Well, here we are, at the second biggest shopping day of the holiday and fiscal season. It’s kind of sad, really- all those unwanted or mis- purchased gifts being dragged back to the mall, where “Good Will To Men” is certainly in short supply.
That being said… how hard is it to follow a list? And what part of “bullets” looks like “marbles”… grumble grumble grumble. Given what’s in the theaters beginning yesterday, you’ve got two choices for today’s soundtrack.
Commentary- Not Bowled Over
It’s Capitol One Bowl Week, which is appropriate- the games’ sponsors and “committees” will be the ones making bank over the next two weeks of games. While this might sound like the grumblings of a disgruntled OSU fan lamenting his team’s bowl ban, two things should be noted: 1) I am always appropriately gruntled, and 2) We’ve been talking about this at tBBC for a LONG time.
Just a reminder of ways that “bowl opportunities” are bad ideas for the vast majority of involved institutions- Few of the 70+ institutions will break even, and most will lose money due to required ticket purchases (at higher values than their actual worth- check TiqIQ) including mandatory tickets for the band that will perform at half time. In addition, a number of schools will perform in these exhibitions without their head coaches, all of whom deem the “honor” so prestigious that they’ve already bolted for greener pastures.
Back to the finances, our friend @FightOnTwist has done some extensive research into the “not-for-profit” scam that are the foundations of most bowl events; it was a major aspect of his graduate degree work. He’s also posted a brief summary of his perception over at Rivals Southern Cal site, entitled: The NCAA Failed Its’ Mission A Long Time Ago…. here’s an excerpt:
The BCS is grossly misusing taxpayers’ dollars and violating its status as a non-profit organization which is based on charitable contributions and work. Aside from donating money to political campaigns, the executives of these bowls have reimbursed and floated the cost of numerous items that had nothing to do with providing a non-profit service.
The non-profit value of an entity such as college football could have a large number of positive impacts on society. Drastic changes need to be made to the system to ensure compliance with regulatory procedures as well as to enforcing the spirit of a non-profit organization. These bowls have been given the freedom to operate without the watchful eye of the government and they have abused that freedom on a repeated basis. It has become clear that the organizations and foundations overseeing the non-profit charitable aspects and guidelines have no interest in initiating change within.
If anything, bowl directors and presidents of football schools have increased their salaries and expenses over time. It is, in a sense, tantamount to giving themselves a cut of the profits. This is something that is expressly forbidden among non-profit organizations.
So, in some ways having the Buckeyes out of the “post season” is a bad thing… for one, we have to make up reasons to look forward to watching Fresno State. Wheee. But, in addition to the recruiting advantage that the bowl ban provides Ohio State, there’s a little bit of pride to be found in the realization that, albeit for reasons that are less than ideal, this year the Buckeyes are not participating in this unjust and fiscally illegitimate scheme. But next year, we’re totally going to own it, you guys.
Oh, and as a postscript? Twist will be indisposed for a few days.
Around The NCAA
New Christmas Clothes! I always hated trying on freshly unwrapped duds for my folks, knowing that if they didn’t fit I’d have to fight the crowds in the mall in the next day or two; as I’ve mentioned, that’s a less than ideal usage of my valuable “bowl watchin’” time. However, a couple of folks have decided to show off their new gifts over the past day or two, and they’re worth a look. Bowling Green has gone patriotic for their Military Bowl game; Rice has done something similar for their Armed Forces Bowl game. But the “helmet tip” of the week is Virginia Tech, who’ve already decided to go with a matte finish look that’s so popular with the young people these days. But, during practice and prep, they’re wearing the ribbon on their helmets that you see at the right there- commemorating those students and other lost in the shootings on their campus AND in Newtown Connecticut. The game look will be more subdued, but it’s an important reminder of two similarly connected groups of people who still mourn during this holiday season.
If I do decide to “deck the malls” tomorrow for some shopping shenanigans, I can pretty much guarantee this experience: