Monthly Archives: September 2010

To preserve an outdated notion of ‘amateurism’

TweetOn the same day that Reggie Bush was informed he would be stripped of the 2005 Heisman Trophy, the agent for a Turkish club basketball team claims that he paid Kentucky recruit Enes Kanter more than $100,000.
The NCAA is still investigating top college football programs for reported player involvement with agents, and the ultra-successful recruiter in [...]

Rio’s iconic Maracanã closes for World Cup overhaul

TweetThe club that calls the Estádio do Maracanã home tried to keep it open, but the famed Rio de Janeiro stadium that played host to the 1950 World Cup final has shut its doors for the next two years while it’s upgraded as the finals venue for the 2014 World Cup.
The Maracanã once could boast of being the largest [...]

The honeymoon’s still on for SEC, ESPN

TweetA year into their extremely lucrative relationship, the SEC and ESPN want to kick it up a few more notches.
Good reporting here by John Solomon of the Birmingham News.

Oh! Boise! Broncos busting the BCS!

TweetThe tabloidish headline sums up the verdicts stemming from Monday night’s thrilling 33-30 victory by 3rd-ranked Boise State over No. 10 Virginia Tech, and the national implications after the very first week of the season.
All of which makes the arguments about college football — and the dubious BCS system designed to determine a “national champion” [...]

Reading list: The importance of the Rome Olympics

TweetNot long after I scarfed up a copy of David Maraniss’ “Rome 1960,” sports business and politics writer Henry Fetter recalls just how low certain sports rated in the American athletic imagination, and how these deficiencies dovetailed perfectly into a certain candidate’s Cold War electoral message:
“By the time the Rome games ended, American fortunes in men’s [...]

Tennis nostalgia ain’t what it used to be

TweetTim Joyce of RealClearSports goes strolling down the memory lane of the 1970s tennis world here and here, bringing back a lot of memories for this one-time diehard who doesn’t find the game quite that compelling any more.
Perhaps it was because of those times — for me most notably involving one Billie Jean King — and [...]

Woman in a man’s sports world chronicles, part 8,453

TweetPatrick Hruby has done a magnificent job telling the story of Natalie Randolph coaching a high school football team in D.C. My beef is the unending litany of stories like this that fascinate the media above all.
If perhaps a third of the stories like this were churned out about women coaching, or competing against, other [...]

As the college sports arms race escalates. . .

TweetBudgets for men’s and women’s non-revenue college sports are exploding — Ohio State AD Gene Smith estimates salaries in Olympic sports have “tripled” in the past decade and a half. As Joe Drape and Katie Thomas report for The New York Times, there are plenty of bonuses and incentives on the line, and all the [...]

Another U.S. Open, another early Roddick collapse

TweetThat Andy Roddick — the unwitting poster boy for the fading American male tennis profile — got knocked out of the U.S. Open early once again should come as no surprise.
His second-round loss to 44th-ranked Janko Tipsarevic Wednesday came with the usual official-baiting — “Call 1-800-RENT-A-REF!” — he screamed at one point. That too, has become [...]

Brigham Young declares its football independence

TweetAlways love over-the-top historical references to major happenings in the sports world, and Brigham Young’s announcement Tuesday that it was leaving the Mountain West Conference qualified as a rather large event in the college football empire. I’ll let Salt Lake Tribune columnist Gordon Monson take it from there:
“Otto von Bismarck would have loved what BYU pulled [...]