Christian Ross

Jimmy V week

Some of you know, every year about this time ESPN sets aside a week called Jimmy V week to pay respect to the memory of Jim Valvano and raise money for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

In short, Jim Valvano was a college basketball coach at North Carolina State University (National Champs, 1983) and then became a broadcaster a little later in life. He was diagnosed with cancer in the early 90’s and it took his life in 1993. Two months before his passing, he was honored at the first ESPY (ESPN Sports Awards) awards show with the Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award. He delivered one of the most powerful speeches I have heard in my life, and I try and take the 10 minutes to listen/watch it every year this week. A powerful message and a more powerful delivery make it worth your while. (This year I made my wife sit and watch it with me as well).

Don’t give up, don’t ever give up. RIP Jimmy V.

I have no idea what just happened…

5 interceptions, 1 fumble, 1 missed 2-point conversion for the tie, 1 dropped pass with only one second on the clock turns into 13 seconds on the clock, 1 53-yard game winning field goal wiped out by a timeout call, 1 53-yard game winning field goal as time runs out.

All adding up to 1 mild stroke to yours truly.

There’s no explanation. Can’t sleep.

The rich get richer…

For those not following the news recently, News Corp. (see below) made a formal offer in April to buy Dow Jones & Co (The Wall Street Journal, among others) and an agreement was reached today for a measly $5.6 billion.

News Corp. is a publicly traded company controlled/run by Rupert Murdoch. I was amazed today to come across a wiki entry showing exactly how large News Corp is: News Corp Holdings. Included in the list: All of Fox movies and studio, Fox TV/channels, HarperCollins book publishing, Zondervan publishing/stores, over 100 newspaper publications worldwide, TV Guide (partial) and The Weekly Standard, Myspace, Photobucket, Rugby teams, 15% of the Colorado Rockies, and much more.


Mr Murdoch, please read this and then offer a suggestion on what kind of Internet company you would like to purchase next. I would be happy to build it for you and even offer it at a much reduced rate of $1 billion. A steal compared to your Myspace and Dow Jones bids.

In a related search, Time Warner, Viacom, General Electric, Virgin Group, and Google aren’t too shabby either in their acquisitions/assets.

In a non-related search, I found out today from a fascinating site (though a little outdated) called They Rule that the inventor of the Internet and our former Vice-President, Albert Gore Jr. has been on the Board of Apple since 2001. Who would’a guessed it?

On They Rule, you can pick two companies and see how they are connected through their board members. Kind of like the six degrees of Kevin Bacon for the business world. You can also see maps created and save by others or view the boards/connections of several institutions like Harvard and Yale.