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Texas A&M players Ben Malena (1), and Trey Williams (20), celebrate in confetti after the Aggies defeated the Oklahoma Sooners, 41-13, in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.
Photo Credit:
http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/photos?gameId=330040201&photoId=2637290

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Texas A&M players Ben Malena (1), and Trey Williams (20), celebrate in confetti after the Aggies defeated the Oklahoma Sooners, 41-13, in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.

Photo Credit:

http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/photos?gameId=330040201&photoId=2637290

(via thepoliticalfreakshow)

Filed under texas a&m texas a&m aggies texas a&m aggies at&t cotton bowl cotton bowl ben malena trey williams confetti oklahoma sooners oklahama sooners college football college football college bowl season

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University of Virginia Football Player Goes On Hunger Strike To Get Living Wage For University Employees

Joseph Williams moved more than 30 times as a child, living in homeless shelters, church basements, and the homes of family friends. Now Williams, a junior safety on the University of Virginia football team, is taking up a cause supporting university workers who are barely making enough to get by.

Williams is one of 18 Virginia students participating in a hunger strike — now more than a week long — to protest the poor wages paid to many of the university’s service employees. The strike, organized by the school’s Living Wage Campaign, began on February 17 with the goal of getting a living wage for underpaid employees. “I know first-hand what the economic struggle is like for many of these underpaid workers,” Williams wrote in an essay explaining his participation.

This is a marvelous display of solidarity. Good on the UVA students and Joseph Williams both.

Filed under University of Virginia Joseph Williams politics protest hunger strike solidarity Living Wage Campaign service industry labor football Virginia

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Antigay Survey a Fumble for Prep Football Coach

A high school football coach in Wyoming has resigned after giving his players a joke survey filled with homophobic and sexist language.

The Johnson County school board in Buffalo this week accepted the resignation of head coach Pat Lynch, who had distributed the questionnaire, titled “Hurt Feelings Report,” before a playoff game last month, the Casper Star-Tribune reports. Lynch, however, will retain his guidance counselor position at Buffalo High School under administrative supervision.

The survey, under a list of reasons for hurt feelings, includes such choices as “I am a queer,” “I am a pussy,” “I am a little bitch,” and “I have woman like hormones.” It asks for the name of the “little sissy filing report” and his “girly-man signature,” plus the “real-man signature” of the person accused of causing hurt feelings.

Yep. They’re still letting him counsel high school students. I am horrified. You can view the survey here. I used to live in Buffalo, and I’m sure the board thinks they’re playing it safe.

They’re not.

Imagine needing to talk to someone, being gay, and knowing your counselor thinks this is hilarious. This is bullying and intimidation. A petition was just started to get him fired. Sign here. Please.

Filed under Buffalo Wyoming Pat Lynch Homophobia education high school Anti-gay misogynist conservative conservatives GLBTQ GLBT gay gay rights football high school prep football

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Did Joe Paterno break the law?

From Sports Illustrated:

While Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly says that her office won’t file charges against Joe Paterno for not reporting the alleged child sexual abuse by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, the 84-year-old coach could eventually face criminal charges for perjury, obstruction of justice and violating the state’s Child Protective Services Law. Paterno could also become a defendant in civil lawsuits filed by Sandusky’s alleged victims. Those lawsuits could allege that Paterno negligently failed to prevent a third party with whom he had a supervisory relationship (Sandusky) from committing abuse.

Perjury and Obstruction of Justice

Under Pennsylvania law, as in other jurisdictions, perjury refers to knowingly lying while under oath. Obstruction of justice describes interference with the administration of justice, such as by concealing evidence or delaying or frustrating a criminal investigation. While Paterno has thus far escaped these criminal charges, his statements and behavior suggest that he remains vulnerable to them. That is particularly evident when considering troubling inconsistencies between Paterno’s testimony to the grand jury that investigated Sandusky and the testimony of Penn State assistant Mike McQueary.

I encourage the supporters of Joe Paterno to read this article right this goddamn second.

h/t to jamdizzle for the find

Filed under Joe Paterno Pennsylvania Penn State sex abuse cover up Football College Football law legal matters Crime

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Observe: Penn State students amass downtown in support of the recently-fired Head Football Coach Joe Paterno. They’ve pulled down a lightpost and flipped a news van. Students are standing on top of it and screaming, “We want Joe!” Students also threw bottles and rocks, hitting one officer and a photographer in the head.


Why? Because Joe Paterno and other high-ranking officials are suspected of covering up for a child rapist. Former Defensive Coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor, as well as single counts of aggravated indecent assault and attempted indecent assault. Two Penn State officials were indicted for perjury and the university president was fired with Paterno.
Let me repeat: Penn State students and the community are rioting in support of this coach, not because they’re completely horrified this happened under Paterno’s watch.
Follow the school’s paper on Twitter for more.

Observe: Penn State students amass downtown in support of the recently-fired Head Football Coach Joe Paterno. They’ve pulled down a lightpost and flipped a news van. Students are standing on top of it and screaming, “We want Joe!” Students also threw bottles and rocks, hitting one officer and a photographer in the head.

Why? Because Joe Paterno and other high-ranking officials are suspected of covering up for a child rapist. Former Defensive Coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor, as well as single counts of aggravated indecent assault and attempted indecent assault. Two Penn State officials were indicted for perjury and the university president was fired with Paterno.

Let me repeat: Penn State students and the community are rioting in support of this coach, not because they’re completely horrified this happened under Paterno’s watch.

Follow the school’s paper on Twitter for more.

Filed under Penn State disgusting sexual assault child molestation Joe Paterno Jerry Sandusky Football College College Sports NCAA outrage

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What the hell is going on at the University of Wyoming lately?

"I am writing to express my dismay resulting from Saturday’s football game—and it has nothing at all to do with Nebraska.

I am referring to the “Ask the Cowboys” segment, which during players were asked, “What is your best pickup line?” One of the players (I did not catch the name) responded, “Does this napkin smell like chloroform?” complete with a graphic of a chloroform bottle.

Seriously? No one along the line of production saw a problem with this? Coach Dave Christensen felt it necessary to prevent the band from playing a certain tune, because he felt the students’ cheer associated with it was unsportsmanlike, but he is perfectly alright with one of his own players advocating the drugging and raping of someone in front of 32,000 people? And this only the day after an event was held on campus attempting to educate the public as to the very real, and continuing, horror of sexual assault!

It made me ashamed to cheer for my own school’s team!”

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It’s a line from the movie Horrible Bosses (or Hall Pass), but that doesn’t make it okay. This is after an ASUW senator had to apologize for his comments on sexual assault, an educational panel discussion on sexual assault, and SlutWalk at the UW campus. Also, statistics released fairly recently show our number of reported sexual assaults has spiked.

The author is right about Christensen’s salary - our football coach makes more than the university president, the governor, or any other employee in the state. He’s got a zero-tolerance policy towards misbehavior by players for the most part. I hope he takes this player aside and explains why this comment was, uh, less than enlightened - especially if someone hadn’t seen the movie!

To top it off, the questioner looked to be about eight or nine. I can just see someone’s parents being asked about chloroform, as one commenter mentioned. Thanks to Geoff Hiatt for a great letter. So, UW… what the hell?

Filed under sexual assault rape University of Wyoming university college football college football UW UW Cowboys Cowboys Laramie Wyoming I am disappoint

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‘Dad, What is Rape?’ || Rev. Jim Wallis

As a coach of young athletes, I know how much the pro stars serve as role models, for good or ill. These players don’t have to be saints, but allegations of sexual assault obviously cross the line into an area that can’t be just swept under the rug.

The line that stuck in my craw, written by a sportswriter before the game, was that Roethlisberger might have been able to find redemption with a Super Bowl victory. Really? Win a football game and you are redeemed from reported actions of sexual assault?

Rev. Jim Wallis throws down some truth.

Filed under Super Bowl football sexual assault sexual violence rape pro sports Jim Wallis crimes against women