Thursday, March 23, 2017

Helfrich in a handbasket

Like battering Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich on the message boards? Don’t get used to it. Big program frontmen don’t get much margin for error.  By Andrew Pridgen There’s a common misperception among the civilian ranks that football’s head coaches, especially on a collegiate level, have to be one part field general, one part molder of men and one part...

The NCAA’s latest multi-billion-dollar TV deal is the surest sign yet collegiate athletes must be paid…not enslaved

The rule of thumb for the NCAA when describing signing TV deals greater than that of the GNP of Jamaica or Brunei is that it’s a good thing, for the sport, for the schools and for the conferences. They’re careful not to say it’s good for the athletes. Because it’s not. By Andrew J. Pridgen Imagine for a moment that you run...

Why outrage over the Alabama Alpha Phi recruitment video sends mixed signals

-OR- When spamming, flaming trolls crucify you on message boards and your mother calls worried and your ex starts telling really bad and untrue stories about you on Facebook and your whole world collapses just because you thought you were doing what you were supposed to do. By Andrew Pridgen Here are some of the expectations we have of young...

East Coast blasé: How the College Football Playoff selection committee’s early bedtime has resulted in ZERO West Coast representation

The good thing about the BCS before it morphed into a #fourteamplayoff was at least the computer didn’t have to go to bed early/wasn’t too blacked out from the Mississippi State/Ole Miss tailgater to make somewhat lucid decisions not based on whether you say y’all unironically. By Andrew Pridgen Of the dozen College Football Playoff selection committee members only ONE has...

USFS officials are clearly ignoring the fact that they stumbled upon a mass murder scene at Lake Shasta

The 2016 Slaughterhouse Island massacre is second only to obscene data overages caused by Snapchat as a parent’s worst nightmare. By Andrew J. Pridgen The internets grew a new tail Tuesday from posted pictures of a University of Oregon outdoor school field trip turned deadly orgy of careless bottled water discarding on a spit of land called—ready—fucking Slaughterhouse Island at...

These college football coaches bathe in smarm

College Football’s moral high ground stands roughly 7 circles deep, which is apparently still tall enough to preach from. Written By Kyle Magin The college football recruiting game is a well-acknowledged cesspool. Hordes of assistants chasing a seven-figure head coaching contract head into some of America’s poorest neighborhoods to recruit its best athletes to beat the living shit out of one...

To rebuild, Oregon (football) needs to get weird again

Nike, once a counter culture brand, and Oregon, once a counterculture school, need to go back to their roots in radicalism to be relevant again. By Andrew J. Pridgen Over the past two decades I’ve marveled at how the culture of Oregon football has morphed to become the opposite of Eugene and the namesake state. The University of Oregon, in...

In Defense of True Amateurism: College Hockey’s Troublesome Heart

College hockey is being held back by it's own blithe spirit of the actual joy of sport. But how long will it stay uncorrupted? An examination. Written by Kyle Magin College hockey displays all the telltale signs of desiring major sport status. New arenas, brawny new leagues, TV deals and rosters chock full of pro prospects make the sport as viable,...

Not my College Football Championship

ESPN prepares for another the biggest rating’s disaster of this bowl season Monday, this time at the hands of the Deep South. By Andrew J. Pridgen Until about  8:18 p.m. PST New Year’s Eve 2015, my interest in this year’s four-team college football playoff could have been described as moderately bemused to waning: something between season three and beyond of...

March Madness 2016: Ranking Conference Tournament Sites

March Madness kicks off from coast to coast this week with league men’s basketball tournaments. These might be the better option for travel and viewing than heading to the big show later this month--more teams, better chances for your team to win, cheaper/more intimate venues. We’ve ranked every conference tournament location by desirability. Written by Kyle Magin 1) Home sites--America East,...

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