Corn Flakes: Trials Are Boring

TOUCHDOWN!!!! - Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

I was watching the tweets about the NCAA/Ed O' Bannon trial go by yesterday while at the same time having a discussion with a client about what to do regarding Active Directory integration with Infoblox (that now handles DNS and DHCP for their entire network) and a couple things occurred to me:

- I don't really care all that much about the intricacies of the O' Bannon case. Reading through all this stuff about NLI (Name, Likeness, Image) and its use, who's getting paid and how the judge is confused/amazed by what happens during bowl season is maddening.

The NCAA lawyer asked a question and the witness gave a snarky response! Yay! That's as interesting as it gets.

I've realized I only care about the outcome. I know this is an important case - possibly the most important case the NCAA will face in its modern history - but I don't care. I just want it to be over, see who wins, and see what happens next.

If they could wrap this up in an hour like an old Perry Mason episode where Mark Emmert admits the NCAA has done everything wrong in a sudden two-minute outburst, then things might be interesting. CSI episodes only last an hour and they typically cover at least two different cases during that time.

Basically, trials are boring. Y'all just can't wait to volunteer to sit on a jury, right?

- I imagined what it would be like if someone had to follow and report on what I do for a living. First, the chances that they'd really understand what was going on would be damned close to zero, and second, people would want to kill them out of self preservation.

Self preservation?

Yes, because having to follow most of what I do would be so boring to 95% of you that you would die of dehydration before finding it interesting. You don't care about the technology behind the internet, your cell phone, your tablet/laptop - you just want it to work, right?

Today, I will figure out what's wrong with some SQL Server connectivity, examine a mobile device management solution (Airwatch), determine how to sync DNS between Infoblox and Active Directory, verify my design of two different VMWare infrastructures I have to build and you don't give a shit about any of this, do you?

You shouldn't.

I'm curious as to how many of you are actually following the O'Bannon trial, or you're just waiting for the outcome.

Also - how many of you have jobs that others might find interesting?

A new spin on the game: An interview with Tim Miles - Daily Nebraskan: Sports
It’s no secret that football is king in the state of Nebraska. Rewind to 2012 when the basketball program at the university entered a new era. The team hadn’t reached an NCAA Tournament in 14 years and it was time for a change. Enter Tim Miles, an up-and-coming coach who led the Colorado State University Rams to several upset victories and an NCAA Tournament bid.

Ameer Abdullah named Mel Kiper's top senior running back prospec - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports
Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, a former standout athlete at Homewood High School in Birmingham, has been billed as the top senior running back prospect in college football by ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Report Might Provide More Clues on Why Joker Phillips Resigned - Team Speed Kills
It turns out that a 'bump violation' is not always just a bump violation

O' Bannon Case

Ex-Alabama WR Tyrone Prothro: 'I want to see change for the future' - College Football - Stewart Mandel - SI.com
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Three years after suffering a gruesome career-ending injury in 2005, former Alabama star Tyrone Prothro wrote a book, Catch & Hold. He wanted to include some action shots from his playing career, but upon contacting a university photographer he learned he'd have to buy the images from the school's website for $10 apiece. So, he didn't include them.

O'Bannon v. NCAA, day four: TV broadcast contracts become focal points of the trial | Campus Union - SI.com
Day four of the O’Bannon v. NCAA trial began about television contracts. The plaintiffs called Ed Desser, a sports TV consultant who has negotiated "hundreds" of deals between teams or leagues and networks, as a witness.

O'Bannon trial Day 4: Broadcast TV rights under scrutiny
The plaintiffs in the Ed O'Bannon class-action antitrust trial against the NCAA on Thursday pulled back the curtain on the usually secretive world of major-college sports television contracts.

World Cup!!!!

Explaining the 2014 World Cup for college football fans - SBNation.com
College football fan, you don't need to be a world soccer expert to enjoy the next month. All you need is a little imagination.

Which 2014 World Cup Team is Most Similar to Each Big Ten Basketball Team? - The Crimson Quarry
In which I attempt to explain why IU hoops and Argentina soccer are similar, along with other World Cup equivalents to Big Ten teams. Even you, Maryland and Rutgers.

There were doves at the World Cup opening! (They are now dead.) - SBNation.com
These doves represent World Peace and OH NO

The 10 best college football stadiums that could be used as World Cup venues - Land-Grant Holy Land
With the 2022 Qatar World Cup looking like it is getting shakier, the most logical choice for a host if a revote happens is the United States. Now what if we used college football stadiums for some of the venues. We rank the 10 best sites.

Random Interesting Item:

25 Years Ago - Ken Jarecke
Those reporting on the scene at the time ( and the recollections of those glued to CNN) remember how the Tiananmen Square student protests were brutally ended, but it’s also important to remember how peacefully they began. Ken Jarecke is selling prints this week only, very beautiful prints of an incredible moment in world history.

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