There was a lot of swearing, grousing and complaining Monday night around the Gator Nation for a lot of reasons. Weather, start times, umpires. In one case, Florida fans were not alone.
Several teams had to go through the drama of having players drafted by Major League Baseball teams during the most important games of their season. This always causes a mild outcry and a Twitter trend, but it never changes.
There is one thing you have to understand before we can go any further.
The professional leagues couldn’t care less about the college sports.
That’s why we have one-and-dones in basketball, players skipping bowl games in football and players getting drafted and hearing it shouted from the stands while they are taking the baseball field.
And college sports, which has a barely organized main office and no commissioner, is powerless to do anything. The pros will tell you when and where they will pick your players and what they expect of them and college sports just has to bend over and say, “Thank you, sir, may I have another.”
With a somewhat hamstrung CEO of college athletics in Mark Emmert, nothing is going to change. The recent committee on college basketball made a few soft recommendations and life goes on and Bruce Pearl gets a contract extension because he’s winning games.
The fans just have to take it. I think there are answers, but since nobody takes the questions seriously, they may never come.
Why not have the Major League Draft the week before it is now?
Conference tournaments are about revenue and last chances. A lot of teams don’t even take them seriously. I’m not saying you do away with them, but if the draft is going on during the conference tournaments, it’s hardly as big a deal.
Make too much sense?