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A police affidavit filed with the court by Detective John Peracchi says he was contacted by a representative of the Postal Service on May 7 reporting the 'mail theft' of a 1915 Cracker Jack baseball card depicting New York Giants pitcher and Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson."

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A plan like this would bankrupt the Syracuse football budget.

San Francisco Chronicle, via Deadspin:"When you've won two home games in the last two years, a money-back-guarantee might seem a little risky.

The Stanford athletics marketing department has little choice but to take a big chance and hope that the payoff finally comes -- first on the football field and then, maybe, in the stands of its sparkling but half-empty stadium.

The deal works like this: New season ticket and new 'Family Plan' buyers can ask for the 'Gridiron Guarantee,' and if unsatisfied with the 'entertainment value' at season's end, the cost of the season tickets will be refunded."

-- Compiled by Matt Bonesteel

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