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The Man Who Ruined Sports?

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“To get into the Hall of Fame, an executive better have done more than write zeroes on paychecks.”

One writer over at CBS Sportsline thinks that George Steinbrenner, the owner of the New York Yankees baseball team, helped pave the way for baseball to ruin the economics of all popular American sports. Check out the article here. Now as an A’s fan, I’ve always hated Steinbrenner and the Yankees for being the team with the fattest payroll, with Steinie all smug sitting up in his luxury box thinking about what players he’s going to buy up next. Turns out some folks at CBS Sportsline think so too! The article is pretty interesting, painting Steinie out to be a spoiled brat who should never be considered for the Hall of Fame. Not to mention all those illegal contributions he was supposed to have made to Nixon back in the day (wikipedia that one).

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Don’t Blame China

Read any recent headlines and you’ll probably see something about “poison toys from China” or “contaminated food from China” or any other number of China-hating shit. Yeah, China is on the US shit list. Why? Peep this article posted a couple weeks back at CounterPunch.org and you might get a better sense of the whole situation. Its a lot of economics talk, but basically, the US is trying to do what its done for decades now: bully other countries into making financial moves that benefit Uncle Sam. The things is, America has dug itself into such a financial hole (that whole multi-trillion dollar deficit thing) and has borrowed money from China for so long now that our economy is completely dependent on them. Shit, a lot of things are dependent on them. If China started selling off all those US bonds that they have, the value of the dollar would take a nosedive. It might not be all that bad though. We’d be broke, so I’d think the war would be over because we wouldn’t have any money for it; which would work out nicely since it seems the Democrats have no intention of stopping it (the Democrat controlled Congress actually voted to increase money for the War. Weren’t they elected to end it? Weird).

Ultimately, China has sent a message that they aren’t going to be bullied, especially by someone who has so much to lose by picking a fight. So question all the anti-China shit that you might continue to hear about. The Chinese aren’t the ones to blame for America’s problems, Washington is.