So, the Wall Street Journal did a decent little piece on the interplay between the new media and college football. The moral of the piece is that modern e-media like bloggers (Hi!), TMZ, message boards, and Yahoo! Sports combined with the leaner landscape for traditional media has resulted in a brand-new police force for the NCAA. But it's a dandy of a quote by Barry Switzer in the article that really caught my attention.
When asked about Jim Tressel's infractions, the King had this to say:
"Jim Tressel's situation, that's jaywalking to me."
I find this analogy interesting because it reminds me of a guy I went to law school with. Let's call him Tom. Tom was your typical "good guy". Liked to party, but not too much. Hooked up, but didn't get a bad rep for it. You know this guy. Tom is crossing Houston Street south of 3rd from the parking lot to pick up his Friday evening
cup o' douche Starbucks latte before another night with the "student bar association". Instead of walking the requisite 25 yards to the crosswalk and waiting with the rest of the huddled masses yearning to get laid, he sprints across a not at all busy street. In comes Fort Worth PD to stop this heinous offense. So Tom is out about $100. This pretty much ruined the two following weekends for him. Was this the most ticky-tack offense you ever heard of? Sure. But Tom never jaywalked again.