I'm not going to make a real post on the Krush - Zatonskih thing, because, well, it's pretty obvious, right?
But I am moved to uncontrollable laughter by the comments on uschess.org to the most recent "Ask GM Joel." Blah blah blah, people discuss the decline of the US Championship. Surpise, chess is totally boring to non chessplayers and thus uninteresting to potential sponsors. Let's all comment.
But then someone posts a long, basically run-of-the-mill post which contains the sentence:
"I don't think the sponsors are there for all these tournaments unless the USCF wants to hire someone like G Shahade who is an expert at attracting sponsors. And pay him according to his expertise which would be a lot."
Notice that this is just a hypothetical suggestion from some random guy. Nothing to do with Greg or reality.
Immediately Harry Payne, who has been defending (rather too passionately) the US Championship's honor throughout the thread, jumps on this:
"Is it not a shame, that Mr. Shahade, (Who's sister is in the employ of the USCF) who is a member of the USCF and a Chess Player, would command such a high fee to help secure sponsors. But that is my point in essence I guess."
"Yes Mr. Payne it's so shameful that I would command so much money for an imaginary position that has never existed for the USCF, that I've never heard of that I will never be offered, that some poster above just threw out there as a hypothetical concept! I don't know when I became so greedy! So shameful.
Really what is wrong with you?"
Greg's so funny. I laugh every time I reread it, and that's pretty often.
But keep reading, because another beautiful moment occurs later in the thread. Steve Immit, who apparently actually reads the previous comments before posting, is the only person to realize and mention that Payne's accusation that Greg Shahade called the US Championship "meaningless" is not true at all.