The PJ Tatler

Optics, Not Money, Shutting Down Navy-Air Force Football Game

It’s been quite a day. The Obama administration’s allies have deployed astroturf protesters to take on aging war veterans, it is holding hundreds of self-sufficient parks hostage, and Harry Reid admitted that he doesn’t care about kids with cancer. The president also tried to get the markets to tank.

Somewhere in between all that, they’re canceling the annual Navy-Air Force football game. But like the closure of all those parks, money isn’t driving the decision.

The Naval Academy Athletic Association is a private organization not funded by the government. Gladchuk said the Air Force-Navy game could be held without any “appropriated funding.” Air Force recently created a similar athletic association that operates using private funds, donations and revenue from intercollegiate contests.

“We could run our entire athletics program and conduct events as we always do without any government funds,” Gladchuk said. “In talking to the Air Force athletic director, their football team could execute the trip without government funding.”

Asked why the Department of Defense was suspending intercollegiate athletic contests if government funds are not required, Gladchuk said he was told it was about “optics.”

“It’s a perception thing. Apparently it doesn’t resonate with all the other government agencies that have been shut down,” Gladchuk said.

Our own government is going Soviet on us. Off we go, into a brave new yonder. Or something.

If Obama attacks Premiere League soccer, well, I’ll just say that it’s on.

h/t Ace