Decision 2000: Page 2 goes to polls
ESPN.comIt's Election Day, and the polls are open at Page 2.
Here's the next race on our ballot:
Position: Secretary of Treasury
Job requirements: Prudence and skill at handling large budgets without running up huge deficits. Ability to gauge economic conditions.
Age: 47 Day job: Owner, Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks
Pro: Billionaire co-founder of Microsoft is worth more than most Third World countries.
Con: Number of championships the Blazers and Seahawks have won with his big bucks: zero.
Age: 42 Day job: Owner, Dallas Mavericks, and Internet entrepreneur
Pro: Marches to the beat of a different drummer.
Con: His drummer is an overcaffienated Keith Moon on speed at the symphony. Can you trust the judgment of someone who used his wealth to buy the Mavericks?
Age: 25 Day job: Free-agent shortstop
Pro: Ability to squeeze every possible cent out of some deep-pocketed baseball owner will translate well into trade negotiations.
Con: Connection with Scott Boras makes his nice-guy image questionable.
Age: 70 Day job: Managing general partner, New York Yankees, New Jersey Nets, New Jersey Devils
Pro: Knows how to get results and make a lot of money without spending much of his own cash.
Con: How can you trade a young prospect like Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps? Buhner hits home runs. He has a rocket for an arm. (We don't care if Steinbrenner's baseball people said, "Ken Phelps, Ken Phelps.")
Age: 58 Day job: NBA commissioner
Pro: Transformed NBA from second-rate U.S. league into global behemoth.
Con: Hasn't shown he can be as successful without Michael Jordan.