Saturday, April 6, 2013

Texas Tech: A School Rich in History

By Richardo Manning

One of the most fun-filled and exciting activities of the month can be attending an athletic event. Cheering for the favorite team, hoping for their success, feeling their pain, and rejoicing in their victory creates memories that last a lifetime.

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Learning to enjoy watching a baseball game, however, may take a little understanding on the part of the spectator.

Some have suggested that symbolic clothing can have an effect on our behavior. A football player that wears a uniform which they relate the symbolism to a champion could perform better.

A timeless instruction passed from generations of fathers to their sons as they teach them they game of baseball reflects the importance of the ball to the game. "Keep your eye on the ball" has been the concise call of every baseball coach at every level, and is in turn the key to enjoying one's time at the ball park.

Over the years, they have produced 5 players that were inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Donny Anderson later played for both Green Bay and St. Louis back in the late 60's and early 70's.

If a person really wants to be amazed while watching a baseball game, they should try fielding some grounders, catching a pop fly, and hitting a baseball before going to the ball park.

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Many of their more recent players are found scattered throughout the NFL. The school itself has several conference championships to its name.

Entertainment and enjoyment will follow the baseball fan who understands the impressive, but seemingly easy, actions of the athletes on the diamond.

From advancing in science to working through the NCAA tournament during March Madness, Texas Tech has a notable history. That history will only propel the University to a successful future.

With such fierce competition, any little boost in motivation by fans sporting t-shirts they come to love will in turn help their team achieve victory. If what we wear effects how we act, then we should wear the best we have.

Complete your wardrobe with proper Texas Tech apparel to show your support. Your advertising help can aid the university's goal to continue in such a rich and diverse tradition.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

At What Level Will the New York Yankees Compete This Season

By B. Crawford

As we all know, the New York Yankees have made a concerted attempt to shrink their payroll for the upcoming season and beyond to avoid the dreaded luxury tax. They have been pulling players off of the waiver wire, signing average free agents and avoiding their previous spending habits from seasons past. This is not truly a bad thing, but definately unusual. As a baseball fan it has definately been strange to see and somewhat tough to digest.

The New York Yankees have a problem. That situation is quite simple for the near future when you boil it down; quite simply, they have some dreadful contracts that aren't going away any time soon. To get your payroll under $189 Million dollars should not take such significant measures and really speaks for itself. The only real cure is time, in the mean time mediocre players will be taking field sporting pinstripes.

The New York Yankees will compete because, well, that is what they do. They are good at winning, better than any other organization, but a World Series ring is probably not on the horizon. In fact, they stand a really good chance of winning the division with a little bit of luck and a lot of players having better than average seasons. I have never been a huge fanatic of the New York Yankees but I can't help but pull for the group that they have assembled for the upcoming season.

Brian Cashman and the rest of the front office for the New York Yankees have done a masterful job of assembling a competitive team in light of the spending vices that have been put into place. Primarily because that is a new territory for them, usually they have been allowed to spend at will. Like I said, I doubt this team, as engineered today, is going to win the World Series, but they will compete and cause the other teams in the American League East to sweat a little bit.

The New York Yankees are a role model franchise that many other clubs have tried to duplicate. Putting aside the payroll, they win at a level that is to be admired. One instruction that they will learn by default from the payroll constraints is that bigger contracts and spending at will are not the only way to realize your goal of winning World Series Championships. They have also proven over the years that an endless supply of cash doesn't hurt either. Either way, best of luck to them in 2013!

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A new start for the Atlanta Braves

By B. Crawford

We are now about ten days away from opening day for the Atlanta Braves. After the way that the season ended last year in the one game wildcard game, the fans are ready to start a new journey to a what is hopefully a championship season. I hope that the we can get through opening day without random trash being thrown on the field because of a bad call by umpires.

There are no doubt that the season ended abruptly due in large part to a terrible call of the umpires. However, I was at that game and that call was not the primary reason the Atlanta Braves lost that ballgame. The game was lost by a mixture of not hitting with runners on base and poor defense; you can't put that form of performance available to you and expect to go home with a victory. Ask any fan of the team as well as give you a different opinion.

The expectations for the Atlanta Braves are very high this year and that is understandable. They were a lot more aggressive this winter than in they have been in recent years and the result is the potential for a very potent offense. In fact, this is the probably the most powerful offense that this team has in well over a decade. With that potential also comes a lot of swings and misses, the Atlanta Braves could potentially approach the all time record set by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 with 1,529 strikeouts.

The Atlanta Braves are getting to be athletic, their outfield is regarded as the best inside the entire game plus they are going to hit for power. The main question mark comes with the starting pitchers. When they can get a combined 60-65 wins from their starters they will stand a good chance of winning the division and knowcking from the Washington Nationals. You will find a high probability that it will take upwards of one hundred victories to attain a first place finish.

This division is certainly going to be a dog fight that could very well go right as far as the final weekend of the season to determine a winner. Everyone concedes that this might be certainly pretty much a two team race with they exception of a few folks that think the Phillies are capable of coming out on top. As the Phillies will probably end up getting a better record than this past year, they appear to be destined for a third place finish. This season will probably be a lot of fun to view and I can't wait to chose the season under way. It is a difficult fight and a lengthy season, but the Atlanta Braves are made to be a great team this season so let the games begin.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Major League Baseball to get rid of non-player pensions

By B. Crawford

There has been reports coming out over the last couple of days that Major League Baseball is planning on cutting out the pensions of anyone that is not in uniform. That is a large group of employees that are covered in that statement; probably every employee from the usher all the way up to the president of the team. People seem very swift to jump all over this and bash Bud Selig for this but the reality is that he is following the model set forth by the majority of private sector jobs. Still, that is a big blow to the employees.

I highly doubt that the commissioner would eliminate the pension program without setting up an optional retirement program, more than likely a very comprehensive program. They will not simply bring to an end the pension plan without offering an alternative. Pension plans are expensive to employers so it seems plausible to offer an alternative if you invest your savings back into employee salaries. If the goal is to line the pockets of Major League Baseball and all thirty owners, that would be bad. Very bad! If I were an employee of Major League Baseball I would be a little worried but not yet in panic mode, I expect that they will be offered a fair alternative.

Like I said earlier, pension plans are rapidly becoming extinct in the business world. It's probably only a matter of time before the government takes a close look at the pension program they offer to their employees. Twenty years from now it in all probability won't be the same as it is today and I don't think that is necessarily a bad thing. Just because employers don't offer a pension plan, or change a pension plan to a secondary retirement plan, doesn't mean they are a crappy employer. It simply means there may be a more beneficial way that benefits both sides, the employee and the employer.

There is little doubt that Major League Baseball is a cash cow that prints money around the clock for all team owners. Even the more modest markets such as Tampa are profitable; however, the gap in profits between all clubs is substantial. If the current arrangement is not beneficial to those profits then, like any other business, they have the right to make it better for everyone involved. I'm sure that each individual club will have the opportunity to set their own plan within a certain set of standards, the downside to that is that subsequently some clubs will be much better employers to work for than others. The cream will rise to the top.

In the end, the right conclusion will be made. One that is good for the employees and employer. By default this will put more money into the pockets of the owners and the league itself, but that is not truly a bad thing. As long as that money in reinvested back into the labor force then everyone has done the right thing morally. Whether they like it or not, Major League Baseball has an obligation to make certain that every employee is taken care of prudently; how they get there should not that big of an obstacle.

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