2018 NFL Buckeyes (Week 5)

Week 5 of the 2018 NFL season ended Monday Night featuring the New Orleans Saints Buckeye contingent minus one on a historic night. Michael Thomas caught 4 passes for 74 yards on 5 targets in a 43-19 route. Thomas leads the NFL in catch percentage at 93.9%. Defensively, Marshon Lattimore, Vonn Bell and Kurt Coleman got after Washington. Bell led New Orleans with 8 total tackles, one for loss and a pass defensed. Coleman registered 3 total tackles, while Lattimore only made one tackle before having to leave the game in the first half after suffering a concussion. Ted Ginn Junior had to miss the game with a knee injury.

Cleveland Browns defensive back Denzel Ward continues to impress and improve his case to be the 2018 NFL defensive rookie of the year. He intercepted his third pass of his career versus the Baltimore Ravens, that’s after having only had two in his entire Ohio State career. He also blocked a field goal attempt and finished with 5 tackles and 3 passes broken up to help Cleveland win 12-9 in overtime. Carlos Hyde rushed for 63 yards on 17 carries and caught 2 passes for 14 yards in the victory. It was the first game this season he didn’t score a touchdown.

Cincinnati Bengals rookie Sam Hubbard recovered a fumble and returned it 19-yards for his first career touchdown and made 3 tackles, one for a loss and broke up a pass to help the Bengals come from behind to defeat the Miami Dolphins and move to 4-1 on the season. Dolphins’ linebackers Jerome Baker had 7 total tackles, 2 sacks and 2 QB hits and Raekwon McMillan made 6 total tackles, one for a loss in defeat in the Queen City.

Curtis Samuel caught a 25-yard touchdown for his first reception of the season against the New York Giants. It was Samuel’s first touchdown reception of his career. On the day he caught 2 passes for 37 yards in a 33-31victory. Eli Apple made 5 tackles in the loss for the G-men.

Ezekiel Elliott, the NFL’s leading rusher, couldn’t get it going on Sunday night football in a Texas size showdown against the Houston Texans. Elliott rushed for only 54 yards on 22 carries and caught 7 passes for 30 yards as the Dallas Cowboys fell 19-16 in overtime. Rod Smith carried the ball 3 times for only 10 yards.

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward sacked Matt Ryan and made 2 tackles in a 41-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Jonathan Hankins made 2 tackles and Gareon Conley made one tackle for the Oakland Raiders in a 26-10 loss to the LA Chargers.

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins made 6 total tackles in a 23-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The defending Super Bowl Champions have fallen to 2-3 on the season.

Darron Lee made 5 tackles and Terrelle Pryor caught one pass for a 20-yard touchdown to help the New York Jets route the Denver Broncos 34-16. Tight end Jeff Heuerman caught 2 passes for 18 yards, while Bradley Roby broke up one pass, but got beat for two touchdown passes, one a 76-yarder, in the loss.

Indianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker made 12 total tackles in a 38-24 loss to the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football.

 

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2018 NFL Buckeyes (Week 4)

Several Buckeyes in the NFL played inspired by Ohio State’s huge comeback win in Happy Valley against Penn State on Saturday night.

Ezekiel Elliott, the NFL’s leading rusher, gained a career high 240 yards from scrimmage to help the Dallas Cowboys beat the Detroit Lions 26-23. Zeke rushed for 152 yards on 25 carries and caught 4 passes for 88 yards. His last catch of the game set up the game winning field goal. His back up, Rod Smith, rushed for 22 yards on 6 carries.

Browns running back Carlos Hyde tried to run Cleveland to its first win streak in years. The new father ran for 82 yards on 22 carries and his 5th touchdown of the season, which is tied for first in the NFL. But, it wasn’t enough as Cleveland loss 45-42 in overtime to the Oakland Raiders. Denzel Ward made 3 total tackles in the loss. Gareon Conley picked off Baker Mayfield and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown for the Oakland Raiders to help them get their first win of the season.

The New Orleans Saints Buckeye quintuplets of Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn Junior, Vonn Bell, Marshon Lattimore and Kurt Coleman took a bite out of the “Big Apple” and the New York Giants. Thomas didn’t have his usual explosive day, but was still effective with 4 catches for 47 yards. @Cantguardmike, as he is known on Twitter, still leads the NFL in receptions. Ted Ginn didn’t have any catches on 3 targets and one rush for one yard. On the defensive side, Bell made 6 total tackles and 1 pass defensed, Lattimore made 4 tackles while Coleman made one to defeat the Giants 33-18.

Jerome Baker made 10 total tackles and Raekwon McMillan 6, but it wasn’t enough to help the Miami Dolphins beat the New England Patriots and remain undefeated. Nate Ebner made 1 tackle for New England as the Patriots won 38-7 to avoid a three game losing streak.

Malik Hooker made one tackle for the Indianapolis Colts in a 37-34 overtime loss to the Houston Texans.

Safety Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles registered no stats in a 26-23 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans and their head coach, former Buckeye defensive lineman and linebacker coach Mike Vrabel. The first year head coach is 3-1 and first place in the AFC South division.  Eagles punter Cameron Johnston kicked 6 times for a total of 308 yards for an average of 51.3. 2 of those punted were downed inside the 20.

Sam Hubbard made one tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals in their thrilling 37-36 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Cam Heyward collected 5 total tackles for the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 26-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football.

Tight end Jeff Heuerman led Denver with 4 receptions for 57 yards with a long of 36-yards on Monday Night Football in a 27-23 loss to AFC West rivals the Kansas City Chiefs. Bradley Roby made 3 tackles in defeat.

2018 NFL Buckeyes (Week 3)

Week three of the NFL season saw the arrival of a new Buckeye, while another was apart of a record-breaking day. We start in Northeast Ohio for Thursday Night Football.

Carlos Hyde had an eventful 24 hours. First he rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns on his 28th birthday to help the Cleveland Browns win 21-17 and get their first victory since December 24th, 2016. Hyde is the first Browns player to rush for a touchdown in the team’s first three games of a season since 2011. He also caught two passes for 5 yards. On Friday Morning, he welcomed a newborn son at 8 pounds and 11 ounces. I expect him to be a member of the 2036 recruiting class at THE Ohio State University.

Back to Thursday night, Browns’ rookie defensive back Denzel Ward made a key strip fumble and recovery to turn the tide in the game. He finished with 4 tackles, one for a loss. On the Jets side, Darron Lee made 7 tackles, two for losses and one QB hit. Terrelle Pryor caught one pass for 25 yards on the night.

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas was apart of another record setting day in Atlanta against the Falcons in the game of the week. Thomas caught Drew Brees’ 6,301-career completion, which surpassed Hall of Famer Brett Favre for the most in NFL history. Thomas, the NFL’s current leading receiver, caught 10 passes for 129 yards in a 43-37 overtime win. The rest of the New Orleans Buckeyes of Ted Ginn Junior, Vonn Bell, Marshon Lattimore and Kurt Coleman played a key role in the victory as well. Ginn only caught 3 passes for 12 yards, but had a 6-yard touchdown catch and one carry for 20 yards. Bell made 5 tackles, while Lattimore and Coleman made 2 each to help the Saints improve to 2-1 on the season.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott looked like the “Zeke” that ran the Buckeyes to the 2014 National Championship against the Seattle Seahawks. Elliott carried the ball 16 times for 127 yards and caught 3 passes for 11 yards, but had a key fumble in Dallas’ comeback attempt that fell short 24-13. For Seattle, tight end Nick Vannett caught 4 passes for 27 yards to help the ‘Hawks get their first win of the season.

Miami Dolphins linebackers Jerome Baker and Raekwon McMillian played a huge role in helping their team stay undefeated. Baker had 9 tackles, while McMillian had 4 tackles in the 28-20 win over the Oakland Raiders. 2nd-year defensive back Gareon Conley made two tackles in defeat for Oakland, while defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins made one tackle in the loss. Raiders’ kicker Mike Nugent scored 8 points on two extra points and two field goals, one for 52 yards.

Safety Malik Hooker made 6 tackles and broke up one pass for the Indianapolis Colts in a 20-16 loss to the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. His fellow safety on the other sideline, 10-year veteran Malcolm Jenkins, made 4 total tackles and broke up one pass in the win. Eagles punter Cameron Johnston punted 3 times for a total of 128 yards for an average of 42.7 yards.

Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman caught 2 passes for 7 yards, while cornerback Bradley Roby made 2 tackles in a 27-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

On Sunday night football, offensive lineman Taylor Decker started for the Detroit Lions against the New England Patriots and helped lead the way for Detroit’s first 100-yard rusher since Reggie Bush on Thanksgiving Day 2013 (70 games). Detroit beat the Patriots 26-10. Special teams ace Nate Ebner made 2 total tackles in the loss.

Pittsburgh All-Pro defensive lineman Cam Heyward made 1 tackle, 1 for loss and registered a QB hit to help the Steelers get their first win of the season, 30-27 over the Tampa Buccaneers on Monday Night Football.

Eli Apple missed the New York Giants 27-22 win over the Houston Texans with a groin injury. Cincinnati Bengals center Billy Price missed his first career game, a 31-21 loss to the Carolina Panthers, with a foot injury he suffered in week 2 on Thursday Night Football. Curtis Samuel also missed the Panthers-Bengals game with a chest injury.

2018 NFL Buckeyes (Week 2)

Week two of the 2018 NFL Season saw a couple of former Buckeyes play key roles in their teams getting much needed victories.

The games started on Thursday night with the Cincinnati Bengals facing the Baltimore Ravens. Cincinnati Defensive end Sam Hubbard made 5 total tackles (3 solo), 1 QB hit and recorded his first career sack. He even lined up at fullback in a goal line package to help the Bengals win 34-23. Rookie starting center Billy Price had the leave the game with a right foot injury. He spent the second half on the sideline wearing a walking boot.

It was a record setting day for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas. With his 4th catch of the day, Thomas surpassed the Saints franchise record for most catches in a three-year span. On the day he caught 12 passes for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns for New Orleans in a 21-18 win over the Cleveland Browns. Thomas’ 28 receptions through the first two weeks of the season are the most in league history.

The rest of the Saints Buckeye Quintuplets had a great day as well. Ted Ginn Junior caught 4 passes for 55 yards and lost a fumble, Marshon Lattimore and Vonn Bell each collected 5 tackles and Kurt Coleman 4 tackles in the win.

On the Browns side, running back Carlos Hyde rushed for a touchdown and 43 yards for the Browns in defeat. He also caught one pass for 7 yards. Rookie Denzel Ward didn’t have 2 interceptions like in his first game, but he did have a stellar day making 6 tackles (5 solo).

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward forced a fumble and collected 3 tackles in a 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Nate Ebner made one tackle for the New England Patriots in a 31-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Malcolm Jenkins made 5 tackles and forced a fumble for the Philadelphia Eagles in a 27-21 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Malik Hooker made one tackle for the Indianapolis Colts in a 21-9 win over Washington.

Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown for the Dallas Cowboys in a 20-13 win over the New York Giants. He also caught 5 passes for 10 yards. The New York Giants defensive back Eli Apple made 1 tackle in the loss.

Raekwon McMillan recovered a fumble and made 3 tackles for the Miami Dolphins in their 20-12 win over the New York Jets. His teammate Jerome Backer made two tackles in the win. Terrelle Pryor made 4 catches for 84 yards, most of that came on a 44 yards pass from rookie QB Sam Darnold. Linebacker Darron Lee collected 5 tackles for the Jets in the loss.

In Denver, tight end Jeff Heuerman and cornerback Bradley Roby of the Denver Broncos faced off against defensive back Gareon Conley and kicker Mike Nugent of the Oakland Raiders. Heuerman caught 2 passes for 10 yards, while Roby made 5 tackles in a late second 20-19 win. Conley made 4 tackles and defensed 4 passes in defeat. Nugent scored 7 points on 2 field goals and an extra point.

Offensive lineman Taylor Decker (Detroit Lions), Corey Linsley (Green Bay Packers), Pat Elflein (Minnesota Vikings) all started for their respective teams.

On the injury front, LA Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa missed the teams’ 31-20 win over the Buffalo Bills. It was the second consecutive game missed due to a foot injury. He’s expected to be out until well into October. Indianapolis Colts rookie Tyquan Lewis was put on the injured reserved list with a toe injury. Wide receiver Curtis Samuel missed the Carolina Panthers 31-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons with a chest injury.

My Way Too Early Speculation of Where Le’Veon Bell Will Land in 2019

Le’Veon Bell’s time in Pittsburgh is clearly coming to an end. But, where will the All-Pro, all-purpose back land in 2019?

It’s clear the Pittsburgh Steelers and All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell are headed for a divorce. At this point the relationship appears unsalvageable after his teammates, specifically the offensive line, recklessly spoke about his contract situation and reluctance to show up for their week one matchup against the Cleveland Browns. He’s even been removed from the depth chart for week two’s matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bell hasn’t signed his $14.5 million franchise tender, and will be docked $850 thousand for each game his misses. He wants a contract that will reset the market for top-flight running backs. Similar to what the LA Rams signed Todd Gurley to; 4 years, $60 million with $45 guaranteed. The 3-time All-Pro is two years older and unlikely to get that money from the Steelers, especially with the way his replacement, 2nd-year pro James Conner has performed so far in his absence in week one against the Cleveland Browns and training camp.

Bell’s not likely to get a long-term deal because of his age, but he’s a perfect match for teams that are in win now mode. Honestly, that’s the type of team he should be looking for, especially if he’s going to leave a franchise in Pittsburgh that’s always in the championship race.

So assuming it’s really over for Bell in the 412. Where could he land? Who needs him? Who could/is willing to pay him what he desires? Here is my way too early speculation of where he might land in 2019.

New York Jets. The Jets were in the hunt for quarterback Kirk Cousins and willing to pay him top dollar (I know QB money and RB money is different) before he chose the Minnesota Vikings and they drafted Sam Darnold with the third overall pick in the 2018 draft. They also were interested in acquiring Khalil Mack from the Oakland Raiders before he was eventually shipped off to the Chicago Bears. My point for bringing up those two players is to show that the Jets organization has the money and appears willing and desires to make a splash. Now that they appear to have a franchise QB in Darnold on a rookie contract, and their defense looks to be more than formidable, they’re only missing a top flight back. The three best friends for a young quarterback are an elite tackle to protect his blindside, a stout defense and a strong running game. Bell would help the team check the final box. Also, it’s New York. Bell likes the spotlight, and an offer anywhere near Gurley’s, even if it doesn’t top it, would likely pique his interest and make the Jets a strong contender in the AFC.

Indianapolis Colts. They’ve been trying to pair Andrew Luck with a running back since the day he was drafted to replace Peyton Manning. They’ve tried just about everything. Last season it was then 35-year old Frank Gore. In previous seasons they went as far as trading for Trent Richardson when he flamed out with the Cleveland Browns after being drafted two slots behind Luck in the 2012 draft. Nothing has worked. The Colts finally have invested in their offensive line to protect their wounded franchise QB. The other way to further that protection, get him an elite running back. Bell is worth the money if the Colts really think Luck is the championship caliber QB to lead them.

Green Bay Packers. The Pack desperately needs to get a running game to compliment Aaron Rodgers. Even though he is superhuman, at some point you put him at too much risk, being predictable by allowing him to drop back and sling it all over the field. They need balance. Green Bay was also interested in acquiring Khalil Mack before he was traded to the Bears. So they too are in win at all cost mode, NOW. Bell would give them a dimension they’ve NEVER had in A-A-Ron’s time under center in cheese country. A balanced attack would make the best QB in the game even scarier.

DARK HORSES

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Who knows what Jameis Winston’s future is in west Florida, but if they keep him beyond his rookie contract that ends in 2019, and he improves on and off the field, their offense has everything but an elite running back. The combination of DeSean Jackson, Mike Evans at wide receiver positions and OJ Howard at tight end is lethal. With Bell they’d have better weapons than what he’s currently apart of in the Burgh. Tampa Bay’s defense led by Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David and Brent Grimes is stout. Bell would make the Bucs the favorites in the best division in the NFL, the NFC South. A division that has been represented in the Super Bowl 2 of the last three seasons.

Seattle Seahawks. When Russell Wilson was at his best, he had “Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch behind him. Even though he’s improved each season, their offense has been very predictable and Wilson playing sandlot ball. Now, they just spent their 2018 first round pick (27th overall) on Rashad Penny out of San Diego State who led FCS in rushing with 2,027 yards in 2017. So this is less likely than the other teams I have mentioned. However, Bell is a different animal, and if you can get him, YOU. GET. HIM.

2018 NFL Buckeyes (Week 1)

36 former Ohio State Buckeyes started the 2018 NFL season on opening day rosters. That’s tied with the Miami Hurricanes for 4th in the League.

A popular Silver Bullet from the 2014 National Championship team retired in the offseason. Linebacker Joshua Perry hung up his cleats after suffering his sixth concussion. He now works as an analyst for Spectrum Sports in Columbus. Wide receiver Braxton Miller, formerly of the Houston Texans, is currently a free agent and hoping to catch on with another team this season.

The season started on Thursday Night with the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Atlanta Falcons as they raised their first championship banner. Two-time Super Bowl Champion and All-Pro Malcolm Jenkins made 3 tackles in the 18-12 win for the champs.

Rookie defensive back Denzel Ward had an impressive debut for the Cleveland Browns in his first career start. He got his first interception against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers and picked off Ben Roethlisberger again late in the second quarter as the Steelers were driving with under a minute remaining in the half. Ward finished with 6 tackles (2 solo).

5th year Running back Carlos Hyde made his debut with the Browns and rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. He also caught one pass for 3 yards.

On the Steelers side, 2017 All-Pro defensive tackle Cam Heyward made 5 total tackles and had a sack in the sloppy 21-21 draw.

New Orleans Saints Buckeye quintuplets of Ted Ginn Junior, Michael Thomas, Marshon Lattimore, Vonn Bell and Kurt Coleman hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thomas caught 16 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown. Ginn Junior also caught a touchdown to go along with 5 receptions for 68 yards and 1 rush for 5 yards in a 48-40 surprising loss. On the defensive side, Marshon Lattimore, Vonn Bell and Kurt Coleman each made 3 total tackles.

Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 69 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown in the Dallas Cowboys 8-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Zeke also caught 3 passes for 17 yards. Elliott’s backup Rod Smith rushed once for 5 yards and had a tackle on special teams in defeat.

Jerome Baker, Raekwon McMillan of the Miami Dolphins had to sit through two weather delays that caused their game against the Tennessee Titans, which kicked off a 1 PM, to end around 8:15 PM. The rookie Baker made 5 tackles (2 solo) while McMillan, who missed a majority of his rookie season in 2017 due to injury, made 6 tackles (2 solo) in the 27-20 victory.

Tight end Nick Vannett caught an eleven-yard pass for the Seattle Seahawks in their 24-27 defeat to the Denver Broncos. His position counterpart on the other side, Jeff Heuerman also caught one pass for fifteen yards. Cornerback Bradley Roby made 2 tackles in victory.

Eli Apple made 3 tackles and 2 pass defensed for the New York Giants in their 20-15 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

New England Patriots special teams ace Nate Ebner had one tackle in the defending AFC Champions 27-20 win over the Houston Texans.

The Cincinnati Bengals game against the Indianapolis Colts featured rookies Sam Hubbard and Billy Price against 2nd-year safety Malik Hooker, Johnathan Hankins and John Simon of the Colts. Hooker made 4 tackles in the 34-23 loss. Billy Price and Sam Hubbard also saw game action. Yuan Lewis missed the game for Indianapolis with as the team put him on injured reserve with a right foot injury. Chris Worley did not dress for the Bengals.

Darron Lee and Terrelle Pryor of the New York Jets faced off against the Detroit Lions in the Motor City on the first game of the Monday Night Football double header. Lee returned an interception of Matt Stafford 36 yards for a touchdown and picked off a second pass late in the 3rd quarter to go along with 6 tackles. Pryor playing on his 3rd team in 3 seasons caught 3 passes for 49 yards. It was his first game action since his 2017 season ended after only seven games after he tore 3 ligaments in his ankle.

Mike Nugent and Gareon Conley of the Oakland Raiders faced the Los Angeles Rams in the last game of week one. The 14-year kicker scored 7 points on two field goals and an extra point in the Raiders 33-13 loss. Conley made one tackle.

Joey Bosa missed the LA Chargers 38-28 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs with a foot Injury. Bosa has been wearing a walking boot and his status for week 2 is currently questionable.

Offensive Lineman Pat Elflein (Minnesota Vikings), Corey Linsley (Green Bay Packers), Rookie Billy Price (Cincinnati Bengals), Andrew Norwell (Carolina Panthers), Taylor Decker (Detroit Lions) and long snapper Jake McQuaide (Los Angeles Rams) all started for their teams this weekend.

Fans Should be Pro-Player, Not Pro-Owners

Le’Veon Bell is the latest, but definitely not the last, professional athlete who’s contentious contract negotiations has caused fans to turn on him instead of the organization. Photo Courtesy: Steelers.com

UPDATED: 9/5/18

Le’Veon Bell, Aaron Donald, Julio Jones and Khalil Mack are just the latest NFL players to spend the offseason engaged in tense contract negotiations with their respective teams for a new deal that pays them what THEY feel they’re worth. This is becoming a common theme among football players as they out perform their current contracts in a violent sport. Donald, Jones and Mack have all gotten their money. Bell won’t, at least until the 2019 offseason.

The Steelers All-Pro running back reportedly turned down a reported 5 year-70 million-dollar contract ($33 million guaranteed) from the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 26-year old has said he wants to reset the market for the position, which has been devalued over the past decade. Meanwhile, L.A. Rams running back Todd Gurley may have beat him to the punch. The 24-year old signed an NFL record contract for a running back worth $60 million dollars ($45 guaranteed) over the course of four years.

Bell, however, will play his second consecutive season under the franchise tag. The tag will pay him $14.5 million for this season, which will likely be his last in Pittsburgh, according to his agent. Fans in Steelers Nation have already turned on him, calling him selfish and greedy, among spewing other ignorant and insensitive comments.

Regardless of Bell’s motivation, and desire for a contract that he feels is fair compensation of his value, I’m confused why so many fans are on the side of Billionaires, instead of Millionaire players, who have a shorter window than their employers to make their living.

Fans need to understand, the owners of their favorite teams, own multiple businesses, many of which their family, friends or themselves work for. These same negotiation tactics they use to low-ball your favorite player, are the same business principles in practice at their other companies to keep the average American’s salaries low.

For example, Stan Kroenke, the owner of the L.A. Rams — as well as the Denver Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Avalanche (NHL) the Colorado Rapids (MLS) and is also the largest shareholder of club Arsenal of the Premier League — is the husband of the daughter of Walmart co-founder James Walton. Another example would be Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, who owns Home Depot.

So, think about someone who works at one of Kroenke’s Walmart stores or Blank’s Home Depot as a Store Manager. Let’s say this Store Manager earns $50,000 a year. To most in America that’s a great salary. However, the median annual salary for this position is $56, 175 per year. But, the salary ranges between $49,129 to $67,142 across the U.S. If the Wal-Mart or Home Depot store manager went and asked for a raise from $50k to $67k, they probably wouldn’t get it all. They’d be lucky to get a $5,000 raise. Still good, but not their true market value. That’s the key word: Market Value.

See, the rich don’t get rich by spending every dime. They get rich by having great cost management skills, and that involves finding employees that don’t cost much. By much, I mean close to the minimum. An employee’s only chance at getting what they want, may be to leverage going and working for one of Wal-Mart or Home Depot’s competitors, Target and Lowes. That’s just like Professional Athletes who have to consider playing for other teams around the league who will pay them exactly or close to what they’re asking for.

Don’t let the dollar amount that professional athletes earn compared to you; blind you from the fact that this is how the rich take advantage of labor. Fans, you are labor! Just like pro athletes. Regardless of how many more commas your favorite athlete has in his or her bank account than you, you have more in common with them than the owner of your favorite team.

The same practices they use to keep the players from getting what they deserve, are the same they use against you. And if you don’t play along, they will get rid of you and find someone else who is willing to take less than you would have. NEVER forget that! Fans who disagree should go read William Rhoden’s book “Forty Million Dollar Slaves”, I’m sure they’ll gain a different perspective.