Nike (NKE) has finally confessed that it has no decent explanation for why it made that disastrous TV ad in which Tiger Woods stares blankly while listening to the voice of his dead father. The ad was widely criticized as being either creepy or inappropriate, and some say it was the final straw that led to his wife's decision to divorce him. , Nike's vp of global brand and category management, was asked by Yahoo!'s Tech Ticker why the company made the video. His response a contradictory series of nonsensical, say nothing, PR approved bullet points reveals that Nike did not, in fact, have a rational reason for releasing the commercial. Managers take heed: Your company's acts will always be heavily scrutinized by your customers, competitors and investors. So if you're going to do something controversial, make sure you have a good explanation for it. (It's also yet another reminder that senior executives need to be given regular media training.) Edwards said Nike did the ad because "We really focus on him as a great athlete and that's the part that we care deeply about." At the same time, Edwards said, "we thought it was very important for the athlete's voice to get out." The problem here is that Tiger Woods's athleticism has nothing to do with his voice. Every appearance of Woods the voice only drew more attention to the 120 mistresses while detracting from Woods the golfer. As Edwards scrambled to avoid answering whether the commercial was a mistake, he bounced around this idea of the athlete being separate from their personal circumstances, but failed to sink the putt: If Nike wanted to support the athlete, why did it make an ad that focused solely on Woods' personal life? Here's what Edwards said when he was asked how damaging the scandal was for Nike golf: I think that the reality on Tiger is that Tiger has made his position very clear. For us as a brand it was important for us to actually help get inside and how the athlete was going to and help tell that story. I think that at the end of the day he is still the best golfer in the world, for an era, right? So it's one of those things where you look at it and kind of go, aside from his own personal circumstance which he has talked a lot about, the more that he's just back playing golf I think you know you get to really see what Tiger actually does what he does really well. That incoherent answer was typical. Here's Edwards on the subject of whether Nike should have dropped Woods: Like I said he's a great golfer he's performed amazingly well and he's in a personal circumstance. I think for us he's a great golfer. And on whether the ad was a mistake: No. I think you know we've always, we thought it was very important for the athlete's voice to get out because it was kind of being lost in all the conversations. So the opportunity to actually allow him to get a message out in a very, very clear way we felt the advertising did that. Now was it provocative? No doubt. No doubt. It was very provocative and polarizing. Some people loved it some people didn't but we've never really shied away from being provocative but we did feel that his voice needed to come out and that was an opportunity to do that. The overall impression is that even though Nike has had more than a month to come up with a coherent rationalization for the commercial, there still isn't one. Of course, there's a more cynical interpretation, also. Woods has been abandoned by the rest of his sponsors. Nike, as one of few remaining holders of significant purse strings in Woods' life, is therefore in a position of considerable leverage. Could it possibly be that Nike is willing to sacrifice Woods the person in favor of "the part" of him that Nike cares about? 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You may read my other articles by clicking here. The current market environment is certainly not one to lower expectations in, and Crocs did so in a big way. Management warned investors of a decrease in earnings of as much as 25%. The previous guidance suggested earnings for third quarter of about $0.40 per share. Now investors may be happy to get a number north of $0.34, with current guidance at $0.31 34. The top line revenue numbers do not look nearly as bad as the market is suggesting. Previous guidance was for revenue to be about $280 million, and now management expects the company to bring in between $273 275 million. Looking at the revenue Crocs is still growing over 25% from the same period last year. Unfortunately, the growth was fully priced in, and when the numbers moved lower, investors walked away. Looking at the monthly chart it would appear Crocs has a way to go before finding any real support to hang on to. Just below $12 a share I would be looking to start selling put options if it gets there Thursday or Friday. Typically, when a stock falls this much from an earnings related drop, it can take a day or two before the panic subsides. This is even more so when the price closes near the low of the day. Crocs closed at $16.15, only $0.06 above the low. During the sell off in 2009 when the Crocs stock price imploded, it traded for around a dollar, but it does not appear we will see prices approaching 2009 lows without a material catalyst pushing it further. With the current PE multiple now well over 14 Investors may have some more pain in the coming few weeks. I would not try catching this falling knife and do any value shopping for shoes even with the current two for one coupon. I will watch for a couple more days of selling and if the price does continue to slide along with an increase in the time premium, I will look to sell $14 strike price December puts for $3.00 or more. 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Edward, being the drama queen that he is, immediately jumps to the conclusion that it's vampires, because there can't be ONE FREAKIN' MOMENT in this book where it is not focussing on him. Anyway, Bella's bitching and whining about wanting to keep in touch with her major furry BFF Jacob Black, who's a werewolf, except we find out in the next book that he's not really a werewolf he's actually a shape shifter or some shit, I dunno. He fancies her and wants to sleep with her, which really doesn't help his image of a 'best friend'. At this point, Bella's only priorities are to get laid by Edward, which is kind of a kick in the balls for wolfy, especially after the events in New Moon, but Edward, buying time to think of a good way to come out of the closet, says that he wont until marriage, which I hate him for because it gives Bella another reason to bitch, and to turn into a vampire herself. Anyway, it turns out that Edward was actually right about the killings being vampires and the Cullen family find out that it is an army of 'new borns' bred by Victoria, this kinda hot redhead vampire that wants to kill Bella in revenge for Edward killing her boyfriend. She's been quite a threat in the past two books, but for some reason Edward and the Cullens have yet to try to actually do anything about it, probably because they're as fed up with Bella's whining as I was at this point. The werewolves, for no apparent reason, decide that they should help out in defending Bella, leading to lots of awkward scenes between Edward and Jacob, because if there wasn't any awkward teenage problems in this series, well, there wouldn't really be anything. During this book, we actually get to hear the stories of two of the only interesting characters in the Saga; Rosalie (Edward's super bitch sister) and Jasper (Edward's pimp of a brother. I like him because he's the reason Edward fucked off throughout the whole second book.) We learn that Rosalie got smacked or something by her fiance, then went on some sort of vampire vendetta once she gets turned by Carlisle, the Cullen family patriarch. It was pretty cool. Jasper is recalling his history in the South, where he was a soldier but got bitten by this bitch for looking too good or something. He went on to raise an army of these new born things but ended up saving one of them, which is what inspired him to go 'good', or as a good as the hench man of Satan can be. It was cool. As the showdown approaches, Jasper teaches the wolves and other vampires the best ways to take down the new borns, which, to me, sounded like a grown man punching a baby in the face. Repeatedly. After this, everyone sets up for the massive awesome fight. Except for Edward, Bella and Jacob, who go and camp up in the mountains. So Bella wont get hurt, of course, not because Stephanie Meyer is too spastic to write a good fight scene. Anyway, Jacob throws a bitch fit because he hears about Edward and Bella's engagement, and so, being the big, mature guy that he is, threatens to kill himself if Bella doesn't tongue him. Frenching ensues, leaving Bella realising that, OH NOEZ!, she loves both Jacob and Edward. Bella, being the indecisive spaz that she is, cant make up her mind, and so just kind of hovers between the two. Also, during the fight that we don't get to see, Victoria smells Bella's scent and rushes up to find her. It is here that we realise just why Meyer never writes fight scenes. Edward 'fights' and kills Victoria, being the misogynistic bastard that he is (I'll give more on that later.) and Bella breaks Jacob's heart AGAIN by choosing Edward over him, because Jacob is just too nice for her and she likes her men abusive. Everyone meets up, when out of nowhere a new born pops up and Jacob jumps in front of it. Jacob's body gets all messed up, so Carlisle has to fix him up good. I would go into this more, but I lost interest approximately 5 pages into the book and so I cant remember all of the details. Basically, everyone lives happily ever after (until Breaking Dawn), apart from Jacob, who, after being fixed, throws the biggest fucking strop ever and runs half way to Canada. THE. There is never a time where she is not complaining about something. The reason that she is so plain is so any girl in the world can put themselves in her shoes; she is a blank canvas, the reader is the paint. Then you realise it's very sad indeed. Edward Cullen The supposedly vampire boyfriend (well, he believes it) and professional bitch, he is misogynistic, sadistic and loves to see how far he can push Bella before she jumps off a cliff. He shares no common traits with other vampires, except for drinking blood, but he only drinks animal blood because he's such a pussy. He has the ability to read minds, but he cant read Bella's because she's retarded. Also, he sparkles in sunlight instead of bursting into flames. As in, sparkles like glitter. I know, I didn't believe it at first either. Jacob Black The werewolf/shape shifter BFF of Bella that really wants to bone her, Jacob puts up with a lot of shit. Before Bella broke his heart, he was pretty cool. His only reasons to be alive, in the films, at least, are to get laid with Kristen Stewart, maim Edward Cullen and eat his own body weight in food, making him the only character in this shit fest that I can relate to. After she gets through with him, however, he becomes as emo and whiny as everyone else. The actor took anabolic steroids in order to beef up or the role in New Moon. Fan girls say, "it's just because he ate a lot", but look up a picture of him in Twilight and New Moon on Google Images, and you'll see that I'm right. Charlie Swann Bella's dad, the chief of the Forks Police. He has a moustache to put Tom Selleck's to shame, making me Team Charlie. Carlisle Cullen The 'dad' of the Cullen collection, he's a doctor and all round good guy. I wish they explained his story better, as it would be far more interesting that the main plot. He's the only one that can really be around blood without getting a hard on, making him either the strongest or the wussiest, depending on how you look at it. Esme Cullen Has no reason at all to be alive. She is barely mentioned. Alice Cullen Played in the films by the unbelievably hot Ashley Greene, Alice is the nice sister. She can see into the future, which is the reason that Edward doesn't kill himself in New Moon, making her my most hated character. Jasper Cullen The biggest emo, he thinks he has a reason to whine because of his 'dark' past. It's not really that dark, it's just the history that you'd expect a vampire to have. I like him because it was his outbreak in New Moon that cause Edward to break Bella's heart, providing me with many a lol. Emmett Cullen The Jock/asshole brother, he is cocky and built like a brick shit house. Despite this, he is the weakest fighter of the family, making him just as useless as Esme. He comes in more after Edward and Bella pop the cherry, by making subtle hilarious hints that Edward can't pleasure his woman. By hilarious, I mean pointless and not funny in the slightest. Rosalie Cullen Superbitch herself, She got beaten half to death by her (now ex) fiance. That's really it. She hates Bella because she is apparently jealous that she could seduce Edward. Seems that vampires all want to seduce their siblings now. Fuck you, Meyer. 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