I watched, sparingly (I was mostly playing chess against the computer) two football games recently (9-30-23) Ole Miss vs. L.S.U. and Miss State vs Alabama. The won-lost column for my Mississippi roots (which run deep and proud) was 1-1. Miss Southern lost to Texas State but they were not on the single channel that I, again sparingly, watched.
I keep harping on the word “sparingly” because the truth is, after a lifetime of following college football, particularly the SEC and other Southern brethren schools (Ga, Tech, Tulane et al) of the pigskin fan persuasion I no longer “follow” them because I don’t give a happy damn about the game, the schools or the belly-crawling modern day scalawag scum that participate in the once dynamic sport where young men once fought and clawed like gentlemen gladiators.
However, they have long since degenerated into participants who are not much more than tattooed vulgar beasts barely demonstrating literacy, and who could care less about the concept of Alma Mater.
Upon scoring a touchdown they dance like fools at a fool fair. I suppose they are surprised they scored.
And in the name of the popular “equality principle,” this also goes for the overpaid, sub-talented, sub-mental-acuity coaches in spades. These are the guys who used to preach that they weren’t teaching football, but were teaching LIFE! In the days of Bear Bryant and Darrel Royal, that might be a worthy and sporty little bromide. But today these are the fellows who eliminated the “tie” so games can go into overtime. Hence T.V. and coaches can pad their bank accounts. Fine. I have nothing against making a buck.
However, is this teaching life? Hmmm…I didn’t know that when life ended you went into overtime. A step up or down, but overtime? Horse dung. As, well they have tried (foolishly) to eliminate human error with the television replay. They should also disallow the fumble and the interception. Human error obviously must be eliminated because as some (most) of them love to say: “We’ve got to get it right!”
Why? Of all the things wrong in the world, football is the one thing that must be “Got right.” Good grief. No wonder, jackasses refuse to stand for The Star-Spangled Banner.
And just so I leave no one out, the NCAA which makes a nice fill-in for Barnum and Bailey, is mucho (that’s Spanish for the thousands of college “professors” absent professing) thrilled that they allow girl trainers to treat (heal) the boys in the boy’s locker room.
I have no doubt that the football powers-to-be don’t care one whit as to what I think. But if they bothered to ask, they would find that I once cared for college football and the university system that sponsored it; probably a lot more than they do.
But today, the so-called university system is a corrupt racket, probably, if investigated, worthy of some RICO charge. The football teams are simply a minor league system for the N.F.L. A system paid for by the public. And subsidized and subverted by a multi-marketing T.V. system that poses as a spotlighted Satan, a Prince of Darkness paying all who can be bribed.
Many, many years back (I am of the old guy persuasion) most of the colleges and universities taught arts and science. Today they teach general studies, women’s studies, wokeism, and various degrees of sodomy and transgender identity. The football fields and locker rooms seem to be filled with this kind of perfumed scholasticism that television loves and to that end and with the leaders of such, ALL TRADITION has been ripped from the players, coaches, and the field.
Down South we once had a proud bunch of Rednecks and farmers who loved their colleges as a family extension. And we had a bunch of doctors, lawyers, and engineers who sometimes cheered louder than the farm boys. Back then their genes still had the old Rebel yell in them. And rival was a “five”-letter word because it was above impounded profanity.
Today the players come out (if they graduate at all) as illiterate as they were going in. No? Watch a freshman interviewed, then come back for an interview 4 years later and check the results.
One of the great Hall of Fame Coaches was a Southerner, Johnny Vaught. He coached at The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) for almost 25 years (190-61-12). Only two coaches had a winning record against him: Bear Bryant (7-6-1) and General William Neyland (3-2): Both Southerners.
Vaught was famous for recruiting players from his school’s home state, Mississippi. He told his players that his reasoning largely was that: “When you are up against it and you are backed up on you own one-yard line—and you look up in the stands and see your mama and daddy and brother and sister—you dig in a little deeper.”
Today college football players look into the stands and do a jig for whomever is operating the T.V. Cameras.