Good, about time. Get these fuckin’ idiots outta here that do this kind of thing.
However, it really wasn’t quick enough:
Rice’s termination comes nearly four months after the university’s athletic director, Tim Pernetti, suspended him for three games and fined him $50,000, with little elaboration. On Wednesday, Pernetti said that he erred in not taking stronger action and that he would “work to regain the trust of the Rutgers community.”
The verbal and physical abuse of men’s college basketball players was caught on video (linked to in the article), and it was aired just yesterday on ESPN. Good for them. That forced Rutger’s reluctant hand, because the video exploded on the Internet. I’d say get that Pernetti guy out of here as well for doing the absolute wrong thing.
Although I don’t follow college sports at all, I’m posting this because I happened to see this video, and I’m happy that reporters did their job and that people got rightfully pissed and that people as ridiculous as that coach get what they deserve. I also can’t stand abuse of power.
A serious narrative war going on with this Lance Armstrong thing. Like him or hate him, it’s obvious that he’s damn good at using narrative as a weapon, thanks in no small part to his fortune. This kind of makes it sound like Oprah was an outclassed pawn. But I did read that OWN made 50% more on advertising spots during the interview.
The Lance Armstrong/PED debacle in cycling sounds like the whole thing was an endemic arms race. And Armstrong came out on top because he was more ruthless and more committed to PEDs and the process than the others. At least that’s the impression I’ve always had after it became obvious that PEDs were rampant in the sport. I think this is the same mentality present in people who don’t want gun control, and of course it’s the same mentality countries adopt militarily. It’s a fundamental human impulse, like it or not, one that always threatens to escalate out of control.
However, that which is fundamentally human is not necessarily fundamental in Nature. Things can change.
Congrats to Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers for winning MLB’s first triple crown title since 1967. The last person to do that was Carl Yastrzemski. The triple crown, in case you didn’t know, is an offensive superlative, meaning leading your league in homeruns, batting average, and RBIs (there’s two leagues in MLB). Cabrera finished with a .330 BA, 44 homeruns, and 139 RBIs (Yastrzemski had .326, 44, and 121).
Oh, man. Congrats to Andy Murray for finally winning his first tennis Grand Slam tournament, the 2012 US Open, against Novak Djokovic. There were some epic rallies in that match—I mean epic: the kind of prolonged rally epicness that elicits an acute physical reaction to the mounting tension, tighter than the strings on the players’ racquets. I think I said something like “how is this even possible?!” a couple of times during points. That’s what unpredictable wind will do for ya—force the players to be more crafty, conservative; less aggressive. Even then the rallies had amazing shifts in tempo, tone, or any other musical metaphors you can think of.
And it’s always fun when the TV commentators have to apologize for crude language. Murray was cussing out the tennis gods or something quite a bit in between points he lost, haha.
Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray… the true golden age of men’s tennis. I don’t think the sport can possibly go any higher.
Who in their right mind would want to be a fan of the Chicago Cubs? They are perennial and comfortable failures it seems. The prospect of being traded to the Cubs for any major leaguer must be a dreadful experience, the baseball equivalent of exile. To be a Cub is to be condemned to irrelevance; and if I were a Cub, I probably couldn’t shake the impression that many of my colleagues think that we are not worthy of their company, that we don’t take the trade as serious as they. Miguel Gonzalez, a Washington Nationals player, said of the Cubs after a recent 4-game sweep of them, “I respect every one of those guys in the other clubhouse. But again, I think that sometimes they need to learn how to play the game a little better”. Well, at least he respects them I guess, but what he says next basically nullifies that sentiment from a baseball standpoint, hah.
Maybe I’m not in my right mind because I am a fan of them and have been ever since I was a kid. I think more than anything I (barely) remain a fan because it would be something if they actually do win something eventually; I’d want to feel a part of that accomplishment. But I almost feel like the person who, in their delusion, continues playing the same lottery numbers for a lifetime. It just makes me want to rage quit them forever.
If the Yankees had the same poor record as the Cubs, the fans would be up in absolute arms. But Cubs fans, owners, players, etc. just accept failure it seems. Whereas before I thought that attitude was kind of endearing, I’ve now grown to hate this lackadaisical, carefree, noncompetitive approach. Where’s the fire? Maybe one thing to sort of light it could be to hire commentators that aren’t cheerleaders and actually criticize and call out the Cubs. But that goes against promoting the product, so it won’t happen.