I’m sick of people bitching about athletes being overpaid. “Wahh wahh why do athletes get paid millions to play a kids’ game when teachers and firefighters do the REAL important jobs wahhhhhhhhhhhh” is what I hear when the topic is brought up, and you probably do too. Every job is paid a market wage, it’s basic economics. While these athletes probably don’t NEED $100 million guaranteed salaries, they ARE being paid commensurate to their value as a worker.
Not the biggest news in the world, what with the Olympics coming up and all, but Phillies SP Cole Hamels just signed a six-year, $144 million extension to stay in Philly for the next…..well, theoretically six years.
Big League Stew does a good job breaking down the value of that contract relative to other pitchers with similar deals, and their honest approach to the article should be commended. But I’d like to make my own comparison: Cole Hamels is currently 28 years old. When Barry Zito turned 28 and hit free agency, he got a similar deal from the Giants.
Hey guess how that turned out?
In case the links don’t work or you’re really lazy, some quick hits:
Look, I get that sportswriters have difficult jobs at times, especially in a media landscape where news breaks constantly and immediately and people have unprecedented access to information. Really, I do – although I benefit from their hyperactivity as a consumer, I don’t envy their role as producers. Still, that doesn’t (and shouldn’t) excuse the volatility of their opinions on a day-to-day basis.
Case in point: Yahoo!’s (that exclamation point for branding makes contractions look totally wrong, BTW) Adrian Wojnarowski.
This is a story in six parts. Continue reading “Profiles in Consistency: Sports Media’s Take on the Miami Heat”
It’s almost that time again when we Americans will spend millions of dollars and countless hours deciding who our next President will be. Annoying friends, coworkers, parents, and the like will all spew their opinion at you in the hope that you will become a more informed voter (and hopefully vote for their candidate!!). Political affiliation is one of the strongest opinions people have and you will find this out repeatedly over the coming months. Many will express their facade of political activism by casting their vote and going back in their hole for four years. If you don’t believe me wait a few months, you will find this out – multiple times. The funny thing is, most of the time, and almost always for a large percentage of the country, one’s presidential vote really doesn’t matter. There are multiple reasons for this and as usual, the devil is in the details.