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Wu Flu Pandemic… Day 78

Day 78… The start of the 12th week of this nonsense.

We are getting a little change of story given the rioting going on around the country. The rioters are the worst sort of people. They are white people destroying the neighborhoods of poor blacks. They should be shot on sight. In Minneapolis I bet many of them are antifa from outside the state

I don’t have much of an opinion on the George Floyd incident except that he did not deserve to die.

 

 

Wuhan Flu Apocalypse Day 10

I was asked by the COO of the company to add lines to a spreadsheet that detail how I spend my time. This idiot gentleman has years of phone bills, server records, cabinet shipments records, cabinet delivery records, installer invoices and payments, cost overruns, etc. He can model what we do with our time very easily. He can model how phone calls, for example, proceed and/or lag revenue for example. He can model all of this for his forecasting efforts. Instead he wants us to help him figure out the priority for layoffs.

Jackass.

The day otherwise went fine in Cellblock H.

Dallas County did order a shelter at home order yesterday. It reads mostly like a CYA type of document. It has no penalties in it should someone be caught disobeying. Weird. It runs from Midnight tonight until Midnight, April 3rd.

Girl Track Athletes Sue Over Transgender Competitors

It’s going to be fun to watch all the legal action.

They are not girls. They can call themselves girls. I don’t care. But they are not girls and should not be allowed in girls/womens sports.

Women’s Sports are Going to be Ruined

From the article:

According to the website LetsRun.com, however, “Prior to joining [FPU’s] women’s team this season, Telfer was a mediocre D-II athlete who never came close to making it to nationals in the men’s category. In 2016 and 2017, Telfer ranked 200th and 390th, respectively, among D-II men” before sitting out the 2018 season.

That’s right… 2016, 200th…2017, 390th…2018, transitions to “woman”… 2019, National Champion.

Here she is:

The Libertarian Solution to College Sports

Arnold Kling agrees with me (and Glen Reynolds):

I suspect that the romanticization of college sports comes from the same human tendency that produces the romanticization of government. Lots of people will tell you that they hate pro football and hate pro basketball, but they love college sports. Because it is non-profit.

Source: The Libertarian Solution to College Sports | askblog

I share Arnold’s general antipathy toward non-profits.

Dump the Athletic Departments

From the Dallas Morning News today:

Why is this business model — unpaid labor, mostly by black athletes, generating riches for white administrators — still tolerated?

That is some guy named Donald Yee. He is onto something, but is wrong about the solution. The athletes should be paid, that is true. But the real solution is to take away the tax preference of being part of the university in the first place.

Also, racism isn’t what motivates the economics of the college athletic scene, it is the whole set of lousy incentives and the distortions that have metastasized over time.

Additionally, the fact that most of these “student” athletes would never be admitted to the institutions for which they play, creates all sorts of corrupting opportunities for everyone associated with Big State U. Just look at North Carolina.

The High but Hidden Cost of College Sports 

A surprising bit from the article:

only 24 of 230 Division I public schools generated sufficient revenues to cover the total costs of their athletic programs

And that is the generous estimate.

Alonzo Stagg Bowl at Community Beer Company

My alma mater, the University of St. Thomas, will play the hated Purple Raiders of Mount Union tomorrow night at 6:05pm CST in the Alonzo Stagg Bowl. This will be Mount Union’s 11th straight trip to the championship game. The Tommies were last there in 2012. A game that was lost to Mount Union.

I’m going to watch the game at Community Beer Company located at 1530 Inspiration Dr., Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75207.

Come join me for a Mosaic or Public Ale. Heck, come join me for whatever of their beers you might like.

It will be interesting to see if this post on my unread blog gets any notice…

Probably not.

But if you’re a St. Thomas alum. The watching party in Dallas is at Community Beer Company…

We Cut Satellite TV a Long Time Ago

When I want to watch a game, I go to a friend’s house or a bar.

Don’t buy ESPN’s PR talk that its 7 million-household dip in subscribers is just a blip. It’s for real, and it will have serious consequences for the way you watch sports.

Source: The Sports Bubble Is About to Pop – The Daily Beast

ESPN has lost 7 million subscribers over the last two years. What you should understand is that many of the lost subscribers were not sports fans, so the ratings are not yet effected. These people decided they didn’t need to pay ESPN $10 a month (or more) for sports they don’t watch.

This is going to have a great deal of impact on the sports business. It will change Big State U’s athletic program too.

Naturally don’t take this as advice to go short Disney, as this decline can go on for a long time before it becomes calamitous.

At UNC, abdicating the obligations of leadership in scandal

Via Instapundit: A nice editorial on UNC leadership in regard to their academic and sports scandal.

It really is amazing that more people have not been fired over this academic scandal.