You Just Aren’t Smart Enough

After Adam Ballard commented on the importance of making good on one’s commitments, Army punter Owen Tolson made the mistake of offering a feeble response to the noble oratory of America’s Alpha Male:

“Adam is a great player and he had a great career,” said Tolson, who will report to mini-camp with the Giants next week. “I’ll give him that. But I think what a lot of people who comment don’t realize is that this (alternative service) policy will give all the academies good exposure.”

Tolson could of easily lashed out at Ballard. He didn’t. However, Tolson did manage to get another point across.

“My father (Tommy) is a commander in the Navy and he thinks it’s a good idea and so does a lot of the people he works with. “Adam is a great athlete, but I think he needs to get some more information so he better understands the policy.”

I must be the dumbest and/or laziest person on the internet. The Army’s response to every single challenge of this policy (whether through the players or through some spokesmouth) is that if you don’t like the policy, you just don’t understand. You might even be a “fool.” You just need to get more information. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be providing any of it.

How arrogant can they be?

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4 Responses

  1. i said what i had to say in his comment section

    this is pathetic…i now hold the cadets taking advantage of it is as low regards as the policy makers

  2. I have had the same job since 1977. I’ve been married to the same person since 1979. And when I buy a car I drive it until the wheels fall off. I think I know a little bit about commitment but Adam Ballard’s comments did seem unfortunate to me in light of this that I read.

    “Campbell realized he had pro potential after starting every game of his sophomore season for the Black Knights. He approached the head coach Bobby Ross after the season and announced his intention to transfer to a civilian schoool. Ross changed Campbell’s mind by informing him that he could remain at West Point and still pursue his NFL dream.”

    It seems to me that Campbell has consistently played by the rules as he found them. All of the academies offer an opportunity to leave if you are not doing well, if you are not happy, or if your circumstances change. As I understand it in reading thru my son’s permit to report packet. Your commitment starts “upon graduation.”

  3. The 5-year service obligation starts upon graduation. But once you step foot into your first class of your junior year, you cannot leave the Academy without penalty. That is why Campbell was considering leaving after his sophomore year; up until that point, you can leave without owing any money or time in the enlisted ranks.

    People come to service* academies for dozens of reasons. I came because I was a fan and because it was a family tradition that I wanted to be a part of. Some people come because the price is right. Some people come to play a sport. Those are all fine reasons as long as everyone understands the price; the whole reason why the school exists is to find people willing to serve that obligation in exchange for the education. The problem with West Point’s policy is that it changes the terms. Campbell was ready to leave because he decided that he’d rather pursue the NFL. He only remained as long as he had the opportunity to skirt the service requirements. Ballard wasn’t talking about simply following rules. He was talking about a higher individual moral obligation. It’s the difference between something being “allowed” and something being “right.”

  4. “I think he needs to get some more information so he better understands the policy.”

    This actually is a good point – if this is one of your key talking points, Army, you better be prepared to educate us tax-paying ‘fools’. I assume the Army had to at least attempt to quantify the benefit they expect from ASO in their sales pitch to Sec Army. Shouldn’t there be documentation of this? Maybe a PowerPoint presentation somewhere with some pretty graphs, cost-benefit mumbo jumbo, target demographics, and other specious crap? And assuming Army had done their homework in order to justify this policy, wouldn’t they WANT to share it?

    I wonder if we can get Wagner, Ausiello, Rodriguez, or other media types following this to ask these questions [*cough*FOIA*cough*]. Show us the money! The fools demand to be educated!

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