Campus Quick Slants
Wouldn't it be something if we could introduce the wise guy that coined "It's not cheating unless you get caught" to Indiana coach
We live in an era when everyone's cheat-meter is in overdrive -- when bench pressing your weight is only legit if cleared by a urine test. So it's utterly appalling that crooks like Sampson aren't trying a little harder. Doing things the "right way" and having integrity would be added bonuses, but I'm talking in much simpler terms.
With suspicions already racing ... man, just try a little freaking harder NOT to get caught. OK?
I'm sure, as a fan, I'm supposed to be outraged and deeply scarred by Sampson's "improper" phone calls to recruits. I'm sure I'm supposed to have some kind of opinion on whether he should keep his job or not. But I don't. Instead, I can't help but laugh at the guy, and I'm preoccupied figuring out if they should let him keep his brain.
Here's a man who got caught in the same cookie jar while at Oklahoma and STILL got a second chance with one of the most prestigious basketball programs in college athletics -- you'd think he'd focus his efforts elsewhere. And that's what doesn't make sense to me. Why would any rational human making millions of dollars go back to the scene of the crime when he KNEW he was being watched? Why tempt fate? Was this a double-dog dare? Some kind of immunity challenge? Was he being blackmailed by Nina Myers or the chick from
With Duke's loss to Wake Forest, the pollsters took full advantage of their power and elevated Tennessee to No. 2 in the nation, setting up a clash of titans this Saturday as the Volunteers travel to Memphis to square off against the top-rated Tigers. And just like the bimbo in your office pool who picks winners based on uniforms and mascot names, I'm using little or no logic and going with the Volunteers in an upset.
Or stop and ask for directions ... or buy a Tom Tom ... or use the North Star as guidance. Or something! Because when you're scheduled to play an in-state rival in a major conference match-up, Texas A&M, it's always better to show up than not. And by "show up," I mean NOT lose by 27 points.
Regardless of this game, I'm curious to see how both Texas and Texas A&M fare in the NCAA Tournament. Both squads (especially Texas) are fresh in the minds of amateur bracketologists after successful runs in 2007, despite the fact that neither is as skilled or flashy without the
Let's say you're the fan of a random home team like, oh, the UAB Blazers. Your team squares off against another random, highly-ranked team like, say, the Memphis Tigers, and loses in dramatic fashion. Bummer. It makes perfect sense then that your normal human reaction would be to, umm, launch stuff at the opposing team. Just heave whatever is nearby. Because if hitting a player with a water bottle isn't intimidating, nothing is ... right? It's practically like shooting rubber bullets.
Yes, those "random" teams above aren't so random, and we saw some obnoxious behavior last weekend from the UAB student section, which clearly took its 79-78 loss to top-ranked Memphis quite hard. So hard, that they deemed throwing stuff as a plausible means of retaliation. Makes sense. And when the investigations are finished, the misdemeanor charges will make it all SO totally worthwhile!
I just don't get it. It's not like these guys are going to quiver with fear at the sight of your pompom flying towards them there are virtually no frightening qualities to such a maneuver. And, if you have a strong enough arm to do any damage, you should know that most future NBA stars are already insured for more money than you'll ever earn, and would probably sue you for your first born child if they really wanted. So, what's the point?
Maybe it's just me, but is anyone else uncomfortable with
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