Sometimes there's just not enough wood in the world to knock on. I found this out the hard way earlier this week. It took less than a week for my post about the 2001 Patriots to come back and haunt me. For those living in closet, or not interested in sports, the coach of the team was caught breaking the NFL rules in an attempt to gain an unfair advantage. It's unclear how long they have been breaking the rules, but in the court of public opinion the team has been presumed guilty.
Just before that article, I posted some lessons from the NFL which included some advice for what to do in a crisis. The final step was "get back to putting your energies into what was important before the crisis." That's what the Patriots will try to do this Sunday when they play an exceptionally talented San Diego Chargers. In a weird twist, this will turn into a great motivator for the whole team. The need to win to prove to the world that they can beat the best without any illegal perceived advantage. In fact they need to go out and win a Super Bowl to really redeem any level of respect. There was always a lot of talk about how Coach Belichick found ways to motivate the players each week while they were winnings and considered the best team in football. I'm sure this isn't what he had in mind, but he unintentionally put the Patriots in a position where they've always thrived - as a team which no one respects.
For those a interested on how I'm dealing with all this, I've gone through all 5 stages of grief. You could read Bill Simmons article if you are really interested because I agree with everything. I have three points from my rationization phase that I haven't read anywhere:
- The Patriots legacy was their defense. You can't stop the "Greatest Show on Turf" from stealing <b>defensive</b> signals
- Some of the <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/03/29/60II/main683747.shtml">2004 Carolina Panthers took steroids before the 2004 Super Bowl</a> against the Patriots.
- Could a team not employ someone from the bleachers to record signals? Simple grab a set of telescoping binoculars and replace it with a bigger SD card. At halftime flip the SD card down to the locker room. From all the rules that I've read this would be fine. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the Patriots need to hire me - wink.
I want to thank Mighty Bargain Hunter for sending me the YouTube.com clip that follows this round-up. In a week of depressing football news it really helped me to see something uplifting. And now to the links:
- Nickel's got a new cell phone. I'm happy he found the Sprint SERO plan. It's the plan my wife has. I'd have it myself, but I'm grandfathered into an even better deal. Anytime anyone mentions cell phone, I quickly recommend the SERO plan. I have a little Treo envy with as I only have a 700P. I should focus on enjoying what I have instead of trying keep up with the Nickels.
- Silicon Valley Blogger shows what's holding up in the real estate market. I was watching the new the other night and there's another split real estate market in Silicon Valley. In fact some markets are still rising while a lot of California is falling.
- Money, Matter, and More Musings is starting to finally investing his ginormous pile of cash. (He doesn't really say if it's ginormous, I just like to use the word ginormous, since it's really a word now according to a few dictionaries.) He went a little crazy with the ETFs in my opinion, but at least he did it in Zecco account, so he didn't have to pay commissions. There's an interesting note that Morningstar considers a near 50/50 US/foreign stock allocation as aggressive. While any all stock portfolio is aggressive, I think this mix of foreign/US is far safer than the usual recommendation of 80% US stocks and 20% foreign stocks.
- Money Smart Life is writing a sales tactic series. The first tactic is don't miss out. This is famously used when looking at timeshares. We bought it hook, line, and sinker.
- Generation X Finance gives a visual guide to Morningstar's mutual fund comparison tool. Because I'm too Lazy to read, this visual guide is just the thing for me.
- Blueprint for Financial Prosperity has Seven Credit Card Secrets to share.
- FreeMoneyFinance shows you how to earn money back from various credit cards
- No Credit Needed is running a series on how to save money and reduce debt. This article is about understanding the big picture. I think too many people lose site of that.
- Mighty Bargain Hunter continues his series on making money with an Ebay store. This one is helpful to people who don't sell on Ebay - it's about obtaining a product at the right price.
And the uplifting football moment that I promised you:
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