Wake Up With Whitty – 7/29/2017

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. Today is National Chicken Wing Day, which is easily one of the top 3 greatest holidays of the year. Please celebrate responsibly. And if you’re eating hot wings, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before you wipe your eyes or use the restroom. That’s just a little pro tip from me. And while you’re getting mentally prepared for the fury you’re about to unleash on some chicken wings, check out today’s Wake Up With Whitty and let me know what you think.

THE OSU

OSU and OSU are set to do battle for the exclusive rights to the acronym “OSU”. OSU recently filed for a trademark but OSU is filing an opposition to that. The two schools, along with OSU, commonly use the acronym to refer to their respective schools. Make sense?

Ohio State and Oklahoma State, along with Oregon State as well, have shared usage agreements for the OSU acronym, giving each school the right to use it for sporting events, recreation and education in specific states. This most recent filing would give Ohio State trademark rights for usage on apparel. Oklahoma State has until the end of August to file its opposition with the federal government.

It doesn’t sound like this is going to be a contentious battle, which is unfortunate. I want to see the teams fight it out in court. Or, even better, on the field. Maybe have a the two schools meet on the football field in a “Loser Leaves Town” match. Or bring Oregon State in the mix and get a little rock, paper, scissors situation going (tree falls on cowboy, cowboy shoots beaver, beaver eats tree). In all reality this will probably end with a joint agreement where each school has trademark rights to use “OSU” on apparel in certain territories. Here’s to hoping the “tOSU” shit somehow goes away in all of this…

Taking his Ball and Going Home

Lavar is back to his old tricks, doing just about everything he can to bring attention to himself. The spectacle that is the Ball Family made its most recent stop at an AAU tournament in Las Vegas. The tournament, presented by adidas, drew rather large crowds, most of which came to see LaMelo Ball. Of particular interest was LaMelo’s matchup with fellow top prospect Zion Williamson, where crowds were so large police had to barricade doors and officials were concerned the event would have to be cancelled for safety reasons.

Ever the opportunist, Lavar Ball, who coaches LaMelo’s AAU team, took the opportunity to bring attention to himself. Last weekend Lavar was given a technical foul during a game in which his Big Ballers team lead, and he proceeded to pull the team off the court in protest. The game ended in a forfeit, but Lavar tried to justify his actions after the game, stating that he would not have his players out their working hard if the refs were going to be “cheating”. In another game on Friday night Ball received another technical foul that he disagreed with, and once again threatened to pull his team. Instead, the tournament officials gave in to Lavar’s temper tantrum and had the offending referee replaced. After all, we can’t have referees cheating by T’ing up Lavar for swearing at the refs and telling them how bad they’re doing, right? Lavar would later be ejected from the game after receiving a second technical. Big Baller lifestyle.

Up to this point I haven’t really taken much exception to Lavar and his antics. I find him annoying but, for the most part, harmless. He’s drawing a lot of attention to himself and his sons, which, ultimately probably stands to help bring in business to the Big Baller Brands. I do think this latest stunt is taking away from the other kids that came out to compete in that tournament though. Kids use those AAU tournaments to showcase their skills and help potentially land a college scholarship. I suppose you could make the argument that Ball brought a bigger crowd to the tournament that ultimately increased exposure for the kids, but I’d say all eyes were on Lavar there. But hey, at least his kid thought it was funny:

The NFL’s Math Problem

I think we’ve all seen this coming for years. Everyone knew it was only a matter of time before players started leaving the NFL to pursue a career in mathematics. The first domino fell this week, with Ravens John Urschel announcing that he was retiring from the NFL at age 26 to pursue his doctorate in mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A study released earlier this week regarding CTE and NFL players may have contributed to Urschel’s decision. The statistics were a little alarming: 110 out of 111 former players whose brains had been donated for research after their deaths showed signs of CTE. I wouldn’t be surprised if this leads to a greater increase in players retiring in their mid-20’s (something that’s already becoming increasingly popular). I just feel bad for people that are planning on graduating with degrees in mathematics in the coming years, because now they’re going to have to compete with all of these former NFL players for the top math jobs. While Urschel may be on to something, it doesn’t take a mathematician to tell that MIT > CTE.

Parting Thoughts

Thank you for joining me for another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. If you liked what you read, leave a comment and let me know what you thought. We’re really starting to hit our stride with the Nati Boys podcast, so be sure to check that out. And, as always, follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest happenings at Milliron Sports.

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