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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 Sept. 23, 2011 / 24 Elul, 5771

Big-time college football is now all about the money

By Dan K. Thomasson




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If there ever was any doubt about the venality of those running big time college football, it has been dispelled in recent weeks by a series of piratical raids so audacious they would leave Blackbeard envious.

Seemingly without a second thought, the looters began a process that if followed to its logical conclusion may some day in the not too distant future spell the end of the NCAA's top tier in its main revenue activities at least and probably the entire Division I-A. The football powerhouses were abandoning their conferences at a clip never before seen, dumping their former partners for more high profile venues. Boola, Boola has become Moolah, Moolah.

Texas A&M started the latest dash toward super conference creation by seeking to abandon the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference, thereby setting the stage for others to follow. The SEC has accepted the school but is waiting until legal issues are resolved. The Big East then became a huge loser as the Atlantic Coast Conference offered two of that league's premier football and basketball schools, Syracuse and Pittsburgh, the opportunity to join. Only seven football teams would remain in the Big East, potentially disrupting that conference's participation in the Bowl Championship Series where schools earn up to $18 million for reaching major bowls. That move also upset traditional basketball rivalries like Syracuse and Georgetown.

And there is every indication that more of the same is on the way in other conferences as the search for TV revenues has been all-consuming under economic pressures that have turned Saturday afternoons into a mockery of all that academic babble about "student athletes." The true student athletes all reside in Divisions II and III anyway. Actually, the athletes are the only ones who won't benefit financially, at least directly, from the TV tidal wave of cash being dumped into big time collegiate coffers. All bets are off on the paying them issue, however, if there is eventually a consortium of major schools at the expense of the NCAA.

There ultimately may be a number of schools left with independent status and little chance in sharing the bounty. Some may even decided that football is far too expensive to continue playing. My own university, Indiana, the perennial bottom dweller in that sport, probably should do that now except that it is protected by the Big Ten, which has 12 teams and its own TV network. The league apparently feels that one of its oldest members should have the privilege of practicing masochism as a religion if it wishes. You know these liberal academics. Besides every school needs a Homecoming patsy and Indiana always seems willing. But the cost of 100 years of losing has been high.

It is easy to foresee that the upshot of all this movement by the football biggies to 16- and 18-team leagues would soon usurp the authority of an NCAA that has been powerless to stop it. That would be true even if the presidents who are supposed to run the college athletic governing association weren't involved in the shenanigans up to their jock straps, which they are.

So these institutions with the oversized stadiums and pro-like accommodations for high rollers might just decide they no longer needed the affiliation with a bunch of small timers, no matter if some of them have been their longest rivals. No hard feelings, Armpit U. It's just business.

They say that college football has become the hottest ticket on sports TV, and the billions being spread around to the winners of this lottery can't be denied the opportunity to increase their wealth. It is more than likely that new rivalries will be formed with teams in a league that stretches from coast to coast.

An old professor of mine wrote a great story about the day football died. It got so big that each school had to have two stadiums for every game. When the defense was on the field in one, the offense would be on another. Each squad would run back and forth through a tunnel connecting the stadiums. The sport became so confusing not to mention expensive that suddenly no one could follow it and it died. What a shame.

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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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