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Fayetteville, North Carolina (via Utica, Ohio)

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 National Championship Game
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Comment 15 Apr 2014

Sparty has built a Tressel-esque team built on suffocating defense and adequate offense, which is great for them, but not so good for any Big Ten team trying to shed the image of a B1G conference that looks like lesser versions of Dantonio's squad

Sounds like a winning formula to me. Suffocating defense and a punishing run game. Even UFM said that "defense wins championships" during the post-game interview after the spring game. Sparty had it going last year because that defense was nasty.  I love to see speed on offense like anyone else, but the most important thing is to have a top defense.  Whenever most people think of Alabama they dont think of speed.  They think of suffocating defense and a punishing run game (between the tackles) with a game manager at QB.  When I think of speed, I think of Oregon.  Speed all over the place, but they get manhandled every time they play a team with a tough defense and a punishing run game.  Their speed does not help them. We have the D line to play with anyone and our LB's should be pretty good this year.  The secondary is where season will be decided.

Comment 30 Mar 2014

It is telling that in Wisconsin (hardly a right to work state),  when given an actual of choice as to join a union or not, the majority of workers decided NOT to join the union.  If being a union member is so great, please explain that.

Comment 29 Mar 2014

 Where did the money come from to pay McEntee's salary?  McEntee gets his salary from the union dues that are taken directly from the workers.  Those CEO's you listed are in charge of multibillion dollar companies that produce products, make profits, and employee millions of people.  But by all means, feel free to start your own company and get yourself some of that "dirty" money.

Comment 29 Mar 2014

I have no issue with "blowing up" the NCAA.  They have been an unmitigated disaster for a while now.  That being said, do you really think unionizing will actually fix the problem?  The players would be trading one corrupt organization for another.  Players should be allowed to go to the NFL straight out of high school it they have enough talent and a team will draft them.  Or the NFL needs to start up a "farm system" for those players who want to be paid and bypass an education.  Let the player have a choice.  People would still watch college football because even though better talent may be in the farm system instead of the collegiate ranks, people love college football.  People have a personal attachment to certain schools and would watch even if the talent level took a dip.

Comment 29 Mar 2014

Will allowing them to profit off of the merchandising cause them to lose their amateur status?  Also, do you think that if the unions get involved, that they will stop at just those things you listed? I dont think so.  The union leadership and their attorneys will wring every last nickel they can out of the players and the schools.  They do not do their jobs for free and the more they get, the more the schools will cut other areas.  The unions and the schools will still get their money.  It will be the students, other sports, facilities, etc. which will suffer.  College athletics will change forever.

Comment 29 Mar 2014

I agree, but those issues can and should be addressed through other channels.  One you allow unions into the picture, you will quickly lose control.  Do you honestly think the union bosses wont want a piece of the pie?  How long will it be before a star athlete wants a percentage of the gate, merchandising, concessions, etc.?  I believe Colter's heart was in the right place, but he has made a deal with the devil and it will have a hugely negative impact on college football as we know it.

Comment 29 Mar 2014

All you hear from unions are how business are greedy and how they exploit the workers.  Have you ever taken a look at the annual salaries of the top union officials?  How are the CEO's greedy, but the union officials are not?  Also, I have never understood why the workers (who feel so exploited by business) do not pool their resources and start their own company.  Then they can pay their workers whatever they want, shorten the work week, lengthen breaks, offer top of the line health care, etc..   Funny how none of the unions or those who feel exploited ever do this. It's a whole different story when you are the one who has to struggle and scrape by to start up a business.

Comment 29 Mar 2014

I never said I would accept this paper.  The university should be hit hard with sanctions/penalties for allowing this to happen.  However, allowing athletes to unionize will not solve anything.  It will only cause more problems and destroy college football as we know it. There is no reason to completely destroy the system in order to try and "fix" it.   Also, whatever teacher accepted this paper should lose their job.  Unfortunately, the teacher is probably protected by tenure and therefore basically untouchable.  Thanks to unions.

Comment 29 Mar 2014

You bring up the case about the Tarheel athlete who could barely read.  While the university bears some responsibility for that doesnt the player bear the majority of the blame?  You want to treat them like adults, right?  That player knew that his reading skills were substandard, but probably thought that he was a good enough athlete that he could get by anyway.  He made a choice.  Also, most of these universities have tutors to help the athletes.  Why didnt the athlete utilize this benefit and improve his reading skills?  Are you telling me the University of North Carolina refused to help him?  I don't think so.

Comment 29 Mar 2014

The choice argument is not bogus.  Life is full of choices and being an adult means making a choice and dealing with the consequences of that choice.  Many jobs that require certain levels of security clearances monitor their employee's social media accounts, bank accounts, credit card statements, etc..  If the employee doesnt want to subject themselves to that level of scrutiny, they can choose not to work there.  The military tells their people what to wear, how long their hair can be, when they can wear jewlery, etc..  But, the people who sign up to serve in the military knew that there would be rules and regulations they had to comply with but chose to enlist anway.  If the player doesnt like the way let's say Clemson is treating them, they can transfer.

Comment 29 Mar 2014

Excellent point. Their tuition would have to be counted as part of their compensation package and would be taxable.  Welcome to a higher tax bracket!  They will have to also factor in the cost of an accountant to ensure they are paying all the taxes they owe on all the different types of compensation.  Would they be considered self-employed?  If so, good luck filling out those tax forms on your own guys. Plus the government WILL get their tax money and how long before some of the players are in court for failure to pay taxes?

Comment 29 Mar 2014

I have to disagree.  No one is forcing these athletes to play any sport.  They can go to college, pay their own way, and not have to worry about all the hard work that their training entails.  This is not about "treating them as adults", this is about money. Plain and simple.  Problem is, both sides are willing to blow up the system in order to get it. If this ruling stands, college football will never be the same again. The NCAA should be blown up, but that does not mean the players should be able to unionize.  Once the unions get involved, that will be the end for college football.

Comment 29 Mar 2014

Many of the smaller schools would not be able to pay the additional stipend whithout making some tough decisions.  Close down the football program entirely, shutdown other sports, or cut back on expenses (recruiting, faciility upgrades, equipment, salaries, etc.).  The effect will be that fewer players will have the opportunity to play at the collegiate level.  It would be nice if the smaller schools (who cannot afford it) would not be affected by these coming changes, but that's not how this works.

Comment 29 Mar 2014

Colter says that this lawsuit was not about paying players, but about fully funded scholarships, lifetime medical care for injuries sustained while participating in football activities, increases stipends, etc..  However, how long do you think it would take for some lawyer to convince a player to file a lawsuit demanding a percentage of all ticket sales, tv revenue, merchandise sales, etc.?  Some lawyer will take this case simply because if he/she wins, they will receive a lot of money.  It's about the money to them and the union's are for it because they will receive more union dues.  Many are saying that the NCAA and the universities are taking advantange of the players, but what do you think the lawyers and the union's will do? If this survives all of the appeals and goes into affect, there is no doubt that this will happen.  Too much money is involved.  This will ruin college sports as we know it.  Might as well watch the NFL.

Comment 20 Mar 2014

Why does'nt OSU run more aggessive man to man schemes?  Is it that we do not have the right personnel?  If so, why are'nt we recruiting those types of players?  As bad as the defense was last year, I'm not sure if "tweaking" the current defensive schemes will fix the problem.  I'm not completely sold on Ash's hire.  I would have liked to have seen someone who utilizes an aggressive man to man approach.  I hope Ash is successful and can turn things around though.

Comment 17 Mar 2014

Some team would be smart to give Kenny G a shot.  Look at the pathetic backups that many NFL teams have now.  The same sorry backups keep getting rotated between teams.  Why would you not take a chance on someone like Kenny G, pay him the league minimum and see what he could do?  Instead these teams will continue to pay millions to scrub backups year after year, who fail miserably when they get into the game. Come on Cleveland/Cinncinati, what do you have to lose?????

Comment 12 Feb 2014

1.  according to the NFL, 9 out of the last 10 super bowl winners did have a top 10 defense                                                                   http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/story?id=09000d5d80e2f758&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

2.  my point was that Pittsburgh's defense was the only reason that they actually had a shot at a wildcard this year.  without that top ranked defense they would have lost at least 2 or 3 more games.

3.  How many times did anyone talk about Louisvilles defense this year and who did they play?

Comment 12 Feb 2014

they still lost, but they also played respectable against FSU's "juggernaut offense".  CNNSI did a decent write up on their defense before the BCS NCG:


teams moved the ball on them, but they were pretty stout stopping them from turning those drives into points.  taking into account how many times teams actually scored on them, they actually ranked 13th in the country.  also, lets not forget that they were playing those "vaunted SEC offenses" week in and week out.