Monday, December 12, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
So Called Fab Five
This documentary; while well produced and informative was a complete disgrace to college basketball and further illustrated some of the major problems within the sport. This show portrayed the team as a group of young men who changed college basketball for the better while grabbing the attention of the whole country.
These young men were trash talking, over hyped players who cared more about their so called image then about winning games. Rose, Jackson and King continuously made disparaging racial comments about fellow college players and repeatedly brought up the fact that they were not getting paid a portion of the rather large amount of money that their University brought in based off the basketball team. These players continued to emphasis that they felt like they were taken advantage of by the NCAA and that it was unfair that their families were still struggling while they were in college.
Their arrogance and attitude was disgraceful and disrespectful. They commented that they hated Duke and all that the university represented, and even worse they called all African American basketball players at schools like Duke Uncle Toms. The feelings of players like Rose is that schools like Duke do not recruit players like himself are because they don’t want inner city African Americans at the Universities. Those opinions are so off based and racially misguided. The reason they don’t get recruited to schools like Duke, Stanford, Northwestern, Indiana and Notre Dame is the fact that these players don’t have the work ethic off the court to meet the educational demands at these Universities.
The schools mentioned in the preceding paragraph have not been involved in the numerous recruiting scandals that have affected NCAA basketball. They put a much higher emphasis on players graduating, attending classes and making sure they are portraying an image for the basketball team that the entire university and its alumni and fans can be proud of.
Rose and Webber spent more time worrying about getting paid for playing basketball then actually finishing their education. Any argument that division one basketball and football players should be paid a portion of the revenue brought in by their teams is completely short sighted. These young men receive a free college education, room and board, books, health insurance, clothing and food. They also get to be on national TV, stay in some of the finest hotels in the country and often times travel across the country in private jets. These are all perks that 99% of college students never get to enjoy. Students who are just as strapped for time, in most cases don’t get a lot of the educational breaks of these athletes and end up spending the next 10-15 years of their lives repaying these exorbitant educational costs.
In the end the so called Fab Five will be remembered by true college basketball fans as an arrogant, disrespectful group of young men who took money to play the game and who helped bring recruiting scandals to the forefront.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
The Perfect Solution for Bud Selig
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Porcello's New Favorite Number: 163
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The NBA's European Dream
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Putting Jeter, and the man he passes, in context
Yankees have, it is quite an accomplishment. The thing that amazes me though is not what the record is, but who held it. Think about it...the New York Yankees. Over 100 years of history, including 26 world championship seasons. This is the organization that employed, among others:
Babe Ruth for 15 seasons
Yogi Berra for 18 seasons
Mickey Mantle for 18 seasons
Don Mattingly for 14 seasons
Bernie Williams for 16 seasons
All of those players were very good, if not great, hitters. Yet the record holder, before Jeter passes him, is Lou Gehrig. As everyone knows, the Iron Horse's career (and life) was cut short by ALS. Despite that, he was such a tremendous hitter that he accumulated more hits than all of the aforementioned players despite his career essentially ending at age 35.
It just seems to me that because of the premature end to his career, he would not be among the first people one would guess held the career hit mark for such a storied franchise. One comparison I can think of is the Red Sox single season home run record, which was set by David Ortiz in 2006. His 54 home run season was only the second season of 50 or more home runs in franchise history. The first, a season of 50 home runs exactly, was not accomplished by Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, or Jim Rice, or Manny Ramirez, who are the names most people would first guess. The owner of that 50 home run season, and the previous record holder for the franchise, was Jimmie Foxx.
Jeter's accomplishment is a credit to him, and he is a great player. To me though, the more amazing thing that should not go unnoticed is the extent of Lou Gehrig's greatness and prowess as a hitter.