What I’m Reading – Politics and Football from the Sunday New York Times

Sunday 7 July 2013   

The Sunday papers were pretty good, though the Mobile Press-Register did seem “skimpy.” The NY Times had a story about how Dick Cheney’s daughter, Liz, is trying to intimidate Wyoming’s senator, Mike Enzi, into not running for reelection. Liz has lived in Wyoming for just about one year after spending her life around Washington, D.C.. Most of the Wyoming GOP establishment is behind Enzi, but Cheney is getting money from out-of-state groups.

It’s one thing to make a mistake, but another to learn nothing from that mistake. In my humble opinion, the GOP hurts itself through these divisive primaries and by (often) nominating unelectable candidates. For instance, Richard Mourdock (in Indiana) and Christine O’Donnell (in Delaware) won divisive primaries then lost the general election to moderate Democrats. Todd Akin (in Missouri) was completely unelectable.

Political junkies will enjoy this story –

Another NY Times story was about the many arrests of players at the University of Florida while Urban Meyer was coaching. (Meyer is now at Ohio State). The arrest of ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez for murder, has turned a spotlight on the Florida program because Hernandez played college ball for the Gators. (Reportedly, he was often in trouble @ UF).

Of the 121 players on the 2008 national championship team, 41 have been arrested, and 12 of those have been for felonies or violent misdemeanors. The article quoted a player who was kicked off the Florida team by Meyer’s successor, Will Muschamp, as saying that he wouldn’t have been kicked off if Meyer had still been in charge.

For me, the “takeaway” from this article is the old question of “What price victory?” With Florida’s rapid population growth, UF’s reputation has been greatly enhanced. Sadly, they seem to be stuck with the same mentality as all of the other big football schools – we’ll do anything to win a game.

The story offers some good food for thoughts for sports fans –


About mobilemojoman

I have been a Mobile resident for about a decade. Working as a college professor keeps me off the streets and pays the bills. I am married to a woman (the MojoWoman) who is a much better person than I am and we have two beautiful girls who keep us both jumping. My interests are varied - food & drink, sports, politics, exercise, books, travel, Mardi Gras, and all of life's rich pageant. In the future, I'd like to learn more about sailing, photography, Cajun/Creole cooking, making beer and wine, and writing.
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