(That’s from Cleveland’s own “Slyman’s”, winners of the “Best Corned Beef Sandwich in America” award from Esquire magazine in 2008)
From the Department of Things You Shouldn’t Have Said & That Fans Will Hold You Accountable To:
Mike Holmgren last week: “Going from 4-12 to 6-10 isn’t good enough. And that’s been conveyed. I believe we are going to be better than that – in fact, we’re going to be a lot better than that. Hang in there a little longer.”
The Browns offense has more holes than the plot line of any random M Knight Shamalayan movie. How Mike “don’t come groveling to me for playoff tickets” Holmgren can see this team as “a lot better than” a 6-10 team is very confusing to me. Maybe I’m the idiot.
No truth to the rumors that Holmgren picked up his last paycheck wearing a ski mask and brandishing a weapon.
Buckeyes/Bearcats tonight, 9:45 PM. The last two same-state teams to play one another for the men’s basketball title, when the two schools did do in back to back years in 1961 and 1962. They’ve played one time in the 50 years since then. And tonight, they will duke it out for a spot in the Elite Eight against the winner of the Syracuse/Wisconsin game that precedes theirs.
Three days until season five of Mad Men kicks off. Here are some of the plot lines that intrigue me most:
Draper’s new wife – Season five will allegedly pick up two years after the conclusion of season four, when he shockingly proposed to his new secretary. Is he still married? Did they even get married? Rumors are that Draper’s character will battle mid-life crisis this season. There is no better character in television right now.
Joan’s baby – The father is Roger. But she lied to her perpetually disappointing and now overseas husband about it.
Betty – One of the greatest evil female characters of all-time. She’s already miserable with her new husband, and seemed to hint at wanting to go back to “the old days” with Don during the season 4 finale before he dropped the new wife bomb on her.
Peggy – Hard not to love Peggy’s character and sympathize with what she goes through trying to climb the corporate ladder as a female at an all boy’s club in the 1960’s. Her relationship with Draper is complex, fascinating, and has a lot of history.
The 1960’s – The show will pick up in 1967, right in the heart of the drug-heavy, psychedelic age … right before the peak of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War, and also a time where there was a lot of civil rights strife in this country. I’ve mentioned before in the Dish, the girl that plays Sally Draper is one of the better child actors I’ve ever seen. She will be 13 years old at the start of this season.
Quote of the Day …
“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” ~ Tom Peters
Insane Fact of the Day …
Bananas contain a natural chemical which can make a person happy. This same chemical is also found in Prozac.
The big market news this morning – weekly first time unemployment claims. It came in a little better than expected. Fell by 5,000 from last week to 348,000 this week. Expectations were for a # around 350,000 That is the lowest # of weekly first time jobless claims in four years. The four-week moving average for new claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends, declined 1,250 to 355,000.
Markets are skittish on the news. MBS went in the tank initially but are fighting back. As mentioned yesterday, I would expect a lot of market volatility in March and April here. Stocks are, in my opinion, a little overbought right now. Bonds are going to be very jumpy for all the reasons mentioned in yesterday’s Dish.
Stocks are looking like they will open down despite the jobs data. Overnight, a purchasing managers index showed China’s manufacturing sector activity shrank in March for a fifth successive month … which is not good news for the global economy. Also, overnight data from Europe was equally gloomy as a euro-zone purchasing managers’ index showed a contraction of private-sector activity accelerated in March.
Looking at the economic news releases for the rest of the week, Leading indicators for February and Federal Housing Finance Agency home prices for January are due for release at 10 AM EST this morning. And we get new home sales data tomorrow at 10 AM EST.
~ Jobless Claims Fall 5,000 to 348,000
~ Northeast Ohio Home Sales Up 27% Over Last February
~ Global Economy Fears Stalk Markets
~ Unhappy Public Not Sure Who to Blame for High Gas Prices
~ Obama’s Tax Plan: Top 1% Would Pay $109,000 More on Average
~ McDonalds Says CEO Jim Skinner is Retiring
~ The Day Ahead: Packed Calendar but Few Market Moving Contenders