Rob Dauster and the NCAA are oh so very wrong and here is why!

Posted: August 11, 2017 by jmklee in Uncategorized

When I set my blaster to stun I usually don’t aim at media members and one I tend to like and follow like Rob Dauster, @RobDauster, but I saw something recently that I just couldn’t ignore.

Rob Dauster wrote a story on NBCSports.com that discussed something the NCAA will be changing next spring during March Madness.

Click the link above to read the entire story but here is the gist.

Dennis Nett | dnett@syracuse.com

The NCAA is adopting a practice that is used in an annual summer basketball tournament, The Basketball Tournament.  What they do is have a player from the winning team go up to an oversized bracket that would make the All Valley Karate Championship proud and move their team name along the bracket path.

Most would say this seems fun and harmless and Rob Dauster agreed with you and wrote the following.

I love this idea so much.

Great photo ops. Fun moments for fans. Shareable, viral content for social media. A chance for the teams to celebrate specific players, coaches or members of the program.

There is no downside.

and to that all I have to say is…

I am so sick and tired of the NCAA, NFL, helicopter parents everywhere and any other group that want to organize our fun and tell us how athletes should and shouldn’t celebrate.  Our society is attempting, and being successful, at sucking all the fun out of the world of sports I grew up loving.  The NFL is the worst at doing this and because of it I watch less and less Sunday football every year.  Super Bowl celebrations used to take place in the locker room out of public eye where men could laugh, yell, cry, curse and celebrate like no one was watching.  There were no rules or script for when things were taking place, just celebration.  Well, not any more.  Now you can’t get the trophy until some washed up player walks the trophy out,  now stay back and don’t touch it, Ok you can touch it but you better not grab it.  Well you can have it now but up here on this platform so everyone can see how great we are.  Straight unbridled bullshit! That’s what that is.

And now the NCAA is wanting to do it too and if you ask me they have already done enough to kill the fun out of the post game celebration.  Take a look at these photos of the past.

You know what I see?  I see impromptu raw emotion and pure joy.  You know what I don’t see?  A fucking ladder.

So yes, Rob Dauster, I do see a downside.  I see the NCAA taking something that should be spontaneous exuberance and mapping it out for their benefit.  Just so you can have, as you put it…Great photo ops. Fun moments for fans. Shareable, viral content for social media. 

Ridiculous if you ask me.  You can keep your Facebook likes and canned fun moments.  I want more players on backboards.

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