The Electric Commentary

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Three Quick Points

I knew that this was going to be a long day when I got on the train this morning and was:
1. crushed by a fat guy and
2. unable to move (see 1) when the man in front of me vomited "Team America" style all over the middle of the car.

But I still need to mention a few things.

1. Jason Giambi - "It was medicinal. It turns out that steroids are the only things that hurt my mysterious parasite."

2. My Bucks got completely screwed last night on a play in which everyone was stupid. With under 3 seconds to play, and down by three, Keith "Ghost Dog" Van Horn received a pass in the lane. This is the first stupid thing as the Bucks needed a three to force overtime. Immediately the Boston Bench and Glenn Rivers started yelling that someone should foul Ghost Dog, as it would remove the possibility of a three pointer. Ghost Dog decided to drive the lane and was fouled intentionally (stupid play #2) by the NBA's single stupidest player, Ricky Davis (now that Ron is gone, anyway). However, Van Horn managed to get up a shot as Davis did not get to him quickly enough, and actually knocked it down. Davis slammed into Van Horn's body, and hit him hard across both arms. Unfortunately the refs had used up there quota of calls allowed on the Buck's behalf (about 12/game. The Lakers get 27. A middling team like the Rockets get 22) so they were unable to blow there whistles to call what was clearly not only a foul, but an intentional foul. The refs should be fined and suspended for this game as several other key calls went against the Bucks that, upon replay, were obviously incorrect. This was truly WWF (or is it WWE now?) worthy.

3. I think I came up with a way to pay college athletes without incurring any NCAA penalties. One of my goals is to bring down the NCAA so I'm just ecstatic over this.

Let's say that you're a down and out former football powerhouse that just fired their first African-American coach before his contract was up even though you've never done that before. You need to get some quality players into your system ASAP. Fortunately you have a lot of wealthy alumni, AKA boosters. Why not have them set up a trust for each individual player? The player wouldn't even have to know about it. Let' say that you can come up with 50,000 per player. Maybe you have more in the QB and RB fund, and maybe starters get more, but it doesn't really matter. That may be a bit pricey but it is not unreasonable for some schools. Make the trust payable upon graduation from college (this would attract good players and at the same time boost graduation rates).

This will do nothing at first, but once a few players graduate and trustees start showing up with briefcases full of cash, word will spread. Soon recruits will be flocking to your formerly flagging football factory. A player could not agree to be paid in the future for his services, but if no one told the player I don't think that the NCAA could do anything to stop it. I also don't think that the NCAA could hold players liable for accepting money that they did not "know" existed after the fact.

I'm not naive. Someone has probably tried this and the NCAA probably came up with a way to defeat it, but maybe not. And if not, someone should try it.

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