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Wilkins78

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  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: Manchester United

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Comment 1 hour ago

All their jackets look quite long.  You'd think with the money coaches make they wouldn't have to buy off the rack.

Comment 4 hours ago

We are only doing what will amount to a rookie draft in our dynasty league this year.  I have the fourth pick. I think I gotta take him if I can then since he shouldn't be around for the 13th pick.

Comment 21 hours ago

Maybe if he's giving a high five to Kenny Lofton and Omar Vizquel.  I can see this outside the stadium:

Comment 29 Jul 2014

I don't think anyone truly expects perfection from every single post.  Typos, grammatical and spelling errors are inevitable.  But I find the attitude, "I don't care about the English language" unfortunate.  Personally, I take great care in crafting any post as I want to go to every effort to make sure anything I write is legible and received as well as possible.  Probably to a lesser extent if posting on my phone, but then again, because of this, I rarely post from my phone.  Posting online, especially here at 11w, I respect the community enough that I want to put my best foot forward.

I have no issues with errors.  But if someone corrects you, take your medicine if you knew it already, and if not, thank them for teaching you something new.  On the other side of the coin, if you correct somebody's grammar, spelling, etc.:
1. Don't be annoying or a jerk about it. 
2.  You'd better be right!

Damn, I'm bored at work today.

Comment 29 Jul 2014

I hear you.  It's unfortunate and unfair that the perception has been skewed so much because of this, and that some folks are taking it as far as you describe.  And perhaps what's being written in different places is affected by that skewed perception as well. 

The underlying issue is not necessarily that it "promoted" a culture per se, but that enough hadn't been done or put in place to prevent it.  Broaden your understanding of harassment, as it can apply to so many people, not just the girl who was assaulted, or those given sexual nicknames or made to dance provocatively up against their sibling... but it also applies to people who may have quit the band so as not to be subjected to that kind of treatment.  It would even apply to someone who, after learning about such things, chose not to be a part of the band.  While some people may find this ridiculous, that is the nature of harassment, sexual or otherwise. 

The most damning evidence I've read about Waters (and admittedly, I haven't scoured any articles for any more wrongdoing than what was posted here) was the use of one of these sexual nicknames.  As silly as it may sound, that small instance shows his awareness of and tacit complicity with the use of these nicknames.  That alone is all it can take for the person in charge to lose his or her job.

Comment 29 Jul 2014

I also think the large anti-intellectual, scared-to-be-wrong contingent of the population shares considerable blame for this. 

"How dare you correct me, you grammar nazi!!!" 

Comment 29 Jul 2014

Harassment isn't mitigated by consent.  They may have consented and chose to participate in the goings-on because they felt they had no choice in the matter.  I didn't get the sense that it was really being portrayed as heinous, but it is an obvious, black-and-white situation in my opinion.  Any organization like this, especially one at/affiliated with a public university, has the responsibility to provide an atmosphere free of harassment, which, like any company, should have rules and guidelines that create this atmosphere.  If it doesn't happen, then whoever is in charge is at risk of what happened to Waters.  That this kind of thing goes on elsewhere (fraternities, sororities, etc.) does not ameliorate the situation with the band. 

Comment 29 Jul 2014

The thing about harassment is that it has far-reaching effects beyond what you might observe to be the "victim" and "harasser".  Let's say, like in your example above, 9 "victims" consent (actually, truthfully, no coercing involved consent) and are perfectly OK with what went on.  Heck, let's say all 10/10 "victims" consent.  The problem is, there may be 100 other members of the band who would not be OK with the same treatment, who now believe they MUST (or even just might have to) suffer similar situations in order to excel or just be a part of this organization. 

Granted, there's still room for interpretation as to what is truly "hazing" and what is just the extra work or traditions for freshman, first-years, etc.  But add elements of a sexual nature to the equation and it's a no-brainer that it will be an issue.

Comment 29 Jul 2014

Hard to choose one from what looks like a great bunch of guys.  Gonna go with Knox.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

@Trigg03 it was a legitimate question.  Not sure why people are getting so bent out of shape about it.  Perfectly relaxed over here, just curious about how a random fan tweeting a recruit is a violation and someone not on the coaching staff talking to a recruit about OSU isn't. 

Comment 28 Jul 2014

I don't even care how many "REACH"'s or "Homer!"'s I may hear in the rookie draft for my dynasty league.  I gotta get El Guapo on my team.

Comment 23 Jul 2014

I can't shake the feeling that 1979 Brutus' parents just got divorced or his dog died.  He's just got that sad, self-blaming, what-do-I-do-now look.

Also, looking at them side by side, they aren't that similar, but this was the first thing I thought of after seeing 1975 Brutus:

Comment 23 Jul 2014

That people still debate this call at all boggles my mind.  How many pictures, diagrams and replays of something do people need?  Is it like moon landing conspiracy theorists?