It Should All Be So Simple…But Then Simple Doesn’t Make Cents.

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33 seconds. A little over ½ of a minute and every stake holder in all things Zion Williamson heart stopped beating and a quietness filled Cameron Indoor Stadium that hasn’t been “unheard” since Miami stunned the Blue Devils in 2012. And before I continue, let me make this perfectly clear; I am not making a mockery of the young man’s injury but at the mockery of the NCAA system that pretends to have the athletes’ best interest at heart yet makes millions off of them and gives athletes the proverbial “pennies” when it’s all said and done. I mean let’s be honest; Zion Williamson should not ever have suited up in the NCAA for the simple reason of what almost transpired on last night.

Luckily it looks like Zion Williamson didn’t suffer a serious injury and more than likely will be ready to suit up, at the latest, for the ACC Tournament beginning March 12. That layoff gives he and his family enough time to hire a PR expert to draft a letter and let the coaching staff and the faithful Dukies know that they appreciate all that the university has done; but they are finished at the amateur…I mean collegiate level. While that last statement may come off as comical; if I’m in Zion’s camp, that is the advice I am giving. I mean it makes sense. It may not make cents for the powers that be; but it most definitely will for Zion and his family.

The truth of the matter is that the hype (though this kid is anything but a bunch of hype) around Zion Williamson has already generated millions for many individuals whose version of a basketball game is a round of horse with the grandkids. Yet, each time he or any other athlete steps foot on the court, field, track, pool, ice, or any of the other sports in college, they are paid. Now if this is considered fair, then we might as well allow the coaches to cash in on lucrative contracts outside of their coaching salaries as well…. hold up my PR is trying to tell me something…. I am told that there are coaches who has had separate deals with major shoe companies for years now. Note to PR…I, like every other individual who follow sports knows this; I was just trying to paint a picture. It seems to me that the ones who are doing the most to generate the income is getting nothing more than some shoes that can’t even stand up to the weight of these athletes who are carrying whole universities with their mind, bodies, and souls. I have a suggestion though, a very simple one in deed, PAY THE PLAYERS OR PUT ALL COACHES AND ATHLETIC DIRECTORS AND PRESIDENTS ON EQUAL FIXED PAY SCALES ACROSS ALL NCAA DIVISIONS. Crickets and more crickets. Because the latter part of that last statement is too simple; about as simple as the first part of the statement. The problem is that it doesn’t make cents.

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More Honey Please

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One of my past morning time favorites was to sip a freshly brewed cup of French Vanilla flavored Folgers coffee. No, Folgers did not make a French vanilla and coffee bean blend (at least not to my knowledge); I would create the concoction after falling in love with French vanilla and cappuccino while living in Tokyo, Japan. Maybe it’s the French cuisine or the vanilla flavor; I can’t truly say or be sure. However, what I am sure of is that my love of coffee dates back to 1985 (sounds like the name of song from the band Chicago). As a young boy, when I would visit my grandmother, within seconds of her waking the small apartment would be filled with the smell of cigarette smoke and freshly brewed coffee. As I sit here and type this, my mind is tricking me into thinking that I can smell that aroma now. Then just like that, the aroma like she, were gone. Oh, how I miss her. As I got older, truthfully more recent, I abandoned and substituted coffee with tea for the most part. And instead of French vanilla, I use honey instead. It’s growing on me. But I often time find myself saying: “more honey please.”

Good morning Pittsburg. I hope you guys have had your good cup of morning coffee because I think that you going to need it. Kevin Colbert, the Steelers’ general manager, said that they will not place the franchise tag on Le’veon Bell. Which means that Bell will become a free agent this upcoming offseason. Bell, 1/3rd of the Killer B’s (Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown makes up the other 2/3rd’s) is without a doubt going to be one of the most sought after offensive players to hit the free agent market in quite some time. Oh, in related news, Antonio Brown and the Steelers’ brass has all but agreed that Brown’s tenure in the Steel City has come to an end and he will most definitely be traded before the start of the 2019 NFL season; preferably  to a team far from the AFC or more precisely the AFC north division for obvious reasons. Thus leaving “Big Ben” as the only remaining member of the Killer B’s. Excuse me guys….”more honey please.”

Steeler Nation, while I am not a fan, I root for your team for a host of reasons. Hines Wards and Jarvis Jones comes to mind, both former Bulldogs, but they are all long gone from the organization.  The other reasons are because the organization epitomize the blue collar mentality associated with the region of the country as well as embracing what sports is all about: teamwork. Yet, through this whole fiasco, which begin with the Bell situation, the organization has not demonstrated the traits that make the Steelers the shining exemplar for other teams to emulate. Hold on…”more honey please.”

So, Roethlisberger is the lone B standing. Just with that statement alone, if I was a Steelers fan I would have a feeling of trepidation. In a beehive, the most important bee is the Queen Bee. Now, I’m no expert on bees, but I know that the other bees will viciously attack anything that threatens the Queen bee. And in return, the Queen bee lays lot of eggs and leaves chemical scents that keep the bee colony a cohesive unit. I would not linger too much with what I typed, but I would definitely make note of that last part of the responsibility of the Queen bee: keep the bee colony as a unit. It is obvious that somewhere along the line the things went awry. And in like any relationship, thing cans turn ugly on a dime. We have all witnessed this phenomenon. However, in this situation it just doesn’t make any sense. And I am not talking about the behaviour of the players; I referring to the decisions of the front office. Ben Roethlisberger is a Hall of Famer for certain, but if the Steelers are asking him to carry them to promise land again; they certainly just crippled an offense that was up and down all season. Both Brown and Bell would have certainly helped out in all phases of the offense while allowing the defense to catch their breathe on the sidelines. But, like my Grandmother would often say: “time will tell.” I just hope that Steeler Nation doesn’t find itself asking for “more honey please.”

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