[MT, Not slavery per se, he is free to leave anytime he likes. So should we call it good ol' free market economics instead?]
You clearly meant slavery with the plantation reference. So free market economics equates to the plantation now too? Not sure that you can dig yourself out of that hole.
Wow, comparing the NCAA to a plantation owner. Not only is it a bad comparison, it's a slap in the face to the actual slaves that had to endure what they did. Let's see here...Gurley chooses to play football, gets a free ride to play at UGA AND work toward a degree, gets lots of swag, and gets taken care of (certainly more so than the average student). A 19th Century slave had no choice but to live in slavery working in sometimes horrendous conditions with no other chance at doing something else in life. Yeah...sure sounds like the NCAA is just like the ol' plantation owners. Lol.
What's your answer to Mrs. B.'s second question?
TFP cover jinx? In that case, put a big Vols picture front and center on the TFP tomorrow (just in case).
Completely agree on Gurley.
Agreed that players already get paid plenty via scholarships. Must be nice getting to have a free education in exchange for playing a game. I don't think those guys know how good they really have it.
If players want to start getting paid, then let's stop giving scholarships for playing sports. Make them exempt employees and all money received is taxable. The influx of cash will be gone almost as soon as it's received for most of the players. Then, assuming class attendance is optional in this model, the players leave school after their eligibility is gone with no degree and broke, and no chance at long-term success. Remember, 90+% of athletes go pro in something other than sports. I guarantee if the players went this route, they would be begging to have the old system back within 5 years.
Jomo, if the Mocs play like they did in the 2nd half of the Central Michigan game, BL would win that bet. But I agree with you that the Mocs will cross midfield at least once (even if it's the D or ST doing it).
You said Michigan is a top 5 destination for coaches. If so, they can demand and afford a proven guy from a Big 5 school. I doubt they will look first to a rising star from a smaller school like they did when they picked Hoke.
Billy, when Tyson first came in, I was hoping he could be a good power guy who could be relied upon to pick up the 1st down on 3rd and 2 or 4th and 1. That hasn't been the case. So, not sure if it's that or just the FB not having much of a role in the Durden offense. Either way, I don't expect his carries to pick up since Keon is out. It will be Craine, Badgley, and Green picking up the slack.
I think Paschall's pick of Vols over Mocs 41-10 is about what it will be. Our offense will struggle which will lead to our D getting winded and giving up a lot of points. The ONLY way we can win this game is if it's like the Jax St. game where the D scores a couple of times and we keep the Vol offense at 20 points or less in regulation. Not impossible, but not likely either.
Rushmore of female athletes: Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Mia Hamm, Lisa Leslie.
Agreed that if Michigan calls, Butch will listen. And it would be hard for him to turn down. But you wrote earlier that Michigan would not contact contact Miles, and that's what I disagree with. I believe Les would be much more open to the Michigan job this time than he was last time.
Jomo, no way Michigan would be interested in Butchy instead of Les Miles. They will make Les say no. And at this point, I think Les would be very open to the opportunity. But if he does say no, Michigan will still go after others out there before they go to Butch. Not because Butch isn't capable, but he doesn't yet have the track record they'd like to already see.
FEC, LeBron is more accomplished than I thought! Lol.
[As for LeBron, dude is the most valuable guy in all of sports right now, passing Tiger. Just because he's saying doesn't make it less true.]
It was an arrogant statement from LeBron about having the power. It may be splitting hairs, but I think by saying "power" instead of maybe "influence", it shows you how he thinks of himself in this league. Once again, I think he views Silver as a tool for what he wants to do. You never saw this with MJ and Stern. The NBA used to have good leadership.
[What's wrong with taking that value and trying to share some it with the rest of the players in the league?]
The increase in the value of the TV contract alone will be huge for player salaries overall. Maybe the players will try to negotiate to get more % of the revenue regardless, but their days of having 57% are over for good. No lockout will change that.
I think KD and Cuban are wanting to end max deals for different reasons. KD wants more valuable players to be paid closer to what they're worth. Cuban wants to end max deals so owners aren't on the hook long-term for players who don't pan out. Unless you are one of the two best players on your team, I think you'd prefer the current setup with the guarantees. If guys like LeBron and KD really want to look out for the other guys, they'll not make a push to end max deals.
A 4-team playoff will not ruin the regular season. Not when at least 3 of those 4 have to be conference champs. But going to 8 and especially 16 will certainly water down the significance of the regular season games.
LeBron: "I'm very educated and I will use what I have to make sure our players are taken care of."
That high school diploma sure is paying off!
LeBron again: "I am kind of the guy that has the power, I guess, without even having to put a name on it,"
Wow, don't even try to hide it. It will be interesting to see what Adam Silver's role is in the new deal. Right now, it looks like Silver is just a tool for LeBron. But Silver works for the owners. He'll get put in somebody's doghouse before it's all over.
Until then, Silver needs to get back to work trying to kick out a few more owners for making politically incorrect comments in private.