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Deplorable Duke Lacrosse Commentary

This article infuriates me and is the problem with the modern media. Click and take a look….DON’T FEEL TOO SORRY FOR THE DUKIES

This writer, Terry Moran, makes me sick and is simply trying to antagonize people on the issue of race to capitalize on the Duke and Imus stories. Just read the blog posts at the bottom of his article. He is making this a race issue. The logic of his argument about not feeling too sorry for the Duke players is as follows:

“But perhaps the outpouring of sympathy for Reade Seligman, Collin Finnerty and David Evans is just a bit misplaced. They got special treatment in the justice system–both negative and positive. The conduct of the lacrosse team of which they were members was not admirable on the night of the incident, to say the least. And there are so many other victims of prosecutorial misconduct in this country who never get the high-priced legal representation and the high-profile, high-minded vindication that it strikes me as just a bit unseemly to heap praise and sympathy on these particular men.

So as we rightly cover the vindication of these young men and focus on the genuine ordeal they have endured, let us also remember a few other things:

They were part of a team that collected $800 to purchase the time of two strippers.

Their team specifically requested at least one white stripper.

During the incident, racial epithets were hurled at the strippers.

Colin Finnerty was charged with assault in Washington, DC, in 2005.

The young men were able to retain a battery of top-flight attorneys, investigators and media strategists.

As students of Duke University or other elite institutions, these young men will get on with their privileged lives. There is a very large cushion under them–the one that softens the blows of life for most of those who go to Duke or similar places, and have connections through family, friends and school to all kinds of prospects for success. They are very differently situated in life from, say, the young women of the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.”

Mr. Moran you were not at this incident and you have no right to judge or make any sort of comment about it. Since when was it illegal to hire strippers? Do only white males hire strippers? Did they ask for a white striper and if so is that a problem? Do you go out to dinner and ask for the steak or do you just take what they give you? Were racial slurs thrown out at the two strippers? What were they? Are these young men privileged? Why would you ever compare this to the Rutgers case unless you wanted to make this a race issue? What is the matter with the Rutgers women? Are they less of an individual because they are women? Black? attending Rutgers? What is it? These women are student athletes and if you paid any attention to who these women are you would know that they do very well academically and some of them are going to to become lawyers and doctors.

Mr. Moran your blatant attempt to stir the pot after the fact is deplorable and you should be fired. This is not responsible journalism. These men spent 13 months accused of being rapists, 13 long and terrible months. All individuals, regardless of race or sex are owed the respect of being innocent until proven guilty. By taking the focus off of these boys and saying that many other cases face prosecutorial misconduct and that because it happens to poor or minority americans DOES NOT LESSEN WHAT THE DUKE PLAYERS HAD TO ENDURE!!! It is a problem in this country for white and black, rich and poor. Do not make this a race issue. Why not focus on prosecutorial misconduct across the country as a whole, why not try and make a difference instead of lessening the story of the Duke students?

TERRY MORAN.. you make me sick and should be fired.

Flash Flash

P.S. Just found this post that supports my view as well….Terry Moran and the Duke Three

April 13, 2007 Posted by | Duke, Finnerty, Lacrosse, Race Relations, Racism, Rutgers, Rutgers Basketball, Seligmann | 1 Comment

MLB & NBA Lines

Quite a few good lines for Friday’s action. Here are my picks:

NBA

  • Knicks @ Nets.Knicks are a walking hospital ward right now, but this line is crazy. Knicks cover this easy. I’m taking the Knicks +9.
  • Nuggets @ Hornets.This game has  a lot of side stories and will be fun to watch. The Hornets have been decimated by injuries, and Friday night could be the last time basketball is played on OK City in quite some time. After Friday, the Hornets’ final three games are on the road and their playoff future is still uncertain. The Nuggets on the otherhand are ROLLIN’. Probably the hottest team in the league right now. They are firing on all cylinders, going 7-0 in April. Mello is playing liek a man possessed. AI is AI (to quote his Mom). The crowd will be rockin’ for this game and I’d love to be there in person. The sentimental pick is to take the Hornets in this one. However, the Nuggets are just too good and the Hornets’ injuries will hurt them. I like the Nuggets, and I like hem more getting points. I’m taking the Nuggets +1.5.
  • Spurs @ Twolves.As the game against the Kings earlier this week shows, I never learn. THE SPURS SELDOM COVER. It is almost automatic.  However, they are playing a Twolves team that will be without KG. In their last game without KG, they lost by almost 20 points at home to a Mavs team without Dirk and Stack. Logic tells me to take the Twolves at home, but I’m illogical and the Twolves are atrocious without KG. I don’t care that they are at home. I’m going against better judgment and taking the Spurs -10.5. (NOTE: If these SOB’s don’t cover, I’m never betting on them again and I will start a full-time blog to haze them.)
  • Bobcats @ Bulls. Bulls are rollin’ right now. I like them a lot at home. I’m taking the Bulls -9.5.

MLB

  • Reds @ Cubs.Battle of pitchers in this one as Harang goes against Zambrano. Zambrano is awesome and  pitched well his last time out. However, his team’s offense has been terrible and they have been off a few days due to the lovely weather in Chitown. Tomorrow is supposed the be bad as well. I think Harang can match him. I just like the Reds offense much better right now. Like the line, too. I’m taking the Reds +135.
  • Giants @ Pirates. Barry’s homecoming. The Duke of Pittsburgh toes the rubber for the Bucks. Russ Ortiz for the Giants. I’m a HUGE fan of the Duke. However, his offense is not playing that well right now. The Giants are due for a win, and Bonds his due to breakout of his slump. Ortiz is terrible, but his lifetime stats against the Bucks (7-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 12 starts) are great. I like the line. I’m taking the Giants +140.
  • Nats @ Mets.Nats look to capitalize on their impressive victory Thursday night over the Braves & Senior Smoltz. They send their ace, John Patterson, to the hill against the impressive Mets youngster Mike Pelfrey. Pelfrey was sharp during the Spring and makes his season debut. Patterson has been terrible to start the year. He is due for a good outing. The Nats won’t score many runs, but I like their chances against a guy who was in the minors last year. Patterson can match him. I’m taking thr Nats +170. 
  • Marlins @ Braves.This may be my favorite baseball line of the night. The D-Train makes its next stop in Atalanta against Redman and the Braves. Willis’ career stats in April are ridiculous. I think he mows in this one. The line is flawed, too. I’m taking the Marlins -105.
  • White Sox @ Indians.Not sure if this game will be “Home” in Milwaukee, or in Cleveland. It doesn’t matter. Javy Vazquez looked great last time out. I’m not a fan of Carmona. I like this line. I’m taking the Sox -108.
  • Rays @ Twins.This game has all the makings of a repeat performance of the Mariners-Sox game from Wednesday night. Could be a great pitchers duel and Kazmir squares off against Johan. As expected, the Rays are HUGE underdogs in this one (+220). Tough game to call. If Kazmir is on, he can dominate the Twins line-up. Johan, of course, will be Johan and shutdown the Rays. I think the Twins win, but the line is too bad. However, the over is 7.5. That is way too many runs for this game. I’m taking the UNDER @ 7.5.

That’s it for me. Quite a few games. Hopefully you can get some use out of the picks.

 Good luck.

Runny 

April 13, 2007 Posted by | Betting, Dice-K, Gambling, Mariners, Matsuzaka, Mets, MLB, mma, nba, Sports, Timberwolves, Yankees | Leave a comment