Add this from the front page of the Plain Dealer:
After a difficult season, Buckeyes get their man
For a winner-starved sports crowd in northern Ohio (albeit, the OSU campus is in Central Ohio!) the media's overly-expressive reaction was based on the employment of a coach with a winning record in an earlier life that has now earned him a six-year contract worth more than $25 million. In some respects, Meyer is the new kid on the block to replace LeBron James, another icon who shattered his blessings by the fans in these parts by skipping town to Miami.
And now we come to what some people will call the apples-and-oranges section of this short Urbanized piece:
The Buckeyes hometown Columbus Dispatch declared on Page One: MEYER ERA BEGINS
But there were a couple of other much less prominent items on the same page, one was headed Parks have to wait for improvements, which reported that the Metro Parks could not upgrade their conditions because of state budget cutbacks; and another: Westerville schools eliminate 62 positions., the result of having to strip $23 million from the budget during these, eh...hard times.
I have a problem dealing with the two universes, folks. As a political writer for decades, I realized that - optimistically speaking - based on election day turnouts, no more than 50 pct. of the readers gave a damn about politics. As for readership, that may have been wildly optimistic.
So is it fair to ask whether the Urbanization of a college football team is worth so much notice in view of all of the other realities of the workaday world?
I think not, but I do follow the happenings in the sports world, even on days like today when I can't avoid it with my morning coffee.