“I doubt it will ever happen, but I would like to see all sports scholarships eliminated and have the rosters of college athletic teams filled by grade-qualifying students. Sports played by real student athletes would bring in just as much money as the semi-pro college teams we have today. If everyone is playing at a lower skill level, it looks pretty much the same as when super jocks are playing against each other on a higher level.
The Penn State tragedy and the broader issue of deifying college sports are really just symptoms of a much larger problem – the fact that we have discarded the certitudes and values that once made America the greatest country on earth. Without certitudes and values, it’s easy for people to do unspeakable things such as looking the other way in order to protect a revered college football program. After all, the secular progressives have taught us that everything is relative.
May God be with those innocent kids who were sacrificed on the Happy Valley Football Altar. And may they all become wealthy as a result of the avalanche of lawsuits that is about to shake Penn State University to its core.”
Why are some people who claim to be so committed to a belief, religion, political position etc., so offended when their position is challenged, and they refuse to defend their position? Is it because they fear confrontation or that either they are ignorant of what they say they are commited to or lack confidence in their position altogether?
Not knowing their microphones were still on, the idiot is chief and the French dwarf president are caught bad-mouthing Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu. What a bunch of phonies and pansies. Netanyahu is more a leader, and a man, that those two misfits ever thought of being. http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=244760
Penn State is wrapped up in a horrible scandal involving one of its former football coaches is accused of sexually molesting young boys during a camp he put together. Jerry Sandusky faces 40 charges. This is of course the most awful part of the story. But what also is disturbing is the cowardly lack of response by the Penn State athletic department, football coach Joe Paterno, the former player who was an eye-witness to one incident and didn’t report it to police, and the ignorant behavior of students on that campus cheering Paterno. You people are sick and need to get a life, or for some, a life sentence. But hey…it’s football, and we can’t interrupt the sport. Losers! http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/sports/local_sports/exclusive%3A-victims-double-in-penn-state-case-110811
Speaking of losers…Joel Osteen is back in the news yet again, this time suckin up and puckerin up to pagan deceiver Oprah Winfrey. Christian Research Net posts a story from ChristianPost.com including a video of Rev. Smiley’s remarks….
Television mogul Oprah Winfrey and stage and movie producer Tyler Perry created a stir with a surprise appearance at Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, Sunday for an 11 a.m. service.
“Awesome to have you!” said Osteen, announcing their presence and welcoming the celebrities to the church. “We’re so honored to have you both here, and we just celebrate and pray for you guys with what God is doing in your lives.”
Though Winfrey professes to be a Christian, as I showed you in Oprah Winfrey Speaking As A Christian, her testimony and teaching simply doesn’t bear that out. We need to be praying for her salvation because she has no relationship with God; she is currently an outspoken enemy of the Cross of Christ (cf. Philippians 3:18).
I say again Osteen is a heretic, a false prophet and a joke.
In a day when athletes are revered like gods, especially if you wear braids in your hair, tattoos all over your body, or (in the case of some SEC football programs) you have a criminal record, to hear the story of a high school football being penalized for kneeling and pointing to heaven after scoring a touchdown makes me furious!
That was made clear when a Tumwater (Wash.) High running back was flagged for excessive celebration after he pointed to the heavens following a touchdown run on Monday night. The play (see video below) happened in the second quarter of Tumwater’s 63-27 victory against East Valley in the Washington 2A state semifinals. According to KOMO News, running back Ronnie Hastie scored on a 23-yard run and celebrated as he has following each of his touchdowns this year: by pointing to the heavens.That’s when the field judge tossed a penalty flag, telling the running back he was trying to draw attention to himself with the celebration.
“That wasn’t the point [of the gesture], so I guess I was a little confused,” Hastie told KOMO News. “I do that to give glory to my Heavenly Father, Jesus. He gives me the strength. He’s the one who gives me these abilities in the first place.”
Making matters even more strange, the WIAA refuses to decry the penalty, saying that until the referees’ association gives it the full context of the play it can’t determine whether it was an excessive celebration or not. In fact, even if it was, it says the penalty still might have been justified because Hastie did not immediately give the ball back to a referee.
If Hastie (the high school player) were to raise a fist to Islam, or gyrate his hips in some mock sexual act, it would have been overlooked, because we certainly wouldn’t want to offend Muslims or stifle any particular “culture or lifestyle”. Now take it this all happened in Washington state, and I love that state and adore Seattle, but some of those folks up there are a brick shy of a load, especially when it comes to Christianity.
Once again a sad commentary on the culture of America; attack Christians and Christianity, while all other “lifestyles and beliefs systems” and their followers and proponents are free to do what they want.
It’s a sick world and getting sicker. I have been asked time and time again, ‘why should I be surprised when heathens act like heathens?’
I don’t know why I should be surprised, but it definitely ticks me off.
Yahoo Sports reporting that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is embarrassed of his team. The Cowboys, at one time considered Americas team and my personal favorite, lost again Sunday, this time to Jacksonville 35-17 to bring their record this season to 1-7.
You would think that I would be a fanatical Dallas fan and I was when the team consisted of people like Tom Landry, Roger Staubach and Bob Lilly. The Cowboys of more modern times are more made up of prima-donnas, celebrity wanna-bees and gansta rappers.
If Jones wanted to do something good for the team he would stop making arrogant, stupid statements like claiming his team would host the Super Bowl in the new Cowboys Stadium; if he is really embarrassed and wants to change things for the better, he would make his entertainers…uh, I mean players, play the game with integrity and skill rather than doing showboating celebrations in the end zone. The showboating is arrogant, unsportsmanlike and silly if you win, when you lose, it’s all those things and just plain old STUPID!
Act like a boss Jones and make your employees know they are that, employees; and let them do their talkin on the field rather than on the cover of People magazine or rap videos. If you cant do that Mr. Jones, sell the darn thing and get out!
There are good examples and good people in athletics. With all the crud we have had to listen to about Alex Rodriguez, here is a story that really matters about a high school basketball player in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Johntell Franklin, who lost his mother to cancer, and the expression of sportsmanship by an opposing team….
(Coach) Womack sent Franklin, a 6-foot-2 forward, to suit up. He returned to the cheers of the crowd – including the coaches and players from DeKalb, whose amazing display of fellowship and sportsmanship had just begun.
“I was late getting back from the hospital, and they could have called us on that,” Womack said. “But they were great about it.”
“We were sympathetic to the circumstances and the events,” said DeKalb coach Dave Rohlman. “We even told Coach Womack that it’d be OK to call off the game, but he said we had driven 2 1/2 hours to get here and the kids wanted to play. So we said, ‘Spend some time with your team and come out when you’re ready.’ ”
Since some of Franklin’s teammates had joined him at the hospital, Womack entered only eight names into Madison’s official scorebook. The game began almost two hours behind schedule.
But Franklin’s desire to play created another problem: The referees were required to call a technical foul against Womack for failing to list Franklin in the scorebook.
“I told the referees I knew there would be a technical,” Womack said. “I put Johntell in after DeKalb called a timeout (midway through the second quarter), and the next thing I heard was DeKalb’s coaches complaining that they didn’t want a technical.”
“We argued, but the referees said those were the rules, even if there were extenuating circumstances,” Rohlman said.
The discussion lasted more than seven minutes. Eventually, Rohlman devised a solution: His team had to shoot two technical free throws . . . but didn’t have to make them.
“I gathered my kids and said, ‘Who wants to take these free throws?’ Darius McNeal (a 5-11 senior point guard) put up his hand. I said, ‘You realize you’re going to miss, right?’ He nodded his head.”
During technical free throws, no other players are allowed around the free-throw lane. So Womack gathered Madison’s players around his bench, on the other end of the court, and was trying to reel in their emotions when he saw something odd out of the corner of his eye:
Instead of swishing through the basket, the ball rolled slowly across the end line.
“I turned around and saw the ref pick up the ball and hand it back to the player,” Womack said, “and then he did the same thing again.”
“Darius set up for a regular free throw, but he only shot it two or three feet in front of him,” Rohlman said. “It bounced once or twice and just rolled past the basket.”
“I did it for the guy who lost his mom,” McNeal said. “It was the right thing to do.”
After the second shot, everyone in the gym – including all the Madison players – stood and applauded the gesture of sportsmanship.
“Any one of my teammates would have done the same thing, and I think anyone on the Madison team would have done the same for us,” McNeal said.