Thursday, November 19th, 2009 at
How many people knew this game existed? I certainly didn’t. I’m not at all opposed to a video game concentrating on historically black colleges football programs, the more exposure the better, no what I am opposed to is how shotty this game is…and by all accounts it is horrrrrible. The worst thing about the game is not that Doug Williams has put his personal stamp of approval on this piece of crap. Its not that the gameplay and AI is some of the worst since Joe Montana II Sportstalk Football for the Sega (yes, if you remember that, you are officially old). Its not the frame rate drops or slowdown that is constant throughout the game. Its not even that the graphics would’ve only been solid on the Xbox…the original Xbox…not the 360. No, it is this:
Any football video game that has a guitar hero style, rhythm game based, halftime show that you have to participate, is a freaking joke. Granted the halftime show at historically black colleges is one of the main reasons one goes to HBC football games, but certainly you could’ve just shown a cut-shot of an animated halftime show or full motion video of an actual show. You dont see anyone trying to dance with cheerleaders in Madden? No one is tapping X X A Y A B to dot the “I” for Ohio State in NCAA Football 10? Why cheapen this already bad game by doing this? It is a football game, marching band is not football.
Amazingly though, i’m surprised that the Guitar Hero people havent stolen this idea for Marching Band Hero or something? I mean, after DJ Hero anything is possible i think.
Photos and a full review of the game here at IGN
Thursday, December 18th, 2008 at
It appears awesomeness is not enough to make it in the world of finance. HRJ Capital, an investment firm started by Harris Barton, Ronnie Lott and
Joe Montana (EDIT:Apparently Joe Montana left the company in 2005) (HRJ get it) all formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, is about to get taken over. HRJ apparently owes Silicon Valley Bank a staggering 69 million dollars. Sixty-nine million dollars. I mean, who would’ve thought 3 ex athletes would have no idea what they were doing in the world of private equity and finance? Don’t get mad at me, even actual financial analysts say that what they were doing was pretty dumb.
In the financial equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, HRJ apparently doomed itself by using the firm as collateral on a bridge loan as it was attempting to raise $250 million. It was able to raise only about half that amount — between $110 million and $130 million — yet it had committed the entire $250 million for investments, according to a report from Thomson Reuters.
“Yes, that’s just as dumb as it sounds,” wrote Dan Primack, the top private-equity analyst at Thomson Reuters, and founder and editor of the www.pehub.com Web site.
“It’s very hard to kill off a PE firm,” he said. “The significance here to me is that one is actually dying. This is an exceptional case.”
Exceptional indeed. I wonder how some of their well regarded clients like Andre Agassi, Jerry Rice, Tim Duncan or Oscar de la Hoya feel about it? I don’t care how tough Ronnie Lott or Harris Barton were in their prime, I wouldn’t want to be the one to tell Oscar de la Hoya that you just lost a few million of his dollars. Ouch.
From Santa Cruz Sentinal
Thursday, January 24th, 2008 at
Dan Marino is selling some “premium” chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon wines that are going for $13 at Publix, local wine shops and his Dan Marino’s Fine Food & Spirits which has several locations in Florida. Its called Vintage 13, you see, Dan wore number 13, so that’s why its called Vintage 13 and is sold for 13 bucks. That, my friends, is good marketing there.
This is only the start for Marino Estates’ venture into wine however, later this year Marino plans to nationally distribute a line of reserve wines at a $25 price tag. Maybe then he can get that wine into other fine drugstores like CVS or Walgreens!
Marino of course isn’t the first former quarterback to have his own wine label, Joe Montana has done it too, and we need to somehow procure a bottle of this wine so that we can sample it and give a review. Without having tasted a bottle, the Deuce will just assume that the wine will have a sort of nutty smugness, with hints of fruitiness and a bitter aftertaste from lingering around too long.
The good news is that for each bottle sold, $1.25 will go to the Dan Marino Foundation to help children with chronic disorders. I dunno what chronic disorders specifically, but if some kid has one, buying this wine will apparently go to help them. If anyone can get their hands on this and wants to send one our way, email us here at the Deuce. We like to get drunk.
Via Miami Herald
Friday, September 14th, 2007 at
Joe Montana is a partner in an investment firm called HRJ Capital LLC (Ronnie Lott and Harris Barton are also a partners) and he, like thousands of other far more poor souls, was adversely affected by the collapse of subprime mortgage lending industry. The firm’s Legends Multi-Strategy Plus Fund has a pool of $1.75 billion but lost 12.3% of its equity in just the first two weeks of August (Standard & Poor’s 500 Index lost 6.7 percent) attributable mostly to the repercussions of this major financial crisis.
Let us all cry a little river for Mr. Montana as we all know that this guy loves his money. He might have to cut back on the caviar and Cristal for a little bit while his financial peoples sort this all out. Perhaps he should do what he has done before and give his name to a brand of wine and sell case of it for $210,000?
From Bloomberg.com and BloggingStocks and California Wine and Food Magazine