The upcoming Olympics are a travesty. This is insanity. Somebody cue the O’Jays. “Money, money, money, money….MUUH-nay!”
And speaking of legal tender, college sports are all about money, too. The only change is who’s now going to pocket the change. Get used to the acronym “NIL”—Name, Image and Likeness. A big-cigar University of Miami booster is about to rock college football like a hurricane. MMA promoter and American Top Team entrepreneur Dan Lambert says he will pay every Miami Hurricane scholarship football player $500 this season for promoting his gyms on the players’ social media accounts. You don’t need an MBA from the U to calculate Lambert’s “investment” in Hurricane football at $540,000 for the upcoming season. Perfectly legal in this Brave New World. I’m not Chicken Little. I don’t think the sky is falling. But there could be some clouds on the horizon as the gulf widens between the Haves and the Have Nots.
Think about this. Local car dealers will no longer have to deal in the shadows in lining players’ pockets. That might take some of the fun out of it for SMU football.
You could take everything I know about hockey and inscribe it on the head of a pin with room enough left over for War and Peace. But I do appreciate how hard it is to win back-to-back Stanley Cups. That’s manly, Lightning.
I love basketball. Except for one thing. Look, every sport has officiating controversies, but hoops is the only game in which every single player, coach and fan bitches about every single call. That is NOT manly. I like you, Budenholzer. But put a sock in it.
Pats’ receiver N’Keal Harry wants to be traded, at least according to his agent. Agent is griping that Harry has only been targeted 86 times in his first two years in the league. Uhh…he only played seven games in his rookie year because of injuries. And then last season he was shackled by Cam Newton’s inability to throw the ball. Might wanna think this one over, N’Keal. Life could be way different with Mac Jones. You may have heard something about Belichick being a pretty decent coach, too. I liked Mr. Harry A LOT coming out of Arizona State in 2019. Patience, young man.