"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
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|3 hours 6 min ago||Wisconsin chancellor: We're||
Wisconsin chancellor: We're cool with a second-rate football program.
I snark, but she probably is.
|3 hours 8 min ago||Again with the totally||
Again with the totally bizarre and wildly incorrect claims. NFL teams got $226 million in revenue sharing from the NFL last year, which is more revenue than any athletic department (let alone football teams by themselves) in the country, and that's just revenue sharing and doesn't count ticket sales and other locally-generated revenue. Which in Green Bay's case is another $149 million.
Stop making shit up. Here's my link, where's yours?
|3 hours 53 min ago||No, if identical or very||
No, if identical or very similar couches are being sold for $500 but that one got sold for $10,000, then it's a $500 couch. The same as how the government would have a big problem with you if you sold 10 used Chevys for $10,000 each and convinced a little old lady that the Chevy you're selling her costs $50,000.
|3 hours 59 min ago||I'm not arguing for||
Unfortunately, you have to. It's all or nothing. You can't make the claim that football players are employees while swimmers are not. The fact that people pay a lot more money for the football than the swimming makes no difference. Categorizing someone as an employee has always been about the work they do, not the revenue they bring to the organization. And any union leader would laugh in your face if you suggested that workers who build the Ford Fiesta should make less than the Ford F-150. In fact that's one of the things that chaps their ass the most.
By the way, unions have a legal responsibility called duty of fair representation, which is an obligation to represent non-members.
At any rate, either they're all employees, or none of them are, but you can't split it or draw a line based on "revenue" or "non-revenue." If the football players are employees, so are the swimmers. Oh, and if the football players at Michigan are employees, so are the football players at Mount Union....which in a world where football players get paid what they negotiate, would probably put an end to Division III, because you can't pay employees zero.
|9 hours 35 min ago||An actual gopher is fear||
An actual gopher is fear level 4? Are you the Scottish guy from Caddyshack?
|12 hours 52 min ago||I like the current system for||
I like the current system for reasons both selfish and (I think) unselfish. Shifting huge amounts of money towards a tiny fraction of the top athletes and away from the vast majority of other athletes who don't play football or men's basketball is unhealthy.
First of all, you shouldn't have to limit yourself to football or basketball to have any opportunity. Sorry you're athletically gifted but not 6'5", screw you buddy.
Second, incentivizing people away from sports like soccer or tennis or swimming ultimately is going to hurt the US's ability to compete on a worldwide stage in those sports.
Third, there are only so many opportunities in football and basketball to begin with and way more athletes than can fit in those opportunities. Incentivizing people to try and win those limited chances because you took away their chance elsewhere only hurts them. When some kid who would've been a swimming star chooses basketball instead because you took away all the swimming scholarships, but he's kind of a D-III quality hoops player, that never shows up in any whiny Dan Wetzel columns about unfairness.
The current system offers a HUGE reason to participate in a very wide variety of sports. So football subsidizes them and a very, very small handful of people have to very temporarily put their aspirations of making huge sums of money on hold. I do NOT care. The benefits gained from that far, far, FAR outweigh the costs of "unfairness" currently in the system.
|13 hours 7 min ago||If you can't turn your value||
If you can't turn your value into real dollars, is it really "value"?
|13 hours 28 min ago||Yeah, I agree, Calvin Johnson||
Yeah, I agree, Calvin Johnson can't hit a curve at all and Riley Reiff has no control whatsoever on his changeup.
|15 hours 15 min ago||Title IX requires one of two||
Title IX requires one of two things: either a college must have opportunities proportional to their student population, or show progress in that direction. Most schools have more women than men in attendance.
|22 hours 59 min ago||Uh, where do you get that||
Uh, where do you get that $600,000 as the average value that football players bring in? For an 85-scholarship team that's $51,000,000, which not even half of FBS athletic departments have in total revenue.
Also, in what world does any entity pay someone the full exact value they bring to the entity? If that happened every company in the world would make zero profit.
|23 hours 5 min ago||Why must college sports||
Why must college sports necessarily operate on a free-market system? It's much better that it doesn't, so that lesser-interest sports can still provide opportunities for athletes. Moving millions of dollars from 10,000 people to 100 people is not in the best interest of, well, pretty much athletics in general in this country.
|1 day 11 hours ago||So to be honest, I'm not so||
So to be honest, I'm not so bothered by that. European game, European convention. Fine.
What bugs me more is when that convention leaks over to sports like baseball, basketball, hockey and their international competitions. North American games, North American conventions. "The US is winning" not "The US are winning."
|1 day 23 hours ago||Yup. Garman was trying to||
Yup. Garman was trying to throw a quick slant to the left and the cut blocks, if successful, would've chopped down the pass rush and made it easier to throw that pass on a zipline as well as eliminate pursuit from the back side.
Too bad that pass had one of three possible outcomes: broken up by the corner, pick-sixed by Morgan, or pick-sixed by Hurst. The defense had that whole play absolutely massacred from top to bottom.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Sitting in my living room||
Sitting in my living room watching the game, I swear I could hear Henry go RAAAAAARRR.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Still not wild about the||
Still not wild about the helmet stickers, because by the end of the season they're really going to ruin the wings. Right when you want the classic look the most.
The actual maize is a huge, huge, HUGE improvement. And I don't dislike the white-pants look as much as I thought. It looks pretty sharp and even before the season I was willing to call it an overall improvement because no more stupid piping.
Now they just need to match the block M on the field to the maize of the jerseys. They haven't done that and you can easily tell.
Still think a basketball logo is gonna look weird on football jerseys, and the Jumpman is kind of a busy, splayed-out logo vs. a nice streamlined swoosh, but I doubt it'll be all that noticeable.
|2 days 12 hours ago||I think I'd apply a different||
I think I'd apply a different definition of "deserve" there. Do you deserve 15 yards when you throw an incomplete pass and roughing the passer is called? Most people would say yes. Opponent breaks a rule, you absolutely deserve to reap the benefits of that rule breach. I don't see a difference just because the rule is obscure.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Flash in the pan - ok, yeah,||
Flash in the pan - ok, yeah, maybe not, I was thinking along the lines of his college career only. Wildly overrated? I stand by that. For some reason (which is likely spelled S-E-C) he won the Bednarik Award for best defensive player in the country that year, which could've gone to any number of other more deserving players. Luke Kuechly, say, or David Amerson.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Hmmm....I'm showing my||
Hmmm....I'm showing my skeptical face, because I'm thinking more along the lines of someone who's a senior but it only feels like last year they signed as a recruit. I swear I thought Houma was, like, a sophmore. Besides, "Honey Badger" fever made it feel like Mathieu had been around forever even though he was the very definition of a wildly overrated flash in the pan.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Is there an opposite to the||
Is there an opposite to the Wisconsin Guy Award for staying in college forever? Because I had no idea Houma and RJS were already seniors until right as the season started.
|4 days 23 hours ago||I really like those.||
I really like those.
|5 days 6 hours ago||That was one of my favorite||
That was one of my favorite football games in a very long time.
|5 days 6 hours ago||I thought the defense was||
I thought the defense was good.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Its 0-0 right now.||
Its 0-0 right now.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Demerit to the article for||
Demerit to the article for incorrect use of crop-dusting. Crop-dusting is when you're walking around and letting rip, preferably near a bunch of people, not sitting down.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Silly non-swimmers. You swim||
Silly non-swimmers. You swim faster when you're cold. Competition pools are pretty frigid.
Granted.....usually it's the water that's cold and the air that's nice and warm. But credit to Sparty for trying.
Anyway, as someone said above: I'd far rather swim in cool temps than play football (or most anything) in the stifling heat.
|6 days 7 hours ago||*than. (I HAD to.)||
(I HAD to.)
|6 days 8 hours ago||Time to start an indefinite||
Time to start an indefinite winning streak against fake Big Ten teams.
|6 days 10 hours ago||I think what the athletic||
I think what the athletic department needs most is competence, and Hackett is providing it in spades. Stability - not that important, we're not in the market for either a football or basketball coach so there's nobody that needs to be convinced of a stable future. Hackett should stay for as long or as short as necessary to undo the mistakes Brandon and return to having goodwill from their stakeholders. I think he's still here because he and Schlissel want to turn over a well-run ship, on very solid footing, with a good reputation, and there's unfinished business along those lines. Hackett should stay til that work is done.
|6 days 10 hours ago||It was always hard for me to||
It was always hard for me to really muster up a lot of hatred for the Blues because, well, uh, they never did beat the Wings. They were always somewhere between "pesky little first-round appetizer" and full-blown rival.
Besides, the Bluenote is the second-best logo in hockey, and top-five in sports. Once they got rid of the red in their uniform (why did a team called the Blues ever wear any red??) it became one of the best unis around.
Pronger always needed to be punched in the throat, though.
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