FORD TURNS $2.08 BILLION PROFIT IN 1Q
Detroit automaker Ford announced a huge $2.08 billion profit in the first quarter of 2010.
My take: Good for the blue oval — and the fact that it did it the right way, without allowing massive government interference like GM and Chrysler did, makes this news even better.
How long before the Obama administration tries to take credit for something it had essentially nothing to do with this?
FOUR NCSU FOOTBALL PLAYERS ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
Oh, and an N.C. State volleyball player, too, as the total of five Wuffies face marijuana and paraphernalia charges.
My take: Well, I knew they played like they were high this year …
BOBCATS SWEPT OUT OF NBA PLAYOFFS
The Orlando Magic defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 99-90, last night to complete a four-game sweep in the first round series of the 2010 NBA playoffs.
My take: As a lifelong NBA fan, albeit of the Boston Celtics and the old Charlotte Hornets, it has been gratifying this season to see the Bobcats have success this season. I am grateful Bob Johnson brought a team back to the Queen City, especially after the way Hornets owner George Shinn broke everyone’s hearts.
BUT it’s taken a long, long six years for the Bobcats to get a foothold in Charlotte. Johnson, who pissed off more than just a few folks in his time in Charlotte, did the right thing by selling controlling interest to Michael Jordan. This is a franchise with inarguably one of the best coaches in Larry Brown, some of the best young talent in the league in Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson and a fan base just begging for success.
The HB and I attended Game 3 Saturday afternoon — and were blown away by the crowd and the first 47 minutes of the game. Sure, Charlotte gave it away in the end, but one has to remember the Cats were playing a team that is probably going to be in the Finals this year. The cherry on top of the cake for her, though, was that when we walked out of the arena — after spending MORE money on Bobcats gear in the team shop — who was on the sidewalk signing autographs in the rain? Only J.J. Redick. I tried to get her to allow me to get him to sign an autograph for her or take a picture, but she got all shy and stuff.
Anyway, it was a pretty good experience as a fan. As a reporter, I was somewhat disappointed insomuch that I attempted to get a credential to cover the game for Freedom ENC, but could never get a call back. There’s a long, drawn-out, boring-as-hell story here, but the gist of it is this: the media relations department of the Bobcats obviously doesn’t care about coverage of their team in ENC. I followed all procedures and couldn’t even get a call back. When I called Friday afternoon to see if I was approved — after bouncing around from person to person to person — I was given the runaround of “Well, we’re holding two spots to see if Yahoo.com or ESPN wants an extra two seats.” After being told I would be given a call back on whether or not we’d be credentialed, I never received a call, so the HB and I just went to Charlotte as fans.
The thing that bugs me about the situation is the Bobcats sell out two games a year, they practically beg for coverage all year long … and I can’t get one seat to cover the game for the three Freedom ENC newspapers with a combined Sunday readership of more than 70,000?
Don’t get it twisted, no one in FENC covered a Bobcats game this season (although I’ve covered about a dozen in the previous five years), so that knocks you down on the priority list. I could even understand not receiving a credential to cover the game for you, the faithful bloggees and readership in ENC. But to not even get a quick e-mail or short call — after I was told I was going to get one? Unprofessional.
Anyhoo — glad I could get that off my chest; I’m sure it was FASCINATING reading for y’all.
The iPod shuffle
Another Day — Paul McCartney
North And South Of The River — U2
Role Model — Eminem
Surf Rider — The Lively Ones
Breathe — Telepopmusik