Michigan State Red-shirt freshman Offensive Tackle Skyler Burkland is out for the season after getting his leg rolled up on and broken in the game against ND. If you watched the game you'll probably remember cringing in sympathetic pain when they showed the replay.
Let's all take a moment to reaffirm that we are basically good people at heart and we wouldn't wish that kind of injury to happen to anyone, friend or foe.
Done? Good. Now let's look at the damage:
Burkland... was replaced by junior-college transfer Fou Fonoti. Fonoti is likely to be the full-time replacement for Burkland, even after he had been pushing Dan France for playing time at left tackle. To help the team's depth issues, Dantonio said defensive tackle Micajah Reynolds will be moved back to offense. Reynolds has been moved back and forth between offense and defense throughout his career, and saw plenty of action on defense against Florida Atlantic.
Ifyou're keeping score at home, that's about three notches on the "Position Switch(es) Indicating Approaching Doom" scale in that paragraph alone. It's starting to look the MSU game will look like the Western game on steroids - on any given play Cousins will probably either end up throwing a laser to a frustratingly-open reciever, or getting murderized by a Michigan lineman or blitzer.
I have to rant. This is getting to be too much for me.
Presidents of major colleges are DRUG ADDICTS. I'm not trying to throw around nasty insults just because I'm mad. But their behavior is much like that of any addict: they can't get enough, and they'll say anything to get it.
I'm referring to their addiction to MONEY, of course, and the outright untruths they are spilling to chase it.
This summer, we were all discussing whether the term "student-athletes" makes sense. I, like many others, think this system is totally broken and unAmerican, and players should get some form of compensation for the value (which is generating billions of $$$, with a "B") to their schools. Whether that's by salary, trust funds / lockboxes, advertising/outside gigs, etc. -- those are just the details. So what did schools say? No no, they are students first, this is amateurism, this isn't about them doing a job. Furthermore, schools said, look at the massive value they are receiving -- free degrees! In other words, schools get to keep the TV money, you guys frame those nitfy Iowa State degrees and go find a job, good luck with that.
But now, what's realignment about? Academics? Tradition? The experience of the student-athlete? No -- its only about big TV contracts -- yet more money. So much for tradition. Oklahoma-Texas rivalry? Don't really need it, OU said a couple weeks ago. Syracure founding the Big East? Who cares, certainly not Syracuse. And the student-athlete's experience counts for nothing. Hey, we have a road game 2000 miles away! Better tell your professor you can't study for that test or make that seminar!
What infuriates me is how college presidents are so two-faced about it. Used car salesmen and corporate spokespersons will avoid answering questions and taking generically without answering questions, and we shrug it off as par for the course. But presidents of institutions of higher learning, where ethics and morals and academia should rule the roost? For them to be avoiding the merits of questions because they don't want to admit the truth -- this is so deep in poop, I'm embarrassed by it.
-- Like, the Syracuse administrating saying, this is for the good of Syracuse. How about a few years ago, when they said BC and Va Tech were liable for breaches of fiduciary duty in leaving the Big East, and were engaging in grossly bad faith conduct by turning their backs on their commitments to their conference affiliates? Oh, well -- wait, did we say that back then? Well, uh, trust us, this is DIFFERENT, this time.
-- Or the Pitt chancellor (or whatever she is) being asked what's wrong with the Big East, and her answer was: Well, the ACC has great Olympic sports. Huh? How about answering the question, bitch? That's what a politician or corporate spokesperson does -- avoids answering the question.
So that's what it is -- if it takes money like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it's a duck. These aren't institutions of higher learning anymore. THEY ARE FOR-PROFIT CORPORATIONS. That's how they are acting. They'll say anything to keep the green drugs for themselves, and to get more and more of it.
Aren't boards of trustees embarrassed by this behavior by the leaders of colleges? Where's the outrage?
By the way... I'm more worried about the Aztecs than I was about ND, but, I'm not ranting about THAt.
EDIT: This is being misunderstood. I am NOT complaining that "schools need the money" and that they money is useful for non-footballish things. This I know, I'm not stupid. My complaint is that school leadership -- those who are supposed to be leaders of higher education -- are acting like politicians, getting greedy and refusing to acnkowledge it. Lying, misrepresenting, hypocrisy, not answering the question.
so, this developed out of trying to solve a few problems common to attending a game at the stadium (or watching at home) and grew into a sort of cheat sheet / mini program. i am looking for input about this, such as layout, content, info, ways to improve it, etc. i am willing to put these up each week if there is interest.
problem 1: in response to the larger, non-wallet friendly, ticket sizes, i have taken to using a clear press pass envelope on a lanyard to carry tickets into the game. sometimes these comes with ticket packages or bowl tickets(?). you can wear it around your neck, i choose to tie it around my belt loop and put it in my pocket.
problem 2: university programs are expensive, hard to handle in a tight stadium and get ruined laying on the ground, therefore, especially early in the season, i am often lacking some piece of information that would be really important just then; jersey number, eligibility, opponent info, etc. they used to give out those free ones, but i don't see them anymore.
solution: all vital info about michigan football printed on one sheet that can be folded to fit into the clear press pass or back pocket that is free.
click on link to view pdf
I am a sophomore at UM, and am part of a team working on a 4 part documentary that follows the recruitment and senior season of 3 elite, top 150 athletes, one of whom is top Michigan target Jordan Payton. As avid recruiting followers, I hope and think you guys will enjoy the documentary, as the goal is to give an inside look on what recruiting is really like for the athletes. Furthermore, as Michigan fans, you'll get a chance to closely follow the recruitment of Jordan Payton, who lists Michigan as his leader. Here's a link to the trailer, and if there is interest I'll provide updates as we get closer to the release of part 1. Thanks.
Starting with the EMU game, we're looking at 4 games in a row on BTN, with the streak likely broken by MSU.