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Tiger Woods Sex Tape

Posted by TopOfTheThread on December 30, 2009

Here’s the Tiger Woods  Sex Tape — it was bound to happen…

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Tiger Woods – Pitchman – Driving Ratings

Posted by TopOfTheThread on December 10, 2009

On ESPN Radio 1050 AM this afternoon,  Michael Kaye & Co chatted about Tiger Woods.

One of the crew spoke to whether this product will sell, will women’s opinions affect the sales, etc….

We all know endorsements are paid for. We all know celebrities get millions of dollars to pitch products.

Most of the money spent by these companies on celebrity endorsements is a waste. Let me rephrase that;  there are very few products that I will purchase because of a celebrity endorsement.

  • I am not buying a Buick because of Tiger Woods.
  • I am not buying Nike Golf Products because of Tiger Woods.
  • I am not getting an American Express Card because of Tiger Woods.
  • I am not buying Tag Heur watch because of Tiger Woods.
  • I do not drink Gatorade because of Tiger Woods.

I do watch PGA Tournaments when Tiger is participating.  IMHO it tends to be exciting because he often seems to overcome odds and come back.  I used to root for him.

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It was always interesting to watch tournaments and see him throw down his clubs and show poor sportsmanship. It was never addressed by the media because he is such a great athlete and his image was so pristine.

So let’s recap… he is one of the greatest athletes of all time… he often throws his clubs and curses… he cheats on his wife… hmm …

Now I will watch PGA Tournaments and hope he chokes… Hopefully Jack Nicklaus’ record is safe.

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Poll – take 2 seconds – Should CitiCorp, CitiBank undo the the $400 Million deal with the NY Mets Stadium

Posted by TopOfTheThread on December 7, 2008

CitiCorp / CitiBank was just bailed out with billions of taxpayers dollars. They have a $400 billion deal to pay the NY Mets for naming rights on their new stadium. (BTW, the stadium supposedly is costing $800 million, so in effect, Citi is paying for half the stadium without any equity.) Should CitiCorp and the NY Mets undo the deal?

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Obama + 5%

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 31, 2008

I watch the daily changes in the polls and believe they are extremely inaccurate. So inaccurate, they obama president should add 5% to an Obama numbers.

If Obama is forecasted at 46% (Gallup Daily Election Poll Results for the General Election, July 27-29, 2008, Based upon a three day rolling average of national registered voters. ) we should consider Obama’s number 51%.

Do I have any formal basis of knowledge to back it up? No. (But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night 😉 )

The major factor in the inaccuracy of the polls is the pollsters are not reaching a dominant sweet spot for Obama (Ages 18 – 25, cell phone users, students, online users, etc…)

I imagine Gallup is making calls to people. Reaching people over 30 years old… The bottom line is anyone who is picking up the phone (landline and cell) is not that sweet spot.

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I checked to make sure the Gallup people were calling cell phones and found they do call them. (That’s a step in the right direction.)

Survey Methods (From Gallup)
For the Gallup Poll Daily tracking survey, Gallup is interviewing no fewer than 1,000 U.S. adults nationwide each day during 2008.
The general-election results are based on combined data from July 27-29, 2008. For results based on this sample of 2,682 registered voters, the maximum margin of sampling error is ±2 percentage points.
Interviews are conducted with respondents on land-line telephones (for respondents with a land-line telephone) and cellular phones (for respondents who are cell-phone only).
In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.
To provide feedback or suggestions about how to improve Gallup.com, please e-mail feedback@gallup.com.

Good. At least they are calling cell phones.

I found it interesting that the chart on this page was a three-day rolling survey. They state they interview no fewer than 1,000 adults nationwide each day. So this is a three-day survey, wouldn’t they have at least 3,000 results in the survey versus the 2,682. (I am sure they can get 3,000 registered voters surveyed over the period.)

Remember this post in November, when Obama and McCain are 2 points apart in the polls going into the election and Obama wins by at least 7 points.

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ESPN (OTL), Penn State Football incidents and elite athletes

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 28, 2008

ESPN (Outside the Lines 7.27.08 ) did a story on Penn State University Football players getting in Cheerleaders Penn State trouble off the field. They have been getting in fights, drinking, and other troublesome activities.

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I don’t have the answers but none of this should be unexpected.

Elite athletes, such as Division 1 football players, are recognized at young ages. By the time they are in Junior high school, people are kissing their butts, telling them how great they are, and at times, are being contacted by colleges.

By the time they are in high school, everyone is kissing their butts, colleges are visiting, and they are constantly being told they are special. They naturally start feeling they are better than others and rules do not apply to them. At practice and on the field they are trained to be aggressive, give 100% effort, protect teammates, and leave it all on the field…

So now they accept a scholarship to a big time Division 1 footbal school. Everyone kisses their butts. Girls want them. They get to “cut the line” on their class schedules so they can make practices and games. They generated press and dollars for the university so the administration kisses their butts. They continue to be treated special and feel the rules don’t apply to them….

… and, realistically, the rules don’t appy to them….

So now you have a 20 year old kid who is getting in trouble or fights? Since he was 13 years old, he has been told is special and (directly or indirectly) that the “rules” don’t apply to him .

Are we surprised? Actually, we should all be surprised this isn’t happening more often on more campuses.

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Selecting the right college – go away to school

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 19, 2008

There are many factors you need to consider when selecting your college. Once you have narrowed down the schools, give extra consideration to the schools where you would need to live away from college dorm roomhome (on campus).

If you can afford it, you should live on campus. It is a large part of the college experience. It is a large part of the maturation process…
Living with people. Relationships. Doing laundry. Budgeting time .Parties. Managing money. Social life. Parties. Study groups. Parties. Girls. Parties. And More… It’s the best memories of school…

Living away from home is not always easy and you have to grow up quickly. The benefits and memories are endless.

Of course it is much better living on campus not at a “commuter school”. You will see that more often than not, the people you live with in college will be some of your best life-long friends.

Do it if you can!

Good luck.

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Selecting the right college – public versus private – school services

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 19, 2008

Let’s preface this post… For any school you are considering you need to do your homework. Check with all resources: the school, students, blogs/online, anything you can think of… be creative. college students selecting school classesWe also realize a private school is typically more expensive that attending an in-state private school.

Before selecting a school, you need to know who you are. Are you ambitious? A go-getter? Would you prefer things handed to you? A part of the selection process should be for the student to take a self inventory… know who you are… and then match to the characteristics of the school.

I have a friend who had twins graduate from 2 different universities. One graduated from Boston College (private) and the other from University of Delaware (public). Both are great schools. Both kids got good educations and had fun college experiences.

The difference in the schools was how the services worked for the students. A few examples…
• At Boston College, the career planning department followed up and prep’d students and made sure they were ready for interviews. There was more “spoon feeding” going on.
• At The University of Delaware, they got you interviews but you (the student) needed to be more independent getting ready for the interview.
• At Boston College it is easy to get a tutor.
• At The University of Delaware, it took our student 7 weeks to get his tutor.

This is just an example and may greatly vary from school-to-school and department-to-department. Of course it also varies on the personality of the student.

So, when selecting a school, look into services such as extra help and career guidance. Get some detailed information and speak to some students about it. It can make your school education and your job-search experiences much easier and productive.

Good luck!

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Selecting the right college – remember the alumni and school name

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 18, 2008

These days it’s easy to apply to 10, 15, or even 20 schools. If you have the money, the Common Application makes it pretty simple. As a result of the increase in applications, there is a corresponding columbia university selecting a collegeincrease in the number of acceptances.

So, now I have been accepted to 7 schools, how do I decide which school to attend?

Do your homework. Take a look at the standard sources of data such as US News And World Reports college ratings. What will you study (major)? How much school can you afford? Are you going to graduate school? Etc…

It is important to take into consideration the name of the school and the strength of the alumni.

When you are applying for jobs, the school alumni can be an incredible help. Certain schools have strong presences at major companies. (I can personally give you examples. When I worked at American Express, my division had an inordinate number of Columbia University graduates. True, Columbia is a good school, but it was because of a VP who attended Columbia.)

Another example is Notre Dame. They have an incredibly strong alumni that does everything in its power to assist it brothers.

Certain schools are stronger in certain regions. Ask around and surf to find out. You should also research some of the interesting companies in your area. Quite often companies have reputations as “[blank] shops” ( as in “Columbia shops”)

Keep it in mind when you make this important decision.

Good luck!

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Judge Upholds Lawsuit Involving the Use of Names and Images in Social Networks (faux)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 25, 2008

Judge Upholds Lawsuit Involving the Use of Names and Images in Social Networks


NEW YORK (Assimilated Prcss) ―

(Since this is a pending case, the names have been changed.)

A judge on Wednesday upheld a lawsuit involving a person’s rights with regards to the use of a person’s image and name being used on a Social Network.

“Sally Smith” had labeled a photograph of her friend “John Doe” in her online portfolio of college photographs. The image involved “John Doe” being passed out on a couch in a messy dorm room. He appeared to be unconscious in the middle of a pile of empty beer cans. The image had been posted 4 years ago.

“Johnny Doe” had recently been interviewing with a prestigious, conservative, Wall Street Investment Bank. He had gone through 3 interviews and had been told he would receive an offer pending his background check comes back acceptable.

The company doing his background check, “google’d” him and found the photograph that had been posted by “Sally Smith”. He did not get the job offer as a direct result of the photograph in the portfolio of “Sally Smith”.

“Johnny Doe” is suing “Sally Smith” for unspecified damages for the use of his name and image without his permission.

The U.S. Direct Judge said there’s adequate evidence to take the case to trial. The case is scheduled to be heard in U.S. Direct Court in Manhattan in January. Experts are concerned with precedents that may arise from the case and how they may affect FaceBook, MySpace, Flickr, Ning, Friendster, YouTube, and other Social Networking type platforms.

Lawyers for “Johnny Doe” and “Sally Jones” did not return telephone messages for comment.

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OK. Ok. This is not a true lawsuit but think about it. With all the video and photo postings that are going on, we should not be surprised to see a lawsuit similar to the one described above.

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Brandon Jennings burns the NBA, NCAA, and the Players Association

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 23, 2008

One of my favorite quotes is from the movie Other People’s Money. It relates to institutions making rules and the targeted parties working around the new rules….

Kate Sullivan: Someday, we’ll smarten up, change some laws, and put you OUT OF BUSINESS.brandon jennings high school basketball star
Lawrence Garfield (Danny Devito): You can change all the laws you want. You can’t stop the game. I’ll still be here. I adapt.

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According to the NY Times (6.23.08, Sports Section) Brandon Jennings, a great high school basketball player, may work around the NBA’s minimum age rule by heading to Europe to play professional basketball.

To prevent high school players from jumping to the NBA, the NBA instituted a rule requiring a player to be at least 19 years of age and one year removed from high school.

So, the NBA, NCAA, and the NBA Players Association get together and require individuals to play at least one year in college, knowing (a) he has no desire to get a college education, (b) the schools benefit financially through tournament money, and (c) the coaches get additional recognition.

How does the player benefit from the deal? Hmmm….. He doesn’t…

Brandon Jennings adapted, worked around the rule, and found the loophole.

Head to Europe. Sign a short term contract to play professional basketball. Earn good money. Work on and improve skills. Get solid basketball experience against better talent than in college. Live like a rock star.

He may enjoy living and playing ball in Europe and choose NOT to head to the NBA!

Seems like a no-brainer. Congratulations Brandon.

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