Posted on: April 3, 2011 4:00 pm
Edited on: April 3, 2011 4:03 pm

Trophy or Nothing or just more Pouting

   Do you think we expect and demand trophies today because we got trophies or plaques for just about everything we participated in as we grew up? Like everyone "earning" (yeah, right) a trophy or a ribbon or plaque whether each "player" wins, loses, plays or simply bought a uniform. Is that why we expect the "I'm/We're # 1" accolade and accept nothing less without a little hissy or pouting fit?

    Is that also why we won't take or keep a job that is not exactly what we expect for our spoiled rotten self image?  Have we really become nothing more than a nation of children and our women, who care for us?

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: March 29, 2011 2:44 pm

Do We Really Want to Work?

Considering just three basic qualities that owner/operator/managers seek in prospective and current employees:
  • Good Work Ethic (show up early, work late, work effectively with others, etc.).
  • Willingness to Prepare (plan you work, work your plan, improve part of your game continuously). and the clincher, 
  • Accountability (understanding, accepting and embracing the responsibilities of your job description, and most importantly being able to accept blame for failures on your watch and to learn/improve from them).
   Anyone can get a job today in spite of the "awful job market" if they have a minimum of a high school or equivalent diploma and will demonstrate the above qualities. It seems that most of our unemployed are that way because they are not motivated to be otherwise, that they have a safety net (living at home with parents or other relatives or buoyed by another support group) or....and here's the shocker...

   They simply do not want a job that does not reflect their image of the perfect job/situation/location for them. Certainly not all unemployed folks are lazy or unmotivated or ridiculous about taking a job they are not totally in love with, but from my business network and personal encounters in business and personal life, there is a disturbingly large percentage that are waiting for someone else to do it for them.

   Certain of my friends say that their kids who have well above average computer skills can get away with the new culture of personal life always trumping business life. And if the business requirements start to get in the way, they simply change jobs or move back home. What about everyone else, who is competing in a more and more global market of workers highly skilled in computer application and technology? Are they continuously job shopping and hopping as well?

   One of my friends says her kid has earned the right (bless his heart) to thumb his nose at any and all "bosses" if he decides he wants to quit today and bum around the country for a year or two, or to just quit because "he can live at home as long as he wants." WTH? Is this the new norm? If so, no wonder the Asians and the Indians and the Mexicans and whoever's next in line are kicking our sweet little kids' collective azzes on the open job market.
Posted on: March 18, 2011 1:37 am
Edited on: March 18, 2011 1:05 pm

NCAA Violations or Investments?

As some of us have suggested in Doyel's hate mail, "no one was killed."  Now there's a dandy example of an incredibly shallow fan's not so shocking statement in defense of less terminal, behavioral issues on or near college campuses lately.  They're just kids having fun.  Kids with not enough money to have fun, so they sell stuff to buy stuff.  What's the harm in that?  What's the harm in cheating or stealing?

The harm is that the folks who are supposed to monitor and manage the rules and their adherence, are not getting it done.  NCAA's rule book is almost as thick and daunting as the IRS code.  And both still have loopholes, that are regularly found and exploited at the program level by coaches, boosters and AD's to protect investments and build income as well as ego.  Too many rules make Jack a dull boy, you say?

What is lost in this legal maze is what could be a role model system framed with measurable accountability.  That may hurt someone's feelings and damage their self esteem....or it might help them to align their priorities in life and sports now and in business later.  Many of the more successful programs do a great marketing job selling themselves and "Their Way" along with blue chip features like family atmosphere, keeping it real, great facilities, great academics and graduation rates.  Of course, the key benefits are lots of TV time plus a quick and rewarding path to The League.  Ego and money seem to always trump logic and reason.

Where there is money (big chunks of it) to be made, rules will be bent and broken and re-written.  Paying fans and the local/regional media who serves them are often smitten with an all or nothing push to be #1 in the country, conference champs, or worst case better than your bitter rival nearby.  Cheating and recruiting scandals have rocked and typecast many of the southern schools for decades and deservedly so.  The tendencies down south have been to be brash, arrogant and mouthy, bad combinations when one is being monitored for possible rules violations.

But where there is money to be made, all programs and all schools are pushing for more of the share.  Some are more discreet than others at maneuvering around the rules and regulations to gain any advantage possible as the bigger the matchups, the more the revenue streams.  So, it is no wonder that perceived images are being tarnished by the truck load.  And the greatest shame of it all is that most of us "fans" do not care as long as we are entertained (win) and fed (media PT for our team).

This beast is too far gone to fix it, so we keep patching and covering it with more rules and more marketing and more TV coverage and more money.  Amateur sport is alive and well!  Shut up and get me a beer!

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