Let us apply to local sports the yin-yang theory of Chinese philosophy, which is that seemingly opposite forces are interconnected. You know: Light and dark, fire and water, life and death to which I would add, excellence and crappiness.
Can we truly enjoy and appreciate the yin of excellence without the yang of crappiness? I think not. If all of our teams were as great as the Heat, for example, the Heat would not seem as great, right?
Therefore, I am here in appreciation of Saturday’s Yang Bowl of college football, in which host Southern Mississippi and our own Florida International University brought matching 0-4 records and epic awfulness to bear. I am not being mean. Well, OK, you got me. I am being mean, but also factual. FIU entered having been outscored by a 187-23 total. Southern Miss entered having lost 16 games in a row and having committed 15 turnovers in this year’s four.
It was the weekend nadir of American sports.
It also was the Conference USA opener for both schools. If the C-USA commissioner was in Hattiesburg, Miss., I think he was the guy wearing the false nose and glasses.
This was the game that tested the casually held presumption that, well, somebody’s gotta win!
No matter the outcome, thank you to both teams for sacrificing to represent the yang so that others may yin, and win.Henderson Alvarez’s LeBron James Michael Jordan