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The Daily Shoutout

Posted on: May 13, 2011 8:05 am
THE REPLACEMENTS: A question that is increasingly being asked begins with this scary scenario. It's September. The lockout has droned on for months and months. Fans have grown weary of the bickering and are now abandoning the sport. This is where the question comes in--what sport could replace the NFL as America's most popular?

I think the answer is pretty easy. It's college football. Here's why.

It's ready made to replace the NFL. It possesses the required amount of violence to suit our tastes (not too much, not too little). There is a ready made labor force. Sure, the players are indentured servants who don't get paid (legally at least) but most Americans don't care about that. There are rivalries, great athleticism and obviously it's ready made for television. It's also only a matter of time -- maybe sooner than later -- before a playoff system is incorporated. Everything's there.

Baseball might be too slow for many people despite it being an elegant sport. I'm also not sure fans still trust baseball after the numerous steroid scandals. The NBA is a solid candidate with a growing cache of popular young stars like Derrick Rose but I still wonder what many Americans truly think of the sport. Yeah, I link'd it. MMA is a candidate but many mainstream Americans see the violence as too intimate as opposed to football where behemoths protected by massive amounts of equipment knock the crap out of each other.

If the NFL cures this labor mess soon it can dominate sports for the next 50 years. It can have the kind of renaissance baseball once enjoyed in this country. If...if...if...the sport doesn't stab itself in the heart. But if it does, college football might be there to fill in the void.

NICE STORY, PART I: Great blog item on Chris Harris of the Chicago Bears. It not only shows the class of Harris it demonstrates why, again, Packers fans are the most dedicated, passionate yet reasonable fans in all of sports. Packers and Bears getting along. Wow. What's next? Red Sox and Yankees fans going to dinner?

NICE STORY, PART II: Been meaning to post this for a bit. On Green Bay's draft pick. How could you not root for this guy?

See you Monday.

Category: NFL

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: May 14, 2011 11:39 am

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Over last few years my viewing of NFL football has decreased due to all the commercials.  It has come to a point that I rarely tune in a game prior to halftime.  If this season is played I'll try recording the games on the DVR and eliminate watching the commercials completely.  I have been watching baseball more over the last few years. But there too, if it isn't Sunday then I'm usually not tuning in before the 6th inning.   

If there isn't any NFL this September - well I heard something about the PAC 12 moving games to Sunday but I find college football dreadfully too long so I'll stick with baseball.  As for October and beyond, most likely if they're playing or aren't, I'll be buying a mountain bike, hitting the trails and being less of a couch potato during these nice weather months here in the Phoenix area. 

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2011 2:49 pm

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BTW, it's close to indentured servitude but the part they people are missing is that they are getting something for almost no money that costs a normal student 40,000$...that's not a perk...thats 40,000, something a lot of grads would be absolutely ecstatic about getting when they were done, let alone in college.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2011 2:45 pm

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Can we stop saying how college sports are like slavery? the kids have a choice whether or not to play and they get a a $40,000+ education for free (or for much less). It's the kids decision if they take that eduaction all the way or just use it to get C's so they can play football. They aren't grown like cattle and shipped to college with chains on them. They make a choice to play sports. A lot of student athletes get NO COMPENSATION for what they do since they are in the less popular sports, AND they actually have to get a real-world job when they get done. THe stars that are "indentured servants" are getting a far better deal than almost ANYONE ON THE PLANET. Stop complaining and stop supporting their complaints

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 1:00 pm

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College football was a close second to begin with just because everyone playing in this league plays there heart out to try and get that shot at the big leagues. Theres nothing like the NFL but college football is a close second. If the Nfl lockout does continue through the start of the year most football fans will just turn there attention to there favorite college team if they dont already do that every saturday. The fact that u can watch players that will eventually be in the NFL anyway and still get your weekly dose of football is enough to keep the fanatics at bay for atleast a little while.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 11:54 am

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The College Football and College Basketball scholarship is so totally the closest form of indentured servitude that we have today. It is not slavery, by any means.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 11:41 am

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I have busted Mike Freeman's cyber chops before on some issues, but for you to interject that Freeman is making some statement about slavery in this column is just absurd.  So he mentioned indentured servitude.  That is not the same as slavery.  Arguably the college football scholarship system has some similarities to the contracting for indentured servitude.  That's not all bad.  You accuse Freeman of being a coward for using the term "indentured servitude" rather than calling it slavery.  Freeman is being more accurate in his choice of terms.  It appears that it is you instead who are being deceptive, unfairly prejudicial, and in your terms, ignorant. 

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 10:18 am

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What is it with uneducated black men that they have to try and claim everything as a form of slavery? Mike Freeman clearly falls into this trap of failing to understand the vast difference, and is a big part of why African men hate people like him. They spout this nonsense when real forms of slavery exist in the world today, and in trying to make false claims they completely ignore it, and their own heritage. Their forefathers would be ashamed of the waste these men are. Excuses from the weak. Something you can choose to walk away from is not slavery, or if you are a complete coward indentured servitude. Mike Freeman only shows he doesn't have the guts to pull a complete Mendenhall, but wishes he could. He still comes off as getting closer to the truth. He couldn't play ball well enough to make a team at the college level, and couldn't earn a degree on his own merit and remains bitter seeing some conspiracy to hold him back. It's this false belief that someone owes them something that fuels the player greed we are seeing. Ignorance writing about ignorance is all we'll ever get from Mike Freeman. It's what he has proven he is capable of. Fortunately fans aren't as stupid as Mike Freeman paints them to be, and the players hope them to be. Steeler fans excluded of course.

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