Tragedy struck this morning as I awoke to the same news on all television networks and newspapers about “heroes” that are in need of our support.
These 30 squads of 15 heroes each, 450 in total, are in danger of being without food and shelter for the next 9 months of their “tour”.
Let me tell you about these heroes and how you can help.
With a weekly salary of $92,199.00 per week (which is more than double the $46,300 average YEARLY salary of the regular people) or $4.79 million per year, how will they survive without their daily per diem of $106.00 (which is probably the amount they tip the Valet when they drop off their Bentleys or Range Rovers).
What are they fighting for? Under the old agreement, the players were making 57% of basketball-related income. The owners want to give the players 50%, while the players say they need 53% to “survive” as they risk permanent injury every day.
You have to be kidding?
Time to go to NOBU for dinner after making a 3 point shot at the end of the game for the players, and a nod and a smile to a sniper with a XM2010 sniper rifle that just killed an insurgent with a RPG from 3,937 feet away (almost 42 times the length of basketball court).
Per diem for the players, and a bottle of hot sauce with the MRE’s for the soldiers.
Tight hamstring for the players and miss two weeks. Survive a IED blast and back on patrol for the soldiers.
Chartered luxury jets with steak for dinner for the players, cargo transports and MRE’s for the soldiers?
Luxury suites while on the road for the players, a fox hole and a M4 rifle for warmth for the soldiers.
With between $4 – $5 BILLION in yearly income, the players and owners are having problems dividing up an extremely large pie.
Where does the money go:
- Kobe Bryant – LA Lakers – $25 Million
- Rashard Lewis – Orlando Magic – $20.5 Million
- Kevin Garnett – Boston Celtics – $19 Million
- Tim Duncan – San Antonia Spurs – $18.7 Million
- Michael Redd – Milwaukee – $18.3 Million
- Pau Gasol – LA Lakers – $17.8 Million
- Andrei Kirilenko – Utah – $17.8 Million
- Yao Ming – Houston – $17.7 Million
- Gilbert Arenas – Washington – $17.7 Million
- Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas – $17.3 Million
- Vince Carter – Orlando – $17.3 Million
- Zach Randolph – Memphis – $17.3 Million
- Carmelo Anthony – Denver – $17.1 Million
- Amare Stoudemire – New York – $16.8 Million
- Dwight Howard – Orlando Magic – $16.5 Million
(above are from the 2010-2011 season)
That $5,000,000,000.00 that they do not know how to share could buy:
50 F18E Super Hornets at a cost of: $3,000,000,000.00
100 MRAP’s at a cost of $100,000,000.00 (MRAP, whose V-shaped hull puts the crew more than 3 feet off the ground and deflects explosions. It was designed to withstand the underbelly bombs that cripple the lower-riding Humvees. The IEDs, (the makeshift bombs) are the No. 1 killer of U.S. forces.
5,000 Armored Humvees $1,000,000,000.00
100,000 MRE’s of baked ravioli or Salisbury steak $725,000.00
100,000 new body armor vests $150,000,000.00
Where are the problems dividing $5 Billion pie? Well, the owners say they lose money. That they don’t make a profit. Well I say open your books as all professional sports teams should.
I would like to see how many of the owners’ children are on the payroll, their aunt Millie and uncle Jeb and don’t forget Ellie May as the cheerleader consultant and granny as the team nutritionist.
Even Bernie Madoff can make numbers work. There is an old saying, “figures don’t lie, but liars can figure”.
Both sides need to get real.
As I said at the outset, “real heroes” need your support. The money you would be spending going to or betting on NBA games, well donate it to the USO. That’s where you will be able to support the real heroes!