Et tu, Mike (Seize and Desist) Cecere?
"Mr. Cecere's businesses are owed more than $3.5-million for unpaid work including TV and print ads promoting the beverages.My sweet lord, I guess those clowns really did need my $2 million! (Winks.) Don't worry, Mr. Seize and Desist, you are totally convincing as the honest broker.
" 'It's very important that we get paid. Are you kidding me? A small company like ours? Give me a break,' Mr. Cecere said in an interview. -- reportonbusiness.com
OK, enough of that. My Minnesota Vikings are all but in the playoffs. They did their best for three quarters to make this our Arizona, a reprise of They Are Who We Thought They Were game.
However, the Bears and Kyle Orton ("Only on a couple of occasions did he look like he had played the position before," noted the Chicago Tribune) happened. They were not to denied a chance to demonstrate how to lose a game despite being plus-3 in the turnover battle. (If you're wondering what Lance Briggs was thinking when he took a terrible roughing-the-passer penalty that helped set up a Vikes field goal, well, you try playing when your ex is the local fishwrap saying you have "an open-pants policy toward paternity.")
So that helped. The support from commenters and readers alike over the past 24 hours has been touching. At the risk of dragging out like one of Brett Favre off-season retirement dramas, let's just say that it's 98% that Out of Left Field will continue.
A lot has to happen, and it will take some time. After 2,000-some posts across the past 20 months, there's some personal inventory to take. The blog needs a better look, a tighter focus and probably some other contributors. I don't regret a single second spent doing this over the past 20 months, but feel like it's been too much of a way to hide.
Steelback creditors queue up (Andy Hoffman and Paul Waldie, reportonbusiness.com)
Firms creditors' list includes 400 claims (Tony Van Alphen, Toronto Star, Dec. 15)