First things first.
The World Series begins tonight in Boston.
Oh, what I would pay to be a fly on the Green Monster at Fenway Park.
The new kids on the block (the Colorado Rockies) visit the tradition-laden Red Sox.
Although, I'm in a bit of a quandary as to who to root for.
Remembering that at heart, I'm a Yankees, Astros, and Rangers fan (in that order).
And remembering that I'm also a big American League booster.
But also remembering that I love to see the game evolve and think it's very exciting that the Rockies are playing their first World Series.
And most importantly, remembering I have good friends in both cities...well, may I just say "May the best team win," and "Go Rocky Sox!"
Nice punt, huh?
Meanwhile, you won't see any punting going on at Google, whose major page rank update on large scale link farms is putting the hurt on those sites heavily dependent on cross linking.
If your page rank is flitting about about now, now you know why.
Meanwhile, rumors abound about the "white-hot Facebook investment sweepstakes" continues with great fervor, with the New York Post reporting today that Google is outpacing Microsoft to take a stake of between 5 and 10 percent of Facebook and that a deal will be announced in the next 24-48 hours.
I've told some of my own troops inside Big Blue in the past that I believed Facebook's pre-IPO worth would be worth around $10B.
Turns out I may have been aiming low, as the Post is suggesting a 10 percent stake could cost Google or Microsoft as much as $1.5B!
Can Microsoft really afford to lose this game of Web 2.0 negotiation hardball?
They already lost DoubleClick to Google at the negotiating table, and their Facebook ad deal will likely come unravelled if Google wins this investment round.
Henry Blodget posts that, on the other hand, if Microsoft does outbid the Goog they will likely overpay and "won't get much for its money," because Facebook will "no doubt extract [other] concessions" like great pricing on ad sales, full control, etc.
On second thought, forget what I said about being a fly on the Green Monster tonight.
There's too good a chance I'll get smacked by a Manny Ramirez line drive, and I'd much rather be a fly overseeing Mark Zuckerberg's negotiating table for the next 24 hours.