Posts Tagged ‘liars’

Lies, Stabs, and Videotape

September 1, 2015

I have spoken previously of Gruden’s rather transparency – actions speak so much louder than words – and the shenanigans at Redskins Park continuing even after the Shanahanigans have gone.

A couple of weeks ago, RG3 made headlines with his quote about being the best quarterback in football.

The news mavens were all over that statement like white on rice. Many ran with it while others, more circumspect, did not take it out of the context in which it was said but complained about Robert not learning how to talk to reporters and allow such misquoting to go on. It’s Robert’s fault for all the scorn heaped on him, they claimed.

Seems like the fellow is damned if he don’t, huh? If he didn’t talk to the press they’d have a field day over that as well, claiming he was a prima dona or a Marshawn Lynch. If he speaks with a positive spin, they chide him for that. The guy can’t win.

What’s really funny, when I read the full quote, I was struck by a phrase he used a little earlier in the statement: about all the back-stabbing that goes on in the business.

A really sharp reporter – and there seem to be so few of them covering sports – would have followed up on that comment.

No one did.

Now, it seems a little too obvious what he meant.

This morning we were greeted with the news about yet “another RG3 misstep”, supposedly. An instagram by one xtramambosauce, ranting about the antics of the owner and coaches in this situation and placing the blame entirely on them. One of the persons who “liked” the post was RG3.

Very quickly the “like” was removed and RG3 had to explain that it was a media intern who had liked it, not himself.

Now why would a media intern working for the Redskins organization go out of his way to like a post knocking the owner… you know, biting the hand that feeds him?

Unless, or course, someone like the coach ordered him to do so…

Griffin did mention something about “backstabbing”.

After reading the rant, I thought why would this fellow include Snyder as one of the RG3 haters – wasn’t he the one supposedly in the QBs corner against the coach?

Then I recalled the amazement with which Gruden’s hiring was met over a year ago. Why would Snyder hire a man who was not “hooked on” Griffin if the man was slated to be the QB for the future?

It didn’t make a lot of sense to me.

Now it does.


It seems what we know coming out of the organization is nothing more than spin. It certainly does make trying to understand what’s going on a little more difficult.

Seems everyone is just lying.

Oh, and backstabbing.

Group Hug Time

December 24, 2014



Apparently, Jay Gruden is really the good guy in this scenario.

Yes, his words were “harsh” but “true”, his comments were all “twisted horribly” by the media. Which, I assume, would include myself and a few other bloggers who seemed to think he was saying one thing when it should have been nuanced another.

Apparently his trashing of RG3’s mechanics and work-ethic was really nothing more than a “tough love” approach to help the poor man improve.

That reminds me of people who can be so caustic in their remarks and then defend what they are saying as “being honest” as if their opinion is somehow to be considered “truth” and others’ opinions aren’t.

But the season is wrapping up – suitable, I suppose for this season – and will be sealed with a great big colorful bow to be placed under Snyder’s Christmas tree, labeled “a lump of coal”. Yes, everyone has buried the hatchet (the one without the blood-stains) and come together as one big happy family.

Photo op beside the tree, they all smile merrily and embrace – as one – as if the debacle of 2014 never happened.

And the fans, as usual, just shrug and smile weakly as if to say “Just Wait Until Next Year.”

At least we can all end the season in the same frame of mind.



Bad Business

November 21, 2012

the wonders of geothermal heating

Continuing the earlier thread on the modern worth of a man’s word (… ballpark, remember?) I want to give an update on the latest goings on.

Michael Strassburg, the young and energetic CEO of Onsite Energy, signed a contract on the 24th of May this year promising the geothermal system would be up and running in two weeks and we would be “enjoying a cool life while the heat raged outside”. It was hot air.

After a month, with a wide ditch running the width of my backyard, I began hounding the guy to come and finish the job. We got promises of guys being put on the schedule for “next Tuesday”… and when they did not show, it was “next Friday”… Hey what’s wrong with tomorrow, I asked. “Sorry, the guys are all booked up until then.” “But what happened to the schedule date on Tuesday?” “Well, they ran over long on another job and couldn’t get to you. And they had other places scheduled for today. And tomorrow.”

Yes, that’s how the guy does business.

Anyway, we did enjoy nice cool summer days but they were just like previous summers with the window units pouring out cool air (and creating hefty electric bills) and they finally came back to finish the unit at the end of August. You know, when the weather had cooled enough so we did not need to run the system.

He called to say the reason he had not rushed back to finish ours was that we had window units and some other customers he had were not so lucky.

Wow! The guy is a real Good Samaritan after all, huh?

I guess I should have saved myself the trouble of carrying the heavy things out of the storage shed and hooking the three of them up so we could have had our system done sooner, huh? Yeah, like I actually believe anything the guy tells me! Not by a long shot! They still would not have gotten to it any sooner… of that I am certain.

And two weeks after they finally finished the system, we had to call them again to send someone out to fill in the ditch. Yes, it was still standing open in the backyard!

Two weeks further along the season, it was starting to get a little cool and we had the opportunity to turn the system on and experience the wonderful warmth we had been promised. Only it did not work. So, I had to call and get that added to the schedule as well.

Three weeks later, a guy arrived to fix the heating element. Along with him came two guys to throw the dirt back in and left. Two days later, we could see the dirt settling in the trench so that we still have a ditch – albeit much shallower – traveling across our backyard.

So, back on the phone. Now I could not seem to raise either Strassburg, Katie, his secretary, or anyone else connected with the enterprise.

Messages were left, day after day, but no response ever came.

And then the weather started getting even colder. And – you guessed it – the heater was still not working properly. It could only seem to get thirty degrees warmer than the outside temperature. And it wasn’t so bad – yet! – with the temperature hovering around thirty-five at night, but sixty-five in the house was still a few degrees cooler than my wife can live with. Well, me too, if you must know.

Finally, near the end of October, I actually got him to answer his phone. He was in a real good mood and on his way back from a thrilling geothermal conference in Chicago.

He was astonished to hear that the ditch problem remained, and that the heater wasn’t working right. He said he would contact Katie at the office and have her schedule something.

Next day, I called Katie to see when we were on the schedule but I had to leave a message.

And – surprise! surprise! – no response.

Again, daily calls to both of them to leave messages brought nothing. Emails to them got zilch. I even went to their website to fill out their contact form… nothing.

I even told them I would be more than happy to call someone else to fix the machine and fill in the ditch… and send the bill to them. But that drew no response either.

So this morning… saints be praised!! – I finally got Mister Strassburg on the phone… he was on his way to a geothermal conference in Iceland, and he was surprised that in the past few weeks the problem had not been handled yet. (Man, is this guy good or what?! I almost believed him… almost… well, not even ballpark.)

And this afternoon, I called up Katie to see when they were coming out and she said, “Let me check the schedule.”

Do you get as sinking a feeling as I did at that moment? There was no, “So sorry, they’ll be there in the morning and we apologize for the excessive delay…” You know, the type of thing really caring people would have said.

No, she said, “The earliest we can get there would be next Wednesday.” After all these weeks and you tell me next week!?! “Sorry,” she said, “that’s the soonest we can do anything.”

Well, that’s just peachy. But, do you know what? I really don’t have to wait a whole week on my end to do what I need to do. I can register a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and the State Corporation Commission as early as this afternoon. And also a note at several different websites for consumer complaints.

It may not help me in my current straits but it may be helpful to others to steer them clear of this “person” (or is that “con man”?) whose need to be chasing the dollar far outweighs his desire to deliver any decent sort of service.

Or to live up to any of his promises.

And that’s Bad Business!