January 12, 2016

Make high school basketball great again

Donald Trump ripped the NFL earlier this week for not being tough enough, saying "It's become soft, like our country has become soft."

I wonder what he thinks about high school sports in Wisconsin.

As reported by Richardo Arguello of the Appleton Post-Crescent, new regulations in Wisconsin prohibit high school basketball fans from mockingly chanting "Airball!" when someone throws up a shot that doesn't hit the net. Similarly, fans can't chant "Scoreboard!" when their team is winning. Nor can they taunt opponents with Season’s over!” during tournament play when one team has been eliminated.

Clearly those are chants meant to taunt the opponent — but they're also factual statements.

Evidently, people can state only facts that are positive.

Making America great is going to be even easier than Trump originally thought, now that it's becoming illegal for anyone to say anything that isn't great.

December 21, 2015

ABC funny, TBS very funny

To tout its strong comedy lineup on Wednesdays, ABC uses the tagline "ABC Funny." There's even a voiceover where the announcer says: "ABC Funny" while an on-screen promo looks like this:

So there you go. ABC is funny. Not much you can do about that. I mean, really, what's better than funny. You really can't top funny.

But wait a minute. Here comes TBS with this promo:

... and we have a clear winner! Who would want funny when they could have very funny? No one. Well played, TBS.

November 04, 2015

NYT all access

For all I know, they've done this the whole time.

But today I realized that each print copy of the New York Times comes with a "day pass" allowing the reader to access the newspaper's content via digital channels.

Smart idea.

October 26, 2015

Two flights away

The collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and its players mandate that players get four consecutive days off during their team's bye week. But which four days? For the Green Bay Packers, that question matters more than for other teams.

According to Packers Coach Mike McCarthy:

Coaching in Green Bay, one of the things that I've learned — and frankly, had to get comfortable with — was really telling the players the schedule ahead of time. Because let's be honest, we all love it here, but it's two flights to get out of here, if you want to leave. So your travel time, they're going to have a half-a-day, or three-quarters of a day less than what you think they have."

Yep, that's Green Bay. Cute little town. Loves its Packers. But once you're there, it's two flights to get the fuck out of there.

October 23, 2015

Lincoln Chafee Pulls Out

Lincoln Chafee ended his presidential bid today by quoting a Greek play about women withholding sex.

From his speech:

"Since today is all about women’s leadership it reminds me of one of my favorite Greek plays: Lysistrata, a comedy from about 400 BCE by Aristophanes. In that play, a group of women, fed up with the war mongering of their husbands, agree to withhold their favors until peace returns. And it worked!"

October 08, 2015

NYT path forward

The New York Times said yesterday that it wants to double its digital revenue from $400 million in 2014 to $800 million by 2020.

Other than putting its ambitious plan into a PDF, I love the way they're thinking about their readers: "Our first two million subscribers — including our more than one million newspaper subscribers — grew up with The New York Times spread out over their kitchen tables. The next million must be fought for and won over with The Times on their phones."

September 13, 2015

No taxation without representation

When the Washington Post was considering possible locations for its new headquarters, several factors were at play: lease vs. build; downtown vs. suburbs; power center vs. hipster enclave.

The political part of it hadn't occurred to me until reading Jonathan O'Connell's account: "Moving to Virginia would provide voting representation in Congress."

If they stay in the District, the newspaper has no members of Congress to bribe!

I complain about not having representation in Congress, but it never occurred to me that it's also a competitive disadvantage to businesses trying to survive a crowded marketplace.

August 31, 2015

Biggest scoreboard, smallest bags

Everything's bigger in Texas.

Except the bags you can carry. 

Here are the rules for AT&T Stadium in Dallas: "Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to, the following: all purses, bags or containers larger than a small clutch bag; coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags, camera bags, binocular cases, diaper bags and seat cushions."

But hey — other than that, bring whatever bag you want!