If you have $20 million burning a hole in your pocket, you have a unique opportunity to buy a 4 percent share in the New York Mets.
With this ownership stake comes some spectacular perks, including these outlined by the New York Times:
- Access to Mr. Met, the team mascot, although the degree of access is not entirely spelled out. It definitely means you, as a part-owner, can schmooze with Mr. Met at Citi Field. It’s less clear whether you could get him to come to your child’s birthday party without a fee.
- A formal business card, complete with the prominent designation: “Owner.”
- And if you are a wealthy doctor, commodities trader or real estate mogul who wants to try to swat the ball over the newly pulled-in outfield fences at Citi Field on a Mets day off, you are entitled to attend what appears to be an exclusive kind of fantasy camp: “Owners’ workout day.”
The stake also comes with a parking pass and a variety of other benefits, including luncheons with team broadcasters and ex-Mets. But the stakes do not include the right to vote on major personnel moves of upbraid players face-to-face after painful losses.
CRUMMY GAME OF THE NIGHT
Marshall beat Florida International in the appropriately lackluster Beef ‘O Brady Bowl. The team was as tedious as the TV commercials for that food chain.
“It got ugly at times, but you know what, it was two good defenses,” Marshall coach Doc Holliday told reporters. “FIU has an excellent defense. I think our guys are pretty good, too, so it just came down to who could make a play at the end. If you block a punt, you've got a great chance of winning. That's what we did.”
FROM THE TWEETDECK
Stewart Mandel: “I can handle a low scoring 1 vs 2 game. But a bowl game played on Dec 20, unacceptable.”
Jeff Schultz: “Marshall-FIU in Beef O'Brady's Bowl. How much do I need a college football fix? Not that much. Click.”
Jeff Passan: “Nothing says history and tradition quite like the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.”
Derek Wilson: “BREAKING: ESPN to petition for Tim Tebow to be added to Mt. Rushmore.”
Mark Whicker: “Kim Jong Il's death probably means North Korea will be more interested in joining the Big East, industry sources said Tuesday.”
Darren Rovell: “Text from a friend: ‘The Astros call every day asking if I want season tickets. I'm tempted to get a restraining order.’”
Jim Rome: “Ohio St.'s Gene Smith's continued employment is a modern miracle. Ignorance, incompetence and arrogance are all grounds for dismissal here.”
FROM THE BLOG-O-SPEAR
Clay Travis, via Outkick the Coverage, offers this take on the NCAA’s takedown of Ohio State:
Today the NCAA announced that former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel would receive a five year show cause. Remember all those people who tried to argue with me that Tressel's acts weren't worse than Bruce Pearl? Well, they were wrong. Ohio State tried to protect Tressel, but then they eventually threw him to the NCAA wolves. Back in March Ohio State said a two-game coaching penalty represented the "sweet spot" for Tressel's actions.
Now he's gone for five years.
In conjunction with the three-year show cause received by Bruce Pearl it seems clear that the NCAA is now waging war on coaches. Gone are the days when a coach could skip from program to program leaving behind ruin in his wake. Nowadays the NCAA's message is clear, if you were there and violations occurred, it's going to be really damn hard to argue that you don't bear the penalty as well.