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“Do this research if we don’t have a season — watch how much evil, which we call crime — watch how much crime picks up if you take away our game,” Ray Lewis, NFL football player for the Baltimore Ravens, when thinking about the implications of a lockout.
I have been out all day, was out last night for a holiday party, and haven’t had any desire to check my Reader. Here are some links for reading from the past day:
A man in the town I went to college was arrested and received 8 taser jolts.
The ACLU hones in on efforts to alter the 14th amendment.
Here are some clips of classic football from this past weekend.
Above: Lance Moore, on my fantasy team, makes a crazy end zone TD catch.
Above: Dan Connolly, a 313lb offensive lineman, returns a punt for 71 yards and almost brings it into touchdown land.
And finally, DeSean Jackson is the man.
This is a slow Sunday for me. Everyone is out of the house. The silence within the house is somewhat therapeutic. I have had a rather busy week. Aside from working a few days this week, yesterday I helped chip branches and then watched a friend play in a rugby match. By 8 o’clock at night, I wasn’t falling over asleep but was dozing off inside.
I soon after go to sleep. I have a plethora of dreams that I vaguely remember now. One involved being in high school (I think?) and I was taking Spanish (and enjoying it!). I awake from a sound night of sleep and am rather groggy. Coffee has helped.
I now sit here wondering what to do with my day. I would like to get some exercise in, some reading, some organizing of my teaching files, and maybe fit in an afternoon NFL game. The house will be quiet for another three hours so we will see how this unfolds.
I may tinker with the theme and header on the blog a bit, too.
News broke the other day that the New York Jets re-signed Cornerback Darelle Revis to a four year / $46 million ($32 million guaranteed) contract. This has many news outlets buzzing over the Jets now being a lock for the Superbowl.
Beneath the hype and teammate hysteria is a corporate and player mindset behind contracts, holdouts, and of course money.
One day on ESPN, an inside reporter noted that Revis wanted to make sure his money was guaranteed and especially so that he wouldn’t be treated like those before him within the Jet’s organization. That comment stood out to me. There are perennial contract holdouts, but until this time I haven’t heard that much in-depth reasoning around it.
Ian O’Connor at ESPN notes:
Revis wanted his money, big money, guaranteed money, and he had every right to ask for it. If the NFL doesn’t fully guarantee contracts, it does fully guarantee pain, suffering and a heartless exit interview when a team needs a healthier throwing shoulder or a faster set of wheels.
Revis saw what happened to Leon Washington after the back tore up his leg, and he saw how the good locker room citizen, Thomas Jones, was rewarded for ripping off 1,400 yards. Revis also saw how Kellen Clemens was treated by Tannenbaum in that revealing “Hard Knocks” scene the other night, when the GM told the backup quarterback he could take a pay cut or get fired, his choice.
An NFL player has to make his score while he can.
Rich Cimini makes a note after Revis finally signed:
Revis will sign a four-year contract, GM Mike Tannenbaum announced. He declined to discuss the amount, but a source said it’s a $46 million deal, including $32 million in various guarantees.
Under his old contract, Revis was due to make $21 million over the next three years, all of which was guaranteed until he didn’t show up for training camp, voiding the guarantee. After a long holdout that resulted in $578,305 in fines, Revis secured $11 million in additional guarantees while committing an extra year to the team.
All that said, Revis did not want to bend on getting the money he wanted to lock up. That could of been influenced in part by his mentor Sean Gilbert and his head coach Rex Ryan, who called him the best corner back in the league. This may even connect to Revis’s agents who have the last holdouts hanging on for this year: Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeil (both San Diego Chargers).
A source I connected with directed me to the Leon Washington story of a few years past. Mid season, Washington broke his leg in three places. He was then traded on draft day. This all happened in his final year of his contract and lost out on his big payday.
These stories always tend to sound greedy on the part of the player or agent. This case even brought in a quote from Revis’s grandma. Although I am not a sports scientists, it seems that football is different than the other three main leagues with their guaranteed money. The argument could be made that football is the most brutal of the four but beyond brutalness NFL players more and more are making sure their pay is secure. No one wants to be another Leon Washington who rolled the dice on signing an extension and was traded out of town for less than he bargained for.
Outside the Lines at ESPN presented a report on all 107 stadiums used by the NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB. What did they find?
ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reviewed health department inspection reports for food and beverage outlets at all 107 North American arenas and stadiums that were home to Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association teams in 2009. At 30 of the venues (28 percent), more than half of the concession stands or restaurants had been cited for at least one “critical” or “major” health violation. Such violations pose a risk for foodborne illnesses that can make someone sick, or, in extreme cases, become fatal.
At Tropicana Field — home of the Tampa Bay Rays — every one of the stadium’s 47 food and drink outlets inspected incurred a critical violation during inspections within the past year, according to Florida inspection reports. Violations include food residue in a cooler, toxic chemicals stored too close to food preparation areas, “slime” in the ice machines and thermometers not readily visible to measure the temperature of hot foods.
The interactive guide reveals that all of Florida’s stadiums have had infractions against them. However:
Other industry representatives said that inspection reports can exaggerate threats, pointing out that minor lapses in a rule — such as a temperature gauge not being properly calibrated or a precooked hot dog a few degrees cooler than it should be — can result in a critical violation that really doesn’t pose a risk to consumers.
If you are somewhat cheap like me and do not prefer $7 hot dogs, this doesn’t bother you much. But this raises the philosophical question of whether or not most people want to know about this. Do you just want to go to the new Cowboys stadium for a football game and eat your hotdog in peace? Or do you care that your hotdog may of been heated at a 71 degree level, nearly half of the 135 degree base that it should be held at?
In the end, I feel that the food at the stadiums, other than maybe some peanuts or a $5 bottle of water, hold little nutritional value and are a risk in and of themselves. Now knowing that there may be mice droppings in food prep areas of slime build up in frozen drink machines makes me even more want to pack some food of my own or watch the game on TV.