September 2nd, 2011
Write Off: Politics of the Big 1?
You ignorant slut. While I agree that with the myriad of issues facing our great state and country, the politicians should be focused on more pressing concerns, the fact of the matter is that College Football has transcended amateur athletics and is the most prosperous professional league in the world. If you don’t think that many of the biggest Universities have a politician or two in their pocket, than you need to take a break from your internet porn and order The Godfather on Netflix. Even Baylor President Ken Starr took to the OpEd section in the Austin Statesman to lament the loss of “traditional rivalries” if A&M were to leave for the SEC. You don’t think that Editorial was designed to catch some eyes of the local lawmakers? If you have a problem with UH seeking assistance from the politicians, what about Baylor? They are a private institution!
Big time college football is so anti-American that it’s disgusting. You really expect me to believe that these AD’s and Conference commissioners are going to do the right thing without someone looking over their shoulder? How’s that working out for Miami or Ohio State? No, at the end of the day, the Conferences and Universities are only concerned with one thing: making more money. People forget that UH and SMU used to be in the same conference as UT, A&M and Baylor. Not anymore. They aren’t even on the same planet. The disparity in the money that the Big 12 schools receive and what Conference USA pays out is ridiculous, and all because of three little letters: BCS. When college football and the NCAA grows a pair of balls and implements a championship game, then it won’t matter what conference a team is in, but until then, I would be outraged if University of Houston didn’t raise all the hell it could to get a seat at the table and anyone in Houston should feel the same way. The amount of money that UH filters into Houston’s economy is over 1 billion dollars. I don’t care where you went to school, if you live in Houston, you should be rooting for UH to do well.
In a state with a pathetic number of flagship, top tier research universities, we need to focus our attention on helping more of the larger state schools increase their reputation and standing so that we can keep the best and brightest in state and provide them with more opportunity. As Billy Joel said, “we didn’t start the fire,” but if everyone else is going to throw gasoline on it, it’s only right that Houston’s administration, alumni and students stand up demand our fair share. I don’t even think we should ask nicely. I’m so sick and tired of the lies and misinformation that are propagated against my alma mater, that I’m not apologizing for wanting more respect. Cougar High? That’s what you are going to use to slander an institution that was just named a Tier One research university distinction (Research-Very High) from the Carnegie Foundation (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2011) Does that make the University of Texas Penitentiary U.? What about A$M, Hillbilly U.? There will always be name calling in rivalries, but the hatred that I see directed towards an institution that pumps 1.1 billion into the local economy is so unfounded that it disgusts me and I won’t stand for it. If that means that the state legislature must get involved in order to protect the interests of The University of the largest city in Texas, then so be it.
When it comes down to it, you’re imbecilic notion that politicians should play a role in conference realignment washes away any small modicum of respect I ever invested in you. And trust me, it was “small” to begin with. Sure, politics are a part of the NCAA and sports landscape in general, but leave the state assemblies to do more important business. Remember when Chris Berman asked McCain and Obama if they thought a playoff system was needed for college football and what they could do, if elected president, to further that cause? We found out really quick that bettering a bowl system ranked extremely low on the list of things that career speech-givers should pay attention to. The same goes to any state senator that feels the need to appeal to the powers that be to help out the University of Houston on the college football landscape. Save your debates for the Tier One transition–a place where your votes actually matter, elected official.
Posturing. That’s all it is. And it’s completely unnecessary. The Big 12 commissioner and the athletic directors have more sway than anybody with a cozy seat in Austin. They’re too big to fail. Actually, I take that back. The Big 12 has started to circle the toilet bowl now that A&M wants out, and who can blame them. But even our esteemed governor (and future president) couldn’t keep his alma mater from dousing the bees nest in gasoline and setting it aflame. The Big 12 is a multi-state institution, so what does the Texas legislature even get to say about the matter. Maybe we organize a bare-knuckle brawl with Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas. Whoever comes out victorious gets to decide the fate of the fledgling conference. At this rate, Texas should be begging Conference USA to let them join. Nope, nobody wants that. Forget I said anything.
Just because your manties are all twisted up about the perceptions of your school doesn’t mean you get to ask daddy to write a letter to the principle to get it all to stop. Man up. Win a couple games. Actually, win ALL of your games and then, maybe, you can get a piece of the pie based on your own merit and not the eloquence of a few words on a piece of paper that most likely touched a shredder before it touched any hearts.