Agreed. I'll even go so far as to say that I miss the amusing footnotes.
There really is only one unit that matters at the end of the day. The football unit. All of the position training sessions and psychology take a back seat to that at some stage.
If I were Urban or Gene, I would make that a very strong case (along with $$ to keep others from poaching him) for him to stay and be totally prepared. This would likely mean that Fickell would want to move on, which, depending upon your temperament or opinion about his skills, may not be such a bad thing. I just would hate to lose someone who, like Luke, is "all in" for his alma mater.
How can anyone actually argue with such a finely articulated point? Well put. I personally love DJ's gonzo writing, as I am sure many others do. He's a hidden gem.
They just spent $165M upgrading the old place, and now they'll have to change the signs to "Pauley Natatorium". REALLY expensive cleanup.
Except for the corner of the seat right behind Heuerman's shoulder. Hard to know. I think my esteemed co-commenter JEDKAT on this thread is probably right.
You lucky bastard. :)
Not saying you're wrong, just that the jet they're in looks narrower, that's all.
Doesn't look wide enough, does it? With Urbz and "other guy", it is a 1+1 with aisle; the Falcon is 2+1 throughout.
I'm thinking it's a G3.
He was towing the jet out to the end of the taxiway.
....and they DON'T KNOW THEIR FOOTBALL!! :) Talk to any Purdue engineer, and they'll tell you that there's no better engineering school in the country. Same goes for any of their business school graduates. It seems as though those two disciplines comprise the background of a significant number of Purdue graduates.
Purdue students and fans are generally some of the most condescending, "academic snob" assholes I've ever met. Their hatred of OSU is on a par with their hatred of Indiana and Notre Dame. As much as I love Darrell Hazell and his Buckeye lineage, I hope they never win another football game, unless it is over the Domers, of whom I share their dislike.
Keep doing what you do, DJ. It inspires most of us to laugh heartily at least once per day.
Amen to that! I thought the same thing. "Gee, this gonna be GREAT!!"
Doesn't that make this a sexually-charged environment....?
They're still fighting the Civil War down there, man - what makes anyone think they're going to let this one go?
I applaud and upvote the stance. This is a sad time for the whole band and college community alike.
I similarly will take a deeper and riskier dive. Call it a higher degree of difficulty.
An 18 year-old can fight and die for his/her country. They should at least have the fortitude to go and meet face-to-face with the band director (and members of the compliance committee or some advocacy group as witnesses) to air such grievances. Having mommy and daddy go do it is classless and cowardly.
For all those who will smear this with "I hope you don't have a daughter", "what would you do if this happened to your daughter", etc. - I do have one. She's 23 years old and tough as hell. I am immensely proud to say that after consulting with me, she would go and get someone from student government to accompany her, and she would go straight to the person she felt had condoned these infractions to address it with him/her directly. Afterwards, if there was no action taken, she would escalate. That's how adults handle things.
As I rebutted in another thread, just because it may seem to most to be a loser, it doesn't mean it won't get filed....
No. I'm not arguing that at all. What I am trying to say, though, is that one could make an argument (perhaps not a winning one, but there are a lot of really good lawyers out there who could take a crack at it) that progressive measures to change the culture - that is as old as the band itself - were being taken, and that instead of firing the employee, other measures may have been taken as an alternative. The fact that there were no other inquiries from the compliance department than the one that led to his firing could be construed as caprice.
Look, wrongful termination suits usually lose. All I am saying is that in today's world, people sue for all kinds of dumb reasons. Having a sexual harassment incident on your resume is a stone-cold-blooded career killer. That alone makes it worth the shot for a skilled attorney.
Except for the fact that the previous director allowed this situation to exist (under Title IX, no less) for a lot longer than Waters did and didn't get fired. That seems arbitrary and capricious.
My freshman year RA (1981 - GAWD, I'm old) was in TBDBITL, and you're right - everything in the report squares with my recollection of his accounts.
We have mathematical confirmation that Gravy Boat does, in fact, have his own gravitational field due to his mass. That is all.
Yep, and I won't be at all surprised when the wrongful termination lawsuit commences. Which we all know will happen.
With all due respect, you've clearly never been to a Chargers/Raiders game.
I am a large man (6'5", 250 pretty lean lbs. for a 51 year-old), and have traveled solo all over the country and globe. I can tell you without being boastful that I have been truly afraid only twice in my adult life: once when I wandered accidentally into the Mission district in LA around sunset, and the other when I went to a home game at Qualcomm to watch the Raiders and Chargers. I had great seats in a private box, too, but getting to and from my car was an eye-opener. I vowed to never go to another one unless they fucking take me in and out with a helo.
These "Raider Nation" assholes, mostly Xolos fans and/or gangbangers, take the fun out of the game, because what could even appear to them to be a cross glance or a slight they think came their way (rooting for your team and having them shout you down in SPANISH) can be viewed as being "disrespectful" and could get you killed. They come down from LA, see. If you don't believe that the so-called "Bay Area bullshit mentality" has SoCal roots, look at what's happened in and around Dodger Stadium when the Giants are playing, or in Petco Park when the Giants play the Padres. These thugs don't drive down from SF looking to go and whip someone's ass, they come from the LA area looking to do it.
Call me a pussy, but I would rather let the thugs wipe each other out and enjoy the game from the comfort of my sofa, if it's all the same to you.
SC was REALLY bad for a short time under a world-class cheater (looking your way with a wink, sneaky Pete), and Alabama just hasn't been caught since the Bear got a few slaps on the wrist. FSU has been nabbed a few times, and so has the U, even though we can both agree that neither has probably gotten their due. Once the NCAA figures out how Alabama does its dirty tricks and SC returns to cheating prominence (Sark's a clever cat, but all indications are he runs a pretty clean program, based upon close knowledge of his time at UW), I will concede the point. I have known one player who went to each of my top two picks back in the late 70's and early 80's, and there are lots and LOTS of stories most people haven't heard - the statute of limitations has expired.