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Thursday, June 15th, 2006
8:20 pm
What if JJ Redick were black?
Check out this story about JJ Redick's recent DUI arrest:

http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaab/news?slug=ap-redick-dwi&prov=ap&type=lgns

Now, I'll admit that I'm a Carolina alum and fanatic and I hate dook with a passion, but something about that story really rubs me the wrong way, aside from the fact that it's about a dookie. Check out these quotes:

"J.J. knows he made a mistake and regrets it," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. "He represented the very best in college athletics and exhibited outstanding character at Duke the last four years. He is and will continue to be a credit to the Duke basketball family. As his friend and his coach, he has my total support."

"There wasn't a chase. He didn't run from them," Michael said. "He was pretty cooperative."

"J.J. is an outstanding student-athlete of the highest character," his agent, Arn Tellem, said in a statement. "He is (an) exemplary role model and a credit to his family and the entire Duke community. This is nothing more than an isolated incident."

Now, the first and third quotes are from his college coach (the evil Coach K) and agent, who you could expect to circle the wagons, for self interest if nothing else. But the way the whole story was reported, and those quotes presented, just makes me wonder about racial bias in sports reporting. If Redick weren't a white boy, would the writer have emphasized that angle of the story?

What if it were a black kid with an otherwise sterling character from, say, Temple? I have a feeling the story would look a little different.
Friday, October 1st, 2004
2:50 pm
Sports or politics?
Ok, so you are granted one wish, but you only have two choices. Your preferred presidential candidate wins the election, or your favorite baseball team wins the World Series (or sub. football team and Super Bowl, whatever floats your boat). Whichever one you don't choose definitely does not happen (so if I pick the Giants, Bush wins, or if I pick Kerry, the Giants lose — or, shudder, the Dodgers win). For me, this comes down to:

1. Kerry wins the election, or

2. The Giants win the World Series (though I'd be pretty jazzed if the Red Sox won it, too)

So, which do you choose? I think it's a tough choice, but I guess I'd have to go with number 1. If I have all that responsibility (I get to choose, after all) it would come down to Bush killing more Iraqis and Americans for the sake of my entertainment. That would kinda put a damper on things, even if it means the first Giants world championship in 50 years (or the first Sox title in 86).

What say ye? What are your two choices, and which do you choose? What do you care about more, politics or sports? Or is there something else you'd choose over both of them?
Wednesday, May 12th, 2004
2:35 pm
Hope I die before I get old
This may not be worthy of a first time lj post, but you gotta start somewhere, right?

On a couple of recent car rides with my 8 year old son, he's been listening to the Clash's From Here to Eternity with me. He's been getting really into it, so I hooked him up with London Calling when we got home. He headed to the basement, popped it into the CD player, and started rocking out. A few songs later (fortunately) I had him turn it off b/c it was time to get ready for bed.

Then he starts telling me he likes Eminem, but that he can't really listen to him b/c his music has too many curse words. Guess what pops into my head then?

every gimmick hungry yob
digging gold from rock and roll
grabs the mike to tell us
he'll die before he's sold
but I believe in this and
it's been tested by research
that he who fucks nuns
will later join the church

Now, that's one of my favorite songs of all time, but the thought of him listening to that and sharing it with all of his Catholic friends and teachers at school gives me shivers. So now I'm reduced to playing Tipper Gore, and burning a copy of the CD for him that omits Death or Glory (and any others that are as explicit).

This really hurts. I remember being outraged at the principle of warning labels for explicit lyrics when Tipper proposed them (late 80s?). Whatever happened to youthful indignation?

So here's your chance to partake in my little censorship project. What songs off of London Calling can you think of that have audible/comprehensible nasty lyrics?

Sure, I could google it and read the lyrics on line, but it's more fun this way. Any others I need to omit?

I'm also lending him my copies of Revolver and With the Beatles. I think those will be ok ;-)

Maybe Pete had it right after all. Things are definitely simpler before you get old.

Current Mood: nostalgic
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