we're sick of being jerked around, wear that on your sleeve - R.E.M.
This has been the longest I've dwelt on a UGA loss in years. I literally cannot stop reading posts in the Georgia-based blogosphere (and neither can the rest of college football, taking note of this fanbase's tears of unfathomable sadness).
But the most excrutiating meme this season is the words coming from the previously elite college football program I root for. If you haven't been following it already, we don't have time to catch you up all the way. But this is just a little bit of an example. In addition to the "well, we've won games in the past" line of thinking, we've heard a steady stream of excuses that just don't seem to make sense (like the wind, the kicker and the youth of our players adversely affecting the special teams during the LSU game).
Luckily, this is sports, where the journalists and fans won't let silly excuses stand for very long. Luckily, we've already started to hear some more frank assessments of the situation. We will know in the next few weeks, and definitely by the end of the year, just how rough of a situation we are dealing with, and what will be done about it.
I was thinking about that today in a cultural sense, and then I saw something that brought it all together.
Contrast results-demanding sports journalists and fans, if you will, to the journalists and "fans/activists" of our nation's politics, who will let politicians and pundits say anything they want for years on end, without challenge. Observe the obfuscation of consensus fact and shared history that keeps "fans/activists" in the dark about real effects and costs of policies.
Tonight, John Stewart took CNN to task about this very type of behavior. Tore. Them. Apart. is more like it. If you thought what he did to CNBC's Cramer was bad, you're going to love this. Watching the first segment is sufficient.
To bring the segue full circle, Stewart also interviewed Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security. It was a painful interview, and she engaged in enough "coach speak" style dialouge to give no useful, interesting or funny information. She just laughed at Stewart the whole time.
And, yes, she has a code name. How uncomfortable.