Much fairer and well-articulated presentation of your position in # 42, but sorry you had to return to snarkiness again in following posts. We disagree. I'm okay with that, but don't appreciate the tone of some of your posts. I remain of the view that a strong athletic life is a major positive for a college campus. I certainly don't see it as an off-putting experience. Heck, from what I've observed, the biggest academic nerds are often the ones having the most fun at the sporting events at places like Stanford, Duke, Vandy, etc.
BTW, I agree with you on Northwestern and think that they have less vibrant of an athletic life as those at Stanford, Duke, Vandy, Notre Dame. I originally didn't include them and was upbraided by a Northwestern alum (I think it was k&s) for whom sports was a fun part of his experience and who saw Northwestern's offerings as on par with the others. So, I started including Northwestern. I guess I'm damned if I do, damned if I don't.