Whether or not you are interested in football, you undoubtedly noticed a few weeks ago that the University of Missouri football team’s threatened boycott of their game forced the resignation of their president, Timothy M. Wolfe, and the chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin. As the New York Times reported, “The prospect of a strike by a team in the country’s most dominant college football league, the Southeastern Conference, drew national attention, and officials said that just forfeiting the team’s game Saturday against Brigham Young University in Kansas City, Mo., would cost the university $1 million.” That would be $1 million for one amateur football game being broadcast on national television.
Many have praised the power of the team to force out what seemed to be an administration that persistently was unresponsive to the profound racial issues on the campus. And who would not praise those brave students? Even the White House noted the power of “a few people speaking up and speaking out” and having “a profound impact.”
The other day, the New York news channels were all abuzz on the firings of Rutgers University’s football coach, Kyle Flood, and its athletic director, Julie Hermann. Flood’s buyout has been reported at $1.4 million. His annual salary of $1.25 million was among the lowest in the Big 5 conferences. The next person to hold the job will get a lot more. “We look at this on a five-year basis, and as an investment in our future,” said Rutgers’s president, Robert L. Barchs.
Anyone who watches football or the evening news has also noticed that Pfizer has launched a new ad campaign for Viagra that starts with a beautiful woman wearing an oversized football jersey. She looks longingly into the camera and says, “Watching football with your man is great, but cuddling after is great, too.” Then she tells us what happens to most men over 40. After seeing this commercial many, many times, I started to imagine another ad campaign.
A beautiful woman is on a bed, wearing a little black dress, high heels, and a string of pearls. She looks at the camera and says, “Going to hear Lulu at the Met with your man is great, but cuddling after is great, too.”
And then I wake up.
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