Editorial

Michigan State Has an Endowment of $3 Billion

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When your school protects a monster for decades, of course it's going to hurt your bottom line:

Moody's is weighing whether to downgrade the debt of Michigan State University because of the scandal involving disgraced USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

A rating downgrade could mean the school would have to pay more to borrow money. 

Nassar was a member of the MSU faculty. He pleaded guilty to charges he sexually abused his patients and was sentenced last week to 175 years in prison. 

Michigan State faces lawsuits by more than 100 women, alleging that the university allowed Nassar's abuse to persist despite victims' complaints. The suits are one of the major factors prompting the Moody's review. The school is seeking to have those lawsuits dismissed. Lou Anna Simon resigned as school president last week.

I love how no one focuses on how the victims have been impacted. Hundreds of women are victims of a serial molester and someone is worried that the interest rate on money borrowed by a land grant university is going to be too high?

Nassar was hired by Michigan State in 1986. He began molesting children in 1992. That's how long this has been going on. But, damn, let's fret over the costs of taking out a loan.

Michigan State has an endowment of $3 billion dollars, and so I really don't feel sorry for them. Start settling now because lawyers are in short supply, what with everyone who has ever met with Trump needing one right now.

Everyone knows Michigan State is going to pass the savings on to those who pay tuition. They're not touching their endowment. They're not going to do the right thing. They're going to increase tuition, cut services, and hire as many lawyers as they can.

No Justice in Happy Valley

If you're like me, and I know I am, you can't believe they still have a football program at Penn State:

A former president of Penn State and two other former university administrators were each sentenced Friday to at least two months in jail for failing to alert authorities to a 2001 allegation against ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a decision that enabled the now-convicted serial predator to continue molesting boys. 

"Why Mr. Sandusky was allowed to continue to the Penn State facilities is beyond me," Judge John Boccabella said. 

"All three ignored the opportunity to put an end to (Sandusky's) crimes when they had a chance to do so," the judge said. 

Ex-president Graham Spanier, 68, got a sentence of 4 to 12 months, with the first two to be spent in jail and the rest under house arrest. 

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier walks to the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa., Monday, March 20, 2017. Matt Rourke / AP

Former university athletic director Tim Curley, 63, received a sentence of 7 to 23 months, with three in jail. Former vice president Gary Schultz, 67, was sentenced to 6 to 23 months, with two months behind bars. 

The judge also criticized the actions of the late head football coach, Joe Paterno, who like the other administrators failed to alert child-welfare authorities or police to the 2001 complaint, but was never charged with a crime.

These are slaps on the wrist. These are sentences designed to make old men comfortable. The punishment here does not fit any of the crimes committed. Oh well. It's not like anyone's going to atone for their mistakes or man up when it comes to Penn State. Just another day in Happy Valley.

The precedent here has been set, and this is why they still play football at Baylor--you can commit any kind of sex crime you want against a vulnerable person and the law isn't going to touch a Division I university. Some institutions are so rotted out from within and packed with filth and treasure that they simply won't be held accountable anymore.

Beth Mowins Gets to Call an NFL Game This Year

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This is long overdue:

ESPN broadcaster Beth Mowins will be given the play by play assignment for the Sept. 11 game between Chargers and Broncos in Denver, the late game of the Monday Night Football opening week doubleheader. Former Bills and Jets head coach Rex Ryan is likely to be her game analyst. Ryan was hired by ESPN in April and the Monday Night Football assignment would be his debut as an NFL color commentator. Mowins and Ryan called the Florida State spring game together last April.

I have watched a lot of NCAA softball, and Mowins is a great broadcaster. She handles every broadcast with a great deal of skill and is always informed, always knowledgable about what's happening in front of her. If you don't know who she is, go and Google some of the things she has called and I'll bet the whole gender thing disappears quickly. 

The women's NCAA softball tournament is a grueling event, not only for the players but the broadcasters as well. These are not easy games to announce, and Mowins is always good. She has paid her dues to get where she's at and no one should assume that this is some sort of desperation move on the part of ESPN. Far from it--she's one of the best out there.

Her qualifications to call an NFL game are self-evident: she knows the game, she knows how to handle having two people in the booth with her (some simply cannot juggle such a thing), and she is more than capable of handling the job. I have always thought that she was good enough to move up in the sports announcing world to assignments that don't have to be gender specific, and calling an NFL game is exactly where she should be. I think she should regularly call baseball games as well. In fact, I would have guessed that she would have been given a chance to call more ballgames this summer, but the NFL is a nice price, too.

There is No Russian Word for Sportsmanship

Maybe there is a word, but I doubt anyone in Russia understands what it means. I hate to generalize, what with all of the cheating, the doping, and the widespread corruption, but there's something wrong with Russia when it comes to presidential candidates from New York and with sports in general:

Perhaps you've heard of Russia, this small little country that's been in the news lately. The country, which hosts the World Cup in 2018, has had a small problem with its soccer fans getting into brawls before games. One lawmaker, however, has a solution: Legalizing the fighting and turn it into a sport. Igor Lebedev, a member of the Russian parliament, introduced the new "sport" in which 20 unarmed fighters on each side go at it inside an arena. “Russia would be a pioneer in a new sport,” Lebedev said. “English fans arrive, for example, and start picking fights. And they get the answer — challenge accepted. A meeting in a stadium at a set time.”

I wouldn't go around wishing for a brawl with British soccer fans. First of all, some Scotsmen might show up pissed and beat everyone up. Second, you go up against some bleary-eyed howling Arsenal fans on the wrong patch of ground and you'll waddle home on two bloody stumps. And, third, what the hell?

Legalizing unruly fan fighting? Really? Come and join the rest of humanity when you come to your senses.

Tom Brady and Donald Trump Are Really, Really Good Friends

It might not be a big deal right now, but it will be in the days and weeks ahead. 

The friendship of Tom Brady and Donald Trump is like proof hell is real if you're a New England fan who voted for Hillary. You have the golden boy quarterback--the best ever--and the most unpopular president in the modern era. 

How long do you think it will take for Brady to salvage his own image (endorsements are really important when you're a quarterback approaching the age of 40) and conveniently stop appearing with Trump? Or will Brady double down and proudly defend his friendship?

At some point, someone's going to be thrown under the bus. And what kind of new and exciting version of hell is it when Corey Lewandowski gives an interview to gush like a schoolgirl about a friendship between two men?

Skip Bayless

Skip Bayless is proof that you can be awful on television and not know anything and make millions of dollars:

“Too many people in charge at ESPN, for my taste, were a little too fearful,” says the outspoken host, who leaves the Disney-owned network after 12 years for a new show that will launch Sept. 6.

Skip Bayless says his move to Fox Sports 1 – with a new daily program that is set to bow Sept. 6 – will allow him to remove the “handcuffs” he’s been compelled to wear at ESPN, where he hosted the popular ESPN2 program First Take with Stephen A. Smith.

“Too many people in charge at ESPN, for my taste, were a little too fearful,” Bayless tells The Hollywood Reporter in an interview officially revealing his move. "It's a Disney network. There are just certain boundaries that you can’t even tiptoe along. Not that we won’t have boundaries at Fox, because we will. [But] they will trust me to go a little deeper. I can be completely honest on everything."

And people wonder why sports programming has taken such a hit in recent years. Thanks to the carte blanche option, people unplug themselves from sports as soon as they can. It's not entirely because of Skip Bayless, but it's damned close.

What's the over/under on Bayless running for President in 2020?

 

Megan Kalmoe is Pulling For You, America

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Oh, my word:

"My request to everyone who is fixated on s--t in the water: stop. Stop trying to ruin the Olympics for us," Kalmoe wrote in an essay for theGuardian.

The 2012 bronze medalist in quadruple sculls noted that it does no good to complain about the water quality and that there have been similar concerns about the host cities of each of the past few Olympic Games. While the pollution is an issue (not just for the Summer Games, but for everyday life in Brazil), she is just thankful Rio has put in a lot of time, effort and money to host the Olympics.

Now that the Opening Ceremonies on Aug. 5 are just days away, the 32-year-old Kalmoe doesn't want to talk about the water quality. She is ready to compete: "If you are that insecure about where we stand, America, let me be the one to say it. I'll say it, if it will allay your fears and put some of these issues to rest: I will row through s--t for you, America."

Do we really need to censor the word "shit" here? I don't think that we do. I think that these will be the Olympics where a lot of cowardly people stayed home. The bravest and the best of us are headed to Rio. Whiny ass titty baby bitches need not apply.

Baylor University Won't Do the Decent Thing

Baylor University has thus far refused to release anything resembling a written report that would cover a slew of recent sexual assaults and convictions. It refuses to acknowledge that there is a serious problem and we know this because they won't even pretend to be transparent and honest about the investigation into what happened to derail the athletic program:

The former Baylor president Kenneth W. Starr complained that he had never seen it. Baylor’s alumni association called for its release. The Big 12 Conference has asked for it — twice.

But there is one problem. It — a written report of an investigation conducted by an outside law firm in the wake of several sexual assault allegations and convictions involving Baylor football players — does not exist.

“Various voices have called for the release of the ‘full report,’” the university’s interim president, David Garland, wrote in June after the Board of Regents demoted Mr. Starr and fired the football coach Art Briles.

The lawyers’ report, however, “was delivered in the form of an oral presentation that fully and comprehensively presented the individual and aggregated findings and the evidence supporting the findings,” Mr. Garland said.

Baylor’s decision to forgo a comprehensive report — after an investigation that granted the lawyers what the university called “unfettered access,” more than 65 interviews and one million pieces of information including emails and personnel files — has frustrated not only the supporters of the punished administrators but transparency advocates, who wonder about the impartiality of the lawyers the university hired to investigate itself and whether Baylor is withholding information publicly to protect itself from criticism, lawsuits or both.

Getting rid of Ken Starr was a good start, but the university needs to realize that a lack of transparency and accountability only leads in one direction--downwards, into a spiraling morass of lawsuits, negative media coverage, and banishment for the athletic program. 

The Big 12 needs to suspend Baylor until a report is produced. Period. End of story.

Melt Down That Goddamned Statue of Joe Paterno

Well, if this doesn't end the discussion as to what Joe Paterno's legacy should be, I don't know what will:

A man testified in court in 2014 that Penn State football coach Joe Paterno ignored his complaints of a sexual assault committed by assistant coach Jerry Sandusky in 1976 when the man was a 14-year-old boy, according to new court documents unsealed Tuesday in a Philadelphia court.

The victim, who was identified in court records as John Doe 150, said that while he was attending a football camp at Penn State, Sandusky touched him as he showered. Sandusky’s finger penetrated the boy’s rectum, Doe testified in court in 2014, and the victim asked to speak with Paterno about it. Doe testified that he specifically told Paterno that Sandusky had sexually assaulted him, and Paterno ignored it.

“Is it accurate that Coach Paterno quickly said to you, ‘I don’t want to hear about any of that kind of stuff, I have a football season to worry about?'” the man’s lawyer asked him in 2014.

“Specifically. Yes … I was shocked, disappointed, offended. I was insulted… I said, is that all you’re going to do? You’re not going to do anything else?”

Paterno, the man testified, just walked away.

They should melt that statue down and use it to make sewage system grates, something useful. I don't like to be wasteful. I do like the idea of justice being served. And if there was any justice whatsoever, the NCAA would invalidate every Paterno win since January 1, 1976 and make it permanent. People make significant character-defining choices in their lives, and Paterno made his when he walked away from accountability.

Another Story of Disaster at the Olympics

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At this point, I am hoping they'll hold the Olympic games in a site where there won't be a disaster:

The Olympic Games are 31 days away -- and Rio de Janeiro is in crisis.

Violence is on the rise, and police officers are at loggerheads with the Rio state government after claiming they've not been paid for months.

    The message from police to tourists is clear: We won't be able to protect you.

    The state's police officers vented their anger Monday with a sign saying, "Welcome to Hell," outside Rio's main airport. "Police and firefighters don't get paid, whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe," the sign said.

    And it's not just those coming from abroad who may be in danger -- locals are losing patience, too.

    That's the harsh reality in the favelas around Rio, according to one resident, as the city gears up to host the 2016 Olympics amid increasing concerns over police brutality and the officers' ability, and desire, to keep people safe.

    London was supposed to be a disaster. So was Beijing. I can remember when some jackass set off a bomb in Atlanta, making that a real clusterfuck as well. Nothing like domestic American issues to ruin your Olympic experience. 

    Someone will have something to gripe about this year, and someone else will have a great time, and the story of the Olympics will be someone who no one thought could do anything winning a medal they weren't supposed to win. Really, the media could write these stories again and again and no one would notice.

    Bad Management and Jim Boeheim


    Nobody is calling Jim Boeheim a crook or anything like that. He's a terrible manager of people in terms of maintaining ethical standards in an academic environment. He has operated like an absentee landlord, according to the NCAA, and at the level of big time college basketball, that's almost like being a crook, but not really.

    Boeheim has plausible deniability--everyone who did things that were unethical in order to provide him the players that he needed to win did so under his relaxed management style. This means that he can threaten an appeal and stay where he's at and accountability will fall on others. That's a great scam if you can pull it off.

    The Biggest Choke Ever


    Today was a "win" for the New England Patriots.

    However, the Seattle Seahawks lost today's game with the worst decision possible--they turned over the ball on an interception on the one yard line without handing the ball to the most powerful running back in the NFL.

    Seattle threw this game. There are gamblers right now screaming hell back down into their souls over this call. Someone, not me, is convinced there was a fix in on this game. Holy hell.

    Tom Brady was once drafted as a catcher for the Montreal Expos. He chose football instead. Today, he became the greatest quarterback in NFL history. When he retires, which I suspect won't happen for another couple of years, he will pass Manning and Favre's records and walk away from the game with all the marbles.

    The NCAA Quietly Forgets What Happened At Penn State


    There is absolutely no reason to "restore" 112 wins for the Penn State Football Program, other than to prove that all that matters is winning in college sports and not, ahem, all of the sexual abuse carried out against children.

    Someone somewhere must really hate Bobby Bowden. They took away twelve of his games because an academically ineligible player played in those games. They took away 112 of Joe Pa's wins because he tolerated the sexual abuse of children in his facilities by not wanting to know about that sex stuff or whatever.

    The NCAA knows what's worse, and shut up, that's why.

    Penn State's football program is synonymous with blind allegiance, willful disregard of the law, and Jerry Sandusky having his way with young boys in the shower. Why would the NCAA make a move like this? Oh, money, you say?

    Well, that's exactly it. Penn State is betting that, with the restored wins and the scholarships it can now offer prospective players a chance to play for a school that allowed the old ball coach to dictate to everyone how things were going to be and who was going to get away with sexually abusing minors. Joe Pa has that much power, even after his death? Really?

    I would think that we would have waited at least a generation before trying to cover up what happened and forget all of that child sexual abuse carried out on Penn State property by a Penn State employee. I guess not.

    A Little Ole Misunderstanding


    Chad Kelly is a gamer.

    When everything is on the line, he goes for it all. If you mess with him, he'll just come back and spray the place with bullets and kill people and he doesn't mind telling you that to your face. I don't know what Ole Miss thinks they're getting in a player, but here's a young college athlete who isn't going to be run out of any bars without showing them that he knows how to play this game.

    Now, I don't know which game he wants to play in life--that of a quarterback or of a gunslinging mastermind of violent retribution. But he has privileges that most athletes dream about.

    Did he violently assault some people? Yep.

    Was he resisting arrest? Heck yeah.

    Did he threaten to shoot people with an assault rifle? Sure.

    Was he released the next day without bail?

    Wait--no bail?

    Yep.

    I have no words for that. I get that he was being an asshole and that he was out of control. I get that he was violent and disrespectful and that the letter of intent he signed can now be used as toilet paper because this young man has done some serious damage to his future prospects.

    But no bail for such a person? Someone who did what he did gets no bail whatsoever? That, I do not understand. Perhaps there was a misunderstanding. This young white male threatened to shoot people dead with an assault rifle and there was no concern the next day in court for whether or not he would show up for future proceedings so they just let him out of jail without bail?

    Now, pretend Chad Kelly was black and get back to me on race relations in America right now. We have black men dying for a thousand times less than Chad Kelly got away with without having to post bail for in America right damned now and nobody says anything about it?

    Amazing.

    Colts Player Arrested in D.C.


    Joe Lefeged, Colts safety, arrested in D.C. | WJLA.com

    If you're going to raise hell in the District of Columbia, at least make your friend sit down:
    Police say officers stopped the car for speeding and because another passenger in the car, 23-year-old Aaron Timothy Wilson, was standing completely upright in the backseat.
    Mr. Lefeged was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people doing the wrong things with the wrong items in the wrong car. That's pretty much the end of his career unless someone comes up with an alternative real fast. When the Indianapolis Colts go to training camp in the months ahead, there are plenty of people who are willing to be the next Joe Lefeged who don't raise hell in the District.

    I'm beginning to think that there are people out there who are in the NFL who don't want to be in the NFL. Let them get out of professional football. Really, it's not that hard to understand. If you want to play football and make a good living, get yourself as far away from the kind of people who bring guns and liquor in cars into Washington D.C.

    Pacman Jones Hit a Woman


    And why is Pacman Jones still in the NFL? I can't understand that at all.

    If you want to play professional football, at least pretend that hitting women is one of those things you are not going to do from time to time.

    You'd think a list like this would wake people up. This is 2013. Nobody remembers what an assclown this man truly is.

    The following are incidents in which Adam "Pacman" Jones, or people allegedly associated with him, have been involved since the Tennessee Titans drafted him in April 2005. There is only one charge pending against Jones.July 13, 2005: Two weeks before training camp is scheduled to begin, Jones is arrested by Nashville police at Titans headquarters. He is charged with assault and felony vandalism stemming from a nightclub altercation.
    Sept. 5, 2005: Six days before the season opener at Pittsburgh, Jones attends the annual Nashville Sports Council Kickoff Luncheon. Later, Jones has a loud, verbal tantrum when told he must wait in line for his vehicle, according to witnesses. He does not pay for valet service.
    Oct. 25, 2005: Five days before the eighth game of the season, it is alleged by the state of West Virginia that Jones has violated the terms of his probation, going back to a suspended sentence after a barroom brawl during his freshman year at college. A judge extends his probation 90 days.
    Feb. 6, 2006: Jones is arrested in Fayetteville, Ga., and charged with possession of marijuana. He is handcuffed after throwing a punch at an officer, according to police, and charged with a felony count of obstruction and two misdemeanors of obstructing police. The drug charge is dismissed in January 2007, although his mother Deborah and a friend, Marcus Bowens, are convicted of possession of marijuana. Jones will appear in court later this month to face the obstruction charges.
    March 23, 2006: A Fayette County drug task force SWAT team serves a search warrant at the Georgia home Jones bought for his mother. When Jones steps out of his Corvette, a drug investigator notices that the car reeks of marijuana. Jones admits to police he has been smoking and that it will be several weeks before he is able to pass a drug test.
    April 18, 2006: According to Nashville police, who cite surveillance camera footage, Jones is one of 12 people gathered at a gas station when a fight breaks out and gunshots are fired.
    Aug. 25, 2006: Jones is arrested in Murfreesboro, Tenn., for disorderly conduct and public intoxication. At the Sweetwater Saloon, he is accused of assault by Toya Garth, who says Jones spit in her face and she spit back. A judge sentences Jones six months probation provided he stays out of further trouble.
    Oct. 26, 2006: Jones is cited for misdemeanor assault at Club Mystic, a Nashville nightclub, where he allegedly spits in the face of a female college student. He is suspended for one game by the Titans, on Nov. 5 at Jacksonville.
    Feb. 19, 2007: Jones is present when an early morning brawl breaks out at Minxx Gentlemen's Club in Las Vegas. Three people are shot. Club co-owner Robert Susnar claims the shooter -- still at large -- acted on Jones' behalf. Jones denies this. No charges have been brought against Jones.