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Comment 20 hours ago

This is why it drives me nuts when teams take a knee with 25 seconds left in the first half.  I always think, "you may want those 25 seconds back come the end of the game.  Granted, there are times when it makes sense (if you are up by a bunch and a long way from the endzone), but in general, I don't like pissing away scoring opportunities.  

Comment 22 hours ago

Yep.  And I chalk it up 100% to coaching.  If you want players to do something counter-intuitive (don't score), you've got to grab them by the face mask and make it clear.  Sure, players need to know the game situation, but we aren't talking about what down it is, or where the line to gain is.

Comment 22 Oct 2020

He said, "in terms of spread".  

He then says:

If it were really a dangerous pandemic as we are told, wouldn't you treat it them the same?  Things to ponder....

This would seem to indicate that because the compelling interest of Constitutionally protected rights has been allowed sway, it isn't as dangerous as we are told.  There is however some disagreement on what we are being told, so it is hard to say for sure what he meant by that.  

Comment 22 Oct 2020

2 downvotes vs 26 upvotes on that post.  

I can't imagine being most afraid of non-governmental censorship given everything we see happening in our world.  I'm much more afraid of our apparent inability to see the other side of about any disagreement as mostly reasonable people with a different perspective.  Sure, there are times when they aren't reasonable people, but that isn't our default assumption any more.  The other side is always just written off as an odious enemy hell-bent on destroying all that we hold dear, fit not for discussion and respect, but only for 'owning'.  

There are assholes out there, and in this case we've identified two of them.  Two out of at least 28, and likely more (the non-voters), who read the post.  

Comment 20 Oct 2020

All good.  You weren't even the one making the freedom argument.  

And yeah, they do get a lot, no question; but I think we all know that Justin Fields could get more in a free market.  Which might break the market, but again, that's a different argument.  ;)

Comment 20 Oct 2020

I'm in agreement on all of that.  I don't feel bad for them either.  But, I don't feel negative towards those trying to get more, and don't have much patience with those who just think they should accept what they are given vs. how the rest of our society and economy are set up.  

Comment 20 Oct 2020

Are non-athletes free to negotiate tuition costs, room and board, meal plan, books, etc? Are they free to negotiate their student loan interest rates? Oh, they're not? So much financial freedom.

Uh, yes they are.  They may well not be successful, but there's nothing preventing them from trying.  No agreement from all comparable colleges to refuse negotiation.  If OSU gives me half off tuition for some reason (my amazing negotiating skilz), Michigan doesn't have some judgmental body to go to to complain and get sanctions on me and OSU.  

Just like I'm free to negotiate with walmart for the price of milk.  Just because they won't bother with me doesn't mean I'm not free to do so.  And there's no agreement between Walmart, Krogrer, Giant Eagle, etc. to not negotiate with me.  But college football players aren't free to negotiate.  The colleges have one compensation, and have agreed collectively not to alter it.  Do that in just about any other industry and you can find yourself in Federal court, like the tech companies I mentioned. 

Now maybe that lack of freedom serves a higher purpose (more competition, where a handful of teams don't dominate the sport) but that's a separate issue than an argument based on Freedom (tm).  Players' freedom to negotiate compensation is restricted, and that seems very obvious, which is why I reject arguments about them being 'free' not to play.  They are free not to play, but not free to negotiate.

Comment 20 Oct 2020

Speaking of freedom, are they free to negotiate a better deal for themselves, or is that restricted in that industry?  Are they free to do a commercial on the side and profit from it?  

Couldn't a case be made that the universities are colluding through the NCAA to keep labor prices artificially low?  Like if Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe agreed not to hire each others' employees to keep wages down.  As just one example that cost $415 million because it is illegal.

Comment 20 Oct 2020

The key point being that it was wrongdoing.  Apparently the NFL has made it a rule that such moves are against the rules.  I question whether we (not saying you) should be celebrating such a thing.  Bad enough that we seem to tolerate unethical behavior in society because it isn't clearly written down somewhere not to do such things, now we're at the point of tolerating that behavior even when it is written down.  

It all comes down to how we feel about: "If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying."

Comment 16 Oct 2020

Our volleyball team hasn't been allowed to go to any football games.  Enforcement is likely spotty since I've seen a few players at JV games, but the rule is there and mostly being followed.  Helps that the team is expected to do well.

How well a team is expected to be may have a bearing on how well they follow the rules at a particular school.  Which is what worries me about Rutgers, Maryland, etc.