And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that His justice cannot sleep for ever.
- Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781

In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for the divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard and they were graciously answered.…Have we now forgotten this powerful Friend? Do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance? I have lived a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proof I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men.…We have been assured, sir, that 'except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it,' and without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

To whom it obviously doesn’t concern

With the 2015 NFL free agency set to officially start in a few hours, I must say that I am sick and tired of these professional athletes continuing to talk about that elusive Super Bowl ring.

Before I delve further into my frustration about the ring talk, I truly understand why professional athletes chase the money.  They have families to take care of and their own wants and needs, etc.  Trust me; there is no loyalty between any employer (team) and employee (player) in today’s work environment.  Employees are just a number to their employer, so you got to get yours while you can because as the clichĂ© goes, money talks.

Now back to my frustration about the ring talk.  I hear too many players talk about chasing that Super Bowl ring and I need to go where I have a chance to win.  Hey, I know you’re lying because your lips are moving professional athlete, look around your locker room!  I’d say there’s a pretty good chance you are closer to being where you can win than you think!

If you’re going to talk about chasing that ring and you are with a team that is on the door step, remember, actions speak louder than words.  Restructure the contract, take a reasonable pay cut, do something that backs up what you are saying.

I’m no expert on professional athletes, I’ve never played any sport as a professional, I don’t know what situation professional athletes are in and I’m not trying to draw the ire of social media.  I just want the professional athletes to stop the ring talk when it is obvious they are chasing the money.  You get paid MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO PLAY A GAME!  Think about that, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO PLAY A GAME!

Yours truly,

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