A Story

17 05 2016

A pro sports team had a losing record for 8 years, despite the fact that the team was comprised of a number of top players.  During this time frame, the team was led by 2 established coaches who were very well respected in the league.

At the end of the 8th season, the fans were becoming restless and disgruntled with the direction of the team and started to voice their concern very publicly to the team leadership.

There was a local builder in town, who for years claimed that he could lead this team to victory and make it great again! At the beginning, no one really took him seriously but fans started to listen especially because their established coaches could not seem to win. The interesting part of this was the man had very little knowledge in the way the game was played and would make all sorts of statements that really did not make a lot of sense.  In spite of this fact, some of the fans started to rally around the idea of doing something completely radical in supporting him as their coach.

As some of his support started to grow, he started to make some very incendiary statements.  First, he wanted to get rid of all of the Hispanic players on the team.  He said the players were horrible, horrible people and there was no place on his team for them. Then he said he had no place on his team for Muslim players and if it were up to him, he would ban them all from the whole league.

Then he started insulting the board of directors by calling every one of them losers.  He called their wives fat slob, pigs.  He started calling all of the players on his team losers even though they were proven to be very good at their positions and understood the game much better than the man.  For some strange reason, the more the man insulted everyone, the more the fans were getting excited about him.

The fans started organizing rally’s to get the guy hired and they would swear their allegiance to him at these events.

These rallies grew larger.  As they grew, there were those that started to oppose the man.  At first there were verbal confrontations between the fans and the opposition. Then, authorized by the man, physical violence as he egged the fans on to remove any of the unwanted opposition.  This led to many violent altercations and many people getting punched in the face and being removed from the events.

This continued for months and despite all the bluster, the man never really had a specific plan to make the team great again. The insults grew louder and even more radical. He continued to insult everyone he could think of which now included the other team’s ownership, players and anyone else who did not agree with him.  The whole affair was turning into a reality TV series!

The commissioner of the league, a woman, said there is just no place in the league for all of the negative rhetoric about the league and teams she loved.  She campaigned hard to reason with the fans to not follow this pied piper down this very dangerous road. In return, the man repeatedly called her the most crooked commissioner he’s ever seen.  The man was relentless with his childish name calling despite the fact that he had bankrupted numerous companies, was under investigation for a bogus business scam and cheated on all 3 of his ex-wives.

The board of directors had to make a mind numbing decision. They had to either hire the fans choice and be led by someone completely clueless about their game or go against the will of the fans. They also worried about alienating themselves from the fans and whether the fans would desert the team and or the league itself.

Check back on Nov 8th for the conclusion of the story.



The end!

Justin Bieber and the Golden Tickets Give away!

25 06 2012

Justin Bieber announced details about his Golden Tickets giveaway with his new album, Believe–find out how to win!

Believe, which drops June 18 (almost here, you guys!) will include golden ticket codes for a lucky fan to join Justin on stage.

Justin took to Twitter recently to explain the Golden Tickets, writing:

“u guys keep asking so here are the GOLDEN TICKET details for #BELIEVE ….”

He explained, “1st prize is concert tickets and be my “One Less Lonely Girl” on stage during the BELIEVE tour…. #GoldenTickets”

“2nd Prizes are 10 signed guitars with 2 tickets and meet and greets to the Believe Tour… #GoldenTickets”

“and 3rd Prize is signed posters to you… #GOLDENTICKETS #BELIEVE”

Justin added, “so find those #GOLDENTICKETS in #BELIEVE ! Love you. Thanks”

Will you win the opportunity to be Justin’s “One Less Lonely Girl” by finding a golden ticket? The winning Belieber will be serenaded on stage–a fan’s dream come true!

Go to justinbiebermusic.com/believegoldenticket and enter the golden ticket code for a chance to win.

Game starts June 19 at 12:01 a.m. and ends 11:59 August 13, 2012.

Good luck!

Letter To Bud Selig

2 11 2011

Dear Bud,
Can you please do something about this stupid rule you invoked a couple of years ago to give home field advantage to the winner of the All-Star game. Leaving the rule in place does an injustice to all of the teams who work their asses off each year trying to get home field advantage which they should have if they have the best record for that season. Instead, the way you have it, you reward teams, including wild cards, to possibly get that advantage all because of the result of an exhibition game.
Take this past World Series. The Cardinals had home field advantage for the World Series even though they barely made it into the playoffs. Don’t you think the results of the World Series might have been a little different had the Rangers had 4 games in Arlington? You’re affecting the whole outcome of the World Series predicated on a game that means nothing (although you want it to mean something) and is nothing more than an exhibition that most people do not even care about.
Try to look at this reasonably, the teams play 162 games attempting to win their division. You reward the team with the best record with home field advantage during the LDS and LCS but when you get to the most important Series you yank that advantage away all because of one game! By doing this, you’re pretty much saying that the whole rest of the season didn’t mean a darn thing!
Bud, please swallow your pride for once and admit you made a mistake with this stupid little experiment! Most baseball fans will always know that the All-Star game is nothing more than it’s always been a chance to see all of the best players at one time. Do the right thing and stop this insanity!
Ram Silverman (baseball fan)

NFL Lockout

27 05 2011

As the NFL season approaches there seems to be no end in sight for this NFL lockout.  It’s hard to imagine that both the owners and the players are willing to risk “all or nothing” in an industry that’s worth billions of dollars.

As an owner of a company, I truly understand how the owners feel in regards to trying to make as much money as they can because after all, it was their money they risked when they initially bought the team and should be rewarded for that.  People tend to forget that owners risk millions of dollars every year on players that either turn out not to be as good as they should be or lose players to injuries and other incidents, like pulling guns out in strip clubs…can you say Plexico Buress?  Besides the players, it takes a huge payroll to take care of the rest of the organization and all of that is on the owner.  Now if I was an NFL owner and I had employees (players) not wanting to play because they felt they weren’t earning enough I would probably show them to the front door and tell them they can seek employment elsewhere.  I wouldn’t want employees telling me how to run my business because after all they’re Employees!

On the player’s side, these guys have a very short term career in the NFL and I certainly do not blame them for trying to make as much money as they can either!  If you look at all of the long term effects the football takes on the player you can see the player is risking the well being of his body and mind in order to play a game that sometimes last just a couple of years.  Should this player be compensated long term?  I think so!

Players that risk permanent physical and mental damage absolutely need to be taken care of!  You won’t find much argument here unless you’re in the front office of the NFL, where they have a doctor on staff who still claims there’s not enough proof to show that football can cause players permanent damage both physically and mentally.  Would you want this quack examining you?  What doctor in his right mind honestly believes there isn’t enough proof of this?   I guess all of the concussions that player receive during their career have no possibility of long term effects…right!

Now that we talked about the owners and the players let’s talk about the fans.  It is us, the fans, who ultimately support the team and therefore the owners.  It is us, the fan, who is being taken for granted while they try to negotiate out a settlement.  It is us, the fan, who have prepaid for season tickets who might be in jeopardy of not watching football this year.  Are the owners going to pay us interest on money they’ve been holding onto the past year…I don’t think so!  It seems to me that neither side is negotiating in good faith because they’re not negotiating!  Don’t you think they should be at least sitting at the same table and trying to compromise? I think so!  Maybe all of the fans should boycott the NFL this year even if they do settle this thing, then the owners will know who the real boss is!

Thanks a lot Minnesota Twins!

21 01 2011

Our company has owned season tickets with the Twins for past 3 years and prior to that we’ve bought groups tickets and formed what we thought was a pretty good working relationship.  Prior to the new stadium being built we worked with our account rep to help select our seats in the new stadium.  We were able to buy 42 season tickets which totaled somewhere in the neighborhood of $70,000.  Of course, we paid this in a timely manner and everything was good!  We thought we would be considered a good customer but guess what…..I was wrong!

After the Twins were swept in October by the Yankees we spoke with our account manager to have him transfer the refund to next year’s tickets which he agreed to do.  About a month later we receive a letter from the Twins stating that we were late paying our invoice for next season and therefore they were taking away the majority our seats.

Guess what?  I went ballistic!  I actually hurt my head on the ceiling when I rocketed out of my chair.  I immediately called my rep and was unable to get in touch with him but was able to talk to the ticket manager who sent the letter.

First thing I did was call him out on the invoice ruse and the fact that our invoice payment wasn’t late (invoices were mailed near the end of the year). Can you imagine a major league team going to the trouble of lying in order to have an excuse to take our seats away?  That’s pretty low! He proceeded to tell me that they were geographically relocating our tickets to make them available to local season ticket holders. 

I tried to explain to him of all of the benefits of a broker owning them as opposed to a local season ticket holder.

1)    These tickets are sold to Twins fans that only want or only can afford to go to one or more games.

2)    Typically, these fans will spend money on merchandise as opposed to the fan that goes to dozens of games.

3)    For every ticket we sell on Stub Hub the team makes more money because they have a revenue sharing deal in place with MLB.

4)    We’re good paying customers who risk money each year on season tickets even if the teams are not so good.

All of these reasons fell on deaf ears.  I then called the president of the Twins and tried to reason with him but he was even more obstinate than the ticket manager.  I reminded him that the Twins ball park was no longer new and if the Twins started losing which at some point they will, they will be calling us back faster than a Randy Johnson fastball!

As a foot note, when we received our invoice they did send us a nice gift, a glass baseball trophy, to show their appreciation to their loyal fans….how generous!

Football Celebrations

19 10 2010

There has been a lot made recently of some of the celebrations made after a touchdown at some of the recent NFL and College games.  We have seen many flags being thrown by the referees which is their obligations according to the current rules.

Let’s examine this a little closer.  We are asking the players to play with the greatest of intensity during the game and then we’re asking these same players at the very climax of them scoring a touchdown to completely turn their emotions off.  I don’t know about you but I get pretty excited when I win a game of Monopoly, let alone a game as competitive as football.  I think the natural emotions that come with celebrating a team’s touchdown are only natural.

What I am against are two things, one taunting the players on the other team in any manner.  Examples of this might be of a players running out to the Silver Star in the middle of Texas stadium and stomping on it with his foot….can you say Terrell Owens!  This shows a lack of class and is about self promotion and self recognition in a team sport….this should not be allowed.  Another example might be a player carrying a sharpie, hidden in his sock, and using it to sign the football after catching it for a touchdown….can you say Terrell Owens!  This is not good sportsmanship and it was these antics that clearly wound up changing the league rule in the first place.  Why are we penalizing everyone including the fans for the actions of a few?  Personally, I think we should allow players to enjoy a moment of celebration after scoring a touchdown as long as it’s not self indulgent and is can be done with sportsmanship and class.

Jerry Jones-“Open the roof”!

11 10 2010

Dear Jerry Jones,

You spent over a billion dollars to build the 8th wonder of the world that includes a retractable roof so that games can be played in natural conditions when possible.

Now, I can understand keeping it closed when the temperature is over 90 degrees for both the comfort of the fans and the health of the players.  I also can understand if the temperature was less than 50 degrees not wanting to keep the roof open.  The thing I do not understand is when the temperature is between 50-85 degrees, why the roof wouldn’t automatically be opened!

Jerry, you only have a total of 10 home games. We know that the first 2 pre-season games can be eliminated from this list as well as any game in September due to the heat. This will only leave you 6 or 7 home games.  I can see the games in December possibly being eliminated unless we have a beautiful day.  This will bring our total down to either 4 or 5 games depending on the schedule each year.  Don’t you think for the fans benefit you could open the roof for the 4 or 5 games you know will be reasonably comfortable?  Otherwise, why did you build it?

It seems as big as your ego is you would want the fans to marvel at what you built.  Instead we’re just left wondering what the atmosphere would be like if you pushed the magic button to open it up. If there is some other reason, please enlighten us!


Disappointed Fan!