Archive for the ‘NCAA’ Category

BUZZ BISSINGER DOESN’T CARE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE

February 23, 2011

 

BUZZ BISSINGER

For a guy who hates the Internet, acclaimed author Buzz Bissinger sure makes a lot of money writing an internet column. Bissinger now writes a sports column for The Daily Beast. That’s particularly hilarious considering Bissinger’s famous rant against internet sports coverage directed towards former Deadspin.com editor Will Leitch a couple years ago when the pair were on Costas Now on HBO.

Bissinger can’t even handle Twitter these days. There was a time when Bissinger wrote what is arguably the quitessential sports book. Now, according to critics, Bissinger “does not (even) care about sports anymore. The website “Can’t Stop The Bleeding” went so far as to call Bissinger’s last column on NBA All-Star Weekend “embarrassing.” Some might even argue the column is borderline racist.

Bissinger’s article, which is subheaded “White Men Can’t Root,” is one falsehood and stereotype after another. The general conclusion reached by Bissinger is that the NBA is “too black.” Bissinger even quotes a friend of his in the body of the freakin’ article as saying his conclusions tend towards being racist.

And that’s the problem. This article has nothing to do with the event he was assigned to cover-ostensibly NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. It’s impossible to tell even after reading the article whether Bissinger ever set foot in L.A. There’s not a single mention of any event associated with what has been provocatively called “Black Thanksgiving.” Instead of exploring his premise of the NBA being unwatchable to white people, Bissinger mails it in with a lame, half-ass effort.

Veteran basketball writer David Aldridge wrote a fantastic article about “Black Thanksgiving.” The piece explored the cultural aspects of the NBA and was a fantastic examination of the current state of hoops. Compare that to Bissinger who admits that he “almost never” watches the NBA anymore and only wrote about the topic because his editor MADE HIM. Disgusting.

SHOCKER: NCAA ALLOWS FANTASY FOOTBALL AND PARI MUTUEL SPORTS BETTING IN MONTANA

August 8, 2009

 

The NCAA has just given it’s official endorsement to the Montana state lottery and its fantasy football betting games. The NCAA announced that the state of Montana will be allowed to host NCAA playoff football games in the future.

Montana’s lottery already has several games involving fantasy sports. For instance, there is now pari mutuel wagering on NASCAR races. You can pick drivers and place $5, $10, $20. $50 or $100 bets in the official Montana Lottery.

State sponsored fantasy football wagering is next. There is even an official state website for sports betting at www.montanasportsaction.com . Despite suing the state of Delaware, which is trying to allow betting on individual games, the NCAA “clarified” its position on sports gambling. It is opposed to any state sponsored sports wagering that involves point spreads or money lines on single games.

THE NCAA GETS HAMMERED AGAIN

May 20, 2009

 

The NCAA continues to take a pounding from Congress. Now, the governing body of college athletics is having its tax exempt status challenged-a move that could cost the organization hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes.

Sen. Charles Grassley, (R-Iowa), said,

 

“Colleges should explain how they use their commercial revenue to get the biggest bang for the buck in fulfillment of their educational mission.”

 

Grassley is the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. He quoted a report by the Congressional Budget Office which studied whether the NCAA should be allowed to keep its tax exempt status and how much money the federal government would bring in if it were stripped.

The latest round of bad news comes following the NCAA’s disastrous appearance before Congress earlier this month and a seperate judge’s ruling finding the organization in contempt of court.

NO MORE FIGHTING SIOUX

May 15, 2009

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The University of North Dakota is going to have to find a new nickname for its athletic teams. Thursday the North Dakota state board agreed to drop the school’s nickname and logo. Both have been dubbed offensive because the term “Fighting Sioux” is demeaning to Native Americans.

The board voted 8-0 to “retire” the school’s logo and nickname. The NCAA is opposed to Indian names for its member institutions. They had threatened UND with sanctions if it didn’t stop using the Fighting Sioux logo and nickname which it deemed “hostile and abusive” toward Native American students.

The school had been involved with past skirmishes involving the “Fighting Sioux” nickname. North Dakota’s college hockey program is one of the best in the country. Their arena is a palace. Ralph Engelstad Arena features ornate granite flooring. Every seat in “The Ralph”  is made with cherry wood and leather upholstery. Engelstad, a UND alumnus and Las Vegas casino owner, built the $110 million facilty with his own money. Midway through construction of the building, he threatened to pull his funding if the school bowed to political correctness and changed its nickname from the Fighting Sioux. Engelstad strategically placed the school’s Fighting Sioux logo throughout the building. Engelstad put thousands and thousands of logos throught the arena so that removing them would be virtually impossible. He died in 2002.

Las Vegans will remember Engelstad as the owner of the Imperial Palace casino on The Strip. Longtime Vegas residents will remember Engelstad being fined $1.5 million by the Nevada Gaming Control Board for throwing birthday parties for Adolph Hitler at the I.P. in 1986 and ’88.

The book “Cultural Representation in Native America” by Andrew Jolivette contends that Engelstad’s insistence on keeping the Fighting Sioux nickname and his well-known fascination with Hitler were related. Jolivette describes a meeting where seven University of North Dakota officials went to Las Vegas to “put the squeeze” on Engelstad. They were eventually able to convince the school’s wealthiest graduate to donate $100 million. However, several of the school officials were literally sickened upon meeting Engelstad, who had a life-size portrait of Hitler hanging in his house along with a host of Nazi memorabilia. Engelstad’s Hitler portrait had an engraved inscription which read, “To Ralphie from Adolph.” Sicker still, Engelstad had an old Nazi propoganda poster on his wall showing children staring out the window of  a train. The caption (in German) read, “Summer Holiday.”

 

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URBAN LEGEND HAS IT THAT RALPH ENGELSTAD WAS SUCH A FAN OF ADOLPH HITLER THAT HE DESIGNED THE IMPERIAL PALACE IN THE SHAPE OF A SWASTIKA: HERE’S THE BUILDING FROM A GOOGLE EARTH PICTURE

IT’S OFFICIAL: THE NCAA IS A CRIMINAL ORGANIZATION

May 13, 2009

  

 

A judge yesterday threatened to find the NCAA in contempt of court for violating an order he made earlier this year.  In February, an Ohio court ruled that the NCAA’s ban on athletes hiring lawyers was illegal.  At the time of his ruling, Judge Tygh Tone WARNED the NCAA that they could not violate his ruling, even while the governing body of college sports was appealing his decision. Said Tone,

 

 

“Student-athletes must have their opportunity to access the court system without fear of punitive actions.”

 

 

Judge Tone ruled that all Americans (even college athletes) have the right to a lawyer. The New York Times called Judge Tone’s ruling a “stern rebuke.” Nevertheless, the NCAA just sent out a memo on Monday telling all players eligible for the upcoming Major League Baseball amateur draft that if they retained an attorney or an adviser they would lose their college eligibility. Judge Tone went nuts.

Tone has ordered the NCAA to “show cause” why it should not be cited for contempt of court. He further ordered the NCAA to turn over the name of the person who wrote the memo about lawyers and the draft. Theoretically, that person could be put IN JAIL for contempt of court. If the NCAA refuses to come up with the memo author, Tone could start tossing NCAA executives in the clink ad nauseum!

This entire fiasco started when the NCAA ruled Oklahoma State pitcher Andrew Oliver ineligible on the eve of the 2008 Division I baseball playoffs. Oliver was drafted out of high school by the Minnesota Twins. He turned down their offer and decided to go to college at Oklahoma State. The NCAA claimed that, since Oliver had his lawyer in the room when he talked to the Twins, he was ineligible to be classified as an “amateur” athlete and should be kicked out of school.

Oliver didn’t get mad at the NCAA. He took them to court and won. Now, it’s the NCAA who turns out to be the rule breakers, not Oliver.

 

ANDREWOLIVER

ANDREW OLIVER: HERO PITCHER TOOK ON THE NCAA

GOLDEN AGE OF NCAA CHEATING

September 24, 2008

 

Dan Wetzel has another brilliant column on Yahoo! Sports today.

Wetzel makes the argument that we have now entered the “Golden Age” of cheating by NCAA division one football and basketball teams. College sports teams are now free to cheat without any fear whatsoever about ever being caught or punished.

The NCAA hasn’t busted a single football or basketball program in fifteen months. According to Wetzel, that means college sports teams are now free to cheat with total impunity.

This is the longest period of time without the NCAA handing down probation since 1962. From 1986-2006 the NCAA averaged putting sanctions on seven teams a year. In 1962 the NCAA had ONE investigator in the entire country. Wetzel shreds the NCAA which has hired 20 extra salaried investigators.

Either these investigators are completely incompetent or corrupt. Despite having detailed financial records, which include credit card receipts, from a former “agent” who gave USC star Reggie Bush money, the NCAA has done NOTHING to cheating programs like USC. Also, despite a mountain of evidence, the NCAA has also chosen to ignore academic fraud at schools like Auburn.

According to Wetzel, “It never has been so obvious the NCAA is protecting its big-time programs and television money.”

Although the NCAA did nail Middle Tennessee State volleyball and Texas Southern tennis.