10/14/2004: Interesting (no comment)....
From the Billy-Ball email newsletter:
... in my informal polling I have been asking whether people would rather see a Red Sox victory or a John Kerry victory (voice your opinions at email@example.com). The vast majority of the respondents have unhesitatingly chosen John Kerry. The next largest group hesitated before choosing John Kerry. That brings to mind the response of comedian Jack Benny, famed for being a tightwad, who gained one of his most famous laughs on radio came when Benny was accosted by a robber who demanded, "Your money or your life!" After an extended pause, the gunman reiterated the threat. Benny, replied, "I'm thinking, Iím thinking!"Bill Chuck (the demented genius behind "Billy Ball") also has this comment about what may be one of the bigger online auctions in the history of the 'net):
Barry B*nds' 700th home run ball will go on sale in a nine-day Internet auction starting Monday, on Overstock.com. Bidding will start at $1, Billy-Ball plans to bid as high as $17. The auction will last from Oct. 18 to 27. Some appraisers have valued the ball at $1 million, and the Overstock.com Web site succinctly states that "though estimates of the ball's value are difficult to estimate, most agree six figures is a fair estimate." Okay, I may go as high as $49 in that case. I am also anticipating the auction of the junk removed from Mr. B*nds knee in his recent arthroscopic surgery.I'm not going to bother bidding, then; Bill's planned bid of $49 would beat my highest bid hands down.
But taking a quick glance at the Overstock.com auction website, I am shocked to see that the bidding on the Bonds #700 ball starts at $1 with no reserve. I am almost mildly tempted to cast a bid just to say I did (just like I threw in an application to Harvard Law School, even though rejection was a virtual certainty there). Alas, a nanosecond after the bidding goes live I have no doubt that the Overstock.com site will slow to a glacial crawl. Think of it as a legitimate denial of service attack.
Len on 10.14.04 @ 10:39 AM CST