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I understand people getting worked up over presidential elections, but sometimes I don’t understand the outrage people have over this type of stuff. So this past Wednesday, all the major sports leagues in the U.S. – NCAA, NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL (let’s not forget them) filed a lawsuit against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in federal court because he signed a law that allows for betting on pro and college sports at New Jersey casinos and racetracks. Now, the leagues claim that New Jersey sports gambling law violates a federal law that is already in place – enacted years ago. But here is the outrage part – by the way, laws change all the time and so just because something is federally enacted doesn’t mean that it can’t be federally rescinded.  The NCAA and pro leagues say “such gambling would not only harm sports leagues and organizations such as the NCAA or the NFL, but would be a flagrant violation of the 1992 Congressional Act, to halt the spread of sports gaming.”

Now, here’s what I don’t get: why is everybody so anti-sports gambling in these leagues?  Does anybody remember the Tim Donaghy scandal? Do you know who tipped off the NBA? Vegas!!! They are not your enemy, they’re your alley! Vegas called the FBI and the NBA and said “you’ve got a problem” Use Vegas as your friend, they are not your enemy. Vegas tipped off the NBA or else Tim Donaghy could’ve gone years and convinced other refs to do the same. First of all, sports gambling are here, we love it and it’s not ruining society. “But Andrew, people get addicted…” people get addicted to butter! Don’t blame the beer because you’re an alcoholic and don’t blame the bagel because you’re overweight. People have to be accountable for their own addictions. Is it a moral issue? Well, more wars have been caused by religion than sports gambling. Religious zealotry scares me, who has the over on the Bengals/Ravens game, does not!

Again, I get the outrage on a lot of issues – why do people get worked up over sports gambling? Know a family friend who lived in Vegas for years, there are sleazy people in Vegas, but there’s sleazy people anywhere! This family friend once told us that he found, at the time he was in Vegas, that the people he knew in sports gambling, he found them to be incredibly trustable – it’s a highly regulated business. You know what’s not regulated? Strip clubs! If you’re anti-strip club, you may have a point! The alcohol business – every state and province is different. “In this state, it’s the Wild Wild West…in this state, you can’t drink on the Lord’s Day” But the idea that people get worked up – that I have the Rams at -6, I’ve never understood. Here’s a little secret, sports gambling is already everywhere! Did you know that? Like everybody thinks “Vegas…the evil empire that takes everyone’s money” pfft, did you know that only 4% of NFL bets take place in Las Vegas? I’ve got news for you, there’s already sports gambling in New Jersey – there’s more in New Jersey than in Las Vegas! I don’t know the industry well enough to make big predictions, but I wouldn’t be shocked and I don’t think any of you would be either if sports gambling were legalized on the internet in the next 10 years.

I mean what person have you ever met in New Jersey that says “Bob, it’s not legal for me to bet on the Giants…Guess I’m out of luck!” You want to bet? Go bet! This is like the government trying to stop television viewing. People are doing it, they’re always doing it, its part of our fabric and even if it’s illegal – and there’s a 12% underground economy in America anyways, you’ll never stop it! People are going to drink, they are going to lust, they’re going to gamble, they’re going to eat and they’re going to watch television – you can’t stop it! So legalize it, tax the hell out of it and the state of Jersey could make over $200 million a year! Really? How many are they making on strip joints? Not that much I’d assume! It is amazing how people treat sports gambling – they treat it as if were the Ebola Virus “here it comes!! We’ll bleed from our eyes…run for the hills!” I bet football games people!! Again, is it a moral issue? I mean when the government had prohibition – do you think people didn’t drink? It was more of an underground premium that ever! I simply find that the stigma just forces more illegal activity but if you legalize it, the bad guys go away – they lost their market!

It’s like going to your son and saying “Do not listen to the band Gawr, I do not like that music…that music is evil” You know what your son is probably going to do? He’s going to go to his room and crank Gawr simply because I told him he can’t. But if I say to him “you know what, Gawr is awesome!! Crank it buddy!” suddenly it’s not cool. So again, take away the stigma, legalize it everywhere! “Andrew, but you’ll have game fixing” they’ve had more game fixing in Europe. There was an Arizona State basketball game several years ago that was fixed – sports gambling wasn’t legal in Arizona yet it was legal in Vegas and UNLV games aren’t fixed! Gambling sanitizes when it’s legal, there aren’t any thumb breakers, and there aren’t any loan sharks. We’re going to gamble as a society – get over it!! Legalize it and tax the hell out of it! You can’t stop it! Illegal card room/legal card room – how about we just make them legal and get some tax revenue out of it! Think about it, what vice has the government not gotten a piece out of it?

I think they’re biggest issue is – and here’s the great thing about sports gambling for you and I – and we’re doing it right now and it’s not ruining society. I mean look around our society folks, how many of them are tied to this: you can bet on a Laker game tonight! Are any of our societal ills based on that Laker game 4 months from now? This is not asking to legalize marijuana – there are concerns that it’s a gateway drug, concerns on what it does, I mean we all went to school with corky – he was forget and sort of apathetic. I just never understood and it’s so bizarre! The family friend lived in Vegas, he knew these people who betted on sports for a living – all they really are, when you think about it, are analysts! You’re a hedge fund analyst, financial analyst, insurance analyst and then there’s sports gaming analysts. Hit 58%, manage your money and that’s your living!


Apologise for the three week absence – found myself touring all over Spain for two weeks and have been playing catch up for the last week or so before piecing something together, but here we go! So it’s no secret that I have several theories in life – most that I care to share with you on this blog. Before leaving for Spain, I thought about North American sports and when you think about it, the NHL is really the only league in North America with parity. In baseball, Kansas City, Oakland, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Seattle…they simply cannot compete financially, let’s quit that argument right now. In the NBA nobody disputes that you really need a star in order to get to the next level. In the NFL, parity is widely overstated and exaggerated – New England has 5 Superbowls in 11 years, Green Bay, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New England and the Giants…you know that they are always going to be good.

But the NHL has got ultimate parity, a strong rigid salary cap – 9 different Stanley Cup winners in 9 years, won by often young, dark horse teams. The lower seeded usually sneak in, get momentum and win. What does all this parity get the NHL? A rating on a Monday night  which is a great television night, with nothing else on and I mean nothing else on, you get an invisible league with mostly starless teams and a lower rating that your average college football game on a terrible TV night like a Saturday.

Canada has got parity but the U.S. doesn’t have it as much. But the 20 best hospitals in North America, 19 of them are in the U.S. Of the 20 best universities, all 20 are in the U.S. Parity squishes everything in the middle; it valiantly protects the bottom and handcuffs those at the top – affecting ultimate greatness. Some would call that socialism – is sports really better than for that? Or with that? Really? Is sports really better with everything smushed in the middle? And if you love that in sports – why are you so deathly afraid of socialism in the form of a government? At least I’m consistent in that I believe parity and socialism are both garbage! But parity fan – to me, reeks of socialism fan to me.

To me sports are better with stars, people not only to root for but against – real villains! I don’t want a jungle where every animal is equal, I think Africa is more interesting – the Lion and the Tiger chase the Gazelle every day. Parity guy roots for all Gazelle’s. I love the Lion, by the way, the Lion doesn’t always win, and it sometimes gets killed by a horn or other predators. Even Hyenas have killed Lions! Why should the Yankees have to suffer for being born a Lion? Life isn’t equal, why force unnaturally sports to be. Milwaukee will never be Chicago – don’t like it? Get on a car, train, bus or plane and move!!  But at least with a Lion in the jungle you’ve got a formidable presence to root for or against.

I hear about parity all the time “Andrew, you’re an elitist!” noo, you have the wrong word! I’m a traditionalist. I like the Lakers, I like the Yankees, I like Ohio State football, I like Duke Basketball – they’re just interesting. Sometimes I root for them and sometimes I root against them! But I like villains because life becomes more interesting. Why punish New England for having a better head coach in Belicheck, a better quarterback in Tom Brady and a better receiver in Wes Welker – all of those 3 men were available to the entire league. Belicheck was fired, Brady went late in the draft and Welker was available to all other teams.

You go ahead and support socialism and parity, salute the NHL and the Los Angeles Kings. I enjoyed Oklahoma City vs. Miami for two weeks or so – 2 guys who will probably meet each other in 4 of the next 5 NBA finals. Parity is for people afraid to compete, afraid to move to a better place …and I should congratulate that? No thanks! Go ahead and knock yourself out. Parity stinks, socialism stinks, cramming everything into the middle stinks. Greatness is what I want to watch on my television screen and the culture I want to live in my life. Life has never been even – my parents try to tell me that every single day. If you think it is, you are delusional and it’s a horrible message to ever give a kid. Life’s not fair or even and you don’t deserve squat nor do my future kids, you earn everything!

So I have to tell you that it’s one of those things that sometimes when you go to press conferences or when you watch them on television – some members of the media just don’t like going into the dressing room/locker room. Now, some reporters are easy going while some others are tough and some ask smart questions. One reporter whom I interacted with a lot while at MLSE said he was always worried about the responses he’d get yet some of them got very good responses. The New York Rangers coach John Tortorella is a real feisty guy anyways and so he has very little patience for the media and last night it really showed – the man just hates the media.

But I’ll defend him to a degree here, so the Rangers go out and they didn’t play the perfect game – and they don’t have a high powered offense to begin with, that’s why they’ve been in a lot of close games these playoffs against Ottawa and Washington and they are a great story this year – but John is just so over the media, he basically calls them idiots and last night it really showed “Reporter: Coach, it looked like you had them and it slipped away…what went wrong? John: a number of things Stan, but I’ll keep it in the room. Reporter: Did you feel like this was the kind of effort you would’ve needed to win this game? John: Nope! Reporter: Are you disappointed in their showing, after you had eliminated Washington…John: I answered your first question, nope! Reporter: Do you think it’s more of certain guys who didn’t play enough than they normally have throughout the playoffs? That perhaps it wasn’t enough effort or the results don’t show it? John: You need to improve as a hockey team in every game. Reporter: What areas would you like to see better…John: Stan, I’m going to keep it in the room”

That’s pretty much it, but those are all legitimate questions “keeping it in the room” basically means “I’m not going to talk about it in front of your guys” and I have no problem with a coach saying “listen, I’m going to talk about it in my locker room, I’m not going to talk about it to you guys” I have no problem! But I got into this discussion with a buddy that sometimes in the radio, television and newspaper business, it’s not like years ago when a newspaper had a big fat staff, more guys than they needed – yet every newspaper in North America, especially in the U.S. has been cut down and now you’ve got limited number of people, a lot of good people have been let go. So you’re getting young, cheap people covering hockey (especially in the U.S.) and it’s not like newspapers send their best people to hockey. Then you have the combination of people who never cover hockey and suddenly the Rangers are hot and you send them to a press conference – and they don’t follow the sport religiously and especially in the U.S. you get a lot of that with hockey.

The reality in the media business is that, be it FOX News for example, they wouldn’t send Bill O’Reilly to a speed bump proposal in his hometown, he’s going to the presidential election. The networks send their biggest, best, most talented, smartest stars to the biggest events. Hockey doesn’t get the cream of the crop in the sports media in the U.S. Now you get some guys who use to play hockey – and that’s not saying that everyone who covers hockey is a dope. But with the reduction in numbers of staff, in newspapers all over Canada & more importantly in the U.S. along with radio stations as well, you’re getting young people, inexperienced people – press conferences, to me, have become significantly worse in the last 15 years! Your just getting younger, cheaper people who are over their heads and especially with hockey, you’re not getting a lead columnist anyways. In New York, if I run a newspaper, I’m giving my best writer a column, my second best writer a column, my third best gets the Yankees and my fourth best gets the Giants – where do you think I’m putting the New York Islanders? To the kid out of NYU probably – who doesn’t like hockey, but he’s cheap and he’s bright, he got a degree and will do the job for you for nothing and his brother use to play hockey.

Like I’ve been listening to some of these press conferences – some of the questions are just outright dumb and that’s with me not being a hockey guy. Now, this Stan guy has been covering the Rangers for 40 years – Stan Fischler is his name, he’s been covering hockey forever….he’s fine! So that’s why John Tortorella is calling him by his name – he let Stan go, he didn’t bury him. But there have been some questions at these press conferences these days and I think it’s just down to the reduction in newspaper staffs. Radio stations use to be flushed with money, then big corporations bought them and overpaid for them, they have big bank notes and had to let people go, you’ve got more syndication – you’ve got radios and newspapers that are on shoe string budgets and now have kids at press conferences and coaches have no patience. Again, hockey gets a couple of guys like Stan, who’s been covering the Rangers for 40 years –you look around that room with 30 people, not a lot of Stan’s. The guy covering the Florida Panthers, he apparently was at a floral show earlier in the week!! Some of these questions – it just seems to me that over the last 15 years, there has been a reduction in the quality of questions at press conferences – but again, that’s just me!

…there are a lot of different styles of coaches, you got the guy at Kansas State who is breaking clipboards over his knee, you got coaches yelling and screaming. I personally like Belicheck and Phil Jackson style…cerebral, smart, and respectful, they’ll poke you in the ribs at times.

Phil Jackson this past week was on Chicago radio and he was poking Lebron and the Heat in the ribs. Saying “You know the scenario that sits kinda behind the scene is that you’ll eventually see these guys that were recruited, Bosh and James, by Pat Riley and the owner are going to come in and say you know, we feel like you could do a better job coaching the team you know, we came here on the hopes that this would work or whatever…I don’t know, that’s just my take on it. Eventually if things don’t straighten out soon, you could sorta see the Van Gundy thing all over again”

Oh Phil Jackson, he’s stirring the pot. Is he stirring the pot? Absolutely! Remember what he said on November 11th of this year? Somebody asked Phil Jackson, Lakers coach, “are you going to win 70 games?” and he goes “oh it’s not going to happen for us, the schedule is too tough, the travel, the conference is tough, time zone changes…” which by the way, he is absolutely right! But then he goes “I think Miami can do that, I think Miami is talented enough to do that. Everything has to break perfect for you, you have to be very talented and I think Miami could do it!”  haha

By the way, he is right about the travel. In the Eastern Conference time zone, Boston, DC, New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey…they are like 40 minute flights from each other and a lot of easy W’s. Out West, the Lakers have to go to New Orleans, which is like 4 hours, Minnesota at 3 ½ hours, Dallas/Houston/San Antonio is like 3 hours…it’s just more difficult in the West.

Remember when Wayne Gretzky went to the New York Rangers? Wayne played in Edmonton and LA and the he goes to the Rangers – and Gretzky never liked to fly anyways, Gretzky said “this is incredible! God I could’ve saved 8 years on my legs and my back” Because in the NHL, the Bruins, the Devils, the Flyers, the Islanders, the Caps, the Penguins, the Whalers (at the time) they’re all like 40 minute flights from each other. You don’t get that out West. You’ve got much more space, much longer flights, it wears out on players. So Phil Jackson is right about that, but he’s tweaking the Heat in the ribs

By the way, he’s been doing this for years. Do you remember what Phil Jackson did with Kevin Durant? Right before the playoff series, he was asked about Kevin Durant and he said “boy! As far as the calls he gets on the floor, he gets to the line a lot. I’ll tell you, there are a couple of plays in that last game where I was pretty curious on how he got to the line. He gets a lot of ref’s treating him like a superstar. Boy, he gets to the line easy and often”

Kevin Durant, next day, reacts to it and goes out and stinks in Game 1, 7 for 24, 1 for 8 in 3 balls, 4 turnovers and then in Game 2 he’s gets 8 turnovers. He totally manipulated Kevin Durant and got right into his coconut. He did it with Steve Nash as well, remember the Steve Nash quotes? Right before the Phoenix series. Somebody had asked him “How do you simulate the Suns’ Steve Nash in practice?” and Phil is like “Well, you can’t carry the ball like he does, in practice. You can’t pick that ball up and run with it like Steve Nash does” hahaha, seriously…Phil Jackson is great!!!

Now there’s different styles of coaching, there’s the Mark Mangeno at Kansas “I’m going to explode unless I eat a salad and I scream at people” way of coaching. You got the Frank Martin at Kansas State who is just absurdly ridiculous. You’ve got Bull Pullini getting in guys faces’ and then you’ve got my favourite guy, the cool , sophisticated,  cerebral, sarcastic, poke the other guys in the ribs…Phil Jackson. He’s my very favourite coach in pro sports; Belicheck and Phil Jackson are my favourite coaches. Re-read that quote I posted earlier in this rant about the Heat. You can just read into how he’s poking Lebron and the Heat in the ribs.

By the way, the Lakers beat the Bulls earlier in the week and Derek Rose had like a million points and some great highlights, but as I’ve said before, I don’t want my point guard scoring that many points! Lakers just look so good, they are just absolutely philthy!

….let’s start with the last year’s World Series champion New York Yankee’s “money doesn’t buy happiness is an old proverb” yet the guy who said that, did so before free agency! Let me ask you this; were Yankee fans happy the morning after they won their 27th World Series last year? Uh yeah…thus proving that money DOES buy happiness! But we feel guilty, as North Americans saying that, we feel dirty saying that. “We’re not about money” you might say, “who’s to say your all about money? Just because it makes you happy?”  Well, ever seen people win the lottery? They seem happy to me!

As my man 2Pac said years ago, remember what 2Pac said years ago?…he’s said “money can’t buy happiness…but I’m happy as when I have the things I want… and I can get those things with money” if the person who said money doesn’t buy happiness really meant it, it’s because there wasn’t much to buy back then! We didn’t have today’s technology, we didn’t have today’s luxuries, we didn’t have today’s free agency…iPods, Bentley’s and C.C. Sabathia were not around!!! When “money doesn’t buy happiness” popped outta somebody’s mouth! Socrates, Aristotle, Shakespeare, they didn’t have the option to buy a Vizio! Okay, we feel guilty in saying that money buys happiness.

I had this conversation a couple of days ago with my hot friend Anne, and I said “you know once you get over the guilt of money, it’s actually a fun ride!” money also buys food for the homeless, a private education, independence…and the entire left hand side of the Yankees infield!! Haha.  There’s a lot of good stuff with money. For example, it bought Alabama a really good college football coach from the NFL, it bought North Carolina college basketball probably the best coach in the game and a national championship last year…it bought the Dallas Cowboys a shinny new stadium to attractive sponsors, fans and free agents… and now if they could just buy the right coach! I remember seeing lots of haters the morning after the Yankee’s won last year. One particular friend I met on the bus, going from Kitchener to Waterloo said something along the lines of “ugh the Yankess bought the World Series” well; I think there’s examples all over sports where the last 20 championships in every single sport we’re essentially bought!

When Baylor football wins a BCS title or Cornell basketball wins a final four, THEN I’ll believe that money doesn’t buy happiness in all of sports! And I was seeing a lot of haters that morning. My good friend Steven said to me “it’s just too much, their payroll ranks higher than 20 countries’ entire GDP” ahh get over it! Colin from Ohio wrote to me and said “See what money buys you? Thank you end of story… baseball is finally over”  By the way in Ohio, Ohio State pays a lot more for their football facilities than Northwestern does… you don’t have a problem with that!

Before fans braid the Yankees, look at college football and basketball programs, the expensive coach, the amazing facilities…you’re all basically buying championships are you not? And it works!! And by the way, the guy who said that money doesn’t buy happiness… that’s when money had like the same value as like woodchips and bacon!  Of course it buy happiness…it just bought the Yankees a World Series, their happy…it work!!! DON’T TELL ME MONEY DOESN’T BUY HAPPINESS…GET OVER IT!!!

I tell my hot friend Anne that all the time….”gotta get over the guilt”. Like would you like to send your kids to a private school? Yeah of courses you would….well, then money buys you happiness! And it buy them an education…everybody wins! The teachers win, your kids win, you win, society wins…private education…everybody wins! You know I was getting bombarded with messages that morning.

Here’s another one, Scott from Cincinnati ”I’ll be listening to music for a few days instead of your rants and the Yankee praising. I’m a sports junkie just like you Andrew, but I watched 20 mins of last night’s baseball game and opted to watch instead more of Monday Night Football. The Yankees are an All-Star joke!” Hey Scott, by the way, this is again from Ohio!  Is their Big Ten football parity? How many times has Northwestern beaten Ohio State in 20 years? You don’t complain when Ohio State gets the top recruiting class in the Big Ten every year? Ohio guy….save it!! Here’s one final message I got later that afternoon…oh by the way, lots of people enjoyed that World Series…it got a 15.5 rating (Harris Interactive Poll 2009)….”Congrats” says Brad from St Louis “on your big market, over spending, East Coast, 27 time World Champions. I’ve heard your Manifesto before Andrew. I don’t care what you say, I’d rather root for the underdogs and those who do it the right way, building from within the system” that’s from my dear friend Brad in St. Louis. By the way, St Louis has a higher payroll than 95% of baseball. The only reason as to why their gonna keep Albert Pujols is because their gonna outspend everybody in baseball to do it!

Here is a guy who has it right! Let me read to you what a mutual friend of my dad’s wrote in to me…this is umm, Pedro from Springfield, Missouri, I love this guy’s attitude!  He goes onto say

“Yankee haters are nothing more or less than a result of society, a society that believes that all is owed to them and all should be fair. The Yankees are the ultimate example of capitalistic success, they represent everything that is right in America…determination, striving for excellence, desire for victory…even domination! The free market system it works! Home grown talent, well managed assets/income…integration of purchased commodities, good old fashion hard work with high expectation, the organization puts winning and excellence above everything else… that is fundamentally American…they wanna win every year and they expect it! Baseball is the last facet of the free market and liberty…the Yankee’s are the pinnacle of sporting success…and the hater’s too jealous to see passed their own bias!!”

Wow….that is more like it! Darn right its good for America…screw the Kansas City Royals, I feel great today!! This rant was presented by…Progressive Insurance #1 in Motorcycle Insurance, just like the Yankees!!! haha….God Bless America!!! God Bless the Yankee’s!!!!!!

So Estuardo in Baltimore wrote something to me that I’ve never really thought about… “Andrew, screw the Yankee haters…today sports is better….look at who are the champions are in big sports…Yankees in baseball, Saints in football, Lakers in the NBA, Blackhawks in hockey, Alabama in college football, Duke in college basketball…after a decade of fluke champions here and fluke champions there….the big sports and their traditional powerhouses rise to the top and I couldn’t feel any better about it…Sports is better for it…makes them more interesting” Thank you very much, Estuardo from Baltimore, you are 100% right! Umm, let me also say this…Let me defend the Lakers and the Yankees and the Alabama football and Duke Basketball and people like Florida football who overpay for their coach…..let me defend the Yankee’s and those who claim that they bought a championship.

How were they able to buy the best free agents? Not with money…but with PASSION! Because without passion, the Yankees don’t have the revenue streams to buy World Series titles…why does the SEC pay their coaches double to triple than every other college football conference? Is the Deep South really richer than USC? Or Austin, Texas? I think not!! They just CARE MORE…they rally; all their money goes to college football….SO PASSION FUELS THEIR COMMERCE!

How can Alabama charge more for a football ticket that UCLA…Pasadena to Tuscaloosa…it shouldn’t be that way. Money is only their because of the passion…okay, the Yankees and the Lakers and the Duke basketball and Alabama football…they charge more for their tickets because of the enormous passion for their products that exists …a higher percentage of their fans buy jerseys, and hats…Yankee fans call radio shows demanding that the general manager, NOT ENCOURAGING BUT DEMANDING, that he sign CC Sabathia, ponying up the dough, knowing that their parking doubles and that the Heineken goes to $11.50 a bottle…but in New York, baseball is #1, in the South its College Football, in the West it’s the NBA and in the Carolina’s its college basketball….but passion ultimately wins all those championships, not money, since it’s the passion that drives the revenue.

People make fun of New England sports fans…calling them “too intense, no perspective, wacko get a life!”…but it’s that intensity that you don’t find out West, which drives the bus….look out West right now: Padres, Giants, Mariners, D-backs, A’s, Raiders, Chargers, Seahawks, Niner’s…pathetic!! And nobody really cares…In the North East it’s the Yankees and the Phillies and the Steelers and the Patriots and the Red Sox’s and the Ravens and the Eagles…And everybody REALLY cares. Not to say they don’t care in Seattle, they care…but they just care about coffee and technology! The only reason why the Yankees charge $18 for a program, $11 for a Heineken and $700 for a single ticket is because their fans CARE MORE! Its Economics 101, its supply and demand.

By the way, I went online this morning…the Mets for a field box seat charge $175, the Yankees charge $375…you’ve got two teams in New York, one charges more than double than the other! So it must be that Yankee fan cares more, demands more than Met fan. Laker fan demands more than Clipper fan, Alabama fan demands more than Auburn fan…and Ohio State fan demands more than Purdue fan…so it’s not money, money is JUST THE RESULT of the passion fuelled all over the US, Nebraska Football, Alabama Football, they’re not as rich as UCLA…Stanford has got more money than anybody else…they just don’t care as much! If they did…they could quadruple the salary of every coach on their staff. So before you bang on the Yankees…look at who right now, as Estuardo in Baltimore so brilliantly pointed out…look at who is winning these championships…Chicago in hockey, New Orleans in NFL, Los Angeles in NBA, and the Yankees in MLB…passion drives the bus, not the money…you only get that money, with unbridled, unrivaled passion!