Iowa State's comeback win over Iowa Thursday night sent Hilton Coliseum into a frenzy, and a Des Moines Register reporter was injured as fans rushed the floor.
Randy Peterson, who covers the Cyclones for the Register, suffered an apparent compound leg fracture after No. 2 ISU's 83-82 win.
Both the College Athletes Players Association and growing support for the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit are in the news today. As someone who has long advocated allowing players to take money from whoever wants to pay them as long as it doesn't affect the integrity of the results of games, I am happy to see this.
To me, this raises a question: "What if players were allowed to take money?"
In Ann Arbor, this question is most relevant to basketball fans due to impending player decisions, the current structure of the NBA draft and NCAA rules. Players who are guaranteed first round picks are giving up a lot of money to come back to school. But what if they didn't have to give up that money?
Imagine Nik Stauskas being allowed to accept booster money and endorsements. Does anyone here think he couldn't make more endorsement money next season as an elite colelge athlete than as an NBA rookie?
Stauskas could sign an individual apparel contract with Adidas. He could appear in regional commercials for national businesses such as Dick's Sporting Goods, which would present an opportunity for wordplay such as, "Nik's Sporting Goods." Toss in a restaurant or two, an automobile dealership and a few appearances at corporate outings during the summer, and Nik could do just fine in Ann Arbor next season.
This step alone could convince a lot of college players to stay around for four years, realizing that their level of fame will probably never be as high as when they are elite players in an elite program.
Iti will be too late for us to see what would have happened if Nik had stayed, but I think it will happen within the next five years. AFAIC, it can't happen soon enough.
Desperately grasping at something, anything, that would stop me from gagging after yesterday's loss had me ask myself: "If this fractured team is miraculously capable of piecing things back together the rest of the season, will it make up for last night's embarrasing loss?"
We all know the schedule:
- MSU at home
- Purdue on the road
- IU at home
After yesterday, I hate everything, and I'm sure some of you may even object to me asking the question, but I had to ask because I sure as hell don't know.
4 wins from another B1G Title.
Now let's bang...
...posbang, that is.
Tim Hardaway Jr. is #68 in this preseason ranking:
Personally, I'd take him over William Buford of OSU (in the top twenty there), who I see as less versatile as Hardaway. Anyway, it's probably asking too much for a preseason ranking to be anything more than a discussion topic.