October 31, 2015

 This is the fourth article dealing with the need to pay college basketball student-athletes.  It is important for the reader to understand, as noted in earlier articles, that college basketball is no longer a sport in the traditional Hellenic sense.  It is, pure and simple, a big business that is in the business of providing entertainment in order to make money.  A small group of individuals provide the entertainment and, contrary to American democratic principles and capitalism, are essentially deprived of fair compensation.  Most of these entertainers in basketball get little to nothing in terms of monetary salaries.  A handful are later provided significant financial rewards; it is almost strictly a matter if the entertainers make the NBA.  First round draft choices are guaranteed a million dollars a year for three years.  Second round draft choices get nothing unless they make the team.

The S-A problem is still alive and doing well – at least for now.  It could have been avoided.  But the NCAA, some conferences, some schools, and many school presidents/athletic directors/coaches all got greedy.  The NCAA’s attempts in the future to stop the process to pay S-As will fall flat on its face.  Instead, I predict that the NCAA will make some token overtures in the near future to correct their abuses of the past, but unfortunately for the NCAA, it will be too late to close the barn door; in effect, the train will have already left the station.  The NCAA “concept” that the college players are students, or student-athletes, will have outlived its time.

The position of the NCAA and their so-called institutions of higher learning seems illegal, unprofessional, unethical, etc.  On top of that, it seems to be un-American; it violates the true spirit of free enterprise.  After all, why can the author sell his talents (did the author mention he was a salaried chemical engineering professor for 50 years?) and these kids can’t?  In the meantime, the NCAA, along with most college and university presidents, continue to deny student-athletes contracts, potential endorsements, a percentage of gate and TV receipts, or part of the lucrative NCAA pot.  They argue that concessions of this nature will corrupt the S-A and destroy the status of amateur athletics.

The NCAA has argued in the past that, in effect, their rules are in the interest of collegiate sports, maintaining core values in amateurism, and in providing an integrated experience of academics and athletics.  Does anybody in the reading audience believe the NCAA horse manure?  The NCAA has never mentioned the collaborative/cooperative actions of its member schools which has deprived individuals of their rights in a democratic capitalistic system.  It seems to the author that the NCAA has been involved in a price fixing scandal.

What can presently be said regarding the corruption of major collegiate sports, i.e., basketball and football?  Multi-billion dollar TV deals attest to the economic incentive to provide the very best in entertainment.  But what about the athletes, or the more inappropriately referred-to student-athletes (in most cases)?  What’s their compensation?  Essentially, it is peanuts, and the powers to be want to keep it that way.

One can only wonder if S-As give thought to what they have given to society.  One can only wonder if the NCAA has ever given thought to the S-As’ role in society.  The author believes the suits at the NCAA rarely give thought to the aspirations and the future of the unsuccessful S-s, who would more appropriately be referred to as USAs.

Even after high school, the main problem with many of the S-As is that no one has taught them how to be a star in college.  There is television, radio, crowds, press conferences, interviews, etc.  Some of these activities are often embarrassing.  The main problem with the successful basketball S-As (in this case, that means reaching the NBA) is that no one, once again, has taught them how to be a star.   But what about those S-As who are not successful, i.e., the aforementioned unsuccessful S-As (or USAs).  Once the (senior) season is over; the artificial stage of their college life has ended, and the USA’s glamorous world is gone.  Kaput!  It’s an irreversible happening that will never return.

What happens then?  The USA returns to the real world … his home, his city, and in some cases, his country.  He is effectively alone within a day.  Some do return to their institution and keep in touch with their teammates, and occasionally their coaches, but the contact is inevitably limited.   The ending comes quickly, as earlier social and professional contacts decrease at an exponential rate.

The former intimacy with both teammates and coaches also dissolves as the USA retreats into another world and is, once again, simply part of the masses.  No longer is everything taken care of by other people – the servants who prepare his meals, outfit him, and provide travel arrangements are now history.  And even worse, no one has forewarned him, and no one has taught him to adjust to a new lifestyle.

Is there a solution?  Neal Gillen has offered his thoughts in my recent book “Basketball Coaching 101 (amazon.com or createspace.com, 450 pages, $17.95)”.  Here is an outline of Gillen’s solution.  “The issue must be addressed on three separate fronts: (A) An enforceable contract between the school and the student-athlete, (B) changing NCAA eligibility rules, and (C) professional leagues agreeing not to sign collegiate players until they or their class have graduated.  I have also included provisions for player travel expenses and a monthly stipend to be determined.  I did not include a provision for a student-athlete to participate in the proceeds of the sale of jerseys, T-shirts, or other memorabilia, but were I to do so, any such payments would not be forthcoming until the athlete or his or her class has graduated.   There could be antitrust issues, but should the changes I propose be made and upheld, the game would change once more for the better.”  Details on (A), (B) and (C) are available in my book.

Unfortunately, the S-A problem is still alive and well.


Was my book “Basketball Coaching 101” mentioned above?  One chapter of the book was entitled “Crunch Time Management”; it was primarily concerned with the development of a procedure that would already be in place for time clock management at or near the end of a game.  As a Giant fan, I had contacted John Mara and Steve Tisch along with Jerry Reese in 2013 regarding applying my simple procedure to football.  The letter was ignored.

So what happened this football season?  The Giants lost their first two games because of poor crunch time decisions.  The first game was an absolute embarrassment that demonstrated the incompetence of Coughlin and his staff.  This could have been avoided had they applied my recommendations.


I would be remiss not to mention that this past Wednesday, October 28th,  marked the 75th Anniversary of  OHI Day.  OHI is the Greek word for NO!   This day commemorates when then Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas’ courageously refused the Fascist and Nazi demand to occupy Greece during World War II. Against far superior military powers and all odds, the Greek nation, with their faith in God, resisted the Axis Powers, delaying their advance and ultimately changing the tide of the War.

The Washington OHI Day Foundation video is a powerful and inspirational tribute, both commemorating the day and inspiring all society to be courageous and virtuous during a time of crisis.. Here’s the link”


Enjoy this great moment in history.  Additional details are available in earlier postings in The Theodore Newsletter.

NEXT POSTINGS:  (tentative)


DECEMBER 1:          On Hofstra Men’s Basketball: 2015-16 Season

JANUARY 1:             On How to Write a Book

FEBRUARY 1:          On Climate Change II

MARCH 1:                 On Random Thoughts XXIII

APRIL 1:                    On Financial Inequity

MAY 1:                       On the 2016 East Williston School District Budget Vote



October 1, 2015

October 1, 2015


I’m tired of writing long-winded articles in traditional format.  Since this article is concerned with Barack Hussein Obama (BHO), I decided to check the notes in my files on BHO.  Below is what I’ve adding since the previous article – Barack Hussein Obama IV – that was posted onto this newsletter in late 2014.  Here are a handful of “recent extracts” that directly apply to BHO.

  • I can say, with absolute certainty, that lying is a way of life for BHO.  And The Hill.  And, of course, Bubba.
  • BHO unveiled his first major federal regulation on “fracking” five (5) months ago.  There is no end to the stupidity of this guy.
  • I don’t think BHO knows the difference between a “hand up” and a “handout”.
  • I feel BHO has set our nation back 20 years.
  • I still maintain that BHO is a racist and stoking racial animosity.  His true feelings can be found in his indifferent position on whites killed by blacks and blacks killed by blacks, and his outspoken position whenever a black is (almost always justifiably) killed by a cop.  He has nothing to say about the former and everything to say about the latter.
  • Over 150 years ago, Blacks in America were slaves to the plantation owners.  It seems to me that today, many have become slaves to the government because of their dependence on entitlement programs.
  • Although this may sound hard to accept, I believe that Hillary will win (if she runs) because of the women’s vote.
  • You heard it here first – I predict Michelle will divorce this egomaniac soon after 2016.
  • There is no question that Debbie Wasserman Shultz of the DNC is as dumb as Biden, Pelosi and Barack.
  • I’m still trying to figure out if Nancy Pelosi or Joe Biden are dumber than BHO.
  • A side headline in the 10/22/14 NY Times read “A Steady Loss in Confidence”.  How would one know from the headline that the article was essentially based on the confidence issue associated with BHO?
  • I think The Donald is good for America, but not as President.  He is a big boy who can dish it out but seems to have some problem when he’s on the receiving end.  I hope Trump keeps dishing it out and the media keeps returning the fire.
  • The Donald did a great service to our country.  The first debate in August helped to open the eyes of those individuals brainwashed by the liberal media as to what is really going on in America.
  • How dumb can the American public be?  One recent poll claimed that Barack was doing a good job!  Ouch!
  • Any chance Barack’s Administration will attempt to analyze the effect environmental rules, regulations, and laws have on businesses, society and the environment?  How about reviewing them to ensure clarity and reduce the conflicts between them?
  • I think it is tough to decide on the merits of the Iran nuke deal.  We have a choice of believing Barack or believing the Republicans.  Given that Barack is dumb, a liar, untrustworthy, un-American, and an egomaniac, the only intelligent and rational choice is to believe (ugh!) the Republicans.
  • I don’t think Barack is a communist.  But he unquestionably is a socialist, even though it has never worked since The Big Bang.
  • Seems to me that the liberals/democrats have turned away from democracy (as per the founding fathers) and capitalism.  I can’t figure out why, since it has worked successfully for nearly 250 years.
  • Most successful people, in discussing their career, stress family values, hard work, and love of our great nation.  Anyone ever hear Barack talk about any of the above three points?
  • What is Barack’s magic formula for a society to prosper and have a good quality of life? “Take from the rich and give to the poor,” and “it is the duty of the government to provide for our needs.”  Unfortunately, this populism strategy always accomplishes the opposite of its intent – it is an unalterable fact of economics.
  • It was approximately 2,150 years ago that Publitius Syrus wrote in his classic work Maxim: “Pardon one offense, and you encourage the commission of many.”  Can anyone relate this to the non-existent immigration policy, mass murders of Christians in the Middle East, condoning sanctuary cities, the war on women in the Middle East, Syria’s “red line,” the refugee chaos in Europe, the Iran nuke deal, Holder’s conduct as AG, etc.”
  • I’m trying to get a handle on how many people (including women and Christians) have suffered and/or died because of the weak-kneed liberal policies of BHO.
  • My vote for Loser and Enabler of the 21st Century is BHO.
  • How in the world can 42% of potential voters think that BHO is doing a good job?
  • BHO obviously doesn’t believe there are two sides to police and community relations.
  • BHO and I agree that “war is hell.” But, does BHO understand that “peace at any cost can ultimately (as in the past) be significantly worse than war.”
  • Have I gone off the deep end?  Every now and then I find myself comparing Churchill to BHO. Ugh!

Finally, can the reader guess who swore under oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United State” …. TWICE!!!

NEXT POSTINGS:  (tentative)

NOVEMBER 1:         On Paying Student-Athletes III

DECEMBER 1:          On Hofstra Men’s Basketball: 2015-16 Season

JANUARY 1:             On How to Write a Book