Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tom Brokaw Disses UVA?

Journalist and anthrax magnet, Tom Brokaw, was the keynote speaker for The College of William and Mary commencement this past weekend. In order to get laughs from the crowd, he decided to give a wise crack against my alma mater, The University of Virginia... he goes on to say "glad at least that I am not at UVA in Charlottesville, because then I would have had to speak slower and use shorter words"

Ok, here we go:

1. When did William and Mary become a rival school to UVA? I could understand if you were at Virginia Tech's graduation, but William and Mary? What a waste of a joke!

2. When people diss UVA, they normally say that we are over-achievers, stuck up, yuppies, etc... NEVER do they imply that we are stupid... So the whole "speak slower" thing isn't even an accurate stereotype..

3. I hope no one laughed at the joke: Let's get something straight... Thomas Jefferson attended William and Mary, ONLY to go on a create the University of Virginia... now that says alot.

I love my Tribe from William and Mary, so no love lost between us! But Tom Brokaw needs to research the history between schools before attempting to start a rivalry.


  1. It's called a joke. Lighten up.

    Also, William and Mary is more selective and has higher average SAT scores that UVA so the joke is warranted.

  2. AND... you think Wanda Sykes' jokes were "hilarious" about wishing someone dead, yet when someone makes a joke about your alma mater you storm off in a huff.

  3. I graduated W&M and have wanted a rivalry to start between our two schools since the moment I arrived. I think it was my confusion coming from California and there we have intense rivalries. I think UVA and WM compete more in the academic field.

    Maybe we should get the rivalry going? Plus just becuase TJ went to WM and started UVA doesn't "say a lot". It means he was inspired by higher educatoin and had a passion for spreading that endavor to other parts of the country.

  4. Well put, AJ.. Both are great schools, and it would be interesting to see if a real rivalry will come about one of these days. Thanks for your comment!

    Mr. Anonymous.. are you really "storming in a huff" about the way you accused me of storming? Tisk Tisk my good friend!

    Love the comments, and love your opinions even more!


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