It’s the 1973 Oakland A’s — owners of belt and title — in miniature! It’s for sale in exchange for redeemable U.S. currency!
The “Mustache Gang” A’s (they were paid bonuses to grow facial hair!) were indeed a compelling lot, in that they won many games and championships, very often hated each other in the process and had an owner — Charlie O. Finley — who was clinically banana-town.
That’s manager Dick Williams on the far left, and I do believe there’s Bert Campaneris and Sal Bando and Gene Tenace and Reggie Jackson and Catfish Hunter, among others.
Why, again, aren’t these made for every World Series winner, both since time immemorial and until the mountains crumble into the sea (i.e., Dec. 21)? Have they not earned such a tribute?
Also: I would like to buy this thing.
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In general, it didn’t seem particularly egregious or disrespectful. Still, Pittsburgh linebacker LaMarr Woodley was prompted to send this warning tweet: (By the way, how soft have we gotten as a society? You think Mean Joe Greene would’ve sent “warning tweets” if Twitter existed 40 years ago? This is a rhetorical question.)
Bad idea rayjust ask lendale white and tj whosyourmama twitter.com/LaMarrWoodley/…
— LaMarr Woodley (@LaMarrWoodley) November 20, 2012
Quick refresher: Then-Titans running back LenDale White did this late in the 2008 season, and three years before that, former Bengals wideout T.J. Houshmandzadeh thought this was a good idea. In ’08, Tennessee started 10-0, finished 13-3, and eventually lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Ravens. In ’05, Cincinnati won the AFC North and hosted the Steelers in the wild card. Not only did they lose the game, they lost quarterback Carson Palmer to a serious knee injury. Perhaps to avoid any bad Myron Cope mojo, Rice explained to the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson that his motives weren’t nefarious. “I apologize to those who saw it as disrespectful,” Rice said. “For me, I thought it was a pretty cool gesture, exchanging my gloves with a fan and walking out with it. Obviously, getting a victory there was cool, and I leave it in the past. Their fans are great, the organization is great, and the rivalry is always going to continue to be great. “To have something in your basement to know what the rivalry is all about is pretty cool,” he continued. “I’ve been exchanging jerseys with guys. My basement is geting pretty colorful down there with other teams’ stuff. [Having the towel was] not maliciously; just more out of respect.” Seems reasonable us.
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The Weekend Picks Panel has assembled and, after bloody debate, we can present a podcast below with yourbest guesseslocks of the week. Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) and Jerry Hinnen (@JerryHinnen) join me again to discuss all of the Top 25 action from the oddsmakers’ angle, giving you at least one good reason and pick for each game.This Thanksgiving edition of the picks panel kicks off with another edition of “Five for Fighting,” as Tom and Jerry pick up where they left off in the season-ending competition. Jerry won Week 12, cutting Tom’s lead in the series to 6-4. This week’s battle slate kicks off with one of the most interesting games of the weekend: Stanford at UCLA. The Bruins have a Pac-12 title game bid sealed, but a win over the Cardinal could set up a Pac-12 title game against Oregon in Eugene. A win for Stanford would clinch the Pac-12 North and set up a rematch of the very same game for the conference title. Tune in to hear what Jerry thinks Jim Mora’s play calling will look like, considering the stakes at hand for both teams. We move on to debate some of the most enticing in-state rivalry games, and Nebraska’s potential division-clinching battle with Iowa. The Lightning Round delivers your usual quick-hits picks explanation, courtesy of my distinguished guests.In a hurry? Check the contents below for specific topics. 0:00 — Five for Fightingintro 2:25 — No. 11 Stanford at No. 15 UCLA (+1 1/2) 6:40 — No. 13 South Carolina at No. 12 Clemson (-4 1/2) 11:00 — No. 22 Oklahoma State at No. 14 Oklahoma (-8 1/2) 14:55 — No. 25 Mississippi State at Ole Miss (-1 1/2) 20:15 — No. 17 Nebraska at Iowa (+14 1/2)Lightning Round 24:50 — Auburn at No. 2 Alabama (-31 1/2) 26:20 — No. 1 Notre Dame at USC (+3 1/2) 28:10 — Georgia Tech at No. 3 Georgia (-13 1/2) 29:30 — No. 20 Michigan at No. 4 Ohio State (-4 1/2) 31:30 — No. 5 Oregon at No. 16 Oregon State (+10 1/2) 33:00 — No. 6 Florida at No. 10 Florida State (-5 1/2) 34:55 — Missouri at No. 9 Texas A&M (-21 1/2) 37:00 — Connecticut at No. 19 Louisville (-13 1/2) 38:10 — No. 21 Rutgers at Pittsburgh (-2 1/2) 39:30 — Idaho at No. 25 Utah State (-39 1/2) Got questions you want answered on a future podcast? Let me know on Twitter (@cnpatterson3) or send them to email@example.com. Feedback — both love and hate — is encouraged as well. You can listen to the podcast in the player below, or click here to use the pop-out player and keep browsing. If you want to take the CBSSports.com College Football Podcast on the go, you can click here to download the MP3 or get this and all episodes for FREE from the iTunes Store.
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Apparently, the Cowboys didn’t see what Aldrick Robinson did to the Eagles last week. It looked a lot like this.
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This was one of the few times Robert Griffin III didn’t hurt the Cowboys in the first half: he was flagged for intentional grounding. For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to the Pick-6 Podcast on iTunes. You can follow Ryan Wilson on Twitter here: @ryanwilson_07.