Category Archives: General Idiocy

If stupidity were an Olympic event…

Bob Bowlsby would be in line for a gold medal.

In case you were wondering how it was going in the Big 12 after the scandals at Baylor, here’s this thought from Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby at Big 12 media days:

… But let it suffice to say as it pertains to all of our institutions, we are very committed as a group of ten schools to eradicating sexual assault on our campuses. It almost goes without saying that when you combine alcohol and drugs and raging hormones and the experiences of 18-22 years old, it’s probably unrealistic to think that these kinds of things are never going to happen.

All that’s missing is sincere advice to victims everywhere to lie back and enjoy it if it should happen.

Raging hormones lead to rape?  It’s rather staggering to hear someone say this.  And in any event, it isn’t alcohol that causes sexual assault; it’s the one doing the assaulting who causes that.

So, yeah, this is sad and even a bit revolting.  And if Bowlsby’s a dumbass for saying it, what do we call the school presidents who think he’s doing a bang up job as Big 12 commissioner?

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“But he’s not Superman. He’s not Batman. He’s just Nick.”

Among the many things I’ll never understand about my fellow man

Wherever she goes in and around Cedartown, at the grocery store or gas station, work, or whenever she’s somewhere that she’s recognized as Nick Chubb’s mama, Lavelle Chubb gets the questions.

“How’s Nick?” people ask.

“Is Nick going to be able to play?”

“Is he gonna play against North Carolina?”

“Is he gonna be as good as he was?”

If they’re delivered to her in the right spirit, Ms. Chubb always does her best to answer them. If not, she’ll handle them differently.

“It’s expected,” she said of the constant queries. “They’re fans. The majority of them are genuinely concerned. When they’re not, I know how to walk away and still be polite.”

… what kind of person goes up to Nick Chubb’s mother to give her a hard time about her son’s health?

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Today, in Baylor

Baylor fan boy invokes Gandhi in demanding that 2016 recruits not be allowed out of their signed NLIs.

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Quite the career path you’ve chosen, fella.

Well, here’s one you don’t hear every day: a man who once held an equity position in one of Michigan’s largest law firms and was well connected enough to have been considered the favorite in a race for a Congressional seat sued his firm for treating his decision to take a temporary leave of absence to join Alabama’s coaching staff as a withdrawal.  (He lost.)

Best of all, he characterized the move as “a temporary career enhancing opportunity … that could help the firm expand its legal practice”.  Uh huh.  That’s what they all say.

So where is he now?

After owning a stake Michigan’s oldest law firm, Altobelli has been on the Alabama staff in a relatively low-level position since. He was paid a total of $45,318 in 2015, according to University of Alabama payroll records, to be one of eight analysts on the football staff. The title is also held by several young coaching prospects like William Vlachos and Wes Neighbors, both of whom played at Alabama in the last five seasons.

Sounds like his practice has really taken off.

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“You don’t alienate your shareholders, and ours are our alumni.”

Is Gale Galloway, a former Baylor regent chair and football player, the most detached-from-reality Art Briles fan in existence?  You be the judge.

“One of the finest men I’ve known is Art Briles,” said Galloway, 86. “He certainly deserves to be reinstated. This (his firing) is heartbreaking and an overreaction.”

… Galloway said he has not seen any other evidence from Pepper Hamilton but said Briles should not have been fired.

“If he has been negligent in reporting or receiving phone calls in relation to transgressions, he’s admitted he made mistakes,” he said. “He’s a fine man and father. No one respects womanhood more than Art.”

Oh, brother.

I get all the usual caveats about how every fan base has its share, but you read enough stuff like this and it almost leads you to think a NCAA-imposed death penalty wouldn’t necessarily be that inappropriate a course of action.

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Eh, what’s one more game?

Behold, college football’s latest dumb idea.

Are you finished?  Allow Bill Connelly to retort.

This is like settling it on the field times infinity, right?  Or, it could just be about the money.

Yeah, I think I’ll go with the money here.  I’d say that I hope the Big 12’s first championship game results in the conference being knocked out of the four-team playoff, but all that will lead to are calls to expand to eight.

Maybe they can arrange to broadcast the game on the Longhorn Network.

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That depends upon what your definition of “saw” is.

This is mindboggling.

A question during News 10’s interview with former Baylor Chancellor and President Ken Starr about a rape victim’s email that was sent to his office and to several other officials led to an awkward interruption during which a well-known crisis management specialist convinced Starr to change his response.

The email, with a subject line that read, “I was raped at Baylor”, was sent by a former student who says she was raped while attending the school in 2010.

The woman, who has not been identified, told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” Wednesday morning that she did not believe Starr’s call for transparency was genuine because he never responded to her email.

KWTX anchor Julie Hays asked Starr if he had seen it, he first responded “I honestly may have. I’m not denying that I saw it.”

After he answered, Merrie Spaeth, whom Starr had introduced as a family friend, approached KWTX News Director, Mikel Lauber, who was positioned behind the camera during the interview.

Lauber says Spaeth asked him to promise to not use that portion of the interview.

When he said no, Spaeth interrupted the interview, telling Starr as the camera continued to roll that she needed to talk to him.

When Hays tried to ask another question, Spaeth interrupted and insisted that she needed to talk to Starr.

The two then left the room.

Several minutes later they returned, and Spaeth told Hays to ask the question again, saying that she wanted to make sure the answer didn’t end up “mis-edited.”

After a few minutes out of the room, the two returned.

When Hays asked again about the email, Starr responded, “I’m honestly going to say, I have no recollection of that.”

He then turned to Spaeth and asked, “Is that OK?”

Spaeth replied, “Don’t look at me, look at her,” referring to Hays.

He then turned back to Hays who asked the question a third time.

Starr responded, “I honestly have no recollection of seeing such an email and I believe that I would remember seeing such an email. The president of the University gets lots of emails. I don’t even see a lot of the emails that come into the office of the President. I have no recollection of it. None.”

Jeebus.  They’re gonna have to come up with a whole new Rule of Holes for Kenneth Starr.

The “family friend” is, as I’ve noted before, the same media genius who advised Craig James.  Any advice she’s giving Starr beyond “I don’t think you should open your mouth in public” is a waste of money, assuming she’s charging him anything.  And if she isn’t, you know what they say about what free advice is worth.

Make sure to watch the clip at the linked article.  It’s even more mindbogglingly incomprehensible than simply reading the transcript.

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