Remember When College Was About…Education?

Thursday night marked the beginning of the NCAA basketball tournament – “March Madness,” they like to call it.

On that night, thirty-two teams participated in sixteen games.

On  Thursday night.

That means the players – about fourteen a team, or more than 450 young men – didn’t attend classes that day.

And they were probably traveling on Wednesday, so they didn’t attend classes then, either.

And they were probably traveling home, or to their next basketball destination, on Friday, so they didn’t attend classes then, either.

And they’ve been doing this kind of thing once or twice a week since early November.

So that raises an interesting question:  when do these young men ever go to school?

The Curmudgeon has raised this point before:  intercollegiate sports as we know it today should not exist.

Why not?  Because all these so-called college students routinely skipping classes, with the enthusiastic support of their schools, so they can play basketball – so they can play BASKETBALL – is the REAL March madness.

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