There she is, so where’s her scholarship?

A couple of years ago, I had a post on the Miss America pageant, where I was sort of perturbed about the amount of money the pageant said it awarded to the winner.

I’m sure there are lovely prizes, but here’s what gets me. There’s a scholarship involved, and according to news reports, Miss America’s scholarship prize is  $50,000. I know that $50,000 is a lot of money, but as the parent of a child in college, I also know that $50,000 isn’t going to cover costs over the four years it takes to graduate.

It seems like a minor complaint, but let’s break it down in terms of how the real world works.

If your kid is going to a state school and you’re a resident of the state, you probably pay $15,000 a year. That’s considered cheap for a college education, and a Miss America scholarship won’t carry you through graduation. If you’re going to a state school as an out-of-state resident, the cost will run you about $25,000 a year, so being Miss America gets you through your sophomore year. If you go to a private school, you’re talking $40,000 a year, so maybe you make it through freshman year and part of one semester. And if you go to an Ivy, you’re talking in excess of $50,000 a year, so maybe you make it through freshman year, and after that, you’re on your own.

About a week ago, John Oliver took a look at the Miss America pageant, and he’s sort of perturbed about the amount of money the pageant said it awarded overall:

I made my calculations on the back of an envelope. He called the IRS. That was impressive.

And he’s right about Donald Trump.

Sports Illustrated cover girl

agvtvdhnngr1swtnmj9oBet you weren’t expecting a 13 year old Little Leaguer from Philadelphia, but here she is.

Mo’Ne Davis is the first Little League player to ever make the Sports Illustrated cover. If you saw her last Thursday, you saw why. A two-hit shutout against a powerful Tennessee team. Don’t know if her team will get to the finals, but you should watch her pitch tonight at 7:30 against Las Vegas. The winner goes to the U.S. Championship game, but the loser has one more chance to get into the finals with a game tomorrow because it’s double elimination. The U.S. Championship game is Saturday. And the World Series final is Sunday.

Expect a huge crowd tomorrow. On Sunday, without Mo’Ne on the mound, the Philly team drew more than 30,000 spectators.

Here’s the last inning of the Tennessee game:

The kid is good. And she knows how to handle an interview.

Becky Hammon: From the WNBA to the NBA

The San Antonio Spurs today hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, the first woman to get a full-time contract as a coach in the NBA.

That’s right, NBA, not WNBA.

So, some frat boys will ask, what does a girl know about basketball?

When the NBA launched, I had season tickets to the New York Liberty for a few years and was in Madison Square Garden when Hammon was a rookie. She was a crowd favorite, and has been popular in all 16 years of her WNBA career.

It is shocking that she wasn’t selected for the U.S. basketball team that competed in the Olympics. Mainly because a couple of years ago, she was named at one of the top-15 all time WNBA greats.

But this is her last season as a player. Again, the aging process hits me, because I can only think of Becky as a 21-year-old kid sinking three-pointers all over Madison Square Garden.

Of course, the question is, can she coach? Can she teach guys who are a foot taller than she is?

That’s pretty good.