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- Publication Date: September 23, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B009G85P5C
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'Opiate of America' is a courageous ---no-holes-bared look at the truth of the THUG WORLD of college football. I am a big SEC football fan ---but I now look at the game in an entirely perspective! This book was well researched ---well documented ---well written ---and did not try to pull any punches! *GO GO AMAZON AND ORDER THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW!
The foot ballplayers were treated as celebrities and given special "dispensation" because they had good hands and fast feet.
I struggled through 4 years of tough academics (plus working after class) before I finally received my B.A.
Initially I admired and respected the athletes for being able to balance football practice, ball games and maintaining passing marks until I found out the truth. With one or two exceptions the "jocks" rarely came to class yet miraculously managed to keep their grades up. I soon found out the truth. It's called a DOUBLE STANDARD. If you were a star player you graduated. Period.
One time our professor had us swap test papers and score them. I got the paper from the student next to me who was an outstanding football player but could only spell his own name correctly. A 20 year old college freshman whose test paper looked like it was written by a second grader. I discovered this guy could not spell, and had no clue about simple grammar or punctuation. But he could sure play ball. His major, physical education, surprise surprise!!
This was the first time I realized that the American educational system was in big trouble. Mr.Kersey does a much better job than me describing this phenomena. Several years ago I read the book OUT OF BOUNDS about this same subject but not as good as this book.
I had a tough time in college but I earned every A I made the hard way, by studying my butt off.
Just listen to the half-time interviews with the ball players and you can understand why this country's educational system is a failure.
I've been to Europe a number of times and it is amazing that the students over there speak several different languages.
It is embarrassing that a 16 year old German student speaks better and proper English better than our own school kids do.
Unfortunately, the writing was disjointed and the assertions the author makes takes a few leaps with codified interpretations of causation. This distorted what could have been a solid, cogent argument on disingenuous double-standards of race in collegiate sports and its impact on American society. This is still a valuable resource (if not for the chronicling of sports articles the author references), but the overly biased narrative (he could get to the same destination without such a heavy-handed approach) and the incessant use of his branded acronyms used in this book and his other works.
I grew up in a southern family where college football was god, but after attending college myself and seeing first hand and attending a few classes with the "special admin" football squad and basketball squads I soon realized that there presence on a college campus was an insult to me and my hard work to get to this place. Is a college an institution of higher learning or it is a training facility for professional sports? I'd recommend this to anyone interested in Human Bio-Diversity, collegiate sports, or the decline of the south and traditional American culture. Paul does do a good job of addressing these divergent themes and weaving them together.
This book has convinced me that the NCAA needs to reform its ways (disband it?) before you ever see me taking time out of my life to watch these people compete. Sorry BCS and March Madness but I'm not mad about your BS!