Rice Unconventional Wisdom

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How do you go from where you are to where you want to be?  I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life.  You have to have a dream, a goal, and you have to be willing to work for it.
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Jim Valvano

The Hot Corner

April 29, 2014 - NBA Bans Clippers Owner for Life

Today Adam Silver, the NBA Commissioner, handed down his punishment against Donald Sterling for making racist comments. The punishment consists of banning Mr. Sterling for life, plus a $2.5 million fine.  The lifetime ban will preclude Mr. Sterling from attending any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, and from participating in any personnel decisions concerning the team.  Finally, at the league level, Mr. Sterling will not be able to participate on or attend any NBA Board of Governors meetings.  Read more »

March 28, 2014 - College Athletes can unionize - So what does this mean?

Northwestern University has taken a few bricks out the NCAA’s ivory tower. For years the NCAA has been able to dismiss the argument that student-athletes are employees of the Athletics Department and the University. Finally, justice through the appropriate legal system, may be coming forth.

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March 10, 2014 - NASCAR: Which is the Machine?

It looks like NASCAR has decided to fight back against the “Drivers are not athletes” criticism. NASCAR put together this spot to show the athleticism of its fittest drivers: Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, and Carl Edwards. 

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Jan. 28, 2014 - Remembering when Super Bowl VIII was held at Rice Stadium

Rice University's tagline is "Unconventional Wisdom" which means "to be out of the ordinary, not traditional, or usual". Rice proved to be "unconventional" when it hosted Super Bowl VIII in 1974, becoming the first non-NFL stadium to host a Super Bowl.      

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Jan. 3, 2014 - NFL Playoff Games Blacked Out?

It was surprising to think that NFL Playoff games could be “blacked out” and not shown on local television because the games were not sold out.  Read more »

Dec. 6, 2013 - 2014 World Cup Draw: Group of Death for Team USA

Host Brazil will kick off the 2014 World Cup against Croatia, while team USA draws the worst possible group it could in Germany, Ghana and Portugal.  Read more »

Dec. 5, 2013 - Nelson Mandela: A Legend

Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most influential, inspirational, and beloved leaders, passed away at the age of 95.  Read more »

Dec. 2, 2013 - Rice to Host C-USA Championship Football Game

The Owls captured their first Conference USA Western Division title with a 17-13 win over Tulane and will face off against a strong Marshall (7-1) this Saturday in the C-USA Championship Game.  Read more »

Nov. 25, 2013 - Do fans have the right to boo their own team?

The Houston Chronicle ran an article on Sunday's front page about the Houston Texans’ fan base and whether or not they are “wishy-washy” (as running back Ben Tate said). One thing that I talked about in the article was the concept of “blind loyalty” and the unrealistic belief that “if you are not 100% behind us, then you are against us.”  Read more »

Nov. 22, 2013 - Astros Owner Suing Claiming Fraud

Jim Crane is suing former Astros owner, Drayton McLane, Comcast and NBC claiming fraud.  Read more »

Nov. 21, 2013 - The NCAA v. EA Sports, CLC

According to ESPN, the NCAA is suing EA Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company.  Read more »

Nov. 20, 2013 - Will the Dynamo Bring a Women's Professional Soccer Team to Houston?

In today’s Houston Chronicle, there was an article about how the Houston Dynamo is considering starting a women's professional soccer team. As a fan of high-level soccer, I would welcome this and would gladly purchase two season tickets.  Read more »

Nov. 19, 2013 - Astros to host Annual Civil Rights Game in 2014

As a huge MLB fan and history buff, especially when it comes to the Civil Rights Movement, I was elated to hear that Houston will host the annual Civil Rights Game on May 30, 2014.  Read more »

Nov. 6, 2013 - So What's Next for the Astrodome?

Houston voters decided yesterday not to spend the money to renovate the "8th Wonder of the World" which hasn't hosted a professional sporting event this millennium. So, like many people, I thought that was the end of the Astrodome. Right?

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Nov. 5, 2013 - The Low-Budget, High-Pressure Life Of An MLS Rookie

"Major League Soccer is the only pro sports league in America where superstars can earn 140 times more than their teammates." This was a very informative article about the business side of being a young player in Major League Soccer. It is hardly what you would expect to read about regarding a professional athlete.

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Nov. 4, 2013 - Kansas City Royals Being Sued by Injured Fan

Fans who purchase tickets to sporting events, such as a professional baseball game, assume various inherent risks associated with the game being played on the field. The issue here is whether mascots are “necessarily” part of the game of baseball.  Read more »

Nov. 1, 2013 - Behind the scenes with the Houston Dynamo's front office

This is a great behind-the-scenes look at the front office staff of the Houston Dynamo as they prepare for the final stretch of home games prior to the MLS Playoffs.  Read more »

Oct. 31, 2013 - Boston Strong

For me, and I bet for the entire Red Sox Nation, this post-season will go down as not only one of the greatest moments in sports history, but as one of the most important. In a year where tragedy struck Boston, the city of Boston needed to feel pure joy and happiness and this team of bearded men did just that by winning the 2013 World Series Championship at home.  Read more »

Oct. 30, 2013 - Astros Allowed to Seek New TV Partner

A federal bankruptcy judge Tuesday authorized the Astros to negotiate with third parties on a new business plan for Houston Regional Sports Network, the troubled Astros-Rockets-Comcast partnership that owns Comcast SportsNet Houston.  Read more »

Oct. 29, 2013 - New $69 Million Football Stadium in Katy ISD

The Katy Independent School District is proposing a new $69 million football stadium and athletic facility. Is $69 million too much for a high school facility?  Read more »

Oct. 28, 2013 - O.J. Brigance: A True Champion

O.J. Brigance, a former student of mine and Rice football player, was honored Friday night with the Distinguished "R" Award, which is the most prestigious award given by the Rice athletic department. In my opinion, Brigance is the definition of a true champion. He is a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Baltimore Ravens, and now he is a champion of motivating others.  Read more »

Oct. 25, 2013 - Stahlé Vincent: A Rice Trailblazer Gets Inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame

Stahle Vincent made history not only as the first African American to play quarterback in the Southwest Conference, but also as one of the first three black football players to don a Rice University jersey. Tonight, he will be inducted into the Rice Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Oct. 24, 2013 - One-Handed Basketball Player Commits To Florida

This is an inspirational story about Zach Hodskins, who was born without the lower half of his left arm. Through hard-work and determination, his dream of playing basketball for a top-10-ranked school has become a reality.

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Oct. 23, 2013 - Ay Chihuahua! El Paso's Newest Baseball Team

After months of buildup and speculation and debate, El Paso's new Triple-A baseball team finally got its nickname late Tuesday afternoon...El Paso Chihuahuas!  Read more »

Oct. 22, 2013 - Amazing video of the final day of World Cup qualifying

For me, there is nothing more exciting in sports than the last day of World Cup Qualifying. This is one of the best videos I've ever watched! It captures the emotions, the highs and lows, of an entire nation.

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Oct. 21, 2013 - The Amazing Story of Richie Parker

It is amazing the obstacles that someone can overcome with desire, ingenuity, and hard work. Here's the amazing story of Richie Parker who is an engineer for Hendrick Motorsports, the top organization in NASCAR.  Read more »

Rice's 100th Commencement

05/11/13  The Sport Management Department congratulates its sixteen seniors who graduated this May at Rice's 100th Commencement on May 11, 2013  Read more »

2013 Graduation Reception

 05/10/2013  Kinesiology Department Graduation Reception Twenty two Sport Management majors graduated this year, either in December 2012 or May 2013.

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Major Declaration Ceremony

02/15/2013  Several Rice sophomores declared Sport Management as their major of choice at a special ceremony with President Leebron in attendance.

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Rice Baseball Hawaiian Shirts

02/05/2013 Rice Baseball Hawaiian Shirts Presented by the Students of SMGT 260 The students of SMGT 260: Introduction to Sport Management, are selling Rice Baseball Hawaiian shirts for their class sales project. 

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