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Comment 23 May 2017

I must be dreaming, but I enjoyed Roger Moore's Bond for the sense of humor; and but prefer George Lazenby and Daniel Craig for the cold killer Bond. Then again, today's Bond flick probably couldn't get away with the names they used in the old days, such as Ms. Galore's Flying Circus.   

Comment 13 May 2017

Yes, there will be a lot of hue and cry but tint the end this was a simple black and white decision.

Comment 09 May 2017

Which is ridiculous. I think the NCAA should have ended the uncommitable offer nonsense when they changed the rule. Require all offers to be commitable and in writing; otherwise all schools can do is express interest and say an offer may be forthcoming. That way, kids can gauge how strong the interest and schools would be forced to carefully consider offers; instead of throwing them around like a drunk sailor does with cash on liberty after payday. Once an offer is made it would be binding until the end of the following signing period, so a school would be relieved of any obligation if the kid doesn't sign early; if they pull an offer before then it still counts against scholarship limits for the class. With those changes the early signing period won't become a free for all and smaller schools might benefit because they could extend offers and sign athletes who might otherwise wait in hopes of getting a big time offer; athletes would see how serious schools are and decide to take what they have rather then wait and see. Schools could also say "You have an offer now but we will reassess after he signing period" so it's clear they may move on if the kid doesn't sign. I'm OK with that because at least the kid knows where he stands.

Comment 08 May 2017

Drax is the man, nothing like a literal thinking person to keep things real. then again, I'm the guy, who in a meeting with a client who said we can combine green and blue to create red, points out that red is a primary color and thus green and blue won't result in red. Fortunately, the client also is a scientist and said, "yes, that's right."

OTOH, Starlord is my idea of a leader.

Comment 08 May 2017

I agree. It wlll probably impact the tier 2 guy the most, as they willl be able to sign early at programs that may cool on them later; the top guys know they will be taken even if they wait. As a result, I can see fewer their 2 guys getting offers as coaches decide to wait and see who they get later. Top tier guys will no doubt be pressured to sign but they are in the drivers seat up until they put pen to paper. If they sign early they may be tempted to take it easy in high school to avoid injuries as well that could jeopardize their slot. If we see an uptick in "medical ineligibility" the NCAA may be forced to revisit the early signing period. No matter how much coaches care about the kids they sign there is too much on the line to make business decisions when it comes to who actually gets a scholarship. Bottom line is schools they play fast and lose will continue to do so at the expense of the kids they recruit.

Comment 05 May 2017

Rolling the Oaks st Toomer's Corner as well as Toomer's lemonade is cool. I'd like to go to an Army Navy game and a Navy game at Annapolis. Ole Miss tailgate in the Grove.

I had a high school teacher who was a studentvat Marshall when the plane crashed. She mentioned her then boyfriend played football at Marshall but I never realized the implications until years later. 

Comment 03 May 2017

 Change has to come from within, before it is forced by outside entities who care nothing for the sport.

Very true, but change is hard. Even what seem to be minor changes often is meet with great resistance. Adm. Zumwalt's uniform changes in the 70's were not exactly well received, and Gen Shinseki's switch to black beret's had a similar reaction; both were relatively insignificant in the grand scheme of things but illustrative of the resistance to change. Shinseki's comment about change is relevant to football " If you don't like change you'll like irrelevance even less."

The question is "Who is football's Adm. Rickover?" Someone who can see the future and has the will and political savvy to drag football into the future? I would guess, if that were to happen, it would be a college president since college football is the link between high school (which is vast and not organized nationally) and the pros, who rely on college football for talent and have owners who are not necessarily in it for the love of the game. College football, OTOH, is part of the fabric of many universities and has a number of intangible but real benefits, such as binding alumni to the school long after they graduate and when they actually have money to give; getting schools on TV which builds recognition. In short, universities are in a position to change the game to ensure it survives at the university level, if that happens the other levels will follow suit, even if they kick and scream.

Re: Private aviation - one issue I felt hurt it was if you meet the minimums you got your ticket, but the minimum pilot may not have the skills to deal with things when the world goes to pieces around them, and thus they run out of ideas and altitude at about the same time.

Comment 02 May 2017

Animal House was pretty much a documentary of living in a fraternity way back when.

Driving onto the Oval, pulling up to W O Thompson's statue, polishing the forehead and middle finger to a nice shine and driving off...

Creating a homecoming float out of brother's junker, and then abandoning it on the street so it would get towed for free instead of paying someone to haul it off... 

Building an 8 foot water ballon slingshot to terrorize neighboring fraternities...

Not that I admit to doing any of those things...

Comment 01 May 2017

That would mean NFL teams were willing to draft on potential rather than seeing if a player develops; if he leaves than they have to develop him, something they'd rather leave to college football. If a player truly has the talent the NFL would either have to pay bonuses akin to current ones, while accepting a higher risk the player will not pan out, or offer much smaller ones which the talented players would forgo for a bigger payout a year or two later. After all, if you are good enough to be drafted as a sophomore your draft status isn't likely to change much in a year baring injury or a really bad year; all allowing sophomores to enter the draft would push the decision down a year. In addition, if a player is signed then they and the NFL team has to worry about injuries ending a career before they take a snap in the NFL and yet the NFL team has spent a chunk of money on a signing bonus for nothing. In the end, there is no reason for the NFL to go along with such an arrangement, given it's mostly a downside with very little upside.

Comment 30 Apr 2017

Maybe roster expansion (no Increaae in scholarship limit) for these types on players. 

That would work because no coach would take advantage of the rule to get extra scholarships by having juniors declare and then come back their senior year. Of course, such a student would have to pay their own way and no booster would pay the loan off after graduation.

Yes, I have complete faith that coaches would not violate the spirit of the rules to gain an edge. I also believe in the Easter Bunny, Great Pumpkin and Santa Claus.

Note - this is not a shot at you just my perception of what would happen given how coaches have acted in the past.

Comment 30 Apr 2017

The problem I see with an NBA style eligibility waiver is the sheer numbers it may attract. A kid would essentially have a free shot at the draft so why not go for it? At worse you come back another year. From a roster perspective, it could greatly complicate recruiting as you don't know how many will wind up back after the draft. So do you slow play kids until after the draft, go after them hard and then say "Sorry, no room at the inn" or simply not renew a returning player's scholarship? I could see schools including a stipulation in a scholarship that once you declare the school may pull the scholarship even if you decide to return.

If they did do such as system, I'd suggest holding an underclassman combine in late January and have them declare after that. Once they declare, they're done. That way everyone would know early their chances and can make plans based on that.

Comment 30 Apr 2017

Money for bowl committees and host cities, money losing event but exposure for the schools. Bowls sell the hype of exposure, rewards, etc but most schools would be better off financially if they skipped them. I doubt going to the Poulan Weedeater Bowl is much of a recruiting plus anyway. Until conferences and schools start demanding concessions from bowl games it's a a losing proposition for them.

Comment 30 Apr 2017

Yea, I wish Butt well. Playing with a chip on his shoulder with something to prove could get him second contract money quickly.