Saturday, June 26, 2010

Horrible Rule Proposed by NCAA Rules Committee

Once again the NCAA has completely missed the point with a new proposed rule that would prohibit schools from offering scholarships until July 1 of a players Junior year. I am not sure what they are trying to accomplish with this rule, but it definitely will have HUGE unintended consequences.

I will nickname it the "Rich bet Richer" clause. Currently many second tier, third tier and mid-major schools are able to get Top 100 (or Top 200 for mid-majors) players by offering early. The "Prestige" schools rarely offer early because they want to watch players develop and make sure that they do not have any major recruiting misses.

However, to remain competitive the next level of schools such as Clemson, Illinois, Florida, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas, etc, are willing to take the risk of offering very good players early. Often they will offer several good kids at the same position and tell them that the first commit gets the spot. This is good for basketball because it keeps parity amongst the clubs and is the reason the same 4-5 schools don't win the NC every year.

However, now we are going to hamstring those schools and they are only going to be able to offer in the summer before their Junior year. As a result, the Top Prestige schools will know exactly what they are getting with each kid. They will get to pick the best of the "known commodities" and all the other schools will have to slot in behind them. This just guarantees that the Top Schools will be guaranteed to stay there --- and is very bad for parity.

If the NCAA is looking for a way to ruin their glorious NCAA Tournament, this rule is a good start. It won't be much fun to watch if you know that only one of the Top 6 teams can win the tournament.

As you might imagine, I hate this rule and hope that they come to their senses before the pass it.

NOTE: Want to sound off to the committee about the proposed rule. Kevin Anderson, Athletic Director at Army is the Committee Chair, from the Army Athletics website here is his email kevin.b.anderson@usma.edu

Thursday, June 24, 2010

And the Biggest Winner in the NBA Draft is....

actually a team that did not even have a pick in the draft...your Chicago Bulls!! By trading away the 17th pick and Heinrich to Washington and freeing up his $9 million under the cap, they are in the drivers seat for the Free Agent market that starts in July.

If Chicago was a slight favorite for Lebron a week ago, they have increased that lead tonight. They now have the potential to sign Lebron and another max salary Free Agent. They also have flexibility to look at a sign and trade with Cleveland if it unfolds that way.

Of course, Miami is still in the mix too by freeing up cap space too. However, if you are James how can you pass up the opportunity to play with best young PG in the game. Wade is on the downside of his career, but Rose is just getting started. The Bulls have a guy to clean-up the boards in Noah (who importantly does not demand a lot of touches) Now the Bulls could also add Bosh, Boozer or Joe Johnson to the mix. That should seal the deal for the Bulls, but still a few weeks of stress to go.

Overall, it is very exciting news.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lightning Striking the John Hancock Building

This is one of the coolest videos I have seen. Imagine how many times the John Hancock tower in Chicago must get struck by lightning each year!! If only we could harness that energy.

Lightning Strikes on the John Hancock Building from Craig Shimala on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Story for Everyone Under 30

So I am surfing the web, checking out some movie review sites and basically wasting a little time -- when BAM I run across one of the best blogposts I have ever read. Its an eye-opener. It sums up things that many of us over-40 types think about when we recall our younger days.

I encourage young and old to check it out, but if you are under 30 you NEED to read it.

Nice work Rik.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Sad News for the Basketball World

The Wizard of Westwood, unquestionably the greatest college basketball coach died today. I have read several of John Wooden's book on basketball and on life. He was a great coach, a great man, a humanitarian and a mentor to the world.

RIP Mr. Wooden, you will be dearly missed.