Open Thread Thursday (8/28)

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9 Responses to "Open Thread Thursday (8/28)"

  1. Smitty   August 28, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    How about the recent decision by LPGA to require that its members be required to be proficient in English. My first reaction was – “wow, that is really arrogant of the LPGA”.

    But after thinking about it, I realized that it made absolute sense. Over the last couple of years there has been a infusion of young female golfers from all over the world – China, Korea, Mexico, France and Canada…oops wait. I digress. But the fact is that LPGA relies heavily on its sponsors and non-profit organization links for its success and survival. Besides hitting a golf ball on the LPGA comes the task of schmoozing with sponsors and interacting in events such as a Pro-ams. Since most of the events are in America – there has to be interaction to keep those sponsorships and those $$$ coming in.

    If you want something from the cookie jar, you have to do you’re part to make sure that cookie jar stays full.

    So kudos for the LPGA for protecting its business interest. I think the threat of suspension is too severe, so I hope they can rework the penalty phase. I think the decision while controversial right now – will serve the LPGA in the long run.

  2. Bob Gotham   August 29, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Hooray for the LPGA. If you want to play on American soil and take home American bucks then speak English. Otherwise, go back to Europe, Asia or South America and play in their tournaments. Smitty, the penalty is not too severe, since the Sponsors of these events want the winner to be able to make an acceptance speech that everyone can understand (and not thru an interpreter), you need to have some leverage. And for those dissenters that play on the PGA tour, wake up and smell the American roses.

  3. Muels   August 30, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    If I heard correctly, the players are already taking part in the language program and only face suspension if they choose to withdraw and fail to reenter within a reasonable time (whatever that is- overheard a sports talk show discussing it but didn’t get too many details)… I am all for this program for the reasons previously mentioned…

  4. Rey   August 31, 2008 at 10:59 am

    First college football Saturday has come and gone and the SEC absolutely rolled. The big question won’t be who is in the national championship game, but which schools from the SEC will get screwed because they drop two games in the conference.

    Even Alabama looked amazing (Saban going with the spread?) against a Clemson team that everyone thought might go undefeated with an experienced and talented tandem in the backfield and an extremely weak conference. And South Carolina didn’t look all that bad even though they were playing an NC State team minus a starting QB. Throw in #1 Georgia, #5 Florida with a returning Heisman winner, #10 Auburn, and – oh yeah – the defending national champs #7 LSU and we’re in for a completely unpredictable year in the SEC.

    Geez . . . it’s only August and I’m already reminded how much I hate the BCS system.

  5. Casey   August 31, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Yeah – and the Rodriguez era in Michigan started with a bump in the road. So much for the idea that Pitt was supposed to be a top25 team.

  6. Wally   August 31, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Pitt will always struggle with Wannstedt as their coach. He’s just not very bright … or inspiring to his players. Why people keep hiring this guy to lead their teams is a mystery to me.

    Alway’s a great day when Michigan loses a football game!!! (Unless, of course, ND follows suit). The skunkbears clearly don’t have the personnel to run RichRod’s spread offense yet. They will struggle all year … and maybe next year as well. It’ll be very interesting to see how ND does vs Michigan in two weeks. This game should be a huge barometer for how things will go for the Irish this year and an indicator if they’re really making progress under Weis. God help Weis if ND looks bad vs UM … they really need to win that game to have a good season.

    Glad to see Virginia Tech exposed as a fraud early for once. Usually, they go several weeks, if not 10 weeks, pretending to be a Top 10 team with Beemer Ball. And everyone thinks they have great talent even though they win 4-5 games per year on blocked punts or FGs. Beemer is a fine coach … but their talent level is nowhere near Top 10. Probably not near Top 20.

    Is Alabama that good or Clemson that bad? Not sure. I suspect it’s a little of both. Take any Bowden coach and they’re probably not the brightest crayon in the box, so I suspect Clemson is underachieving given their talent. Meanwhile, Bama has had a couple really good back-to-back recruiting seasons under Saban, who’s one helluva coach. If Bama is indeed on the rise, the SEC is a death march … even worse than it has been.

    The Northwestern “Mildcats” are off to a good start. The ‘Cuse must really stink … of course they really stunk last year, so what’s new?

  7. Casey   August 31, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Syracuse football is sooooo bad that season tickets can be had for $100. This is not an exaggeration. They were advertising this deal on billboards as recently as July.

  8. Casey   August 31, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Rodriguez is probably still recovering from that one file cabinet that got held up in the move.

  9. Smitty   September 2, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    How good did USC look? And to think that Sanchez has been sitting on the bench waiting his turn. USC’s recent track record of QBs that enter the NFL is becoming impressive and long.

    Gotta like Rick Neuhisel’s start at UCLA – certainly went better then Rodriguez’s.

    Why aren’t more people calling for Fullmer’s job? Nobody care about Volunteer football anymore?

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