Is it better to give than to receive?
From a commercial standpoint, the retail industry could care less as long as people spend money.
From a sports perspective, it depends on the points of view.
Sandusky received $500,000 in a four-year contribution for a new artificial turf project because Cedar Point gave it to them.
While the park isn't the only contributor to the project -- Blue Streak alum Orlando Pace opened his pocketbook for $100,000 -- it gets naming rights in exchange.
It was a project that came together quickly as Sandusky secured the money it needed -- and then some -- in a little more than two weeks. That's contingent on the NFL approving a $200,000 payout, but SHS was always confident it would get that money.
In all, the estimated pricetag was $700,000-plus, including new field goal posts, to replace a field that is home to two football teams.
In turn, Sandusky can give itself and St. Mary CC a state-of-the-art surface that withstands the rigors of fall weather. Football games, practices, band practices, soccer games, youth games... the list goes on for the possibilities what synthetic surfaces can endure without extensive maintenance.
TheConnecticut women's basketball team goes for history tonight against Perkins graduate Cierra Bravard and Florida State.
What can Bravard and the Seminoles expect to receive?
UConn's average margin of victory in its 88-game win streak -- tied with the UCLA men from 1971-74 -- is 32.4 points per game.
After a convincing win against Ohio State on Sunday, Huskies coach Geno Auriemma opened up more than usual during a postgame press conference.
''Because we're breaking a men's record, we've got a lot of people paying attention,'' Auriemma said. ''If we were breaking a women's record, everybody would go, 'Aren't those girls nice, let's give them two paragraphs in USA Today, you know, give them one line on the bottom of ESPN and then let's send them back where they belong, in the kitchen.''
And he wasn't done.
''All the women are happy as hell and they can't wait to come in here and ask questions. All the guys that loved women's basketball are all excited, and all the miserable (people) that follow men's basketball and don't want us to break the record are all here because they are (ticked),'' he said.
Is he right? Sure. First, the WNBA isn't selling out arenas, and second, UConn is keeping women's basketball at the front of the SportsCenter telecast.
In all likelihood, UConn will rewrite history against Bravard and FSU, but the Perkins grad gets a rare story to share that will likely stand in history for a long time.
But the streak won't end tonight. No one needs a crystal ball to see that.
Final rants, want-ad style:
Wanted: Head coach for jinxed NFL franchise based on Lake Erie that keeps fans on edge of seats. Successful candidate will have 3-5 years experience, demonstrate ability to win consistently against winning and losing teams, avoid embarrassing losses, staph infections, looks good in orange and brown.
Send resume, list of references, and salary requirements to: Cleveland Browns, 1 Lou Groza Blvd., Berea, Ohio.
Wanted: Quarterback with gusto to fly under radar on week-to-week basis and hand ball off to All-Pro running back, throw to skilled receivers. Seeking a person to make a decision and stick with it.
Attention seekers, individuals on fence and interception-happy throwers need not apply.
Finally, wishing everyone a safe and Merry Christmas this weekend.