Sally Jenkins is still spitting fire.
A fundamental fact has been vividly on display for the past month of tournament play: The NCAA sells kids commercially without their consent for more than $1 billion per year. Athletes, in challenging this peonage debt-servitude system like never before in lawsuits and campaigns such as #NotNCAAProperty, have raised the question of whether the NCAA should continue to exist in its current power configuration. The answer is no, for the simple reason that the governing body has utterly perverted the definition of “amateur.”
The term amateur doesn’t mean “for free.” It never did. It comes from the French “amateur,” which in turn comes from the Latin word “amator.” Lover.
For the love of. That’s what it means.
Where is it written that to play a game for love, collegians must be strip-mined by universities of their worth and economic rights, and forced to fulfill commercial agreements that they aren’t even entitled to read — for free? Suggs and McDonald have never signed a deal with AT&T, yet they just spent a month of their ephemeral and perhaps fleeting athletic lives peddling 5G cellphone plans for which they will not see a cent. Why? Because “amateurism.”
Ain’t it grand?
Really, this is close to perfect.
With the federal government about to write $1.9 trillion worth of checks — some of which will even reach the pockets of the poor souls who need them most after nearly a year of financial suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic — perhaps discovering that the University of Tennessee football program is going to pay one Kevin Steele close to $900,000 NOT TO WORK isn’t that big a deal.
So even if I can’t wait to read Steele’s upcoming book “How to Become an (Almost) Millionaire in Seven Short Weeks While Doing Nothing,” I suppose we’re all supposed to just shrug this off as the cost of doing business when you’ve been as bad at business as UT football has the past decade or so.
$900,000 for seven weeks of NOTHING?
The only thing missing is a crack about that cryptic comment from UT’s head honcho about the SEC providing financial help. But I’m just quibbling.
[Ed. note: The first person who takes this post as an invitation to opine about the bill (you know the bill I’m talking about) will be unceremoniously placed in time out. So don’t do it.]
This made me laugh out loud.
Succinct, but fair ($$):
Instead, we’ve got UCF North. Or North UCF? How about UCF-Knoxville? A slight rearranging of the letters in UCFK creates the exact word a large percentage of the Tennessee fan base said when Heupel’s hire became public, and exactly what zero percent of fans of other SEC teams said.
I didn’t think anything could make me smile about yesterday’s events at the Capitol…
I needed that.
DavetheDawg is my hero. He should be yours, too.
I can’t imagine anything more 2020 than that. You listening, football gods?
Easily the best lede of any piece I’ve read so far this season:
The “We led Georgia at halftime and Alabama didn’t” T-shirts aren’t exactly flying off the shelves in Knoxville this week.
If those actually exist, they’re soon to be seen in footage from some third-world country.
Believe it or not, the best write up of last night’s game I’ve come across so far is in the Washington Post. A sample:
First, Bennett faced a scary rush from Big Kat Bryant and Derick Hall, ran like a wise man to his left and threw to Jackson for 17 yards along the left sideline. Everything awakened. Cylinders began to look oiled. White, one of two excellent backs for a program that often seems to have two excellent backs, scored easily from the 1 through a hole through which a pandemic food-delivery truck could drive. The Georgia offense with new coordinator Todd Monken, which in another edition finished 46th in the country in yards per play last year, and 72nd in passing offense, began to flirt with an unfamiliar adjective: unstoppable.
Inject that directly into my veins, please.
In summing up last season’s offensive approach, it’s gonna be hard to top “UGA offensive Plan B was outstanding Defense.“ for succinctness. No matter how Kirby Smart doth otherwise protest too much.
Pete Fiutak looks at how the SEC season shapes up after the new scheduling is disclosed and tosses out this one-liner:
Fans of Tennessee won’t be happy with 5-5, but Charlotte, Furman and Troy were supposed to make this a special year…
Seriously, that may be the greatest throwaway line of Fiutak’s career.