I think it's time to come in the 21st Century Mr Wiedmer. Yes people watch tv on Christmas and yes people watch basketball. Would you rather they have boring baseball on tv instead? Not sure which demographic your column is intended for, but the younger generation likes the NBA. Maybe the older folks don't.
I totally agree that these are the most interesting NBA playoffs i have seen in a long time. There's the team that everybody loves to hate (lakers, and Heat). The MVP (Derrick Rose). Carmelo and the Knicks vs the Hall of fame laden Celtics. And you have to love the fans out in Oklahoma City. They are possible the best in the NBA. The loudness and enthusiasm last night of the crowd reminded me of a college game. Here's hoping the fans in the ATL can duplicate the atmosphere when the hawks took the celtics to game 7 in 2008. Phillips Arena was CRAZY LOUD!!!.. good observations 5@10.
Right. I agree that paying players is not the answer. I just hate to see those at the top profiting so much off of the players and then enforce petty rules that the players can't have any benefit from their status as famous players. But yeah, its a problem that can be discussed till the cows come home, because it's not changing any time soon.
As for baseball... Even tho i am a casual baseball fan, i must say the braves look pretty good this year.
My point exactly! If the player's can't benefit, no one should benefits. It reminds me of the parents of children who become superstars. It would be like the parents telling their child or teenager to go on tour, and perform at clubs and events and sold-out stadiums,etc. Then when the check comes, the parent says, you are an "amateur" and can't receive extra benefits beyond room and board, and food. Then the parent is getting, not only all the revenue, but the extra perks, like "getaways", and the strip club stuff. What a "travesShamMockery"... (travesty, sham, mockery).
I can't be the only one who thinks the NCAA is hypocritical. It is wrong to accept $100 handhshakes. No doubt about it. Its against the rules. But how is it ok for administrators and athletic directors, and the like, to accept gifts and "free getaways" from these bowl games. If a "student athlete" showed up on one of these getaways, they would kick him off the island. This is so sickening. If players are not supposed to get extra benefits because they are good players, then why should the administrators get extra benefits on their behalf. This makes me so upset. Its like eating a 5 course meal in front of a starving homeless man, and telling him "here's a piece of bread and some water". I know athletes get "free room and board, books, and an education," but how is that proper compensation compared to what these coaches, atletic directors, and admin guys are getting?
Great job 5@10! You made a normally uneventful day, as far as news is concerned, and still was able to write a very interesting and informative article..
keep it comin 5@10!
Yeah i agree the "talen" is suspect. Thats because all of college hoops is watered down. Most of the guys Pearl recruited tho, were at least 4 star recruits. Tatum, Golden, Mcrae were 4 stars and Harris and Hopson were 5 stars. I just don't want UT to start recruiting 2 and 3 star players and try to develop them over 4 years.
Im not so sure about Cuonzo Martin. I think he may be a good coach, but UT really needed to make a splash, i.e a big name coach. More accurately, Mike Hamilton needed to make a big splash. This makes the writing on the wall for Hamilton pretty clear. Here is my question though for the 5@10. Can this guy RECRUIT??? Thats all that really matters. Say what u want about Bruce, the guy brought in some talent. Can Cuonzo do the same or better?
If Derrick Rose were a senior at Memphis, can you imagine how good college basketball would be? That is why i would LOVE to see the NBA impose a Three year post-high school rule. At least a 2 year rule. It would make college basketball's regular season at least watchable. I love the hip-hop references.. way to think outside the box 5@10!!
Whats wrong with players having cornrows and dreadlocks? This fact alone doesn't make them bad people, or prone to being arrested. I know that is not what you meant, but it reads that way in your article. (otherwise, it is very well-written).