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Jim Boeheim, aka Mr. Lucky

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I don’t think luck has anything to do with winning games.

So said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, whistling past the graveyard after his team—assisted by the referees—narrowly escaped becoming the first Number 1 seed to ever lose to a Number 16 seed in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

As Don Markus reports:

It left longtime UNC Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach seething.

“There’s not enough time for cooling off for this one,” he said. “Syracuse is better than Asheville. Tonight we were better than Syracuse. I have all the respect for Jim Boeheim, their team being 31-2. He’s a fantastic coach. They deserve all the recognition they’ve got this year. This (UNC Asheville) was the better team tonight.”

I respect coach Boeheim, but if he truly doesn’t believe that luck is a factor in winning some games—and particularly this game—he’s delusional.

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Written by breckfield

March 16, 2012 at 7:48 am

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Follow the Money: Ed Schultz

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Left-wing MSNBC and radio commentator Ed Schultz was paid nearly $200,000 in 2011 by the Communications Workers of America union. Jack Coleman reports:

Worth noting is that Schultz’s cable program on MSNBC, “The Ed Show,” debuted in April 2009 — and that union payments to Schultz nearly doubled from a year earlier….

All told, Schultz has been paid $337,490 by unions in the last seven years, according to the Labor Department. These same records show no payments from unions to Schultz between fiscal years 2000 to 2004 — before Schultz became such a passionate advocate for unions over the airwaves.

It’s a pretty good deal for MSNBC: We’ll produce and air programming to attack your conservative enemies if you agree to help pay for “the talent”.

Written by breckfield

March 10, 2012 at 8:48 am

NFL: Saints Players Paid To Injure Opponents

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The NFL has determined that New Orleans Saints players were paid to injure their opponents:

The NFL announced Friday New Orleans Saints defensive players had received extra payment for attempting to intentionally injure opponents… The investigation showed payments were made for interceptions and fumble recoveries, but payments were also made when an opposing player was carried off the field or knocked out of the game.

This is disturbing, even for those of us who feel that the league office has occasionally been overzealous in its desire to prevent unnecessary roughness.

How could Sean Payton and his coaches possibly think that this was acceptable?

Written by breckfield

March 3, 2012 at 7:28 am

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Yet Another Obama-Backed Solar Panel Company Circles The Drain

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…

A solar panel manufacturer is publicly touted by President Obama, who promises that hundreds of new jobs will be created. The company receives a $400 million federal loan guarantee, then starts laying off employees.

No, it’s not Solyndra. This time, it’s Colorado-based Abound Solar:

Longmont-based Abound Solar, recipient of a $400 million federal loan guarantee to expand solar panel production, said Tuesday it is laying off 280 workers and delaying a new factory in Indiana.

The layoffs represent 180 full-time workers and, according to the Longmont Times-Call, an additional 100 part-time employees. That is about a 70 percent reduction of Abound’s Colorado workforce.

It wasn’t that long ago that President Obama was bragging about Abound:

In his weekly radio address to the nation Saturday, Obama said Abound “will manufacture advanced solar panels at two new plants, creating more than 2,000 construction jobs and 1,500 permanent jobs.”

 

 

 

Written by breckfield

March 2, 2012 at 8:51 am

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