There is a Hopi term, Koyaanisqatsi, that has had some cultural currency for a while now, thanks to a unique film with that name made a few decades ago. The term translates to “unbalanced life,” or, as the film’s tagline had it, “life out of balance.”
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Myles Jack and Calais Campbell of the Jacksonville Jaguars: definitely NOT playing for New Mexico State
I mention this because one of our favorite sports, football, has kindly given us in recent weeks a sterling example of the difference between balance and lack thereof, in terms of the game’s competitiveness.
For one side of that coin, the NFL, its purposeful cultivation of competitive balance may turn out to be the league’s saving grace; on the other hand, college football’s decided lack of balance, while it may not spell the game’s doom, is certainly a part of what holds the whole enterprise back.
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Alabama / Georgia = Enjoy your Ultra-Super (and rigged) SEC Championship
Journalism. We’ve heard a lot about that lately.
I do not profess to be anything close to a professional journalist; as a blogger, I’m simply an untrained observer who happens to share some of those observations once in a while. But that doesn’t automatically mean I’m uninformed. Nor does it mean that I don’t follow certain practices of good journalism.
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The VCU Rams: Getting along better than their old coach
For instance, there’s the “follow-up.” You report on something, then you go back a little later and see what progress–if any–has been made by the subject of that report.
For instance, a little over a year ago I commented upon Shaka Smart’s move from head coach of the men’s basketball team at Virginia Commonwealth–where he had had some notable success–to take the same position at the substantially higher profile University of Texas at Austin. I noted that the move, which many observers would have characterized as a “no-brainer,” carried with it a certain amount of risk. Thus, that story would be a good candidate for one of those follow-ups. How has it gone for coach Smart down there “deep in the heart of”?
Say what? 11-22. Yeesh. And no NCAA Tournament bid this season, after bowing out last year in the first round? With what was arguably still Rick Barnes’ team? Hmmm. Sorry I asked.
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