don't we all
A friend of mine made this video, so I figured we could help even their odds.
From their facebook page:
"So there's a national video contest to see who can make the best video promoting Athletic Training. Naturally, we decided to enter (aka dominate). Which videos make it to the finals is judged on how many views they get during the month of March.
So watch away! Please and thanks! We're at a slight disadvantage, as we didn't finish ours until days after our competition had already posted their videos, but we are confident that in the end, we will be victorious."
I'm surprised no has mentioned this but I waited and waited last night for a There are.... post but none came. I wasn't sure if I should create one myself or wait for a more seasoned pro to do it. I don't know who does it when Denarded is busy. Could someone create one to make up for last night? Where is Denarded, I'm seriously worried about him.
edit: Denarded was found! please delete mods.
The New York Times just published an interesting article about 7 on 7 football and draws comparisons between it and AAU basketball. Obviously, there are significant differences, most notably that 7 on 7 isn't actual football. However, private teams can be lead by dubious characters attempting to become so-called "street agents" and influence players' recruitment.
“I’m sure that it’s hurt us on some players,” (Mack) Brown said. “But I also feel like until everything gets legitimized, I don’t want a player on our team who I don’t know who the parents are. I don’t know who he’s listening to. If you get an agent involved in your program, then he’s involved. That scares me. I worry some about the street agents.”
Obviously Oregon may have been helped by, or perhaps screwed by a couple of street agent types recently. Recruiting is already a filthy business that I largely avoid, although it's mostly because I could never keep that many 18 year-olds' whims straight, but the rise of 7 on 7 with corporate sponsors like Nike and Under Armour promises to make it even worse--especially with gems like these from the coach of The Express, one of the prominent teams:
Asked if college coaches needed to court their seven-on-seven counterparts the way they talked to high school coaches, Drummond said, “They better.”
“I think it’s just as important as high school football,” Drummond said of seven-on-seven. “It makes recruiting easier. You don’t have to search for coaches; they search for you.”
I really doubt 7 on 7 could rise to the level of import in recruiting for football like AAU does in basketball because players still need to succeed playing actual football games with linemen and tackling, but it just promises to make a dirty part of the game even worse. I'm sure a lot of the 7 on 7 coaches aren't going to be interested in riding buses with 20 18 year-olds for the love of passing drills...
From North Miami Beach High School coach Jeff Bertani:
“The street agents are now going by the terms of seven-on-seven coaches,” he said, referring to no one in particular. “Before, these guys were advisers and mentors. Now they can say, ‘I’m coaching the team.’ ”
We're coming for you Dantonio...
Just checked mgoblue.com. Student football tickets for returning students are going on sale starting March 8. Price is going up - $250 for eight home games. I think you can also get hockey and basketball season tickets at the same time. Can't wait for next season!
Time and again this tired argument is made that NFL players are just being crybaby millionaires that want to make 60 times what normal people (like teachers and coal miners) make as opposed to 50 times.
Here is my argument:
NFL'ers have a 4 year career on average . So at the median salary of $770k, they make 3 mill in a lifetime.
A UM grad has a career of roughly 30 years (say) at an avg salary of $70k. That adds up to 2.1 mill.
So there really isn't too much difference between an avg NFL'er (who by the way is at a very very high percentile in terms of athletic talent every year just to even make it into the league) and a UM grad (who I am sure is also pretty darn high in terms in intellectual talent just to make it into UM ).
Now if you compare NFL median salaries (and lifetime income) to a coal miner, I am going to stop you right there and say, the coal miner isnt making squat because that's just how much value our society puts for that labor. You could also argue that computer geeks pulling down $100k a year shouldnt get paid so much more than coal miners and teachers and firemen but that is a whole other argument.
Note also that I am not even factoring the massive hazards of their "work" environment and the long-terms disabilities that they have to deal with after going through their NFL careers.