Ladies and Gentlemen –
There are a lot of things in this life I simply don’t understand…..
I don’t understand when I purchased an Olympic Air Pistol in California…
I had to wait 14 days to pick it up. (The optimum word here is “Air Pistol”, as in a Pellet gun)
Yet if I go down to any local airport with 100K in cash….
I can purchase two or three airplanes and put Abu Nadia Mustafa Muhammad and his twin brother in the pilots seat and take off and nobody so much as bleaks an eye.
I know …..
If the FBI heard I was having a party in the woods and my friends were all wearing sheets and burning crosses….
Every Federal agent within nine hundred miles would descend upon me and TNT would show “Mississippi Burning” on a 72 hour loop for good measure.
Yet in any radical mosque in the United States at any given time…..
There is venom that is spouted and destruction of our way of life is preached and nobody says boo.
And frankly I am baffled as to why Brett Michaels has ever had a television program.
But that’s another story……
So what does this have to do with College Football?
I beat the drum for years over the Reggie Bush saga and continued to remind you readers of the unfairness and blind eye of the NCAA during the “investigation” of the Southern California Trojans and Reggie’s Parents.
Many of you encouraged me and some thought I was out of my mind.
Some of you thought I was somehow bitter or jealous over the success of the Trojans and suggested I simply “drop it and move on”.
Many of you may say the very same thing in just about a minute or two…..
I have lived long enough to know that life isn’t fair.
In all honesty I probably had that figured out before most of you growing up.
That’s not to say I am smarter than any of you, nothing could be further from the truth.
I am simply saying this.
I know life isn’t fair.
But I like those in “Power” to be consistent with their decisions.
In fact, I demand it.
Like many of you I don’t like an organization that attempts to BS me and tell me “This is A-O.K.”, when we all know it smells to high heaven.
The reason I say this is…..
Some time ago……
The NCAA tells me that the University of Alabama is put on probation for four years over Albert Means recruitment out of Memphis, yet no money was ever proven to have passed between any parties. It wasn’t his parent that “shopped” him; it was his High School Football Coach.
At the same time, Phil Fulmer and the University of Tennessee had “student-athletes” with their very own “walking classes” to get that pesky grade point average up….
And then there was Tee Martin…..
He was the quarterback from Mobile Alabama that led the Volunteers to their first National Championship since the days of General Neyland.
He was receiving a “large” of money monthly from a Tennessee Alumnus in Mobile and even purchased him a new Suburban to go to school in (How nice)
Tee Martin lied about receiving money and then got caught in the lie…….
Yet the SEC Commissioner at the time Roy “Crooked Ass” Kramer said….
“It’s all good no rules were broken”
The NCAA quickly followed suit and said….
“We are good with the findings of the conference”
To speak nothing of the rapes, assaults and robberies perpetrated by players under Phil Fulmer at the University of Tennessee and grade fixing (yes, I said grade fixing) by members of the University to keep those thugs eligible to play for the Big Orange.
And nobody said boo…….
A few years ago……
The University of Alabama was required to forfeit games and set players out of games and the player’s eligibility questioned, because it was reported “Some athletes sold their text books instead of turning them back to the university”
The NCAA stated:
“This is a very serious matter, one athlete reportedly made $136.00 upon selling his text books, instead of returning them per the rules.”
O’ MY GOD! One Hundred and Thirty Six Dollars!
Fire up the Electric Chair!
Meanwhile there was Reggie Bush and Dewayne Garrett at the University of Southern California having the time of their young lives.
Remember Dwayne? He lived “rent free” in an Apartment for a year and a half…
The rent was only $4500.00 dollars a month…….
To say nothing of utilities etc
Pretty nice apartment, wouldn’t you say?
Especially for a college kid with no job and parents who lived in a housing authority….
But the NCAA said…..
“Dwayne didn’t know he had to pay rent….”
Try that next time you are in the grocery store and see how far you get……
My guess is you won’t make it to the parking lot….
So when the NCAA and the SEC Conference Commissioner tell me…….
Auburn Quarterback Cam Newton is clean……..
I go to the rule book…..
And it says……
If at any time before or after matriculation in a member institution a student-athlete or any member of his/her family receives or agrees to receive, directly or indirectly, any aid or assistance beyond or in addition to that permitted by the Bylaws of this Conference (except such aid or assistance as such student-athlete may receive from those persons on whom the student is naturally or legally dependent for support), such student-athlete shall be ineligible for competition in any intercollegiate sport within the Conference for the remainder of his/her college career.”
So let this be said…….
I believe in being consistent…..
I rode Fat Phil Fulmer like a Hippo at the county Fair until they ran his fat ass out of OBknoxville over his “indiscretions” at the University of Tennessee.
I was like a bulldog with a new chew toy over the Reggie Bush and the Southern California Trojans. I just wouldn’t let it go and you all know it…..
There have been others…….
So know this…….
I am coming for you……
I will not give this up……
Not because it isn’t fair, but because it’s BS and we all know it…..
And maybe because I just enjoy a good fight…
It isn’t consistent….
In the coming weeks…..
There will be Bowl prognostications and Season ending awards…..
There will be an article or two that will make you laugh and a Christmas Story that will make you cry and make you feel good in the process.
But I wanted to take this opportunity to give you all something to ponder…..
And let those folks know I’m coming for you…..
And if you think my power is somehow relegated to this little blog…..
You have clearly underestimated your opponent
THE CFB WIZARD