October 4, 2022

Things bother me. It’s not good for anyone.

– The Ohio State University recently received a trademark for the word “the” so that it could be called The Ohio State University. It’s important for the school, its students and its alumni because…because…because everyone has a huge inferiority complex?

It’s not enough that 67,000 students attend the school, that its football program is iconic, or that the university has five Nobel laureates. Putting the word “the” in front of Ohio State University apparently classifies the joint. But you don’t always decide who and what you are. You can put a tux on a ring announcer, but that doesn’t change the fact that boxing is a brutal sport inhabited by a sleazy person or 200. You can dye your hair jet black, but I still know that somewhere below, you are still Biff from the accounting department and you are still 65 years old.

You can call it Ohio State University all you want, but if anyone were to ask me the first thing I think of about school is always that crazy Woody Hayes.

And when I think of “the”, the first thing I think of is an episode of “SpongeBob SquarePants” in which a procrastinating SpongeBob writes a word – the – to start an 800-word school essay, then deals with distractions of his own making for hours.

Note that the creator of the cartoon could have called it “THE SpongeBob SquarePants”. But didn’t. Wait, did I just compare Ohio State University to a kid’s show?

On an unrelated note, I’d like to be called “Your Eminence” from now on. Thanks.

— The Colorado Avalanche recently won the Stanley Cup by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. Yay.

It’s not me saying “yay”, by the way. It’s Mike Chambers, covering the Denver Post team. After the deciding match, Chambers tweeted a photo of himself smoking a cigar and holding the cup above his head, with the caption: “Probably the most memorable experience of my #StanleyCup career.”

There’s so much wrong with it that it’s hard to know where to start. Newspapers assign editors to coverage teams. These writers work for newspapers, not teams. This is a very important distinction. Readers should be aware that persons bringing information to them are in no way beholden to the players, coaches, general managers and owners.

The inference in Chambers’ tweet is that he works for the Avalanche or is openly rooting for the team. What he meant by that might be entirely different. Maybe he was just excited about reaching some kind of milestone in his career. What it looked like was a guy who didn’t know who he was supposed to serve. He looked like a delighted fanboy. I don’t know how a writer defers to the eyes of the readers.

Some of this might not be easy for people outside of the sportswriting community to understand, but if you look at the responses to his post on Twitter, you’ll notice that many fans were appalled as well.

I’ve covered titles for the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks. I was grateful to be able to write these stories, to tell these stories, especially in my hometown. The only thing I wanted to raise next was a beer to celebrate a job well done and the opportunity to reconnect with my family after a long playoff run. And 99% of the writers I know would say the same thing.

– Formula 1 is experiencing a growth spurt in the United States, helped by the Netflix reality show ‘Formula 1: Drive to Survive’. The appeal of F1 is fast machines and bold drivers who are handsome and rich and pretty much all the things most of us aren’t.

But shiny cars and gleaming white teeth weren’t enough to hide a bit of ugliness that has recently crept into the spotlight. During a podcast, former driver Nelson Piquet, three-time world champion, called F1 star Lewis Hamilton an insult which in Brazilian Portuguese means “little black”. , the boyfriend of Piquet’s daughter, Kelly. Hamilton, Formula 1’s only black driver, tweeted that ‘these archaic mindsets need to change’

The epithet is bad enough. The explanation is worse. Piquet used the rarely played translation error defence, claiming that the word in English does not have the same meaning in Portuguese, his mother tongue.

“What I said was poorly thought out, and I do not defend it, but I will clarify that the term used is one that has been widely and historically used in Brazilian Portuguese for a synonym of ‘guy’ or ‘person’ and has summer was never intended to offend,” he said in a statement. “I would never use the word I am accused of in some translations.

“I strongly condemn any suggestion that the word has been used by me for the purpose of demeaning a driver because of their skin color.”

The race took Piquet, 69, all over the world. It’s almost impossible to believe he didn’t know the word, even though he thought it was accepted by some in Brazil, would be offensive to many English speakers and some black people in his native country.

What we have here, as usual, is someone who doesn’t take responsibility for their actions and comments. A defensive lineman uses steroids, then blames tainted food or supplements when he fails a drug test. Third Baseman Drank Too Much, Crashes In Car And Says “Mistakes Were Made” As If The Car Is Self-Driving

I would respect Piquet a lot more if he had said: “I realize that I might have racist inclinations. I’ll work on that.”

Something tells me that won’t happen, in any language.

Formula 1 has banned Piquet from its paddock.