We’re almost halfway through the week, you guys! Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying our new site design here at WFNY. The weekend will be here before we know it so with that said, let’s get right into today’s topics:
Just when you thought Cleveland Browns fans would somewhat stop caring about the NFL Draft, or at least not care as much, the NFL seems to have other ideas. It looks as though Cleveland will host the 2021 NFL Draft, which will be one heckuva time for Northeast Ohio and the hundreds of thousands of fans that decide to attend. Not only will it bring in millions of dollars to the city’ economy, but I mean, how cool will it be that it’s actually in our city? Something that Browns fans and NFL fans alike have been watching for years is about to be in the heart of the Dawg Pound? Yes, please.
While it sucks that Cleveland and didn’t jointly win a bid after being rejected twice, the fact that such a big sporting event that the entire country watches every April will be in Cleveland is still pretty awesome. It’s even better than us Northeast Ohioans will be able to be in attendance and see all those events surrounding the entire weekend if we’d like.
So, with the 32nd pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…
When the NCAA announced last Tuesday that it had “appointed a working group to examine issues highlighted in recently proposed federal and state legislation related to student-athlete name, image, and likeness. …The working group will study modifications of current rules, policies, and practices” to determine whether any changes to the NCAA’s current policies should be made.
“This group will bring together diverse opinions from the membership – from presidents and commissioners to student-athletes – that will examine the NCAA’s position on name, image and likeness benefits and potentially propose rule modifications tethered to education,” Ackerman said in a statement. “We believe the time is right for these discussions and look forward to a thorough assessment of the many complexities involved in this area.”
Rumors began swirling that maybe, just maybe, NCAA Football, the video game would make come back. With Ohio State Buckeyes athletic director Gene Smith playing a role in determining what happens in the working group, Buckeye Nation will get a first-hand look at what could take place.
NCAA President Mark Emmert and lawyer Leonard Aragon didn’t do much of anything to quiet those rumors and seem to be on board with the direction of college sports, too.
“We’re at a place right now where I strongly believe that we need to be more pro-active in looking at and exploring what could or couldn’t occur” regarding athletes’ names, images, and likenesses (NILs),” Aragon said, according to USA Today.
“I’d love to see the game come back. The (players) loved it. Colleges have video game leagues now. If it came back, I would go buy stock in EA. Seriously.”
If NCAA Football returns to game consoles, I, like many others, might just have to relive a bit of my childhood. One of the best video games ever, NCAA Football had everything if you are a college football fan: The games themselves, dynasties, recruiting, online play, and a number of other things as well. It was a perfect time killer and as a kid, it made me think that I was actually made me think I could recruit the best high school football “prospects” in the country and beat any team I wanted while winning national championships along the way.
The last edition of the video game was released in 2013 when Michigan’s Denard Robinson graced the cover. Way to go Michigan, amirite? Can’t even when a video game cover, honestly. But, the reason it came to an end back then was due to “the current business climate and costs of litigation,” which resulted in lawsuits revolving around athletes likeness.” While the game didn’t use players’ names, it used their size, attributes, and numbers, essentially making an unpaid college student-athlete part of the game.1
It sucked when NCAA Football stopped being made in 2013, but it will be well worth the wait if it returns, even if it’s been nearly seven years too long. We may all be getting a little ahead of ourselves, but it’s hard not to get excited if NCAA Football is legitimately returning to game consoles sooner rather than later.
I’m genuinely confused at where the Wall Street Journal was trying to go when they made this tweet. It’s not clickbait because, well, in order to read the story you have to be a subscriber and it surely isn’t worth that. Maybe they were just looking for a bunch of people to respond on Twitter? I really don’t know, but here’s the embarrassing yet hilarious, funny, and obvious statement that they tweeted Tuesday morning:
The Warriors would not be a dynasty without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant https://t.co/9Po7NDjWWX
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) May 21, 2019
Crazy. When you remove a team’s best players they are no longer a dynasty or good? Who would have thought that? Seriously though, what’s the point of this? When I first read it, I legitimately thought it was a fake account or from The Onion. Nope, I was wrong.
So, with this embarrassing headline leading the way, I guess we could also say that if the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t have LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and shirtless JR Smith, among others, they wouldn’t have brought Cleveland its first major sports championship since 1964. If The New England Patriots didn’t have Tom Brady they all but certainly wouldn’t be a dynasty. I can go on and on but we’ve already given WSJ way too much attention, something that they seem to be seeking by tweeting something like that.
Hope everyone has a great Hump Day and rest of the week!