We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The University of Chicago played Kenyon College in Gambier yesterday afternoon! Neither of the colleges recruit athletes nor offer athletic scholarships. Lots of fumbles, simple bleachers, no cheerleaders, and no admission charge. BYOB. Note cornfields in the distance.
Good fun, like a high school game.
Who won? Don't know and don't really care. I never really care very much about sports scores unless I am playing.
These intellectual schools do have their share of sturdy, fine-lookin' young lads, however, according to the BD pupette. Just a lot smarter and far more academically talented than the usual, says she. Literarily or mathematically-inclined. What a wonderful world.
Hey, I recognize that picture and place! We sat almost on that exact seat and watched a nice fireworks display about 4 years ago. Kenyon is a beautiful campus, but not exactly cheap to attend. Fortunately endowments help out a lot for some students. Kenyon also has a world class swim team, and all without scholarships, or so they say. My daughter played two varsity sports while obtaining a science degree there. The moniker student-athlete has real meaning there.
As a Wabash Grad, I've always respected the student part of the term student-athlete. My 'little' brother (6'5", 260) played for the Chicago Maroon in the early 80's. Not Ivy League, but the midwestern small college circuit has a charm all it's own.
Full disclosure: I teach at Kenyon. Chicago did beat us pretty handily this weekend, but football hasn't really been our sport for the last century or so.
Some have commented that a Texas high school team could beat us. Having lived both here and in Texas (plus Oklahoma and Arkansas), I should point out that there are places around here where the football is just as serious as there. I'd hate for us to play one of those tough high school teams from Canton....
Some years ago one of my best students became a Marshall Scholar and went off to study philosophy at Oxford and physics at Cambridge. She had been a star basketball player here and wound up as captain of the Oxford team, earning a Blue. Her assessment of Oxford basketball: Oxford would probably have beaten her high school team (Dublin, Ohio), but Kenyon would have taken them apart.
When people mention "scholar-athletes", I think of her.
Thanks for the post. Played at the College of Wooster (OLB, 5'10" 175 lbs), and that pic brings back lots of memories for me. Kenyon is a solid school, and Gambier a nice town, especially on an October afternoon. Lord, those were good times.
Sport for the simple sake of sport - and, almost serendipitously, for the subtle life-lessons sports competition can sometimes teach so well, of course...
Imagine that -
It's why, to this day, I'll go to a high-school football or basketball game, even on a rainy night, even on occasion when I don't know another person in the stadium or the gym - yet, even if it's the Super Bowl or the NBA playoffs, unless I can come up with some personal interest, like a bet on the game or a companion who wants to watch, I'd rather read a book or see a movie, or maybe play a card game.
Not like a high school football game here in Texas. :)
Absolutely not - been there, seen that kind of game. Texas high-school football is for keeps - nothing even slightly casual about it!