Mario Williams Makes Wise Business Decision – Nothing Personal

Mario Williams signed a 6 year contract with the Buffalo Bills today that could be worth as much as $100 million and includes $50 million guaranteed.

The Houston Texans, as much as they hate to lose him, absolutely could not make numbers like that work without sacrificing key players.

Williams has been a great player for the Texans and the community is losing an absolutely great person.

He has been generous, humble and hard-working throughout his time in Houston and people need to understand that he had no choice but to go to Buffalo.

Hearing “fans” criticize him about being all about money is absolutely absurd and quite frankly, disappointing.

Williams would have given the Texans a small discount to stay, but at the end of the day the guy has to make choices that impact the rest of his life.

One caller said “What’s the difference between $40 and $50 million?”

The answer is quite simply, $10 million dollars.

When it’s all said and done and Mario’s career is over, it is likely that he will make approximately $125-$150 million dollars.  $10 million is about 7% of his earnings for his career.  That’s a lot!

Would you give up 7% of your lifetime earnings to stay with your current employer?

Just to put that in perspective, it would be like asking a guy that works for 35 years making $50,000 a year to give up $122,000.  It just doesn’t make sense.

And yes, there is a difference because of the millions of dollars that he earns, but the guy also has a much shorter career than the average person.  He has to not only make as much as he can to provide for his family for the rest of his life, but he also has to make sure that he leaves as much as he can to his family after he’s gone.

Mario made the right choice and Houston fans need to understand that it wasn’t personal and wish him the best in the future.

Mario is a good guy making a smart business decision.

Business aside, let’s get back to the field. 

The Texans had to make a choice this off-season whether or not to keep Mario or Arian Foster. 

Foster is the cornerstone of their offense.  Without him, they’re mediocre at best.

Williams on the other hand was replaced quite nicely last season after he suffered a torn pectoral muscle.  Rookie J.J. Watt came in and the defense never missed a beat.

So Williams, as great as he is, was expendable.   Does he make the defense better?  Probably.  But is he worth $10-15 million of cap space when his backup is not far behind him in production?  No.

The Texans will be fine without him.  Getting him off of their books frees up money to re-sign key players and go after some quality free agents.

Mario will also be fine.  He’ll be in a pass-happy division and be able to utilize his pass-rushing skills against the likes of Tom Brady and Mark Sanchez.

Bottom line…the Texans made a good business decision and so did Mario.


Rush Limbaugh: The Posterboy for Misongynistic A-holes

Have you ever played the game telephone and seen how badly a phrase or story gets twisted as it gets interpreted by different individuals?  Well that’s nothing compared to how extremist Republican talk show host Rush Limbaugh has twisted events surrounding Sandra Fluke.

Fluke is a Georgetown law student who was lobbying to have her birth control medication covered by the insurance of  the university. 

She wasn’t protesting or causing a distraction to anyone, simply exercising her right to respectful free expression.  But for some reason Limbaugh was offended by her actions and used his radio show as a platform to attempt to destroy her character in front of a national audience.

In his opinion, covering the cost of her birth control is a “welfare entitlement.” 

His interpretation of her request was that she “goes before a Congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex.”

Really?  She said she must be paid to have sex?  The guy is an absolute moron that twists every event in such an extreme way to get his thoughtless followers fired up and enraged.

He went on to call Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute.” 

“She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.”

Can someone please explain to Mr. Limbaugh how women’s birth control works and that it is the same cost regardless of how much sex they have?  And while you’re at it, please explain to him that birth control is not simply used for contraception but can be prescribed for other health issues, like irregular menstrual periods, menstrual cramps, acne, PMS, endometriosis, and for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

It would be my hope that his listeners would see how badly he twists the truth on an everyday basis but the IQ level of his audience probably isn’t high enough to put 2 and 2 together.

It is great that his sponsors are all leaving him. 

Rush Limbaugh is a misogynistic a-hole and I hope that his ivory tower comes crashing town on him.

War in Iran is “not a game!”

(Credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

After four years of bashing the President about government spending as he tries to bail the nation out from the mess that Republican President George W. Bush got us into, Republican candidates are now bashing him for not jumping into a war with Iran.

President Obama continues to maintain peace the best he can through diplomacy and strict sanctions, but GOP candidates apparently believe that America should drop bombs first and ask questions last.  Did any of these candidates witness the Bush administration’s years in the White House?

In an address to a pro-Israel group meeting in Washington, Mitt Romney declared that, “as president, I will be ready to engage in diplomacy, but I will be just as ready to engage our military might.”

Is he implying that the President isn’t willing to engage in military action when necessary?  Did he forget who got Osama Bin Laden after a Republican President chased him for eight years?

This attitude that America is the super power that should flex its “military might” anytime anyone in the world does anything against our policies is the attitude that makes America the most hated nation in the world.

President Obama has flexed enough power already with the implementation of some of the strictest sanctions ever and at this point there is no reason to jump into a war that will further cripple our economy.

It is also funny that all of the GOP candidates are blaming the Obama Administration for gas prices to try to win votes of people who aren’t smart enough to understand that the accusations are ridiculous yet every one of them is ready to start bombing Iran immediately, which would send gas prices easily into the $5.00 range.

Only Ron Paul, who I normally disagree with, is intelligent enough to understand that Iran is not an immediate threat and that diplomacy, not the immediate use or threat of force is needed.

If diplomacy fails, then let’s put the military into action.  But at this point it would not be wise to go in with guns blazing.  The President’s response was exactly right when he said that “war in Iran is not a game.”

President Obama went on to say “When I see the casualness with which some of these folks talk about war, I’m reminded of the costs involved in war; I’m reminded of the decision that I have to make, in terms of sending our young men and women into battle, and the impacts that has on their lives, the impact it has on our national security, the impact it has on our economy.”

Let’s not forget that even though we’re in an election year and it’s easy to get caught up in a campaign and winning, we still have a nation to run and we must continue to do what is in the best interest of our nation and put the politics aside.

I think it’s important for everyone in America to understand that the two-party system is supposed to be there for checks and balances, not to create two Americas. 

Let’s start working together instead of fighting each other based solely on party affiliations.  God Bless the USA

America…Think on your own! Make your own Decisions!

I’ve never been a really political guy and really never attach myself to any political party permanently.  I try to go into each election looking at the candidates’ views, demeanor and personality before making a choice. 

If a candidate dances around questions or issues, chooses to bash the other candidates before highlighting himself, or has a clear agenda that is above the good of the community or nation, I choose not to support them.

I try to look for a candidate that seems genuine, talks about what he will do rather than sling mud, and has an overall presidential presence. 

Politics has just gotten way too out of hand lately for me.  Politicians are so focused on the next election, regardless of when it is, that they don’t care about actually working to help the country.

If politicians would simply work together and be open-minded enough to compromise every now and then, America could once again be the greatest nation in the world. 

Right now we’re sliding into a hole as a country and the farther we fall, the harder it will be to eventually get out.  Politicians are wasting time and money that is needed to repair our nation on negative advertising and political non-sense. 

So much time is wasted on Capital Hill fighting and bickering rather than talking and compromising.  It is hard for me to believe that educated adults could be so close-minded that they would let party affiliations and egos stand in the way of national progress.

I will give President Obama a lot of credit for opening doors for bipartisan opportunities but it seems like in the past few years republicans have been more worried about setting up the next election than working with the President and democrats to repair our economy and nation.

Let’s put an end to the nonsense and move our nation forward.  The problem is that too many Americans form their opinions based on what they hear on television and talk radio.  Stop listening to extremist like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and start listening to the candidates to make your own decisions. 

Not that these guys are wrong about everything, but they are paid to be extreme and paint a negative picture about everything anyone in the democratic party does.  They are not paid to report the unbiased facts.

Too many Americans are too lazy to do their own research and make their own decisions so they rely on someone with an extremist view of politics to spoon feed them opinions and political knowledge.   America…think on your own!  Make your own decisions!