Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Quote of the Day

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask,
"Where have I gone wrong?"
Then a voice says to me,
"This is going to take more than one night."

Charles Monroe Schulz

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Quote of the Day

Read, every day, something no one else is
reading. Think, every day, something no one
else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one
else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for
the mind to continually be part of unanimity.

Christopher Morley

Monday, September 27, 2010

Quote of the Day

The thing that is really hard, and really
amazing, is giving up on being perfect and
beginning the work of becoming yourself.

Anna Marie Quindlen

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Quote of the Day

Death comes to all, but great achievements
build a monument which shall endure
until the sun grows cold.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Truth About Title IX: Pass it On!

Regular readers of this wonderful site - a.k.a. The Dirty Two Dozen - are already well-versed when it comes to the unintended consequences of Title IX.

You know all about roster caps and program cuts and the damage they've caused to sports like swimming, wrestling, and gymnastics.

Today, the Boston Globe has an article that you should pass along to the rest of the world

That's right, there are millions of folks out there that don't have a clue about "proportionality" and the damage it's done to men's athletics.

Read College Dropouts Increase here.

“Every April, you hear about the spring slaughter,’’ said Minnesota men’s gymnastics coach Mike Burns, whose program is one of 17 remaining in a sport that numbered 124 in 1972.

April? How about the gutless administrators who drop the "your program is cut" bomb in May, when the campus is emptying out for the summer?

So most schools have stayed in compliance by adding numbers-rich women’s sports such as rowing (with its average squad size of 50), soccer (25) and lacrosse (23) to help balance football (103) and by focusing on roster management, capping the size of men’s teams while increasing women’s.

“That’s what they’ve been doing for 15-20 years to avoid cutting sports,’’ said Pearson. “They put quotas on the men’s teams and inflate the women’s rosters.’’

The truth about Title IX...pass it on...

Quote of the Day

Tough times don't last, but tough people do.

Robert Harold Schuller

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Quote of the Day

Unanimity is almost always
an indication of servitude.

Charles François Marie, Comte de Rémusat

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Quote of the Day

I'm going to say this because I know my fans
like my brutal honesty. Every year, all the
competitors go out to the bar and try to
get me drunk so I can't run the next
day. It didn't work this time.

Anthony Wayne "Tony" Stewart

Monday, September 20, 2010

Quote of the Day

I never did say that you can't be a nice
guy and win. I said that if I was playing
third base and my mother rounded third
with the winning run, I'd trip her up.

Leo Ernest Durocher

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Quote of the Day

Why not go out on a limb?
Isn't that where the fruit is?

Frank Scully

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Quote of the Day

For a dummy, you make a lot of sense.

John Elroy Sanford, a.k.a. Redd Foxx

Friday, September 17, 2010

Quote of the Day (thanks Dad)

The democracy will cease to exist when you
take away from those who are willing to
work and give to those who would not.

Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Quote of the Day

When a thing is funny, search
it carefully for a hidden truth.

George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Quote of the Day

The conception of two people living together
for twenty-five years without having a
cross word suggests a lack of spirit
only to be admired in sheep.

Sir Alan Patrick "A.P." Herbert

Friday, September 10, 2010

Unintended Consequences

Just about everyone would agree with the positive things Title IX has done for equity in athletics. Pretty much a no-brainer, right?

What about the damage Title IX has done to men's sports?

Seems more and more women are coming around to the idea that proportionality has harmed men's athletics.

Women have enjoyed the benefits of Title IX while seeing their brothers, nephews, sons, etc. lose out on their chances to participate in collegiate athletics. Great law, that Title IX, but the unintended consequences sure stink, don't they?

There are still plenty of holdouts* on proportionality, but Susannah Jacob doesn't sound like one of them. Read her editorial in The Daily Texan here.

But no legislation is perfect, particularly when executed, and Title IX is not flawless. This year, the College Sports Council, an advocacy organization that describes its mission in part as reforming Title IX regulations, conducted a study showing that male soccer players at NCAA Division I schools get the short end of the stick as a result of schools trying to meet Title IX gender quotas. The numbers are striking: about 310 women’s soccer teams compared to only 197 men’s teams, and 8,117 female players in Division I compare to just 5,607 male players. The study reports that 93.1 percent of Division I athletic programs offer women’s soccer but just 59.2 percent offer men’s soccer.

These numbers have driven home their point and may raise questions about whether some schools need to take another look at gender equality of sports programs, keeping men in mind. Overwhelmingly, however, the effects of Title IX — increasingly a part of history — are still powerfully present and should be celebrated. The underlying reality: Equality and athletics allow girls and boys, men and women, to thrive and lead healthy productive lives. And congratulations to the UT women’s volleyball team.

Thanks, EM!

*Title IX radicals into the "revenge" thing?

Quote of the Day

In attempts to improve your character, know
what is in your power and what is beyond it.

Francis Thompson

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Quote of the Day

A mind, like a home, is furnished by its
owner, so if one's life is cold and bare
he can blame none but himself.

Louis Dearborn L'Amour

Friday, September 03, 2010

Quote of the Day

One of the symptoms of approaching nervous
breakdown is the belief that one's work is
terribly important, and that to take a
holiday would bring all kinds of disaster.

Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Quote of the Day

The greater the ignorance,
the greater the dogmatism.

Sir William Osler