Liberal amateurism

Shorter David Brooks:  if the right ran colleges and college athletics, the players still wouldn’t get paid, but at least everyone would be happy about it.

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39 responses to “Liberal amateurism

  1. Zdawg

    NEWSFLASH: Colleges exploit their elite athletes for monetary gain. The NFL exploits colleges as a free minor league system. Niether have any incentive to change the situation. The only change I see happening here is if something were to be forced upon these two institutions. That ain’t happening anytime soon. Next story please 😉

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  2. D.N. Nation

    Today’s left-leaning historians generally excoriate the amateur ideal for its snobbery and the hypocrisy it engendered. The movie “Chariots of Fire” popularized their critique. In the film, the upholders of the amateur ideal are snobbish, anti-Semitic reactionaries. The heroes are unabashedly commercial and practical. Modern and free-thinking, they pay people so they can win.

    Thus did the left-wing critique welcome the corporate domination of sport.

    Ooh, I can play this game, too!

    Today’s left-leaning historians generally conclude that meatpacking plants at the beginning of the 20th century had huge health and safety violations. In their view, thumbs in meat wasn’t a good thing. They uphold Upton Sinclair’s work.

    Thus did the left-wing critique of the meatpacking industry welcome the rise of Hitler.

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  3. Mayor of Dawgtown

    The Bobby Jones example used by Brooks has nothing to do with amateurism. It has to do with playing by the rules. Golfers in PGA Tour events ant top amateur events all the time even now.

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  4. gatriguy

    David Brooks is the same guy that thought our Teleprompter in Chief was going to be a great president because of the crease in his pants….so let’s take anything he says with a grain of salt.

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    • D.N. Nation

      He also said that Obama would be a *bad* president because he couldn’t connect with people in an Applebee’s salad bar line (note: Applebee’s doesn’t even have a salad bar, much like Brooks doesn’t even have an editor, it would appear).

      No political persuasion in this country should be punished with claiming Brooks. He’s a moron when he bashes liberals, he’s a moron when he bashes conservative. And apparently he can’t talk about sports without wetting his pants. Hack.

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    • Dog in Fla

      President Carebear has abused and used David so much that it has adversely affected his sportswriting ability

      http://driftglass.blogspot.com/2011/09/man-who-mistook-his-president-for-hat.html

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  5. Derek

    Why is that the wingers think it’s so clever to throw out their dumb little barbs. For example it wouldn’t be shocking to see some idiot say “bobo is the Obama of play calling heh, heh, heh” but when confronted with how demonstrably backward and stupid wingers are, they insist that this blog be limited to sports,? Just curious.

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  6. just wondering

    It says David Brooks became a New York Times Op-Ed columnist in September 2003. What the hell is a Op-Ed columnist?

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  7. David Brooks defending a status quo whereby the suits at the top rake in all the profits while the guys at the bottom doing all the hard labor get table scraps? I am shocked.

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    • H-Town Dawg

      So you think that a student receiving a full scholarship constitutes “table scraps?” Interesting…

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      • Mike

        Very interesting comment. Brooks wasn’t defending the status quo. It was an indictment on the NCAA and Universities for taking the “amateurism” out of College Sports.

        It’s funny to read these comments. The lefties and the righties are not happy with what he’s saying…based on that logic, he’s probably spot on.

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      • M

        They don’t receive a full scholarship. They receive a one-year renewable scholarship, renewable at the discretion of the coaching staff. The one- year scholarship actually only covers nine months. It doesn’t cover the summer months when they are at “voluntary” workouts to keep their spot (hence, no meal plan during this time either… while the NCAA forbids them to have a job).

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        • tmfwoof

          Right. The scholarship covers a lot, but not it isn’t a free ride. That’s why many players also receive Pell grants.

          Also, when everyone thinks someone is full of crap, both left and right, “logic” does not mean that person must be right, no more than rain on your wedding day is “ironic.” It could also mean, wow, that person is a moron, which tends to be the case with Brooks.

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  8. aristoggle

    Don’t criticize a President, sitting or out of office, unless you’ve been in the arena.

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  9. W Cobb Dawg

    Since we’ve entered the political arena, I’ll share my thoughts on last night’s debate. Candidate 1 said blah, blah, blah, and the crowd yelled YEA! Candidate B said blah, blah, blah, and the crowd yelled BOO! The one who gets more corporate contributions wins.

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    • Karl Rove

      You understand the political system quite well. Would you like to work for me on the next campaign assignment for my organization?

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  10. donkeydawg

    You guys do whatever you want. But as someone who has to read and write incessantly about politics all week long, I’m more interested today in football completely divorced from any social or moral significance. Indeed, this is perhaps the first autumn Saturday I can recall when I’ve read anything by or about David Brooks. His Bobos (and he is a perfect projection of the type, believe me) are more likely to handle snakes on Sunday than to watch college football on Saturday.

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  11. flukebucket

    Senator is there any chance in hell you would consider live blogging the next Republican debate? This country desperately needs a candidate that will wear pointed toed cowboy boots, saucer sized belt buckles, blue jeans and occasionally shoot a pistol up into the air but I don’t believe Palin is gonna run.

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  12. Karl Rove

    Rick Perry…stay tuned.

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