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On paying college athletes: “Ohio State football is a religion in this state. Don’t believe me, go to a Walmart after they lose and tell me what you see. We love to root for Ohio State and root against teams like Florida, USC, and Texas don’t we? I’m also a die hard Cavs and Indians fan. I haven’t missed a Browns game since I was about 12. So, what’s the difference between amateurs and professionals? A group of one of the categories gets millions upon millions of dollars a year, while the other group is exploited by a group of money hungry bureaucrats.
Nonsense, you say, college athletes receive scholarships and a chance to play on national t.v. Nonsense, I say, college football players bring in millions upon millions of dollars to their universities. They spend 5-10 hours a day practicing and have little to no time to spend on studying. The vast majority of them aren’t going to the NBA or NFL, they’re going to the real world. A world in a severe depression that doesn’t look kindly on college dropouts. Meanwhile, a group of college higher ups get their lush 6 figure salaries off of a 9 to 5 work day and free tickets to see their exploited workers.” [Cleveland Hope]
Chili’s gets opportunistic: “Ever since Steve Carell announced during his spoof of “The Decision” at this year’s ESPYs that he would be taking his appetite away from Chili’s and over to Outback Steakhouse, Chili’s has taken this PR opportunity and ran with it. First it was the humorous letter written by Chili’s president Wyman T. Roberts in similar fashion to that of Dan Gilbert’s, and now the restaurant is taking things a step further. On July 23, five participating Chili’s locations will be giving away one free “Sweet Shot” dessert per entree ordered to comfort us depressed Cavaliers fans following LeBron’s departure.” [’64 and Counting]
Magic Johnson may or may not be a hypocrite [TrueHoop]