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So, earlier today Rob Pizzo tweeted a video that Greg Wyshynski had sent him, and he passed in along to his followers. I had to do the same, because holy shit is it funny. That’s probably all the prelude it needs.
Ahhh, that’s some great stuff isn’t it? (Well, for one of the two fanbases, anyway.)
Also, if you’d like to hear myself and co-host of Hockey Unfiltered Todd Lewis prattle on about the Stanley Cup finals, you can do so here.
I wanna weigh in on something different today:
I’m sure most people have heard about the Ohio State football players that were suspended for trading merchandise and signatures for tattoos? I’d like to go on record as saying I’d have done that in a heartbeat in college (though not for tattoos). The rules on student-athletes are stupid.
You’re broke in college. Some players are having their education paid for which is awesome. But during those four years as an NCAA athlete, you don’t have time to work a job on top of taking 15 credits a semester and training and practicing and travelling and playing games. My stipend from the school, after paying rent/utilities left me with like, a couple hundred bucks per four month semester. Go crazy, son.
I happened to have parents who recieved my phone call “hey I need ______” and they would generally put money in my account. I was blessed. But if I were, as an ex-Ohio State player said today, a broke kid who wasn’t nearly so lucky as to have parents with the opportunity to do that, I’m not sure what I would’ve done besides eat at booster families houses (after filing the correct paperwork!), get a meal card from the school, and never do anything fun.
On top of that, those guys KNEW their school was making money hand-over-fist on them (where mine certainly wasn’t). It couldn’t have felt very fair.
Knowing that in my situation that I would’ve, say, brought in a hockey stick for a free tab at the bar one night or something, there’s no doubt in my mind I would’ve done the same thing those players did at “The” Ohio State University.
I’m only the ten billionth person to weigh in on this, I just thought I’d take a second to say it’s ridiculous that a player can’t capitalize on their success in any way financially in college. It shouldn’t be a big deal for a guy to swap a little ink on paper for ink on arm.
(Note: once you’re getting into like, cars ‘n’ stuff, it’s a touch ridiculous. But getting some perks off your name shouldn’t be a big deal.)
….Oh, and by the way? Game one of the Stanley Cup Finals is tonight, Atlanta moved to Winnipeg and Colin Campbell is no longer the league’s disciplinarian. But that’s all for tomorrow’s presumably lengthy blog. Tune in next time!