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Could It Be True – We Need the Death Penalty?

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor opted to leave school rather than serve a five game suspension for violations

By Dan Rubin

A couple of months ago, I wrote an article posted on this website taking a number of schools to task in regards to their graduation rates on their college football programs.  I drew a direct line between the desire to make money and the desire to provide “student-athletes” with a means to getting a college degree, using their athletic skills to advance their abilities within the classroom.  I touched on how college football meant big money, that some schools transgressed, that it angered the NCAA, and ultimately, a few well-publicized slaps on the wrists would bring harmony back to college football, even if the graduation rates weren’t celebrated in the manner they should be.

The NCAA did land a few well-placed slaps on big college campuses, but it didn’t stop the big money, big-market programs from doing what they do best.  I’m not talking about their ability to draw hundreds of thousands of people to games, and I’m not talking about their ability to take in millions of dollars of revenue for their schools.  I’m talking about the other side.

The NCAA didn’t stop the cheating.

If you read no other part of this article, read this quote from legendary broadcaster Brent Musberger.  At the end of the ESPN Films 30 for 30 special on Southern Methodist University football, Musberger says it best.

“Every time I walk into a stadium, I think to myself – ‘they’re still keeping score,’ ” says Musberger.  “And as long as they’re keeping score, there will always be people who try to do everything they can to put up more points than the other guy.”

Brent Musberger, ladies and gentlemen, is a complete and utter genius.  The NCAA shuttered the SMU Mustangs for the 1988 season almost 25 years ago due to multiple, blatant infractions while under probation.  The move decimated the Mustangs program to the point where they didn’t field a team again until 1990, and they didn’t field a full complement of players until 1992.  Since then, they’ve only within the last few seasons returned to prominence and bowl games, enduring a nearly 20-year stretch of irrelevance.

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Rubin: Life after the NFL Lockout

The NFL Lockout is officially over and yes, it's time for some football!

By Dan Rubin 

Well it’s about time. The NFL Lockout is roughly over, done, yet, after a long few months of ongoing negotiations, as well as finger-pointing and name calling, America’s true pastime should be back in business as soon as later this week.

I can’t even begin to understand the legal speak of the new NFL collective bargaining agreement, but I can say this – there will be a $120 million salary cap this year, rookies won’t make nearly as much as they used to and the league is expected to sign the agreement for the next 10-years, meaning there won’t be another potential labor battle until most of today’s players are retired.

So what does this mean for the players of today? Undrafted free agents can finally start readying their NFL prospects, free agents can start checking in with agents to determine interested teams, and, most importantly, contracted players will by Wednesday, appear at stadiums and training camps to get ready for the 2011 season.

Various thoughts have been heard and voiced about what life will be like after the lockout and here are some of those thoughts.

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Daily Noontime – Friday January 14, 2011

Hello everyone and well, welcome to another Friday in 2011, hard to believe, right? We are closing in on the end to another intriguing, yet interesting work week and a brand new weekend, so lets kick things off with the Daily Noontime for Friday January 14, 2011, have an awesome and fantastic weekend!


* Auburn University quarterback Cam Newton has declared for the NFL draft, but was this a good move? You decide!

* So apparently the NFL is being scored for not having welcoming home field fans throughout the 2010 NFL playoffs, yet, is that a problem?

* Former Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox has found a new home in Denver, Colorado and will be coaching the Broncos in 2011.

* Rafael Soriano has reached a quality deal with the New York Yankees and will certainly help provide a boost for their bullpen during the upcoming season.

* Boston Celtics forward Jermaine O’Neal could be headed toward having surgery due to chronic knee pain.

* Could the New York Knicks possibly land Carmelo Anthony for the remainder of their season? Certainly seems likely.

Rafael Nadal may have a tough time winning the Australian Open this year, especially since he will play Marcos Daniel first.

Games to Watch:

* Vancouver at Washington (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* Philadelphia at Atanta (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* Dallas at San Antonio (NBA) – 8:00pm eastern

* Portland at Phoenix (NBA) – 10:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Fitzy gets you ready for the Patriots-Jets on Sunday!

The Andy Lindberg Podcast

It is Wednesday, which means the Andy Lindberg Podcast must go on and now that the “little guy” is back from New Years break, he, as well as Matt Noonan discussed the BCS National Championship and Rex Ryan’s comments toward the New England Patriots.

Daily Noontime – January 12, 2011

Happy Wednesday and for all of us in the Northeast, Happy Snow Day! While the weather outside is frightful, Noontime Sports will be just delightful by warming everyone up with our Daily Noontime for Wednesday January 12, 2011, so enjoy!


* It may be unlikely, but could former Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace really be on his way back to Boston? We will find out!

* New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has now decided to forget his teams first round playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks and decided to focus on the NFL’s CBA.

* It is official, the Carolina Panthers have named former San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera their new head coach.

* MLB closer Trevor Hoffman has officially decided to hang up his cleats and retire, boy will he missed!

* The commissioner of the MLB, Bud Selig, has confirmed that there won’t be an expanded playoff system in 2011.

* Despite being not allowed at the BCS National Championship, Cecil Newton was in attendance for the game Monday to watch Cam Newton lead the Auburn Tigers to victory.

* LeBron James decided that it was necessary to use Twitter to tweet something awful about his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday when they were losing badly to the L.A. Lakers.

Games to Watch:

* Pittsburgh at Montreal (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* Washington at Tampa Bay (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* Orlando at New Orleans (NBA) – 8:00pm eastern

* New York Knicks at Utah (NBA) – 9:00pm eastern

Video to Watch:

Boy sports anchoring can be tough, especially when you have a closer like Trevor Hoffman.

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