Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Millen out as Detroit Lions president/CEO

In a long overdue move, Matt Millen has been ousted from his job as president and CEO of the NFL's Detroit Lions. Over the course of seven-plus years, Millen took a mediocre franchise and turned it into the league's worst team, compiling a hideous 31-84 record during his tenure. His wife, Patty Millen, reportedly told ESPN's Chris Mortensen: "We're fine. In the world's view, this may look like failure. It's been a hard road, football-wise, but we've gotten a lot of eternal blessings. We'll move forward. I told him, 'You're out of football prison now' and we have a greater purpose."

Friday, September 05, 2008

U.S. Post Office says it meant 1-800-STAMP, not 1-800-TRAMP

No doubt this will become a This Day in Failure entry: This past Wednesday it was first reported that a U.S. Post Office carrier card that invites customers to buy duck stamps includes an 800 number for an "Intimate Connections" sex line, one that tempts callers to "talk only to the girls that turn you on," for $1.99 a minute. The card transposes two numbers, so instead of listing 1-800-782-6724 (or 1-800-STAMP24), it lists 1-800-872-6724 (1-800TRAMP24). The Fish and Wildlife Service, which administers the program, reports that it printed approximately 3.5 million duck stamps attached to cards with the incorrect number.