But bigness has virtues as well as vices. Big-time college sports are absurd, but we would miss them if they were gone.How does he arrive at this conclusion? Through solid anecdotal personal research involving looking out his taxi window at the curious inhabitants of Madison.
Several years ago, I arrived in Madison, Wis., for a conference. It was Saturday morning, and as my taxi got close to campus, I noticed people dressed in red walking in the same direction. At first it was a trickle, then thousands. It looked like the gathering of a happy Midwestern cult, though, of course, it was the procession to a football game.Ah, those happy simple folks in the Midwest. Aren't their folk rituals quaint?