Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Quick Hits for a Wednesday

Former Red Sox 1B Sean Casey retired this past week after 12 MLB seasons. Casey, not exactly known for his conditioning, will join the MLB Network as an analyst. Comically listed at only 215 lbs., how long before The Mayor hits three bills on the scale?

Citigroup senior executives, who received $45 billion in bailout money, planned on buying a $50 million luxury jet from France. The NY Post got wind of it and published several stories, sparking outrage from Capitol Hill, and Citigroup cancelled their purchase. Why is it the NY Post, and not the "papers of record" like the NY Times and Boston Globe breaking these stories exposing misuse of taxpayer money?

Any more bailouts should go to the private citizens of this country, many of whom have been laid off and are struggling to make ends meet.

The economy is officially scary. Seventy one thousand people were laid off this past Monday alone. These layoffs will not help the economy get better, because more people will default on their mortgages and loans, credit cards will go unpaid, and people will spend even less money. Consumer confidence is at a record low right now. It is terrible out there right now, and my heart goes out to those who have been laid off.

The signing of Floyd Reese to be a Senior Advisor by the Patriots, puts an experienced hand in the front office and someone Bill Belichick has worked with before. This will help fill some of the void from the departure of Scott Pioli. Reese, as GM of the Oilers/Titans, drafted players such as Steve McNair, Jevon Kearse, and Eddie George.

Favorite nickname bestowed upon ethically challenged MA Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi, who just stepped down this week: Sally Pockets. I heard that one on the Howie Carr radio show last night and it cracked me up.

Considering the state of the economy, will the Red Sox see any sort of decrease at the Fenway Park turnstiles?

The Red Sox offering Jason Varitek a $5 million deal is more of a Lifetime Achievement award than anything else. If they turned away from him, how much would he get elsewhere? A minor league deal? A $1.5 million deal? There isn't any market for him, particularly since signing him would cost a team a draft pick.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree, executives of bailed out companies should have their wages garishied, bonuses rescinded, and their perks revoked, with all savings from above actions going back to the taxpayers.

But, that is exactly the same thing that should happen to our failed 111th Congress, most of which are hold overs from the failed 110th Congress. How is it that Barney Frank - the single most repsonsible person on the planet for the current market meltdown - gets to keep his Chairmanship bonus, his private jet rides, his limosene, his per diem, and all of his other perks? He did as much to topple our economy as any private sector executives, why is their no outrage at him still being lavishly rewarded for abject failure in leadership like that heaped upon Citi and Lehman executives?

Whenever I drive through Newton, I throw a douchebag out my window as a symbolic example to those moronic voting sheep there of what they lack the brains and balls to do.