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Reading today’s voiceofsandiego.org, I found a logical fallacy in Tom Shanahan’s column.

He says that because of the “caliber of women” walking around SDSU’s campus, the school’s quarterback, Kevin O’Connell has much better things to do on a Saturday night than to talk to a bunch of Pop Warner boys and girls.

Now, I just graduated from SDSU a few months ago, and I certainly do not disagree with most of his assessment. But I do take exception to the comment for one reason.

What woman can resist a man who not only is the starting quarterback for a Division I school (albeit a losing Division I school) and a charitable young fellow as well?

I look at it this way: I went to my fair share of parties in College Area and I have a good visual image of how O’Connell might come off during a conversation around the keg tap. Let’s see which one you think comes off better.

Try this: “Hey good looking, I’m Kevin O’Connell, starting quarterback for San Diego State. I’ve been out partying all night, doing keg stands and hitting on scantily dressed women.”

Comes off a little arrogant, doesn’t it?

Now try this one, and try to resist O’Connell’s charm: “Good evening. I have just returned from a charity event, where I brought smiles to the faces of hundreds of little boys and girls.”

Look, I don’t know if O’Connell would actually say either of these things, but I think it is fair to say that at an SDSU party, being the school’s starting quarterback, and doing charity work with little kids, makes you unstoppable with the ladies.

Come to think of it, I might just ditch this whole journalism gig and become a philanthropic athlete. But first I’ll have to recover from this foot injury.

SAM HODGSON

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