Thursday, February 21, 2019

Harrumphs and Hear, Hears.

     Even though I'm not Catholic, I, your Uncle P, can tell you exactly how this big meeting with the Pope and these bishops will go.

     The pope will sit there and complain loudly about how the Church is abusing its children through the sin of its leaders and that the Church needs to crack down, blah, blah, blah.
      Meanwhile the bishops, cardinals, Vatican toadies, bureaucrats, and functionaries, many of whom were around when the Crusades were bangin' will sit there, nod their heads at the right times, give an enthusiastic 'hear, hear' and 'harrumph', and pledge to support the Pope and wipe out the sin of clergy abuse of children.
      All the while, the Pope's message goes in one ear and out the other.  At least in the ears of those who haven't fallen asleep or died during the meeting.
      They'll defrock a bishop or two, give a cardinal a slap on the wrist, admonish the faithful that they've heard their cries for justice and that they pray for God to intervene.
       And then after every body has gotten all worked up and is raring to get to the bottom of this, they all go back home, and absolutely NOTHING more will happen.
       Because as far as the toadies and bureaucrats are concerned, Popes come, Popes go, but bureaucrats live on forever. And who really holds the levers of power in the Catholic Church, it'sthe old men in the offices. Not the old man wearing the triple tiara and the Fisherman's Ring. #JustSayin

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Call A Spade A Spade.

     I hope that the Alliance of American Football will eventually give the NFL a few things to consider, but what I'd like to see is a football league that gives a respectable alternative to college football.
     Problem that I see with the AAF is that it's for players that have spent a cup of coffee in the NFL, either on the bench of a team or have been through an NFL training camp. Not the type of league for players coming out of high school or playing college for a couple years.
      I want to see a football league that caters to 18-22 year olds who want a shot at playing pro football, but who don't want to put up with college life.
     Face it. College football is full of players who are only in college to bide their time until they can leave to go into the draft. I want to see a league that will pay these kids about $30-50k/yr, give them the rights to profit from their name and likeness and allow them to get used to a pro football life and after 3 or 4 years, will allow them a shot at the NFL or the AAF or the XFL or even Arenaball.
     To me, college football as it exists today is a joke. Their concept of student-athlete makes me laugh. Many of these  kids, especially the blue chippers aren't interested in getting a degree. They want to play football.
      And the NCAA's sham amateurism makes a ton of money for them and the schools, but the kids don't get dada for their work.
      I don't figure the NFL would want to create something like this because who wants to buy the cow when you can get the milk for free.  But this is something I'd want to see and support.
       At least it calls a spade a spade and opens up roster spots on college teams for those players who want to play football and earn legit degrees.