As many of you likely know, most reporters are assigned to a beat– one subject to cover for their respective publication, from which they rarely stray. Bond reporters report about bonds, Fed reporters write about the Fed, private equity reporters write stories about private equity. Some people are generalists, but even your average generalist covering “Wall Street” will generally not cover things like medical malpractice or the Middle East because, you know, those things do not actually fall under the category of, “Wall Street.” As you may also know, Charles Gasparino is not your average reporter, and is not bound by the traditional definition of “Wall Street,” which would explain his most recent investigative piece. Read more »

Forget the bruising defensive linemen and the stellar quarterback play. Brooklyn’s Jennifer Pernice thinks her lucky garden gnome — clad in a blue Giants jersey — has been the key to the team’s stunning late-season run. “He’s looking over Eli’s shoulder. It just brings them good-luck vibes,” she said. “Since he came into my life, the Giants have been doing pretty good,” said Pernice, 30, who works at Morgan Stanley. The figurine, which is no taller than a football, was a Christmas gift from her sister Lauren. The Giants have been a flawless 4-0 since. Pernice can be seen every Sunday cradling the gnome she calls Ganomio at the Salty Dog Bar in Brooklyn, hoisting him up to the TV during crucial plays…“I take it very seriously. Nobody is allowed to touch him,” said Jennifer Pernice, who wears her white Hakeem Nicks jersey while her sister sports an Ahmad Bradshaw shirt each week. With the big game approaching, Jennifer Pernice says the New England Patriots might have to game-plan for the Giants’ quirkiest 12th man. “This little guy,” she said, “is giving Tom Brady the evil eye.” [NYDN]

The Columbia University marching band has been banned from performing at Saturday’s home finale against Brown, after poking fun at the Lions’ losing ways following a 62-41 defeat last weekend at Cornell. After every game, win or lose, the Columbia band plays the school fight song, “Roar, Lion, Roar.” But last Saturday, the band altered the lyrics to highlight the team’s recent struggles — the Lions are 0-9 this season. The altered verse began with the lyrics, “We always lose, lose, lose; by a lot, and sometimes by a little,” according to an article in the Columbia Spectator, the school’s student newspaper. “Our football players, coaches, alumni, parents are extremely hurt, disappointed and angry by the band’s behavior at Cornell,” Columbia athletic director Dr. M. Dianne Murphy said. [ESPN, related]

Earlier this week, a young financial services employee posed a question to the universe about a problem vis-à-vis size. He wrote:

I have a serious question for all of you. I am a rather large man (both in stature and in the pants.) I played D1 football as an offensive lineman. I am currently 6’1, 250lbs. However, I am very lean and at around max 10% body fat. I worry that my overly muscular stature will not bode well with company culture. After leaving an interview, I was told that I have a “vice grip” for a handshake (I received and accepted their offer.) Not to sound conceited, but I have honestly never come across anyone even close to the size I am at the office, or even walking around down town. I was being silly before about the penis size comment, but I am an attractive guy and present myself well. I don’t look even remotely out of shape or fat (some of the shorter muscular guys can look like that in a dress shirt.)

This a clumsily worded post but I suppose my main question is if anyone has witnessed any type of discrimination towards large, muscular guys at the office. Is this something I should be concerned about? I suppose I could loose 10lbs of muscle or so (I’d truly rather not) if it would help me fit in. Any advice or comments are greatly appreciated.

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Yes, Super Bowl XLVIII is a long way off. Yes, it’s hard to get jazzed about a game for which we have no idea who will be playing. Yes, you might actually freeze your ass off. While all of those things may be true, yesterday brought news that should have you salivating for 2014. Because yesterday, we found out that that SB? Stands to be the best one ever, based on a host committee that includes (among others such as Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Citi, BlackRock and Paul Tudor Jones): SAC Capital. While the official list cites SAC president Tom “Silver Fox” Conheeney as its point man on the project, make no mistake that Steve Cohen will be heavily involved, no doubt going above and beyond the responsibilities of a typical host. Obviously, Cohen has a lot on the line here, given that his venerable initials are on the thing. Therefore, in an effort to make sure SAC isn’t associated with a sack-freezing joke, he’ll be taking the following steps to ensure the game is a smash hit. Read more »

Trying not to get carried away here, or sound boastful, or crazy, but this idea has a whiff of genius to it; I have a feeling you’re really going to like it. Had I proposed it to you a couple of weeks ago, or even around 2:30 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, you would have laughed in my face, but right now it feels like irresistible, beautiful destiny, and you’re totally going to want to see it for yourself. The Detroit Lions and the Buffalo Bills are going to play in the Super Bowl…Lions. Bills. XLVI. [WSJ]

  • 12 May 2011 at 3:40 PM

Live-Blogging The Rex Ryan SALT Lunch

[Music playing while we wait includes "You Give Love A Bad Name" and "Livin' On A Prayer"]

12:45 Guy introducing Rex sees lots of similarities between the Jets coach and George W. Bush (who spoke last night): both are “winners, blunt passionate, and couldn’t care if the things they say might have consequences.”

12:50 Rex is happy to be here though, he must admit, doesn’t know anything about derivatives…”buy low, sell high, that’s all I’ve got” Read more »