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Craig James

[ 45 ] December 13, 2011 |

One of the least savory individuals in the extremely corrupt world of college football is running for the Senate from the great state of Texas. That is none other than the legendary Craig James, probably the most widely loathed commentator in televised sports. James has used his ESPN platform to promote his conservative causes, what should be a violation of ESPN policy but something he gets away with. He also had Texas Tech coach Mike Leach fired when he claimed that Leach punished his son for having a concussion by forcing him into a shed, a charge that seems way exaggerated if not an outright falsehood. When ESPN writer Bruce Feldman, one of the most respected journalists within college football, wrote a book on Leach, Feldman presented Leach’s side. James then used his influence at ESPN to get Feldman suspended without pay. Public outcry led to Feldman’s reinstatement, but he left soon after. ESPN’s own ombudsman said that James’ influence led to biased coverage against Leach, but James remained the golden boy.

Never mind that James is a horrible commentator, what does he have on ESPN executives that he remains on the air year after year? As far as I can tell, literally no one likes him. Even leading college football writers like Stewart Mandel openly show their contempt for James.

I don’t really know whether James can win the Republican primary. If there’s one thing I know about Texas Republicans, whoever is the craziest and has the money will win. James is a football hero in Texas and has big-time name recognition, even though he lacks political experience. It ought to be an exercise in wearing tinfoil hats if nothing else.


LGM Bowl Mania

[ 3 ] December 8, 2011 |

As per request, I have created an ESPN Bowl Mania group for LGM. Note that the group uses the “confidence” system, the misunderstanding of which invariably results in disappointed expectations. Prize for winning, etc.  First game is December 17.

Group: Lawyers, Guns and Money

Password: zevon

Paterno Gone

[ 91 ] November 9, 2011 |

I spoke too soon.

Both football coach Joe Paterno and president Graham Spanier are out at Penn State in the wake of a disturbing child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach.

Paterno said in a statement Wednesday that he would retire after the season, but the university’s board of trustees met Wednesday night and decided Paterno would not be allowed to continue as coach. Assistant coach Tom Bradley has been named interim coach.

Spanier chose to resign Wednesday and will be replaced temporarily by provost Rodney Erickson.

Paterno has been besieged by criticism since Jerry Sandusky, his former defensive coordinator, was charged over the weekend with 40 criminal counts of molesting eight young boys between 1994 and 2009 through his charitable foundation for at-risk youths, The Second Mile. Sandusky is free on bail and has a Dec. 7 court hearing.


Go Ducks!

[ 10 ] November 5, 2011 |

For the first time in seven years, the Oregon-Washington game may be competitive.  I am constitutionally required to post this:

This is a Pain that Will Linger

[ 21 ] September 10, 2011 |

My advice to Notre Dame fans is to drink until the pain over, and not to worry overmuch about what’s worse, the pain or the hangover.

Parental Rant of the Day

[ 31 ] September 9, 2011 |

Chances that I would pay the faculty discount rate of $38 to watch the Kentucky Wildcats host the Central Michigan Chippewas at Commonwealth Stadium? Decent enough, until I read the following:

Q: Does my infant/toddler need a ticket for a football game?

A: Yes. All individuals, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter Commonwealth Stadium.

Compare this to the Cincinnati Reds child policy:

Great American Ball Park offers complimentary admission to children 3 years of age and under. However, we do request that these children sit on their parents’ or guardians’ laps and not occupy additional seats. Promotional giveaway items are only available for ticketed guests. Tickets for children four years and older are priced the same as adult tickets.

Prospects for the Central Michigan game to sellout? Not so much. Damn those high player salaries for driving up ticket prices!

University of Miami Football, Basically Finished Forever

[ 64 ] August 16, 2011 |

This very detailed and well-researched Yahoo expose of Miami Hurricanes football should only bury them for the next several decades:

A University of Miami booster, incarcerated for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, has told Yahoo! Sports he provided thousands of impermissible benefits to at least 72 athletes from 2002 through 2010.

In 100 hours of jailhouse interviews during Yahoo! Sports’ 11-month investigation, Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro described a sustained, eight-year run of rampant NCAA rule-breaking, some of it with the knowledge or direct participation of at least seven coaches from the Miami football and basketball programs. At a cost that Shapiro estimates in the millions of dollars, he said his benefits to athletes included but were not limited to cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players), travel and, on one occasion, an abortion.

• Prostitution: Shapiro named 39 Miami players or prospective recruits who he says received prostitution paid for by the booster. Due to the sensitivity of the claims, Yahoo! Sports has chosen not to reveal the names of the players Shapiro claims were involved. However, two players confirmed the booster paid for sexual favors for themselves and others during their careers with the Hurricanes.

As for Shapiro, he said his role in arranging for prostitutes encountered various cosmetic changes over time. From 2002 to 2003, the booster said he used a handful of hotels to either make the services of prostitutes available to individual players, or throw “parties” where services were made available to multiple players. The booster said he would use connections with escorts or at local strip clubs to arrange for the availability of women.

In individual situations, he would set up a player with a hotel room and have a woman sent to their location. In group settings, Shapiro said he would use the Mercury Hotel in South Beach, where he would purchase multiple rooms where array of women would be made available to a large group of players. The rooms were typically registered under the alias “Teddy Dupay” – a reference to the former University of Florida point guard whose 5-foot-9 stature and features were similar to the 5-foot-5 Shapiro.

Shapiro described one such party in graphic detail, taking place at the Mercury Hotel during Miami’s off-week in September of 2002 and featuring multiple women hired to have sex with players. The booster said he rented out several suites on a single night and entertained a handful of Hurricanes players.

Wow. We all know the world of big-time college athletics is corrupt beyond belief. But I’ve never read anything that exposes the dark underbelly so thoroughly.

Moreover, the compliance officer at Miami at the time was the same individual most responsible for USC’s harsh probation in the Reggie Bush case.

So basically Miami is screwed beyond all belief.

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[ 72 ] May 30, 2011 |

The Ohio State University: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Ducks Practice Indoors Whenever Possible…

[ 8 ] March 15, 2011 |

OHSA found to have anti-Irish bias!

The 20-year-old Notre Dame student who was killed when the hydraulic lift he was on fell over as he filmed the football team on a windy day had expressed displeasure about practice being held outside, according to a state report released Tuesday.

Declan Sullivan wasn’t happy when he found out the team would be practicing outside last Oct. 27, assistant video coordinator Reuel Joaquin told an Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration investigator.

Sullivan’s response was, “Aw man, this sucks,” Joaquin told investigator Jerry Marquell. Less than an hour earlier, Sullivan had tweeted his concerns about what he described as “terrifying” weather.

“Gusts of wind up to 60 mph today will be fun at work … I guess I’ve lived long enough,” he wrote.

Joaquin also told the investigator that he and video coordinator Tim Collins had decided not to put a female videographer on a lift until midway through practice because it wasn’t necessary and “so we would not scare her.”

Well, then. I suppose it’s all okay. Notre Dame will certainly miss the $77000…

Go Ducks

[ 30 ] January 10, 2011 |

Either we shall quack of tonight’s exploits from this day to the ending of the  University of Oregon, or we shall never speak of them again.  For the record, take the Ducks straight up if you can, plus the points if you can’t.  I don’t think that Auburn’s defense can stop the Ducks, and I do think that the Ducks D can slow down the Tigers.

It Begins…

[ 4 ] January 8, 2011 |

Don’t Fuck with the Ducks!

Bad Day at the Big Ten

[ 32 ] January 1, 2011 |

Has any conference ever lost five bowl games in the same day?

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