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  1. Oh Baylor, Where Art Thou?

    The hypocrisy and insatiable ego of the NCAA is so completely mind-blowing... The fact that, in their mind, compensating students (who mind you, the NCAA's bazillion dollar platform was created entirely on the backs of) with money, tattoos, or possessions is a worse offense and carries harsher punishments than actual crimes is sickening. Here's a short list at how the infractions should be viewed by the NCAA, from least severe to most: Compensating or allowing players to profit off their own name. (SMU, Fab Five, Reggie Bush, Ohio State's tattoo-gate, Ole Miss -- Actual positives for the students) Recruiting "experiences" (Miami, Louisville -- Just as long as it stays away from outright prostitution) Creating fake majors and classes for athletes to pass without trying/attending. (UNC -- Hurts the athlete in the long run) Sweeping investigations under the rug for a star player (FSU/Jameis Winston -- Early onset "Lack of Institutional Control") Creating a culture that fosters heinous acts for an extended period of time (Penn State, Baylor -- Cancerous cultures that need to be put down and into perspective) In reality, you can flip that list upside down and it would fit the NCAA's punishments perfectly.
  2. After the most successful 5-year run of the football program, Baylor fired head football coach Art Briles and "reassigned" university president Ken Starr after releasing findings from a report created by a independent law firm... and it's, um, not good: You can read the full independent report here. I thought this was interesting due to the recent revelations of the Penn State scandal and the discussions that came of it. One of the common "defenses" used by Penn State supporters at the time was that "too much time had passed, regimes had changed, don't punish the people that had no part in it, etc." Well, that argument is out the window for this situation at Baylor. In the Penn State thread, I argued at the time (and in hindsight) that Penn State should have received the death penalty for what happened under the watch of the Cult of Paterno. In this scenario now playing out at Baylor and if the findings are indeed true (they are), I think the death penalty should be given to the Bears as well. It shows a repeated and fundamental lack of institutional control, where success on the football field has eclipsed even basic human decency and rights. Vacating scholarships, wins, or practice time isn't going to miraculously fix the distorted value systems at play within the athletic department and administration where the football program is more important than the safety and treatment of your female athletes and students. That is ass-backwards and won't be fixed with a slap on the wrist. What do you think the punishment should be for the Baylor football program?
  3. Game of Thrones Season 6

    Poor Summer. I don't know if this helps, but in the books, Old Nan tells Bran that Hodor was kicked by a horse and that's how he became Hodor. So BBTV, that could be the ground-zero incident you're looking for... My two cents: I don't think that there is as much implication for time-travel past/future altering as some are assuming based on this episode's events. I think past Hodor suffering the consequences of future Bran was a perfect storm of circumstances: Bran having already warged into Hodor previously (like broken-in mitt), Bran's consciousness being in the past and attempting to warg into the future, Hodor's simple mind not being able to handle the bridge, etc... Thus far, the only people who have noticed Bran during his visions are either people who Bran has warged with or into, people who share blood with Bran, and an entity that controls a very large amount of magic. While it shows the past is breakable (like a museum, you can look but should never touch) I don't think that means he can go into the past and starting giving the Lannisters seizures at will or start changing outcomes for the better. I just hope that Bran doesn't become Game of Thrones' version of Tolkien's Eagles or Deus ex Machina that allows the writers to write themselves into a corner only to dismiss it with a wave of the hand and an act of Bran.
  4. Say it ain't so, Joe

    Back when the sanctions were given out, I would have said 2-3 years would probably be enough. It would have cleared out the majority of the roster, clean out the coaches and football administration, and it would have forced the program to reboot from scratch. That's also a short enough window of time to allow the athletic department to get by without its biggest cash cow to support the other programs. Now, make them give James Franklin a 10-year contract extension. All jokes aside, all I want to see is some form of whitewashing of the Paterno era. Take down the statues, blot out the names, clear the record books (something that meant SO MUCH to Paterno), change the uniforms... Anything to say "Something awful happened here, we understand it, and we are not those people any longer."
  5. Say it ain't so, Joe

    It doesn't help that I ran into a PSU season ticket holder while on vacation a few months back. We made small talk about the football team and he said that the sanctions were "a joke" and "an overreaction" and they "had the book thrown at them." THEY were the victims. I realize it's just one fan*, but you can see that viewpoint is far too common among Jay Paterno and the PSU faithful. Sanctions and a few years of mediocre football were never going to allow for the truth to register inside their minds. You are not the victims. Children were raped over and over again by a man you enabled and then turned a blind eye to within your walls all in the name of a stupid game. Human lives were turned upside down and destroyed. THEY are the victims and they are still paying for it to this very day. I'm a Michigan fan who watched the basketball program be destroyed for 20 years because they paid players money (against the rules, but you can make the argument it helps the player and his family). SMU lost their program for years because they paid them money. PSU deserved far worse for actually hurting people.
  6. Say it ain't so, Joe

    The death penalty would at least have allowed for a fresh start and a clean house. Take a year or two off, sit in the corner, and really come to terms with what you allowed to fester and thrive within your walls, and get your priorities straight.
  7. College Football Uniforms - 2016 Season

    Yeah, on one side of the helmet. On the other, it runs exactly against the grain.
  8. 2015/16 International Football

    Props to Leicester. Simply unbelievable. Also, how the hell did Spurs finish that game with eleven men?
  9. 2016 NHL Off-Season Thread

    Better nickname: Pizzarena or The Oven?
  10. The Shield is the New Roundel

    Absolutely. Shields and crests are the "new" hotness... Just like they were in good ol' 1500s
  11. 2016-17 NHL Uniform and Logo Changes

    So far, we haven't even seen an actual digital copy of the logo yet. Chill. I like the original logo, but some folks here are pretending that it's without (major) flaws. The truth is that it's a very 90s, hyper-aggressive logo that is overly detailed. It's also illustrated in this weird, angular manner without many curves... which is strange when you think about it, because a cougar/panther is a very smooth and sleek animal. It worked with the original uniforms because of the angular jersey design, but when the team moved on from those uniforms in the mid 00s, it didn't work nearly as well. However, it's pretty obvious in my opinion that the team needs a fresh, cohesive restart. They've been floundering both on the ice and aesthetically for over a decade now. Even before that, they flirted with the panther breaking a hockey stick variation, flip-flopping between red and navy uniforms, and then they had that weird fling with light blue a few years back. They've tried to make the old logo work within an identity for the last decade (even tried updating the head for the light blue alt jersey), but nothing's clicked. Now they've finally got a talented nucleus of players for the future... The time has come to unshackle themselves from their forgettable two-decade existence. The new design is a very nice, regal depiction of a Panther. It even looks like they kept some of the strange angular points as a nod to the original, which is a nice touch. And being that we haven't seen anything else, I'm going to reserve judgement.
  12. Movies, Movies, and Movies

    Not everyone.
  13. 2016 MLS Jerseys

    Sporting KC, Seattle, and San Jose are the class of the league, IMO.
  14. U.S. Soccer New Logo?

    Everything about the new logo is forced. That's a much more acceptable solution you posted. I've just found it shocking how subpar all the recent logoworkcoming out of Nike has been over the last 2 years.