Sometimes a “real world” example is the best way to make a point; and sometimes the world of sports provides the best examples – even if the dollars and cents are anything but “real world.” Americans for Tax Reform ran some numbers this week and realized Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco is not the highest “paid” player in the National Football League – as was reported extensively last week when news of his new contract was announced. You see, there’s a difference between what a player is “paid” and what he actually earns after taxes. That’s “take-home-pay” to folks like you and me. And in the case of the Ravens quarterback, the difference amounts to millions of dollars.
NFL Championship weekend predictions. GAME ONE: Atlanta / San Francisco. GAME TWO: New England / Baltimore
Tim Tebow was hard at work Sunday morning. Recently traded to the New York Jets to serve in a backup role to starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, it may be the most significant work he does for some time, on Sundays, in more ways than one. Speaking to a congregation of thousands, Tebow took part in a Q&A session on Easter morning. Many had been reporting that Tebow would deliver a sermon. The semantic differences are really neither here nor there, but to some the distinction may be of relative import.
This, or any, Monday wouldn’t be complete without a heartwarming little Tim Tebow story. And since he once again had a hand a rather dramatic finish, I figured it was probably time to show Tebow a little love around here. In full disclosure, I’m anything but a Tebow fan. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of the guy. I’m just not a fan of the football player with Tebow on the back of his jersey. The Tebow hype and hyperbole is more than I can stomach; and I truly feel sorry for his teammates having to field questions about how a 10 for 21 performance was somehow “heroic.” That said, he and his Bronco teammates are compiling quite a list of unexpected and somewhat miraculous victories; and Sunday’s performance may be at or near the top.
NBC: Though the Eagles didn’t have a chance to make news on the field tonight, they made some more news off the field. Peter King of NBC reported during Football Night in America that President Barack Obama recently called Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to congratulate the team for giving quarterback Mike Vick a second chance. President…
“Blue Dog” Democrat Congressman Heath Shuler of North Carolina and former quarterback of the University of Tennessee Volunteers football team said in a radio debate that he would challenge Nancy Pelosi for the position of Speaker should Democrats retain control of the House. You might be asking – why did he mention that Shuler played quarterback at the University of Tennessee? The answer? Because it is just about as relevant as Congressman Shuler making a statement that he would challenge Nancy Pelosi for Speaker should Democrats retain control of the House. The truth is both points are absolutely meaningless outside of the fact that it gives me such immense enjoyment watching yet another Democrat scurry to distance himself from the Obama-Pelosi-Reid triumvirate. The House is lost my Lefty amigo – the margin of defeat is the only question left to be answered.