So now onto Indy (and yes, I will be there). As you may be aware, there have been a bit of a hullaballoo going on in Indiana this week, as dimwitted Governor Mike Pence is getting hammered for signing a bill that basically allows businesses to install Jim Crow rules against gay people. And don't tell me that's not what the law is about- just check out this passage from today's story where Pence says he wants a new bill to "clarify" the just-passed "religious freedom" law.
Asked if that legislation might include making gay and lesbian Hoosiers a protected legal class, Pence said, "That’s not on my agenda."Well Mike, if that doesn't happen, then I'll guess the NCAA will decide that they don't want any more Final Fours in Indianapolis, and the NFL won't have any more Super Bowls there. And good luck getting young people with talent to keep choosing Indy and NW Indiana as places they want to live in.
But I do think this Final Four is a good spot for equality groups to draw the media's attention to this stupid and hateful law. And if someone asks the UW their thoughts on it, all they have to do is point to this video that they made last year, and a similar video that they played for 80,000 people in Camp Randall every football Saturday. It includes appearances from Athletic Director Barry ALvarez, football's Chris Borland, basketball's Nigel Hayes, and numerous other UW players, coaches and personnel.