1. polisavvy says:

    Being a Dawg fan, I am getting more than a little concerned about the quarterback situation. We have QBs dropping like flies!!

  2. TPNoGa says:

    I must say that I am looking forward to a season with no expectations. Maybe I’ll actually get to enjoy watching the Gators without the intense stress.

    Also, maybe my Baylor Bears could have a winning season! Eh, who am I kidding.

    • ByteMe says:

      Gators at 12-1, while Bama at 4-1 odds. Gonna be interesting either way. When can we start buying tix to the SEC Championship? I’m sure the Ox Twitter line will have info on it for last year’s game any minute now.

  3. ZazaPachulia says:

    Who cares about the kiddies playing football in the fall when my team survived a scare from Dan Gadzuric, Primoz Brezec, Luc Mbah a Moute and the mighty Bucks?

    Hawks are in the second round, baby!

    The party is at Philips! Come see me battle Dwight Howard and the Mickey Mice.

  4. ZazaPachulia says:

    Wait, I thought the point of this thread was to celebrate the END of the session. Who is this Ralston you speak of?

    These days, I’m strictly concerned with the business of Messieurs Johnson, Williams, Smith, Bibby, Crawford and their associates.

    Three straight postseasons, two consecutive trips to the second round of the playoffs… I’m not sure why anyone even bothers with the Braves, Falcons and Thrashers, but you won’t hear me complaining. I enjoy having easy access to playoff tickets.

  5. ZazaPachulia says:

    (and yes, I left off Horford’s name on purpose. Zaza does not like playing second fiddle to anyone — even if he is amazing)

  6. That’s 18:1 odds for either UGA or GaTech being national champion (or about a 5% combined chance). Sounds like I’m in the wrong business, who do I need to lobby to become a bookie?

  7. John Konop says:

    Interesting article all should read. I wonder if some of you get the problem?

    The GOP’s messaging dilemma

    …..The findings, unveiled at a Tuesday morning panel by the group, highlight a major challenged faced by Republicans headed into the 2010 election cycle: While their base appears more motivated than that of the Democrats, they will have to find ways to address hot-button issues like healthcare, immigration and climate change that do not alienate critical independent and swing voters.
    Resurgent Republic, a 501(c)4 non-profit founded by GOP operative Ed Gillespie, provides polling and research intended to assist conservatives and Republicans. Though no consensus emerged among its panel members, some suggested messaging solutions included calling for “amending” – rather than “repealing” – the healthcare overhaul, talking about “legalization” rather than “amnesty” in any discussion about providing illegal immigrants a path to citizenship, and not denying that climate change is taking place.
    On each issue, the contrast between views of Republicans and independents was striking. For instance, the Resurgent Republic poll of 1,000 likely voters found that only 35 percent of respondents agreed with the approach of the GOP members of Congress who sounded the call to “repeal and replace” the health care reform legislation passed in March. Among respondents who identified themselves as Republicans, however, support for a repeal-and-replace strategy was 67 percent, compared to 36 percent among independent respondents.
    Slightly more popular overall and with independents was an “amend and modify” approach to the overhaul, which 37 percent of respondents supported, including 43 percent of independents……

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/36766.html#ixzz0mzqeVmxn

    • ByteMe says:

      Doesn’t surprise me. Back in ’04, the Democrats couldn’t understand why they were losing large chunks of the country to Republicans. They went to the pollsters and discovered that they had winning policy messages, but not winning candidates pushing those messages. It took some major policy missteps by the Republicans to get people to hear those messages, but that’s the roots of how ’06 and ’08 came about.

      I still don’t see consistent messages coming from Republicans in Congress or on the airwaves that will appeal to independents at this point. So far, they are playing exclusively to their base and hoping that’s enough in an off-year election.

      So far.

      Perhaps they’ll unveil something in the Fall to help them — a re-run of the Contract for America? — but the Democrats also have some messages they’ve mentioned for the Fall, so they don’t plan to concede the idea marketplace this time.

  8. fishtail says:

    Chip Pearson’s web site for his lobbyist company (www.pendletonatlanta.com) is no longer functioning. I am not surprised.

  9. polisavvy says:

    Watching the DOW going up and down like it has been today is certainly disturbing to say the least. What is going to help this straighten out — money to Greece? I know that a bunch of you guys/guyettes on here are pretty smart about these issues. Would any of you like to take a stab at explaining what can be done to help Greece in order for further problems not to develop? Thanks in advance.

    • ByteMe says:

      Greece is making the right moves now. They’re cutting spending dramatically and are getting a bailout in exchange. The problem is that there’s a serious imbalance between the “haves” and the “have nots” in Euro-land and not having the flexibility to float your currency against another country’s currency is leading the “have nots” to not be competitive against the “haves”. Really not sure the Euro will survive long-term until they all operate under the same government.

      As for the DOW, which has definitely been all over the map today: we’re due for a 30% correction. Our run-up from last March was nearly 70%, so a retracement is inevitable and healthy. Don’t know if this is the prelude. This hasn’t been a buy-and-hold market for the past 10 years, so the only thing to expect at this point is volatility.

      • polisavvy says:

        Thanks, Byte. I just heard them say that Proctor & Gamble made a bad trade which caused this. Do you believe that could be the case or do you think it is all related to Greece.

        I appreciate your explanation for me. As usual, I actually understand what is going on after your explanation. While watching it unfold on television, I was terribly confused. You’re the best, Byte, and thanks again!! 🙂

        • ByteMe says:

          I believe a mistake in a P&G trade is possible — it’s happened before.

          We’re still due for a correction, though.

          • polisavvy says:

            Would you please explain to me what the “correction” is exactly? Thanks a bunch, Byte.

            • ByteMe says:

              The 30% retracement of the last 70% advance. Basically, equity markets tend to revert to mean over the long haul, so when they make large advances in the short run, they have to (over)correct to get back to the long-term mean. Basically, after a large advance, traders look for reasons to take their profits, which then causes the market to fall back as more traders get on the sell side compared to the buy side.

              • polisavvy says:

                Thanks again, Byte. I am actually starting to grasp all this stock market jargon.

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