Posted on: March 21, 2011 9:29 am

Forget who's wrong - the Winners & Losers:

Forget who's to blame.  Who will be the real winners and losers?  Here's one author's list (read why in the whole article via the link below) and I've added some of my ideas.  I know you have yours - add 'em!

The Real Winners and Losers of the NFL Lockout
      Monte Burke    March 18, 2011         Link -> WinLose

You know those parents who throw birthday parties during NFL games, right? They'll be winners!  There’s a pretty good chance that there will be no 2011 NFL season. If the unthinkable really happens, there will be some big winners and some big losers.

The Winners:

1)      College football, the Canadian Football League and the United Football League
2)      Other American pro sports leagues
3)      Jim Nantz.  He needs a break
4)      Peter King.  Him, too.
5)      Those parents who schedule birthday parties for their children on Sundays in the fall at 1:30 PM eastern time
6)      Brains: That is, the beleaguered brains of the players.
7)      Tattoo parlors.  Idle hands...
8)      Some athletic trainer you’ve never heard of before who will suddenly become a media star
9)      The Movie Industry: Sunday matinée, anyone?

The Losers:

1)      Bars that carry the NFL’s Sunday Ticket
2)      Buffalo Wild Wings and Applebee’s
3)      NFL fans and fantasy football players: Duh.
4)      Beer companies
5)      Reebok
6)      Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith
7)      Showtime
8)      The NFL Network
9)      Bookies

More losers:

- Commentators, lame pregame shows, graphics designers and makeup artists
- Sports agents who's only contribution is to drive up the costs to fans
- Ex-jock knuckleheads who think what they say matters
- CBS daily story authors who have to write something and think what they say matters
- Airlines, taxis, hotels, mini bars and desperate female groupies
- Makers of athletic tape, Gatorade, foot fungus meds and body paint
- Wives and family of cranky die hard fans
- Wives and family of cranky die hard players
- Parking ripoff artists who hawk "closer" spots that aren't even theirs
- Kingsford charcoal brickets, makers of bratwurst and anything with lots of cholesterol
- Golf courses, after the stampede

I'm sure there are many more - fire away

Category: NFL
Tags: fans, owners, players
Posted on: February 24, 2011 11:21 am

Is there such a thing as TOO much baseball?

I've noticed that some posters on the MLB board here *do* seem to have a whole lot of time to devote to all things baseball.  During work, lunch, dinner, latenight, whenever.  While I admire the dedication, I wonder about real life.  So when I came across this.. err.. idea, backed by MLB, it seems like the ultimate fit:  all MLB, all the time.  All games, all social media, keystroking into immortality.

But it did seem so insulated, so facebook-without-end, so very dot.com, that I wondered what the chosen person would look like after the season.  Read for yourself.  And I'd love to hear your reaction - add comments please.

 And who would you nominate?


Wanna get paid to watch baseball all season?
    ( Craig Calcaterra   Feb 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EST - found on NBC Hardballtalk)

You may have seen these ads floating around: Major League Baseball is starting a thing — and I think we can only safely call it a “thing” at the moment — in which some lucky sod is going to get paid to immerse themselves in baseball this season.  MLB is calling it a “dream job,” but I’m still calling it a “thing” because I think its more than a mere job. For one thing, they’re characterizing the search as a “casting call,” and the actual end product is going to be a “web series.” And, unlike most jobs, MLB is going to put the chosen one up in an apartment — at least I think it’s an apartment — in New York, which will be mission control. There certainly seem to be some reality TV elements to it.

The details as I’ve groked them:
  • The winner of the casting call will move to New York to star in a baseball web series and “be a part of a live interactive experience for baseball fans that will include watching every MLB game over the course of the entire baseball season.”  The idea, I’m told, is that there will be a wall of monitors in the apartment so you can watch all the games going on at once.
  • The chosen one will blog and interact with fans on the web via video and social media.  The series will be on MLB.com and Twitter and stuff.
  • What are they looking for? Someone who knows everything about baseball. Someone with an entertaining personality who can write and be funny and comfortable on screen.  I’d assume they also would prefer someone without a ton of familial obligations, seeing as though you’re going to be in a New York apartment watching games every night for seven straight months. Or maybe they don’t mind but, really, you should care about that. “Where’s daddy?”  ”Well, junior, he’s in that MLB-funded crash pad, glued to a wall of TVs like Adrian Veidt.”  Not cool.
But for the “say goodbye to your kids for seven months” part — and the fact that I’m just too damn old to appeal to any demographic you can name — it sounds like a job tailor-made for me. Except I’m already paid to do all that stuff so I’m not going to apply. I have to provide my own video monitors, though. Maybe I need to send some memos around about that. Raw deal if you ask me.

Anyway I’m guessing a lot of you fit that job description. I’m also guessing most of you — based on the amount of time you spend here during working hours — aren’t too married to your current jobs and/or don’t have lives.  Go for it, dudes!

Apply here -> http:/mlb.com/dreamjob


Imagine the poster... if it were Nasty, great.  But if it were _____?   Oh the horror.

Category: MLB
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