The news that LSU Tiger fans have been waiting for has finally broken: the trio of Matthieu, Simon and Ware, recently suspended for smoking synthetic marijuana, are back at practice and almost certain to play against Alabama next weekend.
It is fitting that synthetic amateurs get popped for smoking synthetic substances which is more than can be said for the NCAA’s synthetic presentation of college football as anything but what it is: minor league ball for the NFL.
My answer to that question is “very little” and let me follow that up with a statement: who cares!? American universities stopped caring about their purpose long ago as the case of the Dazed and Confused trio demonstrates: producing good men of even better virtue. Today’s student athletes serve one useful purpose, providing high dollar entertainment that can be used to subsidize and then undermine the university’s very purpose. All the blather about student athletes being role models, leaders and model citizens does not take this into account.
Witness: when Jordan Jefferson recently returned to Tiger Stadium after a suspension served for being in a bar fight, the TV announcement crew chastised the 6 Tiger fans who booed his entrance into the game saying “…this young man needs to be given another chance.” Another chance to do what precisely? Attract 94,000 Tiger fans to the game or take a 115 question test on the 9 circles of “Dante’s Inferno?”
Only those romantically attached to black & white photos of Notre Dame’s Four Horsemen or Syracuse’s Jim Brown are naive enough to believe that college football is anything but another government funded industry that laughably thinks its clients, the fans, care about synthetic drugs or the synthetic claims of higher education. So please, just keep it real, try and stay out of jail and spend what taxpayer money you have to, to beat Alabama.
Synthetic drugs, and the synthetic amateurs we hired to beat Alabama
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