The gridiron irreverence of Washington State University head coach Nick Rolovich, a deliberate affliction and protective mechanism in surviving the pessimistic dynamics evidenced by the Pac 12’s smallest media market, was perfected by his predecessor, the indelible Mike Leach. But this was before the pandemic soaked up all the humorous nuances of popular like a raging desiccant of political correctness, and pirate jokes and being on first name basis with Jimmy Buffet no longer suffice as an effective distraction for the leader of major college football program.
While Leach cracked the social network bot-moderated trending news for his brash exterior, Rolovich faces an onslaught from the overt progressive keyboard warriors for his very public aversion to the Covid-19 vaccine. The polarizing Seattle media, 285 miles to the West and seemingly two time zones away from one of the few true college towns in the proposed liberal sanctuary territory of Caloreshington, had a literal field day in shaming the new hire and his $3.2 million salary for not aligning to Governor Jay Inslee’s pathological obsession with mask and vaccine mandates. In a well-used trick of subversion, newsrooms love to note that FBS college football coaches are usually the highest paid state employees, when in fact their salaries are derived from the athletic department in a budget funded by healthy television broadcast revenues. Technicalities aside, and context completely banished to a Chinese forced labor camp, the audacity of those in the limelight to deploy rhetoric in creating a universe of half truths serving an ulterior motive makes it nearly impossible to distinguish the talking heads from tyrants such as Inslee. The incumbent lawmaker continues to lull constituents into a hazy stupor with his sleepy cadence and toxic rhetoric, the insufferable combination is responsible for at least 100,000 temporary lobotomies, and has spurred airplane bottle liquor sales.
Facing relentless pressure from the administration, alums, the press, a reactionary population, and Inslee’s minions, Rolovich recently capitulated to the mob, at least in saving PR face by hinting that he would here to governor’s self-serving proclamations. The head of Washington’s government meanwhile, inked a measure requiring all state employees to get the vaccination. Inslee and cronies are attempting to double down on the stringent measure by working to severely limit individual rights by forwarding a bill that would stipulate that all residents subject to inspection possess a vaccine passport or similar document. Fortunately, a group of Republican lawmakers were wary of the Governor’s nefarious and overbearing intentions crossing the threshold of constitutionality, and authored preemptive legislation to thwart attempts at compromising basic liberties. Senate Bill 5144 addresses the hypocrisy of liberal politicians using the term “discrimination” only when it is convenient to supporting their agenda and burdening society with policy incongruent to free will and the free market. While the inception of SB 5144 indicates the ability of a few to foresee a potential catastrophe, Rolovich still hangs in limbo as his saga has not yet reached the anti-climactic stages.
According to a bevy of sources, 80% of the Washington State football team is vaccinated, and the hysterical fear mongering bloviators of social networking are calling for the second year head coach to be fired or worse, and the once cumbersome amiable relationship with the Inslee administration has crossed over into the awkward stage of meeting an atheist on a swipe-right internet carnage of what could not be construed as a date. While critics have blasted Rolovich’s initial stance against the vaccine in what he justified as “private reasons”, the infrastructure and protocols already in place to provide coaches and student athletes with the necessary protections are in place after a chaotic and arduous 2020 football season. Ironically, the entire collection of teams in the Pac-12 conference spanning the states from Washington to Colorado, all endured abbreviated seasons, as a complete failure in communication was evident between ex-commissioner Larry Scott, influential lawmakers, and public officials. It got so bad in the absence of a universal policy that because of a handshaking error between the department of health and the leadership of universities, that the season did not start until November, severely lagging behind the rest of the nation, the Pac-12 North champion Washington missed the conference championship game because of positive tests, and Stanford was forced to practice on the lawn of a city park during a road trip.
While Inslee keeps on changing the goalposts to the volatility and perpetual flow of incoming data processed and rendered by questionable methods, the populace is left in limbo, being pushed this way and pulled that way in enduring the illogical and unreasonable approach to managing a public health crises. Rolovich, who is a dignitary of the state athletic community in being an icon for tourism dollars, as well as prestige, may be in a precarious position digitally, however the Governor is adept enough to know just how important a complete college football is to the budget and the continued presence of diversity within the athletic department at the university pertaining to opportunities available to student athletes.
So, the effulgently sensuous tango will continue, as the partners breathtakingly swap roles, as the WSU coach promotes religious freedoms, individual rights, and anti-discrimination, while Inslee embraces conformity and compliance. While the glass slipper may never again recoverable at the conclusion of the evening after the dazzling performance of the duo, politics on the Pacific coast always equate to interesting times at a premium cost to the public.
Remember, what happens in Caloreshington facilitated by ideology, cannot be contained, much like the hysteria prompted by incessant bureaucrats.
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