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Thursday, August 29, 2013
The NFL should take over College Football

I love college football. I love watching it. I love going to games (especially at The Natural Bowl at my alma matter, St. John’s), and I love talking about it.

The only thing I don’t like about it? The NCAA.

This “governing” body of college athletics has become a joke. A few years ago, Dez Bryant was suspended basically an entire season for lying about a dinner with Deion Sanders, but Johnny Manziel gets a 30-minute suspension for signing 10,000 autographs.

Enough already. I have a radical proposal to overhaul College Football.

At least D-I (I hate the term Bowl Sub-Division) football.   Now that I think about it, this might work for D-I basketball too.

I think the Division-I football schools should break away from the NCAA. And you know who should take over? The NFL.

That’s right. The NFL. Isn’t college football the NFL’s minor league’s anyway?

Think about it. The NFL could work with school’s to guide their football programs, and players. The NFL can keep agents away. They can get their hands on these players at a younger age and help them make decisions. They can guide players heading towards the league, and those whose careers will end after college.

They can help these young men actually major in football.

The NFL can create their own employees for generations. They can guide players into all aspects of the game, since the majority won’t play on Sunday’s. Future referees, future team general managers, coaches and trainers. Future reporters, announcers, play-by-play guys. Camera guys, producers and directors. Team accountants, promotion specialists, sales people.

You get the gist. A football major.

AND, they can create a new set of rules for eligibility, since the NCAA’s are outdated, in some cases just plain stupid, and enforced with little, or no consistency.

Not to mention they can realign conferences, and set up a real playoff.

The NFL is big enough, that they could create a subsidiary business to run college football, separate from the pro game, to keep teams from interfering with college players before they are eligible.

What’s the downside? I can’t see one. How can they do any worse than the NCAA has done?

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Posted By John George
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Larry The Cable Guy visits BOF

A surprise visitor came rolling through Perham on Wednesday. Thanks to a partnership with Perham’s biggest company and employer, KLN Family Brands, world-renowned comedian Larry The Cable Guy made a surprise visit to Perham to tour the Barrel ‘O Fun plant to see his product being made.

“KLN’s has been a great partner for my Git-R-Done Foundation,” Larry said. “It’s important to come out and have relationships with great partners like this and see how things are done. I’ve never been to a potato chip plant before.”

Well, he was more than welcome as he rolled through the plant, joking with workers, signing autographs on t-shirts and potato chip bags, while hearing a chorus of “Git-R-Done”, his catch-phrase, from all corners of the giant facility.

“I love this kind of stuff,” Larry said. “I love just getting out and meeting people.”

And he couldn’t have been friendlier. As a small-town reporter, I’ve been lucky enough to meet several celebrities…mostly professional athletes or coaches…but, Larry was one of the most genuine celebrities you could imagine. What you see in his stand-up routine, and his History Channel show, “Only in America”, is what you get in person.

Larry, who’s real name is Dan Whitney. Said he grew up in a small town, similar to Perham, that produced dog food.

“It’s so cool for a company like this to be in a town this size,” Larry said. “It’s been great doing business with these guys (Kenny and Charlie Nelson) and finally visiting the plant.”

The plant just happened to be producing his line of chips while Larry was touring.

“They’re all great products,” he said. “The cheeseburger one is probably my favorite. And that new caramel-peanut one is pretty good.”

There’s always a joke to follow.

“You know, you have 3 cheesburger chips, 1 fried dill pickle chip and a ketchup chip and your good to go!”

For more on Larry’s line of product’s, check out the KLN Family Brands website, http://www.klnfamilybrands.com.

All of the proceeds of Larry’s line of products go to his foundation. http://www.gitrdonefoundation.org./

The Git-R-Done Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by Larry the Cable Guy and his wife, Cara, as a focal point for the family’s philanthropy in 2009. The foundation’s mission is to provide assistance to charitable organizations that have experienced hardships beyond their control, with an emphasis on children and veterans. The Git-R-Done Foundation has made numerous donations, including donations to the Arnold Palmer Foundation for the treatment and cure of hip dysplasia, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital and Operation Homefront. The Git-R-Done Foundation is an advocate for The International Hip Dysplasia Institute and its work to bring an awareness, prevention and cure to the condition.

Go to the LakesAreaSports.com facebook page for more photos from Larry’s visit.

https://www.facebook.com/LakesAreaSports

 

Check out some video from the visit HERE.

http://www.wday.com/event/article/id/84965/

 

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