Tuesday, July 12, 2011

blissfully ignorant

Two things you should know

A) I don't really follow sports.  I have a very, very rough idea of what important things are happening.  I do know that Jeter just had his 3000th hit.  AND I know why it's important in baseball, as well as the sporting world. 

B)  I also have no clue what's happening in the world.  I know that, as a educated American who has access to the internet and DVR, there is absolutely no reason I should not be informed.  But I honestly don't want to know sometimes.  I don't want to have to be angry about what's going on.  I know shitty things are happening all over the world.  I know that sometimes we are the cause of the shitty things.  Sometimes we are just reacting.  Sometimes we react because if we didn't someone else would be mad.  However, I don't want to know all these things.

With that being said, I can't believe that the guy who caught Jeter's ball and then gave it back, might be taxed on all the stuff the Yankees gave him.  I understand the concept of why, but not that they couldn't just consider it all "gifts" and not "income."  And in case you are like me and you don't follow sports or news, Derek Jeter hit his 3000th career.  This is a major feat in sports.  Only 28 other people (I think) have ever done it, ever.  And he is he first Yankee to do it, ever. And it was a home run.  The guy who caught it gave it back to either the Yankees or to Jetter himself, I don't know which.  So in return, the Yanks gave him a box and tickets to the rest of the games, including post season.  They also gave him a bunch of signed memorabilia.  There has been some talk about how he might be taxed for it all.  I understand that taxes are there to help out the government and all, but come one.  In the grand scheme of things, is this guys money really gonna make a difference. 

This guy did something amazingly awesome, in my humble opinion (hey that coulda been a good name for my blog).  He could have kept it and auctioned it off  for $250,000.  It's not like he couldn't have used the money.   I read online somewhere that he has like $100,000 in student loans.  And when they quoted him, he said that if he got taxed he understood, that he realizes the IRS are just doing their job. 

So basically I'm just annoyed that this is an issue.  Hopefully, the IRS won't consider everything as income.  But if they do tax him, I hope the Yanks will pick it up. 

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