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@AllTideUp @xmego9 I did not intend to sound self righteous in my comments and am sorry I got on your nerves. No, the current state of major college sports and how it will evolve in the future have no effect on my life other than the degree of enthusiasm I feel in supporting them. Perhaps I am being Pollyannaish in my desire to see Saturday afternoons reserved for amateur contests between college rivals playing for nothing more than school pride but that's just the way I feel.
Nowhere in my comments did I say or imply that major college athletics are the "bane of our society". I love, and do not disdain, college sports. Otherwise I would not read this blog every day. I do in fact like the Ivy League model. It's better, in my opinion, to have glorified high school games rather than sub-standard professional games.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on The End Is Nigh (For College Sports As We Knew Them); What The NLRB’s Ruling Means For The SEC
If the end is nigh for college sports as we know them then I say "good riddance". All the one-and doners, transfers, sham classes, and special perks reveal that the term "student-athlete" is just a marketing catch phrase. The two major college sports are nothing but big multi-million dollar businesses, pure and simple, and the players are employees in fact. What happens next will probably play out very closely to the scenario you have outlined but I hope not. I would like to just throw out the baby with the bath water and start over. No more scholarships, if you want to play and are a student in good standing then walk on and try out. Then maybe universities could get back to their true mission.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on The End Is Nigh (For College Sports As We Knew Them); What The NLRB’s Ruling Means For The SEC
Yes, too cruel. This is an SEC matchup, regardless of their records, and you are Mr. SEC.
12 months ago on Kentucky / MSU Game Preview – 10/24/13
I suppose you can have "unnecessary roughness" without targeting so just have the penalty default to that if the ejection is overruled.
12 months ago on SEC To Ask NCAA Rules Committee To Revisit Targeting Rule
@John at MrSEC @xmego9
Yes, written words can be misinterpreted. I was just poking at you for being grouchy in general, not that there's anything wrong with that!
1 year ago on Oregon To Don Pink This Weekend; Good Cause, Over-The-Top Execution
I guess it is more impressive for male athletes to support the fight against what is primarily a female disease. We need to get the WNBA and the LFL, if they still exist, to support prostate cancer awareness. BTW I am also a prostate cancer survivor so now I know why you are so grouchy :)
Coach Miles is a breath of fresh air in the midst of the tired old "coach-speak" that most of his peers dish out. He knows exactly what he's saying and if his listeners don't get it that's on them.
1 year ago on LSU’s Miles On Georgia’s Sanford Stadium: “We Certainly Recognize The Venue”
John, John, John, don't you understand that the symbols of the ante-bellum south that so many white southerners cherish are important because they are a way of honoring their ancestors, not the cause, just as you did at Vicksburg. Outside of a few old Kluxers I dare say that there are precious few in the South who would want to return to the system that was in place before the War Between the States, vestiges of which remained until recently. Southerners simply want to honor their ancestors who shed blood and gave their lives for a cause, right or wrong. There is nothing wrong with that but I do realize that it's all about appearances and perhaps some of the more "offensive" symbols need to be relegated to museums or historical exhibits.
I read and enjoy your blog daily
1 year, 3 months ago on Fair Or Not, Ole Miss Tied To Racism And The KKK Once Again
Yes, but since September is cupcake month I would think the number would be lower than a yearly average.
2 years ago on SEC Defenses Giving Up More 500-Yard Games… So Is The League Trending Down?