Big money, big deals
We all know the SEC does football in a big way. "It just means more" at least that's what that nice young lady keeps telling us on the commercials.
Well, with a hat tip to Forbes, football in the SEC assuredly is worth more.
It's not a big surprise — five of the top 10 football programs in terms of value are in the SEC, according to the magazine in its annual ranking — that the SEC dominates that list. (Or any list in terms of football rankings.)
What did surprise me was the school at the top.
Yep, Texas A&M is No. 1. Alabama is 4, Auburn is 8, LSU is 9 and Florida is 10.
Yes, we also are surprised that Georgia is not there, but it's worth noting that the span of the measurements was 2014-2016, meaning Georgia's exceptional 2017 season was not part of the incomes.
A&M was tops in revenue at $148 million and in profit with a net of $107 million over the above stretch.
Maybe the next slogan will be, the SEC, it just makes more.
Colin Kaepernick chapter 213
Wait. Forget that.
We were going to kick around the hot seat that an elementary school principal in California is on for posting on her personal Facebook page:
"My newest rag!" the J.H. McGaugh Elementary School principal wrote over a picture of a Nike product. "When Nike signs an anti-American thug to represent their brand, I will not support, wear, purchase, or endorse their product. Bye-bye Nike."
Cue the hand-wringing over-reaction in 5, 4, 3, 2, and go.
There is a petition expressing concern. There are parents outraged. There are accusations of racism for the use of the word "thug."
Now a Slidell High School teacher went a step further
"They don't have to live in that country, they could go back," Valerie Scogin wrote in her since-deleted post, which was captured by The Root. "They could go back, but it was their own people selling them into slavery, and tearing them even worse in those countries of origin."
She was not done with her erroneous accounts of slavery — Ms. Scogin, you may to do a little more research on the origins of slavery and the harsh and violent ways slaves were captured and kidnapped and worse — and raised the ante.
"Want a better neighborhood? Move. You don't have to choose to live in those zip codes," she wrote. "Want to not be stereotyped, tell people of that color to quit acting like animals and perpetuating that stereotype. Many are are average people; the few ruin it."
She concluded that black people "quit voting for handouts" and "pay taxes."
Wow. It's 9:15 in the morning and I'm tired.
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This and that
— Need Survivor pool picks before end of BID-ness Friday. We are going to post everyone from week one (winners and losers) later today. Deal? Deal.
— This story made me sad — again — on the state of America. It's the detailed account — with photos of two young men in a convenience store when the cash register attendant collapses. The young men (and we use that term falsely) did not call for help. They hopped the counter and robbed there store. And returned three times back into the store for more. Egad.
— Interesting review of the debut of the new Monday Night Football crew. Let's say the reviews of Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten and Booger McFarland were right there with the reviews of Jon Gruden's coaching return.
— Speaking of interesting, we had The Athletic sports media ace Richard Deutsch on Press Row on Tuesday. He was excellent. Paschall was excellent. I was, uh, so-so. (Did enjoy the rapid-fire question of which sports movie announcer/tandem was better, Harry Doyle from "Major League" or "Dodgeball" tandem of Cotton and Pepper from ESPN the Ocho?) Here's the replay if needed.
— OK, upon hearing Paul McCartney's admissions about the sexual habits of the Beatles — including McCartney saying that he and John Lennon masturbated with others in a group — the New York Post dropped an excellent headline on the story. "Beat the Meatles" was on the cover. We'll never quite be able to the classic "Come Together" again in the same way.
— Boston has clinched a spot in the postseason. Yes, it happened on Sept. 11. And they got their best pitcher back Tuesday night as Chris Sale returned and threw 26 pitches. Boston has 99 wins on Sept. 12. Wowser.
— While the Red Sox are blowing away the field, the Dodgers and baseball's highest payroll continue to confuse. Los Angeles is now bagel-and-6 against the lowly Cincinnati Reds. Go figure. The Dodgers are now 1.5 games back of Colorado. For comparisons sake, the Dodgers' payroll is third in baseball (behind the Red Sox and the San Francisco Giants) at $196.5 million. The Reds' payroll is 25th at $99.1 million.
— Speaking of the Giants, nice win for the Braves last night. They go for the sweep in San Fran today. That visual broadcast is on Facebook only, we believe, and the radio transmission will be on 106.9 FM locally.
On a which way Wednesday, we'll go this way:
Is 'Thug' a racial slur today?
Today is national chocolate milkshake day. If you had to go one way or another — on a Wednesday of course — you going chocolate or vanilla milkshake.
One more on a which way Wednesday, if I picked a vanilla shake, in these times would that make me a milkshake racist?
On this day 60 years ago, the Supreme Court ordered Central High School in Little Rock to integrate.
The Surfs debuted on this day in 1981. Smurfs friend of foe?
In 1959, Bonanza premiered. It was the first regularly scheduled TV program broadcast in color.
Jessie Owens would have been 105 today. Paul Walker would have been 45 today.
Johnny Cash died 15 years ago today.
Rushmore of best nicknames for musical stars, and we're not talking about Prince or other formerly changed names.
Because the "Man in Black" is pretty strong.