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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 5 , 2012/ 18 Adar, 5772

Celebrate one-year rent-a-teams?

By Dan K. Thomasson




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You shouldn't confuse the University of Kentucky team that rolled through the NCAA tournament with a college organization made up of student athletes. It was a group of players of advanced ability recruited carefully from around the nation to wear the school colors for one year, and if the professional league rules allowed, the nucleus of the unit would have gone directly there.

One got the impression that the whoops and hollers and back slapping these players engaged in after thrashing the Kansas squad was not as much an expression of exuberance for the old school but for their own prospects for a long life as multimillionaires. Who can blame them? Onward and upward fully six of them will go unencumbered by any need for education and with the blessing of NCAA officials who will grumble about it all the way to the bank.

Meanwhile, there already is speculation that the wizard of this kind of legalized sleight-of-hand, Coach John Calipari, having won his first college championship, will head for the NBA's green pastures, perhaps once again one step ahead of the NCAA police. If that basketball shoe should drop it would be the third time it has happened to a Calipari-led team, inexplicably without visible harm to him or his reputation. He is a good coach, by the way. But with the kind of talent he finds, it is difficult to say how good.

Do the presidents of the schools who actually run the NCAA prostitute themselves by buying into a system that permits the "hiring" of a new batch of young men every year or two at the most to fill their arenas-- making certain by slickly managing their curriculum that they can stay eligible for what amounts to just a few months? Ka-ching! Ka-ching! Well, of course they do but then the price is right. A little "one and done" is not such a bad thing.

The hypocrisy is monumental and makes a mockery out of the NCAA's silly claims about academics first. This is an association that refuses to pay any kind of stipend to its athletes other than room, board, tuition and books. That's how it maintains its claims of purity. What a hoot. Meanwhile, the greedy owners of the playground game now passing for professional basketball use the colleges as their farm clubs, thereby saving them millions of dollars they would have to spend by creating a minor league.

This alliance is just a teeny bit unholy to say the least. As for Kentucky, there is a reputation.

I grew up admiring the "true" Kentucky teams of Alex Groza, Ralph Beard and Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones. But even then only Jones escaped the stigma of the point shaving scandals. At my high school basketball banquet we were treated to a lecture by Groza, then a professional, about the integrity of the game and what it had done for him. He was indicted in New York along with fellow teammates only a few weeks later for taking bribes from gamblers while playing with Kentucky in Madison Square Garden. Imagine our disillusionment.

I'm not sure anyone has an answer to the current situation, what with its constitutional questions about denying participation in the pros even for a year. But the colleges have a right to dictate certain conditions including the requirement of core subjects and class attendance. In fairness, a number of institutions try to base some of their recruiting on higher standards than the NCAA requires. Obviously, some don't, promising that a semester and a half is a gateway to unimagined wealth for the underprivileged kid. Those who control the Division One program obviously need to figure this out.

When my friend, the late Dr. Ken Haggerty, returned from World War II, he chose a college and became its basketball captain. While visiting with a potential recruit and his mother, the mother asked only, "Do they go to chapel at your school?" Ken replied, "Every morning, ma'am." The mother turned to the son and said emphatically, "That's where you're going, Bobby." That's how the great Bob Cousy got to Holly Cross.

It is a story worth remembering.

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03/12/12: A kinder, gentler day when fists settled disputes

03/05/12: Do conservatives want a victory or a statement?

02/27/12: Hillary vs. Jeb?

02/17/12: Why wait for the until GOP nominating convention?

02/17/12: Prez is not a god, just a cause of O.G. D.: Obama Governmental Dysfunction

02/13/12: Minor tardiness doesn't warrant court action

02/08/12: College rankings aren't always reliable

02/01/12: Millionaire Fans Watching Millionaire Players

01/30/12: Kiriakou case may plug leaks, stifle democracy

01/09/12: Feds need to find if Brit hackers targeted 9/11 families

12/23/11: NIH flu-strain decision endangers us all

12/09/11: U.S. Postal Service may be beyond saving

11/30/11: Do-gooder gets deserved earful

11/24/11: Lawmakers should pledge to think on their own

11/22/11: Iowa: Vital to GOP now, irrelevant later

11/16/11: Pentagon's ‘senior mentor’ service takes hit

11/14/11: With Congress, expect more intransigence

11/08/11: Paterno's illustrious career faces tarnished end

10/31/11: The FBI is burned by its Boston informants

10/18//11: President Inexperienced again picked style and enthusiasm over caution. He must pay

10/10/11: Prosecutors routinely abuse plea bargaining

10/04/11: In Christie,shades of William Howard Taft

09/27/11: One word for Obama's prospects --- ‘bleak’

09/26/11: Obama quickly running out of time

09/23/11: Big-time college football is now all about the money

09/22/11: A trip to the dentist cleans out your wallet

09/06/11: College rankings a useless exercise

08/31/11: Thankful a mother isn't alive to see this hungry mess

08/30/11: ‘Supercommittee’ should meet in secret

08/22/11: Is college still worth it? Some majors are

08/15/11: Pray for miracle from debt committee

08/09/11: S&P mixes credit ratings with politics

08/08/11: Politics again takes precedence over common sense

08/04/11: In modern society, a distinct pattern of senselessness

07/29/11: A debt solution: Throw the rascals out, all of them

07/21/11: Campaign finance reform --- you're kidding, right!?

07/08/11: Casey Anthony jury did its job

07/05/11: Nailing a prominent figure or institution should come at a heavy risk — and an even greater price if proven a hoax





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