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Take Me At My Word …… !


Take Me At My Word ………….

Well the idiocy of the NFL labor talks continue unabated and much like the stupidity of the Congress and Senate in trying to reach a compromise , here the two sides are so far apart that you could drive a Mack Truck through the chasm of their division. The NFLPA led by Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has asked that the NFL open up its books for public scrutiny of which I for one don’t believe that the NFL hierarchy ( team owners ) would be willing to do because then the public would find out the lies that have been told by them as it concerns their overall finances . Certainly NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t issued a public statement on the matter . But you’re continuing hear from various sources in and outside the NFL that the two sides are getting closer to a compromise . If only that were so because it seems that neither side at this juncture is truly willing to given an inch in order to elicit any type of real compromise !

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FMCS Director George Cohen the federally appointed mediator to oversee the mediation process can’t be pleased with either side at this juncture and with the intransigence being shown by both sides. And should he have to render a decision here you can be sure that it will be one that will be beneficial to one side while being a total detriment to the other even if on appearance it seems to be fair.

With the original collective bargaining agreement having passed as of 3rd March and then summarily extended by 24 hours momentarily before the two sides opted in taking this past weekend off and then extending that deadline by a further seven days . Well with that deadline now expiring at midnight tonight it remains to see whether or not the idiocy will still continue . This much I’m definitely sure of , if these two sides can’t agree how best to split a $ 9 billion ( $9,000,000,000 ) industry in terms of its revenues whereby both sides can feel happy , then the fallout from this debacle will rest squarely upon the shoulders of the NFL , NFLPA and the owners evenly. Any sympathy that either side may well have been looking for from the fans and general public alike will have completely disappeared .

It certainly never ceases to amaze me with the naivete shown by the fans and the college coaches within collegiate athletics . Within the ranks especially of college basketball and football where these coaches are well compensated not only by the salaries paid to them by their respective institutions but also by way of commercial endorsements that are to be had by when their programs become successful. Is anyone now really surprised by the allegations that have been leveled against Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel ? Long thought of as being above reproach who runs an exemplary program we now find out that Tressel much like many of his peers within collegiate basketball and football is nothing more than a conniving cheat and a complete imbecile ! What might make matters worse concerning the allegations against the coach is the very fact that he knew and kept them hidden from the athletics department and faculty of the school. His initial stance was that he hadn’t thought anything improper had gone on concerning the fact a number of players on the team had been receipt of gift monetary and otherwise from independent parties . However , what might be even more disturbing about these allegations is the very fact the coach had been receipt of an e-mail from an attorney , Christopher Cicero who’d also been a player for the Buckeyes when Tressel was then an assistant coach with the program. In that communique it informs Tressel that a number of players on the team had actually been selling memorabilia for financial gain. That is in of-itself is a major transgression of NCAA rules and for the coach to even keep that fact hidden from the AD and school is tantamount to condoning the acts of the players rather than instigating an internal investigation.

Courtesy of USA Today

Ohio State punishment of Jim Tressel called ‘a little light’

By Erick Smith of USA Today

The head of a law firm that helps schools deal with the NCAA said the Ohio State punishment of Jim Tressel appears lenient.

Michael Buckner spoke with The Columbus Dispatch and offered his analysis of the two-game suspension and $250,000 fine given to Tressel by the school for failing to reveal information about possible violation by two of his players.


“Just looking at it, it may seem a little light, especially in light of the fact Tressel didn’t report it to the university within a reasonable period of time,” Buckner said.

The Dispatch noted the NCAA has sanctioned 27 schools since 2006 for violating bylaw 10.1, which requires coaches and others to be truthful and forthcoming about possible NCAA violations. Of the 12 coaches involved, only one kept his job. The others either resigned or were fired by their schools.

“In those periods when he had an opportunity and a duty to disclose, he failed to do so,” Buckner said. “I think the NCAA could also come back and add failure to monitor or failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance. Those are program violations.

“With those three (including the bylaw 10.1 violation), you could look at the two-game suspension and the fine to be the minimum.”

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Clearly here these transgressions by the players of which it now seems the coach had been fully are of at the time were serious enough to warrant an investigation. But with the coach apparently thinking that it was beneath him to actually take this finding to the athletics department beneath him and furthermore being somewhat complicit in trying to hide it all makes one now wonder what else has Jim Tressel suborned to in the past with regard to the football team’s program which may well have broken NCAA rules ? If this were a simple mistake on his part then perhaps one might understand but the act the coach itself was calculated and premeditated and that in spite of his formal public statement on the matter .

With the university having suspended the coach for the first two games of the program’s upcoming 2011 season and a fine of $250,000 being imposed on Jim Tressel they feel that the punishment befits the crime . But I’m not so sure that the NCAA themselves will feel it at all adequate given the fact that coaches have actually been fired or suspended for even longer terms , having violated such rules . But therein lies the actions of the NCAA , as they seemingly pick and choose whom they wish to punish with impunity in order to make an example of a program. Is it any wonder that the governing body of collegiate athletics can’t be taken seriously in terms of its standing and the actions they at times deem fit concerning not only the coaches but the athletes themselves when they’ve broken the rules ? There’s never any consistency as the punishment meted out and not once ever has a coach been financially penalized for any wrong doing on their part by the collegiate body that governs college athletics. If the rules are meant to cover those involved in collegiate athletics then surely the coaches and their staffs fall under those rules apart from the athletes themselves !

NCAA President Mark Emmert who only assumed the position full time in November of last year having served as the interim president whilst his predecessor the late Dr Myles Brand underwent chemotherapy has got his hands full dealing with many of the issues now facing that body. Not only has he got to prove to the public that the NCAA actually stands for something but also that they can be trusted to act impartially and when necessary do what is morally right instead of appearing certain programs over others. Moreover if there was a environment of transparency as it relates to the NCAA’s business dealings rather than a great deal of it being so secretive and done behind closed doors then perhaps the public and college sport’s fan in general may well feel that they can be trusted . Instead they might just be as disliked as the present administration , the Congress and Senate jointly . At this moment the jury is still out with a verdict so it’s anybody’s guess as to what their thought might be on the NCAA .

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Care To Tell Me What The NCAA Can Do Next To Make Themselves Look The Complete Ass ?


Care To Tell Me What The NCAA Can Do Next To Make Themselves Look The Complete Ass ?

Having lost both of his parents in the space of two years and now his maternal grandmother Kansas Jayhawks’ —– Thomas Robinson has been forced to take on the role of a parent in the care of his younger sibling , his nine year old sister. His grandmother was the child’s guardian and provided loving care and a home for the young girl .With no living immediate relative to take care of his younger sibling Robinson will now assume that control . Coach Bill Self , Robinson’s teammates and the University of Kansas will try to assist the player as best they can in making sure that this is a smooth transition for the Jayhawks’ player.

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One moment Robinson is riding on the crest of a wave on this Jayhawks’ basketball team the next moment he’s now taking the responsibilities of a young man who sought education and athletics as the next step in his career. Now he may well have to forgo that if he can’t find a means of looking after his sister’s well being. The NCAA rather idiotically has come out and made the statement that Robinson cannot accept any monetary gifts that would in any way assist him in his collegiate career even with his present predicament . Are those disingenuous and unemotional idiots really kidding ? How can they view the player’s situation as being one ordinary and one that’s not deserving of some latitude in this instance ? The college itself has set up an educational foundation that will indeed pay for the player’s sister future education and a trust fund has also been set up to take donations that will facilitate the care of the player’s sister.

The NCAA for its part has suggested they cannot change the rules even given this instance where Thomas Robinson finds himself in such an unenviable role being the guardian to his young sister. Personally while I understand the NCAA’s stance this is merely one more reason to my mind why it is that I find collegiate athletics’ highest governing body totally corrupt and completely lacking in common sense ! If ever there was a time to completely dismantle the organization now would be it and then replace with an institution that would be held more accountable and with even more transparency than it is said to show. We’re often told how concerned the institution is with the well being of the student athlete and how it governs collegiate athletics. But in reality the NCAA has simply become another multi billion dollar money making institution where in some cases its revenues derived is greater than that of some third world countries.

What might be even more unconscionable is the mere fact that while the NCAA has become the production line for the professional level of sports namely the NBA , NFL , NHL and MLB it goes without saying that riches that there are to be had is nothing compared to what those teams will continue to make in perpetuity off the names of the athletes associated with these sports. Even at the college level where now the NCAA is in the midst what is a civil suit of which Ed O’Bannon and recently NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson has added his name to, in charging that the NCAA has used their likeness in marketing and promoting the sport without there being reward to the players . And though one might argue that there isn’t any veracity to this argument because as such the athletes are amateurs the NCAA still profits greatly in the use of an athletes’ likeness even after they’ve turned professional and long after their college and professional careers are over . Please tell me in what other endeavor such a thing is allowed to happen and at the same time where players themselves aren’t allowed to profit from that specific practice ?

And while both sides aren’t willing to address the issue in public it has to be said that the thought of the NCAA and the power it now wields over the collegiate sports’ landscape is staggering and without merit. It’s rare that the body is challenged in any form and even rarer for the institution to actually suffer a defeat . It hasn’t happened at the judicial level in years and even within its own realm rarely has the NCAA been challenged by an educational establishment to the fact they can actually say they’ve won an outright victory. The incoming NCAA President Mark Emmert having taken over from the late Dr Myles Brand has essentially not changed how they operate and it has to be said it’s not been actually for the better.

I’d like to think that the NCAA can show compassion when needed but it appears that the institution is merely driven by its pursuit of money and not much else beyond that . And when greed has solely been your whole mantra to exist rather than that of the well being of the athletes and institution you preside over then the whatever befalls that body tends not to be a good on appearance or image alone. Is anyone really of the opinion that the NCAA has served the college athlete with any real distinction much less with any integrity for that matter ? Merely look at the NCAA’s actions recently and the fact that they can’t seems to show any impartiality as to the way it conducts its business and how they go about dealing with many of the issues they face with ever increasing regularity ?

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What thoughts if any do you have concerning the NCAA’s stance concerning Thomas Robinson and do you feel that they ought to make some sort of change to cover such an instance ? Merely offer up your own thoughts as how you best feel that this particular situation can be dealt with ?

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LAWRENCE, KS – January 29th 2011. (1) Brady Morningstar (12)of the Kansas Jayhawks is fouled as he passes to Markieff Morris (21) during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats on January 29, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images …..

(2) Kansas forward Thomas Robinson (0) blows a kiss to the crowd after an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Kansas won the game 90-66 . AP Photo/Charlie Riedel ……..

(3) Marcus Morris (22) of the Kansas Jayhawks and teammates cheer from the bench during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats on January 29, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images ………..

(4) Kansas coach Bill Self questions a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel …….

(5) Ranked #9 on the NBA’s list of all-time scorers Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson recently added his name to an ever increasing list of former college athletes charging that the NCAA has continued to use their likeness in a civil suit that seeks unspecified and punitive damages. No trial date hast been set for the trial for the trial to take place in the Federal Court System . Picture appears courtesy of Getty Images North America Inc/ Robert Moore …….

Alan aka tophatal …………..

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