A lot of professors are eerily good at ignoring everything in the world. They've written 14 books with obnoxious children and harridan wives bedeviling them every step of the way. To call them "absent-minded" would be an insult. They are not there ...
Professors have nothing against getting quietly tight in their own snug lodgings, but the idea of braving the cold and getting soppy with a bunch of fellow drunks is revolting. In general, professors are not team players -- groups of any kind give them the heebie jeebies.
It is not very nice to have my sweet little progeny described as "obnoxious" (Kid #1 did not shoot HER with a Nerf dart gun when he had erected his cardboard Fortress of Solitude at the door to the English Department this summer; that honor was reserved for a senior colleague who was not at all amused to have a nine year old demand that she provide the secret password ["pickle juice"] or be denied access to the copy machine). Yet I take Professor Soltan's point. College sports are indeed out of control and so far beyond the core mission of an educational institution that the investment of so many dollars in them at a time of academic cutbacks is nothing short of obscene.
(via Inside Higher Ed)