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|Marquette Golden Eagle no. 34 Dylan Flood scoring 1st college basket 11/12/13|
Marquette University’s basketball team was drubbing the Grambling State Tigers by nearly forty points well into the second half. Marquette had three freshmen on the court which somewhat subsided the alluvia of scoring. But with thirty seconds left, Marquette Head Coach Buzz Williams ordered an intentional foul to allow for one last substitution.
|Marquette’s Dylan Flood|
In the last half minute of play, Dylan Flood, a 6’4″ 200 pound Junior Forward from Lisle, Illinois took to the court. This move brought a lively cheer from hometown crowd which remained at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The broadcast crew commented that Flood was a fan favorite as he was a walk on player who rarely got any game time. When Marquette moved the ball up court, the players passed the ball around the horn and set Flood up to take a shot. He smartly dribbled into traffic and scored his first points in a college game.
This incident would be a minor moment which could easily pass without notice. Yet while watching the replay of Flood’s shot, one could not help but notice the exuberant reaction from players on the Marquette bench to Flood’s hoop. The final result of 114 to 71 was not in doubt. But the whole hearted applause from the bench to Flood’s first NCAA points was like fanfare for the unsung hero: the bench player.
Both college and pro sports programs often have hoopla when introducing starting players at games. Sometimes the sixth man in basketball gains renown as being the dependable first substitution. But there are fourteen men on the team and the NCAA only allows thirteen scholarship players. So the walk on player works hard in practice, often simulating what opponents will do offensively and defensively, without accruing much actual game time.
Aside from their contributions in practice, these walk on players serve as an inspiration for their teammates. They work hard without glory or scholarship recompense. So the cheers from the bench for a walk-on’s basket show a respect for the team member not in the spotlight.
Watching Dylan Flood’s practice reel shows that he has some skills on the practice court. Now that the first point barrier has been broken, perhaps that will open the Flood gates.
Congratulations on making into the MUBB record-book. May his hard work make the team ready for the Big Dance in March.
Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake satirized the proliferation of hashtags through a reductio ad absurdum video using the hagtags in real life dialogues.
Since short written exchanges can be misconstrued without facial cues, many internet interlocutors choose to use emoticons. To supplement these non-verbal cues, entrepreneurs Paul and Douglas J. Sak patented and sought to market new punctuation to clarify things– the Sarcmark.
Free spirits chafed at profiting from punctuation. A mock website “Open Sarcasm” sought to blacklist the SarcMark in favor of the temherte slaq (the inverted exclamation point) with a tongue in cheek tag line: “Sarcasmists of the World Unite!”
But another reason that the SarcMark has failed to catch on was the price for being smarmy. The grammatical genius initially priced his punctuation at $1.99 for lifetime use, whereas typing was just three keystrokes and had no cost. Brilliant!
Communication has changed in the Internet Age. Now, sending e-mails are too long for the digerati and may be considered passé. Traditional types often have difficulty in adjusting to sharing in 140 characters or less.
Short form social media like Twitter will not be the be all and end all in communicating complex thought. But it can attract eyeballs to see something more.
h/t: Mike Keefe
Both teams wore special camouflage uniforms. In lieu of having their names emblazoned on the back of their jerseys, the Oregon Duck players IDs read “USA” and the backs of the Georgetown Hoya jerseys had mottoes like “Courage”, “Integrity” and ”Respect. The coaches of both teams wore combat boots and military styled cargo pants.
|Oregon (light camo) playing against Georgtown (dark camo) at Camp Humphrey Army Base in Pyeogtaek, South Korea|
Many NCAA football teams made efforts to give a Salute to Service. There is controversy attached to the Northwestern University Wildcat football special uniforms. The Wildcats intend to honor the Wounded Warrior Project during their November 16th game against the Michigan Wolverines by abandoning their regular purple and white garb and donning uniforms flag inspired uniforms.
Under Armor tried to further stylize this equipment by having red accents on the patriotic design to give it a rough, worn out look. After the game, these uniforms will be auctioned for charity. But some are seeing red as the Wounded Warrior Wildcat uniforms have red splotches on the helmet, sock and cleats so these design elements can be interpreted as blood. That is an ugly connotation for something that is intended to honor and support the Wounded Warrior Project.
The NFL has nearly a half century of working with the USO to support our military men and women in uniform. During the 2013 season, the NFL has designed 32 games throughout November as Salute to Service games where the NFL will donate $100 per point scored to each of its three military related charities, the Pat Tillman Foundation, the USO, and the Wounded Warrior Project. In 2012, the NFL donated nearly $800,000 as a result of the Salute to Service campaign.
During these games, players use special footballs, gloves, patches, hats, sweatshirts and camouflage towels. All of these Salute to Service game worn merchandise will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the aforementioned non-profits.
There are many different Salutes to Service at NFL stadia. During the Salute to Service games, all of the Field Goal posts had camouflage padding. In Green Bay, Lambeau Field fans used cards to thank those who served with a card stunt during the National Anthem.
The Packer half time featured all veteran parachute teams landing in the middle of Lambeau Field. Similar sorts of celebrations will occur for the Monday Night Football game in Tampa Bay, which is in the shadows of MacDill Air Force Base and United States Central Command.
|Pat Tillman as Army Ranger|
This sort of patriotic appeal and honoring must drive outspoken ESPN sports commentator Kevin Blackistone crazy, as he has repeatedly chastised sports teams for playing the National Anthem and honoring Pat Tillman (an NFL player who left pro ball to serve as an Army Ranger and died in a friendly fire incident). While it is unclear how much money will be raised by these fundraising auctions, it is laudable to try to honor and serve those servicemen who sacrifice for us. However the photo from the Pittsburgh Steeler’s Salute to Service shows the poignancy of such tributes.
A recent book entitled “The War on Football” points out that many of the traits which are esteemed in football are the same characteristics inculcated in military training. Moreover, sports are an important connection with home for military members and their families.
So in a society obsessed with celebrity, it is good to see organized efforts to offer a Salute to Service, and honor the virtues of service, teamwork, selflessness and courage.
Dan Savage has written Savage Love, a syndicated sex-advice column since 1991. Savage has parlayed his alternatively oriented amorous advice into becoming an international sought after “sexpert” who shills on the college circuit telling co-eds how to perform oral sex. Savage also promotes his “It Gets Better” Project which was positioned as an anti-bullying event to encourage homosexual teens coming out. But when speaking to some students during the “It Gets Better” campaign, Savage launched into an anti-Christian rant and then berates the hundred offended teenagers as “pansy-asses” for walking out on his profane philippic attack on their faith.
Savage was invited to appear on Australian television during a Festival of Dangerous Ideas with Peter Hitchens to debate marriage, Christianity and sex. When Savage fielded a question from the studio audience on what dangerous idea would best help the world if it were implemented, the Savage sexpert blurted out Population Control…there’s too many goddamn people in the world.” And that wasn’t all of his dangerous idea.
Savage seems to thrive on controversy so his outrageous answer should not be conflated to speak for the entire homosexual community or even pro-abortion advocates. But Savage’s “Modest Proposal” tips the hand as to the direction of progressive thought when mores are unmoored from valuing each human life and Judeo-Christian values. This callous sort of Liberal Fascism was predicted by George Orwell in Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) and Aldous Huxley in Brave New World (1931) but the normalcy bias insists “It Can’t Happen Here”.
Considering the uncritical promotion of Savage sorts of celebrities and a continued concentration of power, such blowhard bile might not be so readily dismissed as poppycock.
In the entertainment industry, awards shows try to create buzz for the craft segment while honoring its echelon. Often, the buzz from these awards shows are stunts which create resonating word of mouth. These publicity stunts reflect where the industry movers and shakers believe that their audience is (or should be).
On the one hand, Miley Cyrus created buzz this summer at the Video Music Awards by twerking onstage with Robin Thicke While it may have positioned Cyrus away from her Hannah Montana child star roots. which should make her blue, but the controversy caused many to lament the degradation of popular culture.
|Brad Paisely and Carrie Underwood at CMA Awards|
On the other hand, the opening segment of the 47th annual Country Music Association Awards Show managed to create buzz without bawdiness or calumny. Brad Paisley joked with co-host Carrie Underwood that his back hurt and that he needed to see a doctor. Underwood enthused “Have you signed up for Obamacare?”
As the pair briefly feigned trying to use the inadequate Heathcare.gov website, the duo launched into a song: “Obamacare by Morning” which parodied Country Music Entertainer of the Year George Strait’s “Amarillo in the Morning”. The capacity crowd at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville enthusiastically applauded.
Although the content of the CMA opening sketch is more appealing to the political sensibilities of the District of Calamity, the manner which the humor was used was sublime yet biting on a real public policy pivot. Moreover, the CMA sketch acknowledged the audience’s druthers rather than defining degeneracy downward ala the VMAs and prompting an impressionable audience to join them in the moral mud.
|President Obama welcomes 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Black Hawks, 11/04/2013|
“To the Bulls, Bears, Cubs, White Sox — I am term-limited, so you guys have got to get moving. I need to see you here soon. Championships belong in Chicago.”
~President Barack Obama
It should be noted that the Chicago Black Hawks have been the only professional sports team from Chicago who have won championships during Mr. Obama’s time in the White House.
|Marshon Sanders in Jesus costume (via Facebook)|
robe, red sash, cross and head scarf.
teachers who were offended might have been due to the notion of a black Jesus.
|Actor James Amos playing James Evans, Sr. in Good Times (1974)|
While race might be the case, a concurrent stream of influence is a fanatical secular political correctness which aims intensely upon Christianity . There are so many stories of public schools bowing at the altar of political correctness and harboring an acute sense of Christophobia. Consider cases where children are sanctioned against reading the Bible during lunch. Or valedictory speeches that must be censored so as not to mention Jesus. So it is not surprising that teachers would be skittish about a positive portrayal of Christ in the schools, even on
That Maui Wowie from 1982 must have been pretty chronic to inspire such pearls of wisdom to seek the to commit Congress-critters with whom Penn disagrees into insane asylums. And to suggest that the Executive Branch has such authority makes Mr. Hand’s one-on-one history tutoring moot.
Of course, Fast Times on Richmond High was a 1982 movie, and Sean Penn was play acting a stoner surfer there who had delusions of grandeur. This recent appearance on Piers Morgan was meant to be taken seriously and Sean Penn was playing himself.
Penn was promoting his activism for Haiti. But in the same breath of supporting his altruistic cause, he chooses to insult the electorate and the Tea Party while slandering Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).
[T]he way peoples perception of political positions are, is a direct reaction to their lack of, of their education which is a huge problemthat we’re dealing with in the country.
and between of an uneducated people and the solipsism of people like Ted Cruz and their party.
It’s a poisonous thing and these things with what we talked about with, you know, this is why this period of time, this is one of the things that’s so fascinating to me in Haiti.
Penn’s political pronouncements with Piers Morgan do not sound very coherent. But he was not on a script and TOTUS (Teleprompter of the United States) was otherwise occupied.
But I hate to break it to the activist/actor but if you are trying to raise funds for Haiti, you are insulting many of the people who AEI’s Arthur Brooks argues are the most charitably inclined as individuals. But maybe after Penn’s J/P HRO group received $8.75 million from the World Bank for Haitian relief, maybe he does not need more friends.
After Penn’s “Crazy” diatribe on Piers Morgan Live, people can figure out who got wasted. Res ipsa loquitur– the fact speaks for itself.
If an elected official is a sports fan, let them go to town when their team is in the championships. If not, stick to a script on rooting for the home team. And be gracious about the city bets, rather than turning your nose at the hospitality in the World Series wager of the opposing side, as Menino did with St. Louis’ offer of fried ravioli. Finally, stop playing partisan politics with a veneer of sports, like with MAIG Superbowl ads.