I have no idea whether systemic sexual harrassment is going on in the athletics fundraising department at Binghamton University… but I have even less of a clue as to why anyone would get excited about Binghamton University athletics. (I guess it doesn’t excite too many people, so they seek excitement in other ways?)
It seems we have too many colleges with too many sports teams, all chasing the same money. I’m hard pressed to figure out what this current glut of college sports teams is really doing for the human spirit.
On a less cynical note, there is one sporting event that brings highly favorable national exposure to upstate NY every year. It’s not Syracuse basketball, it’s not Buffalo Bills football, it’s not a big golf tourney at Turning Stone. It’s the annual IRL Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, which gets serious prime weekend air time on ABC/ESPN. It’s safe to say that Watkins Glen is, next to the Indy 500 itself, the race that the Indy League drivers look forward to the most every year. They love the historic racing atmosphere of the village, they love the Seneca Lake scenery, and they adore the course — which no doubt reminds them of the Formula One courses they probably (in their heart of hearts) would rather be on. (Watkins Glen also hosts NASCAR races.)
Many of the Indy League drivers have taken to Twittering, and during the races there are large contingents of race fans watching and commenting on Twitter. This past weekend, when Watkins Glen hosted the race again, it was clear that the ABC telecast was doing for the Finger Lakes region (and Upstate) what a host of PR people only wish they could do: get people from all over America and the world interested and excited about the beauty and history of the region. Here are some comments by Brazilian driver Tony Kanaan.
It makes you wonder why so many alleged grownups are spending so much effort scuffling for the same tired old sports dime around here.