Saturday, August 27, 2005

Sports Teams and Indian Names

The NCAA has decreed that a team using an Indian name cannot compete in a championship game. How about the NCAA leaving the PC nonsense alone and make sure that the athletes are not using steroids and other drugs? And here's a concept: earning their diplomas because they actually know the course material and passed the exams because they knew it instead of getting because they are an athlete?

It does the athlete no good to get a diploma from a institution of higher learning if they haven't learned anything. Okay, Joe Smith earns a degree in, oh, say, American History, but was passed because he's a (enter sport of your choice) player. This sport brings in big money to this institution of higher learning. Good for the school! But when Joe breaks his leg (or whatever) and can't play for the team anymore, will that esteemed intitution still give him a degree? Heck no! Now he's expected to earn it! And that's if he can pay the tuition to keep going to school when he loses his scholarship because he can't play anymore. And how about after graduation? He's got the degree, but can't play his sport for some reason and can't get a job in his field because, he doesn't know anything about it? Don't tell me that never happens because I (and you) know it does.

The big sports scandal this summer was when Jose Canseco wrote his book outing baseball players who were juicing up. News flash! It's happening in college and high school too. High school kids are killing themselves with drugs to make it to college or to bypass college altogether and go directly to a spot on a pro team. But the NCAA has more important things to concern themselves about.

How about worrying about that, NCAA, instead of worrying about offending people? Oh, and schools can't play in championship games if they have Indian names? Is that just for the championship games or can the Seminoles change to the, oh Cable Guys, for the Big Game? (And yes, I know FSU and the Seminole tribe have agreed that it's okay for FSU to continue to be the 'Noles).

Apparently the job of the NCAA is being the PC police now. And here I thought it was to

govern competition in a fair, safe, equitable and sportsmanlike manner, and to integrate intercollegiate athletics into higher education so that the educational experience of the student-athlete is paramount.

The core purpose (quoted above) and the core values of the NCAA can be found here.

Funny, I don't see anything about keeping people from being offended.

No comments: