Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:14 pm
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CLUB SOCCER IS THE PROBLEM

The folks that claim to be in the know when it comes to soccer will dissagree, but that's just because they have bought into the current system.  And by bought in, I mean they have paid outrageous amounts of money so that their kids can play for the elite soccer clubs.

Club soccer is the reason why the best we can produce is Landon Donovan.  By soccer standards, he's great, but not by USA professional athletic standards.  With club soccer, we are basically telling out best young athletes as they get into high school "look, you either play soccer year round and forget the more popular football, baseball and basketball, or you forget soccer and go play the sports that your school friends are playing."  Is that not a stupid ultimatum?  It's one thing that we have to decide based on seasons: Football vs. Swimming; Basketball vs. Wrestling and soccer; Baseball vs. Tennis and Track; but anytime you tell a kid that they have to devote themselves to one sport when their best prospects in this country of having a successful sporting carreer lie in other sports, the obvious outcome is that the best athletes will vear away from soccer.

Here is my suggested experiment.  We need an experimental team.  You take the best college basketball players and best skilled position football players that failed to get picked up by a professional team, and WHO PLAYED SOCCER AS A KID (so they have the basics) and you train them for an entire MLS off-season in soccer.  My money is that by the second season, you have a playoff team and by the third you have the MLS champion and a group of five athletes that would find their way into the next world cup.  I wish somebody had the money and desire to prove me right or wrong.
Posted on: November 5, 2009 12:39 pm
 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS A WONDERFUL MESS

I love seasons like this.  Anyone can beat anyone, except that nobody can seem to beat Florida, Texas, Iowa, etc.  However, even those elite teams will find serious challenge in their bowl games.  The PAC-10 is great this year.  I like USC being good, but I like the PAC-10 championship being up for grabs.  Even U of Arizona has a shot (which would make me sick if they get a Rose Bowl bid).  My Sun Devils look crappy, but they still seem to make games against ranked teams very close and entertaining.  The Mountain West is even fun this year with three pretty strong teams, and I'm not a MWC fan by any stretch.

Yes, it looks like we are gearing up for a Florida Texas championship game.  However, the Bowls are not just about crowning a champ.  I think we will get to see some great match-ups throughout the holidays.  ASU needs two more wins to take part.  That would make my year.
Category: NCAAF
Tags: Arizona, ASU, BCS, MWC, PAC-10
 
Posted on: October 21, 2009 5:06 pm
 

FEDERAL TAKEOVER OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Of all people, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is asking President Obama to get involved in college football.

"Hatch asked the president to launch a Justice Department investigation into the way the BCS crowns its national champion. "Mr. President, as you have publicly stated on multiple occasions, the BCS system is in dire need of reform," Hatch, R-Utah, wrote in a 10-page letter, obtained by the Associated Press. Hatch, who held a hearing on the BCS in July, told Obama that a "strong case" can be made that the BCS violates antitrust laws."

This is madness.  I don't care how screwed up the BCS might be, the federal government has no business there.  Many out there might not be aware, but the United States federal government does not have the constitutional authority to regulate every aspect of our lives.  Over time, Congress, with a weak-kneed Supreme Court, has raped the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution to the point that they got to regulate a one-acre farm just because it might (with many other one-acre farms) impact interstate commerce.  To have a Republican senator perpetuate that tyranny to private bowl committees is lunacy. 

The US Government simply has no constitutional authority to dictate how a national college football champion should be picked.  The argument is being made that because revenues from these bowl games are being hogged by the elite programs who perpetually and cyclically receive big money from participation in those bowls, that somehow there are anti-trust issues.  However, bowl games are private activities where people/teams are invited to participate.  Having the government get involved here is no less concerning than having the government get involved in determining which family members you have to invite from out-of-state to your Thanksgiving feast!

Senator Hatch.  Do you really want the government that botched a cash-for-clunkers program running college football?  Do you really want the government that is bankrupting social security and medicare running college football.  The government that intends to run our health care?  Is this what you want???

Senator Hatch is just bitter because one of  his state schools has a decent team once in a while and won't get looked at for the National Championship.  Is getting Utah a shot at the title really worth getting the government more involved in our lives?  Everyone needs to think about the consequences of government involvement.  As a lawyer, I deal enough with the government Monday through Friday, KEEP OUT OF MY SATURDAYS!!!
Posted on: October 21, 2009 2:45 pm
 

Can't Stomach Another East Coast World Series

As a born and raised Dodger hater (I consider Steve Garvey a Padre), I'm conflicted as the inevitable seems to be unfolding in the ALCS.  It seems the Dodgers are the only real hope of not having another East Coast World Series, but that hope is dwindling.  Sorry Angels, I'm throwing in the towel.<br /><br />I love baseball, but if the World Series bounces back and forth between New York and Philly, I will watch no more than one game of it.  I'm just not interested.  Perhaps it has something to do with the environment of the game in the East.  But that's a subject for a later post.  Baseball is territorial in nature, in a different way from football.  The baseball season is so long and exhausting that unless you have a dog in the fight, you're not that interested in that last fight.  If the West is unrepresented in the World Series, my guess is that much of the West will tune-out.

 
 
 
 
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