October 10, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - As Don Mattingly watched the home run that might have changed his life, he paused a few seconds to ponder the absurdity of it all. "Playoffs are so stupid, aren't they?" Mattingly remembers thinking. "Just crazy. " Stupidity and craziness that could determine Mattingly's future with the Dodgers. The Dodgers manager hasn't said whether he has received assurances about his job status beyond these playoffs. Dodgers management hasn't said whether it will exercise the team option on his contract for next season.
September 18, 2013 |
Only in boxing could we emerge from a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight with a bigger villain than Floyd Mayweather Jr. And only in boxing could that villain be a 64-year-old named Cynthia, who never threw a punch and who most fans thought was a man because she goes by the initials C.J., as in C.J. Ross. That's our usual male default. Plus you assume gender bias in a sport that oozes testosterone and turns most women's stomachs. TV announcer: "Let's cut to Sluggo's corner now and see how much blood they can get out of his broken nose with that cotton swab.
September 3, 2013 |
Is it that time again? Syria will be foremost on Congress' mind when it returns from vacation next week, but lurking on the horizon like an ever-present cloud bank will be the debt limit. Treasury officials say the limit, currently set at $16.7 trillion, will have to be raised by mid-October if the U.S. is to avoid a government bond default. Under George W. Bush the limit was raised seven times by a total of $5.4 trillion, almost always without tendentious debate. In the first two years of the Obama administration it was raised three times, totaling $3.4 trillion, also without kicking and screaming.
August 23, 2013 |
This is a good time to be an entrepreneur. As the global economy has teetered on the edge of collapse, and former pillars of society from bankers to politicians have become mired in scandal, business founders have been lionized across the world as the saviors of capitalism and a source of hope for the future. The general interest in the subject means that it is also a good time to be writing a book about entrepreneurship. Daniel Isenberg is the latest to do this with what he regards as an alternative look at the subject.
August 22, 2013 |
Contrary to stereotypes, there is no evidence that people on welfare are lazy. Indeed, surveys of welfare recipients consistently show their desire for a job. But there is also evidence that many are reluctant to accept available employment opportunities. Despite work requirements included in the 1996 welfare reform, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says less than 42% of adult welfare recipients participate in work activities nationwide. Why the contradiction? Perhaps it's because, while poor people are not lazy, they are not stupid either.
August 5, 2013 |
Over the weekend, I wrote a "How I Made It" feature on Phil Libin, chief executive of Evernote. As the story notes, Evernote is growing like crazy, has moved into a new headquarters and is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its first app. Libin comes across as a pretty transparent guy, and he's never dull. And he had a lot to say about how he was handling his role as leader of the company as it grows beyond its start-up roots. So for those of you who are hankering for more, I'm posting the extended edition of our conversation here.
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June 13, 2013 |
The House Judiciary Committee, dominated by Republican men who still have not learned to avoid the subject of rape and pregnancy, took up the issue of abortion this week. Normally, the news about abortion focuses on the machinations of conservative state legislatures, which have spent tremendous time and energy, often with great success, chipping away at women's constitutional right to end a pregnancy. For instance, I am fascinated by South Dakota, where the Legislature is almost rabidly anti-abortion.
May 29, 2013 |
At his annual news conference before the Memorial Tournament, host Jack Nicklaus weighed in on the recent friction between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia. And he didn't waste many words. "The Sergio-Tiger thing," he said, "I mean, it's stupid. " The spat began at the Players Championship, where Garcia claimed that Woods distracted him by pulling a club from his bag -- and causing a stir in the crowd -- at an inopportune moment. The two traded barbs and Garcia later made a racially insensitive remark in reference to Woods.
May 20, 2013 |
"The Goodwin Games" is family comedy debuting as a late midseason replacement with only a seven-episode order. So even at Fox, a network not known for hit comedies, hopes are not high. On the other hand, there is a lot of talk these days of rethinking the old models of American television, including making the standard network season (22 to 24 episodes) more like the cable model of 10 to 12. At this year's upfronts, where networks roll out their new fall lineups for advertisers in New York City, Fox discussed several "limited" or "event" series.
April 10, 2013 |
Scott London, a Los Angeles partner in one of the nation's largest accounting firms, says it began four years ago. By his account, a friend with money trouble was poking around for information on Herbalife Ltd. and Skechers USA Inc., two Los Angeles-area companies whose audits London personally oversaw. Soon, he says, he was passing inside tips on the companies that resulted in as much as $100,000 in profit for his buddy. In return, he says, he collected "about $25,000" in cash, was treated to fancy dinners and received a Rolex watch as a gift.