This makes no sense.
If Crafty played for Duke, UNC, or some other high profile bball university, with an excellent academic reputation, he would be even more despised.
This is 100% true. If Craft played for Duke, OSU fans (and the rest of the country) would absolutely despise him.
You just keep it there. You obviously would either way.
You're asking Brandon and I to prove something that is literally impossible to prove one way or the other. Just because we can't show some kind of empirical evidence of this - which is, again, impossible - doesn't mean anything. If you honestly think he doesn't get away some handchecks and bumps because of his reputation, then I don't know what to tell you.
He's viewed as the "little scrappy white guy." That's what I was saying.
I agree that elite defenders are often overlooked. For some reason, Craft has been the polar opposite of overlooked.
I didn't say it was his fault that he gets away with a little bit more on defense than most players do. I just said it's one of the reasons that opposing fans hate him so much.
I have less than no sympathy for you.
Goddamn it why won't some sheikh with endlessly-deep pockets buy Aston Villa already.
The first one listed comes the closest but only glances at it: people believe that he gets media attention incommensurate to his skill level. And they're probably right: on top of being constantly praised in every OSU broadcast, the media actually named him to the preseason first team all Big Ten this year. After having actually watched the season play out, he'll be lucky to make the third team. Some of it might be Ecksteinian attention because he's the little gritty scrappy white guy, but regardless of the reason, Craft has garnered tons of media attention in his four years, probably more than his actual value would dictate. That's the #1 reason opposing fans hate him so much.
He also does get away with a little more on defense than most others. To ignore that would be to stick your head in the sand.
Here's a rundown of all of the scenarios going into the final weekend:
If OSU wins AND both Iowa and Nebraska lose: 4th seed
If OSU wins AND only one of Iowa or Nebraska lose: 5th seed
If OSU loses OR both Iowa and Nebraska win: 6th seed
If your sole reason for backing Gloria Steinem is "former Playboy bunny," well, Gloria Steinem would be really, REALLY pissed at you.
Great pull on Veronica Mars.
Besides my other ten or so comments to this post, sure.
You could TL;DR that entire, pointless screed down to the last sentence: "I'm already jealous of the youth, talent, and relative fame of these young people, and if they got money on top of all that I think my head would explode."
RE: "everything shouldn't be about the money": that horse already left the barn, man. College football and basketball generate billions -- with a 'b' -- in revenues, and literally everyone involved in the enterprise, from the networks to the coaches to the administrators to the paper-pushers at the NCAA to the goddamn bowl executives, is swimming in money. Everyone except the very people the consumers are forking over money to see perform. If "everything shouldn't be about the money," then why is it somehow controversial to give some small percentage of the gobs and gobs of cash athletic departments are trying to hide in coaches' salaries and the ever-expanding facilities arms race over to, you know, the people actually generating that money?
Would upvote if I could. Would upvote a million times if I could.
Just because it'll be hard doesn't mean it shouldn't be done. "The perfect is the enemy of the good," and all that.
Fair enough, but I don't buy the premise of this "what if the schools are losing money on college athletics" take. They're raking in money hand over fist. As Deadspin said, the money's already there; it's just a question of whether or not the people whose labor is generating it can actually get a piece of it.
Thank you for injecting truthiness into the discussion.
Oh, and let's ignore the fact that most athletic programs are barely scraping by as it is. Let's give them another bill to pay. Great idea!
It's simple supply and demand. The schools that rake in money and can therefore afford it will offer money as an incentive to players, and they by and large will get the best players. The schools that don't make money and can't afford it won't offer it, and they will get lower-rated players. It will be essentially exactly the way it is now, except we know the labor will be getting some of the billions of dollars they're generating, and it won't be under the table anymore.
If, instead of generating a profit, the investment in such a product (requiring manufacturing, distribution, advertisement, fees, retailing, etc.) leads to a financial loss, is the player responsible to cover his share of the loss? Or does he strictly get a royalty payment and how is that calculated?
I worked at Long's when I was an undergrad at OSU. At least when I was there, that store made almost all of its profit off of apparel sales (not, as most students assume, off of textbook sales. The store barely broke even on those). There's no way in hell anyone's losing money on those.
Then, some even get to make 6-7 figures for a few years before having to settle into a real job
"1.6% of them get to make 6-7 figures for approximately three years before having to settle into a real job."
Fixed that for you.
Remember prior to the season starting we all felt this year's team would be better than last years and that just isn't the case.
I have no words. Who the hell thought that, and what kind of drugs were they on?
To be fair, they're 22-8 because they played no one - no one - in the non-conference schedule. With Sparty's (or Michigan's, or Wisconsin's, or Iowa's) non-conference schedule this team is more in the 19-11, 20-10 range, and is squarely on the bubble.
That being said, 1. yes, this is a down year, and 2. yes, we are pretty fortunate that a down year is still likely to result in a tournament bid. But next year's freshmen had better be as good as advertised, or we're going to have basically the same kind of season next year.