Archive for March, 2012

Tebow v. Sanchez

Saturday, March 31st, 2012 1 comment

At some point this season, my bet is that Tebow will get a chance to start due to a Sanchez injury, poor play, or fan pressure. Below is a head to head breakdown of the two QBs from (part of the image is cut off on the left).


Player Tim Tebow Mark Sanchez Give it to …
College: Florida USC Sanchez
College credentials: Heisman Trophy Rose Bowl win Tebow
Best college cheerleaders: They both win.
Pushed aside for: Peyton Manning Nobody … yet Push. But will go to Tebow if he wins the job. I mean, it’s one thing to lose your job to Manning. Quite another to lose it to Tebow.
NFL W-L: 8-6 27-20 Sanchez
Completion percentage: 47.4 55.3 Sanchez
Passing YPG: 164.4 195.6 Sanchez
TD-INT: 15-9 55-51 Sanchez. But don’t get cocky, passing for less than 200 yards in this era of the NFL is akin to being an athlete who hasn’t dated Kim Kardashian.
Rushing TDs: 12 12 Tebow, because it’s been in a limited basis.
Passer rating: 73.2 73.2 Push. This actually makes me a little sad.
Signature move:

Hot dogging. No, literally eating a hot dog on the sidelines. That or using Mark Brunnell as a tissue.
Best pass: His 80-yard TD pass to Demaryius Thomas to beat the Steelers in OT was pretty cool. Sanchez threw four touchdowns against the Bills in Week 12, including the winner here to Santonio Holmes. Tebow
NFL legend who hates them:
John Elway

Joe Namath
Push. Namath is critical of Tebow, too.
Nickname: Tebowmania The Sanchize Tebow
Did he get his coach fired: Yes Not yet Sanchez
Arm candy:
Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, Jenny McCarthy, Maria Menounos and lately Taylor Swift have all been rumored to date, or made a play for him.

Kate Upton.

Tebow, because he was seen with Sanchez’s girl.
Sandwich named after him: The “Jetbow” at Carnegie Deli. Sanchini at the Huddle at NFL Network studios. Tebow. Even Warren Sapp has a dish named after him at the Huddle.
Where will he be in five years: H-back for the Jaguars. Backup for Matt Barkley in Cleveland. Tebow, though he’ll still be listed as a QB so the Jaguars can sell his No. 15 jersey.
Where will he be in 10 years: U.S. Senator from Florida. “Dancing with the Stars” Tebow.
Where else can you also see him:
Jockey underwear ads, NFL Magazine

GQ magazine
Push, because I don’t want to have to explain my answer.
New York Post headline: God Him. No Ring Circus. Push
Does he have the endorsement of the anonymous Jets?: No No Push. Although, Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis are vocal critics as well.
How does he give back to the community: Missionary work. Coaches kids at Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School. Tebow.
Which actor plays him:
Chris Pine

Wilmer Valderrama
Is he actually good at the position he plays: No No Not the Jets
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March Madness Infographic

Saturday, March 17th, 2012 Leave a comment

The folks at Infographic World created this visual of the statistics behind the bracketology for ESPN. (Floating Path)

Source: Floating Path

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Performance of Various Asset Classes (March 9,2009-Present)

Monday, March 12th, 2012 Leave a comment

Last Friday, investors celebrated the third anniversary of the bull market, which began March 9, 2009. While the S&P 500 index’s level of 676 from three years ago seems far away, it’s not the only thing that has about doubled. (See table below from Barron’s)

Oil, operating profits and margins, and gold have roughly doubled since then. What hasn’t is perhaps more interesting: GDP, the market’s price-to-earnings ratio and revenues.

Source: Barron's

Hat Tip: The Big Picture

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2012 March Madness

Monday, March 12th, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s that time of the year again- March Madness! Below is a map of all the teams invited to play in the 2012 Men’s NCAA Basketball tournament.

Also, check out this link to an interactive bracket of this year’s tourney. Who do you have in your Final Four?

Brent Crude Oil Prices (2008-2012)

Monday, March 5th, 2012 Leave a comment

Here is a chart regarding Brent crude oil prices from the WSJ, via The Big Picture:

Source: WSJ

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Should College Be For Everyone?

Sunday, March 4th, 2012 Leave a comment

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum recently said that it was “snobbish” to think that everyone should aspire to go to college because some people have skills and interests that aren’t academic. Is the value of a college degree exaggerated?

Tyler Cowen from The New York Times makes a strong argument that a college degree is still valuable in today’s world. Below are key points from his article:

  • Real earnings for men, 25 to 34, with bachelor’s degrees are down 19 percent since 2000, and for female college graduates of that age they are down 16 percent since 2003.
  • The wage differential between college graduates and high school graduates — the college premium — is growing. Thirty years ago, college graduates made 40 percent more than high school graduates, but now the gap is about 83 percent.
  • Fire chief example- It would be easy to think that a master’s degree has very little to do with putting out fires. However, it is often desired that a firefighter is trained in “emergency medical services, anti-terrorism practices, fire science (such as putting out industrial fires), and there is a demand for firefighter who, as they move into leadership roles, can do public speaking, interact with the community, and write grant proposals.”

For links to various views regarding the importance of a college education, see the NYT’s Discussion page on “Should Everyone Go to College?

Financial Fraud Public Service Announcement

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 Leave a comment

The FBI is pulling out all the stops in getting their message across. Check out their latest public service announcement featuring non-other than Michael Douglas:

Actor Michael Douglas, who played a financial titan in the movie “Wall Street,” says that while the 1987 movie was fiction, the problem is all too real. More at: