Archive for May, 2008

21
May
08

Manchester United Wins UEFA Champions League

Today Chelsea F.C. and Manchester United competed in the first ever all-English Champions League final in a Moscow. Oddly, the game started at almost 11:00p local Moscow time because the majority of TV viewers were in western Europe 3 hours behind making this the first ever Champions League final scheduled over two days. The first half produced two goals, one for each side, with the Manchester goal coming from none other than Cristiano Ronaldo himself on a brilliant header and the Chelsea Goal a product of a Frank Lampard dink past the keeper. In the second half, nothing to write home about UEFA Champions Leagueoccurred offensively, but conversely the defense for both sides was truly top of the line, leaving the game tied and sending it to extra time.

In the second extra time, Chelsea striker Didier Drogba received a red card for a slap to the face he gave to one of the United players. The card rendered Drogba ineligible to compete in the penalty shootout that would occur and thus hurt Chelsea. After 120+ minutes of play Manchester United and Chelsea F.C. went to a penalty shootout to decide the 2008 Champions League final. John Terry, another Chelsea player, was chosen to take the 5th and what would be final penalty kick to decide the match. As he cocked his leg to kick his plant foot slipped a bit and caused his shot to barely miss the right post and causing a 6th PK for both teams. Manchester United keeper Johann Van Der Sar stopped Chelsea’s 7th penalty kick and was immediately surrounding by his teammates in jubilation for their victory of Europe’s version of the Super Bowl.

19
May
08

John McCain on Jon Stewart

John McCainJohn McCain appeared on Jon Stewart’s show tonight and honestly, despite all the politicking that necessarily occurred, I gained some respect for the old Senator. He has a sense of humor that I hadn’t realized, considering he’s a war mongering 90-year-old politician. I suppose when you’re on Jon Stewart you have to have some sort of sense of humor, though McCain really made me laugh a couple times. Props to the old man.

My views on John McCain are simple in the Presidential sense; I think he’s the best candidate. Sen. Barack Obama next and if you’ve read my posts on Hillary you know how she sits in my books. McCain is best when it comes to the economy, which is the primary concern to me right now. He’s twice as old as Obama and that’s simply experience that cannot be imitated. I don’t want to get into this too much because I get into enough debates day-to-day and I don’t need more online. Feel free to leave your opinion, however there’s no guarantee that I’ll get back to you about it.

17
May
08

Prediction Markets

Prediction Markets are the new thing for money makers. You get paid for correctly predicting worldly events before the happen; what could be easier? For example, if you are just so confident that God forsaken Hillary Clinton is going to win the Presidential nomination (not the race mind you, just the nomination) then you could buy a contract for 5 (at the time of the article), or as it translates, 50 cents. When the time comes and the nomination is actually revealed, if you are right the contract pays 100, or 10 dollars. See how it works? So basically the going rate for a contract is the markets aggregate prediction of the probability that a certain event will occur- in this case 5% chance that Hillary Clinton will get the nomination.

You can bet on anything from Presidential races to Olympic city bids for 2016 to whether or not Elliot Spitzer will get indicted on felony charges before a certain date. I think this is a great way to make money especially if you’re an insider at one of these places. I’m assuming that insider trading laws from Sherman don’t apply to this sort of thing. If you’re with team Obama and he dies- go bet the farm before the news breaks. Whether or not that’s ethical is arguable but take it for what its worth. Not only is it a good way to make money, its a really interesting way to waste time.
Intrade.com is the prime example of such a market- real money traded here… be careful!

17
May
08

Hate to Say I Told You So

I said how long ago how there was absolutely not an iceberg’s chance in hell of Hillary Clinton getting the nomination. OK, so she got closer than I thought, but all I’m saying is, she pisses me off- she is probably the worst thing America could put in office. I’m ecstatic she didn’t get the nomination so now theres no chance of her ever being able to reign terror on this country all while being able to call her husband ‘First Laddie’ or the like. Alright enough ranting. Please, if you are a Clinton supporter, leave a comment so I can really hear what good reasons you may think you have for holding such an opinion; I’d love to hear them.