The Legend of Lucky Losers
Jeff Zucker - President and CEO of NBC Universal
Under Zucker's command, NBC plummeted from being ranked first among the top three networks to fourth among the top four. Yeah, that's right.
The Los Angeles Times calls Zucker's bungled attempt to placate NBC affiliates with his late-night shifting of Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien "one of the biggest debacles in television history."
Zucker will continue to lead the NBC/Universal joint venture currently in the works between General Electric and Comcast
Jay Leno - The once and future host of NBC's Tonight Show
Jay Leno, pointman of one of the most conspicuous failed experiments the history of modern media, hosted fully one-third of the 2009 NBC primetime schedule with tired jokes, bland sketches and a distinct lack of show prep.
Leno, at least as of this writing, looks poised to wrestle the helm of the Tonight Show back from Conan O'Brien, in order to resume his position as King of Late Night.
Ben Bernanke - Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve
Ben Bernanke was head of the Fed as the global economy suffered the worst financial meltdown in nearly a century.
He's the genius who came up with the Bernanke Doctrine, recommending that the way to stave of deflation is to print more money and pay zero interest on it.
The U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press, that allows it to produce as many dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost. Under a paper-money system, a determined government can always generate higher spending and, hence, positive inflation.
Along with former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Bernanke was the target of fraud allegations in 2009 issued by the New York State's Attorney regarding improprieties in the acquisition of Merrill Lynch by Bank of America.
Bernanke was not only reappointed to the position for another term but was named Time Magazine's Man of the Year.
Lovie Smith - Head Coach of the once redoubtable Chicago Bears.
Smith has registered losing seasons for half of the six years of his coaching career in Chicago.
He has an overall winning record of just barely over .500
His key strategy/tactic on the field is to "make plays." Yeah, that pretty much his entire game plan.
After leading the Chicago Bears to an ugly 7-9 losing season for 2009 and with many Bears fans demanding that he be sacked, Smith was the last man standing after the entire coaching staff was fired.