Buddy Guy – Damn Right I’ve Got The Blues

Rivalry week is over and it’s not the college league championship game week. I can’t say that I’m that interested in these games and don’t think much of the league expansions either. Sure, I’m interested in seeing who will win the SEC game and play Notre Dame but I still don’t like these games.

The rumors of Georgia Tech to the Big Ten plus another school (North Carolina? Virginia?) in addition to the previously announced Maryland and Rutgers does nothing for me at all. It’s not that I don’t like those other schools but really? Nebraska made sense but the rest, not so much. The Big Ten used to be a Midwest group of schools and now it’s just about cable TV access for the league network.

We’re bundling up today for a visit to the Luxembourg Gardens with my little four year old goddaughter. The park was made for kids and they always love it. I’m guessing the pony rides will be on the list along with the special playground for kids. Should be lots of fun.

Meanwhile, the guy that every British rocker (of consequence) wanted to be in the 1960s, Buddy Guy.


An American in Paris, France. BA in History & Political Science from Ohio State. Provided consulting services to US software startups, launching new business overseas that have both IPO’d and sold to well-known global software companies. Currently launching a new cloud-based startup. Full bio here.

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  • hollywoodstein

    Scotch.

  • hollywoodstein

    And by the by, how does a chick cash in on this gravy train? Are chicks not smart enough to coach college football? Self selection or discrimination? Some enterrprising human with lady parts should angle a gig with a winning high school team and then apply for a lesser college gig.
    The lawsuit would be the easy part.

  • hollywoodstein

    The excuse is most of the salaries come from boosters, and not the public coffer. But that just means the boosters aren’t helping boost the team, but rather the coaches. So the subsidy is there.

  • hollywoodstein

    And athletic directors are being bonused to sell out the public interest and they are doing it. It is part and parcel of the businessfication of American public life. Same as privatizing education. Ever ask yourself why BlackWater, Xe, Academi and not the Marines now protect our diplomats?

  • hollywoodstein

    And if you hadn’t noticed the five minutes spent posting on college football has wider societal implications. A lot of virtual ink is spent on CEOs. You know the one group that has bested CEOs. That’s right I thought you could, college coaches.

  • hollywoodstein

    Try Greco-Roman instead. Sweaty cut guys grappling each other. Sublime.

  • hollywoodstein

    Except pro wrestling. That’s stuffs fake.

  • hollywoodstein

    Any human endeavor when done well can be sublime whether it’s tennis or tiddlywinks. Sometimes a group of scrappy, overmatched underdogs playing with smarts, heart, and grit can beat a Goliath. It’s one of many forms of human expression. Don’t limit yourself.

  • hollywoodstein

    Some people can walk talk chew gum pat their head and rub their belly in a circle at the same time. You should try it sometime. Put on a blues album, pop some X, drink some Barolo and make sexytime with your partner. Multitasking, you should try it sometime. It’s a wonderful life.

  • hollywoodstein

    I was at a fundraiser for a non-profit and was appalled at the salaries being discussed. Now to a portion of the job is fundraising so sadly it is important to have someone with networks to fundraise from, but the discussion was about how to cut programs to afford the salary demands of a recruit.
    I suggested the search committee should consider contacting a qualified, experienced retiree I knew who would probably do the job and do it well gratis. I might as well as shat a turd in the punch bowl. Non profits aren’t really non profit for the admin types.

  • hollywoodstein

    There are probably qualified people who would do it for free. But the Market.

  • hollywoodstein

    You’re listening to Buddy Guy and all you can talk about is other people needing to get a life. Man, you need to get a life.

  • http://www.largegreenbird.blogspot.in/ Green Eagle

    You guys are listening to Buddy Guy and all you can talk about is college football? Man, somebody out there needs to get a life.

  • Dano2

    There is an ex-football coach around here that needs to be replaced, and the discussion recently has been that the ex’s salary was only $750K/per, and how can you get real talent with that salary?!

    Sad.

    Best,

    D

  • hollywoodstein

    Average salary NCAA head football coach is 1.64MM, up 12% from last season, and 70% since 2006. Then it’s millions more for the assistants. Then it’s millions more for the buyout, if the coach fails he and his assistants get millions more to go away.

    Pay the players already.

  • hollywoodstein

    Maryland is on the hook for a $50 million dollar exit fee to the ACC, just after the profiting AD cut several sports because he couldn’t afford them. But it’s about the kids. Really.

  • hollywoodstein

    Rutgers and Maryland, really? Were Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, and Mizzou busy?

  • hollywoodstein

    Or not.

  • hollywoodstein

    Think of the carbon emissions, lol.

  • hollywoodstein

    The Big Ten has fourteen teams. Progress.

  • hollywoodstein

    Do Boise State and San Diego State really belong in the Big East? Sure, Boise wants to run the table in a weak BCS conference and so qualify for a national title shot, but how about the wear and tear of jet lag on their players sitting in planes for hours while bruises are clotting in their bodies, jetting to and fro to play Southern Florida, and then Eastern Carolina, and then Connecticut and so on all season long. And the fans who used to travel, are now left with only home games.
    But then these deals aren’t being done for the athletes or the fans.
    It’s just good business.
    At least until they dilute the brand.

  • hollywoodstein

    The dirty little secret isn’t that the teams and leagues aren’t just chasing these deals for tv revenue, but that the Athletic Directors are incentivized in their contracts to seek revenue and thus personally profit via bonuses for selling out the fans. No one is reporting this.
    Used to be if your daughter played lacrosse for Maryland you could drive down to Virginia to see her play. Kids who played against each other in high school and were recruited by regional schools could continue the grudge match in college via natural geographical rivalries. Also too, a hundred years of tradtion.
    Now contracts are drawn up in secret meetings, and delivered as fait accompli, the subsidizing public be damned.

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