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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby googleeph2 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:53 pm

Will be veeery interesting to see the owners approve the next couple owners, regardless of team.

Do they look extra hard at them? Probably, but it will be fun to compare them to Haslam.

I forget and am lazy. But I believe DeBartolo's indiscretions came after his being accepted by the league.
Haslam's problems pre-date the vetting process.

Say I am a prospective owner, and I really want a team and can afford it, and I am legally above reproach. Say the league doesn't want me- do I have a Haslam card to play? I suppose the NFL has the right to say no to anyone, without owing reasons...
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby mattvan1 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:32 pm

noles1 wrote:By almost any writer (King covered it in MMQB today) in NFL circles this is a HUGE story. Nearly everything I have read compares it to Eddie D in San Fran with all indications being that it may take Jimmy a miracle to keep the team thru all the investigation and likely indictments.

Basically what could save him is the Company being able to stop-gap the blame before it gets up to Haslam's level. The Compton situation though could still put things in jeopardy nonetheless.


The same Peter King article that suggests Jim Brown would be a good owner? Agreed things are heating up, one week later (of course the tradegy in Boston had a lot to do with the initial lack of coverage).

I still maintain this will have little or no effect on the Browns. Other than the owner is a lying fucking crook, which might mean the perpetual suck continues well into the future.

No way the NFL makes any move until the indictments are handed down, which I doubt will happen. Jimmahs bro will help broker some settlement, Pilot Flying J pays a fine, some sales guys get fired, and the Browns will continue to wander aimlessly through this season and many more.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby bookelly » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:40 pm

Love the PD photo today of the FJ Corp Head with a bunch of weeds growing wildly out front. I guess the hick couldn't afford a gardener.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby kman_holla8 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:45 pm

googleeph2 wrote:Will be veeery interesting to see the owners approve the next couple owners, regardless of team.

Do they look extra hard at them? Probably, but it will be fun to compare them to Haslam.

I forget and am lazy. But I believe DeBartolo's indiscretions came after his being accepted by the league.
Haslam's problems pre-date the vetting process.

Say I am a prospective owner, and I really want a team and can afford it, and I am legally above reproach. Say the league doesn't want me- do I have a Haslam card to play? I suppose the NFL has the right to say no to anyone, without owing reasons...


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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby justmebd » Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:47 pm

mattvan1 wrote:
noles1 wrote:By almost any writer (King covered it in MMQB today) in NFL circles this is a HUGE story. Nearly everything I have read compares it to Eddie D in San Fran with all indications being that it may take Jimmy a miracle to keep the team thru all the investigation and likely indictments.

Basically what could save him is the Company being able to stop-gap the blame before it gets up to Haslam's level. The Compton situation though could still put things in jeopardy nonetheless.


The same Peter King article that suggests Jim Brown would be a good owner? Agreed things are heating up, one week later (of course the tradegy in Boston had a lot to do with the initial lack of coverage).

I still maintain this will have little or no effect on the Browns. Other than the owner is a lying fucking crook, which might mean the perpetual suck continues well into the future.

No way the NFL makes any move until the indictments are handed down, which I doubt will happen. Jimmahs bro will help broker some settlement, Pilot Flying J pays a fine, some sales guys get fired, and the Browns will continue to wander aimlessly through this season and many more.

Gotta disagree here on a few things. Part of this investigation HAD to be politically motivated, so I think he can kiss any help from his brother goodbye, I just don't think it will happen.

The Feds WANT Jimmah, not the head sales guy, so keep that in mind.

I do agree the NFL won't do a thing until the Indictments are handed down, but I think that will happen right around the time training camps open, because the Feds LOVE to fuck with people they already have the goods on.

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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby mattvan1 » Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:28 am

justmebd wrote:
mattvan1 wrote:
noles1 wrote:By almost any writer (King covered it in MMQB today) in NFL circles this is a HUGE story. Nearly everything I have read compares it to Eddie D in San Fran with all indications being that it may take Jimmy a miracle to keep the team thru all the investigation and likely indictments.

Basically what could save him is the Company being able to stop-gap the blame before it gets up to Haslam's level. The Compton situation though could still put things in jeopardy nonetheless.


The same Peter King article that suggests Jim Brown would be a good owner? Agreed things are heating up, one week later (of course the tradegy in Boston had a lot to do with the initial lack of coverage).

I still maintain this will have little or no effect on the Browns. Other than the owner is a lying fucking crook, which might mean the perpetual suck continues well into the future.

No way the NFL makes any move until the indictments are handed down, which I doubt will happen. Jimmahs bro will help broker some settlement, Pilot Flying J pays a fine, some sales guys get fired, and the Browns will continue to wander aimlessly through this season and many more.

Gotta disagree here on a few things. Part of this investigation HAD to be politically motivated, so I think he can kiss any help from his brother goodbye, I just don't think it will happen.

The Feds WANT Jimmah, not the head sales guy, so keep that in mind.

I do agree the NFL won't do a thing until the Indictments are handed down, but I think that will happen right around the time training camps open, because the Feds LOVE to fuck with people they already have the goods on.

This season is totally screwed.


You make some valid points. This season has always totally screwed; now even more so.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby Hikohadon » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:22 am

mattvan1 wrote:This season has always totally screwed; now even more so.


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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby Love child of shawn kemp » Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:30 am

I think we're good. Jimmy suspended some salespeople. Crisis averted.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby jb » Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:39 pm

Candidly, I think Trey skates legally in the end with some form of non-catastrophic (no jail but pleads down and faces a major fine) punishment. See also, Eddie D.

The key is whether the good ole boys and Rog puts up with the back eye. See also, Eddie D.

My guess: if Trey wants to outlive this badly enough he will. But after the indictment that seems almost inevitable he'll be fined and suspened by the NFL. Then Banner's Master Plan for total control of the Death Star will be complete. Laser in position in 3...2...1.

If Trey does fatally go down, let it be fast. Worst thing we need is yet more prolonged instability.

Since I think he's a doosh and has heretofar made nothing but putrid decisions, I hope it happens quickly. At $ 1 billion most large to move this pile of dung, I doubt it.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby jb » Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:41 pm

mattvan1 wrote:
noles1 wrote:By almost any writer (King covered it in MMQB today) in NFL circles this is a HUGE story. Nearly everything I have read compares it to Eddie D in San Fran with all indications being that it may take Jimmy a miracle to keep the team thru all the investigation and likely indictments.

Basically what could save him is the Company being able to stop-gap the blame before it gets up to Haslam's level. The Compton situation though could still put things in jeopardy nonetheless.


The same Peter King article that suggests Jim Brown would be a good owner? Agreed things are heating up, one week later (of course the tradegy in Boston had a lot to do with the initial lack of coverage).

I still maintain this will have little or no effect on the Browns. Other than the owner is a lying fucking crook, which might mean the perpetual suck continues well into the future.

No way the NFL makes any move until the indictments are handed down, which I doubt will happen. Jimmahs bro will help broker some settlement, Pilot Flying J pays a fine, some sales guys get fired, and the Browns will continue to wander aimlessly through this season and many more.



No way.

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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby peeker643 » Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:23 pm

Oh Shit...

http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2013/ ... ard-times/

Here's how it worked: Pilot Flying J secured business from certain trucking clients by offering discount rates if those companies bought fuel from Pilot Flying J stations exclusively. Certain discount rates, called "Cost Plus" discounts, were based on an index that tracked the average price that gas stations pay for fuel nationwide. Pilot Flying J would sell customers a discount based on that index, calculated by the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS), plus a set number of cents per-gallon. Clients paid full price for the gas at the pump, then Pilot Flying J would cut them a rebate check each month.

But not everybody can monitor the index. According to a white paper by fuel card company Wex, "The expense of accessing OPIS data services -- upwards of tens of thousands of dollars per year -- creates a firewall between the fleet company and its pricing provider."

Pilot Flying J, the affidavit suggests, abused that firewall, especially for smaller "less sophisticated" customers. Certain associates would gauge whether or not clients monitored the index. If it seemed like they didn't, sales associates at Pilot Flying J allegedly cut those clients a rebate check for much less than they had earned. The deception benefited individual employees' sales-commission numbers as well as the company's bottom line.

But here, Pilot employees explain it best. An undercover FBI informant recorded Brian Mosher, director of sales for national accounts at Pilot, explaining the type of customer to screw over. "I'm sending cost-plus pricing to a guy that has absolutely no idea what cost-plus pricing is. [That] guy does not deserve premium pricing from us, in my opinion, because he's not willing to go back and do all the work on it."

Or, perhaps more graphically by Pilot VP of sales John Freeman, during a meeting on October 25, 2012: "Hey, this is a game. We're playin' fuckin' poker with funny money, and its liar's poker with funny money because of all this cost-plus stuff.

"So, you know, I'm not, I don't want to get into a moral or ethical conversation, because I believe that if a guy's gonna butt-fuck you then we got to go to butt-fuckin' him harder … "
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby Hikohadon » Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:31 pm

I believe that if a guy's gonna butt-fuck you then we got to go to butt-fuckin' him harder


I'm not sure I agree with this sentiment.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby peeker643 » Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:35 pm

Hikohadon wrote:
I believe that if a guy's gonna butt-fuck you then we got to go to butt-fuckin' him harder


I'm not sure I agree with this sentiment.


Not to mention the grammatical errors. I mean, "we got to go to"??

Brutal. Where the fuck do these people go to school? Auburn?
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby jb » Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:05 pm

Hikohadon wrote:
I believe that if a guy's gonna butt-fuck you then we got to go to butt-fuckin' him harder


I'm not sure I agree with this sentiment.



+ 1

I'm thinking I'll, um, ahh, just pass on the anal sex entirely.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby jb » Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:08 pm

About all I can logically add is this. If anyone thinks that senior VPs know something likethis and the CEEO / President doesn't, esp one with an alleged "hands-on" management style, your kidding yourself.

I believe / speculate this will tie back to Trey inexorably.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby motherscratcher » Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:23 pm

Hikohadon wrote:
I believe that if a guy's gonna butt-fuck you then we got to go to butt-fuckin' him harder


I'm not sure I agree with this sentiment.


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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:31 pm

peeker643 wrote:
Hikohadon wrote:
I believe that if a guy's gonna butt-fuck you then we got to go to butt-fuckin' him harder


I'm not sure I agree with this sentiment.


Not to mention the grammatical errors. I mean, "we got to go to"??

Brutal. Where the fuck do these people go to school? Auburn?


I wonder if the Browns will employ this same strategy on draft night?
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby peeker643 » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:58 pm

jb wrote:About all I can logically add is this. If anyone thinks that senior VPs know something likethis and the CEEO / President doesn't, esp one with an alleged "hands-on" management style, your kidding yourself.

I believe / speculate this will tie back to Trey inexorably.


Amen. Pulling the plug on a few mid level humps and keeping them quiet with a lot of money ain't making this go away.

Jimmy knew what time it was. He was setting the fucking clocks.

Let him get what he deserves. Whatever that is.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby Hikohadon » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:52 am

The silver lining of this whole situation is that it has added the term "cost-plussing" to our vernacular.

I believe it is a synonym for "butt-fucking".

As in "The Browns got cost-plussed by the Dolphins on Sunday to start the season in gloomy fashion."
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby jb » Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:57 am

Hikohadon wrote:The silver lining of this whole situation is that it has added the term "cost-plussing" to our vernacular.

I believe it is a synonym for "butt-fucking".

As in "The Browns got cost-plussed by the Dolphins on Sunday to start the season in gloomy fashion."



Yep. Already done.

What Cost-Plussing scene was more disturbing? Deliverance or American Me?
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby Hikohadon » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:42 am

jb wrote:
Hikohadon wrote:The silver lining of this whole situation is that it has added the term "cost-plussing" to our vernacular.

I believe it is a synonym for "butt-fucking".

As in "The Browns got cost-plussed by the Dolphins on Sunday to start the season in gloomy fashion."



Yep. Already done.

What Cost-Plussing scene was more disturbing? Deliverance or American Me?


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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby rk » Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:01 pm

jb wrote:+ 1

I'm thinking I'll, um, ahh, just pass on the anal sex entirely.


So spooning dudes is kosher but butt sex passes a line.

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Unread postby rk » Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:09 pm

I think it's worth noting that the FBI likely had Haslem's phone tapped over the last year.

I believe that will be the biggest concern of Roger Goodell. Particularly if any conversations regarding promises of political support from the Haslem's in Tennessee as part of the ownership sign off by the NFL.

I have not read the affidavit and have not seen any direct quotes from Haslem so either the FBI really is not that focused on him or they just didn't need his information for the execution of the search warrant. They only use the minimum amount of information necessary. If they are really targeting Haslem than it would seem to make sense to keep what they have on him out of the lime light until they're ready to press charges.

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Unread postby e0y2e3 » Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:32 pm

Why would any NFL - Haslam convos end up as evidence? I am sure they exist and are probably damning as hell, but no way that sees the light of day.
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Unread postby justmebd » Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:17 pm

e0y2e3 wrote:Why would any NFL - Haslam convos end up as evidence? I am sure they exist and are probably damning as hell, but no way that sees the light of day.

For once, you make a valid point.

As long as the conversations did not involve screwing other trucking companies, they never would be admitted as evidence.

Of course, if they decide to pursue other charges as a result of those conversations, then things could get interesting.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby jb » Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:28 pm

rk wrote:
jb wrote:+ 1

I'm thinking I'll, um, ahh, just pass on the anal sex entirely.


So spooning dudes is kosher but butt sex passes a line.

I find knowing your limits helps me understand your takes better.



Taylor rolled into me. There were no attempts at any Cost Plussing.

get better chairs to chash in drunkenly and stretch out and its not an issue.
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Unread postby jb » Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:30 pm

I hope the NFL is freaked out and moved to Kiam Trey ASAP.

Even if he skates on all of this, he's proven himself to be a terrible owner. Best thing that could happen is to move him out quickly.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby Hikohadon » Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:46 pm

rk wrote:I have not read the affidavit and have not seen any direct quotes from Haslem so either the FBI really is not that focused on him or they just didn't need his information for the execution of the search warrant. They only use the minimum amount of information necessary. If they are really targeting Haslem than it would seem to make sense to keep what they have on him out of the lime light until they're ready to press charges.


Probably a bingo.

Remember Jimmy's initial statement about the FBI invasion. Spoke of this being about "rebates to an insignificant number of customers".

I don't think he uses such dismissive language to describe a situation that he truly knows nothing about and is just discovering.

Jimmy's the prize kill, not Mr. Buttfuck. I'd be shocked if they don't have plenty o' dirt to take him down.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby jb » Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:50 pm

Hikohadon wrote:
rk wrote:I have not read the affidavit and have not seen any direct quotes from Haslem so either the FBI really is not that focused on him or they just didn't need his information for the execution of the search warrant. They only use the minimum amount of information necessary. If they are really targeting Haslem than it would seem to make sense to keep what they have on him out of the lime light until they're ready to press charges.


Probably a bingo.

Remember Jimmy's initial statement about the FBI invasion. Spoke of this being about "rebates to an insignificant number of customers".

I don't think he uses such dismissive language to describe a situation that he truly knows nothing about and is just discovering.

Jimmy's the prize kill, not Mr. Buttfuck. I'd be shocked if they don't have plenty o' dirt to take him down.



Mister BuFu is a full bird senior VP. In most organizations anything important those folks know is known by the pres/CEO, esp in a private family company. It is inconeivable that Try didn't know.

Now do they have the smoking gun that will hold up in court? IDK.

But remember; the standard of taint in the NFL isn't conviction. It's going to trial. See also, Eddie D.

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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby rk » Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:58 pm

e0y2e3 wrote:Why would any NFL - Haslam convos end up as evidence? I am sure they exist and are probably damning as hell, but no way that sees the light of day.


If the subpoena used for the placement of a listening device was broad enough to be looking for any criminal activity - not just criminal activity related to this screwing of their luddite business partners - then they would likely be intereted in what was discussed. In terms of anti-trust, political influence, spoken but not written NFL owner policies, etc. you have to imagine some of those things were touched on over the phone.

But even if there isn't anything criminal in nature I'm fairly confident that they would care that recordings like these might even exist. The internal conversations of a prospective owner and Goodel (not to mention other owners) would likely pierce the PR image that the NFL likes to maintain. Plenty of organizations like Wikileaks would have no problem releasing those if they got a hold of them even if Julian probably has no clue what the NFL is.

I think I would be more concerned if I was Bill Haslam than Roger Goodell but both are certainly wondering what they've talked to Jimmy about in the last year or two.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby Hikohadon » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:06 pm

rk wrote:
e0y2e3 wrote:Why would any NFL - Haslam convos end up as evidence? I am sure they exist and are probably damning as hell, but no way that sees the light of day.


If the subpoena used for the placement of a listening device was broad enough to be looking for any criminal activity - not just criminal activity related to this screwing of their luddite business partners - then they would likely be intereted in what was discussed. In terms of anti-trust, political influence, spoken but not written NFL owner policies, etc. you have to imagine some of those things were touched on over the phone.

But even if there isn't anything criminal in nature I'm fairly confident that they would care that recordings like these might even exist. The internal conversations of a prospective owner and Goodel (not to mention other owners) would likely pierce the PR image that the NFL likes to maintain. Plenty of organizations like Wikileaks would have no problem releasing those if they got a hold of them even if Julian probably has no clue what the NFL is.

I think I would be more concerned if I was Bill Haslam than Roger Goodell but both are certainly wondering what they've talked to Jimmy about in the last year or two.

I could very well be mistaken, but I believe I heard a conversation on the radio that taped media could only be used as evidence in TN if it were "consensually" recorded, which in that state is defined by one of the parties involved having knowledge that it was being taped.

A conversation between 2 unaware parties - such as Goodell and Haslam - therefore would not be admissible as evidence. In that scenario, assuming that scenario is accurate.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby jb » Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:24 am

Try met with Rog Tuesday. Think Rog kissed him on both cheeks?
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby rk » Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:49 am

Hikohadon wrote:I could very well be mistaken, but I believe I heard a conversation on the radio that taped media could only be used as evidence in TN if it were "consensually" recorded, which in that state is defined by one of the parties involved having knowledge that it was being taped.

A conversation between 2 unaware parties - such as Goodell and Haslam - therefore would not be admissible as evidence. In that scenario, assuming that scenario is accurate.


Tapes without a subpoena. IE. If Linda Tripp recorded her conversation with Monica while they were both living in Tenny that wouldn't be admissable and Bill would still be smoking cigars in his study on a regular basis.

But I'm sure the feds had a subpoena which would make the easedropping laws moot. It's also a federal case and conversations between the Haslams (with Jimmy visiting C-Town and Bill in Tenny) or between Rog and Jimmy likely were across state lines.

This is all assuming he is the target but it would seem fairly silly if he wasn't.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby e0y2e3 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:00 am

jb wrote:Try met with Rog Tuesday. Think Rog kissed him on both cheeks?


You keep forgetting that Eddie Jr. was never a good ole boy like this NFL crew. His Y-town ties and crew weren't like these guys are.

I think this Price-Fixing Case may very well prove that this new age NFL good-ole boy network is unbreakable.

Now if it were that foreign guy in Jacksonville, his ass would already have been booted.
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Unread postby e0y2e3 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:00 am

The NFL is untouchable by the FEDs though rk, don't forget that.

Pro sports have managed to skirt labor law and reality forever and the Feds aren't about to tear down that curtain now because they have a few phone calls confirming what everyone in the country already knows.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby peeker643 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:57 pm

I hope two things given what we have read and can ascertain:

1. I hope Jimmy knew about all of this.
2. I hope he gets away with it.

Why?

1. Because if he didn't know about it then he's a fucking dumbass who you don't want running your show.
2. Because if he can't away with it then he's a fucking dumbass who you don't want running your show.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby e0y2e3 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:59 pm

His head of national sales worked from home mostly without showering and in shorts.

I'm sure Redneck is a grade A CEO when on the straight and narrow!
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby jb » Wed May 29, 2013 2:40 pm

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/05/charges_filed_in_pilot_flying.html

And away we go.....

Soon we learn if the buck stops here or if the canaries are warming up.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby peeker643 » Wed May 29, 2013 2:51 pm

jb wrote:http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/05/charges_filed_in_pilot_flying.html

And away we go.....

Soon we learn if the buck stops here or if the canaries are warming up.


Says they already plead, right?

Meaning those canaries have sung if they were going to.

But you're right in that we'll know soon.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby jb » Wed May 29, 2013 2:59 pm

peeker643 wrote:
jb wrote:http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/05/charges_filed_in_pilot_flying.html

And away we go.....

Soon we learn if the buck stops here or if the canaries are warming up.


Says they already plead, right?

Meaning those canaries have sung if they were going to.

But you're right in that we'll know soon.



Ur right.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby justmebd » Wed May 29, 2013 4:51 pm

jb wrote:
peeker643 wrote:
jb wrote:http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/05/charges_filed_in_pilot_flying.html

And away we go.....

Soon we learn if the buck stops here or if the canaries are warming up.


Says they already plead, right?

Meaning those canaries have sung if they were going to.

But you're right in that we'll know soon.



Ur right.

This is "take the deal and turn state's evidence in exchange for leniency." That's why everything happened out of the blue this morning. This is not going to end well for Haslem -- or the Browns.

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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby swerb » Wed May 29, 2013 5:01 pm

I hope you're right. Faster this crooked hick gets run out of CTown the better.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby Hikohadon » Wed May 29, 2013 5:29 pm

justmebd wrote:This is "take the deal and turn state's evidence in exchange for leniency." That's why everything happened out of the blue this morning. This is not going to end well for Haslem -- or the Browns.

I hope I'm wrong.


With Swerb on this, the sooner this ends badly for Haslam, the better it will end for the Browns. And there I was when he bought the team all pissed cuz I thought we were stuck with him forever.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby justmebd » Wed May 29, 2013 8:25 pm

Hikohadon wrote:
justmebd wrote:This is "take the deal and turn state's evidence in exchange for leniency." That's why everything happened out of the blue this morning. This is not going to end well for Haslem -- or the Browns.

I hope I'm wrong.


With Swerb on this, the sooner this ends badly for Haslam, the better it will end for the Browns. And there I was when he bought the team all pissed cuz I thought we were stuck with him forever.

Actually, not a Haslem fan at all. I'm just worried about what happens next. I was all excited about Haslem buying the team for about two days until I started reading more and getting one of "those feelings."

Then when he bolted at the beginning of the year, my Bullshit Meter went off the charts. I had no idea THIS is what was going to happen, but I just had one of those "Cleveland Fan" moments of complete dread right before John Fucking Elway ruins your day.

I think the NFL will try and stay on "Cleveland's Side," but you just never know.

But yeah, Fuck Haslem in the ear. Not a fan.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby Govbarney » Thu May 30, 2013 8:50 am

peeker643 wrote:I hope two things given what we have read and can ascertain:

1. I hope Jimmy knew about all of this.
2. I hope he gets away with it.

Why?

1. Because if he didn't know about it then he's a fucking dumbass who you don't want running your show.
2. Because if he can't away with it then he's a fucking dumbass who you don't want running your show.



Agreed, frankly I doubt there is a owner(or owners family) in the NFL who hasn't done some crooked shit to get to where they are. He just got caught.

I think he knew about it , and like many other of his ilk, I think he is going to get away with it , and come out stronger, much like Stienbrenner did after he got busted.

I can understand if you want the guy to crash and burn, because he is another corrupt billionaire, and your fed-up with all the in-equality in our economic and legal system. But purely as a Browns fan, I'm not so sure we will be better off if he is forced to sell. If he does sell what are we going to get... another Lerner , some conglomerate ownership group that really doesn't give a fuck, or some Saudi Prince who see's the team merely as a status symbol. Haslem is no doubt crooked fuck, but I get the impression he is a crooked fuck who genuinely wants to win football games. I know its a lesser of two evils thing, but ill take the devil I already know... unless of course like Peeker said he is a dumb-ass and cant get away with it.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby Hikohadon » Thu May 30, 2013 10:52 am

Govbarney wrote:
peeker643 wrote:I hope two things given what we have read and can ascertain:

1. I hope Jimmy knew about all of this.
2. I hope he gets away with it.

Why?

1. Because if he didn't know about it then he's a fucking dumbass who you don't want running your show.
2. Because if he can't away with it then he's a fucking dumbass who you don't want running your show.



Agreed, frankly I doubt there is a owner(or owners family) in the NFL who hasn't done some crooked shit to get to where they are. He just got caught.

I think he knew about it , and like many other of his ilk, I think he is going to get away with it , and come out stronger, much like Stienbrenner did after he got busted.

I can understand if you want the guy to crash and burn, because he is another corrupt billionaire, and your fed-up with all the in-equality in our economic and legal system. But purely as a Browns fan, I'm not so sure we will be better off if he is forced to sell. If he does sell what are we going to get... another Lerner , some conglomerate ownership group that really doesn't give a fuck, or some Saudi Prince who see's the team merely as a status symbol. Haslem is no doubt crooked fuck, but I get the impression he is a crooked fuck who genuinely wants to win football games. I know its a lesser of two evils thing, but ill take the devil I already know... unless of course like Peeker said he is a dumb-ass and cant get away with it.


Hopefully, what we'll get is an owner that doesn't make bad decisions.

Right now we have one.

Not at all saying I want a Lerner back since he made bad decisions too. But if you're gonna trade an owner in, you want it to be for an upgrade since you're stuck with the guy. Jimmy was NOT an upgrade.

Jimmy's running the show just the same way Lerner did - take (almost sight unseen) the schmoe the NFL is pushing on you and give him de facto control over the organization while you're off attending to more pressing matters.

I know people are averse to change yet again, but in the end you want to have the right guy(s) in place if you're going to get anything more than the occasional 2007 season. There's got to be a competent billionaire out there somewhere.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby Govbarney » Thu May 30, 2013 12:22 pm

Hikohadon wrote:
Govbarney wrote:
peeker643 wrote:I hope two things given what we have read and can ascertain:

1. I hope Jimmy knew about all of this.
2. I hope he gets away with it.

Why?

1. Because if he didn't know about it then he's a fucking dumbass who you don't want running your show.
2. Because if he can't away with it then he's a fucking dumbass who you don't want running your show.



Agreed, frankly I doubt there is a owner(or owners family) in the NFL who hasn't done some crooked shit to get to where they are. He just got caught.

I think he knew about it , and like many other of his ilk, I think he is going to get away with it , and come out stronger, much like Stienbrenner did after he got busted.

I can understand if you want the guy to crash and burn, because he is another corrupt billionaire, and your fed-up with all the in-equality in our economic and legal system. But purely as a Browns fan, I'm not so sure we will be better off if he is forced to sell. If he does sell what are we going to get... another Lerner , some conglomerate ownership group that really doesn't give a fuck, or some Saudi Prince who see's the team merely as a status symbol. Haslem is no doubt crooked fuck, but I get the impression he is a crooked fuck who genuinely wants to win football games. I know its a lesser of two evils thing, but ill take the devil I already know... unless of course like Peeker said he is a dumb-ass and cant get away with it.


Hopefully, what we'll get is an owner that doesn't make bad decisions.

Right now we have one.

Not at all saying I want a Lerner back since he made bad decisions too. But if you're gonna trade an owner in, you want it to be for an upgrade since you're stuck with the guy. Jimmy was NOT an upgrade.

Jimmy's running the show just the same way Lerner did - take (almost sight unseen) the schmoe the NFL is pushing on you and give him de facto control over the organization while you're off attending to more pressing matters.

I know people are averse to change yet again, but in the end you want to have the right guy(s) in place if you're going to get anything more than the occasional 2007 season. There's got to be a competent billionaire out there somewhere.


You don't even want to wait one full season to decide whether or not the guy is a upgrade? The group this guy put together, has done zero on the field yet, and you already want to say he is NOT a upgrade over Lerner... mathematically a actual blind squirrel could have been a upgrade over Lerner. Shouldn't wins and losses be used to dictate "upgrade", and not how he runs his non-football business.

and I doubt there is a line of competent billionairs in waiting to come to Cleveland, look at the goat rope St. Louis had to go through when it was on the market.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby swerb » Thu May 30, 2013 3:30 pm

It's all moot. Halsam is toast. Two employees already pled guilty and working with the Feds.

The NFL will own the Browns before summer is over and be courting new buyers.

Take it to the bank.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby Hikohadon » Thu May 30, 2013 6:54 pm

Govbarney wrote:You don't even want to wait one full season to decide whether or not the guy is a upgrade? The group this guy put together, has done zero on the field yet, and you already want to say he is NOT a upgrade over Lerner... mathematically a actual blind squirrel could have been a upgrade over Lerner. Shouldn't wins and losses be used to dictate "upgrade", and not how he runs his non-football business.

and I doubt there is a line of competent billionairs in waiting to come to Cleveland, look at the goat rope St. Louis had to go through when it was on the market.


I personally feel he's made nothing but poor decisions since he's come here, both with the Browns and Flying J. I have very little hope that he will get it done here. I know it's completely unfair to not give him a season blah blah blah, but I've seen enough bad players/coaches/front office types come down the road that you just knew weren't going to get it done. So "giving them the season" just wasted a season. You only "give those guys a season" if you have no other options.

If they could've fired Pat Shurmur the week after he got hired, that also wouldn't have been unfair. And it also would've saved us from 2 years of Shurmur. We waited his full 2 seasons to "decide" whether or not the guy was competent when you knew right from the beginning that it was unlikely to happen.

AT THIS TIME, I feel Haslam is the owner equivalent of a Shurmur.

That could always change, and I will happily admit I was mistaken about good ol' Jimmy.

And I don't care if they have to go through a goat rope to get a new owner as long as he's the right guy. Clearly, I don't think Jim Bob is it.
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Re: FBI Locks Down Flying J Headquarters

Unread postby justmebd » Thu May 30, 2013 8:48 pm

swerb wrote:It's all moot. Halsam is toast. Two employees already pled guilty and working with the Feds.

The NFL will own the Browns before summer is over and be courting new buyers.

Take it to the bank.

YES Ten times to this.

We'll have a lame duck front office and coaching staff by Week One. No one in Berea is going to give a shit what this team does because they'll already be sending out their resumes and trying to be the first one out the door before the next billionaire fires everybody and starts over.

The coaches will want to win to try and secure jobs in other places, but once the players see what's coming down the pike, they'll go into "Play not to get injured" mode and we'll be looking at another 2-14ish season.

So yeah, Fuck Haslem in the Goat Ass.
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