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My entire childhood is passing before my eyes.

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The owner of Newcastle United in England’s Premier League is going to make his players buy their uniforms next season. It’s just the latest cost-cutting measure by billionaire Mike Ashley, who assumed a debt of about $135 million when he purchased the club.

Beyond that, though, “Mike wants to make a point,” a source told the Telegraph of London. “He’s fed up at seeing guys [making] 80K a week doing nothing and laying on the treatment table every week. Yes, he’s trying to [trim the budget], but he also wants to take some players down a peg or two. He has a real bee in his bonnet about this.”

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And finally …

Wonder if the NFL owners will try something like that should they have an uncapped year in 2010.

Imagine Peyton Manning surfing the Web, looking for a good price on his own jersey.

Picture Clinton Portis walking into a Redskins Store and being denied an employee discount.

(And raising such a fuss that one of his alter egos, Sheriff Gonna Getcha, had to be summoned to escort him to the exit.)