The Integrity of Organized Labor

This story has been floating around the Portland media for the past 5 years, but it is always treated as a sort of mystery- why would the shipping companies pull out of Portland? 

This article originated in the LA Times so I suppose there wasn’t as much danger of angering the local union mafiosos.  I can’t help feeling a high level of schadenfreude about the possibility of the Longshoremen going bankrupt.... [Read More]

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College Football – Week 10

It’s Week 10 for College Football Folks!  You will all be pleased to hear that this is probably my last week writing this post – everyone, particularly 10 Cents, is anxiously awaiting the return of Mike LaRoche.  That would also mean a return of copious numbers of cheerleader pics.

That thing that was going on in baseball seemed to end last night.  I think Alex Ovechkin won the Stanley cup again or something.  In the NFL the San Francisco 49ers are still undefeated.  Latest sign of the apocalypse.... [Read More]

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College Football – Week 9

Greetings Fellow Sports Fans (and that includes those misguided enough to cheer for teams from the state of Washington)!  Yes, I stole that gag line format.

Week 9 of the college football season is upon us!  I think there’s something to do with baseball going on, and the “WE LOVE CHINA!” league apparently started their season.  Yawn.  Personally I don’t even pay much attention to that other football league – the one that doesn’t have tenuous connections to colleges.  No, September through early January is all about COLLEGE FOOTBALL, BABY!!... [Read More]

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Is There A Doctor In The House?

My friends – I’m very concerned about 10 Cents today.  I fear he is suffering from a severe case of PTSD over his disappointment at the results of the Border War game between Oregon and Washington Saturday.  Even more concerning is that I believe he is also a fan of the Washington State Cougars who are next up on the Oregon slate.

If there is a physician on Ratburger who could prescribe Zoloft or Xanax  for him, it might help him through.  Either that or some cheerleader pics from Mike LaRoche.

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College Football 2019 – Week 8

Here we go boys & girls!  Amazingly enough, the College Football Experts (employees of ESPN who have designated themselves Experts) are still able to find what they think are original thoughts about THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF!!! {cue dramatic music}.  There are 130 schools fielding teams in the “FBS” division – considered the highest level.  The buzzing noise generators are convinced that the entire 12 game regular season for all 130 teams, plus conference championships, are completely and totally irrelevant outside of figuring out the 4 teams that are going to play in the final 3 games of the season.

Contrary to what those clowns think, your average college football fan isn’t that stupid.  Watching sports, much like politics, is a much more personal endeavor.  You choose your team and – if you are a REAL fan – you cheer for that team regardless of how well they perform, how many games they win.  Yes, you complain about them vociferously, but you still cheer for them to win.  When I happened to attend college, my college’s team was bad.  I mean in my 4 years on campus their best record was 4-7 bad.  There is a satirical column that’s been around for years called The Bottom Ten.  My school’s team made regular appearances on that list.  The only consolation was that our in-state rival was worse.  In the decades since, however, my boys have climbed into the higher levels, even making it to the National Championship game twice in the past 10 years (lost both times ☹ ).  And I still honestly don’t pay much attention to THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF!!! Unless my boys have a shot at making it.... [Read More]

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I’m #1! And #2!

I’m rather notorious for claiming both American and Canadian roots.  I was born in Portland as a 4th generation Oregonian but moved to Canada when I was 6 and lived there through high school before returning to the States for college.  I also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications so my father always accused me of having a BS in BS.

So with that background, I proudly claim positions 1 AND 2 in the following study!... [Read More]

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