What’s going on everyone? As has been the case lately I would start my day with blogging some and then decide to just not publish. I really should just hit that publish button and then add to it later in the day. But for whatever reason, I haven’t been the best at doing that. So let’s see if I can recap things of late.
Wednesday we went out to our local watering hole. It’s usually a good time there but Wednesday nights there is this bartender Jesse that just rubs me the wrong way. Kind of a hothead and very full of himself. For whatever reason, I’m not entirely sure why we’ve just not clicked on several occasions. Usually because of something I’ve said that sets him off. One time I said that swimmers were the best athletes. I even sited Matt Biondi as an example. Hey, he was an eleven-time medalist and former record holder in five events. Why did I pick him? Someone before the steroid age. This lead to Jesse using that statement to say, “Clearly you don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Anyway. Last Wednesday was another one of these rare verbal confrontations with Jesse over something utterly completely stupid. Did I say that it was stupid but also at the same time comical? What was the topic? Should NFL players under contract renegotiate and hold-out? Is it good for the NFL? I sited Michael Jordan as an example. The guy was winning NBA Championships. Scoring titles. Best in the league by far. What was his contract? Eight years for twenty-five million dollars.
So look at MJ’s first round of Championships. 1991-1993. Hey did he sit on the sideline and renegotiate his contract? NBA Finals MVP, NBA Most Valuable player, and yet didn’t negotiate his contract. After winning championships he was in a prime position. But, true to Jordan’s class he played out his entire contract. What isn’t shown above are two years of his eight-year twenty-five million dollar contract. He played all eight years under that contract.
“What’d he make $200 million off that contract?” – Jesse
Nope. Far from it. Sure people like to point out what they make off the field in endorsements but those items are irrelevant when it comes to contracts. How did he compare with players after winning the NBA Championship before he semi-retired to play baseball?
Not even in the top five of players in the NBA. Yet – he never sat out and balked at his contract. Why? He’s given several interviews where he stated that was his contract and he just wanted to play basketball. That when that contract was up, if he was worthy, the money would take care of itself.
What else did my favorite bar guy Jesse have to say?
“Enjoy your privilege.” or perhaps, “Enjoy your privileged life.” One of those two. For someone that doesn’t know me at all to say that. I’m not quite sure how to respond. Perhaps this. Perhaps Adam Carolla would like to respond.
Oh wait. My other favorite line.
“What about your hazard pay while in the Marines? You negotiated that.” – Jesse
Nope. Those are done by the Department of Defense and part of military budgets and have been so for probably half-a-century. Definitely wasn’t me negotiating it and when everyone in a unit receives the same thing – it’s not quite the same comparison as one football player who thinks he’s worth more than his current contract.
Jesse is also an assistant football coach. So I told him ,”Well, now I have someone to root against.” Truth be told the day earlier I had been golfing with Jimmy who’s a teacher at Helix. He’s talking about their football team and I kept thinking to myself, “I don’t have a duck in this fight so I don’t really care.” God essentially said for me to hold his beer and threw Jesse at me.
“Let’s make a bet. Put your money where your mouth is. If my school wins you shave your head.” – Jesse
Let me break that one down. You’re already bald and if I lose I get to shave my head. Do you grow a white afro if I win? We already know you’re shaving your head for a reason. I don’t think it’s because you fear the afro. Also looking at the stats – odds are not in your favor. Helix has won what eight of the last ten times you’ve played? Last year you pulled out a victory by one point.
But here’s the thing. I don’t make bets with people that I don’t enjoy their company. On that note, I hope everybody has an excellent weekend.
Quick side note: How is everyone liking that new Joker trailer that dropped. I’m ready for it next month.