MURPHY’S LAW: Concert Rocks, Running Greats, Graduation Rates

Posted on: 12:58 am, December 13, 2012, by , updated on: 01:12am, December 13, 2012

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The concert for Sandy relief, 12-12-12, may have lasted longer than a Yankees-Red Sox game, but it delivered. I didn’t watch all of it, I had to pretend I was working, but I enjoyed The Who, Bruce Springsteen, and Billy Joel—to name a few.

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It was also nice to see surprise guest Michael Stipe singing again. As Andy Fales said, “REM walked away like Barry Sanders. Done is done.” Except when Stipe can join Chris Martin for Losing My Religion.

Speaking of the electric Sanders, he’s the most exciting running back I’ve ever seen, but not #1 on my best list. My top five for guys when at their best, that I saw with my own eyes, not on film: 

5 Eric Dickerson

4 Walter Payton

3 Barry Sanders

2 Earl Campbell

1 OJ Simpson

I don’t enjoy having OJ at #1, but before he turned (alleged) killer, he could glide across a football field like no one else. I also have Campbell higher than most, but for a few years, Earl Campbell combined power and speed like no man, before or since. Sanders was the human highlight reel. Payton could do it all, and all well. Dickerson the most underrated. (I’m not old enough to remember Jim Brown or Gale Sayers.)

Herschel Walker was the greatest college running back I ever saw.

Dan Winters knows every line of Christmas Vacation. I love that about Dan Winters. 

Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education released a study of the graduation rates of black athletes in revenue producing sports in the six major NCAA division 1 conferences—essentially the top 76 schools. The study finds Northwestern graduates the highest rate of black students athletes, 83%. The worst school: Iowa State at just 30%. That’s not good.

Now there are many factors, but none that should keep Iowa State from making sure it does everything it can to get that number up as soon as possible. If you’re interested in seeing the study, please click here