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The Ghost of Holidays Past
I was about to post a rousing "Fuck Texas!" entry when a disturbing image flashed across my memory screen. I'm at the 2003 MLA, wandering around the lobby of the Hyatt, and I keep seeing people wearing that pale rusty orange long favored by "Bloods" and their blue-hating Latino brethren. And then I realize that the Longhorns are in San Diego along with me. It's Holiday Bowl time.

Despite having complained bitterly about getting shut out of the BCS because Kansas State beat the shit out of Oklahoma, Texas went on to lose to unsung Washington State. This year, they're headed to the Rose Bowl, where I'm hoping Michigan plasters them. But I won't be in Pasadena -- even though I have a place to stay -- because Cal has more class than Texas. It does sound like divine providence. Unfortunately, it's sort that put W in the White House. So, yes, "Fuck Texas!"

Mode: chastened
Muse: that bell again

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pissang From: pissang Date: December 6th, 2004 10:08 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Maybe you are going too far in your conflation of sports and politics. I think that Texas gets the edge in votes because, as you suggested, they've landed just outside the BCS bubble for a few years now so the sympathy vote nudges them ahead of Cal. The real problem is the stupidity of the BCS system and generally, the complete ethical abyss that is college athletics. Of course, because of all the payola, the adherents of the bowl system will never surrender to a playoff system. And maybe that's the sort of thinking that put W in the White House. But give UT a break; they didn't let W into their law school.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 7th, 2004 04:25 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sorry. I meant for it to seem like a subtle transition from a "Fuck Texas!" directed at the Longhorns to a generalized 'Fuck Texas!" directed at our current leader and everyone who supports him from that not-so-fair state. That's why I had that bit about the Holiday Bowl in there. Texas was there last year because they got screwed.
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