Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Final Blog: My Final Project

I just wanted to take this time in my last blog to talk about my final project. I decided to focus my attention on the Bowl Championship Series. The BCS is the four main bowls.....The Fiesta, Orange, Sugar, and Rose. Plus, this year they added one. It is called the BCS championship game. In the previous years, one of the major four bowls hosted the national championship. The BCS has had many problems during its existance. It seems like there is some kind of controversy every year. This year is no different. Ohio State is the only undefeated team with a claim in the national championship game. Boise State is the only other undefeated team, but they play in a weak conference. Anyway, Florida and Michigan were the two one loss teams vying for an opportunity to play in the champonship. The BCS choose Florida over Michigan this past Sunday. Florida is a very deserving team. They lost one game to Auburn and they play in the toughest conference in college football. Plus, they won the Southeastern Conference, (SEC). There coach, Urban Meyer, lobbyed for his team to be in the national championship. Michigan on the other hand did not lobby. Michigan's only loss came at the expense of Ohio State. They lost by three points at Ohio State. Michigan is also a very deserving team. Florida played the tougher schedule but Michigan lost to the #1 team in the nation by three points. Getting into the BCS is huge for a college football program. The payout per team that makes the BCS is 14 million. This year, two conferences have two representatives. The Big 10 and the SEC will be pulling in 28 million from those two BCS games alone. This is alot of money. The discussion of this paper is going to be whether or not the BCS formula is ethical. In the paper, I will discuss how the BCS chooses their teams. I will also offer an alternative solution to the BCS.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Blog: The Controversy Surrounding the BCS

This blog is in reference to the Bowl Championship Series. Who should play Ohio State? Michigan or Florida? This question will be answered at 7:00 pm tonight. Personally, I think that Florida should play for the National Championship. Florida played in the toughest conference in college football. Both Florida and Michigan have one loss. Florida won their conference championship. Michigan lost by three points at Ohio State. Is it really ethical to leave Florida out of the game? I think not. Florida deserves a shot to play Ohio State. Personally I think that the whole BCS is bogus. I really think that college football needs a playoff. Then we would know for sure who has the best team in the nation. I just do not think that a team should go to the championship game that did not win their conference. Florida might not be better than Michigan. Who knows? They would have to play to see who the better team is. In my mind, Florida deserves to play in the national championship because of their tough schedule. It is un-ethical to leave Florida out of the championship.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Blog: Meet Danielle Smith

I had a sheet of paper that I took notes on, but somehow I have misplaced the piece of paper. Anyway, meeting and talking with Danielle was truly an honor and a privelage. First, let me say that I had pre-concieved notions about the way that Danielle was going to be. Some of these notions were true, and some were un-true. I thought Danielle was from a really wealthy family. It turns out that her family is more of a middle class family. Before class last Wednesday, I had never spoken to Danielle. I had always thought that Danielle was a really smart person. She always makes great comments in class, and she always seems to know what she is talking about. Talking with Danielle proved that she is a really smart person. So.....I guess I was 1-1 with my pre-conceived notions about Danielle.
Danielle and I have many things in common. Danielle is a huge sports fan. She really loves college football. That happens to be my favorite thing in the entire world. Danielle has a very stable family. Danielle was raised by a good family. I was also brought up in a good family. Danielle and I also seem to share some of the same political views.
There are a few things that Danielle and I disagree on. First, she is a huge Texas A&M fan. I went to her blog the other day and she actually had Kyle Field posted on her blog. YUCK!!!!! Boomer Sooner Baby!!!!! and Go Horned Frogs!!!!! I am not a big A&M fan. I love OU and TCU. Although, I am rooting for A&M for one day when they play Texas. Only because it can help my beloved Sooners. Anyway, Danielle also likes to drink wine. I hate drinking altogether. Danielle also differs from me in an educational sense. Danielle seems like a person that has her "head on straight." By this, I mean that she plans for everything. She already has a job lined up for her when she graduates at Brinker. She seems like a really motivated student. I am the type of student that looks at the syallabus to see how many classes I can miss without penalty toward my grade.
Talking with Danielle the other day was fun. Danielle is a smart girl that will make it far in this world. It was truly a pleasure meeting and talking with Danielle Smith.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Blog: The comments made by Senator John Kerry and Governor Rick Perry

The past week the names Kerry and Perry have been tossed through various media outlets throughout the nation. John Kerry made a comment that basically said that if you are not in school and doing well for yourself, more than likely you will be in Iraq. We all know that Perry hates George Bush. I think that this comment was a bashing at Bush more than it was making fun of the troops. Making fun of United States troops just seems in-humane. Anyway, I think that Kerry could have chosen his comments more wisely. Plus, if you really look at this situation, there are many troops over in Iraq that have college degrees. Some of the troops have master degrees. The second saga this past week came from the Texas Governor Rick Perry. After attending a church service, Perry told a reporter that…..If you are not saved then you are going to hell…..this is a common belief of most Christians. In all honesty, I do not have a problem with the comments that Perry made. The last time I checked he is protected by the First Amendment. He is sharing what he believes. For all we know, it is the truth. I think that people are too sensitive about comments that are being made. Those comments that he made did not affect any person in a negative way. I just do not get it.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Blog: The Enron Scandal

This blog is in reference to the scandals that plagued Enron. In class last Monday we discussed this issue. We watched a movie on Enron and then we had a class discussion. In this discussion, I voiced an opinion that was not accepted well by my fellow classmates. I would like to clarify my point. First, let me say that I do not believe what Enron did was ethical by any means. What Enron did was terrible, and I truly feel sorry for all of their employees that lost all of their retirement money. It was also very disturbing to hear about what happened to the people of California. Enron, which was already tanking very badly, decided that they needed a quick fix. Their quick fix was to screw the people of California in acquiring the electric companies. What Enron did was terrible. Many people suffered from the actions of this company. Personally, I was raised in a Christian family. My parents taught me the difference between right and wrong. I am very grateful that they did. First, I want everyone to know that I understand what Enron did was totally wrong. But, this is the point that I was trying to make in class the other day. Our society is based on money. This is even truer in corporate culture. The success of a company is based on how much money the company is pulling in. The traders of Enron knew that what they were doing to the people of California was ethically and morally wrong. They knew that, they had to know that. The recordings on the movie were proof of that. But……the traders of Enron were receiving million dollar bonuses for their actions. So in essence…they were getting paid to keep their mouths shut. When you sit back and you look at this case, it is very easy to say that you would do the right thing. In this case, the right thing to do would be 1. Either leave Enron or 2. Stand up to Kenneth Lay and disapprove of the way that Enron is doing business. Money means a lot to people. It means more to some than others. I just think that when the traders of Enron received those huge bonuses, it was that much easier for them to turn the other way. You never know what you would do until you are put in a certain situation. I would like to think that I would have stood up and walked out. That would have been the right thing to do. But, what if I was a single father who had to raise three children? Then, my take might be a little different. I hope that through this blog, I have cleared my point.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Blog: The Pornographic Industry

This is a very interesting topic that we discussed as a class last week. It was mentioned that companies like the Hilton and the Marriott were allowing their customers to purchase pornographic shows and movies on the television sets in their rooms. The question that was posed in our class was….”Is this ethical behavior.” In all honesty, I can see both sides of this case. But, I tend to side with the business aspect. The Marriott and the Hilton are trying to make money. It is their business. They are both privately held companies. Usually, the success of a company is based on how much money a company brings in. The consumers have to pay for the porn shows. If they do not want them, they do not have to pay for them. It is not the company’s job to decide what is ethical or morally acceptable for their consumers. If the consumer wants porn they can get it, and if they do not want porn, they do not have to pay for it. It is rather simple. Look at the television show Nip/Tuck. That has to be the most provocative television program to date. Anyone can view that program. I just do not really care either way. Pornography does not bother me at all. These companies can do whatever they want. As long as I have a bed with clean sheets to sleep on while I am there…that is all that matters.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Blog: The University of Miami vs Florida International Fight

This blog is in reference to an incident that happened last night during a football game in Miami, Florida. The fight erupted after an extra point attempt. The video is un-clear as to how the fight started, but all of the analysts are saying that Florida International started the fight. Miami is a well known school when it comes to college football. Florida International on the other hand, plays in the Sun Belt Conference, the same conference as North Texas. Florida International is a lesser known school that Miami. All of the media attention for this case is going to the University of Miami. Miami is having a tough season. They have already lost two games and for a school of that caliber, it is unacceptable. Most people believe that Head Coach Larry Coker is going to get fired. At a recent home game, some of the upper elite boosters had planes flown over the stadium with fliers that called for Coker’s job. This fight does nothing to help Coker. But…to me this is not the issue. All you hear about on ESPN is how Miami is to blame in this case. You hear very little about Florida International. The last time that I checked it takes two people or teams to fight. I am not dismissing Miami in this incident, but I feel that they are getting a bad rap in this case. Florida International should get the same media attention and the same blame as the University of Miami. I feel sorry for Coach Coker. He is having a rough season for their standards and now he has to deal with this. This is a public relations nightmare for this athletic department. Coach Coker did hold a press conference discussing the fight. He re-assured the media that he has complete control of his team. Miami has been known to have a lot of problems. They are the college equivalent of the Dallas Cowboys. The point that I am trying to make by this blog is that the media will only focus attention on “big time” programs or players. Miami should be punished, but Florida International should be punished as well. Players from both schools have been suspended, but the media is focusing all of the attention on Miami. In my opinion, this is wrong.