In today’s Times article on Margaret McCaffery, wife of the current Siena basketball coach, we find the following mark of human suffering:
“[McCaffrey] knows the game, obviously, so he can talk to her about it if he wants,” said Digger Phelps, a former Notre Dame coach and current ESPN commentator. “My ex-wife, I had to talk to her about literature.”
It *is* disappointing that a college coach’s wife might expect him to be able to chat a little about books. Honestly! The nerve . . .
(Though, of course, the set of “men who complain about what their ex-wives wanted to talk about instead of their own interests” is a well-populated one, and so perhaps we shouldn’t be too hard on poor Digger. If he would like to sit in on my Brit Lit II class some semester, I can probably fix him right up. Or, I think I’m teaching a world lit survey this summer–maybe that would suit?)