Money money money – why so much?

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ca. 2006 --- LeBron James --- Image by © Anthony Mandler/Corbis Outline In the sports world, one thing is inevitable. Contracts. And contracts lead to agents. And agents lead to money. And to play, there is no way out.

And I think that’s fine. That’s completely normal. For any real job, you sign a contract. But here’s what I don’t get.

LeBron James for the next six years will get a total of roughly 110 million dollars. If I got 150,000 dollars a year in savings after tax, I would need to work 122 years to get it. And if I wanted Pujols money? That’s 169 years. Although it’s really nothing when you are immortal.

So why do we think having a player play a game well is worth 150,000 dollars after getting a hit? I simply don’t get why we have to pay these players so much money!

If the sports world was up to me, I would change a lot of things. (BCS, Playoff formats, money, BCS, BCS, BCS, BCS – did I mention BCS?) But this is the second most puzzling to me. I just can’t grasp how a player could be worth so much money (like A-Rod, and 29 million a year) for playing a game?

Playing a game is tough. It takes a toll on you and your body. But throwing a ball into a net is worth that much? I just don’t get it.

 

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The death of recruiting day: One of the many things college football needs

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Recruiting

 

And they say baseball is annoying.

There is a day in February every year I simply cannot stand.  After the Super Bowl and before Spring Training, ESPN Home pages are cluttered with stuff like this.

Look, I get it. It’s great to watch people pick their team. But personally, I think there are a few things wrong with this picture.

First of all, millions of kids spend countless hours waiting and wishing, hoping to get into their perfect school, the one of their dreams. But these people somehow have the right to choose for themselves. That’s not how it works. How it works, is that going to that college is a privilege. They invite you. If you have a choice between multiple colleges, you decide at your kitchen table with your family. And when you get to pro level, the teams choose you. You can’t join a team because you said so.

Second, I don’t see why it needs to be this big of a deal. There is simply nothing much exciting about watching people choosing colleges. It’s next year’s team. You don’t need to announce where you’re going on National TV.

It just doesn’t add up for me. Watching kids pick colleges isn’t exciting nor is it fair. If the NCAA wants to make this sport more popular or just plain better, this part of the process should be eliminated. When a Harvard professor applies for tenure, its a reasonably large thing for the professor, college and the students. But, they pick, and we aren’t seeing that on front pages. That’s how it should be. Even though I hear the Harvard tenure process is quite tedious.

Just another edit to make in a game with some serious problems.

Double post: HALLELUJAH!!! The BCS Goes Final Four! and The Caps are winning for a reason

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Part I

HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!!

In this first ever NCAA Football post, we celebrate. Celebrate because the evil empire, being the BCS, has fell to the knights of righteousness, and not-money-hungry people. Today, the BCS has decided that it will now go to a four team playoff. In case you couldn’t guess where I was

And no more Utah’s, Boise States, USCs and TCUs, all of which finished with 12 win records. This is the best four teams in the country. With room for upsets and with room for cinderella, the once all-powerful BCS is dead.

“The king is dead, long live the king!!”

The semifinals will be on January 1st, no matter what. But this is the best part for me, what I’m about to say.

If you’ve ever noticed, the big bowls are always in Miami or Tampa or New Orleans or in a dome. In the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB, the games are played at the higher seed’s home or the higher seed gets home advantage. Now, in the semifinals, on new years day, they will be played at home – because in all honesty – do you think somebody from California will go to Florida or somebody from Indiana to California just to watch the game? Instead, games are at the one and two seed’s home stadium. And for Florida? Now they could get an extra home game.

I used to think College Football was pointless, since only two teams had a real chance. No more, that will die exactly 611 days from now, 611 days until we see College Football become a true playoff system, and a league worth following.

Part II

The Capitals have beat the Bruins, and are facing the Rangers, for all you hockey fans who have been living under a rock. The Capitals have been the one, two, or three seeds the past four years, and have lost half the time in the first round. But they improved their record to .600 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs first round. But this time, the Caps may go further than the second round, where they have lost every single time they’ve advanced.

They’ve been one, two, and three seeds. And been upset. The Capitals had tons of pressure, and now the pressure’s off. Leaving them to play, and win – beating Tim Thomas and the Bruins. With rookie Braden Holtby, who is playing most outstandingly. The pressure’s off, and the playing’s up. DC may have a shot this year, with good reason.