Super Bowl XLVI, National Signing Day et al – Football & BasketballTuesday, February 14, 2012 8:18
The Super Bowl, National Signing Day, NCAA punishments–a whole lot not to like–and a couple good stories served up by the NBA.
Disappointed and Discouraged
I’ve been rather quiet lately. A mixture of disappointment–and more importantly disgust, since all sports fans must deal with disappointment–has quelled my sports writing fervor recently.
However, now that some time has passed and there have been a couple happenings in the sports world that I’ve enjoyed, I’m back.
Let’s recap my negatives:
- Disappointed: The Patriots lost the Super Bowl. Always hurts more to be so close than eliminated early.
- Disgusted: Eli Manning, the LeBron James of the NFL, shined in the Super Bowl and won the MVP. I can’t stand Eli, one of my two least favorite players in the NFL. Some day karma will bite that douchebag punk in the behind. Two Super Bowl MVPs or not, I will never consider him an elite quarterback–too inconsistent. Remember, this is the same guy who threw 25 picks in 2010-2011.
- Disappointed: The Connecticut Huskies have tanked in the conference part of the season for the second straight year.
- Disgusted: The NCAA’s inconsistent application of punishments, obviously favoring certain programs. The University of Connecticut appealed their punishment for maintaining a high enough academic rating–that was disappointing and disgusting enough in its own right–proposing their own self-imposed sanctions. The NCAA rightfully rejected that appeal. But was it enough? Was any recent punishment enough? Compared to USC, Ohio State’s sanctions were a slap on the list, and the Buckeyes weren’t even pressed on the most serious accusation that could have been leveled, “a lack of institutional control.” If the NCAA really cared about cleaning things up in college sports, it would nail all teams to the wall for violations.
- Disappointed: Murray State’s perfect run came to an end; Harvard fell to Princeton and thus out of the Top 25 again (after all, you have to love when student-athletes who are actually students first achieve success).
- Disgusted: How “National Signing Day” has become a completely commercialized event, with coverage not unlike that of the NFL draft. These are high school kids of whom most people have never heard, many of whom will never see even college playing time, with the word “signing” being dropped in regards to their prospective colleges as if they had “signed” contracts with professional teams. The whole situation felt dirty. I am by no means naive as to what goes on at some of these big time programs, so signing and contracts may very well be the case, but the brazenness of not even pretending to treat the college commitments as nothing more than that made my skin crawl.
- Disappointed: Chauncey Billups, Mr. Big Shot going down with a season-ending injury, both for him and for the threat it poses to the suddenly exciting and contending Clippers.
I end my negative with Billups because his injury leads straight into the first of my positives:
- So far, the Clippers have not let Billups’ injury destroy their new-found chemistry and have continued to perform. Even with the young talent the Clippers now have, it would be easy for their play to suffer a blow having lost a valuable cog, in addition to their veteran leadership. Instead, the Clips have continued to perform.
- Jeremy Lin, an undrafted rookie out of Harvard, having one of the most ridiculously amazing weeks in recent memory, under the most intense media microscope in the country to boot. A week ago, no one knew his name. Now he has become the toast of the town in New York, having even outplayed Kobe Bryant in a 38-point performance, the best of any Knick player this year. Does this story get any better?
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