College football fans are already very familiar with the football stylings of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. He's one of the most recognizable names in the game, and it's for good reason because I'm pretty sure he's a robot sent back through time to either save the world or blow up backfields.
If you want to learn more about Clowney's background off the field you should definitely read this wonderful profile on him in the New York Times. Overall the story is great, but there was this one portion of the story that jumped out to me and left me scratching my head.
All the best universities — Alabama, Florida, Louisiana State — wrote regularly. Colorado wrote the most, even sent a box of fake money — total pretend value $1 million — with the team's mascot, a Buffalo, in place of the usual picture of a president.
And upon reading that there was one question in my mind that I just couldn't answer. A question that would only lead to more questions.
What exactly could one buy with $1 million Ralphie Bucks?
What exactly was Clowney supposed to do with that money? Could it be exchanged for points or wins? If so then Colorado really should have kept that money for itself.
Could Clowney take those Ralphie Bucks to a currency exchange and exchange them for American dollars? What's the exchange rate for a Ralphie Buck? How strong is the Ralphie economy?
What exactly does the Ralphie economy consist of?
Just so many questions raised by this New York Times profile. And not enough answers.