Overshadowed by the forthcoming National Basketball Association season, and the irregular start to NCAA hoops, the climax of a forgettable college football season framed by the convoluted ambiguity and morbidity of Covid-19, prompts the proud contemporary custodians of history eagerly awaiting the stamping of a concise asterisk next to 2020. As promises of a vaccine saturate the informational network nodes embellished through social media data bias treatment, at the other end of the informational spectrum within the concourse of everyday life furnished with a maelstrom of unknowns, the conflict between sensibility and hysteria breeds a foul divisiveness, and the non-essential aspects of life are left in disarray.
It’s no longer a linear, “She said, he said” or vise versa chronological series of indictments thanks to the infusion of ambiguities made possible by the special interest lobby, and the PC wrecking balls deconstructing the English language, while morphing human instinct into taboos.
A group of student athletes, overtly sensitive to the lack of scandals coming from university campuses as the postponement of society continues, and the truancy of obligatory radicalized associate professors of Aggressive Botany Taxonomy spewing rhetoric on how the Latin names of plants has exploited native tribes into submission, took proactive action in temporarily clogging the news cycle. The Utah State university football team opted to protest the hiring of coach from outside the institution and the president of the college in a consolidated and cold-blooded, by sitting out their game last week against Colorado State. In an abbreviated season to begin with because of the logistical complications forced by Covid-19, the one win Aggies versus a one win Rams team in Fort Collins, Colorado, would have been a testament to the spirit of competition, but also to the rigors of modern amateur athletics, which are funded at both institutions by the television revenues generated from college football broadcasts despite the less than mediocre results on the gridiron. The 2020 on the field struggles of Utah State are a surprising development considering the team’s recent success capped an 11 win season in 2018. The school boasts two other double digit victory campaigns over the last decade.
With not even Mister Rogers safe from the torches and pitchforks of the social justice warrior debacle, extremists may have bagged another couple trophies of noteworthy victims, and in the process cost two public universities hundreds of thousands of dollars allocated towards struggling athletic departments already hemorrhaging money worse than CNN anchors paying a bulk rate for political zingers attacking the Trump administration through a Costco digital shopping cart.
The current disappointing year of the Rat needed another controversy just like Lebron James’s ego needed to be reinforced by 429 million Chinese NBA beta herbivore superfans using the King of pro basketball as a puppet to limit free speech, and indirectly forward a pro-Sino agenda. (The central government still has not officially pardoned a group of UCLA men’s basketball players, headlined by one of LaVar Ball’s, who were nearly sentenced to a forced labor camp work cadre for their involvement in a Shanghai designer knockoff sunglasses heist gone awry. As ongoing punishment, American college basketball audiences are subject to the schtick of zany hoops hipster failed commentator Bill Walton.) However, with Christmas on the near horizon, scholarship members of the Aggies football squad sent shockwaves of ill-tidings across the nation with dancing ferries and electric dreams of brutal character assassinations.
In a remote Zoom meeting between Utah State university president Noelle Cockett, athletic director John Hartwell, and the football team to address concerns and the clear the air surrounding the hiring of a new coach, Cockett allegedly conjured a magic phrase or idea related to religion or race, which set off a powder keg explosion of unabashed vitriol and potentially serious consequences. Inexplicably, the powwow between administrators and the team was not “officially” recorded, and in the wake of the electronic sit down, players are claiming that the university president crossed the line of decency when discussing the credentials of interim head coach Frank Maile, a Utah State alum. Maile is of Polynesian descent, and a member of the LDS church. The specific commentary in question by Cockett, with apparent negative undertones towards Maile’s race and religious affiliation, has somehow managed to stay between both parties, a groundbreaking accomplishment or something entirely diabolical considering the loose lips of social networking, and the prevalence of smartphones among student athletes. Cockett officially released a response via Twitter addressing a probable misunderstanding, and disconnect between herself and the team.
“I am devastated that my comments were interpreted as bias against anyone’s religious background,” USU President Noelle Cockett in a statement.
— Utah State University (@USUAggies) December 12, 2020
Twitter thread which includes Cockett’s official statement.
Meanwhile, the university has hired an independent investigator to get to the bottom of what was actually stated, and Maile most-likely lawyered up after releasing a very direct and politically correct response in supporting the team’s decision to forfeit the game to Colorado state. On cue, the callous leviathan of the dark and ominous depths flooding the digital communities with a visceral defiance, based in group think and not fact, has already cancelled Cockett, the first female president in Utah State’s history, and validated the actions of the players without a shred of evidence towards either side.
The smoking gun is not the complete inability of the university or the team to divulge what was actually said to, but the willingness of contemporary culture to remain judge, jury, and executioner, without first waiting to evaluate specific content still be held between lock and key. With Utah State existing as a public institution, there have no doubt been multiple freedom of information requests submitted to forcefully lift the veil of secrecy omitting the key factor to the entire unmitigated PR disaster of epic proportions.
Regardless of what Cockett did, or did not say, Pandora’s box has been jarred wide open, as the awful precedent has been established that an individual or group can be vilified with implications, rather than concrete proof. In stripping away the numerous ceremonial insinuations and pageantry leading to student athletes being placed on a pedestal, this is all about entitlement. As the aging population of the US has faced the brunt the Coronavirus, as well as the subsequent unknowns over 10 months of hell, scholarship players living in the athletic bubble disproportionally receive the benefits of being in a controlled environment, with constant viral testing protocol. Thus, forfeiting a game based on some sort of protest, and not health safety standards, is not only a a slap in the face to elderly Americans, or those with underlying health conditions, but to healthcare workers on the front lines, and all of society facing a grave trial.
The blame cannot simply be assigned to a group of 18-22 year-old males making a rash decision fueled by pure emotions and lacking logic, but the propensity of demonstrators to gather in large crowds in calling for change during a pandemic. Championed by the mainstream media, and social media, and disregarding the strict objections of members of the health experts eagerly awaiting the distribution of a vaccine, the poor example set by social justice warriors is not conducive to sensibility or equality, and creates an impossible reality to the oblivious masses.
It’s simply not enough anymore to play the games under the adrenaline pumping bright lights and television cameras while being gifted an education, as the trendy quest for selfies derived from instant gratification has cornered the endorphin marketplace, and dictates the flavor of the month cause and agenda. The idea of long-term consequences for the younger generations has been officially been banished to an off-world Lagrangian orbit to one day be recycled into culture as needed.
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