Stocking Up On Stock … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs

Who is Jamar Newsome, Will Shields is a Hall of Famer and Joe Horn has a lawyer. All are part of today’s epistle, but first we go north and start with the defending Super Bowl champions.

If there were any doubts about how big the Green Bay Packers are they were settled on Tuesday.

The Pack are so beloved by the Cheese Heads and Wisconsin expatriates that they are willing to give the team money and get nothing but a piece of paper in return.

It’s the closest thing to stealing and it’s all legal and above board. In fact, fans of the Packers are thrilled to death that they can send money to the team and in return get a piece of paper.

For the first time in 14 years, shares in the Packers were available for purchase by anybody with $250 and another $25 for a handling fee. The sale started at 8 a.m.

The first share was purchased by a man from Texas. No word on whether his name was Hunt.

By 8:11 a.m., there were another 1,599 shares sold. That’s $400,000, with $40,000 more in handling fees. That works out to $40,000 a minute.

The pace slowed a bit as fans could not get through clogged phone lines and to a site on the internet, but shares continued to fly out the door.

The Packers are the only team in the NFL that is not owned by an individual or a collection of folks. Technically, it’s owned by the citizens of Green Bay and there are many original shareholders still involved with the franchise. Overall there are 112,000 shareholders that own 4.7 million shares. Do the math and that makes the Packers, at $250 a share, worth $1.175 billion.

They are selling shares because for one, they can, and two they want to use the proceeds to help with a $143 million expansion of Lambeau Field, that will include a new scoreboard and an additional 6,700 seats.

OK, so what do you get for the $275? Voting rights? No. A suite or private owner’s box? No. Tickets? No. A say in how the organization is run? No. A chance to meet and greet with head coach Mike McCarthy and his players? Again, no.

By buying into the Packers, you would receive a very nice certificate that shows you owned a share of stock. That’s it.

It’s all rather amazing to watch. It also got me to thinking … and starting Wednesday morning with the daily Cup O’Chiefs we will make shares in are available for purchase. Yes, there’s the opportunity to be one of those Internet millionaires by getting in on the ground floor.

There’s a slight difference in price, at 25 cents a share. But there is a $25 handling fee. In return, you’ll receive a fancy piece of paper that’s suitable for framing and all the e-mail access you need to chatter about Todd Haley, Kyle Orton, Tyler Palko and all things red and gold.


The Chiefs made a roster move on their practice squad last weekend that was lost in the excitement (?) of the game with the Bears.

They added WR Jamar Newsome. He’s 6-0½, 200-pound and played at the University of Central Florida where in 36 games he caught 65 passes for 986 yards and 7 TDs over his career. The Florida native was a high school track star in the long jump and triple jump.

He was not drafted back in April and signed with Jacksonville. Here is his travel schedule since the summer:

  • – July 27 – signed as college free agent with Jacksonville.
  • – August – played in all four pre-season games for the Jags, catching six passes for 118 yards. He also returned 2 kicks for 55 yards.
  • – September 1 – makes final 53-man roster for Jaguars.
  • – September 11-18 – is active for Jacksonville’s first two games, but did not register any offensive stats.– September 20 – released from active roster.
  • – September 21 – signed by Jaguars to practice squad.
  • – October 18 – released by Jacksonville.
  • – November 2 – signed to Steelers practice squad.
  • – November 30 – released from Pittsburgh practice squad.

To make room for Newsome, the Chiefs released WR Zeke Markshausen.


Tuesday night Will Shields was part of the 2011 induction class to the College Football Hall of Fame. Shields was honored during the National Football Foundation’s 54th Annual Awards Dinner, a black-tie affair at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

The former Chiefs All-Pro guard won All-America and Outland Trophy honors during his four year (1989-92) stint with the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

“I want to thank the Football Foundation for voting me in and for letting me be the only offensive lineman to be here,” Shields said on Tuesday. “It’s interesting to see the many pathways that brought us into the Hall of Fame. Our families and friends are so vital for us being here, and I was fortunate to have played against so many of these fellow inductees.”

Shields became the 15th player from Nebraska inducted into College Football’s Hall of Fame.

“Being an offensive lineman, it’s unbelievable to be a part of this group,” Shields said. “I was so fortunate to be recruited by Nebraska, become a part of its tradition and play under the leadership of Tom Osborne and (offensive line assistants) Milt Tenopir and (the late) Dan Young. “They gave me the chance to blossom as a young man. The University of Nebraska is a great place for a kid to go grow and prosper and mature.”

Tuesday night Shields was surrounded by his family, including wife Senia, sons Shavon and Solomon, guardian son Willie Cauley, father Will Shields Jr. and stepmom Shirley Shields. His daughter Sanayika could not attend because of her commitments on the women’s basketball team at Drury University.

Among the other 2011 inductees were Deion Sanders, Eddie George, Russell Maryland, Darryl Talley and others.

As to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, voting will wrap up next week for the Board of Selectors to cut the list of possible enshrines from 26 to 15. Those 15 along with two seniors candidates will be discussed on the Saturday before the Super Bowl when voting for the class of 2012 will take place. Shields, along with former Chiefs teammates Willie Roaf, are both part of the group of 26 and should be part of the final 15.


Former Chiefs draft choice and wide receiver Joe Horn is one of a dozen ex-NFL players who have filed the newest lawsuit against the league and its teams based on long-term medical issues.

In their suit, the players say the league and teams did not warn them about repeated doses of the painkiller Toradol and the effect the drug can have on short and long-term health. The suit says the players who all played in the late 1990s and early 2000s have long term medical conditions like anxiety, depression, short-term memory loss, severe headaches, sleeping problems and dizziness.

Horn told the New York Times that he now has bouts of dizziness and blackouts from a career that ended after 12 seasons playing with the Chiefs, Saints and Falcons.

“We took it like clockwork,” Horn said. “They don’t meet with you to tell you what will happen five years later. Had I know that there were going to be complications, I wouldn’t have taken the shots.”

That last comment about how he would not have taken the shots is where I part with Horn. The Joe Horn that was trying to make a name for himself with the Chiefs, and who then went on to Pro Bowl appearances with the Saints would have taken the shot even with that type of information. It was far more important for Horn to play, and he would not have hesitated if that shot stood between him and being on the field.

The NFL may be culpable in many of the things it’s done medically over the years in the name of football. But there are plenty of players who need to look in the mirror to find where their problems started.

2 Responses to “Stocking Up On Stock … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • December 7, 2011  - Chuck says:

    For those folks that just don’t know what to do with their hard earned money I guess you could buy a share or two of the Packers. But for us folks that value our money I say WHAT A WASTE OF $250.

  • December 7, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I don’t disagree with your premise Bob and feel sure there are plenty of players who would have still taken the meds if it allowed them to play. But the point of the legal action has to be more nuanced than that deduction. I’m guessing the contention is the medical staff and team knew more about the complications the drug presented or the players don’t have much of a case. I also think that if they had more information regarding side effects that wasn’t shared with players then there’s good reason for the lawsuit. If the players had been informed of this information at least they could have weighed the risks versus the rewards and made their decision from a better informed perspective. Regarding the HOF, both Roaf and Shields are deserving and should be included.

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