Friday, January 10, 2014

The Tribe makes a change and more problems for the NCAA

From where I sit it looks like changes are coming in Cleveland...


At least to the Indians use of Chief Wahoo. The general consensus is that the smiling indian is, at best, a dated caricature, and at worst outright racist. Yes, this is a small step, but it's still a step in the right direction. It's also a clear indication that ownership is not just feeling the pressure, but realizing there is profit to be made. Any change in uniform, however subtle, requires the die-hard fan to make a new purchase. And, let's face it, it may be a sport, but it's really a business. Now, if only we could do something about the Reskins.

North Carolina is face more trouble for the lack of actual education for it's athletes...

Last week it was kids taking classes that don't exist. Now, this revelation. There's a certain assumption that someone in university can actually read, sadly that seems to be another fallacy. Part of what I find concerning is that these players graduated high school. At least, I think they did. How the hell did any of these children manage to get accepted? Did any of them take an SAT? If they can't read past a grade 3 level in university, they couldn't read at that level in high school, or in middle school for that matter. How much emphasis was placed on learning to read and write and how much was placed on learning to run and dunk? Yes, there should be focus on the standards at the university level. But it's time to raise questions about what's happening in basic schooling.

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

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