It was never my intention to post twice in a row about Billy Packer but here we are. Last night I was watching Costas NOW on HBO, thanks entirely to Adam letting me know it was on and Reggie Miller was dressing down Myles Brand.
I’m going slightly off topic here, but having mentioned both Reggie Miller and Myles Brand I need to comment on both of them. 1.) I’ll pretty much watch or listen to anything Reggie Miller has to say. He’s great on TV and Radio. he knows his stuff and he’s very entertaining. I’d pay for a sports package that pretty much only airs conversations between Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller. That’s just gold. 2.) Myles Brand is one of the worst people on the planet. He was a horror show as the President of Indiana University, and he’s the perfect figurehead for as broken and ineffectual organization as the NCAA. He’s just awful. God, is he awful.
Here’s a question for you. How do you ensure that Myles Brand is not the biggest moron on your show? Answer. Interview Billy Packer at the same time. The point of the piece on Costas last night was about graduation rates and the new age limits, etc. Is it harmful to have Kevin Durant go to school for one year, if he chooses to go to no classes his second semester because he knows he’s gone and by the time his absences matter the season will be over, which is a charge that has been leveled against him in particular and sited as a major problem with the 19 year old rule. I could go on at length about this rule. I have some very definite opinions about it, but that’s a story for another time.
Costas interviewed the incomparable Billy Packer for this piece because he’s always on TV, and frequently says things that are either controversial or just wrong, so he makes for a good person to interview about anything. Billy Packer’s point is that a vast majority of the kids who get into colleges as athletes would not get into these schools if they weren’t athletes. And he said the following.
"I don’t know how many of them wouldn’t get in. Let’s just make up a percentage 10-15% of these kids would get in."
This is the problem with Billy Packer in one quote. "Let’s just make up a percentage." What?!?!?!?! Let’s just make up a percentage?
There are some other things I’d like to prove, using the "Packer-Method."
1.) UK fans are illiterate hillbillies. In fact, only 3% of them can read, and only 6% have all their teeth.
2.) Jim Rome and Arsenio Hall are the worst interviewers in the history of the world. 98% of people who have asked questions on the air are more qualified.
3.) 96% of things on the internet are about kittens
4.) Only 12% of people who play World of Warcraft have ever kissed a girl, and of that number 90% are other girls.
5.) 100% of people who buy windows based machines would never do it again if they had to set it up themselves.
6.) When there is a car wreck, it is the woman’s fault 62.8% of the time.
Who wants to make up some more percentages, based on nothing? Please, feel free.
This post was longer and WAY more rambling than it should have been, but based on my policy of not editing what I write, I have not edited what I wrote. 76% of people think that’s a sound plan. 100% of my 6th graders use this rule when they write anything for class.