Is that quote from Michigan AD Dave Brandon accurate? Did he really use 'vendor' as a verb? I wouldn't normally harp on this, but for a high-profile employee of a school with a student body which so regularly looks down on others (particularly Ohio State) from its academic high horse, that's some bad grammar.
Since I joined the Marine Corps in 1998, I've lived in South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina (again), and Virginia (again). I've spent most of my time in Virginia, where I've lived in old urban Virginia (Alexandria), new suburban Virginia (Gainesville/Haymarket), and rural, mountainous Virginia (Front Royal). There are nice things about all of these places, and wonderful things about some of them. I've really enjoyed my time in Front Royal. Aside from my lengthy commute back to "civilization" for work, it's been great. There are nice things to see and do and good people to meet everywhere you go.
There are logistical constraints which keep me here in Virginia for another 12 years or so. When the day comes that I can move home to Ohio, I'll be there. It's the greatest place I've ever been, and nowhere else on Earth makes me feel so "at home."
Yes, particularly because he has a history of obscene behavior.
I think it's at least as likely that this was a seminal moment in Orr's life that caused him to wake up and realize what a jackass he's been. Smart is still a kid, and I bet Orr saw himself on ESPN being a jackass and THEN realized that his friends all saw him, his family all saw him, his business associates all saw him, and the members of his church/community service organization/neighborhood watch group/Boy Scout troop all saw him. I am certain I'd feel bad if that took place, even if I hadn't gone so far as to call him a piece of crap. I'd wager that Orr does too, even if his contrition is imperfect. It's one thing to have an opinion on the matter but it's another to assume facts about a case which we can't possibly know the details, don't you think?
There's no question that the incident doesn't occur without Orr's stupid behavior, and there's no question that it doesn't occur without Smart's. As for the stories which differ from each other, the only responsible thing to do in my mind is not make assumptions.
"I don't believe Jeff Orr only called Marcus Smart a "piece of crap," but we'll never know because Smart has been silenced by the Big 12 and Oklahoma State."
DJ, I'm curious about where you're getting your information. First of all, do you have a relationship or does someone you know have a relationship of any kind with either Orr or Smart that would lead you to believe that Orr is inherently deceitful or that Smart is inherently truthful? That's a legitimate question. I'm not being a smart ass.
Second of all, Orr acknowledged that he behaved poorly and self-imposed a ban on himself. I think that a grown-ass man yelling insults at young men playing a game approaches the apex of stupidity, but his acknowledgement that he acted like an idiot is at least a step in the right direction. If, in a worst-case scenario, we find out that he did say something of a racial nature, he should be treated like all village idiots and bigots should be treated: he should be ignored. A fan who screams racial slurs at the top of his lungs at a young man playing a game does not give the young man a license to initiate a physical confrontation.
LCB's advice - don't believe your own hype - is wise indeed. It's so true that youth is wasted on the young. I hope the young Bucks listen to those who came before them.
What a great story. Thanks, Kyle.
While I don't dispute the facts as they are outlined here, I'm not so sure this characterization of Nickey is entirely fair. But good Lord that defense was amazing.
Amen. It is now my favorite take as well.
I have found Richard Sherman to be a thoughtful and intelligent person, both in the past and in the wake of his post-game interview with Erin Andrews. Additionally, I appreciate quality trash-talking not only as a part of the game but also as an almost essential part of any great player or team. That said, for me personally he crossed a line in the aforementioned interview with EA. There was something about the way he delivered his comments. Perhaps it was the high volume, the angry tone, the vulgarity, or the seeming lack of control which was such a departure from his usual normal levels of volume, tone, tact, and control.
I think if he had said something in his MMQB article to the affect of, "It was a heated moment, and I acted like a jerk in that moment," I'd back off and respect his ownership of the mistake. Whatever has taken place between him and Crabtree in the past is irrelevant. Maybe Crabtree has been a jerk too. I don't know. But I know that Sherman acted like a jerk in that moment. In calling Crabtree a "sorry-ass receiver," Sherman demeaned not only Crabtree but himself and his teammates as well. After all, to make a great play when matched up against a great player is certainly more difficult than it is to make a great play when matched up against a "sorry-ass" one.
"Boom Boom" was a Youngstown boy, and I'll never forget the time we saw him in a restaurant on the south side of town called The Fireplace. Mancini mistook my brother for a friend of his, yelling some Italian name at him repeatedly until he finally turned around and he explained his error. Pretty funny moment.
Anyone else know Friday fish at the Fireplace? Man, those were the days.
College hockey is seriously UNDERRATED as a sport. While the game isn't as fast as the NHL game, but the level of play is extremely high, it's very affordable, and it's an exciting atmosphere if you attend games at a school whose team has a strong following. Ohio State and Miami U. are two strong programs.
Agreed. I grew up in Cleveland and Youngstown, and I've lived in Virginia and North Carolina for the last fifteen years. It's virtually the same everywhere you go. Most importantly, I agree that such a comment would have been moderated out of the comments section and therefore not allowed into an article.
I find it interesting that my original comment has received 8 upvotes and 8 downvotes, but only comments of support in reply. I'd love to hear the reasoning from some of the downvoters.
The racism comment wasn't necessary and, in fact, detracts from the point the author is trying to make unless he's saying that "endemic racism that generations of social change just hasn't been able to shake" is a good thing, which I'm certain he wasn't. That was the type of attempt at humor I hope would be caught in the editorial process next time because Eleven Warriors is better than that.
There were so many red letters that I thought I was reading the Gospel of St. DJ.
There is a lot of good writing on this site, but I look forward to every piece that Ramzy and Ross put out there. Excellent work, gents.
I think it's become fashionable to mock a lot of pizza chains. You're not paying for high quality but for convenience, and as he said it's good pie for the money. I'll buy that.
Since I had kids, the amount of football I watch has decreased significantly, and I certainly don't mind because I'd rather hang with them. But there are moments when I think to myself about how much fun it will be when weekends consist of two things: football games and football game prep.
I agree with those who mention Michael Bennett and Joel Hale. Also, the defense will depend heavily on Meyer recruits next season. That time has come sooner than expected.
I'd love to know why this got downvoted. You might disagree and think Coach Fickell is fantastic, and you're welcome to do so, but I think there's a healthy group of us who are less than impressed with the job he did this year and are sad to see Coach Vrabel go.
I was unaware that NC State had "fans."
It's long been said that a rising tide raises all boats. I believe Coach Meyer is the B1G's rising tide.
Without Vrabel, why Fickell? Ugh.
I think Braxton's decision to come back next year and graduate will help him achieve greater things both on and off the field. In addition to football, he'll always have a home in Columbus at the university, much like Archie and Eddie who are ambassadors for the school and the athletic department without equal.