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My name is Johnny - Appleseed John . It's a big wide wonderful world we're in. Sweet fresh green and golden apples Grow wherever I've been. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Along with the seeds of the apple tree, plant the seeds of love and charity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I make another friend with every seed I sow. And someday there'll be apple fare for everyone in the world to share.

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  • 03:54 PM ET  01.29
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The phrase "pay to play" is used idiomatically to reference a form of bribery.  The term "pay for play" has recently come into use to mean that athletes should be paid for their performance-especially if admittance fees or other compensation to someone else is involved.  Yet there are situations in which athletes have other duties which require them to have "amateur" status-that is not receiving compensation for their athletic performance.  This issue is most sharply in focus in collegiate athletics.  Those arguing for "pay for play" point to the substantial (some say…
  • 03:17 PM ET  09.01
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It seems that there has been a rash of athletes and teams in many sports and at different levels of play who have been accused of violating the rules of competition.  It is particularly newsworthy when the accusation includes a head coach or field manager.  Many players and coaches have been penalized recently in various ways for their alleged infractions.  And it is suspected by many that we are seeing just the tip of an iceberg.  One of the common defenses for an athlete or team caught with their hand in the cookie jar is, "Well, everyone else does it.  We would lose…
  • 04:39 PM ET  03.27
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HOW THE SAINTS GOT OFF EASY  The NFL has shown once again that it is as toothless in enforcing its own rules as other sports organizations (such as the NCAA) are.  Some may maintain that the penalties the NFL gave the New Orleans Saints for having a "bounty" system was punishment enough.  I maintain that it failed in its two major objectives:  to correct injustices which have been done and to ensure that the same kind of injustices do not occur in the future.  Let us examine the situation.  In the week of March 19, 2012, the National Football League announced the…

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