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  1. If your company earns 100,000,000 off of your personal performance, then you'd be quick to sue if they said they wouldn't afford you a pay raise and would bring in scabs if you didn't agree to be underpaid. These players are suing with the guidance of lawyers and accountants that are determining their value to compensation ratio to be unfair and lawsuit worthy. Us common folks just get all emotional for a few simple reasons: 1) If Peyton made 30m last season but he really deserved to make 35m, then we view that as "most ungrateful and arrogant". But if you or me personally was shorted 5m on a paycheck, we'd have the law firm on retainer in a matter of hours. 2) We don't want to see the season cancelled. It would suck to see the 13-3 NFC leading record Falcons not get another shot to prove themselves. 3) On average, we don't even make enough money to cover our spendings. Most of us have debt and live modestly. These players conspicuously consume wealth at an ostentatiousness rate that would make a philanthropist vomit. The least they can do is take a pay cut and not cry about it.
  2. Ha! I wonder if anyone has recorded how many 700 pounders we got in our waters. There's got to be at least one in every small southern town.
  3. Regulation of the food industry would be a start. I honestly don't think that telling people what is good for them will do much of anything. Surveys of fat people show that the vast majority wish to be skinny. This means that they simply cannot resist eating too much crap, and moving too little. Maybe if we could regulate the absurd amounts of salt, sugar, and fat that our food contains, then we'd see improvements in health. I applaud you for informing the youth of the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle and gluttonous consumption. It will be an uphill battle though. Children who watch TV are exposed to hundreds of advertisements, daily, that portray their role models endorsing unhealthy and suicidal actions. If our kids don't get enough fat, sugar, and salt at lunch, they are turn quarters into calories at the easily accessible vending machines or even the concession stands at recess.
  4. Most teams have sellout games at the current ticket prices. That should tell you that the prices are correct, if not ready for more increases. There's absolutely no possible way that a company (ie Atlanta Falcons) will lower their prices as demand increases (# of fans able to buy tix but can't since sold out) and supply remains fixed (# of available seats in the Dome). Simple economics. The price of tickets will never go down so long as the demand is increasing and supply is fixed.
  5. The problem will only get worse. We're creating a culture of thinking that obesity and addiction is a "disease". There's nothing genetic about being fat or craving nicotine. But if we tell ourselves that we are helpless, a victim of our genes and environment, then we don't have to own up to our weak sense of willpower and self control.
  6. I agree with you. Maybe a season off would be a good thing for a lot of us. An obsession with the NFL is a vice that we tend to lose perspective on. We spend a lot of money just to be associated with a game that very few of us even enjoy playing.
  7. I'm not a season ticket holder, so I might be misinformed, but you make it sound like if the season is cancelled then you would lose your money.
  8. We lose over 1,000,000 citizens a year to fatness. That's more per year than we lost in ALL of WWII.
  9. How about that fact that 2/3 American adults are overweight, with 1/3 being obese. That's a HUGE PROBLEM. We Americans are committing slow suicide. If not with fatty foods, then with smoking. There's absolutely no self-control in our nation. Our fatness, cancers, and debt are all linked to a total lack of self-control, and a culture that embraces such gluttony and greed.
  10. I voted for the outdoor stadium. That's the way football was meant to be played. Our fanbase generally sucks because a ton of people are transplants from colder areas that either can't handle the September heat or have been castrated and can't handle the December "cold".
  11. The daily, and sometimes hourly distraction that is professional football has clouded our minds. We seem to have forgotten that we all have exactly 1 vote as a fan. That vote is to spend your time/money watching football or to spend your time NOT watching football. The prices they charge fans, the money players and owners make, the discomfort of the seats, ect... All of those grievances can be solved with the vote that each fan has. If everyone (not possible) would just stop buying things that they complain about then things would have to change in favor of the fan. Supply and demand works.
  12. Wal-Mart Shifts Strategy to Promote Healthy Foods By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG Published: January 20, 2011 RECOMMEND TWITTER COMMENTS (28) SIGN IN TO E-MAIL PRINT SINGLE PAGE REPRINTS SHARE WASHINGTON — Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, will announce a five-year plan on Thursday to make thousands of its packaged foods lower in unhealthy salts, fats and sugars, and to drop prices on fruits and vegetables. Enlarge This Image Ryan Collerd for The New York Times Dave Blaus, 41, in Deptford, N.J., stocking freezers at Wal-Mart, the nation’s biggest grocer. Add to Portfolio ConAgra Foods Inc Wal-Mart Stores Inc Go to your Portfolio » Enlarge This Image Alex Wong/Getty Images Michelle Obama, the first lady, has joined the company’s effort to get consumers to eat healthier foods. Readers' Comments Share your thoughts. Post a Comment » Read All Comments (28) » The initiative came out of discussions the company has been having with Michelle Obama, the first lady, who will attend the announcement in Washington and has made healthy eating and reducing childhood obesity the centerpiece of her agenda. Aides say it is the first time Mrs. Obama has thrown her support behind the work of a single company. The plan, similar to efforts by other companies and to public health initiatives by New York City, sets specific targets for lowering sodium, trans fats and added sugars in a broad array of foods — including rice, soups, canned beans, salad dressings and snacks like potato chips — packaged under the company’s house brand, Great Value. In interviews previewing the announcement, Wal-Mart and White House officials said the company was also pledging to press its major food suppliers, like Kraft, to follow its example. Wal-Mart does not disclose how much of its sales come from its house brand. But Kraft says about 16 percent of its global sales are through Wal-Mart. In addition, Wal-Mart will work to eliminate any extra cost to customers for healthy foods made with whole grains, said Leslie Dach, Wal-Mart’s executive vice president for corporate affairs. By lowering prices on fresh fruits and vegetables, Wal-Mart says it will cut into its own profits but hopes to make up for it in sales volume. “This is not about asking the farmers to accept less for their crops,” he said. The changes will be introduced slowly, over a period of five years, to give the company time to overcome technical hurdles and to give consumers time to adjust to foods’ new taste, Mr. Dach said. “It doesn’t do you any good to have healthy food if people don’t eat it.” Wal-Mart is hardly the first company to take such steps; ConAgra Foods, for example, has promised to reduce sodium content in its foods by 20 percent by 2015. But because Wal-Mart sells more groceries than any other company in the country, and because it is such a large purchaser of foods produced by national suppliers, nutrition experts say the changes could have a big impact on the affordability of healthy food and the health of American families and children. Some say the company has almost as much power as federal regulators to shape the marketplace. “A number of companies have said they are going to make voluntary reductions in sodium over the next several years, and numerous companies have said they are going to try to get trans fat out of their food,” said Michael Jacobson, executive director of Center for Science in the Public Interest. “But Wal-Mart is in a position almost like the Food and Drug Administration. I think it really pushes the food industry in the right direction.” But Wal-Mart is pushing only so far. The company’s proposed sugar reductions are “much less aggressive” than they could be, Mr. Jacobson said, noting that Wal-Mart is not proposing to tackle the problem of added sugars in soft drinks, which experts regard as a major contributor to childhood obesity. And he said it would be “nice if Wal-Mart’s timeline were speedier” than five years. Wal-Mart has been planning the initiative for more than a year; the effort was in its early stages when Ms. Obama joined it. The first lady’s appearance with Mr. Dach and other Wal-Mart executives when they make the announcement at a community center in Washington’s Anacostia neighborhood on Thursday morning is out of the ordinary and a prominent effort by the administration to spur further moves toward healthier food. “We’re not just aligning ourselves with one company; we’re aligning ourselves with people who are stepping up as leaders to take this country to a healthier place,” said Sam Kass, the White House chef who doubles as Mrs. Obama’s top adviser on matters of nutrition. “There’s no qualms about that,” Mr. Kass said. “The only question that we have is do we think this is a significant step in that direction, and do we think there is a method in place to track progress, and do we think this will have the impact we are pushing for.” Over the last year, Mr. Kass and other aides to the first lady have spent countless hours in meetings with company officials; both Mr. Kass and Mr. Dach said Mrs. Obama pushed the company to hold itself accountable by issuing public progress reports. The Partnership for a Healthier America, a nonprofit organization that works with the first lady on her Let’s Move initiative to reduce childhood obesity, will monitor the company’s progress. The changes will not happen overnight. Wal-Mart is pledging to reduce sodium by 25 percent, eliminate industrially added trans fats and reduce added sugars by 10 percent by 2015. Its other plans are less specific. In addition to proposing to lower prices on healthy foods, Wal-Mart is planning to develop criteria, and ultimately a seal, that will go on truly healthier foods, as measured by their sodium, fat and sugar content. Enlarge This Image Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News A Wal-Mart parking lot in Secaucus, N.J. Add to Portfolio ConAgra Foods Inc Wal-Mart Stores Inc Go to your Portfolio » Readers' Comments Share your thoughts. Post a Comment » Read All Comments (28) » The company says it will also address the problem of “food deserts” — a dearth of grocery stores selling fresh produce in rural and underserved urban areas like Anacostia — by building more stores. And it will increase charitable contributions for nutrition programs. A range of studies has shown that low-income people, especially those who receive food stamps, face special dietary challenges because eating healthy costs more and healthier food is harder to get in their neighborhoods. James D. Weill, president of Food Research and Action Center, an organization that has been pressing Wal-Mart to help tackle this problem, said the company seemed to have recognized “how much hunger and food insecurity there is in the country.” Mr. Dach said the lower prices and food reformulations were motivated by the demands of Wal-Mart’s own customers. He said the company believed that, if it was successful, the price reductions would save Americans who shop at Wal-Mart approximately $1 billion a year on fresh fruits and vegetables alone. “Our customers have always told us, ’We don’t understand why whole wheat macaroni and cheese costs more than regular macaroni and cheese,’ ” Mr. Dach said, adding, “We’ve always said that we don’t think the Wal-Mart shopper should have to choose between a product that is healthier for them and what they can afford.” Mr. Jacobson, of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said that reducing sodium was the trickiest of the food reformulation challenges. Sodium is in every food category, and it is more difficult to replace than the partly hydrogenated oil that composes trans fats, or than sugars, because there are easy substitutes for oils and sugars. But sodium, which contributes to hypertension and raises the risk of heart disease, must simply be reduced, which can greatly alter taste. Mr. Dach said the company had yet to conquer its reformulation challenges, and described the goals as both aspirational and realistic. “We think it’s a realistic target, but it’s aspirational in the sense that we can’t tell you today how it’s all going to get done,” he said.
  13. RB's are a dime a dozen. If we can get enough compensation to allow for the return of Dahl AND Clabo, then Turner can be showed the door. Look at the teams in the games this coming weekend. Bears, Packers, Steelers, and Jets. Which one of those teams has an elite RB? Greene, nope. Taylor, nope. Starks, lol, nope. Mendenhall, borderline. I think our run game would be fine with Snelling, Norwood, and a FA or draftee AS long as we retain the right side of the line.
  14. Teams in the current state of the NFL don't seem to linger on the cusp, of championship and superbowl status, for too long. We've been there for 3 years. We're either gonna make a run or sputter out and have another overhaul similar to what has happened to the once viable Vikings and Cowboys. With that said, I hope we get some big name talent. Zach Miller, Steve Breaston, and our OL guys back that would be a stellar offseason IMO.
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