Category Archives: It’s All Just Made Up And Flagellant

Amateurism is whatever the NCAA says it is.

Really, how can you argue with rock solid logic like this?

It’s like the old “we’re just haggling over the price” joke come to life.


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“The Gators have done it!”

This almost reads as parody.

Florida wins the national championship in only 1.2% of our simulations, but none of that matters if the simulation that happens is one of the 1.2%. So congrats, Gators fans, you won it all. And if 2020 plays out a different way for Florida? Well you’ll always have that time when your 1% chance became reality — on the internet.

Your Daily Gator will take that.  Thanks, Mickey!

(h/t JP McDonough)


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Don’t be dragging the football program into this one, guys.

Yesterday, our beloved institution got its ass handed to it publicly after taking the stance that football has a higher priority than voting, this at a place where it deemed it safe for students to attend classes in person.

“We cancelled tailgating, so we can’t have on-campus voting” is a helluva message.  After being abused — justifiably — for that for hours, a strategic retreat eventually was announced.

Embarrassing, and completely unnecessary.  I’m beginning to think I’ve been too hard on Greg McGarity by singling him out for making inept public statements.  He fits right in with the shoot yourself in the foot culture at UGA.



Now, that wasn’t so hard, was it?


Filed under Georgia Football, It's All Just Made Up And Flagellant

Pants on fire

C’mon, now.

One of the nation’s most respected university presidents plans to tell Congressional lawmakers on Tuesday that college programs do not sponsor athletics with the purpose of generating revenue.

“The business model for college athletics is greatly misunderstood by the public,” Wisconsin chancellor Rebecca Blank says in written testimony. “We’re not running sports to primarily make money.”

Primarily is doing a shit-ton of heavy lifting there.  After all, when they say it’s not about the money…


UPDATE:  Paging Jimmy Sexton!


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One born every minute

The grift, she is strong.

For years, Travis, who also hosts a gambling show on Fox Sports and runs a website called Outkick, has been building a brand partly rooted in attacking progressive athletes and accusing ESPN of liberal bias. But this summer, as the pandemic, protests over racial injustice and the approaching election collided with the return of sports, Travis’s nascent mini-media empire has morphed into the go-to platform for Republicans hoping to win over sports fans.

… The motivation is clear for politicos, said Republican strategist Jim Hobart, given Travis’s audience of red-state SEC fans.

“These sports issues can be a very effective base motivator,” he explained. “They can drive donor interest, especially small-donor interest, and the reason they are going on with Clay is that he reaches the same audience that they are trying to reach.”

For Travis, the calculation may be riskier. After spending years lambasting the politicization of sports and arguing about the business downsides of activism, his own politics may be impacting his long-term position in sports media.

He’s not hiding anything, because he doesn’t feel the need to hide anything, which says a lot about what he thinks of the people he’s pitching his shtick to.

“Stick to sports” is profitable in this day and age, if you know how to sell it.  And whom to sell it to.


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“If the season was to start tomorrow, [a bubble] is the only way we could do it.”


Just a reminder that the people running college athletics — you know, the ones who righteously insist that college athletes are college students first and foremost — are nothing but a bunch of hypocritical assholes:

Every week since the novel coronavirus pandemic hit in March, canceling most of the Big East Tournament and the entire NCAA Tournament, the league’s athletic directors have met virtually. And as the fall nears, and the college basketball season gets closer, they have begun talking about the possibility of a bubble for men’s and women’s basketball to safely play a conference season.

“We definitely talk about it. There’s been discussions in every meeting since June about different concepts and over the last two-to-three weeks we’ve had presentations of some early ideas from the league office, how [a bubble] could look,” St. John’s athletic director Mike Cragg told The Post. “I’m not in favor of a three-month bubble or the whole season. That’s not practical. I am interested in short bursts of a bubble. If you can create a two- or three-week bubble and play six or eight games, I think that makes a lot of sense.”

Are there problems implementing such a plan?  Sure.

There is, of course, a lot that would be needed to happen for a bubble to be created. For one, it would have to be affordable. All the schools are either going to virtual learning or a hybrid approach, so players wouldn’t miss classes. And the TV partner, Fox, would have to be on board. At that point, the league’s presidents could be given the parameters of the plan and hold a vote.

“It takes a lot of things. It’s not just, ‘Here’s 13 guys, here’s another 13 guys, let’s go play a game,’ ” Cragg said. “It’s an investment.”

Fortunately for Cragg and his ilk, none of them involve making sure the kids are college students first.

It’s gonna be something watching these people twist themselves in rhetorical knots once some semblance of normalcy returns and they go back to defending their business model like nothing happened.


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Sounded good at the time

Looking back at some of the things Mark Emmert said under oath for O’Bannon in the harsh light of pandemic hindsight is pretty damned funny.

Sure, Mark.

Just like Joe Burrow.  And let’s not forget all the integration going on at North Carolina right now.

And, the topper.

I sure hope there’s a lot more discovery in Emmert’s future, because the potential for comedic masterworks in spin is off the charts.


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I got ‘yer bubble right here.

North Carolina, saying the quiet part out loud:

While the campus spikes are disconcerting, North Carolina has possibly paved a path to the most logical plan for universities seeking to compete in fall 2020: play and train on a campus without students.

Once thought of as impossible months ago—even some conference commissioners denouncing it—UNC football players are continuing on-campus preparations for the 2020 season while students are attending digital classes, many of them back home. During a news conference on Tuesday, coach Mack Brown even acknowledged the advantage of a campus without in-person classes. Most UNC football players were already enrolled in online-only classes, but now with students not bustling about, the bubble enveloping the Tar Heels has a better shot of remaining intact. “It helps us create a better seal and a better bubble around our program,” Brown said. “The NBA (bubble) model is working. They’ve had very few distractions.”

College leaders have taken notice of the happenings in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels have, maybe accidentally, acquired what many around college athletics believe is the only sure way to have a season. They’ve got themselves a real, live college bubble—the envy of the rest of the nation.

“What they’ve done is created a bubble,” says one athletic director whose team is still planning to play this fall. “If there is a positive, some of their coaches are probably like, ‘Thank you!’”

Let’s be honest here.  If the goal is, first and foremost, to protect college athletes, based on what we know presently, isolating them away from the general student body is the most prudent course of action.

Problem is, that’s not the most prudent course of action if the goal is, first and foremost, to protect college athletics’ business model.

Proponents of the plan view it as a harmless measure to potentially save an industry from financial ruin. Detractors see it as another example of big-money college executives treating athletes differently than they do regular students, more proof that football players should get a cut of the NCAA’s monetary pie. In the meantime, this is all unfolding during a pivotal time. NCAA leaders are clinging to the last vestiges of their amateur model in a fight on Capitol Hill over athlete compensation, encouraging Congress to pass a federal NIL bill that includes a host of player restrictions.

Ellen Zavian, a former NFL agent who is now a law professor at George Washington, believes the NCAA’s decades-old argument in legal fights—we treat student-athletes the same as students—will fall apart with schools sponsoring on-campus athletics with no in-person classes. “You ever hear the saying, ‘Your actions are so deafening that I can’t hear what you’re saying?’” says Zavian. “This will be used to say that schools are treating athletes like essential employees and they should be getting hazard pay.”

For this reason and others, college athletics officials and medical experts have spent most of the summer detailing the impracticality of a college bubble. It’s virtually implausible, they say. “You can’t bubble college athletes or cocoon them away like the (pros),” says Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease physician who sits on the NCAA COVID-19 advisory panel. It’s an easier endeavor to sequester paid athletes for months as opposed to unpaid amateurs, who exist in college campuses in the middle of college towns, both teaming with temptations…

Plus, optics.

But above all, a bubble is implausible in college for one reason. “When the students all come back to campus, there is no bubble, because they’ve got to go to class,” a team doctor told SI this summer. “If we’re going to move forward and say they are student-athletes, then they’ve got to go to class.”

But what if there are no in-person classes?

I’d like to see Mark Emmert try that move in his next testimony before Congress.


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Today, in I heard it on the Internet, so it must be true

Take it from somebody who’s been there a few times himself — before you embrace as gospel some social media story you find compelling, make sure it’s for real first.


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That’s why they pay him the big bucks, folks.

Ask Mark Emmert about player compensation, about NIL rights or about any other pocketbook issue and he’ll solemnly intone that college athletics must have a uniform approach or its world as we know it will end, but ask him about a real existential crisis affecting the same and here’s what you get:

The man is a fucking joke.


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