Craig Glazer Considers Cheating ... In Sports
TKC Note: Tonight's note from our pal, Craig Glazer, is apropos and provides a great deal of insight about the changing direction of our culture. Check it . . .
Cheating in Sports:
It’s Gone Way Over The Top
Remember this one? ‘Well if you want to go to college, you’ll have to work your way through school.’ That might have been applicable prior to 1980 or so. Of course, back then it was hard to save much up at a whopping $1.85 an hour. Having said that, thousands of young people did save up enough money to help put them through college back in the day. The best way to help achieve extra funding for college today is our summer jobs. My two nephews play multiple sports throughout the year including summer, and they’d find the time to help earn extra money by helping to work a summer position. Yes, a focused young person can earn several thousand dollars through the summer and help to earn money enough to buy a car or a computer and a few books, but it barely puts a dent in that forty to eighty thousand dollar a year college tuition. Next step, the family pays the rest or a student loan. If you are one of the chosen few, you might have a scholarship based on academic grades or athletic ability. I can tell you this, those young people who have nearly A+ grades and score nearly perfectly on their ACT’s get full ride scholarships to even Ivy-League schools. Some of these geniuses and prodigies receive financial endowments from large corporations like IBM, Philips Petroleum, or certain software companies…in return for future considerations. This is not scholarship money, it’s payola. Funds that can be used for dates, dinner, you name it. Nobody calls that cheating in Academics. Lord help you if you are a college athlete playing football or basketball and you sign an autograph; accept a free suit, get too many snacks, or have dinner with the wrong person. If the MEDIA finds out you did this, you can look forward to a suspension, possibly the end of your sports career that season or beyond, and heavy damage to the status of your potential professional career. You are now a no-good cheater and a liar.
The most publicized recent example would be the alleged paid autograph signings by Johnny ‘Football’ aka Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M quarterback. Johnny Football is clearly a young man who doesn’t like following rules, wants to be the center of attention, a privileged spoiled brat. Sound familiar? Oh by the way, this Heisman trophy winners’ statistics show he is the greatest quarterback in college history.
Notice I said the media found out. While the NCAA has it’s own gestapo, it’s the media who usually get the first word on people who break the rules. For some reason whistleblowers call ESPN, Fox Sports or beat reporters first. I guess it’s because they want a feather in their cap, or if their lucky they get to be on sports talk for an hour. Usually from there it goes into NCAA investigation, as is the case with Johnny Football.
Ironically, it will be the media that will save Manziel from getting kicked off the Texas A&M football team. TV contracts surrounding Texas A&M and Johnny Football alone are estimated to be worth several million dollars. Rumor has it that there is no paper trail to his supposed $7500 payoff for his autograph signing, meaning that if he did it, he was paid in cash. With no paper trail there is reasonable doubt, this should cover his ass. More than likely, he will play every game this season barring injury.
No, this isn’t fair to other offenders whose college careers were damaged or destroyed for breaking lesser rules and we are all well aware that Johnny’s family is wealthy to boot. So why would he do it, that is, if he did do it? Three reasons. One, because he can. Two, because he resents a college football system that makes billions of dollars off his name and likeness and gives him no financial reward while he’s playing. Thirdly, everyone likes to make an extra buck, they can all find someplace to spend it.
How do we end the nightmare? It ain’t the good old days, things change. Just like the invention of television changed sports and the invention of social media changed television, billion dollar sports programs in the NCAA have changed that life as well. The fix is relatively simple. These people have contracts called scholarships which can be taken away for poor performance. The schools and media make millions off these star athletes. Everything from video games with their likeness, jerseys with their numbers, charitable donations to the school requiring the athlete to have lunch or dinner with the contributors, the list goes on and on. It’s time to pay the college athlete. Remember most of these student athletes will not play pro football or basketball, this is as far as their going. Simply set up a payment program based on position, the length of time in that position as a starter or first string, etc and pay accordingly. Put together a board of trustees to approve these payments, allow for financial bonuses to the players for endorsements or autograph signings, etch; all approved by the university and a percentage of the proceeds goes to the school itself. If they schools and media are making millions off these sports programs than the players should be entitled to participate, they are the reason for all this attention after all.
By the way, this will happen in the short term because most media agrees with me. Secondly, it would be nice if these student athletes went to school and got an education that helped them in the world outside of professional sports, which is where the vast majority of them are headed.
I know you will all agree with the following program. Performance enhancement drugs are considered cheating in sports. Now that testosterone and HGH have been proven to be effective, but not harmful, and in some cases are proven to be good for your health and thus sold through TV ads late at night, and since PED’s are rampant in pro sports it’s time to legalize their use as well. This is what will happen at some point; team doctors will administer the acceptable PED’s at agreed limited doses daily and weekly to all players who have agreed to use that amount and only that amount. Of course this will vary from player to player based on age and health to be determined by team doctor and carried out. This will ensure a level playing field. If you don’t want to use ‘em, you don’t have to. After all, one of the biggest complaints about baseball is about how slow and boring it is. That popularity needle may go way up when guys start hitting six hundred foot home runs eighty times a year. Fun stuff.