Eagles open as biggest Super Bowl underdogs since 2009

“The Philadelphia Eagles are the biggest Super Bowl underdogs since 2009,” as ESPN is reporting.

“The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas on Sunday installed the Eagles as 5.5-point underdogs to the New England Patriots for Super Bowl LII.

“Other sportsbooks went higher. The Wynn opened at New England minus-6.5, and Caesars Palace and Station Casinos each made the Patriots minus-6.

“William Hill’s Nevada book went a touch lower, with New England opening as a 5-point favorite. The Super Bowl over/under was set at 47.5.

“Led by quarterback Tom Brady, who was playing with tape on his throwing hand to protect a cut that required more than 10 stitches, the Patriots escaped with a win.

“The Patriots will be looking for their second straight Super Bowl title and third in the past four seasons when they take on the Eagles on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

“The betting favorite has won 33 of the previous 51 Super Bowls.

“Philadelphia is the largest Super Bowl underdog since the Arizona Cardinals were seven-point underdogs to the Pittsburgh Steelersin Super Bowl XLIII.”

The rest of the article is here.

The Union columnist Boardman poops on the local hospital

“This merger is all about who gets to decide where and how you get your medical care. Unless Grass Valley is somehow protected from trends that are impacting everybody else, it probably means you’ll get less of your future care in a hospital setting and more of it in clinics, doctors’ offices, surgery centers and even drug stores. . . .We should be thankful we’re relatively close to the Sacramento area.” — The Union columnist George Boardman

Boardman is referring to Dignity Health’s previously announced merger with Catholic Health Initiatives. Dignity owns our local hospital, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

But when you read the column, it is nothing more than sheer speculation based on generalities — without even bothering to contact the hospital for comment.

It’s reckless journalism at best. Is this what The Union calls “community journalism?” LOL.


“Make your business about more than the snowfall”





From Sierra FoodWineArt magazine: 

What a hoot! The introduction to our magazine’s winter issue, which begins circulating next week, begins with a quote we chose from Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz: “Make your business about much more than the snowfall.” We go on to talk about how Katz and competing resorts have reinvigorated their businesses with acquisitions, season passes, investments, and winter “experiences.”

This weekend, Barron’s has a cover article covering the same theme for Vail Resorts (ticker: MTN): “It was a transaction-based business with a lot of seasonality around weather, and cyclicality around the company. Rob Katz bought this business in 2006 and undertook this transformation. As bad as the weather has been out West this season, we believe Vail will hit its numbers this year.” It includes a lot of the same details as our cover article.

We’re proud to have mirrored the Barron’s kind of analysis in our regional lifestyle magazine Sierra FoodWineArt for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, locals and travelers. We credit it to our years of experience writing business articles at The San Francisco Chronicle and the startup CNET, sold to CBS. It’s been good preparation for this venture. Look for our winter issue next week — in full-color print, digital and a custom mobil edition. It’s a fun and educational issue.

Renowned artist Van Howd working on a statue to honor Nevada City’s heritage

Editor’s note: I was excited to see this post on Facebook. We are longtime friends and fans of Doug, have visited his studio and featured his bronze artwork in our magazine. One example is here.

“Since 2010 The Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City, CA, have worked to honor Nevada City’s connection to that great human rights issue … The 19th Amendment … the right for Women to vote in America,” Dave Parker wrote on his Facebook page.

“Today was a huge step towards fulfilling our goal of a statue unveiled in Nevada City August 2020 which is the 100th birthday of the 19th. Our team ( seen here L to R Sparky, Pearce Boyer, John Boyer, Beth Ann Wilson and Artist Doug Van Howd) met at internationally known artist Doug Van Howd Studio/Foundry and saw the clay model of what will be a life size bronze.

“A very exciting step for sure but many more steps to go. Hopefully in April 2018 we will unveil the bronze of this model. Stay tuned, get on board with this salute and of course Viva Art !”

California Secretary of State to address BOS on Tuesday

Gregory J. Diaz, the Nevada County Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters, welcomes the California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, to Nevada County on January 23, at 11 a.m. at the Eric Rood Government Center for a scheduled agenda item before the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.

“Having Mr. Alex Padilla, our Secretary of State is the best voter outreach there is for the constituents of Nevada County. I am pleased and honored to have our esteemed Secretary of State address our Board of Supervisors on the merits of the California Voter Choice Act.”

Voter’s Choice Act, SB450, sponsored by the California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, provides Californian’s greater options for when, where and how to cast a ballot. With declining voter turnout, this bill was introduced to encourage participation with a modern approach to elections.

—Elections Office

Apple steps up U.S. investment and job creation

A sheet metal fabricator saw-cuts material for Apple’s data center expansion in Reno, Nevada.

I had the pleasure of writing and editing stories about Apple Computer going back to the ’80s, including interviews with Steve Jobs and others. It included some “scoops,” such as the boardroom drama including the  departure and return of Jobs to the firm he co-founded.

Since we “semi-retired” to the Sierra Foothills (AKA from business journalism, where ethics bar direct stock ownership), we have been proud Apple shareholders — a good call.

Along with CNET stock, Apple stock has been “currency” used to launch our small publishing business (our FoodWineArt magazine, the Placer County Visitor Guide, and Nevada County Artist & Gallery Guide we publish and others), save for our son’s college, and more.

This week Apple announced it might well bring back home almost all of its $250 billion in foreign cash. The numbers are staggering considering its humble roots going back to the mid-70s.

Apple’s contribution to the U.S. economy will jump to $350 billion over the next five years and create over 20,000 jobs. It now creates and supports over $2 million jobs. It plans to announce the location of another Apple campus later this year. It also is expanding a data center in Reno.

I bought our son a book for Christmas — “Steve Jobs” by longtime Time magazine journalist Walter Isaacson, whom I met when I worked there in college — and it is an excellent biography.

“Mr. Isaacson takes his readers back to the time when laptops, desktops and windows were metaphors, not everyday realities,” as the New York Times review observes. “His book ticks off how each of the Apple innovations that we now take for granted first occurred to Mr. Jobs or his creative team.”

I remember Jobs coming to our offices at CNET and hinting at an iPhone. Now it generates most of Apple’s revenue.

Sneak peek at the winter cover of our magazine

“Make your business about much more than the snowfall.” — Vail Resorts CEO Robert Katz.

Here’s a sneak peek at the cover of our winter issue, focusing on Ski Resorts 2.0 (how ski areas are reinventing themselves), ski towns, and the “next” ski towns (which are more affordable with good restaurants, and arts and culture). We’ve got some “scoops” and a look at 2018 food trends — in print, digital and mobile friendly formats. (Photo: Kial James)