I could hardly believe my eyes the other day when I read that Wayne Rooney of Manchester United is about to sign a new four and a half year deal worth £300,000 A WEEK.
A bloody WEEK. £300,000! It is absolutely obscene. I know there are other golden booted supposed geniuses of the pitch earning even more abroad but how can such a salary be justified for anyone let alone someone who kicks a ball about a football pitch?
I often hear Tommy rage against banker's unjustified salaries and greedy bosses being paid telephone numbers while their staff claim benefits to subsidise the poverty pay they receive and he is right. The fact bankers are now getting more in bonuses than before they collapsed the economy is a scandal.
However I notice his voice is not so loud when it comes to attacking the salaries of those playing his beloved football. He attacks the excesses but not with the same vigour.
Quite frankly I believe it is a disgrace. It appears £100,000 a week is now small beer in the English Premier League. Surely wages should bear some relation to your overall worth to society?
Brain surgeons, skilled nurses, fire fighters and other emergency service personnel all deserve high wages and good pensions. But do footballers, bankers, politicians? If they were paid according to what they contribute to society I reckon most of them would be claiming working families tax credits to supplement their meagre incomes.
In pursuit of flowing hair locks
Indirectly the aforementioned Mr Rooney also features in another story which caught my eye this week - hair weaves.
On Wayne's wages, money is certainly no object but I note two Celtic players, Anthony Stokes and Leigh Griffiths, have signed up to promote a hair loss clinic which performs weaves for rapidly balding men. To be fair it also does hair extensions so the lassies are catered for as well. Both men are still in their 20s but have hair lines receding faster than any of their shots on goal. Who can blame them for seeking some artificial help when nature has failed them?
I've already defended the plastic surgery industry as long as it is properly regulated so good luck to the guys who can afford to get some hair back on their heids. Personally I reckon the Northern Irish actor, James Nesbitt, has gone too far but if he's happy who are we to quibble.
I just wish it was more affordable. My Tommy has hair everywhere else apart from his head. Brushes are as useful as chocolate teapots to him. Pledge and a duster are more appropriate. He is approaching the big 50 right enough so his hair loss is more natural than for someone in their 20's. According to Tommy grass never grows on a busy road and that's why baldness is almost upon him. The truth is old age never travels alone. Alongside aunty aches and uncle pains is granddad hair loss. He'll just have to accept it gracefully. No Mr Darcy auditions for him.