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|5 days 3 hours ago||What exactly is "corrupt?"||
This phrase gets tossed around all the time, yet I see no evidence for it. Is the fact that coaches and AD's are rich "corrupt," or does that simply reflect how popular the game is? Just because some people are rich does not mean there is corruption. And since even the most diehard player union advocates agree that athletes are already compenated and that we are just looking for ways to give them more compensation, what excatly is the problem and corruption? No one at the NCAA is rich either, so to excuse them of that is lacking evidence as well--the money that rolls in from TV contracts goes back to the schools. The NCAA is simply trying (and failing) to enforce standards that were agreed upon 80 years ago, when BTW, there was zero money to be made.
|1 week 2 days ago||Gotta say, I miss the steroid days (wrestling).||
As i guy who really enjoyed wrestling, one of the things that make it far less appealing to me than in the past is that there are far too many "normal" looking guys in in it today. It was far easier to suspend disbelief and enjoy the show IMO when it was huge superhero dudes on roids battling each other. Now you have guys like Punk who are my size with not much muscle, and it is just less entertaining and lacks the wow factor. That and the lack of compelling personalities like the Rock and Austin has really hurt it IMO.
|1 week 4 days ago||That's what coaches are for.||
I too found the Ross quote disconcertng, because it's not the first time we've read something along those lines from last year's team. If the leaders and other players aren't doing it, it's the job of the coaches to make people accountable. The atmosphere of accountability starts at the top.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Titanic likely to not reach England.||
His mom is really being unreasonable with this, I mean ya Sparty is a poor choice byt he made it and let him go
|2 weeks 4 days ago||If all of that happens,||
I'm sure the Eagles fans will accept it with the good grace for which they are widely known
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Oops.||
Will we have one of those soon?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, we know now that "student/athlete" is just a ploy||
to take advantage of athletes, thanks to BISB quoting a guy who wrote a book. I wonder: if it is so meaningless, why does almost every HS athlete who visits Michigan use the term, give credence to the idea of student/athlete, and think about the academic side? Don't they realize they are football employees that we want to make money off of?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I recently re-watched Rocky 4 and tried to watch ironically,||
but I failed during the fight and caught myself cheering. Damn Rocky.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Ooh, that's terrible!||
How could people not side with their own class? Since we see everything through the prism of class of course, and we know that the merits of every argument are rooted in what class you are from, and that therefore the truth of a matter is always self evident--either for the rich or for the working guy, then of course your comment makes so much sense!
Except of course if you try to actually, think.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Especially the part where he insults his own readers.||
Instead of you know, civilly and even strenuously disagreeing with them. But I guess condescending snark that assumes moral superiority and ridicules disagreement is part of the blog too.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||True, but in this case the NLRB||
has a majority composition that favors (no politics) a certain philisophical POV that tends to side with labor and regards corporate entities as typically "getting away" with what they can in orfer to take advantage of labor. While that side is equally as legitimate as another side that tends to favor business over labor, we can't ignore what guides the decision (and admittedely, the reaction of people including myself)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||So is it the fact that the profits are huge that matters?||
What if they were small? Would we all be compelled to rally for the "employees" still? IMO the fact that the NCAA make huge profits is irrelevant to the principle, or if so then the argument rests on envy rather than on merit. The NCAA's profits, which BTW go back to schools and thus benefit both the athlete and non-athlete alike, (they are not being funnelled into swiss bank accounts and Hamptons mansions for the NCAA execs) are a side effect of the networks insatiable need for live entertainment, as every other program option has delivered ever lower ratings. Not on any increase in performance of the schools or players, in fact, ratings are LOWER now than in the past, but rights fees go up due to the television landscape.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||"It's impossible to reach any other conclusion"||
Whenever someone says that, They are too far gone in their idealogy to be objective IMO. Sorry BISB, I respect you and your writing and enjoy it greatly, but the fact that a guy made a ruling does not in fact mean the arguments are invalid. Like all administrative bodies or judges, the guy is guided by and influenced by an idealogy that may or may not be compelling.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||That would be fine if the athletes had anything to do with it.||
Or more accurately, individual athletes. The reason rights fees have skyrocketed is that networks are scrambling for live events, as the ratings for everything else on TV continue to go down. So networks value college football more then they once did--the product, (formations aside) is mostly the same as it ever was. so are ratings--its just that the similar ratings are now more valuable to advertisers, And those ratings would be excatly the same no matter which athletes were on the field. College pagentry, tradition, school loyalty and pride, NOT individual athletes, are why college football is so appealing. I could replace every single M player the week before the OSU game and replace them with walk ons, same for OSU, and the ratings for that game would be excatly the same.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Which wise men determine their "value?"||
And which value? Denard Robnson's value or Thomas Rawls? Who is determining that?
BTW, free health care in football is a MASSIVE benefit
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Denard wasn't receiving a market wage--||
but every other member of that team was getting MORE than a market value
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Yes because they are SO taken advantage of.||
This meme about the athletes working for free while Simon Legree and the billionaires at the NCAA twirl their mustaches and order hookers and laugh uproariously is frankly, not only mistaken and lazy IMO but just plain intellectually silly. The benefits to college athletes, most of which for other workers the IRS would recognize as wages and income, include:
1. At schools like Michigan, 50k a year or more in savings from the tuition and room and board they are not, nor ever, paying for. That is income.
2. Free health care
3. Their own food, free
4. Free transportation.
5. Graduating from school debt free for life
6. Unique facilities created just for them
7. Often, unique sleeping quarters just for them
8. In large sports often being treated far better on campus than regular students.
And there is more but that's enough for a post. I think all athletes should get a stipend of some kind and for stars, reimbursement after they graduate for jerseys with their name and number on it that are sold. But one thing is a fact: they are ALREADY paid, with ample benefits not available to the regular student, which is given to them in a free exchange for their labor. In other words, they enter a volunatary contract from which they receive benefits in exchange for their work. One might argue they "deserve" more, but you can't legitimately argue that they are taken advantage of.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||WAY better.||
Not even close IMHO
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Actually...||
Hunter House burgers are pretty cheap
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Is beating up Ohio fans even a crime?||
Shouldn't the presumption of innocence rest with Taylor in this case? I mean Ohio fans, come on...
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Wish Chait was as right about the other issues he writes about||
as he unfailingly is about sports and Michigan sports. I agree completely with almost every Michigan and sports column he's written over the years, but on politics, not as often.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||So we're still saying that scholarships, food, travel, and||
everythng else an athlete gets is not compensation, or in the words of the lawyer "working for free?" Ok. I would have more confidence in the motives of the lawyers who are suing the NCAA if they at least were honest and recognized the reality that athletes are getting conpensated right now, under the system in place. To the tune, at Michigan, of 50k a year or more in many instances.
I support a stipend for all players, and some kind of deferred compensation for stars that they get after they leave, but I don't support pretending athletes are in virtual slavery. Because they are not.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||He's cute and all,||
but we are after hotter prospects right now. When it gets closer to 2:00 a.m. we will look more closely at him
|4 weeks 6 days ago||That's my worry.||
That he's just won the SB and now is paid. Often, especially with receivers, that seems a recipe for under-performing the contract
|4 weeks 6 days ago||There's a difference between ideal and need IMO.||
Another large target would be ideal, but I think they need a guy that can play in the slot and stretch the field
|5 weeks 4 days ago||How was that guy not knocked out or dead?||
|6 weeks 22 hours ago||Uh...ok||
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Well if they do I disagree.||
A good defensive tackle, unblocked, with a 5'6 guy running straight at him, is a recipe for a blow up hit every time. It was over-rated due to that fact, and the Clowney factor IMO
|7 weeks 2 days ago||He's awesome--still wouldn't draft him.||
You cannot draft a guy in the fisrt round who has indifferent effort in college. Anyone who coasts in college is only going to coast a lot more when they become a millionaire.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Most over-rated hit of all time||
Most defensive tackles can do that if no one blocks them