Steve Sarkisian – not alone on Many Levels

Steve Sarkisian

There is little more to add to Steve Sarkisian’s situation than the obvious; the former USC coach (he was fired today) is an alcoholic, plain and simple, and he has hit what is obviously the lowest point of his life. Anyone who views his predicament with arrogance or smugness is a jerk. If you can’t appreciate the long and uphill battle he faces you have no heart. I have had family members who have succumbed to alcoholism. I don’t know the man, but I feel lousy rotten for him. However, […]

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Ray Rice is Looking Better

Ray Rice

Please forgive us for not spending half this post re-hashing all of the details of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident. Anyone with a room temperature IQ and a sense of right and wrong understands what he did was wrong. We don’t speculate on whether his skills qualify him for a return to football on athletic merit. We don’t know. Chuck lectures, consults and trains others on the topics of sports ethics; he doesn’t keep stats on “40 times” and production/productivity. We don’t know if Rice will ever wear a […]

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Jim Thorpe All-American and More

Jim Thorpe

“He wore America’s Heart over His” – Movie Promotional Subtitle  So sue me. I am a sucker for any sports movie that comes along; even the bad ones. I can trace my love of these movies to a grainy B&W movie I watched as a young boy, “Jim Thorpe All-American.” It was a Warner Brothers release (1951) and it depicted the rise of one of the greatest athletes in our nation’s history. The movie was not “high art,” but to my young eyes it was inspiring, beautiful and ultimately tragic. […]

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Suppose Leonard Fournette Likes Chihuahuas?


This blog needed a strange title if, for no other reason, to encourage many of us to stop in our tracks, get out of our predictable ruts, and let college students, both young men and women, live their lives. I draw inspiration for this blog from a nicely written piece by Barrett Sallee for Bleacher Report (October 1, 2015) entitled: SEC Extra Points with Barrett Sallee: Enough with Leonard Fournette NFL Talk. I must compliment Barrett; ethically, he was right on the money. The short piece was written in response […]

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Did We Make Larry Brown or Did He Make Us?

It is a simple enough question, made even more bittersweet by the fact that his latest sanction has occurred at SMU; a school with a tragic history, albeit football rather than basketball. Now SMU has been banned from any possibility of tournament play in 2016 and Coach Larry Brown has been suspended for nine games. They have also lost nine scholarship slots as well. Writers and analysts, including Dick Vitale are asking if it is time for Coach Brown to hang up his whistle and clipboard and head off into […]

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Suppose Bobby Valentine is Right?

It was very intriguing to read an article by Adam Wells for the Bleacher Report (September 25, 2015), entitled: “Bobby Valentine Says He Thinks PEDs Will Eventually Become Mainstream in Sports.” Stated Mr. Valentine: “This idea that because it’s a drug, and you’re taking it from the outside, that’s bad. But there’s a lot of really good drugs out there that we do take that make us feel better and perform better, and I think these PEDs that people talk about, that are performance-enhancers, will eventually get into the mainstream.” […]

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H.S. Football in the Era of Craziness

Chances are you have seen the viral video. A little over a week ago, Linden High School was playing Immaculata High School. A Linden High School player, allegedly or apparently, ripped the helmet off of an Immaculata player and slammed the Immaculata player with his own helmet causing a gash that required 10 stiches. The student who was injured was taken to the hospital and the Linden student who ripped off the helmet was allowed to continue the game. However following the incident, the Linden Superintendent of Schools suspended the […]

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The Cart or the Horse at Rutgers?

It is never a good idea to pile onto a bad situation because we somehow feel “entitled.” For example, a professional baseball player has a day or two off near the end of a long, miserable season. He reconnects with a couple of his buddies, they go out drinking, and on his way home he gets pulled over for a DWI. He gets busted for the first time in his life, because he made a dumbass mistake. I am not condoning drunk driving. He was a fool and could have […]

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Where is Roger? Maybe Sitting Next to You.

The first game of the NFL season was (ironically) the New England Patriots versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. New England won 28 to 21. It was not that close and by the end of the 3rd Quarter, the outcome was not much in doubt. Like them or hate them, the Patriots are good. Unless you have been in isolation with a lost tribe in the Amazon, you undoubtedly know about “Deflate-gate,” and that at the end of it, the outcome was more deflated than the footballs. Also by the end of […]

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Going Unethical at John Jay High

Robert Watts

In San Antonio last weekend, John Jay High School lost 15-9 to Marble Falls. I guess we could call that fact number one. Second fact: two John Jay players were ejected from the game by referee Robert Watts for trash talking with just a few minutes left in the game. Fact three: with about a minute left in this otherwise meaningless game, referee Robert Watts was viciously tackled by two players from John Jay. It was premeditated; one was a blind-side hit and the other was a spear. Amazingly, the […]

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