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Sports often overshadow academics

SW2Fiddler

We Are Cognitive Dissidents
Mar 19, 2014
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(Isn't everyone glad college football season has started?) :cool:
Not everyone. Some of us see school and state budgets for arts and sciences withering away and it's hard to be very enthused about hand-egg (it's not a ball, and rarely manipulated with the foot) contests looking like the reason colleges exist. [/GRUMPYDAD]
 

Electricfan

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Aug 24, 2013
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Not everyone. Some of us see school and state budgets for arts and sciences withering away and it's hard to be very enthused about hand-egg (it's not a ball, and rarely manipulated with the foot) contests looking like the reason colleges exist. [/GRUMPYDAD]

Outside the USA its not football at all - got to be careful when overseas talking sports... I agree the money is out of whack. Emphasis on sports is not right. Still can't help myself though - love watching the games.
 

Larry Chanin

President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts
Aug 22, 2011
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Not everyone. Some of us see school and state budgets for arts and sciences withering away and it's hard to be very enthused about hand-egg (it's not a ball, and rarely manipulated with the foot) contests looking like the reason colleges exist. [/GRUMPYDAD]

Outside the USA its not football at all - got to be careful when overseas talking sports... I agree the money is out of whack. Emphasis on sports is not right. Still can't help myself though - love watching the games.

Moderator note: We are starting to veer off-topic. Please, let's keep the discussion about the Tallahassee Supercharger Station.

Thanks.

Larry
 

Lawsteve

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Aug 12, 2013
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While taking update photos this weekend at the Tallahassee supercharger site, I will think about the following comment:
Not everyone. Some of us see school and state budgets for arts and sciences withering away and it's hard to be very enthused about hand-egg (it's not a ball, and rarely manipulated with the foot) contests looking like the reason colleges exist. [/GRUMPYDAD]
I agree that sports often overshadow academics. I support the athletics at FSU, but I also endowed a scholarship fund, based solely upon academic performance (both grades, participation in scholarly organizations, and accomplishments outside the classroom) to provide an annual scholarship payment for a member of the FSU Marching Band (the "Marching Chiefs") who is not a music major - they make up approximately 75% of the band.

Hopefully the $$ will help a student to excel, purchase a Tesla in the future, and make good use of the Tallahassee supercharger.

Sorry Larry, I just couldn't resist!
 

jrreno

Nothin' left to do but smile, smile, smile
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Jul 21, 2013
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Lawsteve, I will so be looking forward to seeing some pictures added to this thread that are actually relevant to the Supercharger progress! I keep checking in hoping to see where its at.
 

Lawsteve

MCATDT
Aug 12, 2013
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I plan to visit the site this weekend while in Tsllahassee for the FSU game. I'll try to post without pissing off Larry this time!

It's tough being a smart ass, but I just can't resist the temptation at times.
 

ItsNotAboutTheMoney

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Jul 12, 2012
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Not everyone. Some of us see school and state budgets for arts and sciences withering away and it's hard to be very enthused about hand-egg (it's not a ball, and rarely manipulated with the foot) contests looking like the reason colleges exist. [/GRUMPYDAD]
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I'm not American, so maybe that's why I hate college sports. Oh for an NFL U-21 league.

And I think it's great to see another Supercharger fill another gap to make driving less restricted.
 

SeminoleFSU

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Apr 5, 2013
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Not everyone. Some of us see school and state budgets for arts and sciences withering away and it's hard to be very enthused about hand-egg (it's not a ball, and rarely manipulated with the foot) contests looking like the reason colleges exist. [/GRUMPYDAD]
You're dead on... and the worst part about this is where most of the "money" comes from (see my avatar)

But despite knowing it's all a giant spectacle to distract and divert our attention from reality like a roman colosseum, I love to watch it. :)
 

Larry Chanin

President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts
Aug 22, 2011
4,937
797
Sarasota, Florida
I plan to visit the site this weekend while in Tsllahassee for the FSU game. I'll try to post without pissing off Larry this time!

It's tough being a smart ass, but I just can't resist the temptation at times.

Hi Steve,

You could never piss me off. :wink:

We created this special off topic thread for you and others to wax philosophical on the subject without disrupting the Tallahassee Supercharger thread.

You can see that others are participating in the new thread.

Regards,

Larry
 

jerry33

(S85-3/2/13 traded in) X LR: F2611##-3/27/20
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Mar 8, 2012
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School taxes are over 50% of the property tax here. I reckon about 90% of that 50% goes to sports. Every high school has a very costly sign promoting how good they are at sports. Unfortunately, sports in school teaches two things: 1) Might makes right. 2) Studying is for losers because professional sports doesn't require education. Sports in school is fine if the parents pay 100% of the costs--including land, buildings and salaries.

Of course, where I live the religious right has altered the textbooks so perhaps it's for the best that they don't learn from them.
 

atlg8or

5 Tesla family // 3 + 3 + FIL S + SIL Sx2
Jan 24, 2013
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Atlanta
Wow, didn't realize my jest comment about college football would generate such discussion. I probably should have said, "Aren't many in the Southeastern U.S. glad that college football season has started?" :wink:

As a side note, while agreed that college football and basketball have become big business, the passion for these sports also generate terrific alumni engagement, which are strongly tied to significant endowments and other gifts, which then allow universities to continue to lead academic research and other noble callings. These sports also contribute to (arguably) a rich college experience for both student athletes and other students who love following various sports.

No queston the balance has become out of whack on sports vs academics in many cases, but I'm grateful that at UF, both of these strengths contribute toward each other in many ways people often don't recognize. Go Gators!
 
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Pro sports really bothers me now. Growing up I played futbol, there is no promotion for this in the states? Baseball and football are so tiring to hear about from my peers. I stop taking walks with friends at work during the sports seasons because that is all they talk about. Politics and pro sports and 'news' -3 things I dislike
And really ignant people
We couldn't have played sports and been engineers at our school, the only person who managed to do a sport did x country running...
 

burkevalocks

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In 39 out of 50 states, college football or basketball coaches are the highest paid public employees in the state.

Infographic: Is Your States Highest-Paid Employee A Coach? (Probably)

The other 11?

College President - Alaska, Montana, Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware
Medical School - Nevada (Plastic Surgeon), North & South Dakota (Dean), New York (Department Chair), Massachusetts (Chancellor)
Law School Dean - Maine


That is crazy i had no idea. That is really great information.
 

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