Blogs, Sports

Failure to Monitor: Bluegrass Bluff

Welcome back to Failure to Monitor, the series about the NCAA and how they’ve been shaped by scandal. Last week, we took a look at the origins of the NCAA, and how the modern organization functions. We saw that it was born out of necessity and that their authority comes from the precedents they set. Today, I’m going to tell you about the first chance they got to set a major precedent. While the first few years of the NCAA’s existence were relatively quiet, the scandals came in fast and hard in the 1950s. And although they doled out punishments to multiple schools,  one in particular set the tone for the future: the University of Kentucky. Continue reading

Blogs, Sports

Failure to Monitor: The Founding

Welcome back to Failure to Monitor, a series about the NCAA, and how its sordid past shaped what it is today. Before we can talk about its past, we obviously have to talk about what the organization is, and how it started. Because with the NCAA, the scandals go back to day one. So join me, as I give you a brief overview of how the NCAA works, and how it started on its path towards domination. Continue reading

Blogs, Sports

Introducing a New Series: Failure to Monitor

So, one of my assignments for my audio production class is to create a podcast series, with an emphasis on the production and mixing involved. I of course chose to talk about college sports and the NCAA, so I’ve gone all-in on it. But it’s an intro class, meaning the mixing is definitely not professional quality. So, in the interest of protecting your ears, I decided to adapt it into a blog series as well. For the next 10 weeks, I’ll be posting my new series: Failure to Monitor. Continue reading

Blogs, Sports

The NBA’s Treadmill of Mediocrity is Getting Crowded

If you asked any casual fan what topic has defined the NBA over the past few years you’d probably get one of two answers: super-teams and tanking. Teams are either stockpiling superstars like they’re toilet paper at the start of quarantine, or they’re hoping nobody will notice that they’ve been playing Shelvin Mack 23 minutes a game. This race to the top/bottom means that the true losers are the teams stuck in the middle. And thus, the “treadmill of mediocrity” was born. Continue reading

Blogs, Sports

Why College Football’s Parity Problem Isn’t a Problem At All

If you’ve paid any attention to college football the last few years, you’ve probably heard one major complaint. “The same three teams win it every year, so what’s the point of even playing?” College football is built on chaos, but chaos only comes from parity. And the claim that the dominance of a handful of teams is bad for the sport isn’t exclusive to football. The Warriors heard the same gripe while they built their dynasty. On its surface, this looks like a sound argument. If casual fans feel like they know who will win then there won’t be any suspense, so they won’t watch. However, hard evidence exists that proves this theory wrong. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the English Premier League. Continue reading

Blogs, Sports

Dear Colleges: Stop Making Students Pay For Tickets

Everyone knows college students are broke. It’s basically a universal constant. Every dollar not spent Thursday night ends up going to something completely unnecessary like a 50-pound bag of rice. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything, that’s a purely hypothetical example. College administrators know this better than anyone, probably because they’re the ones taking all the money. So why do most schools make students buy their own tickets to football games, basketball games, etc.? Continue reading

TV/Movies

My Top Ten Movies of 2020 (Sort Of)

Like almost everyone on the planet, I had plenty of free time this year. And, like any sane person with a Netflix subscription, I filled that time by watching a metric butt-ton of movies. Maybe to make it seem like I was being somewhat productive, I decided to keep track and rank each one. What kind of blog would this be without a low effort, end-of-year top 10 list? Continue reading