Mike Rice: Good coach or abusive tyrant?

Most people have seen the video of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice at practice, shoving players, throwing basketballs at them and yelling gay slurs at them. There was public outcry when it was announced that he was fined and suspended. Most people felt he should have been fired and soon he was. I said most people because some people feel he was just being a good coach, that he was fired because Americans are getting soft. The man who said that went on to say that if Americans say video of boot camp they would be bawling their eyes out. Some others were saying they had coaches that treated them the same way.

These young men didn’t sign up for boot camp, unless Rutgers is in the business of teaching its students how to kill with their bare hands this is not a valid comparison. And just because something has been done to you doesn’t make it right or acceptable. There is no way you can convince me that his behavior is acceptable. Besides the risk that the student could be injured it sends them a message that brutal treatment, demeaning others is acceptable behavior.

We teach our children to treat people fairly, to not pick on people that are different and then they go to college and get abused, not by another student but by their coach, a person in authority that they are powerless to do anything about. What would happen to a student that treated another student like this? Grabbing, throwing things at their head, and calling them names?

As for the statement that this kind of treatment will “make them men”, what kind of men will it make them? There are already too many men out there who think it is O.K. to mistreat people that are weaker than them, that are different than them, do we want to keep on giving young men that idea? That it’s acceptable to hurt someone, even someone who is defenseless if you can get away with it? I believe we can raise boys to be men without brutalizing them. We need to teach young people respect and tolerance, not that if you can’t get what you want you should bully someone to get it.

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Game 2 in the Bronx

The Yankees are not going to win 162 games this year, they will have to settle for 160 at this point.

~~ Red Sox 7, Yankees 4 ~~

It is never a good thing when your starter starts hitting batters, especially when he does it twice in one inning and walks a batter in between. Kuroda got hit on the hand, suffered a bruised middle finger. He tried to stay in but with his loss of control Girardi took him out and put in Cody Eppley who managed to get the next batter to ground into a double play. You can look up which batter hit him, I off to buy supplies to make another doll for my Red Sox collection and sharp pins.

Cody Eppley then proceeded to give up 4 runs in the next inning. His ERA is now old enough to drink in every state in the Union. He and Kuroda need to do some stellar pitching to bring it down to normal levels. Kuroda I think can do it, Eppley has the problem that as a reliever he doesn’t pitch a lot of innings.

Adam Warren saved the bullpen, came in as a reliever and pitched 5 and 1/3 innings. 5 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 4 strike outs. He came through for the Yankees in a big way as did Hafner (why is he called Pronk?) and Wells. Both hit home runs so even though the Yankees lost, it wasn’t a totally embarrassing loss.

Tomorrow night is the last game in the series. Here’s hoping we don’t get swept.

Game 2
Yankees 0-2

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ 😛