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We've seen shattered backboards. They are not entirely common, but they are at least part of our consciousness. We have never, however, seen something as frightening as what happened during a Harlem Globetrotters game in Honduras.
The entire rim came crashing down. William Bullard, the player, is lucky he wasn't seriously injured or even killed. Here is the video:
It's pretty hard to mess up a post-season middle school football party, one would think. Find some parents with a nice big house and see if they can host? Check out a local arcade or bowling alley, giving everyone a built-in activity? Or even just go out for pizza after the final game.
Or, if you coach at Corbett Middle School in Oregon, you take the kids to Hooters.
And you lose your job. Per the Oregonian:
Corbett Middle School football coach Randy Burbach, who planned an end-of-the-year team party at Hooters, said Tuesday that he believes he, his brother and his son won’t be allowed back as coaches.
Burbach, a volunteer, said he considers himself and his assistants fired after the district athletic director sent parents a letter Monday telling them that the end-of-season party at Hooters was not condoned by school administrators. Athletic director J.P. Soulagnet wrote parents that he “cannot further support them in coaching roles here at Corbett based on the unwillingness to change the location of this event to a more appropriate spot.”
Burbach said he has no plans to cancel the party but will support players and families who opt not to attend. Those who objected -- some parents have said they won't let their children attend an event at the chain restaurant, where waitresses serve chicken wings and other pub food while wearing tight tank tops -- haven't contacted him, he said.
“I still do not feel what has been done is wrong,” he said. “I feel the restaurant, in my opinion, is an OK venue.”
Having once been a middle schooler, we can say unequivocally that the party would have been AWESOME. That said, now as an adult, we unfortunately know the difference between awesome and inappropriate. And let's face it, having a bunch of 12-14 year-old boys out to a restaurant that is few pieces of orange fabric away from being a strip club is just not the best idea.
Your thoughts, please, in the comments.
Delivering the keynote address at this year's Online News Association conference in Atlanta, Nate Silver said the new fivethirtyeight.com will be free and will launch "very early next year."
"The idea is that it’s a web product, first and foremost. I’m sure we’ll build out podcasts and video coverage over time, but really the core challenge is in identifying writers and journalists who have the right critical thinking ability," Silver said.
"You can train people in methods, you can train people to some extent in writing technique and reporting skills, but do you have that critical thinking ability to look at the data sets and ask good questions?" he continued. "That’s kind of what we love to do — provoke people with questions, not be flashy or listiclely, but have interesting topics each day that are handled in a smart way and, hopefully, inform people a little bit better."
The site, which Silver describes as "a partnership" with ESPN, is currently hiring politics, sports and economics writers.
We received an e-mail this afternoon from the Minnesota Swarm pro lacrosse team's owners, John and Andy Arlotta, which is also posted on the team's web site.
Long story short: they are appealing to fans to buy season tickets and spread the word about the team because their financial model is "not sustainable." The key section:
Unfortunately, our success on the field and our assistance with the growth of lacrosse in Minnesota has come at the price of tremendous financial losses that are not sustainable over another 5 years of ownership. We want to be clear on one point..... this is not about making a profit. We would be happy to merely lose less money than we have in the past. We are passionate owners that have invested heavily because we love the sport of lacrosse, want to see the sport grow in Minnesota, and want desperately to win a Champions Cup for our players, our fans, and our organization. However, we have learned over the past 5 years that despite our best efforts, we can’t do it on our own. We don’t need gifts or handouts, but we do need the support of the fans that know and love our sport and our team.
It's an interesting move, and we hope to write more about it at some point.