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Curveball from the Pac-10

Posted on: March 24, 2009 5:48 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2009 12:48 am

Who is Larry Scott? He just got named the new commissioner of the Pac-10. I read the release and I still don't have a clue.

Apparently, Scott is well accomplished as head of the Women's Tennis Association. What, Billie Jean King wasn't available? When I think of women's tennis, I don't think WTA. In fact, I don't think at all. I usually switch the channel unless Maria Sharapova is playing.

You know where this heading don't you? Submitted for approval, a list of organizations more relevant than the WTA.

Major League Lacrosse ... The National Intramural Co-ed Inner Tube Water Polo Association ... The Belinda Carlisle Fan Club ... The Arena League Football Players Association ... Quilters International ... Midwest Angus Breeders Association ...

Do I need to go on?   

I'll cut Larry a break. This isn't on him. He applied for the job and got it. I'm sure the Stanford tennis coach is happy. It's the Pac-10 I don't understand. It was talking to San Diego Padres GM Sandy Alderson. It twice offered the job to the guy who runs the NCAA Tournament, a wonderfully qualified guy named Greg Shaheen.

We know now that Scott wasn't exactly a first choice. Now he has to learn the BCS, which is slightly more complicated than tennis' tiebreaker.

Maria Sharapova is Maria Sharapova. Whether she belongs to the WTA or not is meaningless to me. She's hot, OK? Now it's up to L. Scott to prove to me that he matters.




Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2009 1:37 pm

Curveball from the Pac-10

What a narrow-minded peice of junk.  Just because you don't watch women's tennis doesn't mean that it is irrelevant here or in the rest of the world.  It's pretty insulting to compare the amazing athletes on the WTA tour to "Quileter's international" and even more obnoxious is your statement that Maria Sharapova only matters because she's hot, not because she's a world class athlete that could kick your butt in every meaningful measure of athletecism three times over.  There are hundreds of dedicated and hard owrking professional women's tennis players in the world who even if you don't care to watch them deserve more respect than that.  I don't know if Scott is a great choice for Pac-10 commissioner, but remeber that 1) the Pac-10 tennis programs are very strong, and believe it or not we play more sports a universities than football and men's basketball and 2) that is no excuse to show yourself as some provincal misogynistic meathead.  Your point about the organization's relevance can be well made without demeaning the players on tour.

And for the record, if you have half a brain, it takes about 5 minutes to learn tiebreakers.  It's not that hard with a little bit of intelligence and effort.



Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2009 11:45 am

Curveball from the Pac-10

I am disappointed.  You didn't do your homework.  First, you didn't investigate Larry Scott's credentials--the WTA is no fly-by-night outfit.  Mr. Scott worked hard to promote the organization and he made it a money-maker.  Second, you mentioned nothing about the PAC-10's previous commissioner.  His 1955 approach to how the PAC-10 should operate made it into a second-rate program.  So now the PAC-10 has hired a man who can bring the league out of the its 19th century mentality and put it on a even basis with the other leagues around the country.  He will be able to negotiate much stronger television packages for the league and get much greater exposure for it nationwide.  I am looking forward to the growth of the PAC-10 and its reclaiming its position as the top conference in the country. 

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2009 9:43 am

Initial reaction ... ha ha ha ha

That's about right ... Pac 10 sports and women's tennis ... the parallels being a couple of hotties worth tuning in for (USC football, UCLA basketball, sometimes Oregon or Arizona or Washington will have a "good hair day" in some sport or another) but mostly it's a bunch of unattractive, if serviceable, chicks that few want to tune in to watch play.

However, that said (tongue in cheek, mind you), if Mr. Scott has the good sense to take the Pac 10 off it's ludicrously self-absorbed path to irrelevance in terms of its alignment with the Big 11 & the Rose Bowl to continue to subvert a more rational & satisfying means of determining a college football championship, I will take it all back & henceforth treat Mr. Scott with all due reverence & then some, as well as gain a modicum of respect for the league as a whole. 

If not, he shall remain "that douchebag from women's tennis running that other conference that's scared to have a college football playoff" ...

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2009 11:55 pm

Curve ball from the Pac-10

The PAC10 is the Confernce of Champions. There's a reason for that. This hire may turn out to be great but at first glance, I don't see it. I hate to agree with Dodd, but we'll have to wait and see how it works out. One thing I do know is that we are the PAC 10, not PAC eleven or twelve like the Big10. If Scott even thinks about expansion he should be shot. No one wants a conference of 12-16 teams, it waters down it's overall strength. This PAC10 is a conference of tradition, don't ruin it like so many other conferences have.  

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: March 24, 2009 10:09 pm

Curve ball from the Pac-10


He may turn out to be the greatest commissioner in the history of commissioners, but he's also the first tennis wonk to guide a major conference. The two don't seem to go together.

I know that the Pac-10 wanted to go out of the box with this guy but sheesh. As I said, I'm willing to give him a chance but this is a strange hire. I'm thinking the league wants a better TV contract, better bowls and possibly expansion.


Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2009 9:48 pm

Curve ball from the Pac-10

Dodd I usually disagree with your critics. But this time I have to say you have no idea what you are talking about.  The Pac 10 is lucky to have a guy with this experience running the show, and you should know that.  

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2009 6:01 pm

Curve ball from the Pac-10

Congrats to Mr. Scott, I guess.  Just get us a few more games on ESPN and please don't expand the conference.  Thanks.


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