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George Will kills me sometimes. Which is why I refuse to allow guns at my residence.
Sometimes he shows his fascistic nuts.
Sometimes he sounds reasonable enough.
And sometimes he is just plain nuts.
Now ole George is a sports nut and he, at one time, loved to write about baseball and appears in the Ken Burns documentary about baseball.
Well, today he comes up with a blog about some relationship between 'progressives' and football.
I have always enjoyed linking two unconnected subjects and I would never wish to interfere with someone else doing the same.
But this one post of his at the Washington Post has me scratching my head.
Harvard philosopher William James then spoke of society finding new sources of discipline and inspiration in “the moral equivalent of war.” Society found football, which like war required the subordination of the individual, and which would relieve the supposed monotony of workers enmeshed in mass production.
College football became a national phenomenon because it supposedly served the values of progressivism, in two ways. It exemplified specialization, expertise and scientific management. And it would reconcile the public to the transformation of universities, especially public universities, into something progressivism desired but the public found alien. Replicating industrialism’s division of labor, universities introduced the fragmentation of the old curriculum of moral instruction into increasingly specialized and arcane disciplines. These included the recently founded social sciences — economics, sociology, political science — that were supposed to supply progressive governments with the expertise to manage the complexities of the modern economy and the simplicities of the uninstructed masses.
Now I know George wrote this because of his references to the uninstructed masses.
Go ahead and read the entire blog, but somehow I am supposed to conclude (?) that economics and sociology and political science are bad? For society?
Now I know he is also attempting to link the phrase 'uninstructed masses' with progressives; thereby intimating that it is the progressive who has disdain for the peasants.
However, after reading this disciple of Buckley for decades, I really do not believe that Will has nothing but disdain for the masses; for the peasantry and for anyone who is short in the area of vocabulary.
I just am having a real hard time figuring out whether or not his disdain is pointed at the racist progressive Wilson or Notre Dame?
I guess his essay got to me because I just read about a stadium being built for high school football that is costing the taxpayers of Texas some 60-million dollars.
And we have all been inundated throughout the year with blogs and articles highlighting the fun times at Penn State over the last three decades.
It’s kind of hard,” said Alabama’s Bear Bryant, “to rally ’round a math class.” And today college football is said to give vast, fragmented universities a sense of community through shared ritual. In this year’s first “game of the century,” Alabama’s student-athletes played those from Michigan in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex., which is 605 miles and 1,191 miles from Tuscaloosa and Ann Arbor,
I have no idea what George Will is talking about or what point he is attempting to make or why he wrote this in the first place.
I mean what is he driving at?
It appears that over the years it has become harder and harder for ole George to find his car let alone his car keys.
Not being a current fan of high school or college or professional football I even wonder why I give damn?
Do you realize that I awoke sometime last week (I think) and by accident hit channel 57 which has always projected static and discovered that I now have BTN on basic cable? That is the Big Ten Network. You realize of course that the Big Ten now is composed of 12 or more teams but sports programs oftimes have problems with arithmetic!
College football programs and even High School football programs (at least in Texas, evidently) are frauds.
In my opinion these team sports represent a fraud perpetrated upon the masses.
Forget sex scandals for the moment; universities and cities and states fund the sport with multi million dollar stadiums and equipment and scholarships while pretending we are dealing with amateur sports.
We send these teen-age gladiators into the arena training them to bash each others brains out and the winners go onto make multimillions with the pros after three or four years. At least in basketball, the high schooler can feel free to skip the scam and sign on for millions with the pro teams.
Meanwhile, we pretend that our gladiators are amateurs attempting to work hard for their education while millions of dollars are used as bribes to parents and other sponsors; grades are faked and colleges end up making billions.
There is far too much moolah being made from 'sports' for sports to be pure in any sense of the word.
Vendors make hundreds of millions of dollars selling totems and beer and flags and such related to college sports.
And little girls are taught how to wiggle their fannies by the 7th grade on the sidelines so that they might not only get a date with the QB but have a future chance of disgracing themselves as Dallas Cheerleaders.
College football is inane and fraudulent and hypocritical; but so is Rush Limbaugh.
When the masses support inanity and fraud and hypocrisy, people make money and there is really nothing you can do about it.
I just have no idea what this all has to do with progressives.
Anyway, I decided that I am not a progressive.
I am just a confounded liberal.
Grandpa died last week
And now he is buried in the rocks
And everybody still talks about how badly they were shocked
But me, I expected it to happen
I knew he lost control
When he built a fire on main street
And shot it full of holes