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The Wizard of Oz, Us and Albert Pujols
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Tags: baseball st louis cardinals

Thoughts from an Island Girl

 

 

You DARE to come to me for a heart, do you? You clinkingclanking, clattering collection of caliginous junk! 

So it went for the Tinman,   as he stood before ‘The Great and Powerful Oz.’  Did you know that the first Tin Man was Buddy Ebsen?   Yes that same guy who starred in that old TV series,  the Beverly Hillbillies.   Did you know what he nearly died from the silver dust they sprayed on him and he was never compensated?

 

 

He wanted a heart afterall.  So what was wrong with that,  right?   Why did the ‘The Great and Powerful Oz’  (as it were) resort to such an attack?     Did he experience love at some point and lost it? 

 

 

 Remember when as the Fortune Teller he told Dorothy in effect that she was breaking Auntie Em’s heart?     I mean he knew what love was.   Dorothy knew he was right.  We all have special people in our lives and Valentines Day is all about hearts.

 

 

 

In the same way,  the St. Louis Cardinals organization has been known a fan and player friendly place and was a perfect fit for Albert Pujols.    The Cardinals were saying goodbye to Mark McGwire and hello to a future.    Who could have known the greatness of this man and what he would achieve and he is only 31 years old!! 

 

For ten years now,  not only has Albert averaged .331 with over 400 homeruns but he has also endeared himself to his fans.  A player who selected in the 13th round of the baseball draft that year.

 

  Never was this more in evidence than two years ago,  when a fan fell out of the stands along the first base line.   Mr. Pujols stayed there until EMT came along to help this man.    At the same time attending to a young man with Down’s Syndrome and the son of the man lying on the field.

 

 

But Albert has a reason to do this.    His wife’s own child has Down’s Syndrome and Albert accept that child and acts as a spokesman for this cause.    He wasn’t cussing out a father in front of his child,  but actually being human.

 

In 1988,  well before Albert was known to anyone but his own family,  a song came out by,  ‘Boy Meets Girl’.   I was called,  ‘Waiting For A Star To Fall’.      This may be the ulimate Valentine’s Day song.    There is something magical to this song,  even though it came out before I was even born.      Sadly though,  they are no longer together but we have all felt this kind of love,  at some time in our lives.

 

 

 

But now just like Boy Meets Girl,   there seems to be a problem.   Apparently Albert has taken notes from Derek Jeter and how contract negotiations went with Jeter and the New York Yankees.   I believe Albert is not willing to let this play out in the press and made it clear to everyone,  that this will not happen with him.

 

The good ole boys in the media makes it all about them.    Ever watch the NFL Network?   They will do their 10 best in a given category and you will have sports individuals (mainly media) give their impressions of what happened.   The ones who were not players seem to be the most bizarre.   What they could not do on the field they try to do in the press and other media.     Anyway,  who is selecting who is number one of their lists?    And why should we agree?  

 

 

The point is,  they need to shut up.   They need to stop spreading rumors and dischord.    Trust me,   if Tiger was being Tiger,  Albert’s signing would be a secondary issue.     The media are like vultures waiting for the cars to pass so they can disembowel their prey.   But instead of being useful like a vulture is,   they actually create controversy only so they can editorialize on it.

 

 

 

This last song summarizes the kind of pain their tabloidism evokes.    As wrong as Brett Favre and Tiger Wood was and the pain it caused the wives of these men,  media are just as guilty.   As a girl this song touches me,  in that we are regarded as some kind of trophy (eye candy) without even considering what we feel and how we feel.   This is not feminism per se,  but about how much we love and how that hurt can never be healed sometimes.   I pray for Brett and Tiger.   As a girl,  I don’t want some middle-aged buffoon getting into my personal business.

All that said,  Happy Valentines to everyone.    Please don't let love slip through your hands and out of your reach.  Don't forget we love,  those who ever did.

 

 

 

 

  The difference is that media loves themselves while the irreparable damage done to lovers may never be.     These athletes are not perfect,  even Albert Pujols,  but all of us should be left alone to deal with our problems.

 

In the case of athletes,  there is a bond between players and fans and because media wants to report the story first,  the love affair can be destroyed.

NFL Lout : Why Roger Goodell Is Bad As Hell For The NFL
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Tags: AFL AAFC UFL NFL Roger Goodell NFLPA Bert Bell Pete Rozelle Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLV Notre Dame Uiniversity




The muckerism known as the Roger Goodell Era began in the National Football League when he barely won the job as commissioner by two votes in 2006. Though he tried to push this image of being a strict disciplinarian since then, but he has mostly shown to be a watered down version of his mentor and predecessor Paul Tagliabue.

Goodell began working with the NFL as an intern thanks to the fact his dad was a Senator in the same state that NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle lived in. When Tagliabue replaced a retired Rozelle in 1989, Goodell was taken under the wing of a former college basketball player who knew very little about the game of football.

His role increased as the rules began to heavily favor the offenses and the quarterback position especially. Goodell has even taken this many steps further to sickening proportions since 2006 to the point even touching a quarterback results in a penalty and fine.

The 2011 season has been his worse, yet it may be a blessing for the NFL. It is quite evident Goodell is the wrong man for the job more than ever and replacing him would benefit the league. The league has made mistakes here before, so admitting they made the wrong hire would be nothing new for the NFL.

Jim Thorpe was the first NFL Commissioner ever from 1920 to 1921. He was an obvious figurehead much like Goodell is. Thorpe was a Hall of Fame football player who won two Gold Medals in the 1921 Olympics, played Major League Baseball, and basically excelled in any athletic endeavor.

Carl Stork, a co-founder of the NFL, was commissioner for two years until stepping down due to illness. Austin Gunsel stepped in when Bert Bell died in 1959, but was replaced by Rozelle four months later. Elmer Layden, one of the famous "Four Horsemen" from Notre Dame University, held the job for five year before being replaced by Bell because owners thought him too much a gentleman and not forceful enough for the job.

While Goodell has tried to pretend his was forceful regime, it has been severely tainted with hypocrisy. He reduced a suspension of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger by two games this year, but then proceeded to tell people, right before the quarterback was to play Super Bowl XLV, that at least two dozen Steelers did not support Roethlisberger.

The reporter, Peter King, tried to back peddle soon after, but most likely because he was ordered to by Goodell. Still, the damage was done and the timing could not have been more inappropriate. The Super Bowl is the biggest game the league has, one where billions of dollars are involved and where more viewers from other parts of the world tune in.

Not only was the big game marred by Goodell's boorish behavior, but perhaps the worst pre-game and halftime entertainment shows in Super Bowl history followed in a game where hundreds of fans were displaced because Goodell's people did a poor job preparing Cowboys Stadium for the event. These fans are now suing the league.

These debacles took place on the eve of a players strike that is almost certainly going to occur. Players strikes are nothing new in the NFL, having occurred in 1968, 1970, 1982, and 1987. Yet each strike dealt with different issues.

When the players threatened a strike in 1968, the owners countered by declaring a lockout. Since players salaries were low in that era, which caused them to hold second hobs, this strike was brief. There was another brief strike during training camp in 1970.

Just nine regular season games were played in 1982 because of the strike. When the 1987 strike went down, players missed a month of the regular season but the games were still played.

Owners hired replacement players, which was largely a group of players who had been cut in training camps. Many unionized players, including Hall of Famers like Joe Montana, Steve Largent, and Randy White, crossed the picket lines to play.

This strike may be different because NFL players see how Major League Baseball players get paid. The NFL is the king of professional sports right now and players want a bigger piece of the pie. Considering an average career lasts less than two years, their request doesn't seem ridiculous.

The players today are afforded luxuries like never before. Though the game still contains hard hitting at times, the rules today make it a much less violent game. Goodell is now saying the league cares about players suffering concussions, an issue they ignored since their beginnings.

Past players suffer today, ignored by their own brethren who are enjoying the path paved for them. Yet the players see how the legends are doing today and are trying to prevent repeating that in their own future. Goodell's recent claims of caring are generally considered just lip service by most so he can resolve the impending strike sooner.

Besides continuing Tagliabue's mission to pamper quarterbacks and offenses while castrating defenses, there are many other things about Goodell that anger players. Many feel he is out of touch, sitting in an ivory tower with a blind eye as his wallet fills up at a rapid pace.

Many players lately have been echoing the same sentiment in regards to their commissioner. They feel he has too much power and control over the game while maintaining a constant predilection of making wrong decisions ultimately. He once was referred to as an obtuse fascist who has ruined the integrity of the game in favor of money.

Though it is unknown if things would be much better or worse now if Goodell did not retain those two votes in 2006, the question if he is the right man for the job gets louder each day. Whether the owners are listening or even caring is the question.

Bell and Rozelle, generally considered the best commissioners in NFL history, never uttered such ramblings like Goodell has while holding the office over 30 years combined. Neither besmirched their players like Goodell has. Though it is doubtful a person as good as Bell or Rozelle is out there right now, it would behoove the NFL to try and find out while firing Goodell.

If the league stays complacent behind his questionable leadership, the United Football League could very well find success the the American Football League did in the 1960's, forcing the NFL to allow all 10 of their teams to merge. Before that, the All-American Football Conference had the NFL take in three teams in 1950.

Though the game of football needs the upstart UFL, now entering their third season, to compete with the NFL to make their product better, the NFL learned 41 years ago from the AFL that it can take a long time to get back on top after being the only game in town several years. A game that has been eroding under the direction of Roger Goodell.  

Five Minute Frags - Cutting Ties
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB Texas Rangers Michael Young Nolan Ryan

 

 

“All my heroes have now become ghosts
Sold their sorrow to the ones who paid the most”

- Shinedown - Heroes

In sports, the word loyalty often falls on deaf ears, drowned out instead by the sound of flapping dollar bills. Player loyalty can sway like the wind, like a Hessian soldier, selling their skills to the highest bidder. Jeff touched on it in this week’s edition of Deep Thoughts, noting how players no longer play for the glory, just the paycheck. But lost in the text of “Player X’s” blog was a simple notion.

Loyalty is a street traveled in two directions.

Take for example the curious case of Michael Young and the Texas Rangers. Over the course of 11 seasons, Young has done more than most players when it comes to accommodating the team. When he came into the league, he came up primarily as a second baseman with some occasional spot starts at shortstop. When the Rangers acquired Alfonso Soriano from the Yankees as part of the Alex Rodriguez trade, Young moved over to shortstop, both to accommodate Soriano at second and also to ease Texas’s burden when they lost Rodriguez. Young transformed himself from a player with limited range to a gold glove shortstop. Yet, the year after winning the gold glove, Young was again asked to move, this time to third base to allow for stud prospect Elvis Andrus to slide into the line-up. Again he made the move and made the most of it.

Now, just two years have passed and now the Rangers are telling their team-first, six-time all-star that he’s being replaced again, this time asking him to become a primary designated hitter/super-utility man. This time however, Young is balking at the move and asking for a trade. You can only be told that someone is better than you so many times and Young decided enough is enough.

And I tell you what; I don’t blame him one bit.

I could almost understand the argument if Young was a stopgap player, someone fit into a position in order to get by until a better solution arises. However, as stated above, this is a six-time all-star whose full season averages are .300, 199 hits, 17 HR, and 87 RBI over the course of an 11-year career. In other words, Young is far from a stopgap, he’s a guy most teams would love to have in their line-up. I’m sure the Blue Jays would take the trade back when they sent him to Texas for Estaban Loaiza in 2000.

It begs to ask why the Rangers would take this course of action. Yes, I realize that Texas opted for Adrian Beltre as a Plan-B to losing out on Cliff Lee, but why? Beltre doesn’t solve the obvious pitching deficit in Texas. Sure, he may get to a few more balls than Young, but he doesn’t help keep them on the ground in the thin Arlington air either. So Texas opted to spend money for the sake of doing something, and in the process, destroyed a relationship with their version of Derek Jeter.

In this day of athlete coming and going at the drop of a dime, a player like Michael Young only comes around once in a lifetime. If I can think of one player I would compare Young to, I would compliment him by comparing his to Hall-Of-Famer Robin Yount, another guy who changed positions in order to make his team better and still performed to his peak. Neither made noise or made a mockery of the game, but played it the way it was supposed to be played.

General Managers don’t ask a guy like Michael Young to wear the title of “Super-Utility Man.” They ask them to wear the title of team ambassador and “Captain.”

Instead, the Rangers just took him for granted.

Rants and Raves
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Tags: Blackbandit20 NFL NFL 2011 HOF Class Marshall Faulk Shannon Sharpe Richard Dent Les Richter Chris Hanburger Dion Sanders Christina Aguilera


 

Don’t mess with the Anthem?? Thanks Blackbandit20?? How to make the NFL All-Star game relevant?? Dallas and NFL screw 400 Super Bowl Fans?? Welcome to the 2011 NFL HOF class?? All in this NFL edition of Rants and Raves.

I am usually not one to comment in my blog on another Gabber’s blog or comment, but, last week, 2/1/11, blackbandit20 had a blog on how to make sports all-star games relevant. While I won’t touch on all of them, I would like to give my two cents on the one that is the most irrelevant, and that’s the NFL. The difference between the NFL and all the other sports is that the NFL’s game is played after the regular season is over. To make the NFL All-Star game exciting, the NFL should have 3 weeks off between weeks 8 and 9. Schedule the All-Star game two weeks after week 8 of the regular season. Play the game in Hawaii. The winner of the All-star game would host the Super Bowl. So if the NFC won and the Giants won the NFC Championship game, the Super Bowl would be played in the Meadowlands.

Congratulations go to the Green Bay Packers for winning Super Bowl XLV, 31-25 over the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the record I picked the Steelers.

Also outstanding job by Aaron Rogers who finally got the “Favre off his back” by being the Super Bowl MVP. Aaron was 24-39 for 304 yards and 3 TD’s. QB rating of 111.5.

Something that went unnoticed during the Super Bowl Game, there were no referee mistakes. Hats off to the officials who worked the game. The referee was Walt Anderson, Umpire Chad Brown, Head Linesman Kent Payne, Field Judge Doug Rosenbaum, Line Judge John Hussey, Side Judge Mike Weatherford, Back Judge Scott Helverson and Jerome Boger was the Alternate. Anderson’s crews, during the regular season called the 3rd fewest holding penalties, but they called the most false starts with 42. Just for the record, this was not Anderson’s regular season crew.

Thanks to Steelersdepot.com for the info.

Okay this veteran is pissed!! With over 103,000 fans in attendance at Cowboys Stadium, and 111 million viewers watching the game on TV (a record), its not really the time, nor the place, to screw up the National Anthem. Maybe if Christina Aguilera sung the song they way it was meant to be sung she wouldn’t have had this problem. This mistake just goes to show you we need to bring back the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star-Spangled Banner into the daily life of our children. Maybe we should make it a part the grades in High School. Each child should recite the Pledge and sing, or say the Star-Spangled Banner, by themselves, and alone, to the principle or a 3 person committee to receive a passing grade to graduate High School. No one, and I mean no one, should make a mistake on our National Anthem. Okay I vented, and I feel better. God bless this country!!!

Did 400 fans really get screwed?? There were several temporary seating areas at the Stadium that were not completed on time. 1,250 people were moved to other areas. 850 people were moved to alternate seating while 400 fans were placed in standing room area and were given a refund of triple face value, or up to $2,400 and allowed to go on the field at Cowboys Stadium. Now on top of this, the NFL announced the 400 people without seats will be "guests of the NFL" at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.

The NFL Hall Of Fame Class of 2011 has a little of everything:

A running machine in Marshall Faulk, 12,279 yards rushing (10th all-time) and 100 TD’s (Tied for 7th all-time), not to mention 6,875 yards and 36 TD’s receiving.

A receiving TE in Shannon Sharpe, 10,060 yards receiving (34th all-time) and 62 TD’s (tied for 53rd all-time).

A sack attack in Right Defensive End Richard Dent who had 137.5 sacks (tied for 6th all-time) in his career with 8 interceptions with 1 returned for a touchdown.

Two Pro Bowl Linebackers in Les Richter (8 selections in 9 year career) with 16 career interceptions and 106 points from extra points made, and Pro Bowl Linebacker Chris Hanburger (9 selections in 14 years) with 19 career interceptions, two were returned for touchdowns and 17 fumble recoveries, 3 were returned for touchdowns.

The flamboyant one, Defensive Back Deion “Neon” Sanders who shined when the spotlight was on him. He had 53 interceptions (tied for 23rd) of which 9 were returned for TD’s (tied for 4th), 19 fumble recoveries one for a TD. Sanders had 6 punt returns and 3 kick off returns for touchdowns. “If anyone could put the I in Team it would be Sanders.”

And last, and certainly not the least, Ed Sabol, who made it all possible with NFL Films which helped start the explosion that is today’s NFL. His clips of the NFL weekly games were classic. Nothing symbolizes this more than the clip of the spiraling pass going into the hands of a wide receiver. He created the football follies and was the first to sound up coaches and players. He was truly a pioneer.

While we can all find several players who were bypassed, Cris Carter, Tim Brown, or Henry Ellard??? The above selections are worthy, aren’t they???

Pictures by: Green Bay Packers Logo - 1.bp.blogspot.com, Aaron Rogers - Jim Biever/Green Bay Packers, Marshall Faulk - jasonkozma.com, Shannon Sharpe - cdn.bleacherreport.net, Richard Dent - blogs.e-rockford.com, Les Richter - im2.ebidst.com, Chris Hanburger - vintagecardprices.com, Deion Sanders - sportsillustrated.cnn.com, Christina Aguilera - musicnuvo.com, Cowboys Stadium - epltalk.com, Walt Anderson - post-gazette.com, NFL Hall Of Fame Logo - clevelandleader.com, Blackbandit20 - blackbandit20 

Deep Thoughts Paycheck Edition
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Tags: NFL

 

Hello again and welcome to another session of deep thoughts. Now that the Super Bowl is done, it is time to move forward to another season. Yes, I know that basketball is moving toward the madness of March...but for me the next season is spring training. I will be honest, just the mention of these two words induces images of warm breezes and blue skies. As most of you know, I love baseball... but, February baseball is a bit dicey. I attended my son's first practice game this afternoon and to be honest...there were no warm breezes. Still, it was baseball and I loved it.

 



 

Before we move on to March Madness or baseball, I want to finish off the football season with a conversation that I think defines not only players, but also each of us. I read an article in ESPN the Magazine recently that had a profound effect on me. Yes, I know ESPN is a four letter word for most of us...but this article was special for me. Something that I have noticed as I have grown comfortably into middle age is perspective. Before I delve too deeply into the subject, I want you to have a chance to read this article. For those of not familiar with the ESPN series, Player X is a current player that ESPN hires to write a blog. This blog features an NFL player.  Since he is nameless, he is able to speak freely and truthfully. Here is the article:

It's Super Bowl time, which means right now there are 30 NFL teams whose seasons are over. In other words, almost 1,600 players are sitting at home watching. (OK, or maybe on vacation somewhere.) And guess what? Most of them couldn't be happier.

That's because the majority of the guys -- I'd say probably close to 70 percent -- are in the game only for the money. They don't care about winning. The editors showed me the story on Super Bowl rings, and, man, I couldn't disagree more: Most players don't care about championship bling. Sure, in interviews, 100 percent of them will say it's all about winning championships. But they know that's what the public wants to hear. I'm telling you, most of them are lying. They couldn't care less about getting a ring.

Sad thing is, they typically come into the league like that. You don't just all of a sudden quit loving the game. For lots of guys, football is just what they were good at. It's all they've ever known. They never really developed any other skills, so football became their path to making money and living like a movie star. They're not all that different from an investment-banking math whiz who's got more millions than he knows what to do with, really.

Paycheck players are easy to spot. During the week, they're always pretending they can't practice. They make up illnesses just so they can hang out in the training room, lie on the table and take naps. Look, I'm not saying I enjoy every minute of practice, and I really don't enjoy training camp -- nobody does -- but if there's a practice going on, I'd rather be out there playing than not.

The paycheck players? They'd rather complain. Wide receivers and defensive backs tend to be paycheck guys. Running backs, not so much. They know their careers typically don't last long, so they tend to have a strong work ethic. The absolute worst are defensive linemen. They're just loud and lazy. There's this one guy on my team who is the poster child for paycheck players. All he does is bitch about the schedule, how practice is too long and how we wear pads too much. He never shuts up. Even his body language is negative, like the way he carries himself from the weight room to the meeting room. He's just never really present. If you can't tell, he bugs the hell out of me.

Management doesn't care either. You can be the biggest piece of garbage, but if you're producing, they'll keep you around -- even if you're a negative influence on the younger players. I've seen guys come into the league who are good dudes and want to work hard. But then they get on a bad team where they're playing with a bunch of guys who have been losing for five years, and the older guys tell them, "Don't worry about it. As long as that check cashes every two weeks, you're good to go."

Bad teams can breed paycheck players. Losers like the Bengals are full of them. When the tough times come, those bad-attitude guys start fighting with each other and turn into bad teammates.

On the flip side, look at the four teams that made the conference championships: Steelers, Jets, Bears and Packers. Each one has had to endure adversity this year, but they were able to overcome. Why? Because their rosters include enough guys who care only about one thing: winning games. Don't get me wrong. I'm sure there will be paycheck guys playing in the Super Bowl. I bet they're thrilled, too, because they know if they win, they'll be able to put "Super Bowl champion" next to their name, and that will pay dividends for the rest of their lives.

Sometimes, I wish I played hockey instead. A good pal of mine plays in the NHL; those guys are a different breed. If you watched HBO's "24/7" show that shadowed the Caps and Penguins leading up to the Winter Classic, you know what I mean. It was so pure, it was like watching my high school team. Hockey players would kill themselves just to win a single game. Who knows? Maybe that lockout a few years ago helped them appreciate what they have. If that's the case, here's hoping for an NFL lockout.

Player X Blog

Insider's Player X Blog is home to a star-turned-blogger from the NFL, NBA, MLB and NASCAR. Check back here a few times a week for a series of unfiltered looks into the lives of professional athletes.

Got a question to ask one of the pros? Email them at playerx@espnthemag.com

 

Damn! Doesn't this make sense? How often have you watched a game and just knew that a team just did not seem to care about winning. I have read rants this year that talked about the very thing that Player X points out. For some professionals, their sport is only about getting paid. This is why there is such a disconnect between players, fans and owners. That's right. Don't only point a finger at players. There are many owners that are only interested in the annual return on their investment. What are fans concerned about? Winning championships.

I know that there has been consternation toward the Yankees and Red Sox for the large amount of money spent on improving (or attempting to improve) their teams. But, give them credit for a commitment to winning. The problem is that a team can spend money corralling talent, but talent alone is not the key ingredient to success (Daniel Snyder).. Each professional sport is full of talented players that will never win championships. Zach Thomas and Mike Singletary are two players that I always admired. Both of these guys were told that they were too small by the "experts" in college. No way that they will have success in the NFL. What cannot be measured is heart.

In Friday Night Lights, the Odessa Permian coach talks of being perfect...of being able to look your teammate in the eye and know that you gave your all. His heart was full, but many professional players have forgotten or never realized this aspect of their sport. What a tragedy to never realize how to play the game. My father told me many years ago that he did not care what I did as long as I loved what I did. He talked about commitment and how important it is to strive for excellence. I used to think he was corny and somewhat dated, but damn he was right!

I coached with a very good friend for several years. One of the rules that we figured out early on is that we would never talk about winning. We worked on fundamentals and taught the players how to compete and won plenty of games. I think that the NFL is no different. Winning is a byproduct of effort.

Player X mentions the Bengals as a team full of pay check players. But I can name a few others: Dallas, Washington and the Titans also qualified this year. I think that Jeff Fisher realized this and was a big reason that he decided to leave...good for him. Albert Haynesworth is the poster child for a pay check player, but there obviously many others.

After reading this article, do you have a guess what position Player X plays? OL or LB is my guess. He obviously admires the effort of running backs, so either of these positions would make sense. Brian Urlacher was my guess at identifying Player X.

Since I never played hockey, I called Sully earlier in the week and sent him a copy of this article. He was in total agreement with Player X regarding how hockey players approach each game. There is no taking a game or quarter off. If you are on the ice you are going all out.

Some may try to find an issue with race with this discussion, but they would be dead wrong. Paycheck players come in all colors. Walter Payton is an example of a player that was the consummate professional. Emmit Smth, Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin had great success as Dallas Cowboys. Aikman has attributed much of their success to how hard Irvin worked during practice. I think this is one reason that Aikman and Irvin became friends and remain friends.

It is easy to discuss professional athletes and bemoan the pay check mentality, but this epidemic is everywhere. I must admit to taking a day off here and there. This article has given me motivation and cause me to reexamine my priorities.
 

Perhaps this is a bit heavy and is certainly long enough at this point. Rather than leave you down, I wanted to provide a few examples of real life pay check citizens.

 

 



 

 

Really?

 

 

 

I don't know...seems a rather messy option to me.

 

 

 

 

Even the fire department is not exempt!

 

 



 


That's all I have for this week. Here is a bit of Jack Handy for your journey:

 

 

"One thing vampire children are taught is, never run with a wooden stake."
 

"The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part."
 

 

 



 


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