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Ochocinco lost his Starbucks card and is more entertainment than game

May 24, 2012

Via ESPN:

New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco said he was “not trippin’ ” about losing his wallet, credit cards, license and iPod when someone broke into his SUV Wednesday, but was inconsolable about his Starbucks gold card being stolen as well.

“I earned the gold card,” Ochocinco said in a two-minute video posted to his Twitter account discussing his ordeal. “You know how many coffees I’ve had to drink and lemon loafs I’ve had to purchase to get to that gold card? I had $220 left on my Starbucks card. Not just any Starbucks card, but a gold Starbucks card.”

According to the Starbucks website, gold card holders get a free drink every 15 times the card is used; free syrup or soy milk in any coffee purchase; and, of course, a personalized card so the barista will know you by name when you order. Customers need to use their standard Starbucks card at least 30 times a year to upgrade it to a gold card.

“I feel like I’m about to tear up,” Ochocinco added.

Later in the day, Ochocinco tweeted that the mother of one of his followers had found the wallet in Providence. While it contained his credit cards and license, the Starbucks gold card was missing.

The story does have a happy ending, however. Starbucks reached out to him via Twitter and agreed to replace his gold card.

Really Chad! Really? I mean it’s a Starbucks card. I am sure if you go to the next location you can get another one for being a “GOLD” member. Your SUV got broken into and you don’t even care about that. C’mon Man! Chad, you need to get out of the spotlight when it comes to entertainment and start producing on the field with your teammates. Start doing funny things again like touchdown dances and calling out defensive backs week to week. But to go on a tangent on Starbucks cards to get attention. You need another job buddy…

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Tebowmania is so big, even brands are fighting over him!

March 28, 2012

Tebowmanina is not something that goes on for a week or a day like Linsanity was with the Knicks, but it’s a year long process. Last week, Tebow was dealt to the Jets for a few picks and some cash consideration but over 32 television stations and twice the number of reporters were there on hand for the back-up quarterbacks press conference. That’s right, I said it. BACK-UP quarterback. But if you think the Jets were crazy, here is what Nike and Reebok got into over the past few days.

Nike Inc. claimed in a lawsuit in U.S. District Court that Reebok International Ltd. has used Tebow’s name on Jets-related apparel without permission since it was announced last week that Tebow was traded from the Denver Broncos to New York. The Tebow trade occurred just before Nike replaces Reebok on Sunday as the supplier of NFL team uniforms.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, claims that Reebok misappropriated publicity rights, interfered with business relationships and unjustly enriched itself because it failed to get Tebow’s permission before launching the new products.

Reebok, based in Canton, Mass., did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment. The lawsuit said Reebok did not respond to demands to cease Tebow apparel sales after a Tebow representative sent a letter to the company on Friday.

Reebok is a subsidiary of Adidas AG.

According to the lawsuit, new Nike-supplied uniforms for all 32 NFL teams will be unveiled next week in New York City, kicking off a five-year deal for Nike to be the league’s exclusive provider of on-field apparel, including game uniforms and sideline apparel. Reebok had been the supplier for the last decade.

The lawsuit said demands for Tebow-related Jets apparel was intense last week during a normally subdued time for NFL merchandise sales.

It said Nike, based in Beaverton, Ore., believes Reebok was shipping large volumes of Tebow-related apparel products to retailers for sale to the public this week, damaging Nike’s ability to capitalize on a “unique and short-lived opportunity.”

The lawsuit added that it was unlikely that a consumer who buys an unauthorized Tebow jersey or T-shirt from Reebok this week will purchase an authorized Tebow item from Nike next week.

Honestly, this is just ridiculous. The deal between the companies is changing in weeks and everyone has to get locked up in this brand new controversy over nothing. To go to court over a simple thing as the wrong jersey is a bad issue but because it was Tebow, it was the biggest thing since sliced bread. I think Tebow is a great role model and a great person to look up to on and off the football field but to put this much controversy into something as little as a football jersey is insane. What goes on in the marketing and news world of sports is crazy enough and adding this Tebow story to the mix only makes people scratch their heads. All of this for a Wild Cat formation quarterback? I don’t understand…

The Marketing of Golf

February 7, 2012

Donnie Dwyer talks about Marketing in the world of golf and breaks down the different dimensions…

Why are Marquette students not showing up to basketball games in 2012?

February 1, 2012

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer travels to the Bradley Center to find out why students are not showing up to games. Attendance has been low this season and I wanted to ask the students the reason why some of their peers are not showing up in 2011 and 2012. Hear what they say…

 

New York Mets projected to have salary drop more than 50 million dollars

January 31, 2012

I have to post this whole article from Adam Rubin because it is just so perfectly written. I can’t tell you how bad this is going to be for Mets fans around the nation…

Via ESPN NewYork:

The largest one-year payroll slashing in Major League Baseball history might not belong to the then-Florida Marlins, whose offseason fire sale six years ago landed Carlos Delgado and Paul Lo Duca with the New York Metsand gutted the team’s payroll from $60 million to $15 million.

The distinction, it turns out, soon may belong to the 2012 Mets.

After general manager Sandy Alderson revealed the organization lost $70 million last year, the Mets appear poised to have the biggest one-year payroll drop in MLB history — roughly $52 million. That would surpass the former record: $48.4 million by the Texas Rangers from 2003 to 2004, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

The Marlins from 2005 to 2006 had the biggest reduction by percentage, trimming nearly 75 percent of their payroll, but the total was $45.4 million.

The Mets’ payroll, which stood at roughly $143 million last season, is expected to swoon to less than $91 million this Opening Day.

Reigning National League batting champion Jose Reyes signed a six-year, $106 million contract with the Marlins — without the Mets mustering a bid. In fact, the biggest-ticket acquisition the Mets made this offseason was signing free-agent closer Frank Francisco to a two-year, $12 million deal. He will earn $5.5 million in 2012.

As a result of the departures of Carlos Beltran, Francisco Rodriguez and Reyes from last year’s Opening Day roster, as well as upgrades by other National League East clubs, the Mets are widely projected to have their fourth straight losing season and finish in last place in the division.

And if Fred Wilpon and family are to survive as Mets owners — which is their intent — the austerity likely will continue into future offseasons, meaning fans bear the brunt of the payroll constraints with a less-than-optimal product.

“I think we have to get the fans back at the stadium. That’s a necessity. That’s the lifeblood,” Wilpon told reporters at this month’s quarterly owners meetings in Paradise Valley, Ariz. “And to do that, we have to have a good team. … I think we’re going to be better than you think. We would hope that Mets fans enjoy going to the ballpark and give this team a try.”

The Mets cut ticket prices for the third consecutive season, this time between 5 and 30 percent depending on the location. The paradox the Wilpons are facing is that they need the revenue generated by fans in order to continue meeting their debt payments. Yet the lack of big-ticket signings and excitement about what’s forecast to be a last-place team likely will keep fans away.

To put it simply, the Mets have a chance to be the 2002 Oakland A’s by playing the Money ball approach. They have power, a bullpen, and youth to win 80 games this season. However, how many mistakes will they make this year and who will they have to get rid of come Trade Deadline time. Oh it should be an interesting season in Flushing…

BCS Bustin’ – Why Boise St. and other mid-major powers deserve equal opportunities in the BCS National Championship

September 25, 2011

Here is an article written from our new writer, Nathan Rupe. It’s a great article and is very well done. Check it out…

(Photo By: Robert Beck/SI)

Although he’s an afterthought when it comes to NFL accomplishments, former Utah Utes quarterback Alex Smith led one of the most groundbreaking teams in college football history. The 2004 Utah Utes team was expected to be good, they began the season ranked 19th in the country. However, few expected the team to blast through 11 opponents en route to an undefeated regular season – and they did just that. The reason this season was so significant wasn’t just because of the perfect season, it was also because of the conference Utah was a part of. The Mountain West Conference is not an automatic qualifying conference, meaning that the conference champions do not earn a spot in one of the BCS Bowl Games, considered to be the biggest games of the post-season (Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl).

When the Utah Utes earned a spot in the 2004 Fiesta Bowl opposite the Pittsburgh Panthers, it was the first time in college football history that a non-AQ team made it into a BCS Bowl game. The question then turned to whether or not the Utes were a good football team, or the product of an easy schedule – they didn’t play a single ranked team all season. All doubt were put to rest when the Utes blew out Pittsburgh 35-7, proving their status as one of the best teams in college football.
 
Fast-forward to the present, four schools have now become “BCS Busters” by breaking into a BCS Bowl game from a non-AQ conference (Utah, TCU, Boise St., Hawaii). Against opponents from an AQ conference, BCS Busters are 4-1. Of all of the total seven BCS Buster appearances however, none have ever participated in the National Championship game. Last year’s undefeated TCU team, that beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl actually received some first place votes from AP voters at the end of the season, but it was for naught and the BCS title game winner Auburn remained the undisputed National Champion of the season.
 
However, despite TCU’s success the clear leader of mid-major conferences against the BCS is Boise St. Since 2004, Boise St. has four undefeated seasons and a one-loss season to their credit. They stunned the heavily favored Oklahoma Sooners in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl, and have beaten fellow BCS Busters TCU twice in the Fiesta Bowl. During last season, Boise St. was a near lock for a BCS Bowl all year until an overtime stunner against Nevada knocked them out of contention.
 
There lies the issue.
 
Should a team with the impressive credentials of Boise St. be dropped from major bowl contention because of a single loss? A three-point loss in overtime at that, and against a ranked team in Nevada. Boise’s season was disregarded due to their conference – the Western Atlantic Conference, a non-AQ conference. It wasn’t Boise’s first snub from BCS selection either, in 2004 an 11-0 record and #9 ranking wasn’t enough to earn them a spot in a BCS Bowl, as well as a 12-0 season in 2008. In fact, they ended the 2004 season as the only undefeated team in College Football, yet didn’t earn a spot in the National Title game (which hosted a one-loss Florida Gators squad).
 
The common criticism against Boise St. and other successful teams from non-AQ conferences, is the lack of competition they face year-round. After all, a team that spends the year beating push-overs wouldn’t be able to hang with an SEC team used to playing the very best on an almost weekly basis, right? Not quite. Boise’s season opening blowout of SEC powerhouse Georgia seems to have finally opened people’s eyes to just how good mid-major teams can be.
 
Currently 2-0, and ranked 4th in the nation will this be the year that BCS polls finally invite Boise St. into the National Championship game? Or will the constantly underappreciated Broncos find themselves snubbed by voters once again?
 
Only time will tell, but at this point it’s hard to argue just how competitive non-AQ teams are capable of being.

The Sports Cycle Video: College programs changing conferences with special guest Derek Hudgin

September 22, 2011

Donnie Dwyer interviews MUTV production director Derek Hudgin about the college conferences and whether Marquette should stay or go in the Big East like when Pitt and Syracuse went to the ACC…