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Bud Selig: Commissioner-for-Life


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I was writing up something on the Andy MacPhail Q&A from this week, and I brought up Bud Selig. Somehow, those thoughts combined with everything I had seen the past couple weeks on Egypt, and it came out as...

In the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution, it is interesting to look at some similarities between Hosni Mubarak and Bud Selig.

-Both came to prominence in the early 1970s in the groups that would eventually put them in power: the military for Mubarak, team ownership for Selig. Each became an influential leader within their group.

-Both rose to power through violent acts by their group. Mubarak became President after the assassination of Anwar Sadat by a military group. Selig became acting commissioner after the owners forced Fay Vincent to resign.

-Both used emergency powers to gain control of their nation/sport, and thus ruled for far longer than otherwise expected.

-Both gave those within their nation/sport many reasons to question their abilities. Mubarak blatantly rigged elections and oversaw the destruction of the Egyptian economy. Selig allowed an All-Star Game to end in a tie and oversaw the heyday of steroids in baseball.

The only question is whether or not Selig will be allowed to leave office peacefully like Mubarak, in the midst of protests. Or as I had expected, his corpse dragged through the streets by his genitalia while children throw stones and rotting vegetables.

So...any thoughts?

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