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I will write a longer article on this topic in the coming weeks but here’s a little preview. As NFL teams build these expensive, extravagant new stadiums, it is causing them to go into debt. To help bring them out of debt, teams are issuing Personal Seat Licenses to would-be season ticket holders. Basically, it is a license you need to pay to just have ACCESS to that seat — the actual season ticket price then goes on top. As you might imagine, the better the seat, the more expensive the License, and that has some people very upset.

My New York Jets this week sent around an e-mail detailing what could be their PSL’s for the new Giants Stadium — remember they’re sharing it with the Giants. The following is an article you must read about the topic:

The Jets PSL’s as written up in the NY Post.

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Any Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band fan will love these recent shows in Europe. Longer, more songs, more premieres — they’ve just gotten more fun and party-like. Take this setlist last night from Milan:

1 Summertime Blues
2. Out in the Streets
3. Radio Nowhere
4. Prove it all Night
5. Promised Land
6. Spirit in The Night
7. None But The Brave
8. Candy’s Room
9. Darkness on the Edge of Town
10. Hungry Heart
11. Darlington Country
12. Because the Night
13. She’s the One
14. Livin’ in the Future
15. Mary’s Place
16. I’m on Fire
17. Racing in the Streets
18. The Risng
19. Last to Die
20. Long Walk Home
21. Badlands

Encores:
22. Girls in Their Summer Clothes
23. Detroit Medley
24. Born To Run
25. Rosalita
26. Bobby Jean
27. Dancing in the Dark
28. American Land
29. Twist and Shout (Tour Premiere, 113th song played on Magic Tour)

Follow all the setlists on the #1 Fan site on the web, Backstreets, with the #1 Fan Forum, BTX.

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Joba Gaining Form

Joba Chamberlin is finally looking like a starter and actually has a win to his record as one. Last night against Pittsburgh he pitched into the 6th inning, gave up 6 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, and struck out 7 as the Yankees won 10-0. He got offensive help as well, with Derek Jeter (now uping his average to .286) going 3-3.

The Yanks, now 42-36 are 7-3 over their last 10 games, are 5.5 games back of first place Boston and only 4 back in the loss column. These two teams face each other before the All-Star game for 4 games that could decide who leads the division at the All-Star break.

If the pitching can hold up, somehow, the Yankees could be in very good shape. The offensive is heating up, at just the right time.

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The PGA Tour moves to Grand Blanc, Michigan this week for the Buick Open, the first tournament to fit the newest hot-term in golf: “Events Tiger would-have played”. Much has been talked about, and written about, how these events would survive in Tiger’s absence. Well guess what, they will, and they win strongly.

This is the 50th birthday for this event, and Jim Fuyrk, who has won here before and has had a solid but not stellar year so far, will be looking to regain some of his glory in the run-up to the British in a month.

Golf will live, and so will we.

TV Coverage: Today and Friday, Live, on the Golf Channel from 3-6pm ET, and Saturday and Sunday, Live, on CBS, from 3-6pm ET — all in HD.

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Stewart Cink won today’s Travelers Championship outside of Hartford. That is his first PGA Tour win this season and his first since 2004. Also with the win, he should go to 6th in the world rankings this week.

This was the first event in the PGA Tour’s temporary new era in golf — the Tiger-less era.

This week brings us the Buick Open, the first event that would have had Tiger, but now doesn’t. We’ll see how ratings go this time next week.

Golf will live on, you’ll keep hearing Tiger’s name in many capacities. Golf will hurt however. But in a way this is an opportunity for someone to step up. Someone could, and golf sure hopes so, be a clear cut opponent for Tiger when 2009 comes around.

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Tiger Out for Year

I’ve been bombarded in the last number of hours asking for comment on Tiger Woods’ announcement that he will undergo reconstructive ACL surgery and miss the rest of 2008.

I am sad, yet I am thankful. Thankful to be able to now appreciate that since the Bridgestone Championship last August Tiger has been playing with a torn ACL in his left knee. Since then, worldwide, he’s gone: 1st-1st-2nd-1st-1st-1st-1st-1st-1st-5th-2nd-1st. Pretty good. Thankful that he won the U.S. Open just two days ago, on a really, really bum knee. Thankful to be able to SEE that performance — one of golf, and now we know, one of sport’s greatest performances while hurt.

Tiger, stubborn Tiger, will now be forced to rest, to heal, and to work on his swing correctly again. If, and of course this is a big if, he can recover to 100%, as Hank Haney said, the tour better watch out. We probably won’t see Tiger until the Buick or the Mercedes next January, but he’ll be revin’ to go, and plenty ready to go.

I highly recommend this article by Bob Harig — his interview with swing coach Hank Haney.

Tiger wanted this U.S. Open so bad he defied the doctors — and it may come back to haunt him — but that’s Tiger. He wanted the “W” that bad.

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Now that the shock and awe of Tiger Woods actually winning the U.S. Open has died down, much is now being made over when we may next see Tiger and what is the long-term prognosis of the knee is.

I highly reccomend these 3 articles:

The Associated Press

Jaime Diaz with Golf Digest

Tim Rosaforte from The Golf Channel/Golf Digest/NBC Sports

I’m going to take the best-case-scenario on this issue and say that lets presume that Tiger just hurt his recovery but did not reaggravate the injury. In that case I would expect Tiger to miss the Buick and the AT&T, play the British (he would have 4 weeks off), then play just the PGA (skipping Firestone), play in Boston and the Tour Championship in the FedEx Cup, play the Ryder Cup, and then shut it down until the Target in December. That sounds like a very logical progression of a schedule to play.

The worst case scenario obviously is that Tiger reinjured himself and that it could be a while before we see Mr. Woods play again. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. We could learn a lot more by the end of this week.

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