Again, one of those couldn’t-resist-posting items:
Category Archives: Political Wankery
Couldn’t let this baby pass.
Who’s the Trump campaign’s long snappah?
UPDATE: Remember, they both have Herschel in common.
There’s an interesting story at USA Today about CFB head coaches endorsing political candidates.
On the one hand, I kind of sympathize with Mike Leach, who endorsed Donald Trump earlier this year, when he says,
“I think people in general are afraid to take a position on things, and I think it’s sad that our country drifted in that direction,” Leach said. “Some of that started with political correctness. You know, nobody is allowed to say anything unless everybody agrees on it, and we have to guess whether or not they’re going to agree on it before we ever say it. That’s ridiculous. That’s not the country we signed on for and that’s not why not we say the Pledge of Allegiance and have the First Amendment.”
On the other hand, I get this approach, too.
At Texas A&M, the employment contract for football coach Kevin Sumlin says that Sumlin “will not publicly endorse any political figure or cause.” This has been a university policy for A&M employees since 2008.
“The rationale is that coaches are state employees, and they cannot be seen as attempting to influence, elections or political donations,” said Jason Cook, senior associate athletics director at A&M.
Besides, I can see how it would be bad for business. Would Georgia have gotten the change to the open records law it sought if Kirby Smart were an open-throated Bernie Sanders supporter?
Rest assured, America, whenever there’s a sick mascot deserving of our sympathy, there’s always an opportunity for PETA.
Maybe it’s just me, but as far as creative financing goes, this sounds like it’s got Georgia Tech written all over it:
For years, sports teams have tried to defray the multimillion-dollar costs of their new stadiums by asking fans to pay thousands for personal seat licenses that entitle them to buy season tickets.
Flávio Augusto da Silva is taking the concept further. In what may be the first deal of its kind, Mr. da Silva, the majority owner of Orlando City of Major League Soccer, is asking investors from Brazil, China and elsewhere to pay $500,000 each for a stake in the stadium he is building near downtown Orlando. In return, the foreign investors receive annual dividends, two season tickets and something even more valuable: a green card that allows them, their spouses and sometimes even their children to live and work in the United States.
The visa offer is legal, and it uses a 25-year-old federal program, known as EB-5, that is under renewed scrutiny in Congress. Created in 1990, the program was intended to help pay for infrastructure projects in rural areas and poor urban neighborhoods. After bank lending dried up in the last recession, developers turned to the program to finance hotels, condominiums and other projects from Manhattan to Miami. As a result, the number of EB-5 visas awarded grew to almost 9,000 last year, from fewer than 100 in 2003.
Green cards, infrastructure projects and poor urban neighborhoods? That pretty much checks every box Tech could point to for money to spruce up Bobby Dodd Stadium. Now, if they could only figure out a way for coaching salaries to qualify as infrastructure projects…
I realize I risk opening up a can of worms with this post about America’s latest outrage du jour, but I can’t help it, because this was literally my exact thought the first time I heard about the silliness.
In fact, the only time Barnes was ever confronted with the bathroom/sex issue was during a football game at Sanford Stadium, Barnes told the audience.
He was in the men’s bathroom when four or five women burst in and said, “Move over, boys.”
The women’s room was backed up, and they knew there would be more space in the men’s room, Barnes told his audience in UGA’s volleyball arena in the Ramsey Student Center.
“Don’t worry. There’s nothing we haven’t seen before,” they assured the men, Barnes said.
Been there, done that, alright.
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to be a bathroom monitor at Sanford Stadium facing a horde of desperate women intent on breaking the law by using the wrong bathroom. When you gotta go, you gotta go.
A little of this, a little of that…
- Tyler Catalina’s getting ready for his “business trip” to Athens.
- Coming soon to a college jersey near you? Don’t scoff; I can see a cash strapped mid-major grabbing this kind of ad revenue.
- If NFL careers are supposed to be the benchmark for judging college players, shouldn’t Matt Stafford be one of the SEC’s top five quarterbacks of the last decade?
- Kirby Smart won’t call the defenses on game day.
- Would the Big Ten coaches stand up to Jim Delany and demand that part of the conference’s TV contract stay with ESPN?
- Who could have guessed that the career of the Speaker of Alabama’s House started with the public relations push for Hershel Walker’s 1982 Heisman Trophy?
- The offseason’s most dreaded four words: said in a statement.
- Dawg Post takes a look at what’s changed with Georgia’s recruiting this year. I don’t really see much to the piece, but your impression may differ.