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So what were the odds that the Raiders’ biggest employment issue in the offseason would be . . . with their cheerleaders? Even? Off the board prohibitive?
A group of Raiderettes have sued for, among other things, “theft of wages” due to, in their claim, the Raiders’ insistence that they pay for their own makeup and travel expenses, and that they were paid the equivalent of $5 an hour, and only after the season was over.
[RELATED: Raiders facing class action lawsuit from cheerleaders]
Note to Markie D: Pay the women, now, in full. They are, after all, the one group in the organization that didn’t finish 4-12 or its economic equivalent.
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Richard Sherman is going to be a topic every day between now and February 3 for one very compelling reason. He’s too interesting not to talk with and listen to – especially now that he has compared the notion that he is a thug (by any definition, not) and the Calgary-Vancouver line brawl last weekend (which by at least few definitions would be a yes). Richard Sherman, you see, pays attention to the outside world, which is the worst kind of non-thug.
[RELATED: Hammerin' Hank goes to bat for Sherman]
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Your Jim Harbaugh contract update: Nothing. But when that time comes, if it comes soon, he will ask Jed York two important questions:
- “Should I be making the same money as Lovie Smith?"
- “Should I be making the same money as Jason Garrett?”
That’s a tough argument to refute. On the other hand, John Harbaugh and Pete Carroll make $7 million, so that’s probably the ceiling. So we’ll just take a wild stab in the dark and say Harbaugh is going to roll the dice and wait another year for the big payoff.
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The Browns. Greg Schiano. Words fail.
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All those who have wished for the merciful death of the Pro Bowl can smile today. The unremitting horror of the draft show on the NFL Network moved the ball down the field enough that a short field goal could topple it completely.
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Jonny Gomes told Gordon Edes of ESPN that the Red Sox will shave their beards for 2014. Nothing on what will replace them, but there are rumors that they may just alter the plan a bit.
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And finally, when you think you are devoted to your favorite team, consider the obituary of Robley Henson Tatum, a.k.a. Uncle Scum, whose one unrealized goal was severe enough to get mention in the death notice. Hint: the key words were “Georgia Tech” and “Paul Johnson.”