Wednesday, January 11, 2006

$$$...The business of college athletics

ESPN.com is currently running a special feature about the most powerful boosters in college sports. Boone Pickens, Bear Jr., Wal Mart money, Thunder Mills(towels for Wal Mart), & Bobby Satan all make apprearances in the Top 10.

One of the special editorials Thursday will cover Bobby ("Steinbrenner of College Football, Tiger of a Trustee") Lowder. He might die a trustee. And Colonial is building a corporate headquarters ala Home Depot/Nextel/sprawling campus in eastern monkeytown. $hake, get ready for more boom heading that way. The evil empire grows.

Let us know what you think about the chairmen of college football. Who is really in charge of our nation's academic institutions and their amatuer athletic programs?

What would you build with the money you will donate from your multibillion dollar fortune later in life? What will you name it? What would you do with the influence?

Nice to see Auburn recieving the Iron Bowl trophy at halftime. Something good for a change. Hopefully Tubs has learned an embarassing lesson.

71 comments:

King of Tigerland said...

and applause for Bama pulling a W.

King of Tigerland said...

Quick poll. What is the breakfast of choice on any given workday?

tigernation said...

Granny's sausage egg chee biscuit or Chick Fil-A chicken buscuit and hashy browns.

Granny's is a gas station that has a lady cooking biscuits in the back. You can smell the meat when you walk and it makes me so hungry.

It's an old wooden building and the gas is Phillips 66 so it's sort of country. But the owners......you guessed it...Towel Heads. With a fat white lady making the biscuits.

shakeyour$maker said...

A nice big fat bowl

shakeyour$maker said...

Nation-I thought you were gonna say..."The owners of Granny`s...you guessed it...Frank Stallone."

Dr.Feelgood said...

I am personally a cereal guy

shakeyour$maker said...

How lucky did Bama get last night as Auburn decided not to score and extend their lead, for over eight minutes in the second half? That was a horrible display of shooting on both sides. Both teams are very weak, but will probably be good in the next few years. A lot of freshmen on the court both ways. What the hell was Dollard thinking when he threw up that prayer from way behind the 3pt. line at the end of the game? Should have come in about 3 or 4 steps at least. Congrats Crimson Tide on the big win without Chuck Davis. It was a pretty impressive display of heart to come back and hit the big shots when they needed them.

tigernation said...

I only watched parts of the b-ball game. I missed the end but the parts I watched were pretty sloppy. Lots of hussle but very raw. It was kind of like watching a real good high school game. I am on my day off and have to get some new shoes today since my New Balance got muddy yesterday. Any suggestions?

Dr.Feelgood said...

yeah I would call it luck, or I would call it Auburn has the WORST team in the SEC while Bama is apparently a few points better

shakeyour$maker said...

Dr.--Luck doesn`t even come close to describing Bama`s win and Auburn`s loss. Both teams are extremely pathetic. Both teams will be lucky if they win another or a single SEC game.

Auburn had a lead until about a minute or so left in the game. I think they only scored 8 points in the 2nd half. Call it what you want...Luck, suck, I don`t give a fuck!

shakeyour$maker said...

Nation- The new Jordan`s look cool, or you could go with the Classic "Reebok Pumps." If it were me, I would just get a new pair of "newbies."

Dr.Feelgood said...

Nation - I am a fan of reverting back to childhood these days. I think you should go for the classic K-Swiss

shakeyour$maker said...

Or some "BK`s"...for those of you that did not watch nickelodeon`s Double Dare...British Knights.

Dr.Feelgood said...

Or how about LA Lights

tigernation said...

I just got back from the mall with my new K-Swiss. Just kidding, I got some Newbies. They're just so comfy. Also picked up some new jeans and the Warren Haynes Bonnaroo CD. It's pretty good, just him and his axe.

shakeyour$maker said...

Did you get some of those sweet Lee jeans, or did you just get the usual...Jordache?

Dr.Feelgood said...

Rustler special

shakeyour$maker said...

Faded Glory

Dr.Feelgood said...

What shakes girlfriends all wore......Palmetto

Daddy said...

We all know nation wears designer jeans and leather shoes with a 2 inch sole.

Daddy said...

Unless something happens, we have satan until 2011!

tigernation said...

Levis baby. Only brand for Nation since '94.

King of Tigerland said...

One comment about Lowder and zero comments about Logan & Phil's Memphis romance novel???

Dr.Feelgood said...

See heres the deal that only Shake can't swallow. This shit goes on at every SEC school. Everyone of them, I know Shake believes in his heart Auburn fed Eric Ramseys kid, but BULLSHIT. The bottom line is the times BAMA and AU got caught they hired coaches other SEC coaches didnt trust, Terry Bowden and Mike DuBose.

Yes, Nation you went 11-0 with a stink rotten program, but recall BAMA went with a 10 win season on the first year of probation in 2002.

Shakes continue your fake belief of how Auburn is the angelic program when they rank in the top with infractions with the Iron Bowl record of 6 violations to 4 BAMA violations.

I know it is tough especially how you try to consider the latest 4-0 run in Iron Bowls makes it as you call a dynasty?? Sad you think so
because that time is over. Your embarassing bowl loss turned the tables my friend. You once agin think because you beat ALABAMA four times, let me say it again, because you beat ALABAMA four times does not give you the trophies that sit in Tuscaloosa. Therefore continue your quest for mediocrity and include your boy Lowder, he must know what it feels like to be second best. Fear the Thumb my ass, Fear never winnning a decent trophy. Even BYU has a national championship in our lifetime

tigernation said...

Wow Dr, little fired up. Quest for mediocrity? And when did anyone call what Auburn is doing a Dynasty?

I know Bama has lots of pretty trophies, how many were won while you have been alive? And don't let your Crimson glasses blind you to the fact that Auburn is a big time program. No, they didn't win the "National Title" but we all know that they were pretty fucking good in '04. And I'll leave the national title argument out for now.

Two questions, (1) what is the record in the Iron Bowl since you were born? (2) Once again, who called Auburn a "dynasty"?

Really, Auburn people are sick and tired of the History and Tradition argument. Congrats honestly about the wins of the past. Bama deserved them and earned. That time is over my friend. There are scholarship limitations now and the playing field is level.

Sorry if Auburn people are proud of beating a rival that pounds their chest about shit that happened 40 years ago.

I understand that Bama fans are tired of hearing about "4 in a row." I would be also. But Auburn people are tired of hearing about the past. It goes both ways.

Yes, every school pays kids to play football. So why bitch about probation when you get caught if everybody is doing it?

Do you really think the program at Bama is on the same level as Auburn right now? Not 10, 20, or 30 years ago, but now. And please leave scholarship reductions and probation out of the argument. There is no arguing with 4 wins in a row and 5 out of 6. Not talking shit, just asking some questions.

Dr.Feelgood said...

Just tired of the k-swiss talk figured I would fire some things up for a Friday.

Heard some unrealistic fucker on the radio on my drive home last night. Really irritating.

Yes I do believe Bama's program is where Auburns is now. The whole Bama is Back comment that Auburn fans only make fun of is somewhat true. Sports Illustrated coined it, not Alabama people. The Tide will have at least a 9 win season next year.

Sorry for the fire I just hate listening to inbred son of bitches on talk radio, and didn't get to the computer until after happy hour

tigernation said...

Ha Ha, I noticed the time on the post and figured you had a night on the town. Yeah, listening to sports talk radio pisses me off too. I used to listen every day but these guys in ATL are always sucking on UGA so I just listen to music now. I'm sure I'll start back in the fall but for now the talk is just inflamatory in an attempt to get ratings.

tigernation said...

If Bama doesn't win 9 games with that shedule I would never watch them again if I was you. Not that Auburn's schedule is any harder, but 9 wins should be pretty easy.

Dr.Feelgood said...

I understand Auburn is proud of 4 in a row, congrats this year great showing, but alot of these Auburn fans (I know I get the cream of the crop up here with alot of the Arkansas I like um cause my daddy drove through there on his rig once) think because you beat Alabama four times in a row it warrants a shot at the national title.

Dr.Feelgood said...

I get alot of Tennessee bullshit on Sports Talk here, and what little AU UA talk that comes up gets ruined by people who have never stepped foot in Tuscaloosa or Auburn

tigernation said...

Don't you hate when those morons make an entire fan base look like a bunch of unrealistic moron's? All true fans of every school get a bad rap because of a bunch of outspoken inbred idiots.

Auburn will never get a shot at a national title until they quit losing games in which they are supposed to win by more than 7 points. I can handle a loss to a good team or even a decent team on the road. But making a habit of losing to lesser teams is not the way you get favorable national attention, no matter how much your arrogant SOB coach wants to tell people how good you are. I also wouldn't have a problem with Tubbs if he would keep his freaking mouth shut and be humble. It bothers other fans more when you win with dignity and act like you have been there before. When you tell people how good you are and then lose to a shitty team you set yourself up for harrassment.

shakeyour$maker said...

WOW! What the fuck got into Dr. Feelgood`s panties last night. Must have got the itch from a piece of "Strange Ass" last night.

I had no idea we were arguing about Probation and "Bama is Back."
While we are on the subject I will throw my two cents in.

Auburn has dominated Bama over the past four years. Not that Bama has not had success with other teams over that span..it just hasn`t seemed to be the same equal caliber teams in the Iron Bowl. Auburn clearly has the advantage with much more speed on both sides of the ball, and overall ability. If this was not OBVIOUS to everyone that watched the first half of the game this year, then to those who don`t agree, you are a complete fuckin moron. Yes, Bama has a great storied tradition of winning in the past....BUT that was the past. 10 wins is a great feat...but not so great when you can`t beat your arch-rival. Until that day comes, Bama fans should keep their mouths shut. Auburn has gotten in trouble in the past...but the sails have been turned in the right direction and
Auburns best daysare yet to come. Sorry to say it, but Bama`s best days are long gone in the past.
I`ll take Iron Bowl wins every year over any bullshit trophy that sits in Shittown Tuscaloosa.

Bamalicksbutt said...

This is a copy and paste of Kingdom of Tigerland's email regarding the topic since he cannot post at work.



I love it. The passion is great.

Please bear in mind that 10 wins during the first year of probation is not abnormal. The main hit to the program is in the bowl banishment and negative press the first year. Scholarship hits do not take a toll til down the road.

Yeah, Bama is back among the Top 6 in the SEC. So, the scholarship arguement loses all credibility. Never again, though will they dominate the SEC without a strong presence at the top and with a level playing field. Parity has trickled down to the college ranks from the NFL and with today's media and advance scouting, a kid who can carry his jock will take his chances at a smaller, less big time program if he can get on the field sooner and make some noise. Everyone wants to play now.

Hippie on the Finebaum blog said something off the wall about Shula/recruiting violations in Mississippi. Please tell me he is just spouting. As much as I rip on Shula and RICHt, they are standup gentlemen off the field (as much as we know, did you really think Price would claim expenses at Artie's Angels?)

Please correct me if I am wrong, Auburn has the record for # of probations in the SEC and Bama came within a breath of the death penalty. Draw. Everyone still does it. How many legal guardians really pay for the bling, clothes, rides, rims, or whatever today's athletes are sporting. As with taxes, there is always a loop hole.

Daddy said...

I just wanted to tell everyone that my bathroom had 6 inches of water in it this morning.

Dr.,
There is a rule on this blog that Arkansas does not get badmouthed.

tigernation said...

Daddy, If you would hit the toilet when you pee you would not have the water on the floor. Or did you fill the tub up too high so when you got in to play with your rubber ducky it overflowed all over the floor?

Houston NUTT replaced his QB named JOHNSON with a freshman named DICK. Only in Arkansas.

Glad to see Daddy posting, I thought everyone had gone home for the weekend. What are everyone's plans?

Daddy said...

Actually, I was trying to fix the toilet and the heavy lid to the water closet fell off the top and hit the valve, breaking the pipe in half inside the wall. Water was coming out like a fire hydrant.

THis weekend I will prolly be doing the same thing I do every weekend....nothing except plenty of bowls and tv.

The reason there are so many weiner names in Arkansas is because we grow them big over there.

tigernation said...

Word of advice.....leave the home repairs to the pro's. I have ruined many a toilet or garbade disposal because I am an idiot and tried to do a quick fix.

I am puppy sitting for my room-mate's 8 week old Beagle. I might bring my boy Bo over to help. I also have to work tomorrow so no parties for nation tonight.

tigernation said...

Daddy, are you sure that you and Shakes are not going to see Brokeback Mountain together? I heard it's right up your alley!

Gay cowboys, gimme a freaking break. Leave it to Hollywood to try and force gay acceptance on every part of society. Gay cowboys? You have got to be kidding, when cowboys get lonely they screw livestock (goats, etc...) not eachother.

Daddy said...

Yeah, I didnt even get to start to try to fix it. I broke the damn thing before I could get the lid good and off!

I am puppy sitting too. Two 4 month old king charles cavaliers.

Shakes has already seen it. He said there was a scene he wanted to try out.

Daddy said...

I do want to see that movie that Tarantino is putting out-Hostel. Looks purty scary.

Dr.Feelgood said...

What a friggin day.

Fridays should NOT be like this. I am going fucking nuts

Daddy said...

What time you get off Dr?

shakeyour$maker said...

Tornado warnings all day in these parts. I`ve been under my desk in the tucked position since about nine this morning. Yall be careful. Brokeback Mountain rules.

shakeyour$maker said...

Daddy--what the hell happened? You were Laying Pipe and it squirted out on you? Man that shit happens all the time. It`s nothing to be upset about.

Daddy said...

What time you get off work shakes?

shakeyour$maker said...

5 Maybe a little before. What are you doing? Are you at work or are you just chillin?

Daddy said...

Just chillin.

Daddy said...

Sublime cover band at Bodega tonight.

Dr.Feelgood said...

5ish today

TODAY SUCKS

Weather is shitty here as well. Although no Nader warnings in these parts

tigernation said...

Weather sucks here in GA. Hampers my selling, if that is possible.

Shakes, any luck on a hotel for next weekend? My date wants to go out afterwards, don't know if I want to. I think the wedding starts at 7 so I'm guessing the reception will be over around 10. I guess I could go out for a little while in order to make sure she stays drunk. And we all know what happens when she stays drunk!

King of Tigerland said...

Neither Shakes or Nation are allowed to be pussies next weekend.

King of Tigerland said...
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tigernation said...

I invite everyone to go to al.com and read Finebaum's saturday column. Hits the nail on the head boys.

tigernation said...

Copied and pasted this one paragraph for everyone's enjoyment. From Finebaum:


"This is a school where the benchmark of success used to be based on winning national championships. Have times changed so much that simply finishing ahead of Auburn in the final AP poll -- in spite of being dominated on the football field -- accounts for a significant sign of success?"

King of Tigerland said...

Oh how the times have changed. The 20th century belonged to the Bama. The 21st century so far belongs to AUBURN and looks to continue to do so.

Let's be realistic about Bama next year. 9 wins but the D will slip but still be in the top half of the SEC. Already one of the worst offenses has only way to go but up.

Shula might get respect as a coach if he could have produced with such a great and talented QB like Stickman. I dunno about you but I want a MAN and not a boy at QB. No one with heart, balls and passion makes comments about winning 18-7.

And beating your arch rival in the last game of the year is a stepping stone to the championship. No championships are won until that hurdle is conquered. Bama will not be a national contender until they beat AUBURN on the field and not the polls.

Maybe Caldwell will do better Britt for he will forever be remembered for anchoring the worst offensive line showing in Bama history.

King of Tigerland said...

The King is off today.

King of Tigerland said...

AUBURN got a D end commit this weekend. How did Bama do?

Watch for Nikita Stover to be immediately on the field as he was the top recruit out of Alabama bf juco and could be NFL caliber after it is said and done in Tuscaloosa. If he keeps his grades.

Dr.,

Bama has to beat AUBURN to be capitalized every time you use the word.

tigernation said...

King, nice having a day off in the middle of the week. I usually take thursday since I have to work lots of saturdays.

I saw that commit from this weekend. A typical Auburn signee. Not known by anyone but has good size and speed. I'll take an unknown guy with physical potential who might need a redshirt just as fast as a big name guy with the same size. It's all about what you do with them when they get there.

If we get these 3 guys the class will be great: Hawthorne, Whitehead, Deas, Ricks. Those guys will make or break our class this year. Not that recruiting rankings matter, but I would like to see those guys on the plains.

tigernation said...

Just got Shakes email of Daddy's stache. "Classic" is all I have to say about that. The question is how long will he keep it.

I know everyone likes to think this is the MLK holiday but that is a common misconception. It is actually a celebration of the birth of the coolest guy on the planet......TIGERNATION. We celebrate the holiday the day before my birthday as to not take away from the actual event. Do not be alarmed if you see women soaking the sidewalk when reminded of the birth of their dream guy......TIGERNATION.

I will be expecting the sacrifice of a virgin (Shakes or Daddy) at dawn tomorrow in honor of my birth.

tigernation said...

Daddy, do you have the Sugar Busters diet book? I need to lose some pounds and that seemed like a good way to do it but I don't want to buy the book. Kind of like college. Take the class but don't buy the book.

King of Tigerland said...

Nation,

I am a Thursday guy myself since Fridays end an hour earlier at 5 or when I am able to stretch a Sunday into a Monday for two days such as was the benifit of Atlanta's signifigant Democrat population. Did ya'll have a celebratory sidewalk sale? South Beach works well also when followed.

Happy Early Birtday and we shall celebrate this weekend. Did you get a room yet? Holiday Inn Express Pharr Rd is calling your name.

The Powerstache must endure for a while. I think $hakes should follow suit as well.

King of Tigerland said...

Great email of Vick Jr. Seems like sexual deviance runs in the family.

Dr.Feelgood said...

The Dr. has been off and doing nothing.

Big plate of Pancakes at the Blue Plate early this morning followed by a nice couch sit for a few hours. Thank God for Martin.

How about the Tide pulling out the W in Kentucky Saturday, and Auburns strong showing in Gainesville

Daddy love the stash. I haven't caught the spirit yet but when it is shave time the stash will survive, however mine will be in honor of the late Dale Earnhart

King of Tigerland said...

I love a good holiday couch/recliner sit. Especially great after a rough night.

tigernation said...

Seahawks vs. Steelahs in the Superbowl. Write it down

Daddy said...

I dedicate the stash to all of you who revel in the glory of 70's porn!
I have also been told I look like a petifile.

tigernation said...

You always look like a pedafile.

King of Tigerland said...

Don't be surprised to see the Panthers play the Steelers. They will be all over Denver on Defense.

King of Tigerland said...

Peanut and Hawthorne may be a package deal.

tigernation said...

I'm not one to get my panties in a wad over 17 year old recruits, but, I sure would like to see Hawthorne and especially Peanut come to AU. Why wouldn't Hawthorne want to come since we lose 3 starting receivers? And then we lost McClover opening a hole for Peanut to get some early PT. You would think he could come in and contribute since he is 6'6". Isn't that what the stars mean on the rankings? 5 star meaning you can play right away.

shakeyour$maker said...

5 Stars means that you could skip college ball and go straight to the pros.
I was a five star in baseball, basketball, football, tennis, track, wrestling, badmittin, thumb war, chess, and pimpin.... but decided that I was better off just being a fraternity boy at Auburn.