Previously on the Internet … The Big 12 Is No More Edition….
December 5, 2010 Leave a comment
Congratulations Oklahoma on winning its seventh and last Big 12 title. The Sooners defeated Nebraska, who defected to the Big 10 and that, as they say, is that. I went to four OU-Nebraska games when it was something worth going to – last night’s game was much the same – brought back a few memories.
Whenever I hear the term “high-speed rail” what I hear is “billions and billions of wasted dollars.” Reason examines a boondoggle of such a train in development in California. Anyone who knows California can think of two cities that should be connected by such a rail, if such a rail has to exist. The punchline? From the piece: Not only does the authority plan to incur all the financial and public relations costs of driving a 150-mph train down the heavily populated and extremely wealthy San Francisco-to-San Jose corridor; but it then plans to sacrifice the only goal that could possibly make that trouble worthwhile: a direct San Fran-L.A. run.
Professor Jacobson offers another awesome bumper sticker – I totally want one…
The damage to the traditional feminist movement was already underway when, in 2008, the movement encountered pure kryptonite in the form of a politician named Sarah Palin. Palin had everything the liberal feminists had said they were working for all these years. She was a self-made woman with a family, a career and influence that had been earned through hard work. However, Palin couldn’t possibly be one of them because she was conservative, loved her husband and most importantly was pro-life. The feminist movement had spent decades and untold hours burying the objections of Susan B. Anthony and many other early 20th century feminists to abortion. What is more, Palin had lived according to her beliefs in deciding not to abort her baby when she found he would be born with Down Syndrome. Palin represented an existential threat to the feminist movement and they set about trying to destroy her.
And now, something I’ve been shouting about for years:
Conservatives agree that government impedes progress and should be involved as little as possible in the economy and the conduct of peoples’ lives. Soccer’s few rules ensure exactly this environment. Coaches exert less influence on soccer players during matches than in many other team sports. These constructs place more responsibility in the hands of the players. The rules that allow for this self-determination are simple: no timeouts, few substitutions, and even the disapproval of using replaytechnology.
With no timeouts, there is little opportunity for players to get significant direction from the coach. The game moves too quickly to defer to decisions from the sidelines, so if something is going poorly on the field, the players are responsible for implementing strategies to adjust their game.
With only three substitutions allowed (and no departing player may return to the field), teams have to use what assets they have. There is no opportunity to have overly specialized players take over specific aspects of the game, and the fluid movement of players and positions mandates that each player be able to do the job of any other on the pitch. This power speaks directly to the core conservative principle of allowing people to choose their own destiny.
Finally, employing replay technology is as antithetical to the spirit of soccer as it is to conservative principles. Dealing with incorrect or even unfair calls is part of the game, just as it is in life. Referees who make game-changing poor calls are punished by the marketplace; their opportunities for futurework are proportionate to the quality of their officiating.
As the principles of less government, self-reliance, and independence are inseparable, so too are many aspects of soccer. In order for less government to work, people must have motivation to contribute to society and provide for themselves — and soccer’s penalty system encourages such behavior. Critics complain that the yellow and red cards are too harsh and have suggested adopting a hockey-like penalty box instead. But yellow and red cards better control the combativeness of the game. The yellow card, with its accompanying threat of a red card, keeps players’ aggression in check and forces them to police themselves. If a marked player continues with his recklessness and is sent off, the team must play less one man. Each player’s self-interest is thus activated, as is his sense of duty to his teammates. These penalty rules incentivize the same behavior conservatives implore individuals to adopt.
I’d say this is an example of unintended consequences, but like many of the disastrous economic policies of the Fred-6 Administration, I think the consequences were quite intentional to say nothing of consequential. That last word made me think of this classic, probably the best ‘a few words about me’ moment in Hollywood history:
Alright, that’s all I have for now. The King is on a schedule today – Giants at 0100 – GO BLUE!