by Mike Booble

About The Author

If brains were gasoline Mike would have enough to power an ants motorcycle around the outside of a penny. Would be funny if it wasn't true. Sports, sports, sports. Often times he said if he didnt do SOMETHING in the industry in would be a complete waste of his childhood. Crisis averted. 
College Football Karaoke

I miss sports.  I miss the joy you get watching a favorite team or player. Having friends over to watch a fight or go to a bar to debate who's the best player in a given era. Instead the debates are whether players should be allowed to kneel (they should) or whether Urban Meyer was punished enough for his role covering up, then lying about, domestic abuse by a former coach (he wasn't).

While those stories and others like them are still there like the proverbial elephant in the room, the first full Saturday of college football happened, and in doing so reminded us of why we love sports in the first place.

Whether it's the Iowa football team continuing to wave at the children's hospital outside the stadium or College Gameday arriving on campus….and the signs. Oh the signs.

It's Oregon fans arguing whether to continue “Swag Surfin”, something started by now former coach Willie Taggart. Or on the 10 year anniversary of Appalachian State beating Michigan in the Big House almost doing it again to Penn State.

75,000 people singing “Country Road". Chip Kelly beginning his journey as UCLA coach, and losing. A Pac-12 team losing an important game. College Football is back baby!

All of that and as we enter September Major League Baseball, specifically the postseason, is beginning to come into focus. The NFL begins play next weekend. Two GIGANTIC fights in the next 40 days on PPV. And not to alarm you….but 45 days until the NBA regular season starts.

This time of year is my favorite in the sports calendar because of all the things I just said. It's a time when sports does what it's designed to do. Become an escape. An escape from whatever problems or stresses you have in your life, at least for a few hours.  It's when an event doesn't matter to your everyday life yet for that precious little bit is the only thing that does.

But the best part, for me, is the reminder that Notre Dame sucks. Rudy is a garbage movie about a talentless liar who got lucky to get into a college football game, once. And now to the tune of “Take Me Home, Country Roads"

Notre Dame,
Rudy Sucks,
It's A Lie,
He's A Scrub,
Joe Montana,
Really Hates Him,
Called Him Out,
On His Shit.

And as always, I'm Mike Booble and that's my opinion.
by Mike Booble

About The Author

If brains were gasoline Mike would have enough to power an ants motorcycle around the outside of a penny. Would be funny if it wasn't true. Sports, sports, sports. Often times he said if he didnt do SOMETHING in the industry in would be a complete waste of his childhood. Crisis averted. 
Death or Football: The One-Sided Debate

“You need a water break? Water is for cowards. Water makes you weak. Water is for washing blood off that uniform and you don't get no blood on my uniform, boy you must be outside your mind. We are going to do up-downs until Blue is no longer tired, and thirsty.”
-Denzel Washington as Herman Boone in Remember The Titans

That movie came out in 2000. NFL player Korey Stringer died as a result of heat stroke in August, 2001, a death that brought changes to how players practice and their access to water and a team physician at all times.

Sadly this was not the first case of a player dying because of heat stroke, and it has happened since. The scarier part is that this is far more prevalent in high school and college football.

Later on in Remember The Titans an assistant coach tells Washington's character that “this is high school football we’re not in the Marines here.” But anyone who's ever played football knows that, almost to a man, this is the exact mindset coaches have.

Just last year, three players at the University of Oregon were put in the hospital for the same issues that killed Stringer. And this past May, a Maryland player died because he was denied water and access to medical staff, something the university said just this week they “accept legal and moral responsibility” for.

That sounds like a confession to me. Anyone who was involved in this young man's death should do jail time, for murder. Those three players at Oregon were thankfully ok, but the strength and conditioning coach was suspended and deserved to be fired.

And yet, I talked to more than a few people who saw nothing wrong with what the coach did. Players just need to toughen up was the prevailing thought on sports talk radio. Shockingly, almost every person who shared those sentiments were parents.

If you're not a parent, contrary to popular belief you still have a basic understanding of how not to put a child in danger. Don't leave them in a hot car. Make sure all firearms are secure. Teach them not to accept rides from strangers. But surprisingly, it seems, a lot of parents would be ok if their child died, of a preventable, treatable cause, while playing football, in the name of toughening them up. Amd if they're not ok with their child dying, or at the very least being seriously injured, why are they ok if it happens to someone else's kid.

That mentality is fucked. Football is not important. It's not. It’s a game played by roided up frat boys who compare themselves to soldiers going to war, which by the way, is.far more disrespectful to the actual men and women of the Armed Forces than kneeling for a shitty song, but I digress.

Once again, as I've said before, it'll take a needless death to make obvious change. Why mandated water breaks, access to medical personnel and sufficient protection from the elements aren't already in place 100% of the time at 100% of football programs I'll never understand.

It's ok to have players on a team that hit women, rape women, murder people and/or animals yet call those who want water or reasonable medical care cowards.

The next time this happens, and believe me it will, don't ask yourself; What if this was my kid? Instead ask yourself what if it was someone else's kid? Better yet, understand that as a decent human being you shouldn't want anyone treated like this. And if you subscribe to the notion they just need to toughen up or that's how it was done when I played, just know you're a terrible person, and should have your kids taken from you, because you're a terrible parent.

And if by some miracle you feel this way and do not yet have kids, do the world a favor and avoid procreating.

As always, I'm Mike Booble and that's my opinion.