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The eye of the storm

Move over Major League Baseball, college football is now the most corrupt sport in the world of athletics.

It wasn’t long ago when Major League Baseball topped the list because of the steroid era. The league was losing interest, Bud Selig needed a spark and turning a blind eye as players got jacked up on steroids and hit moon shots out of the stadium provided just that.

Now that the league has cracked down on its testing and suspensions, Major League Baseball is finally recovering from the damage caused by steroids.

College football was already number two on the list because of its absurd postseason format and was steadily gaining on the MLB each year as mid-major after mid-major was robbed at a chance at a national championship.

The Miami mascot may be no more. With some speculating that the Hurricanes could face the death penalty, it could be a while before we hear from the Hurricanes again. (Image via bleacherreport.com)

There is a great saying that “If you ain’t cheating, then you ain’t trying.”

College football has taken that saying to a whole new level: “If you aint cheating, you can’t win.”

In the past year, Auburn, Oregon, Ohio State, and now Miami, have all felt — or will feel — the heat of the NCAA.

Auburn and Oregon faced off in the national championship game last year. Ohio State is coming off one of the best ten year stretches it has ever accomplished, including three trips — and one title — to the national championship game.

The allegations brought forth by Nevin Shapiro in the Yahoo! Sports report date back to 2002, the golden days of the Hurricanes when they assembled more talent than your average NFL team.

In a way, college football is the new “steroids era.” So many teams — including high profile teams — are cheating, that it is becoming hard to distinguish between the teams doing it the right way, and teams cheating their way to victory. In the past year, I have lost so much faith in college football that I don’t know who or what to believe anymore.

I plan on watching college football just as I sat through Major League Baseball’s steroid era. On the other hand, some people may stop watching college football altogether. Unfortunately for the NCAA, this is just one of the problems it will face with its fans.

Some fans, including myself, will start second guessing every player and every team that achieves success. It was bad enough guessing who should play in the NCAA Championship game, now we get to guess whether the teams playing are clean or not.

Until the NCAA cleans up college football and restores its integrity, there will be a cloud of doubt over the current era.

I feel bad for Al Golden and the Hurricanes’ fans. Golden, who left Temple to become the Hurricanes new coach is now in a program where it could be impossible to win. The Hurricanes’ fans have faced the storm with courage, but with Shapiro stating that more allegations will be brought forth, it seems as if they are just sitting in the eye of the storm waiting for second wave to come through.

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Know your place

In grade school, whenever anyone upset you or hurt your feelings, the ultimate comeback was, “Well, you’re not invited to my birthday party anymore!”

According to Steve Williams’ comments after caddying Adam Scott to a win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Tiger Woods will not be invited to Williams’ birthday party.

I truly am happy for Scott and Williams and because it was his first tournament after being fired by Woods, I recognize that it’s not your typical tour win, but Williams’ sneaky shots at Tiger are as immature as it gets. It’s time to put your big boy pants on and move on.

“It’s been the greatest week of my life caddying, and I sincerely mean that,” Williams said of this past week. “I mean, this is the most satisfying win I’ve ever had, there’s no two ways about it.”

Adam Scott won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational shooting a 65 on Sunday, not Steve Williams. (Image via pga.com)

Really? I find it hard to believe that  Scott’s four-shot victory at the WGC-Bridgestone invitational is the most satisfying win for Williams, who has been a caddy for 33 years and had a 12-year stint with one of the best golfers in history. In his 12 years with Tiger Woods, Williams caddied a total 72 total victories, including 13 major championships.

That’s right, Tiger Woods won the tournaments, and Williams was just the caddy. Take Tiger away from Williams’ side for the past twelve years and Tiger would still be considered one of the greatest golfers ever. Take Williams away from Tiger’s side for the past twelve years and Williams would be a nobody. A caddy needs a golfer, a golfer doesn’t necessarily need a caddy.

The fact that the crowd chanted Williams’ name as Scott and Williams approached the 18th green is pathetic and embarrassing. In a classless act, Williams stole the spotlight from Scott, who should’ve been talking about how sweet the victory tasted. Instead, Williams hogged the microphone and attracted all the attention.

I know, I know, it wasn’t Williams who had the microphones or asked the questions. Correct, but Williams could’ve been mature and put out the fire instead of fueling it with gasoline. Williams could have deflected questions about himself and directed them towards Adam Scott. A simple “the past is behind me and this is a great win for Adam Scott” would have been subtle and polite.

Williams claims the past two years of his life were a complete waste. What about the ten years previous when he got to reap the benefits of being the caddy for the best golfer in the world? How much money did Tiger make him? Obviously it wasn’t enough because Williams plans to write a tell-all book and spill all of his secrets. Too bad Williams lost all of his credibility when he claimed to not know anything.

Whether it’s Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, or whoever else Williams caddies for, in the end, it’s the golfer who makes the shots and hoists the trophies.

It was obvious that Tiger needed a fresh start, and based on Williams’ behavior since his firing, it’s obvious why he’s no longer with Tiger. When both their careers end, we will remember the Tiger fist pumps and forget the man holding his clubs.

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