Tag Archives: college football

The story of the original Johnny Heisman

TweetJohnny Manziel’s heartfelt speech upon winning the Heisman Trophy Saturday undoubtedly would have made the honor’s namesake proud.
For as fearlessly — and occasionally brashly — as the Texas A & M quarterback plays the game, earning him the nickname “Johnny Football,” his humility in the wake of being the first freshman to win the award [...]

Much more than sports as mere entertainment

Tweet“Those who think that sports are merely entertainment have been bemused by an entertainment culture.”

– Michael Novak, “The Joy of Sports”

For those who insist that the commercial colossus of major college football has no soul, that it is played out primarily for television audiences in the pursuit of maximum ratings by teams that use unscrupulous [...]

Best sports reads and links, Sept. 15

TweetRounding up some of the most intriguing reads I’ve come across this week, posted on Sports Biblio, my experimental Tumblr companion to this site, or that I have Tweeted and collected elsewhere:

Pigskin Progessivism — George Will’s war on football, American-style, now seems to blame the political movement popularized by (an unnamed) Teddy Roosevelt for the [...]

The difference .009 makes

TweetThe Bowl Championship Series computer spit out an extremely tiny difference between second-place Alabama and third-place Oklahoma State in setting up the all-SEC rematch many are dreading. (Officially, the computer gap is .0086, but who’s counting? The math still edges out the Cowboys.)
Oklahoma State’s fatal flaw, Gregg Doyel asserts, is that it’s not in the [...]

More ideas for reworking Title IX

TweetThis is the seventh in a series entitled “Women’s Sports Without Illusions” that critically examines the nearly four decades of the women’s sports movement, including Title IX, cultural and social developments, the growth of professional and international women’s sports and current challenges and issues.
All posts in this series can be found here.

Yesterday I mapped out a few [...]

Some ideas for reworking Title IX

TweetThis is the sixth in a series entitled “Women’s Sports Without Illusions” that critically examines the nearly four decades of the women’s sports movement, including Title IX, cultural and social developments, the growth of professional and international women’s sports and current challenges and issues.
All posts in this series can be found here.

Since I’ve been saying for [...]

More thoughts on Title IX, football and proportionality

TweetQuite a bit has transpired since I wrote here last week about the growing clamor over Title IX and the proportionality debate that isn’t new, but has taken on a fresh dimension:
• First of all, in a column that slams the graft and corruption of college football, George Vecsey of The New York Times on Saturday piled [...]

I’m feeling fine, coach, honest

TweetThe Wall Street Journal finds that Alabama is one of several major programs that hands out medical scholarships to players who may be just fine. Some who’ve taken them suspect the practice occurs in order to clear room for better incoming players:
” ‘I’m still kind of bitter,’ said former Alabama linebacker Chuck Kirschman, who took [...]

BCS taking some kicks in Washington

TweetA D.C.-based interest group — and those are rarely up to much good, right? — is complaining to the Internal Revenue Service that the Bowl Championship Series is violating its tax-exempt status with a whole host of alleged shenanigans.
I’m all in favor of getting to an honest way to determine a college football national champion [...]

Removing the veneer from amateurism

TweetRay Ratto sees the last stalwart defenders of the notion of amateurism attempt a desperate fling at curtailing the commercial enterprise of college football, and reckons how it might end:
“And in these brazenly Darwinian times, with colleges across the country no longer even trying to hide that the only true motivation for their athletic departments [...]