Category Archives: Political Wankery

College lives matter?

Interesting quote here:

Washington State receiver Gabe Marks provided a thoughtful response when asked why there are fewer college football players involved in the protest movement started by Colin Kaepernick.

“College football players are more, if you could believe it, they’re more of a number than NFL players are even. You know what I mean?” Marks said. “The NCAA and schools kind of like can monitor everything that college athletes do. Twitter and stuff like that. It would be kind of scary if you are a college athlete and you tried to take a stand and then the athletic director or something like that, or your coach comes and says, ‘Hey, what are you doing? That’s super un-American,’ or something like that.

“You’d probably be scared of the consequences that could be enforced on you at that point and a lot of guys in college and in the NFL don’t really want to get into the trouble of it, you know what I mean? Because it’s a pretty big stance you take and there’s a lot of backlash that comes with that. Kids don’t want people hating them, let’s be honest. A grown man has more of a ability to be just like ‘Whatever, I believe what I believe in.'”

Leverage and control, baby.  That’s what college football is all about.  And that’s why what happened at Missouri last year generated the reaction it did.


Filed under College Football, Political Wankery

Gun Owners’ lives matter.

Really, this is just awesome.  Damned control freak head coaches…


Filed under Political Wankery, SEC Football

“A school decision”

It’s an ugly storm, and I don’t wish for anything bad on anyone who has to deal with the effects of it, but I can’t help but wonder about karma when you hear local officials try to justify playing the Georgia-South Carolina game.

Richland County Council Chairman Torrey Rush said he has no issues with the sheriff’s department, which employs 700 officers, stepping into the game as long as there are enough deputies to cover the rest of the county.

But no extra help will come from Columbia Police for the game. Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said he already has officers committed to assignments related to the state evacuation plan and other tasks related to Hurricane Matthew.

Holbrook was diplomatic when asked about holding the game during a weather crisis: “It is not my place to provide an opinion as it relates to any decisions made by the University of South Carolina.”

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said “preservation of life” is the city’s top priority, but added, “I do know that USC football games are very important to the local economy.”

I hope that’s not your political epitaph, Mayor.


UPDATE:  Chip Towers doesn’t think, ultimately, it’s about the money.

No, if you ask me, the bigger issue here is South Carolina’s competitive edge. Let’s face it, the Gamecocks’ ability to win this game decreases dramatically if it is played anywhere else. South Carolina (2-3, 1-3 SEC) is fielding a competitive team this year, like it does pretty much every year. But the program is in a rebuilding mode in its first year under coach Will Muschamp, thanks to Steve Spurrier running out on them midway through last season.

As a result, Georgia is a significant favorite, even playing the Gamecocks on their home field. But South Carolina traditionally gives the Bulldogs fits at Williams-Brice. It has won the last three there, two of which it could be argued Georgia fielded the better overall team.

There was a very simple solution to this whole situation with respect to hurricanes and evacuees. Just move the game to Athens and play it in Sanford Stadium. That or take it down the road a little further to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Give them the Gamecocks the gate if you must, pay the game back next year, whatever it takes to make it as financially equitable as possible.

Just move it out of Columbia and let them use the stadium and the fairgrounds and all those facilities to care for the thousands of evacuees pouring into town.

But, no, Athletic Director Ray Tanner and the Gamecocks weren’t thinking about that. It seems their concerns were elsewhere.

South Carolina coach William Muschamp was asked about the decision Thursday night after announcing the time change on his radio call-in show.

“It’s all about the safety of our student-athletes,” he said of the 70 football players who will suit up for the Gamecocks on Sunday. “We’re very sensitive to a very catastrophic situation on our coast.”

That’s one of the worst “it’s all about the kids” excuses I’ve ever heard.  What about the safety of the fans and the kids on the other team?


Filed under 'Cock Envy, Political Wankery

You can’t spell shitstorm without… well…

If you think it’s a trifle sad South Carolina can’t make a decision about what to do with the Georgia game, make sure you check out what’s going on to our south, where nobody in the state of Florida seems to know how to handle Saturday’s game with LSU.

The CliffsNotes version can be told in three tweets.

Playing the Katrina card?  Strong.



Thanks, Obama!


Filed under Gators, Gators..., Political Wankery

Football lives matter.

Hmmm… wonder if Nebraska Regent Hal Daub had as much of a problem with Lawrence Phillips suiting up as he has with the three Nebraska players who dared exercise their freedom of speech.


Filed under Political Wankery

Meet “the athletics director of Congress”.

Texas Republican Rep. Roger Williams has found another way to bring his love of sports to his work in Congress — this time teaming up with Alabama Democratic Rep. Terri A. Sewell to launch the College Football Caucus.

What, might you ask, is this caucus likely to be up to?  Nothing much, it turns out.

The caucus gives members a platform for talking smack.

“No longer are we talking about the economy, no longer are we talking about terrorism, no longer are we talking about social issues,” Williams said. “We’re talking about my team is going to beat your team and it brings smiles on people’s faces. And I think that kind of thing is needed.”

Before you mock, at least it’s keeping these members of Congress off the streets and out of trouble.  Now that I think about it, maybe they should meet more often than just once every three months.


Filed under Political Wankery

For some people, running a football conference is just like Sesame Street.

Fer Gawd’s sake, man, show a little dignity here.

Don’t these people have more important things to worry about than Bob Bowlsby?  Then again, Kermit the Frog might make a helluva conference commissioner, now that I think about it.


Filed under Big 12 Football, Political Wankery