At the risk of overplaying the whole "Cornell is a smart school, Kentucky is a basketball school" aspect of today's clash between the East's No. 12 and No. 1 seeds, DeMarcus Cousins would like to remind all of you that the task at hand is not about which Wall Street firm is going to pay which Cornell players after graduation. Rather, the task is basketball. Mr. Cousins, take it away:
"I'm not getting into all that," Cousins said. "They're ballplayers and they're here for a reason. They earned their way into the Sweet 16 ... I'm not getting into smart kids, dumb kids. ... They run their stuff, no matter what," he said. "They can play ball, bottom line. We're not out there reading books, we're out there playing basketball."
"It’s not like we’re running the chess club or a book club. We’re still the basketball team."
Of course, the irony in all this is that Cousins delivered his quote looking rather like a bookish nerd. The scene kids reading Tao Lin at my local free trade coffee shop want their faux-Wayfarers back, DeMarcus.
In any case, this is the last post about Cornell being "smart kids" and Kentucky being "dumb kids," as Cousins so elegantly put it. Hipster DeMarcus has set us straight. From now on, basketball.
(OK, OK, one last thing: Ithaca, N.Y. has been celebrating Cornell's run to the tournament with "nerd discounts." Hold on just one minute here. Since when does being smart make you a nerd? These are exactly the kinds of stereotypes we non-nerdy smart kids have spent decades tearing down. Words mean something, Ithaca. Words hurt.)