Friday, January 3, 2014

Allegations against North Carolina and FIFA's boss gets a great idea

From where I sit it looks like the Tar Heels may be in trouble with the NCAA...


Let's face it there have always been intimations about a lack of true classes for top athletes. North Carolina has, or should that be had, a reputation of players actually needing to take real classes and get real grades to keep them in good standing. Now, this raises questions not just about what's happening at Chapel Hill, but what does this mean for other schools? If a top school is creating fake classes for athletes, whats happening at less academically intense schools? For all this is a distressing revelation, I'm honestly not all that surprised. With all the emphases and focus placed on so-called student athletes, it shouldn't be a shock to anyone that they are treated differently. After all, they aren't getting paid to risk their health for a school.

Meanwhile, Sepp Blatter has actually come up with a good idea...


As shocking as that is, I do really like the idea. Soccer (football) on this continent has a horrible reputation for the pathetic acting of 'injured' players. Let's face it, we like sports where a player can rip a tooth out and not miss a shift. Sure, there's lots to be determined, like how to gauge if a player is acting. In football (NFL, CFL, NCAA) if a player goes down injured they must sit out a minimum of following plays (3). The same should be done in soccer. Maybe a 5 minute break. That eliminates the 'sin-bin' idea and doesn't call into question whether the player is faking. As a soccer fan I'm always left embarrassed by some jack-ass rolling around like he's been shot, only to be back on his feet ready to go seconds later.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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