Posted on: October 15, 2009 10:00 am
Edited on: October 15, 2009 10:01 am
I am very happy that the ownership group actually listened to the general public and got rid of Mr. Limbaugh. Many of his supporters will cry about this and give examples of how he was discriminated against; that there wouldn't be as much of an uproar if Al Sharpton were to put in a bid. I personally wouldn't want him involved with football, or anything for that matter... he's a pompous fool. But he hasn't preached the type of discriminating, degrading views that Rush has. Sharpton's actions are self-promoting, and misguided... Limbaugh's are just hateful, and he doesn't care who he offends.
Vick, Pac-Man, and numerous others have come back to the NFL after being involved in heinous crimes and behavior. Vick is back because only because he's shown genuine remorse; and the moment he doesn't show that he's actually a changed man, he will be out again. If Limbaugh were to suddenly change his tune, and make amends to the comments that he has made, he would have a chance to be involved in the NFL. But because he won't change, the NFL won't even to let him sniff a part of the NFL. Same reason why ESPN won't even go that route anymore. Can you even imagine what Limbaugh would do when it is explained to him that the Rooney Rule is for real?
A perfect historic example of this reaction by the NFL is Marge Schott (ex-owner of the Cincinnati Reds). She was actually banned from being anything but the signer of checks for about two years; and its been rumored that she was eventually pushed into selling the team. And this is by the MLB... the same people who turned their backs to the rampant (and obvious) steriod abuse in their own sport.
The NFL doesn't need him, nor does this ownership group, obviously. The NFL and its owners can tolerate felons and drug users... but because of the NFL's diversity and progressive thinking, there's no way they would (or could) tolerate a bigot.
Posted on: July 22, 2009 10:43 am
Wow... we're actually entertaining this? That is hilarious. The amount of money, benefits, gear, and opportunites that a college athlete gets on a regular basis while on-campus is more than enough payment for selling their jerseys and likenesses. Believe me... nobody is buying a EA Sports College Football 2009 game because Tim Tebow's "likeness" is in it. If Tim Tebow played for Florida International, nobody would buy his jersey... heck, if he played for Central Florida, the sales would be a fraction of what they are now. He owes a lot of his popularity to the University of Florida, so they definitely don't owe him anymore than what they give him already.
Think about it... Who's pays for his Heisman Campaign? Who pays for Naismith Award campaigns?
These athletes are catered to for the entire time they are on campus, and that's the 11th man on the bench. The stuff they give to the superstars is well beyond that. So, to say that these guys aren't well compensated is a complete joke.
Posted on: June 18, 2009 4:22 pm
Lately, I've been reading this nonsense that NBA Players could be really good NFL players. First of all, I don't have any doubt that there would be a good amount of basketball players that could be successful in the NFL. But only a select few of them could actually make it.
The notion that NBA players are better athletes than NFL players is laughable. You could literally take 15 players from the NFL right now to make up a NBA roster, and they would win 35-45 games. The speed, strength, agility, and size would allow them to be in the top 5 in team defense.
Posted on: May 12, 2009 9:05 am
I've read this story multiple times. And I still can't believe that people are so up in arms about his scholarship to Tennessee. I'm very disappointed in how everyone is so against this kid getting a "2nd chance". First and foremost, he repaid his debt to society as ruled upon by the judge. If you have a problem with his sentence, then your beef should be with the judge, not Hood. That being said, once he served his sentence, he should be allowed to live his life as well as he can.
I read the article by Dodd about the Director as some random Sexuall Assault Center that happens to be Knoxville. I understand why he consulted this woman, but I can't really understand how why he thinks she should've been consulted. I was actually quite appalled at what she was saying... I hope it was just bad editing. I agree with her statement that the victim will have to live with this event for the rest of her life. But, for her to imply that Hood doesn't have to live with this for the rest of his life is crazy. The fact that we are talking about this and articles are being written about him is proof that he'll live with it just as much. He will always have to answer those questions and be scrutinized. Just because he doesn't have to live with this as the victim, doesn't mean he won't live with this experience.
So to ask him to give up his scholarship is grossly inappropriate. He earned that scholarship by cleaning up his life and taking advantage of the 2nd chance he had. The argument that his athletic scholarship would be better served for someone who couldn't afford college and hadn't been convicted of rape is laughable. That person wouldn't be getting a Football Scholarship; they would possibly be getting an academic scholarship. Keeping in mind that a 3.8 GPA at a Catholic high school would most likely have earned him an academic scholarship anyways, he would be taking that away scholarship away from this "more-deserving" student. And he wouldn't have to detail his past for anyone if he only applied for the academic scholarship... the Dean of Admissions doesn't to do criminal background checks very often.
The victim has forgiven him; realizing that if she holds on to a hatred for her cousin, that only prevents her from moving on with his life. I'm sure that nobody forced her to write that letter the university. She obviously understands the premise of forgiveness; and her life will be better for it. I think that everyone should take from her example.