Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thursday morning thinker....

Just a little something to get your brain going this morning. Enjoy!
(This is copied from


When he won the FedEx Cup on Sunday, Tiger did more than just pad his bank account with another eight figures. He won the largest-ever single championship payout of anybody in sports. The winners of the Super Bowl get around $70,000 apiece, while the winners of the World Series get about $350,000, not including whatever incentives they might have in their contracts.

Tiger passed those guys on the first hole. So in the interest of starting a conversation that'll make you throw up if you take it too seriously, let's think about what Tiger could spend that $10 million on. (Real-world caveats: the money comes in the form of an annuity, not a big fat check, and yes, there are multiple charitable contributions, educational efforts and so forth that deserve this money more than anything below, okay?)

With a fat $10 million in hand, Tiger Woods could now purchase:

Ten minutes of a private concert by the Eagles, or an entire set by the Rolling Stones with $3 million to spare.

• About forty games' worth of baseball from the entire Florida Marlins.

• Six-plus years' worth of service from Mike Vick.

One minute, forty seconds of Super Bowl commercial time.

• Seven and a half minutes worth of giant robots smashing stuff in Transformers 2.

• About 40,000 sets of weekend-duffer-level clubs.

• Two million small buckets of driving-range balls. Doing nothing but driving for eight hours a day, it'd take you more than 228 years to get through all those.

All right, your turn. Bust out the calculator and see what you can come up with. Best answer gets a ten-percent share of Mr. Woods' winnings. (Pending Tiger's approval, of course.) Now get to it!

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