I had every intention of writing today about the amazing accomplishments of the Bryan College fishing team.
Did you know that in the third year of its program, Mike Keen's bunch won the team national title?
Wait, let's go back.
Did you know that bass fishing is a college sport that offers scholarships?
If you didn't, hold on to your lures and TV remote control, but eSports - the fancy title for video gaming - is also a growing college sport, at least in nomenclature. That also draws images of talking to the scholarship athletes at orientation and having a quarterback, a catch-and-releaser and a controller all walk into the athletic director's office. And no, no one has a 12-inch Kilbasa sausage or a poodle under either arm.
"Yeah, I guess you could say I am the Nick Saban of college fishing," Keen said on "Press Row" on ESPN 105.1 The Zone on Tuesday.
When asked about the 5-pound difference between his team and the runner-up, Keen offered this comparison: "It'd be five or six touchdowns (in a football game) I guess."
Good for him. Good for them.
In addition to the team title, his two stars - Jake Lee and Jacob Foutz - were dueling in the finals of the individual tournament Wednesday, each seeking a monster opportunity that includes entry fees and equipment to jump-start their pro fishing careers.
Their's is a fun story amid the controversy that has consumed us.
Violence in Charlottesville, Va.
- Charlottesville suspect arrested in Georgia to be extradited
- Rally sparks reflection on race, equality in Charlottesville
- Tillerson says Trump 'speaks for himself' on racial violence
- Economic adviser knocks Trump's response to Charlottesville
- Violence in Charlottesville leads to soul-searching at ACLU
- Charlottesville covers Confederate statue with black shroud
- Trump blames media for condemnation of comments on Virginia [video]
- Memphis council weighing steps to remove Confederate statues
- Cooper: Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery gesture unnecessary, empty
- NAACP plans vigil to rally support for removal of Confederate statue at Hamilton County Courthouse
- Smith: Reject the violence, intimidation; it's not speech
- Anger boils over at Charlottesville, Va., council meeting
- Sohn: Our monumental anger needs healing
- Cooper: Is there an end to sanitizing?
- Kennedy: Embers of war can reignite
- Sohn: Thank you, Sen. Corker, for brave words
- OPINION: Events in Charlottesville begin to reverberate in Chattanooga
- Charlottesville exposes new threat for college campuses
- Sohn: Let Trump race-shock give way to resolve
- Hundreds attend rally in Coolidge Park; passionate, peaceful debate ensues [video, photos]
- Trump defends Confederate statues, berates his critics
- Confederate monuments removed or vandalized across the U.S.
- Corker condemns Virginia death as 'act of terror,' steers clear of Trump flap
- Greeson: Can we draw a line in the sand or water?
- Defiant Trump renews criticism of 'both sides' in protest
- Charlottesville, Va., to mourn woman killed at rally in memorial
- Mojo Burrito fires employee who went to Charlottesville, Va., rally
- Corker urges state lawmakers to remove bust of KKK leader from Capitol
- Trump blames 'both sides' for Charlottesville
- Hate-watch groups agree rally was largest in decade or more
- Trump speaks on Charlottesville: 'Racism is evil'
- Charlottesville violence fuels calls for removal of Forrest bust from state Capitol
- Officer on fatal Charlottesville crash: 'Hahahaha love this'
- Troopers killed in Charlottesville helicopter crash had close ties to East Tennessee
- Chattanoogans react to Charlottesville protests [photos]
- Friends of Chattanooga man arrested in Virginia claim he was fighting white supremacy
- Experts: Violence the result of political pressure cooker
- One of three arrested during Charlottesville rally is from Chattanooga
- Trump condemns bigotry, blames 'many sides' for violent clashes in Virginia
- White nationalist rally in Virginia brings violence
- The latest on the violent white nationalist rally being held in Charlottesville, Virginia
- Chaos boils over at what is believed to be the largest gathering of white nationalists this decade
It certainly has consumed me.
We have blurred the lines of everything in the name of this concern or that cause, rightly and wrongly.
Yes, the hatred of Charlottesville was awful. It was the worst among us. It rightly has been met with anger and anguish.
But I must ask: What's next?
And more importantly, where's the line?
Where's the line on which we can agree to disagree?
Where's the line on which one side's perspective of what is and is not offensive carries more weight?
If it is Confederate military leaders, then great.
But if it's slave owners, then let's start taking down the Jefferson Memorial and renaming our nation's capital.
If it's part of the times in our society that were exclusionary, are we going to wipe away all the Major League Baseball numbers before 1946?
And social media makes it worse.
Did you know that Facebook has banned the white nationalists that were the root cause of the tragedy in Charlottesville? To that we say way to go, great job and God bless. Don't let those hate-filled jackwagons use your product.
Did you also know Facebook allows ISIS members to post pictures and entries? So, there's that.
This is not defending the hatred that was Charlottesville. Quite the contrary.
Amid the posturing and passion, between the politics and policy, here's the million-dollar question: What's next for those of us between the extreme edges?
Sure, we'd all love to end hatred. Say adios to the white supremacists. Stop senseless killings. If taking century-old statues down contributes to that goal, great. But it's hard to see how. And it's harder to see where it will stop.
Maybe we could all go fishing together.
Heck, the Bryan College guys could give all of us a pointer or three.
Contact Jay Greeson at email@example.com and 423-757-6343.