Really Reilly? Not cool
After Cornell fell to Kentucky 62-45, ESPN columnist Rick Reilly posted this column on ESPN.com. Reilly does what you are not supposed to do: go after the underdog. He belittles and mocks the Cornell men’s basketball team, and its cheerleaders, for being smart. Really Reilly?
I mean, come on man, are you trying to be a jerk or does it come naturally? Cornell’s two upsets against Temple and Wisconsin had the nation buzzing. Everyone from fans to announcers had only positive words for the Ivy kids that were torching the big schools and their big sports scholarships. CBS was showing highlights of Ryan Wittman before and after commercials. But you decide to go the complete opposite direction and whip out the nerd jokes. We get it. We Ivy Leaguers like to read, do Rubik’s Cubes, and learn new languages. But what the hell does that have to do with basketball? How about you show some respect for the athletes by writing about the sport? Oh wait, you did eventually, but you even got that wrong.
Yes, Kentucky dominated statistically, but the game was not a blowout. Cornell shot poorly, 23.8 percent from 3-point land, and turned the ball over too many times. However, despite all of that, it was still in position to win the game. With 5:15 left in the second half, the Big Red were only down by six. That seems awfully close considering, as you put it, “the janitors were sweeping under [their] feet by halftime.”
At some point in your column I thought you were going to either A) be funny or B) talk about how in the end academics are more important than sports (I mean, they are student-athletes). Instead you end with a revenge-of-the-nerds joke (sort of). I just wish you had written a more compelling column that didn’t state the obvious that Ivy people are smart and Kentucky is good at basketball. What can you expect from an University of Colorado alum?
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