Tank McNamara by Bill Hinds

Tank McNamara

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  1. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Pay them. Let them work for the highest bidder. Free agency at the end of each semester, maybe more often.
    And get rid of these ridiculous recruiting rules. That way all cheating would be eliminated.
    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.
    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.
    Everybody would be happy, especially the SEC.

  2. Linguist

    Linguist said, about 3 years ago

    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.

  3. jollyjack

    jollyjack said, about 3 years ago


    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?

  4. Linguist

    Linguist said, about 3 years 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.

  5. Linguist

    Linguist said, about 3 years ago

    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 !

  6. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, about 3 years ago

    Green Bay, WI?

  7. Dr Lou

    Dr Lou GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years 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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