Daily Archives: December 18, 2016

I got the music in me.

Regarding the ongoing debate in the comments section, if the problem with Sanford Stadium’s music is rap, why is the tuneage that delivers a sickness unto death with me there “Seven Nation Army”?  I mean, shit, Jack White can live a comfortable retirement now just on the royalties generated every time the PA system cranks out the opener to that.

The issue isn’t what they play nearly as much as it is when, how often and how loud they play what they play.

Dial the volume back from eleven, don’t feel the need to play something until the micro-second before the ball is snapped, replace the Jock Jam CDs you picked up at the local Walmart with someone who has at least a little feel for putting together a mix that has some spontaneity and crowd appeal to it and you’ll do wonders.

Above all, be mindful that we didn’t come to dance, but to watch a football game. It shouldn’t be that hard.



Filed under Georgia Football

Rebels with a cause, but without a clue

So it turns out the Minnesota boycott fizzled because the players were as appalled about what the details of the 80-page sexual assault investigation report disclosed as the rest of the public was.

The EOAA report, the result of the school’s federally mandated investigation of the alleged sexual assault, described in deep detail how a female student and more than 10 men were involved in an incident in the early morning of Sept. 2, hours after the Gophers’ first game of the season.

Sources said the release of the report and the players getting a chance to read the results of the investigation were the biggest factors in the decision to end the boycott. “Once they read the report,” one source said, the “narrative” of the boycott changed…

… Wolitarsky also read the team’s original boycott announcement Thursday, and he drew much of the national criticism from those who felt the players’ stance was tone-deaf toward sexual violence.

According to people close to the situation, Wolitarsky was shaken by the criticism, stressed and crying at times. He was especially torn after reading the investigation report.

“I learned a lot from these past couple days,” Wolitarsky said. “There are no right choices. There are no decisions that do not affect somebody else. This process has been extremely difficult, and I’m sure you all know how stressful this has been for everybody involved.”

Hey, this is America, land of the rush to conclusion without knowing the facts, so I can understand.  And while it’s easy to condemn the players for taking the stance they did, at least they had the sense to back off when the narrative no longer worked.  That’s more than you can say for some people.

That being said, let’s not give the adults a pass here, either.  Why the administration didn’t do a better job of heading things off by sharing some of the information in the EOAA report with the players instead of just standing by and letting the entire report get dropped into the public hamper is… well, I’d call it strange, except this is a university’s administration we’re talking about here.  It probably would have been stranger if the matter had been handled more competently from the beginning.

Then there’s the question of the head coach, who was either kept out of the information loop himself, or made a disastrous decision to side with the players despite knowing more than they did.  You can sympathize, if you like, about a man caught between a rock and a hard place, but in any event, he’s probably a dead man walking at this point.

Gophers coach Tracy Claeys will address the boycott lift when he meets the media after Sunday’s practice, a team spokesman said.

Claeys tweeted his feelings on the original boycott Thursday: “Have never been more proud of our kids. I respect their rights & support their effort to make a better world!”

Other Gophers coaches voiced their support for the players, too. Since that stance ran contrary to Kaler and Coyle’s, they were asked if those gestures might impact their future at the university.

“Coaches are in a challenging position,” Kaler said. “They need to support their players. At the same time, they need to be responsible for their actions, and there are times in which those two demands put coaches in very difficult positions. We’ll talk about that with them and try to improve both their understanding and our understanding.”

Yeah.  And if their understanding is that you belong somewhere else, they do hope you’ll understand that.


Filed under Look For The Union Label

“We’re not governed by the NCAA.”

If you need any more evidence that amateurism was purely the result a lucky historical set of circumstances the NCAA fell into, read this story about the rise of e-sports on college campuses — UC Irvine is offering scholarships now — and the complete silence of collegiate athletics’ governing institution in response.

Deppe is skeptical that the NCAA, or any other independent third party, will soon be calling the shots on collegiate e-sports. His main reason: E-sports games are owned by game publishers, who control all intellectual property rights associated with their products. If anyone would have the power to define the difference between amateur and professional status, for example, it would be companies like Riot or Blizzard.

(I sent several requests to the NCAA asking how it was approaching e-sports but received only a short email from a spokesperson saying that she had not “seen any NCAA programs that have this in their sport sponsorship.” When I followed up asking for more clarity, and identifying UC Irvine example, I received no further response.)

That’s our Stacey.


Filed under The NCAA

Nick who?

Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald may be the most underrated player in the SEC today.  Check out a couple of stats:

A sophomore starting for the first time this year leads the conference in total yards. Fitzgerald’s killed it over the last month-plus of the season (last four games against SEC West teams). This, on a 5-7 MSU team that wasn’t exactly loaded with talent this season.

Hmmm… maybe that Dan Mullen fella can coach a little offense.


Filed under SEC Football, Strategery And Mechanics

“It’s always been talked about.”

You’re Greg McGarity.  You’ve successfully raised over thirty million dollars to build an IPF you couldn’t find the time for until you got called out in public over it by an assistant football coach.

The damned thing’s built now.  Are you really gonna let the football team use it, just like that?  I’m not talking about making sure the joint is up to code before you let the players in.  I’m talking about losing a revenue source.  Why not charge ’em rent?  I mean, it costs money to run it; the cleanup and maintenance costs alone have to be a bear.  Add in running the air conditioning on those hot August afternoons and the wear and tear on the roof when they have to go inside because of rain, sleet, hail and snow… that’s got to be a pretty penny.

Hey, it’s not like anyone made any guarantees about practicing indoors when these kids were recruited.  Herschel Walker didn’t need an IPF to win a natty and a Heisman, did he?

Okay, I keed, I keed…  although, now that I think about it, what about asking the donors to pony up for those operating expenses?  If they could come up with an extra $15 mil for the building, who’s to say they couldn’t check to see what’s under the couch cushions and toss that into the kitty, too?  Do it for the kids, folks.  (Or the reserve fund.  Whatever works.)

The Donald M. Leebern, Jr. Indoor Practice Facility HVAC System has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?


Filed under Georgia Football