3-3-88 . . . The [Arizona] Wildcats won easily tonight, 79-41 over the Washington State Cougars. That runs our record to 28-2. We have more victories than any other team in the country, and only one team (top-ranked Temple [the Owls]) has fewer losses (one). But we’re still ranked third in the nation in both major polls (AP [Associated Press] and UPI [United Press International]). USA Today, a national newspaper, ranks us second. I should say a few words about this newspaper, since I occasionally buy and read it. It costs fifty cents, compared to fifteen or twenty for the Detroit News and thirty-five for the Arizona Republic. It’s published only five days a week. The thing I like most about it is that it has excellent sports coverage, especially in the way of statistics. But in other respects, it’s no better than a grocery-store rag. The emphasis is on making money and celebrating entertainers and entrepreneurs. In fact, two of the four sections (“Money” and “Life”) are devoted to these subjects. But most importantly, the editorial opinions are lukewarm and uninteresting. One gets the idea that the editorial staff doesn’t want to offend or challenge anyone. Unfortunately, that’s precisely what I look for each day in a newspaper: offense and challenge.
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