You have decided that we, the members of the common clave,
people of the land - you know, morons - eat too much salt and must be protected
♪♫ I’ve got hypertension!
So you are going to make food companies take the salt out
of our processed food, our lunchmeats, our soups, our cheese - gradually, so
that we won’t notice a difference.
♪♫ No taste
But you should know we’re more attentive and clever than
you realize, and we have the ability to season our own food, even if that means
putting on more salt.
♪♫ Where’s my
salt shaker? ♪♫
But because you are so smart and
know what’s best for us, you’ll continue to dictate, legislate, and regulate like
it’s going out of style, to mold us into your vision of perfection, all on the
taxpayers’ backs.So here’s to you, Mr.
Nanny State FDA Regulator.
♪♫ Mr. Nanny State
FDA Regulaaaaaaaaaaatoooooooooooor! ♪♫
Inspired by this and with all due apologies to the Anheuser-Busch corporation and Bud Light.
The Western Kentucky and Flrodia Atlantic Baseball teams recently experienced a lengthy rain delay in one of their games. But they made the best of it by putting on some creative and humorous skits. Here, for your enjoyment, is Rain Delay Theatre.
Here is a directory of federal, state, and local government employee salary databases with lots of details. Since public university coaches and athletic department administrators are public employees, this is a good source to look up their salaries. Here's Mizzou's Mike Alden. Here is former MU linebacker and current assistant football coach Barry Odom. He makes almost as much as Alden, which surprised me. I searched here for Minnesota State University's head football coach, Todd Hoffner, and his salary from 2008 was in there. This could be a very valuable tool for sports economists interested in examining the salaries of coaches and athletic administrators at the big school and little school level.
From Alan Scher Zagier at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Career placement for athletes has even become a cottage industry, with schools such as Clemson, Kentucky, Ohio State and Oregon hiring private companies such as CareerAthletes.com that specialize in connecting athletes with job leads.
Here's the story. The problem facing any college graduate is giving off the "right" signals to prospective employers, signals that tell the employers what type of employee the graduate can become. Zaiger notes that job recruiters are looking for people who have time management skills, a willingness and ability to sacrifice and to take criticism, and leadership skills. The typical non-athlete will hold down jobs, get involved in departmental clubs and organizations, and get internships in order to send the appropriate signal to recruiters.
But what can athletes do? There are NCAA rules that restrict the ability of players to hold down jobs, but any college athlete will tell you that her sport is her job. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to even make it to the second or third string on a team, let alone what it takes to be a starter or the first player off the bench. The sport is so time-intensive that the opportunity cost of interning and being involved in campus organizations is very high. Surely this is one reason why, as Zaiger notes, former college athletes often have a name-recognition edge on the job market.
What about other signals, like GPA? A GPA can tell you a lot about a person's time management skills, willingness and ability to sacrifice, etc, especially in disciplines like economics, engineering, and math. But the signal sent by GPA's in majors like education, sociology, social work, and the various "studies" majors, where how you feel is held in higher esteem than in fields like math, is more muddled. Moreover, you don't see many players, especially in the revenue sports, majoring in difficult fields like economics, chemistry, chemistry, and math for the same reason they don't participate in campus organizations: the opportunity cost of these programs is too high from their point of view.
Lastly, the biggest criticism often levied on the revenue college sports is that the players receive no monetary compensation for their time and effort. While this is true, they do receive non-pecuniary benefits that at least partially offset the lack of money income, and this placement service is one of them.
The roughly 500 Missouri athletes receive far more individualized care than the 8,000 students who visit the campus career center in person or online each year, acknowledged the center's assistant director Craig Benson.
But given their service to the school, that extra attention is deserved, he said.
HT to Marginal Revolution, as always, for the MIE title tag.
So, coach Mike Anderson, aka CMA, the Missouri men's basketball coach, has chosen to remain at Missouri rather than go to Oregon. Joe Walljasper has an amusing take on what he would have liked to have seen in terms of an announcement.
"Here was my vision for today’s Missouri basketball postseason banquet: Coach Mike Anderson takes a seat behind a microphone and places hats from Missouri and Oregon in front of him. After explaining that there are many things to recommend about both schools, he declares his allegiance by donning the appropriate headgear."
I would rather have seen him don the head of the team's mascot, ala College Gameday on ESPN.
But why would CMA have flirted so publicly with the Ducks in the first place, especially given what he's building at Mizzou and the fact that two sons of one of his best friends are members of CMA's highly-ranked 2010 recruiting class? Bryan Burwell has an interesting take:
"Two words: Phil Knight.
Knight, Nike's chairman of the board, is one of the most powerful forces in the business of sports and he essentially runs the Oregon sports program with his limitless checkbook. He also carries so much clout in college basketball because of those lucrative shoe and apparel deals schools like Missouri sign with Nike. And if you weren't aware of it before, Mizzou is considered one of Nike's favorite high-profile clients (remember the special uniforms Nike designed for Mizzou football for the Kansas game last year? They don't give that star treatment to every program).
The most popular theory in college basketball circles is that when the Nike chairman beckons — particularly if you are working at a Nike school — you are obliged to listen.
So it wouldn't be unreasonable to assume that even if Anderson wasn't truly interested in the Oregon gig, he had to at least go through the motions in deference to Knight."
I think that's the right take. I would have been disappointed to see CMA take the Duck's job, but I wouldn't have held it against him if he had. Reports suggested he may have made at least $500,000 more per year at OU. Because of the toxic political cesspool that is academia, it doesn't take much for the winds of change to start blowing against you, so you have to do what's best for you and yours. If that means taking the money and running, then so be it. Besides, I doubt he really had much interest in the Oregon job (see the next-to-last paragraph here).