I’m running around like a mad man this week, trying to catch up on legal work and generally ignoring the headlines, except those sports-related.
However, a few random thoughts.
First, we’ll be back in Richmond on Monday afternoon to complete the Budget, I hope. The “conferees” are already there. I predict that our recent revenue projections (well above estimates) will go along way towards breaking down differences.
The recent study by the presumptuously named “Center for Public Integrity,” which gives Virginia a failing grade as a ”potential state” for corruption, is an example of the lamest, most superficial analysis. Part of their criteria is the length of our legislative session? Are you serious? Note to CPI: part-time legislators who have other gainful employment are far less likely to be looking for bribes.
Third, the Redskins’ loss of cap space could be devastating, if the NFL penalty holds up. Since they’ve given away their draft picks (which can be signed cheap) in the RG3 deal, the Skins’ only way to fill needs is through free agency. That’s costly. By losing $18m in space a year, they’re losing the ability to sign 4-5 starters. And they need them.
Fourth, the so-called experts saying that Tim Tebow was “holding back” the Broncos last season are simply feeding their own bias. Look at the numbers. The Broncs were 4-12 in 2010 and started 2011 at 1-4 with Kyle Orton (and Elway) at the helm. That’s an pre-Tebow record of 5-16. With Tebow leading the same squad, they went 8-5, with a playoff victory. How come the “experts” don’t mention this?
Finally, I’m going reverse my earlier opinion. I actually think Carmelo and Jeremy Lin can work together to make the Knicks a good team, with the chance to be a playoff spoiler. I think ‘Melo knows this is his last chance and wants to make it work.