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Hardly Getting Over It
The Cal-Southern Mississippi game yesterday evening was covered by a two-man ESPN crew with a decidedly Southern bias. The color commentator was particularly bad. Several times during the telecast he made jokes about the strange people you see when you're in Berkeley, interspersing them with yet another clear indication that Texas is far more deserving of a BCS berth than the Bears. The capper was when he and the play-by-play guy were praising some Southern Mississippi player from some small town with "bayou" in its name. They noted that there wouldn't be any "tie-dye shirts" in a place like that, suggesting that the solid citizens of that town wouldn't stand for such nonsense. I was enraged at the time. Afterwards, though, I realized that the game taught me a politically useful lesson. Despite the absurdly long string of conservative victories in the United States since Ronald Reagan won the presidency, many Americans still fear the legacy of the 1960s enough to take pleasure in having it mocked on national television. Indeed, it almost seems that, in a roundabout way, it is they who are keeping the hope for radical change alive by allowing it to haunt their words and deeds. Even if I can't stand to hear Berkeley made fun of, then, I should take consolation in the fact that things would be even worse if the fun-making stopped. Maybe I should start wearing tie-dye to my classes, so I can take solace in the laughter directed my way.

Mode: constricted
Muse: the washing machine

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art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: December 5th, 2004 02:09 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I only took one class at Cal but, that makes me an alumni! Where's my tye-dye baby!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 5th, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think living in the Bay Area is enough to make you the subject of down-home, Red-State ridicule!
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: December 5th, 2004 04:24 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah, true. Now I find out we're alums! *wink*

Mostly, I attend Calif. College of the Arts in Oakland. Then, UCB extension in SF. Then Pacific Fashion Institute. Then moved to Florida, finished my batchelors at Florida Atlantic Univ. after an 18 yrs. hiatus, went on for my masters at Vermont College. Before moving to SF I was in LA at Art Center College of Design and before that LA Harbor College (one of the community colleges). Too damn many schools!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 6th, 2004 05:18 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That is a lot. Sorry to hear about that snub at the faculty exhibition. That sort of thing is terrible to experience. Teaching in college is a tough line of work unless you're one of the lucky few with tenure. Even then, there's plenty of bullshit rank-pulling.
siyeh From: siyeh Date: December 6th, 2004 01:47 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
People are always trying to sabotage Ohio State too. I understand. It's way hipper to like Michigan. Yeah, Fuck Michigan!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 6th, 2004 05:19 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I guess so. Not being a Big-10 person, I always thought that both the Buckeyes and the Wolverines got the love. But I'm starting to see that I was wrong.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 10th, 2004 09:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Cal did get screwed. It's cuz ya'll play funny and put that futbawwwl in the aya...

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 10th, 2004 10:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
If only that were true. This year was actually all about the ground attack and the run defense. J.J. Arrington ran ofr over 100 yards every game of the season and 260 in that last game against Southern Mississippi and wasn't even mentioned in the Heisman discussion. Depressing.
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