Welcome to Monday Musings, glad that you decided to stop in. Grab your beverage of choice and let’s get to this. If you’re at work, I’d suggest something refreshing, but not too stimulating. If you’re at home, it probably won’t matter. And, since this is Labor Day, I’m guessing it’s possibly the latter.
I have two short videos for you today; one on Omega-3′s and breast cancer with Dr. Farrar of The James and the other on coffee’s effect in preventing basal cell carcinoma, with Dr. Trotter.
On a related note, I come across these videos, and other information via Twitter. So can you. Do so @TheJamesOSU
I can see why Coach Meyer followed me to Twitter. OK, look, he actually doesn’t ‘Follow’ me in Twitter sense, he just created his Twitter account after I did.
We’ve just concluded the 1st week of the 2013 football season, and there weren’t many surprises with the outcomes. But with the way schedules are constructed, I’d be surprised if there were many surprises.
The SUNY (State University of New York) Bulls played ‘Dialing for Dollars’ Saturday by making the bus ride down to Columbus to be guests of the Buckeyes, who turned out to be rude hosts. I won’t get into the game, since Eric recapped the game and Patrick did a nice recap of tBBC’s stadium experience. Mali did a weekly summary, which hopefully you’ve just read and enjoyed and Gary will do a tBBC Staff recap later today; so please check back with us.
My brother-in-law sent me a clip of how he thought the game might have progressed. Obviously, The Masters team, in red, represents Ohio State. The Boys team, represents University of Buffalo. As you notice, the Boys team has familiar school colors. You know that you will be seeing this clip later this season.
An article in the recent issue of Athlon Sports piqued my interest. For you keeping score at home, it’s the issue with Johnny Manziel on the cover. I know, who would have guessed? The article in question was a brief description of Jadeveon Clowney’s $5 million insurance policy via the NCAA’s Exceptional Student-Athlete Disability Program. I’ve heard of these “income” insurance plans, but wasn’t sure how they worked, so I queried the Staff here at tBBC.
Well, leave it to Jason (he of the Wednesday Night Rumble fame) to pin this down. He got me up to speed with this link and with this one, as well. Please take a few minutes to read these articles; go ahead, I’ll wait right here.
This seems like quite the enterprise. Amongst other services, the NCAA also appears to serve as an insurance broker. Sort of. If I interpret the articles correctly, there is a gray area with student-athlete stratification; this program, in terms of football student-athletes, is eligible for those projected to be drafted in the top three rounds. To personalize this in health-care terms, I clearly would have been ineligible for this type of coverage since I had a pre-existing condition of being not that good. By an unimaginably wide margin …
But, I see perhaps an underserved market here. Let’s say you’re an underclassman, a top performing student-athlete (not necessarily in that order) that has taken out this type of income insurance policy. You’d like to get some walkin’-around money, but don’t want to raise any red flags by signing posters/memorabilia or doing a ‘tats-for-trinkets’ exchange. What do you do? Well, I say, you can give these guys, or their ilk, a call and take advantage of future lump sum revenue by converting it to regular payments to you immediately. It’s your money…
Little Johnny’s Handwriting has Improved: I’m almost played out on this Johnny Football nonsense. Almost. As I expected, Mali does a very good take-down and narrative unpacking on this circus. With all of the denials, protestations, closed lips we’ve seen on this, here is what I think is the money quote that Mali poses;
“When you signed multiple items several times for persons who were working to certify them, what did you think those persons would do with those items?”
That, in fact, is a very good question.
And, now we come to the sentencing part of the trial; a 30 minute time-out against Rice? Look, I doubt if there were any plans to have originally played Manziel more than a half against Rice, unless Coach Kevin Sumlin wants to work Manziel’s statistics. But one half of a ball game? No word if the aTm players voted on the punishment.
My final Musing on this whole sordid affair is that OSU paid a price for self-reporting. Texas A&M and their Heisman candidate skated through via denial. Frankly, I’d rather incur any sanctions of wrong doing that OSU internally reports due to a mind-set of “Let’s do this the proper way” than be clouded by suspicions due to an aversion to the truth.
We are approaching the tenth anniversary of probably an under appreciated songwriter-singer, and one of my favorites, Warren Zevon. Warren died September 7th, 2003 of complications from lung cancer.
Warren’s last album, The Wind, included a track that covered a Bob Dylan song. Zevon knew this would be his last album, so this particular track, appropriately enough, is Knocking on Heaven’s Door.