There is Such a Thing as Too Much Money

In 2008 Ben Roethlisberger made $27.7 million for one season’s worth of work. Phillip Rivers was the top man in 2009 with $25.56 million; three players made more than $20 million and 21 made more than $13 million. The San Francisco 49ers averaged over a $1 million per player.

With all this money being made the NFL is still staring a lock out in the face for the 2011 season over money.

The money to be made in the NFL is crazy, yet these guys are so incredibly greedy that they have to have more. Is it not enough that with one season and a little bit of intelligence (meaning don’t blow your paycheck) and you never have to work again?

Oh yeah, you have to pay your agents this, and your lawyers that, and your personal travelling masseuse…Guys, you spend what you spend. If you don’t want to run out of money then don’t spend it; get your girlfriends to give you a back rub (like the rest of us).

Players use to make pennies to play the game. Jay Berwanger, the first Heisman winner in history and first player drafted by an NFL team asked for $25,000 over two years and was turned down (and never played football). In 1980, the highest paid player was Chicago Bear running back Walter Payton; he made about a $500,000. Many players even in the 1980s still had to work jobs in the offseason in order to make ends meet.

Guys use to pay for the love of the game. There was something about still being able to go out every day and play a game (and actually get paid something for it) that appealed to people. The fans loved it as well because these guys were actually just like us. Playing the game is about still being young; it’s about simpler times when all that mattered was putting the pads on and playing with your friends.

This offseason, Logan Mankins has turned down a contract that would make him $7 million a season over the next five years. Vincent Jackson is refusing to get paid over $3 million when he got just over $600,000 in 2009. Terrell Owens is insisting on getting paid $5 million a season (and is still without a job).

These guys need to listen to Iron Mike Ditka who recently warned about getting too greedy:

“I hear that [lockout] talk and I just can’t believe anybody is that stupid…If the owners or the players are that stupid that they are going to shoot this golden goose … I mean it’s laying golden eggs. It’s a multibillion dollar business. It’s the most popular sport in this country, don’t kill it.” (ESPN)

In the meantime I think I may try to watch more Arena Football and the UFL when it starts. Neither one of those leagues pay their players fortunes; the AFL averaged from $50,000-250,000 while the UFL pays most its players around $25,000. These guys are doing alright, but not making fortunes. They still know what it’s like to have to fight to get by.

Grow up guys; it’s not all about the money.

Beer: Simple Times Lager from the good people at Minhas Craft Brewery in Monroe, Wisconsin- in the interest of enjoying the simpler life without paying a small fortune for it I have chosen this beer.

It’s not the best beer in the world, but it is pretty good; a six pack of it will only cost you around $4 at Trader Joe’s too. The flavor will not get you coming back for more, but this lager is light, easy to drink and refreshing after a hard day’s work; there is no real aftertaste and really just a mild flavor at all. At 6.2% ABV a couple will get you nice and relaxed without breaking the bank!

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Confident Cowboys a Plenty

At first he may be afraid; he may be petrified (sing it Gloria Gaynor fans).

Unrecognized is one thing that Jimmy Johnson will not be when he appears as a contestant on the 21st season of Survivor. Confident (and careful) he’ll have to be to make it past the first tribal council.

Johnson rose to fame back in the 1990s as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys after taking over for the only coach the Cowboys had ever had, Tom Landry. He would go on to revitalize the floundering franchise winning two Super Bowls before parting ways with the team.

Many of his former players have found time to get involved in popular television shows once their playing days were over. Two of Johnson’s ‘triplets’ have been on Dancing with the Stars (Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith); Smith even won the show when he was on in 2006.

Johnson will be the second former Cowboy to be on the popular reality television series. Former Dallas Cowboy quarterback Gary Hogeboom appeared on Survivor: Guatemala in 2005.

He’s a little nuts for pitching  a male enhancement product. I do have to give the old man credit for putting himself out there—way out there— on Survivor. I got to give some love to the most cocky, confident kicker on earth. I’m talking about a kicker, Dave Buehler.

Buehler is a rarity among kickers in that he is one bad man, in better shape than most athletes on the field. To prove that he challenged cornerback DeAngelo Smith to a foot race and won. He went onto to say that he thinks he could be wide receiver Patrick Crayton or may be even Tashard Choice.

This guy even thinks he is as strong as some of the team’s biggest. In a recent report he said that he and defensive end Igor Olshansky were working out; Igor bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times and just to be a pest he did 23.

Dallas has not had much luck with kickers recently. Nick Folk couldn’t get it done and was cut in 2009; signing Shaun Suisham was a surprise after that. His not getting signed at the end of the season was not.

Bueheler was the team’s kick off specialist; he has not yet tried to kick a field goal in a regular season game. At 6’2” and 227 pounds this guy is no small man and he knows it. He’s big; he’s bad’ and he knows it.

With the confidence that this guy has, Dallas would not have to worry about this guy getting rattled. So far he is the Cowboys only kicker on the roster. At least they know this guy will not get rattled! Just a thought…

Beer: Dave from the good people at the Hair of the Dog Brewery in Portland,OR- in honor of strongman kicker Dave Buehler I bring you Dave, an English barleywine with one heck of a kick—29%ABV.

Sadly, you may have a hard time finding this one since they only made one batch and that was some time ago. To create a brew with such strength they basically just took 300 gallons of Adam, another of their stellar beers, and froze it three different times till there was just 100 gallons left. If you are able to find it be ready to pay a pretty penny for it, but then be pleasantly surprised by the taste. With such a strong kick to it there is an unmistakable alcohol scent and taste to go with a sweet taste that will remind you of brown sugar or chocolate. Drink this on a cold night and it will definitely warm you up!

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Timeout for T.O.

Anyone that has read any of my previous posts can tell that I love sports. I love the thrill of competition, the agony of defeat, and the celebrating that goes on when your team wins.

However, the one thing I hate is when the athletes start to act like they are bigger than the game and let their egos get out of control.

Like Terrell Owens.

Does anyone else find it interesting that this guy is going on various shows giving interviews talking about all the reports that teams say he is a disruptive force in the locker room and a cancer to the team., and then just saying they are all wrong?

By trying to plead his case (if that is what he is doing) he is just proving what everyone says about him. TO, man, you can’t argue with people when they say you are disruptive; by doing so you are being exactly what you say you are not! When most of the NFL seems to think you are bad for the team there must be a reason (other than the media misrepresenting you).

I love that this guy has not been signed by anyone yet, and I really hope that no one does; maybe it will show kids that eventually things will catch up with you. No one will want to play with you no matter how talented you are simply because, as a person, you suck. Maybe if T.O. would take some actual responsibility and appear sincere when doing so he might get signed. It worked for Randy Moss…

In the end, this guy probably does not care whether he plays or not this year (or ever again). Sadly, he’s enough of a personality that people will pay attention to whatever he does. VH1 is currently showing the second season of The T.O. Show. I can remember reading something during the summer about him getting into modeling. He’s made millions and he will continue to do so one way or another.

However, he will still be the guy that had to quit playing because no one liked him.

Beer: Fatso from the good people at where else but the Good People Brewing Company in Birmingham, AL- most imperial stouts are known for being the kind of beer you kick back and take your time enjoying. Fatso is not your typical imperial stout though. The aroma hits you hard, but since it’s a nice fruity one so that’s okay. Not real heavy, this is one easy to drink beer with a tremendous taste. At 8.5%ABV this one will sneak up on you if you are not careful.

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