Random Roundup July 15

Funny how when you’re in school (at least for me), writing is such a chore. It’s homework and something you loathe to do…now I’m paying money (via this domain) and putting in my (non-existent) free-time to write.

After my first “roundup” post, I went and hid for two weeks….some interesting things happened in those two weeks.

  1. Congrats to Spain for winning the world cup. On that note, Spain’s Rafael Nadal also won Wimbledon….Wow, Spain’s turning into a sports powerhouse: Soccer, Tennis, many basketball players in the NBA…now only if they could turn their economy around…
  2. Lebron James joined Dyawne Wade and Chris Bosh at the Miami Heat. Would’ve been nice if he took the minimum and joined the Blazers =), but that would be a dream. I thought Bill Simmons said it best here:

13. I think it’s a cop-out. Any super-competitive person would rather beat Dwyane Wade than play with him. Don’t you want to find the Ali to your Frazier and have that rival pull the greatness out of you? That’s why I’m holding out hope that LeBron signs with New York or Chicago (or stays in Cleveland), because he’d be saying, “Fine. Kobe, Dwight and Melo all have their teams. Wade and Bosh have their team. The Celtics are still there. Durant’s team is coming. I’m gonna go out and build MY team, and I’m kicking all their asses.” That’s what Jordan would have done. Hell, that’s what Kobe would have done.

In May, after the Cavs were ousted in the conference semifinals, I wrote that LeBron was facing one of the greatest sports decisions ever: “winning (Chicago), loyalty (Cleveland) or a chance at immortality (New York).”

I never thought he would pick “HELP!”

And more on the random side here’s some neat posts I wanted to share:

  • Interesting thought about mobile email. Is using a mobile device a free pass for typos, spelling/punctuation mistakes, and being terse?

Sent from my iPhone”, “Sent using BlackBerry”. Why am I beginning to dislike those little tags at the bottom of email responses?

Because there’s an implied apology built into them.

  • Business week wrote about a study showing the monetary return on a college education. Kinda neat that MIT came out on top, but not sure if this is the right study to do for undergraduate education. I would more like to see this study done for MBA programs.
  • Professional sports are a way to spur the local economy and help build the community. With the whole Lebron courtship, it can be viewed not just as basketball but an investment for the city. This thought was written about here:

But if Ohio is willing to give business incentives, financial incentives, and tax incentives to encourage companies to move to Ohio, why not consider kicking in financially to try to keep one of the state’s prize assets.  Turn LeBron into his very own “enterprise zone.”

Even Major Bloomberg has voiced that Lebron should come to NY. And I think it was great to see cities getting involved to this level. One person can help change a city (for better or worse), especially someone like Lebron.

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