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The REAL USF Shocks Gonzaga!!!

Sorry, no recap or analysis – I missed the game. Since 75% of Doin Work is USF alumni, we had to honor the Dons huge upset of #13 Gonzaga last night in San Francisco. What’s funny is I didn’t even bother checking the score at any point last night. I’ll typically check scores for just about every other WCC opponent, but Gonzaga I usually don’t bother. I didn’t find out until this morning when I logged into Facebook and someone had posted a comment that said “Congrats on the win.” I got that immediate adrenaline rush like when you realize you’ve won the lottery. Actually, I don’t know what that feels like, but you know the “no way, that couldn’t have happened!” feeling. The loss was just the fourth for Gonzaga this season. The list reads like a who’s who of basketball powerhouse programs: Michigan State, Wake Forest, Duke, San Francisco. Okay, so maybe the fourth program doesn’t really belong anymore, but we’ll always have the mid-50s. We also still have more national championships than any school in California besides UCLA as well, but who’s counting. Senior forward Dior Lowhorn led the way for USF with 22 points and 9 rebounds.

Steven Gray isn't on Rashad Green and Perris Blackwell's level. Seriously. Look at his feet.

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IRS Pushing Pabst to Sell

We all know the brand that is Pabst. What many of us don’t know is they own other brands like Colt 45, Schlitz, Rainier, Olympia, and Old Milwaukee. What very few of us know, is the story behind the ownership of Pabst. Pabst Brewing Company was bought by George Kalmanovitz, a University of San Francisco Alumni. Two years after he purchased the company, he died, leaving it to a charitable foundation. That charity donates the majority of profits to the alma mater of 3/4 of Doin Work’s contributors, USF.  I’ll admit, although for the stiff price of $4 for a six pack, I’d rather have a Steel Reserve or Old English 800, but knowing my beer money is going to the very campus where I consumed a large portion of my life’s beer accumulation, my purchases of PBR have definitely spiked in the last few years.  Now, the IRS is stepping in, putting pressure on the company to sell, since it doesn’t exactly like charitable foundations running for-profit businesses. Actually, they’ve been pressuring Pabst to sell for years now, but the company maintains they’ve been unable to find a buyer. Read the full story here.

I’m still trying to wrap my brain around why the IRS would have a fundamental issue with a charity running a for-profit company. I’d like to find more than just the fact that they’d rather see those profits taxed, but it’s the best I can come up with. I guess they’re just not satisfied with funds being donated to universities such as USF and St. Mary’s College of California, or hospitals – the main beneficiary being California Pacific Medical Centers. Thus, today begins the fight to let the Kalmanovitz Foundation keep Pabst. How do we fight that fight? I’m not quite sure yet. But, I’m going to start by not paying my taxes and drinking more beer. That’ll show ’em!

Anyone ever notice that Blue Ribbon they’re referring to was awarded in the 1800s?