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05/10/2012

Banning college football debate should be followed by open forum on Easter Bunny & Santa Claus

Nyu-debate-p1In case you missed it, earlier this week in the Capital of the Universe - New York University in New York City - four very bright, well respected men publicly debated whether college football should be banned.

FoxSports.com national columnist Jason Whitlock joined former NFL defensive back and current NFL commentator Tim Green supporting college football's existence.

New Yorker columnist Malcolm Gladwell joined Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and noted friend of The Big Mac Blog, Buzz Bissinger in the argument that college football should be banned.

According to the above link, the crowd sided with Gladwell/Bissinger. Hmmm ... let's see ... the audience was comprised of New Yorkers in New York City, where there is almost no college football presence, and they sided with the intellectual types? Didn't see that coming. Why do I think an audience in Austin, Ann Arbor or Eugene may have felt differently?

All four of these men are accomplished, smart, good speakers, and passionate about what they do yet met for a pointless discussion. It was pointless because the economic framework around college football is too vast for it to ever be abolished. The concept of abolising college football may have theoritical merit, and includes valid points such as misplaced priorities. But to contemplate this scenario is akin to asking corporate America not to advertise Christmas until Dec. 1.

This sort of debate is reminscient of an old timer lamenting how much better life was before the internet, smart phones and video games. He may be right, but they exist. Deal with it. The discussion should not be whether eliminating college football is a good idea, but ways to improve what already exists rather than play in Never Land.

Bringing four bright people together to debate something as large, and flawed, as college football is noble idea. This type of discussion can be productive, but keep it real.

 

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Comments

Michael Goulding

My nephew graduates from NYU next week. The commencement speaker will be Justice Sotomayor. I guess Mac Brown was unavailable. Got to wonder about the school's priorities.

DougO

If Santa can risk black lung disease from going down all those chimneys, then football players can risk a few concussions.

Troy Claycamp

You gotta wonder if that conversation included how many students only get the chance to go to college on a football scholarship. Did anyone call Dexter Manley?

Mike

I would rather listen to Mac Brown than an irrelevant accademic like Sotomayor.

Gary Bennett

Of course, the last time I heard, neither Santa Claus nor the Easter Bunny were getting multi-billion dollar tax breaks for running their operations. And I don't know whether or not the elves get minimum wage.

MBT Sko

I HL hearts to rain, except you, who is my shade in the sky to masking? Today is Mother's Day, May you always healthy and beautiful; everything goes wrong, wishful. Send flowers, send our best wishes! Or to his mother the best health.

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