I got linked by Starting Blocks today. Three links actually. The Modell piece of course. Today’s pre-emptive just stop with any Al Davis Art Modell comparisons. And my ‘About‘ page.
[That last link was a little awkward what with my frank appraisal of cleveland.com’s forum there.]
But I took a look at the Jim Kanicki pics on the page and it got me thinking. The last pic is linked to a site where you can buy an autographed 8×10. It’s short money. I got my autographed Kanicki for under $40.
Here is what I thought.
You know: these guys didn’t get paid dick when they were compiling the .750 winning percentage that I (we) have been hammering Modell for inheriting and not sustaining. There was no 401k then. Everyone knows their pension is squat. Might could we help them out or just send a small gratuity for their role in building this team we love so much?
So gents. If you’ve got $40 to spare, I say:
I don’t know how much goes back to the player, don’t care, something must. Think of it as a tip. Actually, a really cheap tip that we’d be embarrassed to leave the maid in our hotel rooms. But it’s something and the money is secondary anyway. They’ll get a notice that someone bought their picture. Someone remembers them. Someone is saying thank you.
Say thank you to one of these guys.
And geez, look at the list: Rutigliano, Minnifield, Lavelli/Graham (for $34!), Ryan, Kelly, Warfield, Willis, Nelsen, Cockroft, Schafrath, Plum, Parrish, Collins. You get the idea.
And don’t go buying a Newsome or Dieken. They’re the Corgi puppies in the shelter. Cleo Miller and Larry Benz need homes too.
Here’s the link again.
Now If only I could find one of these Grozas…