I laughed as I read the letters in Friday’s Star about UA softball coach Mike Candrea. I particularly enjoyed the one criticizing his decisions in a couple of regional playoff games and could picture the spittle hitting the writer’s computer screen and he pounded out his rant.
I don’t understand the fuss about the UA softball team, or about any college sports team for that matter. College sports are about as meaningful as professional wrestling. Intercollegiate athletics are primarily about three things: generating revenue from television contracts, publicizing the school to potential students, and attracting donations from alumni. They have almost nothing to do with education other than to offer continuous examples of misplaced priorities in institutions of higher learning and in American society in general.
Disagreements about college sports teams are so intense because the subject is so petty.
Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.
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