[via Business Insider]
[via Business Insider]
Open thread, if you like.
UPDATE: Looks like I’m late on this story. Here’s ESPN’s apology:
Last night, ESPN.com’s mobile web site posted an offensive headline referencing Jeremy Lin at 2:30 am ET. The headline was removed at 3:05 am ET. We are conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again. We regret and apologize for this mistake.
Um, yeah — you’re going to need to do better than that, ESPN. “Conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures.” What the what? What does that even mean? How about “the use of the term ‘chink’ was racist and offensive,” or “we apologize to Mr. Lin and to the Asian-American community for use of an ignorant and racist term steeped in historical racism against Asian-Americans, racism that is rarely if every discussed” or “Wow. We’re assholes. Can you believe we thought that referencing an Asian-American as “chink” was a good idea?”
And then maybe talk about what proactive steps you are taking to ensure that this doesn’t happen again and that the persons responsible are held accountable. Babbling about “cross-platform editorial whosywhatsits” isn’t going to cut it.
Hell, at least pretend you’re going to make your editorial department take a diversity seminar. Fail.
So here, the Cincy sports world is still talking about Saturday’s UC-Xavier men’s basket-brawl game at the annual Crosstown Shootout on Saturday, but the issue of race and college sports, especially in basketball, is often overlooked. ESPN’s Myron Medcalf had the same reaction I did to the story: would the reaction of the college b-ball press and Hamilton County prosecutors have been the same if the athletes who did this were white?
In the wake of the recent events at Penn State University, a grassroots network of PSU alumni are standing up for victims of sexual abuse by supporting RAINN’s effort to prevent and treat victims of sexual abuse. We have joined together to mobilize the Penn State fan base – alumni, students, parents and fans – to ensure something like this never happens again – anywhere.
“After having so closely identified with all things Penn State over the past 15 years, the recent events have shaken our beliefs – and those of other alumni – to the core. Simply put, Penn State is way bigger than the alleged actions of a few people. To honor the victims, our goal is to raise over $500,000 – one dollar for each of Penn State’s 557,000 alumni. Please join us in showing the world what being a proud supporter of Penn State really means by making a donation in support of preventing and treating victims of sexual abuse and by adding your name to mine below.”
— Jerry & Jaime Needel, Bob Troia and Larena Lettow – Penn State ‘98
As of about 5:00 pm CST (less than 48 hours since launching this initiative), they had raised $168,400.
It gives me chills, it really does.
I wish everyone a peaceful weekend, filled with beauty and smiles and quiet moments. Shabbat shalom.
UPDATE: As of 10:00 pm CST Saturday, they’d made $305,000, having started the day at $217,000. They’re hoping to catch NFL attention on Sunday, and I have good reason to think they will. This is just so wonderful, and so beautiful. I am so grateful to these folks.
The PSU scandal may get much uglier; there may be as many as 17 more accusers coming forward, and rumor has it that Sandusky may have been running a real honest-to-goodness pedophile ring:
“I hear a rumor that there will be a shocking development from the Second Miles Foundation … That Jerry Sandusky and Second Mile were pimping out young boys to rich donors.”
Madden claims it’s being investigated by “two prominent columnists.”
We’d say this is ridiculous, and that you should take it with a grain of salt. But Madden actually wrote about Sandusky for the Beaver County Times six months ago — long before the scandal blindsided everyone else this week.
Madden also claimed Sandusky was forced out of Penn State in 1999.
“I think you’ll find out that Jerry Sandusky was told he had to retire in exchange for a cover up.”
The Second Miles Foundation is a charity dedicated to helping children with absent or dysfunctional families. When Sandusky founded it in 1977, however, it was simply a group foster home for troubled boys. Go ahead and marinate on that for a minute. Continue reading
Once again my senator Mitch McConnell continues to show America that Republicans are focused like a laser on the most important issue facing the country right now:
jobs the economy abortion national security screwing with college football conferences.
Earlier this week, the Big 12 conference appeared ready to admit West Virginia into the league—a move so certain that university officials began tipping off members of their current conference, the Big East. But on Tuesday, the Big 12 abruptly backed off its overtures to the Mountaineers, leaving school officials in limbo and wondering what had happened.
On Wednesday, West Virginia received a key clue. The New York Times’ Pete Thamel reported that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had lobbied officials at two Big 12 schools on behalf of his alma mater, the University of Louisville, which also is vying for a spot in the conference.
Everything Republicans do is about personal gain. That’s the point of political power, one leads to another in a cycle. Continue reading
Every day on my commute north to where I work, I drive through a little burg called Pinckney. It’s sort of a redneck-y kinda place, home to a rather frightening paintball warzone that crawls with guys in cammo and face paint on the weekends. They’ve had a rash of heroin overdoses there lately. Pretty typical, ruralish Michigan town.
Except it’s also the home of Brianna Amat and Brianna isn’t typical at all.
In his 18 years at Pinckney Community High School, Jim Darga, the principal, said, the homecoming queen had always been crowned at halftime of the school’s football game. Never before, though, had she had to be summoned from the team’s locker room.
Brianna Amat, the first girl to make the Pinckney varsity football team, said her teammates had “been so accepting of me.”
And that was just the beginning of Brianna Amat’s big night.
If being named homecoming queen is a lifetime memory for a high school student, so, too, is kicking a winning field goal. For Amat, 18, they happened within an hour of each other.