Wednesday, August 27, 2008
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?
There's been a lot of talk about T-Bone Pickens lately - and with good reason. This, I'm saying, in that the fellow's apparently come up with an energy plan that experts across the political spectrum are lauding. It's comprehensive and, at least from what I can gather, doesn't cave in to any one particular interest. Kudos, in other words............................................Unfortunately, though (and, yes, on a completely different subject), I do have a bone (no pun intended) to pick (again, no pun intended) with Mr. Pickens. I guess that last year some time, Mr. Pickens gave 168 million dollars to his alma mater, Oklahoma State University. Why do I have a bone to pick with this, you're asking? Well, apparently, the man has expressly targeted this money to go for (drum-roll, please) football facilities. Yeah, that's right, football facilities. I mean, don't get me wrong. It's his money. He can do whatever he wants with it (and, yes, he's probably done plenty of good things with his money over the years). But, I don't know, I was thinking more along the lines of an add-on to the nursing-school, a scholarship fund, perhaps - anything but frigging football!.........................................And while we're at it, how does the state of Alabama have the chutzpah to dish out four million dollars a year....FOR A FRIGGING FOOTBALL COACH? I mean, we are talking about a state that ranks near the bottom in terms of educational expenditure, correct? Look, folks, I love college pig-skin as much as anybody but, really, don't you think that maybe our priorities are a little bit off these days? That's what I'm beginning to think.