sports fans, the holidays are always celebrated amidst the numerous
college football bowl games. While it can be argued that there are
too many games, and in essence, teams that qualify, the sheer number
of contests extends this sports holiday more than a week into the New
The NFL's insistence on cutting down on head injuries and concussions is indicative of the violent nature all football players subject themselves to. Baseball also has an advantage when it comes to guaranteed contracts, and because of that the sport has done a good job luring more two-sport athletes to put football, and not baseball, behind them.
Lee, Bradley and
Starling as mentioned above chose professional baseball careers despite having attractive commitments to play quarterback for perennial college football powerhouses LSU, Oklahoma and Nebraska respectively.
The Cubs were
able to persuade Notre Dame receiving star Jeff Samardzija to focus on baseball full-time,
while the Yankees did the same with Michigan quarterback Drew Henson before he returned to