Jan 5, 2013
(Courtesy the NCAA.)
The above poster is part of a series of materials college athletic directors can download and print. We aren’t an AD so we don’t have access to the colorized version, but the image clipped from a rulebook still makes the point.
We love it.
May 7, 2012
It’s time for May Madness when the Division I NCAA Lacrosse Championship tournament begins this coming weekend. Sixteen teams will be fighting to make it to Foxborough, Massachusetts for Championship Weekend May 26 – 28, 2012.
We have to say the game has come a long way since we first started playing it. We used to listen to the championship game on the radio and if we were lucky, ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” would carry an abbreviated version of the game to or three weeks after the game was played.
Now the CBS Sports Network and the ESPN Family of Networks carry games throughout the season. ESPN will be telecasting every game of the tournament live, including the championship game on Memorial Day. The exposure has helped the sport grow to the point where it has the largest live attendance for a championship game in the entire NCAA.
We never thought we’d see that happen.
Here are the first round matchups for the tournament including the times and networks where you can watch the games:
Mar 6, 2012
The NCAA – the organization that oversees collegiate sports – has told the University of North Dakota to not show up for post season tournaments if they bring their school nickname with them.
At issue is the nickname “the Fighting Sioux,” a name that pays homage to the spirit of the American Indians who inhabit North Dakota. The name is in no way derogatory unless you sit in the ivory towers of the NCAA.
In 2005, the NCAA passed a rule saying it and it alone would decide what was “appropriate” nicknames for schools. Schools could get “waivers” if they managed to convince or gain the approval of the tribes in the mascot name. For example, the Florida State “Seminoles,” the University of Utah “Utes” and the University of Illinois “Fighting Illini” got permission from various tribes to use the name.
In the case of the University of North Dakota, the NCAA is requiring two Indian tribes – the Standing Rock Sioux and the Spirit Lake Sioux give their blessing on the use of the name and the mascot.
The Standing Rock Sioux initially agreed to the name but later pulled its approval. The Spirit Lake Sioux have given their approval for the use of the name.
Last year, the legislature of North Dakota passed a law requiring the name to remain the same. The NCAA followed that with a letter saying:
“Unfortunately, [the law] cannot change the NCAA policy nor alter the contracted terms of the agreement,” [NCAA executive vice president Bernard] Franklin said.
(Try using that in a lawsuit. “Uh your Honor, we don’t care what the law says, our agreement and rules allow us to discriminate in hiring.” Let us know how that works out for you.)
Aug 1, 2011
That’s the buzz word that has been going around Washington and the country.
Much of the talk has to do with the debt ceiling and budget negotiations where the Democrats are charging that Republicans are unwilling to “compromise.” It is not that compromise is not a good thing. There isn’t a successful marriage or relationship where people do not compromise. But compromises in government and in marriages pre-suppose that both parties have the same goal. In marriage, the goal is to stay together, to love one another, to be supportive, to achieve fiscal well being, etc. Generally speaking, in a marriage the goals of the wife and the husband are similar. It is the path to those goals that cause frustrations that require compromises.
In government, the goals are not always the same. Nowhere has that been more pronounced and evident than in the budget talks. When one looks at the proposals (or the talking points because the White House never put to paper any budget other than one that was voted down without a dissenting vote in May) one sees the difference in the goals of the two parties.
For the Democrats, it is more spending, more taxes on the so called “rich,” and a more centralized, less accountable Federal government.
For Republicans, the vision is one of less spending, less taxes, less regulations and a smaller Federal government.
Because of the difference in visions and goals, meaningful compromise is not possible. Republicans and Democrats have a different vision for the country. There is no way that they can compromise.
Even if the goals were the same, the word “comprimise” doesn’t mean the same thing to Republicans and Democrats. As an example, take a look at a story that coming out of South Carolina where the governor is under fire for the Confederate Battle flag flying atop the statehouse in Columbia.
May 10, 2011
We here at Raised on Hoecakes wish to acknowledge the men of Bethune-Cookman University and the women of the University of Texas-Pan American for winning this years PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship held this past weekend at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
The NCAA and the PGA have combined to promote, recognize and help sponsor this event since 1986. This was the 25th year of the event.
The NCAA stands strong on the position of diversity in college and collegiate athletics. Their official position is stated as:
The NCAA believes in the values of diversity and inclusion. Although it has made progress in increasing the diversity of the membership and generating opportunities within intercollegiate athletics for individuals of all backgrounds, the Association’s leadership recognizes there is more work to be done. The diversity and inclusion staff at the national office aims to centralize efforts concerning diversity and inclusion, serve as a point of contact for related concerns and assist the membership in developing initiatives that will lead to increased diversity and inclusion throughout intercollegiate athletics.
The PGA has a similar positon:
The PGA exercises sound practices to ensure that all individuals receive fair treatment in their desire to become affiliated with the Association and the business of golf. We encourage diversity as it leads to new opportunities to help fulfill the mission of The PGA of America.
So if both the PGA and the NCAA are committed to “diversity and inclusion,” why are they sponsoring a golf tournament that is not all-inclusive? Why are they sponsoring a tournament that only allows minorities to enter?
Apr 21, 2011
Ever since the beginning of colleges and college sports, colleges have adapted names and “mascots” to identify and represent their schools. The University of Maryland mascot and logo feature the Terrapin. The University of Florida is known as the “Gators.” The University of California – Santa Cruz are the “Banana Slugs.” The Evergreen State College are (in)famous for being the “Geoducks.” Then you have the University of North Dakota “Fighting Sioux,” who are embroiled in a controversy of epic proportions.
The NCAA has found the name “Fighting Sioux” to be “offensive.” In 2005 they told the college that they must change the name or face sanctions. Under the sanctions, the University would not be able to host any type of playoff or tournament. In addition, when the schools teams went to other venues, they would not be able to wear uniforms with emblazoned with “Fighting Sioux” or their logo.
Mar 15, 2011
According to Politico, President Obama has taped a segment for ESPN to be aired discussing his picks for the NCAA basketball tournament.
Despite the tsunami in Japan and the nuclear issue there, despite border problems, despite rising oil prices, despite an economy that still stinks, despite a looming Federal budget showdown, despite the threatened shutting down of the Federal government, despite unrest in almost every country in the Middle East, despite unions up in arms in many states here in the US and despite having “other stuff to do”, Obama is taking the time to bless us with his picks for a college basketball tournament.
I understand what he is doing. I really do. Ever since he first “miraculously” picked then overwhelming number one ranked North Carolina to win the tournament several years ago, Obama has used the NCAA’s to show that he is just an “average guy who loves basketball” and at the same time, show his omniscience in picking a winner. The press eats it up. For the next three weeks, networks will inform an anxious nation on how Obama’s picks are doing.