Over the years, I've assembled quite the assortment of water abatement tools/pumps. Wish I hadn't turned in early last night, would've brought you a pump. Thankfully, sounds like the damage has been minimal.
Got called in years ago to a water damage call and found a full finished basement (theatre room, extreme man cave, etc) utterly destroyed from a failed pump w/no backup ... was undersized to begin with & terribly installed. That was kinda heartbreaking to see.
The other was a crew who built a lowered outdoor pavilion with recessed hottub BELOW city drain grade, turned the basement (blew through the wall & installed a door) into a walkout & installed a pass through pump with no backup ... told the clients it would be fine. House was the end run of a cul-de-sac with the entire street pitching to them. Literally put all this a few inches higher than the footer of the foundation of the house. Took a couple weeks, flooded the entire basement, ruined everything. Prominent funeral home family here in Columbus. Had no heart to tell them how just INSANELY bad their situation was & will ALWAYS be.
I'm a General Contractor here in Columbus. Build pools, remodel/additions & primarily work residential. Water is one of thee first thoughts on any GC job, before I even I take it.
Would love it if he stayed but can't imagine him doing so. Live announcements are almost always adios. Yeah, he could come back and bump his stock some ... but there are risks there & with his placement, not really worth it.
Absolutely! Either way, I get to enjoy it.
To be clear though, the WolverWeasels are gonna lose.
I'm just baffled by the thinking that anything along these lines will actually help the sport. It won't. It won't even help the players much realistically.
It's human nature to push boundaries. A small concession into NIL will not stay that way. It will balloon & expand into something much bigger than intended. College football itself, regarding National Champion is a good example:
Voted Champion? Nope, we want a championship game. Ok, here is a formula? Nope, it's flawed. We need a playoff. Ok, let's do a playoff! Ok, but we have to have a committee made up of random people to decide 4 teams. What's that, the committee matches the 'abandoned' formula? Irrelevant. Happy? Nope, we want to expand the playoffs now. ETC ETC ETC
Hear talking heads stating that people overreact. "You're not going to have endorsement deals for millions people! We're only talking a few select stars from the jump that might see some major money for endorsements or NIL."
During Thanksgiving dinner, this exact conversation came up. Only relevant b/c we have a Nationwide exec in our extended family who could speak to their thinking with this, as a corporate player. He told me flat out that a majority of people think too small with this. "Yeah, we would have interest in NIL arrangements with some select players. Really though, we want an entire unit or investment in teams! Why settle on one player when we could invest more and practically market as the Nationwide Buckeyes?"
I fully agree that there are pressing issues that need to be fixed. Name/Image/Likeness is just not the solvent people think it is. All that will do is placate some initially & create a vacuum for investors to fill. Let's say the initial concession involves clear lines of separation on what can be done & for how much. Does anyone actually think that will remain?
Don't believe it is much of a stretch to see a scenario where a player or players, receive benefits contingent on their ability to be a return on investment (perform & be stellar reps). Maybe this party/parties start to under perform or for whatever reason, are not panning out like intended. Think that won't matriculate into the locker room? The coaching staff? To use the same scenario as above, Let's say Nationwide gets some form of a setup NIL for the players of Zone 6? Gunslinger QB gets injured. Backup is a Tate Martell'ish QB. Think that won't create a problem? Do you think a corporate player like Nationwide, who leases & has a spiderweb of venture with tOSU, might try to influence the administration/staff for a return on their investment?
Don't intend this long post/rant to come across as hate against change. I agree there are financial problems for some student athletes. I agree that just touting "your degree is paid for," is short sighted and not completely fair. Change is good. I don't know what the answer(s) are. To act like the above potential is not a realistic possibility is very short sighted.
NIL is pandora's box. Don't for a second believe it isn't.