Gladiators

I like watching pro football, but I’ve never been able to figure out why college football never did much for me. Just figured it out.

Watching LSU-Oregon on ESPN and a first-year running back fumbled on a play from scrimmage and then the kick return after the resulting touchdown. After the first fumble one of the announcers said, essentially, “that’s what you get for giving a freshman the ball”.

Two problems for me here.

1) Condescending to the people who are paying your salary. There is a hugely profitably industry which surrounds games played by ostensibly unpaid athletes. ESPN’s fourth string announcers should be really happy they have jobs and very kind to the people who arrange for that.

2) Is it just me, or does it seem weird that we should expect any 18-year-olds to have their act together enough to handle playing on national TV in front of 90,000 people?

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cstrauber

Boston area academic librarian and instructional designer. News junkie. Fan of marine mammals, October.