August 13, 2013

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posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 12 comments

How Larry Ellison Is Destroying the America's Cup

posted by yerfatma at 12:17 PM on August 13, 2013

Sailing gets a better class of story comments it seems. Even the "your sport is boring" guy has proper punctuation.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:56 PM on August 13, 2013

As a fan of open source software, enemy of egotistical pricks and someone who grew up right next to Newport, RI, I'm basically a lab-grown Ellison terminator.

posted by yerfatma at 01:26 PM on August 13, 2013

You ought to see that egotistical prick's new 56,000 square foot house on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. It is absolutely fucking obscene.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:42 PM on August 13, 2013

I'd pay to watch him and Scott Boras jump in a jello wrestling pit and go at it, then have Lance Armstrong toss in a couple of good sized electric eels.

I'm also progressively disappointed with how the onetime pride of NZ, Russell Coutts, has shown that he is more than willing to sign on as a syndicate's hired gun, regardless of how unctuous a yachting campaign may be offering employment. He's chasing slimy money now.

posted by beaverboard at 02:19 PM on August 13, 2013

If Ellison really thought that the masses were going to flock to watch a bunch of billionaires race their fucking yachts around, he truly is delusional.

posted by dfleming at 02:23 PM on August 13, 2013

They were fishing them off the piers in Newport when Ted Turner raced. People even turned out to see Dennis Conner and his stupid permanently zinc oxide nose.

Yes, I am still bitter about the Cup being gone, why do you ask?

posted by yerfatma at 03:22 PM on August 13, 2013

he truly is delusional

Ellison does whatever to whomever wherever he wants.

Be careful what you post about the guy, he's got the knowledge and means to go Heisenberg on you.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:25 PM on August 13, 2013

I think baseball needs to improve its drug testing.

posted by yerfatma at 03:36 PM on August 13, 2013

From the Eskander Betstar site, The following definition:

Boat race: A race with a number of non-triers, which is said to be fixed for one horse to win.

Sounds like America's Cup racing might just be filling the definition quite nicely. Perhaps the 12-meter yachts ought to be brought back. They were beautiful craft, and sailing them required teamwork, solid judgment of wind and current, and a good-sized element of luck. True enough, watching a 12-meter race was not a thrill-a-minute event, but for those who appreciate the sport there was nothing better. Trying to tailor the sport to attract TV ratings reveals nothing but a desire to turn the sport into money. Such things as yacht racing satisfy their own fans, and those who do not appreciate them need not watch. I grew up within sight and sound of salt water, and some of my happier moments were spent at sea. I'll watch an America's Cup race because I like sailing as an event, but turning it into a technology race doesn't satisfy my sense of the aesthetics of the thing.

posted by Howard_T at 05:50 PM on August 13, 2013

I think baseball needs to improve its drug testing.

The top rated comment about this being a Barry Bonds biopic is both racist as all hell and funny as all hell. I'm conflicted.

posted by dfleming at 06:57 PM on August 13, 2013


posted by yerfatma at 10:28 PM on August 13, 2013

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