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Goondal

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#3257511 The Nominee of the GOP

Posted by Goondal on Yesterday, 06:44 AM

Does either nominee really matter?


#3255196 The Nominee of the Dem Party

Posted by Goondal on 26 February 2015 - 11:53 AM

The hate for Obama is similar to what it was for Bill Clinton.  But the Internet was in its infancy during the Clinton administration, so the hatred wasn't as easy to see as it is now. 

 

This is 100% correct.  The extreme hatred for politicians from the "wrong party" has always been apart of our country (and others).  It is not worse now, it just seems worse because the Internet makes it so in your face.




#3255186 Why do white people complain and argue so much?

Posted by Goondal on 26 February 2015 - 11:44 AM

Same reason black people, Hispanic people, Asian people, etc. complain and argue all the time.  It is because they are people and it is what most people do.




#3249717 Why is white face acceptable?

Posted by Goondal on 22 February 2015 - 02:12 PM

To me it is not the makeup that is racist but rather the actions of the person that is in the makeup.

Blackface has often been used in racist ways but I do not automatically label someone in black face as racist. The actress that dressed up as Crazy Eyes from Orange is the New Black for Halloween was not being racist, she was simply trying to honor her favorite television character.

Some people made a big stink when Cloud Atlas came out because some of the actors were in yellow face for one of the segments. That was not racist either and I suspect most that complained either did not understand the film or did not watch it to begin with.

In the end, I do not care what anybody does as long as they keep their mouth shut when/if it is done back. I know and understand why others disagree but I feel it is hypocritical to live life any other way, and there are few things I dislike more.


#3249482 Jameis Winston's football IQ compared to Peyton Manning's, report says.

Posted by Goondal on 22 February 2015 - 11:48 AM

So you are telling me that there is more to the kid than what ESPN and those of their ilk wanted us to believe the past two years?  Color me stunned.




#3246987 Your teams expectations come March

Posted by Goondal on 19 February 2015 - 06:54 PM

UNC will deserve a five seed but be placed as a six seed in St. Louis. The three seed will be Kansas.


#3246198 Sounds like the Bucs will pick Jameis Winston

Posted by Goondal on 19 February 2015 - 09:17 AM

Lovie is correct, sadly. Really want them taking Mariota.


#3245237 Dick Vital won't call the UNC/DUKE game

Posted by Goondal on 18 February 2015 - 09:49 AM

Finally


#3243691 FO on ESPN: CAR should sign Michael Crabtree

Posted by Goondal on 16 February 2015 - 03:22 PM

He's behind Britt for me. Britt's quicker, younger and he's likely to be cheaper. Plus we get two KB's on the team, which can only be a good thing.

two KBs could also be confusing during the games when we are all drunk


#3242144 One thing I think most of us can agree on

Posted by Goondal on 14 February 2015 - 02:56 PM

I agree. Baseball is my favorite sport, it appeals to my meticulous nature, but to me the only thing as exciting as a great college basketball game is the Kentucky Derby


#3241434 UNC Academic Scandal

Posted by Goondal on 13 February 2015 - 08:11 PM

No doubt some of these kids were failed by administrators back in high school and maybe even middle school but that doesn't take away from the fact that unc continued this behavior.  You don't help these kids by giving them fake grades and then trying to cover it up.  unc cared more about their sports than these kids so stop trying to blame everybody but the school.

 

You are correct that continuing the process does not help the kids.  At the same time though, telling the kids that they are not allowed to play basketball because they do not have the tools necessary to get the grades does at least the same amount of harm.

 

So what is the answer?




#3238467 so uh...3 muslim students at unc chapel hill were supposedly "murdered ex...

Posted by Goondal on 11 February 2015 - 12:26 PM

Over a flippin' parking spot?  What a horrible person.  I really hope he never see takes another breath as a free man.  




#3234521 RIP Dean Smith

Posted by Goondal on 08 February 2015 - 11:58 AM

RIP

 

The world needs more like him




#3234512 Report: Panthers Not Expected To Bring Back Hardy

Posted by Goondal on 08 February 2015 - 11:52 AM

What a stunning development. 




#3234479 UNC Academic Scandal

Posted by Goondal on 08 February 2015 - 11:34 AM

Okay, this is long and I go off on some tangents but I bring it back together in the end for any that is interested.

 

Academic fraud happens in some way, shape, or form at all universities with major college athletics.  That is not to excuse UNC, or any others, but it is just a fact.  Blaming the kids for not taking advantage of their opportunity, or the school for pushing and sometimes passing the line to keep their players eligible ignores bigger problems.

 

The fact of the matter is that many of these kids do not have the ability to take advantage of this opportunity.  Many like to simply blame the kids for this, and sometimes they are to blame, but the fact is that it is largely our fault as a society.  Simply put, our education system is pathetic.  On the one side you have the unions, whose purpose is to serve and protect teachers.  The longest tenured ones, not the best, are the ones that are the most protected.  On the other side you have the administrations, where their sole concern is the bottom line.  In the middle you have the politicians, many of whom have not worked with kids a day in their life telling the teachers and districts what and how to teach and treating each child like some sort of identical robot that learns the same way at the same pace.

 

Through all of this, the one group of people that the system is designed to serve gets ignored.  Preparing the kids for college and their future lives is secondary to how well they can take a test.  If a child is not ready for the next grade they are often given a social promotion, because who cares if they are ready for the rest of their lives as long as they do not feel inadequate when compared to their peers, right?  I taught fifth grade for three years and often had kids come to me with a first and second grade reading level.  I was expected to teach them fifth grade Science, Social Studies, etc. from a book that was written on a fifth grade level.  How can they be expected to learn that?  This says nothing about their trying to keep up in reading.  But they keep getting promoted because people refuse to accept that some learn slower that others.

 

This brings me back to the colleges.  Many of these kids have been failed by a broken education system and are not even close to the point where they can be expected to take advantage of their opportunity.  Yet we tell them that if they cannot do what for many is impossible they cannot play football/basketball.  They are blessed with this talent yet we tell them that they cannot take advantage of it unless they do a job that we have failed to prepare them for.  There really is no other realistic option for them.

 

The fact is that one of two things needs to happen.  The first option is that we can completely revamp the NCAA for football and basketball.  They should not be the big money machines that they are.  Model the sports after baseball where their is a legitimate minor league system for those that are the most talented and/or those for whom college is simply not for them.  On the college side of things this route should be reserved for those that actually want to be student athletes.  I read an article a few months ago about the MIT football team.  They are only allowed to practice from 5pm-7pm, the rest of the time is for them to be students.  This should be mandated across the board.  If you want to be a student first, go to college, if you want to be an athlete first, go to the minors.

 

The other option is that we keep everything the same and we admit that some of these kids are not college material.  This requires that we give up on making sure they are "academically eligible," and then blowing a gasket when they cheat because they have no other options if they want to keep pursuing their natural talents.

 

Yes, I am a UNC fan, but I have felt this way before and I will again, regardless of the university.  People make billions of dollars on these kids and they are appalled when they want a piece.  The kids are set up to fail academically and society is stunned when they cheat.  For many of them, athletics is the one thing they are truly successful at, and it is wrong to tell them they cannot pursue it.

 

It is time to either give them other options to pursue and develop their talent or start properly preparing them for college and financially compensating them fairly.  Until then they can take whatever "improper benefits" they want, fail whatever classes they wish, and do whatever they can to stay academically eligible.  As long as they are not involved in criminal activity where there are actual victims then I do not give a crap and I want them on the field/court.