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Cisco's 'First Inning'

6:05 PM -- It's not fair to take a hand-waving, vague metaphor from a CEO and pin it down to exact, quantitative terms. I realize that. But Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s second-quarter earnings call -- the one where the company said third-quarter numbers are going to hurt -- included a disturbing slip of the lip, if you want to take it too literally.

CEO John Chambers was giving his usual spiel about how the Internet is becoming a collaboration and social networking tool, even for businesses. In that transition, the world is in the "top of the first inning in a nine-inning game," Chambers said.

Which is fine, but -- I could swear that all last year, he said we were in the second or third inning.

Like I said, it doesn't mean anything. But with a weak third quarter looming, it's an ominous choice of words. (See Cisco Sounds Warning Bells.)

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:48:28 PM
re: Cisco's 'First Inning' LOL. Just remember, the fourth inning is where they have the face-off, and the extra free throws don't come until after the sixth. ;-)
olsen 12/5/2012 | 3:48:28 PM
re: Cisco's 'First Inning' And if you're an investor from Europe, and don't really care (or know anything) about American "foot"-ball, that Inning-talk is all garble.
olsen 12/5/2012 | 3:48:27 PM
re: Cisco's 'First Inning' I thought Cisco's been having free throws in optics for years. Omg, what happens when they pass the sixth, considering they're only in the first?
metroman 12/5/2012 | 3:48:25 PM
re: Cisco's 'First Inning' .....oh no! not the "sports terminology debate leads to geopolitical bun fight" not again!!!

I hear the 3rd man has a short leg....it's all a load of bails!

gotman 12/5/2012 | 3:48:25 PM
re: Cisco's 'First Inning' Innings is a term used in cricket which you American's don't play, so the world vocab does not revolve around sports and events in the US, just don't forget that there is oxygen and life in every other country..... Like Iran and Iraq.
btierney 12/5/2012 | 3:48:23 PM
re: Cisco's 'First Inning' yes there even air and water in china and india

however most of it is full of pollution

Mostly Harmless 12/5/2012 | 3:48:14 PM
re: Cisco's 'First Inning' Gosh this has become a bit nasty hasn't it children?

Can't we just agree that sports analogies are unwise because people often don't know what they mean? And that the person who uses the analogy simply shows his or her ignorance of cultural differences?
gotman 12/5/2012 | 3:48:14 PM
re: Cisco's 'First Inning' Yes, not much more than you have in your country, and if you think you have less, just build a shield around your country and stay there...
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