I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Last year was a beautiful March - CBS streaming all the games for free, for anyone around the world.
This year, CBS/TNT/TBS/TruTV is streaming their games for free, but only if you are a cable subscriber. NCAA has all the games for $3.99 - beautiful.... except this won't work for all countries. I'm in South Korea and this deal won't work here. I've tried to sign up while shielding my IP address, but NCAA won't allow.
Do any international MgoBlogers have an easy solution to the streams (besides the standard Firstrowsports, etc...)?
Very interesting - before even receiving a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, Oregon has already stipulated that they violated NCAA regualtions:
This looks like an attempt to accelerate the process. Hope the NCAA takes it's sweet time - the uncertainty in past cases has been worse the actual punishment (see Football-Ohio).
I haven't seen much posted here about APR lately. It appears this is about to hit UConn hard. Their request to the NCAA for a waiver allowing them to play in the 2012-2013 post-season has been denied. LINK: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/7562956/ncaa-denies-connecticut-huskies-request-apr-waiver-2013-postseason
Assuming their appeal is not granted, that would be huge. I don't understand all the APR implications, but if teams start to become ineligible for either the Bowl season or for the NCAA tourney, or both, that would be a significant penalty. If conferences voted not to give a financial share to ineligible teams, that would sting even more.
I don't know all the issues involved, but banning teams from the post-season for a failure to perform academically is a tremendous way to make athletes attending school less of a sham.
I know wrestling isn't a huge point of topic on the board but it is another chance to BEAT OHIO. Tonight #12 Michigan goes to Columbus to take on #6 Ranked Ohio State.
So before watching the Hockey team beat Miami (NTM) you can watch the wrestling team.
Key Matches: Michigan in Bold
133 lb. weight class #16 Zach Stevens (Sr) vs #3 Logan Stieber (Fr)
141 lb. weight class #1 Kellen Russell (Sr) vs #6 Hunter Stieber (Fr)
149 lb. weight class #5 Eric Grajales (So) vs #14 Cam Tessari (Fr)
174 lb. weight class #6 Justin Zeerip (Sr) vs #7 Nick Heflin (So)
285 lb. weight class #8 Ben Apland (Jr) vs #21 Peter Capone (So)
Other weight classes feature good matchups as both teams have roughly the same amount of top 25 ranked wreslers.
If I missed anything or need to amend anything let me know!
I didn't see it coming, but the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) just joined the ESPN v. OSU case a couple days ago.
For those unfamiliar with the case, ESPN is trying to use a FOIA-type law to get potentially juicy emails from OSU. ESPN thinks those emails will contain information about NCAA violations. The two are duking it out in the Ohio Supreme Court.
Welcome the feds to the fight. See the documents announcing the DOJ's entrance here. My first reaction was shock. Now, however, I have a clue about what's going on.
OSU has been arguing that FERPA, a federal student privacy law, means that it can't share the emails with ESPN. ESPN says that FERPA doesn't cover these emails, and even if it did, OSU is not required to follow it because following FERPA is optional for state schools (all the statute does is condition federal aid on your school's compliance with the law).
Here's my guess at what happened next: OSU calls the federal agency responsible for enforcing the laws and says "hey DOJ, ESPN is saying your statute isn't worth wiping oneself with." The DOJ then comes out swinging, ready to defend the federal law.
While the DOJ will presumably be filing a "friend of the court" brief that he judges don't have to factor into their decision, I guarantee they will read it closely. Another bad thing: the DOJ's got a ringer. She clerked on the Supreme Court, she's ultra-smart, and basically she does this for a living. She regularly defends federal laws from these types of challenges:
This is really starting to get interesting now.
When Nikita Khrushchev addressed his fellow Soviets in 1953 following his succession to leadership of the USSR, he delivered what would become known as “the Secret Speech”. Its content sought to unveil his predecessor, Josef Stalin, the mass murderer and ruthless dictator that had maintained public opinion steadily in favor of him, whether by appeal or fear. These methods were captured in the phrase “cult of personality”. Despite Stalin’s horrendous acts (many of which Khrushchev still refused to condemn, as he would need the same actions to retain power) the Russian people continued to veritably worship their leader, something which Khrushchev needed to correct both to fall in line with Party ideology and lead effectively.
Joe Paterno has forged a similar cult at State College for over sixty years. This past week, the curtain has been pulled back. The king is dead.
While Paterno did not doctor photos, order assassinations of rivals, or produce propaganda to keep his job as head coach and de facto autocrat of the small Pennsylvania town, he used his aw-shucks demeanor and commitment to worthy ideals to centralize his authority and mold the football program, in an already tight-knit community, into a fortress. Football coaches across the country have long sought the personality cult that “Joe Pa” crafted for Penn State football. The Nittany Lions were embodied in him so completely that the surreal scenes of students rioting in State College ought come as no surprise.
Jerry Sandusky’s disgusting and unconscionable tale has already been recounted many times, and I have no desire to go into that again. What remains is the fallout.
Before late Wednesday night it appeared that while the university president and athletic director would be immediately removed, the coaching legend would be allowed to retire in a relative amount of style. Before late Wednesday night, he would coach his final home game Saturday and continue leading his team in oblivion towards winning the Leaders division, to the B1G championship game, and yet another bowl. Before late Wednesday, the person ultimately morally responsible for the actions of the football program at Penn State would retain (albeit for a time) at least titular, and as I suspect, quite tangible control of the program.
The board of trustees’ choice to depose Paterno is obviously the right one, and they should be commended for it. The backlash in State College from disgruntled students and bewildered players is amplified by the thousands of PSU alums voicing their support for Paterno on the internet. And it is absolutely despicable, yet absolutely understandable.
When a person of such lauded moral high ground as Paterno fails, it shocks the world, and too often appalls little. Regardless of your metaphysical and religious views, the fact is that any human can and often will fail. It’s cases where the failure shreds the work of a lifetime into scraps of what legacy had previously been taken for granted. The risk of embodiment of a football program in one person, from Paterno to Wooden to Krzyzewski to, dare I say, Schembechler, is inherently risky. Trusting the ruler to tread flawlessly always is what we expect is impossible. Everyone does make mistakes (insert Terrelle Pryor joke here). It’s the degree and management of these mistakes that separates the legends from the ordinary.
And of those names I just dropped, one clearly does not belong with the others any more. Its time to destroy Paterno’s cult of personality. The victims cry for justice and PSU students would rather “demonstrate” outside their leader’s home, rather than look the harsh realities in the face as Khrushchev did. It’s easier that way, but it’s also wrong.
P.S. I am not a Communist nor do I think Khrushchev is by any means a stellar person. Just wanted to illustrate the most prominent reference of the term. Nor are Stalin and Paterno equivalents. Their followers have acted in a similar manner.