Thursday, January 27, 2011

The NCAA. Antiquated, useless and obsolete.

Well, it's finally official, Tony Mitchell will never play basketball at the University of Missouri.  Once again the NCAA has determined that the Tigers weren't worthy of a player like TM, and refused to rule him eligible to participate in their pristine and above board treatment of member institutions.  He joins players like Uche Okafor, Keith Dewitt and Chris Freeman who had their college careers derailed or at least delayed by this corrupt organization.  The NCAA started out with good intentions in 1905 by President Theodore Roosevelt and his concern for the large number of injuries and deaths that had resulted from athletes playing college football.  However, it branched out and gained power, eventually controlling such aspects as recruiting, championships, and television rights for member institutions.  As has been said for years: "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely".
This is going to sound like your typical Mizzou fan whining and persecution complex, but lets take a look at some of the decisions made by the NCAA over the past few years, and actually many that were made in just the past few months.
Darrell Arthur. 
Darrell Arthur is currently a member of the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA.  Previously he was a member of the kansas jayhawks and a vital cog of their 2008 national championship team.  In high school he was a McDonald's All American while attending, and I use the word attending lightly, South Oak Cliff high school in Dallas, Texas.  South Oak Cliff won back to back state championships in 2005 and 2006 and Arthur was named the tournament MVP in both years.  However, the school was forced to forfeit both titles after it was determined that his grades were altered in order for him to remain eligible, and in fact he had never graduated high school.  Apparently the standards are higher in Texas than by the NCAA as no such action was taken against ku, including asking how a student that was unable to make grades in high school was suddenly able to remain eligible during the 2 years he spent in college.  Considering the beaks history of a lack of institutional control and academic fraud, you'd think it might be a pertinent question.  However, kansas is a basketball darling of the NCAA and therefore held to a lower standard than other institutions.
Cam Newton.
Cam Newton was the quarterback and star for the Auburn Tigers during their just completed undefeated season and win over Oregon in the national championship game.  However, he was originally recruited by SEC rival Florida and was with the Gators during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.  In November of 2008 he was arrested for the alleged theft of a laptop computer from a fellow UF student.  He left the university after the laptop was discovered in his possession and he was reportedly facing suspension or expulsion from the university because of three instances of academic cheating.  He transferred to Blinn College in Texas in January of 2009 and led them to the NCJAA national football championship that year.  He signed with Auburn following that season and things were going swimmingly for him until accusations arose from Mississippi State officials that Cam's father Cecil was using his sons recruitment to broker cash for himself and his church.  He was originally deemed ineligible by the NCAA, but this was reversed after Auburn appealed.  He not only was ruled eligible for the remainder of the season but was rewarded by winning the 2010 Heisman Trophy.
Terrelle Pryor.
Terrelle Pryor was the quarterback of the Ohio State Buckeyes.  He's had a good career and led the Buckeyes to numerous wins, conference and bowl trophys.  On December 23rd, Pryor and 4 teammates were ruled ineligible for receiving "improper benefits". (receiving free tattoos in exchange for signing memorabilia)  It was originally determined that all 5 would not be able to participate in their Sugar Bowl game against the University of Arkansas.  However, after petitioning by both OSU and Sugar Bowl officials, the NCAA reversed that decision and decided the players could play in that game and serve a 5 game suspension in the 2011 season instead.  After all, we couldn't risk the NCAA's partner in crime, the BCS to lose ratings for one of it's 5 big paydays during the holiday season could we?
I have no idea what can be done to remove or replace the NCAA, but there's simply not doubt that as long as they remain in power, college athletics won't be about what's best for the athletes, the universities, or sports fans.  What is important to the NCAA is $$$$ and how they can keep it coming in and keep their corrupt stranglehold and maintain their power.  It was a good idea when it started, as was the BCS for that matter, but they've both fallen victim to greed and the original intent to make things better for student athletes and member institutions has long since been thrown out the window.  I'm hoping some day to see a revolt against them and their corrupt leaders.  In the meantime, I'm not going to hold my breath waiting. 
That's all I have for today.  I know I'm getting sick of winter here in KC, and where ever you are, stay warm.     

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tigers basketball...

I'll admit up front that I'm not a huge basketball fan.  I'm fairly certain that I haven't watched an NBA game since Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were still playing.  I don't really watch much college basketball unless the Tigers are involved, and rarely will sit for an entire game.  I think a part of that is I've never been able to understand how people that tall are able to do some of the things they do with such grace.   Football I can understand.  It involves hitting people with reckless abandon and no regard for your personal safety.  Besides which, I really fell out of love with Tigers basketball during the Quin Snyder era.  It was a bitter pill to swallow after watching a lot of exciting teams that were sent out during the 30 years Norm Stewart was patrolling the sidelines.
But then 2006 finally brought an end to the Snyder era when Mike Alden hired Mike Anderson from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  The news conference the day he was to be announced was surreal as it was held up for almost 2 hours for a board of curators meeting being held on whether or not to fire Alden.  His first 2 years were some really rocky times for Anderson until they caught fire early during the conference race in 2009, and continued all the way to the elite 8 where they fell to UConn, failing to reach the school's first final 4. Despite losing their 2 leading scorers from that team, the Tigers won 23 games last year and won their opening NCAA contest before falling to West Virginia in the 2nd round.
True Sons: A Century of Missouri Tigers BasketballThis year the Tigers opened with lofty expectations and a top 20 ranking and have added big man Ricardo Ratliff and the Pressey brothers to go with such returning players as Kim English, Marcus Denmon and Laurence Bowers.  After yesterdays 87-54 win over Iowa State the Tigers stand 17-3 and 3-2 in conference play.  A huge game lurks next Saturday as they travel to Austin to take on the 16-3 and 4-0 in conference play Texas Longwhorns, coming off a 74-63 win in lawrence over the previously undefeated kansas jayhawks.  Anderson's teams have been noted for improving as the year goes along and a win next Saturday would propel them into serious discussion as a possible Final 4 candidate.
As a shameless plug to my new store, as well as an excellent book written by an acquaintance of mine, I urge you to visit my site at  Just hit the link "The Outpost" and go to page 4 to find "True Sons:A Century of Missouri Tigers Basketball" written by Michael Atchinson.  If I do say so myself it's a great book, loaded with photos that you'll never find together at one spot.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Reporters or infobabes?

Welcome back, it's good to see you again!  It's been a while since I've been here.  I've only been sick about 4 times this winter, I've been working on my website and still am hoping to have that up and running within the next few weeks, but have decided to try to keep this blog running for the foreseeable future.  However, it's going to be a little less Missouri Tiger-centric than it has been so far.  There is just too much to talk about that doesn't involve Gary Pinkel and Mike Anderson.  Tiger sports will always be a passion of mine, but there are other things I enjoy talking about also.  Something you probably know that I enjoy talking about is women, and that's what I plan to talk about today.  While I enjoy beautiful women, I'm not just interested in beautiful women that have no talents other than being beautiful.  I don't believe I'd find Michelle Pfeiffer to be nearly as interesting if she didn't have the talent to go with that incredible beauty.  But today we're going to talk about something that's been bugging the shit out of me.  Exactly when did being beautiful become a pre-requisite for being a television news or sports reporter?  Now some of these ladies have some degree of talent but lets be honest, if they didn't look the way they do, they wouldn't be on television.
Jenn Sterger:
Never has anyone milked more face time from her 15 minutes of fame than Jenn.  She first burst on the scene during a random fan shot during the 2005 Florida State vs Miami football game after which Brent Musburger commented that "1,500 red blooded Americans just decided to apply to Florida State".  Using the 2 attributes that the plastic surgeon gave her she worked her way from the head of the FSU Cowgirls to photo shoots for Maxim as well as Playboy.  She contributed a couple of articles to Sports Illustrated and has a role as a segment host on ABC's show, "Race to March Madness".  She also had a 7 month gig as the host of a Versus show, "The Daily Line".  Most recently she's been known for the receiver of several text and photo messages from Brett Favre while both were working for the New York Jets.  At least we can be grateful that she finally got the gunslinger to retire.
Kiran Chetry:
You can find a lot of people that wouldn't believe that Kiran belongs on a list like this since they believe she is a legitimate talent.  She first appeared nationally in 2001 on Fox News as a reporter.  In 2007 she left Fox after they failed to meet some of her demands for a contract renewal, one of which reportedly was the network fire her co-host Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America and info-bimbo in her own right.  While Kiran may have more talent than the others written about here, let's make no mistake, Barbara Walters she ain't.
Ines Sainz:
Ok, let's take this to another level.  Ines Sainz works for TV Azteca as host of a sports interview program that was created by she and her husband.  Reportedly she proposed to Tom Brady before the 2010 Super Bowl and she's done more swimsuit photo shoots than Kathy Ireland.  Ines doesn't really make any attempt to hide the fact she's using her sexuality to promote her career, basically she embraces it.  Frankly, she makes Jenn Sterger look like Diane Sawyer.
The weather here in Kansas City has been brutal so far this month and it doesn't sound like it's going to get better anytime soon.  It does however give me some more time to write, and hopefully I'll have something else for you this weekend.  Stay warm folks.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

So just how weird are things getting?

It's been quite a while since my last post.  The holidays just got on top of me, and frankly, even though it was a great football season, I've found that some things have really been grabbing my interest lately that have nothing to do with college athletics.  Have you been reading that it appears the north pole is shifting toward Russia?  It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but it is indeed happening and this week it caused the closing of the Tampa International Airport.  The shutdown is just temporary and will be reopening on the 13th, but this is the stuff that great 3D movies are made of.  Now the magnetic pole apparently moves around constantly, but I've never heard of airports being shut down so they can compensate for it.  And with the December 21st, 2012 date drawing closer, if nothing else, it makes for some interesting speculation.  Now while I love a good conspiracy theory as much as anyone, man has predicted the end of time since, well, the beginning of time.  That being said, there have been some fairly odd and spooky thing occurring.
Now since 2007 there has been talk about honey bee colonies disappearing.  In fact, it was given it's own fancy name; "Colony collapse disorder".  I remember reading something about it but just assumed that we humans, in our own stupidity were poisoning them with pesticides, which may very well be the case.  Unfortunately, in addition to losing honey, these bees as you probably know, are responsible for pollinating all plant life, which of course allows it to continue.  Albert Einstein once stated that if the bees disappeared that mankind would cease to exist within 4 years.
On December 31st of 2010, more than 1,000 blackbirds fell dead in and around the city of Beebe, Arkansas.  Now at first, you'd be tempted to think this happened simply because they couldn't stand living in Arkansas anymore.    However, in Italy, over 8,000 turtle doves fell to earth.  The birds had a peculiar blue beak stain that indicated a possibility of a lack of oxygen or poisoning.  Similar reports of birds suddenly dropping also occurred in Sweden.
Now just to add to this are reports of over 2 million fish washed up dead on shore in Chesapeake Bay, over 100 tons of dead fish washing up on the coast of Brazil, and over 40,000 on English shores. 
So what does all of this mean?  Hell, I have no idea, It may mean that the Mayans were right and it's time we all started getting right with God, or that possibly we've poisoned our planet to the point that it's turning against us.  It might not mean anything, but I believe it's something worth talking about more than college football.  Don't be surprised if this blog begins to change direction in the future.  Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of your weekend and don't go outside without your hard hat on.