It’s hard to feel sorry for either side in the showdown between the NFL’s wealthy owners and well-paid players.
New York Jets starting left guard Matt Slauson has earned more than $800,000 in the first two seasons of his $1.8 million, four-year contract.
But with a possible lockout looming, Slauson appears to be crying poor.
After altering his plans for an elaborate wedding, he, his wife and their baby have moved in with his parents.
“I didn’t feel comfortable having this grand wedding, which could have been great,” Slauson told the New York Times. “I’m constantly working with my budgets.
“I know that this week could be my last week in the NFL, and then I won’t have any more checks coming in.”
Slauson said his main goal is to be able to buy a house, and moving in with his parents will help him save for it.
You’ve got to feel for the poor guy.
■ CRYING GAME — New York Knicks stars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire had a conversation that poked fun at Heat forward Chris Bosh on Sunday after Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said some of his players were crying in the locker room following his team’s loss to the Chicago Bulls.
Stoudemire: “I heard Chris Bosh was crying tears.”
Stoudemire: “Yeah, tears.”
Anthony: “Wait till I call him, man. I’ll be like: ‘What are you doing?’ ”
Silly question, but why do they sound so surprised that he would be crying tears? What comes out when they cry, hundred-dollar bills?
When Charles Oakley was asked Monday on Twitter if he’d ever cried over a loss, the former NBA enforcer was offended.
“What? HELL NO. Why? Do better,” he tweeted. “This aint little league.”
■ MONEY FOR NOTHING — Bob Kasmir, a part-time professor at George Washington, was honored at halftime of the Colonials’ home win over Dayton on Saturday for his financial contributions to the university.
But his largesse mattered little to one of the referees, who ejected Kasmir from his courtside seat early in the second half after he protested a foul call.
“Basically, I told the ref he was the worst ref I’d ever seen and he wasn’t worth the $1,600 dollars they were paying him, and that was it,” Kasmir told the school paper. “And then he ejected me from the game.
“I think the official should never be allowed to officiate another game in the Atlantic 10, in college basketball, in the United States.”
Kasmir would never have been ejected on Tim Donaghy’s watch. The former NBA ref had a soft spot for people who made generous financial contributions — especially to him.
■ SALAD DAYS — Despite competing with a cast on his right hand in Northwestern’s first spring practice, running back Mike Trumpy impressed Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald, who said he “looked like salad.”
“He looked fresh,” Fitzgerald said. “The old linebackers who played for me will laugh. If you bring a guy back who’s hurt, we’d call him salad.”
Too bad Fitzgerald never coached former NFL player Reggie Cobb.
COMPILED BY TODD DEWEY
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