Man Crush of the Week: Jack Taylor
Let me start off by saying what Grinnell does basically destroys any integrity the game of basketball has and is one of the most terrible things to happen in team sports ever.
That said, you can’t get too mad at Jack Taylor for scoring 138 points when he was told to just do that. But as a 5’10” suburban white Midwesterner, this is pretty awesome. If you are a DIII athlete, you are basically playing glorified high school. You love the sport you are playing, especially since you probably could have gone to a real school not in the middle of somewhere in Iowa but you wanted to play that sport. And out of nowhere, after being an absolute nobody the day before, Kobe, LeBron and Melo are talking about it. It was the biggest overnight sports success ever.
I mean, yeah, the whole point of giving Taylor 108 shots was to get coverage exactly like this, but the guy still managed to take 108 shots and made enough of them to put up the 138 points. For a day, he was the most talked-about dude in America. After all, basketball was always a star-driven sport, so might as well go all-in on it. I can’t knock that at all.
Even if he had no assists.
Douchebag of the Week: The Big 10
Last week I wrote about the Marlins’ clear cash grab by dealing off basically their whole team at the expense of any idea of winning. That’s the way all of sports is heading, if it wasn’t already there an we’ve just pretended it wasn’t.
The latest example is the Big Ten, one of the major college football conferences/a way of life in the Midwest. With college football basically being consolidated into four super conferences of 16 teams each in the near future, the Big Ten was actively
looking for teams. And they settled on two Midwestern powerhouses.
Rutgers and Maryland.
Unfortunately, Rutgers and Maryland are the opposite of what people might describe as ‘competitive.’ They’re both terrible programs who can’t draw people to their stadiums. Sign them up!
Instead of increasing competition in the rapidly deteriorating level of play in the Big Ten, they went for a potential money grab. In theory, Rutgers brings in the New York City market while Maryland brings in DC. That theory is wrong. As a resident of New York City, a power ranking of Things New Yorkers Care About, it would look something like this:
15,421. College football
28,596. Rutgers football
New York City is a terrible sports town. No one is from New York City, and if they are, they probably went to NYU or Columbia or schools without football teams. Rutgers will never ‘gain’ fans by joining the Big Ten. It just won’t. So it leaves the Big Ten with two more teams no one will be excited about watching as Michigan and Ohio State continue to win the conference every year.
The Big Ten is no longer the top conference in the country, and it’s not even really close. And there’s no sign that’ll change anytime soon. But, hey, they’ll get some more money!
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