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Really AP, really?


Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Sports

In case you missed it, Adrian Peterson opened his mouth, and quite firmly, planted his foot down his throat. During an interview with Doug Farrar of Yahoo's Shutdown Corner, AP labeled the NFL as "Modern-day slavery." This unfortunate slip has been bombarded with comments from players, coaches, and fans. Almost everyone is in agreement, and the resounded response is, why? Why would a man who is scheduled to make $10.72 million dollars this year, claim his boss is running "modern-day slavery?"

Clearly, the NFL lockout is going to bring strange happenings, very few people want to hear millionaires, and billionaires fight about money. But, there has to be a line somewhere, and slavery is a good place for it. The average salary for players in 2010 was about $800,000. This, if my math is correct, is $800,000 more than slaves will be receiving for work in 2010.

Many professional football players, have never had a regular 9-5 job, they have never had to live paycheck to paycheck. They simply played football in high school, college, and then the NFL. AP explained his comments were in response to the owners asking for a bigger piece of the $9 billion dollar NFL pie, without showing the players their financials. I suggest to the readers, the next time you ask the owner for a raise, and he/she says, "no we aren't making enough money" (if he/she says yes, congratulations!), ask to see his/her complete financial record and see how far that gets you. The average household income in the United States is $42,148. The minimum salary in the NFL is more than ten times that.

Players, have every right to want more money, everyone does. The trouble is when a multi-millionaire, or billionaire for that matter, is willing to stand in front of a microphone and tell people they aren't making enough money. It is disgusting.

In other NFL news, the Competition Committee is still meeting as planned despite the NFL lockout. This committee sets and changes the rules for the NFL. They have been tasked with making rules that enhance the players' safety. This year they are considering moving the kick-off up to the 35 yard line, and allowing touchbacks to be brought out to the 25. This will all but end kick-off returns. The NF,L despite wholesale rule changes to kick-off coverage last year, still had a rash of injuries. The Competition Committee is also defining what makes a player "defenseless." And their findings are sure to change the game forever. Defen .....
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Scoreboard

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Sports

•(3-1) East 1A Sub-section Play-In. Grand Meadow 53, Mabel-Canton 47 (Steve Smith 31. Caleb Leichtnam 15 for the Larks. M-C ends the season 7-11 in the SEC, 7-18 overall)

•(3-3) East 1A Sub-Section Quarterfinal. Grand Meadow 43, Rush ..... 
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Five go, three show (well)

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Sports

A literal hand full of Fillmore County wrestlers went to the individual state-wrestling tournament (all in class A). None brought home a state title, but three of the five had good showings. At 119, 26-9 Justin Doerr (LARP) advanced to the semifina ..... 
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FC gals down R-P, head to subsection finals....

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Sports

For a third time, county rivals Fillmore Central and Rushford-Peterson hooked up in girls b-ball. For a third time, the result was the same. Like two earlier meetings, the Trojans were stern competition. R-P held a 31-29 lead at the 11:38 mark of th ..... 
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Three seed proves a curse

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Sports

In the Class 1AA girls' tourney, two county teams secured three seeds. Each faced a two-seed with a birth in the sub-section finals on the line. Neither moved on to face a one-seed. In the East, Chatfield couldn't get past the Lancers of La Crescent ..... 
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Rivalry renewed

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Sports

One meeting (headlined by a miraculous buzzer beater) wasn't good enough for bitter rivals Lanesboro and Fillmore Central. With a little help from tournament seeders, the boys' squads needed/got a second. The Falcons began quick, jumping out 7-0 and ..... 
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One door closes, another opens

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Sports

Fillmore Central's girls' basketball season abruptly ended on Saturday, March 5, 2011, with a 79-59 loss to a very solid Spring Grove team. The loss ended the high school basketball career of local star, senior Connor Nagle. Connor didn't go down wi ..... 
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The madness

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Sports

It's (almost) that time of year again, March Madness. With the Journal being a week behind, I'm forced into doing an analysis, before selection Sunday, so all can read and take notes before filling out brackets! Inaccuracies are because of this and ..... 
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Vix/R-P denied

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Sports

Rushford-Peterson Coach Tom Vix came into the week sitting on 499 wins. After two games, he'll sit there a week longer. His Trojans played two worthy adversaries. The Kingsland Knights, on paper, were the smaller hill. R-P already defeated the Sprin ..... 
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