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|15 hours 14 min ago||Yes.||
That's exactly right. He's not overpaid if you think he's worth 3 million. If it's a public company with a Board of directors, they may want to have a word with you, but otherwise it's up to you. There's no such thing as inherent value. There's only people with money and what they're willing to pay.
|15 hours 16 min ago||Denard is a great example.||
His ubiquitous No.16 jersey was displayed prominently in every athletic-wear shop in MI during his college career and his fame should have translated into plenty of endorsement deals (esp. with that smile) while he was in school. Your success or lack thereof in the NFL should be totally disconnected-- it's not uncommon (actually, it's more like the rule) for the college value of a player to strongly diverge from their professional value. Running QBs are a great example-- they frequently don't translate into NFL skills and never get to cash in on the platform (hello Tommie Frazier, who carried Nebraska to a title). So denying them the chance to cash in while they have the market value seems punitive for no good reason. If some Lincoln, NE car dealership wanted him to do a commercial because he was the most popular single person in the state at the time, what's wrong with that? Hell, what about Rick Leach? He didn't generate value above and beyond his scholarship?
In Denard's case, he was able to morph into an NFL RB. I love that he pulled that off. But suppose he didn't. That wouldn't change how much revenue he generated for UM, the B1G, and college football generally when in college, so if Cottage Inn Pizza wanted him to sign autographs for an hour and compensate him $10,000 bucks for it, so what? Capitalism. It's awesome.
|15 hours 44 min ago||Seriously mods||
Send this guy/gal straight to Bolivia, never to be seen again. 30 points in over two years and he/she/it pokes up its head up out a hole to make this kind of trash, misogynistic comment?
|17 hours 32 min ago||Hamburger Helper is as good as the meat you mix in it, pal.||
|17 hours 37 min ago||Right, but the discussion thread is mostly about compensating||
on the basis of the benefit that coaches bring. Good coaches like Harbaugh bring more benefit and get accorded a higher level of compensation, which seems right and value-driven. We pay coaches differently according to what we think their value is to the University, and consider the return to the UM when making that value judgment. Why not do the same for players? In an alternative world where compensation to professionals in college athletics is standardized across the board, you could also argue that college coaching positions are just a stepping stone to more prestigious college jobs or pro jobs for the best of the best if we value amateurism so much. Why not have a set, uniform salary for all coaches in FBS, then? Unless you're saying that all players generate the same value?
And if we're not going to do the same for players, why not just let the free market add anything they can get on top in private transactions by exercising their right to contract for compensated endorsements? Why shouldn't the University just give the cost of attendance and keep their noses out anything the market wants to add to it?
The part about going pro would be more compelling if all college players had that option and the NFL didn't lock in its age restriction as a means of cultivating its minor league system.
|18 hours 10 min ago||Wait, what?||
Are you saying somewhere there are hookers without tattoos?
Man, do I feel dumb.
|18 hours 22 min ago||I notice several people in this thread||
are wholeheartedly supportive of letting the coaches make whatever the market will pay them (me too), but a few threads down, the same people are almost morally offended at the idea that players should have the same right. Lots of references to "parity" and "level playing fields" and "competitiveness" in that thread, but the likes of Harbaugh and Meyer also change the competitive balance, do they not?
Fuck yeah they do. Thank God. So why no hangups about free markets here, but howls of protest in the other case? Seriously, I'm asking.
|18 hours 31 min ago||How about the people who are best||
at actually playing college football? Wouldn't it be equally natural if not more so to let them get paid what someone is willing to pay?
|1 day 58 min ago||OK, just how long||
have you been waiting to bust that one out, Mr. Kass?
The truth, damnit.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Nice try||
But you're not fooling anyone, Maryland AD Kevin Anderson.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Edsall's interview with the Bobs||
"Do you teach the players position skills?"
-- "No, the position coaches do that."
"Do you call the plays?"
-- "Um, no, the coordinators do that."
"OK, so... do you physically signal the plays into the QB?"
-- "Well... uh... no, the backup QBs signal in the plays."
"So, Randy, just what would you say it is that you do here?"
-- "I INTERACT WITH THE GODDAMNED FANS AND MEDIA SO THE PLAYERS DON'T HAVE TO. I HAVE PEOPLE SKILLS. I AM GOOD AT DEALING WITH PEOPLE. CAN'T YOU UNDERSTAND THAT? WHAT THE HELL IS MATTER WITH YOU PEOPLE??"
|1 day 2 hours ago||Ummm....||
|1 day 2 hours ago||You had me until the last sentence.||
I can't imagine it'll be interesting who they target as their next head coach.
It's Maryland football.
|1 day 2 hours ago||OK, so you agree||
we shouldn't have been allowed to pay Harbaugh whatever we wanted. It should have been capped at some fixed amount that is the same for all college coaches. Because hiring Harbaugh and paying him 4M a year sure as hell isn't parity, it's already had a discernible (thankfully) impact on competitiveness.
Any of the several comments suggesting letting payers privately transact as adults have the right to do destroys the "parity" of college football (or what's left of it) loses some credibility with me immediately-- we are not talking about a level playing field to begin with [ed: in fairness, you acknowledge current lack of true parity and you're arguing that this will make an uneven system worse, but I'm going to ignore that because then I wouldn't be able to respond as stridently here].
What I'd really like to see is someone just come out and say what they're thinking: "This is an awesome form of entertainment that I love and I'm afraid of anything that might impact my enjoyment of the product." That, I understand.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Well crap||
I was just writing out a similar response above when I could have just referred to this post and written "what this guy said."
|1 day 3 hours ago||If by "kids"||
you mean "adults," then yes, these are kids.
|1 day 16 hours ago||A corridor?||
We used to dream of living in a corridor. It would have been a palace to us. We used to live in a septic tank in a rubbish dump.
|1 day 16 hours ago||That's the beauty of a market.||
There's no such thing as "unlimited" spending, just allocation of resources so that the good or service ends up going to the person who values it the most. Which is exactly how it should be, that's the ultimate goal of any market-based system. If Alabama boosters can pay 50k a year for autographs, year in, year out, across an 85-man roster, so be it. So can other schools. And you'd end up with a Top 25 recruting class ranking that looks a lot like you have in any typical year, with the Bamas, USCs, OSUs, and yes Michigans at or near the top. The difference being that money has shifted to the individuals creating the value.
|1 day 16 hours ago||14 hour days?||
I used to have to wake up at 4 o'clock in the morning, half an hour before bedtime, work a 26-hour day at the mill, week in, week out, come home to our corridor, drink a cup of sulfuric acid, and our parents would slice us in two with a bread knife. 14 hours days? Bah.
|1 day 16 hours ago||When I was a grad student||
getting my tuition paid and a small living stipend on top, the stipend was taxed. But holy crap, that stipend was the difference between living in a modest dorm room and, I don't know, homelessness or something. Would have been better off without the tax, sure, but better off without the taxable stipend? Hells no.
Just let them make money off their names and likenesses in a free market, like we do here in America. I can't believe after all these years I'm slowly coming around to agreeing with the Boz:
|2 days 23 hours ago||The amazing thing about this ad||
is that it only ran once, and that was after the Raiders had turned SB XVIII into a blowout.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Order from official site, but||
Order from official site, but make it "Buttt" on the back. The extra t is for touchdown.
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|3 days 22 hours ago||Look at the picture of Morgan's INT.||
Morgan is still securing the catch and tumbling with the Maryland guy still in mid-somersault and Drevno is already on his chart planning the next O play call.
Remember when our staff couldn't make up their minds in time to get plays into Devin before the 10-second mark on the play clock?
|5 days 14 hours ago||Clicked expecting to hate it||
but ended up digging it. Think different, Hawaii.
|6 days 6 hours ago||All the hookers are alive and accounted for.||
Clearly not a story that would involve or even interest Craig James. Allegedly.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Huge Steelers fan||
but also a big fan of dogs. Signing Vick caused a major flame war on the Steelers blogs in pre-season; I've never seen the fanbase so divided even during the Roethlisberger/Milledgeville episode. So I'm a little conflicted. Ideally, Pittsburgh wins and Vick gets his ass beaten in the process, because fuck that guy and the Ravens, too.
Terrible Towel is going. Bus is getting his HOF ring. I'm pumped.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Awesome.||
I thought the interviews with the members were extremely interesting... and the first thing I thought to myself was whether I've ever asked someone who served in Iraq/Afghan "What's it like over there?" Having listened to this now, I kinda hope I haven't.
|1 week 21 hours ago||This is where my lack of marketing background||
always comes back to haunt me. I need to stop by the clickbait shoppe before I post again.
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|1 week 1 day ago||Missed this one.||
Airplane: After giving up 2,695 yards to Bowling Green: "Football is a lot like life. Sometimes you pick the wrong week to make the team quit smoking."
After losing 45-7 to West Virginia: "Football is a lot like life. Sometimes you pick the wrong week to make the team quit popping amphetamines."
After losing to Michigan by [TBD]: "Football is lot like life. Sometimes you pick the wrong week to make the team quit sniffing glue."
|1 week 1 day ago||Originally said 8-4||
but revising now to 15-0.