Word that students at Kansas State University are being forced to sign a “sportsmanship pledge” – whatever the heck that is – before being allowed to pick up tickets to sporting events at the school sets the stage for any number of civil skirmishes.
The so-called pledge requires students to refrain from using profanity and “inappropriate chants” and to be respectful towards athletes, coaches, fans and officials.
The $64 million question: What are the odds of this standing up in the court of public opinion, let alone an actual court, which is where it will be headed lest it spread to other schools and sporting events around the country.
Think about it…
Can you imagine the infamous Antlers student swearword section at Mizzou having its hoofs held to the fire by the school’s athletic officials? And trying to make it stick.
Speaking of which, how in the world does K-State intend to enforce these pledges?
I suppose they could video the student sections and attempt to pick out the bad apples using bad words or singing along to some of the silly stuff that passes for cheering these days.
Case in point, the student kickoff chant at KU football games, “Rip his fucking head off!” That despite the fact that KU doesn’t even have a halfway decent football team. Go figure.
So where do you draw the line? Continue reading