Ken Lanci, 
Jouster of 
Field Goals –Cagle

Lanci filed suit seeking to end the lockout that could very well wipe out the entire 2011 regular season and the playoffs. He contends that the lockout violates the terms of his PSL contract and his ability to enjoy a full slate of home games.

“What tipped the scale for me is the labor issue between millionaires and billionaires, and the fact that they can’t settle it when the country is in a recession,” Lanci told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

It would be quite fitting if the PSL leads to the undoing of the owners and players. The license is a shameless cash grab concocted by the owners to force football fans to pay an extra fee that gives them the right to buy a season ticket for a specific stadium seat. For a side dish of galling, consider that many stadiums around the league were financed using taxpayer dollars; and owners show their appreciation by sticking it fans, twice. Oof!

MERITS MENTIONING: Don Burdge has been a Boy Scouts of America merit badge counselor for the Graphic Arts and Pulp and Paper merit badges during the past eight years. Unfortunately, he’s been the equivalent of the lonely Maytag repair man, having only one scout inquire about getting a badge (and that youngster failed to show up).

As a father of an Eagle Scout and someone who attained the same level himself, Burdge wanted to drum up interest among scouts in the printing and paper industries, and at the same time help correct some misconceptions. And, he knew that scouts always flocked to Merit Badge Days. So Burdge teamed up with Mark Barbour, curator of the International Printing Museum in Carson, CA, to create a Merit Badge Day at the printing museum on May 7. Flock they did; the program “sold out,” with another 100 youths put on a waiting list.