ESPN DALLAS= Each Season's Playoffs are Not in Dallas.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
ESPN DALLAS= Each Season's Playoffs are Not in Dallas.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
This is my response to the article published in the Daily Universe (see my post "WOW" below for the article).
To the Editor
If I am reading Matt Payne’s article, More honesty about true student, athlete treatment correctly the main issue that Matt Payne has is not “with the fact that athletes get preferential treatment…but rather with the way some schools pretend that this preferential treatment doesn’t happen”. Well I guess my only rebuttal to this is Who is pretending? I am pretty sure most students, student-athletes, administrators and professors are aware that there are certain privileges that student-athletes are awarded that are not offered to the rest of the student body, and why not? After all, the student-athletes deserve everything they get.
Maybe I have to see the commercial to understand how South Carolina was pretending to treat normal students the same way they treat student-athletes, but based on Matt Payne’s description of the commercial, they weren’t pretending anything. They were simply showing a young high school athlete choosing to participate in athletics at South Carolina, while also choosing to study in one of the top international business schools in the nation. But I guess I’ll have to take Mr. Payne’s word for it as he apparently knows quite a lot about how things are run at the University of South Carolina.
What Mr. Payne failed to mention is that student-athletes are not the only people on campus receiving finical aid. Scholarships are awarded to many students based on them just being them, for example their ethnicity, religion, heritage, and other such traits. Sometimes receiving these scholarships requires some work, like filling out an application, or finding the best scholarship that works for the student’s specific needs. There are also academic scholarships available to those that qualify just as there are athletic scholarships for those that qualify. For these kinds of scholarships, one must work hard all through high school and perhaps even earlier than that, developing talents, habits and abilities to obtain such preferential treatment.
While student athletes are given great facilities to not only train in, but also to study in, the rest of the student body is not left to study by candle light in the basements. BYU has one of the best campuses for students in the nation. The BYU business program is one of the best in the nation, and is housed in one of the better buildings on campus. The business program is ranked in the top 10 programs in the nation, and our football team is struggling to stay in the top 20 right now. But, the business program is never going to sell out La Vell Edwards Stadium for an Investors Club Meeting.
I offer a challenge to Matt Payne:
For one month, actually, just try one week, wake up at 5:45 am on Monday, and go work out for two hours. Now, this is not just a light jog and some yoga, I challenge you to work out at the level of a NCAA Division I athlete for 2 hours, then spend 3 hours in class, awake and taking notes. After your classes, work out for another two hours at the same intensity as the morning. When afternoon practice gets out at 5:00 pm, ice, shower and then go study for another few hours. Then do this for four more days, Tuesday through Friday. Finally, spend your weekend hosting high school recruits, or away at a competition. Do that for one week and tell me that student-athletes don’t deserve a pair of sweat pants. I bet if this was your schedule you wouldn’t have had time to watch the South Carolina game on Thursday. Even student-athletes that are on a full tuition scholarship, book scholarship and receive a rent and food allowance could make a lot more money working at Subway in the Cougareat. And believe me, there are not as many student-athletes receiving that amount of scholarship, as you may like to think.
The few instances in which student-athletes have broken rules are known publicly because student-athletes are looked upon in the public eye, and in all those instances fair treatment was given. Reggie Bush is under investigation, and Jim McMahon was kicked out of school. Don’t tell me normal students have never cheated in high school to get better grades to increase their collegiate opportunities.
Another reason as to why student-athletes deserve some sweats and shoes is because, whether you like it or not, student-athletes are representing the university on a much larger scale than any other student. While students are receiving national attention in many academic fields, it is athletics that draws the most attention, and that is just how it is. You will never see national coverage for a normal student deciding what school to go to. Why? Because, quite frankly, no body cares. That doesn’t mean that normal students aren’t important, or that they don’t deserve recognition for the hard work that they do, but that is just the way it is. At the end of the day, life is just not fair, Matt. Some people are going to get bigger, better, nicer things than you, and you know what, they might not deserve any of it. But that is just the way life is.
This was published in the Daily Universe yesterday.... my letter to the editor soon to come!!!!
MORE HONESTY ABOUT TRUE STUDENT, ATHLETE TREATMENT
I was watching a college football game between South Carolina and Mississippi on ESPN last Thursday when a commercial caught my particular attention.
It was one advertising the University of South Carolina. The commercial centered around a young man, apparently a high-school senior, who was set to make his college choice known through a nationally-televised news conference — the same kind of absurd grasps for attention that are becoming popular for every semi-talented high school athlete.
Fans from several schools — the generic “State,” “U” and “Tech” were of course represented — watched with anticipation, with one student covering her face like she couldn’t take the intensity of the announcement.
The moment of truth finally came, and the young man jubilantly announced he would attend South Carolina to study ... (wait for it) ... international business! He even had a briefcase with the Gamecocks’ logo on it, and the television commentator made a smart comment like, “It’s really no surprise he chose South Carolina, they’ve got the top program in the country.”
I almost threw the remote at the television for the transparency of it. Besides the fact that the commercial was ridiculous, I was disgusted at South Carolina for intimating that they actually treat normal students the same way they treat student-athletes.They don’t.
No school does.
I understand that schools are anxious for prospective students to know about more than athletics, and every school across the country clearly has more to offer than football and basketball. But that doesn’t mean that they should put up the facade of having the business program and football team on equal ground.
The next time I see national media coverage of a non-student-athlete making his or her college choice will be the first.
I don’t take issue with the fact that athletes get preferential treatment — that has happened as long as there has been such a thing as a “student-athlete” — but rather with the way some schools pretend that this preferential treatment doesn’t happen.
BYU athletes are no different when it comes to receiving added benefits. Besides scholarships, they get a monthly stipend for rent and food, free clothes (especially shoes and sweatpants), and all the free and convenient academic counseling their hearts desire. I might be more incensed by this except that I don’t generally prefer to wear my pajamas to class every day. The food and rent thing, though, I think I could live with.
And even these perks aren’t enough for some athletes.
Reggie Bush, who won the Heisman Trophy and now plays for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, and his family are currently under investigation for accepting financial benefits worth more than $100,000 from marketing agents while Bush was playing at the University of Southern California.
And, more recently, it came to light that former University of Memphis basketball player Derrick Rose had another person take his SAT exam in high school, which he used to qualify for college. He spent one year playing for Memphis and is now a star in the NBA.
Both are making lots of money, and both made lots of money for their schools, neither of which has been particularly apologetic about the scandals.
Even BYU has struggled with student-athletes in the past. Jim McMahon supposedly thumbed his nose at the Honor Code during his time at BYU, yet was suspended and subsequently expelled only after the football season ended his senior year. If McMahon wasn’t brilliant on the field, would he have lasted as long as he did? Probably not.
While most student-athletes and their colleges live by the rules and act as positive representatives of their schools, many flaunt their temporary celebrity into getting the most out of the least possible academic effort.
Though clearly inappropriate, this type of behavior sends mixed signals to high school athletes who may expect this to be the norm in college, and schools like South Carolina that promote an athlete-style life to each and every student should be wary of the real message they are sending.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
I need to vent for a bit, so bear with me. ABDC has long been a Sunday night tradition of mine. With the beginning of Season 4, I was immediately drawn to two groups: Massive Monkees and Rhythm City. I guess my real beef isn’t with ABDC, yet with the thousands of ridiculous teens that flood the show, and votes. Really, does every performance deserve a standing ovation? I understand that the performers feed off of the energy from the crowd, but it is something that the performers must gain. What is really ticking me off is that all these thousands of young ladies think its fun to watch a bunch of grown gay men frolic around the stage. Vogue Evolution is a group of gay men, and one transgender woman. Nothing against gays, but seriously they can’t dance at all, they just flaunt their homosexuality all over the stage, and IT IS GROSS!!! The other straight dancers don’t flaunt their sexuality, they just dance, and they do it well. Another beef is that somehow Afro Borike has made it to the fourth episode!! They are worse than the gays, and they aren’t even American (again, nothing against foreigners, but it is American’s best dance crew)
It has not been my intention at all to offend anyone by this post; it just frustrates me that the dance crews are not being judged based on their dancing ability. If so, Southern Movement wouldn’t have been voted off, and Rhythm City wouldn’t even had been in the bottom two. Even the official judges (Shane Sparks, Lil’ Mama and JC Chasez) said that both Southern Movement and Rhythm City had the best performances of the episode (Sunday 8/23), but because they were both voted by the audience (aka mindless teens) into the bottom two from the previous episode, one of the groups had to be chosen by the official judges to go, and they chose Southern Movement.
John Stewart, when you mess with the bull, you get the horns.
Excited about Leopard, not excited about the semester starting in a week.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I finally can stop pretending to enjoy regular season baseball! Pre-season football is like a breath of fresh air, but it’s only a teaser. Soon to come are the Saturdays wasted on my couch watching college football, followed by Sundays watching the NFL, and then a legit excuse to skip FHE to watch Monday Night Football. SO CLOSE, I can taste it!! However in regular season baseball’s defense, I am very pumped about the Rangers getting Pudge Rodriguez and leading the AL Wildcard (entering Tuesday).
What in the hell is a world-class athlete going to rape a girl for? McNulty’s case accusing Ben Roethlisberger of rape is beginning to seem even more McNutty as facts continue to unfurl. Long gone are the days when people had honor and put their honor in their word. Here are the days when false accusations are spit for the sole purpose of finical gain and fame, even at the expense of one’s honor and trustworthiness. Growing up I was taught that trust with someone is like a having a bank account. When you lie, it’s like you have no money in the bank, and horrible credit, and no one can believe you. However, when trust is built it is like having money in the bank, with a great interest rate. How can people that make such hideous lies look at themselves in the mirror? There is a movie coming out called The Invention of Lying which, as much as a Romantic Comedy can, entertains the idea of a society in which everyone speaks the truth, and there is no reason to not believe what people say.
The NBC Store is selling Obama merchandise. My favorite item was the shirt with Mr. Obama’s portrait and the words “Yes We Did” written below. My question: Did what? A lot has been put in motion from the Obama administration, but seriously after about an 1/8th of a term what has actually been “did”? Awesome how, according to Gallup, in 47 of the 50 states conservatives outnumber liberals, yet due to the media’s liberal voice, all we get, with some exceptions, is left-wing opinion.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Well I've been spending my time working and saving, working and saving. And thanks to my obsession with Apple products I'm now low on the dough. After purchasing my MacBook, and a case, and some accesories for my iPhone I really wonder is it all worth it? I feel like I'm selling out to the main-stream tech gadgets. But just as quickly as this thought pops into my head, I log on to my MacBook, or "Swipe to Unlock" my iPhone and realize that it really is worth it. So here is my official endorsment of all Apple products. The customer really is number 1, with great tech support via phone, internet or at the genius bar. Yes they may be a little more expensive, but it is well worth the extra bones.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I might as well join in on the great debate, better this than anything about Obama, right now I have not words to describe feelings within my soul. Anywho. 2 3 has my vote, better team player, playing much better in these playoffs, and doesn't whine after ever call as Kobe has been doing recently. Plus Kobe ain't got no defense.
Monday, May 4, 2009
I'm trying to exploit this well kept secret... so tell everyone, especially if you live in Utah.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I finished my saturday night on a high after the Boston-Chicago game. It was perfect, a great game, and my team brought home the win. Actually, not really "my" team. I just jumped on the bandwagon last year, but in my defense I started cheering for the Celtics at the beginning of last year's playoffs. Anyway, it was a great game.
I was expecting a similar experience this morning when I woke up. It was actually cool today in Dallas, and I thought to myself as I got ready for church this morning, "Today is going to be great, the Mavs are going to win".
And thats the way it went, until about the 10:03 mark of the second quarter when Dirk Nowitzki checked back into the game and was picked up up by Chris "Birdman" Anderson. This drug abusing, tattooed punk-a$ ruined my sunday. As soon as he began to defend Dirk, the game feel apart. The "Birdman" flew into Dirk's head and picked his brain apart, then Kidd started to falter. Turnover after turnover and I'm glad the Mavs ONLY lost by 14. They fell apart. I was heartbroken.
I was so distraught after the game that I had to turn on the Rangers game just to see one of my teams win.
Dirk started off so strong, but I should have known better. He is too inconsistent. If he always played like he did the first quarter, we would have blown the Nuggs away.
To make my Sunday worse, I had made a bet with my Denver rooted girlfriend that the Mavs would win the series. Now if Dirk doesn't get his head on straight I will be forced to pay up, and get crap from Michelle, as if she doesn't give me enough already! Next Sunday my prayers will be dedicated to the Mavericks, because they need them more than I do.