Saturday, September 17, 2016

Your halftime show moment for today

So Baylor knocked down Rice and stole its lunch money last night, laminating the Owls 38-10 in a game of college football that violated the sanctity of high school football Friday in the usual disgusting manner.

(No, I don't know why the NCAA insists on letting its D-I institutions play on Friday nights. Wait, actually I do. It's because college football can build an even bigger pile than the grotesque pile it already has if you let 'em play on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays as well as Saturdays. And so up yours, high school football. Here's a nice charitable donation or two to soothe those ruffled feathers).

Where was I again?

Oh, yeah. Baylor, mounting Rice on the wall. Which was OK, because the Rice band got the Bears back at halftime. Got 'em good.

In the midst of their performance, see, the Owls tootlers formed an "IX" on the field, and also a star. It was a not-at-all-veiled shot at the way Baylor, and its former president Ken Starr, whizzed all over Title IX while elevating the greater good of Art Briles' football program over what should have been the greater good, which was protecting Baylor's female students from Briles' football players.

(Briles, by the way, is currently touring the country on the standard Redemption Tour, with the obvious goal of buffing up his image enough that someone might hire him again someday. It's not going well. This is mainly because Briles has not exactly been convincing in his contrition. He's apologized, but won't say for what. No doubt this is on advice of counsel, but if so, it's lousy advice. Without details, apologies tend to ring as hollow as echoes in the Grand Canyon.)

Anyway ... the Rice band hit harder than the football team.  And you know the most delicious thing about that?

Baylor's behavior in the whole affair has been so egregious, no one from the Baylor side could even hit back. The athletic director, for instance, had no comment. After all, what could he say?

And so he said nothing. Which, upon further reflection, might have been the smartest move to come out of Waco in a long time.

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