Heisman

Sep. 16th, 2010 09:49 pm
lynxreign: (Angry Tiger)
[personal profile] lynxreign
I know most of the people that might chance across this don't give a damn about football, but I have to say this somewhere. The pressure they put on Reggie Bush that ended up forcing him to give back the trophy he was awarded keep reminding me of how they stripped Jim Thorpe of his medals. It is utter bullshit and everyone who ever received a Heisman should give it back in support of Reggie. I could go on about why, but I'd likely be yelling to myself.

Date: 2010-09-17 01:53 am (UTC)
yendi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] yendi
100% agreed.

Date: 2010-09-17 02:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joncwriter.livejournal.com
Yup, agreed!

Date: 2010-09-17 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catvalente.livejournal.com
Wait, what?

Date: 2010-09-17 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lynxreign.livejournal.com
Reggie Bush is an NFL running back who was given the Heisman Trophy in 2005 when he was still a college student. It is an award for the outstanding college player of the year. There were "irregularities" while he was in college involving giving football players gifts they weren't supposed to be getting. This came out, the football program was suspended for a few years, players and coaches punished, etc...
Bush had already graduated by then, so they started loud inqueries about whether or not they were going to take back the trophy. After months if not years of this hanging over his head, Bush said "fine, I'll give it back."

Part of what has me upset is that there's probably not a Heismann winner alive who didn't also get "gifts" while a college player. It is like all the nonsense about pro athletes taking steriods. Another part is that the schools make a TON of money off these unpaid athletes, most of whom do not go on to a lucrative professional career.

Or did you mean the Thorpe comparison?

Date: 2010-09-17 01:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] head58.livejournal.com
I could go on about why, but I'd likely be yelling to myself.

Date: 2010-09-17 10:43 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-09-18 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emmalyon.livejournal.com
I totally agree! I there are plenty of past recipients who either didn't deserve it at all, or who later turned out to be actual felons, and they have never asked for it back before. If they could prove hae had been on steroids or something, MAYBE they would have a case, but this? Bullshit. The NCCA is totally out of control with the all this--did you hear about the kid who is in trouble because he sold one of his jerseys last year? And yet that guy Masoli, who got kicked out of his last college because he was a frickin' criminal, is now starting for his new school, and that's totally fine apparently.
I do think that it was very mature of Bush just to send the damn trophy back, so that he can move on.

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