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  1. cost vs. benefits (1 Reply)

    I know where you are coming from, but I think we have to get back to the things Oliver points out in his piece. Is it worth that price to fund all of those other sports? Should football and basketball athletes be treated the way they are (both the good and the bad) just to ensure that other students get to play lacrosse w/o the time demands required of the major sports athletes?

  2. it isn't what any of US call them, it is how the NCAA classifies them (0 Replies)

    Read this.

    But the origins of “student-athlete” lie not in a disinterested ideal but in a sophistic formulation designed, as the sports economist Andrew Zimbalist has written, to help the NCAA in its “fight against workers’ compensation insurance claims for injured football players.”

    “We crafted the term student-athlete,” Walter Byers himself wrote, “and soon it was embedded in all NCAA rules and interpretations.” The term came into play in the 1950s, when the widow of Ray Dennison, who had died from a head injury received while playing football in Colorado for the Fort Lewis A&M Aggies, filed for workers’-compensation death benefits. Did his football scholarship make the fatal collision a “work-related” accident? Was he a school employee, like his peers who worked part-time as teaching assistants and bookstore cashiers? Or was he a fluke victim of extracurricular pursuits? Given the hundreds of incapacitating injuries to college athletes each year, the answers to these questions had enormous consequences. Critically, the NCAA position was determined only by its member institutions—the colleges and universities, plus their athletic conferences—as students themselves have never possessed NCAA representation or a vote. Practical interest turned the NCAA vigorously against Dennison, and the Supreme Court of Colorado ultimately agreed with the school’s contention that he was not eligible for benefits, since the college was “not in the football business.”

  3. hockey (1 Reply)

    I find college hockey to be an interesting example since there is a development route for 16-20 year olds (the Juniors) that was and remains a non-academic alternative to the college route. It has only been the last few decades where playing college hockey has been seen as a viable route to the pros – and some players go from one system to the other (especially if you hit 20 and can’t stay in the juniors anymore). Pro hockey also has a minor league system.

    As the college route has become more popular, some of the issues of the more popular sports have also creeped in.

  4. what is meant by "public" (1 Reply)

    Could you elaborate on what you mean by the European / German model? In that case, is there little/no cost to the student?

    The problems discussed here are as prevalent at American “Public” universities (and maybe moreso) than private. Only one school (Northwestern) in the Big Ten (Fourteen) is private.

  5. when a sport IS work (1 Reply)

    I was being sarcastic but I do need to comment about the “difference between sport and work” line. The two do overlap. Ask any professional athlete.

    There are many entertainment activities that people do just for the fun of it. When it has the potential to become a job is when you have enough people who are willing to pay to watch and especially if TV is willing to pay to broadcast it. No one wants to see my friends and I make noise that approximates music in my basement a couple of hours each week. That doesn’t keep me from doing it, but if there was a large interest in hearing us, I’d certainly expect to get paid.

    The only differences I see between what happens at The Big House in Ann Arbor on fall Saturdays and an hour east at Ford Field on Sundays are:

    - More people can fit into the Big House.
    - Ford Field has a roof.
    - The football players who play at Ford Field get paid.

  6. and you know (1 Reply)

    It probably wasn’t right that I was paid as a Teaching Assistant when I was in school. Or my fellow students who worked in the library, the cafeterias, etc. Heck, our work wasn’t bringing in anywhere near the money as the football and basketball athletes, so by what rationale did I deserve that money??

  7. what you think they should be doing... (1 Reply)

    … doesn’t matter much. As a friend always tells me when I’m having a problem understanding a situation, “Follow the money”. The NCAA and the universities are making way too much for them to change anything because they “should”.

  8. the "coddling" terminates rather abruptly... (1 Reply)

    … when the athlete is done playing, whether it is because their eligibility has run out or they’ve run afoul of NCAA or university / team rules. Basically they are used for cash cows for as long as the system can make money off them. Unless they are good enough to go pro, they can end up with just about nothing at the end.

    It’s a complicated problem because the vast majority of student-athletes are indeed that – in sports that you don’t see on TV or rarely see covered by the media. Those students don’t necessarily need the protection. This is a problem of the big money sports.

    There is also the whole socio-economic angle. Kids who otherwise would never step foot on a university campus are exposed to an environment which has the potential to offer a step up for them. Whether they take advantage of that depends on the person and the people around them.

  9. which is why David provided the embedded video (0 Replies)

    it does’t have NECN. So no, I could not watch live. And in reports, including yours, it seemed she said nothing else.

  10. what qualified person would be willing to replace Scott? (2 Replies)

    Anyone who could really make a difference at the MBTA isn’t going to take the job because they know they’ll be set up for failure. So we’ll just get someone who will keep the seat warm and rearrange the deck chairs and all the while tell us how wonderful things will be.

    At least Scott was willing to speak the plain truth.

  11. welcome to... Atlanta? (2 Replies)

    As opposed to shutting down completely tonight at 7pm….

    All MBTA rail services will be suspended at 7 p.m., according to MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo. This means no subway, trolleys or Commuter Rail trains will depart Boston after 7 p.m. Limited MBTA bus service will continue until the end of regular service hours, but customers are advised that connections to subway and Commuter Rail lines will not be available.

    The accumulating snow — a total of up to 36 fresh inches could be on the ground by the time the storm ends — is making it virtually impossible to keep rail lines operational, according to Pesaturo.

  12. who is feeling inferior? (2 Replies)

    In my experience, the people most comfortable in their own skins were those who never felt they needed to prove anything. The ones who needed to make a big show to “prove themselves” did so from a less confident position.

    Maybe those who think we have to put on an Olympic event are the ones with the “Boston inferior” complex.

  13. served != using (1 Reply)

    I think but I have not seen a tally of the populations that are immediately served by the T. We also need to acknowledge that there are people who live just outside of T-served communities but who drive a few miles into the service area to board the T. The T itself probably knows generally how many people might be so served.

    Just because an area is served by the T doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll get a ton of support for it out of that population. My town is on two commuter bus lines but is nearly as car-centric as the suburb of Detroit in which I grew up. So even though it is served by the MBTA, I’m sure you’d find plenty of folk who view T spending in the same way as someone in central or western MA.

  14. now moot (1 Reply)

    Parade postponed. Of course, who knows if they’ll get the schools open by Wednesday.

  15. priorities? (1 Reply)

    Apparently, Boston can clean the streets enough to have a parade tomorrow but not school. Yeah, I know they aren’t equivalent jobs, but it just seems out-of-whack to me.

  16. the rookie did his homework (0 Replies)

    it only turned against them because of Butler’s incredible instinct and perfect execution.

    And the fact that he paid attention during game prep.

    And credit Butler and the Patriots for doing their homework. They noticed the Seahawks came out in their three-receiver set, with Jermaine Kearse and Ricardo Lockette stacked on the right side.

    “In preparation I remembered the formation they were in — two receiver stack. I just knew they were running a pick route,” Butler said.

    Sure enough, Kearse ran a clear-out, and Lockette tried to run a quick slant underneath him. But Butler jumped the play perfectly and beat Lockette to the football, hauling in the interception and holding on for dear life.

  17. even Brady is not immune (0 Replies)

    One of the first things he said in the presser today was:

    Great game by our team, a lot of individual players who played phenomenal.

  18. technically... (3 Replies)

    … we’re Monday Morning Offensive-Coordinator-ing. If that’s a word. :)

    Speaking of words, and going way off on a tangent, has anyone else ever noticed that a lot of sports people (both players and announcers) have a hard time forming an adverb correctly (<- like that)? E.g., "We played physical". Must have missed the "Lolly Lolly Lolly" bit on Schoolhouse Rock.

  19. also disagree (0 Replies)

    Carroll’s explanation was:

    It’s not the right matchup for us to run the football so on second down we throw the ball, really to kind of waste that play. If we score, we do, if we don’t then we’ll run it on third and fourth down.

    If they were trying to waste a down with a pass play, the last place you want to throw that ball is into heavy traffic. A sideline high pass where only the receiver has a play on the ball would have made sense. It’s not that a pass play was a bad idea (especially given the defense on the field), it was just the wrong pass play to call.

  20. the bad news... (1 Reply)

    … is that you have to find a place to park that thing now, David.