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April 03, 2014

Thu pm 4-3: Pay college footballers beyond scholarship? Poll's tight. Vote!; plus Riley on Big 3's decision, Dolphins, Marlins/Loria verdict & more

1) It is THURSDAY, APRIL 3. Congratulations to Alonzo Mourning for being voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. After Wade/LeBron, Zo might be the most popular Heat player of all-time. 2) Ryan Grover today was named Dolphins new head athletic trainer. He'd been an assistant the past 15 years with Steelers. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Marlins opens season with poll, Dolphins signing, Heat surge, Hochman, Neil Young & more. 4) Follow on Twitter @gregcote.

ON COMPENSATING COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS BEYOND THEIR SCHOLARSHIPS: The National Labor Relations Board ruling last week approving Northwestern players' right to vote to unionize for collective
1aa1aquestion 1aa1astudentbargaining and benefits could affect all private schools including the University of Miami. Former

Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, a leader of the movement, was in Washington just yesterday lobbying politicians. The NLRB ruling says players are employees/workers, symbolically turning the phrase student-athlete backward. The ruling in time could force states to allow the same rights for public- university teams. Initially this is about medical benefits and workplace environment, but all logic suggests unionization in time would lead to full-fledged pay-for-play, a professionalization of college football. And if college football players are getting paid, you don't think men's basketball players and other athletes will want some 'o that? Pay-for-play could in turn cause a reduction in scholarships for non-revenue sports and higher mandatory student fees. in short the NLRB ruling is a nightmare for the NCAA and every college and university -- all of them opposed to it. I tackle this dense issue in today's latest column; click Draw The Line Here to read. I wrote why I'm oppoosed to the NLRB ruling and unionization, and part of it is that college football players already are well-compensated and well cared-for. A four-year full-ride scholarship to UM, for example, is worth close to $250,000. That's pretty fair compensation for playing a game and also getting the coaching and platform to enhance NFL chances. What is your view? Agree or disagree with my column. Agree or disagree with college football players deserving more? Take a dip in our poll and say why.

PAT RILEY WAXES PHILOSOPHICAL: ESPN's Mike Wallace has an interesting new piece talking to Heat impressario Pat Riley. Click HERE for the whole thing. From it: Riley on the Big 3's summer decision: 1aa1apriley"You always fear. It's not a real fear. I always have concern when players are in the situation they're in. But we feel we have the best organization in the league for those players to stay, and to also attract others to want to come here. With our three guys, we hope that this turns into a generational team. And that it's not just we're at the end of this four-year run right now because players have some options this summer." On owner Micky Arison: "He really wanted to win and wanted to put on a great show and have a great product. Micky has always been one that tactically and with great thought, weighing all the pros and cons, has swung for the fences. And I have too." On himself: "You have to have a big-picture approach. That's what I do best; I try to see the big picture." On LeBron James: "LeBron, being who he is in this world, in this game, has a very heavy load. There's a heavy load off the court and on the court. It's a lot different than what it used to be. He manages everything he has to manage that maybe Magic Johnson didn't have to manage back in the 1980s. I've adapted to that." e life we're living today."

Poll result: Support for Marlins but anti-Loria feeling remains strong: We asked what best describes your feeling toward the Marlins and a majority called themselves either a big fan (37.2 percent) or casual fan (20.6%). But another 36.3% said they were not a fan because of owner Jeffrey Loria. The remainging 5.9% said they simply don't like baseball.

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Stu-dent ath-o-leets? Oh, ho that is brilliant sah!



another beauty from neil younghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl_REdHj4BI

Neil Young fingered me once.


the marlins pitcher went from a no-hitter in last season's finale to giving up six (and coulda been seven) hits in the first inning last night; one line drive after another through trhe infield- i guess his sinker was working!

Thanks for posting that Neil Young gem, shadow. All too often our tendency is to cite the popular 'hit,' as opposed to other lesser known, yet brilliant pieces of work. Neil's hammer-on's technique throughout the song (Sugar Mountain) is particularly enjoyable.

♬ Now you say you're leaving home, cause you want to be alone.

Ain't it funny how you feel, when you find it to be real...♬

country girl is one of his best..thanks shadow..

Dolphin Braintrust Ha

Clueless oxymorons all

Prease to sell team Steve...

Todd, Neil Young is very giving that way. He once tried to give me butterfly kisses on my taint after knocking me out with roofies the freakin sadsack predator. My father Base Commander Ripper popped a couple caps in his a** with his trusty Luger and that cured ole Neil of his ah obsession...

The king is gone but he's not forgotten

This is the story of Dukey Rotten

Hey Hey, My My Dukey is an a**hole...

Up yer cornhole with a telephone pole Neil...

we still talking about the great Neil Young?..I was always partial to his Looooooonnnnngggg guitar jams, those are the chit.


ahhmmm, I see Dukito is trying to catch up after been el gonzo for such a long time..yeah boy.

Cortez the Killer,MF'ers...

congrats to Zo for making the basketball hall of fame, honor well deserved.

here's some classic Beatles...you kids can't forget about the numero uno rock band of all time..right?


and here's another NY classic.."Love and only love"..



I have met most of you at one time or another. Quite frankly a lot of you have personal care habits that leave a lot to be desired. Like Neil Young. That a**hole picks at his butt and never washes his hands.

OC Dolphin and FZB,

glad you enjoyed those precious gems. i believe that "sugar mountain" was the "B" side of "cinnamon girl" in addition to the other neil yound single that one of our fellow bloggers mentioned. how about this monster from neil young's first album in which he thought his voice was weak and had the music turned up to cover his vocal:


Dolphins sign Aaron Rodgers brother.......Say what?

Dolphins sign Dolf Lungren to play RT.

I figure Base Commander Ripper would use a government issue 1911 model 45 cal side arm. The 45 is strickly a backup to M-1 Garand.

Oh, forgot to add Ripper would also carry 2 granades, 1 standard fragmentation & 1 white phospherous.

Throw what your listening to today on here? ok, here is what I like today:


your welcome

Yes Jimbo don't forget the napalm grenades soldier. Very nice shot of me group captain. Now fix me a glass of grain alcohol and rainwater and help yourself to whatever you're having...

I think the poll question is more general than the Unionized issue question. They should be compensated a little bit more, but to unionize is a different issue.

A 250,000 valued degree means nothing if your'e studying "General Studies", "Liberal Studies" Or "Multi-Diciplinary Studies".

On Real Sports, they highlighted that those who got their degree with the above mentioned disciplines are almost unhirable. They lack any basic critical thinking skills, and are not equipped to hit the work force lacking trade skills.

In Fact, this is a major loophole just to keep the Graduation rates high, and the NCAA off their backs.

So, Pay for Play. Just don't make it so astronomical that other teams and players will be denied the same benefits. NCAA can afford it, and Universities are just using the kids.

Cote, do us a favor,,, do some journalism and research the statistics on how many student - athletes have attained:
1. % of finishing with BA, or MA degree (full ride scholarships)
2. Professional athletes that went on into the real world using their degree.

Unionization? Hmmm coincidence it's a school located in Chicago. What's the chance the mob isn't interested in managing their dues? Sure, Teamsters running the NCAA.

No doubt the universities are getting the big $, students don't see much of the profit but having a union to see it through? Union strong arming did good in the garment, steel, mining, auto industry early on (safety issues, 40 hr work week) but were a major factor in a vanishing industrial US economy from 1970 on. NCAA should give something extra to the full time student athlete. The ugly & dark secret is the union staff who justifies their existance by filing BS grievances. One court case after another.

yeah, what Bubba said.

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