After talking to some coaches and administrators about what took place in Missouri, Miami Herald sports columnist Sam Mellinger writes that the power dynamics of college sports are changed forever.
The Missouri players' $4 million a year foreman -- Coach Pinkel -- had no choice but to side with his players. He, and the now former college president Tim Wolfe, have come to realize that they, like the so called titans of industry, and all the rest of the bosses, are extraneous, that without football players there is no football. Just as without workers, there's no business. No producing, no customers. Nothing.
Like it says in the classic Labor song Solidarity Forever:
- They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn,
- But without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn
- In our hands is placed a power greater than their hoarded gold,
- Greater than the might of armies, multiplied a thousand-fold
American workers, Americans, behold.
|The solidarity photo Missouri football players posted with their strike threat|