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It’s been just over a month that the [GREEN BAY PACKERS] won ANOTHER Lombardi Trophy. As I mentioned earlier the men that make up the rosters of the THIRTY-TWO National Football League teams WORK HARD to [BECOME] the specimens we see, (and try to emulate.), through T.V. or in the stadium/ arena.

 Many begin their training at such an early age that it’s a foregone conclusion. 

Whether Base-, Basket-, Football. Or ANY other sport, the benefits distributed throughout our communities is [STAGGERING] when multiplied by what we DON’T know about. With the lucretive tax breaks that schools and [PROFESSIONAL TEAM OWNERSHIP] receive the BOTTOM line of it ALL is the ATHLETE.

 The swordless Gladiators that challenge the seemingly crazy…

… when they, really, know the consequences of the actions their employers have been making [\”light\”] of.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The [HISTORY] of organized LABOR and how it has helped build the ability to raise a family cannot be questioned, except by those that don’t know HOW IT works… OR by those that have fostered its demise by NOT WORKING within the boundaries of the WORK-PLACE.

The ownership of each NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL [FRANCHISE] , except that of GREEN BAY, have been [CONTENTIOUS] , at best. Talk on, almost, all the ESPN talk segments have alluded to this scenario. there’s been the intimation that there “could” be the real life version of “THE REPLACEMENTS“…

… Many of the newer players wary of the fact that a Veteran being able to dip into some of their saved sums from past seasons.

I wonder if the NFL owners are able to envision a comparison between them and how the American automobile industry  “assisted” in the nation’s economic “decline” just a year, or so, ago ? How many PART-TIME jobs, Municipal coffers, (READ TAXES!!!), Television REVENUES and the profits made from CLOTHING, (  With $18.6 billion in revenue in 2008. NIKE), from the OBVIOUS standpoints !?! This is going to be one of THE best KNOCK-DOWN-DRAG-OUTS  witnessed in  our CUMULATIVE ‘labor/management’  battles YET. And with the “news” agencies focused on how the legislature of WISCONSIN putting the [KLIEGS] of this insinuation into the eyes of the citizens/ SPORT FAN, (Remember, the GREEN BAY PACKERS ARE the ONLY NON-PROFIT TEAM in the NFL!), is there a THEME here somewheres ? It’s [\”FUNNY\’],the  Grasshoppers that make “six figures a minute” are claiming that the “Bees” are trying to carry away the forest. This is how things [REALLY] work, it’s up to you to know it.

D. Rick Mack


This is a story about a couple of sports ‘Heroes’.

[STANLEY FRANK MUSIAL]                                                                                                                                                                




 I’ve said heroes, and I mean it in the most SINCERE manner that I can express.

 Stan “The Man” Musial was the most prolific Baseball player of his time. And that was accomplished even as he’d served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2, (Cardinals@ 1941-1963). As a civilian he served as Vice President of the St. Louis CARDINAL Baseball team serving his country also that year by being this nation’s PHYSICAL FITNESS ADVISOR for President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967. If you couldn’t guess, Stan is also an inductee of the Major League Baseball Hall of FAME. 

“Bill” Russell IS the premier DNA donor to the model of what the title CENTER means to the definition of WHAT a position player SHOULD BE in the game of Basketball. Not only did he “stand his ground” at the post but, he did outside the walls of Boston Gardens. On a road trip the black players were denied a service… after “some” was rendered HE REFUSED to play THAT night’s game. He, too, is in the Hall of FAME, but in the halls of the National Basketball Association’s.

 These MEN have served their SPORT and WORLD during their lifetimes. And on Tuesday, February Fifteenth, Two-Thousand Twelve, BOTH, were seated in the WHITE HOUSE along with 15present, plus 1 postumous, [RECIPIENTS].

Congratulations to ALL for their GIFTS to the world. And for receiving the [PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL of FREEDOM].

The NFL has seen the end of its NINETY-FIRST year of existence, ( Its forty-fifth Super Bowl.), and like Wall Street the GREED factor looks to reach into the house-“holds” of America. At the Feb. 5, 2011 meeting between the [NFLPA] and league team owners it was reported that CAROLINA PANTHER owner, Jerry Richardson, was fairly denigrating to Drew Brees AND Peyton Manning. (!!!) During the meeting the subject of player safety was brought up by Manning. Richardson’s reply was…. [“What do you know about player safety?”]. This is exactly NOT what someone who thinks they “deserve” someone’s LOYALTY should use as a “CARROT” to get them down the road.

The game of Football is a seriously violent sport that’s designed men of great physical strength and SPEED to continually run “into” each other for an HOUR, (Or more if “OVER-TIME”.) . With them being able to generate the equivalent force of a car hitting a wall going (around) 25m.p.h.

Sometimes those who use sport as a BUSINESS forget that the chaff,1

n 1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Agriculture) the mass of husks, etc., separated from the seeds during threshing

2. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Agriculture) finely cut straw and hay used to feed cattle3. something of little worth; rubbish (esp in the phrase separate the wheat from the chaff) [Old English ceaf; related to Old High German keva husk].

… , is an integral, and necessary ingredient for all the “bread” that they’re making. AND happens to be the same kingdom, phylum, order, genus, species, CLASS and Domain that they are a “part” of. It’s getting difficult enough to GET, let lone KEEP, a J.O.B. that PAYS well. And one that “YOU’VE” chosen. I have hope that Mr. Richardson is the lone opinion of contention in this, because I Do enjoy the game that I couldn’t play well. Mr. Richardson can’t define these MEN as… “PROLETARIAT [ˌprəʊlɪˈtɛərɪət]

n 1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) all wage-earners collectively

2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the lower or working class3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Marxist theory) the class of wage-earners, esp industrial workers, in a capitalist society, whose only possession of significant material value is their labour4. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Rome) the lowest class of citizens, who had no property.

Feb 22 2011 [NFL PA UPDATE]

[via French from Latin prōlētārius proletarian].

The New York [YANKEES] have had some good “luck” as a Baseball organization for over a century.

 Being able to see, then [PURCHASE] the best fits…     George Herman,

                [EDWARD CHARLES] ,           and  Andrew Eugene have all been privy to the deep  pocketed ownership by those of [NEW AMSTERDAM]. Greatness IS expected by the time the ink has dried, most who choose the “Pinstripes” are rewarded by a ring, ( 27 wins in 40 appearances !), for their signitures.

Babe Ruth and Whitey Ford are in the MLB [HALL of FAME]. As of Friday, February 4, 2011 Andy Petitte “will announce” his retirement from the New York YANKEES organization. His [RECORDED] highlights are a testament to the keen eyes of those behind the scenes that help maintain the machine known as the “BRONX BOMBERS”.

 Whatever transpires at the news conference is just the reloading of one of the fiercest of competetive teams in sports. The question is what new “Howitzer” will they bring to the field ?

I have been talking about different topics in the Sports World and expressing my thoughts and views on them as well, when it hit me. When people read this blog, they might like to know about who is writing these thoughts. Well, let me introduce to you “Big Buddha”. “Big Buddha” is not just a name a couple of local guys picked out of a Hat and decided to ROLL with for the name of their endevor.  These same two men also have a BURNING PASSION for the collectable Histories of Sports, and how it entwines with the life around it. The BUDDHA is a Symbol of Growth and Prosperity that we can identify with,( And we ourselves want to Grow and Prosper as does anyone.),  but with that comes the Understanding and Patience that comes with the BUDDHA. Through “his” observances we can help others understand and place information that can be helpful to them and their future endeavors.   

                                                                  Ickey and The BUDDHAS        

More to Follow

If you’re wondering how to contact “The Buddha” look at the top of a post and tap the “TAKE ME TO THE BUDDHA” button. Thanks !!!

My Feelings on the Super bowl ” Fallout” last night are these, I feel the better Team won. The Packers, were Prepared and More than a Match for the “SURE THING” PITTSBURG STEELERS. Let’s face it, the Steelers have been there, done that. While the Packers, the Second Youngest team roster in the League, are starting to get their IDENTITY. The Steelers were “UNDERDOGS”, don’t know how, but they were. Though, as I watched the Game I could see that the once “MIGHTY” Pittsburg Steelers were in no way the Team they needed to be to stop the young, upstart Packers from their claim to greatness. 

SUPERBOWL XLV is in the books, and the Pack has taken the Lombardi Trophy home back to where it all began,  45years ago [ SUPER BOWL I].


 When the Man for whom the Super bowl Trophy was named claimed the first Super Bowl victory himself. Along with Hall of Fame , QB Bart Starr, 35-10 over  fellow QB and Hall of Famer, Len Dawson’s Kansas City CHIEFS.

 With the Present Pack, QB, [Air- On Rogers] has gotten over the Hump, and Brett’s Shadow, and Now the SUPERBOWL MVP has become a Champion.


 Meanwhile, the Look of Disappointment is now cast upon the Pittsburg Steelers. Three turnovers turned to 21 points against them. Is not characteristic of a Championship Dynasty.

 Coach Tomlin’s Remarks after the game said it all. His Scowl was seen across the World,                                                                                                          Example of the Mike Tomlin Scowl.

  He was truly upset and the whole World knew it. But I do believe Respect was given to the Packers. But he was very quick to point out that the Steelers will be back. Credit must also be given to the Packers for playing through Adversity, with Key injuries to players


 the Pack went right on attacking the Steelers, and when it looked to be in the Favor of the Men of Steel the Pack fought back and never lost sight of their GOAL.  The Pack is Back!!! 

 More to follow.

Mark Jewett

Being the “stud” in high school is, practically, nothing when you’re from a pool of , about, 540 total students. That’s 35 less than my senior class graduates. Then you have to factor in how many of these are female, then WHO wants to spend those “WONDERFUL” days of summer in the blessed two-per-day conditioning sessions that determine who plays what for the school’s varsity football program. We’ve all heard the BIG fish- little pond analogy, which IS [\’TRUE\’]. We’ve, also, heard the term “it ain’t the size of the dog in a fight- it’s the size of the FIGHT in the dog”. Let me introduce you to a great bet in the fight that the GREENBAY PACKERS are going to [UNLEASH] against the PITTSBURGH STEELERS  Sunday, February 6, 2011-@ 6:30 p.m..

[THOMAS LEWIS CRABTREE]      has proven to be THAT DOG !

 Local “boy” makes good is an understatement that the [LOCAL] current events distributor just can’t GILD their small-town ‘hero’ enough of.

To give you a comparison, Tom Crabtree isn’t a [CHARLES CHRISTOPHER SPIELMAN], Tom  was / IS “the little engine” that DOES !!!…

“Everyone – even receivers Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones and Jordy Nelson – saw how tough it will be to get their numbers when tight end Jermichael Finley has a monster game with four big receptions for 103 yards. It is obvious that receptions will be hard to come by this year and perhaps impossible for a first year tight end like Crabtree.

So the place to make a contribution is special teams. Crabtree, who was kept with three other tight ends on the roster, has excelled there.

“He plays on five of the six* special teams units,” said Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum. “He had two kickoff tackles and he was highly combative. He was down fast on the punts. He did an excellent job in the return game as well. He had a nice tackle on running back C.J. Spiller. We were kicking north and Spiller tried to take the ball out to our left side, toward our bench, kind of bouncing out the side door. Crabtree came from the middle. Charlie Peprah turned the ball back in and Crabtree made the tackle. That was a good play.”  * That would be 86.33 % of an entire game’s participation.  (…

Does anyone remember [WILLIAM FREDERICK BATES] ? Or maybe you’ve heard of another Miami (of Ohio) [ALUMNUS] who plays a “little” Football ?

We’ve all got the name of someone who “should have” gone to the top of their sport. Not many of us are handed a name by the person themself . On Sunday, FEBRUARY SIXTH, TWO-THOUSAND ELEVEN there will be a “LITTLE FISH” working on the lunches of some grade- A Bull Sharks.

His name is Tom Crabtree, number 83  for the GREENBAY PACKERS… Born, BRED in SMALL TOWN AMERICA.

D.Rick Mack

Things are moving toward [OPENING DAY] at a rapid pace in the MLB, some players are planning their next “move”.  [Joseph Patrick Mauer ]  could be “on the market” if the MINNESOTA TWINS don’t resign him. Mauer, a DEFENSIVE Catcher       who also happens to hit like an All-Star batsman, ponders if the TWINS will resign him. If they do it could be in excess of $200 Million.

                                     A little steep,but Mauer is worth the investment                              


                                                                             and            [BRANDON TYLER  WEBB]

 also wonder where they will playing, LEE,  won the CyYoung award in O8. and Played like Cy in O9. 


On the Opposite end of the Spectrum, Webb pitched just four innings last year, then had Back Surgery on top of that.  But on the BRIGHT SIDE, Webb when healthy, can be on that SHORT LIST of the Best Pitchers in Baseball. Outfielders,



  [Jayson Richard Gowan Werth (Werewolf)


 have had huge up-swings when it comes to power hitting, and should fit somebody’s schemes nicely. Werth has been an asset to the PHILLIES since they signed him in 2007.



                                                  [Joshua Patrick Beckett  

 have some factors working…  “reputation” and age… against them, but are also good in a lot of areas. The wild cards are [DEREK SANDERSON JETER], [Manuel Aristides (Onelcida) Ramirez ], and [Adam Troy Dunn (Big Donkey) ] are also on that list. More to follow.

Mark Jewett