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(Waiting for Next Year)   Guess which NFL team's new owner, who was destined to turn the franchise around, is now under investigation by the FBI. Go ahead, guess   (waitingfornextyear.com) divider line 27
    More: Sad, Pilot Flying J, FBI, Bill Haslam, NFL, Art Modell, high ankle sprain, Randy Lerner, Browns  
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2013-04-19 01:11:24 AM
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2013-04-19 05:29:10 AM
cleveland rocks.
 
2013-04-19 05:32:46 AM

182: cleveland rocks.


A factory of sadness.
 
2013-04-19 05:43:02 AM
I'm surprised he didn't fail sooner
 
2013-04-19 08:05:09 AM
His brother is governor of Tennessee? or some other state that doesn't matter.  This is either gonna be an epic family implosion or they'll pay a small fine and walk away with tons of dirty profits. They're white and rich though, so probably the later.
 
2013-04-19 08:06:46 AM
As I read this headline, all I could think was "Oh Christ...not the Browns. Please don't be the Browns."

While I no longer live in Canton, I'll be a Buckeye my entire life, and therefore a Browns fan. It's times like this that make me wonder if I'm not a closet masochist for continuing to love one of the most hapless NFL franchises of the modern era.

CavalierEternal, this thread was truly done in one. You summed it all up for me.
 
2013-04-19 08:10:30 AM
Story with more info Link

In a statement, Haslam said: "I read the affidavits and I understand more clearly the questions the federal investigators are exploring. I maintain that the foundation of this company is built on its integrity and that any willful wrongdoing by any employee of this company at any time is intolerable

Another company discovered the scheme on its own. Western Express of Nashville audited its bill and calculated that it had been shorted $1 million, although a Haslam employee was recorded estimating the total Western fraud at $5 million.
When Western told Pilot Flying J about the shortfall, the two companies negotiated an unusual settlement.
John Freeman, Pilot Flying J's vice president for sales, offered to cut the business a check. Instead, Western asked Pilot Flying J to buy a plane, for which Western owed $1 million. "So, I bought the (expletive) airplane," Freeman told colleagues in a conversation secretly recorded by the FBI informant. "It was so broke that the (expletive) wasn't airworthy. So we had to sell it in Nashville."

The Western payback became legendary among the company sales force, which joked about it during many of the meetings that the FBI informant secretly recorded. In a conversation on Feb. 6, Freeman talked about how the deal fell apart. The conversation, according to the document, went like this:

"What does Mark (Hazelwood) and Jimmy (Haslam) say about (expletive) like that," the informant said.
"(Expletive)," Freeman said. "I mean, I called Jimmy and told him I got busted at Western Express."
"What did he say?" the informant asked.
"Oh, he knew it," Freeman responded.
"Oh, he did?"
"Absolutely. I mean, he knew all along that I was cost-plussin' this guy. He knew it all along. Loved it. We were making $450,000 a month on him."
 
2013-04-19 08:34:05 AM
 
2013-04-19 08:46:27 AM
I was thinking the guy who owns the Jags.  Does that make me racist?
 
2013-04-19 09:02:14 AM
I hope the slap on the wrist he gets doesn't sting too much.  I hate to see the rich suffer.
 
2013-04-19 09:03:54 AM
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/really need to get that shirt
 
2013-04-19 09:50:35 AM

Sillygoth: As I read this headline, all I could think was "Oh Christ...not the Browns. Please don't be the Browns."

While I no longer live in Canton, I'll be a Buckeye my entire life, and therefore a Browns fan. It's times like this that make me wonder if I'm not a closet masochist for continuing to love one of the most hapless NFL franchises of the modern era.

CavalierEternal, this thread was truly done in one. You summed it all up for me.


Well, at least the Buckeyes have never been involved in any shady deals....

/Go Buckeyes
 
2013-04-19 09:52:00 AM
lol Browns. Maybe once Lebron James makes enough money and retires from the NBA, he can buy the Browns.

Then moves the team to South Beach as Miami gets a second NFL team.
 
2013-04-19 09:55:27 AM

Arkanaut: I was thinking the guy who owns the Jags.  Does that make me racist?


iamkoream.com

Absolutely not. You have every reason to suspect a man who looks like a cartoon villain of concocting a scheme.
 
2013-04-19 10:02:21 AM
Nice job, good effort Cleveland.
 
2013-04-19 10:43:38 AM
Submitted this with a worse headline 2 days ago. Fark is all out of love for deadspin though.
 
2013-04-19 11:39:41 AM
I was hoping for Dan Snyder
 
2013-04-19 11:41:22 AM
...Let's face it:  in Cleveland we don't fark anything up halfway.

But have to say this -  I grew up within earshot of Lakefront Stadium, and I will always have a place in my heart for the Browns.  I can't explain it and I won't even try.  It just is what it is.
 
2013-04-19 12:07:50 PM
Wait, Pilot and Flying J are the same company?
 
2013-04-19 12:26:29 PM

GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: Submitted this with a worse headline 2 days ago. Fark is all out of love for deadspin though.


Because Gawker destroyed everything that was good about Deadspin?
 
2013-04-19 01:05:45 PM

SkylineRecords: Sillygoth: As I read this headline, all I could think was "Oh Christ...not the Browns. Please don't be the Browns."

While I no longer live in Canton, I'll be a Buckeye my entire life, and therefore a Browns fan. It's times like this that make me wonder if I'm not a closet masochist for continuing to love one of the most hapless NFL franchises of the modern era.

CavalierEternal, this thread was truly done in one. You summed it all up for me.

Well, at least the Buckeyes have never been involved in any shady deals....

/Go Buckeyes


Jim Tressel is not sure if serious...
 
2013-04-19 01:07:28 PM

CavalierEternal:


We're all done here, folks. You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.

/Well done, CE.
 
2013-04-19 01:13:27 PM

suburbanguy: CavalierEternal:

We're all done here, folks. You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.

/Well done, CE.


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2013-04-19 01:42:39 PM
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Cleveland got a rock
 
2013-04-20 04:33:32 PM

Arkanaut: I was thinking the guy who owns the Jags.  Does that make me racist?


SkylineRecords: Arkanaut: I was thinking the guy who owns the Jags.  Does that make me racist?

[iamkoream.com image 612x345]

Absolutely not. You have every reason to suspect a man who looks like a cartoon villain of concocting a scheme.


That guy lives in my neighborhood, based on the (admittedly fairly few) uber-rich people I've met he is the nicest/most down to earth. I see him walking his dog most mornings and he'll chat with you for a long time if you just approach him, polite and jovial. I read a piece about him a few months ago that made it sound like he's one of those dudes who almost literally came from nothing, and built his own way after coming to the US in his teens. I imagine that factors into his humility/graciousness.

Just wanted to share, as he did not fit any of the preconceptions I had about a billionaire NFL owner. He might as well work at the convenience store down the street for the airs he puts on (or doesn't).
 
2013-04-20 04:42:19 PM
of course it's the Browns...
I grew up sitting in the very last row on the upper deck at the 50yd line at old Municipal Stadium.
I also grew up when the Indians were the laughing stock of the majors. at least we got one great (one ok and one crappy) movie
from it
 
2013-04-20 05:24:13 PM

jjgirl420: of course it's the Browns...
I grew up sitting in the very last row on the upper deck at the 50yd line at old Municipal Stadium.
I also grew up when the Indians were the laughing stock of the majors. at least we got one great (one ok and one crappy) movie
from it


And I sat in the lower deck - behind a support column.
Or in the lower deck end zone, last row, where the press boxes hanging from the upper deck blocked your view of anything beyond your own 20.
Or in the Dawg Pound, where we didn't give a fark what the view was. Or the score.

Geez, if Flying J takes a dive, I don't know where I'm gonna get Mom's cheap cigarettes for her. Damn you, Jimmy!
 
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