surprise, surprise

This was from an email that I wrote today (entitled “Surprise, surprise…” — but this was way off the original topic).

The email:
>From ESPN: ? The news that Arkansas State linebacker Chris
>Littleton will be allowed to play in his team’s bowl game
>despite a recent arrest for battering a police officer elicits
>only one appropriate response:
>Arkansas State is in a bowl game?

My reply:
Yes, they’re that bad.

———–
Now, I can think of a couple of A-State fans that will get on to me for this, but all I can say what I experienced while I was a student at ASU. The Powers That Be decided, for whatever reason, that ASU needed to play in a higher division than they were at the time. They switched divisions and promptly began to suck to the nth degree. I went to one ball game during my undergrad (that I remember): it was homecoming, we were playing some much smaller school from Out West somewhere, and we ALMOST won. It was the one exciting football game I remember seeing there, because the score was tied in the 4th quarter, with a field goal in overtime deciding the game.

The rest of the schools we played then we had no business playing. I don’t know if that is still the case, but unless there has been some major improvement, I would suspect that what I observed back in the day is still status quo. In fact, Littleton’s inclusion in the game tells me that he’s valuable enough to the head coach (read: he’s pretty much carrying the team, or is one of a few key players who are) that a mere battery charge is not enough to stop him from playing. [This is also not unprecedented. A basketball player in the late 90’s (whose name escapes me at the moment — my mother taught him in high school too) was also allowed to play, despite pending drug charges.]

In any case, ASU in a bowl game is a surprising thing to me. ASU Athletics ignoring legal proceedings to keep a player in the game? Not so much.

[x-posted to the LJ]

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5 thoughts on “surprise, surprise

  1. Hey JoChan! Yep, we almost went TO the game – Mike works in Athletics as his WorkStudy job. He’s loving it, and the folks there are really great. Um, our new QB is some kind of Norse God that moved here from New York and is doing wonders for the team. Lots of the other players are really good too – but we still didn’t win the bowl game. But hey, like you said: ASU in a BOWL game? Yeah, I had to ask that several times myself.

  2. My papa always used to say that colleges shouldn’t be minor league pro teams. Just let the guys who want to come out, come out without all that scholarship crap. I hate the fact that college football players are a cut above everyone else on the college campus.

  3. Hey you! I wanted to call you to wish you a Merry Christmas, but I only have your apartment number. I’m in the states until Friday, so send me an e-mail and we’ll exchange phone numbers. I miss you and want to hear from you. Gute Rutsch ins Neu Jahr!!!

  4. OH MY GOD MISS LADY! HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HERE? I’m so linking to you.

    Hope you’re having a superduper Thursday!

    Love,
    Sarah

  5. OH MY GOODNESS!!! I so completely didn’t know you had a website, sneaky girl! How lovely to find you!

    Love & Hugs,
    Sarah R.

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