Tuesday, February 21, 2006
The Handwriting Is on the Wall
Our posting of Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk cashing in on the autograph circuit created quite a stir. In the interest of fairness, there are others up to such nefarious acts. Let's start with Texas' Vince Young, left, who last month appeared at the Tristar show in his hometown of Houston. For only $79, fans were able to get Young's signature on one item (no discount for two or more). For $99, they were able to get their picture taken with Young. "It's not really about the pay," said Young, who indicated the money would go "toward different things I've got set up for the community and foundations." Excuse us Vince, but our B.S. meter just went off and we have to reset it. Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, center, spends considerable time on his penmanship. In fact, this Friday you can join the coach and several members of the 2002 national championship team at the Columbus Destroyers game against the dreaded Arizona Rattlers. The group will be available for a 75-minute autograph session before kickoff. Of course, all of this is linked on Tressel's homepage. Penn State fans can mark their calendars for March 31. Michael Robinson will be in Scranton to cash in. A real bargain will be the autographed ticket and No. 12 jersey for only $75. If you want to step it up a notch, you can get an NFL leather game ball, signed by Robinson, for $90. Now we are well aware many items find their way to eBay and none of this violates NCAA rules, but all of this is disturbing to say the least. And how much of this income actually gets reported to the IRS? Sorry, but this stinks (some registration).
Posted by dawizofodds at 2:26 AM