in re: is GRIII on a tear
Albert Means, the player who's recruiting saga brought (more) shame to Alabama football, may be spreading the love around. His high school coach testified in court yesterday that seven schools offered Means money. Six of them are SEC schools. The seventh is Michigan State. No details were offered as to MSU's participation in the auctioning off of Means. Perhaps their involvement was peripheral. In fact, it's likely that all the schools mentioned had little or no involvement in the offering of money. Boosters likely took care of it.
This, however, is not boosters:
Lang also testified that he received cash from Kentucky and Georgia for taking Means to their campuses for visits. He said Claude Bassett, then the Kentucky recruiting coordinator, paid him $3,000 and that Jim Donnan, then Georgia's head coach, gave him $700 cash, in addition to $100 Georgia booster Bill Harper sent him.
New year, new SEC cheating scandal. At what point do you say enough is enough?
So I get an email from Rivals yesterday with the subject "Valued Member." Bad sign. Usually when someone calls me a Valued Member they're trying to screw me. Uh... in a bad way.
Anyway, the email contains good news:
For one whole year, you now have access to all Ultimate Ticket features (marked with a blue ticket) instead of only Team Ticket access (marked with a red ticket) on the Rivals.com network, all only at the same low price that you pay today.
The catch? Well, you can figure it out, can't you? They've stopped selling team memberships and are now only selling one global Rivals subscription, which will cost as much as the Ultimate Ticket did. And one year from yesterday, I'm going to have to relinquish the same low price that I pay today and pay the different high price I don't pay today because I don't particularly care how North Texas is recruiting. (Clever timing on that--the price increase will hit approximately one week before signing day.)
Rivals has discovered that most people are satisfied with just a Team Ticket. They've failed to up-sell anyone on anything, despite trying very hard. They started producing AMP, basically very nice highlight packages and ESPN-style recruiting reports. They added tons of prospect video for Ultimate Ticket subscribers. Then they made it available to everyone. Then they gave everyone Ultimate Ticket for free, probably because the ratio of Ultimate Ticket to Team Ticket subscribers is really, really low. This is a brute-force approach to increasing revenue.
So is the Wolverine worth 10 dollars a month? Apparently I think it's worth at least 6. But that's going to be a rapid 66% markup... I guess now I can read SpartanMag.com's love letters to Antonio Bass but other than that I'm going to be paying for something I don't want. Bleah. I'm paying for HGTV, Oxygen, and Lifetime, but that doesn't mean I'm happy about it. One interesting thing is that if scout.com doesn't increase its prices, it will actually be cheaper than Rivals, which didn't used to be the case--they're basically $100 a year. Rivals will be $120 instead of the $72 I pay now.
I really, really dislike this change but I'll probably get over it in a year. Evil but effective marketing from Rivals. I hate marketing.
He has a Horton article in today's Free Press. The headline's a little weird, because it sort of implies that Horton's making excuses for himself, but the article makes clear that the quotes Rosenberg's using came before this incident.
So says the Emporer-God-King of East Lansing on WTKA. I don't think it'll matter much but since Davis is their only post scoring threat it will help. But let's not kid ourselves. We'll have a walk-on on the floor at all times.
ESPN jumped the shark a few years ago, and now they're taking everyone else down with them. That Slate column reads like a page out of my super secret diary--minus the scandalous pictures of Scarlett Johansson. The argument is basically that the adoption of newspaper columnists and the Stephen A. Smithification of them by network retards has ruined not only ESPN but sports columns across the country.
Amen. Good god, amen. It's not particularly relevant to Detroit because the only local sportswriter with the ability to write a column that will make readers less likely to slit their wrists is Wojo. Everyone else is trash, although should Rosenberg end up with a column it will be good. (I do agree with the DSR on Albom--dude should be credited with making Jessica Simpson money with Ashlee Simpson talent, but a sportswriter he is no longer. (Write or do not! There is no try! Mmm.))
Uh. I got sidetracked. Anyway, it is a complete mystery to me why sports commentary is so flat awful. Does this sh... stuff get ratings? I know that I haven't watched a single minute of any pre- or post-game analysis or even Sportscenter in a very long time, College Gameday excepted. And why do I watch College Gameday? Fowler and Herbstreit are not jive-talking fools like Stephen A Smith. Corso is comic relief, and even he's more of a student of the game than ESPN's NBA hood rat. Don't even get me started on Michael "If I yell THIS LOUD maybe you'll forget about the crack and hookers" Irvin or ABC's Aaron "I can't open the left side of my mouth" Taylor. Morons. All of them.
Whoah. That's a lot of angry for one post. I'll cool down and come back with something about puppies.
He's gone, at least temporarily. He'll definitely miss the MSU game Thursday. I don't even have anything snarky to say. It's just sad.