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TOYS AND GAMES: About that Rider…

University of Georgia’s athletic director Greg McGarity apologized to the athletic association’s board of directors for not scrutinizing a contract with Ludacris more thoroughly.

The Grammy winning entertainer was paid $65,000 for a 13-minute show at the school’s spring football game attended by over 90,000 fans. While that price tag represented a lot of Dawg food, the shit hit the fan once the hospitality rider for his contract became public. The randomness of the 41-item list of required necessities for Ludacris to perform proved comical. Included were an iron and an ironing board, a bar of Dove soap, a small Secret deodorant, five wash cloths (Wamsutta/Bed Bath & Beyond) along with five drying towels (also Wamsutta), and a gardenia-scented Jo Malone candle. The bad turn came with the box of Trojan Magnum Condoms and the assortment of alcohol–bottles of Belvedere Vodka, Conjure Cognag, and Patron Silver–all staples of college life, just not the kind of items any college administration wants to condone.

I hate reading the fine print, too.

Back in the 1980s after leaving the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse at Al Lang Field, several kids asked for my autograph thinking I was a player. Flash forward to my weekend in Detroit when I encountered a man with his wife in the hotel elevator. He must have seen the MLB.com logo on my suitcase because he asked if I was an umpire. Time has taken its toll.

From the Rays strength trainer Kevin Barr, quoting his father: “A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.”

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