published Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Season Opener

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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woody said...

Nothing controversial here, so don't expect too many comments, Clay. However, I am glad to see it finally here.

Between Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Tenn Tech. and the Titans I foresee a lot of tv time over the next several months.

I hope the rest of your "usual suspects" will chime in at some point to celebrate the new season upon us.

If only our worst nightmares or violent arguments centered around the occasional defeats and valiant efforts of our favorite teams our lives would truly be blessed.

Thank you for your time and attention and really nifty cartoon today, Woody

September 5, 2009 at 7:26 a.m.
SeaSmokie59er said...


September 5, 2009 at 9:34 a.m.
Tubal said...

You Americans are lucky. In Italy the football league ends in May And in June we have the football World Cup.

The wives of Italians all go to the house of Mr. Berlusconi ...

and Italians are happy and contented cuckolds. Greetings from Italy

September 5, 2009 at 10:13 a.m.
OllieH said...

Sorry, but I can't pay attention to any football (college or pro) until after the World Series is over.

September 5, 2009 at 10:57 a.m.
Oz said...

The sad part is the majority of our citizens know more about sports than any major issue in our country. It's tragic for all American's. It just goes to show how messed up our society. When coaches are the highest paid state employees, we have a huge problem.

September 5, 2009 at 2:31 p.m.
OllieH said...

Come on, Oz, if we didn't have sports, what would most men have to talk about?

That point aside, I would think a good conservative like you, would argue that an employee or management, for that matter, should receive a salary that reflects their contribution. If you look at how much money a major athletic program brings to a school (public or private), a coach of a successful program can be worth ten or twenty times what a university pays out.

Here's just one case: The Auburn football coaching staff, collectively, earned five million dollars in salary in 2007. That may sound high, but counting up ticket sales and media revenue for the season, that five million dollar investment paid back fifty million in revenues for the university. And that doesn't count any increased contributions from alumni and boosters.

I don't begrudge the coaches their salaries. They earn it. What I do resent, however, is that the athletes (who also earn their schools millions) get paid nothing more than room, board, and free tuition. We need to pay college athletes a salary that reflects their contribution to what has become a multi-billion dollar business.

September 5, 2009 at 6:14 p.m.
Oz said...

OllieH....I'm not anti-sports and I fully understand good coaches bring in huge amounts of money for their respective universities. It just says alot about our society and what we think is important. I don't begrudge the money a good coach is paid or the money a good CEO is paid. I do have a problem with rewarding failure.

One educated child is worth how much to society? What do we pay teachers? The best teacher and the worst teacher in Hamilton County are paid the same. Provided they have the same time in the system and the same degree. Shouldn't the best teacher be worth more? The same goes for law enforcement and the military. I just think teachers, the military, and police officers are worth more to society in the long run than coaches. Some coaches build character and some destroy it.

It just blows my mind how many people can tell you anything you want to know about a sports figure or celebrity but know nothing about current events.

September 5, 2009 at 7:45 p.m.
rolando said...

We are all reduced to the lowest common denominator, Oz. That means punishing the high producers by giving equal pay and recognition to the low producers. That is the socialist's way and is exactly why I so despise them. Why excel when it means nothing?

Speaking of CEO's pay, why hasn't our socialist attacked the coaches and the multi-millionaire pro players in all sports for THEIR obscene salaries? Why is their salary going uncontrolled? Or that of the rap/rock stars who produce nothing but mind-numbing "entertainment"...not to mention the brainless Hollywood nits? Their abilities are certainly not worth more than or even close to equal those of the CEOs of IBM, Intel, Apple, Ford, Lockheed, et al.

Yeah, I know, life is least if you are actually producing something lasting or of social import and impact to this country.

September 6, 2009 at 12:57 a.m.
OllieH said...

Rolando asks, "Why excel when it means nothing?"

You excel because you want to be excellent. If the motivation to excell is completely based on financial incentive, then why do some teachers strive to be the best? Why are some soldiers better than others if it brings them no greater monetary return?

Why- because it's in their nature to be the best.

And back to sports- Why would any player, who receives nothing for their efforts, work so hard to be the best in their given discipline? You might answer the possibility of a lucrative return should he or she go pro, but I assure you, as a former high school and college athlete myself, that's not the driving force at all. It's the drive to win, the desire to be the best that inspires you. If that drive results in a financial windfall, it's just gravy.

September 7, 2009 at 10:46 a.m.
OllieH said...

Just one addendum-

This argument reminds me of a discussion my wife and I had many years ago. She wanted to pay our kids for getting high marks on their report cards, and I was steadfastly against it.

The argument turned to a semantic debate over the difference between a 'reward' and a 'bribe'. My contention was that it's a 'bribe', if you go into a store and say, "If you kids are good while we're shopping, I'll get you an ice cream cone." Conversely, If you were to buy the kids ice cream cones because they were good (without being asked), that would be a 'reward'.

Semantics aside, I wanted my kids to achieve for achievement's sake. I wanted the grade to be it's own reward, and not simply a means to garner financial return. I was very passionate about my position and argued it vehemently, but as many issues are in a marriage, we compromised... and did it her way.

September 7, 2009 at 11:04 a.m.
rolando said...

Who said money was the be-all, end-all, OllieH?

Good exit line on your last.

Right up there with mine..."Yes, Dear".

BTB, a bribe usually involves a corrupt intent to influence. The classic was the dirty old man on TVs "Laugh In" suggestively offering a "walnetto" to the young lady.

A reward can be offered ahead of time to encourage a positive action. See the "rewards" offered in most any post office "for the arrest of..."

You are both right. Corrupt intent seems to be the determiner...but not always. How's that for oil on the water?

September 7, 2009 at 11:41 a.m.
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