As I’ve noted before, pimps are prevalent in all strata of society. It’s only those individuals who traffic women (or men) and take all the money earned from their chattel selling sex who wear the ugly moniker.
Well anyway…I was doing my laundry at a laundromat out on the boulevard yesterday (yes, my building has machines in the basement but they are in no way equal to the task of cleaning a bachelor’s clothing) and as I waited for my clothes to dry, began reading last week’s feature in the Voice about the dangers and hypocrisy involved in the country’s national pastime – football.
Before I begin, I’d like to say that NFL football is far and away my favorite sport to watch. It has aggression, violence, ballet, drama, competition and a lot of other things all rolled into one exceptional package. But watch college football? No fucking way…unless I hear that the pimps who run that mess will be strung up during halftime! Wait a minute! Am I really calling the guys who run collegiate sport pimps? Am I crazy? Check it out!
In the subculture’s view, a pimp is a guy or girl who puts his “employee” out on “the stroll” (so to speak) and in exchange for keeping all the money he or she earns, will provide room, board, bling, hair-do’s, weed, protection from unruly customers and essentially everything his or her whore needs to keep the revenue flowing. That’s the way a pimp works.
Now let’s take a look at the people who run college football programs. On the face of it, the college offers a free education to exceptional football players to compensate them for generating billions of dollars in revenue from television rights, alumni contributions and ticket prices. But in fact, the monetary value of that education is dwarfed by the amount of money the athletes bring to the university. In a free-market collective bargaining scenario, their compensation would be 10 – or even 100 times higher. But because the entire ruse falls under the umbrella of collegiate sports, the pimps get to keep almost all of the money!
Not only that…the great majority of these players on scholarship don’t get an education…unless you consider training in how to maim your opponent part of a liberal arts program. If you think that a Division I football player on scholarship graduates from that college with any skills with which to earn a living in the mainstream world, you’re kidding yourself.
Anybody remember Dexter Manley, a Washington Redskin pro bowler with a degree from Oklahoma State University who admitted after his playing days were over that he couldn’t read or write? Big universities with football programs that generate millions of dollars couldn’t give a shit if their players – especially their stars – get an education. Keeping them eligible with basket weaving courses is paramount. Preparing them for a world after football is not!
Worse is the reality that playing football is a very dangerous proposition. Once upon a time, it was the prevailing opinion that players might have a problem later in life with arthritic joints caused by multiple breaks, tears, separations, dislocations and the like. But now we’ve been made aware of a whole new arena of injuries – namely head trauma – which can cause dementia, memory loss, senility, and at its worst ALS!
So ya think fucking and sucking for a pimp is a bad deal? Try getting your brains bashed in on a collegiate football field in exchange for room and board! Whores can use a condom to prevent disease. But there’s no helmet currently available to the football player which will prevent concussions – which are inevitable when you play football.
You may ask why I watch pro football and not college ball. What’s the difference? Here it is: Professional football players are highly compensated for their work. They know the risks but throw the dice in exchange for fame, glory and a huge hunk of cash. Hopefully, they’ll escape with a portion of their bodies and minds when it’s all over. But a college player? Now that’s a trafficked and pimped individual if ever I’ve seen one. He puts his well-being – and even life – on the line in exchange for what? The hope that after 4 years of getting his body brutalized for zero monetary compensation that he’ll be good enough to make the pros and the big bucks 4 years down the road. And all the while, the big pimp gets over on them earning millions for himself and the school he represents with that horse shit fantasy that after those 4 years of indentured servitude, the athlete may actually make the pros and get a shot at earning his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Pretty sorry if you ask me! I’ll tell y’all…it’s atrocious what these pimps get away with. Just for example, whenever one of the servants gets maimed, does the pimp go to jail? Is he even prosecuted? Hell, no! One of his players could drop dead from heat exhaustion and still…nothing! Not a mother fucking thing! Somebody pays a little lip service about protecting the players while the pimp continues earning truckloads of cash as he continues to traffic those who are still standing.
In truth, the guys who run away with all the money are about as likely to be prosecuted as the Wall Street assholes who caused the financial meltdown. That’s America. Some pimps go to prison and some just don’t. But make no mistake about it. The guys and schools who profit handsomely from collegiate football are pimps – and just as egregious as the Cadillac-driving, velvet hat-wearing guys who put girls out on the corner. Maybe even more so!
College football is an embarrassment. Let’s face reality. It’s a de facto minor league for the NFL. And its players should be compensated as such. And considering the dangers involved and the money generated, they should be compensated at a very high level!