Tuesday, April 22, 2014

And Now It's The Jills Turn To File Suit

((HT: WGRZ-TV))

We first saw this with the Oakland Raiders and their cheerleaders...

They filed suit claiming that the team failed to pay them in accordance to minimum wage laws and forced them to act in a demeaned manner at times while representing the team. Citing their long hours and averaging out their activities against the hours worked, it was nowhere close in Oak Town and they went to court...

Now, a handful of former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders are following in that activity in state Supreme Court...

And the one thing the HQ knows is not to mess with any woman from western New York State...

Scott and Mary Alice have the details...
Here's the suit as it was filed...
Obviously, the Bills didn't have any kind of "real" comment citing the impending litigation. But it will be interesting to see how the court views the relationship between independent contractors and a monopoly...

Pujols Joins 500HR Club

((HT: MLB.com))

Here's 499 for starters this evening against the Washington Nationals...


He would then hit 500 later in the game and become the first player to hit both HR's 499 and 500 in the same game...

More stats:

Pujols has the fourth highest career batting average in the 500 HR club behind Ted Williams, Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx
He is the 4th player to hit 500 HR within first 14 seasons of career joining McGwire, A-Rod, and Willie Mays
Pujols, at the age of 34, is the 3rd youngest to reach 500 home runs, trailing Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx- both were 32
Pujols also hit his 400th at Nats Park off Jordan Zimmerman

Here's One For You, Seattle... Think 2017...

((HT: Fox6now.com/Milwaukee Business Journal-Kirchen))

The clock is ticking on Milwaukee and the Bucks- whether they know it or not...

According to Fox 6 in Milwaukee, if Senator Herb Kohl and the two hedge fund guys buying the franchise from Kohl can't pony up another $200-million for a new arena, the NBA can buy the team back from whoever the owner is in 2017 for $575-million.

And the HQ is sure the team won't be on the market for long...

Just ask Chris Hansen and the folks in Seattle how interested they'd be in snapping them up if it all falls apart...

Wes Edens and Marc Lasry are supposedly picking up the franchise for $550 million, but the Bradley Center is thought of as "too small" since it was opened in 1988. NBA commissioner Adam Silver confirmed in September 2013 that the league had given Kohl the 2017 deadline...

From Kirchen:

Kohl pledged $100 million and the prospective owners another $100 million toward arena construction. A new arena would cost an estimated $400 million to $500 to build.

Leading arena supporter Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, said after the sale announcement he believes public funding will be necessary for a new arena. MMAC also is working to attract additional contributions from private individuals and foundations to minimize public funding.


Brewers owner Mark Attanasio has even said he would contribute to the process...

Here's the first time of (probably) many the question will be addressed for the next few years...
((HT: WTMJ-TV))

OSG High: Baseball Team Starts 2 Softballers In Rivalry Game

((HT: WALB-TV))

During football season, Dougherty and Monroe High Schools don't like each other...

It's, pretty much, a universal thing through the athletics seasons...

And the Trojans baseball coach needed some help for the game against the Tornadoes the other day...
So, he went to the softball team for help...

The HQ can think of using one female player, but head coach Ty Hayes started two- Senior RaKeta Shelton started at third base, while junior Takiya Davis made her second start at second.

Here's the highlights
WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Sounds like Hayes will be having them around for a while...
And that's a cool thing...

Tillman Plus Ten: Where Are We...???

The answer, sadly, is nowhere and everywhere...

Do we have more answers...??? Sure...

Do we have all the answers...??? No...

And we may never get them...

Mike Fish has done some more quality work talking about where we are in all of this. He tracked down Bryan O'Neal, who survived the friendly fire assault, and Steven Elliott. Elliott was one of the Rangers who fired upon Tillman and the two other Rangers in the mountains. He thinks he may have been the soldier who fired the shots that killed him.
((HT: ESPN))


And Mary Tillman's words still ring true today...
((HT: MSNBC))


As do Pat's brother, Kevin, during the hearings on Capitol Hill
((HT: C-SPAN))


Full disclosure...

The HQ has given to, and will continue to, the Pat Tillman Foundation...

And what happened then, and what has continue to happen to this day- not just in the Tillman case, but other incidents- should give cause to all of us as to what we pay attention to and how we do it.

Always question... always ask... and always wonder...

Cris Collinsworth has maintained that Tillman should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The HQ would go with that as long as others like Bob Kalsu are given the same honor in a wing for contributors.

OSG High: Cop Gets More Than 2 For Tripping

((HT: MyFoxAustin))

Take you to the Texas soccer action...

As is the case in, pretty much every sporting event known to mankind, there is always the announcement of not getting on the field after a game is over...

You get court-stormings and all that on a regular basis... and the students at Vandegrift beat Wiley High School, they decided that they wanted to celebrate.

Georgetown (TX) police office George Bermudez is at the bottom of the screen tripping kids to keep them from storming...
((HT: Rohan Gupta))


Here's the story from the television point-of-view


Bermudez is on administrative leave pending an investigation...

Stanley Cup Playoffs: What Is This About Taking People Out Below The Waist...???

((HT: NHL on NBC/Some Hockey Videos/TSN))

One was sad and the other was sad...

If you get where the HQ is going...

First is the one that drew people's ire...

Colorado and Minnesota series... and it was all around Matt Cooke again...


Tyson Barrie left the game against the Wild after a knee-on-knee hit from Matt Cooke and will miss four to six weeks with a medial collateral ligament injury. Cooke received a two-minute minor for kneeing, but has been offered an in-person hearing by the NHL department of player safety.

The HQ knows where that is going and a lot of people are calling for Cooke's head...

The other was just flat out disappointing...

Stars and Ducks...

Stephane Robidas was part of the fabric of the Stars for a long time. But he was traded to the Ducks at the deadline. This series has, admittedly, been tough on him facing his old mates. The first game back in Dallas had an injury that was eerily similar to the one that got him on the shelf the last time back in November...


Ryan Garbutt's going for the puck was not intentionally causing the re-break, but it still is disappointing...
Trevor Daley feels for his old teammate...
((HT: Will Martin))