From the First to the Last
Today is my last day as Associate Editor for the Marine Corps Gazette. The last 2 years have been both productive and fulfilling, as I enhanced both my knowledge of the Marine Corps itself and the American defense establishment as a whole. I am grateful for having the time to develop strongly in these fields. The page has turned on a stimulating time in my life. As we leave the summer and proceed to the crisp serenity of the fall, I will be looking for gainful employment.
The Planes And Buses of August
The baseball players' union moved considerably on the issue of the luxury tax for baseball, but as Keith Olbermann of Salon.com notes, the owners are the ones now playing the role of the hard-liners. Many many factors begin to play in these last hours before the Union strikes. First off, the players have already demonstrated tremendous goodwill by not striking immediately at midnight, which indicates that there is a deal to be made. Some $6 million separates the owners from the players in regards to the luxury tax. Everything else -- drug testing regimes, etc., don't particularly matter at this late juncture.
This is the "August 1914" for baseball -- with the competing elements caught somewhere between playing today and resorting to a strike. For logistical concerns, the union is already in virgin territory. Either the buses and charter flights move to take players to their Friday games or they don't. The union could really push the institutional envelope and send the players to their destinations, and if by noon no deal is reached, order the planes and buses to turn back to their respective cities.
Let me emphasize the point here that I think everybody is overlooking -- only one side here can kill the World Series. That group is the owners. The players can stop the season, but it's the owners who in 1994 called off the postseason and swallowed the cost of lost television rights. Both the creditors and Fox Network will call in debts with the owners. In fact, the very same "hawkish" "small-market" owners -- San Diego, Chicago White Sox, Boston, Houston that would rail against a deal are the same owners with so much to lose in terms of revenue. Again, DO NOT TRUST THE OWNERS. THEY CANNOT BE TRUSTED. With all that said, it's going to be a big weekend for college football. With the NFL a week away from the season opener, and baseball likely out of sync, college gridiron figures to dominate!
ZoDad contributes today's wordplay
"Opportunities sometimes exist outside of one's comfort zone"
as spoken by a purchaser (Deborah Norwood) for the Texas Building and Procurement Commission."