Saturday Short List: A little about a lot from the desk of AGN Media Director of Commentary Dave Henry

TV or not TV: Interesting story by Berry Tramel of the Daily Oklahoman about how the University of Oklahoma and the University of Georgia changed the landscape of college football back in the early 1980s. (The Sooners and Bulldogs meet in a national semifinal playoff Monday.) Hard to fathom now, but the NCAA used to run roughshod over schools as far as determining which schools had their games on television — and how the schools were paid. Thanks to a lawsuit against the NCAA led by OU and Georgia which reached the U.S. Supreme Court, this NCAA stranglehold ceased to exist. In 1984, the justices sided with OU and Georgia in a 7-2 decision which more or less deregulated how college football games were televised — and led to the explosion of televised games. What is interesting is a comment from Supreme Court Justice Byron “Whizzer” White, one of the two dissenting votes, who predicted the ruling would be the “death knell” of live attendance at college football games. No disrespect to White, who died in 2002, but time has proven his prediction to be one of the more ridiculous opinions in the history of the highest court in the land.

Aiming At Logic: In what can only be described as an odd remark, Maggie Gartner, executive director of student counseling for Texas A&M, recently equated the state of Texas’ campus carry law to an increase in student suicide. The remark got the attention of Students for Concealed Carry, a group whose focus is right in its name. According to SCC (in a news release), it was “not aware of a single reported incident of a license to carry (LTC) holder using a handgun to attempt suicide on a Texas A&M campus since the August 1, 2016 implementation of Texas’ campus carry law.” Let’s just say that to make such a comparison as Gartner’s, specific evidence is needed, otherwise the comparison is without substance.

Bridging The Gap: I will start off this item by stating the following truth: I have not — as of this writing — been nabbed by one of Amarillo’s finest for exceeding the speed limit while traveling through the area of construction around the Bell Street bridge in Amarillo. However, I wonder how many Amarillo police officers (many of whom I see sitting on a motorcycle aiming a radar gun at motorists around the Bell Street bridge) drive the posted speed limit in the area of this bridge construction project when off-duty? Tell the truth. I would wager not many — if any.

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Phone Call Of The Week: This week it was a caller who stated, “Dave Henry, I rarely agree with your politics, but I just wanted to call you to say ‘Merry Christmas.’” And that was it. The caller hung up. Short and sweet, but it is still nice to know a few of us can put politics aside, especially this time of the year. Oh, and caller — Merry Christmas to you (albeit a bit late) — and Happy New Year.

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