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Here I am ranting about the dreadful Eugene Weakly
again! I know I promised that I wouldn't, but do bear with me:
Last week, their cover story was about the evils of College football. It was written by Professor of English who is magnitudes smarter than you or I. (Just ask him.)
He would like to spend his weekends reading a complex novel. He doesn't like football. I can sympathise. While reading all weekend certainly isn't my thing, I'd rather give myself a root-canal with rusty tools than watch football.
Fine and dandy. It's a free country! Professor, if a bunch of drunken, yellow and green painted fans take you from your home and drag you to Autzen stadium, you just give me a call. Betsy and I will come right over and put a quick stop to that nonsense!
Now let's say I'm out the woods planting trees, cutting them down, blasting holes in the earth, and shooting animals. Suddenly a gang of pipe-smoking, cardigan-wearing professors start to chase me with leather-bound copies of Proust! I hope there's someone I can call.
Do Academics smoke pipes anymore? Does anyone? I used to, but Missus said it made me look like Josef Stalin, so I quit.
Well anyway, shortly after the Weakly published thia article about the evils of college sports, Phil Knight goes and donates one hundred million dollars to the University!
The strange thing is that all the copies of the Weakly
disappeared from their boxes the very morning the story came out. Hmmmmm.
Like them or not, men's football and basketball are entirely self-sustaining and very popular. I wouldn't be surprised thhose two programs actually fund every other sporting event at the U fo O.
To each their own.