Bacon Bits: Thursday Morning Edition

Mistakes were made.

The University of Virginia’s new president, Jim Ryan, has offered an apology for the previous administration’s failure to deal adequately with the intrusion of Unite the Right demonstrators onto university grounds last year. “We must acknowledge mistakes, including those made last year, understanding and trusting that mistakes in times of crisis are inevitable,” Mr. Ryan said. “We do nothing more than to recognize our common humanity to say to those who were attacked around the statue last year, I am sorry. We are sorry.”

What mistakes, precisely, were made? And who made them? That’s not clear. But Reed Fawell has answers. Stay tuned to his upcoming posts dissecting last year’s path to violence in Charlottesville.

Loser. Speaking of United the Right… It turns out that Charlottesville’s Alt-Right provocateur Jason Kessler, 34, lives in his parents’ house. While Kessler was doing a livestream with a white supremacist, Patrick Little, his father was overheard yelling at him, “I want this to stop in my room, Jason. This is my room!” Kessler confessed on the livestream that his father was responsible for the disruption. (Read more on HotAir.)

I wonder how many Antifa warriors live at home with their parents, t00.

Mosque expansion approved. The Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors has approved a rezoning that allows a local mosque to expand its current site. No one spoke in opposition. The approval followed anti-Islamic outbursts in 2015 against the Islamic Center’s plans to build a new mosque. The trustees changed their plans to sell the property to a residential developer and use the proceeds to purchase land to expand the existing mosque.

Good. I’m glad they worked it out.

The wimp factor. Virginia high schools in Charles City County, Manassas Park, and Sterling are canceling their football programs this season. The reason cited: Not enough players were showing up for practice. Enrollment in high school football programs have declined 4.5% nationally between 2006 and 2016.

This strikes me as another milestone in the ongoing wimp-ification of America. I speak from first-hand experience. Forty-some years ago, I attended a prep school with 65 kids in the graduating class, and we managed to field a football team. I wasn’t on the team. I ran cross country instead. I was a wimp. If more people make the same choice I did, I fear for our national character.

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8 responses to “Bacon Bits: Thursday Morning Edition”

  1. Um, try half marathon and marathon running. Mud Runs. Swimming. None of them are wimpy sports. Btw, George Carlin called lacrosse a “faggot college activity”. Someone must have never been with any one who wanted to compete, because those things are weapons. They do hurt.

  2. djrippert Avatar

    American football is in a death spiral. I played, I am a big fan. Most of my close friends to this day are kids with whom I played football in the 70s. When the Redskins played the Bengals in London I flew over there to watch the game with two of my sons.

    There are lots of reasons for the impending demise of American football. Concussions are the biggest issue. However, incredibly greedy owners spiking the cost of everything at the game to kneeling nit wits also add to the mix. The NFL’s endless parade of games on multiple days per week has also contributed to pro football overload.

    Maybe it’s time. Crippling players for life in pursuit of entertainment seems like a bad idea, to say the least.

  3. LarrytheG Avatar

    I never thought football – especially College and Pro football were wonderful things… and their popularity says a lot about us too… No where else on the planet does sports so thoroughly corrupt Higher Ed than here.

  4. Why are American football and the rest of the world’s “football” such different games? It’s not the teamwork, or even the physicality, of these different takes on getting a ball to the goal, but the physical contact between the players. This contact contributes heavily, I think, to the sense that American football celebrates the macho man, physical strength, even brutality, all in the cause of “winning,” in a way that has become emblamatic of American Life. For decades now we’ve heard about how soccer was destined to replace football in American schools also, but that transition has been at best glacially slow. In this day of women’s “Me Too” sensibilities I wonder if it will accelerate. All sports carry some risks; even soccer raises brain trauma concerns from kids heading the ball; but only American football satisfies the popular need to cheer on raw aggression — and also, to demean those who do not channel it. Wimps don’t stand a chance on that playing field.

  5. LarrytheG Avatar

    Good questions Acbar – tough questions.

    I’m especially appalled at how Football has become so revered at our institutions of Higher Learning.. especially the bigger “branded” colleges. What is more widely recognized – and anticipated than UVA Football season or the many other peer Universities that are defined in part by the “quality” of their Football/Sports programs?

    Non-competitive, non-violent “sports” are relegated to – as Jim pontificates “wimps”.

    Only in the US – no other country in the world as far as I know does Higher Ed in this way…..

    so what exactly are we “teaching” when violent sports are such an integral part of the “mission” of Higher Ed in the US?

  6. Reed Fawell 3rd Avatar
    Reed Fawell 3rd

    “I’m especially appalled at how Football has become so revered at our institutions of Higher Learning.”

    You think the Higher Education establishment is about educating students. No, its not about educating students, quite the reverse.

    Professors lose pay and status if they educate students. Professors to succeed today in Academy must keep teaching at an absolute minimum.


    Because the Higher Education establishment is all about only two things today, its own status, and its own ability to make money for itself and the elite who control it, so it must get that money from any sucker it can find and fleece, starting with students, their parents, and alumni, and taxpayers. That is where big college football comes in.

  7. fromthefuture Avatar

    No football means we turn into wimps. This has to be the stupidest thing I’ve ever read on this site.

    Try getting into a shell with a crew and row a race. Then you will know how tough men and women rowers are.

    Football is for wimps.

    1. Reed Fawell 3rd Avatar
      Reed Fawell 3rd

      I agree totally. Real athletes don’t play football. It’s too cramped and clunky.

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