I would like to first say that i appreciate all my readers and as this year comes to a close, we put the first full calender year of blogging to rest..i want to wish you all a merry christmas and happy new year. this is the last post i will be sending from NYC for a while so the next post will be from a remote,relaxed location..you may see a seperate side to old stinky so stay tuned!
(Reuters) - Bernard Madoff, the longtime Wall Street executive, is accused of cheating investors worldwide out of $50 billion. Here are some of Madoff's public comments over the years: - On his trading approach: "It's a proprietary strategy. I can't go into it in great detail." - Barron's, May 7, 2001 - Speaking on a panel called "The Future of the Stock Market" at the Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of the Imagination in New York on Oct 20, 2007, Madoff said: - On regulations: "In today's regulatory environment, it's virtually impossible to violate rules ... but it's impossible for a violation to go undetected, certainly not for a considerable period of time." - On the dynamics between investors and Wall Street firms: "The nature of any human being, certainly anyone on Wall Street, is 'the better deal you give the customer, the worse deal it is for you.'" - On the subject of large swings in the market: "Take my word for it, for the most part you can ignore those moves." - On the costs of regulatory compliance: "No one is going to run a benefit for Wall Street." Here are some other quotes from Madoff, cited in various publications: - On electronic trading: "All we're doing is passing our savings on to our client base." - Fortune Magazine, Nov 19, 1990. - On a canceled crab race at the Securities Industry Association Convention in Boca Raton, Fla.: "There's enough happening in the securities industry without taking on animal rights." - Wall Street Journal, Dec 2, 1994. - On day-trading: "If the bull peters out, day-trading will die of its own weight." - Forbes, April 6, 1998. - On the dangers of the Internet bubble: "I don't like to see this type of activity. Eventually, if this bubble bursts, I think that people will be left holding the bag. I don't want to be around when that happens."
BCS DECLARES GERMANY WINNER OF WORLD WAR II - US Ranked 4th After determining another year of championship game participants, the BCS computers were put to work on other major contests and today the BCS declared Germany to be the winner of World War II. "Germany put together an incredible number of victories beginning with the annexation of Austria and the Sudetenland and continuing on into conference play with defeats of Poland, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands. Their only losses came against the US and Russia; however considering their entire body of work--including an incredibly tough Strength of Schedule--our computers deemed them worthy of the #1 ranking." Questioned about the #4 ranking of the United States the BCS commissioner stated "The US only had two major victories--Japan and Germany. The computer models, unlike humans, aren't influenced by head-to-head contests--they consider each contest to be only a single, equally-weighted event." German Chancellor Adolph Hiter said "Yes, we lost to the US; but we defeated #2 ranked France in only 6 weeks." Herr Hitler has been criticized for seeking dramatic victories to earn 'style points' to enhance Germany's rankings. Hitler protested "Our contest with Poland was in doubt until the final day and the conditions in Norway were incredibly challenging and demanded the application of additional forces." The French ranking has also come under scrutiny. The BCS commented " France had a single loss against Germany and following a preseason #1 ranking they only fell to #2." Japan was ranked #3 with victories including Manchuria, Borneo and the Philippines.
"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." Cicero - 55 BC
I started this blog with the premise that there is no end in sight and damnit i meant it. evidence of this is the celebration of the century mark, its like the Benjamins Baby, pure C note style kid. The world keeps turning and i keep blogging. And you dont stop. 100 posts down and im just getting warm. The kid from Ttown is coming down the Hudson like an ole steamer and im blowing the whistle with the throttle wide open. nothing like making a wake and pressing ahead..i think i read that in a Hemingway novel, or cliff notes. Ever notice that cliff notes for a Hemingway novel read much like the novels themselves? "I went hunting. It was good. We shot stuff, then we went home. "
All i can say on this 100th post is you better have a bullet or a bus to stop Ole Stinky!!!! No End in Sight till there aint no breath in me and they have to pry this keyboard from my cold dead fingers.
I feel blessed that i have the opportunity to express myself in this format and i appreciate all my readers sending in content and heads up for whats out there and how weird things can get so that we can share them as a community and have a collective laugh, often at my expense (dabbing my eyes with old newspapers so that my mascara doesnt run as i cry and look back on the good times and the great posts). As we say here at NEISheadquarters, "we are only as good as our last post and the readers that contribute." So thank you. I will keep on keepin on, just so happens i got me a bad case of keeping it real, and i dont want no panacea.
Plax Plax Plax, what were you thinking?????????????? I dont even know what to say other than that i am glad you arent dead or that you didn't blow your leg off. By the looks of the sentences he is facing he will be blowing a lot of other things in the next few years anyway. you all know i am a huge giants fan and that if it weren't for plax and the catch that he made to go up on the Pats in the Bowl we may not have been the Champs. Since that unreal day in AZ things seem to have gone from touchy, to bad, to downright awful. I think it started with skipping the ticker tape parade, then missing mini camps because of contract disputes. All of these incidents make me think that these guys really believe that once they get that contract they don't have to give a shit about anything..even scarier is that they feel they may need to pull out a gun and shoot someone to defend themselves. the only problem with that is that once you shoot and kill someone its murder (usually) and secondly, the person trying to shoot you typically has a lot less to lose than you do. In this case it is a nice wife, a child, and a 35 million dollar contract with the Super Bowl champs. i saw Plax at the hospital last monday night when he was getting an MRI on his hammy and i was getting one on my ankle. I gave him the "get better Plax, we need you out there" (typical dbag fan shout out), to which he said thanks. i could not have imagined where one week would lead us. This has been an unreal turn of events. Smart people have always told me that it is what people do with the opportunities they are given that matters, not that they were given the opprotunirty it in the first place. Rest up Plax, and your lucky you didnt shoot off your man meat or you would have been forever clowned in the prison shower room. not that there still isnt that chance. I hope he gets it figured out and can turn this thing around but the last 72 hours are as bad as they could be for him. Thug living just cost him millions and i dont think he will ever (or should ever) wear the giants uniform again. The organization is too classy for this kind of shit. We dont want to look like the Ravens with Ray Lewis or the Cowboys with Pacman or any other guy like that. The NFL, much like every other job in life can usually find someone else to the job you have if you dont like it. In this case they can probably get someone to do it cheaper and with a better attitude, until we give him 35 million!! The Gmen found a way to win without him and i think will continue to do so, we need to. Onward and upward, lets get back to the title game!!!!!!!
below is an email sent from one of my buddies about our fantasy football league. this is why i love these types of things....
Dear Honorable Hoya League Commissioner, Can we get a clarification on the following scenarios: 1) If two teams score the same amount of points in a regular season game, is there a tiebreaker (the total points scored by their bench?) or is it just a tie? 2) If two teams have the same record at the end of the season, is the first tie breaker the head to head match-up and second tie breaker the overall points?
The reason for my inquiry is that I believe tonight’s performance by Steve Slaton will impact all but two teams in the Hoya Paranoia 2008 Fantasy League (those two unaffected teams being the LOWLY Madd Dogs and Joe Fitz).
Overview: The Swaniacs (record: 6-6) currently trail Mean Machine (record: 5-7) by a score of 118-108 with the one remaining player to go being the aforementioned Steve Slaton. If Steve Slaton were to score 11 or more points, then the Swaniacs would improve to a record of 7-6, placing them in a tie with the Dean Dogs (record: 7-6). The Swaniacs, however, own the head to head match-up, as well as the overall point total match-up against the Dean Dogs, so I believe the Swaniacs would earn the third and final playoff birth in the Blue Division (not to mention, seal one of the all-time great regular season collapses by the Dean Dogs…through week 8, Dean Dogs 5-3, Swaniacs 2-6). In that scenario, Steve Slatons 11+ points would result in Mean Machine dropping to 5-8, which would eliminate them from the playoffs, giving Michaels Marauders the third and final playoff spot in the Grey Division with a 6-7 record.
If Steve Slaton scores less than 10 points, however, then Mean Machine would beat the Swaniacs in week 13, improving their record to 6-7, and placing them in a tie with Michael’s Marauders. Michaels Marauders/Mean Machine split their head to head match-up, however, Mean Machine has more total points, so I think that would mean Mean Machine would make the playoffs and the Marauders would be eliminated. In that scenario, the Swaniacs would drop to 6-7, eliminating them from the playoffs with the Dean Dog train wreck sneaking in for the last playoff spot in the Blue Division.
If Steve Slaton scores exactly 10 points, then either it results in a tie, in which case Dean Dogs and Michaels Marauders both make the playoffs, or if it reverts to bench points, then the Swaniacs would win (41 bench points vs Mean Machine 31 bench points), in which case the Swaniacs and Marauders would make the playoffs.
Steve Slaton’s impact on the fate of Swaniacs/Mean Machine/Deans Dogs/Michaels Marauders, also has a corresponding impact on the four teams who have already clinched playoff births, as it will affect the first round playoff matches, and potentially second round playoff matches (ie Vegas has Oberballers as a 29 point first round favorite over Dean Dogs and only a 7 point first round favorite over Swaniacs)
I have also cc’d the honorable XXXX (former owner of the now extinct Bean Machine franchise and current Chief HFL Dispute Resolution Advisor) for additional guidance.