On the Radar: Baseball, lottery millionaires, Tea Party rally
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March 31st, 2011
06:07 AM ET

On the Radar: Baseball, lottery millionaires, Tea Party rally

Opening Day: The first pitches of the 2011 Major League Baseball season are at 1:05 p.m. ET today as the Washington Nationals host the Atlanta Braves in the National League and the New York Yankees welcome the Detroit Tigers in the American League.

Four other games follow, including the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants traveling down the West Coast to face the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Check out the predictions of SI.com experts for the season, and see SI.com's predictions right through the 2011 World Series as well as Tom Verducci's video previews of what to expect from each Major League team.

MegaMillions winners: The winner or winners of a $319 million MegaMillions lottery jackpot are expected to be announced during a press conference at 10:30 a.m. today, said New York Lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman.

They are rumored to be seven IT specialists from New York state's Division of Housing and Community Renewal, said Emanuel Biondi, a public employees federation council leader for the agency.

The drawing was held Friday night. Last-minute ticket sales increased the jackpot from $312 million to $319 million, the New York Lottery said.

If the winners chose the cash option when buying the ticket, they will receive a one-time, lump-sum payment of $202.9 million. That amount reflects all the cash in the Mega Millions pool and is the sixth-largest jackpot in its history, according to Hapeman.

Tea Party rally: The Tea Party Patriots Continuing Revolution Rally is at noon ET today on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The conservative group is pushing federal lawmakers to enact spending cuts.

The rally comes eight days before Congress' most recent temporary spending measure is set to expire. If a new plan isn't approved by April 8, some government services and offices would shut down until a plan is agreed.

Republicans are pushing for about $61 billion in cuts overall, while Democrats say they will accept only a fraction of that.

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  1. really?

    Go teabaggers!
    No really: GO AWAY!

    March 31, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      There is a very large silent majority, who are not members of the Tea Party, who agree with what the Tea Party stands for. We are keeping a low profile – and, when we are polled we provide faulty information. Being from a very liberal state (MA) and seeing the amount of people here who agree w/the Tea Party one can only wonder how many of us there are.
      The Dems and the media can tell you all they want that the Tea Party is fading and the American people stand with them and their tax and spend mentality. Time will tell.

      March 31, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. really?

    I wonder how many of these teabaggers are on medicare or SS? Wonder if they would complain if their checks. Stop coming?

    March 31, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      Really? So these cuts can only come from the elderly, the sick or the needy small children? Really? How much money are we spending now with the new "military action" – how is that hope and change thing working out? This administration is making the same mistakes as the last, but the libs are now ok with it? I know – lets give weapons to the "rebels". How has that strategy worked for us in the past? But I see your point – the extream muslums are ok, but the elderly people in the Tea Party may begin to bomb us with our own weapons.

      March 31, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
    • ?Really?

      What if they are on Medicare and SS? THEY paid for it with their contributions. The cuts being talked about are for the BS pork which people just can't get enough of. How bout stop funding planned parenthood and NPR to start with?

      March 31, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Actually the cuts that are being talked about are almost entirely towards social programs and not really any pork, so this shows how misinformed you really are....

      March 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      How about we cut the senate and the congress paychecks, they pay their own medical expenses, and we don't pay for their families to go to school and their families school loans?

      March 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. all for one

    The issue is not complicated. The fed prints money and hands it to banks for free. Banks turn and loan it to shmucks for 20 and 30 percent.
    Stocks race skyward and the media portrays the economy as booming.
    How do you like your 5 dollar a pound hamburger? How do you like paying 8 bucks to drive 30 miles.
    If you fall for the poison greed machines same old song and dance then you are getting what you deserve.
    The 1 percent rules everything and a reshuffle to a revolution every time.
    This goes hand in hand with some misguided idiot in the street chanting " I am stupid! I am stupid! "
    Go conservatives. Help the rich bury you.

    March 31, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      Hmmm, nothing about inflation here? Nothing about the fact that the last three times the Fed tried to auction our debt there were very few takers and we got the lowest price ever? I wonder what this is leading to? Keep up the spending and fear mongering libs.

      March 31, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      The rich people who have over a billion campaign dollars already? Funny how this isn't an issue now that the Dems have more money. Does this country have a leader or not? Is that leader a Dem or a Repub? As an independent I think both are failing us. And, people like you (and our current administration) seem to want to bring us back to the Jimmy Carter days. Gas lines, crazy inflation and a lack of real leadership.

      March 31, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @John if you look at history in the past 31 years it is the republicans that hand over a deficit and the Democrats inherit the mess and balance the budget. This last hand off was monumental. Now you want to put in some party that is not even proved itself in congress or senate. I think too fast of a change in thinking can damage our country even worse. Be careful who you vote for. We should ask the Questions that need to be asked and if we do not get them from a canidate, we stop going to the dog and pony shows.

      March 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. all for one

    You make a great argument against yourself John. Conservatives, as do predators, attack the weak. They make it seem as though all problems can be placed at the feet of the old, the poor, the uneducated, the unemployed, the unmarried pregnant desiring abortions. And yes inflation is coming haven't you noticed.
    Whenever in doubt, invent an enemy such as Reagan's Cadillac moms or Scott Walkers union represented teachers.

    March 31, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I believe this all started with banks giving money and loans to people who could not afford them, deregulation, and no one watching the banks preying practices. So why should the teachers unions and other people pay? Because the rich money grubbers like Koch(who buy elections) can have slave labor, tax us to the hilt. I smell revolution of boycotts and taking down the big boys who think they own the United States is at hand. Teabaggers are a symtom of this discontent. Misguided by the way, because it still quacks like a Republican. They are the reason we are in the mess we are in. Now they cry because Democrats cannot clean it up fast enough. Trial and error. We need a hero I don't give a damn what party, make the business that made the mess clean it up, without making us pay for their screw up.

      March 31, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • the real deal

      Hear, hear scottish! Excellent post.

      March 31, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. all for one

    Successful leadership in this country has become a moving target as our values have changed.
    Very likely most folks would settle for less crownyism, capitalism, and corruption. USA doesn't have to be the new Mexico.
    Remove lobbyists and thiefs from power. Jeffrey Imelt, Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffet don't know what's best for this country. They know what's best for their pocket book.

    March 31, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      No corruption – agreed, no crownyism – agreed, US doesn't have to be Mexico – agreed, but why is capitalism seen as such a bad thing by the younger generation – other than that last point you sound very much like a Tea Party Person".

      March 31, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      In Warren Buffets' defense he said Tax the rich they can afford it.

      March 31, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      The Koch Bros. of our country are buying up every business and making it a 2 tier society. Small business' are being stepped on and lost, rights of workers taken, this will bring monopolies and sweatshops back.

      March 31, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 31, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. john

    BTW, successful leadership "is a moving target in ths country"? I think not. The polls go up and down, but great leaders are great leaders. What we have now are not great.

    March 31, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. all for one

    Capitalists are supposed to provide opportunities for labor. Not grind labor under an oppressive fist of poor working and living conditions.

    March 31, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Capulist going communist?

      March 31, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. john

    "grind labor under an oppressive fist of poor working and living conditions" really? It seems to me some of the poorest people in this country own color tv' s cell phones and the like. You seem to be on same page w/A. Peterson calling himself a slave?
    Can you provide some examples so we cal all respond?

    March 31, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      John they are taking the rights of all workers in every state. Capilitist are money rolling the take overs. We are contrbuting to this by buying the products that are killing us as a society. We need to be the drivers not the passengers. OUr destiny will come from our reform and bringing everyone along. Being the real americans. Taking care of our sick, our elderly, and the poor. We are those people and are only as good are we treat them.

      March 31, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. all for one

    Heh heh, Ok good point. We are spoiled in this country. That's part of the problem. We need to shift our focus from corporate bottom lines to helping other countries feed their starving. We must move away from a paradigm of limitedness and austerity and toward a worldview of abundance for all.
    We need science to be valued more then finance by young job seekers so that the next tech breakthrough can power the world. On and on.

    March 31, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Let us feed our starving 1st, the children that do not get a breakfast and go to bed hungry in the US.

      March 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. all for one

    But here is an example. There is a company in the industrial park that makes a well known truck bed liner. They have an add in the paper year round for hiring.
    The job payes 10.05 dollars per hour. The shifts are 12 hours and the working conditions are dangerous and physically demanding.
    What is wrong with this picture?
    You must think for yourself.

    March 31, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. john

    Dangerous? How so? and physically demanding? You have got to be kidding me. Talk about spoiled. I am one that thinks people want to work. It sounds like to a good job for someone who has no job. So are you telling me this is one of those jobs "Americans won't do"? I think not. If it is you are making a good argument for unemployment benefits being cut.

    March 31, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Amen John, in this situation you have a business owner offering employment to someone to make truck bed liners. He is paying 10.05 per hour which is not great, but hey with Clinton signing NAFTA how can he pay anymore being they are making them half price in Mexico. The larger problem is that with all the taxes the employer is having to pay on this employee he is really paying 21.35 per hour, but the government who has an open check book has to get theirs first.

      March 31, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. Lou Cypher

    Bread & Circuses. All hail the NBA, NFL, MLB, NASCAR and their ilk.

    Keep the dullard masses entertained while the world crumbles around them.

    March 31, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      You neglected the most obvious – the entertainers – Whoopie and her gang.

      March 31, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. all for one

    Ok. I'll give you a hint. $320 a week ( net ) is just enough to cover gas, to and from the induztrial park. And to pay the cell phone and cable bills. As you can imagine there are other expenses associated with living.
    One important thing to remember, you can't eat a cell phone or color tv.

    March 31, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. john

    Gas is 45 cents a gallon in Libya, maybe we should drill? Some of need two jobs these days to make ends meet (if we want "things". I understand that. But somehow people making $15 an hour should pay for them? Life is not easy and there are no free lunch's (and there shouldn't be).
    BTW, a person making $320 who doesn't own a home qualifies for "assistance". But, don't get me started on that.

    March 31, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
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