I wouldn’t feel right unless I made someone mad, so here goes.
College sports are lame. Indeed, they are. College sports are “the man’s” way of generating revenue for the college, while at the same time fooling people into continuing phys ed.
You notice that almost never do you see a really knowledgeable person playing sports. Sure, there are exceptions, like… oh wait… maybe there aren’t. I sure can’t think of any at the moment. Sports are a substitute for useful learning.
Frankly, I blame the colleges. They are exploiting members of the student body, and I think that’s just wrong.
Now sure, the athletes (ignorant people) think that it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. They get to skip class, blow off homework, bomb tests, and still graduate, while all the while getting to indulge in the sport of their choice.
Only trouble is, after they spend their college career worrying about their percentage of body fat instead of worrying about the number of neural synapses they form, they leave college dumber than when they started.
I freely admit, I always secretly wished I was a jock. Girls like jocks. Jocks are usually cocky, muscular, and full of themselves, three qualities that women just can’t get enough of. (Note the subtle use of a preposition at the end of the previous sentence.) However, that was the only reason I ever wanted to be a jock. I have no innate desire to bond with a bunch of sweaty guys, nor do I have any desire to shower with them, etc.
But I quickly realized that intense athletics and real learning do not mix well. I’m such a quick study, I realized this in high school, thus saving myself a life of misery. (Or if ignorance is bliss, then a life of bliss.) I’m not saying I couldn’t have gotten A’s while playing a sport…. I’m just saying I wouldn’t have learned anything in the process. Anyone can get A’s if they’re a good skimmer. But they sure aren’t going to acquire much knowledge, even by accident.
Sports are idolized, especially in college. They ARE the school spirit. When was the last time you saw the “MBA Cheerleaders?” Trust me, we could use them. But academics has taken a back seat.
Am I bitter that I was not a jock? No, not really. Every jock I know went on to a brilliant career of making 10 bucks an hour. Note that I don’t know anyone that’s become a professional athlete. They may make a lot of money, but, so did MC Hammer. That only proves once again that the IQ of the masses is the mean (100) divided by the population (n=250,000,000) which gives us a mean IQ of 0.0000004. I’m just saying.
I digress… college sports are a way for people that were slackers in high school to get scholarships. Ooooh. You can throw a ball… I’m soooo impressed.