Well, another week has reached it's midpoint. This weekend is Halloween and soon another year will be in the books. As each week slips by, I try real hard to find the sports story that provides a bit of humor and allows me to add a nice picture or two. As we are moving deeper into the football season, I will do the majority of my deep thinking this week about football.
There is a real problem today. College athletes are not allowed to be paid to play, yet many still are. The primary source of the money is from agents hoping to sign the player when they go pro. What normally happens is that the institution is punished and the athlete moves on to the NFL. In reality, Division I football is a huge revenue earner and it is easy to see how a player without much pocket change is swayed. Apparently, there have been talks this week to change the rules of the game. Here is what is on the table:
The NCAA noted the possibility of "potential post-NCAA financial penalties" in a news release Monday announcing the collaborative discussions between professional and college football leaders, player agents, state law enforcement officials and NCAA executives.
The possibility of suspensions during a player's NFL rookie year -- as long as six to eight games -- is also being discussed, according to two sources involved in the collaborative discussions including representatives of the NFL, the NFLPA, the NCAA and the American Football Coaches Association.
This means that if a college player's eligibility has ended under NCAA penalty, a player such as former Oklahoma State and current Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Dez Bryant or former North Carolina defensive lineman Marvin Austin could be subject to penalties that extend well beyond the loss of college eligibility.
So, why would the NFL go along with this? This is worse than requiring college basketball players to play one year in college before being allowed to enter the NBA. I just don't understand this. An NFL player only has so many years to play and to suspend them for six or eight games is a significant penalty. There certainly needs to be more scrutiny in place for agents and their contact with athletes, but I just don't see this. What do you think? Is this the right way to go?
So did you hear about the fight at Karma Lounge in Nashville? Word has it that Kenny Britt landed a punch that required 4 stitches to close the wound. Of course when Coach Fisher found out about the fracas, he felt compelled to dole out some type of punishment. To attempt to get a handle on the offense, Fisher actually went to the club and interviewed several employees. Here is what Fisher said: "I am not going to go into details, but I did talk to people there. And from what I was able to obtain, it was more clear that I needed to delay the decision.'' Br B
Britt was suspended for the first quarter of last Sunday's game. It is a good thing for the Eagles that Britt only played 3 quarters. He finished the day with 225 yard receiving and 3 TD's not bad for only part of the game.
News flash...if you have Tony Romo as your fantasy QB you need to search the waiver wire soon!
Romo will miss 6 to 8 weeks with a fractured clavicle or collarbone to you and me. If I am an NFL QB, I don't want to see the NY Giants on the schedule. Jon Kitna will take over as the starting QB for Dallas. I think that Kitna will surprise everyone. The guy has a good arm and seems to have found a favorite receiver in Dez Bryant. So will they finally turn the season around and begin to play excellent football? So Dallas fans, how about those Rangers!
There is one Texas Ranger in the Hall of Fame. Of course it is Nolan Ryan. I am thrilled that the Rangers have finally made it to the World Series. As has been said...since you are there, you might as well win. I know that the Giants have a great rotation, but I like the Rangers to win in 5 games.
Brian WIlson is a very good closer. He is also a bit different. He was asked if he dyed his beard at a news conference this week. Brown hair, black beard? C'mon Brian!
Here is his comment:
"It's just dark because we play a lot of day games," Wilson said, backtracking. "It's really tan. It's just focused."
Yeah, focused...that's it.
I am still trying to figure out how Texas lost to Iowa State? Texas fans have become very spoiled by Vince Young and Colt McCoy the past several years. This is a very strange year for football. Quite honestly, Texas could win out or lose the rest of them. I keep saying...if you can run the ball, play defense and special teams you will win most of your games. The OL for Texas is a real mystery.
Good news regarding my son's Warrior high school football team. They won 30 to 14 last week and with the win, they guaranteed themselves a playoff spot. They have a tough match up this week. But, they are playing well and I think they have a decent chance to win this game. The early loses seem a long time ago. A friend of mine keeps saying, "good teams get better." How very true!
Since Halloween approaches, I figured I might as well add a few sexy treats.
One for Beeze!
Here is a late breaking story that I have added late: An ex Bengal (Horace Simth) has been been fired from his job with Woy and Willis a Dallas area Sports Agency. Here is the scoop...Smith is accused of defrauding three NFL players that are represented by Woy and Willis. Lamarr Houston, Daryl Washington and Perrish Cox. Smith goes to several lending institutions and obtains loans in excess of $350,000 in the name of the players without their knowledge. He puts the money in a New York brokerage account so that only he has access to the money. Of course since payments were never made on the loans, the loans defaulted. Freaking unbelievable...how did he think he would get away with this. The kicker was that when he was fired, he called all of Woy and WIllis clients and told them that he had left and wanted them to come to his new sports agency. Jerry McGuire he is not.
Sully, this will be my TOTW nomination.
Now I leave you with a bit of Jack Handy:
"A good way to threaten somebody is to light a stick of dynamite. Then you call the guy and hold the burning fuse up to the phone. "Hear that?" you say. "That's dynamite, baby."
"After I die, wherever my spirit goes, I'm going to try to get back and visit my skeleton at least once a year, because, "Hey, old buddy, how's it going?"
Happy Halloween everyone! Thanks for stopping by and feel free to comment or complain.