Archive for the ‘sports’ Category

college athletes behaving badly

April 12, 2007

Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Criticize Their Moms

While their behavior hasn’t risen to the level of “attention whore” yet, I, for one, have grown weary of the grandstanding by some members of the Rutgers womens basketball team, and some members of the Duke mens lacrosse team.

In the links below, you will find some research that you can use to help yourself understand such contemporary college students.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17349066/

http://www.behavenet.com/capsules/disorders/narcissisticpd.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/15_minutes_of_fame

imaginary quote: “Now’s your big chance baby, you’re going to be on Oprah!”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helicopter_parent

nappy-headed hos research links

April 10, 2007

(note: same video, two different formats; and with unrelated short clip on end)

http://mediamatters.org/static/video/imus-rose-20070404.mov

http://mediamatters.org/static/video/imus-rose-20070404.wmv

Throughout the film, hair weave-wearing African American women of the Gamma Rays (a women’s auxiliary to the Gamma Phi Gamma fraternity) battle it out with their, Afro-headed fellow co-eds. The students at Mission College also battle with the local unemployed and uneducated people living around the campus, who resent the Mission students for taking all of the good jobs.

Musical performances are throughout, including the production “Straight and Nappy”, “Be Alone Tonight” performed by Campbell (as Jane Toussaint and her Royal Court), and a dis-fest between the Wannabes and Jigaboos on campus. The go-go anthem “Da Butt” is performed by the group E.U. during the after-party for the Gammites.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_Daze

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jknRJnuTCn8

http://whorechurch.wordpress.com/2007/04/10/imus-endows-rutgers-scholarship/

suburban bred Kobe

March 27, 2007

Another example of dry snitching occurred in 2003, when Kobe Bryant was arrested on rape charges. While being interrogated, Bryant freely disclosed potentially embarrassing aspects of teammate Shaquille O’Neal’s personal life in order to gain favor with Colorado police. According to the Los Angeles Times, Kobe reportedly told the officers that he should have followed Shaq’s example and paid the woman not to say anything, adding that Shaq had already spend over one million dollars for those purposes. While some attributed this slip-up to Kobe’s inexperience in such situations — one of the reasons that the suburban bred Kobe will never reach the ghetto superstar status of his generational peer, Allen Iverson, despite his extravagantly calculated gestures — others saw it as a passive aggressive act against his not so secret rival.

http://www.popmatters.com/columns/hill/060224-1.shtml

my SuperBowl 41 rant

February 7, 2007

From what I saw of SuperBowl 41 a few days ago, it was mostly disappointing/boring.

American taxpayer money was transferred in the millions or billions to support this event.

By the way, the NFL seems to be a pro-war, Republican company.

At the start, football player Muhsin Muhammad seemingly got booed because people in the stadium may dislike people with Islamic or Muslim sounding names, even though he is not one. (UPDATE: see comments below)

Billy Joel did the National Anthem thing poorly, and he looked funny. Looks generally shouldn’t matter, but this is television.

Prince did the half-time show and it was boring and not good, no matter how sexy some women think that he is. The temporary? grandma-style head covering was interesting. The two woman dancers were somewhat goofy or some word like that. I do not understand how the selected fans that they let surround his stage were acting so excited.

Except for the first touchdown, the game consisted of rain due to no roof/not cloud seeding?, not a lot of action, a few players were looking gaunt, multiple instances of minor game rules being decided upon, seemingly unnecessary timeouts, and the Colts trying to use up the remaining time clock minutes by engaging in non-exciting no throw plays.

Then two players vandalized the famously “black” / “African-American” coach before the game was even over with liquid beverage.

I did not see all of the commercials, but from what I did see, there was nothing too special this year. Coca-Cola and Frito Lay? did some pandering commercials or something to “black” people so that they would buy their food. Some commercials were shown twice and/or were regular, non-SuperBowl commercials that I had seen before. CBS ran an excessive amount of commercials advertising their shows, some of which most people have never heard of before. CBS was also running somewhat desperate seeming time filler ads saying how great and popular they are as a network or company and also had Katie Couric, whom I do not like. Budweiser showed that they have money to spend on advertising, and that made them look good as a company.

Coach Tony Dungy could have been more humble.

I do not blame the National Football League for those somewhat wasted hours, but I do blame CBS. For some reason, I think that FOX would have done a better job.

Did I miss anything? Note that I was busy/eating and I did not watch the entire thing.

This guy thinks the game was boring also:

http://rightalways.blogspot.com/2007/02/cbs-completley-boring-superbowl.html

student athletes

October 22, 2006

1. Retire the term “student-athlete.”This proposal affirms that athletes are an integral part of the student body. There is no more need to call them student-athletes than there is to call members of the marching band student-band members. The term student-athlete was created by the NCAA in the 1950s to deflect the threat that its newly implemented athletic scholarship policy might lead Workers Compensation Boards to view athletes as paid employees. The words faculty use to refer to athletes should not be determined by the public relations needs of the NCAA. Replacing the term with “student” or “college athlete” in university documents is an action faculty can take immediately.

http://www.thedrakegroup.org/proposals.html

the church of NCAA

October 22, 2006

U.S. Rep. Bill Thomas (R-Bakersfield) is questioning whether the NCAA, with its $521.1-million annual budget and lucrative television rights package, deserves its tax-exempt status.In a pointed, eight-page letter sent Monday to NCAA President Myles Brand, Thomas suggested that big-time athletic programs might be at odds with the purpose of higher education and might not qualify for tax-exempt status.

This year, Gary Roberts, director of the Tulane University Sports Law program and the school’s NCAA representative, described the political power of college sports as “unbelievable” and football and basketball as “a religion” among many fans.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-ncaa6oct06,1,5833729.story

quotes below are from chronicle.com

“Why should the federal government subsidize the athletic activities of educational institutions when that subsidy is being used to help pay for escalating coaches’ salaries, costly chartered travel, and state-of-the-art athletic facilities?”

What benefit does the NCAA provide taxpayers in exchange for its tax exemption?

Is added educational benefit derived from participation in expensive Division I-A sports, particularly football and men’s basketball, as compared to sports in other divisions or intramural athletics?

How has the transformation of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament into “commercial entertainment” (a reference to CBS’s agreement to pay the NCAA an average of $545-million per year for broadcasting rights) furthered the educational purpose of the NCAA and its member institutions?

What percentage of NCAA revenue is spent by member institutions on solely academic matters?

The letter is strongly worded. For example, Representative Thomas writes that “corporate sponsorships, multimillion-dollar television deals, highly paid coaches with no academic duties, and the dedication of inordinate amounts of time by athletes to training lead many to believe that major college football and men’s basketball more closely resemble professional sports than amateur sports.”

school sports

October 14, 2006

They want to know why people don’t want to participate in school sports. They humiliate a lot of people doing things like that,” said parent Deborah Pomije.

http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=5534988