Tank McNamara by Bill Hinds

Tank McNamara

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  1. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    Pay them. Let them work for the highest bidder. Free agency at the end of each semester, maybe more often.
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    And get rid of these ridiculous recruiting rules. That way all cheating would be eliminated.
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    Since they are paid athletes, there is no need to have them qualify for admission or enroll in classes or any of that nonsense. And no limits on eligibility. They play until they leave for the NFL or get cut.
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    Sure, most alums would no longer attend games, meaning that the studio audience would maybe be smaller, but TV could replace that money.
    And, ESPN/DIS and Fox could engineer as many playoffs as the traffic will bear.
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    Everybody would be happy, especially the SEC.

  2. gmartin997

    gmartin997 GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    After Florida’s new governor took office in 2013, the first thing he did was cut the state’s education budget, forcing many high school sports teams to be cut or pay their own way. I saw nothing wrong with that. High school sports programs have gotten out of hand. We didn’t have golf teams or tennis teams or lacross teams or even soccer teams when I was in high school. The parents are expected to pay for their kids to play now.

  3. Linguist

    Linguist said, 10 months ago

    @gmartin997

    That’s because you went to school in a one-room log cabin school house, and had to walk ten miles, uphill, each way.
    In defense of high school soccer programs ( for example ), I have proven to several school boards that the cost of outfitting an entire soccer team ( girls and/or boys ) is equivalent to outfitting one football player.

  4. jollyjack

    jollyjack GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @Linguist

    While in general agreement of your defense of High School sports, the specific you sight needed a mathematically challenged School Board (NOT to be dismissed out of hand) or an extravagantly spending one. Most all of the football programs I have experienced recycle pads and uniforms for years and the players provide their own shoes, cups, etc.. In addition parents and others actually will pay (even if nominal) to see a high school football game while I have never been even requested to pay to see a high school Soccer game.
    What distresses me more is ESPN nationally broadcasting high school football and basketball games. I do not believe that these are loss leaders for corporate America. Aside from ego boost, what is in it for the players?

  5. Linguist

    Linguist said, 10 months ago

    I am in total agreement about broadcasting high school games other than highlights on the local news.
    My point to school boards ( and your observations are correct ) was in the start up costs on football vrs. soccer. However, depending of the Athletic Director and the school board, even amortizing the equipment costs over a period of several years, the expense of running a football program is enormous compared to soccer, basketball or even baseball.
    In regards to ticket sales, I have seen in various area of the U.S., high schools charge a modest admission fee to non-students for basketball and football games and in two instances – because they were such a big draw – baseball and soccer.

  6. gmartin997

    gmartin997 GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @Linguist

    It was in the dark ages, but not quite that far back. The 50’s to be exact, with over 750 in my graduating class. We had all the usual varsity sports: football, baseball, basketball, wrestling, swimming, etc., but you had to go to college to play that other junk. No, it’s just that everybody wants something different and they expected the state to pick up the tab; so the governor decided if they wanted it they could pay for it. We’re not a backwater town, we even have our very own NFL team.

  7. Linguist

    Linguist said, 10 months ago

    @gmartin997

    Until relatively recently, I lived in Florida, and while Gov. Scott is certainly not on my list of good governors, in this case I agreed with what he was trying to achieve in this case. I was a product of parochial and private schools where a portion the tuition paid by the parents went towards sports programs – to a certain extent.
    My biggest argument against plans like Scott’s is that the impoverished counties and cities suffer while the more affluent communities reap the benefits because they can pay for them. This is to my mind, iniquitous but symptomatic of today’s thinking.
    BTW I was just kidding you about the one room school house. You’re old ( not much older than me, I might add ) but not that old !

  8. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, 10 months ago

    @gmartin997

    Green Bay, WI?

  9. Dr Lou

    Dr Lou GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    This issue shouldn’t be dismissed or ridiculed. High school players certainly shouldn’t be paid but Division 1 athletes based on crowd numbers should, at least, be given stipends even as would a student on work study.

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