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Golub: NCAA works exactly way it wants to

The NCAA should be nearing a breaking point. But in reality, things are going exactly as planned. Recently the NCAA has been confronted by its hypocritical, unethical behavior ranging from lax observance of rules to maliciousness all the way at the top. The upshot is that Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, is ignorant, insidious or both. Either way, he needs to go.

Golub: Rise of the ‘jumb docks’

“Must they run their mouths like that?” she spat, the condescension dripping from her mouth. It sounded like a parent bemoaning a misbehaving child, or perhaps a president complaining about fake news media. Surely, whoever had run their mouth must have said something awful. Right?

Golub: A dehumanizing trade deadline

Yesterday morning I excitedly talked with a friend about the flurry of trades the Cavs pulled off to pretty much swap their entire backcourt for a new one. We were yapping about how the Lakers stole the Cavs’ first-round pick and debating whether they had enough time to integrate their new players, when another guy commented how the whole trade system “didn’t make any sense.” He is a soccer (or as he would say, “football”) fan, and he thinks it’s silly that teams have to actually trade players to acquire new ones, as opposed to simply buying them. While the soccer system of rich teams buying all the players they want is ridiculous to me, it is “more like the real world,” as this “footballer” claimed. Trades in general, highlighted by a furious surge of exchanges right before the trade deadline, are weird things. And they make it easy to lose sight of the people who are actually getting traded.

Golub: NFL players, don’t stop now!

Please: don’t stop now! The news that the NFL is pledging $89 million over seven years to sponsor social justice work is heartening. When I last wrote about the NFL protests, I was dismayed by what I saw as a lack of direction. I wanted you, the players, to make specific demands of the NFL and society at large. The Players Coalition, led by Malcolm Jenkins and Anquan Boldin, has done just that, negotiating a plan for owners to donate millions of dollars every year, escalating from $5 million this year all the way up to $12 million from 2021 through 2023. And that’s just for national causes. On the local level, owners would donate $250,000 per year, with players matching that amount. This proposal from the NFL is a win. It is not perfect, and I will address some of its flaws below, but first it is crucial to acknowledge this victory. When Colin Kaepernick first sat for the anthem over a year ago, his prospects for effecting social change seemed slim. This proposal represents the culmination of protests from all of you, from all 30 teams across the league. It shows that you, our athletes, have the power to improve society. It shows that sports can make a difference. And it shows that the NFL is desperate to preserve its image.

Golub: An irrational fear of European big men

As you all know, the Unicorn has been balling out. His progression from skinny European project caterpillar to Messiah butterfly has shaken New York City (and probably the rest of the world) to its core. KP’s got me thinking though; why are we so scared of drafting European big men? Sure, they get drafted, but there are always major concerns about their physicality and durability. They seem to be viewed as having a much higher “bust” potential. I was curious if this is true so I did a bit of research, but first let’s recount the circumstances surrounding his draft.

Golub: Frank Ntilikina is Rwandan

I promise my piece is about something serious. Please, though, indulge me for a brief couple of sentences to share some joyous news. Here it is: The Knicks are good! 6-2 in their past eight games good! Led by their majestic unicorn savior, Kristaps Porzingis, New York’s favorite basketball team is in a tie for…