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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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Lord Love a Fat Man

It seems like there have been a number of football players getting in trouble with the law lately.

You would have to be hiding under a rock not to have heard about Ben Roethlisberger’s exploits in Vegas, Georgia, and now on a golf course. Lawrence Taylor has been known for being a drug addict, and now he’s paying minors for some special loving.

Santonio Holmes thinks the rules don’t apply to him when he flies. I lost track of how many kids Antonio Cromartie has; to need an advancement on your salary to deal with child support issues is pretty telling about what kind of guy he must be. Vince Young gets in a fight in a strip club. Guys that kill people get out of jail (Donte’ Stallworth) and sign with someone in no time. Then there is the never ending exploits of Michael Vick.

Every time you check the sports page it seems that another athlete is involved in something shady, getting busted for driving drunk, or being arrested for some kind of domestic violence related charge.

Maybe we should do what the Japanese are doing.

They love their sumo wrestling about like we love our football. For them it is even more than what football is for us; footballs history and tradition pales in comparison to the extremely long history and tradition of sumo wrestling.

Much like what football players tend to think they are, these guys are literally and metaphorically speaking larger than life icons; except when they are getting busted smoking pot, getting in drunken brawls (can you imagine how much it would take to get one of those guys loaded?), and hanging out with gangsters.

Fans are staying away from a sport that has defined their culture for centuries. The scandals have gotten to a point where the public broadcaster that has broadcast three hours of live sumo wrestling daily since 1953 has cut it back to 20 minutes of taped highlights.

Sponsors are dropping their endorsements; many fans are staying away from events. Only one major network broadcast the tournament anymore. A recent tournament that historically played to a capacity crowd was only half full. That is what is happening to the honorable sport of sumo wrestling with so many of the participants acting like they do.

As far as we know, NFL players are not as connected to organized crime like many sumo wrestlers are with the yakuza. As rampant as criminal activity is becoming in the NFL it would not be surprising if that where next (right, Eddie Debartolo Jr.?)

Too many football players are essentially spitting on the game with their actions these days. Goodell can suspend all he wants, but until the teams quit signing these criminals and vagabonds then it will never change. Pretty soon we’ll have probation officers and armed guards having to travel with every team when they go out of state.

Beer: Big Foot Barleywine Style Ale by the good people at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, CA- if you are looking to drink your way into being a sumo wrestler than this is the beer for you. At about 330 calories a bottle this one will pack on the weight in no time.

Good thing is that it will be a beer you will like drinking as it turns you into a human mountain (or athlete if you decide to give sumo a try). A pleasant, fruity bouquet will have you thinking how nice this beer smells as you drink it down. As you finish, the deliciously balanced malts and hops will have you thinking ‘wow, it taste good too.’ When you do turn into a sumo wrestler, at 9.6% ABV (12.3% if you get the whiskey cask version) this one can still get you drunk without having to drink a keg!

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Big Ben Must Go

It is a messed up world when we no longer care about what a person does just because he can throw a football better than most people can walk and chew gum at the same time. Being a great anything should not be a free ticket to do whatever you feel like, but these days it seems like it is.

Big Ben got lucky this past week when the girl he has been accused of sexually assaulting refused to press charges. The DA said there was not enough evidence to be able to charge him either. What most people do not seem to be seeing is that he did not say that the evidence exonerated the Steeler quarterback, just that there was not enough to charge him. Now there are reports coming out in the press that paint a rather vivid picture of a celebrity abusing his notoriety and being assisted by his friends/ bodyguards in the commission of a reprehensible crime.

If it had been just one accusation than an argument could be made that this has simply been an isolated incident; it is not. There is still litigation pending concerning further accusations of a sexual nature committed against a Nevada woman. This shows a pattern of behavior forming. When that is the case, especially considering the way that he and his friends/ bodyguards set the supposed act up in the Georgia nightclub, he has done this before; likely many times. Sure enough reports of a potential third and fourth accuser are beginning to surface.

Sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes in the country. Sadly, the victim gets dragged through the mud and is forced to relive the event over and over again if there is even going to be the slightest hope of a conviction. Tack on the notoriety and fame that goes with being a professional athlete (and Super Bowl winning quarterback) and the victim might find end up getting convicted out of spite.

Professional sports franchises need to get their priorities straight. I know that they are a business first and must do what they need to in order to make a profit (like any business should). However, when a player has not been convicted of a crime the team has no definitive reason to sit them even though it may be the morally right thing to do.

What these guys fail to see is that while we keep watching and spending outrageous amounts of money on tickets and merchandise it is more because they are the only game in town. When a team or player rises up that is not a scumbag, franchises like the Steelers that have a guy like Roethlisberger as a leader will find themselves suddenly devoid of fans as they leave the Steelers for greener pastures.

Beer: San Miguel Cerveza Negra from the San Miguel Corporation in Manila, Philippines- I plan on rooting for whatever team that Tim Tebow plays for next season. The kid has proven that while his mechanics are not the best, he is still a talented individual that knows how to win, wants to get better, and is a quality person to boot. Most people are probably not aware that the former Florida standout was born in the Philippines.

While they did turn out one heck of a quarterback, the Philippines is not ever going to be known for their beer. Cerveza Negra is a decent Euro dark lager with sort of a chocolate, caramel taste to it. The malt gives it a nice smoothness making it easy to drink. At 5% ABV it will take a few to get you really tipsy, which might make it easier to enjoy the game (until the 4th quarter when you can’t stay out of the bathroom).

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