It is a testament to Sarah Thomas’ mettle that she didn’t dwell upon the pressures of her position as the first full-time game official in the NFL, at least until her first season on the job came to an end. People who were expecting Thomas’ presence to drastically affect the NFL spread were probably disappointed by the uneventful nature of her first season.
It was after the season ended that Thomas began to ponder on what her achievements have meant for the game. Thomas admitted that, while she didn’t feel the pressure during the actual season, upon reflecting on the season as a whole, she had to admit there was indeed some pressure to contend against.
This week, I rank the Power Five schools having the easiest rosters in major college football. To clarify, no team has an easy schedule irrespective of the conference it plays in and college football predictions indicate that challenges can arise even when playing against the “weakest” teams. Some diverse factors played a significant role in the conclusions I made, such as the 2015 records of the playing teams, the nonconference schedules, and the venues of the upcoming games. For teams playing division-based conferences, they must face all the teams within their respective divisions. The challenges come up with the teams they will have to play against from the other side, the strength of opponents at their home stadium, and the frequency of playing against them.
Things have moved at a brisk pace for GridironStuds since the launch of the GridironStuds Recruiting App on February 10th of this year. Since it’s release, some 800 high school football players from across the country have downloaded and created profiles using the app which is available on the iOS platform for iPhones.
Despite the large number of downloads, GridironStuds CEO Chad Wilson knows there is a ways to go. “The plan is to get this app into the hands of every high school football player in the country. When you think of it like that, 800 is a small number. However, we are greatly encouraged by the early participation,” Wilson said. To aid in the efforts to market the app, GridironStuds has launched a business crowd funding campaign on popular site IndieGoGo.com.
Miramar, FL – May 20, 2016 – GridironStuds.com, a diviision of CEW Communications announced Friday that they will be launching a crowd funding campaign on Monday May 23, 2016 through well respected business funding site IndieGoGo.com. IndieGoGo was founded in 2008 and through their online community has raised over $900 million dollars in funds for start-up businesses worldwide.
GridironStuds is attempting to raise $50,000 to assist in programming, marketing and hiring of personnel to push the GridironStuds App into the college football recruiting market. The company plans on rolling out a number of exciting features in the app in the coming months. They are also plannning on launching an android version of the app prior to close of 2016. “We are excited about joining IndieGoGo to launch this crowd funding campaign. They are recognized as one of the leaders in the business of crowd funding and have great tools for both the funders and fundees,” CEW Communications CEO Chad Wilson said. “This is a great way for any parent of an athlete, fan of college football and corporation interested in reaching this demographic to help us develop this wonderful app for young student athletes,” Wilson added.
I see it every year and have been seeing it for about a decade now. College football has become big business and it has only been superseded by the big business of a college education. Now the mad rush is on to acquire college educations and obtain them at the deepest discount possible.
Our American culture has set things up to where we believe that the only path to success in life is through the securing of a college degree. This ingraining of thought has led to the booming business of college tuition. As the message of college degree = success has been downloaded to our psyche, the value of the diploma has risen immensely. We all know what happens when something rises in value in our present culture. When value rises the cost of said item is sure to sky rocket. Welcome to the business of a college education. Colleges you have never heard of will look you dead in the face and tell you that tuition costs $50,000 annually. They won’t blink when they tell you that either.
You’ve heard all of the stereotypes on football players. Get a guy in a big body and the automatic thinking is that all that time getting big left him little time to be smart. It takes a small mind to think that way but let’s be honest, there have been some who have made that type of thinking worthwhile. That’s not the case with this up and coming prospect out of Gulf Coast HS in Naples, FL.