Wake Up With Whitty – 8/12/2017

Welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty.  It’s mid-August which means football season is right around the corner. Even if it is just the preseason, it’s great to see football back on TV, and it’s even more fun watching everyone overreact to how a specific player performs during two series in a meaningless game. Last night the Bengals defeated the Buccaneers 23-12. Based on that performance I think it’s safe for Bengals fans to start booking hotels in Minneapolis for that first weekend in February. At this point I don’t see any way the Bengals don’t make it to the Super Bowl this year. And once you’re done finalizing your travel arrangements, be sure to come back here and let me know what you think of this week’s Wake Up With Whitty.

Let’s Play Some School

This week UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen spoke candidly about the topic of college athletics and education. Specifically, Rosen stated that “football and school don’t go together”. Rosen alluded to the fact that trying to be a full time student and a college athlete is the equivalent of having two full time jobs. Rosen actually made some valid points, saying that universities should focus on helping student athletes to prepare them for life after sports, especially when considering that the vast majority will not go on to be professional athletes. The headlines spun it as Rosen feeling like he shouldn’t have to go to classes since he plays football, but in reality it seems like Rosen actually enjoys classes and understands the value that an education can have once it’s time to hang up the cleats. He was expressing his frustration that his schedule for football often conflicted with his class schedule and prevented him from taking the courses he needed for his major.

Rosen’s comments drew some comparisons to those of another quarterback who expressed frustrations with the student athlete experience. Cardale Jones had a famous tweet back in 2012 where he questioned why classes were necessary if they came there for football, stating “we ain’t come to play school”. Jones changed his tune somewhat, and now makes light of the tweet. He had a humorous response to Rosen’s comments, advising the UCLA quarterback to “Chill bro, play school.”

Rosen also called out those who say SAT requirements should be raised for student athletes. He contends that raising SAT requirements will directly lead to a decline in the quality of the product on the field. Specifically, he says to look at Alabama as an example, asking what type of program they would have right now if SAT standards were raised. I see his point, but something tells me that Saban’s boys would somehow find a way to get the requisite test scores regardless of where the standards fall.

Is Kyrie Irving A Teenage Girl?

Kyrie Irving made headlines again this week as a report came out that during the first two rounds of the playoffs he went consecutive days without speaking a word to teammates at practice. Kyrie clearly isn’t happy in Cleveland, which I think has been obvious for a while now. Ever since word got out that he requested a trade this offseason, things have gotten progressively more contentious in Cleveland. This has to be disheartening for Cavs fans, who have the best team in the Eastern Conference by far, because it’s hard to imagine this team moving forward without breaking up its current roster.

This whole thing is starting to look bad on Kyrie. My initial reaction to the trade request was that Lebron was so insufferable that his teammates were trying to get away from him at all costs. There may still be some truth to that, but it’s looking more and more like Kyrie is the problem. I say that obviously knowing nothing about what’s gone on in the locker room and within that organization, but this latest report makes Irving sound like a spoiled teenage kid who got mad at his friends over something petty and decided to give them the silent treatment. The whole thing is absurd. The Cavs are starting to implode and it’s hard to imagine them not making some sort of move before the season begins, but Kyrie’s stock may be falling in the eyes of other teams. He’s clearly a talented player but if this is the way he handles adversity in the locker room then other teams may be hesitant to bring him in for fear of upsetting their team’s chemistry. It’s going to be interesting to see how this saga plays out. It’s hard to imagine things getting much worse for Cleveland, but I can’t really see them getting better.

Cat Captured During Desperate Attempt to Escape Busch Stadium

The Cardinals’ “Rally Cat” has had quite the adventure this week. The dozens of Cardinals fans in attendance Wednesday night were treated to a show as a kitten was seen running across the field at Busch Stadium, only to be captured by a grounds crew member and released outside the stadium. A fan then picked up the cat, claiming it to be hers, and left the ballpark with it. She then reportedly lost the cat, who was later found by a feral cat rescue group and now may reunited with the team. The cat was given the nickname “Rally Cat” because immediately after it ran across the field, Yadier Molina hit a game-winning home run for the Cardinals.

I feel bad for this poor cat, who was clearly doing the best he could to escape the hell hole that is Busch Stadium. He had freedom within his sites multiple times during his attempted breakout, but was ultimately recaptured. His fate is yet unknown but I’m hoping he somehow manages to get away from the Cardinals organization, because that’s no life for a kitten. Unless, of course, he really did help the Cardinals win that game. Then he deserves to be locked up. We can’t have cats running around intentionally bringing good karma to the Cardinals baseball team. That sends a bad message to cats everywhere.

Parting Thoughts

Thank you again for joining me for another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think, and don’t forget to hit that like button. Follow the Milliron Sports crew on Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to check out the Nati Boys podcast on iTunes. See you all next weekend!

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