5th Down and Long

NCAA=The New Underground Mafia

It’s obvious that college basketball players are getting paid. Don’t you see that college basketball coaches are beginning to look less like coaches and more like members of the mafia?

The biggest scandal in NCAA history was broke by the weirdest source ever (Yahoo Sports). The NCAA was once again caught with its pants down. To dumb it down, players were caught receiving money from former NBA agent Andy Miller and associate Christian Dawkins. Some pretty big names made the cut such as: Kyle Kuzma, Collin Sexton, Kevin Knox, Wendell Carter, as well as a plethora of young men in the college basketball fraternity.

It was so obvious that programs were buried forever with this overwhelming evidence. Not much later, news reported from the pits of hell (aka ESPN) stated that Arizona head basketball coach Sean Miller was recorded speaking to a runner for a sports agent about making the cool payment of $100,000 to deliver Deandre Ayton. Again I thought to myself, “buried”.

Let me be very very clear: I have never discussed with Christian Dawkins paying Deandre Ayton to attend the University of Arizona. In fact, I never even met or spoke to Christian Dawkins until after Deandre publicly announced he was coming to our school. Any reporting to the contrary is inaccurate, false and defamatory.

I have never paid a recruit or prospect, or their family, or their representative to come to Arizona. I never have, and I never will.

 

-Sean Miller, Arizona Wildcats Men’s Head Basketball Coach.

Listen Sean, we all know you did it. Your well combed crew cut and pin stripe suits scream, “PAY THE MAN”.

The NCAA has once again swept an allegation under the rug like a ball of lint. I guess I have a big problem with it is because I root for the Tennessee Vols, a team that has 0 paid players. How am I so sure? Because it would be a crime to pay anybody on that roster.

TRISTAN’S SOLUTION:

Go ahead and pay your players! Just do us all a favor and branch off from the NCAA. It is so clear that they operate like the mafia that it is insane. They are a non-profit that is taking billions to the bank. If colleges like Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and USC branched off other programs would surly follow. Just make another league and call your own shots because the NCAA can’t get away with this one.

We have to at least create an equal playing field, and we cannot do that with the mafia member tossing around money to high school players like its a hot potato.

I know that everybody’s bracket is busted right now, but just remember that the player that just iced your team out of the tournament was probably paid by one of the coaches who look like they are straight ofF the Sopranos.

5th Down and Long

Nobody is going to shut up, and only a select few can dribble (well)

LeBron James has been at the forefront of some pretty touchy social movements this year, and it doesn’t look like he has any plans of slowing down. Just last week, LeBron James was filming an episode of ESPN’s Uninterrupted when he was asked about the political division in the United States and the climate that athletes face when they try and speak out. Nobody in their right mind thought that question wasn’t going south. The 14-time all star starter replied with a answer that took absolutely no one by surprise:

Well the Climate is hot. The number-one job in America, the appointed person, is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a (expletive) about the people

Dang it. Just when the political rants began to simmer down “the king” decided to stir the pot once more. You may not need to know anymore of the story to know how this unfolded, but I will tell you anyway. In response, Fox News’s Laura Ingram, in all of her infinite wisdom, said one of the dumbest things you could possibly say on national television,

shut up and dribble.

I don’t even know where to start. I feel like I am back in elementary school arguing over the last tootsie roll or something.

 

Elementary Tristan: Hey, the last tootsie roll! I want it.

Tristan’s Elementary classmate: No, its mine you don’t understand your classmates, and really don’t give a (expletive) about the class.

Tristan: shut up and starve.

 

Ok maybe that was a bad example, but you get my point. Are we tired of everything getting politicized? Yes. Are we tried of stupid divisive comments? Yes (maybe no to both if you are miserable), but at the end of the day can we all just have thicker skin? The only reason I am blogging about this is because Laura Ingram, in all of her infinite wisdom, decided to respond like elementary Tristan’s elementary classmate. We all have a platform to influence others, and we just have to accept that. Thank God for freedom of speech, or a lot of us would be in jail this very moment for something stupid we have all said. Just accept it, be the bigger person, try to see from someone else’s point of view, and don’t tell anyone to shut up. I mean they taught you that in elementary school didn’t they Laura?

 

TRISTAN’S THEORY: 

Now That LeBron has finally came to the realization that he will one day stop playing basketball (maybe), he is now positioning himself to become a powerful agent/agency in the realm of sports. By aligning with the majority of athlete’s views, and by elevating the value of the already valued athlete’s opinion he will have the power on his side. With influence and money LeBron James will begin his dominance off the court by representing some of the world’s best athletes.

You see now? LeBron has been a people pleaser all this year (towards his fellow athletes) and you think its all just because? Not at all, maybe LeBron doesn’t line up with your political stance, but he doesn’t care because he is in the “legacy” stage of his career. This man, as well as his marketing team, has put old LeBron in a position for success beyond the basketball court. Yeah LeBron’s comments were unnecessary, and honestly uninformed, but I really do believe there is a strategy to it.

Just like his hair line, his political rants just keep reappearing out of nowhere. Business strategy or no? You be the judge.