From time to time, we discuss the value of college, and high school, athletics, vs the hype layered on them.
In the last discussion, I recalled the narrative in my high school “Portage Northern is our big rival, we gotta beat them Friday”. To which my response was “who says? why? who cares?”
Coach Harbaugh, who was also a player at U of M, has been inside the NCAA circus for a long time. What does he think?
# Jim Harbaugh Calls Hatred Between Michigan, Ohio State ‘Very Manufactured’
“I’m not going to go as far as to say contrived, but it is hyped up to no ends,” Harbaugh said Monday, "And these are student-athletes that are young kids, young adults, that are playing this game. And all we ask them to do is go out there and play the very best. I think that it’s very manufactured for the TV show that people want to watch and see."
“It’s not healthy. It’s not healthy for the student-athletes on either side when you’re trying to put that much [pressure],” Harbaugh said. “That somebody’s practically thinking it’s life or death … I would say it’s not healthy for the young people.”
There you have it. The players are seen as the same as the rest of we working Proles: expendable meat whose only function is to make the rich people richer, while providing the circuses to keep the Proles diverted.