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What are the average players in the NFL doing with their life?

April 20, 2011

Via ESPN:

You might be thinking: I’m on the owners’ side in this lockout mess because NFL players are all spoiled, hat-backward millionaires who will no more miss a year’s salary than they’ll miss their eighth Lexus.

OK, but maybe you should meet …

Brian Schaefering, Cleveland Browns defensive lineman.

He has a wife, three kids — all 8 and under — and a rented house. He doesn’t have a shoe deal or a Lloyd’s of London policy or a super agent willing to float him till this is over.

Yeah, he’s got a safety net — himself.

“I’ll do anything,” says Schaefering, 27. “If I have to work for UPS, I will. I got a family to feed. I’ve paved roads, fixed roofs, done landscaping. I’m not better’n anybody else. I don’t want any handouts. I’d be happy with $12 an hour if I could get it.”

You hear anything about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wanting to run a road paver lately?

“The problem is,” Schaefering says, “who wants to hire a guy who may have to pack up and leave [for the NFL] a month or two into it?”

So Schaefering and his wife are cutting back. They slashed their cable and cell phone bills and chopped their weekly date nights considerably. They used to get a babysitter, then catch dinner and a movie. “Now, it’s put the kids to bed and slap in a DVD.”

You might be thinking: What the hell has he done with his money he has made so far in the NFL?

Well, he went undrafted in 2008, barely made the practice squad in ’09 and finally started nine games for the Browns last season, making $395,000. He says he netted just over $200,000 after taxes. And he had plenty of bills to pay going into last year.

“I hear people joking around about this thing, but it’s no joke,” he says. “If this goes into the season, my wife might start panicking a little.”

You might be thinking: What about these $60,000 checks that went out this week to the players from the NFLPA’s lockout war chest? That should pay for a few babysitters, right?

True, but maybe you should meet …

… former Air Force star Chad Hall, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver.

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America)

Hall, 24, isn’t getting any $60,000. Since transforming himself from an F-16 mechanic into a modern-day “Invincible” with the Eagles, 5-foot-8 Hall hasn’t exactly hit the Lotto. He was on the team for only 11 games, so he got the minimum salary, prorated. The most he’ll get from the lockout fund is “about $10,000,” he says.

Now, he’s training friends’ kids for whatever they want to pay him — “I don’t really charge a set fee” — and trying to open a wings restaurant in Atlanta with his sister’s boyfriend, Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford.

“If we don’t have a season, I’ll be waiting tables and bartending there,” he says. “Plus, my uncle says he has a plumbing job for me. Pays $15 an hour, so that’s not bad.”

You think Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen will be asking “BBQ or teriyaki?” anytime soon?

You might be thinking: I’m supposed to feel sorry for these guys? At least they had a year of making $400,000. Try making $40,000!”

I guess so, but maybe you should meet …

… University of Wisconsin All-American lineman John Moffitt.

(Matt Fleming/2009)

Moffitt is a projected early- to middle-round draft choice, a can’t-miss NFL starter who “will make plenty of Pro Bowls once he’s signed,” says his agent, Mike George.

The problem is, what if he never gets signed?

“I saw some Girl Scouts selling cookies the other day,” Moffitt says. “Maybe I could try that?”

Moffitt’s got no job and no endorsement deals — “Nobody wants to see my face on anything,” he says — and “my parents stopped sending my allowance.” So George is paying for training and living expenses until something breaks.

After that?

“Well, my dad paints houses in Guilford, Conn.,” he says. “I think he’d maybe take me on doing that. But it’s kind of hard right now. I hope it doesn’t come to that.”

You hear anything about any NFL owners hitting up their dads lately?

Plus, staying in top physical shape is a full-time job. “It’s not like they can do that and work at Macy’s at the same time,” George says.

They might have to. Eagles lineman Winston Justice has opened a coffee shop. Teammate Owen Schmitt might student teach. Browns backup WR Rod Windsor is playing for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League, where some players are making as little as $400 per game. That barely covers the Advil.

And then there’s this: ThePostGame.com recently reported that an estimated 180 NFL players might have signed for “lockout loans,” at rates that can climb over 30 percent upon default, to make ends meet.

Not just dumb, desperate.

You might be thinking: So throw these guys a freaking telethon! I don’t care. Tell them to stop bitching. The rest of us have real jobs!

I guess. But remember, the players aren’t the ones bitching. Among the four big pro sports in this country, these guys picked the one that pays the least money, lasts the fewest years and wrecks the most bodies. They’re fine with that.

It’s the owners who have taken the football and gone home. It’s the owners who want a billion dollars back from the deal they have now. It’s the owners who want two more games from the players for nothing. And not a single owner is contemplating roofing at $12 an hour.

So, if you’re still thinking you’re on the owners’ side in this?

Then you’re not thinking at all.

This is the most interesting thing I have read all week because it speaks about how much the NFL Labor union is going to affect the younger, no name players in the NFL. Just because you play in any sport doesn’t make you a multi-million dollar player and I think that conception of fans needs to change. There are so many players who have off-season jobs coaching, teaching, and working in shopping stores just to make money to provide for their family. It’s just sad to see this happening because you have players like Matt Stafford and Jamarcus Russell who are making bank and have only played 2 years in the league. These other guys are playing their hearts out and won’t make the money they have until their 5th or 6th season. So in the end, this article is to prove to the American population that not everyone in football makes the big bucks and a lot of the players are struggling to make money and support their families in this time of struggle around America. Hopefully this lockout doesn’t last any longer…

Donnie Dwyer on Telemundo

February 18, 2011

My first ever appearance on Telemundo in Milwaukee as a sports anchor. I will also be on tonight at 10. Check your local listings. Thanks fans…

Marquette basketball against Big East Big Men

February 3, 2011

Marquette is having a year that is filled with high and low points. The high when beating #10 ranked Syracuse for the first time in many years and beating Notre Dame by 22 at the Bradley Center. Then the lows of losing to Louisville with an 18 point lead, losing to Vanderbilt on the last play, and losing to Wisconsin at the Bradley center in the instate rivalry.

While those wins and loses may mean something to many people, the thing that matters the most to me is how the big men in the Big East have taken Marquette to school. Take a look at these stats:

at Pitt: Gary McGhee: 12 pts 6 reb 3 blks Gilbert Brown: 14pts 7 reb 1 blk

at Louisville: Terrence Jennings: 7pts 8 reb (4 off) in 20 min of play George Goode: 7 pts 6 reb in 14 min of play

at Notre Dame: Carleton Scott: 11 pts and 10 reb 1 blk

vs. UConn: Jeremy Lamb: 24 pts Charles Okwandu: 10 reb Roscoe Smith: 11 pts 8 reb (5 off)

at Villanova: Antonio Pena: 14 pts 1o reb (2 off) 2 blks Mouphtaou Yarou: 18 pts 5 reb (3 off)

Special non-conference selection: vs. Duke: Mason Plumlee: 25 pts 12 reb and 5 blks

Notice how many offense rebounds have been given up. When your tallest player playing most of the game is Jae Crowder and Jimmy Butler at 6 foot 6, I don’t think you are going to win many ball games. The rebounding has killed them all year and if they get a few possessions from those rebounds, they could have upset so many teams. It is just so hard to win without a big man who can rebound and block shots for you.

I have always said that Marquette always needed a player like a Blake Griffin or Amare Stoudemire type. A guy who can rebound the basketball at will and attack the basket with force to get to the free throw line. Unfortunately, Marquette and Buzz Williams only wants to pick up guards who are fast, can shoot the ball, and can play at multiple positions.

Without a quality big, does Marquette ever think they will advance far in the NCAA tournament let alone the Big East year after year? They have shown in the past they can be effective. But how long will effective be not enough?

Wii Bowling world record

January 27, 2011

I know this article is not 100 percent related to sports but when it is the Wii and it is bowling, then it counts. Wii sports is a ton of fun and if you haven’t played it you are missing out. Here is an article about the world champion in Wii bowling:

Via WTMJ:

An 85-year-old man from Onalaska has made it into the Guinness World Record’s book for the most perfect games of Wii Sports Bowling.

John Bates recorded 2,850 perfect games from April 2009 through October 2010, to make it into Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition.

The retired high school principal first started playing Wii bowling at a friend’s house at the end of 2008.

Bates, who is ambidextrous, started perfecting his scores after he started using both his left and right hand.

Guinness says he also bowls regularly in a bowling league.

This is amazing because the guy is 85 years old but he also did 2,850!! I have had the Wii for about a month and I couldn’t even get 250 let alone a perfect game. This guy is insane and he is totally worth the Guinness Book of World Records. I think this story is amazing and people should know that even when you are older, you can still be a hero and an athlete. Wish Bates more perfect games in the future because I don’t see anyone beating this…