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If the NFL (and its fan base) were "more concerned with character and image than... results," then the gridiron would be filled with the young Mormon boys in white shirt and thin black ties who go door to door proselytizing the tenets of Joseph Smith and co..
There's no particular insight to claiming that a young man needs to grow up. That's what being young is: immature and therefore, not grown up. But what is there about going out with acquaintances and friends to drink beer and meet girls that is evidence of a "privileged attitude?" That's a story I suspect almost all of us can begin to tell in the first person, "Last night, I went out drinking..." And that's not privileged, that pedestrian.
Manziel is just a kid who had a summertime hangover. You can "cast stones" if you've never had one.
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(Thanks for the response.)
OK, sure. Who wouldn't like to see ALL students be more prepared to enter the working adult world unsaddled by mountains of student loan debt and with enough financial discipline and savvy to avoid what burdens millions of working adult throughout the U.S.?
But the comparison with single mothers misses the mark.The failure of many student athletes (particularly at schools with large and profitable sports franchises) to benefit from the opportunity to receive a university education is still regrettable. And that failure is due, in large part, to the system as it is now constituted. That the athletes are not worse off than single mothers, or orphaned children, or starving Ethiopians doesn't mean that they are NOT still being taken advantage of by the coaches, the athletic programs, the NCAA and all its constituent member schools and universities.
2 years, 5 months ago on Is this the most regretful sports tweet of 2012?
No one disputes that any student athlete would be best served, academically, by devoting as much time to their studies as they commit to their team, their sport, and their coach (upon whose good will and grace, their athletic scholarship is ENTIRELY dependent.)
But so what:
There are only so many hours in the day, and big-time college sports programs now demand of their participants such a massive commitment of time and activity that the expectation that these same student-athletes can somehow equally apply themselves to their books is naive. When many of these (often academically-struggling) young men commit themselves to these big-time programs, the conditions of their scholarship are not unreasonably comparable to an unfair lop-sided indenture. The scholarships are mostly 1 year offerings contingent singularly upon on-field success: mediocrity, injury or just bad-luck could easily boot an athlete off the field, and thus, out of class and off the campus. It hardly takes an Einstein to guess where these athletes are going to reasonably commit most of their energies.
Poignant PS. Aside from the obvious fact that the overwhelming majority of all student-athletes (including the big-time programs) NEVER get to the professional level (and thus NEVER get compensated,) 60-80% of all NFL players will become divorced, unemployed, or bankrupt.
There is a bitter truth to the young man's words.
For scores of student-athletes enrolled in universities with big-time sports franchises, classes are an under-utilized opportunity with little guidance offered from staff and teachers.
For the schools and coaches that employ/hire/indenture these kids (while reaping ALL of the reward resulting from the labors in the field,) the classes offered are pointless, a canard to the idea of an amateur student-athlete
An excellent essay from the Atlantic Monthly (which serves as a richly-deserved excoriation of the NCAA:)
Just curious- why does Jim Tracy put a bee in your bonnet?
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