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Super Bowl Winners & Losers 2.0

My good friend Jon Easter has posted at his blog, Indy Democrat,  a list of his Super Bowl 2012 ‘Winners and Losers.”  For the most part, I think Jon gets his list right.  The city of Indianapolis and the Mannings are obvious winners, while New England is the obvious loser.  However my Internet counterpart misses the mark on a couple points.  I’m sure he won’t mind if I fine tune his list just a little bit.  An asterisk indicates an original designation.

Winners

Mayor Greg Ballard*

  • People tend to forget that the Mayor’s military background is in logistics and moving people and equipment from point A to point B and making necessary adjustments when things don’t go as planned.  I think that showed in the execution of SB 46.  As far as the smoking ban goes, I asked the Mayor if he had received any complaints about the lack of a total smoking ban from anyone, his answer was pretty clear, no.

Indiana House and Senate Republicans

  • Indy Democrat originally had them pegged in the loser category.  I would argue that despite four days of Democrat walkouts, thousands of paid union protesters showing up everyday, not only did they pass right to work legislation, but got most of the work done you would expect by half-time.

Losers

Unions

  • For all the hemming and hawing and veiled threats that were being made about disrupting the Super Bowl over RTW, none of it came true.  The protests were typical, a lot of noise and then nothing.  I am not who thought that protesting at an event where most of the people in attendance would be closer to the 1-percent than the 99-percent would be a good idea.

People who a smoking ban before the Super Bowl

  • If you can find a news story from a mainstream media out lamenting about the lack of a total smoking ban in Indianapolis, please let me know.  I made it a point to search virtually everyday and couldn’t find a thing.  In fact, the only article I cam across was one in the New York Times which praised Indy for being a cigar-friendly city.

Better Luck Next Time

Businesses Away from the Super Bowl Village

  • If the city does do another Super Bowl, and I have no doubt it will, something will have to be done to help businesses further away from the Georgia Street Super Bowl village.  I heard from a lot of merchants that they didn’t get the traffic they were hoping for and overstocked.  I think expanding the Super Bowl experience about a mile out will be a good idea.  People still won’t have far to go and you can do shuttle services to get people back and forth in the downtown area.  Luckily that is one of those live and learn deals.  We lived through it, so now we learn better for next time.

That’s my list.  I still think the ultimate winner is the City of Indianapolis and once again it’s ability to pull off major sporting events, not that there was ever any doubt in my mind.

  • Rico

    So, let me get this straight, according to your list, Think Again falls squarely in the Loser category? Got it!

  • Rico

    So, let me get this straight, according to your list, Think Again falls squarely in the Loser category? Got it!

  • Ramon

    I find it shaming that you find the fact that working men and women have lost their rights to bargain for decent wages and working conditions a victory.  You are a true republican!!

  • http://twitter.com/317Russ Russ Ray

    I was downtown while the union workers were doing their “peaceful protest” last Wednesday. All they proved to me were two things:

    1) Most of the union people that were against right to work that I could see were from outside Indiana, not actual Hoosiers. Every union worker I saw was wearing jackets and hats from Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois. Maybe that’s because the guys from Indiana are, you know, working during the day.

    2) If the union crowd demonstrated they were against anything, it was that they were against fun, having a good time, and me taking the day off to enjoy some family time with my kids. By the way, nice salty language in front of my kids and nearly stepping on them, IBEW-guy.

    By the way, my day off? I didn’t have to bargain with my employer for that.

  • http://twitter.com/317Russ Russ Ray

    I would rather take one high-paying technical job that requires a well-educated employee over one that was created and fueled by union grift and intimidation.

  • Wsti88

    Your research is as thorough as usual.  It took me about 10 seconds to find this:  “Everything’s been said: great week, great city, great people, impeccably
    organized, surprisingly half-decent weather … it just couldn’t have
    gone better. This was a throwback Super Bowl. You walked to just about
    everything. You ate unhealthy food, drank beer and inhaled secondhand
    smoke.”  — http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7547184/searching-silver-linings-indianapolis

  • Wsti88

    I am still looking for that high-paying technical job of which you speak.  Not for myself, mind you, for our neighbors.  I didn’t think you could find one.  Unless you count 50K as “high paying”.  Moron.

  • M Theory

    Ramon, stop exagerrating.  Workers did not lose their right to bargain for a decent wage.   Workers actually gained a choice to not to have to sign on to a union.

  • M THeory

    The behavior and language I witnessed from union people was filthy.  I was cussed out once at the state house by them because I stated that unions abuse their power and should be restrained.

  • Wsit88

    Typical uneducated response.  Workers were never forced to join a union.  Never.  Personally, I have never joined a union, yet I am gainfully employed.  Imagine that.

  • Wsti88

    M.I.A. must be a card carrying union member, because she *gasp* flipped the bird to millions of folks watching the Super Bowl halftime.   Filthy, I say.

  • Rico

    And you are a true socialist!

  • Anonymous

    What alternative reality are you coming from?  Where did anyone lose their right to bargain?  Please show me precisely where.

  • Anonymous

    Of course, since YOU were not affected, then no one else is, right?

  • Scooter

    Had to pay a representation fee tho…. funny how the fee in an AFL/CIO shop is the same as the monthly dues.

    Now, we have a choice.

    I think RTW is wonderful, and my letter of resignation to my Local’s secratary went out in registered mail this afternoon.

  • Scooter

    I’m just beating the rush…. as I’m sure it’ll take several months for the folks at the hall to comprehend the words “I QUIT”

  • M Theory

    I wonder how long it will take before they stop deducting their dues from your check.

  • http://twitter.com/317Russ Russ Ray

    $50K is high-paying compared to the median index, national averages, and the majority of the world’s population. Maybe if people would learn to live on the money they have instead of spending plastic that they don’t have, buying houses they can’t afford, and increasing the debt bubble so the rest of society has to bail them out, we wouldn’t be in the shape we’re in today.

    And, I make a lot more money than $50K anyway, so I must not be that big of a moron.

  • http://twitter.com/317Russ Russ Ray

    AFTRA is a union. So yes, I guess you’re probably right.

    Then again, I didn’t see anybody from them or the NFL players union or anybody else standing up with their “union brothers” last week because they either all have jobs to do or could care less.

  • Randy Moodispaugh

    RTW does not prevent Unions from negotiating contracts, it bans them from forcibly taking money from a persons pay check. Instead of Unions getting a blank check, they now have to prove their worth to the workers.  Whats wrong with that?

  • Scooter

    The effective date of my ‘I don’t love you anymore’ letter is 01/07/2012. A copy has also been sent to the payroll office of the company I make money for requesting all dues/fees/witholding/money transfers between my compensation and any/all Union entities be ended at 12.59pm 30/06/2012.

    Can’t be any clearer than that, and I’m not the only one…

  • Scooter

    Nutin’.

  • Wsti88

    $50K is NOT a high-paying job.  And I know lots of morons who make more that $50K.  Proof that you are a moron: bragging that you make “a lot more money that $50K”  Hahaha.

  • Wsti88

    Here is more “If you can find a news story from a mainstream media…”  Do you ever do actual research?
    “You know I have a soft spot for the Midwest, as well as for cities that
    are trapped in the late-’80s from an
    eating/drinking/smoking/caffeine/liquor standpoint.”
    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7536111/the-half-bag-super-bag

  • Think Again

    It’s in the same Real World where anyone was ever “forced” to join a union.  Never existed. 

    Don’t like a union shop job?  Move on.  Or pick up a pen and start a decert petition.

    But, it was the year to pick on unions.  That’s the way political gambits go. 

  • Think Again

    Once again, with gusto: THE UNIONS NEVER DID FORCE YOU TO JOIN.

    You could always vote with your feet.

    Some of you folks are pretty thick.

  • GP38-2

    Wait- a worker can choose? Because, when the smoking ban supporters speak, they tell us workers have no other choice, they’re trapped.

  • http://twitter.com/317Russ Russ Ray

    Funny how your only argument is calling others names. Is this Wilson or Welsh in disguise? Of course, I could dissect your use of the English language and two typos of the word “that” to prove my point, but whatever.

  • Randy Moodispaugh

    TA, you’re right nobody has to join a union, but you do have to pay dues (union negotiation maintenance, whatever they call it). You now have  a choice not to pay manditory payments for a service you may not be getting.  When I was in a Union, I could elect not join and pay $1 dollar less than the full dues, wow..thanx.  The point of the legislation was that due/payments/whatever could not be forcibly taken from your paycheck.  I dont see a problem with that, then unions I worked for in the past werent worth spit.  I have done much better on my own.

  • Rico

    ….following that same logic: Don’t like to work around smoke? Move on. 

  • G Square

     Sorry 88, I don’t think your research results qualify as “mainstream media”.  Both of your articles are from Grantland.com, a spin off vanity project for a writer who specializes in riffing on people, who lives in LA, and is a Patriots fan.  It’s hard to conceive of one individual who would be less likely to look favorably on Indy or more likely to be irritated by catching a whiff of smoke.

  • G Square

     Sorry 88, I don’t think your research results qualify as “mainstream media”.  Both of your articles are from Grantland.com, a spin off vanity project for a writer who specializes in riffing on people, who lives in LA, and is a Patriots fan.  It’s hard to conceive of one individual who would be less likely to look favorably on Indy or more likely to be irritated by catching a whiff of smoke.

  • Anonymous

    Rico Scores!!!!!  I’ve read through these posts, and have not seen ANY REBUTTAL concerning ‘moving on’ if you don’t like tobacco smoke.

    What’s up with that, huh??

  • Anonymous

    GP38-2 SCORES !!!!!  Still no rebuttals about the clear logic of “vote with your feet.”

    Why can’t the anti-tobacco crowd do the same?????

    Oh, and why are electronic cigarettes banned on airplanes, some restaurants, workplaces, etc??

    There is no tobacco smoke…what’s the skinny on  that?

  • Wsti88

    For not mainstream media, you sure are familiar with the medium.

  • Wsti88

    Typos…you got me there.  My argument is there are no high-paying technical jobs you seem to think are available.  Calling you a moron is not an argument, it is an observation on your use of thin air to make a point.  

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