The Nose was at its snarky best in its commentary regarding Grendon Bailie’s flouting his school’s exception to its dress code policy day by wearing an unapproved football jersey to school (TNT, 1-21).
In a few short columns, The Nose managed to insult Seahawk fans embittered by a Super Bowl loss in a game so poorly officiated, to the Seahawks’ detriment, that one of the game officials later felt moved to apologize; to criticize the Seahawks themselves for overperforming, despite a multitude of injuries in a rebuilding year under a new coaching staff, by winning a division title and, to everyone’s surprise, eliminating the defending league champion from further play; and to ridicule the local school system for simply wanting to have a bit of fun by letting kids celebrate the success of a local sports team (God, or The Nose, forbid!).
Would that the rest of us could only be as cool as The Nose perceives itself to be. As for young Bailie, his behavior emulates the team he idolizes: Playing the game outside the rules and then protesting when he is penalized.