Tag:Channing Crowder
Posted on: June 28, 2011 5:40 pm

PODCAST: Talking Big Ten and benefits

Posted by Adam Jacobi

I just got done with an appearance on the CBSSports.com College Football Podcast with J. Darin Darst and Adam Aizer, and we had a lot to talk about today. The Channing Crowder situation, the issue of paying players at all, what Russell Wilson means to Wisconsin and the Badgers' division title chances (HINT: they're better!), and the other putative Big Ten division leader Nebraska's shot at success.

Now, I understand my stance on the Crowder situation is a little extreme, and I understand that there's something unseemly about businessmen lining the pockets of "amateur athletes" on the sneak. But that situation is scarcely different from what happens now -- it's just that the boosters are lining the pockets of the athletic departments and not the athletes, and that is totally acceptable in today's sports climate. I personally don't see much more honor in someone donating $2,000 toward a weight room instead of toward an athlete's single mother's rent bills, but the NCAA does and they're still the ones wielding the stick, so here we are.

As for Nebraska and Wisconsin, one aspect of the situation that should have gotten more than a passing mention is the fact that this is the most wide open the Big Ten has been in lord knows how long. Michigan's down, Ohio State is in the process of getting gut-punched by the NCAA, and Penn State doesn't look like an elite team (especially on offense). It's basically Michigan State, Nebraska, and Wisconsin on the top tier, and that seems just plain weird. So that has every bit as much a role to play in why we're taking Wisconsin and Nebraska to win the two division titles as anything dealing with those two teams themselves.

Anyway, listen away. And don't mind Darin's fingernails.

Posted on: June 27, 2011 10:42 pm

Channing Crowder 'hypothetically' sold jerseys

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Now that Ohio State is facing a mountain of NCAA scrutiny over players selling items, the only instance of college football players selling their jerseys and other memorabilia is now officially over. Oh wait, A.J. Green did it last year, but he served a not-at-all objectionable four-game suspension for that transgression. So those isolated incidents are in the books, and not indicative of any larger trend of such misdeeds. That's the actual reality of the situation and we're sticking to it.

Hypothetically speaking, however, players do this all the time. Here to drive that point home is former Florida linebacker Channing Crowder, who kicked off his new radio show in Miami today with a doozy of a hypothetical situation.

"I'll say hypothetically I don't have any more of my Florida jerseys," Crowder said Sunday. "There were some Jacksonville businessmen that really hypothetically liked my play."

Luckily, that's just hypothetical, so of course nobody actually did anything wrong. Nothing to see here, NCAA.

They gone? No? Fine, then I'll play the game too.

Hypothetically speaking, it's ludicrous that the NCAA is aggressively policing something like poor college kids bartering items and looking for the hook-up. Hypothetically, it's a fact of life that athletic scholarships pay for school but don't put cash in a young man's hand, and as long as these young men live in a world that requires money to do anything above and beyond eating, sleeping, going to class and playing football, they're going to hypothetically want money -- one way or another.

Hypothetically, it strikes me as downright un-American that the NCAA finds it necessary to police these young men's financial activity and disallow them the freedom to do somehting as hypothetically simple as selling anything for money. Hypothetically speaking, the NCAA isn't really protecting the student-athletes from anything with this rule; rather, the amateurism is enforced solely to protect the member institutions' tax-exempt status, and while I hypothetically can't begrudge a school from trying to keep from paying taxes, it would be hypothetically refreshing if one of them would come right out and say the rule's in place for their benefit and not the hypothetical athletes'.

But that's all hypothetical. Luckily, nobody's breaking the rules under the NCAA's nose in real life, so we don't have to worry about any larger issues.
Posted on: October 30, 2010 5:31 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2010 5:40 pm

Gators up 21-7 at halftime

Posted by Tom Fornelli

As Jerry Hinnen wrote about earlier this afternoon , the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party took on a bit of added significance following South Carolina 's win over Tennessee on Saturday morning.  Essentially, whoever loses this game is eliminated from contention in the SEC East.  Through the first 30 minutes it looks like Georgia is the leading candidate.

Florida heads into halftime with a 21-7 lead thanks to a ground game that seems to be finding its legs, and some Georgia mistakes.  Chris Rainey, playing in his first game since being suspended for those text message shenanigans , has scored a touchdown along with Jeff Demps and Trey Burton.   More importantly, John Brantley is playing better than he has in weeks.  He has thrown an interception, but he's also completed 8-of-11 passes for 123 yards in the first half.

Also, to the delight of Channing Crowder, he's yet to be chased down by any white linebackers.

One quarterback who hasn't been having his best day is Georgia's Aaron Murray.   The Bulldogs have turned the ball over three times, and all three came courtesy of Murray.  He's thrown two interceptions and fumbled once, while only completing 5-of-14 passes, though one was a 63-yard touchdown pass to Tavarres King for the Bulldogs lone score.

Take away that pass from Murray, and he's 4-of-13 for 60 yards.
Posted on: October 28, 2010 7:12 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2010 7:13 pm

Channing Crowder is ashamed of the Gators

Posted by Tom Fornelli

If you can't tell by reading my name up there, I am a white male.  I'm also a white male that played in various sports as a youth, and was never quite able to shake off the stereotypes that are typically attached to the white "athlete."  Much like Wesley Snipes once told us in a movie, white men can't jump.  I can jump, just not very high.  I'm also not all that fast.  In fact, my Little League baseball coaches took to calling me "Lightning" because they thought they were funny.  I just thought they were douchebags.

As I grew older I became more comfortable with my lack of athleticism and caucasion limitations.  I accepted them for what they were.  When I see fast, white linebackers playing in the NFL or in college, I don't get jealous, I'm just happy somebody is out there helping the cause.  Not all people feel this way, however.  Take, for instance, Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder.   The Florida alum knows what is wrong with his former team these days, and it hit him when he saw those white linebackers running down John Brantley.

“They don’t have an identity,” Crowder told reporters immediately after last week’s game at Green Bay, which followed Florida’s 10-7 loss to Mississippi State. “They don’t know what — John Brantley don’t know what he wants to do. He can’t outrun anybody. I saw him get run down by a white linebacker last week, which was a disgrace to all Florida football history.”

Later in the week, Crowder continued along that track and might have even included Trey Burton in his outrage. He references “your running quarterback,” who also seems to have a problem evading Caucasian defenders.

“You can see the offense is nothing without Tebow,” Crowder told the Post’s Ben Volin last week. “When I saw a white linebacker … ran down Brantley twice, I said, ‘Yeah, we have no chance.’

“First he’s a linebacker. Tim Tebow would’ve walked away from a linebacker, and he’s white. If a white linebacker is running down your running quarterback, we don’t have a chance.

“They should put (offensive lineman Mike Pouncey) back at quarterback — let him run."

But if Mike Pouncey was playing quarterback, who would snap the ball over his head?

To be fair to Crowder, while I don't necessarily agree with the way he goes about saying it, I totally concur with his assessment of what the Gators are doing on offense.  John Brantley is not a running quarterback, yet Steve Addazio and Urban Meyer insist on treating him as though he is.  So I don't think it's fair to blame Brantley, nor compare him to Tim Tebow, because he isn't Tim Tebow.

Also, just for kicks, I'd like to see Crowder have a race with Brian Urlacher.  If he can't win that one, then he obviously shouldn't be playing linebacker in the NFL.

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