Belial wrote:Hey, you know all those sports? The ones that only men are allowed to play? The ones that have more *completely fucking undeserved scholarships* going for them than any other group, ever?
Yeah. Shut up.
AFAIK, women are allowed to play football (as in there is no rule against it). At the level that much of college football (DI, not DII or DIII, but even there it's pretty competitive) is played, I'm not personally acquainted with any women who would play a viable role on a college football team. The only exception I can think of is the kicker, but I'd be surprised if too many women who aren't already playing soccer at a very competitive level would be able to produce the same kind of distance under the same circumstances as the male kickers who are already out there. And those who would be good kickers (those competitive soccer players I talked about earlier) may well be out-kicked by their male counterparts in competitive soccer. All this to say, since we've gone the way of football, we're getting into the physical differences between men and women. And I thought we already said that the best person for the job should do the job.
As for the *completely fucking undeserved scholarships,* we need to figure out exactly what you mean here. Do you mean they don't deserve to be in college? Or they don't deserve to be getting paid to play college ball? If you've got something else, by all means let me know. Until I get your reply, I'll deal with those two.
1) They don't deserve to be in college.
Now we're getting into who does and does not deserve to get into college. If it's a private school, it's a completely moot point, as the gov't has no right to say whether or not they're allowed to let a certain person into their institution. As for a publicly funded university, if this person doesn't deserve to go to a public university, then where should he go? (he because we're talking about football players) How can he get an education? Or should he just be flipping burgers the rest of his life?
2)They don't deserve to be getting paid to play college ball.
I was a scholarship kid. Academic. I got a full ride to do nothing but go to school. Do you think I was deserving of my scholarship? After all, all I did was go to school. There was a different scholarship offered that was considered significantly below the one I received in prestige. It required that the person who received it maintained a higher GPA, and do a number of volunteer activities each semester, as well as hold down a campus job. Did they deserve their scholarship? They actually had to do something besides going to school for theirs. Ok, now on to the football players. We did, indeed, have full-ride football scholarship students. They have to go to school, keep their GPA above a certain level, and attend numerous practices, team meetings, individual meetings, spend a minimum amount of time in a campus tutoring facility regardless of their GPA, play their butts off each week during the fall and early winter which could lead to a serious or even life-threatening injury that would, in most cases, void their scholarship, and keep a very strict diet. Oh yeah, and they have to perform on the field. If they don't keep making the plays they get cut and lose their scholarship. Of course, that happens if their grades drop too. Oh, and one more thing. They bring in ungodly amounts of money each year that help fund so many of the academic programs that people like you and me enjoy so much.
So I'm curious where the justification is behind the claim that these scholarships are *completely fucking undeserved.* Is it the complete lack of work that's put in? Or that they're a drain on the university? Or that it's mostly a bunch of kids who wouldn't be able to afford an education without the scholarships and would end up changing oil or flipping burgers or checking out groceries for the rest of their lives?