Friday Skull Session

By Jake on May 20, 2011 at 6:00a
This is an actual live shot of a BYU post-game victory celebration.I'd always heard the raptured leave their clothes...

Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome to your Friday Skull Session. For those who are unaware, the Rapture is tomorrow, so depening on your beliefs, either prepare to ascend or prepare to start looting. I personally plan on mixing some margaritas, but that's pretty much every Friday.

For athletes in the NCAA, they may get a bit of help regardless. The Big Ten is considering increasing the amount schools can give athletes. Quoth Delaney:

Forty years ago, you had a scholarship plus $15 a month laundry money," Delany said. "Today, you have the same scholarship, but not with the $15 laundry money.

I'm not sure that this is a great idea, unless every school is allowed to do it and every athlete in every sport benefits. That said, the Big Ten would definitely be one of the beneficiaries of paid athletes. All in all, there's little doubt that 1.) Athletes deserve more than they get 2.) Giving them more only worsens the situation. A conundrum all around.

Such a likeable guy. While there are plenty of reasons to hate LeBron, according to Deadspin, the live-action disastorgy that was The Decision on ESPN shouldn't be one of them. While LeBron can legitimately be called immature and possibly selfish (debatably), he apparantly had little at all to do with the one-hour exercise in self-gratification. 

Maybe the most remarkable part of the section is that LeBron James, the man who was thrown in the stocks for the crime of committing bad television, is hardly mentioned at all. He was a prop in a pressed shirt. Gray's job was to smile and nod on camera as the two orchestrators stood off-stage, as ESPN began its rapid retreat from the wreckage, and as we all watched in pathetic outrage. LeBron became the villain for something that, in the book's telling, the suits had perpetrated. It was never his Decision to make.

Being a dumb, but slighlty less villianous villian isn't necessarily any better than being an evil mastermind, though.

Reverse-Karma? The guy that poisoned the Auburn Toomer Center trees has been indicted on four felony charges and 2 misdemeanors. Heavy stuff. For his sake, I hope he can squeeze enough joy out of it to keep himself sane in prison, up to 10 years potentially. Of course, if he doesn't I won't cry myself to sleep over it. 

On the other hand, Karma decided to award Auburn by having four former players arrested. While not currently with the team, no program wants it's former charges robbing trailer parks at night. Nothing says to a parent, "Send your kids to us, they're in good hands," like former players point guns at people in mobile homes. Not the Towering Heights of Wall Street or the Hallowed Halls of Academia, that. Hopefully those four players can squeeze enough joy out of the Tree Poisoner's prison sentence to keep themselves sane in prison.

Seems... Petty. In a bit of an odd move, Ohio State is making Tressel pay for his own legal defense. Now, I'm not saying that Tressel doesn't have the means to do so, nor that he's completely innocent, but usually if an institution truly backs a person as stridently as Gene Smith claims to, they at the very least provide the legal council. 

It's not exactly rational to try and read the tea leaves, but if nothing else it signals that the Athletic Department and Administration are not necessarily as unified and forceful in their support of Tressel as their PR statements lead one to believe. 

Another tragedy. Oklahoma Linebacker Austin Box passed away yesterday of what has been described as a drug overdose. Slated to start at middle linebacker this year, Box was poised to enter the spotlight during his senior year. 

"He was one of the most selfless guys I've ever been around, a great leader for us," [Defensive Coordinator] Venables said. "His greatest fear was to let down great coaches and great players... He wanted to live up to that in some way."

Our thoughts go out to his friends, team, and family. 

Not our problem. The NCAA gave the one-finger salute to the Department of Justice in it's ongoing investigation into whether the BCS constitutes a cartel. NCAA president Mark Emmert claimed that questions concerning the BCS were not the purview of the NCAA and should instead be directed at the BCS and it's officials. 

The BCS, for their part, say that there's no problem at all. Move along. Nothing to see here. BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock retorts:

We're confident the BCS complies with the law and we know it has been very good for college football. We're always happy to answer any questions.

While there's certainly a bit of hot-potato going on here, on some level the BCS needs the NCAA on its side in order to continue its existence. Any step away from support by the NCAA is a step closer to a playoff and the dismantling of the BCS. I see it as a good sign that the NCAA is basically saying, "not our problem."


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doodah_man's picture

I'm counting on the rapture to improve my chances on the football ticket lottery...

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

OHIOinME's picture

I was talking to my budy last night.  He said everyone has their Jesuses mixed up.  When he said this weekend he was going to round up his people and leave this god forsaken place, he meant Mexico.

Nappy's picture

Im glad Jesus picked my 30th birthday to come back. I just hope he gives me enough time to polish off this keg Im buying tomorrow.  Maybe I can even get Jesus to do a keg stand.

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

Irricoir's picture

Comedy? Yes Respect? No.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Luke's picture

We really need to make this comment into the next 11W t-shirt.

NW Buckeye's picture

Happy Birthday Nappy!  My son's 30th B-day is tomorrow also.  We will be having a celebratory post rapture/b-day BBQ tomorrow night. 

Nappy's picture

Thank you, I plan on enjoying the last day of my 20's and happy birthday to your son as well.  @Irricoir, you sound like my girlfirend.

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

Denny's picture

'My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me(xico)?' - Felipe Caldéron


BuckeyeChief's picture

As far as LBJ, this isn't WFNY (no offense Denny and guys, i'm on there daily), please stop talking about him. 2 days in a row is 2 days too many.

"2014 National with it!!!"

Denny's picture

I'm tired of it too - I said my peace right after it happened, and haven't written anything over there since. Not much has changed in my mind - I'm still apathetic to it all mostly. The ongoing drudging annoys the hell out of me.


Normal Buck's picture

Maybe it will help Auburn with recruiting in a few years if, should those guys find themselves on probation/parole, Gene Chizik writes letters to judges so that they can try out for UFL teams?

Jdadams01's picture

Anything coming out at this point saying Lebron had nothing to do with that show falls into the "Lebron's handlers taking the blame so their cash cow doesn't get tarnished" category. He's a grown ass man, he knew very well what the show was. His enormous ego was all for doing that show.

Denny's picture

Will Jim Tressel go to heaven during the rapture Y/N?

Has he lost his moral compass?

Does G-d have Yorkies named Scarlett and Gray?

Will Tressel lead a semi successful football team of zombies, with a mind-numbingly slow zombie Bro Bauserman at QB?


doodah_man's picture

Only the "good christians" will go to heaven. Questionable ones like JT will be left behind. Therefore, any pending charges or sanctions will be moot since everyone's doin it.

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

gravey's picture

Any word on the Big Ten considering a tattoo stipend for athletes? 

I thought they did get a reasonable housing allowance.  I remember a story about AJ Hawk and how he saved the left-overs from his housing allowance when he was living off-campus with Mangold (they were robbed of several thousand).


GoBucks713's picture

Randy Savage went ahead to heaven to elbow drop anyone from the top ropes that will cause any issues. He finally gets his lady, the beautiful Ms. Elizabeth.

-The Aristocrats!

NW Buckeye's picture

Tressel paying for his own legal council does not signal a lack of support from the athletic department.  When Marsh was announced as council the critics all jumped on the "who's paying for this?" parade.  And, knowing JT, he probably wanted to be responsible for his own council.  Afterall, one of the points he always stresses is to be responsible for your own actions.  This would just seem to be him stepping up to the plate to be responsible for his actions. 

BuckeyeSki's picture

Def. honoring all adult beverages tonight to the great Randy Savage 





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Nappy's picture

Im going to break a Slim-Jim in his honor. RIP

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

BuckeyeChief's picture

My favorite of all time.
I swear I'm dressing like Macho Man for the Rock and Roll 1/2.

"2014 National with it!!!"

Jake's picture

The first person raptured.

Jason Priestas's picture

Just a friendly reminder: