i like 'em both
I'm not certain what authority will be deciding whether or not college football should be banned. But the issue will be discussed on May 8 in NYC (that hotbed of college football). And Jason Whitlock will be among those opposing Malcolm Gladwell and his utopian vision and Buzz Bissinger, who believe that CFB should be banned.
Or do they? I thought I gleaned somewhere in Gladwell's comments that it would be okay to play CFB as long as the players got paid. And that's exactly what Whitlock is saying. However, as was pointed out on the last thread I posted, the players are compensated with a college education. But Whitlock says that's not enough.
I suspect that the level of discourse--and the intricacies of the subject--will not be explored as carefully and as passionately at this May 8 conference in NYC as they were in the thread here at MGoBlog( http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/malcolm-gladwell-why-college-football-should...).
Although, I must admit, the grammer police in that thread lost control; and it devolved into a grammar war, or, hopefully, a grammar spring. And I was as guilty as anyone.
Nonetheless, here is the link, and, of course, a synopsis of Mr. Whitlock's comments:
To shore up his defense, Whitlock also invokes America’s free principles, which he feels encompass the “right to act dumb” in pursuit of athletic glory or even cash. What he can’t stand is the bad faith of college leagues withholding pay from their risk-taking players. (It’s “embarrassingly hypocritical,” he grumbles.)
Just remember a debate going on a little while ago about whether UM has any guys who could go 1st round next year.
Taylor Lewan is #24 overall and 2nd rated OL.
Craig Roh #31 overall
Edit: Bodogblog pointed out that Lewan is #31 in a different CBS writer's top 32
Here is a great article on Rivals by Chris Balas about what it is to be a 'Michigan Man' and how it is defined. I find it great to see how other people outside of Michigan look at the love, dedication, and pride this great university instills in its' Alumni. Sorry if this article is paywalled, but if you have access it is a great read. GO BLUE!
Interesting page, lets you choose which schools to compare
Takes attendance numbers from 2006-2011 and lets you see both average attendance per year as well as gross average attendance graphed vs. % of capacity. Of course the Big House is the Biggest House. We sell more seats than anyone, but the Horseshoe actually sells out more as a % of capacity. Lots of standing room in ohio?
Also, check out Penn State's numbers... and show them to Brandon before he actually prices out a bunch of fans.
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Dan Wetzel makes his usual compelling case. If they just can't bring themselves to play them on campus where they belong, these games at the very least need to have a regional city that gets the bid if the Big 10 (as an example) gets a top 2 seed. As long as it is a city and stadium of "acceptable" size, it should be totally up to the conference. So if the Big Ten wanted to play it at Soldier Field as a home game for their participant to play a southern team it could.
The bowls can now be out doing what they do: ripping everyone off to subsidize profligate spending on parties. There is no good reason to include them at all.
The other great point offers a solution for many of the users on here who want to see Michigan play more non-conference home and homes during the season. All the playoff people need to do is adopt some formula that gives large weight to playing hard games. You'll get your road games at Florida State and Texas if that happens. Right now there is a disincentive to schedule hard under the current system.