Posts Tagged ‘Americas Cup’

An America’s Cup Media Mystery: Who is the “Columnist” That Larry Ellison and His Lackeys are So Angry At? Is It CW Nevius?

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Here’s Larry Ellison do-boy Stephen Barclay from a few days back:

This sentiment is a far cry from the cynicism several columnists and reporters displayed only a few short weeks ago. Nothing is 100% perfect and everything is open to fair comment. But while the critics were quick to pounce earlier, where are the same columnists and reporters’ opinions now?”

And here’s San Francisco columnist and former #1 America’s Cup cheerleader CW Nevius from earlier on:

The Oracle racing team may have finally done the impossible – not win the America’s Cup in a competition designed to attract a new generation of enthusiasts, but turn people off to sailboat racing.

This week the team was caught cheating.

It’s been well documented that Oracle, the team that can’t sail straight, has turned the America’s Cup into a poorly attended bluegrass festival. We’ve already talked about how the promise of the Cup, majestic boats racing each other over the green waters of the bay, devolved to a single sailboat, “competing” alone, and then holding a press conference to discuss the “victory.”

We’ve supported the races in the Bay Area. The city of San Francisco has poured money and facilities into the extravaganza, and we were promised a global showcase, an international event.

Instead we got Alex Rodriguez – using illegal substances to gain an unfair advantage.”

“The entire Oracle operation is tightly controlled. The idea that a rogue worker sneaked on the boat and placed the performance-enhancing weights in exactly the right place (and on three different boats) without the higher-ups knowing is ridiculous.”

So Im thinking that CW Nevius is among the group of offending journalists what the Larry Ellison worker was complaining about.

Oh, and when the Oracle Team”USA” people (and also “Son of a Legend” Christopher Caen) talk about how “shocked” they were about Oracle getting punished for cheating, it was kind of obvious what was going to happen, so it wasn’t shocking at all. Also from CW:

“Now surely, the international jury isn’t going to throw the defending champion out of the finals. It is much more likely that it will make Oracle forfeit some races.”

And, as expected by Nevius and all others, that’s what happened.

Ah what else, oh, The Nevius has blocked me from his Twitter I’ve discovered, but, just saying, the dude’s name is spelled Barclay, not “Barkley.”

Maybe that’s another reason why he hates your guts, CW.

Now, on with the show…

Assignment Desk for Monday Morning, September 23rd, 2013 – Octavia Strike, Emirates Air, Bicycle Stings…

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

1. Hey, is a there a cracking large picket line* of construction workers at San Francisco’s failed Octavia “Boulevard” and Haight Street going on these days? Hell yes! Does it get started early in the AM? Apparently. Does it go 24-7? IDK. Does it sometime go around the block where a new building is going in?? Yes, with some people visible at Octavia and Market. This one writes itself, people!

2. Is there an empty jumbo jet from Emirates Airline just sitting around at SFO, just waiting to take Emirates Team New Zealand back Down Under except, uh oh, the team just can’t get its ninth victory in the America’s Cup Finals? Is it bad juju to plan on winning like this? (Some on the Team think so.) Or is it good planning? IDK. Anyway, I’d be looking for a big old honking Airbus A380 or a late-model Boeing 777. I mean, Emirates flies out of SFO all the time (they want to be the “hub for the world” and they just might make it someday) but they don’t have scheduled flights to NZ, that’s for sure. (Perhaps they always have a plane available for standby IDK)

3. The media covering the 34th America’s Cup boat race had no freaking idea that this debacle could go on for so long so they’ve lost their hotel reservations to the hard-charging Oracle OpenWorld convention? Isn’t it ironic, dontcha think? How is the AC having an economic impact if the town is full? What about the poor kiwi fans? Are they sleeping on couches these days? What about their plane tickets home?

4. The penalty for going outside of the America’s Cup rubric (basically meaning going straight to the New York Supreme Court, which confusingly is not the highest in that state) is that you lose the Cup. Well, if Larry Ellison has already lost the Auld Mug, say by next week, say by a very narrow margin, well then Katie bar the door. Remember the cheating penalty came from the International Jury that was set up by one LE and it was meant to punish not just the cheating but the environment allowed by management that is associated with the actions of all those people who were involved. LE has been involved in four ACs and he’s lost two of them so far. The time that he won he won in court, oh well. Oh and is there some international tax situation going on with Team NZ? Something to do with where certain people earn their pay. Maybe the International Jury will hear about this before this Cup ends? Just a rumour, Love.

5. Folsom Street inbound at 6th has been “improved” by SFGov in the recent past? Compare it with Folsom at 5th and Folsom at Fourth. I believe the yellow zebra stripes are au currant these days so that’s a clue. Now that right-turning truck was supposed to have pulled into the right lane, but is it a full lane? No it’s not. It’s been narrowed by the pedestrian bulb-out on the south side of the intersection, the place where that cyclist recently died in a collision. Did the bulb-out contribute to that death? Are bulb-outs bad for cyclists? Are they good for peds? Anyway, we don’t hear about similar deaths at old-school, unimproved 5th and Folsom…

6. The bicycle “sting” operations of citing cyclists for using the SFBC-approved Wiggle Route in the Lower Haight are back, baby. I don’t know if it’s every day that they do this, but last week two motorcycle cops had field days (as in more than one day, like on 9-17 and 9-20 for sure). Officer R. Scott parks his motorcycle and then points to all those people coming up from Duboce Park “1,2,3,4,5,6,” he says. Then everybody has to wait until he processes all the tickets for blowing the stop sign at Waller and Steiner, for instance. He says he’d rather be out answering the calls he gets on his radio, like an alleged hammer attack. Then he’ll talk about his Porsche. He’s extremely chill. So The CW Nevius and Stanley Roberts have been out there the past year, but the past week, well it’s been pretty intense, a renewed effort. I thought that the SFPD was giving up on this.

Ready steady go!

* What in the Hell is this, from

Historic Context Statement
Market and Octavia Neighborhood Plan Area
San Francisco, California?

http://www.sf-planning.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4688

Our Planning Department planned Octavia for picket lines???

“Picket lines, for instance, are a spatial expression of a labor grievance.”

WTF is this?

Hey, why not plan for the 24-7 traffic jam that’s there now? Why not plan for the traffic deaths _you_ caused, Planning Dept? Why not cancel left turns on Market and Octavia, you know to increase transit speed at the expense of the wealthy car drivers who live in Hayes Valley?

Anyway, have at it:

“Since labor conflict, whether internal or external, is often expressed in spatial terms, the built
environment of the workplace must be seen as an integral factor in the understanding of labor
disputes. Picket lines, for instance, are a spatial expression of a labor grievance. The questions of
precisely where picketers may or may not stand, whether they may block an entrance, how closely
they can approach ongoing work activities, and who may cross the line, are fundamental in the
conduct and resolution of a dispute. Contestation of these issues can lead to physical confrontations
or criminal penalties, and may determine the outcome of the conflict.
The relatively small scale of the built environment in the Industrial Employment Study Area had
advantages for strike activities. Picketers could assemble on public sidewalks immediately adjacent to
the business being struck, rather than being kept at a distance by fences or buffer zones on company
property. Likewise, the limited number of entrances to most of the buildings made it easier for
strikers to monitor access and inform visitors that the business was being struck. More generally, the
absence of street setbacks and the open design of the buildings allowed for easy surveillance of the
workplace. With the vehicular doors open, an observer could survey the entire shop in many of these
buildings. This facilitated monitoring who was working and what work was being done—valuable
information for union organizing or the conduct of a strike, as well as for individuals seeking work.
175 The term “open shop” refers to a situation where union membership is not a requirement for employment. In practice,
it generally describes conditions in which union membership actually disqualifies one for employment.
176 The term CIO originally stood for the Committee on Industrial Organization, a subgroup within the AFL. In 1937, the
group was expelled from the AFL. From that time until the two merged in 1955, CIO stood for Congress of Industrial
Unions. Since the merger, the resulting organization is known as the AFL/CIO.
177 The ACWA and ILGWU belonged to the “social unionism” wing of the CIO. Within th

Third-Largest Sporting Event in the World, on a Nice Saturday in the Marina, Just Before the First Race

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

“One million” visitors per day “expected.”

The Latest from Larry Ellison’s Cheating Oracle Team USA’s HQ on Team New Zealand: “Just Beat The Fuckers”

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

So Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill just Tweeted about something posted at OTUSA HQ for tout le monde to see.

It’s an image of the team noticeboard saying,

There is no “i” in: Just beat the Fuckers.”

Thusly:

I cry foul.

That’s hardly sporting, in’nt?

And the cheating scandal that Oracle is getting penalized for, that Oracle just might sue over after it loses, that was also about Problems with team management and also about lying to the International Jury, right?

San Francisco despises Larry Ellison for a reason or two, right?

Tiny Startup Poaches Larry Ellison’s Debaculous America’s Cup – Elephanti.Com Advertises to 1000’s for Free

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Hey, you know who hates, just hates, Larry Ellison right now, even though he’s a billionaire and could help out whenever a museum needs money and whatnot? SFGov!

And you who hates, just hates SFGov right now? That’s right, or course, Larry Ellison.

But one thing they agree on is that ya gots to pay for advertising to the America’s Cup crowd. So no flying billboards are allowed in the area, for example.

Well here comes Elephanti.com. Check it:

“Elephanti is the first online showroom for retail stores and venues, where retail businesses can list their products, services and menus. For shoppers, it’s the ultimate shopping app, helping them search and find where to buy the things they need.”

And here’s its boat, with an ad on the sails at the busiest ever time the 34th America’s Cup will ever experience, a minute before the start of the first race of the Finals:

This ad must have been seen by several thousands of people.

Well played, Elephanti.

(In Soviet Russia, elephant poaches you!)

Harsh: “Hitler Reacts to Oracle Team USA’s America’s Cup Loss” – This is How the “FaceBook Generation” Rolls

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

This bit here has elements that are somewhat old and hackneyed, and yet it’s also brand new and it’s also informative:

So Bloomberg TV Opens a Studio in San Francisco So It Can Give Us Vapid Coverage Like This?

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

What the Hell is this, a commercial for the America’s Cup?

Why not instead, hire this guy, Stu Woo of the Wall Street Journal?

He’s running circles around you.

Cheeky Devils! EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND (ETNZ) Allows Omega Watch to Advertise “AMERICA”S CUP? NOT FOR LONG”

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Can you believe this? This new 17-foot-tall ad from New Zealand sponsor Omega at the foot of Sansome Street is all:

“AMERICA”S CUP? NOT FOR LONG”

See? With a certified lead-free forward king post and everything:

Click to expand

So Omega is mocking Americah in Americah?

Well I never.

This is what I could find from the Google, not that you could easily find it, I’m srsly:

“AMERICA’S CUP? NOT FOR LONG. OMEGA proudly supports Emirates Team New Zealand in its campaign to re-claim sailing’s greatest trophy, the America’s Cup…”

I tell you, if my Icebreaker merino wool watch cap hadn’t cost so very very much, I’d burn it!

Absurd America’s Cup Press Release of the Day – Unpaid Attendance of Disastrous Event “Exceeds” Expectations! Rly?

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

I’ll tell you, I’d really get into this if I didn’t have to take care of Khaleesi and Arya today and, of course, Dothraki Language Camp is just around the corner so maybe after that I’ll have more time.

I’ve only had the chance to bold the more risible aspects of this Press Release from Fantasyland. Insert your own jokes – it’s easy.

Enjoy:

“Tickets to go on sale for Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Final beginning Tuesday

On Tuesday afternoon at 3:00pm, tickets for reserved grandstand seating at the America’s Cup Village at Marina Green will go on sale for the Semi Finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup at www.americascup.com.

The Semi Final pits Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge against Sweden’s resurgent Artemis Racing in a best-of-seven format beginning August 6.

Tickets for the Semi Final will be available in the East Grandstands and The Deck, positioned directly opposite the start line and the first mark of the racecourse where the boats approach the first turn of the race at maximum speeds near 50 mph.

It’s become clear that the America’s Cup Village at Marina Green is the place to be for the start of the races,” said Stephen Barclay, the CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority. “These seats will provide unbeatable views of not just the start of the races, but the top two-thirds of the race course.”

Construction of the grandstands begins today.

The release of additional tickets was made possible by Sunday’s confirmation that Artemis Racing was targeting a return to racing for the Semi Final. This, after Emirates Team New Zealand elected to advance directly to the Final which set up the Semi Final pairing of Luna Rossa vs. Artemis Racing.

Tickets for the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals (Emirates Team New Zealand vs. the winner of the Semi Final) and America’s Cup Finals (ORACLE TEAM USA vs. the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup) are already on sale.

“We’ve had great support from all the teams and it’s nice that everyone has recognized the effort our team has made to get on the water…” Artemis Racing skipper Iain Percy said on Sunday. “At the end of the process we’ll be good to get out there and race. We’re really looking forward to it.”

Ahead of Sunday’s press conference with the skippers of the three challengers, Barclay also paid tribute to the response from the public in San Francisco to the opening weeks of preliminary racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup Challenger Series.

“Over these opening weeks, we’ve had nearly 175,000 visitors at America’s Cup Park (on the Embarcadero at Piers 27/29) and over 25,000 at the America’s Cup Village (at Marina Green). That’s around 200,000 for the first three weeks which exceeds our expectations,” Barclay said. “So a big thank you from us to San Francisco for the way you’ve supported the early stages of the event.”

In electing to advance directly to the Louis Vuitton Cup Final, Emirates Team New Zealand also confirmed it would put its boat into the shed for modifications immediately, meaning the team will not race Tuesday’s match against Artemis Racing.

But Luna Rossa Challenge has indicated it plans to race on Thursday, when it is expected to sail the course alone in the last race of the Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robin.

Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robin Standings

  1. Emirates Team New Zealand 9-0 – 9 points (1 race remaining)
  2. Luna Rossa Challenge 4-5 – 4 points (1 race remaining)
  3. Artemis Racing 0-8 – 0 points (2 races remaining)

What’s This, All of a Sudden SFGov Thinks That There Just Might Be Something Wrong with the America’s Cup? Plus ONESF WTF?

Friday, July 26th, 2013

The news of the day:

Obviously all of us have disappointments about what we thought the America’s Cup might be and what it’s turning out to be,” he said. “I don’t think that’s a reason for us to throw up our hands, and say we agreed that we would pursue this but now we’re not going to to pursue this because we’re mad at the America’s Cup.”

OK, so when did it become “obvious” that “all of us” have “disappointment?” Was there a press release or something?

Oh, BTW, sainted Larry Ellison thinks you all are a bunch of jackasses and he says that you all will need to offer an even sweeter package for him to consider having his boat race here in 2016 (assuming he’ll have the chance.)

Oh look, a bus ad:

Dear Friends:

AM I YOUR FRIEND, REALLY? HEY “FRIEND!” HEY, DIDN’T YOU COMMIT PERJURY THREE TIMES LAST YEAR? WOULD YOU LIKE TO DISCUSS THE TWO CASES I’M TALKING ABOUT? ANYTIME! BUT I DON’T THINK EVERYBODY IN SF IS YOUR “FRIEND.”

All of San Francisco is united behind making the America’s Cup races a huge success.

THAT’S NOT TRUE AT ALL. AT THIS POINT, ABOUT HALF OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAD TROUBLE VOTING FOR A BOGUS AERIAL ADVERTISING BAN NEAR THE SO-CALLED “RACE COURSE.”

We are all part of ONESF: Celebrate the Cup and we are looking forward to our summer of sailing.

THAT’S NOT TRUE AT ALL. DO YOU BELIEVE _ANYTHING_ YOU SAY?

With the majestic San Francisco Bay serving as a natural amphitheater, for the first time in the history of the Cup, spectators will be able to view the race from the shoreline.

MEH. NOBODY CARES IRL

San Francisco is the proud host of The Cup.

NOT REALLY

After regaining the Cup in Valencia, Spain, Team USA (Oracle Racing) brought the Cup back to the US for the first time in more than 15 years, and the series of races will deliver significant economic development and jobs to the Bay Area, including a major investment in the San Francisco waterfront that will benefit the City for decades to come.

DID ORACLE RACING WIN BEFORE 2010? I DON’T THINK SO. LARRY ELLISON’S RECORD IN THE WORLD CUP IS 1-2 (.333). HIS VICTORY WAS _EXTREMELY_ BORING. IT WAS WON IN COURTROOMS. AND HOW ARE YOU SO SURE ABOUT THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT? MAYBE IT WON’T END UP BEING “SIGNIFICANT?” AND WEREN’T WE PAYING FOR THE CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL ANYWAY?

These races are heart pounding extreme action sports that appeal to both sailing and non-sailing fans alike.

THIS IS EXACTLY WRONG.

Building on its long legacy of technical innovation, the Cup has introduced new racing formats, faster boats and cutting-edge television graphics that are transforming the sport into an easy to understand, live spectator event for the first time in the Cup’s storied history.

THIS IS MOSTLY WRONG.

For three full months this summer, a series of high-intensity races and activities will take place along the San Francisco waterfront.

THIS IS MOSTLY WRONG.

The racing will take place in front of tens of thousands of spectators on San Francisco Bay with millions of live television and online viewers watching around the world.

WE’LL SEE. WHAT’S THE PAID ATTENDANCE SO FAR? OH, THAT LITTLE?

We are proud to have NBC as the Event’s broadcast partner in the United States. NBC and NBC Sports will broadcast all the important events live, and together with the international broadcast network (more than 190 countries and territories), these events will attract a cumulative global audience of millions.

WHAT KIND OF EVENT REQUIRES THE BROADCASTER TO GET PAID? I’LL TELL YOU, A SAD-SACK EVENT. AND WHY ISN’T LARRY ELLISON PAYING THE GENERAL FUND AN EVENT FEE?

We are excited for the international attention and economic development potential that The Cup has already brought to San Francisco, and those yet to be realized. Please join us as we truly stand tall as ONESF and together, Celebrate The Cup.

THIS THING IS A COMPLETE STINKBURGER, ONE THAT YOU YOURSELF DECIDED TO SKIP DURING THE OPENING CEREMONIES, RIGHT?

Sincerely,
Edwin M. Lee
Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco

PERHAPS YOU AND THE COMPLETE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WERE OUTNEGOTIATED HERE? PERHAPS GAVIN NEWSOM DIDN’T REALLY CARE HOW MUCH THE COMMONWEAL PAID BECAUSE HE WANTED TO BECOME THE “AMBASSADOR” OF THE AMERICA’S CUP? PERHAPS ED LEE MANAGES HIS PERSONAL FINANCIAL AFFAIRS BETTER THAN THE PUBLIC’S? WHY IS THAT?

HOW DID WE GET SO INVOLVED WITH LITTLE LARRY’S LITTLE BOAT RACE? WHAT CAN WE DO TO AVOID FUTURE FIASCOS LIKE THIS?

WE SHOULD HAVE A TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION WHEN THIS IS ALL DONE.

JUST SAYING.