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This was the best thing about being in labor all day on October 24, 2009. (Note: There is no best thing about being in labor all day, but amazing football helps.) We watched highlights from this game over and over and over and over. You know how at night ESPN repeats itself? So do I.

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October 25th, 2012 at 8:38 am

WTF Wednesday: I don’t care for Mike Leach.

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Today, Mike Leach was hired to be the football coach at Washington State. Do you remember the time he blamed poor performance on the “fat little girlfriends” of his players?

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November 30th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Your Moral Compass

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Something I want my son to learn: Do the right thing. You will know what this is. Do what’s right even when it’s awkward, hard, lonely, frightening, or dangerous.

You’ve probably heard all you need to hear and more about what’s going on at Penn State. I thought I’d heard all I needed to hear and more but sat glued to the tv yesterday, unable to look away except to turn to Google now and then to get more details. If you want to get more details, I recommend reading the Grand Jury Report (this is very detailed and exceptionally disturbing) (I always recommend reading the original documents related to something like this when possible). There’s also a really good post about the situation here.

As a former criminal defense attorney, I take the whole “innocent until proven guilty” thing very seriously. I’m not going to play judge and jury. I’m not going to sit here and condemn anyone involved, as much as doing so might give me (as a mother of a young son and a sports fan) some level of emotional satisfaction.

What I will do is talk about what we can learn from Penn State.

There is nowhere in the world where these kinds of horrible things don’t happen. There is no person or type of person who is always good all the time.

If you walk in on an adult engaged in any sort of sexual activity with a child, the right thing to do is: (1) remove the child from the situation if it is physically possible to do so; and (2) immediately go to the police. If somebody reports to you that he or she witnessed an adult engaged in any sort of sexual activity with a child and you believe he or she is telling the truth, the right thing to do is: (1) immediately go to the police.

The reason I say “immediately” is that something so simple can become so complicated as soon as you let it sit for any period of time. And the right people to go to are the police — not your father and not your boss (although feel free to tell them, too). The police.

Do the right thing even if it requires speaking out against your co-worker, boss, coach, significant other, spouse, parent, child, sibling, friend, idol, or favorite blogger. Nobody is above or exempt from the right thing. Do the right thing even if people call you a snitch, tattletale, bully, hater, or troll. Don’t ever be afraid to question anyone and call out bad behavior when you see it.

I’m worried about the state of the right thing today. Right now, the world is a place where too often, people are more concerned about covering their own asses or the figurative asses of their institutions or being 100% positive and supportive of their loved ones all the time no matter what than they’re concerned with doing the right thing. Don’t be part of that.

Don’t you know, in your heart and in your mind, what you’d do if you walked in on some dude raping a child? Isn’t preventing further tragedy for that child and for other children more important than whatever is going to happen to you as a result of doing the right thing? Quoting myself is gross, but I said this on Twitter yesterday: “I love my job but dudes, if I had to get fired for calling the police after seeing/knowing about child sex abuse, I’d do it. I mean, duh?”

If your moral compass is telling you “duh,” listen to it. Do the right thing. Always.

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November 9th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

In Honor of Dan Hawkins

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Oh no! Dan Hawkins, University of Colorado football coach, was fired today.

I’m not upset because I love Dan Hawkins or care about CU football. I’m upset because Dan Hawkins had one of the best coach meltdowns of all time. The meltdown was so awesome t-shirts quoting it have been sported by Buffs fans for years. It’s a timeless meltdown that addresses the delicate balance between players and coaches, overworking young players and developing their athletic skills, and parental over-involvement and the discretion of the coach who has been entrusted to do what’s best for the team. It took someone as brave and as dedicated as Dan Hawkins to finally come out and say, “It’s Division 1 football!” and “It ain’t intramurals!”

You can hear the meltdown here or read my ultra-profesh transcript of the best part here.

Rock on, Dan Hawkins. Coach-meltdown connoisseurs the world over will miss your crazy ass. Go play intramurals, brother.

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November 9th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Liveblogging NCAA Football

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In an attempt to prove that college football is boring or, in the alternative, establish that I am wrong in thinking that college football is boring, I am going to live blog the Colorado/Colorado State football game, which starts in approximately 10 minutes. I think. If I can figure out how to do this.

Click here to view the live blog; apparently the box thingie doesn’t work on WordPress. Please remember that I’ve never done this before. I have no idea what I’m doing and I’ve been drinking. Woohoo!

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August 31st, 2008 at 5:28 pm

Pats Cut Lynch, College Football is Boring

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Sorry I’ve been about as thrilling as college football lately (which is my way of saying NOT EXCITING AT ALL — shit, I don’t even want to watch my team win 43-3). I think I’m having a bit of excitement hangover. The Olympics were exciting and having the DNC in town was exciting and now there’s just, um, Republicans and college football, which are boring. I wrote about how college football is boring and irrelevant last year, and I’ve already had all the same thoughts again this year.

Of course, there’s baseball, and my Sox are hanging on to the tiniest of leads in the A.L. Central, so that’s good. Did you know that during today’s win over the Red Sox, Jim Thome hit home run #536, tying Mickey Mantle (14th place)? I love Jim Thome. I’ll have to write about the Sox this week. I hope we’ll see Jerry “Watch My Feet” Owens on the expanded roster.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that the Patriots cut former Denver Bronco John Lynch. They might pick him up again in the future, but who knows. I’m bummed for him, because I like him and he wants to play. However, I’m a relieved that we won’t have to see a former Bronco playing for the Evil Empire.

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August 31st, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Coach Meltdowns: Do you have a child?!

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This is Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State football coach. He’s mad because a reporter criticized one of his players in this article. I don’t think anything in the article is bad — if the guy really was being fed chicken by his mom, he pretty much deserved to be made fun of for it. Anyway, if a quarterback can’t take a harsh word or two from the media, he might as well bow out of football now and start thinking about a career that involves a cubicle and little contact with the outside world.

There’s nothing I love more than a good coach meltdown, but this dude is pretty lame. Talking about someone crying to his mom after being called fat is funny, but he needs to get off the “if you had a child you’d understand.” Maybe it’s good that I don’t have a child, because I don’t understand and I’m perfectly happy to talk shit about anybody.

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September 24th, 2007 at 7:14 pm