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Slippery Rock used to be a joke ...

Reader comment on item: Bad News from Slippery Rock

Submitted by J. Keen Holland (United States), Apr 11, 2006 at 16:35

... but for a different reason. About two generations ago, some sportswriter or broadcaster got the idea that Slippery Rock's scores should be reported alongside those of Michigan, Ohio State, USC, and the other serious competitors, not because their teams were particularly good - they weren't - but because Slippery Rock sounded like a funny name for a college. The public seemed to enjoy the joke, and this went on for years in the days before 24-hour sports networks gave every school with a team a chance for moment in the limelight.

Sad to see that Slippery Rock has now acheived a new kind of notoriety. And a notoriety of a much worse sort, since this wound is self-inflicted.

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