ESPN Offers Non-Apology, Apology

January 11th, 2013 Comments off

As if the world just hasn't had quite enough of the rather innocent remarks made by Brent Musberger towards Katherine Webb during the National Championship Game, now we have to endure the most insincere, public-relations infused, non-apology apology from the World Wide Leader.

The story goes that during the broadcast Webb was shown numerous times – enough times to think the ESPN really wanted to creative the narrative that is now Katherine Webb, but still hide behind their vail of superiority and journalistic excellence, which is pretty funny considering it's also the same company that still allows Chris Berman on TV – during the broadcast and has since cause a landslide of attention towards the young lass that might otherwise be unwelcome. Oh, Musberger may have been over-the-top with his remarks, but only because we've established a society where everyone thinks it's their right to be offended at every turn.

Which is way ESPN felt the need to issue an apology, to the viewers. Yes, the viewers of the game that night were subjected to “inappropriate” comments from a man in his 70s that happened to see a beautiful woman and thought to comment on that beautiful woman (and then hundreds of other cutaways to her in the stands throughout the night, as if ESPN didn't know exactly what they were doing), so there may have been a few that could have been (unjustifiably) offended. And to those, ESPN apologized. But are they so sincere in their apology that they'd offer a personal note of respect to the person it actually happened to, Katherine Webb? No, not really.
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“I haven't heard from anyone personally. I heard ESPN offered an apology, but I didn't hear from them personally.” Webb said in an interview with SI.com's Jimmy Traina.

ESPN was so appalled at the actions of one of their employees that they felt the need to apologize to their viewers, because those viewers pay money to watch their programing, and those viewers equal huge advertising dollars for the network. ESPN decided however not to apologize to the person that's suffered from all of this (to whatever degree you may think “suffering” applies), Webb, because, well, they really don't care.

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A Rant About What's Needed To Rant About

April 3rd, 2012 Comments off

These are not the hoodies you're looking for.


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It ain't about hoodies; it's about fear, and guns, and the vigilante impulse, and race, and, well… hoodies.

And, it's not about race. But, then, everything in American society boils down to race eventually. Race is just a fact of life in a former slave state. Period. So, it is about race, but maybe not as much as people would have you believe.

Where hoodies are associated with race, you might say the Trayvon Martin killing is about the fact that he was a black teenager and black teenagers are associated with hoodies. But I wear sweatshirts with hoods, always have. Of course, when I was 17 I would never have admitted to wearing any article of clothing with ‘ie’ at the end. I did, then, and do, now, wear sweatshirts with hoods. Sometimes they are black sweatshirts with hoods.

It would be naive not to realize people sometimes wear hoodies to stick up liquor stores and Churches Fried Chicken.

And, when you’re all down inside your hoodie, you are intimidating. Why else would you be down inside a hoodie when the temperature is 80 degrees? Of course, the temperature wasn't 80 degrees in Florida Feb. 26. It was raining lightly. Read more…

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A Rant About Mediocrity

January 29th, 2012 Comments off

Had one class in this building; it didn't have any A/C. It was super hot.


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The time when any athlete signs their name on a college scholarship is special. It signifies the opportunity to play a given sport and get better, while at the same time, getting your education.

However, only half of the deal is being honored at Park University.

I was watching Duke play Michigan State in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament when I started thinking: what was it that made these players choose these schools to play for?

Did J.J. Redick pick Duke for the academic prowess or the incredible law program? Did Luther Head and Dee Brown choose Illinois for communications? You’d like to think the answer to those questions is “yes”, but, let’s be realistic, it most likely isn’t. Read more…

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A Rant About a Good Soccer Team

January 29th, 2012 Comments off

photo courtesy of www.ParkAthletics.com

Daytona Dreamin’

It starts on Wednesday Nov. 16, and it doesn’t end until the following Tuesday. Seven days. It’s just seven days. So, what’s the big deal? Well, some 200 teams are trying to get in, and only 20 are allowed.

With just two more victories, the Park University men’s soccer team can consider themselves part of one of the most exclusive soccer clubs in the country, and the National Tournament club.

With just 20 spots available, and most of those going to automatic bids earned by region winners, the Pirates have this weekend to prove they belong among the elite.

“We know we have to win to go to Nationals,” said Head Coach Efrem Shimlis. Read more…

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A Rant About Making a Difference

January 29th, 2012 Comments off

One heckuva road map.

Every once in a while you get the chance to sew what other people are doing with their college experience. The goals that they’re working toward; the things they’re trying to accomplish; the lives they’re trying to touch. It’s when you’re around these people that you realize you haven’t done anything of significance yourself.

Two weekends ago I had one of those experiences.

I was asked to take part in a softball tournament, a harmless request that I though would be a good way to spend my time of a Saturday before I went into work. It wasn’t until I got there that I realized there was something tangible, important, going on.

Many of you have seen the email sent out through Imprint Express, but then again, many of your are probably like me and delete all things that don’t come directly from people you know or professors. Read more…

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