5.30.2004

now i know why you shouldn't make a list of things you want to blog about publicly. the pressure to get the list done only prevents you from blogging about things that you should be blogging about. like the fact that i played golf yesterday. it was pretty brutal as i am a duffer in the truest sense. i shot a 58 for nine holes. the day was filled with errant drives, lost balls, and cursing. however, on the par 3 eighth, i was getting really really frustrated and after whiffing on my first two tee shots, and then hitting my third shot about thirty feet along the ground, i hit my 6 iron to within three feet of the cup. i knocked it stiff on the green too, so i think that i was able to hit the ball so good that i was able to get some PGA type spin on my shot. i then tapped in for a real live bona fide par. that one shot made the entire day totally worth it. anyways, i've decided that i really miss playing golf. this summer i'm resolving to pony up the big money and take some golf lessons so i can figure out what's wrong with my swing. pretty soon i'll be playing with my putter regularly...maybe not...rock me!

anyways, i did want to make some comments on ivan maisel's piece on the stuff going on with the colorado football program.

the article basically illustrates how the university of colorado is a good example of the debate that is raging on campuses regarding whether or not big time college athletics interferes with an institution of higher learning's mission to educate the populace. of course, the usual argument goes that big time college athletics makes so much money for schools to pour back into their universities, the occasional national media embarrassments are worth the payoff in additional resources to a school. the counter argument of course is that so much emphasis is placed on winning that the concessions made to ensure a winning team make universities little more than whores to the sports entertainment complex.

while i'm sure there's merit to both sides, what i don't think there's merit to is that there is some middle ground solution that can be reached that can fulfill both the need to feed sports crazy alumni (and american culture) and protect the integrity of a university. the system as created by the NCAA is so corrupt and nontransparent that it seems ultimately foolish to think that any team that wins on a consistent basis is not cheating. the bottom line, you either pay the players or you do everything in your power to make sure that they are not. and when i say everything in your power, as lauryn hill would say, "everything means everything". the NFL has a program where they hire private investigators to basically dig up dirt on prospects. these guys follow the players around, they dig through their trash, they question minor acquaintences and find out about every every illegal substance they've ever took, every test they've ever cheated on, and every nasty skank they've ever slept with. sure it's a bit gestapo, but for the most part, it's pretty effective. what's even more effective is how almost all of the teams keep to the spirit of this arrangment. my observation is that teams are quite loathe to draft any players with major questionable off the field activities (warren sapp notwithstanding of course, the difference is, he's a truly special player). if the ncaa hired me, i'm sure that i could easily produce evidence that almost any division I team is cheating. so enforcement is clearly an issue here that i think maisel, or anyone for that matter, has really brought up enough. the point is, you can get rid of most of the corruption if you really try, and the ncaa isn't trying.

the other point is, that many of these players are exploited by schools, television networks, apparel companies, and countless other a-holes and recieve nothing other than a slim chance of playing professional sports after they are done. i don't question that there are many athletes out there who do end up getting a good education out of the deal, but there are enough who get chewed up and spit out by the system where something needs to be done.

i have alot more opinions, but i got to be honest with you, the writing is just not coming to me right now, and there's too many other things that i have to blog about to continue on this topic much longer. perhaps when college football season comes around, i'll share some more of my thoughts, but for right now, i just want to go on record as saying that the system is so broke, that there's nothing to be done except scrap it. but of course, this will never be done because there's too much money at stake.

on a final note, i'm in LA right now, so i guess you could say that this is my first remote blog entry. we went to the beach today and it was f-ing great. all i really have to say right now is that the string bikini has to go down as one of the greatest inventions of all time.

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