February 7, 2008

Don't you want me?

I know many SFTC readers are die-hard sports fans. (Just kidding -- two certain attorneys in Oswego, N.Y., and New Market, Md., are probably the only ones.) So although this post is somewhat sports-related, all of you non sportsies can think of it as a mystery/thriller post. I think you'll find it interesting even though it mentions the word "football." To make it really worth your while, I'm including details below for how you can win the much-anticipated second SFTC trivia music giveaway.

Seems that a high school football player in Nevada thought he was being recruited to play at a handful of top-tier college football programs, including the University of California and Oregon. Friday, he held a news conference at his high school -- in front of other students and local media -- to announce that he had chosen to play football, um, I mean enroll as a student-athlete, at Cal. According to the Washington Post's account of the news conference, the kid had two caps -- one Cal, one Oregon -- on the table in front of him, and he made the announcement all dramatic-ish by grabbing and putting on the Cal hat. (Now if that's not drama, you tell me what is.)

There was one small problem. Turns out that Cal hadn't actually recruited him. Nor had Oregon, for that matter. Or Illinois or Nevada Oklahoma State, some of the other schools he believed had tried to woo him.

Oops.

Apparently nobody is sure whether the kid was duped by people who were pretending to be coaches from the various schools, or whether he made the whole thing up himself -- possibly to somehow cover for having accepted a loan of several hundred dollars from someone he believed to be a recruiter -- and couldn't figure out how to stop the hype machine that led to his news conference.

By the way, high school seniors having pressers to announce where they're going to school: Great trend that's developed lately, isn't it? How about we just stop that silliness? If I were in school, I'd be all for getting out of class for another lame-ass assembly, but isn't the pressure of choosing your own college enough without having to watch some other kid tell TV cameras where he's playing, er, enrolling next year?

The NCAA and law enforcement are investigating. If I read anything else about it, you'll be the first blog readers I tell. Promise.

Oh, one other thing. I thought it was kind of funny that the student in question was described by the Washington Post as a "6-foot-5, 290-pound football player" and by The New York Times as "6-foot-4, 305-pound senior." Can we get our fake-overhyped-football-recruit stories straight, people?

Today's contest: This post's heading is, as you might have noticed, a song title. Win a free iTunes song of your choice by being the first person to post a comment with the first line of the song's lyrics, the artist and the year the song was released. (Yes, you'll really get a free song.)

2 comments:

Jennifer said...

Don't you want me baby? by The Human League - You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar...

Jennifer said...

You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar
When I met you
I picked you out, I shook you up, and turned you around
Turned you into someone new
Now five years later on youve got the world at your feet
Success has been so easy for you
But dont forget its me who put you where you are now
And I can put you back down too

Dont, dont you want me?
You know I cant believe it when I hear that you wont see me
Dont, dont you want me?
You know I dont believe you when you say that you dont need me
Its much too late to find
You think youve changed your mind
Youd better change it back or we will both be sorry

Dont you want me baby? dont you want me - oh
Dont you want me baby? dont you want me - oh

I was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar
That much is true
But even then I knew Id find a much better place
Either with or without you
The five years we have had have been such good times
I still love you
But now I think its time I lived my life on my own
I guess its just what I must do

Dont you want me baby? dont you want me - oh
Dont you want me baby? dont you want me - oh

Dont you want me baby? dont you want me - oh
Dont you want me baby? dont you want me - oh

Dont you want me baby? dont you want me - oh
Dont you want me baby? dont you want me - oh

Dont you want me baby? dont you want me - oh
Dont you want me baby? dont you want me - oh

Dont you want me baby? dont you want me - oh
Dont you want me baby? dont you want me - oh