As well we know, Mathletics are a major part of any University’s repertoire of activities – without Mathletes, where would national powerhouses like Carnegie Mellon and University of California Riverside be? Nowhere, that’s where! To build a successful program to attract the nations top Mathletes, you need to exhibit not only the facilities but also the following and environment that stimulates the mathlete – not unlike the athlete. However, he or she can be swayed by a school’s tradition and history of success, not merely wins and losses. Part of those winning ways are folded into the tradition – but that’s why it’s important to allow for up and coming Mathletics programs to try their hands at the Great-Grandaddy of Them All – the Mathlete Rose Bowl.
The Mathlete Rose Bowl usually picks a Pacific Brain League team to face off with a Midwestern Nerd Conference foe in what is billed as the best college Mathlete competition annually. Of course, if one of those teams should be selected to compete in the National Computer Whiz Super Bowl of Mystic Machinery, then the Mathlete Rose Bowl would have to select a replacement team. As everyone knows, this year’s NCWSBoMM features MNC stalwart Notre Dame (and everyone said that they’d never make it!) and Southern Can’t Believe They’re Smart Confederacy opponents Tulane University, who backed in to the match after eking past their Confederacy Championship counterparts Vanderbilt. With their option to make the replacement pick, the Mathlete Rose Bowl selected Case Western over the much deserving Rensselaer Polytechnic, only so that they could protect their precious PBL vs. MNC match up.
What the Mathlete Rose Bowl fails to realize is that they’re artifacts of a bye-gone era, when research was a game strictly for Americans (and any Nazis we needed to hide from the Russians), when Math was used only for the power of splitting the atom, when a Cold War ripped this country in two – Stones vs. Beatles. It’s time for a change in the ranks! Case Western competed in what could be best described as a down year for the MNC, but they still make the Mathlete Rose Bowl? Get your head out of your ass Rose Bowl, give the people the match up they wanted to see: RPI versus California Institute of Technology! It’s this kind of political bullshit that feeds the system. Enough is enough I say and I encourage all of you to boycott the Mathlete Rose Bowl until we see improvement in their otherwise backwards selection scheme.