rules,
backed IPOs, compared to 31 in the fourth
Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper Tech* 15

Marilyn Monroe's Estate Loses California Lawmaker Wants To


Rights To Photos After Fighting Change Law To Tax iTunes;
Pretending Infinite Goods Are Tangible
To Make Her A New Yorker By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) with pretending infinite goods are tangible
goods. However, it seems likely that such a
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) New York says your right of publicity dies Submitted at 4/8/2008 7:27:00 PM

Submitted at 4/8/2008 4:49:00 PM


when you die. So, a court has now ruled
that, thanks to Monroe's own estate
Slashdot points us to the news that a Los
Angeles (surprise, surprise) area politician
plan would backfire. If anything, it will
push more people to look for alternatives
(potentially unauthorized) alternatives if
Amie Street
It appears Marilyn Monroe's estate didn't claiming that she was a New Yorker,
think all the way through its strategy of
posthumously moving the famed star to
there's no longer a right of publicity for
Monroe, and photographers who own
is pushing to change a California law that
requires sales tax on the sale of tangible
goods. He wants the law to be adjusted
California forces an unwanted price
increase on iTunes. Also, if the law starts
treating digital goods as tangible goods,
Loves
New York. Apparently, her family
convinced California tax authorities that
Monroe had been a New York resident, in
Monroe photographs shouldn't have to pay
her estate (as they've done since her death).
This has photographers claiming that the
such that digital goods would be
considered tangible goods so they can be
taxed. Effectively, this is a way of
will that give people other rights -- such as
the right to do what they want with the
content after purchase? It looks like there's
Prostitutes
an attempt to avoid paying taxes on the estate has been unfairly demanding applying a sales tax on iTunes downloads
By Duncan Riley (TechCrunch)
plenty of opposition to this plan, so it
estate in California. Unfortunately for the licenses for many years. Next time, as a way to make up the California budget probably won't go very far. In the Submitted at 4/8/2008 11:58:51 PM
estate, that would also mean that Marilyn perhaps Monroe's estate will just pay the shortfall. Considering that the meantime, though, does someone want to
Monroe's publicity rights died with her. As taxes it owes. But, in the meantime, we get When you think of prostitutes, you
entertainment industry has been trying to explain the difference between tangible usually think of vice and the dark side of
Against Monopoly points out in the latest to see the bizarre impact of rules such as convince the world that intellectual goods and infinite goods to Assemblyman
example of the bizarre effects of "publicity rights" which have forced the Valley, and not something most
property is no different than tangible Charles Calderon? startups would want to be associated it.
intellectual property rules, California photographers to pay to use photographs property, it's not surprising that a politician Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
allows "rights of publicity" to live on after they took for many years. Independent online music service Amie
coming from LA would see no problem Street not only loves them, they’re
death -- meaning that images of famous Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
people still need to be licensed. However, GOOGLE
continued from page 14
probably praying for more.
In March New York Governor Eliot

Network Solutions Hijacking so low to basically copy it feature for


feature, layout for layout…We thought that
very careful to say that they were not
affiliated with HuddleChat while it was up
Spitzer’s predilection for high class call
girls was splashed across the media
worldwide and his favorite hooker of
Unassigned Sub-Domains would be beneath Google, but maybe its
time to reevaluate what they stand for.”
Frankly, the reaction is fairly ridiculous.
- that, apparently, wasn’t the case.
As far as I’m concerned, this is the first
case of censorship on the new Google App
choice was Ashley Alexandra Dupre.
Between tricks Dupre dreamed of a singing
career, and her outlet of choice was Amie
By Duncan Riley (TechCrunch) But this is apparently a fight that Google Engine platform, and a bad precedent. Street. Dupre’s two singles not only broke
Submitted at 4/8/2008 6:52:05 PM doesn’t want to be involved in. They Our test application for Google App Amie Street records for sales volume, she
pulled the application and replaced it with Engine is here. also delivered a massive bounce in traffic
Network Solutions is hijacking According to a search on DomainTools the above notice. Update: If you are as outraged as I am
unassigned sub domains and delivering for Amie Street. By the end of the month
there are 294,438 sites on the same I wonder if Darren Delaye, Braden over this :-), join this Facebook group Amie Street’s traffic had more than tripled
link filled holding pages for hundreds of Network Solutions IP address as Kowitz, and Kyle Consalus, the Google demanding that Google bring back
thousands of sites. according to both Quantcast and Compete
GotGame.com. I ran a test on the sites developers who created HuddleChat, had HuddleChat. (charts available on Amie Street’s
Win Betteridge runs GotGame.com and listed (for free) by DomainTools and every much of a say in the decision. And why, Crunch Network: MobileCrunch Mobile
contacted TechCrunch with the details: Crunchbase page here).
single one had the same issue: unassigned since HuddleChat is not an official Google Gadgets and Applications, Delivered There’s no later traffic data to see how
For instance, app.gotgame.com resolves domain names with link filled Network product, was it Google that made the Daily.
to a Network Solutions page with text much of Amie Street’s new traffic stuck
Solutions holding pages. decision to pull it down and not the around, the bump certainly didn’t hurt
links, including “Poker Tournaments” and Yet another reason to not use Network developers who created it? Google was
“Texas Holdem Games.” The same is true Amie Street’s profile.
Solutions. See Michael’s January 2007 review of
of any other unassigned sub-domain. We CrunchBase Information Network
have spoken to customer service a few Amie Street here. CrunchBase Information
Solutions Information provided by Amie Street Information provided by
times about fixing this problem… CrunchBase
I don’t know if this is standard practice CrunchBase
Crunch Network: CrunchBoard because Crunch Network: CrunchBoard because
for a hosting company, but this strikes me it’s time for you to find a new Job2.0
as another case of Network Solutions it’s time for you to find a new Job2.0
unreasonably profiting at the expense of its
customers.
16 Tech* Gadgets* Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper

H-1Bs Run Out Almost CrunchNetwork May 1 Mobile Meet


Immediately Yet Again -up in NYC
By John Biggs (TechCrunch)
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) Bringing more highly skilled workers into
this country helps create more jobs. The Submitted at 4/9/2008 7:07:33 AM
Submitted at 4/8/2008 2:39:00 PM
idea that allowing workers into the country Sign up now for the CrunchNetwork
Just like last year, and as pretty much decreases jobs here (or even decreases Mobile Meet-up for free booze, prizes, and
everyone expected, US immigration wages) is simply incorrect. Those workers a chance to rub shoulders with the
officials note that they've received tons of still exist and will still compete with you members of the TechCrunch, CrunchGear,
applications for H-1B visas-- way more for jobs -- it's just that they'll be doing it in and MobileCrunch teams.
than the 65,000 allowed by Congress, just other countries where they can undercut We’re holding it upstairs at Red Sky @
in the first day of eligibility. That means you even further and put even more 47 E 29th St in Manhattan [ Map]. Doors
that they'll switch to a lottery system and, pressure on your own company to close up open at 7pm, May 1, 2008 and close
once again, plenty of highly skilled shop. Not allowing skilled workers into whenever our booze runs out.
technology talent will be working for this country is a much bigger risk for The event will feature a special Nokia
foreign competitors rather than US American jobs than letting them in. Demo Space with loaner N95s to
companies. It's truly a shame that so many Permalink| Comments| Email This Story document your revelry as well as RSVP here and I look forward to seeing
people in this country seem to incorrectly giveaways from Nokia, Samsung, and a you at our par-tay.
think that jobs are a zero-sum game. few other companies who shall remain Gold Sponsor
nameless. That said, if you’d like to Palladium Sponsors
Yahoo Enters The Analytics sponsor the event or supply giveaways,
drop us a line at tips @ crunchgear dot
Crunch Network: CrunchBoard because
it’s time for you to find a new Job2.0

Business By Acquiring IndexTools com.

By Duncan Riley (TechCrunch)


Submitted at 4/9/2008 4:54:03 AM
Viewsonic busts out a bevy of customizable
Yahoo has entered into a definitive
agreement to acquire the assets of Tensa
Kft., better known as IndexTools.
digital photo frames
By Donald Melanson (Engadget)
IndexTools offers web analytics software
with a focus on delivering a “highly developers to monitor and optimize the Submitted at 4/9/2008 5:23:00 AM

customizable and scalable analytics traffic performance of their applications to


follow later in the year. Filed under: Displays There's nothing like
platform.” The service competes with other an impending holiday to get companies
analytics providers as well as Google The price of the acquisition was not
disclosed with the deal expected to be rushing to get their appropriately-themed
Analytics and Microsoft adCenter products out the door, and Viewsonic's
Analytics. closed no later that June 30. CrunchBase
Information Yahoo! Information provided now following Memorex's lead with a slew
Yahoo said in a statement that upon of new digital photo frames aimed at
completion of the acquisition, IndexTools’ by CrunchBase
Crunch Network: MobileCrunch Mobile Mother's Day shoppers. This latest batch
assets well be used to expand Yahoo’s set includes ten frames in all, including 7-, 8-,
of online marketing services, with Gadgets and Applications, Delivered
Daily. and 10-inch varieties (both widescreen and
additional capabilities enabling third-party 4:3), each of which boast interchangeable variations of the 8-inch DPX802 model, which boast white finishes, and include
bezels to suit your decor. At the head of which packs an 800x600 resolution and 128MB of memory, along with some basic
the pack is the 10-inch DPX1002 model drops the video playback, or one of three media-playing features. According to
(pictured above), which packs a decent incarnations of the 7-inch DPX702 model, Viewsonic, the whole lot is available now,
1024x600 resolution, along with 400 which offers up a 800x480 resolution and with prices ranging from $130 to $209.
cd/m2 of brightness, a 400:1 contrast ratio, drops the MP3 playback as well. Rounding Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
and the usual video and MP3 playback things out are the 7-inch widescreen
features. If that's a bit more than you're DPX704WH, 8-inch 4:3 DPX804WH and
looking for, you can opt for one of three 10-inch widescreen DPX1004WH, each of
Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper Gadgets* 17

EMT Paintball Sentry Turret


renders your personal militia useless
By Darren Murph (Engadget)
Submitted at 4/9/2008 1:22:00 AM

Filed under: Misc. Gadgets


Automated paintball machines have been
spotted holding down a-many of forts, but
it's still been relatively hard to find one pre
-built and ready for purchase. Enter
Evolution Model Technology, whose
Paintball Sentry Turret is mighty enough to
mow down even the deepest of crosstown
rival cliques trying to get up in your area.
Arriving in wired and wireless versions,
the unit is available with water- or winter- you better have one incredible stash of
proof armor, can be controlled remotely valuables to protect before pulling the
and features a head that rotates 350- proverbial trigger.
degrees and tilts 90-degrees. Best of all, [Via technabob]
the cold blooded plastering machine can be Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
customized to the hilt for those living in
seriously dodgy locales, but considering
the $1,399.50 (and way, way up) price tag,

Memorex pushes out two digiframes for proactive


More info on Quake 3 for the Mother's Day shoppers
iPod touch By Darren Murph (Engadget)
Submitted at 4/9/2008 3:25:00 AM
connectivity. As for the former, you'll find
four interchangeable inserts and a SD /
By Joshua Topolsky (Engadget) game up and running on the touches in, MMC expansion slot, while the latter
Submitted at 4/9/2008 2:50:00 AM
"Between eight and twelve hours," using Filed under: Digital Cameras, Displays provides a 4-in-1 reader and oodles of
jail-broken units, no official SDK, and Oh sure, Mother's Day is over a month floral patterns. Interestingly, we've no idea
Filed under: Gaming modified code that added basic away (in the US), but don't let mama know if either will be seen outside of K-Mart,
That video we saw the other day of two accelerometer support. The game in the that reading this post was the only thing but both frames can be purchased at the
iPod touches running a networked Quake 3 video is being hosted on one of the devices that reminded you. If you're suddenly aforesaid retailer next month for $89.99
deathmatch sent ripples through the iPod / and played over a local network -- and the stricken with panic, take heart, as apiece.
iPhone community. Those of you doubting Tofers claim that running a full 64-player with "feminine graphics," the Special
Memorex has a new duo of digital photo Occasions and Floral models both feature 7 Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
the authenticity of the clip can probably match wouldn't be out of the question. frames sure to make the woman most
put some fears to bed, as GameCyte has Unfortunately, there aren't any plans to -inch 480 x 234 resolution panels and USB
special to you smile. Purposely designed
gotten a hold of the programmers, and they make this demo public, as the team is
make it fairly clear it wasn't some working on original content for the
elaborate hoax. According to developers platform. So... email petition anyone?
Cameron and Marcia Tofer of Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
Hermitworks, they managed to get the

David Dorman appointed as Motorola non-executive Chairman


By Darren Murph (Engadget) as non-executive Chairman of the Board. excitement about working with Dave as it
Submitted at 4/9/2008 4:25:00 AM
David Dorman, former chairman and CEO "moves forward with its plan to create two
of AT&T, has been selected by Moto's independent publicly traded companies and
Filed under: Cellphones We won't say Board of Directors to take over Zander's improve the performance of the Mobile
that Motorola's on the up and up, but just chairman seat after he retires on May 5th. Devices business." Good luck in there, Mr.
after ridding itself of that pending litigation According to Greg Brown, president and Dorman.
between it and Carl Icahn comes word that CEO of the company, he feels that Dorman chairman," and he made known his [Image courtesy of USA Today]
a fresh face will be succeeding Ed Zander is "ideally suited to serve as Motorola's Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
18 Gadgets* TV* Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper

Lauren Graham
for Office spin-off?
By Allison Waldman (TV Squad)
Submitted at 4/9/2008 4:20:00 AM

Filed under: Watercooler Talk, The


Office, Casting, Reality-Free So, while
we've been speculating here on our own
Van Der Led's WM2 cellphone is about The Office spinoff, others are doing
the same. TV Guide's Michael Ausiello,
Slayer approved one of my favorite TV chatters, was asked
in his column about said Office spinoff and
By Thomas Ricker (Engadget) files. Better yet, from a distance, those whether it may be the perfect spot for
uber geeky keys on the numeric pad look Lauren Graham. Hmm...very interesting.
Submitted at 4/9/2008 12:47:00 AM
just like the glittering wrist studs capable Ausiello agreed with the writer, that
Filed under: Cellphones, Wearables of mesmerizing Death Metal, she-groupies especially in light of the big deal Lauren
Can it be? Why... why yes, a watch with backstage. Yours for €300 (about $471 US inked with NBC, it makes sense. He wrote,
integrated cellphone we might (might!) Rubbles) starting Monday. Actual product "It would be insane not to at least consider
actually wear. The Van Der Led WM2 is a pressed to flesh in the gallery below. Graham for the gig. Are you with me?"
quad-band GSM watch with itty bitty 1.3- Gallery: Van Der Led's WM2 cellphone Continue reading Lauren Graham for
inch, 260k color touchscreen display, is Slayer approved Office spin-off?
iPhone contacts search and stereo Bluetooth, up to 240-hours of
standby or 300-minutes talk, and 1GB of
storage for a few of your MP3 or MP4
[Thanks, Gydo W.]
Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
Permalink| Email this| | Comments

meeting invite revealed AMD's quad-core Opteron processor now available in


By Joshua Topolsky (Engadget) -- which did nothing in the regular old
Submitted at 4/9/2008 4:07:00 AM
firmware we had -- is actually a meeting
invitations folder, which displays the select systems
Filed under: Cellphones, Features number of requests just like the SMS and By Darren Murph (Engadget) Unfortunately, little is said about the
Remember that sweet little magnifying mail icons. Other changes? Enterprise widespread availability of the CPU beyond
Submitted at 4/9/2008 2:13:00 AM
glass from the iPhone SDK demo? Well users don't get the app store or iTunes store that, but at least it's getting out the door in
apparently we all weren't having a shared icons. Boo. Check out the gallery below to Filed under: Desktops one way or another, right?
hallucination -- it's in the enterprise version see just exactly what we're talking about. Some seven months after AMD first [Via CNET]
of firmware 2.0. Thanks to a tipster, we've Now, on to finding JFK's real killer! tooted its horn about creating the " world's Read- Opteron heads to select partners
now got shots of the search bar clearly Gallery: iPhone contacts search and most advanced x86 CPU," the quad-core Read- Opteron now available in OEM
hanging out at the top of the contacts list. meeting invite revealed Opteron is finally shipping. Effective platforms
While we're unraveling mysteries, you'll be Permalink| Email this| Comments today, consumers eager to wrap their machines (read: servers) as well as in Permalink| Email this| Comments
happy to know that the little drawer button brains around all that purported power can systems from other "distributors, system
find the chips residing in a variety of HP integrators and specialized OEMs."
Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper Gadgets* Web 2.0 19
WD's My Passport Essential: now in 11 Flickr Dips Its Toe into
different colors
By Darren Murph (Engadget)
Submitted at 4/9/2008 4:54:00 AM
Video-Sharing. How Will
Filed under: Storage
Face it: Western Digital's My Passport
Essential family of portable hard drives
You Use It?
was hamstrung from day one. After all,
By Kristen Nicole (Mashable!) Build a Flickr slide show tool to support
Submitted at 4/8/2008 6:12:15 PM
photos and videos
with just about every other external HDD Make your FriendFeed stream that much
from the company coming in any amount The day many of you have been waiting more exciting
of colors, who exactly is going to be for: Flickr adds video. It’s now a Take a close up video (as opposed to
kosher with just black? Never fear, as multimedia sharing site, that involves both photo) of your eyeball, and speak in a
WD's dutiful painting squad has stepped candy apple red and banana yellow could
really slow up the checkout process. photos and videos. How excited are you? really flustered voice, like on the “Blair
up and given prospective buyers 11 For video sharing, you’ll need a Pro Witch Project”
different hues to select from. Each drive [Via I4U News]
Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments account, however. Bummer. That’s most of Have yet another place to share clips of
comes in 120GB, 160GB, 250GB and you Mashable readers anyway, so it your dog running around the yard
320GB capacities and gets all the juice it shouldn’t be too big of a deal. Build on its uploading API
needs via USB 2.0, but choosing between Clips up to 150MB can be uploaded, and Let us know how you feel about Flickr
given Flickr’s brand as a sharing site for adding video, and how you’ll be taking
WEbook Pandora Project: serious amateurs, the alternative of free
YouTube, and other sites, won’t hinder
Flickr’s entrance into the video space just
advantage of the new features.
Beg Flickr to increase the space
limitations

Crowdsourcing the Novel yet, though the space limitations will likely
be an issue for a good chunk of its user
base.
(image credit: CNet)
ShareThis
---
By Kristen Nicole (Mashable!) without the collaborative effort, Amazon Webware reports that Flickr will be Related Articles at Mashable! - The
Submitted at 4/9/2008 7:14:23 AM
and other services have become standards scaling up uploaded content, which is an Social Networking Blog:
for the self-publishing sector. appealing necessity for its existing user Flickr Video Said To Be Launching Next
The music community has done a pretty Wikis and collaborative publications base. With the growing interest in quality Month
good job of determining ways in which the don’t seem to be losing any steam, though videos from an individual user standpoint, Yahoo Video Relaunches, Now With
online world can be used for marketing the time and editorial resources required to especially on the mobile front, this could Exclusive Content
and networking purposes. While the create a complete collaborative work that’s be an optimal time for Flickr to finally Flickr Adds Better Upload Tools
collaborative effort has yet to grow as publication-ready is still a rather involved make its move into video. As with photos, Despite The Noise Over MSFT’s Bid For
technological advances make their way around community-sourced content, with a
commerce segment attached to the process. Overall, I think projects such as there are a number of privacy settings to YHOO, Is Flickr Getting Ready For A Big
into web-based media-creation services, this will begin to pop up across various take advantage of, licensing, as well as Upgrade?
there are a number of ways in which social collaborative effort. media forms, most prominently in written
Funded by Greylock Partners and other tagging and geotagging capabilities. So Flickr Downtime Continues
media and networking can be achieved on works, though the commercial value and what will you do, now that you can upload ClipShack: The Flickr of Video, Again!
the Web, especially when it comes to individual investors, WEbook is creating revenue models may need to be tweaked
an online destination site that also acts as a videos on Flickr? Flickr Goes International: 7 New
finding ways in which e-commerce can be for optimal success. Here are some ideas to get the creative Languages
leveraged for empowering musicians to marketplace for creators to earn revenue ShareThis
from their work. In selling content across juices flowing:
become autonomous in the larger ---
marketplace. established stores like Amazon and Barnes Related Articles at Mashable! - The
A few initiatives have started down and Noble, WEbook’s “Pandora” project Social Networking Blog:
similar paths for other forms of media, will be a collaborative work that’s sold in
the mainstream markets. Additionally, Pandora Now Free!
including writing. Wired, for instance, Reciva Adds Pandora To Their Devices
worked with a collaborative writing project WEbook is adopting another recently Pandora Now Available Anywhere With
that resulted in an article for the popularized model in the media sector and GlobalPandora
publication. Even novels have been made will be giving away some of its content for Snocap Launches Pandora Mashup
with a wiki, crowdsourcing mentality in free, via mobile phones (get it here).
Will this model work? As publishers are Rumor: Pandora Adding Videos?
mind. Pandora Remains Blocked to
WEbook is one of those organizations hesitant to adopt such models, and even International Users
looking to the community for the creation more still shy away from web-based Last.fm and Pandora - Music Discovery
of a collaborative piece of work, and now distribution methods for sales, WEbook is
hoping to become a leader in this particular Services
WEbook is launching a platform to do just
that. Launching its public beta today, movement, which is already permeating
WEbook is hoping to form a following other forms of the media industry. Even
20 Web 2.0 Movies* Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper

uvLayer’s Web Interface Eventful MySpace App:


and IM Integration. Is it Tell Your Aritsts Where
Enough? You Want Them to Go AFI Dallas: Fest
By Kristen Nicole (Mashable!) supported). By Kristen Nicole (Mashable!) and quite useful as an integrated social Wrap-Up in Words
We were already aware of uvLayer’s media tool as well. Will artists be more
Submitted at 4/8/2008 4:25:17 PM
plans for layering in support and
Submitted at 4/9/2008 6:05:31 AM
likely to take heed to the “Demand” and Pictures
uvLayer’s video application, built on integration with other social services, Global event-finding tool Eventful has feature if its integrated into the most
Adobe AIR, launched a couple of months which wil be an important step for launched a MySpace application, called prominent social network known for By Kim Voynar (Cinematical)
ago as a downloadable application for uvLayer’s hopes for expansion. An ability My Top Artists. This lets users choose music? We’ll see how artists and other Submitted at 4/9/2008 1:02:00 AM
viewing and organizing video content to further leverage one’s friends on AIM or their favorite performers and display them public figures can benefit from an
according to your personal preferences. Facebook will allow uvLayer’s on their profile pages. Eventful will take application that integrates action-oriented Filed under: Festival Reports,
Even though this looks really cool, I was recommendations, which involve te ability this input and offer upcoming events from feedback from users for the purpose of Cinematical Indie, AFI Dallas
concerned about uvLayer’s two-step to see what their friends are watching in these designated artists, for the local cities gaining market research/insight, and The second year of AFI Dallas was a big
download process, as well as it’s lack of real time, an opportunity to grow much of the users. Being an integrated leverages it for their own brand hit with locals, with ticket sales way over
accessibility as a web-based tool. faster than it would have otherwise. I’m application on MySpace, the My Top management. expectations. Big kudos have to go to fest
uvLayer is looking to solve this with the still waiting to see how uvLayer will turn Artists app also lets users share this date ShareThis director Michael Cain e* and his stellar
release of a web-based application, which this into recommendations and additional with friends. --- team for working out the kinks from last
has the same fluid (relatively) interface and search metadata, but uvLayer is getting on I know there are a lot of music apps out Related Articles at Mashable! - The year's fest and making everything flow
overall feel of the downloadable the right track. there, most of which let you display your Social Networking Blog: smoothly this year, while programming a
application. This should help uvLayer ShareThis favorite artists. It’s an expected occurrence Twitter Interface for Eventful: Fact of huge lineup for Dallas cinephiles. Here are
aooeal to more users that would like to --- to see these pop up all over the place now Fool? some of the pics; a rundown of this year's
utilize the service’s video aggregation and Related Articles at Mashable! - The that the MySpace platform has been Eventful Working with Presidential fest highlights is after the jump:
organization tool. But is that enough? Social Networking Blog: opened up, and there were already a great Campaigns in Grassroot Efforts Gallery: AFI Dallas 2008 Official Pics
There are a number of video aggregation UVLayer: Watch and Share Videos on number of widgets that provide some of Eventful Launches Facebook App for Gallery: AFI Dallas 2008 in Pictures
tools, and the majority of them have a head AIR the same information and can be placed on Bringing Artists to Your City Continue reading AFI Dallas: Fest Wrap-
start on uvLayer, as well as interactive Firefox 3: Codename Gran Paradiso MySpace profiles as well. But Eventful has Eventful Hosting Energizer Encore Up in Words and Pictures Permalink|
social sharing tools and recommendations The Most Gorgeous Ajax Interface Ever! a unique feature, called the “Demand” Competition for Third Straight Year Email this| Comments
in terms of search and discovery for users Shockfolio Releases iPhone Interface service, which lets users determine where Eventful Demands $7.5 Million - and
to find more media to consume. uvLayer is PictureTrail Launches Flicks 2.0 for an artist (or political figures, etc.) should Gets It
making steps to address the social sharing Slideshow Creation have their next concert. Obama Launches State Profiles on
aspect by adding integrating with IM New Look For Bebo This “Demand” service has also made its MySpace
clients including AIM and GTalk, as well Fuser Launches a MySpace Killer; On way into the MySpace app, which is Planypus to Launch Social Site for Event
as applications for existing social networks Facebook probably among the most useful aspects of Planning
like Facebook(which uvLayer already Eventful as a service and marketing tool,

Photobucket, MySpace App: Indirect Collaborative Albums


By Kristen Nicole (Mashable!) What this application boils down to is a albums using apps like Kaltura’s, along Millions of MySpacers Rejoice:
Submitted at 4/9/2008 6:06:13 AM
way for you to centralize your Photobucket with Facebook’s existing process for Photobucket Videos are Back
and MySpace photos, and organize them showing photos of yourself that have been MyBucketSpace: Mashable Readers
The latest integrated social networking accordingly, whether that be for personal uploaded by others, its clear that taking the Approve
application to come from Photobucket is or public purposes. What’s more, is friends photos of friends, which are likely to be Photobucket Now Has Meez
Top Pics, for MySpace. It’s a way for you can contribute to each others’ galleries in and MySpace incorporate tagging and related to you at some point, is becoming a Photobucket’s Slide Show Upgrades for
to display your favorite photos from both the indirect sense: you can aggregate commentary from these publicly used better way of creating a relevant montage More Customization
MySpace and Photobucket, within an photos not only from your own images, and are able to create a image for users. Breaking: Photobucket Acquired By
application that’s accessible to your Photobucket and MySpace accounts, but search engine based on an individual’s ShareThis MySpace (Update: Confirmed)
MySpace friends, and vice versa. If you’re from your friends’ public Photobucket and social sphere, which is the contributing --- Photobucket Albums Get New Look
not into the whole sharing thing, then MySpace accounts, as well as factor to Photobucket’s Top Pics apps. Related Articles at Mashable! - The
photos can be kept private as well. Yep. Photobucket’s library of public images. Given the collaborative way in which Social Networking Blog:
That’s private, on MySpace. It will be interesting when Photobucket friends can be leveraged for creating group Digg Pics Gets its Own Application
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Trulia Adds Google Pownce Adds RSS, Support


StreetView to Home For More Video/Photo Sites
By Stan Schroeder (Mashable!)

Listings Submitted at 4/9/2008 1:47:37 AM

Here’s a small but sweet collection of


latest updates for all you Pownce lovers:
By Paul Glazowski (Mashable!) Pete Flint, Trulia’s CEO says that listings
Submitted at 4/9/2008 8:38:53 AM
in 30 US cities are currently offered with a Pownce finally supports RSS and ATOM
side dish of SteetView, and more material feeds (something that Twitter has had for a apparently this requires me to go “
House hunting? Then you’re probably is to be added in real-time as it is captured. long time), so you can follow people’s outside,” and I’ve never heard of that
scouting for listings around various real Editor’s Note: Stay tuned for an updates in your favorite feed reader. Also, place.
estate sites. And in your exhaustive interview with Pete Flint, CEO of Trulia, if you post a link to a video or a photo on ShareThis
searches for a colonial or a rustic flat or on the Mashable podcast. one of the following sites: YouTube, ---
any number of other options, you may ShareThis Flickr, Vimeo, CollegeHumor, Zooomr, Related Articles at Mashable! - The
have happened upon Trulia. Not a bad --- Photobucket, Ustream.tv, Viddler, Qik, Social Networking Blog:
place to look. Extensive offerings. Nice Related Articles at Mashable! - The Google video, Metacafe, Revver, and Pownce Invites Increased: Please Invite
feature set. And as of today, a Social Networking Blog: Viddyou, it will show up right there in Others
complementary StreetView map Look Out: Six New Cities Added to your notes. Pownce Gets New Features
integration, courtesy of Google. In a Google Street View There’s more. Various Pownce tools are Pownce To Launch Public API
partnership made official this week, Trulia Trulia Releases Useful Data on Real now collected on this page - Pownce Co-Founder Upset Over New
users can not only parse address numbers Estate Q&A Forum Activity pownce.com/tools/, and you can set some Digg Features
and neighborhood data and the like, they Mashups Can Be Creepy Too: Street advanced privacy options here Pownce Releases Public API
can also take a little virtual stroll around View Now in Google Maps API pownce.com/settings/privacy/. Pownce Invites on eBay
the block thanks to those snazzy camera Trulia Offers Private Label Real Estate Finally, those of you who like to meet in Put Pownce on Facebook
vans roaming around the nation and Listings to Web Publishers person (yuck) can go to a Pownce brunch
snapping pics at ground level. Online Real Estate Sites Work To Get A when they happen in your town. I’d go, but
Of course, this visual novelty for Trulia Listing Standard
users is only available where those
vehicles commissioned for the StreetView
Trulia Passes Zillow in Online Real
Estate Race
A Quick Conversation with
project have roamed thus far, but hey, at
least there’s something to dabble in, right?
Houston, This is Google Street View
Mefeedia’s Frank Sinton
By Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins
Yahoo Acquires Analytics Company (Mashable!)
Submitted at 4/8/2008 6:05:50 PM

IndexTools Mefeedia is the edited online video


repository that gets their content from a
By Stan Schroeder (Mashable!) --- 15,000 video sites; we covered them
Submitted at 4/9/2008 6:34:37 AM
Related Articles at Mashable! - The recently when they received a $250,000 in
Social Networking Blog: angel funding. Kristen Nicole caught up Now and Save $200
According to a press release this morning, Yahoo Starts Layoffs While Deciding with Frank Sinton today at the Video Genius.com Funded, Blogster Sale,
Yahoo has acquired Hungarian analytics What To Do Next Search Summit today, and got to do a NYTimes Widgets, Tag Maps, Yahoo
company IndexTools for an undisclosed Yahoo’s Playing with our Mashing quick interview on camera using the Answers, Social.com, MeFeedia, AOL
sum. IndexTools offers an analytics tools will be more than 150,000 small-to- Emotions Today FlixWagon service. QVC, TutorLinker, Film.com, Skype Pro
platform that gives online marketers medium businesses marketing on the Web Yahoo OMG. Get Your Celeb Gossip ShareThis Miro Releases Updated Version for
detailed insight into the effectiveness of with Yahoo!. Additional capabilities Here. --- Internet TV
their web business. They boast a 98% enabling third-party developers to monitor Yahoo Launches An Eco-Guilt Trip Related Articles at Mashable! - The ClipShack: The Flickr of Video, Again!
customer retention rate, and constant and optimize the traffic performance of The Daily Poll: Is Microsoft-Yahoo Social Networking Blog: Yahoo Follows Google, Releases Search
growth since 2002. The deal with Yahoo their applications are expected to follow Inevitable? MeFeedia Raises $250k for Video Video Ads
will be completed in the first half of 2008. throughout the year following the Yahoo Adds Wikipedia to oneSearch Aggregation
Here’s a hint of what Yahoo plans to do acquisition.“ Mobile Results FireAnt - Best Vlog Directory Yet
with IndexTools: “ the first group of ShareThis Yahoo Closing their Auctions Service Video Search Summit 2008: Register
customers to benefit from these enhanced
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Bo Bice: The TV Squad Ticked off Jamie Lee Curtis


Interview - VIDEO vents on Oprah - VIDEO
By Allison Waldman (TV Squad)
By Jason Hughes (TV Squad)
Submitted at 4/9/2008 2:01:00 AM
Submitted at 4/9/2008 3:02:00 AM
Filed under: Daytime, Video,
Filed under: American Idol, Video, Cable/Satellite, Celebrities, Talk Show,
Interviews, Alumni, News and Gossip Reality-Free I'm not a regular Oprah
Way back in the early days of American
Idol, and by early days I mean "Season
watcher, but on Monday I happened to see
actress Jamie Lee Curtis' appearance. I've
Reasons why I
Four," there was a girl who was a little bit
country and a long-haired fellow who was
a little bit rock and roll. I think we all
been really curious about Jamie lately,
especially since seeing her on those think ABC should
Activia yogurt commercials. Damn, she's
know who went on to win that season, but
that southern rocker was a pretty amazing
just two years younger than I am and she renew Miss Guided
looks great! What is in that yogurt
presence of his own. In fact, they were so anyway? By Isabelle Carreau (TV Squad)
strong together in the final, they both But Jamie Lee was on Oprah to vent. Submitted at 4/9/2008 4:03:00 AM
released "Inside Your Heaven," the Idol Turns out that the cover shot she did for
single for that year. And they even Filed under: Other Comedy Shows,
AARP magazine, which the editors chose "Isn't it fascinating that this constitutes OpEd, TV Squad Polls, Watercooler Talk,
swapped spots at number one with the to proclaim as a nude shot, was a sham. being naked. What the f*ck are we talking
track. The picture was not a naked photo shoot. TV Squad Lists, Reality-Free
about? In my world, this is called strapless. TV Squadder Paul Goebel reviewed the
Now Bo's out promoting See the Light, She was wearing a strapless top and was I didn't go around saying I was topless."
his latest album which is more true to his photographed in a swimming pool. The series premiere of the ABC comedy Miss
Continue reading Ticked off Jamie Lee Guided. He wasn't sure what to make of
southern rock roots. But that doesn't mean illusion of nudity was created by the way Curtis vents on Oprah - VIDEO
he's not willing to take a break from his fun, just with the added bonus of hanging the show after the first airing and I must
out with and learning from Idol alumni like they cropped the picture. Jamie Lee said Permalink| Email this| | Comments admit that I also had my doubts about this
touring schedule to spend some quality she was shocked. She held up a copy of the
time with the kids down at American Idol Bo. For more on Idol Camp check out the new comedy. Judy Greer is a joy to watch
official American Idol Camp website. For magazine and said to Oprah and the world, as guidance counselor Becky Freeley but
Camp this summer. The program, which
began last year, is for 10-15 year olds and more on my chat with Bo Bice, follow me the comedy was predictable and the cast
runs in five two-week sessions throughout after the jump. way too beautiful to portray a real high
the summer. Continue reading Bo Bice: The TV school. However, I decided to stick with it
There, kids can go to learn about the Squad Interview - VIDEO and ended up enjoying the show's
music industry and hone their craft as Permalink| Email this| | Comments storylines and characters as well as the
musicians, as well as experiencing all the interview-like tidbits.
traditional things that make summer camps The series aired its season finale last
week and is now awaiting ABC's upfronts

Secret Talents of the Stars reactions - VIDEOS to know if it'll come back next season or
have to close the books. To help ABC
make its decision, here are some reasons
By Isabelle Carreau (TV Squad) 10:05 because DwtS always finishes late. I why Miss Guided should be renewed.
Submitted at 4/9/2008 5:23:00 AM
didn't want to flip channels so not to hear Continue reading Reasons why I think
who was voted off the dance competition, ABC should renew Miss Guided
Filed under: OpEd, Music and Variety, so I ended up watching the beginning of Permalink| Email this| | Comments
Watercooler Talk, Celebrities, Game Show STotS where figure skater Sasha Cohen
I had no plans to watch CBS' Secret admitted her secret: she's highly flexible
Oprah OPRAH
Talents of the Stars last night. When I and wanted to do a contortionist routine. continued from page 22
heard about this competition show, I Since curiosity got the best of me, I
thought it would be tacky. George Takei
singing country music? Come on! I may be
decided to watch the entire segment and
ended up being impressed.
developing new Show, Reality-Free Please file this item
under the "Duh" file: Dr. Mehmet Oz,
Oprah's favorite medical expert, is getting
a Trekkie but I can admit this match up is a
tad weird (more on him later). Plus, 10
p.m. on Tuesdays for me right now is
forward through it) and then Hell's
Kitchen(I tape it as well). So why did I end
Continue reading Secret Talents of the
Stars reactions - VIDEOS
Permalink| Email this| | Comments
show for Dr. Oz a spin-off talk show. Harpo Productions,
Oprah's company, is developing a Dr. Oz
up watching it? Simple, I watch Big By Allison Waldman (TV Squad) talk show to commence fall of 2009.
devoted to watching the Dancing with the According to insiders, the Harpo team
Stars results show (I tape it and fast Brother at 9 p.m. and was waiting for Submitted at 4/9/2008 5:04:00 AM
had meetings with distributor in Chicago
Filed under: Industry, Daytime, Talk last month. A medical talker with Doc Oz,

OPRAH page 22 OPRAH page 23


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Boston Legal: Tabloid Nation ABC still interested in Leno


By Paul Goebel (TV Squad) By Allison Waldman (TV Squad)
Submitted at 4/9/2008 12:32:00 AM Submitted at 4/9/2008 1:35:00 AM

Filed under: Boston Legal, Episode Filed under: Late Night, Industry, Reality
Reviews, Reality-Free -Free So, Disney CEO Robert Iger was
( S04E15) "Life's a cabaret, man." - having one of those yummy breakfast
Denny Crane confabs talking about the future of the
Christopher Rich is one of my favorite of network and new media, alternate
Alan's adversaries not only because he's a platforms and all those other fun buzz
"hoot" himself but because he is one of the words about how we're going to be
few lawyers who give back to Alan exactly watching shows in the next few years.
what he dishes out. As much as I adore Then, kind of as an aside, he was asked
Alan Shore, it pleases me to no end to see about Jay Leno. With the end of Leno's era man squirmed and said, "It's not something
him get frustrated almost to the point of ability to suffer fools also has a deep as the host of The Tonight Show looming - we typically comment on."
anger. Who knows, one day, he may even seated fear of clowns. - and Conan O'Brien chomping at the bit to Continue reading ABC still interested in
lose to someone like Melvin Palmer but I Continue reading Boston Legal: Tabloid take over -- Mr. Iger said that he wouldn't Leno
won't hold my breath. Nation rule out ABC going after Jay. Permalink| Email this| | Comments
When Alan lost his temper with Melvin, Permalink| Email this| | Comments Ken Auletta of the New Yorker pressed
it was great. I can't remember ever seeing Iger about Leno, to which the ABC head
Alan look so embarrassed. I guess we
shouldn't be shocked that a guy who has no Big Brother 9: PoV Competition #9
The Daily Show: April 8, 2008 - By Jackie Schnoop (TV Squad)
Submitted at 4/8/2008 6:02:00 PM
time that the houseguests all voted him
back in after they had evicted him. If they
all want James out of the house so badly,
VIDEOS Filed under: OpEd, Big Brother (US),
Episode Reviews
their approach just isn't working, is it?
Read on past the jump for the full review
By Annie Wu (TV Squad) (S09E27)"I stirred the pot for no reason." of tonight's show.
Submitted at 4/9/2008 1:38:00 AM - Adam Continue reading Big Brother 9: PoV
Nah, Adam. I like it that you shook Competition #9
Filed under: OpEd, The Daily Show, things up a bit. Adam's latest nominations which puts James on the block week after Permalink| Email this| | Comments
Episode Reviews, Reality-Free"Dick Move in the Big Brother 9 house alienated his week. Then he wins veto week after week
of the Week": A cheap shot from the alliance. We're talking about a house and saves himself. Well, there was that
Barack Obama campaign last Wednesday.
To lure youngsters away from a Bill OPRAH The View Discusses Thomas
Clinton speech on-campus, Obama continued from page 22
supporters gave away tickets to a Dave
Matthews concert. Ouch. Wow, The Daily
Show has been doing all sorts of things to
which I bet will be called Ask Dr. Oz-- the
name of his successful segments on
Oprah's show -- would follow in the
Beatie
my vocabulary. After the show footsteps of Dr. Phil. Remember, Dr. Phil By Hollywood Grind stigma from society in general. Some
permanently ingrained "douchebag" into having nightmares about animated purple
penises wearing Chuck Taylors. McGraw began his life as a talker by Submitted at 4/8/2008 6:21:06 PM
heterosexual parents are deemed unfit, so
my everyday conversations, I now fear that appearing on Oprah in infrequent hours why hasn’t Thomas Beatie been deemed
"dick move" is going to start working its Continue reading The Daily Show: April The ladies from The View discussed the
8, 2008 - VIDEOS that were a de facto pilot for his own talk unfit due to her obvious psychological
way into my language. Hey, when you show. Dr. Phil then launched in 2002, as a woman who calls herself a man named issues?
watch a show four times a week, Permalink| Email this| | Comments Thomas Beatie. Some of the best points
Harpo production, and has been a big time © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
mannerisms are bound to get picked up. hit. He's even challenged Oprah in some were: she still gets a pap smear because 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts:
This also poses the possibility that I'll start markets. she has a uterus and a vagina, debate if • Thomas Beatie on Oprah
Continue reading Oprah developing new testoerone she took will harm the baby, • Thomas Beatie is Pregnant
show for Dr. Oz wondering how she can call herself a man • Elisabeth Hasselbeck Reveals Son’s
Permalink| Email this| | Comments yet have a baby like a woman, and my Name on The View
number one concern, concern over the • Damon Wayans Gives Don Imus Two
psychological damage that will be done to Thumbs Up
the child due to its confusion over its • Rosie Coming Back to MSNBC
parents gender issues, sexuality issues, and
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Uwe Boll Trashes


Michael Bay, Eli Roth and
Anti-Boll Petition
By Erik Davis (Cinematical)
Submitted at 4/9/2008 3:02:00 AM

Filed under: Celebrities and Controversy,


Fandom, Trailers and Clips You might
remember how the other day Cinematical
Cinematical
and FEARnet writer Scott Weinberg clued
us all in to an interview FEARnet
conducted with the infamous director Uwe
Seven: Mock-
Boll. Shortly after our post hit, it quickly
made its way all over the web -- with Rock Comedies
thousands upon thousands of people By James Rocchi (Cinematical)
signing a petition to stop Boll from making
Submitted at 4/8/2008 3:32:00 PM
anymore movies. See, in the interview he
said he'd stop if the petition was signed by Filed under: Comedy, Music & Musicals,
one million people. Not sure if he knew Cinematical Seven, Lists
this at the time, but the internet loves a
challenge.
Well, now, Boll has put out a video He's definitely a unique individual -- I'll
EXCLUSIVE: Images British rock journalist Nick Kent
perfectly summed up pop music by nothing
how the best rock combines the Byronic
give him that. Then again, this could be
asking fans to start up a pro-Boll petition.
Oh yes, and he wants one million folks to
sign that as well. I love this guy -- hearing
wonderful promotion for his next film
Postal, which comes out in May. Hmmm ...
maybe Boll is a genius. Check out his
from 'The Wackness!' and the moronic. That uneasy mix of
poetry and poses, swagger and stagger,
makes rock and roll ripe for mockery --
him, he sounds like the bizarro Arnold By Erik Davis (Cinematical) with his parents, and a whopping lack of and, with Walk Hard arriving on DVD this
Schwarzenegger. Why does he want you to scathing video message after the jump confidence with girls. He trades weed for
(and, yes, it's probably NSFW). Submitted at 4/9/2008 5:01:00 AM week, what better time to name a few great
sign a pro-Boll petition? Well, because -- sessions with his therapist, Dr. Squires (Sir comedies that have mocked rock and
and I quote -- he's "not a f**king retard [Thanks Anthony] Filed under: Comedy, Drama, Fandom, Ben Kingsley), whose much-younger wife
Continue reading Uwe Boll Trashes punctured the pretensions of pop?
like Michael Bay or other people running Movie Marketing, Images (Famke Janssen) is slipping away from 1) Walk Hard
around in the business ... or Eli Roth Michael Bay, Eli Roth and Anti-Boll Known in some circles as "that movie him. Squires, a drug-addled shrink with a
Petition Permalink| Email this| Comments Starring John C. Reilly as roots-rocker
making the same sh**ty movies over and where Sir Ben Kingsley hooks up with hairline retreating to the back of his neck Dewey Cox, Walk Hard doesn't just stick a
over again. If you really look at my Mary-Kate Olsen," The Wackness and a state of mind slouching back to foot out to trip up Walk the Line; it also
movies, you will see my real genius." premiered at this year's Sundance Film adolescence, is an unlikely role model-but manages to spoof The Beatles, Brian
Festival where it was met with an the two of them forge a friendship based Wilson, Elvis and much more. (Indeed,
unbelievable online reception. Just about on a mutual need: neither one is getting Walk Hard follows such a carefully-crafted
everyone I spoke to fell in love with this laid." timeline as it travels through pop music
quirky drug-related dramedy from director Check out both exclusive photos history, it almost feels like a second take
Jonathan Levine( All the Boys Love (including a larger version of the image on the brilliant, underseen Grace of My
Mandy Lane). While I didn't get the chance above) from the film in the gallery below. Heart, another film that spanned decades
to see it (our own Scott Weinberg did), The Wackness arrives in theaters on July through musical styles.) With a brilliant
these good vibes have me all antsy to 3rd. (And is it me, or does Kingsley have a supporting cast and Reilly's cement-headed
check out The Wackness when it hits the little Keitel going on in that pic?) self-centered performance in the lead role,
Tribeca Film Festival later this month. Gallery: The Wackness Permalink| Email Walk Hard is that rare parody that
Here's a bit from the synopsis: "... Luke this| Comments nonetheless still loves what it mocks.
(Josh Peck) is a socially uncomfortable Best Line:"Wait a minute, son: Dewey
teenage pot dealer with no friends, issues Cox has to think about his whole life
before he performs. ..."
Continue reading Cinematical Seven:
Mock-Rock Comedies Permalink| Email
this| Comments
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Rogue Giving Femme- Chloe Sevigny and Zooey


Centric Comic Book a Chance Deschanel Team Up for
- 'Hack/Slash' on the Way 'Divorce Ranch'
By Eugene Novikov (Cinematical) By Eugene Novikov (Cinematical)
Submitted at 4/9/2008 2:02:00 AM
Submitted at 4/9/2008 5:35:00 AM
Filed under: Comedy, Horror, Focus Filed under: Casting, Fandom Zooey
Features, Comic/Superhero/Geek We Deschanel is a film nerd goddess. I get the
haven't had much luck with female comic sense -- I could be wrong about this -- that
book heroes, perhaps because the only people who aren't at least moderately
ones that have made it to the screen have intense cinephiles aren't, by and large,
been halfhearted spin-offs from male-led aware of her existence. Everyone who has
franchises. Audiences quite justifiably said learned to recognize her, on the other hand,
"no, thank you" to Elektra and Catwoman.
Rogue wants to change that by adapting
seems to adore her absolutely. And lately, It's Official: Fourth
even the hipster music scene has been
Hack/Slash, a female-led comic book that's
actually distinctive, with a protagonist who
getting a taste: " She & Him," Deschanel's 'High School
lovely indie-pop collaboration with
is no one's sidekick, thank you very much.
Justin Marks, who is also writing the
guitarist M. Ward, has been winning over Musical' on the Way!
fans like crazy. I am totally on board with
upcoming Street Fighter: The Legend of the mini-phenomenon. She is not only By Monika Bartyzel (Cinematical)
Chun Li for Fox, will take a pass at the adorable (I love that photo), she's cool, and Submitted at 4/9/2008 4:02:00 AM
screenplay, and music video and endlessly charming.
commercial director Todd Lincoln will quickie divorce that will let her marry a Filed under: Deals, Disney, Scripts,
Zooey may have more name recognition Family Films, Home Entertainment As
make the film his feature debut. after her starring role in M. Night wealthy man. Deschanel will play her
like it might please the legions of Buffy assistant, and TV, film and theater vet much as it would make fans of Zac Efron,
Hack/Slash tells the story of Cassie fans who have been waiting for someone Shyamalan's The Happening, depending on
Hack, a cute goth girl who survives an Michael Lindsay-Hogg will direct. I'm a Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, and the
to take the Vampire Slayer's place. And how that one goes over this summer. In the others happy to see them together again,
attack by a brutal slasher villain named the meantime, she is teaming up with another big fan of Sevigny -- another actress with
Lunch Lady, recruits an enormous sidekick horror geeks might be pleased to have little name recognition outside of film it's not quite an uplifting premise for a
something that toys with their genre's indie it-girl -- Chloë Sevigny-- for Divorce Disney Channel movie to see them all fail
named Vlad, and travels the country taking Ranch, a seemingly low-profile period geekery -- as well. This project sounds like
conventions, though I would as soon not an indie kid's wet dream. Permalink| Email and have to re-do their Senior Year.
out slashers and serial killers wherever she witness the return of Kevin Williamson. comedy about a woman (Sevigny) who
finds them. As you might expect, the this| Comments Besides, Zac is starting to bring his
If you're familiar with the source comes to Nevada after World War II for a mainstream, post- Musical career together
comic book has horror and comedy
elements, and the movie is expected to material, please weigh in below. now, so I would think that it would be
have the same. If nothing else, this sounds Permalink| Email this| Comments hard, if not impossible, to get him back for
another installment. Nevertheless, The

Daniel Radcliffe Will Go Naked on Broadway Hollywood Reporter has posted that the
Disney Channel is continuing the series.
Silly me, to think that graduation would be
By Monika Bartyzel (Cinematical) debut on September 5 of this year, in with a metal hoof pick. Richard Griffiths the end of it, since High School Musical 3
Submitted at 4/9/2008 4:32:00 AM
previews for a limited, 22-week run that (who plays Uncle Vernon in the Potter is, well, "Senior Year."
will stretch from September 25 to February franchise) will also reprise his role as the The Disney Channel is so keen on
Filed under: Celebrities and Controversy, 8 of 2009. Yes, folks, that means he'll be in psychiatrist who treats Radcliffe's troubled continuing the series that they've already
Exhibition It's official! Harry Potter, New York City as Harry Potter and the lead. Now the question becomes: Will started working on the next one. Most
otherwise known as Daniel Radcliffe, is Half-Blood Prince hits theaters. I'm Daniel's nudity and smoking create an likely, this will be a new television movie,
heading to Broadway. Back in September thinking that the chances for a big uproar here as well? He is now 18, so that rather than another big-screen adventure,
of last year, I posted about the Brit's plans premiere in the Big Apple are pretty should stop some of the skin qualms, but and they're currently writing the script
to reprise his starring role in Equus on darned good -- and just think -- if you book the Big Apple certainly isn't the most now. Disney Channel Worldwide president
Broadway, dropping trou for a whole new tickets for the play around November 2, which is based on the true story of a smoke-friendly city these days. Permalink| Rich Ross says: "Are we going to have all
set of fans. Now Yahoo has confirmed it. you can have a double Radcliffe whammy! troubled young man who blinds horses Email this| Comments the cast back? Probably not. Will we have
The young actor will make his Broadway Thea Sharrock is directing the play, some of them? I hope so." The juniors are
now seniors? Freshman now sophomores?
Continue reading It's Official: Fourth
'High School Musical' on the Way!
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Slate Posts Spoiler-Happy 'W' 'Fanboys' Ernie Cline Sells


Script Review 'Thundercade'
By Eugene Novikov (Cinematical) By Elisabeth Rappe (Cinematical)
Submitted at 4/9/2008 3:32:00 AM Submitted at 4/9/2008 2:32:00 AM

Filed under: Scripts, Politics The script Filed under: Comedy, Deals, Scripts,
for Oliver Stone's W-- a project we've been Comic/Superhero/Geek, Games and Game
discussing a lot around here lately-- Movies As the smoke cools on the
apparently leaked to several news outlets Fanboys drama, the boys behind it are
this week, and Slate has posted a managing to find work elsewhere. The
delightful, albeit spoiler-heavy, review. Hollywood Reporter writes that Ernie
Now, the extent to which a George W. Cline, co-writer of the never-to-be-seen
Bush biopic can be spoiled is debatable, film, has just sold his comedy spec
and a lot could change from the October Thundercade to Lakeshore Entertainment.
15, 2007 draft (titled Bush rather than W) (And yes, that's Cline to the right. I think
that Slate got its grubby paws on, but the writers should get pictures too.)
review does give away a good number of Thundercade is the story of a video game
specific scenes, lines and moments, so junkie facing a midlife crisis who learns
proceed with caution. that a young punk had broken a record he fond memories of. Anyway, at least
Slate's prevailing impression is that the set as a teen. He and his two best friends Lakeshore will not actually cut out the
(On the decision to invade Iraq, for embark on a journey to reclaim his place in
screenplay is heavy on Bushisms ("Is our example: "I think it's time we stopped midlife crisis bit because it strikes them as
children learning?") and common video game history and win the world's a bit sad.
standing around with our dicks in our ultimate gaming championship,
perceptions that have become clichés
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the match. PGATour.com and you don’t need a told me in a conversation about a month
Don’t hand Tiger the green jacket yet. workout for your scrolling finger to come ago that Mr. Mickelson’s wrist was hurt
(If you’re looking for today’s Daily Fix (Getty Images) across Woods’s name in scoring, money, worse than people thought last year, but
column, it’s here.) OK, not really, but equally not really are putting, greens in regulation, etc. And, yes, now is completely healed. Mr. Mickelson
Tim Carroll offers his Masters pick: the ads that ESPN is running to announce in last year’s four majors he finished has already won once on Tour this year. A
Now that the media has handed out the it is broadcasting the par-three contest on second, second, all the way down to 12th, third jacket for him is not farfetched.
major tournament trophies for 2008, let’s Wednesday and the first two rounds of the and first. And, yes, this year’s majors — or But the Fix Pick is K.J. Choi. He is
review: Masters this year. The ads talk of how at least the middle two of the U.S. and second in greens in regulation this year,
Tiger Woods won the Masters because Tiger is going for history this year. British Opens — set up very well for sixth in scoring average, has won once this
ESPN said so, the U.S. Open in June History? His 14th professional major and Woods. But let’s all calm down: From now year, and, after getting off to an awful start
because NBC wanted him to, the British fifth green jacket? Nah, Jack Nicklaus did until August is a long time to last week, rallied to finish 11th.
Open in July because it made for really both. It’s an allusion to Woods winning the hyperventilate. And, who knows: If my prediction is
great ratings for ABC, and CBS had Tiger Grand Slam this year. And it’s likely an President Giuliani? So if not Woods, who does win the green right, maybe I’ll run for president!
finishing up the Grand Slam in a runaway illusion. Certainly, Woods is a prohibitive jacket? Mr. Carroll, a news editor at the print
because it was a wonderful lead-in to the Memo to everyone: Please calm down favorite. Las Vegas lists him as even odds Chad Campbell does all the things that a Journal, always wanted his Dad to be
fall programming. Tiger even went 5-0 in and remember the boys have yet to put a in a sport where if someone — other than Masters champion needs to do — he hits it president so the family could bowl in the
the Ryder Cup in September simply tee in the ground, have yet to hole a single Tiger, of course — has a winning long enough and well enough, but more White House. He can be reached at
because, well, he’s Tiger and it makes for putt, have yet to wipe a sweat-stained brow percentage near 10%, it’s a monster, importantly he putts well enough — and tim.carroll@wsj.com.
great TV. And the U.S. romped 27.5-0.5 in after a power lip-out leaves a putt longer monster year. Woods won five PGA Tour his second-place showing on Tour this past
the Ryder Cup, missing out on the clean than the original. And we all know how events in a row, and then his streak ended week portends well.
sweep only to give Johnny Miller well the media is at predictions, don’t we, when he plummeted all the way to fifth in Phil Mickelson has shown he can win
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The Detroit Tigers are Fix readers’ season, and this contest, will play out? have trouble relying on so much young four-sided die to get the Dodgers. Bronx partisans will continue to stay
consensus pick to win the World Series, Please sound off in the comments. pitching; still, they still have a formidable Joe Posnanski: Red Sox, Tigers, Angels, curiously silent about the corrupting
for the first time since 1984. Of course, the THE BASICS(point value in team with a lot of players I find easy to Mets, Cubs and Diamondbacks. I feel good effects of allowing second-place teams into
Tigers promptly started the season by parentheses) pull for. The defending champion Red Sox, about none of these. Maybe Arizona. the playoffs.
losing their first seven games, so the 134 1. Which six teams will be division once again, look to be tough. The Indians Joe Sheehan: Red Sox, Tigers, Angels, Passan: Tigers and Cubs.
readers who entered the Daily Fix winners? (5 each) should regroup from their disappointing Mets, Cubs, Diamondbacks Solace for Cubs fans: A wild card has
seasonlong baseball contest can take solace AL East: Red Sox 105; Yankees 27; Blue playoff exit and be strong too, but I’d be Carl Bialik: Red Sox, Indians, Angels, made each of the last six World Series.
in the fact that the World Series winner is Jays 2. lying if I didn’t say that the Tigers are the Mets, Reds, Rockies. Posnanski: Yankees and Phillies. I want
just one of 20 questions. Predicting Barry AL Central: Tigers 95; Indians 39. team I’m most interested in watching — Jason Fry: Red Sox, Tigers, Angels, to say Cleveland, but I suspect the Yankees
Bonds’s home run total (most think he AL West: Angels 98; Mariners 33; A’s 3. their offense is just staggering. Mets, Cubs, Padres. will find a way.
won’t have any); the first player to be NL East: Mets 101; Phillies 22; Braves Jon Bois: Red Sox, Tigers, Angels, Mets, 2. Which two teams will win the wild Sheehan: Yankees and Braves.
released or traded (so long, Richie 11. Cubs, Dodgers. cards? (5 each) Bialik: Yankees and Braves.
Sexson); and the most-improved team NL Central: Cubs 86; Brewers 37; Reds The American League’s division winners AL The Tigers can’t pitch.
(break up the Rays!) is just as important in 6; Cardinals 4; Astros 1. are slam dunks compared to the National Yankees 51 Fry: Indians and Braves.
this test of forecasting skills. NL West: Diamondbacks 60; Dodgers League’s. Why? The designated-hitter rule, Indians 33 Watch out, Met faithful, the Braves are
This roundup of reader picks may come 40; Padres 18; Rockies 16. naturally. The AL is a real-world computer Red Sox 19 alive again. Oh yeah: Eat it, Steinbrenners!
late, but the first week of the baseball More than 43% of readers picked program comprised of flesh, wood, leather Tigers 15 3. Which two teams will go to the World
season generally doesn’t mean much, as identical division winners in the AL: the and dirt. It’s an algorithm, played out with Blue Jays 7 Series? (15 each)
New York Sun columnist Tim Marchman Red Sox, the Tigers and the Angels. And simple dice-roll probability. When NL Angels, Mariners 4 AL
pointed out this week. Unfortunately for there were just five picks, total, for teams teams send pitchers to bat, they’re putting NL Tigers 49
Mr. Marchman, one early return that does that didn’t finish first or second last year. baseball’s primary mathematical unknown Phillies 24 Red Sox 38
seem to matter is the Tigers’ early woes — There was far less unanimity in the NL, into play. Sure, you know the pitcher is Braves 19 Indians 17
he’s a guest entrant in the Fix contest, where all but five teams got at least four probably going to suck at the plate, but you Mets 16 Yankees 14
along with eight of our other favorite votes. don’t know how or how badly he’s going Rockies 15 Angels 12
baseball writers, and he picked the Tigers. Alex Belth: Red Sox, Tigers, Mariners, to suck. The NL wild card is truly a wild Diamondbacks 14 Mariners 3
Marchman, Joe Posnanski and Jeff Passan Mets, Cubs, Rockies. card, as is nearly everything else that Cubs 11 Blue Jays 1
are newcomers to the contest this year, I’ve actually found myself avoiding happens in this wretched league. Take the Padres 10 NL
joining veterans Deadspin’s Will Leitch, reading too much about the coming season 2007 Diamondbacks. There’s no way a Brewers 9 Mets 62
Jon Bois and Nick Dallamora from the this spring. Not an easy trick when you team with a negative-20 run differential Dodgers 8 Cubs 17
Dugout, Larry Borowsky, Alex Belth and maintain a daily blog. This is now the sixth could win an American League division. Reds 4 Diamondbacks, Dodgers 13
Joe Sheehan from Baseball Prospectus Opening Day I’ve blogged on Bronx Madness. Astros, Cardinals 1 Phillies 11
(here are the returning sextet’s 2007 Banter. When I started, there were only a I also blame the designated hitter Just 11 readers choose their AL wild- Braves 6
picks). Below they share their predictions handful of Yankees-related sites. Now, whenever I stub my toe or spill my beer. card pick to win the league crown, and just Brewers 5
for the season, along with some there seems to be dozens, including Larry Borowsky: Red Sox, Indians, three expect the wild-card team to go on to Rockies 3
commentary. If you didn’t think the eephus professional blogs by journalists like Pete Angels, Mets, Brewers, Diamondbacks. win the World Series. Those numbers are a Cardinals, Padres 2
pitch, Minnie Minoso, a young, sullen Abraham, Joel Sherman, Kat O’Brien and A lot fewer gimmes than usual — the similarly paltry 17 and five, respectively, Some 22 readers predicted the Tigers
Nick Markakis, Leavenworth, Jimi Tyler Kepner. The constant stream of Mets are the only no-brainer pick in the NL. Yet a wild-card team has made would face the Mets, and another 20
Hendrix, Residence Inn, Sunday school, information and analysis helps make this (although the D-Backs pick required only each of the last six World Series. predicted a rematch of the Mets-Red Sox
“Michael Clayton” and a bronzed llama something of a golden age for baseball the brain stem). The Braves, Cubs and Meanwhile, more than 57% of readers series in 1986. One of these, Samuel
could all make it into one MLB column, fans. At the same time, I find it all to be Yankees would not look out of place on expect the AL wild card to come from the Sanchez, writes, “Mets in seven, only this
you haven’t read these guys enough. overwhelming at times. So, in the interest this list; the Mariners have two Cy Young East, which makes sense given that the time it will be Ortiz at Shea with the boot.”
Also returning from last year are the of having a fresh perspective going into the candidates (Felix Hernandez and Erik Red Sox or Yankees have taken the extra Belth: Tigers and Mets.
winner and runner-up among our readers. year, I’ve tried to read as little as possible, Bedard), and the Phillies have Chase Utley playoff spot in four of the last five seasons. Bois: Tigers and Braves.
The winner, Matt Viereck, expects the only keeping myself familiar with what is and Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels. I Belth: Angels and Phillies. The Tigers possess the playoff
Tigers to beat the Cubs in a World Series happening, not intimately so. This general don’t like the Tigers’ pitching at all, so I’m Bois: Yankees and Braves. experience they lacked during their 2006
with lower ratings than last year. Also, he feeling of needing a break also has been picking against them. Their lineups are strong enough to reach run to the Series, both from holdovers from
thinks the Giants will finish with the heightened by the departure of Joe Torre, Nick Dallamora: Red Sox, Tigers, the playoffs, but their pitching rotations that team and from the newly-arrived
majors’ worst record. Runner-up Steve the decline of George Steinbrenner and the Mariners, Mets, Brewers, Rockies. hold too many unknowns for them to win a Edgar Renteria. Aside from being an
Saeger likes the Mets to beat the Tigers in beginning of the final year of Yankee Will Leitch: Red Sox, Tigers, Angels, division race. excellent player, Renteria has played in
October. He thinks Barry Bonds will hit 12 Stadium. Mets, Cubs, Diamondbacks. Borowsky: Tigers and Reds. two Series and is a clubhouse leader. I
home runs. Meanwhile, the first prize of That said, it should be another Tim Marchman: Red Sox, Tigers, I don’t really think the Reds will go, but think Dontrelle Willis will find his throw
the 2008 contest goes to Elie Mischel, for compelling year for the game in both Angels, Mets, Cubs, Diamondbacks. they’re a fun novelty pick. They vaguely again, and the acquisition of Miguel
getting in the first entry. leagues. The NL West is exciting and it’ll Jeff Passan: Red Sox, Indians, Mariners, remind me of the D-Backs from last year Cabrera will make the Tigers’ lineup the
On to the picks. Answers may not add up be interesting to see how the Mets perform Mets, Brewers, Dodgers. — young talent out the wazoo. Not even scariest in baseball. I’m picking the Braves
to 135 because some readers omitted some after their regrettable finish in ‘07. If Pedro Red Sox are a no-brainer. Indians benefit Dusty Baker can ruin this much potential. because I always pick the Braves. If for
answers. Readers picks come first. Last and Johan remain healthy, each home start from Detroit’s bullpen and Seattle from the Dallamora: Yankees and Dodgers. some reason Mike Hampton stays healthy
year’s right answer in bold, where will be an event, kind of like the old Doc Kelvim Escobar injury. The Mets and Leitch: Yankees and Brewers.
applicable. Want to weigh in on how the Gooden days. I think the Yankees may Brewers are too talented, and I rolled a Marchman: Yankees and Braves. WELCOME page 28
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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. John Maine (Mets), Brad Penny
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. (Dodgers), Ben Sheets (Brewers) 1
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. Belth: Verlander and Santana.
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. Bois: Halladay and Santana.
Boston and Chicago will win the 1993). But am I really picking the expect an NL team to have the best record Leitch: Giants. Halladay has already won a Cy, and
pennants, inciting unprecedented levels of Diamondbacks? Ah, screw it: the Sawx — all but 6 picking the Mets. Marchman: Giants. finished third and fifth in voting the last
sepia-toned columnizing by people who win again. Belth: Mets. San Francisco will have a season so bad two years. My process for determining my
have no idea what they’re talking about. Dallamora: Tigers. Bois: Red Sox. that the Dolan family will charter planes prediction went exactly like this: “Johan
Passan: Indians and Mets. Leitch: Red Sox. Their mix of veteran leadership and full of basketball writers and enraged fans Santana. Oh wait, he’s in the NL. Uh, Pat
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 Hentgen.” Then I pulled up the Blue Jays’
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 Baseball Reference page. “Did Pat
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 Hentgen change his name to Roy
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 Halladay? I can’t imagine why he would,
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 but then, I haven’t watched a Blue Jays
Posnanski: Red Sox and Mets. this game will involve a Cubs pitcher Borowsky: Red Sox. he wouldn’t field a team whose average game in years. Halladay it is.” Cy Young
Sheehan: Red Sox and Mets. walking the bases loaded and then giving Dallamora: Red Sox. age was 37. voters tend to get excited about wins, and I
Bialik: Yankees and Mets. up a grand slam on an eephus pitch, Leitch: Red Sox. Passan: Orioles. think Santana will rack up 22 of them.
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. He’s moving to a pitcher’s league and will
be in New York for a Subway Series, stands on account of having forgotten how Passan: Mets. Posnanski: Orioles. enjoy plenty of run support.
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 Borowsky: Felix Hernandez and Santana.
around. the sort. 2007 (34-18), not the ones from June matter? Two proud 1970s organizations. Dallamora: Verlander and Santana.
Fry: Indians and Mets. Passan: Mets. through September (54-56). Sheehan: Orioles. Leitch: Verlander and Santana.
4. Which team will win the World Santana at least twice, Pedro and Maine Posnanski: Tigers. Just barely behind the Giants. It’s a Marchman: Sabathia and Santana.
Series? (30) filling the other slots, Wright and Reyes in Sheehan: Red Sox. necessary part of the process, but the These are admittedly incredibly
Tigers 29 the swing of their primes. The only thing Bialik: Red Sox. Orioles are going to be almost unwatchable unimaginative picks. I would pick Josh
Mets 27 that could screw this up is Willie Randolph The last three teams in their division will this year. Beckett, as one almost expects that his
Red Sox 23 and, well, come September, if this looks provide lots of easy games. Bialik: Nationals. back problems will recur in perfect
Yankees 12 foolish because of him, at least I’ll have Fry: Tigers. They won’t get a new-ballpark bounce. proportion to the number of 18-hour flights
Indians 10 been prescient in one respect. 6. Which team will have the worst Fry: Giants. he’s asked to take, but taking him at his
Angels 8 Posnanski: Red Sox. regular-season record? (10) 7. Who will win the AL and NL Cy word one has to slate him behind Sabathia
Cubs 7 They won’t be able to talk about curses Orioles 48 Young awards? (10 each) and his marvelous array of hat angles.
Braves 4 in Boston for a long, long time. Giants 23 American League Passan: Felix Hernandez and Santana.
Dodgers, Phillies 3 Sheehan: Red Sox. Marlins 17 Justin Verlander (Tigers) 42 If you asked me two years ago, I would
Brewers, Diamondbacks 2 Predicting who will win short series in Royals 15 Josh Beckett (Red Sox) 24 have thought Felix Hernandez would gain
Cardinals, Mariners, Padres, Rockies 1 October is hard enough in October, so Pirates 14 C.C. Sabathia(Indians) 20 30 pounds instead of lose them. When I
Just 51 readers expect the NL to win the consider this just a vote for the best team. Nationals 11 Erik Bedard (Mariners) 14
World Series. Two sweeps in three years No playoff team has better than a 1-in-5 Rays 3 Roy Halladay (Blue Jays) 8 WELCOME page 29
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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 See my Markakis anecdote above. He
Vladimir Guerrero (Angels) 5 deserve what they get most of all. Alexei Ramirez (traded from White Sox?), Red Sox 16 can pitch a fit, but unfortunately for the
Victor Martinez (Indians) 2 Passan: Alex Rodriguez and Utley. Troy Tulowitzki* (Rockies), Edinson Angels, Indians 2 Orioles, he cannot pitch a baseball.
Travis Hafner (Indians), Torii Hunter Sorry, but A-Rod was so much better Volquez* (Reds), Delwyn Young Belth: Phillies and Yankees. Borowsky: Astros and Orioles.
(Angels), Derek Jeter (Yankees), Justin than anyone last season, it would be (Dodgers) 1 Bois: Phillies and Tigers. Dallamora: Marlins and Orioles.
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 Leitch: Reds and Rangers.
Placido Polanco (Tigers), Jorge Posada Jimmy Rollins, would have won NL MVP eligibility rules here) the pitching to win more than 85 games. I Marchman: Rockies and Rangers.
(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 Colorado will allow the most, but
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 Florida’s runner-up performance will be
David Wright (Mets) 43 to get. and by one analysis compiling one of the know they were all going to waste. far more impressive in context. Texas will
Matt Holliday (Rockies), Ryan Howard Posnanski: Jeter and Beltran. best major-league debuts in history. Borowsky: Phillies and Yankees. continue to labor under whatever curse it is
(Phillies) 14 I have this weird feeling that this will Belth: Buchholz and Fukudome. Dallamora: Brewers and Red Sox. that they suffer from.
Prince Fielder (Brewers), Jose Reyes finally be the year Jeter wins it. I always Bois: Buchholz and Homer Bailey. Leitch: Phillies and Tigers. Passan: Nationals and Orioles.
(Mets) 10 pick Beltran to win in the NL. Bailey had an awful Spring and was sent Marchman: Rockies and Yankees. Sucks to be a Beltway baseball fan.
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 Posnanski: Marlins and Orioles.
(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 Sheehan: Marlins and Orioles.
Mark Teixera (Braves) 5 different matter, especially in the AL. Dusty Baker has already proven his ability machine. ( Humidor or no, Coors Field still Bialik: Nationals and Rangers.
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 Fry: Phillies and Rangers.
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. 12. Which team will have the most-
Rollins(Phillies) 3 true value down. he’ll probably trot him out to throw 340 Passan: Phillies and Tigers. improved record, measured in increase in
Carlos Beltran (Mets), Derreck Lee Bialik: Rodriguez and Beltran. innings, run him into the ground, and The Yankees are getting too old, and total regular-season victories?
(Cubs) 2 Fry: Cabrera and Wright. sacrifice the rest of his career, but what’s a even though the Tigers have some rings on Rays 49
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. Reds 20
(Reds), Matt Kemp (Dodgers), Aramis of the Year awards? (10 each) Borowsky: Barton and Bruce. Phillies ahead of the Braves simply White Sox 12
Ramirez (Cubs), Hanley Ramirez American League Dallamora: Buchholz and Fukudome. because of their ballpark. Royals 10
(Marlins), Johan Santana (Mets), Ryan Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox) 42 Leitch: Longoria and Soto. Posnanski: Phillies and Tigers. Dodgers, Tigers, Mariners 5
Zimmerman (Nationals) 1 Evan Longoria (Rays) 39 Marchman: Buchholz and Soto. Philadelphia, because the Phillies A’s, Marlins 4
Belth: Cabrera and Utley. Clay Buchholz (Red Sox) 18 Clay Buchholz’s award will, along with ballpark is roughly the size of a Residence Cubs, Giants 3
Bois: Cabrera and Chipper Jones. Joba Chamberlain (Yankees) 10 continued great pitching from Justin Inn Suite. Blue Jays, Braves, Brewers, Pirates 2
If I’m supposing that the Braves will Daric Barton (A’s) 8 Verlander and Scott Kazmir, help provoke Sheehan: Braves and Tigers. Astros, Mets, Nationals, Orioles,
make an improbable run to the World Carlos Gomez* (Twins), Adam Jones* a scouting bias toward beanpole pitchers, Bialik: Phillies and Tigers. Rangers, Twins 1
Series, I need to be consistent with my (Orioles) 3 an entirely welcome development. Fry: Cubs and Indians. Belth: Blue Jays.
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 Bois: Braves.
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) Braves, naturally. They’ll win 98 games,
lead them there. At age 35, Chipper is a (A’s), Phil Hughes* (Yankees), Dustin Game Seven. NL which won’t be enough to catch the Mets,
better player than he’s ever been. Pedroia* (Red Sox), Jonathan Van Every Passan: Longoria and Cueto. Marlins 38
Borowsky: Sizemore and Pujols. (Red Sox) 1 Posnanski: Longoria and Fukudome. Pirates 20 WELCOME page 30
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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, Rockies, Giants. Amid this paranoia, one Contreras (White Sox: $10), J.D. Drew
Yovanni Gallardo around all year, Dave be as terrible as everyone thinks, but Orioles. reader even predicted Phil Garner’s repeat (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, departure would come first. Incidentally, 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. Guillen is also the most likely pick Garciaparra (Dodgers: $9.5), Ken Griffey,
maybe this’ll be the year he finally makes rotation. (Note the high correlation, also on display 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 $5.3), Bartolo Colon (Angels: $16), Joe
running a red and he asked the cop: “Do Posnanski: Rockies. Sheehan: Rays, Nationals, Royals, should look into maneuvering his way into Crede (White Sox: $5.1), Kyle Farnsworth
you know who I am?” Maybe the Rockies. Maybe Seattle. I’ll Pirates, Orioles. the Illinois Senate seat I expect will open (Yankees: $5.9), Eric Gagne (Brewers:
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 $10), Jay Gibbons (Orioles: $5), Orlando
Sheehan: Rays. about it. Bialik: Royals, Rays, Pirates, Orioles, no world championships as far as I’m Hudson (Diamondbacks: $6.3), Randy
There won’t be that many great leaps Sheehan: Orioles. Nationals. aware. Johnson (Diamondbacks: $15.1), Kyle
forward this season, in part because not The Giants will be right here as well, as Fry: Rays, Nationals, Royals, Pirates, Passan: Guillen. Lohse (Cardinals: $4.3), Daisuke
that many teams were all that bad last year. will the Phillies. Orioles. Or: Likeliest to have a Tom Wilkinson-in Matsuzaka (Red Sox: $8.3), Kevin
Bialik: Royals. Bialik: Diamondbacks. Still, all of those teams can plausibly -”Michael Clayton” meltdown. Millwood (Rangers: $10.4), Mike Mussina
They should have won five more games They should have won 11 fewer games think better days are coming. Posnanski: Guillen. (Yankees: $11.1), Carl Pavano (Yankees:
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. $11), Manny Ramirez (Red Sox: $18.9),
differential. Fry: Cardinals. credit will be given.) That curtain seems about read to close on Ivan Rodriguez (Tigers: $12.4), Curt
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? Schilling (Red Sox: $8), Jason Schmidt
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 (Dodgers: $15.2), Ben Sheets (Brewers:
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 $12.1), Ichiro Suzuki (Mariners: $17.1),
regular-season victories? fans, but not for him. managing) in 2008? seems like a good guess too, but he’s Mike Sweeney (A’s: $0.5), Mark Teixeira
Rockies 26 14. Rank these teams in order of regular- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, probably also too new. (Braves: $12.5), Woody Williams (Astros:
Twins 16 season wins, most to fewest: Nationals, shown arguing on Opening Day, isn’t Sheehan: McLaren. $6), Dmitri Young (Nationals: $5),
Indians 13 Pirates, Orioles, Devil Rays, Royals. expected to last in his job much longer by Bialik: Trembley. Michael Young (Rangers: $6.2) 1
Angels 12 Nearly 60% of readers –77, to be exact dozens of Fix readers. (Getty Images) Fry: Gibbons. According to 10 readers, Richie Sexson
Cardinals 10 — think the Rays will do best of these Ozzie Guillen (White Sox) 26 16. Who will be the highest-salaried won’t be with the Mariners by the end of
A’s 8 teams. Just seven picked the Orioles, who John Gibbons (Blue Jays) 17 player (based on 2008 salary) released or the season. (Associated Press Photo)
Red Sox, Yankees 6 were the pick of 73 readers to have the Dave Trembley (Orioles) 14 traded? Multiple readers selected Alex
Brewers, Giants 5 worst record of the five. The most popular Ron Washington (Rangers) 11 All dollar figures are 2008 salaries, in Rodriguez and C.C. Sabathia, the
Astros, Mariners, Padres 4 ranking: Rays, Nationals, Royals, Pirates, Bruce Bochy (Padres), Ned Yost units of $1 million rounded to the nearest defending MVP and Cy Young Award
Orioles, Phillies 3 Orioles. In all, 53 of the 120 possible (Brewers) 9 $100,000, and are based on USA Today’s winner, respectively of the AL. Gibbons
Braves, Diamondbacks, Marlins 2 rankings were selected. Tony La Russa (Cardinals) 7 salary database. and Williams, both released before their
Blue Jays, Mets, Rangers 1 Incidentally, they’re now the Rays, not Charlie Manuel (Phillies) 6 Richie Sexson (Mariners: $15.5) 10 teams’ openers, make less money than
Belth: Yankees. the Devil Rays, as the Fixers erroneously John McLaren (Mariners) 5 Jason Giambi (Yankees: $23.4) 9 dozens of players on this list, so the Fix
Bois: Twins. called them in this contest. Reader William Manny Acta (Nationals), Willie Miguel Tejada (Astros: $14.8) 7 has some time to defer the decision as to
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 whether they count.
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 Belth: Giambi.
Hunter, an underappreciated Carlos Silva, Belth: Rays, Nationals, Pirates, Royals, (Cubs) 3 (Dodgers: $8) 5 Bois: Nathan.
and future star Matt Garza. You know Orioles. Cecil Cooper (Astros), Bob Geren (A’s) A.J. Burnett (Blue Jays: $13.2), Joe When I was a little kid, one of my
what you do when you want to mail in a Bois: Royals, Rays, Nationals, Pirates, 2 Nathan (Twins: $6) 4 favorite storybooks was titled, “As Right
season? You get rid of your talent and sign Orioles. Dusty Baker (Reds), Bud Black (Padres), Jason Bay (Pirates: $6), Coco Crisp (Red
Livan Hernandez. I’m choosing to believe what I read Bobby Cox (Braves), Ron Gardenhire Sox: $5.1), Mike Hampton (Braves: $16), WELCOME page 32
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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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As Right Can Be.” It was about a poor man Park will remain really angry that the Mets Bonds hit?* Let the dying die, would you?
who bought some sharp new shoelaces. gave up Carlos Gomez in the deal, and will Barry Bonds won’t get much of a chance Posnanski: 0.
The shoelaces only served to highlight the repeatedly call Joe Benigno to express his to add to his record home-run total while Don’t know how we would count the
dullness of the rest of his possessions, so views on the use of leverage in attending basketball games such as this balls hit out of Leavenworth.
he bought new shoes, then a new jacket, negotiations. Lakers-Kings matchup. (Associated Press Sheehan: 18.
then a new house. The story ended with his Passan: Santana. Photo) If I say “zero,” the best I can do is tie.
property being repossessed by the bank. I’m nothing if not consistent. The mean was four, while the median Bialik: 11.
It’s a good read. Anyway, the Twins are Posnanski: Santana. and mode were zero (98 readers thought Fry: 0.
currently in the process of telling this story But I think Willis has a good year too. Bonds would remain stuck at 762). The 20. Will average television ratings for the
in reverse. Johan Santana was the new Sheehan: Santana. highest guess was 24. In a season with World Series go up or down from last
mansion; Torii Hunter was the horse and He could have an obnoxious record, 26-3 more than 42 at bats, Bonds hasn’t hit as year’s 10.6?
cart, and Joe Nathan is the snappy new or something. few as 24 homers since 1989. Up 87, Down 47
vest. The shoelaces are Kevin Slowey. Bialik: Santana. Since this is a Major League Baseball Belth: Down.
Borowsky: Burrell. Fry: Santana. contest, incidentally, we’re only counting Bois: Up.
Dallamora: Buerhle. 18. Will anyone reach the 20-20-20-20 homers Bonds hits in the majors — though Just barely. Not sure if I’ll be
Leitch: Thome. threshold (in doubles, triples, home runs several readers wondered if we’d be contributing, though. I’m volunteering my
Marchman: Pujols. and stolen bases) that Curtis Granderson including homers in Japan — or a federal apartment as a Nielsen household,
Passan: Jose Vidro. and Jimmy Rollins reached last year? If penitentiary. purchasing 25 televisions, and tuning them
Only redeeming quality is that he doesn’t yes, who? Belth: 0. all to re-runs of “The Wire” in an effort to
strike out in a lineup full of guys who do. No one 76 Bois: 0. convince HBO to order a sixth season. I
But with Jeff Clement and Wladimir Jimmy Rollins (Phillies) 21 It’s starting to look as though Bonds’ want to find out whether Bubbles helps
Balentien waiting, why are the Mariners
sticking with a sub-.400 SLG DH? Runner
Jose Reyes (Mets) 13
Curtis Granderson (Tigers) 11
legal problems won’t prevent him from
playing this year. What will prevent him
with the dishes.
Borowsky: Down.
Toni Braxton
-up: Nomar Garciaparra, making the $8.5
million Vidro is, and probably just as
Hanley Ramirez (Marlins) 7
Carl Crawford (Rays), Grady Sizemore
from playing is the truth that no team with
any measure of ego or self-respect will
Ya can’t go wrong betting on baseball
TV ratings to go down. Hospitalized
likely a designate-for-assignment. (Indians) 2 want him. I suppose that narrows the Dallamora: Up. By Hollywood Grind
Posnanski: Eric Chavez. Ryan Braun (Brewers), Ichiro Suzuki candidates to San Francisco and Baltimore, Leitch: Up.
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Sheehan: Contreras. (Mariners) 1 and even those two strike me as very Marchman: Up.
I never, ever, ever get this right. Belth: Jeter. unlikely. On the legitimacy scale, his role Way up, as the prospect of a Boston- Toni Braxton was admitted with
Bialik: Giambi. Except instead of 20 triples he’ll be hit as a pinch-hitter in San Francisco would be Chicago World Series hints at the possible pericarditis to a St. Rose Dominican
Fry: Delgado. by 20+ pitches. more of a joke than his role last year, and creation of a pocket universe right there on Hospital in Las Vegas after her show at the
17. Which starting pitcher who’s Bois: Ramirez. less of a joke than Minnie Minoso’s return the field. Flamingo Hotel and Casino. After the birth
changed teams (a group that includes These days, answering “Hanley to the White Sox at age 54. We can only Passan: Down. of Braxton’s second son, Braxton suffered
Johan Santana and Dontrelle Willis) will Ramirez” when asked “who will do good regard the teams’ refusal to sign Bonds as Under 10.0. Baseball’s greatest trick: from pericarditis.
earn the most wins? in baseball” is like answering “God” in an act of collusion if we view the Coates Nearly quintupling its revenue over the last Pericarditis is a swelling and irritation of
Johan Santana (Twins to Mets) 111 Sunday school. family’s decision to shoot Old Yeller as an 15 years in spite of plummeting TV the pericardium, the thin sac-like
Dan Haren (A’s to Diamondbacks) 8 Borowsky: No. act of collusion. I’m not saying Bonds is a ratings, something that would kill the NFL. membrane that surrounds your heart.
Erik Bedard (Orioles to Mariners) 6 Dallamora: No. dog; I guess I’m just saying that he Posnanski: Up. Pericarditis often causes chest pain and
Dontrelle Willis (Marlins to Tigers) 4 Honestly, I’m thinking Hanley Ramirez, contracted rabies defending his family If it’s Red Sox-Mets as I predict, then sometimes other symptoms. Pericarditis
Livan Hernandez (Diamondbacks to but saying “no” is a lot easier than picking from a prairie wolf. yes, way up from last year. Cincinnati- may be acute or chronic. The sharp chest
Twins) 2 the player correctly. Borowsky: 0. Tampa Bay would draw quite a bit fewer, I pain associated with acute pericarditis
Shawn Chacon (Pirates to Astros), R.A. Leitch: No. And 74, for the Cell Block 6 Raiders in fear. occurs when the pericardium rubs against
Dickey (Rangers to Mariners), Brett Marchman: No. the California Institution for Men. Sheehan: Up. the heart’s outer layer.
Tomko (Padres to Royals) 1 Absolutely not. Eight guys have hit 20 Dallamora: 10. … courtesy a longer, more competitive Most often pericarditis can be treated
Among top picks, last year Santana and triples in a season since integration. Prison ball counts, right? Series. using ibuprofen, or a powerful anti-
Haren had 15 wins apiece, Bedard had 13 Passan: No. Leitch: 0. Bialik: Up. inflammatory steroid like Dexamethasone.
and Willis had 10. The closest will be Grady Sizemore. If Bonds were on the Opening Day roster Though New Yorkers will have to watch © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
Belth: Santana. Posnanski: No. of, say, the Mariners, they could win their in droves to make up for apathy elsewhere. 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts:
Bois: Santana. Rollins could do it again if he gets 800 division. Teams ignore him at their own Fry: Up. • Toni Braxton Diagnosed with Breast
“Your search for ‘johan santana good plate appearances or whatever crazy peril. Seeing the Red Sox annihilate the Cancer
baseball fellow’ returned about 38,300 number he got last year. Marchman: 19. Rockies was fun if you lived in
results (0.24 seconds).” Sheehan: No. 13,429 if we’re counting home runs he Massachusetts. Otherwise, not so much.
Borowsky: Santana. It’s kind of a fluke thing. You need a hits while bitterly playing MLB 2k8 on his – Tip of the Fix cap to Thomas Sperber,
Dallamora: Santana. million plate appearances, not that many Xbox, 19 if we’re counting the ones he hits Patrick Houston, Nick Dallamora, Alex
Leitch: Santana. walks, the right park… for the Yankees after he’s signs for a Belth, Richard E. Peck and Tim Marchman
Marchman: Santana. Bialik: No. prorated $30 million, a bronzed llama, and for suggesting contest questions.
Santana will win more games than he Fry: Reyes. a framed letter of general apology.
pitches. Some guy somewhere in Ozone 19. How many home runs will Barry Passan: 0.
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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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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
Skybox of Champions (which by now
Read on for how the contest played out,
with correct answers bolded.
Sweet 16?
Big East 61; Pac-10 13; ACC 6; Big 12
8. Who will be named Most Outstanding
Player in the Final Four?
Tom Cruise
resembles a Titanic lifeboat, but anyway)
by Mr. Hudson, who finished second, as
1. Which will be the team with the
highest seed number (16 is higher than 1)
5; SEC 1.
The Big East and Pac-10 have three
Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina) 42;
Kevin Love (UCLA) 21; Darren Collison Movie Valkyrie
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.
Schleicher managed to edge into the top
italics.)
Winthrop (seed 13) 12; Georgia (14) 10;
last-second leaner to beat Marquette in
overtime was critical. The Big 12 led in the
Darrell Arthur (Kansas), Chris Lofton
(Tennessee) 2; Antonio Anderson
Delayed Again
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 By Hollywood Grind
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 Submitted at 4/8/2008 4:21:42 PM
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), The new Tom Cruise movie Valkyrie
an electronics-manufacturing company, State (14), George Mason (12), Oral will advance the farthest in the tournament: Derrick Rose (Memphis), Jessie Sapp looks okay in the video below, but there
that the four top seeds were the four best Roberts (13), Western Kentucky(12) 2; Oregon, Kentucky, Baylor, Kansas State, (Georgetown) 1. seem to be problems with getting it ready
teams. In the semifinals, the 50-year-old American (15), Cal State-Fullerton (14), Villanova or Arizona? Chalmers finished the Final Four with for release. First the release date was
from Brookfield, Wisc., reasoned that Kentucky (11) 1. Kansas State 25; Arizona 16; Baylor, six assists, seven rebounds, seven steals moved from July to October of 2008, and
UCLA couldn’t match “the toughness, Siena and San Diego both went on to Oregon 12; Villanova 10; Kentucky 7; and 29 points — three of them tying the now its been pushed back again to
strength, and length of Memphis.” As for lose to No. 12 seeds in the second round. none (all lose in first round) 4. title game with a couple of seconds left in February 13, 2009. It’s not a fourth of July
Kansas-North Carolina, “A game played at Most readers erred on the conservative Only Kansas State and Villanova won, regulation. He was chosen only by contest movie, and it’s not a Halloween movie, so
such a fast pace was going to be side, with 15 correctly picking first-round and Villanova advanced to the Sweet 16. winner Greg Martinek. I guess Cruise and his partners decided
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 Valkyrie is more of a Valentines Day
depth, and it was.” His comments about low a seed. points (total points, not points per game) in (10 points each)? movie. I had no idea this was a love story.
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; (It’s not)
proved prescient: “This type of game fewest points in the first round? Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina) 63; Louisville 2. © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
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; 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts:
much better free-throw- and three-point- North Carolina 8. (UCLA) 3; Wayne Ellington (North Pittsburgh 12; Stanford 8; Marquette, • Tom Cruise Always Acts Surprised
shooting team than Memphis.” None of the games was close; Kansas Carolina), Brandon Rush (Kansas) 2; Joe Michigan State, Kentucky 1. • Robert Downey Jr. in Blackface
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 • Tom Cruise Takes Hand Washing
10 minutes to put together his contest North Carolina won by 39 and UCLA by (Kansas), Chris Douglas- 2. Seriously
entry, he estimates. The 28-year-old 41. These blowouts presaged the relatively Roberts(Memphis), Roy Hibbert Midwest: Kansas 49; Georgetown 21; • Will Smith is a Great Marriage
Oklahoma City fixed-income broker and easy path for all four teams — particularly (Georgetown), Chris Lofton (Tennessee), Wisconsin 7; Clemson 5; Kansas State, Counselor
Oklahoma State graduate based his North Carolina’s — to the Final Four. But O.J. Mayo (USC), Derrick Rose USC, Vanderbilt 1. • Xeno and Scientology Under Attack
champion pick on school ties: “My mind they were poor indicators of the results of (Memphis) 1. 10. Which team will win the
said UNC, but luckily my heart said the national semifinals. Chris Douglas-Roberts finished with 140 championship (30 points)?
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;
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,
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.
vacant OSU head coaching position.” 16? game. Only reader Bob Trost got this one The two reader favorites were
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.
Ohio, says he chose Kansas “because I median and the range was 0 to 6. playing two fewer games, finished a close
simply thought it was the best combination Four broke through, as predicted by 11 second with 128 points. Derrick Rose
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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

Eminem Mom Gets Sued


By Hollywood Grind about her son, she cut her agent out of the week. • Eminem Mom Has Breast Cancer
Submitted at 4/8/2008 5:15:00 PM
deal. The agent claims he "came up with Not so long ago Nelson sued her own • Eminem Accused of Being Fake by His
the idea of Nelson writing a book about son too. Mom
Debbie Nelson, the mother of Eminem, being the mother of Eminem." The agent is © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006- • Eminem - Without Me
has been sued by her ex book agent. After asking for 25% of Nelson’s earnings. So 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts: • Eminem divorces wife for second time
she made a deal to sell her "tell all" book far the book has sold 100,000 copies in the UK, and will start selling in the U.S. this • Eminem Hospitalized
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Pete Doherty
Goes to Jail
By Hollywood Grind
Submitted at 4/8/2008 5:04:59 PM

For a while there it seemed that Pete


Doherty was mister untouchable, because
he was given like 400 second chances by
the court. On Tuesday, in a London court,
Doherty was sentenced to 14 weeks in jail
for violating his probation. There is no
official word on what Doherty did to
violate his probation, but it’s possible he
Lindsay Lohan Sued Again Patrick Swayze Doing Better may have been too high one day, and
forgot to visit the court to give them an
By Hollywood Grind Swayze is undergoing chemotherapy, but update on his progress.
By Hollywood Grind restaurant, she could just give a few bucks
© Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
to the homeless guys always standing Submitted at 4/8/2008 8:22:41 PM
not radiation treatment at this time,
Submitted at 4/8/2008 5:31:54 PM
outside to provide her with protection from according to his rep. Pancreatic cancer is 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts:
Lindsay Lohan has more legal problems. the paparazzi. Those guys smell, and they Patrick Swayze has pancreatic cancer, but almost always fatal. The most a person can • Mischa Barton Makes Plea Deal in DUI
This time her former bodyguard, David have bugs crawling on them, so no one is it is responding to treatment. His hope for is a little more time, which it Case
Kim, is suing Lindsay for intentional going to go near them, or Linday. Plus, physician, Dr. George Fisher, said: seems like Swayze might get, but it • Rob Lowe Sues Nanny
infliction of emotional distress, breach of Lindsay would be helping the homeless, "Patrick Swayze continues to respond probably won’t be a lot of time. • Adolphus August Busch Arrested
oral contract, and state Labor Code which means she will still have friends well to his treatment for pancreatic cancer. © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006- • Remy Ma is Going to Jail
violations. Kim is asking for $55,000 to once she goes completely broke. Because of his excellent response, he will 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts: • T.I. is Going to Jail
compensate him for work he did as a © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006- continue the same therapy at Stanford." • Justin Chambers Weird Night at the Bar
bodyguard, which required 24-hour service 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts: Swayze’s wife Lisa Niemi added: • Patrick Swayze Gets Some
at a rate of $4,000 per week, and an • Lindsay Lohan Puts on a Plastic Smile "We’re thrilled and grateful for the Encouragement
additional $2,800 per week for evening- • Dina Lohan Loses Lawsuit positive response Patrick has shown • Patrick Swayze Smokes Three Packs a
only work. • Lindsay Lohan Intimate Video Might be towards his treatment. Also, we can’t help Day
It would be cheaper for Lindsay to just Real but feel that all the prayers, meditations • Patrick Swayze Publicist Confirms
settle this, and other cases that come up, • Lindsay Lohan Blowing Calum Best and good thoughts sent his way by Cancer
rather than accrue legal bills from her Tape Surfaces everyone has made a difference. Thank • Patrick Swayze Has Pancreatic Cancer
attorneys. Lindsay isn’t finding much • Lindsay Lohan Blowing Calum Best - you!"
work, so she needs to start budgeting. For Picture
instance, when Lindsay arrives at a nice
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Yi So-yeon First
South Korean
Astronaut
By Hollywood Grind
Submitted at 4/9/2008 4:44:12 PM

Yi So-yeon(29) is a biotechnology
researcher, but today she has become the
first South Korean Astronaut. Yi was
launched into space from the Baikonur
Naomi Campbell Officially Mischa Barton Makes Plea Deal cosmodrome on April 8. She blasted off
with the International Space Station (ISS)
Russian cosmonauts Sergey Volkov and
Banned from British Airways in DUI Case Oleg Kononenko aboard a Russian Soyuz
TMA-12 spacecraft. Yi will return to Earth
By Hollywood Grind nearly 30 years and has been a good By Hollywood Grind for my actions in this case. I’m really after 8 days in space. Yi ha!
Submitted at 4/8/2008 5:53:04 PM
customer. She hopes this can be resolved disappointed in myself. I don’t know what © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
Submitted at 4/8/2008 5:01:09 PM
amicably." to say about it, except that I’m not perfect, 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts:
British Airways has decided to ban Naomi can afford to fly in a private jet, Mischa Barton(22) has made a plea deal and I just don’t ever intend to do • No related posts.
Naomi Campbell for life from flying on but I’m not sure if they are allowed to with the prosecutors that will keep her out something this stupid again."
their airline, after she was arrested last transport wild animals. of jail. In the deal Barton will serve a three I can’t wait to hear Barton’s excuse the
week for a disturbance, which led to her © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006- -year Unsupervised probation term, attend next time she gets a DUI.
spitting on an officer who then arrested 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts: a three-month alcohol-education class, and © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
her. Virgin Airlines wasn’t sure they • Naomi Campbell May Be Banned pay a fine of approximately $1,700. The 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts:
would allow her to fly with them either, • Naomi Campbell Released from Jail marijuana possession charge will be • Pete Doherty Goes to Jail
saying: • Naomi Campbell Arrested Again dropped. • Rob Lowe Sues Nanny
“Any decision regarding her future travel • Naomi Campbell Checks Out of the It’s really good to know that celebrity • Adolphus August Busch Arrested
with us would depend on the outcome of Hospital justice is still the law of the land. Too bad • Remy Ma is Going to Jail
any court proceedings.” • Naomi Campbell in the Hospital it’s not the same for us little people. • T.I. is Going to Jail
Naomi’s rep said: Barton said:
“Naomi has been flying with BA for "Obviously I’m 100 percent responsible