Auburn QB Cam Newton won this year’s Heisman Trophy. The trophy given out by the Heisman Trust supposedly “recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.” Yet in the 75 years of the award’s existance, 70 winners have been a QB or RB (only four have been receivers, and only one has been a defender at any position). So apparently in order to “exhibit the pursuit of excellence with integrity,” a prerequisite is not just to play on offense, but also to play QB or RB. According to the Heisman Trust, no lineman in the history of football has ever “epitomized great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.” Until they re-word it to tell the truth, and admit that it goes to “the outstanding college football Quarterback or Running Back whose performance” blah blah blah whatever, it will remain a joke.
I guess in a world where the richest 10% of the population owns 85% of the world’s total wealth, this is the sort of thing that will happen. The poorest 50% of the Earth’s population is fighting over just 1% of the planet’s total wealth and resources. Even in the United States, the richest 1% of the population owns 42.7% of the total wealth, and the richest 20% owns 93%. Yes, you read that right–the other 80% of the people in this country (or 247 million people) have to fight over the 7% of the money that’s leftover from the rich folk.