Sometimes it takes a moment of absurdity to help you realize how dumb you're being. You might be stubborn, you might even be right, but you lose an inch every time you think you've made a point. Witness: NC State sports in 2017.
Rutgers announced Monday that it will name its home basketball court after Jim Valvano, who played for the Scarlet Knights in the 1960s. Jim Valvano was not a remarkable player for Rutgers, but Rutgers had the good sense to recognize a great alumnus, while NC State has somehow spent the better part of three decades finding ways to not recognize its most iconic head coach.
Why is this a difficult thing to confront? I was not old enough to grasp the circumstances surrounding V's firing here. He screwed up, no doubt. He was not the best regulator of the NCAA rulebook. The penalty is beginning to juuust slightly outweigh the infraction, though, isn't it?
V played at Rutgers in the '60s. V led NC State to a title in the 1980s. YOU LITERALLY HAD A TWO-DECADE HEAD START AGAINST THE BRAIN-DEAD LAMERS RUNNING RUTGERS' ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT AND YOU MESSED IT UP ANYHOW AND PLUS IT'S RUTGERS WHO WOULD WANT TO BE HONORED BY RUTGERS BECAUSE THEN YOU HAVE TO ADMIT AN ASSOCIATION WITH RUTGERS.
Shit like this is hilarious to me at this point because I expect it. That's a lie, actually; things like this depress me. Don't know why it's so difficult to do right by some of your most important coaches/alums. But nobody does its brand worse than NC State.