In his column today in today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, sports editor Wally Hall discusses the impact of the brouhaha concerning Ohio State quarterback Terrell Pryor and the other Buckeye teammates who were punished for violating the NCAA's "extra benefit" rule when they sold sports memorabilia. The 5 players will be suspended for the first 5 games next season but are eligible to play in the Sugar Bowl against the Razorbacks.
No they won't: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/campusrivalry/post/2010/12/jim-tressel-five-suspended-ohio-state-players-will-not-go-to-nfl/1 : "All five are juniors and and could declare for the NFL, so they may go unpunished since the NCAA has said they can play in the Sugar Bowl."
This situation as I have imagined it is completely unfair: "Which on one hand, is a crock of bad butter."
There is probably a reason for this: " No one has said it or written it until now.."
Making stuff up: [b]ut the most powerful entity in athletics (ESPN) probably had a behind-the scenes voice too."
Which of course ignores the fact that North Carolina and Tennessee are playing each other. Instead of the rule makers: " In fact, the story line is now bigger than the Buckeyes being 0-8 against the SEC in bowl games. You have the rule breakers versus the rule makers."
As opposed to another kind of fine: "A monetary fine doesn't scare the Buckeye brass."
Here's the use of subtle humor to explain why one of those monetary fines doesn't scare them: "They could get Pryor to autograph some jerseys and sell them to take care of that."
Except, as explained above, that's not what's going to happen: " It is just wrong to find the kids guilty and then tell them their punishment won't be until next season, when they probably won't be around."
What a crock of bad butter.
And with this post I shut down the blog until sometime next year. Probably won't be back until after the BCS Championship game.
Happy New Year! Have a safe and sane New Year's Eve.