Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Opportunity Cost of A Rivalry Game: One Rhodes Scholarship

This Saturday is a big day for current Yale quarterback Patrick Witt. On Saturday, the Harvard Crimson will march down from Cambridge to play Yale in "The Game". The Yale-Harvard rivalry is the second oldest in college football, dating all the way back to 1875. To say the game means a lot to both of these storied universities is an understatement. Testament to that fact is Witt's decision to forgo his Rhodes Scholarship interview in Atlanta for an opportunity to play in the biggest game of his life.

It was roughly to weeks ago that Witt found out that he had been selected as a finalist for the prestigious award that is given for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford. The final set of interviews for the scholarship are to be held in Atlanta at 8 am this Saturday, which left the Yale quarterback with a tough decision. Do you pass up an opportunity to pursue graduate studies at possibly the best university in the world in favor of playing perhaps the biggest football game of your career? For Witt, the answer was easy.

Patrick Witt transferred from the University of Nebraska after his sophomore season because he wanted to attend a more academically rigorous institution. The senior history major sports an excellent 3.91 gpa and has received nothing but praise from coaches and teammates. His decision to remain with his team is one of the most selfless acts I have seen by a collegiate athlete. Patrick Witt has forsaken personal advancement and gain in order to support his teammates, fans and university. His decision may seem foolish to some, but not to Patrick. His one saving grace is that he can apply again for the Rhodes Scholarship as eligibility for the award does not expire until applicants turn 24 years of age. Is his decision worthwhile? Guess we will find out on Saturday.

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Florida Marlins Team Store Is In Clearance Mode And I'm Buyin'

At about 9 pm EST this evening, the Florida Marlins will be no more. The team is holding a gala in Miami tonight to unveil the teams shiny new logo and uniforms. Miami native Pitbull will be performing, so you know the team really pulled out all the stops for this one. I will be sad to see the death of the turquoise and black, but alas, artifacts and remnants of this storied franchise still lives on in the clearance section of the Marlins team shop. Here are a few of the highlights:

Florida Marlins Long Sleeve Baby "Creeper" by Soft As A Grape
Was: $18.99
Now: ONLY $12.97!

Lil' Teammate Party Animal Figurine
Was: $9.99
Now: ONLY $5.97!

Marlins Garden Gnome
Was: $24.99
Now: ONLY $14.97!

24 Karat Gold Leather Bound Baseball (w/glass case)
Was: $289.99
Now: ONLY $190.97!

Florida Marlins ProToast Toaster
Was: $34.99
Now: ONLY $21.97!

You guys, at these prices, it's like they are basically GIVING IT AWAY!!! I am not embarrassed to say that I just racked up a $58.67 tab at the Marlins team store (shipping and handling included). Thirty years from now, my $21.97 toaster will be a collectors item that will probably fetch somewhere in the neighborhood of $3.5 - 4.5 million. Those dudes from Pawn Stars will literally be salivating over something like this. I implore each and every one of you to stop by the Marlins team store today and buy a little piece of history.

Florida Marlins

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Second Favorite MLB Team Now Has The First Best Uniforms In Pro Sports

Guess who's back. Back again. Baby's back. Tell a friend.

Oh what a glorious day this is!!! I have made it well known in the past that the Florida Marlins (soon to be Miami Marlins as of November 11) are my second favorite team in baseball. They are one of the greatest anomalies in sports. They routinely have no talent, no money, no fans, and yet every seven or eight years they wind up winning the World Series. In the past, they have been able to pull off such feats with shrewd mid-season deals pulled off by their front office and a scouting department that ranks among the best in Major League Baseball.

All of that is about to change this year. No, it's not the bright, shiny new stadium that is soon to be completed in downtown Miami. No, it's not the fact that owner Jeffrey Loria appears poised to ACTUALLY spend some money this offseason on free agents such as Jose Reyes, Prince Fielder, and Ryan Madson. It is none of these things. The thing that is poised to catapult the Marlins into the upper echelons of professional baseball is there new uniforms, which leaked earlier today.

Awhile back, I did a post on some mock-ups for the new Miami Marlins uniforms, but they all comparison to what has actually come to fruition. The home, away, and alternate uniforms have all adopted a rainbow style color scheme for the lettering and numbering. Not since the 1980's Nuggets rainbow cityscape uniforms has their been such majesty to great professional sports apparel. The orange alternates seem to be an homage to the Miami Hurricanes and the black fourth unis offer excellent color balance against the white and gray primaries.

I am actually giddy at the promise of seeing Hanley Ramirez and Logan Morrison taking the field in these uniforms next season. On November 11th, when the new logos will be officially presented to the world, I will be the first in line to order the new hat, shirt, uniform, and every other piece of crapulence that you can find at the MLB team shop. Hell, I am trying to buy a replica of their new stadium's outfield centerpiece if I get the chance (see below). ¡Viva los Marlins! ¡Viva Miami!