Wide Weekend of Sport
It’s another Merger Monday.
Last Monday, it was Dell’s acquisition of Perot Systems.
Today, it’s Xerox’s $5.75B acquisition of business services provider Affiliated Computer Services.
According to The Wall Street Journal Interactive edition, the combined Xerox-ACS company would have $22B of annual revenue, $17B of which would be recurring revenue.
ACS has over 74,000 employees and derives a quarter of its revenue from the health care sector, including from both commercial and government contracts.
Now that we’ve got Merger Monday’s tidings out of the way, if I could just do a quick recap of the weekend in sports:
The Texas Longhorns won (Yay!), the Houston Astros lost (Boo!), the New York Yankees clinched the AL East (Yay!), and Tiger Woods…surprise surprise…won the FedEx Cup…although his Sunday showing at East Lake wasn’t exactly inspired (and yet he still took second place to winner Phil Mickelson at the Tour Championship).
And lest I forget, the Houston Cougars knocked the Big 12’s Texas Tech Red Raiders out, in Houston, in a last-ditch drive at the end of the game, now putting the Cougars in the Top 20 (12th, to be exact). So much for Texas Tech coach Mike Leach’s hurry up spread offense…it don’t seem to work too well when the Red Raiders are on the road this year.
I actually had bittersweet occasion to visit Houston over the weekend. It was great to see some of my extended family, even under the circumstances.
It was also great to visit Minute Maid ballpark, where I had occasion to see the Houston Astros get trounced by the Cincinnati Reds, and also to play 18 holes at Hermann Park near downtown Houston (where I shot a stately 81, thank you very much).
My round of golf was an attempt to stave off my coming golf depression. The 2009 PGA Tour season wound down with Tiger’s FedEx Cup win, and other than the coming President’s Cup, there’s not much competitive golf to look forward to until January.
Reruns of “The Big Break” could s00n be the golf order of the day.
Finally, winding down in the world of sport, my Dallas Cowboys meet the Carolina Panthers tonight at Jerry’s House in Arlington.
Hopefully we can all just now calm down and quit talking about and hyping the massive, gargantuan, gazillion-dollar, ego-driven, tax-abated new stadium, and whether or not a punt might hit the scoreboard! (heaven forbid)…and instead turn our attention to the game of American football.
I hope that’s especially the case for Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.