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Subject: [Leica] Not cricket
From: photo at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2009 07:42:08 +0200
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Sonny, that is the order of priorities at most universities in the  
south. When I was at Florida, by far the most important (and highest- 
paid) person on campus was the head football coach. I am certain this  
has not changed since I left; perhaps the second-most important person  
has switched from the university president to the head basketball  
coach, since the Gators have been doing well in that sport too in  
recent years.

Jayanand, college sports are popular because the quality is very good,  
and most people who have gone to college retains a lifelong attachment  
to their alma mater. The university I attended, University of Florida,  
has a stadium with room for 85000 people, and it is always full for  
home games, with many alumni driving very long distances to attend.

In many ways, US college athletes are like the state amateurs of the  
former Communist countries. At many (not all, but many) universities,  
they are students in name only.


Nathan Wajsman
Alicante, Spain


On Apr 7, 2009, at 3:40 AM, Sonny Carter wrote:

> This probably needs to go to the forum, because I may comment  
> something to
> the effect that my University is installing One Million dollars  
> worth of
> football carpet, while our Indian American Republican Governor (not  
> American
> Indian) Bobby Jindal is cutting our academic budget by 7.2 million  
> dollars.
> On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 7:21 PM, Jayanand Govindaraj <jayanand at 
> >wrote:
>> How is it that college sports is so big in the USA? Except for the
>> Oxford-Cambridge rivalry, nobody gives a s*** for college sports  
>> anywhere
>> else in the known universe....
>> Cheers
>> Jayanand
>> On Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 12:22 AM, Steve Barbour <kididdoc at>  
>> wrote:
>>> On Apr 6, 2009, at 11:26 AM, Lawrence Zeitlin wrote:
>>>> On Apr 6, 2009, at 1:08 PM, Nathan wrote:
>>>> They are talking about an obscure American sport that is not  
>>>> cricket
>> ;-)
>>>> Definitely not cricket. "March Madness" is an affliction that  
>>>> hits US
>>>> basketball fans every spring. The champions and runners up of  
>>>> each major
>>>> college association play each other in an elimination tournament.  
>>>> Sixty
>> four
>>>> teams start, one finishes. To win, a team must defeat every  
>>>> opponent.
>> That's
>>>> six straight wins against comparably skilled teams. It is similar  
>>>> to the
>>>> UEFA Champions soccer playoff except that the basketball event is
>> compressed
>>>> into a few weeks rather than half a year. By the end of the event,
>>>> basketball fans are virtual lunatics, watching favored teams  
>>>> triumph or
>>>> fall. Loyalties are transferred from team to team as the contest
>> continues,
>>>> culminating in the final playoff. The final teams pitted against  
>>>> each
>> other
>>>> are Michigan State, from economically depressed Detroit and North
>> Carolina.
>>>> The Carolina team is technically superior. In a game last  
>>>> December it
>> beat
>>>> Michigan State by 36 points. But the Michigan team seems to have  
>>>> high
>>>> motivation on its side and carries the hope of its community. A  
>>>> classic
>>>> sports matchup, sort of David and Goliath like.
>>>> My comment that UM hates MS refers to the fact that the state of
>> Michigan
>>>> has two major colleges, the University of Michigan, a semi elite  
>>>> college
>> in
>>>> the affluent city of Ann Arbor, and Michigan State, a more  
>>>> working class
>>>> oriented college/university
>>> located in East Lansing...
>>> Steve
>>> in the grungy city of Detroit. They have been athletic rivals for as
>> long
>>>> as I can remember. Still both come from Michigan, which in the  
>>>> strange
>> logic
>>>> of the March Madness, makes fans favor them over North Carolina.  
>>>> The
>> odds
>>>> are against them though.
>>>> Larry Z
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> -- 
> Regards,
> Sonny
> Natchitoches, Louisiana
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