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Sports have always been a huge part of my life. It’s the way I grew up. I’m a sports fan in the same way that I’m an American. It’s just a part of who I am.
Throughout my travels, however, I’ve realized that’s not the case for everyone. Other people had fathers who would actually talk to them during football season! They learned about math without ever dividing “hits” by “at bats!” When you ask them who is on Mount Rushmore, they never once mention Wayne Gretzky! Who knew it actually had presidents?
Now, if you don’t like sports, more power to you. Honestly, you’re emotions are probably much more stable than mine. You’ve likely never yelled at a TV or hugged a complete stranger in a sports bar while you were both crying. You’re probably in a healthier place. There is one thing that you’re missing out on though: The NCAA Basketball Tournament.
It is, by far, the greatest American sports tradition. The Super Bowl is fine, but the college basketball tournament is the real prize. It’s 6 rounds of kids playing their hearts out in single elimination games because they love the sport. With that in mind, I decided to create the 5 (completely impartial) steps to guide non-sports fans through the awesomeness. They are simple, and you’ll love the experience. You can thank me later.
Step #1: Learn the Rock Chalk chant.
Repeat after me: Rock. Chalk. Jayhawk. KU. Don’t worry about what it means. This is just the 101 course. Just know that it was once called the greatest college chant by none other than…President Teddy Roosevelt. Yeah, it’s been around…
Try it again: Rock…Chalk…Jayhawk…KU…
Not really doing anything for you? Try lengthening the words: Rooooooccckkk…..Chaaaaaaaaallllkkkk…. Jaaaaayhaaaaaawwwwk….. KaaaayyyyyyUuuuuuuuu…..
That’s a little bit better, right? Now, drop it down an octave: ROOOOOOCCCKKK…..CHAAAAAAAALLLLLKKKK……JAAAAAAYYHAAAAWWWWK…..KAAAAAYYYYYYUUUUUUUUUU..….
It’s starting to get pretty awesome, isn’t it? Now, all you have to do is imagine yourself sitting in the historic Allen Fieldhouse and saying it with over 16,000 of your closest friends. Are you having a little problem with that last step? Here, I’ll help…
Step #2: Automatically root against any team with a cat for a mascot.
Kentucky Wildcats? Nope.
Missouri Tigers? Double Nope.
Kansas State Wildcats? Triple Nope.
Step #3: Learn to love the color blue.
Like most years, there’s a very good chance that the winning team will be wearing a shade of blue on their uniform. There are, however, a few teams that might break that streak this year like Indiana, Ohio State, Louisville, and Miami.
Step #4: Root against Indiana, Ohio State, Louisville, and Miami.
Step #5: Cheer for the only sports team that released a Harlem Shake video during the 30 seconds that it was actually cool to do so.
That about covers it. If you follow those 5 easy and completely unbiased steps, you too can enjoy the awesomeness that is the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Love this. Simple and Perfect.
closed your mouth more
tried to be softer
less volatile, less awake
but even when sleeping you could feel
him travelling away from you in his dreams
so what did you want to do, love
split his head open?
you can’t make homes out of human beings
someone should have already told you that
and if he wants to leave
then let him leave
you are terrifying
and strange and beautiful
something not everyone knows how to love.”
“For Women Who Are Difficult to Love,” Warsan Shire (via tortasahogadas)
why does this keep having to come up on my dash are you trying to say something warsan huh huh huh
Kissell, Rick. “Tv’s Great Divide.” Daily Variety 317.60 (2013): 1-15. Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text. Web. 12 Mar. 2013.
This article is analyzing the mid-season point for the four major networks; NBC, CBS, Fox, and ABC. According to Variety, this year the 18-49 age demographic is going to turn out differently than it has in the past. For the last eight seasons, Fox has killed it in the dream demographic. However, this year it appears that CBS is going to take the reins.
As a whole, Variety’s analysis shows that they believe Fox is on the decline for this season. They program fewer hours than would fill the entire block, which can be a big risk. In this case, the risk is not paying off. Their reality singing competition show has fallen 20% in its second show which may say something about the improvement of its competition such as America’s Got Talent, but especially regarding The Voice on NBC which is doing extremely well.
By attempting to create a different night of comedy (Tuesday) they are aiming to separate themselves from the Thursday night tradition on NBC (“Comedy Night Done Right”) and therefore draw in a larger audience. New Girl is down 30% in the second season and the new shows such as Ben & Kate & The Mindy Project are under pressure to make up for the losses. When American Idol airs again in the winter they will get a bump, but it will not be enough to keep them on top.
Kissell, Rick. “Big fox ‘Following’: new drama, ‘American Idol’ score well.” Daily Variety. 318.17 (2013): n. page. Web. 12 Mar. 2013. <http://go.galegroup.com.www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/ps/retrieve.do?sgHitCountType=None&sort=DA-SORT&inPS=true&prodId=AONE&userGroupName=ksstate_ukans&tabID=T003&searchId=R3&resultListType=RESULT_LIST&contentSegment=&searchType=AdvancedSearchForm¤tPosition=1&contentSet=GALE|A319228328&&docId=GALE|A319228328&docType=GALE&role=>.
In this analysis, Kissell discusses the damage repair that Fox is doing in order to rectify the whole they’ve dug themselves in to with the lack of success in the first half of the season. He points out that American Idol, although somewhat “diluted” from its original state, is the really money winner in this category. The 18-49 year old demographic was owned by Fox on both Wednesday and Thursday for Idol.
With the re-introduction of American Idol into Fox’s weekly line-up, they are back on top of the ratings. By bringing in a constant favorite to compete against the weaker shows, Fox is balancing out the risks they’ve taken with the new shows earlier on. Although they won’t recover enough to be back on top, it will keep them from being at the bottom.
Weisman, Jon. “Peacock in a pinch: NBC taking big with midseason sked.” Daily Variety 11 Feb. 2013: 8. Academic OneFile. Web. 12 Mar. 2013. [http://go.galegroup.com.www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA320424185&v=2.1&u=ksstate_ukans&it=r&p=AONE&sw=w]
In a summary of the week’s events at NBC, we can see Jon Weisman’s take on how Fox’s issues attracting the male demographic could be their true demise. On NBC, they were able to top Fox’s American Idol in the ratings this week within the Male viewers 18-49. With Community’s first episode without creator Dan Hartman barely edging out Idol.
Fox’s struggles to gain the male demographic since the loss of House have only gotten worse this year. Although NBC has hit a rough patch with the end of the season of The Voice, Fox still hasn’t been able to compete. If Fox was a cable channel, we could assume that they were attempting to garner only a female audience. However, Fox is not a cable network, and they cannot afford to alienate such a lucrative market. With football season over, this puts them in dangerous territory