OK, now I get it. I'm a Grizzly alumnus, I pay property taxes and even buy Grizzly sports gear – or used to.
I picked up a $15 license plate holder for my companion and she told me, "I'm not sure I want to put that on my car." At first I was quite taken aback, since she is also a University of Montana alumnus, and it was only by convincing her it stood for women's Grizzly athletics as well that she allowed me to put it on her car.
I was wrong and will not repeat the error. I'm done with Grizzly sports. If we want to watch the game on TV it's going to cost you DISH subscription fees plus an additional $26.
I think Montana citizens have more than paid for the right to see our teams play with taxes alone. I'm retired so I pay no income tax, but working families are paying property taxes, income taxes and many of us tuition for our kids also.
Oh, I'm sure they won't miss one sour-grapes viewer, but I'm also sure I am not the only one who has decided I just don't care anymore. Let me change that – I do care about the over-size impact athletics has on our higher education systems. And I for one will no longer support any Grizzly athletics and will instead lobby for the elimination of the program.
And thanks, DISH, for giving us free movies all weekend so we have something better to watch anyway.