Archive for June 2016

Stanford: Put Up or Shut Up

Brock Turner

D-Day has come and gone. For the most part, the world seems to have forgotten that on that day, and in the months after, men hardly older than teenagers, fought for and died for a cause much greater than self-indulgence and personal gain. It has been nearly 72 years since D-Day and the generations have passed. However, we are not so far removed that we cannot find a record of fathers, grand-fathers and even great-grand-fathers of every race and religion who sacrificed. We fast forward. We hear hype about how […]

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Ali Made Us Laugh, but He Was Never a Clown

Cosell and Ali

There was an old debate from back in the day: did Cosell help elevate Ali’s career or did Ali help elevate Cosell’s career? The wise money was always on “both.” Some might find it ironic and all: a white, middle-aged Jew and a black, youthful Muslim with inter-twining lives, somehow elevating one another. I did not find it ironic at all. They needed each other and they respected each other. Were an aged Cosell alive today, I have no doubt he would have been the first in line to offer […]

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Rachelle Thompson: Power over Ethics?

Rachelle Thompson

It isn’t a question of “Who is Rachelle Thompson?” It is a matter of “What have collegiate sports created in encouraging Rachelle Thompson?” As for the “who,” it is easy to find a biography in the PSU media guide. Prior to joining the Penn State coaching squad in 2011, she had quite an impressive career. A product of Auburn (she graduated summa cum laude in 2004), she was a two-time Auburn University Assistant Coach of the Year over an 11 year career at that school, produced four NCAA All-Americans and […]

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