Better Call Saul!
Here's where I make a pitch regarding U.S. Grant's record as president. Not only was it his strategy that helped win the civil war, it was his actions that made those gains stick. His leadership during Reconstruction helped to destroy the first iteration of the KKK and allow Blacks to vote and even hold office throughout the South. Unfortunately many of those gains were rolled back with the end of Reconstruction, but it went a long way towards moving the country past the Civil War. On top of that, he had some pretty forward thinking policies towards Native Americans and was the steward of a strong economy, a majority of his run at least. Sure, he didn't have the best second term, but most Presidents struggle through second terms. As an added bonus, he wrote an excellent set of memoirs that was published and marketed by his good friend Mark Twain.
This is not to take away from Jesse Owens. I think either would be a fine choice. Just wish there was more acknowledgment of one of our most underrated presidencies.
Ooo, a lesson in not changing history from Mr. I'm-my-own-Grandpa
He just doesn't have the same Ohio cred as a Wright Bros. or a Neil Armstrong, especially with that whole Michigan background. They didn't call him the Wizard of Milan after all. That's not even considering his questionable business ethics.
Can we please just eliminate Edison already everybody?
Very true. I'm just not that high on Scott, Thompson, and especially not Williams/McDonald. Then again who knows, 4 years from now I may be extolling the virtues of all those guys' veteran leadership on a Final Four squad. If anyone can make it happen, it's Thad. Now, let's all focus on forgetting this past season as soon as possible.
Don't forget, Sully and Craft's freshman year had Lighty, Diebler, Buford, and Fort Swatterdale already on the roster. Heck even the 06-07 team had Jamar Butler, Ivan Harris, and Ron Lewis as returning players. Not great, but I'd take any one of those guys heading into next year.
The football player wouldn't be paid to go to school, he'd be paid to provide the labor in a billion dollar entertainment industry. And that scrawny brainiac still has control over his/her likeness and name, the right to accept gifts, sell his/her own property, be overpaid for a summer job, etc. etc.
Considering the President makes around $400,000 a year I think that might be sooner rather than later.
Why not try what baseball does? Major League Baseball pays for a minor league system that coexists with NCAA baseball. The players can decide whether they want to get paid now in a minor league system or go to college and forego money now in exchange for a scholarship. The NFL would no longer be relying on taxpayers and students for a free minor league system and players would have a true choice between an amateur and a professional minor league system. That way we'll still have the Ohio State Buckeyes and the NFL can have the Developmental league Canton Bulldogs, or the equivalent. The NFL won't like it, but they've had a free ride for far too long.
I don't think it would be a problem if say Brax showed up without any OSU intellectual property on him, i.e. RGIII in the Subway commercials. As for jerseys and such, I'm sure that's something that would be negotiated through contract either between an NCAA player's union and the schools or the individual players and the schools. I believe that's how it works in the NFL.
I'm not sure if I understand how you're conceptualizing value. The NCAA may be a farm system for the NFL, but it's a farm system that generates billions and billions of dollars. The revenue for the NCAA is much closer to the MLB/NFL than minor league baseball. It is therefore completely fair to judge the value of a NCAA player by that of an MLB/NFL player. The reason why you see college coaches getting paid more than pro coaches (by percentage of revenue) is because colleges are generating tons of money from athletics and the only way to compete in the market for players is hiring fancy coaches or facilities. Opening the market for players, i.e. allowing them to be paid, will shift the money going towards coaches and facilities to player salaries because that will be the new way to compete for players. If you're worried about competitive balance institute a salary cap. Either way would be far more effective in judging player value than the current system.
The screen? Not Important? The one play that had been consistently shredding them all year? I'd hope they'd at least mention it. And if they did mention it and the players are still consistently failing to play it properly, well then who is responsible for making sure these kids can execute the fundamentals of the game?
They weren't exactly world beaters even with Roby and Spence in there. As to the middle ground, this coaching staff has been given two years to figure out how to make this defense work. If, after two years they are still making the same mistakes and performing at the same unacceptable level, isn't it ok to regrettably make a change? That's not exactly "FIRE THEM!"
Are the players getting good coaching if they can't consistently execute the fundamentals of their position? If I remember correctly they've had two top 5 classes in a row, so the raw talent should be there. The process just doesn't seem to be working. That, moreso that the questionable schematic decisions, troubles me.
Vrabel's D-Line seems to be the only unit on the Defense that isn't completely non-functional. The LBs and DBs can't handle the fundamentals of their position like falling into the right zone consistently or playing the ball as a corner. You can make an argument that Vrabel has been given more to work with, but there's premiere athletes all over that field.
Maybe it's just me, but I get the feeling Beanie's disappointing pro career is coloring people's perceptions of his college career. Don't remember him missing more than one or two games during his whole career. Granted one of those games was the USC game, but still far from unreliable on a week to week basis.
The thing that hurts for me is that this is exactly what an OSU win in the 07 National Championship game would, and frankly should, have looked like. Urban Meyer finally got Tressel'd.
It's not very well ventilated down there.
Vonn uses Invite to Party. *It's not very effective*
Freshman Girl uses Give Number *It's super effective!*
Of course there's no mention of the officials' inability to get to Dontre before he was surrounded.
I don't know if I'd go as far as saying it was necessary, but everything you just said about the circumstances is spot on. I'd add that when Hall threw up the birds he was probably still coming to terms with the fact that he just lost his last chance to play in The Game and, more importantly, would have to watch his teammates go on without him. Again, if TTUN fans are reaching for something as lame as Hall's one finger salutes for trash talk, OSU must be doing something right both on and off the field. I guarantee you that if Powell didn't come up with that pick yapping from TTUN fans about the result would greatly outweigh any yapping about Hall. Then again this is TSUN we're talking about here. I'm not 100% sure Delusional Trash Talk isn't a required course up there.
It's not an either-or situation, but it sure does help. If TTUN fans have to rely on something as lame as a 22 year old kid expressing himself inelegantly in a moment of passion for yapping material, it must mean OSU is doing something right.
They can yap about the double birds all they want. I'll take the win.