Sunday, December 17, 2023

Mutually Assured Destruction or Glory?

 The weekly sermon is posted below but this post is dedicated to your true religion, college football.  The SEC released the 2024 college football schedule last week.   Josh Pate breaks it all down and well, fix a drink or take a Xanax cocktail with some of dat medical marijuana if you are a Gator.  

Some thoughts: 

* College football is blowing itself up.  What it is doing is going back to the 1920's when it was anything and everything goes.  Bear Bryant wrote about it in his autobiography.  There is a reason rules were put in place even if they were constantly flouted.  

* The transfer portal is turning college football into unlimited free agency, something not even enjoyed in the pros.  If the players want to be treated like pros, fine, then treat them like pros.  That means treating their signing as a contract.  They should have to stay put for at least two years unless there is a coaching change or injury.  They get. mad because they don't start right away, they say I'm outta here, then they don't work out elsewhere.  A coach shouldn't have to re-recruit his roster every damn year.  

* Speaking of coaches, many coaches are complaining about coaches and boosters from other teams raiding there rosters during the season.  Hell, at least the NFL has tampering rules.  When is the NCAA going to do the same?  

* NIL.  Unless a cap is put in place or serious reforms or made, it is going to ruin the game.  The powers that be assume fans are going to keep footing the bill while they are continually abused.  How has that worked for NASCAR?   Ever heard of a correction? It can happen.  

Speaking of the Gators, what did they do to earn this in November? 


Anonymous said...

In a capitalist society the man with money gets what he wants. That's how it works. There are lots of men with money at the helm of college football and they are passionate about their teams. The situation we have was inevitable.
There's just too much money involved to continue as an "amateur' sport.

Anonymous said...

Just so glad to see that the Egg Bowl won't be ruining Thanksgiving again this year. Almost no retailers or big businesses are forcing the nightmare of work on Thanksgiving anymore, and forcing folks to choose between a drive and sitting in a hotel or having a family dinner is, and has long been, stupid. Family first in Mississippi? What a joke. FewtBawl and drankin' is first.

And you can see more and more football programs have avoided this. They were practically the only game on this year. Clue.

But, the money grubbers did "reserve the right" to switch it back. Sorry excuses for this "family focused" sport. It's completely sold out morally, but if this is one good thing to come out of it, I am glad.

anonymous said...

The NCAA should bear much of the blame for destroying amateur college athletics.
The NCAA's history shows lack of prosecution of schools openly violating rules, while providing no due process when punishing other schools.
It reeks of lack of good management, as shown by no plan for NIL and waiting until until the Supreme Court allowed NIL compensation.
Of course, the love of money is to blame also.

Anonymous said...

I came home this evening and ate a turkey sandwich with mayo, mustard and pickles with a side of sour cream chips. It was nice.

Anonymous said...

"College football is blowing itself up."

Look up what Whizzer White told Andy Coats nearly 40 years ago, and what Andy said about his realizations on that very thing just a couple of years ago. If you cannot figure out how to look it up, you probably ought not to be wearing a college jersey/hat/t-shirt/g-string, lest it be considered false advertising.

Anonymous said...

It's time for a moratorium if not outright ban of the game -- not sport -- of football. Depend on it, a real man will find much better, more productive things to do once he stops watching football.

Anonymous said...

9:55 - I take it from your comment that you are not interested in this topic. So my question to you is - why did you read it, and then take the time to leave a totally meaningless response?

Anonymous said...

Your thoughts are spot on, and your comparison to NASCAR is incredible.

We are still at the beginning, where everything is awesome. Hell, my Rebels are tearing it up in the transfer portal and look to be one of the favorites to make the playoff next year.

Either two things are going to happen.

1. These transfers are going to be everything that they are promised to be.
2. They are going to be a bust.

If they are everything that they are promised to be, they will lead Ole Miss (or insert your team here) to glory, and then they, as well as others on the team, will demand more from the fans next year (Remember, fans fund NIL, not schools).

If they are busts, fans will close their wallets and the team will blow up. Texas A&M reportedly dropped $25 million into that recruiting class that was No. 1 a couple years ago. Now, they have had to drop $75 million to fire a coach. $100 million "may be nothing" to the A&M fanbase, but the fans saying that aren't the ones footing the bill. Eventually people with the resources it takes to really fund NIL and coaches buyouts are going to grow reluctant.

The lawsuit in Oregon is also something that needs to be watched. If the courts agree with the volleyball players at the University of Oregon that they should share in Bo Nix' NIL earnings, then we have a whole new problem.

Anonymous said...

9:55 is totally spot on.

Anonymous said...

For men under 60 to waste time being a compulsive spectator of anything is a waste of life where time is so limited such that it should be oriented away from vicarious somnolence, toward active, creative, productive exuberance.

EG: Once every four years I am glued to World Cup Soccer, so I do sit-ups, or ball kicking against a board, in front of the TV while I watch.

Anonymous said...

Because.. sports are meaningless and I could car if no one ever played college football again. That’s what most adult men should be thinking in my mind anyways.

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