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Michelle Obama: Patriot Obama AG May Review

By Tommy Christopher (Political as I can tell, the biggest mark against circumstances underwhich I interact with
Submitted at 4/15/2008 1:03:00 AM
Michelle Obama is that she dares to
criticize America, to challenge the status
whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to
them, I will always be black first and a
student second."
Bush Administration
By Jay Allbritton (Political Machine)
Filed under: Democrats, Barack Obama, Yet, even this is a deception. The endless Even Politico, which did a rather
Featured Stories, 2008 President Michelle Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:46:00 AM
stream of out-of-context quotes is thorough piece on the subject, misstates
Obama, wife and confidante of Democratic disingenuously used to score political her conclusion:"I hoped that these findings Filed under: Bush Administration, Barack
Presidential frontrunner Barack Obama, points against Michelle and her husband. would help me conclude that despite the Obama, 2008 President, Investigations
has been the subject of some of the most No less a flaming liberal than Bill O'Reilly high degree of identification with whites as When Nancy Pelosi took impeachment off
virulently negative comments that I've seen admitted as much: Again, I don't believe a result of the educational and occupational the table before the 2006 midterm
on these pages. A quick review of The Michelle Obama dislikes her country. I path that black Princeton alumni follow, elections, many staunch critics of the Bush
Political Machine's coverage of Michelle sincerely hope she does not, but this is a the alumni would still maintain a certain administration felt betrayed. That betrayal
Obama reveals little more than rehashes on big deal. It is not going away. And the level of identification with the black was aggravated when none of the so-called
the theme of the video below, the infamous Obama campaign should understand that. community. However, these findings do mainstream Democratic Presidential
"Proud for the first time" soundbite. So, if the real problem isn't this notion that not support this possibility." She goes on candidates uttered a word about holding
I've occasionally Googled the random she's "not proud of America," what is it? to say that, despite those findings, those the Bush administration accountable for a task of balancing the pursuit of justice and
Michelle quote that her detractors inflate to Perhaps this passage from the New Yorker same alumni are still as likely to want to variety of misdeeds. Now, after 18 months the perception that any investigation of the
Macy's Parade proportions, and found contains a clue: First Ladies have benefit the black community, despite that since Pelosi's declaration about Bush White House conducted by a
them to be uniformly reasonable when put traditionally gravitated toward happy lack of identification. She also offers a impeachment, Will Bunch of Attytood Democratic administration would appear
into context. With all that's been happening topics like roadside flower beds, so it clinical definition for "identification" that reports that Democratic Presidential politically motivated. "If crimes have been
in this campaign, I haven't had a chance to comes as a surprise that Obama's speech is differs significantly from the one conveyed candidate Barack Obama said he would committed, they should be investigated."
learn much more about her. such an unrelenting downer. That sounds in the quote. allow his Attorney General to he said. "You're also right that I would not
One theme that I consistently heard, kinda familiar, a lot like what they used to Michelle Obama and I came of age at "immediately review the information that's want my first term consumed by what was
though, was the notion that Michelle say about Hillary Clinton. The dame roughly the same time, a fact that I hadn't already there". perceived on the part of Republicans as a
Obama is a "Black Separatist," or a racist, doesn't know her place. What makes it realized before. She wrote that thesis in Bunch asked Obama the question in light partisan witch hunt because I think we've
White Devil-hating militant bent on the worse for Michelle, though, is that she has 1985, a year that I remember well. I got a of an ABC News report published earlier got too many problems we've got to solve."
destruction of the American way of life. two places that people are anxious to put pretty good sense of where her head was at this month that several high ranking He went on to say, "And I think it's
This is usually "supported" by snippets her back in. the time, and I can assure you, I was more current and former administration officials, important--one of the things we've got to
from Michelle's senior year thesis from Which brings me to that thesis. I militant than she was back then. including Vice President Dick Cheney, figure out in our political culture generally
Princeton. downloaded it from Politico, and I read I also learned that she doesn't use any Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Donald is distinguishing betyween really dumb
I decided to get to know a little bit more through most of it (a lot of it is pretty notes when delivering her 45 minute stump Rumsfeld, George Tenet and John policies and policies that rise to the level of
about Michelle. After the jump, what I clinical), and wouldn't you know it? All of speech, a courageous act that doubtless Ashcroft among others painstakingly criminal activity."
found in the pages of that veritable the quotes that people love to point to as contributes to the unvarnished nature of planned the torture of "specific high-value Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
"Anarchist's Cookbook" of a thesis, and evidence of Michelle's "racism" are from some of her comments. Yet most of the al Qaeda prisoners". Comments
about Michelle Obama in general. the introduction."My experiences at things she says, almost necessarily, are Obama's full answer shows that he is
Obama Princeton have made me far more aware of forceful echoes and permutations of things well aware that he would have a difficult
by krs601 my 'blackness' than ever before," the future that her husband says.
Michelle Obama is a patriot, perhaps the Mrs. Obama wrote in her thesis I can only conclude, then, that it isn't so
truest patriot I have ever seen. This country introduction. "I have found that at much what she says, or how she says it,
was founded by men who challenged the Princeton, no matter how liberal and open- but rather the fact that it is she who is
status quo, who dared to expect more from minded some of my white professors and saying it.
their fellow man, and every step of the way classmates try to be toward me, I Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
has progressed with the winds of dissent sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as Comments
and, yes, even criticism at its back. As far if I really don't belong. Regardless of the
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The Perception Battle 'Pennsylvania'

By David Knowles (Political
they may not. Promises made during a
campaign are by no means guarantees, and - New Clinton
while the small differences between
Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:56:00 AM

Filed under: Hillary Clinton, Democrats,

Obama and Clinton can be amplified and
made to seem like deal breakers, the truth
Barack Obama, Featured Stories To be is that we really won't ever know who By Greg McNeilly (Political Machine)
sure, the Democratic race for the would do better as commander-in-chief. Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:54:00 AM
nomination has proven an entertaining By and large, we're going on a hunch.
spectacle. Websites like this one would not That said, if you want to shift the tax Filed under: Hillary Clinton, Ads, 2008
exist were it not for the incredible interest burden away from the poor and the middle President Hillary Clinton's campaign has
that Americans have taken in the outcome class, then vote for Hillary Clinton or released a new :30 TV spot in the
of this hotly-contested battle. Debate Barack Obama. Ditto if you want to start Keystone state titled "Pennsylvania." The
ratings are way, way up. Record devising a timely exit strategy from Iraq. ad focuses on the "Bitter-gate" set of
Democratic turnout has been the story-line Both are committed to working on these comments made by her rival and Democrat
in virtually all of the primaries thus far. issues. John McCain is not, as good as he front runner Barack Obama.
Every utterance, gesture, and facial may come off on the late-night television Obama supporters - who seem to see
expression of Barack Obama and Hillary circuit. nothing elitist about trashing small-town
Clinton is mined for potential significance. We should remember that George Bush America to a liberal confab in San
The slightest miscue is exploited for defeated his rivals in large part because he Francisco - are the one's who this ad will
political gain. succeeded in seducing voters to believe he make truly bitter. This ad brilliantly
Of course, somehow overlooked in the was just an average Joe. He was "in connects with voters - it wasn't the word
ferocity of the campaign itself is the fact of touch," to use the current phrase, with "bitter" that was such an insult, it was the
just how similar Clinton and Obama really middle class Americans. Look what has contexing of people clinging to God and
are when it comes to the thing that matters happened to our economy during his guns in response to economic woes.
most of all: policy. Lost in the shuffle last tenure? Have average Americans benefited If you're in the Rust Belt, believe in God,
Friday--sandwiched between Bill Clinton's from his time in office? 81% of the country and own a gun - Obama is just another
resurrection of his wife's trip to Bosnia, other reasons to find an argument about the examples have anything whatsoever to doesn't seem to think so. And yet, here we intolerant liberal politician who doesn't
and Barack Obama's gaffe at a San why you should be for one rather than the do with how that candidate would actually are again, arguing over insignificant share your values. This is the chorus that
Francisco fundraiser--the Associated Press other," he said. "That's why suddenly the govern the country. In short, we, as a questions of perception. Clinton's ad seeks to tap.
ran a piece that, once again, spelled out the issues in this campaign are issues of nation, seem eager to turn the race for the Maybe we just get what we deserve. We The ad's script reads:
truth about Obama and Clinton: their character rather than position. And once White House into a popularity contest. All hear the labels spew forth from our HRC: I'm Hillary Clinton and I approve
legislative priorities just aren't that they are issues of character, they can get of this nonsense about who one would televisions-- "compassionate this message.
different. very personal." rather have a beer with, and who is or isn't conservative," or " liberal elitist," or Anncr: Barack Obama said that people in
Indeed, we might be seeing far less We see this on a daily basis here in the elitist, is straight out of a bad teen movie. "straight talk"--and we flush all the other small towns "cling to guns or religion...as a
acrimony if the two candidates actually Political Machine comment section. A Yes, there are differences between stuff, the evidence of how these people way to explain their frustrations..."
disagreed more. Bookings Institution favorite charge is that one candidate is a Clinton and Obama, and some of those govern, right down the toilet. Woman 1: I was very insulted by Barack
fellow Stephen Hess explains: liar, while the other is consistently truthful. may actually have meaningful Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Obama. Man 1: It just shows how out of
"There is simply no doubt that when two Selective examples are provided to impugn consequences for the country if either Comments touch Barack Obama is.
candidates virtually agree, you have to find the character of the enemy. Very rarely do makes it to the White House. Then again, Woman 2: I'm not clinging to my faith
out of frustration and bitterness. I find that

Hillary on Colbert This Week, Not Barack my faith is very uplifting.

Man 2: The good people of Pennsylvania
deserve a lot better than what Barack
Obama said.
By Tommy Christopher (Political MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews. He Michelle, will appear tonight. Bump, or maybe he just doesn't think he
Machine) blurted it out during taping of the show at My colleague, Denise Williams, and I needs it. From Denise: An actual study Woman 1: Hillary does understand the
the University of Pennsylvania's have been all over Colbert like a bad smell (pdf) of this phenomenon has been done by citizens of Pennsylvania better.
Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:35:00 AM
Zellerbach Theater. The news was this election season, and this will be no political scientist James Fowler of the Woman 3: Hillary Clinton has been
Filed under: Hillary Clinton, Democrats, confirmed by a person close to the satirical different. Check back here Thursday night University of California showing "first fighting for people like us her whole life.
2008 President, Stephen Colbert, news program, who insisted on anonymity for a liveblog of the Report, followed by in scientific evidence of Stephen Colbert's Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
LOLection According to a report on AOL because the date of the visit hadn't been -depth analysis and a special, biometrically influence on political campaigns". It has Comments
News, in what may be the turning point of publicly announced. The report doesn't say measured focus group. OK, not the focus footnotes and everything!
this election, Democratic Presidential how we're supposed to know that the group. After the jump, brief analysis of the Be sure to check back here Thursday to
candidate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to confirmation wasn't satirical. burning question: Is Barack Obama see Hillary put this thing away for good.
appear on The Colbert Report this Meanwhile, her Democratic rival, Barack shooting himself in the foot here? Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
Thursday: News of Clinton's visit was Obama, has so far rebuffed the fundit's Perhaps Senator Obama is unaware of Comments
divulged Monday night in Philadelphia by invitations to appear, although his wife, the political rocket fuel that is The Colbert
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Curbs on PATRIOT Act Tool Sought US Negotiators Drop

By Mark Impomeni (Political correct the problem.
Submitted at 4/15/2008 12:45:00 AM
"It is clear that the NSL authority is too
overbroad and operates unchecked. We
must give our law enforcement the tools
North Korea Demands
By Mark Impomeni (Political
Filed under: Bush Administration, Senate, they need to protect us, but any such Machine)
House, Terror The House and Senate are powers must be consistent with the rule of
both set to consider legislation that would law." Nadler has managed to attract Submitted at 4/14/2008 3:00:00 PM
restrict the use of a tool granted to the FBI Republican co-sponsors of his bill, Filed under: Bush Administration,
under the USA PATRIOT Act. The tool, including one of the most conservative Breaking News After months of
known as a national security letter, is an members of the House, Rep. Jeff Flake (R- negotiations over North Korea's failure to
administrative subpoena that allows the AZ). The Senate bill is similarly co- completely disclose all of its nuclear
Bureau to demand certain information sponsored by both liberals and weapons programs, United States
from persons being investigated for conservatives, garnering support from Sen. negotiators have apparently given up their
suspected ties to terrorism activities Russ Feingold (D-WI), Sen. Dick Durbin demand that the communist regime
without the oversight of a federal judge. vigorously opposed proposed changes to (D-IL), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and provide a full accounting of its illicit
The FBI has admitted that use of the letters law enforcement tools under the PATRIOT Sen. John Sununu (R-NH). nuclear activities. Rather than provide a
regularly brings in more information than Act and would likely threaten to veto both The prospects for passage of the two bills declaration of all its past nuclear
the government is legally allowed to pending bills. are as yet uncertain. It will be difficult to development and proliferation activities,
collect and maintain and has promised to The FBI's top lawyer will testify at get majorities of both houses to vote for North Korea and the United States agreed
tighten its procedures for record gathering. House hearings on the legislation today legislation that could be interpreted as to softer language that would require the
But now the House and Senate are and is expected to say that the Justice hindering terrorist investigations in an North only to "acknowledge" U.S.
considering tightening those procedures for Department needs more time to work out election year. But clearly, public sentiment concerns about its nuclear program.
the FBI. The House bill would limit the an internal fix. Assistant FBI Director John is growing for a change in the law, as Last fall at the Six Party Talks between
use of national security letters to Miller said that despite the problems, the evidenced by the support for the bills the United States, North Korea, China,
investigations of foreign powers or agents Bureau is committed to, "maximize [the across the ideological spectrum. The Bush Japan, Russia, and South Korea,
and would require the Bureau to destroy letters'] national security value while Administration will have its work cut out Pyongyang agreed to completely dismantle
any information that it obtains illegally. providing the highest level of privacy and for it if it wants to finish its term with the its Yongbyon nuclear reactor and to make
The Senate bill focuses on the documents protection." provisions of the PATRIOT Act intact. a "complete" declaration of its nuclear
subject to the letters. That bill would But those assurances have increasingly Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| programs and activities by the end of the
reduce the types of documents that the FBI fallen in deaf ears in Congress. Rep. Jerry Comments year. But the North missed the deadline for
could seek with the letters and require the Nadler (D-NY), a co-sponsor of the House disabling its reactors, and the U.S. has new agreement, but past history indicates
Bureau to track its use of the letters more bill and a liberal Democrat, said that the criticized the declaration, calling it that he will. The Bush Administration is up
carefully. The Bush Administration has time has come for Congress to act to incomplete. Talks between the two against the clock, and it desperately wants
countries over the past several months to wrap up as many foreign policy issues
'It Won't' - New Obama Ad have been aimed at finding a way to restart
the Six Party Talks, which the North has
been delaying due to the controversy. This
as it can before the president's term
expires. That is partly behind the
Administration's last-year push for an
By Greg McNeilly (Political Machine) division that stops anything from getting
concession by the United States may be Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. North
done. Barack Obama knows Korea knows this and is seeking to exploit
Submitted at 4/14/2008 2:47:00 PM
Pennsylvania's hurting. He can unite enough to get the process back on track,
but ultimately may damage the underlying the Administration's haste. The
Filed under: Barack Obama, Ads, 2008 America and bring real change. Administration's predicament was summed
President Another :30 second populist pitch. rationale for holding the talks among the
regional powers and all of the North's up best by a senior U.S. official familiar
Barack Obama's campaign is airing a It's a good tone for the Keystone with the agreement.
new :30 second ad in Pennsylvania titled audience who will vote April 22nd. But the neighbors.
The Six Party Talks are designed as such [The U.S. could] negotiate for the next
"It Won't." The ad features U.S. Senator messenger makes it a tad tone-deaf. Bob 100 years trying to get these guys to fess
Bob Casey(D-PA). Casey, like Obama himself, is a career in an effort to put as much pressure on
North Korea as possible. The theory is that up, or you can get them to acknowledge
The ad's script reads: Bob Casey: In politician who comes from a non- that they did this without them going into
towns like yours and mine, families are disadvantaged background (one went to the North would be more likely to live up
to agreements made with all of its specifics.
struggling with bills they can't afford and private prep-schools the other Ivy league, Negotiation is the art of the possible.
jobs moving away. It has to change - but it both attorneys). Politician hearts politician neighbors than those made bilaterally with
the United States. But the North has shown This is a regime that is incapable of certain
won't until we change Washington. That's does not scream change. things, and it is incapable of doing that."
why I believe in Barack Obama. I've Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| a frustrating tendency to fall short of its
obligations, only to seek more concessions One thing North Korea has proven itself
worked with him. I've seen him stand up to Comments clearly capable of is waiting the United
the lobbyists and special interests...And in return for actions that never quite come
up to the original agreement. That appears States out.
like us, he's tired of the political games and Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
to be what happened in this case.
President Bush will ultimately have to Comments
decide if he is willing to go along with the
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Gonzales' Resume Just Isn't Working Elton John Concert Breaks Campaign
By Liza Porteus Viana (Political tenure, but his troubles aren't over. His Law?
Machine) conduct is being investigated by the Office By David Knowles (Political The concert brought in an estimated $2.5
Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:45:00 AM
of the Inspector General of the Justice Machine) million for Clinton precisely because
Department, which could recommend Elton's name was at the top of the bill.
Filed under: Bush Administration, exonerating him or criminal charges. Then Submitted at 4/15/2008 1:44:00 AM
Elton did the gig as a favor to Clinton, and
Republicans, Featured Stories, Ed there's that pesky torture issue that keeps Filed under: Hillary Clinton, Democrats, thus, argues Judicial Watch, has effectively
Morrissey Former Attorney General resurfacing. And the DOJ is getting Breaking News, Investigations From The made an "in-kind donation" to her
Alberto Gonzales is also feeling the pinch slammed with allegations of politically New York Times comes word that Elton campaign. An official complaint has been
of quasi-unemployment these days. tainted actions amid probes of White John's big Radio City Music Hall filed with the FEC.
Lawyers and his associates inside the House interference in personnel matters. fundraising concert for Hillary Clinton Here's a snippet from the concert.
Beltway tell The New York Times that The latest news on that front was in The may have violated campaign finance laws. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
Gonzales, who was forced to resign last Washington Post Sunday, as the newspaper You see, because Sir Elton is not a U.S. Comments
year amid the dismissed attorneys scandal, reported that former Alabama Gov. Don citizen, he is forbidden from donating to
hasn't been able to get any law firms to bite Siegelman is the latest Democratic candidates running for office.
on his resume. defendant taking aim at Bush's Justice
Gonzales' experience should be enough Department. Siegelman, recently released
for firms to be chomping at the bit. We've
all heard his personal story - the son of
poor Mexican immigrants makes his way
from prison pending his appeal, wants a
new trial because of what says were faulty
jury instructions underpinning his 2006
Wal-Mart (WMT) looks
through the Texas public school system,
then goes on to Rice University and
Harvard Law School. He has won
conviction on bribery, conspiracy, mail
fraud and obstruction charges. He argues
that Karl Rove and other administration
to Russia
numerous awards and accolades for his officials railroaded him because they By Douglas McIntyre
with lawmakers about those dismissals and (BloggingStocks)
accomplishments, and, prior to his tenure the government's wiretapping program. wanted a Republican in the governor's
at the Justice Department, served as a President Bush said his old friend was mansion. Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:35:00 AM
Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas as "dragged through the mud" for political "We don't have the knife with Karl
Texas' 100th Secretary of State. While in Filed under: International markets,
reasons. The Times reports that since he Rove's fingerprints all over it, but we've Competitive strategy, Wal-Mart (WMT),
private practice, Gonzales also taught law left office on Aug. 27, 2007, his main got the glove, and the glove fits," can have success in the region. It has to
as an adjunct professor at the University of China, Russia, Mexico, Japan, Eastern
source of income has come from talks at Siegelman told the Post. Europe compete with other companies like big
Houston Law Center. But despite all that, colleges and before private business The House Judiciary Committee has European retail chain Tesco. The Wal-
less decorated Justice Officials are getting Now that it is clear that Wal-
groups - at at least $30,0000 a pop. launched a probe into Bush's DOJ. Mart's(NYSE: WMT) international Mart model clearly does not work in all
jobs and he's not. Firms may be hesitant to hire him Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| cultures.
Last year Gonzales took a lot of heat for operations are growing much faster than its
because not only are they concerned about Comments US division, the company is searching for A break-down of Wal-Mat's track record
his role over the firing of several federal his behavior toward the end of his DOJ overseas is telling. It problems in
prosecutors and for not being forthcoming new frontiers. Revenue overseas is
growing at a rate better than 20% Germany, Japan, and Korea have been
Wal-Mart has had trouble in some more than off-set by successes in China

Huaneng (HNP): Dividend power play countries. Its operation in Japan continues
to loss money and it has pulled out of
Korea and Germany.
and Mexico. To some extent that may
mean that countries with lower median
incomes are better markets for the
By Steven Halpern (BloggingStocks) five power companies. 10.5 times next year's earnings. The stock Now, the world's largest retailer is company. Russia and Eastern Europe are a
Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:45:00 AM
"Profits have been rolling in at a steady is so oversold that it's currently yielding looking to Russia and eastern Europe for mixed bag. Parts of Russia have done very
clip. However, investors have recently 5.3%. more growth. According to the FT, Wal- well financially. Eastern Europe is still in a
Filed under: International markets, China, become concerned about shrinking profit "What about the coal situation? Well, I Mart "firmly signaled its intention to stage of economic development.
Newsletters, Huaneng Power Intl ADS margins at Chinese utilities. think supply and demand will come back expand into Russia and eastern Europe, Wal-Mart may be expanding outside the
(HNP), Commodities, Oil, Stocks to Buy "There is certainly cause for concern: in line, and I also think this politically well announcing that it had recruited Stephan US, but its success is hardly assured.
"For global income investing, I ran a Coal is the main power source for utilities' -connected company will be granted price Fanderl, a German retail executive, to Douglas A. McIntyre is an editor at
screen of Chinese ADRs, and my favorite plants, and the price of the raw material hikes to compensate for its higher input explore opportunities in the region." 247wallst.com. Read| Permalink| Email
from the list is Huaneng Power(NYSE: has been rising because of increased costs. I recommend income investors buy It will be at least a couple of years before this| Comments
HNP), with an indicated yield of 5.3%," demand around the world. To make at the market." the market can gauge whether Wal-Mart
says Nilus Mattive, editor of Dividend matters worse, the severe winter weather Each day, Steven Halpern's
Superstars. that struck China in January pushed up TheStockAdvisors.com offers the latest
"Tons of power is being consumed in coal prices even further and created a market commentary and favorite
China, and Huaneng is right there to serve whole host of other challenges for investment ideas from the nation's leading
it up - the company is China's largest Chinese utilities. financial newsletter advisors. Permalink|
independent power producer. All told, "However, it looks to me like investors Email this| Comments
Huaneng owns 17 plants outright, controls have been far too aggressive in their
another 12, and has minority interests in selling. They're now pricing Huaneng at
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Newspaper wrap-up: If the U.S. has to Could Nissan tie-up with

save Fannie and Freddie, triple-A rating Chrysler be model for Ford
could suffer (F)?
By Laurie Pasternack • Seagate Technology LLC WEB SITES: By Douglas McIntyre where they were when there were rumors
(BloggingStocks) (NYSE: • According to analysts, (BloggingStocks) of Chapter 11 two years ago. Ford now has
STX Reuters Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:45:00 AM
only about 15% of the US market, and, if
Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:15:00 AM
), a hard drive maker, filed a patent reported that technology industry leaders that share falls more, it has to raise the
Filed under: Newspapers, Magazines, infringement suit in San Francisco against that include Filed under: Deals, Industry, Competitive question of how viable it is for Ford to "go
Cisco Systems (CSCO), Hewlett-Packard STEC Inc International Business Machines strategy, Ford Motor (F) it alone" in the US market.
(HPQ), International Business Machines (NASDAQ: Corporation Nissan and Chrysler will begin to build Ford could turn to several partners, but
(IBM), Citigroup Inc. (C), Oracle Corp STEC (NYSE: full-sized pick-ups together. According to the most obvious one is Volkswagen. VW
(ORCL), Blackstone Group L.P (BX) ) over four patents related to technology IBM The Wall Street Journal, " Chrysler will has said that it wants to expand into the US
MAJOR PAPERS: used to store data on computer chips, the ), start building a large pickup for Nissan at market and has had little success here.
• A newly published report by Standard & Wall Street Journal Oracle Corporation its truck plant in Saltillo, Mexico." Nissan Since Ford losses money on many of its
Poor's said that the performance of reported. (NASDAQ: will also build some small cars for the US smaller cars, an area where VW is strong,
organizations such as • The ORCL company. it may make sense for Ford to take VW-
Federal National Mortgage Association Financial Times ), The deal allows both companies to produced cars for its domestic dealers and
(NYSE: reported that Cisco Systems Inc increase output from some of their plants, have a piece of a profitable joint venture
FNM Citigroup Incorporated (NASDAQ: making more efficient use of instead of losing billions on its own.
), or Fannie Mae, and (NYSE: CSCO manufacturing facilities and the At the end of the day, Ford has to do
Federal Home Loan Mortgage C ) and arrangement could also cut design costs for something.
Corporation ) is allowing private equity groups such Hewlett-Packard Company the two automakers. Douglas A. McIntyre is an editor at
(NYSE: as Apollo, (NYSE: The new partnership raises the question 247wallst.com. Read| Permalink| Email
FRE The Blackstone Group LP HPQ of whether embattled Ford(NYSE: F) this| Comments
), or Freddie Mac, could directly affect (NYSE: ) are among the companies with large should do the same thing. Ford's shares
the U.S. economy and the country's credit BX cash reserves that could be used to fund trade between $6 and $7 most days, about
rating, especially if they have to be rescued ) and TPG that are bidding for up to $12B acquisitions.
by the government, according to the of its leveraged loans to 'cherry-pick' from Permalink| Email this| Comments Your Electric Vehicle Is
Wall Street Journal's
"Credit Markets" column.
a wide range of assets with different credit
ratings and prices.
Too Quiet; Congress May
Force It To Be Louder
Huge Brazil oil discovery brings no relief from surging By Michael Masnick (Techdirt)
Submitted at 4/14/2008 6:26:00 AM

oil prices Who knew silence was such a problem?

Somewhat reminiscent of laws that
required cameraphones to add a fake
By Douglas McIntyre production has peaked and may never fall-off in oil from other large producers mechanical shutter sound, so people
(BloggingStocks) return to current levels." By many like Mexico. For now, the answer is "no." couldn't take pictures "silently," Congress
Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:00:00 AM
measures, Russia is the world's second That's because the Brazil discovery is in is now looking at requiring electric
largest oil producer. deep water. It could take several years to vehicles to make additional noise to stop
Filed under: Forecasts, Industry, Brazil, That bad news may be offset by a huge get it completely online. The decline in people from driving so quietly.
Russia, Oil oil discovery off the coast of Brazil. The production in other countries is happening Apparently, the real fear is that pedestrians
The price of crude moved to a record country's state-owned oil company, now. can't hear these quiet cars, since we're all
above $112 overnight. It seems that Petróleo Brasileiro, said it had made a The Brazil discovery brings hope, but no used to at least a certain level of engine
speculation, a weak dollar, and concern huge discovery off-shore. According to relief, at least no for now. noise that just isn't present. The whole
about demand just keep pushing oil higher. The Wall Street Journal, " the head of Douglas A. McIntyre is an editor at thing seems rather silly. While the desire
Now, oil is part of a "good news/bad Brazil's National Petroleum Agency, 247wallst.com. Read| Permalink| Email for safety is understandable, forcing these
news" play. Evidence is coming out of Haroldo Lima, said the strike could be one barrels in oil equivalent." this| Comments
The question now is whether one huge vehicles to make an unnecessary noise
Russia that oil production there has of the world's biggest oil discoveries in seems pretty extreme.
peaked. According to the FT, " Russian oil decades, containing as much as 33 billion deposit can offset a decline in Russia and a
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Ford Focus success shows Wal-Mart starts strictly

change is happening at Ford, but tracking gun sales
it's still too little and too late By Brian White (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 4/15/2008 4:30:00 AM
largest retailer will create a computer
system to notify the company of a gun
By Andrew Horowitz purchased in one of its stores is indeed
(BloggingStocks) Filed under: Products and services, Wal- used in a crime. If workers think they can
Mart (WMT) Wal-Mart Stores, get at guns from the inside, Wal-Mart will
Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:30:00 AM
Inc.(NYSE: WMT) will soon be now perform screening and background
Filed under: Industry, Competitive employing a new method to track gun sales checks on employees that will be handling
strategy, DaimlerChrysler (DAI), Ford in its stores. As part of a new measure in and selling firearms in its stores.
Motor (F), General Motors (GM), Toyota concert with the "Mayors Against Illegal The National Rifle Association said that
Motor Corp. (TM) Sometimes it takes a Guns" group, Wal-Mart's chief compliance these moves wouldn't do a thing to reduce
sledgehammer to the head to get a officer J.P. Suarez went to D.C. with New crime, calling out Bloomberg from his
company to change direction. York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to "bully pulpit". Will videotaping gun
Fuel costs are soaring, profits are explain details on a new "10-point code" purchases lead to any less crimes being
dwindling and companies are desperate. that will apparently thwart weapons from committed, or is this a PR move by the US Bancorp (USB)
Yet, nimble as they would like to be, U.S.
auto manufacturers have been unable to output by 30%. But I think the change is
Wal-Mart from falling into criminal hands.
Wal-Mart will soon be video recording
retailer? Hard to say, but Wal-Mart did
indicate that it hopes "other retailers will
profit slips during first-
provide any significant benefit to
consumers in terms of meaningful fuel
too little too late.
The truth is that U.S. vehicle sales are
gun sales in its stores and then archiving
the footage as part of being included in the
join us in adopting the code." Read|
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quarter on loss reserves
efficiency. Up until last year, SUV sales expected to drop by 15 million units in "Responsible Firearms Retailer By ElizaofPopescu
Shares (BloggingStocks)
U.S. Bancorp(NYSE: USB) are
were still the dominant component of sales 2008. An increase of 30% of the Ford Partnership." In addition, the world's
for the Big 3. It wasn't until the pain of a Focus would still mean a paltry benefit as
significant drop in SUV sales was realized
and reports showed U.S. auto sales to be
the lowest since 1993 that our old friend
these lower cost models also have a lower
profit margin for Ford. So, as consumers
buy more lower margin cars, Ford makes
Oil surges to record $113.66
Mr. Hammer was able to wake up a
sleeping (or it it dying?) U.S. auto
less money.
Continue reading Ford Focus success
shows change is happening at Ford, but it's
on Mexico, Nigeria
Now Ford(NYSE: F) is trumpeting a
dramatic increase in demand for its
economical Ford Focus and boosting
still too little and too late Permalink| Email
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By Joseph Lazzaro
JP Morgan and Wells Fargo Q1 profits Submitted at 4/15/2008 4:15:00 AM

Filed under: International markets, Bad

expected to fall news, Mexico, Commodities, Oil Oil
surged over $113 per barrel Tuesday on
word of supply disruptions in Nigeria and
By Trey Thoelcke (BloggingStocks) same period in 2007 when it earned $1.34. forecast for the year is -23.4%, much
Mexico and increasing fuel demand in
The company has tended to beat quarterly worse than the banking industry average
Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:20:00 AM
estimates recently. However, it fell short of and the S&P 500. Yet the consensus China, Bloomberg News reported Tuesday.
Filed under: Earnings reports, JPMorgan the consensus fourth-quarter 2007 estimate recommendation of analysts is to buy JPM Oil increased $1.90 to $113.66 per barrel
Chase (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) by six cents, or 6.8%. and has been for most of the past three Tuesday morning after Mexico, the third
largest supplier of oil to the United States, and natural gas added about 14 cents to
Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial New York-based JP Morgan is the third months. $10.20 per million BTUs.
expect JP Morgan Chase & Co.(NYSE: largest financial services firm in the U.S, The stock has fallen 15.5% in the past shut its fourth export terminal Monday,
while Eni SpA halted output in Nigeria, Supply disruptions jolt market
JPM) and Wells Fargo & Co.(NYSE: behind Citigroup(NYSE: C) and Bank of year and trades at a P/E of 9.47. Shares Independent energy trader Jim Dietz told
WFC) to post smaller profits in the first America(NYSE: BAC), and recently closed Monday at $41.50. Bloomberg New reported. Meanwhile,
China, which boasts world's fastest- BloggingStocks Tuesday the supply
quarter. Both banks are scheduled to report agreed to buy Bear Stearns(NYSE: BSC). Continue reading JP Morgan and Wells disruptions in Mexico and Nigeria were
results on Wednesday. In the past year, JP Morgan's revenues Fargo Q1 profits expected to fall growing major economy, said diesel oil
imports increased 49% in March 2008. negative datapoints the oil market did not
JP Morgan is expected to earn 65 cents were $116.3 billion and its net income Permalink| Email this| Comments need.
per share, which is down 51% from the totaled $15.3 billion. Its EPS growth The other major energy commodities
also vaulted ahead on the news in early Continue reading Oil surges to record
trading Tuesday. Heating oil jumped 3 $113.66 on Mexico, Nigeria disruptions,
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slightly higher in early trading despite the share that analysts expected.
Dead Deals Walking A Deal in
(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) because Circuit City has not allowed
fact that the company posted a decline for
its first-quarter profit. As Trey Thoelcke
discussed, analysts were waiting for the
sixth-largest U.S. bank to show smaller
Taking a look at the company's quarterly
revenue, we see a growth of 14% to $1.8
billion. For this period, the Minneapolis-
based company also saw an increase of
Submitted at 4/14/2008 4:30:00 AM

Companies that investors have left for

Blockbuster to conduct due diligence to
make a formal offer.
In a February 17 letter to Philip
the Skies
(Portfolio.com: News and Markets)
profit, but the firm was able to beat by 1 14% in expenses which rose up to $1.8 dead have been busy trying to find new Schoonover, the chief executive of Circuit
Submitted at 4/14/2008 6:30:00 AM
penny analysts' predictions. billion. Quarterly revenue exceeded lives in deals. Take AOL and Yahoo or City, Jim Keyes, the new C.E.O. of
For the quarter, US Bancorp announced analysts' predictions for sales of $3.66 Delta and Northwest, for example. Blockbuster, said his company was Is a Northwest- Delta Air Lines merger
that its profit slipped 4% to $1.09 billion, billion, according to Reuters Estimates. The latest and strangest is Blockbuster's prepared to offer $6 to $8 per share. That finally going to happen?
compared with $1.13 billion, a year earlier. Continue reading US Bancorp (USB) unsolicited offer to acquire Circuit City would be a premium of 67 percent to A deal between the two airlines could be
The drop was tied to impairment charges profit slips during first-quarter on loss Stores for more than $1 billion in cash. Circuit City's February 15 price and more announced as early as Tuesday, according
and higher credit losses provision. The reserves Permalink| Email this| Comments Blockbuster said today that it had than double Circuit City's closing price of to several reports citing anonymous
bank posted quarterly earnings of 62 cents approached Circuit City in February, but sources close to the talks. Rising oil prices
per share, slightly higher the 61cents per that it was now making its offer public have added a sense of urgency to the
merger negotiations, which have been
ongoing for many months now. The rising
Buffett Gets "Spitzered" fuel costs have forced four small airlines
into bankruptcy in recent weeks.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the
(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) seen prosecutorial pressure this explicitly prompted by pressure from federal and Sutcliffe. "A lot of prosecutors will
since then." prosecutors. take the position that they are not in the deal would value Northwest at around $3
Submitted at 4/14/2008 11:00:00 AM billion, which is slightly more than its
During the trial of the former executives, Henning, for one, does not believe that business of telling a company how to run
It's a fair bet that most investors would prosecutors named Brandon an unindicted General Re will be charged. "I think it itself." market capitalization as of Friday
trust the judgment of Warren Buffett, co-conspirator in the scheme of sham deals would have happened a while ago," he But the potential for pressure exists, afternoon, but significantly lower than it
chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, in the between General Re and A.I.G. to prop up said. "Is there a wink and a nod here?" under guidelines for charging corporations was when talks began. Shares of both
running of his companies. Federal A.I.G.'s balance sheet. And while deferred prosecution released in December 2006 in what is airlines rose more than 5 percent in
prosecutors are apparently not as trusting. After the convictions, Paul Pelletier, one agreements are "the settlement du jour," he known as the McNulty memo, for its morning trading on the news of an
Today, Joseph Brandon, the chief of the prosecutors, said, "We're not done. said, the government may have given author, Paul McNulty, then the deputy imminent deal.
executive of General Re, the reinsurance The investigation continues." He added, General Re "a complete pass." (A recent attorney general of the United States. One Also on Portfolio.com:
subsidiary, resigned. His departure comes "We've got a lot of work to do to work up article in the New York Times reported factor is whether the corporation has taken Travel in the Time of Merger
amid reports that federal prosecutors were the corporate ladder." that the Justice Department has entered appropriate "remedial actions," among Changes in the Air
pressuring Berkshire to replace Did Brandon resign in conjunction with a deferred prosecution agreements with more other things, "to replace responsible The hurdle both airlines still need to
Brandon—who had been on a short list of nonprosecution or deferred prosecution than 50 companies suspected of management, to discipline or terminate overcome is reaching satisfactory terms for
candidates to succeed Buffett—following agreement? That is not yet known. wrongdoing during the last three years.) wrongdoers." their pilots. Representatives for Delta's
the convictions last month of four former Berkshire did not return calls for Another forced resignation of a chief That can include firing the chief 6,000 pilots met this weekend in Atlanta,
General Re executives on fraud charges. comment. Tom Carson, spokesman for the executive occurred in October 2006, when executive, says Brown. "It is really just the while union leaders of Northwest's 5,000
"I haven't seen it this explicit," says Peter United States attorney in Connecticut, Frederick Lacey, a retired federal judge company deciding, based on the smoke pilots called a meeting in Minneapolis.
Henning, a professor at Wayne State declined to comment on the resignation or and former U.S. attorney, served as a signals" sent by the prosecutors, he says. The main sticking point for both pilot
University Law School and a founding on whether the corporation remains under monitor of Bristol-Myers Squibb under a "It's a natural thing to consider." groups appears to be seniority lists. The
editor of the White Collar Crime Prof investigation. The trial was a joint 2005 deferred prosecution agreement that Like Henning, Brown suspects that lists are important to pilots because they
Blog. The last explicit threat he could prosecution by the Connecticut District, followed an accounting scandal. Lacey General Re is "out of the woods on the determine scheduling and routing priorities
recall was when Eliot Spitzer, then the the Eastern District of Virginia, and the forced the resignation of Bristol's C.E.O., allegations." in addition to ranking for pay.
New York attorney general, refused to fraud section of the Department of Justice, Peter Dolan, and its general counsel over Brandon will be replaced by General The pilot groups can't formally block a
negotiate with insurance broker Marsh & where Pelletier is a lawyer. their handling of a patent dispute. Re's president, Franklin "Tad" Montross. merger, but they can complicate the
McLennan back in October 2005, forcing It's an ongoing investigation," Laura But white-collar crime defense lawyers Related Links process. U.S. Airways and America West
the resignation of Jeffrey Greenberg—the Sweeney, a spokeswoman at the Justice say Brandon's resignation does not signal Ex-Insurance Executives Convicted Airlines have been trying to combine
son of Maurice Greenberg, formerly of Department, said of the General Re case. some new trend in prosecutorial The $300 Trillion Time Bomb operations for two years, but have been
insurance giant American International She declined to comment on Brandon's overreaching. Buffett Moves Into Bond Insurance unable to resolve issues related to pilot
Group—as chief executive. resignation or to confirm news reports that "I can't think of more than a handful," seniority, the New York Times notes.
"Spitzer went on the warpath. I haven't it had been says Walter Brown of Orrick, Herrington Related Links
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Sarah Silverman has Amazing Orifices Turbulence Ahead
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Who's Smarter Than Carl Icahn? Will It Fly?

(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) company, Wattles had what appeared to alongside Icahn as the No. 1 shareholder of (Portfolio.com: News and Markets) Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul,
Submitted at 4/14/2008 10:30:00 AM
have been civil discussions with Carl the video chain to Icahn's No. 2 stake. Submitted at 4/14/2008 7:00:00 PM
New York-JFK, Salt Lake City,
Icahn, who was a major shareholder of HBK's stake in Blockbuster was also a Amsterdam, and Tokyo-Narita—each of
Blockbuster's attempted takeover of both Hollywood Entertainment and passive one and, ultimately, a very costly Delta Air Lines agreed to buy Northwest which will benefit from improved global
Circuit City may have raised plenty of Blockbuster. Icahn remains a major owner one. Airlines for about $3 billion, effectively connectivity."
eyebrows, but it turns out that certain of Blockbuster shares, despite his furor The fund acquired its stake in challenging reluctant pilots at both carriers Still, a deal would require the airlines to
behind-the-scenes players at both over its failed takeover of Hollywood Blockbuster in late 2004, when the stock to resolve their dispute over reconciling integrate, if not reduce, their
companies have quite a history together. Entertainment, and Blockbuster said this traded for around $10 per share. It sold off seniority at a combined company. workforces—particularly their pilots.
Mark Wattles, an activist investor who morning that he supports its bid for Circuit enough of its stake to fall below the 5 Under terms announced Monday evening Representatives for Delta's 6,000 pilots
has been agitating for change at Circuit City. percent ownership threshold required by Delta agreed to swap 1.25 of its shares for met last weekend in Atlanta, where Delta
City since taking a 6.5 percent stake in the Icahn and Wattles are reportedly still the S.E.C. in January of this year, when a each Northwest share. Based on Delta's is based, while union leaders of
company earlier this year, is no stranger to chatty. Wattles told Bloomberg that Icahn share was worth $3.28. closing price of $10.48 a share on Monday, Northwest's 5,000 pilots have called a
being a target of Blockbuster's roving eye. told him that he was even willing to help There's no word yet on what HBK thinks the offer values each Northwest share at meeting in Minneapolis, home of
Wattles founded Hollywood the transaction financially if need be. "I of Blockbuster's intention to buy Circuit $13.10, a 16.8 percent premium over their Northwest.
Entertainment, the second-largest video view it as a very favorable transaction for City for $1 billion in cash. But considering close Monday. The main sticking point for both pilot
chain behind Blockbuster before it was shareholders relative to other that Blockbuster shares are down a Based on Northwest's recent disclosure groups appears to be seniority lists. The
sold to the smaller rival Movie Gallery in opportunities,'' Wattles said of the whopping 17 percent today, it's safe to that it has 236.43 million shares lists are important to pilots because they
2005. Before that deal was consummated, Blockbuster and Icahn financing. assume that Harlan B. Korenvaes is outstanding, the Delta offer values determine scheduling and routing priorities
however, Blockbuster made its own higher But the connections between Circuit City thankful he parted ways with Icahn at Northwest at $3.097 billion. in addition to ranking for pay.
bid for Hollywood Entertainment, which and Blockbuster don't stop there. Circuit Blockbuster earlier this year. Several news reports on Monday said a The pilot groups can't formally block a
did not sit well with the antitrust regulators City's largest shareholder today is a hedge Icahn's investment in Blockbuster is now deal was imminent, driven by the rapid rise merger, but they can complicate the
in Washington. fund called HBK Investments, which has a down some 80 percent. in oil prices over the last year. process. U.S. Airways and America West
Wattles left the chief executive post at 9.2 percent stake. Although the fund has a It's unclear just exactly how Rising fuel costs have forced four small Airlines have been trying to combine
the video chain just days after history as an activist, it made it known that Blockbuster's unusual and unwelcome bid airlines into bankruptcy in recent weeks. operations for two years, but have been
Blockbuster's takeover attempt was made its investment in Circuit City, which was for Circuit City came about. But at least Delta and Northwest acknowledged the unable to resolve issues related to pilot
public in early 2005. He later teamed up made last year, is a passive one. the major players have already made their effect of higher oil prices when they seniority, the New York Times noted.
with Blockbuster, offering to buy half of The Dallas-based HBK, which was introductions. announced their intention to merge. Delta chief executive Richard Anderson
the Hollywood Video stores in order to founded by former Merrill Lynch Related Links "Record fuel prices have fundamentally would run the merged airline, which would
help earn a green light from regulators for executive Harlan B. Korenvaes, should be Dead Deals Walking changed the economics of the airline be called Delta. Delta Chairman Daniel
the Blockbuster deal. more than pleased with today's 30 percent Blockbuster Buying Circuit City for industry," they said in a statement. "Fuel is Carp would keep that title, while
It didn't work. Movie Gallery won its bid jump in Circuit City shares. It helps to Buzzwords the highest single expense for Delta and Northwest Chairman Roy J. Bostock
for Hollywood Entertainment, and the make up for the loss it took earlier this Blockbuster to Circuit City: Why Can't Northwest, significantly eroding the would become vice chairman. Another
combined company is now in bankruptcy. year on its Blockbuster investment. We Be Friends? financial benefits of restructuring and Delta executive, Edward H. Bastian, would
At the time of the takeover battle for his That's right, HBK once stood right placing the airlines' new found strength be president and chief financial officer.
and stability at long-term risk. Delta would have seven of 13 seats on
That Inflation Thing "At the beginning of 2007, oil prices were
approximately $55 a barrel," they added.
"Now, oil prices have nearly doubled. This
the combined board. Northwest would get
five seats, one held by Bostock and another
by current Northwest C.E.O. Douglas M.
(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) food prices rose 1.2 percent. Rice surged companies' profits. dramatic run-up in the price of oil makes Steenland. One director will come from the
Submitted at 4/15/2008 6:00:00 AM
8.7 percent. "Cost pressures are building and will the transaction even more compelling." Air Line Pilots Association.
Excluding food and energy costs, the continue to build for a few quarters before A merger would let the combined The new airline would have its
Everything in this economy seems to Producer Price Index rose just 0.2 percent. they recede,'' Michael Gregory, a senior company cope with high fuel costs by headquarters in Atlanta, but has pledged to
slowing—except the prices for energy and The Federal Reserve has repeatedly economist at BMO Capital Markets in generating what it said would be "more keep "significant jobs, operations and
food. noted that it is concerned about the Toronto, told Bloomberg News before the than $1 billion in annual revenue and cost facilities in Minnesota."
The latest sign that inflation is very much mounting threat of inflation, but feels that P.P.I. data were released. synergies" from reduced overhead, and Related Links
on the boil came as the U.S. Department of the need to stabilize the markets and Perhaps it is time to start thinking improved operational efficiency. New Dawn for Delta
Labor reported that the prices paid to promote growth outweigh those concerns. seriously about stagflation? Sensitive to the specter of job losses and Deals Taxi for Takeoff
manufacturers and other producers climbed The Fed is expected to cut its benchmark Related Links service cuts, the companies went out of No Pardons for Pardus Investors
1.1 percent in March, more than double interest rate by another quarter point this Damaged Goods their way to add: "The merged airline will
forecasts and up from a 0.3 percent gain in month. House Poor maintain all hubs at Atlanta, Cincinnati,
February. Higher food and fuel costs will further Steady as It Goes
Energy prices gained 2.9 percent, while sap consumer spending and will cut into
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$3.79 on Friday. with respect to the proposed transaction." in London, told Bloomberg News.
Twitter Testing Advertising
Blockbuster said in a statement that a
merger "would result in an $18 billion
global retail enterprise uniquely positioned
Shares of Circuit City are up 33 percent
in mid-morning trading, while shares of
Blockbuster are down more than 10
Douglas McIntyre on the 24/7 Wall St.
blog is extremely skeptical:
"There is no evidence that the
In Twitter Streams
to capitalize on the growing convergence percent. combination of the companies saves a By Duncan Riley (TechCrunch)
of media content and electronic devices." The merger proposal is odd for several dime in expenses. How it enhances Submitted at 4/14/2008 11:12:44 PM
Keyes, a former 7-Eleven executive reasons. For one, both companies have revenue is the stuff of fantasy. Blockbuster
hired by Blockbuster last year, said the been struggling. is suggesting that the combined firm take Twitter was down tonight, nothing really
proposal "creates a game-changing retail Blockbuster is engaged in a grinding on debt to help finance the transaction. In unusual for the San Francisco based startup
concept." Carl Icahn, the activist investor battle with NetFlix, and its future is the present environment, where debt is (to be fair though downtime has improved a similar fashion to what Twitteriffic users
who owns more than 10 percent of endangered by the kinds of digital anathema, the proposal is especially since they dumped Joyent), but what was currently see (Twitteriffic runs their own
Blockbuster, supports the proposal for downloads Apple and others are offering. insane." different is some reports of users spotting ads on the free version) seems like the only
Circuit City, Blockbuster said. While its most-recent quarter was much These are the kinds of deals that are ads in their Twitter stream during the real way to monetize Twitter, aside for
Circuit City acknowledged that it had stronger than expected, prompting the made in a recession. Depressed stock service difficulties. There were no ads premium subscriptions. The only question
received Blockbuster's proposal and said company to forecast a profit for the year, prices bring out strategic players either evident when I visited Twitter, which may remaining is how Twitter users will accept
that it would "continue to carefully Blockbuster did lose $124 million last sniffing for opportunity—Microsoft's indicate testing only in preparation for a the move after a two year free ride. Do you
consider and evaluate" it. year. And it is carrying $758 million of pursuit of Yahoo, for example—or trying broad-scale rollout support ads on Twitter?
The Circuit City statement also debt. to paper over the cracks in their business Twitter has long been the poster child for • No, keep it ad free
questioned how Blockbuster, a smaller Circuit City has been slashing costs to by becoming bigger. While on the surface the often controversial Valley mantra of • Yes
company, could finance a deal. "In return profitability, although it, too, faces a bold, creative maneuver, Blockbuster's build an audience first, and the business • Yes/ No, but I'd pay for an ad free
particular, Blockbuster's proposal appears grueling competition from Best Buy and approach smacks of desperation. model will follow that has been copied by version
to contemplate a rights offering of Wal-Mart Stores. It is also facing a Related Links Seesmic and others. Founded in March View Results CrunchBase Information
unprecedented size relative to the issuing challenge from a major shareholder. Who's Smarter Than Carl Icahn? 2006 and with its most recent round in July Twitter Information provided by
company's market capitalization and at a It's not clear how combining two Blockbuster Buying Circuit City for 2007 at $5.7 million, Twitter has grown to CrunchBase
price that is at a significant premium to different brick-and-mortar chains that are Buzzwords cult status among its growing user base, Crunch Network: CrunchGear drool over
Blockbuster's current market price." struggling with intense competition will Blockbuster to Circuit City: Why Can't but hasn’t earned a cent. the sexiest new gadgets and hardware.
"In addition, Circuit City and its advisers spark some kind of transformation. We Be Friends? Occasional ads in the Twitter timeline, in
have a number of other fundamental "Synergies between a video store and an
questions regarding the structure, sources,
and uses of funds and consents required
electronics store aren't that obvious," Nick
Bubb, a retail analyst at Pali International Pay to Fly
(Portfolio.com: News and Markets)
Deals Taxi for Takeoff Submitted at 4/14/2008 11:00:00 AM

The European Union is playing hardball

(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) Changes in the Air like Lufthansa's in JetBlue, that could pave $13.10, a 16.8 percent premium over their with the US aviation industry.
Submitted at 4/15/2008 5:30:00 AM
Here are the busiest routes for the the way for operational alliances. close Monday. In order to reduce aviation-generated
nation's big hub-and-spoke airlines. It's unclear if American Airlines, the Based on Northwest's recent disclosure carbon emissions in Europe, the EU is
Let the matchmaking in the skies begin. First on the deal runway will be United longtime leader of U.S. aviation, will try to that it has 236.43 million shares requiring airlines to join a carbon cap and
With Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines and Continental Airlines. The disrupt the Delta-Northwest or United- outstanding, the Delta offer values trade program no later than 2012. It's a
Airlines finally sealing a deal, a long- Delta-Northwest merger frees Continental Continental deals or seek alliances of its Northwest at $3.097 billion. European plan, but its not just for
awaited burst of consolidation is expected from an earlier agreement that gave own. Delta and Northwest acknowledged the European airlines. Jacques Barrot, the EU
to erupt. Northwest a veto over any deal involving Earlier this year, the TheDeal.Com noted effect of higher oil prices when they transport commissioner, announced that all
For years, investors and industry officials Continental. that Southwest Airlines had signaled it was announced their intention to merge. airlines with European service must
have pointed to a need for airlines, with Jeff Bailey and Micheline Maynard of interested in acquisition opportunities, but "Record fuel prices have fundamentally participate, and those which don't may see
their high cost structures and razor-thin the New York Times report that the two that it was more likely to seek gates and changed the economics of the airline access to lucrative European destinations
margins, to combine in order to cut airlines "now may try to get the deal other assets rather than merger deals. industry," they said in a statement. "Fuel is chopped.
expenses, eliminate overlapping routes, wrapped up within the next 30 days." It is important to note that no deal is a the highest single expense for Delta and The US industry is not amused.
and take seats away, enabling them to raise Deutsche Lufthansa has been rumored to certainty. Delta and Northwest reached Northwest, significantly eroding the Other industries in Europe have been
fares. With fuel prices soaring, the industry be looking at taking a stake in a combined their agreement without the support of financial benefits of restructuring and engaged in carbon trading since 2005, and
is expected to lose as much as $9 billion United-Continental. Lufthansa acquired a their powerful pilots' union. Its deal and placing the airlines' newfound strength and EU environment ministers decided last
this year. And any airline will want to get a 19 percent stake in JetBlue late last year. others will face political challenges and stability at long-term risk." year that its time for commercial avaiation
deal done when the merger-friendly Bush A new Open Skies treaty frees where regulatory scrutiny. Related Links to come to the party. Under their plan,
administration is still in power. airlines in the United States and the Under terms announced Monday evening Will It Fly? airlines will be allocated carbon credits
Also on Portfolio.com: European Union can fly on both Delta agreed to swap 1.25 of its shares for Achtung, JetBlue that they use to "pay" for their CO2
Who Takes the Hit? continents. While U.S. law still prevents each Northwest share. Based on Delta's New Dawn for Delta emissions on an annual basis. Airlines that
The sky is falling—on the heads of foreign investors from controlling an closing price of $10.48 a share on Monday,
business travelers. airline, there may be more minority stakes, the offer values each Northwest share at
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Google Revs Up Search Growth continued from page 9
come in under their quota will end the year competitors should be forced to jump in as
(Portfolio.com: News and Markets) On a monthly basis, Google's share of Street's margin estimates are too high," with extra credits which they can then sell well. They expect to shell out up to $65
Submitted at 4/15/2008 4:30:00 AM
the domestic search market grew to 59.8 UBS's Schachter wrote to clients. on the carbon market. And they'll have billion buying carbon credits over the next
percent in March, according to comScore, Furthermore, another study shows that plenty of buyers -- pollution spewing 15 years, and say that if other airlines
Fears that the the great Google growth up from 59.2 percent in February, while Google's growth in search ad dollars in the airlines that exceed their yearly allowance aren't forced to do the same, it would
machine may be slowing have been eased Yahoo's share fell to 21.3 percent, down U.S. market lagged behind that of Yahoo's will need to buy additional credits. This, in amount to a massive tax on European
by a new comScore.com analysis that from 21.6 percent in February. in the first quarter, Miguel Helft reports on a nutshell, is how carbon trading works. aviation.
shows that search queries revived last MSN's March search market share was the New York Times Bits blog. The study European airlines aren't exactly doing It's unlikely that the EU would ever go so
month. 9.4 percent, down from 9.6 percent in SearchIgnite, a search-advertising cartwheels over the plan, though with far as to actually impose flight curbs.
That is a development that will be February, while AOL's market share was technology firm, showed that "spending by carbon trading a key part of the Continent's Foreign airlines would likely respond in
welcome by investors anxiously awaiting 4.8 percent, down from 4.9 percent in search advertisers on Yahoo grew a robust environmental strategy, they must have kind, which would cause serious financial
Google's first-quarter results on Thursday. February. 57 percent while spending on Google grew seen it coming. But non-European carriers hardship all around. But even the threat
And while Google is gaining in the search The new data show that Google only at about half that rate," Helft says. say it's unfair and potentially illegal that shows just how far apart the EU and US
market, Yahoo is losing ground, just at a continues to grow its commanding lead in Yahoo, which reports quarterly results on the scheme is being imposed on any airline are when it comes to aviation-related
time when that company is desperately the search market, while Yahoo falters. April 22, hopes that its numbers show that flying into or out of the EU. environmental oversight.
trying to stave off a takeover by Microsoft. Google's investors will be looking at its it is healthy and doesn't need Microsoft or The US airlines aren't having it. They say Is the EU overstepping its bounds?
Google's total searches increased by 30 first-quarter results to see how the any other company to come to its rescue. the Europeans are being hysterical and that Threatening to suck the life out of an
percent in March on an annual basis, company is coping with a softening "Given the management team's track forced participation in their carbon trading already fragile industry with a blanket of
according to new comScore numbers, internet-advertising market. In the fourth record," Schachter wrote, "it is difficult to plan violates international treaties. The Air stifling regulation? Or is the US, with its
while Yahoo's searches fell by 2 percent. quarter, Google had trouble monetizing its give them the benefit of the doubt that they Transport Association, the trade group for "let the market take care of it" approach,
"Google continues to gain share, with social-networking business, which consists will post much of an upside surprise." US carriers, calls the European's focus on not doing enough to hold aviation
year-over-year query growth accelerating primarily of its $900 million deal to handle Related Links aviation emissions "out of proportion" and accountable for its carbon output? Related
up 30 percent in March," Ben Schachter, ads on MySpace. Dangerous Liaison believes that the US industry is having Links
an analyst with UBS, wrote in a note to "We are cautious on Google's quarter due Dangerous Liaison success with market driven approaches like The Skies Open Overseas
clients. "Yahoo was the sole search to the apparent lack of meaningful Google Wins One buying more fuel-efficient aircraft, Open Skies = Closed Options for Some
property of the 'Big Five' to show negative monetization improvements, slowing paid reducing the weight of their planes, and Join the ClubBut Which Club?
query growth in March" click volumes, and our view that the investigating alternative fuels.
But EU airlines insist that if they have to

Wachovias Woes join the carbon trading market, their US

(Portfolio.com: News and Markets)

Submitted at 4/14/2008 5:30:00 AM
million, or 20 cents per share, in its first
quarter compared with a profit of $2.3
billion, or $1.20 per share, in the quarter a
disappointed with our first-quarter results,
but I am confident we're taking prudent
and appropriate actions in this challenging
Artist Creates A Real
An unexpected loss from Wachovia and
its plans to raise $7 billion are stark
reminders that the credit crisis is far from
year earlier. The fourth-largest bank in the
nation will cut its dividend by 41 percent
and will raise $7 billion from the sale of
period to restore Wachovia to a more
profitable path. The precipitous decline in
housing-market conditions and
Where's Waldo Adventure
That was underscored on Friday when a
troubled March for General Electric's
convertible preferred stock and common
unprecedented changes in consumer
behavior prompted us to update our credit- For Online Satellite Imagery
The bank is setting aside $2.8 billion for reserve modeling and rely less heavily on By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) fame on an unidentified rooftop in
financial businesses caused the credit losses on mortgage-related historical trends to forecast losses. As a Vancouver. The real trick, though, is
Submitted at 4/14/2008 1:23:02 PM
conglomerate to report a surprising miss in investments. "The provision largely result, we have substantially increased our figuring out not just where this Waldo is,
earnings. More upsetting news may come reflected more severe deterioration in the reserves." A few years back, a bunch of publications but when he'll actually show up in Google
this week, when Merrill Lynch and residential housing market, particularly in Wachovia is the latest big bank to shore ran misleading stories claiming that the Earth. Of course, this whole thing has
Citigroup report first-quarter losses. specific markets in California and Florida," up its capital. It follows the route taken last department store Target was trying to ticked off folks who are upset with the
What is unsettling to investors is that Wachovia said. week by Washington Mutual, by selling make use of tools like Google suggestion that it's somehow Google
nearly a year after the implosion in Many of Wachovia's troubles stem from shares. For Wachovia, however, this is the Maps/Google Earth that used satellite taking all of these satellite photos (no,
subprime mortgages first shook the its 2006 acquisition of Golden West, a second time this year it has raised capital. imagery to advertise on their rooftops. Google doesn't own a satellite... yet),
markets, banks are still struggling to get an California-based lender that was a leader in Earlier, it raised $8.3 billion through the That wasn't the case at all. The image of a rather than 3rd parties who license the
accurate reading on the depth of their adjustable-rate mortgages. sale of preferred stock and securities. Target rooftop in question was near an photos to a bunch of companies. In the
losses. A number of housing markets "With the benefit of hindsight, it is clear Related Links airport, and there are a number of stores meantime, while this is a bit silly, it's kind
continue to deteriorate, and events like the that the timing was poor for this expansion Stocks Want to Run With the Bulls that have painted large advertisements on of cool to see people thinking about
teetering of Bear Stearns in March can in the mortgage business," Ken Thompson, Good Morning on Wall Street their rooftops for passengers in landing different ways to create artwork, display it
create damaging ripple effects for other the chief executive of Wachovia, said in Why Wachovia Needs Another $7 airplanes to spot. However, the concept has and interact with it, thanks to new
institutions. February. Billion inspired some artistic thinking. Reader technologies like Google Earth.
Wachovia reported a loss of $350 Today Thompson said: "I'm deeply Joseph B writes in to tell us about how one Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
artist has now purposely hidden a rather
large image of Waldo of "Where's Waldo"
Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper Tech* 11

Federated Media’s $50 Million C- Build A Book On

Round Confirmed—No Plans to Buy Up Facebook With Blurb
By Mark Hendrickson (TechCrunch)
Blog Partners Submitted at 4/15/2008 1:32:20 AM

Blurb, the on-demand print service with a

By Erick Schonfeld (TechCrunch) author needs $100K. Is there a way FM
could help them with that? Absolutely, and specialization in photographic layouts, is
Submitted at 4/15/2008 5:25:09 AM
it can be structured a thousand different expanding its “crowd sourcing” strategy
After turning down a$100 million buyout ways. But I don’t suspect that FM’s path is onto, where else, but Facebook with a new
offer, Federated Media Publishing has to acquire the blogs we work with. app that brings people together to create
opted instead to raise $50 million in a C He also argues that even when blogs get professional quality books.
round led by Oak Investment Partners. As big enough to hire their own ad sales team, This past October Blurb deployed a new
was reported two weeks ago, the rumored they will never be able to cover as many ad feature for its desktop publishing software
valuation is$200 million. While the 2007. The blog advertising network called Community Books that could be
previously raised a total of $7.5 million. agencies and clients as the 25 sales people
company is not confirming that number, at Federated Media. That’s true, but it used to create books with others. The new demand for so-called “personal” books,
publisher Chas Edwards quips, “We have . . . or a Blog-By-Night Network? doesn’t take 25 people to sell ads for one Facebook application, called GroupBook ones created not for profit. It shouldn’t
to be worth at least $101 million.” The issue, though, is that unlike a blog, and blogs that sell their own ads have and found here, does essentially the same have an affect, however, on the print of
Federated Media acts as the advertising traditional media company where content a better chance of getting higher ad rates. thing except without the need for any marketing materials, which form half of
salesforce for about 150 blogs and dozens and publishing are under the same roof, download on the part of your friends. Blurb’s businesses.
FM does not control the sites for which it The type of bundled selling that Federated
of online media properties with a collective Media can do will have a place in any Want to compile a book with all of the When asked about Amazon’s recent
audience of 50 million people a month. Its sells ads. And there is no lack of ad given blog’s advertising mix as long as photos that you and your friends took at foray into on-demand print services, CEO
blog partners include Boing Boing, networks that big blogs can work with. Federated Media can do a better job selling graduation? Invite them to participate in a Eileen Gittins expressed a lack of concern
GigaOm, Ars Technica, Silicon Alley Even Technorati is hoping to turn itself ads to the big brands (which generally GroupBook project and they can contribute that it would cut into Blurb’s business.
Insider, and TechCrunch. It even sells ads into an ad network for blogs. In order to tie up to 20 of their own photos with a simple Since relatively few people use Blurb to
its partner sites closer to Federated Media, require the type of scale and vetting that
for video blogs like AskANinja and on Federated Media offers). upload form on Facebook. Once the create books intended for sale (on Amazon
some Facebook apps, such as Graffiti and we’ve suggested before that the company So what is Federated Media going to do contribution period ends, you can turn or elsewhere) anyway, she doesn’t think
Watercooler. could use this new cash to buy guaranteed with that $50 million? Expand beyond these photos into a book with Blurb’s the giant ecommerce site has any real
A Tidy Advertising Business . . . ad inventory on the blogs in its network, or blogs, expand internationally, help existing BookSmart desktop client. competitive advantage in this area. Plus
In 2007, according to Edwards, buy some of those blogs outright. But My only real gripe is that friends can’t she thinks Blurb’s economics are better
Edwards tells me Federated Media will not media partners expand to new sites (and
Federated Media sold $22 million worth of thus more ad inventory), and help them submit captions along with their photos, because the company does not take any cut
ads across its network, up from $4 million guarantee advertising under any expand beyond the Web (by selling leaving book owners to make ones up from the sale of books, it just charges
in 2006. It generally splits the ad revenues circumstances, and is unlikely to buy any sponsorships for conferences and other themselves. Also, you can’t pull photos printers for the leads it makes. CrunchBase
with publishers, taking 40 percent for partner blogs: events, for instance). Federated Media is directly from Facebook collections - a Information Blurb Amazon Information
itself. Edwards says that Federated Media Let’s say we bought all the sites that are limitation imposed by the social network provided by CrunchBase
part of FM. If we don’t deliver value they going to have to keep finding new ways to
is able to command between $10 and $25 keep the money flowing to its blog and itself since Facebook doesn’t store and Crunch Network: MobileCrunch Mobile
per 1,000 impressions (CPMs) for the ads can walk away. The stability of our media partners if it wants to keep them serve high enough quality images for print. Gadgets and Applications, Delivered
it places on the blogs it works with (and $6 relationship with content creators will from bolting. CrunchBase Information Blurb’s social features form a smart Daily.
to $12 CPMs on its Facebook apps, which come from the value we create every day, Federated Media John Battelle Information strategy in an age when electronic media is
is very high for social-network inventory). not from our contracts. replacing many printed materials. I
He goes on to qualify this statement this provided by CrunchBase
Edwards says Federated Media has been Crunch Network: CrunchBoard because imagine this will help the company drive
cash-flow positive for more than a year way: it’s time for you to find a new Job2.0
and EBITDA-positive since September, I wouldn’t rule out any scenario. If an

Russia Wants Everyone Setting Up A WiFi Network To Register With The

By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) how problematic that was for getting WiFi Rossvyazokhrankultura) have announced Fleishman notes in the link above: "Setting even has the authority to make such a
Submitted at 4/15/2008 12:49:00 AM
adopted. However, it looks like some that any device that uses WiFi indoors up a home Wi-Fi network or a hotspot mandate. In the meantime, if you're in
bureaucrats in Russia may be taking the anywhere needs to be registered with the would require what sounds like vast Russia and using WiFi, apparently you
When WiFi was first becoming popular a whole concept to a new level. Apparently, government. Even worse, the registration amounts of paperwork, akin to putting [up] may want to get ready to sign some
few years back, there were occasional Russia's equivalent of the FCC, the is per user with a non-transferable license. a cell tower." I'm sure that will increase paperwork.
stories about countries that hadn't opened Russian Mass Media, Communications and So every user of every WiFi device will adoption. From the sound of it, though, Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
up the spectrum necessary for WiFi and Cultural Protection Service (or need a separate registration. As Glenn some are questioning whether the group
12 Tech* Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper
WiMAX Supporters Try
Strutta: I’m the best around, nothing’s ever gonna To Suppress Case Study
About WiBRO Troubles
bring me down By Derek Kerton (Techdirt)
By Peter Ha (TechCrunch) rank dropping, just swap out your video for Submitted at 4/14/2008 9:22:00 AM
a new one to show more of your skills or
Submitted at 4/15/2008 6:06:03 AM
up the star-quality of your performance. Tempers flared at the WiMAX show in
“What, you think you’re better than me?” Also, if you don’t want to play directly on Singapore last week when the WiMAX
We’ve all uttered this phrase at one point Strutta’s site you’ll be able to simply Forum apparently moved to suppress a
or another in our lifetime. Well maybe embed the game you’re competing in onto report issued by one of their media
we’ve just thought about saying it, but other sites and social networks, like sponsors, Telecoms Korea. The Telecoms
we’re inherently wired to feel it. We love MySpace and Facebook, and have your Korea report, prepared with the
to compete with one another no matter friends vote for you, there. expectation of distribution at the event,
what the circumstances are, but let’s face So what exactly are you competing for? apparently included a case study regarding
it, seeing who can do the most one armed Well, not only are you vying for bragging KT's deployment of WiBRO in South
push-ups at the office is getting old, and rights, but you’re also trying to get into the Korea, including relevant facts about the
frankly Erick is sick of losing. It’s time for Strutta finale. While the details of that rocky start the service has had. Well,
some fresh meat. Am I right? What, you were not disclosed to me yet, I think the apparently "rocky start" isn't on the agenda
think you can come up with something Strutta team has something exciting at the WiMAX Congress, since the Forum
better? Then prove it. I dare you. planned… blocked distribution of the report.
That’s where Vancouver, BC-based So, I challenge everyone to a game: I Telecoms Korea is accusing KT of being
Strutta comes in. They’re taking user- want you all to do your best impression of behind the cover-up, and it is specifically
generated video content and melding it up your judge points (yes judges get Olympian. To play in a game, upload a singling out Ron Resnick, the Intel
points, too). video that you created or starred in, or Michael. Seriously. Let’s see what you’ve
with casual gaming to create the online got. CrunchBase Information Strutta executive who currently sits as President
version of a spectator sport. The name Think of Strutta as a federated body for login to your YouTube account from Information provided by CrunchBase and Chairman of the WiMAX Forum as
alone should tip you off to what they’re all online competitions, kind of like what the Strutta’s site and select videos from there. CrunchBase Information ibeatyou being the ax-man. The publication is
about. Strut your stuff. Show the world WWF is to wrestling, only on Strutta you Compete in an existing game on Strutta, or Information provided by CrunchBase furious at the alleged censorship, and says
what you’re good at and get a chance to can compete against the entire world in create a new one to feature your best skills it degraded to a shouting match at the
anything you see fit. Strutta even lets you and drop in your video. You can keep track Crunch Network: CrunchGear drool over
smoke the competition. Or if you’re more the sexiest new gadgets and hardware. Congress with Resnick saying, "Get out of
of a spectator, just spend time voting for compete on behalf of your city, your state, of your stats on Strutta’s dynamic here, now!" several times. That's too bad,
the best players in different games to crank and your country kind of like a web leaderboards and as soon as you see your because as an occasional subscriber to
Telecoms Korea, I have seen that their
editorial position on WiBRO has been one
Mowser Founder Says Mobile Web Is Dead. It’s The part national pride mixed with one part
realism. If they have had any bias, it has
been a hope to see WiBRO succeed. The
Opposite: The Mobile Web Was Born Only Yesterday publication argues that by turning a blind
eye to the simple realities of KT's difficult
launch, the WiMAX community is setting
By Michael Arrington (TechCrunch) browsing friendly as users can simply new platforms. itself up for repeat disappointment rather
Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:39:56 AM
move the screen around with their fingers, So don’t think of this as the death of your than being able to learn from it.
and zoom in or out on the extremely crisp startuup, Russell. Think of it as an Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
The Mobile Web is dead, says screen. opportunity to let your creativity fly while
entreprenuer Russell Beattie, and it’s time In short, the gains in hardware have you imagine how you can change the
for him to deadpool Mowser. Read the made a special markup language for will have moved on to increasingly better world. My guess is you’ll land somewhere
details in Duncan’s post from earlier today. phones redundant. More and more people devises. very interesting, and start building
Now I certainly think that the day of will be getting true smart phones in their So I disagree that The Mobile Web is software that will be used passionately by
creating specialty stripped down version of hards that can open and view normal dead. For many of us it is just coming your users. CrunchBase Information
web pages for mobile devices is coming to webpages quickly. and see the entire alive. Given the speed at which these Mowser Information provided by
an end (and that’s what Mowser did). screen. We no longer need middleman devices are evolving and price dropping, I CrunchBase
Small screens with poor bandwidth equals software to convert normal websites into don’t think it’s worth people’s time to Crunch Network: CrunchGear drool over
an unusable product. In the U.S. today stuff that lesser phones can understand. It build sofware that optimizes the the sexiest new gadgets and hardware.
almost all mobile browsing occurs on will be much better to push prices down so experience. Rather, they should use their
smart phones with big screens and full that todays iPhone is available for next to expertise to build exciting new
keyboards. The iPhone in particular is nothing in the third world. The First world applications that will run directly on these
Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper Tech* 13
You Have No Privacy
AOL Buys Sphere’s Blog Google’s Don’t Be Evil Anywhere: Administration
Pushes Forward With
Content Engine Not “Ordained Motto” Domestic Spy Satellite
By Michael Arrington (TechCrunch)
Says Marissa Mayer
Submitted at 4/14/2008 8:59:58 PM

Tomorrow AOL will announce the

By Michael Masnick (Techdirt)
Submitted at 4/14/2008 11:06:00 AM
By Michael Arrington (TechCrunch)
acquisition of San Francisco-based Sphere, While everyone's arguing over the
Submitted at 4/15/2008 1:07:33 AM
a blog content engine that launched in legality of warrantless wiretaps, it looks
2006. The price is not being disclosed, but Google’s “Don’t Be Evil” motto, first like the administration and the Department
sources are suggesting it’s in the $25 uttered by Googler Paul Buchheit(now of Homeland Security have moved on to
million range, or possibly a little more. founder of FriendFeed) in 2001, has long even bigger fish: using spy satellites to spy
More details from Om Malik been the pillar of their self-imposed code more thoroughly throughout the US. For
When Sphere first launched as a blog of conduct. It was amended somewhat in rather obvious reasons, this has many folks
search engine they were already late to the 2006 when CEO Eric Schmidt, under fire concerned. The government has shown a
blog search game. Technorati and others for entering the Chinese market with paragraph two above and what Marrissa decided lack of ability to "stick to the
had been around for some time already, censorship restrictions, said“We actually says in paragraph 3. rules" when it comes on domestic spying
and even Google Blog Search was nearly did an evil scale and decided not to serve This is most likely not a precursor to an programs, and given what some of these
eight months old. Sphere had some nice brands, he said, and leveraging what he at all was worse evil.” He turned it into a official move away from the motto. I spy satellites can do, it has people
features, but it was in a tough and calls “passion points” of small but sort of evil minimization algorithm. imagine it’s little more than a venting of a concerned about why the US is using such
competitive space. passionate audiences. Sphere fits right into But the core motto is still displayed frustration that Google continues to be held military hardware, normally reserved to
But CEO Tony Conrad, a former venture that by showing relevant content to users, prominently on the Google Investor to a promise made six years ago, when spy on enemy countries, to spy on our own
capitalist, quickly adapted to the changing and getting AOL content in front of more Relations site, and the company appears to they were under significantly less scrutiny citizens. Somehow, DHS boss Michael
market and focused on delivering blog users. be supporting it up 100%. than they are today. Google can’t ditch the Chertoff's response to his critics isn't
results relevant to content delivered by big Congratulations to Conrad on the Not so, apparently. Last week, however, motto (the press would eat that up), and particularly reassuring:"There is no basis
news and content sites. Time was the first aquisition, as well as the rest of the Sphere Google’s Marissa Mayer said“It really it’s becoming increasingly difficult to live to suggest that this process is in any way
to go live with “Sphere It” links, and most team (Martin Remy, Steve Nieker, Toni wasn’t like an elected, ordained motto” up to it. What can they do? Not much. insufficient to protect the privacy and civil
of the big news sites followed over time. In Schneider, Mike Garfias, Alex Bendig, during an interview in Australia, adding“I They made this bed. It’s too bad they liberties of Americans... I think we've fully
July 2007 we noted that they had very Andy Cabell, Anne Dorman, Jeff Yolen, think that ‘Don’t Be Evil’ is a very easy couldn’t get Buchheit to take it with him addressed anybody's concerns. I think the
quietly completed a transformation into a “ Adam Embick, Josh Guttman, Kevin thing to point at when you see Google when he left to found FriendFeed. way is now clear to stand it up and go
related content” engine. Cowan, Sven Henderson, Troy Vitullo and doing something that you personally don’t (Hat tip to reader Asher Moses for warm on it." To translate: "You should
Sphere lands in Bill Wilson’s Michael Harzheim). Sphere had raised$3.5 like; it’s a very easy thing to point out so it pointing this story out to us). trust us, because we're trustworthy people
organization, the EVP of Programming at million in venture capital over two rounds. does get targeted a lot.” Crunch Network: CrunchGear drool over who would never do anything wrong
AOL. His division controls AOL’s content CrunchBase Information Sphere There’s a certain disconnect between the sexiest new gadgets and hardware. (please ignore all we've done wrong over
properties (Entertainment, Finance, Information provided by CrunchBase the past few years). So, now that that's
Weblogs, etc.). In a phone call today, Crunch Network: CrunchBoard because settled, let's get this baby rolling..."
Wilson told me he doesn’t intend to it’s time for you to find a new Job2.0 Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
change Sphere’s approach or brand. They
are growing a number of micro/niche

Fring iPhone Chat/Voip App Launching Today

By Michael Arrington (TechCrunch) application that allows users to access the (although it may only work over Wifi, not iPhone. The service, which is about a year
Submitted at 4/15/2008 12:41:23 AM
fring, Skype, MSN Messenger, Google the Edge network). old, gets 100,000 new active users per
Talk, ICQ, SIP, Twitter, Yahoo and AIM This is most likely a test run in month. We’ll update when Fring actually
Fring, an Israeli startup that has a great services. preparation for the official iPhone app launches the application. Update: It
VOIP/Chat service for mobile phones (see That means they’ll be using the Jailbreak store that will launch this summer. It’s also launched. Read about it here. Download it
our February coverage), is launching an installer, which severely limits the number a risky strategy - some developers I’ve here. CrunchBase Information fring
iPhone version of the service sometime in of iPhone users who will download and spoken with are avoiding Jailbreak because Information provided by CrunchBase
the next 24 hours, we’ve heard. use it. they don’t want to anger Apple and have Crunch Network: CrunchBoard because
This is not a browser-based chat app like But Fring may also be the first really their official applications banned down the it’s time for you to find a new Job2.0
FlickIM or Mundu. It should be a fully killer application that can get non-early The ability to make VOIP calls over the road.
functional downloadable version of the adopter users to consider using Jailbreak. data plan in itself is probably worth it Fring is doing very well even without the
14 Tech* Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper
Is It That Difficult To
Press Boycotts Indian Cricket When The Best You Can Do Is Understand The Difference
Matches Over Restrictions On Get Fake Facebook Fans, You Between Public Data And
Private Data?
Digital Media Know You Have A PR Problem By Michael Masnick (Techdirt)
Submitted at 4/14/2008 11:14:00 PM
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) let us know of a very similar situation, By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) ballot box" in order to look more popular
where the Indian Premiere League put a Submitted at 4/14/2008 6:02:01 PM
than it actually is. That's pretty sad. Of Just a little while after some folks in
Submitted at 4/14/2008 8:39:00 PM Pittsburgh, PA sued Google over its Street
number of restrictions on how the press course, as people in the comments note, it's
Last week, we wrote about how could report online on its cricket Ticketmaster is widely considered one of not so much that Ticketmaster created the View offering, it appears that Google is
disappointing it was that American competitions in India. Rather than agree to the more hated companies in America, so it fake fans themselves: they simply offered a getting ready to launch a similar offering
newspapers agreed to restrictions placed the restrictions, the press threatened to made a few people scratch their heads promotion to give any "fans" five free in Australia. However, rather than
on them by Major League Baseball boycott IPL events entirely. Apparently the when they saw that Ticketmaster was near iTunes downloads. So it looks like a bunch celebrate a rather useful service, there's a
concerning how those newspapers could boycott threat has worked to get the league the top of the list in terms of the number of of folks set up fake Facebook profiles just somewhat ridiculous newspaper article in
report on games online. You would think to back down a bit, though it may still end "fans" it had on Facebook. Valleywag to get those five free downloads -- and Australia charging Google execs with
that newspapers reared on the idea of up with some restrictions. That still seems points to an enterprising blogger who Ticketmaster gets to "pretend" it has all hypocrisy for not revealing private data
freedom of the press and editorial ridiculous, and hopefully the press will checked out who those fans were and these fans. Except, of course, now it just about Australian Google execs. It's hard to
independence would not allow an again point out that it needs to remain noticed that many, many of the fans appear looks like a serious loser that has to pay for see where the hypocrisy is here. Google is
organization they were covering to dictate independent and cannot abide by any to be entirely fake creations. They have no "fans" and gets a bunch of fake fans for its creating a database of public info, and the
the terms of coverage -- but they did. restrictions placed on it by the very picture, no other friends and they're only troubles. newspaper, by its own admission, was
Luckily, it looks like reporters down in organization it's covering. fans of Ticketmaster. In other words, it Permalink| Comments| Email This Story asking Google to give up private data on
India are more willing to stand up for what Permalink| Comments| Email This Story looks like Ticketmaster is "stuffing the its execs. Despite what the newspaper
they feel is right. Reader Bipin writes in to implies, Google's Street View doesn't

And Of Course, FCC Sides With Shockingly, YouTube NOT

reveal who lives where -- it just shows
photos taken from public roadways, just as
anyone would see driving up and down

Verizon In Argument With Cable Blamed For Teen Web Attack those same roads. To equate that with
private data about executives is simply
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) to an Associated Press article that quotes a wrong.
bunch of people pointing out that YouTube Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
Cos. Submitted at 4/14/2008 7:44:05 AM

Last week, there was plenty of news

is not to blame and has nothing to do with
this attack. Some point out that those sites
By Michael Masnick (Techdirt) gave the telcos an unfair advantage. They about a group of eight Florida teenagers gave us a record of the attack to make it
Submitted at 4/14/2008 3:35:05 PM
were using information they learned from who purposely lured another teen into easier to capture and prosecute those
elsewhere (the group in charge of someone's home and then beat her while responsible -- while others point out that
Last month we pointed out that the cable managing number portability) to steal filming the attack -- which they "the public" is equally as responsible for
companies had filed a complaint with the customers back from the cable companies. specifically planned to put on YouTube in wanting to watch that kind of attack in the
FCC accusing Verizon of some shady Of course, given how today's FCC tends to an attempt to "get famous." While there first place. Either way, it's nice to see the
practices in trying to get customers to stay, think that telcos are always right and cable have been some attempts to point a finger AP quickly come out with a clear defense
even after they'd already agreed to switch co's are always wrong, it will surprise of blame at YouTube and MySpace, it of why YouTube isn't the problem here.
to cable. Since most customers want to probably none of you, that the FCC has no looks like the press isn't jumping on that Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
keep their home phone number, the cable problem with Verizon's practices. Perhaps bandwagon as quickly as you might
companies needed to contact Verizon to the cable companies should have waited expect. Rose M. Welch writes in to point
make the switch. At that point, Verizon until a new FCC commish was sworn in
would immediately contact those before making this complaint.
customers to prevent them from switching. Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
As the cable companies pointed out, this

Update: Fring’s Jailbroken iPhone App Now Live

By Erick Schonfeld (TechCrunch) connection instead of using up talk many minutes on most cell phone plans, CrunchBase Information fring
Submitted at 4/15/2008 7:41:21 AM
minutes. Fring supports Skype, MSN most people won’t be using this to make Information provided by CrunchBase
Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ, SIP, local calls. But it could come in handy for Crunch Network: MobileCrunch Mobile
As Mike reported earlier today, Fring is Twitter, Yahoo and AIM services. international calls or simply keeping up Gadgets and Applications, Delivered
launching a downloadable app for the It is now live. (Warning: You will need with IM on the go. The latter is really the Daily.
iPhone that will allow people to make to Jailbreak your iPhone to make it work). download it at the Fringcubator. With so killer app.
Skype and other VoIP calls over the data The Fring blog has more details or you can And here’s a video of how it works:
Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper Tech* Gadgets* TV* 15

Realtime Worlds confirms $50m O2 slashing £100 from 8GB iPhone in UK

Series B By Darren Murph (Engadget)
Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:30:00 AM
iterations within the last month will receive
an "Ultimate Price Promise" £100 refund
By Mike Butcher (TechCrunch) voucher. Before you dash out to cash in, it
Filed under: Cellphones should be noted that the deal is set to
Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:19:23 AM The whispers are true, or so it seems. expire come June -- and we certainly don't
Games company Realtime Worlds has According to Stuff, O2 is getting set to one have to remind you what that could mean.
raised $50 million in a Series B round led -up T-Mobile's price cutting affair in [Via Mobile Today, thanks to everyone
by Maverick Capital, reports TechCrunch Germany by hacking a full £100 from the who sent this in]
UK, news which confirms Michael 8GB iPhone in the UK (bringing it down to Read| Permalink| Email this| Linking
Arington’s story in March. Existing £169). Better still, the discount will apply XL plan. Unfortunately, the lower sticker Blogs| Comments
investors New Enterprise Associates and regardless of which contract selection you only applies to the 8GB version -- the
WPP also participated to back the Scotland Realtime Worlds already runs is poised to make, whereas T-Mobile forced users to 16GB model will remain £329 -- but
and Colorado based firm which previously release All Points Bulletin, a massively sign the dotted line on a pricey Complete anyone who sprung for one of the former
raised nearly $33 million. Realtime has an multiplayer online game. ( Release)
exclusive partnership with Microsoft Game CrunchBase Information Realtime Worlds
Studios and its first title, Crackdown for Information provided by CrunchBase
Xbox 360 in early 2007, sold about 1.4m Crunch Network: MobileCrunch Mobile
copies, but the money looks likely to head Gadgets and Applications, Delivered
towards it’s online games development. Daily.

Sanyo's Superbright PLC-ET30L projector actually is really bright

By Darren Murph (Engadget) (1,400 x 1,050) resolution, a 1,300:1 $6,495 and $4,995 (respectively), the duo
Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:54:00 AM
contrast ratio and a remarkably high 4,200 is most definitely cut out for the corporate
ANSI lumen rating, this PJ was card and not your own.
Filed under: Displays, HDTV, Home undoubtedly designed to function in Read| Permalink| Email this| Linking
Entertainment classrooms and boardrooms (or living Blogs| Comments
Presumably ensuring that no one views rooms) that just can't avoid ambient light.
Sanyo as hypocritical, the company's Additionally, Sanyo's introducing the
Superbright PLC-ET30L actually can lower-spec'd PLC-XT21/L, which offers lumens. Both newcomers to the T series
throw up a fairly recognizable image even up an XGA (1,024 x 768) resolution, line support wired networking and emit
in a well-lit room. Featuring an SXGA+ 1:000:1 contrast ratio and 4,000 ANSI just 35dB of fan noise, but being priced at

Tesla Motors sues Fisker over stolen secrets Couric may be traded for Cooper
By Joshua Topolsky (Engadget)
Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:19:00 AM
competing vehicle, and believes Fisker has
implemented its range-extended vehicle (or (and an intern to be named later)
REV) technology in the recently By Joel Keller (TV Squad)
Filed under: Transportation introduced Karma. "I think it's ironic that
Tesla Motors can't seem to keep itself Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:41:00 AM
Fisker chose to name his car the Karma,
out of the press, can it? The newest flare- when what he's done is very bad karma," Filed under: News, Industry, Talk Show,
up concerns rival Fisker and claims that said the company's lawyer. Fisker wouldn't Reality-Free With the rumors swirling
the automaker has stolen trade secrets and comment on the case, then drove silently around that Katie Couric may leave (or be
copied design concepts. In a lawsuit filed away when pressed. removed from) the CBS Evening News
Monday by Tesla, the carmaker accuses confidential design information and trade [Via CNET] soon after the 2008 election, speculation of
Henrik Fisker -- whom the company had secrets." The company alleges that Fisker Read| Permalink| Email this| Linking what she might do and who might take her
hired to design its WhiteStar sedan -- of then used that knowledge to launch a Blogs| Comments place has also been in the air. The latest
accepting the work to "gain access to speculation by insiders, though, is an
interesting one, so interesting that it just
might make complete sense. The idea is to have Couric eventually take
According to the New York Daily News, over for Larry King.
"TV insiders," whoever they are, think that Continue reading Couric may be traded
a trade of sorts might take place: Anderson for Cooper (and an intern to be named
Cooper comes to CBS to anchor the later)
Evening News, while Couric goes to CNN Permalink| Email this| | Comments
to host a talk show in the 10 PM slot where
Anderson Cooper 360 currently resides.
16 Gadgets* Web 2.0 Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper

7 Last Minute Tax

By Sean P. Aune (Mashable!)
Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:47:32 AM

Tick-tock, tick-tock, the time is quickly

approaching, and you need to get those
taxes done in a hurry. Well, your choices
are quickly dwindling, but there are still
some sites you can use to get them done
Apple and Sony settle with Japanese fast!
battery burn victims ---
Related Articles at Mashable! - The
By Joshua Topolsky (Engadget) badly. During the trial, Apple Japan Social Networking Blog:
Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:02:00 AM
apparently accepted responsibility for the Internet Tax Ban Almost Permanent?
incident but couldn't justify settling out of eBay Exec Warns Against Internet Taxes
Filed under: Laptops court due to a request for "excessive Internet Tax Ban Gets 7 More Years
Remember that Japanese couple who compensation," while Sony maintained its Will an Internet Tax Ban Ever Be
sued Apple and Sony over one of those distance by suggesting a link between the Permanent?
famous burning batteries? Well it looks battery and burns wasn't clear. We're sure House Approves Senate Net Tax Ban
like the companies have decided to settle, the guy who made the trip to the hospital
iHome iP99 claims to be first and will pay the fire-damaged pair a total
of ¥1.3 million (or around $13,000). Of
thinks otherwise.
[Thanks, Jackie]
New Yorkers Beware. Spitz’s ‘Amazon
Tax’ Is Near Law
12 Things To Do Online Before The End
iPhone-friendly clock radio, isn't course, this is a bit less than the absurdly
low $16,700 the two were asking, but
Read| Permalink| Email this| Linking
Blogs| Comments
Of 2007
By Darren Murph (Engadget) and if you're currently rolling sans an percentage-wise they didn't make out too
iPhone, it'll also play nice with all docking
Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:57:00 AM

Filed under: Cellphones, Peripherals,

iPod models. Per usual, there's an AM /
FM tuner, auxiliary input, a variety of
Kegerator-based cooling system gives your PC a buzz
Portable Audio wake modes, dual alarm settings, backlit By Darren Murph (Engadget) replenish your fluids during an all-night
Oh sure, the iHome iP99 is certainly a buttons and a remote control for switching Submitted at 4/15/2008 1:29:00 AM
WoW raid, right? With $180, a bit of
welcome addition to the fray, but the first tracks / controlling volume from afar. Of patience and some good old fashion work,
iPhone-compatible clock radio it isn't. course, by the time this thing lands in June Filed under: Desktops, Misc. Gadgets you too can replace that vanilla cooling
Nevertheless, this device claims to be able for $149.99, we could be testing to see if it Okay, so Jared Bouck's kegerator-cooled setup with one the boys are sure to swoon
to play back tunes on your handset without works with an all new iPhone. PC doesn't really sip on Hennessy, Bud over.
that sanity-killing interference that's so Read| Permalink| Email this| Linking Light or even Milwaukee's Best, but it sure [Thanks, Tom]
common on most iPod stereo systems. Blogs| Comments does a good job of pretending to be 21. Read| Permalink| Email this| Linking
While blasting out tunes, users can still Essentially, this here mod is more for show rig and a nearby locale to stock your Blogs| Comments
expect to receive calls while it's charging, than anything, but when all's said and favorite beverages. After all, it's common
done, you do have a liquid-cooled gaming knowledge that you can't stray too far to

Coway intros SWV-08AM megasonic cleaning apparatus

By Darren Murph (Engadget) located in close proximity to your incisors. exactly sure what this piece of kit will run
Submitted at 4/15/2008 1:02:00 AM
The oh-so-sleek SWV-08AM megasonic you, but to our ears, it's just screaming
cleaning apparatus is reportedly designed "pricey."
Filed under: Household to "remove dirt and agrochemicals" from Read| Permalink| Email this| Linking
Now that the Ultreo toothbrush has made fruits, dishes, etc. with little to no Blogs| Comments
you a believer in the cleaning power of detergent. There's also an integrated P-
ultrasonic waves, why not pick up a Sediment filter to make sure the water large buttons determine whether the blasts
cleaner sure to do the same for objects not coming out is ultra-pure, and those two are strong or soft. Honestly, we're not
Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper Gadgets* Web 2.0 17

Long Portraits -
Finally, A Way To
Use Flickr Video
By Stan Schroeder (Mashable!)
Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:19:25 AM

Have you been frustrated with Flickr

Video’s limitation to only 90 seconds?
Yeah, it’s no YouTube; the idea is to store
all those short video clips you’ve captured
with your camera. The problem is, are you
ever even using the video function on your
DSLR or compact? Do you even know
where it is?
Well, the folks at PhotoJojo have an
idea: capture a long portrait. Long portrait
is essentially a very short video interview,
in which you ask a person a question and
Hands Free 3D enables your capture it with your camera. The idea is to
capture the “essence” of a person;
movements to control Second Life therefore the idea is to ask something
witty, make them sing a song, dance a silly
avatar dance - anything that you may use against
them at a later date.
By Darren Murph (Engadget) simply gesturing in front of a PC- Check out an example below, and don’t
connected camera designed by 3DV ask us if this is going to be forgotten
Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:28:00 AM tomorrow or turn into a global
Systems. Currently, it doesn't seem like
Filed under: Gaming this solution is on the fast track to release phenomenon. It’s the internet, anything
Using 3D cameras in order to let humans
control interfaces by simply moving about
or anything, but we have a sneaking
suspicion they aren't demoing this stuff for
Tresling: it's Tetris, with arm wrestling can happen.
The best thing Jacqueline saw this week
is old hat, but for those sick and tired of kicks and giggles. Peek the video right By Darren Murph (Engadget) game. For each flinch, yank and pull, one's from Photojojo on Vimeo.
being strapped to a mouse / keyboard in after the break. Submitted at 4/15/2008 12:26:00 AM
block turns -- if you can't maintain your ShareThis
Second Life, take a glance at this. Hands Read| Permalink| Email this| Linking position, chances are that your figure will ---
Free 3D is a prototypical system that gives Blogs| Comments Filed under: Gaming end up all out of place. Believe it or not, it Related Articles at Mashable! - The
addicts members of the virtual realm the Given the multitude of ways Tetris has actually looks even more fun on video, so Social Networking Blog:
ability to walk, jump, fly and interact by been tweaked already, we were beginning check out the heated competition in the Iconize Me: Is digital content becoming
to wonder if the spectacular mods read link below. more valuable?
involving the famed title were dwindling [Thanks, Tom] Long Tail Camp: Exploit the Meme
down. Apparently not. Tresling is a Read| Permalink| Email this| Linking The Daily Poll: Are Facebook Beacon
brilliant creation involving a sophisticated Blogs| Comments Ads Illegal?
arm wrestling board which converts Lolcats + MySpace = Lolspace
tussling into block movements within the BookTour.com: Wired Editor Launching
New Startup
HP 2133 Mini-Note PC misses ship date for pre-orderers AFP Moves To Ban Journalists From
Referencing Wikipedia, Facebook
By Darren Murph (Engadget) -ordered to let them know that their lappies How Fat is Online Video’s Long Tail?
Submitted at 4/15/2008 4:20:00 AM
won't be shipping today as promised, but
there's no word on how long the delay will
Filed under: Laptops last. Hang in there, subnote lovers -- a
Say it ain't so! Just a week after HP's tracking number is bound to come soon
totally adorable 2133 Mini-Note PC (er, we hope).
popped online for purchase, we've received [Thanks, Brian]
word that pre-orderers aren't going to be originally expected. Reportedly, HP has Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|
seeing their new machine quite as soon as sent out notifications to customers who pre Comments
18 Web 2.0 TV* Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper

Better Entertainment Through Bayesian Google Maps Adds

Mathematics with theFilter [Invites] Options To Embed
By Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins England, Peter Gabriel’s motivations and
Submitted at 4/14/2008 10:52:13 PM
YouTube Clips influence on the project was played up
heavily. Aside from the actual
functionality of the site, and whether or not By Paul Glazowski (Mashable!)
If you’re like Peter Gabriel, you’re sick it works as advertised, the most interesting
and tired of going through the arduous and Submitted at 4/15/2008 7:51:11 AM
aspect we’d want to investigate is whether
painstaking task of listening to new music or not there’s a clear need for music Users of Google Earth have been allowed
and deciding whether or not you like it. as what theFilter seems to be doing here. discovery - a strong argument could be to geo-tag videos since October 2007 and
There are enough folks out there, as it In the case of Yahoo, after you have made for the fact that we live within a glut view the results on the service’s YouTube
turns out, that are so disenfranchised by the several thousand ratings, your musical of music to the point where it can be layer. Some searching today will show
process that Gabriel saw the need to launch preferences tend to get rather muddled and considered a commodity in this day and quite a lot of clips already tacked onto the way to gaining more interest and traffic.
his latest digital music venture, theFilter, confused. Also, after a time, it’s age. virtual globe since the option became Or, if you’re in the business of real estate,
that provides what he calls a ‘holistic suggestions seem to come fewer and We wanted to ask Mr. Gabriel to available. Well, Google is now building on perhaps marketing rental properties, and
approach’ to removing the white-noise of further between than the old favorites it elaborate a bit more on his involvement, its YouTube embed features even further. are often placing listings on Craigslist
content and bringing you content that sends your way. By contrast, theFilter uses influences, and inclinations involving this Starting this week, the company is fitted with Google Maps links, you can
reflects your tastes. Bayesian mathematics, with a system that project, but he was not willing to talk with including the option of users to affix video offer easily-accessible visual tours of
It claims to do this through a very ‘learns and forgets.’ Their ‘evidence us on the project. clips to specific locations on its more apartments and so forth in addition to still
complex algorithm (they sent us a several model’ grows as more input is given, but Since Peter wasn’t willing to pitch you basic, more widely-utilized Google Maps photographs.
page document explaining this algorithm) when new evidence seems to contradict further on the concept, you’ll have to service. On the whole, Google Maps-plus-
that works across entertainment media earlier input, the model is weighted more decide for yourself whether or not you If you’re a business owner, you’ll likely YouTube isn’t a revolutionary
types, including music, film, infotainment heavily towards the current taste of the need a new way to discover music. If you appreciate this development. If you’re just development, but it is an evolutionary step,
and television. individual. do, we have a number of exclusive invites an individual with a video camera, you and one that many users of both websites
It’s All About the Algorithm We Have Some Invites, If You Need to the system available here. might also find this appealing, since you will probably take to their advantage. The
This is certainly a tried and true business Them! Check it out and tell us what you think of can share clips with friends, family, and most appealing aspect of this
model. As we discussed this past It definitely sounds like an interesting the service! tons of strangers while offering some announcement is one of convenience,
weekend(and the weekend before) one system, and one that I’m eager to give a ShareThis geographic bearing for your handheld which Google is proving to deliver quite
Elite Tech News, one of the few things we shot. We haven’t yet been given access to --- productions. Sure, Google Earth users handily.
really love about Yahoo’s offerings is their test out and play with theFilter yet. It’s Related Articles at Mashable! - The probably get a bit more out of the ShareThis
music service, which operates on a similar easy to see that this an interesting system, Social Networking Blog: experience through the YouTube layer ---
algorithm. Yahoo’s algorithm, though, but we’re still curious to learn more about The Filter Brings Home $5M in Second launched several months ago, but Google Related Articles at Mashable! - The
makes it’s judgments based off your the motivations behind it. When it was Round of Funding Maps embeds can certainly prove useful in Social Networking Blog:
previous music selections only, and from pitched to us by the creators of the site, The Filter Launches Last.fm-style Social numerous scenarios as well. Google Offers Easy Embed Code for
my own personal experience with the Martin Hopkins and Rhett Ryder of Bath, Network, WMP Support The prime example Google offers in its Maps
service, doesn’t appear to be as advanced Mobimii & The Filter Facebook Apps introduction of YouTube attachments to More Options for Google Maps Social
Google Maps locations is of course related Network
Donald Trump gets cast on Lifetime to commerce - pastries, no less- since the
service is clearly most often used to find
destinations, many of which I would
Visualize Recent Edits to Google Maps
Google Maps Launches Embedded Maps
Google Maps Get More Social with
By Brad Trechak (TV Squad) Given the fact that the Lifetime Network
Comments and Ratings
has historically been a women's network presume to be places of business. If you’re
Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:00:00 AM in the field of sales, say, and you’re Google’s New Social Network = Google
and Trump's behavioral history can hardly
Filed under: OpEd, The Apprentice, be called female-friendly, one wonders looking to market yourself in a more Maps
Casting, Reality-Free In the strangest case why this premise was proposed in the first interactive fashion, a simple production Google Launches MyMaps - Platial Gets
of offbeat casting I've ever written about, place. The series might even make more uploaded to YouTube and linked with your Screwed
the Lifetime Channel has cast Donald sense for the network if the narrator was profile on Google Maps could go some
Trump to executive produce and narrate a Ivana Trump or Marla Maples.
new series called Trump Towers. Unlike Obviously, this is an attempt by Lifetime
The Apprentice, this would be a scripted to cash in on Trump's fame. This is another
series. example of Jay Black's theory of channel
The show would be a nighttime soap Donald narrating." According to the drift.
opera set within Trump Towers itself. article, Lifetime also has several other Permalink| Email this| | Comments
Lifetime Entertainment President Susanne series in the works with a concentration on
Daniels describes the series as " Desperate comedic appeal.
Housewives in Trump Tower with The
Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper Web 2.0 19

Spleak Lands Hearst for eBuddy Claims 10x Investors Phone

In $5.7 Million
Hybrid Publishing Network Meebo’s Revenue, Gets for Mobango
By Kristen Nicole (Mashable!)
Ready To Conquer US
Submitted at 4/15/2008 5:01:26 AM

Spleak recently announced the official

By Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins
By Stan Schroeder (Mashable!) Submitted at 4/14/2008 9:25:51 PM
release of its hybrid content aggregation
Submitted at 4/15/2008 4:35:11 AM
platform, and already another large media Mobang o, the mobile social networking
partner has signed on to use its service. Additionally, Hearst will be pushing its In an interview with VentureBeat, online service Pete first reported on back in
Hearst, which is shifting its traditional content throughout the larger Spleak IM aggregator eBuddy’s CEO Jan-Joost January of last year, has closed another
media focus to online media distribution in network to make its content accessible by monetization early on, and that they’ve
Rueb has revealed the company’s future head great success with “ advertising round of funding. Mobango claims a total
multiple capacities, will be utilizing other media participants. Hearst has been plans, as well as some interesting facts userbase of 2.9 million worldwide that use
Spleak’s publishing platform for turning some of its television and print packages that include homepage takeovers the service to watch and share videos as
about their revenue. and “sponsored” emoticons.” Add to this
integrating its content deeper into social content into niche sites and applications on According to Rueb, Amsterdam-based well as ringtones, images and audio.
media. the web, while becoming rather active in the fact that they haven’t even started Despite proclamations that mobile web is
eBuddy is opening an office in San monetizing their mobile traffic yet, and,
You may recall that Spleak takes acquisitions and the advertising network Francisco, and they’re hoping to expand dead, Mobango, and theoretically its
premium content and user-generated space as well. provided that the numbers are true, you get investors, are convinced otherwise.
through new campaigns and partnerships a nice little web 2.0 success story. eBuddy
content, aggregates it, and pushes it out for ShareThis in the US. They don’t fear Facebook Chat According to Venture Capital Update,
a combined perspective on current topics. --- should expect a fierce fight from Meebo, they’ve received $5.7 million in Series B
(Rueb claims that the introduction of though, because I’m not sure whether
Spleak also uses this same interface for Related Articles at Mashable! - The MySpace chat didn’t have “ any impact” funding from Doughty Hanson Technology
gathering its user-generated content, so Social Networking Blog: there’s room in the online IM space for
on their traffic, which is approximately 15 more than one big player. Ventures and Innogest Capital. Doughty
users and viewers can also participate with Spleak: IM Gossip Bot is Now a Full- million monthly uniques), and they have Hanson Technology Ventures is a
the content in a very direct manner. Fledged Media Network ShareThis returning investor from the €2M Series A
great expectations from the mobile side of ---
Having options for distribution across Popular File Host Selling for $3 Million+ the business (they have “ close to two round.
networks and clients via widgets, Hearst Media Acquires Niche Q&A Site, Related Articles at Mashable! - The Back when Pete originally wrote about
million monthly uniques on mobile Social Networking Blog:
integration with social networks and an Answerology versions,” and they’re growing at 20 them, they were billed as the YouTube for
instant messaging access point, Spleak YouTube to Split Revenue with Hearst- eBuddy Mobile…5 Million Users? Mobile, and they’ve been going about the
percent per month. eBuddy Mobile App
enables a broad set of options for viewers’ Argyle’s Local TV Stations But perhaps the most interesting part of business then and since of taking user-
interactivity with a publisher’s content. For TurnHere Video Ad “Outsourcing” Gets eBuddy on iPhone generated content of all types, and making
the interview is Rueb’s claim that they’re eBuddy Funded
Spleak’s integration, Hearst will be using $7.5M earning 10x as much as Meebo, which has it mobile friendly (in aspect-ratio, size and
Spleak’s Embassy option, which allows the Kaboodle Acquired by Hearst Magazines eBuddy Officially Launched Mobile
reportedly had 1 million dollars in revenue Version bitrate). The site currently boasts 51,000
publisher to place a Spleak interface on Hearst Launching High School Sports since they started. Now compare this with videos, 95,000 ringtones and close to half a
some of its major content sites, such as Social Network e-Messenger Becomes eBuddy, Helps million images - which certainly pales in
the speculated 250 million dollar valuation Kids Use IM at School
Teen Magazine. for Meebo and you get some very high comparison to most user generated content
MySpace Making $30 Million/Month sites, but it certainly is enough to keep one
numbers. How did they achieve such a
high CPM? Rueb says they’ve focused on busy on the commute to work.

Rumor Confirmed: Federated Media Gets $50 Million ---

Related Articles at Mashable! - The
Social Networking Blog:
Zedge.net Acquired By IDT
By Kristen Nicole (Mashable!) Partners’ general partner Fred Harman will author-driven “conversational marketing” Federated Media Raises Another $4.5M
be joining FM’s board of directors. The and the company’s promise that this in Series B Funding YouTube TV, Meez, Capessa, Imity,
Submitted at 4/15/2008 5:31:09 AM
online publishing and advertising firm has additional funding will not change its Federated Media Seeks New Round Of Mobango, InChorus, HyperComics,
After numerous rumors of a new round of been around for about 3 years, and heavily relationship with its clients and publishers, Funding CitizenImage, Terapad and More
funding, Federated Media has finally deals in display ads. And with some large FM is solidifying the ongoing activity in Federated Media Partners with Facebook Drupal 5.0 Launches Today
confirmed that it has raised $50 million clients under its belt, Federated Media has the social media advertising space. Apps SOCIAL NETWORKING GOD: 350+
from Oak Investment Partners. This is a also been able to establish itself as a Disclosure: Mashable has an advertising Demand Media Raises Another $35M in Social Networking Sites
minority investment on Oak Investment recognizable brand in its own right, having relationship with Federated Media. Series D Funding
Partners’ part, and supposedly brings the been founded by John Battelle and several ShareThis Collective Media Raises Funding for
valuation of Federated Media to $200 other media veterans heading up the --- Online Ad Network
million, as Mark has already mentioned in executive team. Related Articles at Mashable! - The VMIX Adds $16.5 Million in Funding to
his previous coverage of the rumored No word on what FM’s next steps will Social Networking Blog: Expand Video Network
funding some days ago. be, now that it’s recent funding has been Rumor: Federated Media Hauls In $50
To top things off, Oak Investment confirmed, but with a unique approach to Million
20 Web 2.0 TV* Daily -Click and Print- Newspaper

Coghead Gallery is a Strutta Turns Videos into

Marketplace to Sell a Spectator Sport
By Kristen Nicole (Mashable!)
Applications Submitted at 4/15/2008 5:20:06 AM

Some people are competitive by nature,

By Kristen Nicole (Mashable!) customers and other users. This is where
things could get interesting, especially as and the online market is certainly
Submitted at 4/15/2008 5:19:39 AM
web-based companies are readily adopting beginning to provide more socially apt
Most platform-as-a-service providers the application creation and white-label ways in which competitions can be played
offer a pretty well integrated option for solution as business models. I imagine out online. Strutta is the latest entrant into knows the video comes from you.
creating applications for internal or such marketplaces will appear through the market, with a very decided approach Somewhat like a Hot’or’Not for
consumer-facing use cases, but Coghead is other networks, and support for inherent to how its online game and competition competitive videos, spectators can vote or
taking it a step further with the Coghead
Gallery. This is an open-market exchange
monetization will also be an inclusive part
of a strategy at some point down the line.
network will play out.
Similar to iBeatYou, users can create a
skip clips, which is the core of the Strutta
games themselves. These games can then Deadliest Catch
game or join an existing game. Strutta has be embedded into other sites and shared
for application developers to publish their
Now others will be able to select apps
Related Articles at Mashable! - The
a pretty slimmed down focus on how these
games are presented within its network,
with others. The best players based on
these games get to continue on to the
Behind The
they’d like to apply to their own services,
for a given purpose. It makes sense to
Social Networking Blog:
Coghead XP for Extreme Programming
however, ensuring that they can become
spectator sports. This enables Strutta to
Strutta Finale.
The other interesting aspect of Strutta is Scenes - VIDEO
extend such an open offering amongst Task Management appeal to those users that are willing to its viewer feedback, which lets individual By Brett Love (TV Squad)
Coghead users, and helps spur innovation Coghead Offers Business Apps Verticals participate in the games, and those users players see where their affinity lies, in
that would rather sit back and watch. Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:26:00 AM
and productivity across the board. But the Atoolo Adds Slide Shows to Virtual terms of demographics, how long viewers
ideals behind apps created for business use Desktop Application Strutta is also a video network. Only are watching a particular clip, etc. This Filed under: Other Reality Shows, Video
are quite different from those created for Slideroll AV Lets You Create Photo and video content can be uploaded for game will likely be an extended feature later on If you turned on your TV over the
social networks. This could make apps Video Galleries Offline participation, and it must be a video of the down the line, as Strutta incorporates more weekend, you probably noticed that
created for the Coghead Gallery less likely Shutterfly Gallery: First Major Release player himself. Strutta has made it easy ways in which to utilize its network as a Discovery had gone all Deadliest Catch, all
to be inherently monetized. Since Acquiring Nexo enough to upload your content, thanks to self-publicizing platform of sorts, for the time. That was, of course, because the
However, Coghead is also sure to point Pentax Gallery Promotes Photographers the new YouTube API, but if you’re players. new season is upon us today. That's a good
out that these apps shared in the Gallery in Select Voting Community adding a clip from YouTube, you’ll need ShareThis thing, because it really is the best of the
are also protected. And going back to the 123Flickr Quickly Generates Photo to authenticate your account so that Strutta deadliest, scariest, dirtiest, frozenest job-
monetization aspect of the Coghead Gallery Widget based programming. To get ready for the
Gallery, there will in fact be a way in big event, I thought I'd toss up this little
which developers can sell the apps to their video from youtube.
As part of the background filming for the

Ten awkward TV moments show, the Discovery crew headed out to

one of the local watering holes, J. R.
Phinickeys, with Josh from the Cornelia
By Jane Boursaw (TV Squad) attending a couples-only dinner party at his Marie. After the jump, you get a look at a
Submitted at 4/15/2008 4:01:00 AM
and Jan's condo. The entire episode is one whole lot of flaming monkey shots being
long awkward moment, from Dwight set ablaze. You'll also see the Discovery
Filed under: Other Drama Shows, Other showing up with his former babysitter as camera man on the left, and Josh coming
Comedy Shows, OpEd, 24, Desperate his date to Pam realizing she'll be held in to high five the bartender at the end.
Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, The Office, hostage for three hours, thanks to Jan's One more reason to order up that
TV Squad Lists, Lipstick Jungle, Reality- poor culinary planning. But the topper is Discovery HD.
Free Last week's episode of The Office when Michael and Jan's love spat escalates
now ranks high on my list of Awkward TV
Moments. It got me thinking about other
into a huge fight, ending with her heaving
one of his treasured Dundee awards at his
New Amsterdam: Continue reading Deadliest Catch
Behind The Scenes - VIDEO
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all-time great awkward TV moments. Sure,
we've all seen the episode where a
new (and tiny) flat-screen TV. The cops
show up after the neighbors report a
Love Hurts (season
disheveled Mary Richards shows up at the
awards banquet wearing one fuzzy pink 1. Jan heaves a Dundee at Michael's flat-
disturbance, and Michael ends up going
home with Dwight.
finale) - VIDEO
slipper. And the one where Frasier and Roz screen TV. Okay, we'll start with last Continue reading Ten awkward TV By Paul Goebel (TV Squad)
nearly do it on a cruise ship. But let's take week's episode of The Office, in which moments
Submitted at 4/15/2008 12:36:00 AM
a look at a few recent awkward TV Michael coerces Jim and Pam into Permalink| Email this| | Comments
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continued from page 20 Bones: The Man in the Mud -
Filed under: Video, Episode Reviews,
New Amsterdam, Reality-Free
( S01E08) As this is probably the final
led a fairly honorable life. It seems to me
that a guy who has the ability to live
forever would spend a good deal of time
episode of New Amsterdam, I'm going to exploiting that ability for profit, if nothing By Richard Keller (TV Squad)
take an extra hard look at the show tonight. else. Sure, his conscience would catch up Submitted at 4/15/2008 4:25:00 AM
Consider yourself warned. with him eventually, but when you live Filed under: OpEd, Video, Bones,
Tonight, we got to see an example of forever, you have to be expected to explore Episode Reviews, Reality-Free
how John once used his powers for evil. everything immortallity has to offer. (S03E10) Rejoice! New episodes of
It's about time! Continue reading New Amsterdam: Love Bones have finally returned to the FOX
So far, we've seen John as a lawyer, a Hurts (season finale) - VIDEO schedule. And, despite what others think,
soldier, a medic, and an artist, just to name Permalink| Email this| | Comments this guy, this dude, this muchacho, is very
a few, but aside from the time he spent as glad for its return. Not happy that FOX is
an alcoholic club emcee, he seems to have screwing with the schedules of this show
and House, mind you, but glad there are
Watercooler Talk: Should TV lie new episodes nevertheless.
For those of you new to the series, Bones around a person's skull. So, it's all good.
to us about the economy? is one of those unique dramas that can mix
gruesome, terrible death with humor and
light-heartedness. It is really a story about
Continue reading Bones: The Man in the
By Jay Black (TV Squad) relationships, friendly or romantic, and the Permalink| Email this| | Comments
Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:21:00 AM connections that are established by two
totally opposite sets of people.
Filed under: News, Watercooler Talk, Plus, you get to see maggots crawling
Reality-Free My father is a former Medium:
economics major who spent 30 years as a
mortgage banker before starting his own Paula Deen going into syndication Partners in Crime
company (which does economical things By Allison Waldman (TV Squad)
so complex that to my simple mind, they
might as well be magical). One of the
things that constantly irks him is the
Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:42:00 AM - VIDEO
Filed under: Food/Home/DIY, By Paul Goebel (TV Squad)
loaded language that the nightly news uses Celebrities, Reality-Free Move over,
to describe our economic situation: words Rachael Ray! Another Food Network bird Submitted at 4/15/2008 1:02:00 AM
like "crisis," "downturn," and, worst of all like to ask the question: would we be better
off if TV simply lied to us about all of is straying for the nest to try her wings in Filed under: Medium, Video, Episode
"recession." syndication. Southern diva Paula Deen is
Now, anybody who has spent more than these things? Reviews, Reality-Free
readying a daytime cooking show for ( S04E12) I had all but forgotten about
forty seconds online in the last six months Continue reading Watercooler Talk: syndication in 2009. She also following
can see that we are, more than likely, in the Should TV lie to us about the economy? Kurtwood Smith. I've been a big fan ever
Permalink| Email this| | Comments Rachael's lead by not giving up her secure since Robocop and this character is really
middle of a recession brought on by a and lucrative connection to Food Network.
downturn in the real estate market because fun to watch. I only wish the writers had
Her Paula's Home Cooking and Paula's given his character a different name. Every
of the current credit crisis. That said, I'd Party programs will remain Food Network being called a "cooking" show. That could
be limiting. time someone calls him Agent Cooper, I
staples. flashback to Twin Peaks and I feel like I'm
The challenge for Paula will be coming Continue reading Paula Deen going into
syndication betraying Medium by wishing that Peaks
up with a show that's not simply an echo of was still on the air.
her other two shows. Unlike Rachael, who Permalink| Email this| | Comments
One of the best things about Smith is
does a full-fledged talk show with a how he can be so menacing while still
cooking segment, Paula's new effort is keeping a smile on his face. In fact, I find
him scarier when he smiles. I felt the same
Are you a sitcom snob? way when Red would actually say
something nice to a member of his family
By Bob Sassone (TV Squad) he says that many TV viewers who watch good time by avoiding CBS on Monday on That 70's Show.
Submitted at 4/15/2008 1:23:00 AM
the NBC Thursday night comedies ( My nights." Continue reading Medium: Partners in
Name Is Earl, 30 Rock, The Office, and Continue reading Are you a sitcom snob? Crime - VIDEO
Filed under: Other Comedy Shows, Scrubs) and other shows are snobs when it Permalink| Email this| | Comments Permalink| Email this| | Comments
OpEd, My Name Is Earl, How I Met Your comes to CBS comedies like Two and a
Mother, The Office, 30 Rock, Reality-Free Half Men, Rules of Engagement, and How
Interesting piece by Tim Goodman over I Met Your Mother. He says that the the critically-acclaimed (but lower rated)
at The San Francisco Chronicle. Basically people who pride themselves in watching shows on NBC are "denying themselves a
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New DVD Picks of the Video of the Day: Popular

Week: 'Juno' & 'Lars and 'Iron Man' Trailer to
the Real Girl' Become Full-Length Film
By Monika Bartyzel (Cinematical) By Erik Davis (Cinematical) extended intro scene.)
Submitted at 4/15/2008 4:02:00 AM Submitted at 4/14/2008 4:50:00 PM
Luckily, those crazy cats at The Onion
were all over this story -- debating whether
Filed under: Comedy, Drama, New Filed under: Fandom, Newsstand, Trailers or not it's smart to extend what most
Releases, DVD Reviews, New on DVD, and Clips people felt was an excellent trailer 179
Home Entertainment Juno Ah, remember the days when The Onion more minutes. Good news is Robert
She came onto the scene with a bang, was just a simple newspaper three of your Downey Jr. has decided to reprise his role
charming audiences and quickly becoming friends kinda knew about? You'd sit, from the trailer (fans would've freaked if
a sensation. Of course, after the press she snicker and try desperately to convince they re-cast the character) and reporters
got, and buzz that followed, many have
grown sick of the snarky teen and her
people to read this free, fake funny thingy.
Mmmm. Now The Onion has gone video,
from The Onion do hope they bring back
that pretty red head played by Gwyneth
Redford Returns to
Diablo Cody dialog that often crosses over
the line from quirky to tired, but one thing
and the one above is just priceless. In case
you were living under a truck for the past
Paltrow. Amen to that! Says The Onion,
"The studio has tried to reassure the public Baseball with Jackie
always remains -- the phenomenon that
followed the film centers on the fact that
year, the Iron Man trailer debuted and took
the world by storm. Now, looking to profit
that everything they love about the trailer
will be incorporated into the movie, right Robinson Biopic
it's a wildly enjoyable comedy. off the millions of folks who want to see down to the actual lines from the trailer." By Eric D. Snider (Cinematical)
Ellen Page stars as Juno, a young woman more of the trailer, the studio has decided Awesome. Could go either way here --
Submitted at 4/14/2008 2:32:00 PM
who has discovered that she's gotten to adapt it into a full-length film. but what do you think: Would you pay to
pregnant from an interlude with Paulie (Unfortunately, out of the 758 Iron Man go see a feature-length trailer? Filed under: Drama, Sports, Casting No
Bleeker (Michael Cera). After mulling trailers currently available online, they do [via The Movie Blog] Permalink| Email list of great baseball movies would be
over her options, she decides to have the not say which one will be getting the this| Comments
baby and give it up for adoption -- to the feature treatment. One assumes, however,
awkwardly yuppie couple Vanessa it will be the seventh international teaser
(Jennifer Garner) and Mark (Jason
Bateman). The story is simple, and it's the
delivery that gives Juno charm. Within the
over-the-top dialog exists real, flawed
Parents Still Don't Want Their Kids to
characters and a lot of heart. This is the version, there's a bunch of deleted scenes,
sort of film that exists on many levels. For
some, it will be utterly perfect as they
delight in undone doodles, a melange of
a gag reel, gag take, cast & crew jam, and
even screen tests. When you add another
disc to the mix, there's a digital copy and
Go to Art School
By Monika Bartyzel (Cinematical) of their dreams." I guess this dude didn't
cultural references, and a moment in time four featurettes -- about the kids, Diablo have the nerve that Keith had to stand up
Submitted at 4/14/2008 3:02:00 PM
that wonderfully encapsulates today and Cody, Jason Reitman, and creating the to mom and dad. Still, I'm always amused
yesterday. For most of the rest, it will still film. Finally, with the Blu-Ray option, you Filed under: Comedy, Deals, Scripts It by plots or real-life stories where people
be a great and enjoyable comedy because get all of the above features plus two extras was 1987. All Keith wanted was Amanda create elaborate ruses to save their asses.
there are so many pieces to the Juno puzzle from Fox Movie Channel Presents. Jones -- the girl from the wrong side of the Doesn't it get confusing and tired really
-- one might not capture you, but another Check out Scott's Review, and Kim's| tracks who caught the eye of rich jerk quickly?
piece is sure to. Buy the One-Disc, Two-Disc, Blu-Ray Hardy Jenns and became one of the Arnold Kopelson said of the script: "All
There are three DVDs to choose from, Continue reading New DVD Picks of the popular girls. It didn't matter that he had of us at the company were laughing out
and each one ups the ante on the other -- Week: 'Juno' & 'Lars and the Real Girl' the super-cool Watts pining for him, nor loud reading it, while at the same time
refreshingly, no matter which you pick, Permalink| Email this| Comments that he'd saved all of his money for drawn into a story with a lot of heart that
you're sure to get a large selection of college. He stood up to Jenns and took both college kids and their parents can
goodies to watch. On the single disc Amanda out on one of the most memorable appreciate." That sounds promising. The
dates to ever hit the big screen -- super next step would be casting, so what college
cool, yet super tacky when you think of Entertainment has picked up a spec by -aged actor would you pick? Permalink|
that whole "you're wearing my future" bit. Barry Schwartz called Parents Weekend. Email this| Comments
All he wanted was love and art school, no The project is "a youth-targeted comedy
matter what his dad said about it. about a college freshman, secretly
Twenty years later, things haven't attending art school, who must convince
changed. Variety reports that Kopelson his parents he's still enrolled in the college
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complete without The Natural, starring According to The Hollywood Reporter,
'Ghost in the Shell' is Next
Robert Redford. His best performance
ever? Maybe not -- but it's certainly a lot of
people's favorite. Because of that classic
the project (which we talked about here
and here) has the support of Robinson's
widow (Robinson died in 1972), as well as
in the 3-D Pipeline
film, Redford is forever connected to our Branch Rickey Jr. and Major League By Eugene Novikov (Cinematical)
national pastime, and so it's a little exciting Baseball. It will be co-produced by ESPN Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:32:00 AM
to see that he's about to produce another Films, with Thomas Carter directing.
baseball movie: a biopic of Jackie Carter's last film was the true-life Filed under: Animation, Sci-Fi &
Robinson. basketball story Coach Carter, and the Fantasy, Deals, Tech Stuff, Exhibition,
It was Robinson who broke through three writers listed at IMDb have extensive Dreamworks, Steven Spielberg There's
Major League Baseball's race barrier when biopic experience. The flick has all the been a flurry of buzz around theatrical 3-D
he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. hallmarks of a loving, faithful, not-too- lately, perhaps because James Cameron
Despite constant racist attacks by opposing controversial biopic, and that's fine with has come out of hiding to talk a bit about
players (and, at first, his own teammates), me. Avatar. (If you haven't yet read this
he went on to win the first-ever Rookie of Continue reading Redford Returns to interview with the King of the World, do
the Year Award and to be a star player Baseball with Jackie Robinson Biopic so immediately.) The last thing we heard
throughout his 10-year stint with the Permalink| Email this| Comments was that exhibitors have ganged up on
Dodgers. Redford will play Dodgers Steven Spielberg for apparently standing in
manager Branch Rickey, who supported the way of the digital revolution. But
Robinson from the beginning. Spielberg seems to have seen the light: he's
acquired the rights to the Japanese manga
Ghost in the Shell for Dreamworks, which
Killer B's on DVD: Barn of the Naked plans to film it in -- you guessed it --
digital 3-D. A Dreamworks suit boasts that
the story "epitomizes 3-D live-action
movie visually spectacular but
impenetrable -- I'm not an anime buff, and
it confused the hell out of me. I'm sure that

Dead motion picture possibilities."

If that title sounds familiar, it's because
the manga has already been adapted into
if nothing else, Dreamworks will find a
way to solve that problem. Jamie Moss(
Street Kings) is taking a crack at writing
By Matt Bradshaw (Cinematical) the adaptation.
one of the most celebrated anime films of Continue reading'Ghost in the Shell' is
Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:03:00 AM all time. The story involves an attempt to Next in the 3-D Pipeline Permalink| Email
Filed under: Horror, Independent, Killer fight cyber-crime by creating a breed of this| Comments
B's on DVD ultra-powerful cyborgs, which strikes me
Years ago when I first read about 1974's as a terrible idea. I found Mamoru Oshii's
Barn of the Naked Dead I thought "this is
the greatest title ever conceived anywhere
by anyone in the history of cinema and I
Rob Lowe Nanny on the
must see it," so I was a bit disappointed
when I eventually tracked down a VHS
copy and found that it was then traveling
Today Show
under the name Nightmare Circus(which in By Hollywood Grind the rich and powerful Lowe family. If
fact was the original release title). This help isn't very nice at all. Andre is played chaining them up in his barn (no naked Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:23:30 PM
Jessica loses in court I hope the Lowe
new DVD version from Legend House by Andrew Prine and despite his numerous dead folks, but we do get a barn), and family pursue her for fraud, and blackmail.
restores the salacious but sadly inaccurate film and TV credits, I remember him best trains them to perform like circus animals. Jessica Gibson, Rob Lowe’s former Unfortunately, the Lowe family declined
(only the briefest of nudity here) title by as the villain in the unsuccessful Wonder Picture Norman Bates with a flare for the nanny, went on the Today show, and let an offer for the police to investigate the
which the flick is best known. Woman pilot movie from 1974 that theatrical. her lawyer Gloria Allred. Jessica smirked matter as a crime against them, and chose
Three showgirls on their way to a job in featured Cathy Lee Crosby as the amazon Continue reading Killer B's on DVD: and smiled after every question was asked. to fight this in court instead.
Vegas break down in the desert. As this is princess. Andre has issues with women Barn of the Naked Dead Permalink| Email In my opinion, Jessica appeared to be © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
an exploitation horror film, one need not stemming from his mother's desertion. He this| Comments lying. Gloria’s presentation seemed like 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts:
be a rocket scientist to deduce that the nice deals with this by collecting women and she is abusing the sexual harassment laws • Rob Lowe Sues Nanny
young man named Andre who stops to to try to get her client money, even though • Heather Mills Slammed by Divorce
the Lowe’s appear innocent in my opinion. Judge
Gloria loves to have her name in the • Britney Spears Bodyguard Testifies
papers, she’s a publicity whore. After an Against Her
email was revealed that was totally • Britney Spears is Sexy, Banned, and
inconsistent with her current allegations Losing the Kids
Jessica had no explanation, but Gloria tried • Britney Spears Could Lose Custody of
to play it off as if Jessica is a weak Kids Tomorrow
innocent victim who is going up against
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Netflix Has Movies That Chabrol Set for 'Bellamy'

By Eric Kohn (Cinematical)
Aren't Even On DVD! Like Submitted at 4/15/2008 1:02:00 AM

Filed under: DIY/Filmmaking,

'Rolling Thunder'! Newsstand Cineuropa reported last week
that octogenarian French filmmaker
Claude Chabrol is nearly ready to start
By Scott Weinberg (Cinematical)
shooting his fifty-fourth feature, a unique
Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:02:00 AM mystery called Bellamy. While Woody
Filed under: Fandom, Home Allen has become the quintessential
Entertainment Now this was a strange little
discovery: If you're a Netflix member then
prolific director, Chabrol, more than a
decade his senior, outdoes the whiny
nebbish in terms of volume and quality.
'Iron Man'
you get to watch movies online for free as
part of your membership fee, which is
great for people like me because one never
Chabrol's movies rely heavily on genre,
but he tends to constrain the proportions of Enjoying Early
messy relationship dramas and other
knows when he'll suddenly need to watch
My Blue Heaven or The Mask of Zorro or
six consecutive episodes of Heroes S2. It's
unsettling plot trajectories to bring a
renewed sense of claustrophobia to
collegiate backdrop, not unlike the modern
American frat movie (but a lot scarier). Les
Rave Reviews
not like you'll ever find any "buried familiar territory. Bonnes Femmes(1960) featured a chilling By Erik Davis (Cinematical)
treasure" on Netflix's 'insta-watch' list Blending excitement with dread, he has stalker and a brilliantly frightening Submitted at 4/15/2008 4:32:00 AM
because if they're on that list ... they're also always been simultaneously the most sequence where a woman nearly drowns in
available on DVD! To own if you like! accessible and least forgiving French New a public swimming pool. Filed under: Action, RumorMonger,
So I thought it was a little bit weird that, Wave auteur. His work is consistently Continue reading Chabrol Set for F a n d o m , E x h i b i t i o n ,
as I was scanning through Netflix's latest gripping: The urban college thriller Les 'Bellamy' Permalink| Email this| Comic/Superhero/Geek, Trailers and Clips
Tarantino's favorites too.) So there you go, Cousin(1959) contrasts studious intentions Comments
online offerings, I noticed a flick called movie freaks: If you belong to Netflix
Rolling Thunder. Hmm, I vaguely recall with drunken tomfoolery against a
already, here's your chance to check out
that movie NEVER being released on
DVD, so what gives? Well heck, it sure
looks like Netflix has released some
"instant watch only" titles that are simply
Rolling Thunder-- which I'll be doing later
tonight. They're even using the old VHS
cover, ha!
Pete Wentz Denies Ashlee
not available on Region 1 DVD yet. (Just a
reminder: Rolling Thunder is a 1977 action
Continue reading Netflix Has Movies
That Aren't Even On DVD! Like 'Rolling
Thunder'! Read| Permalink| Email this|
Simpson Is Pregnant
flick that's built up quite the cult following Comments By Hollywood Grind that Simpson is pregnant, Wentz replied:
over the years. Apparently it's one of "Yeah."
Submitted at 4/14/2008 9:10:11 PM
Pete seems pretty annoyed, but he only
New 'Speed Racer' Featurette Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson made
video back in February of 2008 showing
Ashlee Simpson faking a pregnancy. The
has himself to thank for these rumors.
Maybe Pete and Ashlee haven’t told Papa
Joe yet.
By Elisabeth Rappe (Cinematical) will be stunned anew.
couple just announced that they are n Is Ashlee really pregnant?
I confess, the trailers and featurette are engaged to be married, and suddenly Us
Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:32:00 AM
enough for me. It certainly is pretty -- the • No
Filed under: Animation, Classics, Sci-Fi Magazine and OK! magazine are reporting • Yes
world of the future that I long to live in -- that Ashlee is really pregnant, but now
& Fantasy, Warner Brothers, Family but it just doesn't grab me otherwise. I feel View Results
Films, Newsstand, Movie Marketing, terribly out of touch and I shouldn't admit Pete is denyingAshlee is pregnant in an © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
Comic/Superhero/Geek, Remakes and it, but my first thought upon seeing interviewed with MTV: 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts:
Sequels, Trailers and Clips So much has Matthew Fox's racing gear was "Oh, he's "There is a witch hunt for people to be • Ashlee Simpson is Pregnant
been released lately, I am honestly losing pregnant whenever they get engaged in • Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson Are
Scottish." At least I know the plot, now. I Hollywood," he wrote. "This is all news to
track of what Speed Racer footage is new - am still amazed they managed to snag Getting Married
- but the Internet is raving over the new Susan Sarandon for this. It has to be pretty me. I can’t wait for the story about how • Ashlee Simpson Bittersweet Album
featurette posted over on Apple. If you've cool if she's involved, right? We will find I’m really in a gay relationship and this is • Ashlee Simpson Denies Being Drunk on
been to the theatre in the past week or so, the movie. For a movie full of such eye- out soon enough. Speed Racer comes to all just a cover. … I mean really, this is Radio Show
you've seen at least half of this on the First blowing visuals, you would think they'd crazy. … I mean we’re engaged, that’s • Ashlee Simpson Sounds Drunk in the
the theatres on May 9th, 2008. true, and happy about it."
Look. hold back a little. Hopefully, this is just the Permalink| Email this| Comments Morning
The rest of it is ... well, probably most of tip of the iceberg, and Speed Racer fans Asked again if he was denying reports
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continued from page 24
If you're lucky enough to live in some special effects and action scenes (though
parts of the world, like Mexico or Sydney, there are plenty of those which are nicely
Australia, then you may be among the few balanced so we get involved in the story
who have attended an early screening of rather than bored by non-stop effects.)."
Iron Man. Apparently, there was also a We've included video from the Iron Man
screening for exhibitors last week where press conference in Mexico after the jump,
one such exhibitor had the following to say courtesy of Anne Thompson.
about the film: "I have never read the Gallery: Iron Man
comic and know almost nothing about the Continue reading'Iron Man' Enjoying
character. But I had seen some clips of Early Rave Reviews Permalink| Email this|
Downey developing the suit and was Comments
amused. Well I can report the movie is
terrific. It is a thinking person's superhero
film with more character development than

Let the Tiger Coronation Wait

(WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) second, second, all the way down to 12th,
Submitted at 4/9/2008 10:59:00 AM
and first. And, yes, this year’s majors — or
at least the middle two of the U.S. and
(If you’re looking for today’s Daily Fix British Opens — set up very well for
column, it’s here.) Woods. But let’s all calm down: From now
Tim Carroll offers his Masters pick: until August is a long time to
Now that the media has handed out the hyperventilate.
major tournament trophies for 2008, let’s So if not Woods, who does win the green
review: jacket?
Tiger Woods won the Masters because Chad Campbell does all the things that a
ESPN said so, the U.S. Open in June Masters champion needs to do — he hits it
because NBC wanted him to, the British long enough and well enough, but more
Open in July because it made for really
great ratings for ABC, and CBS had Tiger illusion.
importantly he putts well enough — and
his second-place showing on Tour this past
Taylor Swift Takes Home
finishing up the Grand Slam in a runaway
because it was a wonderful lead-in to the
fall programming. Tiger even went 5-0 in
Memo to everyone: Please calm down
and remember the boys have yet to put a
tee in the ground, have yet to hole a single
week portends well.
Phil Mickelson has shown he can win
here. And his short-game coach Dave Pelz
Country Music Award
the Ryder Cup in September simply putt, have yet to wipe a sweat-stained brow told me in a conversation about a month By Hollywood Grind never thought I’d record it, never thought it
because, well, he’s Tiger and it makes for after a power lip-out leaves a putt longer ago that Mr. Mickelson’s wrist was hurt Submitted at 4/15/2008 7:33:58 AM
would be a single, never thought it would
great TV. And the U.S. romped 27.5-0.5 in than the original. And we all know how worse than people thought last year, but be No. 1 and certainly never thought it
the Ryder Cup, missing out on the clean well the media is at predictions, don’t we, now is completely healed. Mr. Mickelson Taylor Swift(18) accepted the female would win video and female video of the
sweep only to give Johnny Miller President Giuliani? has already won once on Tour this year. A video of the year award for Our Song in year."
something to talk about on the final day of Certainly, Woods is a prohibitive third jacket for him is not farfetched. her bare feet, saying "Are you sure? Are Swift beat out Kenny Chesney, Brad
the match. favorite. Las Vegas lists him as even odds But the Fix Pick is K.J. Choi. He is you serious?" I’m so glad she didn’t say Paisley, and Sugarland.
Don’t hand Tiger the green jacket yet. in a sport where if someone — other than second in greens in regulation this year, "Like OMG!" She did sasy she had to take Hopefully someone will upload the
(Getty Images) Tiger, of course — has a winning sixth in scoring average, has won once this off her pink heels because they made her original version of Our Song as it was
OK, not really, but equally not really are percentage near 10%, it’s a monster, year, and, after getting off to an awful start feet her. She used to cowboy boots. Taylor performed when Swift was still in 9th
the ads that ESPN is running to announce monster year. Woods won five PGA Tour last week, rallied to finish 11th. said "I walked by Faith Hill and I was like, grade. I have a feeling she was a blond
it is broadcasting the par-three contest on events in a row, and then his streak ended And, who knows: If my prediction is ’This hurts so bad.’ And she was like, back then too, and was very popular with
Wednesday and the first two rounds of the when he plummeted all the way to fifth in right, maybe I’ll run for president! ’Take them off,’ Faith Hill told me to. So I the boys.
Masters this year. The ads talk of how his last event. Check out the stats pages on Mr. Carroll, a news editor at the print did it." © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
Tiger is going for history this year. PGATour.com and you don’t need a Journal, always wanted his Dad to be Swift said she wrote Our Song in 9th 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts:
History? His 14th professional major and workout for your scrolling finger to come president so the family could bowl in the grade for a talent show saying: • Taylor Swift Takes it in the Rear
fifth green jacket? Nah, Jack Nicklaus did across Woods’s name in scoring, money, White House. He can be reached at "I never thought it would be on an album,
both. It’s an allusion to Woods winning the putting, greens in regulation, etc. And, yes, tim.carroll@wsj.com.
Grand Slam this year. And it’s likely an in last year’s four majors he finished
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(WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) getting in the first entry. card, as is nearly everything else that Diamondbacks 14
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On to the picks. Answers may not add up happens in this wretched league. Take the Cubs 11
to 135 because some readers omitted some 2007 Diamondbacks. There’s no way a Padres 10
(If you’re looking for today’s Daily Fix answers. Readers picks come first. Last team with a negative-20 run differential Brewers 9
column, it’s here.) year’s right answer in bold, where could win an American League division. Dodgers 8
The Detroit Tigers are Fix readers’ applicable. Want to weigh in on how the Madness. Reds 4
consensus pick to win the World Series, season, and this contest, will play out? I also blame the designated hitter Astros, Cardinals 1
for the first time since 1984. Of course, the Please sound off in the comments. whenever I stub my toe or spill my beer. Just 11 readers choose their AL wild-
Tigers promptly started the season by THE BASICS(point value in Larry Borowsky: Red Sox, Indians, card pick to win the league crown, and just
losing their first seven games, so the 134 parentheses) Angels, Mets, Brewers, Diamondbacks. three expect the wild-card team to go on to
readers who entered the Daily Fix 1. Which six teams will be division A lot fewer gimmes than usual — the win the World Series. Those numbers are a
seasonlong baseball contest can take solace winners? (5 each) Mets are the only no-brainer pick similarly paltry 17 and five, respectively,
in the fact that the World Series winner is AL East: Red Sox 105; Yankees 27; Blue (although the D-Backs pick required only in the NL. Yet a wild-card team has made
just one of 20 questions. Predicting Barry Jays 2. the brain stem). The Braves, Cubs and each of the last six World Series.
Bonds’s home run total (most think he AL Central: Tigers 95; Indians 39. Yankees would not look out of place on Meanwhile, more than 57% of readers
won’t have any); the first player to be AL West: Angels 98; Mariners 33; A’s 3. this list; the Mariners have two Cy Young expect the AL wild card to come from the
released or traded (so long, Richie NL East: Mets 101; Phillies 22; Braves candidates (Felix Hernandez and Erik East, which makes sense given that the
Sexson); and the most-improved team 11. Bedard), and the Phillies have Chase Utley Red Sox or Yankees have taken the extra
(break up the Rays!) is just as important in NL Central: Cubs 86; Brewers 37; Reds and Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels. I playoff spot in four of the last five seasons.
this test of forecasting skills. 6; Cardinals 4; Astros 1. don’t like the Tigers’ pitching at all, so I’m Belth: Angels and Phillies.
This roundup of reader picks may come NL West: Diamondbacks 60; Dodgers picking against them. Bois: Yankees and Braves.
late, but the first week of the baseball 40; Padres 18; Rockies 16. Nick Dallamora: Red Sox, Tigers, Their lineups are strong enough to reach
season generally doesn’t mean much, as More than 43% of readers picked Mariners, Mets, Brewers, Rockies. the playoffs, but their pitching rotations
New York Sun columnist Tim Marchman identical division winners in the AL: the Will Leitch: Red Sox, Tigers, Angels, hold too many unknowns for them to win a
pointed out this week. Unfortunately for Red Sox, the Tigers and the Angels. And Mets, Cubs, Diamondbacks. division race.
Mr. Marchman, one early return that does there were just five picks, total, for teams compelling year for the game in both Tim Marchman: Red Sox, Tigers, Borowsky: Tigers and Reds.
seem to matter is the Tigers’ early woes — that didn’t finish first or second last year. leagues. The NL West is exciting and it’ll Angels, Mets, Cubs, Diamondbacks. I don’t really think the Reds will go, but
he’s a guest entrant in the Fix contest, There was far less unanimity in the NL, be interesting to see how the Mets perform Jeff Passan: Red Sox, Indians, Mariners, they’re a fun novelty pick. They vaguely
along with eight of our other favorite where all but five teams got at least four after their regrettable finish in ‘07. If Pedro Mets, Brewers, Dodgers. remind me of the D-Backs from last year
baseball writers, and he picked the Tigers. votes. and Johan remain healthy, each home start Red Sox are a no-brainer. Indians benefit — young talent out the wazoo. Not even
Marchman, Joe Posnanski and Jeff Passan Alex Belth: Red Sox, Tigers, Mariners, will be an event, kind of like the old Doc from Detroit’s bullpen and Seattle from the Dusty Baker can ruin this much potential.
are newcomers to the contest this year, Mets, Cubs, Rockies. Gooden days. I think the Yankees may Kelvim Escobar injury. The Mets and Dallamora: Yankees and Dodgers.
joining veterans Deadspin’s Will Leitch, I’ve actually found myself avoiding have trouble relying on so much young Brewers are too talented, and I rolled a Leitch: Yankees and Brewers.
Jon Bois and Nick Dallamora from the reading too much about the coming season pitching; still, they still have a formidable four-sided die to get the Dodgers. Marchman: Yankees and Braves.
Dugout, Larry Borowsky, Alex Belth and this spring. Not an easy trick when you team with a lot of players I find easy to Joe Posnanski: Red Sox, Tigers, Angels, Bronx partisans will continue to stay
Joe Sheehan from Baseball Prospectus maintain a daily blog. This is now the sixth pull for. The defending champion Red Sox, Mets, Cubs and Diamondbacks. I feel good curiously silent about the corrupting
(here are the returning sextet’s 2007 Opening Day I’ve blogged on Bronx once again, look to be tough. The Indians about none of these. Maybe Arizona. effects of allowing second-place teams into
picks). Below they share their predictions Banter. When I started, there were only a should regroup from their disappointing Joe Sheehan: Red Sox, Tigers, Angels, the playoffs.
for the season, along with some handful of Yankees-related sites. Now, playoff exit and be strong too, but I’d be Mets, Cubs, Diamondbacks Passan: Tigers and Cubs.
commentary. If you didn’t think the eephus there seems to be dozens, including lying if I didn’t say that the Tigers are the Carl Bialik: Red Sox, Indians, Angels, Solace for Cubs fans: A wild card has
pitch, Minnie Minoso, a young, sullen professional blogs by journalists like Pete team I’m most interested in watching — Mets, Reds, Rockies. made each of the last six World Series.
Nick Markakis, Leavenworth, Jimi Abraham, Joel Sherman, Kat O’Brien and their offense is just staggering. Jason Fry: Red Sox, Tigers, Angels, Posnanski: Yankees and Phillies. I want
Hendrix, Residence Inn, Sunday school, Tyler Kepner. The constant stream of Jon Bois: Red Sox, Tigers, Angels, Mets, Mets, Cubs, Padres. to say Cleveland, but I suspect the Yankees
“Michael Clayton” and a bronzed llama information and analysis helps make this Cubs, Dodgers. 2. Which two teams will win the wild will find a way.
could all make it into one MLB column, something of a golden age for baseball The American League’s division winners cards? (5 each) Sheehan: Yankees and Braves.
you haven’t read these guys enough. fans. At the same time, I find it all to be are slam dunks compared to the National AL Bialik: Yankees and Braves.
Also returning from last year are the overwhelming at times. So, in the interest League’s. Why? The designated-hitter rule, Yankees 51 The Tigers can’t pitch.
winner and runner-up among our readers. of having a fresh perspective going into the naturally. The AL is a real-world computer Indians 33 Fry: Indians and Braves.
The winner, Matt Viereck, expects the year, I’ve tried to read as little as possible, program comprised of flesh, wood, leather Red Sox 19 Watch out, Met faithful, the Braves are
Tigers to beat the Cubs in a World Series only keeping myself familiar with what is and dirt. It’s an algorithm, played out with Tigers 15 alive again. Oh yeah: Eat it, Steinbrenners!
with lower ratings than last year. Also, he happening, not intimately so. This general simple dice-roll probability. When NL Blue Jays 7 3. Which two teams will go to the World
thinks the Giants will finish with the feeling of needing a break also has been teams send pitchers to bat, they’re putting Angels, Mariners 4 Series? (15 each)
majors’ worst record. Runner-up Steve heightened by the departure of Joe Torre, baseball’s primary mathematical unknown NL AL
Saeger likes the Mets to beat the Tigers in the decline of George Steinbrenner and the into play. Sure, you know the pitcher is Phillies 24 Tigers 49
October. He thinks Barry Bonds will hit 12 beginning of the final year of Yankee probably going to suck at the plate, but you Braves 19 Red Sox 38
home runs. Meanwhile, the first prize of Stadium. don’t know how or how badly he’s going Mets 16
the 2008 contest goes to Elie Mischel, for That said, it should be another to suck. The NL wild card is truly a wild Rockies 15
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Indians 17 Leitch: Red Sox and Mets. so it doesn’t count (the last team other than with the best record will win the World Dallamora: Orioles.
Yankees 14 Marchman: Red Sox and Cubs. the Yankees to repeat was the Blue Jays, in Series. And barely a quarter of readers Finally, an easy one.
Angels 12 Boston and Chicago will win the 1993). But am I really picking the expect an NL team to have the best record Leitch: Giants.
Mariners 3 pennants, inciting unprecedented levels of Diamondbacks? Ah, screw it: the Sawx — all but 6 picking the Mets. Marchman: Giants.
Blue Jays 1 sepia-toned columnizing by people who win again. Belth: Mets. San Francisco will have a season so bad
NL have no idea what they’re talking about. Dallamora: Tigers. Bois: Red Sox. that the Dolan family will charter planes
Mets 62 Passan: Indians and Mets. Leitch: Red Sox. Their mix of veteran leadership and full of basketball writers and enraged fans
Cubs 17 Sorry, Cubs fans: No wild card this year. Marchman: Red Sox. young talent is tuned perfectly to rack up to the Bay Area just to make themselves
Diamondbacks, Dodgers 13 The Indians’ pitching is deep and hitting Boston will win in the 19th inning of 105 wins. As an aside: I’m now 25 years look good by the contrast. Isiah Thomas
Phillies 11 will return to form, and the Mets have the Game Seven at Wrigley Field, having old, which makes me older than a decent will be seen munching a hot dog in the
Braves 6 best pitcher in baseball, a talented offense come back from at least two sizable number of players. I can actually say stands, pointing and laughing at Giants
Brewers 5 and superb up-the-middle defense. deficits. One also naturally supposes that “young talent” and mean it. It’s unsettling. management, and loudly boasting that even
Rockies 3 Posnanski: Red Sox and Mets. this game will involve a Cubs pitcher Borowsky: Red Sox. he wouldn’t field a team whose average
Cardinals, Padres 2 Sheehan: Red Sox and Mets. walking the bases loaded and then giving Dallamora: Red Sox. age was 37.
Some 22 readers predicted the Tigers Bialik: Yankees and Mets. up a grand slam on an eephus pitch, Leitch: Red Sox. Passan: Orioles.
would face the Mets, and another 20 This may be wishful thinking: I want to Alfonso Soriano tossing a live ball into the Marchman: Red Sox and Mets, in a tie. Especially after they trade Brian Roberts.
predicted a rematch of the Mets-Red Sox be in New York for a Subway Series, stands on account of having forgotten how Passan: Mets. Posnanski: Orioles.
series in 1986. One of these, Samuel having missed by 90 miles last time many outs there are, or something else of I remember the Mets of April and May It’ll be Baltimore or Pittsburgh. Does it
Sanchez, writes, “Mets in seven, only this around. the sort. 2007 (34-18), not the ones from June matter? Two proud 1970s organizations.
time it will be Ortiz at Shea with the boot.” Fry: Indians and Mets. Passan: Mets. through September (54-56). Sheehan: Orioles.
Belth: Tigers and Mets. 4. Which team will win the World Santana at least twice, Pedro and Maine Posnanski: Tigers. Just barely behind the Giants. It’s a
Bois: Tigers and Braves. Series? (30) filling the other slots, Wright and Reyes in Sheehan: Red Sox. necessary part of the process, but the
The Tigers possess the playoff Tigers 29 the swing of their primes. The only thing Bialik: Red Sox. Orioles are going to be almost unwatchable
experience they lacked during their 2006 Mets 27 that could screw this up is Willie Randolph The last three teams in their division will this year.
run to the Series, both from holdovers from Red Sox 23 and, well, come September, if this looks provide lots of easy games. Bialik: Nationals.
that team and from the newly-arrived Yankees 12 foolish because of him, at least I’ll have Fry: Tigers. They won’t get a new-ballpark bounce.
Edgar Renteria. Aside from being an Indians 10 been prescient in one respect. 6. Which team will have the worst Fry: Giants.
excellent player, Renteria has played in Angels 8 Posnanski: Red Sox. regular-season record? (10) 7. Who will win the AL and NL Cy
two Series and is a clubhouse leader. I Cubs 7 They won’t be able to talk about curses Orioles 48 Young awards? (10 each)
think Dontrelle Willis will find his throw Braves 4 in Boston for a long, long time. Giants 23 American League
again, and the acquisition of Miguel Dodgers, Phillies 3 Sheehan: Red Sox. Marlins 17 Justin Verlander (Tigers) 42
Cabrera will make the Tigers’ lineup the Brewers, Diamondbacks 2 Predicting who will win short series in Royals 15 Josh Beckett (Red Sox) 24
scariest in baseball. I’m picking the Braves Cardinals, Mariners, Padres, Rockies 1 October is hard enough in October, so Pirates 14 C.C. Sabathia(Indians) 20
because I always pick the Braves. If for Just 51 readers expect the NL to win the consider this just a vote for the best team. Nationals 11 Erik Bedard (Mariners) 14
some reason Mike Hampton stays healthy World Series. Two sweeps in three years No playoff team has better than a 1-in-5 Rays 3 Roy Halladay (Blue Jays) 8
enough to pitch 150 innings, Atlanta will will do that to a team’s repuation. shot in October, and, most years, worse A’s, Astros, Rangers 1 Felix Hernandez (Mariners) 5
possess one of the best rotations around. Thanks to the addition of Miguel than that. See the answers to No. 11 for one reason John Lackey (Angels), Chien-Ming
During off-days they should store him in Cabrera, the Tigers are readers’ favorite Bialik: Mets. why the Orioles are such a popular pick for Wang (Yankees) 4
that vat of fluid that they kept Luke pick to win it all — but they started the Fry: Mets. this one. Rich Harden (A’s) 3
Skywalker in while he recovered from his season winless. (Associated Press Photo) I write this every year it’s even plausible. Belth: Orioles. Fausto Carmona (Indians) 2
encounter with the ice monster. I have a lot Belth: Tigers. Is it a jinx? Possibly. But since I want it to Bois: Orioles. Jeremy Bonderman (Tigers), Mark
of other great ideas. Bois: Braves. happen, wouldn’t NOT writing it when it’s The Orioles have two good players: Nick Buehrle (White Sox), R.A. Dickey
Borowsky: Red Sox and Diamondbacks. I’m picking the Braves again because I plausible just be an attempt to trick the Markakis and Brian Roberts. MSNBC’s (Mariners), Scott Kazmir (Rays), Daisuke
The D-Backs’ rotation is the best in the always pick the Braves again, and also baseball gods, and therefore an even bigger Tony DeMarco seems to think that Roberts Matsuzaka (Red Sox), Gil Meche
NL. They’ve got good defense, a good pen, because it gives me the opportunity to talk jinx? Some people pore over VORP and could be out the door soon, which would (Mariners), Johan Santana (in a trade from
and I like their manager. They could use about them some more. I believe Matt Diaz advanced stats; I ponder the butterfly effect leave them with one good player. And the Mets?), Dontrelle Willis (Tigers) 1
another hitter, but they’ve got the trade is one of the most underappreciated hitters of my wishes on the baseball cosmos. Markakis? As kids, Nick and I were in the National League
chips to land one (and they could always in baseball. He hit .338 last year, and his 5. Which team will have the best regular- same Cub Scout den in suburban Atlanta. Johan Santana (Mets) 77
pick up Barry Bonds, who played his splits (.318 vs. lefties, .356 vs. righties) season record? (10) He and I raced our cars against each other Brandon Webb (Diamondbacks) 18
college ball in Tempe). As for the Red more than justify a full-time slot in left Red Sox, Tigers 33 in the Pinewood Derby. My car won. I Jake Peavy(Padres) 16
Sox, they’re a near-perfect balance of in- field. Yunel Escobar, who hit .327 last Mets 29 offered to shake his hand, but he responded Cole Hamels (Phillies), Dan Haren
prime stars and breakthrough youngsters. year, wasn’t the best infielder, but should Angels 14 with, “Whatever, you don’t want me to (Diamondbacks) 5
Dallamora: Tigers and Brewers. improve defensively now that he doesn’t Yankees 12 win, you don’t care,” and angrily stomped Roy Oswalt (Astros), Carlos Zambrano
This is starting to become a little too have to play three different positions. Diamondbacks 5 off. He grew up to be a star baseball (Cubs) 3
cliché, but the real World Series is going to Borowsky: Red Sox. Indians 4 player, and I grew up to blog about him on Aaron Harang (Reds), Chris Young
be the ALCS. I’m seeing the Red Sox I can’t pick the Sox to repeat — it’s Mariners 3 the Internet. But as far as I’m concerned, (Padres) 2
taking it to seven games again, but it’s the boring. There hasn’t been a repeat champ Cubs 1 that fateful day makes me the winner.
Tigers’ year to bring it home. in almost a decade, and that was the Yanks Just 35% of readers think that the team Borowsky: Giants. WELCOME page 28
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John Maine (Mets), Brad Penny Victor Martinez (Indians) 2 Passan: Alex Rodriguez and Utley. Troy Tulowitzki* (Rockies), Edinson Angels, Indians 2
(Dodgers), Ben Sheets (Brewers) 1 Travis Hafner (Indians), Torii Hunter Sorry, but A-Rod was so much better Volquez* (Reds), Delwyn Young Belth: Phillies and Yankees.
Belth: Verlander and Santana. (Angels), Derek Jeter (Yankees), Justin than anyone last season, it would be (Dodgers) 1 Bois: Phillies and Tigers.
Bois: Halladay and Santana. Morneau (Twins), David Ortiz (Red Sox), foolish to pick against him. Utley, not *No longer eligible for the award (see Unfortunately for them, the Phillies lack
Halladay has already won a Cy, and Placido Polanco (Tigers), Jorge Posada Jimmy Rollins, would have won NL MVP eligibility rules here) the pitching to win more than 85 games. I
finished third and fifth in voting the last (Yankees), Dontrelle Willis (Tigers) 1 had he played a full season last year, and, Cueto made a strong first impression, wonder whether Ryan Howard would hit
two years. My process for determining my National League at age 29, he’s about as good as he’s going striking out 10 batters with no walks — so many home runs if someone let him
prediction went exactly like this: “Johan David Wright (Mets) 43 to get. and by one analysis compiling one of the know they were all going to waste.
Santana. Oh wait, he’s in the NL. Uh, Pat Matt Holliday (Rockies), Ryan Howard Posnanski: Jeter and Beltran. best major-league debuts in history. Borowsky: Phillies and Yankees.
Hentgen.” Then I pulled up the Blue Jays’ (Phillies) 14 I have this weird feeling that this will Belth: Buchholz and Fukudome. Dallamora: Brewers and Red Sox.
Baseball Reference page. “Did Pat Prince Fielder (Brewers), Jose Reyes finally be the year Jeter wins it. I always Bois: Buchholz and Homer Bailey. Leitch: Phillies and Tigers.
Hentgen change his name to Roy (Mets) 10 pick Beltran to win in the NL. Bailey had an awful Spring and was sent Marchman: Rockies and Yankees.
Halladay? I can’t imagine why he would, Alfonso Soriano (Cubs), Chase Utley Sheehan: Cabrera and Wright. to Louisville, but I believe he’ll be called In the NL, Chicago will score the most
but then, I haven’t watched a Blue Jays (Phillies) 8 Note: will win. “Should” is an entirely back up before too long. Reds manager among teams that don’t play in a pinball
game in years. Halladay it is.” Cy Young Mark Teixera (Braves) 5 different matter, especially in the AL. Dusty Baker has already proven his ability machine. ( Humidor or no, Coors Field still
voters tend to get excited about wins, and I Albert Pujols (Cardinals) 4 Cabrera’s RBIs and new-car-smell will to get the most out of young pitchers, and has freak-show tendencies.) The Yankees
think Santana will rack up 22 of them. Chipper Jones (Braves), Jimmy carry the day, but his defense will trim his he can do the same with Bailey. Granted, will bludgeon people to death as usual.
He’s moving to a pitcher’s league and will Rollins(Phillies) 3 true value down. he’ll probably trot him out to throw 340 Passan: Phillies and Tigers.
enjoy plenty of run support. Carlos Beltran (Mets), Derreck Lee Bialik: Rodriguez and Beltran. innings, run him into the ground, and The Yankees are getting too old, and
Borowsky: Felix Hernandez and Santana. (Cubs) 2 Fry: Cabrera and Wright. sacrifice the rest of his career, but what’s a even though the Tigers have some rings on
Dallamora: Verlander and Santana. Jeff Francoeur (Braves), Alex Gonzalez 9. Who will win the AL and NL Rookie vase if you don’t break it? their tree, I’ll take them by 15 runs.
Leitch: Verlander and Santana. (Reds), Matt Kemp (Dodgers), Aramis of the Year awards? (10 each) Borowsky: Barton and Bruce. Phillies ahead of the Braves simply
Marchman: Sabathia and Santana. Ramirez (Cubs), Hanley Ramirez American League Dallamora: Buchholz and Fukudome. because of their ballpark.
These are admittedly incredibly (Marlins), Johan Santana (Mets), Ryan Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox) 42 Leitch: Longoria and Soto. Posnanski: Phillies and Tigers.
unimaginative picks. I would pick Josh Zimmerman (Nationals) 1 Evan Longoria (Rays) 39 Marchman: Buchholz and Soto. Philadelphia, because the Phillies
Beckett, as one almost expects that his Belth: Cabrera and Utley. Clay Buchholz (Red Sox) 18 Clay Buchholz’s award will, along with ballpark is roughly the size of a Residence
back problems will recur in perfect Bois: Cabrera and Chipper Jones. Joba Chamberlain (Yankees) 10 continued great pitching from Justin Inn Suite.
proportion to the number of 18-hour flights If I’m supposing that the Braves will Daric Barton (A’s) 8 Verlander and Scott Kazmir, help provoke Sheehan: Braves and Tigers.
he’s asked to take, but taking him at his make an improbable run to the World Carlos Gomez* (Twins), Adam Jones* a scouting bias toward beanpole pitchers, Bialik: Phillies and Tigers.
word one has to slate him behind Sabathia Series, I need to be consistent with my (Orioles) 3 an entirely welcome development. Fry: Cubs and Indians.
and his marvelous array of hat angles. improbable prediction and suppose that Ian Kennedy (Yankees) (2) Geovany Soto’s award will prove an 11. Which NL team will give up the most
Passan: Felix Hernandez and Santana. their injury-prone clubhouse leader will Erick Aybar* (Angels), Carlos Gonzalez inadequate salve for the above-mentioned runs? And which AL team? (5 points each)
If you asked me two years ago, I would lead them there. At age 35, Chipper is a (A’s), Phil Hughes* (Yankees), Dustin Game Seven. NL
have thought Felix Hernandez would gain better player than he’s ever been. Pedroia* (Red Sox), Jonathan Van Every Passan: Longoria and Cueto. Marlins 38
30 pounds instead of lose them. When I Borowsky: Sizemore and Pujols. (Red Sox) 1 Posnanski: Longoria and Fukudome. Pirates 20
walked into Seattle’s clubhouse, I didn’t I picked the same two guys last year; The Cubs’ Kosuke Fukudom, who had Fukudome becomes the latest Japanese Nationals 19
recognize him. His arm is the same, and Pujols pert near snuck off with the award played 1,074 games for Japan’s Chunichi star to win the inappropriately named Astros 13
with his slider unleashed by the Mariners (and he might have won it if us sabermetric but none in the majors before this season, “Rookie of the Year” award. Rockies 12
and his conditioning likelier to keep him types ran the voting). is the favorite for the NL’s Rookie of the Sheehan: Longoria and Fukudome. Giants 11
deep into games, there’s no reason he Dallamora: Manny Ramirez and Prince Year award. Bialik: Buchholz and Fukudome. Reds 8
shouldn’t break out. Santana with Shea is Fielder. National League Fry: Longoria and Fukudome. Phillies 5
like Jimi with a Strat. I picked Manny last year and he had his Kosuke Fukudome (Cubs) 38 TEAMS(all remaining questions 10 Brewers 4
Posnanski: Verlander and Santana. worst season in 10 years. By my logic I Geovany Soto (Cubs) 17 points each. All questions include regular- Cardinals 3
Verlander becomes the first AL pitcher should learn that he’s an aging All-Star Joey Votto (Reds) 13 season games only.) George Sherrill and his fellow Orioles
in three years to win more than 20. Santana and pick Alex Rodriguez. This, of course, Jay Bruce (Reds) 11 10. Which NL team will score the most hurlers are expected to lead the AL in the
has a monster year for Mets. results in him going bonkers in a contract Cameron Maybin (Marlins) 10 runs? And which AL team? (5 points each) dubious stat of yielding the most runs.
Sheehan: Felix Hernandez and Santana. year, leaving me to kick my own behind Johnny Cueto (Reds) 7 NL (Associated Press Photo)
Bialik: Carmona and Santana. when he picks up the award. I’m Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers), Andy Phillies 58 AL
Fry: Felix Hernandez and Johan Santana. outsmarting you this time, baseball god. LaRoche (Dodgers) 4 Rockies 26 Orioles 65
8. Who will win the AL and NL MVP Leitch: Alex Rodriguez and Wright. Hiroki Kuroda (Dodgers), Jayson Nix Mets 17 Royals 25
awards? (10 each) Marchman: Cabrera and Teixeira. (Rockies), Colby Rasmus (Cardinals), Cubs 14 Rangers 24
American League Cabrera will not deserve it, but his 150 Justin Upton* (Diamondbacks) 3 Brewers 10 Rays 13
Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) 46 runs driven in will trump the 25 that Chase Headley (Padres), J.R. Towles Braves 5 White Sox 2
Alex Rodriguez(Yankees) 43 bounce off of and drop past his (Astros) 2 Astros, Diamondbacks 2 Mariners, Tigers, Twins 1
Manny Ramirez (Red Sox) 14 outstretched glove. Teixeira will deserve it, Homer Bailey (Reds), Yunel Escobar* AL Belth: Marlins and Orioles.
Grady Sizemore (Indians) 9 and the team that signs him for $25 million (Braves), Evan Longoria (traded from Tigers 77 Bois: Marlins and Orioles.
Magglio Ordonez (Tigers) 7 a year coming off his peak season will Rays?), Lastings Milledge* (Nationals), Yankees 37
Vladimir Guerrero (Angels) 5 deserve what they get most of all. Alexei Ramirez (traded from White Sox?), Red Sox 16 WELCOME page 29
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See my Markakis anecdote above. He you know who I am?” Maybe the Rockies. Maybe Seattle. I’ll Pirates, Orioles. the Illinois Senate seat I expect will open
can pitch a fit, but unfortunately for the Posnanski: Rays. go with the Rockies, but I don’t feel good Carl, you owe the Rays a dollar. this year. Alan Keyes got 27%, and he has
Orioles, he cannot pitch a baseball. Sheehan: Rays. about it. Bialik: Royals, Rays, Pirates, Orioles, no world championships as far as I’m
Borowsky: Astros and Orioles. There won’t be that many great leaps Sheehan: Orioles. Nationals. aware.
Dallamora: Marlins and Orioles. forward this season, in part because not The Giants will be right here as well, as Fry: Rays, Nationals, Royals, Pirates, Passan: Guillen.
Leitch: Reds and Rangers. that many teams were all that bad last year. will the Phillies. Orioles. Or: Likeliest to have a Tom Wilkinson-in
Marchman: Rockies and Rangers. Bialik: Royals. Bialik: Diamondbacks. Still, all of those teams can plausibly -”Michael Clayton” meltdown.
Colorado will allow the most, but They should have won five more games They should have won 11 fewer games think better days are coming. Posnanski: Guillen.
Florida’s runner-up performance will be than they did last year, based on run than they did last year. INDIVIDUALS(Asterisk denotes partial I’ll go with my old friend Ozzie Guillen.
far more impressive in context. Texas will differential. Fry: Cardinals. credit will be given.) That curtain seems about read to close on
continue to labor under whatever curse it is Fry: Rays. Let’s see Tony La Russa’s annoying 15. Which manager will be first to no that act. Who is managing Pittsburgh now?
that they suffer from. 13. Which team will suffer the biggest micromanaging and paranoid fantasies get longer be managing his team (whether Oh, John Russell — he just started. He’ll
Passan: Nationals and Orioles. decline, measured in decrease in total them out of this fix. I’ll feel for St. Louis fired, retired, resigned or otherwise not be fine. Dave Trembley in Baltimore
Sucks to be a Beltway baseball fan. regular-season victories? fans, but not for him. managing) in 2008? seems like a good guess too, but he’s
Posnanski: Marlins and Orioles. Rockies 26 14. Rank these teams in order of regular- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, probably also too new.
Sheehan: Marlins and Orioles. Twins 16 season wins, most to fewest: Nationals, shown arguing on Opening Day, isn’t Sheehan: McLaren.
Bialik: Nationals and Rangers. Indians 13 Pirates, Orioles, Devil Rays, Royals. expected to last in his job much longer by Bialik: Trembley.
Fry: Phillies and Rangers. Angels 12 Nearly 60% of readers –77, to be exact dozens of Fix readers. (Getty Images) Fry: Gibbons.
12. Which team will have the most- Cardinals 10 — think the Rays will do best of these Ozzie Guillen (White Sox) 26 16. Who will be the highest-salaried
improved record, measured in increase in A’s 8 teams. Just seven picked the Orioles, who John Gibbons (Blue Jays) 17 player (based on 2008 salary) released or
total regular-season victories? Red Sox, Yankees 6 were the pick of 73 readers to have the Dave Trembley (Orioles) 14 traded?
Rays 49 Brewers, Giants 5 worst record of the five. The most popular Ron Washington (Rangers) 11 All dollar figures are 2008 salaries, in
Reds 20 Astros, Mariners, Padres 4 ranking: Rays, Nationals, Royals, Pirates, Bruce Bochy ( Padres Giants), Ned Yost units of $1 million rounded to the nearest
White Sox 12 Orioles, Phillies 3 Orioles. In all, 53 of the 120 possible (Brewers) 9 $100,000, and are based on USA Today’s
Royals 10 Braves, Diamondbacks, Marlins 2 rankings were selected. Tony La Russa (Cardinals) 7 salary database.
Dodgers, Tigers, Mariners 5 Blue Jays, Mets, Rangers 1 Incidentally, they’re now the Rays, not Charlie Manuel (Phillies) 6 Richie Sexson (Mariners: $15.5) 10
A’s, Marlins 4 Belth: Yankees. the Devil Rays, as the Fixers erroneously John McLaren (Mariners) 5 Jason Giambi (Yankees: $23.4) 9
Cubs, Giants 3 Bois: Twins. called them in this contest. Reader William Manny Acta (Nationals), Willie Miguel Tejada (Astros: $14.8) 7
Blue Jays, Braves, Brewers, Pirates 2 In addition to losing the best pitcher of Backer deducted points from us for this Randolph (Mets), John Russell (Pirates) 4 Carlos Delgado (Mets: $16), Todd
Astros, Mets, Nationals, Orioles, his generation, they also dumped Torii gaffe; at least he didn’t fine us. Joe Girardi (Yankees), Lou Piniella Helton (Rockies: $16.6), Juan Pierre
Rangers, Twins 1 Hunter, an underappreciated Carlos Silva, Belth: Rays, Nationals, Pirates, Royals, (Cubs) 3 (Dodgers: $8) 5
Belth: Blue Jays. and future star Matt Garza. You know Orioles. Cecil Cooper (Astros), Bob Geren (A’s) A.J. Burnett (Blue Jays: $13.2), Joe
Bois: Braves. what you do when you want to mail in a Bois: Royals, Rays, Nationals, Pirates, 2 Nathan (Twins: $6) 4
Braves, naturally. They’ll win 98 games, season? You get rid of your talent and sign Orioles. Dusty Baker (Reds), Bud Black (Padres), Jason Bay (Pirates: $6), Coco Crisp (Red
which won’t be enough to catch the Mets, Livan Hernandez. I’m choosing to believe what I read Bobby Cox (Braves), Ron Gardenhire Sox: $5.1), Mike Hampton (Braves: $16),
but will be enough to clinch a wild card by Borowsky: Rockies. about new Royals manager Trey Hillman. (Twins), Mike Scioscia (Angels), Eric Andruw Jones (Dodgers: $14.7), Melvin
mid-September. They were a .500 team until mid- He seems like a Joe Girardi type, which is Wedge (Indians) 1 Mora (Orioles: $7.8), Alex Rodriguez
Borowsky: Brewers. September last year, and they look like a exactly what that team needs. The only immune managers, in the view (Yankees: $28), Barry Zito (Giants: $14.5)
The very quiet addition of Mike .500 team to me again. I’m counting on Borowsky: Rays, Royals, Pirates, of our readers, are those who manage 3
Cameron is huge: The resulting defensive them not repeating the 14-1 finishing kick. Nationals, Orioles. teams with very low or very high Bobby Abreu (Yankees: $16), Beltre
shuffle (Bill Hall to third base, Ryan Braun Dallamora: Twins. Dallamora: Orioles, Nationals, Pirates, expectations: Red Sox, Rays, Royals, (Mariners: $13.4), Lance Berkman (Astros:
to left field) will improve the Brewers by Leitch: Rockies. Royals, Rays. Tigers, Marlins, Diamondbacks, Dodgers $14.5), Pat Burrell (Phillies: $14.3), Jose
at least half a dozen games. They’ll have I don’t think my Cardinals are going to Leitch: Rays, Royals, Pirates, Nationals, and Rockies Giants. Amid this paranoia, Contreras (White Sox: $10), J.D. Drew
Yovanni Gallardo around all year, Dave be as terrible as everyone thinks, but Orioles. one reader even predicted Phil Garner’s (Red Sox: $14), Adam Dunn (Reds: $13),
Bush will probably pitch better, and for maybe I’m just saying that to avoid the fact Marchman: Rays, Nationals, and Pirates, repeat departure would come first. Jim Edmonds (Padres: $8), Nomar
once Ben Sheets had a healthy spring; that Todd freaking Wellemeyer is in our with the Orioles and Royals tied. Incidentally, Guillen is also the most likely Garciaparra (Dodgers: $9.5), Ken Griffey,
maybe this’ll be the year he finally makes rotation. (Note the high correlation, also on display pick according to a betting Web site. Jr. (Reds: $8.3), Brandon Inge (Tigers:
all 32 starts. Marchman: Mariners. in San Francisco, between being terrible Belth: La Russa. $6.2), Jeff Kent (Dodgers: $9), Carlos Lee
Dallamora: Rays. A great number of people will express and having a really great ballpark.) Bois: Fredi Gonzalez. (Astros: $12.5), Hideki Matsui (Yankees:
Leitch: Rays. disbelief at the huge decline from an 88- Passan: Rays, Royals, Pirates, Nationals, …because Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria $13), Andy Pettitte (Yankees: $16), Brian
Marchman: Rays. win team that added Erik Bedard, and will Orioles. tends to fire managers for no good reason. Roberts (Orioles: $6.3), C.C. Sabathia
Tampa Bay would have to botch things continue to scoff at the idea that there are Posnanski: Rays, Royals, Nationals, Borowsky: Gibbons. (Indians: $11), Jim Thome (White Sox:
pretty badly not to win out here. stable, predictable relationships between Pirates, Orioles. Dallamora: La Russa. $15.7), Javier Vazquez (White Sox: $11.5)
Passan: Rays. runs scored and allowed and win totals. I think this question is just plain mean. Leitch: Yost. 2
When they finish the season at .500, it Passan: Cardinals. That’s all. Mean. I should refuse to answer Marchman: Guillen. Daric Barton (A’s: $0.4), Joe Borowski
will be the best moment for the franchise By June, Pujols will be begging for it on principle. But since I have no Guillen threatened to run for mayor of (Indians: $4), Milton Bradley (Rangers:
since Vince Naimoli’s wife got popped for surgery to get away from this mess. prinicples… Chicago a while ago, so once he’s fired he
running a red and he asked the cop: “Do Posnanski: Rockies. Sheehan: Rays, Nationals, Royals, should look into maneuvering his way into WELCOME page 30
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$5.3), Bartolo Colon (Angels: $16), Joe Only redeeming quality is that he doesn’t Fry: Santana. Bonds would remain stuck at 762). The balls hit out of Leavenworth.
Crede (White Sox: $5.1), Kyle Farnsworth strike out in a lineup full of guys who do. 18. Will anyone reach the 20-20-20-20 highest guess was 24. In a season with Sheehan: 18.
(Yankees: $5.9), Eric Gagne (Brewers: But with Jeff Clement and Wladimir threshold (in doubles, triples, home runs more than 42 at bats, Bonds hasn’t hit as If I say “zero,” the best I can do is tie.
$10), Jay Gibbons (Orioles: $5), Orlando Balentien waiting, why are the Mariners and stolen bases) that Curtis Granderson few as 24 homers since 1989. Bialik: 11.
Hudson (Diamondbacks: $6.3), Randy sticking with a sub-.400 SLG DH? Runner and Jimmy Rollins reached last year? If Since this is a Major League Baseball Fry: 0.
Johnson (Diamondbacks: $15.1), Kyle -up: Nomar Garciaparra, making the $8.5 yes, who? contest, incidentally, we’re only counting 20. Will average television ratings for the
Lohse (Cardinals: $4.3), Daisuke million Vidro is, and probably just as No one 76 homers Bonds hits in the majors — though World Series go up or down from last
Matsuzaka (Red Sox: $8.3), Kevin likely a designate-for-assignment. Jimmy Rollins (Phillies) 21 several readers wondered if we’d be year’s 10.6?
Millwood (Rangers: $10.4), Mike Mussina Posnanski: Eric Chavez. Jose Reyes (Mets) 13 including homers in Japan — or a federal Up 87, Down 47
(Yankees: $11.1), Carl Pavano (Yankees: Sheehan: Contreras. Curtis Granderson (Tigers) 11 penitentiary. Belth: Down.
$11), Manny Ramirez (Red Sox: $18.9), I never, ever, ever get this right. Hanley Ramirez (Marlins) 7 Belth: 0. Bois: Up.
Ivan Rodriguez (Tigers: $12.4), Curt Bialik: Giambi. Carl Crawford (Rays), Grady Sizemore Bois: 0. Just barely. Not sure if I’ll be
Schilling (Red Sox: $8), Jason Schmidt Fry: Delgado. (Indians) 2 It’s starting to look as though Bonds’ contributing, though. I’m volunteering my
(Dodgers: $15.2), Ben Sheets (Brewers: 17. Which starting pitcher who’s Ryan Braun (Brewers), Ichiro Suzuki legal problems won’t prevent him from apartment as a Nielsen household,
$12.1), Ichiro Suzuki (Mariners: $17.1), changed teams (a group that includes (Mariners) 1 playing this year. What will prevent him purchasing 25 televisions, and tuning them
Mike Sweeney (A’s: $0.5), Mark Teixeira Johan Santana and Dontrelle Willis) will Belth: Jeter. from playing is the truth that no team with all to re-runs of “The Wire” in an effort to
(Braves: $12.5), Woody Williams (Astros: earn the most wins? Except instead of 20 triples he’ll be hit any measure of ego or self-respect will convince HBO to order a sixth season. I
$6), Dmitri Young (Nationals: $5), Johan Santana (Twins to Mets) 111 by 20+ pitches. want him. I suppose that narrows the want to find out whether Bubbles helps
Michael Young (Rangers: $6.2) 1 Dan Haren (A’s to Diamondbacks) 8 Bois: Ramirez. candidates to San Francisco and Baltimore, with the dishes.
According to 10 readers, Richie Sexson Erik Bedard (Orioles to Mariners) 6 These days, answering “Hanley and even those two strike me as very Borowsky: Down.
won’t be with the Mariners by the end of Dontrelle Willis (Marlins to Tigers) 4 Ramirez” when asked “who will do good unlikely. On the legitimacy scale, his role Ya can’t go wrong betting on baseball
the season. (Associated Press Photo) Livan Hernandez (Diamondbacks to in baseball” is like answering “God” in as a pinch-hitter in San Francisco would be TV ratings to go down.
Multiple readers selected Alex Twins) 2 Sunday school. more of a joke than his role last year, and Dallamora: Up.
Rodriguez and C.C. Sabathia, the Shawn Chacon (Pirates to Astros), R.A. Borowsky: No. less of a joke than Minnie Minoso’s return Leitch: Up.
defending MVP and Cy Young Award Dickey (Rangers to Mariners), Brett Dallamora: No. to the White Sox at age 54. We can only Marchman: Up.
winner, respectively of the AL. Gibbons Tomko (Padres to Royals) 1 Honestly, I’m thinking Hanley Ramirez, regard the teams’ refusal to sign Bonds as Way up, as the prospect of a Boston-
and Williams, both released before their Among top picks, last year Santana and but saying “no” is a lot easier than picking an act of collusion if we view the Coates Chicago World Series hints at the possible
teams’ openers, make less money than Haren had 15 wins apiece, Bedard had 13 the player correctly. family’s decision to shoot Old Yeller as an creation of a pocket universe right there on
dozens of players on this list, so the Fix and Willis had 10. Leitch: No. act of collusion. I’m not saying Bonds is a the field.
has some time to defer the decision as to Belth: Santana. Marchman: No. dog; I guess I’m just saying that he Passan: Down.
whether they count. Bois: Santana. Absolutely not. Eight guys have hit 20 contracted rabies defending his family Under 10.0. Baseball’s greatest trick:
Belth: Giambi. “Your search for ‘johan santana good triples in a season since integration. from a prairie wolf. Nearly quintupling its revenue over the last
Bois: Nathan. baseball fellow’ returned about 38,300 Passan: No. Borowsky: 0. 15 years in spite of plummeting TV
When I was a little kid, one of my results (0.24 seconds).” The closest will be Grady Sizemore. And 74, for the Cell Block 6 Raiders in ratings, something that would kill the NFL.
favorite storybooks was titled, “As Right Borowsky: Santana. Posnanski: No. the California Institution for Men. Posnanski: Up.
As Right Can Be.” It was about a poor man Dallamora: Santana. Rollins could do it again if he gets 800 Dallamora: 10. If it’s Red Sox-Mets as I predict, then
who bought some sharp new shoelaces. Leitch: Santana. plate appearances or whatever crazy Prison ball counts, right? yes, way up from last year. Cincinnati-
The shoelaces only served to highlight the Marchman: Santana. number he got last year. Leitch: 0. Tampa Bay would draw quite a bit fewer, I
dullness of the rest of his possessions, so Santana will win more games than he Sheehan: No. If Bonds were on the Opening Day roster fear.
he bought new shoes, then a new jacket, pitches. Some guy somewhere in Ozone It’s kind of a fluke thing. You need a of, say, the Mariners, they could win their Sheehan: Up.
then a new house. The story ended with his Park will remain really angry that the Mets million plate appearances, not that many division. Teams ignore him at their own … courtesy a longer, more competitive
property being repossessed by the bank. gave up Carlos Gomez in the deal, and will walks, the right park… peril. Series.
It’s a good read. Anyway, the Twins are repeatedly call Joe Benigno to express his Bialik: No. Marchman: 19. Bialik: Up.
currently in the process of telling this story views on the use of leverage in Fry: Reyes. 13,429 if we’re counting home runs he Though New Yorkers will have to watch
in reverse. Johan Santana was the new negotiations. 19. How many home runs will Barry hits while bitterly playing MLB 2k8 on his in droves to make up for apathy elsewhere.
mansion; Torii Hunter was the horse and Passan: Santana. Bonds hit?* Xbox, 19 if we’re counting the ones he hits Fry: Up.
cart, and Joe Nathan is the snappy new I’m nothing if not consistent. Barry Bonds won’t get much of a chance for the Yankees after he’s signs for a Seeing the Red Sox annihilate the
vest. The shoelaces are Kevin Slowey. Posnanski: Santana. to add to his record home-run total while prorated $30 million, a bronzed llama, and Rockies was fun if you lived in
Borowsky: Burrell. But I think Willis has a good year too. attending basketball games such as this a framed letter of general apology. Massachusetts. Otherwise, not so much.
Dallamora: Buerhle. Sheehan: Santana. Lakers-Kings matchup. (Associated Press Passan: 0. – Tip of the Fix cap to Thomas Sperber,
Leitch: Thome. He could have an obnoxious record, 26-3 Photo) Let the dying die, would you? Patrick Houston, Nick Dallamora, Alex
Marchman: Pujols. or something. The mean was four, while the median Posnanski: 0. Belth, Richard E. Peck and Tim Marchman
Passan: Jose Vidro. Bialik: Santana. and mode were zero (98 readers thought Don’t know how we would count the for suggesting contest questions.
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Parker, Lady Vols Claim Title

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

Amy Winehouse Does Shots with a Baby

By Hollywood Grind like a baby in her arms stop her from doing © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006- • Amy Winehouse Before Drugs
Submitted at 4/14/2008 9:46:16 PM
shots of hard alcohol in the morning. Amy 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts: • Amy Winehouse Without Clothes On
will baby sit free of charge as long as the • Amy Winehouse has Boney Legs • Amy Winehouse Still Has Impetigo
Amy Winehouse won’t let a little thing bar is open, and the shots are free. • Amy Winehouse is Falling Apart
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Poulter Upstages Woods in Masters Opener Like No Other

(WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) adrenaline rush he had ever experienced. tour players, but for Woods himself. final playoff spot in the Western
Submitted at 4/11/2008 12:33:00 PM
‘It was a great buzz,’ he said. ‘Massive. “Throughout Tiger’s career, golf pundits Conference.”
Unbelievable buzz.’ ” have opined that, great as he is, the And then there’s the Eastern Conference,
Your guest Fixer is David Roth: The majority of the buzz, of course, has absence of a foil like Arnie or Jack will where the Atlanta Hawks (36-42) hold a
Let’s do a quick thought experiment. Say accrued to Tiger Woods, who shot even hinder the reckoning of Tiger’s legend,” two-game lead on the Indiana Pacers (34-
there’s some sort of institution that you par on Day One, and is the overwhelming Slate’s Dave Larzelere writes. “This is an 44) with four games remaining, but the
have, in the past, not merely admired but favorite to win the Masters and an eventual alluring idea, but it’s got Tiger and golf all Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Mark
actually enjoyed. Thanksgiving, let’s say. PGA Grand Slam. The Washington Post’s wrong. Going by the Arnie-and-Jack Bradley isn’t ready to forget his hometown
Only this year, starting around Thomas Boswell has the actual odds on index, it’s hard to imagine what this absent franchise’s broader futility. “Of nine
Halloween, you start seeing commercials Woods’ win — “London bookmakers have adversary could add to Tiger’s narrative, [straight] losing seasons, this is by far the
for Thanksgiving on television. Woods as an 11-to-8 underdog against the because Tiger himself is the entire best,” Mr. Bradley writes. “The Hawks
“Thanksgiving: A Tradition Like No field” — as well as some other stuff about equation. As the most charismatic and have changed ownership and management
Other,” a voice intones, as a series of how great Woods is. “Woods wins more marketable golfer who’s ever lived, he is and coaches and have had seven lottery
artfully composed close-ups are intercut often, by larger margins and with a more Less comprehensible is Bill Plaschke’s the clear heir to Palmer, the sport’s first picks over those nine seasons and have
with images of smiling white guys. There’s complete game in his era than [Jack] Los Angeles Times column today. Maybe great salesman-idol. And, of course, he is finally swung a trade for their long-sought
no real reason to be advertising Nicklaus did in his,” Mr. Boswell writes. it’s Mr. Plaschke’s frequent shouting-head the only credible heir to Nicklaus, simply point guard, and still they’re south of
Thanksgiving — it’s Thanksgiving, after “But let’s not pretend Woods has won this appearances on ESPN — or the smirking because he’s so overwhelmingly and mediocrity. They’ve made progress, yes,
all — but the commercials work. Soon, Masters, much less the Grand Slam, when author photo atop his column — but the consistently dominant. In the end, the yin- but does progress get any more glacial than
whenever someone says the word the first of the four major events has barely Fix doubts that Mr. Plaschke even believes and-yang theory falls apart when it comes this?”
“Thanksgiving,” the phrase “a tradition begun. Woods is better than anybody, by a what he writes half the time. Even for one to golf. The best golfers play the course ***
like no other” is spilling from your lips. lot, but he’s no better than everybody put who manufactures outrage so well, though, and not the man.” Finally, to the world of NCAA hockey.
It’s a bummer. together. What we’re watching here — Mr. Plaschke is particularly goofy today in *** No, seriously. After scoring a 5-4 upset
Ian Poulter finally is known for Woods vs. the world — is fabulous drama, his argument that the field is “kissing up to The tight playoff race in the NBA’s over Michigan last night, Notre Dame
something other than brash comments a fair fight (93 against one), not a foregone Tiger.” “Have you ever heard anything like Western Conference is starting to shake became the first No. 4 seed ever to make it
about Tiger Woods. (Associated Press conclusion.” it?” Mr. Plaschke fumes. “In a sports world out as the regular season enters its final to the NCAA championship game.
Photo) To the Fix’s mind — and to that of Tim whose very pulse is pumped by the days. After some recent struggles, the That’s a nice story in itself, but the story
And so, in its way, is the pomp-intensive Carroll, our resident golf guru — Mr. heartbeat of competition, would this Mavericks have gotten back on track and of Notre Dame defenseman Christian
promotion by CBS and ESPN of the Boswell is right. But considering that happen anywhere else? Tiger Woods clinched the seventh playoff spot in the Hanson is even better. His last name is
Masters, a legitimately iconic if recently Woods is facing a field of competitors showed up here this week reiterating his West last night with a dramatic 97-94 win familiar to fans of the ultra-profane cult
overhyped golf tradition which began that’s colorless even by PGA standards — understandable belief that he can win this over the Utah Jazz. The final spot will go hockey flick “Slap Shot,” in which his
Thursday with some pretty good golf. and that he’s won 10 of the last 20 PGA summer’s golf Grand Slam. to either the Denver Nuggets or Golden father, Dave Hanson, played one of the
Justin Rose and Trevor Immelman sit atop events he’s entered — it’s probably no “Then his opponents — exasperated gasp State Warriors, a pair of fun-to-watch fighting Hanson brothers. The Fix
the field at four under par, but the story of surprise how much Masters coverage has — agreed with him. ‘He has already won teams that faced off in Oakland last night, recommends two entertaining pieces on the
the day was Ian Poulter, who finished the been centered on him. That’s not four majors in a row, so it’s not an with Denver scoring a dramatic 114-105 younger Mr. Hanson and the role that his
day two strokes off the lead, in large part justification for ESPN’s Bob Harig parsing impossible feat,’ Phil Mickelson said this win. father’s only movie role has played in his
thanks to a hole-in-one eagle on the par- Woods’s every shot and speculating over week. ‘I think it’s doable.’ Doable? Lefty, “Just as the crazy season, this tortuous life: Brian Hamilton’s article in the
three 16th. Before that memorable eight- “butterflies floating beneath those six-pack are you that dork-able? You’re Woods’ playoff run and the Nuggets as we know Chicago Tribune and Allison Hayes’s
iron, Mr. Poulter was best known for his abs” — click here if that sounds good to biggest rival, yet you’re going to concede them were on the verge of fading to piece at the Notre Dame football fansite
glib good humor, New York Times you — in what was supposed to be him the entire World Series even before black,” Denver Post columnist Mark Blue and Gold.
columnist William C. Rhoden writes. In coverage of the first day. But it is the season’s first pitch?” Kiszla writes, “A.I. came to their – Tip of the Fix cap to readers Gerard
2007, Mr. Poulter “told Golf World understandable. BASEBALL CONTEST Somebody award that man some emotional rescue. Using every basketball Cosloy and Don Hartline.
magazine that he hadn’t yet played to his See how Fix readers, the Fixers and “Around the Horn” points! move that has made him famous, from a Found a good column from the world of
full potential, ‘and when that happens, it some of our baseball writers see the season Mr. Plaschke’s bluster aside, a broader twisting reverse layup to his trademark pull sports? Don’t keep it to yourself — write
will be just me and Tiger.’ Until Thursday, playing out, in a roundup of the Fix’s media trend towards celebrity is just one -up jumper and a step-back 12-foot shot to us at dailyfix@wsj.com and we’ll
Poulter had not been able to live down the seasonlong baseball contest. reason so much Masters coverage has that ripped the nets, Iverson led a consider your find for inclusion in the
comments, although…his ace at No. 16 got MARCH MADNESS Wondering who fixated on Woods (the other is that he’s desperately beautiful 21-1 run by the Daily Fix.
everyone’s attention. Maybe even Tiger’s. won the Fix’s March Madness contest, and really, really good). Nuggets that opened the second quarter. It
Poulter, an Englishman, called the how? Wonder no more: Carl has the Still, his dominance presents a challenge forever changed the tone of a game that put
subsequent sensation the greatest results, and commentary from the winners. not just for sportswriters and his fellow them in the driver’s seat for the eighth and
Hillary Clinton is in Love
By Hollywood Grind ____________ . Lewinsky
Submitted at 4/15/2008 7:33:12 AM
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Memphis, Kansas Ride Free-Flowing Style to Title Game

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

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

(WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) to a basketball prodigy in Chicago being doubt for most of the game, Saturdays final
Submitted at 4/14/2008 12:26:00 PM
guided by Michael Jordan. Mr. Immelman, was still a great showcase for Boston
for his part, calls Mr. Player another father. College star Nathan Gerbe, who scored
Your guest Fixer is David Roth: Player recognized Immelmans passion two goals, earned Frozen Four Most
The Fix was surprised, too: There were when he picked up a then-5-year-old Outstanding Player honors and, most
people other than Tiger Woods in the Immelman, his front teeth missing, in his prestigiously, cemented the honor of
Masters? Why weren’t we told? arms and posed for a picture, the San becoming the Fixs favorite college hockey
As it turned out, Tiger Woods — still the Diego Union-Tribunes Ed Zieralski writes. player under five and a half feet tall. In a
greatest golfer of his generation by a Player is Immelmans biggest fan and, recap of the Frozen Four win over North
country mile, if you were wondering — when needed, his most stern taskmaster. Dakota that got B.C. to the final, the
wound up a fairly distant second at this He left Immelman a voice mail Saturday Globes Barbara Matson
years Masters, won by South Africa’s night that touched the heart and soul of his asked(rhetorically). What else can be said
Trevor Immelman. And so we see the countryman, inspired him. It gave me about Nathan Gerbe, except perhaps where
regrettable downside of Tiger vs. the Field, goose bumps, Immelman said. He told me a supercharged word around the country did he learn to skate like that?
writes Dan Shanoff in the Sporting News. he believed in me and I needed to believe club; some golfers havent bought into the Charging after his older brothers on a
When Tiger wins, its all good. And when in myself. And he told me to keep my head concept. pond in Michigan started Gerbe on the fast
he doesnt? It’s The Meh-sters. a little quieter when I putt. He said I was *** track, she answers, and when he didn’t get
Sorry Tiger: The jacket is Trevor’s. peeking too soon. The Fix, or at least this substitute Fixer, bigger than 5 feet 5 inches, he just kept
(Associated Press Photo) One thing that hasnt peaked: golf is so out of touch with the NHL Playoffs getting fasterEvery time Gerbe had the
Presumably Mr. Immelman was more commentators inimitable ability to lodge — apparently the Hartford Whalers didnt puck and a slice of open space in the
enthused: After grabbing a share of the
lead on Day One, he never relinquished it,
their feet in their esophagi. One of the least
-surprising, most-unfortunate
make the field this year? — that its
probably best not to weigh in at this late a
neutral zone, he deked and ducked to get
away from checkers, suddenly appearing
Who’s Your
and shot a three-over 75 on the windy final
day the highest final-round mark for a
Masters winner in 36 years to finish three
consequences of the decision to tender
special invitations to star players from
India, Thailand and China was CBS
date. But we loved the Frozen Four, a.k.a.
the NCAA Hockey Championship. In part,
this is because of the extraordinarily varied
on the other side of the blue line, staring
down the goalie. Even if you know where
he is, you dont.
strokes ahead of Tiger. announcer and former PGA player Bobby selection of schools in the tournament this For a visual of Mr. Gerbes work, check By Hollywood Grind
As he took the champions walk up the Clampett referring to Chinas Liang-Wen is the only collegiate sport in which out this jaw-dropping penalty shot against Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:56:47 AM
18th fairway, bathed in shafts of soft light Chong as the Chinaman. Colorado College, Clarkson and St. Cloud Providence College.
shining through the Georgia pines, State qualify as juggernauts but its also A home DNA test kit that we’ve known
Mr. Clampett later issued one of those *** about for months will soon be putting
Immelman smiled, waved and fought to heavily conditional non-apology apologies because of the frenzied enthusiasm of the Finally, the requisite Longish Awesome
keep his emotions in check, the New York favored by sports figures, leading Michael games. Feature Piece of the day comes from Dave Maury Povich out of the paternity testing
Times Larry Dorman writes. Nearly four David Smith of AOL Fanhouse to note that The underdog Fighting Irish of Notre McKenna of the Washington City Paper, business. A company called IdentiGene
months ago, he was in a hospital awaiting the style of apology that begins with if I Dame had their run end in the final on who casts a not-so-fond look back at the will be selling a DNA test kit in select
the results of a biopsy on a tumor. It was Saturday in a 4-1 loss to Boston College. stores to determine if a child is indeed your
offended anybody always rings a little bit recently retired Chris Webber and the ultra biological child. My favorite is the
benign. He has a seven-inch scar on his hollow. The word chinaman is a slur, and They backed into the tournament as the -boorish Washington Bullets/Wizards of
back as a reminder of what could have it’s the slur that should be followed up final at-large bid, then upset three giants of the 1990s. The Webber Era confabs werent Paternity test, that allows a man to collect
been. After parring the last hole for a total with an apology, not the reaction of being the sport New Hampshire, Michigan State only uncompetitiveone playoff appearance, his DNA and a child’s DNA without the
of 8-under-par 280, he wore a huge smile offended by the slur. While the and Michigan before running into the one zero playoff wins, Mr. McKenna writes, need for mommy’s DNA, and learn if he
as a reminder of what is. they couldnt solve, the South Bend really is a daddy in only 3 days for only
commenters at AOL were confused at how but hindsight reveals their rank as the most $249. Hopefully the availability of these
Another thing Mr. Immelmans win was: anyone could think the term was offensive Tribunes Steve Wozniak writes. Well get unlikable team to ever call this town home.
surprising. Hed missed the cut in a Tour (also not particularly surprising — scroll over this, and well start preparing for Those teams are given a soul-stirring tests will make some women think twice
event in Houston just last week, and had down to the comments if you dare), the [Washington] D.C., ” said [sophomore salute in two YouTube knockoffs of the before knowingly naming the wrong
won only one PGA Tour event since bloggers at Awful Announcing werent wing Ryan] Thang, alluding to the site of NBAs Where Amazing Happens ads from daddy. Chris Rock is one of those, along
turning pro in 1999. Still, by avoiding the next years Frozen Four. Because now, its with many other rich celebrity men, who
having it, writing that there are certain the inimitable Wizznutzz. The videos are have already gone through this hell.
putting errors that dogged Woods (and the words that those of us who live in the 21st time to start hanging some banners. here and here.
general meltdown of third-place finisher century no longer use; this is certainly one The Eagles spent much of the game – Tip of the Fix cap to reader Don The kit is available at Rite Aid, and
Brandt Snedeker, who shot 77 on the final of them. turning away Notre Dame scoring attempts Hartline. online here.
day), Mr. Immelman became the second All of which makes William C. Rhodens despite the fact that, as the Boston Globes Found a good column from the world of © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
South African ever to win the Masters. Theresa Smith reports, they had only five 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts:
discussion of the PGAs global diversity sports? Don’t keep it to yourself — write • Jason Beghe Says Scientology is
And that was thanks in part to support ambitions from last weeks New York healthy defensemen. Ms. Smith also got a to us at dailyfix@wsj.com and we’ll
from the first, Gary Player. Times seem that much more prescient. The great quote from injured B.C. defenseman consider your find for inclusion in the Dangerous
By way of context, the Chicago Tribunes Masters initiative to expand the sport Carl Sneep, who skated onto the ice for the Daily Fix. • Dwarf Soccer Team
Ed Sherman explains that Player is revered postgame celebration despite a nasty high • Stacey Dash Has Still Got it
reflects a complex, razor-thin distinction • Model Mysteriously Disappears
in South Africa, the highest order of sports between bringing fresh players into the ankle sprain. I cant feel a thing right now,
royalty. To be a young golfer and have Mr. Sneep told Ms. Smith. Its so awesome. • When the Owner is Away the Kitty will
game and inviting new members into the
Player advising you in that country is akin club, Mr. Rhoden wrote. Inclusion can be While the outcome itself wasnt really in Play
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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 Read on for how the contest played out, Sweet 16? 8. Who will be named Most Outstanding
Skybox of Champions (which by now with correct answers bolded. Big East 61; Pac-10 13; ACC 6; Big 12 Player in the Final Four?
resembles a Titanic lifeboat, but anyway) 1. Which will be the team with the 5; SEC 1. Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina) 42;
by Mr. Hudson, who finished second, as highest seed number (16 is higher than 1) The Big East and Pac-10 have three Kevin Love (UCLA) 21; Darren Collison
well as by Chris DeLotell and Stephen M. to win in the first round?(Winners in teams each. For this question, Stanford’s (UCLA) 6; Brandon Rush (Kansas) 5;
Schleicher, who tied for third. Dr. italics.) last-second leaner to beat Marquette in Darrell Arthur (Kansas), Chris Lofton
Schleicher managed to edge into the top Winthrop (seed 13) 12; Georgia (14) 10; overtime was critical. The Big 12 led in the (Tennessee) 2; Antonio Anderson
four despite picking UCLA to win it all, Temple (12) 9; Siena(13) 8; Villanova(12) Elite Eight, with Texas and Kansas — and, (Memphis), Michael Beasley (Kansas
thanks to his perfect Final Four picks and 6; St. Joseph’s (11) 5; Baylor (11), Cornell most importantly, led all conferences with State), Mario Chalmers(Kansas), Roy
piling up points on the earlier questions. (14), Davidson(10), St. Mary’s (10) 4; one national champion. Hibbert (Georgetown), Ty Lawson (North
It was clear to Mr. Martinek, president of
an electronics-manufacturing company,
Kansas State(11), San Diego(13) 3; Boise
State (14), George Mason (12), Oral
5. Which of the following bubble teams
will advance the farthest in the tournament:
Carolina), Brook Lopez (Stanford),
Derrick Rose (Memphis), Jessie Sapp Carmelo
that the four top seeds were the four best
teams. In the semifinals, the 50-year-old
from Brookfield, Wisc., reasoned that
Roberts (13), Western Kentucky(12) 2;
American (15), Cal State-Fullerton (14),
Kentucky (11) 1.
Oregon, Kentucky, Baylor, Kansas State,
Villanova or Arizona?
Kansas State 25; Arizona 16; Baylor,
(Georgetown) 1.
Chalmers finished the Final Four with
six assists, seven rebounds, seven steals
Anthony Arrested
UCLA couldn’t match “the toughness,
strength, and length of Memphis.” As for
Siena and San Diego both went on to
lose to No. 12 seeds in the second round.
Oregon 12; Villanova 10; Kentucky 7;
none (all lose in first round) 4.
and 29 points — three of them tying the
title game with a couple of seconds left in
for DUI
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 By Hollywood Grind
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. Submitted at 4/15/2008 3:11:19 AM
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
depth, and it was.” His comments about low a seed. points (total points, not points per game) in (10 points each)? Carmelo Anthony(23) was arrested at 4
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; am for DUI. Anthony was driving his
proved prescient: “This type of game fewest points in the first round? Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina) 63; Louisville 2. silver Mercedes, and was swerving
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; between lanes with his high beams on.
much better free-throw- and three-point- North Carolina 8. (UCLA) 3; Wayne Ellington (North Pittsburgh 12; Stanford 8; Marquette, Anthony’s attorney, Dan Recht, said:
shooting team than Memphis.” None of the games was close; Kansas Carolina), Brandon Rush (Kansas) 2; Joe Michigan State, Kentucky 1. "He cooperated by consenting to a blood
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 test, the results of which will not be
10 minutes to put together his contest North Carolina won by 39 and UCLA by (Kansas), Chris Douglas- 2. available for approximately two weeks …
entry, he estimates. The 28-year-old 41. These blowouts presaged the relatively Roberts(Memphis), Roy Hibbert Midwest: Kansas 49; Georgetown 21; There was no accident and no one was
Oklahoma City fixed-income broker and easy path for all four teams — particularly (Georgetown), Chris Lofton (Tennessee), Wisconsin 7; Clemson 5; Kansas State, hurt."
Oklahoma State graduate based his North Carolina’s — to the Final Four. But O.J. Mayo (USC), Derrick Rose USC, Vanderbilt 1. Anthony’s court hearing is on May 14.
champion pick on school ties: “My mind they were poor indicators of the results of (Memphis) 1. 10. Which team will win the It seems like a DUI these days means
said UNC, but luckily my heart said the national semifinals. Chris Douglas-Roberts finished with 140 championship (30 points)? you’ve made it to the big time, and now
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; you can afford to f**k your life up drunk
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, behind the wheel of a Mercedes.
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. © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
vacant OSU head coaching position.” 16? game. Only reader Bob Trost got this one The two reader favorites were 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts:
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. • Richie Sambora Faces DUI and Child
Ohio, says he chose Kansas “because I median and the range was 0 to 6. playing two fewer games, finished a close Endangerment Charges
simply thought it was the best combination Four broke through, as predicted by 11 second with 128 points. Derrick Rose • Foxy Brown Being Released From Jail
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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

Gary Dourdan is Leaving CSI

By Hollywood Grind be his final appearance on CSI. Producers about the first black Batman, or a villain in Assault
Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:40:24 AM
are actively seeking, via a casting call, a the next Spiderman? • Gary Dourdan Assaults Paparazzi
new male series regular in his late twenties © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
Gary Dourdan will be leaving CSI next to early thirties to play Ray Santoro, a 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts:
month after his contract expires. The "handsome, smart and athletic" CSI who • Separated at Birth
decision was mutual between Dourdan and transfers from Henderson to join the Gary is too young to retire, and probably • Gary Dourdan Hits Girls Too
producers. The May 15 season finale may graveyard shift at the Las Vegas crime lab. would like to try the silver screen. How • Gary Dourdan Issues Excuse for Photog
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Kate Hudson Wants a Baby

By Hollywood Grind come second to my son, and you get to
Submitted at 4/15/2008 2:40:57 AM
weed out the boys from the men. You
definitely know which ones are the boys."
Just last month there was a raging debate This description sounds a lot like Owen
over pictures of Kate Hudson that appeared Wilson, who also loves a good make-out
to show her pregnant, and showing a baby "sesh," yet he’s mature enough to have a
bump. Yesterday Kate told the U.K.’s successful money making career, which is
Sunday Times: something Kate is desperately seeking.
"I’m a mom and that’s my first priority. I © Copyright HollywoodGrind.com 2006-
can’t wait to have more. I’m at that place 2008. All Rights Reserved. Related posts:
when I’m ready to have another one and • Kate Hudson and Matthew
Chris and I are not together. I’m like, ’Oh McConaughey at Fools Gold
no! Uh-oh! I’m ready.’ " • Kate Hudson in a Bikini Pregnant or
She’s adding fuel to the flames, and Not?
fanning them to get those rumor fires • Is Kate Hudson Pregnant or Not?
burning. Kate is also looking for a younger nothing more than to have a good, honest • Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson Are
guy: make out sesh, but I find it really hard Dating Again
"I need to find that 18-year-old in me because I’m a mom." • Kate Hudson Pregnant with Justin
again, who was way more adventurous Yet she also wants someone mature: Timberlake Baby
when it came to kissing boys. I would love "Any guy I ever meet is always going to