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What?! No mention of the low academic and research standards at FSUx?! There are a lot of 'strikes' for the Semi's to overcome simply with their brand. Get ready to have fun with all those frequent flier miles FSU fans!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on FSU A.D. Spetman Talks Openly About Switching Conferences… And The SEC
Exactly! We should follow the ACC's lead and emphasize basketball for the money! We can even do our own basketball network with tier VI rights if everyone gets as good as Mizzou. It takes money to make money,.... right? OMG, we can even get a golf and gymnastics network if we just spent the money.
...or maybe it's all about R-O-I.
3 months, 1 week ago on Why Is The SEC Thriving In Football, Struggling In Basketball? Money
I'll bet the SEC is favored in 8 out of 9 of these bowls. Very anti-climatic - the entire SEC season (and that championship game - wow!) was more exciting than most of the bowl games.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on SEC Bowl Game Lineup
@chadcopeland At leaset you're playing a decent team.
@John at MrSEC @I4Bama If you're an SEC fan, where else can you go for news/ discussion on topics like this? Moreover, despite John's anti-capitalistic conference views (we should all play/ watch for fun, not money), he, not some "good [ole] boy" with a youtube video, was able to get the SEC to respond.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on SEC Explains Spot Of The Ball In Alabama, Ole Miss Game
@BoomBoom83 Wow, you're right. I had to rewatch the video. The ref not only looks back, he's looking back at the marker AS HE SETS THE BALL. I was wondering why this story got so many comments.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conspiracy Theorists Up In Arms Over Bad Spot In Tide, Rebels Game
great article and analysis
7 months, 3 weeks ago on UK's Benton Avoids Suspension; SEC Needs To Be More Consistent
ok, maybe we only need a "face palm" button on this site for Vandy and Alaba.... I mean Arkansas stories.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Hogs' Smith Needs To Stop Talking
Great article, John. (Thank God you aren't writing about Penn State anymore. ;-p)
8 months, 1 week ago on SEC Responds To Questions About Suspension Of UM's Elston
This site could use a "face palm" button.
8 months, 1 week ago on Hog Fan Sings To The Internet; We’re Speechless
A little late, and hopefully you won't crucify me for the link, but there is a very good article on CNN (I just threw up in my mouth a little) related to "web journalism" - problems with journalistic standards are everywhere:
9 months, 1 week ago on After All That, UF's Driskel Has A Sore Shoulder
My memory sucks because I drink too much, but didn't UF keep several injuries that Tebow had (shoulder also, right?) a secret so that teams (LSU?) wouldn't unload on him?
I'm just happy to have something to read until the season starts - then I have to actually live with the outcomes.
9 months, 1 week ago on Driskel Injury At UF Shines Light On Bigger Problem With Fans, Media
VU, the Rodney Dangerfield of the SEC.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Vandy Dance-Off Continues To Show That VU "Gets It" When It Comes To Internet Recruiting
@John at MrSEC Nope, I read - and re-read - your article and based my comments solely on your words (and innuendoes), not Emmert's. I'll limit my response to your caustic and unwarranted personal attacks to below.
Have a wonderful day.
10 months ago on Emmert Talks About Changing Cultures (Just Pay No Attention To The Cash Behind The Curtain)
@John at MrSEC Thanks for the "Boob Drafts" tip, John. First piece of useful words on your site since the PSU story broke.
10 months ago on Can We Stop Saying The NCAA Isn't Penalizing Penn State's Players?
@John at MrSEC
Thanks for responding, John. You're such a charismatic and endearing sweetheart. :)
I genuinely like your site, but I think you may be a little too thin-skinned to write opinion pieces and get so passive-aggressive (or just aggressive) in your comment responses.
John: "I said money drives the culture. Until schools aren't trying to protect multi-million dollar athletic programs, the culture won't change. End of point."
Hmm,.. I think I get your point. Maybe you can educate me... what "Straw Man" schools (and please name names, John) are unethically or irresponsibly trying to "protect" athletic programs? What are they "protecting" them from? Don't twist the knife in your response, John, as I may be just a "Simpleton," as you put it (I prefer to use the pejorative term, "mouth breather") and I may be simply naive about the corrupt Star Chambers that permeate inside of all of the SEC schools. You know, I don't have access to all of the comprehensive "fact based" sources you do and all...
John: "I always get a kick out of Simpletons -- and it's clear you are one -- who try to label a writer they don't like as being in some rival political party. "
Dude, you're coming across as a bully. I'm not a Simpleton (wait, am I?!). I didn't call you names (thanks, really mature, John). And I never said I didn't like you. To the contrary, I genuinely appreciate your counter-mob perspective and I especially appreciate your cynical perspective. Not to pander, but your insights into conference realignments earlier this summer were phenomenal. Still, you don't have to be a Richard. :) And I don't care what political party you are in as long as you don't vote for Obama. :p
John: "This site aims for intelligent readers. Story after story, you prove through your comments -- "Give us more hot coeds stories" -- that you're not in our target demo."
Seriously, you need to get a better sense of humor. As far as I know you have never posted a coed story and I have plenty of other bookmarks I can visit if I really wanted to perv college coeds. It's called levity and humor. Someday you should expand upon your narrow literary and grammer skills and try it. (Sorry, that was out of line, but my backspace key is broken. I apologize profusely and unreservedly). I, like you, am in my 40's. (At least I try to act my age... sometimes.) I am also certain my demographics are exactly what your site's declining CPM rates desire.
Hopefully one day you can learn to take counter perspectives better. Also, hopefully one day, your site will re-find its roots in quality SEC *journalism* again and will leave the PSU oped articles to SI/ MSNBC (is there a MrBig10.com?) and the anti-gun oped articles to the Huffington Post (and the coed articles to NaughtyCoedsAndOrangeAndBlueBallGags.com).
Shane C. Senior, CFA
Managing Director and co-founder
Crosstree Capital Partners
Member SIPC/ FINRA
ps - Like JohnTaylor, I also appreciate that you keep it "real" by responding to comments to your articles. Sorry that you seem to take the comments so personally.
What the author said, "The realists out there know that the MONEY made from collegiate athletics is exactly what DRIVES the type of CULTURE Emmert badmouthed on Monday." (emphasis added) "When ... institutions no longer put [money] first, then Emmert can talk about changing the culture."
The primary points I took away from this blog post are, (1) money drives [corrupt] culture, and (2) the NCAA (or at least Emmert) is a two-faced hypocrite because it gets paid by [the corrupt, greedy] athletic programs, and (3) colleges exploit athletes for money. I strongly disagree with the flawed logic of all of these points.
I posit that, "the realists out there know," that conflicts of interest exist everywhere in the real world - in business, in journalism, in sponsored research, and, yes, even in the pure and pristine world of collegiate athletics. There is no Utopia. Money will always be there. Conflicts will always exist. Which is fine so long as it does not inappropriately influence university decision-making, as it egregiously did in the case of PSU.
I take umbrage with the author not over whether or not it is the NCAA's place to punish PSU (although I think it is), but over the ridiculous and somewhat offensive notion that similar to the culture at PSU, other "big time NCAA institutions" put money ahead of athletes and students. Come on. PSU officials bypassed their own human resources department, kept their trustees in the dark, and violated federal law in order to avoid a damaging story about child abuse. You can't paint every other university with the same brush. John is way out in "left" field on this (pun intended).
The students are not the **target** of the punishment, the institution is. The players (and students and faculty and alumni and fans) are not the target, they are simply collateral damage - wrong place, wrong time, sorry, life happens, find another school if you don't like it. The NCAA seems to have done everything in its power to minimize the impact of the (well deserved) sanctions on the athletes.
I'm going to lobby for the "Coeds of the SEC" articles again - especially over PSU articles. They would be much more fun and drive just as much traffic.
OMG, how ridiculous. More demonizing of people making money.
Most of the adult world (except Obama and Mr. SEC, apparently) is cognizant that the pursuit of money can coexist with integrity, ethics, and virtuous moral standards. There is absolutely nothing whatsoever wrong with institutions maximizing the value of their sports programs. Period.
First, I appreciate the site putting out honest opinions, especially when they are contrarian to the prevailing group think. I won't link to the nbcsports.msnbc.com story titled, "Penn State Should Get the Death Penalty" by Ventre, but the relevant quote and *part* of the counterpoint is below:
"I always felt the NCAA should restrict itself to competition-based offenses. But this Penn State calamity IS a competition-based offense. If the worst is true, then Paterno and other officials at Penn State covered up Sandusky’s crimes because they wanted to protect the sanctity of the football program and make sure it continued unfettered, winning games and raking in cash.... that means a conspiracy existed to keep football program running smoothly and without interference. That is a competition-based offense, regardless of the hideous nature of the acts at the center of it all."
A self-governing body like the NCAA should hold the long-term values of its member institutions far and above the short term setbacks sanctions may have on current staff and students. It was an institutional coverup and the institution absolutely deserves the severe punishment of whatever authority the NCAA has.
10 months ago on The NCAA Is About To Make A Big Mistake With Penn State