The Unrepentant Individual

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October 31, 2006

Politician Uses NFL QB Son as “Prop”

Brees wants no part of mom’s campaign in Texas

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has asked his mother to stop using his picture in TV commercials touting her candidacy for a Texas appeals court.

In commercials running on Austin stations, Mina Brees had been using a picture of her son in the uniform of his former team, the San Diego Chargers, to emphasize her ties to football.

“I think the major point here is that my mother is using me in a campaign, and I’ve made it known many times I don’t want to be involved,” Drew Brees said Monday.

I’ve been following Drew Brees’ career since the late 90’s when he was the starting QB for Purdue, and I was sitting in the stands watching those games. At that time, and since, I have never heard anyone with a negative thing to say about Drew. In fact, he has been routinely praised for the work he does in the community, and with his recent trade to New Orleans, he’s very active in helping to revive the city after Katrina.

So my initial thought is to take his side. This is even further the case given what I know about people in politics, who are usually willing to do just about anything to get elected. And with a little more of the back story, it sounds like his mother is blatantly trying to use her connection to a famous football player to bolster her campaign:

She said her connection to football is relevant to her campaign because her father, a successful high school coach, used sports to teach her a strong work ethic that she would bring to the judicial bench.

Drew Brees, who won a state football championship with Westlake High School in suburban Austin, said he got no response from his mother when he first heard about the ads and called her to ask that she stop using them. His agent sent her a letter Oct. 20 threatening legal action, he said.

He called his relationship with his mother “nonexistent” after it crumbled six years ago when he refused to hire her as his agent.

Hmm, it’s funny how she wants to show her ties to football and how it has helped her work ethic, and yet gloss over the fact that she’s basically estranged from her son due to her past attempts to ride his coattails. People who are threatened with legal action from their children may have a great work ethic, but I’d have to think that some Texas voters would worry about her commitment to “family values”.

But one bit of this story made me really angry. Sometimes you can see in certain comments just how duplicitous and conniving people can be, and this quote is a perfect example:

“I love Drew very much, and I’m very proud of him. But sometimes when people are following a career path, they change,” she said.

So she says she’s very proud of her son, but in the way she makes this statement, it’s clear that she’s unhappy with the “change” he’s gone through. If she’s so unhappy with the “change”, why is she trying to hype her connection to him?

When you look at that statement again, perhaps she’s unconsciously talking about herself. She was probably a good mother, and then when the time came for her son to enter the spotlight, she decided that it was time for her to bring her career in line with his, by becoming his agent. When that didn’t work, she pushed ahead to try for elected office, and used her position as the mother of an NFL QB, in a state where football is very important, to bolster her campaign. So who changed while following their career path, Drew or his mom?

With an attitude like that, is it any wonder that Drew describes his relationship with her as “nonexistent”?

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October 28, 2006

2006 NCAA Football Predictions — Week 9

Well, as I said, I’ve been pretty busy, and my internet access isn’t very good right now (DSL on a friend’s computer, who only has Internet Explorer, so I’m being battered by pop-up ads constantly). So this will be a bit quicker than most weeks…

UPDATE: Looks like I went 3-2 ATS, which isn’t bad. I think I’ve learned that I can’t predict anything MSU does, and that I take too much emotion into any Purdue game to accurately predict anything… But 3-2 is 3-2, and I’ll take that any day of the week.

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October 26, 2006

Been Gone All Week

Sorry for the lack of posting. I’ve been in Washington DC all week, and while I usually can use business trips as an excuse to post more often than usual, the wireless connection at the hotel has been broken all week.

Now I’m off to CA for a wedding, so I don’t know how much posting I will do before next week. I will definitely do my best to get the weekly football predictions posted, but I can’t even guarantee that, as any internet time I get will be spent catching up on work emails that I haven’t even gotten to look at all week.

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October 22, 2006

Weekend Football Report

Well, my picks are now a very respectable 26-17 against the spread (34-9 straight up), following another 5-1 performance yesterday.

But one stat makes me sad about yesterday, and that is Purdue’s 24-3 defeat at the hands of the Wisconsin Badgers. Ugliness all around. When a team averaging over 450 yards per game of offense, and 30+ points a game, puts up less than 300 yards and doesn’t score a touchdown for the first time since 2003, it’s just ugly. What makes it worse is that our defense finally started to step up. We were starting to see the defensive front seven performing (although the secondary wasn’t playing well). I thought Wisconsin could score in the 20’s on us, but I thought we could score just as many on them. Instead, the offense just never found a rhythm. To make it worse, we had some scoring opportunities that we failed to convert, and I’m really starting to believe our offensive playcalling needs a serious overhaul. This team leaves too many points on the field, that would have made a difference in each of our losses. So we fall to 5-3, 2-2 in conference. In all honesty, with a team as young as ours, we were supposed to lose to the teams we lost to, and we beat the teams we should have. But I’m not entirely happy with the way we’ve won and lost those games. We could have played with Wisconsin, and at least been in position to fight for a win, but instead only one half of the team shows up. Ugh.

In other news, Michigan State again shows why they’re consistently inconsistent, with the biggest comeback in NCAA history. I said before the game that MSU would try to lose that game, and going down 38-3 will certainly do it. But then to rip off 38 straight points in about 22 minutes to win the game? Quite impressive, even if it was against Northwestern… That worries me a bit, though, because we play MSU in two weeks. We can beat a demoralized MSU team, but a confident MSU team is another story. I’m hoping Indiana can find a way to beat them in a wholly demoralizing way so that we can play the crippled team in two weeks. But either way, congrats to the Spartans, who finally appeared to play to their talent level, if only for 22 minutes.

Around the league, Notre Dame put up a great comeback on UCLA, and as usual for the Irish, it required multiple 4th-down conversions to do it. One of these days that might catch up to them, but they seem be constantly defying the laws of probability. Michigan and OSU continue their dominance, and the AP poll has them #2 and #1, respectively (while the coaches poll has USC at #2 and Michigan at #3), which is likely to remain the case until they face each other on Nov 18. The way things are starting to shake out, we’re likely to see a matchup between the winner of the OSU/Michigan game and the Louisville/WVU game in the national championship, unless USC successfully navigates several land mines upcoming on their schedule. We’ve got a good shot at having 2 unbeaten teams, and perhaps 3,when the season ends.

Today, I watched the Pittsburgh/Atlanta game, since the wife is out of town and I had all day to watch football. That was a heck of a game from wire to wire, finishing with a 41-38 overtime win for Atlanta. Scores were coming so fast that it looked like a college game, doubly so with a mobile QB like Michael Vick. It did look like Big Ben got his bell rung, and I think he ended up leaving the game with a concussion. I’m now watching the Washington/Indianapolis game, which is not anywhere close to exciting.

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October 21, 2006

2006 NCAA Football Predictions — Week 8

Well, last week was very good for my averages. I’m 21-16 against the spread, and 29-8 straight up. If you discount weeks 1 and 2, when games are notoriously hard to predict (and I went 2-7 ATS), I’d be 19-9 against the spread, so I’ve been rather happy with my picks so far. Of course, with all that build-up, I wouldn’t be surprised if I miss them all this week, but I’m going to give it a try anyway.

You will notice something a little different. For in-conference games, now that we’re into the season, I’m going to start reporting conference records. For example, Purdue (5-2, 2-1) has a 5-2 record overall, and a 2-1 record against Big Ten opponents. FYI.

I’ve got seven games below, but I can’t bring myself to predict the Purdue game, so only 6 are predictions. I’ve also decided to switch something up, and pick one matchup as the “Game of the Week” (see the last pick below). Today, it’s Georgia Tech @ Clemson, a matchup that may tell us who deserves the honors as the top team in the ACC.

UPDATE: Finished 5-1 against the spread this week (damn you MSU!), for a 26-17 overall record. Also 5-1 straight up, for a 34-9 record.

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October 20, 2006

Statistical Ties

In politics, polls are everything. One thing you always hear is when one politician trails another by 5 points, with a margin of error in the poll of +/- 3%, all the pundits who favor that politician call it a “statistical tie”. After all, if you swing one guy up by 2.5 points, and the other guy down by those 2.5 points, you’ve got a tie. Now, it doesn’t matter if 12 different polls all find the margin a consistent 4-6 points, as long as each poll has the same margin of error, the pundits call it a statistical tie.

Now, if I poll 1000 people, asking them today, “which party do you think will win the House”, and I get a 5-point swing, with a margin of error of +/- 3 points, you can take that poll as meaningless. However, if I, and three other polling firms get the same result, the consistency of result means that the chance that all 4 polls are wrong by 2.5 points in the same direction is fairly low. So four polls that show someone is down 5 points pretty much means that the guys is down about 5 points. While each poll has a +/- 3 point margin of error, the combined result is probably, at best, a +/- 1 point margin of error. The more polls showing the same result, the more likely it is that this trend is real, and not an erroneous poll.

Of course, that’s no reason to believe polls at all. I much prefer to believe prediction markets like, as the old adage, “Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is” is answered there by people actually doing it. But I’m also a big fan of pointing out idiocy of the media, and the pundits take the cake. One poll may be a statistical anomaly. Multiple polls, all agreeing with each other, are something to take notice of.

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How Far ‘Out Of It’ I Am

I was just reading Sunday Morning QB, and he was talking about NCAA ranking poll voters watching the World Series instead of college football. I thought to myself, “There’s a World Series game already?”

But that’s not the odd part. I had to find out that the World Series was going on by reading a college football blog. I guess that might show you where my sports priorities lie!

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October 19, 2006

Betting Line Theory

Earlier this week, I saw something odd. When I caught the first college football lines, I was dumbstruck to see that Wisconsin was only a 4.5 point favorite over Purdue. Purdue is 5-2, with only one blowout win, and we lost by a large margin against the only two decent teams we’ve played. Wisconsin, on the other hand, is 6-1, and outside of a respectable loss to Michigan, has blown out everyone else they’ve played.

So, 4.5? How can that be?! I’m partial to overestimating Purdue’s capabilities, but even I would have set that line between 9 and 11. Apparently, a lot of bettors agree with me, because has 96% of bettors taking Wisconsin and the points. In fact, it’s shifted so far that way that the line has increased to anywhere between 6 and 7 (depending what Casino you check). Apparently everyone thinks Wisconsin is going to cover. And there’s no way that everyone is wrong, is there?

Or is there? One of the things a good friend of mine— also a bookie— told me once that any time everyone bets one way, he’s reasonably certain the outcome will go the other. Oddsmakers in Vegas aren’t paid to be wrong very often, and if they’re setting a line so low, there’s a reason for it. Oddsmakers are smarter than the average bettor, and it’s a lot more likely that they’re right than that they’re wrong.

I had a chance to catch up with my buddy this week, and brought up the situation, to pick his brain on it. After the conversation, I posted the below thoughts on a Purdue message board where we were discussing the line.


Okay, so I was talking with a bookie I know, and I told him the situation re: Wisconsin. I now realize that since he is an *amateur* bookie, what he said about “most bettors being wrong” was more related to casual bettors, not the big professional gamblers in Vegas. Since he lays most of his bets with casual gamblers, he typically sees that when they all break one way, they’re usually wrong.

He also mentioned something else. Casual gamblers tend to bet the favorite. It’s partly psychological, where you don’t want to hope the team you bet loses but only by less than 3, you want to hope the team you bet wins the game “by enough”. Professional gamblers, OTOH, tend to be underdog bettors. Professional gamblers lay their bets late (Friday/Saturday) So the fact that the line is quickly increasing (now 6-6.5, depending where you look), may be due to the amateur gamblers (the ones who are usually wrong) betting it up big time, and the professionals will swoop in towards the end of the week and it will start to adjust back down.

But here’s where it gets interesting. He thinks the oddsmakers set it too high at 4.5. Wisconsin is a team with a lot of “hype” at this point in the year, who’s been televised nationally several times, and who have a reputation for covering their spread. Naturally, they respond by setting a line higher than they think, because they think the bettors will bet it up. My coworker thinks, based on the situation, that the oddsmakers probably think it should really be 3.5, but set 4.5 trying to set it high, and now the casual gamblers think they’re getting a steal, and they’re swinging it up to 6 or more.

When the professionals see this, they’re going to see that the oddsmakers set it very high, then that the amateurs pushed it even higher. They’ll come in later this week, and bet the house, because seeing the movement will make them think they’re getting a deal.

All this shows one thing: the oddsmakers don’t believe in Wisconsin the way the fans do. And that’s only a good thing for the Boilers.

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October 17, 2006

Barney Frank — Closeted Libertarian?

Really, would you expect a liberal to say something this friendly to the forces of liberty?

If an adult in this country, with his or her own money, wants to engage in an activity that harms no one, how dare we prohibit it because it doesn’t add to the GDP or it has no macroeconomic benefit. Are we all to take home calculators and, until we have satisfied the gentleman from Iowa that we are being socially useful, we abstain from recreational activities that we choose?… People have said, What is the value of gambling ? Here is the value. Some human beings enjoy doing it. Shouldn’t that be our principle? If individuals like doing something and they harm no one, we will allow them to do it, even if other people disapprove of what they do.

It’s okay, Barney. You can come out as one of us. I’m sure your family and political party may not approve, but then, supporting freedom in the face of government isn’t very “socially acceptable” these days. Maybe, if you really get adventurous, you might start advocating economic liberty? You may have to add a subscription to The Economist to your repertoire, but it’s a small price to pay to finally let your true colors shine through.

Bravo, Barney. We’re here, we’re libertarian, get used to it!

Hat Tip: Catallarchy

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October 16, 2006

Anatomy of a Flame War

If you’ve ever spent time around internet message boards, you’ve seen one or two of these. Depending where you’re at, sometimes it can be put out, but on a relatively unmoderated message board, it can get out of hand quickly.

I’ve watched it play out over the last few weeks. It’s no secret that Purdue had a very rough year last year, and when a team goes from 8 consecutive bowl games to a losing season, the boo birds come out. Well, when that same team starts playing I-AA and MAC competition, squeaking by them, the next year, the trolls started coming out on a Purdue message board I participate on. The board is owned by a newspaper, and there’s basically no moderation whatsoever on the message board.

For the most part, it started out fine. There are some people who felt like the program was slipping, and they believe that Purdue will only get better when Joe Tiller moves on, and we get a new coach. Others (like myself) saw 2005 as an aberration, and are excited about this season, with a team that plays together, a young and improving defense, and a big chance for upside the next two years. A situation like that caused a lot of disagreement, which tended to get heated from time to time. For the most part, though, people were respectful and actuallyl debated facts. But it all got crashed the day one guy showed up after the Miami (OH) game (where they took us to overtime).

The first sign is that there is little argument involved. The guy showed up, said Purdue looked horrible, probably wouldn’t win many more games, and Tiller should be fired. He didn’t offer any argument behind these statements. He declared it, setting out his bait, to see who would take it. Once people started arguing with him, he fired back. Did he offer argument, facts, or logic? No, he called the pro-Tiller folks “jackasses” and “f’tards” and “clowns”. He mocked and berated us for about two weeks, and during the whole time, he wasn’t offering anything resembling argument or logic. Just straight attack, attack, attack.

Now, in the real world, someone who acted like that would soon find himself alone, or considering some of the things he said, someone might have physically shut him up. But an interesting thing occurred… People took the bait. You see, even if 18 out of 20 are fed up with what’s occurring, if you have 2 who are willing to rise to the challenge, everything runs downhill. The troll involves himself in every thread on the message board, and everywhere he shows up, his new opponent follows. The attacks quickly became two-sided. It doesn’t matter where the attacks are headed, either. It can be someone’s upbringing, education, intelligence, ability to spell, their mother, sexual preference, sexual inadequacies, anything is fair game. And I repeat, anything. Although it rarely moves above a 5th-grade level, as evidenced by one pro-Tiller poster offering to take it out to the playground at recess, the offenders now start picking for anything that will pique their opponents ire. People looking for rational, intelligent debate have nowhere to go, as every message board thread becomes polluted with name-calling and attacks.

The odd thing about it, though, is that this is exactly what the troll wants. It’s an attention game. He’s trying to see just how much havoc he can cause. When people start taking the bait, they’re just feeding the troll. And as long as you feed troll, he sticks around.

What happens next is worse. A lot of people just drift away from the message board (as I did). Some of the people who aren’t interested in being a part of the flame war get themselves sucked into it. And this is where it gets really ugly. People who would never ordinarily act like boorish heathens find themselves lobbing personal attacks. When arguing with a troll, they’re going to do their best to drag you down to the gutter where they reside. The problem is, they’re a lot more used to being down there, and even if you “win”, which is an impossibility with someone who relies on vitriol instead of logic, you’ll still get mighty dirty.

To be sure, I’ve seen plenty of flame wars in my time, since I began getting onto online forums back in the BBS days of the early 90’s. I’ve learned two things. First, the only way to win is not to fight. Second, an unmoderated message board is almost certain to eventually devolve into flame wars. Most often, user-created and user-moderated boards are more-likely to survive, as the users have a vested interest in keeping the environment free from pests.

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October 15, 2006

Thoughts On College Football — Midseason

We’ve seen a lot of football happen over the last few weeks. Michigan and OSU continue their dominance, probably leading up to a #1 vs #2 matchup in the final game of the season. Of course, that’s assuming that Michigan doesn’t get ranked #2 and then upset, like Texas, Notre Dame, Auburn, and Florida have. It’s not a good season to be ranked #2!

Those haven’t been all the upsets, though. Just this last weekend, we saw Indiana defeat Iowa, Vanderbilt take down Georgia, and Auburn knock off undefeated Florida. Oh, and Rutgers, though a very slight underdog to Navy, absolutely embarrassed them, 34-0. This year, Illinois has been the center of upset-land. They upset Michigan State, then were upset by Indiana, followed by getting upset again against a weak Ohio team from the MAC.

In the Big Ten, Michigan State is in a tailspin, as is Northwestern. One of those teams has to recover this coming weekend, though, because they’re playing each other. Illinois looks to be firmly down in the cellar with them. In between that group and OSU/Michigan is a big middle section. Wisconsin appears to be the most solid team of that group, followed by Iowa, then maybe Purdue and PSU (Purdue has an offense and horrible defense, PSU has a defense and horrible offense), followed by Minnesota and Indiana. Ohhh, Indiana. How I thought pre-season that you’d again be in the Big Ten cellar. In fact, when Coach Hep instructed the fans to “Defend the Rock”, I was among the first to laugh at you:

Yeah, I laughed. And then you upset Illinois on the road. No big deal, it’s Illinois. But Iowa came to town, and you defended the rock! You took down a top-15 team that just a week ago pounded Purdue for 60 straight minutes? I don’t know what to say? Thanks, perhaps, as an Iowa loss could help Purdue in the Big Ten standings. But it won’t help us much if you come to Ross-Ade Stadium on November 18th and beat the Boilers! I had that game as a guaranteed Boiler victory, and now I have to question it. Thanks a lot.

Around the NCAA, Oklahoma saw the rest of its season go down the tubes with Adrian Peterson’s broken collarbone. USC again went down to the wire and dodged a bullet. On can’t expect them to continue doing this, especially when they hit the stretch of games against Oregon, Cal, and Notre Dame. We’re down to 5 major unbeatens, two of which must end up with a loss (Michigan or OSU, and Louisville or WVU, who play each other at the end of the year). Depending how this plays out, we could see as many as three unbeaten teams, and possibly as few as 1, and in a very unlikely scenario, even none. The BCS could be a mess again this year if either scenario plays out.

Yesterday, Purdue had it’s best win of the season, beating Northwestern by double-digits on the road. It was one of those “statement” games, which is exactly what we needed after the 30-point road loss to Iowa. But things are looking a lot tougher this weekend, when 6-1 Wisconsin comes to Ross-Ade. The only loss they have is to Michigan, and they look to be formidable on both sides of the ball. Initially, I look at this as a probable loss. With Wisconsin looking even tougher than Iowa, I’m worried that Purdue will have to play the game of their lives just to stay in it. But I saw something odd tonight. The opening odds have Purdue as only a 4.5 point underdog. 4.5 points? I thought we’d be a 10 point dog. Maybe, just maybe, they know something I don’t. I hope so, because I’d love that sort of surprise!

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MotoGP — Ugh

So, for anyone who watched that MotoGP race, based on my suggestion, I apologize. What was expected to be a hard-fought, desperate battle by Nicky Hayden to retain his lead in the championship all came crashing down, when his own teammate tried to pass heading into a corner and crashed Hayden out of the race. And this was a mere 4 laps in or so.

I got online, checked to make sure Rossi hadn’t also crashed, saw that Rossi finished 2nd, and handed the remote control to my wife, for the daily smattering of MTV and the Food Network. I returned to debating Purdue football on internet message boards. All the remaining drama is now gone from the season.

It was just so anti-climactic. Hayden had already passed his teammate, Dani Pedrosa, about a lap earlier. That pass was pretty close, but given how much Hayden had riding on this race, not too surprising. But then Pedrosa, who I’ll now mention for the third time was his teammate, tried desperately to re-pass Hayden. He crashed his own bike, and his sliding bike took Hayden’s down with it. Pedrosa was all but a mathematic impossibility to win the championship, and apparently has never heard of “team orders”. When you can’t win and your teammate has a shot, you either stay out of his way, or you find a way to help him. Crashing him out of the race is not an option. Even a rookie like Pedrosa should know this. What a bone-head move, Dani.

So that puts Valentino Rossi 8 points into the championship lead, over Hayden. The only chance left for Hayden is if Rossi were to crash out of a race, or have another mechanical failure. Knowing Rossi, he’s going to play it safe, get the points he needs, and claim his 6th consecutive title in the premier class.

UPDATE: I originally wrote that Rossi had an 18-point lead. My math failed me, it is only 8. I have since changed this on the original post.

The Unrepentant Individual linked with Wait… Hayden Actually Won?!
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Hey, for those few of you who are reading between now and then, the penultimate round of MotoGP racing will be shown on SpeedTV at 12:30 EST today. I’ve hyped it quite a bit this year, as Nicky Hayden is 12 points ahead of Valentino Rossi, the multi-year champion of the sport who may hold the title “Best Ever”.

12 points over two races. If Rossi wins both races, and Hayden finishes below 2nd place in either won, Rossi takes the championship. It all comes down to this. Even if you’re an NFL fan, this race will only last until 1:30 EST, so at most you’ll miss a half-hour of NFL action.

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October 14, 2006

2006 NCAA Football Predictions — Week 7

So we’re back at it. I’m 16-15 against the spread so far, 24-7 straight up. We’ve got some good games this week, though, and they may not be easy picks. Can Michigan continue it’s lights-out play against Penn State without star WR Mario Manningham? Can Florida get up for a game at Auburn after their emotional victory over LSU? And will Rutgers be able to adjust to the 50-year-old offense that Navy runs to remain undefeated? And can Purdue rebound from their pounding at Iowa to take down Northwestern, a game they should dominate by all measures? We’ll all see, in just a few hours.

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October 13, 2006

Poor Chief Illiniwek

Dear Chief Illiniwek,

In Illinois, a university chooses to honor your spirit and valiant honor in battle, by choosing you as their symbol. It’s too bad that some panty-waisted professors are trying to steal your honor. Though you may be a fictional character, I weep for you.

A group of Illinois faculty members is sending a letter to prospective athletic recruits suggesting they “may want to think twice about whether the university is a good environment for you to further your education and athletic career” because of “the use of a fictitious Native American, named Chief Illiniwek, as the university’s sports mascot.”

Heading the list of 14 signers is Stephen J. Kaufman, emeritus professor of cell and developmental biology who long has been a harsh critic of what the university calls “the Chief Illiniwek tradition.”

The faculty members’ letter informs recruits of the NCAA’s August, 2005 ruling that prevents Illinois from hosting postseason tournaments because it considers continuation of the tradition to be “hostile and abusive” to Native Americans.

Poor Chief Illiniwek… Why do they try to destroy your tradition?

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