Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Jumping from balconies: prohibited for college athletes!

So this Tyler Hansbrough guy jumps off a second-floor balcony. According to this Yahoo article, you just can't do that when you're a college athlete! the end of the day college athletes aren't, and never will be, normal college students. Most college students don't get a full ride to play a sport. Most college students, unless they're journalism majors, don't take laughably easy courses designed to keep their GPAs high. Most college students don't attain celebrity status, no matter what that latest "Van Wilder" spinoff told you.
So, what, you got a full ride to college and celebrity status while you're here... and in return, we own your body?

And does this mean that it matters less if we normal college students injure ourselves?

I guess in some sense this is reasonable. Students should take care of their brains. Pianists should protect their hands. Plus college sports are kind of a big deal for the entire university (or so I'd infer). It's kind of like the reputation of the entire school is resting on you, young athlete, and more pressure on your jerseyed back if you happen to win a lot, because then we start actually counting on you...

But still, seriously, no leaping off buildings?? What's the point of living anymore?


Martha Vega said...

Kinda reminds me of how the second narrator in The Sound and the Fury waits until the end of the school year to kill himself.

I wonder how many people actually go around worrying about not harming themselves because they owe something to someone...