Friday Bytes

Watching Nancy Pelosi hand over the gavel to John Boehner accompanied by a peck on the cheek was amusing.  These two hate each other.  It either signifies that politics is pure theater or they have buried the hatchet.  You make the call.

I haven’t seen so much energy coming out of Dove Valley in years.  John Elway’s press conference on Wednesday was a breath of fresh air.  His transparency in addressing all of the issues facing the Broncos was a nice first step in recapturing the fan base.  It remains to be seen whether or not he is a good judge of talent.

Thousands of blackbirds in Arkansas, 500 blackbirds in Louisiana, 2 million fish in Maryland, a “large number” of birds in Sweden, 40,000 devil crabs in the UK, 100 tons of sardines, croaker and catfish in Brazil, thousands of turtle doves in Italy – all dead from something, all within the last two weeks.  Nature at work or something more ominous?

The thought that a college coach like Jim Harbaugh, who hasn’t won a National Championship and has never coached a down in the NFL, can command $5-8 million per year from an NFL team is either lunacy or a testimony to the pool of available coaches vying for NFL jobs.

Soon-to-be ex White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has never really looked comfortable in his position.  My bet is there is a witty persona under that mask that should do him well on the paid speaker circuit.

I was impressed with the 24/7 HBO program on the NHL’s Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.  Before you get all high and mighty about the language, it’s hockey.  If you haven’t been around the game hockey players are the most humble and hard working individuals of any professional sport.

Starbucks has changed their logo to the dismay of many.  I don’t drink Starbucks coffee because of their logo.  I don’t fly Frontier because of theirs either (although I like the animals).  The point is a logo is not a product – it’s an identity.  It’s not about who they are, but what they want to be.  The future.

Now that Andrew Luck has decided to stay at Stanford we can return to life as normal.  This means he goes to the top of the Heisman Watch for 2011 and will enter the NFL as a Stanford graduate.  Good for him.


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About Mike

Mike has been an executive in the biotechnology industry for the past 20 years. Mike is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, earning Bachelors degrees in Business Economics and Geography. Mike also earned his MBA in Finance from California State University, Fresno. Mike is married to the mother of his 3 children and currently lives outside of Boulder, CO. In his spare time Mike enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing, reading and coaching basketball.
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