Kevin Paul Dupont has an interesting article [paywall] on the culture around rookies in the Boston Bruins locker room.
In the Bruins locker room captained by Zdeno Chara, precise word selection is imperative. Take, for instance, the term “rookie.” Take it and toss it over the boards. For reasons that trace back some 20 years to his junior hockey days in Slovakia, Chara believes the word has no place in the hockey workplace.
“I had a couple of bad experiences,’’ the earnest, 6-foot-9-inch defenseman said of his playing days in Trencin, where, he recalled, rookies often were forced to perform demeaning chores or rituals. “And I said, ‘You know, if I ever am in a position to control that, I would totally change it, because it’s not fair.’ ”
So he has; in the Bruins’ locker room, newcomers are respectfully called “first-year players” or “younger guys” or “newer guys.’’
There’s more to it than just changing how rookies are referenced. Chara really seems to be promoting togetherness and professionalism in the locker room. It’s refreshing to see in a team sports atmosphere. The all-too-typical hazing culture often found in team sports isn’t tolerated in other businesses. It shouldn’t be tolerated in sports, either.
My elementary school (one of them, anyway) was featured on Gawker today because a fifth grader organized a totally awesome appreciation day for a kindergartener who is frequently bullied.
But Danny being bullied did bother Tommy, so, with the help of his teammates, the fifth grader decided to organize “Danny Appreciation Day” to show his little pal the love he deserves.
All told, some 40 students from both Williams and Danny’s Mitchell Elementary School put on their best suit and tie, and joined together to celebrate Danny and his invincible smile.
"This is the best day ever," the kindergartner said as his friends gathered around him to chant his name.
What’s not mentioned in the post or any of its linked news stories, and what makes this story even better, is that this same school made headlines two years ago because a student caught on video some fifth graders beating up another boy in one of the bathrooms.
Sarah is sick. Fever, constant coughing, occasional vomiting. The pediatrician gave us a nebulizer for her coughing. We gave her a nebulizer treatment earlier this morning and she started to fall asleep on the couch while using it. She’s pretty miserable.
Kathy just left to take the boys to Plimouth Plantation today. It shouldn’t be at all crowded there on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, so it’s a shame I have to stay home and watch Sarah.
I foresee lots of Nick Jr. viewing over the next few hours. I can’t wait for Paw Patrol.
This summer it seemed like catchers suffering concussions were in the news quite a bit. I think that was a result of more awareness of the issue rather than an increase in frequency. I hadn’t really been aware of the problem until now. I also wasn’t aware that the primary cause of these concussions was from taking foul tips off the face mask.
Of course, concussions come from several different aspects of the game. Players are allowed to run full speed into catchers when trying to score, as Ross did into Avila; a tweak to the rulebook could solve that problem, and it seems we’re moving in that direction. Concussions also come from catchers getting accidentally hit in the head on backswings. But neither of those is as big a problem as foul tips. Pitches that get redirected just slightly away from the catcher’s glove by a swinging bat and into their mask are the biggest causes of concussions in the sport.
Aidan loves being a catcher. I doubt that the kids his age can throw hard enough yet to be able to cause concussions off a foul tip, and the youth face masks are much more substantial than the ones worn by professionals, so I don’t think this is something for me to worry about now. But it probably will be later if he keeps at it. Dammit.
“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for that is one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system. Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If the glory can be killed, we are lost.”—John Steinbeck, East of Eden
Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you’re a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.
I’ve been to the Midwest twice for like three days each time. Norcal 4 lyfe.
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland
"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don’t have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Northeast
Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The South(84%)
That’s a Southern accent you’ve got there. You may love it, you may hate it, you may swear you don’t have it, but whatever the case, we can hear it.
I got Midland which is a lie. Everyone that speaks to me thinks I have an accent. When they find out I grew up in Orange County, CA they say it all makes sense.
“Inland North”, which makes sense giving that I actually grew up over the border in central Ontario. I actually had someone ask me if I was from the U.P. shortly after starting at Michigan State.
Tell him about Hart Lee Dykes and Ken Sims and Eugene Chung. Tell him about Tony Eason, Hugh Millen, and MacPherson and 1-15 and 2-14 (twice!). Tell him. Tell him it will never be as good as Tom Brady ever again. And that we should relish this. Even 6-2.
Ack! I can barely bring myself to think of those days. But you’re right, of course. All young Patriots fans should learn about Hugh Millen.
President Barack Obama and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel had an interesting phone call today.
The German government obtained information that the United States may have monitored the mobile phone of Chancellor Merkel, so she called President Obama on Wednesday to demand an immediate clarification, a German government spokesman said.
"We swiftly sent a request to our American partners asking for an immediate and comprehensive clarification," the spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement. He added that Merkel had made clear to Obama that if the information proved trued it would be "completely unacceptable" and represent a "grave breach of trust".