Dateline: Flint Lake IN
|.The sultans of swing- they play creole..|
Quote of the Week
Word of the Week
|Class of '79, marrying beyond our worth for 40+ years.|
An easier irony to get comfortable with is that Lane Kiffin has now actually become a fairly likable guy - and one willing to call all of this exactly what it is - basically mini-NFL free agency without a salary cap.
|I'm sorry, Tim, there's just no openings on the staff.|
- Still ranked #1 in the country as of this writing.
- 19-20 (I'm guessing) out of 22 being legit 4-stars or better.
- Recruiting a lot of speed.
- And orchestrating these-can't-a-be-coincidence announcements for maximum momentum:
- two 4-day rolls with a commitment-each-day, incl. this past Thursday-through-Sunday roll.
- Favorite recruit?, let's just say I shall be referring to our esteemed Dr. Brooks as Micah until Signing Day.
4) August. To quote the philosopher Allen Iverson, "Practice?! We talking about practice. Not a game."
|Famine, War, Pestilence|
RE-PETE (A shameless, illegal lift of Pete Sampson's weekly mail-bag)
Tick, tock Notre Dame
The post-Big Ten realignment wave seems to be in the same situation as the post-SEC realignment wave was at this time last summer. That is, nothing big is likely to happen until Notre Dame provides some clarity.
And no, alliances don’t count as “big.”
But this situation is different from last year’s situation was for Notre Dame, enough so that many around the industry are genuinely curious to see what the Irish decide to do. Kevin Warren’s comments at Big Ten media days last week did nothing to stop the speculation.
“We will not expand just to expand,” the Big Ten commissioner said. “It will be strategic, it will add additional value to our conference, and it will provide a platform to even have our student-athletes be put on a larger platform so they can build their careers but also that they have an opportunity to grow and learn from an education and from an athletic standpoint.”
Power brokers with the Irish have provided mixed reactions to last month’s CBS Sports report that the school wants $75 million per year from NBC in its new TV deal to stay independent, although no one in South Bend is batting an eye at the idea of the peacock needing shoulder programming from another conference in order to strengthen. (That could come via the Big Ten when the conference finalizes its new TV deal in the next few weeks, although Notre Dame’s NBC contract runs through 2025-26.)
The fact several around the industry view that $75 million figure as a bargain — especially when the Irish’s current NBC deal pays a fraction of that — likely shows that Notre Dame can, and needs to, aim higher.
Of course, the Irish would get more — a lot more — from the Big Ten. And if the Irish were to bring rival Stanford aboard as a partner, the possibility of AAU admittance could be on the horizon as well, no small feat for a school with an undergraduate enrollment of fewer than 10,000 students.
“I believe Father John (Jenkins) and I believe Jack (Swarbrick), I really do,” ACC commissioner Jim Phillips said at media days when asked about his concern level of Notre Dame potentially looking around. “I know both of them well. I have great respect and admiration for them. I worked there, I think I know the place. I have two kids there, one’s a student-athlete. And I take them at their word. They really have enjoyed the relationship, and their Olympic sports have benefited being part of the ACC, and their football team plays five games a year in the ACC.
“At the end of the day, they very much value independence. And I respect that. I do. In some ways, you really admire it. And I think their intention remains — as Jack has stated publicly — that they want to hold on to independence. And they’re getting close to redoing their television deal. So that’s kind of next for them relative to the football piece of a television deal.”
Asked whether the Irish’s new TV deal could affect the ACC’s arrangement with them, Phillips said: “We stay close. Jack’s on our calls, same as Father John, so there’s lots of interaction. I guess we’ll know more as they move down the path. But it has been a mutually beneficial relationship. And those are the best kinds of partnerships that you can have, is when they benefit both entities.”
Remember, the ACC owns the grant of rights for only Notre Dame’s Olympic sports, meaning Irish football would be a money-maker wherever it ends up, although there would be an exit fee if the Irish were to join a conference other than the ACC.
“I rely on Jack Swarbrick, who’s so intelligent and is always at the front end of all these decisions,” football head coach Marcus Freeman said last week. “I know we won’t ever be in a bad situation. I think being independent is something that makes us unique, and it’s kind of what Notre Dame was built on, is being able to play a schedule that’s truly coast to coast and not confined to one certain geographical area. And as long as we’re not in a position to fail, right, in terms of as a football program, we’ll continue to be independent.
“If Jack Swarbrick thinks we’re at a disadvantage of being independent, I’m sure he’ll make a decision for us to join a conference. But again, I got two bosses: one being my wife, and Jack Swarbrick’s the other, so obviously I trust his decisions.”
Cocktail of the Week
|Sloane, you and I are going to get along just fine...|
Just because you're wearing dad-jeans now doesn't mean you have to drink Bud Light out of a can. This gentleman's tonic recalls swankier days and smoother sips.
- To be sent to the parent / spouse / partner of your choosing. I'm sure they'll be proud.
- This will, of course, reduce the financial payout to the ultimate winner(s) although for those fortunate souls, the diminished ROI will do nothing to the positive lifelong impact of being a winner of the prestigious Artie award.
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few..."
Brian M., John P., JP, Blayney
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts..."
Lini, Theo, Sloane, Dave M., Peter
"Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions..."
|Bob J., Gutsch, |
Jerry P., Bill, Bob S.,
Mike C., Pat B.,
Jim B., Tim S., Feif,
Mike G., Phillip S., George, Mike B., Shea
"Never, never give in..."
Jerrence, Raz, Mark,
Bryan, Matt, Daryl, Graham, John L., Jim T., Alex, Randy, Pat C., Gerard W.
"History is written by the victors..."
Albert, Garrett R., Brian W.
"When you get a thing the way you want it, leave it alone..."
"The best argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter..."
"If I were married to you, Mr. Churchill, I'd put poison in your coffee.
If we were married, I'd drink it..."
"He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire..."
"He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire..."
"If you're going through hell, keep going..."
Schadenfreude of the Week
Having not written anything for six months, one would think my basket 'o tools would be overflowing.
And it is. Just not with many that I'd care to throw into this forum. Some who, personally speaking, now hit uncomfortably close to home.
That said, this blog is a bit of a starter kit for the new season, so consider this a sampler platter...
1) NFLPA / Deshaun Watson.. Help me out here - and cards on the table, I think Watson is a bad guy, a predator who used his status to, at best, coerce women for sex. I don't think it's credible to think 30+ women suddenly made up the same story or colluded for some great money grab.
Looking forward to see y'all, starting in September!