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Doin' It Bloggystyle: Links On Notice


Minyanville brings together the best of what they are saying "out there" about the topics we're talking about right here.

Blogs themselves need no introduction, as they get as much publicity as pretty much anything these days, save maybe the latest Britney news. There's an expanding world of excellent financial blogs, covering pretty much everything from global economics to swing trading. Minyanville's goal is to bring together the best of what they are saying "out there" about the topics we're talking about right here.

And Number 1 on the Market Threatdown? Bear Stearns
  • Having a little trouble understanding this Bear Stearns (BSC) hedge fund mess? Naked Shorts gives us a great explanation.
  • Rest assured says Felix Salmon, at least the lenders are whole (hat tip Abnormal Returns).
  • Barry says the only question is how far this thing spreads.

Deep Thoughts

Hey there Delilah, it's Erin Burnett Mania

  • Big writeup in the NYPost. Plus you can pick your nickname "Street Sweetie" or "Maria 2.0".
  • John Carney at Dealbreaker a big fan.
  • Best nickname though from Joe Scarborough via Oasis, a "flaming supernova in the sky."

Who let the Dogs out?

  • Best source for Michael Vick stories, NFL Insider Chris Mortenson? Not exactly.
  • Try (gasp) a blog, ProFootballTalk.
  • No endorsement hit yet, courtesy of Darrin Rovell, as Nike and Dick's still plan to launch the Vick V Shoe next month.
  • Meanwhile, Nike (NKE) helps Kevin Durrant augment his closed-market NBA starter salary just a tad, as per Option Addict.
  • The Baseball Elite have come up with some bizarro arguments to show how we rubes are just ignorant in disapproving of steroid usage, but this analogy from Bill James takes the cake.
  • "I'm not cheering for Bonds, but then, I didn't much like (Henry) Aaron, either. I look at it this way. There's a rule in basketball against traveling but the NBA has pretty much stopped enforcing it. Well, they still call traveling but they will allow you to take about five steps without dribbling as you are running toward the basket. There was no "decision" not to enforce this rule; they just kind of lost track of it. They started not calling one step and progressed to not calling two steps, not calling three steps, and eventually they just kind of lost track of the rule. Should the players who took advantage of this failure to enforce the rule be banned from the NBA Hall of Fame? After all, aren't they cheating? They're not obeying the rules. Julius Erving, out. The Hall of Fame doesn't need cheaters like you. Kobe, Michael, get out. If you don't play by the rules the way Elgin Baylor did, you're not deserving."
  • Yes, injecting drugs designed for, among other things, treating "chronic wasting conditions such as AIDS and cancer" in order to hit a baseball further has some moral equivalency to travelling in basketball. Provided the rules are loosely enforced.
  • Here's an argument I heard on the Michael Kay radio show yesterday that I do buy. Compare what Barry Bonds is accused of vs. what Michael Vick is accused of. Injecting steroids vs. strangling dogs. Kind of puts it in perspective. We probably do go a bit overboard villifying the guy (Bonds).
  • So I'm going to tie all this in and say Barry Bonds crimes against humanity fall somewhere between taking a few extra steps to the hoop and dispicable animal abuse.
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