The National Football League.

17 September 2016 · Comments Off on Football uber Alles (Updated) · Categories: The Sporting Life

From Bob Molinaro, sports writer extraordinaire:

Never say never: The absolute certainty with which some in the media argue that Art Briles, the disgraced and insufficiently apologetic former Baylor coach, will never get another big-time head coaching job is laughable. This is college football we’re talking about.

Addendum, the Next Morning:

Rice wasn’t nice.

04 September 2016 · Comments Off on No Place To Hide · Categories: Geek Stuff, The Sporting Life

Read those permissions carefully, folks. If they think they can get away with it, they will try to get away with it.

The Golden State Warriors have been sued by a bunch of fans who claim the basketball team’s mobile app is eavesdropping on them.

The suit [PDF], filed with the Northern California District Court this week, alleges that the Android and iOS versions of the Golden State Warriors App can track and record audio from the handset’s microphone without user notification or permission.

According to the complaint, the app, developed by Signal360, can potentially wirelessly detect so-called beacons in stores to work where you’ve been shopping, and can potentially use the handset’s microphone to pick up signals within the audio of TV adverts, music and broadcasts that are inaudible to the human ear in order to serve them targeting advertisements.

29 August 2016 · Comments Off on There Are None So Blind as Those Who Will Not Look,
Sit with Colin Kaepernick Dept.
· Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Enforcers, The Sporting Life

At Psychology Today Blogs, Sam Louie looks at the kerfuffle about Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem at a blanking football game for Pete’s sake. A nugget:

Get out of Jail free cardJust like the racial divide facing our country, opinions on his behavior also broke along racial lines.

This from WTHR-TV Sportscaster Bob Kravitz in Indianapolis:

“I found it interesting, but completely understandable, that when I posed the Kaepernick question on Twitter, the responses broke along racial lines.

From whites: “If you don’t like America, go somewhere else. Leave. We’ll help you pack.”

As a white folk who has associated mostly with white folks but thank heavens not entirely because that’s how America works, I can state quite confidently that white folks don’t get it.

I try to get it, but I know I don’t not really but I promise to keep trying.

But, Christallmighty, as long as cops who kill black persons for being have an automatic “Get Out of Jail Free” card, there is no “liberty and justice for all” and the “American Dream” remains a farce and a con.

I’ll stop now, for all I have left is profanity.

22 June 2016 · Comments Off on Football uber Alles, the Prevent Defense Dept. · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", The Sporting Life

Get out of Jail free card

Play college football. Doing so gives you magical powers to prevent prosecution.


It’s not that I think they should necessarily be prosecuted, but it’s Louisiana, folks. What do you think would be happening to them if they were just two random black kids from down the street?

14 June 2016 · Comments Off on Mulligan, Virginia: A Variation on the Stadium Scam · Categories: The Sporting Life, Too Stupid for Words

The small city of Buena Vista, out on the other side of the state, thought a new shiny municipal golf course would solve all its problems. It didn’t, so the city took a drop.

But the golf course struggled financially, and the recession made things worse for the city. Under a deal worked out in 2011, the city was allowed to make half payments for the next five years, with the unpaid balance to be added to the end of the bonds’ lifespan.

Then, in December 2014, the city council voted to stop making payments, which left ACA (ACA Financial Guaranty Corp–ed.) holding the bag.

Try just stop paying your taxes. By the by, ACA is suing.


I have a suspicion that, until the editor got hold of it, the last sentence of the excerpt above included the word “golf” before the word “bag.” If it didn’t, it should have.

10 June 2016 · Comments Off on Just Good, Clean Fun · Categories: The Sporting Life

In an effort to curb the incendiary desires that might arise while ushering in a fourth Stanley Cup title, the City of Pittsburgh has opted to seize residents’ porch furniture.


Starting on Wednesday, city crews began taking couches, mattresses and other furniture from residents’ porches in hopes of removing “fuel” for post-game fires.

In the story, cited at Above the Law, the author points out that, among other things, this would seem to be an unlawful taking in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United Sates.

07 June 2016 · Comments Off on Priorities at Public Pedagogical Institutions · Categories: The Sporting Life

Rat:  Did you know the highest paid state employee in 39 states is a football or basketball coach?  Goat:  And what kind of message does that send?  Rat:  That baseball coaches are getting screwed.  Goat:  I mean, what are we teaching our kids?  Rat:  Not to be a baseball coach?

31 May 2016 · Comments Off on The Super Stadium Scam · Categories: Mammon, The Sporting Life

The AP’s Paul Newberry calls out the NFL for its strategy of dangling Super Bowls in front of cities to get free stadiums. (Cities seem to be easy marks for the NFL’s con game.) A snippet:

“We found no evidence that local income or local employment were any higher in years when a city hosted a Super Bowl than other years,” he (Brad Humphries, WVU econ professor–ed.) said. “If it was generating the sort of economic impact that people say, I think we would’ve been able to find it.”

Nothing much has changed since then, but cities keep playing the game.

Where’s the ref to throw the flag on illegal use of hand-outs?

27 May 2016 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: The Sporting Life

Bob Molinaro spots a sporting twit:

Bottom line: After UCLA signed a $280 million shoe and apparel deal with Under Armour – the biggest for a college program – Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen put up an Instagram that read, “We’re still amateurs though. Gotta love non-profits.” The post was taken down, but the sentiment resonates.

19 May 2016 · Comments Off on Fighting the Privatization Scammers · Categories: The Sporting Life

Via C&L.

13 May 2016 · Comments Off on And Now for Something Completely Different · Categories: The Sporting Life

10 May 2016 · Comments Off on Football uber Alles · Categories: The Sporting Life

Winning is the only thing.

21 April 2016 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Culture Warriors, Geek Stuff, The Sporting Life

In for a Schilling, in for a pound.

18 April 2016 · Comments Off on Amateur Athletics · Categories: Mammon, The Sporting Life



Public universities in Tennessee spent $50.7 million on coaches’ salaries in 2015 with the University of Tennessee and the University of Memphis leading the way, according to data compiled through a USA TODAY national investigation.

The University of Tennessee athletic department, with an operating budget of $126.6 million, spent $18.2 million on salaries, or 14.3 percent of its budget. The University of Memphis athletic department, with an operating budget of $43.4 million, spent $11.2 million on salaries, or 25.8 percent of its budget.

Yesterday, my local rag carried an interview with ESPN commentator Jay Bilas. When asked about “amateurism,” Bilas had this to say (follow the link for the full interview):

Amateurism is a phony construct, where the elites did not want to compete against the common man, and that’s all it is in NCAA sports. It came into play when the Ivy League handlebar-mustached men didn’t want to compete against the unwashed masses. That’s all it was. That’s all it is right now.