Berry Tramel took a long look at the ethos around selling beer in college football stadiums prompted by the news out of Stillwater last week.
Too much revenue to be made. Too many people enticed to the stadium, in an era when getting butts in the seats is a constant battle against the technological comforts of home. Too much criticism of elitism, since many schools sell alcohol to high-rollers in skyboxes but not to the great unwashed sitting under the sky.
But hypocrisy comes in many flavors. And universities have just shifted the hypocrisy.
At a time when binge-drinking on college campuses is a major scourge, and reprehensible behavior fueled by alcohol is the sum of all administrators’ fears, it seems a little disingenuous for universities to endorse consumption at ballgames.
I know, I know. Plenty of statistics abound to show that drunkenness has decreased in stadiums that serve alcohol. The theory goes that instead of binge-drinking at tailgates, fans spread it out more, knowing they can imbibe during games. [NewsOK]
The motive here isn’t to serve the in-stadium population equitably – serving to the club and suites but not to the rest – but revenue capturing with a side order of justification in that it decreases alcohol abuse.
But to his point, the first time I saw a student carrying a six-pack across Library Lawn on Gameday highlighted the interesting paradox of college sports in America – there are rules and then there are rules around college sports.
In what appears to be one of the rosier outlooks for this rebuilding/reloading Cowboy Football team, an Oklahoma media personality predicted a really nice outcome for 2018 Cowboy Football:
Steely: “Spencer Sanders starts to live up to the all the hype that Mike Gundy promised. Sanders rescues the Cowboys for a win in the Boise State game. The Cowboys start 7-0, then lose to Texas, OU and TCU to finish a very respectable 9-3.” [TulsaWorld]
OSU and NCAA Notes
Good summary of Gundy’s Media Day comments from old PFB friend Matt Harris….Buy your Big 12 Football Champ Game tickets on Friday….Three schools that way overspend to be competitive in college sports….The UAB turnaround is pretty wild….Interesting to see how guys like Holgorsen handle not calling plays
Let’s record Justice Q&A’s with Barry, Thurman, and some of the Les Miles, early Gundy backs.
Talking to @jhill21_ 1on1 at #Big12FB Media Days, said he’d love an opportunity to pick the brains of former #okstate legends and NFL Hall of Fame RBs @BarrySanders and @thurmanthomas. pic.twitter.com/hwfIT0VmIW
— Jason Elmquist (@jelmquistSW) July 17, 2018
What a jokester.
Mike Gundy on #OKState‘s new video board is pure gold.
“It looks awesome. I don’t know if they’ve plugged it in yet. … It’d be interesting to put one of those things you do blood pressure with on Holder when they plug that in and you watch that electric meter start spinning.”
— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) July 17, 2018
I know they say it’s hard to stop once you start getting bigger and bigger but it’s hard to argue for bigger than eight.
Mike Gundy said he prefers an 8-team @CFBPlayoff (Power 5 conference champs, 2 wildcards & G5 team): “If you’re at a smaller (Group of 5) school you essentially have no chance to win a national championship because you’ll never get in & I don’t think that’s fair.”
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 17, 2018
This Gundy Q&A over recruiting was great – “He’s busy… and I’m busy raising farm animals.”
Yesterday on PFB
- The biggest no-brainer – a Barry Sanders statue is in the works at Oklahoma State
- Mike Holder’s comments didn’t concern Gundy for a second
- Justice Hill brought the heat, said his brother isn’t going to OU
- Mike Gundy says Taylor Cornelius is the guy (going into August)
- See what’s going down on the recruiting trail in the latest Reload
Other Stuff I’m Chewing On
- There’s one Blockbuster still standing
- Couple thoughts on this Raptitude piece on “making the right decision”: it’s brilliant and freeing in a society paralyzed by options but would add the concept of morality/objective truth to fit my perspective
- In a town without water, Coca-Cola is everywhere
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