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Charlotte (via Port Clinton)

MEMBER SINCE   June 05, 2015


  • SPORTS MOMENT: The 1984 Iowa game. They came in ranked #1 and we beat them in the Shoe in the rain. The place was rocking. Then I met some cute Iowa coeds later at the Hineygate. A great day all around.
  • NFL TEAM: Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Indians

Recent Activity

Comment 19 Feb 2020

I appreciate your input, Mt. Nitt, and I agree that there was an attitude several generations ago that what happens in someone else's house is none of your business.  I grew up in the 60's and remember conversations like that between the older folks.  The adults knew that Bobby's dad was a drunk.  They also knew that made Bobby's life miserable.  But they also believed that interfering was none of anyone's business.  In fact, interfering would have been considered wrong.  While there would have been quiet discussions of how sad it was for Bobby, no one would have considered interfering a proper course of action.  

 It reminds me somewhat of the old school football coaches attitudes towards injuries - rub some dirt on it and get back out there.

I believe that the issue isn't that the older generations were callous or indifferent, it was just a lack of understanding.  Today we have a much better understanding of the long term affects of football injuries and coaches can make better decisions for the players.  The coaches of today aren't more caring than the coaches of yesteryear, they are simply better informed, and have more facts at hand.

In the same vein, if my parent's and grandparent's generations understood the true depth of psychological damage that an alcoholic can do to their child, my guess is they would have been far more inclined to find interference in Bobby's situation the better choice and in fact would have done so. 

So what does this mini-rant have to do with the topic at hand?  I believe the lack of understanding of the true damage done by abusers in a large part gave rise to what was described below - An institution's primary loyalty is to the institution. If the damage done by an abuser isn't thought to be that bad, covering up their actions or brushing it aside seems the better, easier, cheaper choice.

The good news is we have a much better understanding today of the long-term affects of football injuries, alcoholism, sexual abuse, physical abuse, etc.  Individually we believe that interfering and stopping abusers is a greater societal good than allowing abusers their privacy.  Institutions are waking up to the notion that addressing abusive situations early is the better course of action and actually allows the institution to thrive in the long term.

That's my two cents, and may all the victims at OSU, PSU, MSU, TTUN, the BSA and on and on and on find peace.

Comment 07 Feb 2020

Thanks for the link!  I remember watching it take off from DFW in 1979, I believe.  Dayum, that thing was loud!!  No wonder people living near airports bitched about it!  Seriously at least five times louder than a regular airliner.

Comment 29 Dec 2019

Looks like Fox had good success with their Big Nooners so they aren't about to stop.  This would easily be the best game of the weekend, so I would be surprised if it weren't at noon.  Unless ABC takes the game of course.  Which would suck.

Comment 07 Dec 2019

The amazing thing is not only can we win the B1G, but we also have a chance to beat five other conference champions in the same year!  Tell me when that has ever happened before.