Last week, I checked in with SquadLocker CEO Gary Goldberg to talk about our newest undertaking: the SquadLocker GearGuru challenge. Let's take a deeper look into Gary's newest idea, and see what the new program is all about.
I love to read the comments that come in from the visitors and customers that frequent our site. I try to read every one personally. If someone has taken the time to write us something, I feel the least I can do is to read what they have to say. I wish I could respond to every one of them, and I wish I could take every phone call. I love our customers. normally visitors come to us with all kinds of questions, but when they "Request a Quote" their responses are pretty predictable. Typical requests we receive look like:
The controversy isn't new. Simply stated, Native Americans are urging the owner of the Washington Redskins NFL team to change their name as the word Redskin is an offensive and derogarory word to most Native Americans. Daniel Snyder, the current owner of the Washington Redskins penned what some would describe as a heartfelt letter to his fans, explaining that the name Redskin was meant with pride and history, a badge of honor if you will, and the valuable tradition of the team would be in peril if the name Redskin was stripped from their uniforms. So here is my perspective on the situation from a purely editorial view point: Daniel is wrong, he needs to let go and show the power of a gracious and good deed to the whole world.
After my two previous blog posts (the first was about Ndamukong Suh's nasty on the field behavior, the second about the NCAA's refusal to pay college athletes a fair wage), one would think I am full of sour grapes and rotten tomatoes. I am here this week to say, thats just not so.
With Johnny Football's recent suspension for allegedly getting a small payment for signing autographs and last week's admission by NFL player Arian Foster of receiving payments while playing in college, the controversy and hypocrisy of paying student athletes is a very hot topic. At the center of the discussion is the notion that students are scholar athletes and the idea of incentivizing them with money for their dedication or performance will some how violate the long standing tradition that it is simply their duty and privilege to play.
If you haven't seen the recent news about Ndamukong Suh's record $100,000 fine then take a read here. Now lets take a closer look at the NFL's decision to fine Mr. Suh and examine the hypocracy of their actions.
I was and remained excited that the start to the 2013 NFL season has finally arrived. In fact, my two sons and I spent the better part of Sunday soaking in as much live action as we could considering it was a beautiful day here in the northeast. While the player action has not disappointed and the usual dynasty teams are showing their age, all in all the uniforms are coming in as the biggest losers involved in any of the professional competition.
Starting a buiness is never easy. It takes capital, dedicated employees who are willing to trust your vision and most of all, acceptance of risk and the acceptance that sometimes even the best laid plans don't go according to plan. So please allow me to share my vision with you, why I decided to start SquadLocker and hopefully you will see and feel the passion that the SquadLocker team and me feel every day.