Most (and Least) Valuable Players 2006

Over the next couple of weeks I will give my Best-Worst awards for 2006. But I want to get a jump on the process. Gawd do I hate oligopolists-monopolists formed by mergers among barely competent already too big companies.

I am in Frankfurt at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 10, as I write. I will not share the details of the (latest) indignity, but simply give my first "Dirty Dog of the Year" award to the astonishingly incompetent overpriced foul ball non-responsive idiot-jerks at ... Verizon.

I wish them no ill, but I do hope that every Verizon exec's "world phone" fails to work over and over and over at critical junctures in far away nations after painful (very) efforts have been made over and over and over to head off or rectify the problem/s.

What boneheads!