Someone should buy one of these for Chip Towers.
(h/t Dawg Sports)
College football hasn’t really been an inspiring source of stories for Hollywood.
He was a more convincing hobbit.
So it’s a little surprising to me that this book has been fast-tracked. Don’t get me wrong – Michael Lewis is one of my favorites, but I’m curious how this turns out.
Although from this quote, I’m not getting my hopes up too high:
… When the studio won a bidding war last October for the film rights to the just-published book, Lewis (“Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” “Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street”) had this to say of the Hollywood system:
“It’s a process that’s mystifying to me,” he griped in an interview with Fortune, referring to stalled adaptations of his other books at Sony and Warner Bros. “A producer buys the book and then hires someone who knows nothing about the material to write the screenplay as if it’s an independent expertise that has nothing to do with the subject. And then for $1 million they write a bad screenplay, and the studio loses interest.”
Besides, if it’s Memphis recruiting that’s compelling to Fox, there’s a much juicier story out there for the telling.
Phase One of T. Boone Pickens’ master plan for endowing Oklahoma State’s athletic department with millions of dollars from people dying was a raging success. In fact, it went so well, that the school is on to Phase Two. (Great headline, by the way.)
As the old saying goes, in for a penny, in for a pound.
Sadly – but not unexpectedly – it looks like this may be the start of a trend.
Missouri is considering the model. Another Big 12 school, Texas A&M, reportedly has inquired about the details.
“Certainly, it’s something that’s intriguing a lot of us right now in higher education,” Missouri athletic director Mike Alden said. “But the sense that it feels ‘morbid’ to some people is something we have to consider.”
Yeah, that morbidity stuff can be awkward, no doubt. The thing is, if you’re an athletic director worth your salt, you’ve just got to come up with the right way to finesse the potentially squeamish:
When asked during the recent Big 12 Conference meetings in Colorado Springs if the University of Texas might consider a similar fundraising strategy, UT athletic director DeLoss Dodds said: “We looked at something like that about 10 years ago. … It just seemed there were some issues with it that, um, we didn’t feel comfortable with. It’s one thing if donors came to us (about life insurance). We didn’t want to go to them with the idea.”
Any bets on how many Big XII programs have similar “innovations” within the next ten years or so?
(h/t The Wizard of Odds)