Category Archives: Political Wankery

“Marge, get me our Congressional lobbyist on the phone. Right now.”

Buried in the tax bill introduced in Congress today is a provision guaranteed to send chills up and down the body of every athletic director and school president in America.

Dat’s right — as Dupree explains, “The tax break that people can take advantage of when purchasing season tickets for college athletics would be repealed under the GOP plan.”

Bricks are being shit as you read this.

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Filed under College Football, Political Wankery

Shelley Meyer is pointed to and stared at.

You had to know letting yourself get painted into a corner equating Colin Kaepernick and Aaron Hernandez wouldn’t be a good look.

Bless your heart.  Maybe the next time your hubby warns about the perils of social media, you ought to listen.  In the meantime, I’m sure a lot of his players appreciate your thoughtful sentiment.

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Filed under Political Wankery, Social Media Is The Devil's Playground, Urban Meyer Points and Stares

And here we go…

I’m not surprised that several University of New Mexico football players knelt during the national anthem at halftime of their game against Air Force, becoming the first college football players to do so.

What I am surprised about is that somebody decided to have the anthem played at halftime, despite both head coaches agreeing not to do so.

Normally, college players are still in the locker room when the national anthem is performed before games. But because of weather-related delays both before and during the game, the anthem was not played prior to the opening kickoff. Instead, it was played at halftime, which was reduced to five minutes. Because of the reduced length of the halftime period, both teams stayed on the field rather than returning to the locker rooms as normal.

Lobos coach Bob Davie said he hadn’t been made aware that the national anthem would be played at halftime, let alone that any of his players would choose to kneel.

In fact, he said, he and Air Force Troy Calhoun had agreed that no national anthem would be played at all.

“I’d like to have the opportunity to visit with our players, talk about what our stance would be, unified as a football team,” Davie said. “I kind of got shocked by that.

“I wouldn’t want to judge or have too much of a critique, at least speaking from my standpoint, as far as a total football team. Because in fairness to them, I never really talked to them about it.”

It’s almost like somebody couldn’t stand leaving well enough alone.

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Friday morning buffet

If you’ve got an appetite, dig in.

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Filed under ACC Football, Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Georgia Football, Political Wankery, Recruiting, SEC Football, The NCAA

“Stick to sports.”

To belabor a point I made in my previous post about Trump, the NFL and the national anthem (something that’s been largely ignored in the debate in the comments here), many of you who make the complaint in the header ignore the inconvenient history of organized sports’ involvement in politics.

Pete Rozelle, the commissioner of the NFL, and Spike Eckert and Bowie Kuhn, the commissioners of baseball, worked to put their sports on record in support of the Vietnam War, while laboring to silence those in the game who disagreed. While many believe that before the protests of the last year, the national anthem and other patriotic elements of sporting events symbolized unity, they are actually remnants of this campaign to interject sports into a bitterly divisive political debate.

Like it or not, sports isn’t some sort of safe zone from politics and it hasn’t been for some time.

When some of you tell me to stick to sports, what you’re really saying is that you want GTP to avoid the politics you don’t embrace.  Sorry, but that isn’t how it works.  Or at least it doesn’t appear to work that way when I see political observations injected into a comment thread about purely football posts.  I don’t have a problem with that; it would be nice to see the same courtesy extended in the other direction.  A little tolerance goes a long way, tone-wise.

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Filed under GTP Stuff, Political Wankery

Random Monday thought

Hey, how’s that whole “don’t mix politics and football” thing working out for some of you?

I guess Trump didn’t get the memo.

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Ah, Jesus.

C’mon, Jerry Falwell, Jr.  Can’t you keep politics out of college football?

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Filed under It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major, Political Wankery