Posts Tagged ‘Rose Bowl’

Rose Bowl, BCS Bowl, Ethics Bowl

December 8, 2011

The bowl season is shaping up well for fans of ethical football, as Les Miles’s LSU Tigers head for the BCS championship at the Sugar Bowl, and Chip Kelly’s Oregon Ducks go to the Rose Bowl. But my favorite is the Ethics Bowl, where the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs  defeated the Cal State Chico Wildcats Saturday in the West Regionals to go to the National Finals in Cincinnati  on March 1.

The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl is a team competition that tests the skill of undergrads in analyzing and describing ethical dilemmas. I was privileged to serve as a judge, and see the enthusiasm and determination that students from eight California colleges showed for dealing with ethics.

The students were all volunteers, motivated not by course credit but by their interest in the ethical life. They put in a huge effort to research the fourteen cases used in the competition, and backed up their conclusions with facts and theory.

At a time when so many adults are behaving unethically and so many college competitions are marred by cheating and unsportsmanlike conduct, it’s a joy to see so many millennials working so hard to rise to the challenge of ethics.

Boise State fans show what sportsmanship means, love Kyle Brotzman, who cost the Broncos a chance to play for the national championship

November 29, 2010

Real fans take football seriously. Some fans used to wait outside their team’s dressing room and beat up their field goal kicker after he missed an important kick. Fans of the coulda-woulda-shoulda Boise State Broncos are different. They know that football is a game and college players are college kids.


Saturday Boise was nine yards away from its first major bowl game—a certain Rose Bowl bid, and possibly a chance to play instead for the national championship. It was Boise 31-Nevada 31 with one second left, and reliable kicker Kyle Brotzman trotted on to kick a game winner. An easy “chip shot” like a thousand he had made. But he missed. Overtime.


The Broncos’ first possession fizzled at the Nevada 12 yard line. Another chip shot. Kyle missed again. Nevada promptly moved into position and their kicker kicked the winning field goal. Boise’s dreams were dead.

But Bronco fans didn’t beat up Brotzman: they came together with a display of love for their hero-turned-goat. As of this minute, less than 36 hours after the fiasco, a Facebook page called The Bronco Nation Loves Kyle Brotzman has over 18,000 fans.


Boise fans have earned a mythical Marv Levy award, named for the Hall of Famer and former coach of the Buffalo Bills (more…)

No shame at USC for NCAA sanctions. The USC response: “There was nothing but a lot of envy. They wish they all were Trojans.”

June 11, 2010

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has imposed harsh penalties on the USC athletic program for disregarding NCAA rules and for permitting a general campus environment that made compliance efforts difficult.

USC is barred from post-season bowl games for two years, is losing ten scholarships a year for three years, is on probation for four years, and is docked 14 victories and probably the 2004 national championship, The bowl ban could be especially costly: the Rose Bowl paid its participating teams $13.5 million each last year.

USC’s sin: allowing super star Reggie Bush and his parents “impermissible benefits in the form of cash, merchandise, an automobile, housing, hotel lodging, and transportation…worth many thousands of dollars,” and allowing basketball star O. J. Mayo to collect “benefits in the form of cash, lodging, merchandise, automobile transportation, meals, airline transportation, and services.”

Pete Carroll, arguably the most successful football coach in America for the past nine years, was “absolutely shocked and disappointed” at the NCAA decision. He protested that “We didn’t know, the University didn’t know” about the Bush violations. Carroll may not have known, but Todd McNair, a USC assistant coach did. And athletic director Mike Garrett made it clear that he didn’t want to hear about the Mayo affair. (more…)


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