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Posted on: January 13, 2009 12:30 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2009 1:20 pm

For the birds

What is the only team with a bird as its mascot to win the Super Bowl? You got it! Now, what is the only team with a bird as its mascot to never play in the Super Bowl? That's correct! If you didn't know the answer to those two questions, then you will have to read the rest of the blog. Why exactly am I asking these irrelevant questions? Well, I have a question that I will answer for you. What is the most amount of bird-named teams that could be one of the four playing for a conference championship in the NFL? The answer to that question is three. Well, this Sunday we will have three teams with birds on the side of their helmets fighting for the opportunity to play in the prestigious Super Bowl.

And dare I say it, one of the teams could kill two birds with one stone and change the answer to both of my questions by winning its next two games. If you are still not sure which team I am referring to, then keep reading. It is apparent that 2009 is the Year of the Bird and I don't care what if the Chinese Calendar says this is the year of the Ox. If the Steelers don't ruin it, the team that can't place a logo on both sides of its helmet, we could all become witnesses to one of the most historic events in the history of the NFL...A Super Bowl matching two teams that are named after birds. Oh and just for the record, how is no team named after an ostrich. Now those are some fierce looking birds right there!

What is even more interesting, is that I can not only tell you who will be playing in the Super Bowl, but who is going to win based on what has already happened in the playoffs. If you look at the match-ups of what each team's name represents, every single game has been an upset. Don't believe me? Let's take a look at the opponents of each team still remaining throughout the playoffs.

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers had a bye in the first round of the playoffs and then matched up with the Chargers. I think it's pretty obvious that a mere mortal that simply produces steel for a living is no match for one of mother nature's most feared weapons that kills about 70 people a year.

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens were able to knock off the surprising Dolphins in the first round of the playoffs and while we all know birds do feed on fish, a dolphin is actually a mammal and is considered the smartest animal that lives under water. You can't possibly make an argument that a raven could defeat a dolphin in any capacity. Next in line for the Ravens were the Titans and I don't think I should even have to explain why this would be an upset. The word titan refers to anything presenting enormous size, strength and power so any team would probably be and underdog to a titan.

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles defeated the Vikings in the first round, and I think it's pretty obvious that a viking, which was a trained killer that plundered the coasts of Europe from the 8th to 10th century would have no problem doing away with a bird. The Eagles then disposed of the Giants and I think a giant is the only thing in the NFL that would give a titan a run for its money, so there is no way an eagle has any business knocking over a giant.

Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals were able to declaw the Falcons, one of their other bird friends from the NFC and let's face it, this is once again not much of a match up. Cardinals are known for their pretty red color while falcons are known mostly as exceptional hunters. The next stunning upset was against the Panthers as the pretty red bird defeated not one of the greatest bird hunters in our animal kingdom, but one of the great hunters of all. There is just no way a cardinal could ever survive a battle against a panther.

With this glaringly obvious information, anyone should be able to predict the rest of the NFL playoffs.

The pretty red bird will defeat another well known hunter in the bird family as the Cardinals will upset the Eagles and secure a spot in the Super Bowl. Their opponent will be the Ravens as we all know that a small bird has no business beating what the Steelers represent, a hard working man or woman.

Super Bowl XLIII will match two far from intimidating birds in a battle that would be difficult to choose a favorite for. Since a cardinal isn't known for much but a beautiful bird to look at and a raven carries a more mysterious mystique, not to mention is the title of a famous Edgar Allen Poe poem, I would have to say the Ravens would be a slight favorite. Which would bring us to our Super Bowl XLIII Champions. The Arizona Cardinals!

You may think I'm crazy, but when my predictions are validated, everyone with half a brain will be taking money out of the bank to bet on the Atlanta Hawks to knock off the New Orleans Hornets (closest thing to a bird in the conference) to win the NBA Championship, the Marquette Golden Eagles to defeat the Louisville Cardinals for the College Basketball Championship, the St. Louis Cardinals to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series and the Mighty Ducks to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers to claim the Stanley Cup Trophy.

And for those of you who stuck around, here is some interesting info:

Birds in the AFC
Baltimore Ravens

Birds in the NFC

-The Baltimore Ravens are the only team named after a bird to win the Super Bowl.
-The Arizona Cardinals are the only team named after a bird no to play in the Super Bowl.
-In Super Bowl XV the Eagles lost to the Raiders
-In Super Bowl XXXIII the Falcons lost to the Broncos
-In Super Bowl XXXV the Ravens beat the Giants
-In Super Bowl XXXIX the Eagles lost to the Patriots
-In Super Bowl XL the Seahawks lost to the Steelers
Category: NFL
Posted on: January 6, 2009 11:25 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2009 10:59 am

Still Confused

We all love to watch beyond perfect women walk down the runway in high heels tall enough to be considered a deadly weapon, but I have never really understood the whole concept of a fashion show. Does anyone that's not a model or a movie star wear any of the outfits that are being displayed. I mean seriously, can you imagine any average woman walking down the street during the summer wearing a dress made to represent the rebirth of a phoenix. Why can't any of the designers actually show us an outfit that would be practical enough to wear during a typical day. I guess that just wouldn't be entertaining enough, which leads me to my next next question.

Does anyone really know why Victoria's Secret still has the same name? I understand that it's probably the most well known female clothing (if that's what you want to call it) line around the world, but it seems as though Victoria's secret has been exposed. Honestly, look at that picture of Adriana Lima! She doesn't really look to be hiding much of anything to me. As a matter of fact, she has three times as much fabric on her angel wings as what is supposedly covering her body. Once again, don't get me wrong, as this is something that I am definitely not complaining about. I just think the company should unveil a name more representative of its product, like Victoria Revealed.

Why is Charles Barkley's opinion so highly regarded? Let's review the basics. Yes, Charles Barkley was an excellent basketball player and is extremely entertaining, but the man has an admitted gambling problem, just got arrested for suspicion of a DUI while "allegedly" soliciting prostitution and most important of all, he has without a doubt the worst golf swing in the history of the sport (yes I know people argue back and forth on whether golf is a sport). But for some reason, the goof ball opens his mouth and everyone has to analyze what he says and decide whether or not they agree with his opinion. Do we ever try and figure out why Manny Ramirez does what he does? No, we just say, "That's Manny being Manny." Well well from now on, let's keep Mr. Barkley off all of the talk shows and realize that it's just "Charles being Charles."

Does it really make a difference if an athlete signs for 150 million instead of 120 million?
This question is perfect for the economy we are dealing with and I know everyone has asked themselves this question. Doesn't it make you want to throw up when you hear that Manny Ramirez 's agent, Scott Boras turned down a two-year, $45-million contract because he felt the offer was a disgrace. I don't even think anyone can really comprehend how much money that is and I'm sure Manny doesn't. What is he holding out for, another $2.5 million? I understand that another $5 million dollars over two years is a crap load of money, but when you are already getting $45 million, is it really that big of a deal? I can't wait until a greedy athlete turns down a deal because he wants more money and then has to accept a deal for less money because none of the teams will make him an offer. Is it sad that If i made in a year what Alex Rodriguez makes after an at bat, I would probably retire?

Does anyone really care what LeBron James did for his birthday? Well apparently on December 30, it was pretty important as Sportscenter treated this occasion like it was a national holiday. I understand the King James is arguably the most electrifying athlete in sports today, but is it necessary to stop the world and notify everyone that Mr. James is spending more money on his 24th birthday than the average American will make in three years. I mean c'mon, we all know he is hanging out with an entourage of people that live off his image and faternizing (I use that term nicely) with a different woman every hour while his girlfriend (might I mention that she is also the the mother of his two kids) is out looking to buy him a lifetime supply of talc powder so he can continue to get credit for a routine that he didn't even come up with. OK, so it sounds like I have a bit of a problem with the King, but I have a reason for that which is backed by a story that will have to wait for another blog. Until then, let's just treat his birthday like you would treat mine...that is unless someone wants to throw me an extravagant party and give me my own show!

Why can I put $25 on one hand of blackjack, but I can't sit down at a poker table with more than 100 dollars? For those of you lucky enough not to live in Florida (like, Nevada, California, New Jersey and Mississippi for example), we have ridiculous poker rules in our state that make less sense than the computer part of the BCS. Now I know that you can argue whether or not poker should be considered gambling, but I think most people would agree that there is more skill involved in poker than blackjack, unless you are Rainman and can count 4 decks of cards. Now, the casinos in Florida have actually increased the limits on gambling as it never reached more than $1-2 limit, but now we have $2-5 and $5-10 no limit, but here is the catch...You can only sit down at a table with a maximum of $100. For those of you that are familiar with poker, $100 at a $5-10 no limit table is not even enough money for one hand. However, the "intelligent" people that run our state government seem to believe a person can lose less money at a $25 blackjack table than a $2-5 no limit table or even $5-10 limit which we don't have. And yes, that is why many other states refer to us as Flori-duh!
Category: General
Posted on: December 31, 2008 3:55 am
Edited on: December 31, 2008 12:56 pm

Easy Resolutions

It's that time of the year! The time when everyone makes unreachable New Year's resolutions that they would be lucky to keep until March Madness. Every gym will be packed for the first two weeks of the year, grocery baskets will be filled with fruit and vegetables and liquor cabinets will stay empty for...well, not that long. This year, my goal is to make resolutions that a sleeping spider monkey could keep.

Not only will my first resolution be to consume a more well balanced diet...of beer, but I plan on broadening my horizons. What better way to fortify my spirits than adding more imported brewskies to my currently simplistic and americanized menu. I'm thinking Guiness, Heineken, Newcastle and Stella will most certainly make me a more well-rounded man.

My second resolution will be to stop believing my favorite baseball team since the age of five will actually win a World Series title. I had to endure the days when the Mets couldn't win enough games to donate some to charity, to the days when they are picked to represent the National League in the Fall Classic every year, only to find a way to blow an insurmountable lead in the last month and miss the playoffs. Well this year, not only am I going to expect them to miss the playoffs, but instead of feverishly worrying about another monumental collapse, I'm actually going to root for it to happen. That's right, like some sort of reverse psychology that will either work or force me into becoming a Marlins fan since they have won two more titles than the Mets have since I have been a fan.

Resolution number three will come at the cost of a little humility, but nothing I can't handle. I am going to make a strong effort to get turned down by more women than any man can imagine in one year. I mean how hard can that be? Just pick two nicely dressed ladies dancing closely together and ask them if they would like to dance. BAM! That's two rejections within 30 seconds right there. It's much easier than actually worrying about something intelligent to say and then responding with an even more intellectual quip. I have no doubt I could probably average 10 rejections a day and accumulate enough to contact the Guinness Book of World Records. And who knows, the slow kid finds a decent piece of candy that has fallen from the piniata every once in a while.

Number four will be making a valiant effort not to attend the gym. Nobody really ends up going to the gym for an extended amount of time throughout the year, except for the percentage of people that don't have jobs or are addicted to working out, which is probably a larger number with such a disappointing economy going into the new year. If I know there is no way I can attend the gym at a regular pace, why not just strive for not attending at all. This way I will be meeting my goals instead of wondering why I didn't make it this week. This will, in turn, make me feel better about my self as an accomplished human being. It will also save me money which I can put to better use on something like a new pair of jeans once my current pair no longer fit.

And finally, I am going to make an effort to never do any laundry at all, as two things will either come of this. I will get sick of having no clothes, forcing me to purchase new underwear and socks until I am broke. This would soon lead me to believe that doing laundry is no where near as painful as being broke, eventually making me enjoy one of the worst things in the world. Or, friends will get sick of being around someone that smells like mold all the time and I will eventually get someone to do my laundry for me on a regular basis. Now I can't think of many things that summarize a great year than finding someone to wash and fold laundry for me. What a brilliant plan this is going to be.

So as you read my New Year's resolutions and you think to yourself, "Man this guy is dumber than a bag of deflated kickballs," just remember that I will undoubtedly keep more resolutions than you will.
Category: General
Posted on: December 31, 2008 1:51 am
Edited on: December 31, 2008 2:23 pm

More explanations please

"Wait, what? Did you say 20 dollars? I only ordered a beer and a rum and coke. Is this like a three-for-one deal?" Yes, everyone has paid more for two drinks than an entire case of beer, but this isn't the only thing that keeps me up at night. It's no secret that I'm not going to solve the Rubik's Cube in less than five minutes, but there are still a few things that just make less sense to me than nuclear physics.

Now, why exactly is Kim Kardashian famous again? OK, so she has been on the popular show Dancing with the Stars and has her own show, but that all started after her unwarranted fame. Her father is a famous attorney and she was in a "leaked" (like anyone really believes that) sex tape with Ray J, so it sounds like she followed the "Paris Hilton Guidelines to Becoming Famous" by doing absolutely nothing any other human being hasn't done. So with that in mind, anyone could become as famous as Miss Kardashian, but there are more important things to do in life, like sleep.

If a skirt doesn't cover your ass, is is still a skirt and if not, what is it called? Anyone that has ever been in one of those bars where the girls walk around with shots and shake their ass to the music to keep the night's socially inept satisfied knows exactly what I am talking about. These girls, which are usually more beautiful than any one human being should be allowed, have to make it even more unfair by wearing fabric that doesn't even cover half their ass. Now don't get me wrong, I am in no way complaining about the situation, I just want to know whether or not it's correct to say, "Man, it wouldn't be a bad thing if that girl in the red skirt tied me up and did as she pleased." I just don't think the person I am talking too would be able to comprehend the point I was trying to get across. To make things easier, I think this type of "skirt" should be called either a "flirt" or an elongated belt. "Check out that girl in the red flirt," just sounds much more appropriate to me.

Why can't college football just make the bowl games playoff games? I think about 99 percent of sports fans have asked themselves this question, while the other one percent probably represents university presidents. Is it because the concept is so elementary that it seems to good to be true. The beloved bowls would still carry as much allure and pride as they do now, if not more, and winners of the specified bowl games would still receive the traditional trophies. If the playoff opponents are worried about losing money, they apparently don't understand the most simplistic business concepts. I am not expert myself, but besides Cincinnati and Virginia Tech fans, most sports fans would rather be paying bills while the Orange Bowl is being played this season. If this Bowl game was a playoff, nobody in their right mind would allow themselves to miss this game and tickets for the game would have been sold out in ten minutes instead of still being available on Stubb Hubb for 20 dollars.

Why is it news when John Daly is arrested for being drunk or insubordinate? I know the man is one of the most followed golfers, probably in the history of the sport and might have the most raw talent of any golfer I have ever seen, but do we need to let everyone know he was arrested for being drunk in a public place. I am pretty confident the man has been intoxicated more times than the number of golf balls he has hit, yet we (the media) continue to find interest in his shortcomings. Why don't we just report what Tiger Woods has for dinner every night because I really don't see the difference. I mean, leaves fall off a tree every day but this natural recurrence doesn't seem to find the headlines. Because let's face it, John Daly getting drunk is nothing but a natural recurrence.

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Does it really? If I run up a $15,000 debt in Las Vegas, does it stay there? Does this mean I can lose as much money as I don't have in the fabulous city that never sleeps and then return home with no debt at all? If I accidentally upset the bodyguard of a beautiful lady friend, say his name is Tiny, and he would like nothing more than to smash my head into a slot machine, does he stay in Vegas if I leave? I think the people in charge of this marketing play should be a bit more specific with this guarantee for unexpected visitors to the city. It sounds more like the saying should be, "Las Vegas, the city where you can abandon any issues you may have."
Category: General
Posted on: December 23, 2008 10:37 pm
Edited on: December 24, 2008 1:22 pm

Explanation Needed: The Debut

"I'm sorry, how much money did you just say Starbury makes to sit in the crowd?" Yes, the answer to that question is beyond human reasoning, but the most over-paid man in the world is not the only concept that leaves me scratching my head on a regular basis. Now, I'll be the first to admit that I'm not going to be setting any records on an IQ test, but there are certain things that leave me more confused than Danger Barch from Million Dollar Baby. You know, the guy who said, "How'd you get all the ice in [the water bottle] through this little tiny hole." In an ongoing series, I will share these concepts in an attempt to receive any reasonable explanations.

Why do the Cleveland Browns have orange helmets? This concept that has left be befuddled for the longest time, dating back to when I was just learning the game of football. Was there a mistake in the original order for the team's uniforms, did they change their mind and realize that brown would just make a horrible color for a helmet or is the franchise just hoping its opponent assumes they are playing a color-blind team? Why don't we just make the Red Sox purple and the White Sox...actually, they're already black!

Why are the Pittsburgh Steelers the only team in the NFL that has a logo on one side of their helmet?
This is a multi million dollar franchise and one of the most successful in the history of the NFL, but the left side of a Steelers helmet is a dark black nothing. Did they not get the memo about placing the team's logo on both sides of the helmet? I mean even the Cincinnati Bengals were capable of getting this concept correct. Maybe this explains why the Steelers haven't had cheerleaders since 1970. Can you really expect a franchise to organize a group of beautiful women to help entertain its customers if it can't get theuniform correct? Then again, the Steelers put together a winning program every season and have some of the most loyal fans in all of sports, so maybe they are on to something.

How did Waldo keep getting lost? Everyone remembers the "Where's Waldo" books our parents bought to keep us entertained. I was guilty of owning every book published, but what I don't understand is why he continued to get himself in these situations. He was obviously more well-traveled than any one person could dream of being as he visited famous places around the world, showed up at historic events and even found himself in fairy-tale settings. Plus, he really wasn't all that difficult to find, even at the age of nine when we all had the attention span of John Daly in a bar. Maybe if he found a smarter dog to travel with and a bag to carry all his precious scrolls in, he wouldn't need the help of young children bail him out. Come to think of it, I probably shouldn't be complaining since "Where's Waldo" prevented me from having to read actual books.

He needs to be wearing something a little less tight.

Why do baseball coaches wear the team's uniform? I understand that baseball is America's pastime, but it's the only sport I can think of where the coaches still practice this fashion faux pas. Basketball and hockey coaches wear full suits and while some football coaches have started the suit trend, most just wear slacks and a collared shirt. To make it even worse, baseball coaches seem to be more out of shape than any other coaches and baseball uniforms tend to be a bit revealing. I can't think of too many people that want to watch a 65-year-old, overweight man in tights walk out to the pitcher's mound. If the sport can finally add instant replay, it can encourage the coaches to entertain a more fan-friendly wardrobe.

I am just not quite sure what this elephant is doing.

Why is Alabama known as the Crimson Tide and why is its mascot an elephant? I have always been turned off by sports teams that don't end in the letter "s," like Stanford Cardinal, Syracuse Orange (alteast they're actually orange), Marshall Thundering Herd and N.C. State Wolfpack, but Alabama bothers me the most. They are one of the most storied programs in college football with arguably the most famous coach ever to live, but nobody really knows what they are. Does the crimson tide refer to a particular type of algal bloom, the 1995 American thriller or the cocktail consisting of vodka and cranberry juice. This leaves us with the theory that Alabama has such an ambiguous and far from intimidating team name that is was forced to pick a mascot with absolutely no relevance.

What was Alex Rodriguez thinking when he left his wife for Madonna? First, let's mention that Alex Rodriquez's ex-wife and the mother of his two young daughters is HOT! He also knows that he is the most scrutanized athlete in all of sports and the press would find a way to turn him into a horrible person, even if he announced his plans to become a priest...ok, that was a bad example. Anyway, even if you have no problem with leaving your wife and daughters (who knows what kind of relationship they had), why would you choose Madonna. I understand that she's an historical and musical icon that every man has fantasized about at one point in his life, but she's 17 years older than him. Even though A-Rod couldn't record a clutch hit in a playoff tee-ball game, he still makes more money than the average person dreams about and could probably land any beautiful woman that the average male does dream about.
Category: General
Posted on: December 17, 2008 4:17 am
Edited on: December 17, 2008 5:15 pm

Fantasy Twist

I know I can't be the only person tired of listening to their friends constantly and excessively talk about fantasy football. I don't know if they think I know the answer to every question because I work for CBS or if nobody else in their right mind is willing to appease their need for approval.

"I'm down by 25 points and I have Jeff Garcia and Antonio Bryant going tonight, and he only has his kicker remaining. I'm liking my chances to pull out the win this week"

Why doesn't Jeff Garcia just retire and stay home with her?

Ummmm...not only could I care less about your fantasy team, but I would rather stand on a bed of rusty nails with a sumo wrestler on my back than try to decipher the odds of you securing a victory on Monday Night Football.

"Which three of these six receivers should I start this week: Dwayne Bowe, Greg Jennings, Roddy White, Mushin Muhammad, Kevin Walter or Antonio Bryant? Wait, let me tell you each of their matchups!"

OK, first of all, if you really need help with a decision like that, I want to be in your league, and second of all, I would rather listen to Dick Vitale read the dictionary than listen to you breakdown the matchups for all the receivers on your roster.

I could go on and on describing the complaints about injuries, the weather and scoring the second most points for the week but still losing. Get over it! That's why it's called FANTASY Football! But, I know it will never stop, and it might even get worse, so I have devised a plan to deal with this regular annoyance.

It's called fantasy football with a (gentle) twist and it simply involves adding another position to every team's starting roster...which is, celebrity girlfriends/wives/week long flings. If that is too many positions, I say we just eliminate the kicker since nobody with half a brain drafts one until the last round anyway. Each team will draft one girl linked to an NFL player, so wives will naturally be more valuable than new girlfriends because you expect them to represent their husband for the entire season...well for the most part.

Scoring for the girl will be based on the amount of points their respective significant other scores that week. So if Tom Brady scores thirty points and you happen to have Bundchen and Brady in your starting lineup, then BAM! That's 60 points!

Here is my list of the top ten NFL wives/girlfriends going into the 2009 season:

1. Gisele Bundchen (She is probably more well known internationally than her man Tom Brady)
2. Jessica Simpson (Tony Romo has a history of beautiful woman by his side...will she last?)
3. Kim Kardashian (Her man Reggie Bush has more moves on the field than she has on the dance floor)
4. Missy Peregrym (Her acting career is a little behind Big Ben Roethlisberger's on-field success)
5. Meagan Good (I guess she is what you can pull when you are as jacked as Thomas Jones)
6. Carmella DeCesare (Our first playmate on the top ten falls asleep next to Jeff Garcia)
7. Mercedes Lindsay (She was Miss District of Columbia in 2007 and is dating Jason Campbell)
8. Christy Oglevee (A former Redskins cheerleader who got kicked off the squad when she started dating Chris Cooley, her husband)
9. Tara Reid (She has been linked to Tom Brady, Jeremy Shockey and Kyle Boller so there is no telling who she could represent)
10. Kendra Wilkinson (Hank Baskett scored a if we could just get him some playing time)

Note: Well known playmate Jennifer Walcott is married to Adam Archuletta, but he couldn't tackle a corpse in a coffin.
Category: NFL
Posted on: December 10, 2008 2:19 am
Edited on: December 10, 2008 4:06 am

Finding fines offensive

Whether of not Allen Iverson should have been fined $2,500 for missing practice on Thanksgiving is a different story, (I will spare you all from the expected and repeated jokes about Iverson and practice) but the system professional leagues and teams use for reprimanding players is funnier than Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

The first time I read about a player being fined an amount in the thousands, I thought to myself, "That is a hefty amount of money to chalk up for missing a practice." Until I suddenly realized that a fine of this nature didn't even classify as a slap on the wrist. How do I figure? Well I'm no mathematician, but Iverson makes about $20 million a year (another ridiculous concept that I would love to cover at another time) and $2,500 is only around .001 percent of his annual salary. Now how ridiculous would that sound as a news headline. I can hear it now, "Kobe Bryant was fined .002 percent of his salary for 'accidentally' slapping another player in the face when completing his follow through. In related news, Bryant paid for the fine with change he found underneath his car seat."

If we were to compare this concept to the random working man or woman who earns, let's say $50,000 a year (to make things easy for those of us that are mathematically challenged), I think everyone would really understand the absurdity of these fines for pro athletes. If my boss were to fine me $5 for every word I misspelled or every meeting I missed, I'm sure I would keep that in mind, but it's definitely not something that would keep me up at nights, but if I was fined $5,000 for misspelling a word, you can make darn sure that I would memorize every single word in the dictionary. I'm also fairly confident that if Allen Iverson was fined $2 million for missing practice, he would not only be the first person at practice, but he would have Krispy Kreme doughnuts waiting for the whole team, including the water boy.

It's a simple problem with a simple solution and hopefully I don't get fined more than $25 dollars for this blog...the economy is still more depressing than the Detroit Lions.


Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville - mighty Casey has struck out.
Category: General
Posted on: January 15, 2008 3:16 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2008 5:26 pm

Interesting side effect

While it is debatable as to whether men's college basketball is more popular than the NBA, I don't think many can argue against women's college basketball receiving more notoriety than the WNBA.

The average sports fan can name more female college basketball players than WNBA players. Most of the WNBA players that are popular, gained more attention while they were in college than they do now. The reason for this is a debatable issue, but it leads to an interesting side effect.

Female college basketball players are more prepared for the real world than male basketball players when they leave school. While male college basketball players dream of entering the NBA draft and signing a multi million-dollar contract, there is no such incentive for female basketball players to enter the WNBA draft.

I am not saying that WNBA players don't make a good living nor am I saying NBA players shouldnt leave college early for large contracts. However, male college players that leave school early and don't make it in the NBA are left without a college degree, the big money they were expecting and an interest in something else. More female basketball players are forced to stay at school all four years and earn their degree.

With this in mind, female basketball players are more focused on their studies and learn to juggle a schedule full of academics and athletics, while male athletes are more inclined to lean solely on their athletic abilities.

Rarely do you see female athletes in trouble with the law or being suspended for academic reasons. Even though one could argue that this example is just a product of boys being boys, it can't go unnoticed.

With the WNBA lacking the same allure as the NBA, more female college basketball players come out of school with a degree, a better understanding of the value of money, knowledge of efficient time management, more options in the work force and a feel for the important things in life.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or