Whenever I think of Virginia sports these days, I think about my brother Bill’s frequent telephone calls regarding the prospects and outcomes for U.Va. athletic events. Although Bill was a big fan of football and men’s basketball, he was interested in many other sports, too.
I am very happy that my brother wanted to keep up with both the teams that generate revenue for U.Va. athletics and the achievements of the teams composed of students who came to U.Va. because their athletic prowess allowed them to pursue academic interests, even though they had little prospect to benefit financially from the contributions to U.Va. sports once they completed their studies. Bill really seemed to enjoy watching young women and men display their savvy and skill on courts and fields, even though they had little or no chance to go to the big leagues, to earn $1,000,000 for their athletic accomplishments after they graduated from school.