Friday Bytes 2.4.11

“Never before has Congress required that everyone buy a product from a private company (essentially for life) just for being alive and residing in the United States,” Judge Vinson writes in declaring ObamaCare unconstitutional.

No kidding.  After blogging on Wednesday about a prolonged cable outage that lasted 18 hours Comcast contacted me….through my blog.  Read the comment.  A day later they called my home and offered me a pro-rata credit for one day’s usage.   Maybe there is yet hope for true customer service.

It has been a remarkable week in the Middle East where one regime after the other seems to be on the verge of collapse.  Of course most Americans attribute these events to our recent push for democracy throughout the region exhibiting the very arrogance that gets us into trouble in the first place.  The fact is that the Egyptians have been pushing for democracy for well over 50 years.

Wednesday was National Signing Day in the college football world where high school athletes commit to play for various schools.  With the prominence of football in this country I’m surprised ESPN hasn’t yet devoted a full day of coverage much like they have done for the NFL draft.  If your school signed a bunch of 4 and 5-star athletes don’t get too excited.  Boise State, a top 10 team for the last several years, is comprised of several players off the proverbial scrap heap.

This week cold temperatures across the country brought miserable conditions far and wide.  Here in the Denver metro area we had the cold (overnight lows of -20), but not the snow or the wind like other parts of the country.  School was canceled Tuesday and Wednesday to my son’s delight.  I also became a bigger fan of my GoLite 800-fill hooded down parka.  That thing rocks!

Down in Dallas it’s been a tough week leading up to Superbowl XLV. Conditions have been awful and reports are that businesses are only expecting a fraction of the profits they were hoping for.  Luckily the game itself will be played indoors in the Cowboys’ spanking new mega stadium.  But the NFL has to be a little nervous about 2014 when for the first time the game itself will be played outdoors in a cold weather environment at The Meadowlands in northern New Jersey.

As to my pick:  I’ve been surprised at the number of people going with the Green Bay Packers.  Yeah, they have been on a roll winning on the road in New Orleans and Atlanta to get here.  But the Steelers are the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger is already a two-time winner.  I’ve seen him make too many big plays in big games to go against him.  I am going with QB experience and picking the Steelers to win it.

My favorite tweet of the week comes from @GoodInkInc and it reads “Dear Men Who Let Their Pants Sag Below Their Butts: If you can’t get into your pants properly, what makes you think you can get into mine?”

See you next week.

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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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