My beloved Kentucky Wildcats pulled down a national championship over the weekend. This one went to the cheerleaders, their fourth in a row and 24th in the program’s history. While there were a couple of errors (including an inverted placard), the degree of difficulty here is astonishing, and honestly, were I a parent of one of these kids, I’d be terrified for them.
Early in my career, I was Mondoville’s Faculty Athletic Representative — an NCAA-mandated gig that is supposed to serve as a sort of liaison between the athletic and academic sides of the institution. As part of that, I would receive nationwide injury stats on student-athletes. Only football reported more major injuries (defined as putting a kid out of action for at least a few practices) than cheerleading. Watch this, and understand why.
And some folks think of the Patriots as a dynasty.