A loss to Texas, this next Saturday, means they wouldn’t even win the Big 12. Those who spend thousands to travel to a second tier bowl game will drink beer and talk about the season that could have been. They will never understand this is just a game where kids run up and down a grass field, attempting to take an egg shaped ball away from the other team. The game allows coaches and staff to make large salaries. The game allows the bankers and attorneys and the wealthy who have been handed eco-devo dollars to occupy fancy box seats and look down on the less fortunate who can only afford mere end-zone benches. Where you are seated at this extravagaza is a display of your financial success… and those who hold the good seats will never tire of making certain the “small people” are aware of their favored positions.
Before the season began, most who follow the game would have been delighted to know a 10-2 season was possible. A coach in his 70s, merely wanted to make good enough of a showing so he could leverage his son as his successor. The great achievements of this season will assure that. The fans will be pleased and will continue their expectations for the future seasons of football at this university. Hotels, restaurants, bars, and the convenience stores who are able to sell their gasoline 20 cents/gallon higher than anywhere else in the State will continue to smile.
Current City Commissioners will occupy the seats their season tickets guarantee. They will tailgate with the rest of the social elite from the Chamber and the upper tier at City Hall. They will spend $100/family on hotdogs, pretzels, and drinks at a game. They will ride in parades blanketed in purple. Their wives will hob-nob as they attend the weekly bridge clubs and social teas. No matter where the bowl game or what the cost, our elected officials will represent the citizens in style. Well, they will represent most of the citizens.
We do have citizens who worry about where grocery money will come from for next week, where gas money to travel to job interviews will come from, or where their children will be able to find a warm coat to wear to school. The same voices that offer credit card numbers for plane fares and hotel reservations for a far off football game will be heard on Tuesday evenings suggesting the City should not be in the “business” of assisting those less fortunate. This commission has become the “box seat fans” and the poor of the community are the riff raff who are relegated to end zone seats.
Let’s hope our team can get healthy and kick some Texas behind this coming week. We should all cheer. The good fortune will bring excellent press to our fair City. Our community will be mentioned almost daily on ESPN. Not one sports commentator will dare ask if our community supports social service programs for the needy. It is far more important to discuss which bowl we will go to instead of worrying about those who may have difficulty putting a bowl on their kitchen table.