I once worked a company run by neo-Nazis, who did a lot of testing of their workforce. OK, they were not real Nazis, neo or otherwise, just fans of the extreme materialistic ideology we normally associate with Nazis. The real Nazis borrowed eugenics and managerial socialism from American Progressives of the early 20th century. The Efficiency Movement was a totalitarian fad that sought to squeeze out waste in all aspects of society. If that meant slaughtering people or neutering them, well, so be it. Listen to Obama talk about ObumblesCare and you can hear the same themes. Kathleen Sebelius is obviously a big fan of Margaret Sanger with her lust for baby killing and exterminating the unfit.
Anyway, that long wind up is to get to the fact the company in question had a thing for IQ and psychological testing. They tested all new hires for math, vocabulary and IQ with the Wonderlic Test. Once someone was considered management material, they administered a battery of personality tests and more advanced IQ tests. I had to go through all of these in my youth so I’ve learned my way around them. The IQ tests are what they are, but the personality tests are crap if you know how they work. You can really fuck with the tester if you are so inclined, which I did, of course. Immediate supervisors were supplied a copy of the results and that file followed you around as long as you were employed.
One of the things I eventually learned (after breaking into the bosses office and reading the secret management manual) is they did not want high IQ people in most low and middle management jobs. If someone tested high average or better they would be flagged. If their personality suggested they could function independently then they would be guided to an analysts job or maybe a creative position. If not, then they would transfer them to some hellish backwater. The reasoning was that people with a high IQ would ask too many questions about policy or try to improvise to solve problems and that was never to be tolerated. That and they would not hire blacks and women, but that’s a story for another day.
What does this have to do with Tebow?
I thought of the IQ ceiling while listening to sports radio this AM. They were discussing Tebow and it was the usual blather. They wanted Boston Blockhead to call in and say bad things about Tebow. That’s not hard as Boston has an unusually high percentage of stupid sports fans. It’s strange. They are crazy passionate about their teams, but they don’t know much about the sports. I’ve seen crowds at Fenway boo a sac fly or moving a runner along with a bunt. Spend time at a Pats tailgate and you begin to wonder if a local school for the retarded did not dump their students out into the parking lot for a party. Philly has the same problem.
Boston Blockhead calling in is nothing new, but the hosts are just as dumb. Once in a while a savvy guy will turn up on sports radio, but they never seem to last. Phil Wood in DC is a brilliant baseball guy. He never stays in a job very long, other than Nationals work. John Kincade is a guy out of Atlanta who knows his stuff and his limitations. In Boston, the only guy even close to having an IQ above room temperature is Dale Arnold and he can’t draw flies on the radio. That suggests to me that being too bright is bad for being a sports radio guy. If you are an opinionated moron, you can get and hold a large audience on sports radio.
Anyway, the fact that these simpletons are spending another day talking about a guy who will never see the field this year is proof enough, I suppose. Tebow gets the locals worked up because he is a devout Christian from crackerville. That’s it. The team thinks he could one day be a backup and is willing to invest a little to find out if they are right. That’s the business of the NFL. As soon as they determine he will not work for them, he is gone. There is no room for emotion in their business.