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The Many Ways In Which College Football And Wall Street Are Exactly The Same

A side-by-side comparison.

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Frequent scandals. Inept regulators. Terrible predictions by “experts.” Old men getting extremely rich in a probably unjustified manner. Stressed-out but well-compensated employees. A heavy fraternity presence. War metaphors. Aside from the uniforms, there's really very little difference between NCAA football and Wall Street. To wit:


Their consistent and extreme success seems to be largely the result of constantly telling everyone how extremely successful they are.

When these G-men come a-knockin’, the house is going to start rocking very mildly or not at all.


Seen it all, nothing to lose, often seen shooting from the hip (Buffett on taxes, Spurrier on things like preferring to play Georgia mid-season because by that point "you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended"); critics might say they're past their prime.

Hard to decide whether you love or hate these guys. Slippery but undeniably talented. Handsome. Distinguished haircuts.

Two guys who continually overcome their own nefarious behavior, and the inherently suspicious nature of their red hair, through hard-charging irrepressibility.


Haters/regulators are CERTAIN there's something shady going on with these fellows, but have never quite proven it.

Exude a scholarly demeanor that gives an air of credibility to their withering populist rhetoric against the powers that be.


Two reputations for wisdom and integrity undermined by abrupt collapses.

Fun to watch. Don’t put them in charge of your money.

Their methods seem insane. And yet, DO put them in charge of your money/rooting interests.

Step 1: Take over asset. Step 2: Exploit that asset with no regard for long-term consequences. Step 3: Laugh, buy a bigger summer house or a dressage horse or something.

No one cares what you think, and everything comes out of your pocket in the end. Enjoy Bowl/tax season!


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