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Tiger Woods 09 - Walk on Water

Amazing! Tiger Woods replies to YouTube fan...


Conan O'Brien - ''Pilobolus''

Remembering Dr. Randy Pausch

This video was first passed to me soon after Dr. Pausch delivered his "Last Lecture" in September. Having been diagnosed with rather aggressive pancreatic cancer, he had months to live when he delivered the lecture, which has now been seen over 3 million times on YouTube. That's some big classroom...

Isn't amazing that today someone can leave a legacy like this to the world and their family after they're gone? It's a long video, but well worth the hour+; so check it out when you have time.

Mentioned in the video is another of his legacies, a program called Alice that is aimed at teaching high schoolers computer programming while having fun by manipulating a 3D world (middle school version TBA). I've downloaded the software and it's really quite cool. It's also a desperately needed idea. I only hope that schools around America will adopt this or other programs to bring meaning to math, science and engineering education in a way that connects with the students and inspires them to learn more.

Dr. Pausch passed away today; I hope you'll join me in honoring him by passing along these two gifts he's left for us.

Remembering Dr. Randy Pausch

This video was first passed to me soon after Dr. Pausch delivered his "Last Lecture" in September. Having been diagnosed with rather aggressive pancreatic cancer, he had months to live when he delivered the lecture, which has now been seen over 3 million times on YouTube. That's some big classroom...

Isn't amazing that today someone can leave a legacy like this to the world and their family after they're gone? It's a long video, but well worth the hour+; so check it out when you have time.

Mentioned in the video is another of his legacies, a program called Alice that is aimed at teaching high schoolers computer programming while having fun by manipulating a 3D world (middle school version TBA). I've downloaded the software and it's really quite cool. It's also a desperately needed idea. I only hope that schools around America will adopt this or other programs to bring meaning to math, science and engineering education in a way that connects with the students and inspires them to learn more.

Dr. Pausch passed away today; I hope you'll join me in honoring him by passing along these two gifts he's left for us.


Charlie bit my finger - again !

Cutest video I've ever seen...sharing in case you're not one of the 40+ views so far


South Bay Apartment Hunting and Exciting News!

I've been waiting all week to post this, hoping I'd come up with something brilliant to say, but when it comes down to it, I'm just extremely happy. Last weekend, my girlfriend Megan was out here to look for apartments in the South Bay, and amazingly she found not one, not two, but THREE great apartments in 24 hours of looking. Yet, somehow it took me a month to find one...hmmm...

Anyhow, she had a bit of a decision to make on which apartment to take, centered around which neighborhood would feel most like home for her. It got me thinking a lot about what makes a home a home and how each persons' needs differ when choosing a new home. She wound up choosing an apartment in Santa Clara, which I thought was the right choice. It's by the university, ensuring an active neighborhood and, more importantly, near her aunt and cousin.

Looking back on my own transition this year, I feel that I have been able to make the bay area a home, but one thing has always been missing: my family. Having Megan out here will help a lot, but I certainly still miss my family dearly. More broadly, I wonder how greater mobility will impact the American (or global) family unit over the next few decades. More and more people are going away from home for school, moving often for new jobs, and even living abroad. I'd like to think that technology will enable more people to work remotely and remove the pressure to move away from family, or at least keep family more connected when apart, but thus far I don't see either happening as effectively as it should.

In the near term, though, I'm thrilled that Megan will be out here and that my best friend Mike (of I'm With Stupid fame) and my parents will be visiting this summer. Maybe I'll even convince them all to move out here, who knows? Last time my family came to visit was when my sister and brother-in-law came to see me in Boston- and they moved there months later. So, can't say it's so far-fetched. :)


Three More Years of The Office AND a Spin-off!?!? What a day!

Straight from Ricky Gervais' blog comes exciting news for fans of The Office:

Had some great news today about the American version of The Office.

Steve Carell (now one of the most bankable film stars in the world) has just signed up for another three years with us. He is the hardest working man in Hollywood and the harder he works the better it is for me. I mean... well done Steve you are wonderful.

I couldn't agree more. But perhaps even more exciting is word of a potential spinoff of The Office:

We are also working on a spinoff series of The American Office but I can't tell you anything about that yet.

I can't imagine what the spinoff would be. I hope they won't go the path of Grey's (i.e. ruining the show by removing one of your best characters and putting her into a horrible new show where her talent is wasted). But it begs the question: what character is interesting enough to have their own show? I could see a year-long spin-off of Ryan in jail, or perhaps a new life for Toby in Costa Rica, but would either have legs? The one pilot I've thought of for a while, but would be terrified to see is a closer look inside Creed's World.

Anyone else have ideas?

I'll leave you with one of many classic Michael Scott moments:
Would I rather be feared or loved? Um... Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.


Apple 2.0: Android vs. iPhone: ‘This is where the pain happens’

In the spirit of fairness, wanted to post a response to the Wired article that I shared, entitled Google's Open Source Android Phone Will Free the Wireless Web. This one comes from the Apple2.0 blog, written by Fortune's Philip Elmer-DeWitt.

The debate is really heating up over which platform will win the hearts and minds of mobile users and developers. Feel free to chime in by commenting here!

A snippet:

"Google’s plan may yet work. But for Wired, the timing of Roth’s piece could hardly be worse. Not only did it arrive in the middle Apple’s carefully orchestrated drumroll for the July 11 iPhone 3G launch, but it landed just as the Wall Street Journal was reporting that Google’s plans have hit two serious roadblocks.

The first roadblock is the carriers. As Roth reports, Google was already having trouble getting the mobile phone operators to play along. The country’s two biggest — Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T), with a combined market share of 54% — passed...So Google went with the third and fourth best, T-Mobile (DT) and Sprint Nextel (S). Now the Journal reports that T-Mobile won’t have any Android phones ready before the fourth quarter and has been sucking up so much of Google’s time with its demands that Sprint won’t have anything this year at all....

...Even more critical, if Google hopes to build a vibrant software platform, are the snarls developers are running into. As the Journal reports:

...“Some developers say it is easier to work with Apple’s programming tools than Google’s because of the familiarity with the company’s Macintosh operating system."

Read the full article, Android vs. iPhone: ‘This is where the pain happens’, here.

Thanks to Justin McCarthy for bringing this article to my attention.

The History of, and Prospects for Google's Android

I get a lot of questions about what "that Google phone is all about." What people are actually asking about is Android, the open-sourced software platform that Google is offering to wireless carriers and handset manufacturers to stimulate innovation in the mobile space. This morning I came across a great Wired article that explains (in language we can all understand) the history of Android, its prospects and why it matters. Here's a teaser:

"Is this interesting to Google?" That's what Andy Rubin was asking Larry Page. It was a spring day in 2005, and the two were in a conference room just off the main lobby at Google's headquarters. A simple yes and Rubin would have walked away happy...

...Rubin walked to the whiteboard and began his pitch. There were nearly 700 million cell phones sold each year compared with fewer than 200 million PCs — and the gap was widening. Increasingly, he said, phones were the way people wanted to connect with each other and with everything else. Yet the mobile industry was stuck in the dark ages...mobile was a tyrannical, closed system, repelling all innovators and disrupters who tried to gain entrance.

Rubin said his startup, called Android, had the solution: a free, open source mobile platform that any coder could write for and any handset maker could install...It would be a global, open operating system for the wireless future.

...Every year since 2002, the wireless sector managed to place at or near the top of the Better Business Bureau's tally of the most complained-about industries. Americans would rather do business with a used-car salesman or a collection agent than with a customer service rep for, say, T-Mobile or Motorola. And who could blame them? The plans were expensive, pricing was complex and capricious, and the phones never lived up to expectations. Constant innovation, the first principle of Page and Rubin's world, was anathema to phone companies. There had to be pent-up demand out there for something better.

So was Rubin's pitch interesting to Page? Absolutely. But he didn't want to stick his logo on Rubin's phone. Or write a supportive email. He had a better idea: Google would buy Android.

You can read the full article, Google's Open Source Android Phone Will Free the Wireless Web, by Daniel Roth here. Also, the response from Fortune's Apple2.0 blog here.


Efficient Solar Energy from MIT Students

Back in November, I posted some notes on a talk John Doerr gave at Google about the need for economically viable solutions in Greentech. Tonight, I read about an MIT team that would make him proud.

The students have made a dramatic improvement in the efficiency of collecting solar energy, producing an inexpensive parabolic solar dish that they claim could repay itself in under 2 years (vs. 10 years for earlier solar technologies). This piqued my interest, as a two-year time horizon could help solar energy fall within the investment criteria of many large corporations and governments, potentially accelerating adoption of the technology. Even better, as the students' professor explains, "all of the materials are inexpensive and accessible anywhere in the world."

You can read the full article here. Be sure to watch their video; to demonstrate the power of the dish they show it incinerating a wooden beam in seconds.

Also, read-up on Google.org's RE less than C initiative to fund the development of renewable energy sources that are cheaper than coal on a per-unit basis. Why is this so important? Watch this short video, which explains why replacing coal in a cost-effective manner will be critical as China industrializes.

Our Time Is Up

A therapist discovers he has 6 weeks to live and gets brutally honest, but what is the impact on his patients? An interesting commentary on the unpredictable nature of life and change, this short film is a well-made stab at the age-old question: "If you knew you had ___ to live, what would you do differently?" Naturally, it begs the question: what would the world be like if we all behaved as if we had 6 weeks to live?


Start-Up Spotlight: SpinVox on Newsnight

Thought I'd share this interesting 10 minute clip on a British start-up called SpinVox. I'm sharing in part because I think voice to text services such as SpinVox and Jott have massive potential, but also because the program does a good job of showing the issues that keep start-up execs up at night. If you're interested in the start-up world, it's worth a look.

And to comment on Christina's assertion at the end, I likely would blog much more frequently if I had a reliable voice to text blogging interface. That said, how would they monetize the service? Would it have to be subscription-based?


Tom Brokaw Reports Death of Tim Russert

Very sad news yesterday on the passing of Tim Russert, a journalist whom I've admired for years for his integrity and ability to cut to the core of political matters, exposing the often muddied truth on both sides of the aisle. He will be missed dearly, in this election cycle and many yet to come. My thoughts go out to his family in this trying time.


Megan forwarded this to me. I've often thought the magic of social networking was in how it merges with real world interaction. But this video makes you think maybe it's better as it's own little world...


American Idol Season 7

I have a weird relationship with American Idol. For some reason, I seem to fall in love with the show every few seasons and cease to care at all in the off-years. Anyhow, this has turned into one of the years where I can't help but follow the show week to week...and I've even started voting. Contrary to popular belief, votes are accepted from people other than 12 year old girls...

I've been wondering for awhile how the week to week voting impacts decisions made on the show, such as who is called out on stage in which order, who gets the most screen time, sits in the front/back row, singing order, etc. At the very least, it'd be neat to see how different the show would be if the viewers saw the votes each week. Would it cause people to vote more? Reinforce crowd favorites?

In my own attempt to find some predictive power beyond DialIdol, I decided to review the trends of Google searches on some of my favorite contestants. What I found was pretty interesting.

For the past few weeks, I've felt myself getting bored of David Archuleta- apparently I'm not the only one. Each week his peaks and troughs seem to be getting lower and lower. Conversely, David Cook went from one of my least favorite contestants to possibly my favorite after a number of strong weeks. How about the rest of the country? Well, it seems they've really caught the fever. Check out the query volume explosion for him this week! Now let's see if he can follow-up next week and keep the momentum...


Wow. I'm Speechless...

Black Guy Asks Nation For Change

The Onion

Black Guy Asks Nation For Change

CHICAGO—Some residents reported seeing the black guy waving wildly and quoting from the Bible, while others said they spotted him shouting about global warming.


Man Sells His Life on eBay

Wow, so it's been over a month since my last post. In part I've been busy, but a part of me has also been trying to figure out if I should continue this blog. Blogging's a big time commitment and something's not quite working for me yet. I'm hoping I'll find the voice I'm looking for soon; time will tell.

Anyhow, one story came across my eyes this morning that I couldn't help but share. An Australian man named Ian Usher is looking for a fresh start in life. So he's decided to sell his life- all of it, on eBay. As he puts it: "My whole life is for sale. Everything. Lifestyle. House. Car. Motorbike. Job. Friends. Everything that I own, and all of the things that I don't own, but that are still an important part of my life!"

It's an interesting concept, but can you actually sell your entire life? How do you value someone's life? Something tells me this is a value-destroying exercise, for a number of reasons:

1. There's some probability of many assets becoming worthless...how, for example, can he sell his friends? Don't they have a say in the matter? What if they don't like the new Ian who replaces him?

2. His job appears to be worth something; his bosses have agreed to give the new Ian Usher a tryout in his place. However, would someone with enough money to buy his life want his job at a rug store? Can they divest this asset in a secondary market? That might help his valuation marginally.

3. It appears his life isn't going so well to begin with, so I can't imagine investor interest will be all that high...generally, Ian, it's best to sell high and buy low.

On the other hand, there's the obvious angle that this move will buy him some 15+ minutes of fame. So the real question is: can he cash in this newfound fame for more than what he loses on the auction? And, more importantly, will his new life in fact be happier than what he has now?

For more info, see his website.


Big City Rednecks Come Out for Big Dog Daddy

When I lived in NYC, I always loathed the fact that New York, despite being one of the greatest cities on earth, doesn't have a country radio station. Some might say that not having a country radio station is part of why NYC is so great, but I disagree. All preconceived notions and stereotypes aside, country artists have a knack for telling very real stories, capturing little Polaroids of life, that just about anyone can relate to. If you haven't given country a real shot, you owe it to yourself to take a second look.

Anyhow, this Valentine's Day Megan gave me an awesome gift, and one I never would've expected in NYC/NJ: tickets to see Toby Keith in concert at The Meadowlands. Needless to say, the show was unbelievable. Even if you don't like country, there's something about Toby Keith's uncompromising, unapologetic bad-ass attitude that just makes for some good entertainment. As an added bonus: despite the location, the stadium wasn't just packed with yuppy cowboy wannabe city slickers like me. No, no. Every self-proclaimed redneck in the tri-state area came out for the show that night. Pick-up trucks filled the parking lot. Bud Light flowed like milk and honey. And the people rejoiced.

So for any other country fans out there, thought I'd share a few snapshots taken from my phone at the concert...it was definitely a good time. If you have the opportunity to catch any remaining shows on The Big Dog Daddy Tour, I highly recommend you do!

Jack Ingram opened for Toby, playing Wherever You Are, Lips of an Angel and Measure of a Man, among others

Big Dog Daddy Keith himself, soon after taking stage

A shot during the uncompromisingly patriotic encore, including American Soldier and Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)


My Night with the Stars at YouTube Videocracy

So I've never been one to be particularly star struck, but I had a really cool night and wanted to share. Last night I attended YouTube's Videocracy event in NYC. It was a pretty interesting concept, bringing together everyone from traditional media companies to internet content providers to celebs and (of course) YouTube-born stars to celebrate the evolution of online video.

While it was great meeting people from a number of really interesting companies, hearing from marketing gurus and sitting near Damon Wayans, what really caught my eye was the new breed of YouTube stars in attendance.

It's one thing to chuckle at Lisa Nova's biting brand of comedy, but somewhat surreal to see her jump off the computer screen and on stage to host the event. Similarly, after watching Chocolate Rain on loop, it was a bit odd to stand there and chat up Tay Zonday in person. What was cool about it wasn't so much that these people are now famous, but rather that it wasn't so long ago that they weren't. And even now, they seem to remain very real people- a bit shy, timid on stage, not quite sure how to handle the attention, and a host of other very real qualities; the same qualities that made them endearing to millions of viewers.

My second "aha!" of the night was the wide array of ways people have found they can use video to engage each other. I've certainly watched all forms of video online before, but never took the time to think about how different they could be. You have people like Justin Timberlake's find Esmee Denters or Soulja Boy (two of last night's performers) who found fame with music videos. Lisa Nova and Buck Hollywood who've made their names through Comedy. Kentucky boy William Sledd who has become the face of fashion on YouTube, rising from obscurity. Then there's the Blendtec guy showing off his blender's ridiculous blending power by destroying pretty much anything (including an iPhone) in it. Also a guy I met last night, James Kotecki who made a name for himself with political video blogging from his Georgetown dorm room. And this doesn't even begin to touch things like the Cup Stacking phenomenon, seeing a self-taught Korean guitarist redefine Canon in D on the electric guitar, speed painting, how-to videos, family and pet videos and so much more.

The neat thing about user-generated video is its innate reality, something that I think we've all been a bit starved for. I'm not suggesting that high-quality, studio-produced works don't have their place; they certainly do. But there's so much beauty and wonder in day-to-day life that is lost almost by definition when one tries to engineer it. Truly great films and directors find a way to capture snippets of it, but it's amazing to see how raw, unedited clips from everyday people can have a similar impact on the audiences that find them relevant.


Reflections on Super Bowl XLII

On the surface, there are some rather obvious notes to make about Super Bowl XLII.

It was a great game, a truly exciting nail-biting contest. It's so rare to see a Super Bowl result in such a great game that this in itself could be noteworthy.

And of course, there's the fact that the game featured the recurring Boston-New York rivalry that has proven by far the most interesting in modern day sport.

And even more notably, one of the two teams in this rivalry was also fighting against destiny, attempting to join the 1972 Dolphins, the only NFL team to finish a season undefeated, in the history books under perfection.

But if you start thinking about the game a bit more deeply, you see a whole host of subplots and archetypes that we probably all knew we were witnessing even if we didn't sense it at the time. These are the struggles that made this Super Bowl one to remember, debate and learn about for years to come.

1. David vs. Goliath: Not only were the Patriots chasing perfection, but they were doing so against a team who just about everyone except Giants fans and bookies had written off entirely. A team that wasn't even *supposed* to make the playoffs, let alone stand any hope of prying the Conference championship from the grasp of Brett Favre or Tony Romo. A team that ESPN ranked #27 in the league in their week 3 Power Rankings. This game was supposed to be a blow out, only someone forgot to tell the Giants they couldn't win.

2. The Best Offense is a Good Defense: Even stacked against the '72 Dolphins, the Pats may have been considered the best team, or at least the best offensive team, of all time. They weren't only undefeated through 18 games; they crushed their opponents, racking up the league's #1 offense with over 35 points scored per game. Week after week, the Pats showed their offensive prowess leading many, myself included, to say that you couldn't stop the Pats offense, you could only hope to slow them down enough to keep up. Yet again, we forgot to tell the Giants what was impossible. Perhaps knowing that their offense couldn't go blow-for-blow with the Pats, they attacked on defense, holding New England to under 20 points for the first time all season and sacking Brady 5 times, the first time any team had done so since 2003.

3. Karma is an elusive entity: I personally didn't know who to root for during the game. I have lived in both New York and Boston. My Dolfan loyalty may have demanded rooting for the Giants, but shouldn't you also root for the team that beat your own, so you can at least have lost to a champion? Most of all, two blemishes on the NFL's record kept me torn: Spygate and what I'll call Eligate. I certainly can't whole-heartedly root for the Pats after their scandalous early season faux pas. Then again, I don't think Eli will ever sit quite right with me after the way he entered the league, like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum at risk of not getting his way. Apparently, karma has spoken and earn-at-all costs capitalist puppetry is more forgiveable than win-at-all-costs cheatery...or at least its statute of limitations has expired sooner.

4. Great just isn't good enough: In a moment of humility after the game, Randy Moss was asked to comment on what happened. His reply:

"I think their intensity from the beginning snap to the end of the game was really higher than ours. We just couldn't meet that intensity."

Did the patriots just get cocky? Did they buy the hype that they were unbeatable? Or was going 18-0 leading up to the Super Bowl simply sufficient? Whatever the explanation, the Pats just didn't bring it on Sunday, certainly not the way a champion should. If anything great comes out of their loss, it should be that younger players heed their example and hustle a little more next season, sprint off the field a little faster, lift one more rep, because no matter how well they've done, they can always push just a little bit harder. Good is the enemy of Great.


Google Won't Search for Chuck Norris

Thanks to Annie for pointing out this fun bit of Google trivia. To replicate:

Step 1: Go to Google
Step 2: Type "find Chuck Norris"
Step 3: Click the "I'm feeling lucky" button
Step 4: Enjoy!


Getting Paid to Interview for Jobs?

A new start-up called NotchUp is trying to "fix" the recruiting industry by introducing a new paradigm, one in which top candidates, whether actively or passively seeking a new job, are offered fees to accept job interviews from companies looking to fill positions.

A guy I met while in New York was exploring a similar idea where headhunters posted "their" candidates' resumes to "bid" on job postings listed by companies. Each job would have a bounty attached to it, which would be paid to the recruiter if their "bid" was successfully hired and retained for X months.

I'm excited to see how models such as this pan out, where economic incentives are used to solve for problems in the status quo, such as candidates' time not being valued and companies being restricted to speaking only to candidates who are actively job hunting (and, in turn, candidates not evaluating their options to at least confirm they're happy where they are).

Anyhow, I signed up and invited 450 of my closest LinkedIn friends. Interested in joining? Let me know and I'll refer you.

More about NotchUp (from their site)

"NotchUp was started by Jim Ambras and Rob Ellis, two managers who have collectively recruited hundreds of candidates.

On the corporate side, we noticed three common themes in the recruiting process at every company we worked at – significant amounts of time and money are wasted in the recruiting process, key unfilled positions can cripple a company’s growth, and every company wants to hire great individuals.

As individuals who have interviewed for our share of jobs, we noticed the system was equally broken.

The recruiting process for candidates is characterized by cold calls and mass emails, outside recruiters that don’t have your best interests at heart, and taking time out of your busy schedule to interview with a company that doesn’t always seem interested in you.

The only winners in all of this are job boards and headhunters.

We realized there had to be a better way to connect companies and candidates. "


Internet Party: When Google's parents leave town...

Hilarious video I stumbled across on YouTube. I don't know which personification I like better eBay or facebook.

Fair warning: some explicit language.

It Was Only A Matter of Time...

Now that I'm a Californian, we all knew it was only a matter of time before I had to have some form of cosmetic surgery. So, I gave the blog a face lift!

What do you think?

Personally, I found the old set-up to be about two parts fun and seven parts hideous. This one looks far more professional to me, but if you disagree, please do share.

What amazed me was how painless the whole procedure was; Dr. Blogger really knows what he's doing!


Too Soon To Quit?

Last night, a friend called me in dire need of consultation. With the deadline approaching to cast her Florida Democratic Primary absentee ballot, she just couldn't decide- Barack or Hillary? It was a true identity crisis, especially since she was actually a big fan of Biden.

So we get to discussing her decision criteria and, always one to have a unique take on politics, she says "I want to like Obama, but it really bugs me that he's quitting the Senate without even finishing one term. I'm nervous about electing someone who quits so soon."

As I thought about it a bit more last night, I saw some pretty strong parallels to discussions I'd had with friends back in New York who were nervous about quitting their first jobs "too soon." My advice was always: "If you'd be happier and more effective elsewhere, then quit tomorrow."

Of course, conventional wisdom would paint me a fool. Any headhunter who finished reading their firm's training manual before cold-calling you will tell you that it's "professional suicide" to leave a job in less than 18 months (or to stay at one for more than 3 years, thereby depriving them of a commission). Personally, I don't buy it.

Take i-bankers. Most lower-level bankers hate their jobs. Many of them will even admit that they're not learning as much as they'd hoped. Yet, most will stick it out for a couple years, for some reason I fail to comprehend. I think of it like this:

If I were interviewing two ex-analysts with identical backgrounds (same degree, worked in the same group, equally hated their jobs at 6 months, etc), but one difference: one quit and the other "stuck it out," who would I hire?

The one who cut their losses and changed course, or the one who did what was expected of them?

If my resources are at stake, I'll take someone who knows when to abandon ship (be it a bad job or bad project chewing through shareholders' money) over someone who sticks with a bad bet anyday.

So, I guess my point is that I applaud Senator Obama for going after the job in which he believes he can add the most value. Not many of us have that type of courage. It's often easier to just fall in line and hide behind "I'm too young," or "it's too soon" or "I'll do it eventually." In an age when a 23 year-old can lead a $15B company, and two other 20-somethings founded the single most influential organization of our generation, do any of us really have an excuse to wait?

On the other hand, if Obama wins and serves only one term, he'll be a Presidential alumnus at age 51. Seriously, where do you go from there?


Pictures from Europe are up!

Sorry for the delay...have been swamped at work since getting back. We've finally uploaded our pics. Check out our Picasa Web Albums and let us know what you think!

To read up on the trip, check out the trip blog, I'm With Stupid.

Video to come once I figure out how to get it off my camera and edit it...likely to be awhile.

Miguel y Danny en Espana

Michel et Danny à Paris

Mikey and Danny's Night in London


'Phins Hire a New Coach

As anticipated, my beloved Miami Dolphins, under the new leadership of VP - Football Operations Bill Parcells have hired a new head coach, canning Cam Cameron after only one season (albeit an abysmal one) at the helm. Also as anticipated the new skipper, Tony Sparano, is a member of Parcell's inner-circle, allowing the Big Tuna to live up to his promise of not assuming head coaching duties, while maintaining his ability to strongly influence coaching decisions.

While I'm hopeful that these recent leadership changes will help return our team to its rightful place as one of the NFL's premier franchises, it's difficult to get too excited, as the past decade has brought "big" announcement after "big" announcement, followed-up by wretched under-performance. That said, Parcells has quite the resume of turning around under-performing teams...could this finally be the start of a successful post-Marino era?

If nothing else, we might benefit from other teams confusing our new coach for his near-namesake Tony Soprano and being afraid to invoke his wrath by beating us.