Friday, December 31, 2010

"Happy Christmas"....and "Merry New Year"!!!



Here's some of the oddest....weirdest stories of 2010.

From "":

Stupid is .......what stupid does......


A final ...."Farewell" to those We Lost...

We will all:

Notable deaths of 2010 -



Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Godfather of Free Agency

41 years ago.....Curt Flood....changed Major League Baseball.....

Here's how....

Courtesy of Business Insider and Cork Gaines:

You've Never Heard Of The Second Most Important Person In MLB History

When Carl Crawford is sipping his 1982 Chateau Margaux out of his diamond encrusted wine glass tonight, we hope he will raise his glass and offer a toast on the anniversary of the day that made his $142 million contract possible. 
It was 41 years ago today that the New York Times first reported Curt Flood was planning a lawsuit to challenge Major League Baseball's reserve clause.

The "reserve clause" was a standard part of the player's contract that allowed a team to retain a player's rights even after that player's contract had expired. Players could only sign a new contract with their current team unless they were released or traded.

But in 1969, Flood decided he was tired of being treated like "property," and decided to stand up to the system. From the New York Times:
A major attack on the reserve clause, a feature of baseball contracts that binds a player to his original team and makes trades possible, is being mounted by Curt Flood, with Arthur Goldberg, a former United States Supreme Court Justice, as his counsel.

Flood had met with the Player's Association to ask for their support. Interestingly, in doing so, Flood stopped short of comparing the reserve clause to slavery. But the Times article says he did admit that "being black perhaps made him more sensitive to issues of freedom and dignity."

Ultimately, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Major League Baseball, but their decision left open the possibility for closer examination and further challenges. The reserve clause was ultimately struck down in 1975.

But it was Curt Flood that gave players the hope of someday being able sell their services to the highest bidder. And among people that helped further the rights of all player's, Flood may be surpassed only by Jackie Robinson. It is a shame more of today's players don't acknowledge that.

All About the ..."Benjamins"

Money talks...especially in big time college football.   These bottom line profits would make a lot of  CEO's ....of major corporations ...envious.

Their secret?   Payroll.......are lack there of.   The 17 - 21 year olds bringing in all that cash.....get none ...

More hypocrisy......from the men in suits....who run these colleges and the NCAA.

Here's the top 5 ....

Courtesy of ....The Huffington Post:


University of Texas

Total Revenue: $93,942,815
Total Profit: $68,830,484
University of Georgia

Revenue: $70,838,539
Profit: $52,529,885
Penn State

Revenue: $70,208,584
Profit: $50,427,645
University of Michigan

Revenue: $63,189,417
Profit: $44,861,184
University of Florida

Revenue: $68,715,750
Profit: $44,258,193
See the entire list:

The Most Profitable College Football Teams