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J.B. TexasEx

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  1. On 9/20/2022 at 3:14 PM, tejasrulz said:

    You may have answered your own question, issues with parents. I'm not sure why not but maybe it's changed since you ref'ed? Why else are they posting on Facebook stating they need members (3 @ $60 each) for a chain gang when they could get 3 dads for free?

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    I guess it has changed since I stopped officiating in 2018.

    I've heard of programs selling chain gang spots as a booster club fundraiser. Great view from the sidelines and an opportunity to get close to the game. Oh, well, those were the good ol' days. But, I still think $60 for a couple hours work should entice HS kids. All they've gotta do is pay attention, keep up, and shut up.

  2. 27 minutes ago, tejasrulz said:

    You nailed the reason why.

    A friend of mine (a TASO official) posted something on Facebook not too long ago stating they are in need of people working the chains. I believe the pay was $60 for a varsity game. I'm thinking that maybe they aren't allowed to use dads or students anymore?


    Why not?

    I've had to tell more than one volunteer dad to STFU during a game while working H. If he didn't comply, it'd be on the offending team to replace him with a student manager, assistant coach, or whoever. Disallowing volunteers affiliated with the home team is just dumb.

    Some districts contract TASO officials - usually the FNGs - to work the chains on Friday nights. This is easier to do for suburban and city schools. It was usually volunteer dads out in the country with 3A and smaller schools.

  3. On 9/18/2022 at 10:07 AM, java said:

    Are you saying it’s almost impossible to get fired for r incompetence?

    TASO officials are independent contractors who don't get paid much. A head coach and school can "scratch" officials and crews from working their games, if displeased with performance, but that's about it. Local chapter leadership can dismiss officials for gross incompetence if they're really bad.

    But, then they've gotta back-fill with unproven newbies who may be even worse.

  4. On 9/16/2022 at 10:03 PM, tejasrulz said:

    There is a shortage of officials in all sports in Texas. Care to guess why? Unfortunately, it's not BS but reality.

    Having officiated TASO football for 10 years, it's mostly because the pay doesn't make up for the bullshit from coaches, fans, and your local officiating chapters.

    I never had a game postponed due to "no chain crew", however. Seems like it shouldn't be too hard to find 3 dads or students to volunteer while paying them $50 each to do it.

  5. On 8/12/2022 at 5:24 PM, Sirhornsalot said:

    When I was a kid, I used to sit around drawing. Today and throughout my career, I have had to draw. But when I was a kid, I would sit around and draw football players with different uniforms. Initially, I would draw them as they currently were. Then later I started experimenting with making them better.

    With Texas, the only change I ever made was taking off the side stripes of the pants. And since they did remove the stripes, I've wanted them back. I'm certain I'll feel that way about the numbers on the pads. I've always liked that look.

    But try as I may, and believe me I tried, I could never make maroon and white look good. No design I could make was anything that excited me. I tried using lite gray intermixed. I tried going with mostly white. I tried it all. No matter what, that color scheme was awful.

    That is all.

    I like stripes on the pants and TV numbers.

    Sue me


  6. 3 hours ago, DBut82 said:

    I absolutely understand the sentiment. And I don't necessarily disagree. But I also understand these kids and what they put value in. And to that point I see nothing wrong with an alternate uniform for a game of the player's choising.

    Kids value money, cars, and girls more than alternate uniforms.

    See Bama

  7. On 7/21/2022 at 12:45 PM, Sirhornsalot said:

    UCLA may not be going to the Big 10. See Gov. Gavin Newsome who is all kinds of butt hurt over this.



    Newsom may push for UCLA to share their proceeds with Berkeley like good communists. "It's best for the UC system." He'd be a damn fool to block the move even if he has the power to do so. Stanford, OR, or WA would be ready to take their place.

  8. 1 hour ago, Coot said:

    Seems like for the PAC12 and Big12 to have the most successful merger, they both need to give up their less attractive members to forge an overall stronger conference. Neither seems to be willing to do that at this time.

    Funniest part of this speculation is CA has banned paid travel to Texas and other red states for public employees. I doubt Berkeley wants to be associated with TX and OK. Just saying.

  9. 9 hours ago, Sirhornsalot said:

    And the Pac12 has visions of poaching a couple of Big12 schools. Should be interesting. Neither conference really has any leverage here. If you honestly asked BYU if they'd rather travel the west coast instead of Florida, West Virginia, Iowa, etc., I bet they'd take the west coast.

    Pac-10 has less leverage than the Big 12, though.

    Only way they stay together is if they appease UO and UW with a larger piece of their smaller pie. From what I've read, their media rights with USC & UCLA were worth $500 MM ($42.6 per team). Without them, it's assumed to only be worth $300 MM, if not less.

  10. 7 hours ago, david ficken said:

    I believe this is correct.  As teams move in or out the GOR that the conference has then can be redone by ESPN and/or Fox depending upon who comes in and who leaves. Due to the value of the team being a bigtime tv viewing team, i.e. Texas, USC, blow u, or Clemson. As compared to a Cal, Kansas, and/or Wake Forrest. Yes, I do know that they have had some good teams, but they aren't like the others.

    Now, I did find where ND is looking to get a new deal with NBC for $75M per year. But NBC wants more college football to go with ND. Rumor is with Big 12 needing a new deal maybe a partial deal with NBC to go with ESPN and Fox? 

    Yeah, the rumor is NBC will contract with the Big 12 for either T1 or T2 media rights. These games will be featured when ND is on the road and as lead-ins for ND home games.

    I think UT & OU will be in the SEC by 2024. Yormark will settle because he'll want to start building the Big 12's new, "young, hip, & cool" brand. Any time spent featuring or talking about UT/OU detracts from the Big 12, especially if they add 4-6 PAC teams as speculated.

  11. 1 hour ago, BWilk55 said:

    Imagine being where we are today, if Texas hadn't made the move last summer. In other words, if we had stood pat and then had USC and UCLA drop this bombshell. 

    I thought last year that it was smart of Texas (and OU) to be the first dominoes in major realignment and guarantee our spot in one of the strongest conferences moving forward. Had we waited, we would now be trying to scramble out of the BIg 12 (or trying to take the remaining strong Pac 12 candidates) for the Big10 or SEC without much leverage.

    When aggy starts competing for and winning desirable recruits with UT bc of an SEC badge, it's time to move on. Especially when ESPN will double our media rights payouts. It's really a no-brainer for us.

    I'd much rather be in the SEC than the B1G or PAC. 

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