The feared ‘wild West’ is already here

I had something to say before about Todd Gurley’s suspension, and I’m going to say it again now that we know he is suspended for a total of four games.

A rule is a rule. And the rule is still wrong.

It’s wrong in largest part because it is a sham. The idea that it maintains some semblance of order, that it prevents college football from becoming some kind of “wild West” in which schools, players and their fans set their own rules. As a friend of mine put it the other day, “the very same level playing field the NCAA claims this rule is there to protect creates an even more un-level playing field due to the way it’s enforced.”

We keep hearing other players who autographed dozens, even hundreds, of items available for sale won’t be treated the same way as Gurley. Why? Because no one has accused them of taking money. Now, absolutely no one actually believes those other players didn’t take any money, directly or indirectly, for signing those autographs. Who, then, is the NCAA empowering when it takes this approach to these cases? I’d say it is empowering anyone with a motive to make an accusation. Reportedly, the person who accused Gurley of breaking this rule is a Florida fan; as it happens, the accusation was made during the season, months after the alleged time the transgression occurred, with the effect that Gurley won’t play against Florida. Meanwhile, other players who, common sense dictates, did everything Gurley did — except work with the wrong guy — continue to play as if nothing happened, and the NCAA by all accounts will take no initiative to do anything about it.

In short, the “wild West” is already here, with different players and schools living by different rules. If the NCAA is not motivated to enforce this rule unless it can’t be avoided, it should repeal the rule.

Even if the timing and loyalties of Gurley’s accuser are irrelevant or have been reported incorrectly, in what sense does this process represent justice or fairness or sportsmanship? It doesn’t represent any of those things, for the foregoing reasons and one more: This is a victimless “crime.”

Who suffers from having Todd Gurley, or any other player, receive money for signing his autograph? Who is harmed? The spirit of amateur athletics? Sorry, but that’s been harmed more, orders of magnitude more, by the way the NCAA and its member institutions rake in the cash for themselves. If anyone is harmed by this, I suppose it’s them. Which only makes the existence of the rule all the more grating.

If you want to comment on Gurley, feel free to do so below. If you want to comment about something else, anything else, feel free to do that, too. This is your weekly Open Thread.

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bu2
bu2

How's this for the wild west:

Senate spending

Outside groups $28.4 million

Nunn $13.1 million

Perdue $11.3 million


And I'm guessing about 80% of that $28 million was for Nunn based on what I've seen on TV.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

"Who suffers from having Todd Gurley, or any other player, receive money for signing his autograph? Who is harmed?"


The NCAA of course!  They lose perceived "value" and actual income from people paying actual players instead of NCAA approved merchandise. 

So, the rule is in place to rake in money for the NCAA and players MUST NOT because it'll take away money from the NCAA.  It must be great to be able to make rules that make yourself more money.  

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

Besides which, raising tax rates is on the outs forever.


fact

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

It hasn't warmed in over 20 years but you keep clutching that hope of yours. Maybe we'll all burn up, yay!

RantNRave
RantNRave

"No Matter How Well They’ve Run, Senate Democrats Can’t Seem to Break Free of Obama"


WHINEY.....


Democrats do not want to break free of Obama that's their strategy to fool you cons.


REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY..............


The one being manipulated is usually unaware of what is really going on.



straker
straker

I Whine - "record cold"


And, I'll bet you think that disproves global warming.


Somehow, when scientists tell us that one of the products of global warming is unusual COLD snaps, you just don't seem able to comprehend this.

JamVet
JamVet

@straker 

The guy could not pass an eighth grade science class.

With a tutor.

Seriously...

ODDOWL
ODDOWL

Democrats are fired up and ready to go...  Hope and change are positive moral virtues...

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

 The temperatures South Floridians awoke to Sunday were not just cold — they were record cold.

At least they were in West Palm Beach and Miami, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service.

The mercury registered 49 degrees at Palm Beach International Airport at 7 a.m., two degrees colder than the record for this date set in 1993.

RantNRave
RantNRave

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


EVERYONE IS OVER AT BOOKMAN'S

straker
straker

I Whine - "vote for the repugs and you don't have to worry about him anymore"


Unfortunately, you'll then have far more to worry about.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

According to a Reuters-Ipsos poll in late October, just 38 percent of Americans approve of Obama's handling of his job as president, compared to 56 percent who disapprove. Meanwhile, just 24 percent think the country is headed in the right direction, and 61 percent believe it is on the wrong track.


http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/02/us-usa-elections-idUSKBN0IM0AZ20141102


Vote for the repugs and you don't have to worry about him^^ anymore.


We'll lame him up good.

MHSmith
MHSmith

Ohio Republican governor, with possible eye on 2016, preaches compassion

In the struggle within the Republican Party between the conservative Tea Party flank and moderates, Ohio Governor John Kasich is seeking to position himself as someone who can appeal to both sides.

Kasich, a potential 2016 presidential contender, touts his zeal for tax cuts and balanced budgets. But he also says the Republican Party should be run “from the bottom up, rather than the top down,” and do more to help the poor, mentally ill and incarcerated.

“I think our actions have to reflect our rhetoric,” Kasich told Reuters in an interview as he campaigned for Republican candidates in the industrial city of Youngstown ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections. “So when we say we’re a party of opportunity, there should be (opportunity),” he said, adding that in Ohio, Republicans will “leave no one behind.”

 http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/02/us-usa-elections-kasich-idUSKBN0IM0CL20141102

MHSmith
MHSmith

Three more days.   

denniscbrown
denniscbrown

@MHSmith Now only two! Amen to zero and pray for no runoff for governor or the senate!

straker
straker

Rant


Oh, you mean THOSE people!!

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Rant...................................................................Who are these "you people" you talk about?"  STRAKER


WHO ARE THE "FACISTS"?


WHO IS "MOOCHELLE"?


WHO IS THE "IDIOT MESSIAH"?


WHO ARE "Scumbag vote fraudsters"?


WHO IS A "dummycrat"? 


WHO ARE THE "MOOCHERS"?

straker
straker

Rant


Who are these "you people" you talk about?

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Maybe some of them really are that stupid. But a 6th grader can understand such a basic rule as "Don't do anything where you get paid money because you're a college football player". It aint hard."


TULSADOO


"YOU" PEOPLE MUST REALLY LIVE MISERABLE LIVES.


HURT PEOPLE, HURT PEOPLE


STOP TAKING YOUR MISERABLE LIVES OUT ON OTHER PEOPLE

straker
straker

Rafe - "humanitarian release"


I wonder what the chances are of getting Mexico and other Central and South American countries to ask us for a humanitarian release of all those millions of illegals we have here?

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Humanitarian release for Sgt Tahmooressi, says Mexico, after some aggressive talk and  visit  from Gov Bill Richardson, 2 congressmen and most of all Montel Williams.  You just wonder why this couldn't have been done months ago, if someone in our Gov had cared enough to make the request.


Montel deserves a great deal of praise for keeping this pressure on and never quitting, he is a great American and Marine.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Can someone update the tv schedule for sports?  It is showing Wednesday and Thursday past.

straker
straker

Road - "they understand the rules"


By the way some of these kids talk, you get the impression they can barely read or write.


Maybe some of them really don't understand the rules.

ThulsaDoom
ThulsaDoom

@straker


Maybe some of them really are that stupid. But a 6th grader can understand such a basic rule as "Don't do anything where you get paid money because you're a college football player". It aint hard. 

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Your "FSU" whine has merit though. Why not...they break the rules, esp for taking money (and loosing their amatuer status in a way)...they do not play for a year! No matter if it is at the beginning  or end of the year, or mid season, They do not play for the rest of the season. Period! No matter how "sorry" they are !

Someone who breaks a major rule at work or in society, and gets caught, typically looses his/her job. (politicians excepted...ie Deal and Broun (but he was voted out...Thank God!)) They are also not "worshiped" because of their skills and their wrongdoing.

These kids are instructed (according to UGA) at least three times a year as to the NCAA rules. They sign a paper each time agreeing that they attended the instruction and that they UNDERSTAND the rules.

Stupidity should be painful for those who practice it!

Caius
Caius

Kyle, I will give you a grade of 90% Liberal on this column.

As I recall it was UGA that suspended Gurley and reported the problem to the NCAA. As I recall UGA said Gurley confessed.  Maybe UGA and Gurley should have denied and he would have played the 4 games he is now suspended from playing.


As you recall GT had a similar problem, decided to deny and ended up on probation and having a conference championship voided.


FSU has decided to deny.  We will see what happens.

Personally, I believe UGA made the correct business decision.


bu2
bu2

@Caius 

Georgia Tech didn't deny. They just ticked off the NCAA by asking their player about it before the NCAA did.  And it involved agents.  Player got $300 of clothes from an agent.

straker
straker

I Whine -  "funny how it always turns out with them being the stupid ones"


Funny how you always demonstrate a completer lack of understanding of progressives.

MHSmith
MHSmith

64 Days to a Tax Increase 

~ The end of the Internet tax moratorium would cost consumers billions. 

Taxes on Internet access services could top $14 billion a year if Congress allows the Internet Tax Freedom Act to expire at midnight on Dec. 11. That’s according to a new study from economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin’s American Action Forum.

The list of sensible legislation passed by the House but languishing in the Democratic Senate is long and distinguished. But of all the bills Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has refused to bring to the floor, an extension of the ban on Net access taxes stands out for the acute consumer pain that would result from its absence. The study’s estimate of $14.7 billion in annual taxes assumes that, without the federal moratorium, states and localities would apply to Internet connections the same levies they now apply to telecommunications.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/64-days-to-a-tax-increase-1412810890


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FCC Plans Stealth Internet Tax Increase

One set of proposals considered by the FCC would classify Internet services, or at least Internet access services, as “interstate telecommunications services” bringing the regulation of those services exclusively to the FCC.

The FCC imposes fees of 16.1% on interstate telecommunications services that will generate more than $8 billion in federal universal service funds in 2014. Additional FCC fees on interstate telecommunications services raise $1 billion for federal telecommunications relay services.  Although Congress mandates the general nature of the federal universal service fund and telecommunications relay services, it is the FCC alone that sets the budget size of the funds and develops the fee structure to raise receipts for the funds.

Even with all of its power, the FCC does not have the money to fund all of the new programs it seeks. For example, just in the past year, the FCC announced an ambitious multi-billion program to connect schools and libraries with Wi-Fi.  Other advocates seek expansion of the low-income program.  But where can the FCC find funds for new social programs not required by statute?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/haroldfurchtgottroth/2014/10/12/fcc-plans-stealth-internet-tax-increase/

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Just remindin'

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

 In Die Lösung Brecht famously quipped that if the people lose faith in the government it would be better if the government dissolved the people and elected another.

For progressives it’s always five minutes to Brecht-O-Clock. What I mean is this desire to fix the people, not the government always seems to be lurking behind liberalism. It was there when Woodrow Wilson said the first job of an educator is to make your children as unlike you as possible. It was there when Obama explained in 2008 that Hillary Clinton’s Pennsylvania primary supporters weren’t ready to vote for him because they were too busy clinging to their sky god and boom sticks. 



Funny how it always turns out with them being the stupid ones.



Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@IReportYouWhineTheGreat


Hypocrite and lie much or just a blog thing?  My bad you do it in Jesus name


"This is the non name calling blog, so of course, the liberals have nothing to say."


LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Sgt Tahmooressi to be released, thank God!  He was released WITHOUT ADJUDICATION of guilt or innocence.


So, what was Obama and his minions saying about how we needed to not interfere and let Mexico's legal system proceed.   The hero lost 8 months of his life, because we couldn't interfere with Mexican "justice".  What a total crock!  


One call, that's all!  Tahmooressi should have appealed to Ken Nugent, rather than Barry Obama.

RantNRave
RantNRave

PO WHINEY............HE'S GOT NO ONE TO INSULT.


NO ONE LIKES TO COME ON HERE WITH ALL OF THE "USUAL SUSPECTS"...........................

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

 Halloween started with a record snowfall for many Chicago-area residents. As of 8 a.m. Friday, O'Hare and Chicago Rockford International Airport had one-tenth of an inch of snow, the most on record for Oct. 31 for the city of Chicago, according to the weather service.

The weather service records indicate that the snowfall in Chicago comes more than two weeks before the average date of measurable snowfall, Nov. 16.


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-snow-possible-weather-story-20141031-story.html


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, every where we go.

Tiberius-Constitutionus
Tiberius-Constitutionus

IRYWTG,

Have you divested yourself of AAPL stock and all products they sell, in light of Tim Cook's announcement?