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Party school reputation is a democratic honor

Robert Cooper, Breckenridge

I had to laugh at Pastor Rich Mayfield’s commentary Aug. 23 about the top “party schools” among American universities, and how the University of Colorado is now numero uno.

When I was attending Arizona State University in Tempe many moons ago, we considered it an honor, almost as good as winning a football or basketball title, to be named to what was then the “Playboy Magazine” list of top 10 partying schools.

We won it like five years in a row, and thinking back, that’s why I attended that extra year (and my parents thought it was because I was stupid).

Actually, in a sense, it was way, way better to be the top partying school.

While all we could claim by winning a sports title was “Hey, I go to ASU, and we’re the NCAA football champs,” 99.9 percent of us were not actually on the team and made no significant contribution to winning the title, other than showing up at Sun Devil stadium, and looking like drunken fools for the TV cameras.

Granted, it’s not like thanking God for sinking the three-point shot with two seconds left to win the basketball title 93-92, or kicking a 45-yard field goal as time expires to win the title game 17-14.

But the partying part, now that’s a whole different ballgame. If you won, you could actually claim you were partly responsible.

To be able to say to the reporter, “That fourth keg at the last party, man, that made all the difference, thank God for hops, barley and malt. And my man Coach Aldolph Coors, none of this would be possible without him. He was and is a big influence on all of us” – now there’s something to brag about.


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