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|22 weeks 5 days ago||My Niece is in the band at MTSU||
Huge celebration going on at their campus! Told her I knew quite a few folks rooting for them.
|26 weeks 2 hours ago||Just heard someone suggest||
Just heard someone suggest Brandon should take over for Goodell as Commissioner of NFL. (Because it's Boston, and people talk stupid stuff at the end of a long day.) My head exploded.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||The Commissioner made the correct call||
I have read the entire 225 page Dowd report with its 7 volumes of exhibits, as well as followed the controversy and following new information ever since. Hre is some background:
1) Rule 21 has been in existence since the Black Sox scandal. It is prominenently posted in EVERY clubhouse from the majors down to the lowest of the minors. it states that if anyone who has an impact on the game who gambles on it SHALL be permenently banned. EVERY day Rose showed up for work, he saw this.
2) John Dowd conclusively found that Rose bet as BOTH a manager and a player. Nothing made Dowd's publicly prepared report that did not have not one, but TWO additional separate pieces of corroborating evidence. There are BOXES of additional documentation that did not make his report which are even more damning. Rose had every right to participate in this investigation, interview witnesses, and have a hearing. He chose not to do so.
3) At the time Commissioner Giamatti was investigating Rose, Rose sued MLB in federal court for an injunction to stop the investigation. All the while vehemently denying he bet on baseball in any form.
4) After losing the federal court case, Dowd met with Rose and meticulously went through the evidence which included telephone records and betting slips. Giamatti and Dowd tried to work with Rose for a compromise, in which Rose would admit to the betting, but would get help and counseling. Rose turned this down.
5) Instead, Rose agreed to Giamatti not making an 'official' finding of gambling but would sign off on the ban. The only reason Rose would do this is because he was well aware of the damning evidence against him. If he proceeded, Giamatti most certainly would have made that official finding. Giamatti also left open the possibility of an appeal after one year.
6) Immediately after the ban and for 15 years therafter, Rose continuously and heatedly attacked Giamatti and Dowd, contesting that he had ever bet on baseball or the Reds.. He never apologized.
7) In 1991, the HOF voted in a rule that no player banned from the MLB is eligible for induction to the HOF. (As an aside, Rose's accomplishments as a player are indeed noted in the exhibits of the HOF.)
8) After 15 years, in 2004 Rose finally wrote a book -- receiving a HUGE bonus -- in which he finally admitted to betting on baseball. The book's January release completely overshadowed the announcement of the 2004 HOF inductions, including Molitor and Eckersley. This was perceived as both a money making and attention grabbing ploy at the expense of the game itself.
9) It was only at a Reds Banquet in 2014 that Rose actually apologized to his own teammates.
10) In 2015, ESPN discovered sealed documents from a 1989 federal investigation -- records from Rose's bookie showing without a doubt that Rose had been lying all along.
11) In meeting with Commissioner Manfred in September 2015, Rose continued to lie and prevaricate about his betting activity. Note: Manfred is the FOURTH Commissioner who has supported the Rose's ban from the game. All four had met with Rose privately to discuss a possible way to reinstatement.
12) Several players have privately told Dowd that Rose's example has kept them from following down the same path.
13) MLB and the HOF are completely separate entities. Manfred had ZERO power to make any ruling regarding any induction into the HOF.
To those who feel Rose has 'paid the price' in the ensuing 26 years, consider: in that time he has continued to deny the incontrovertible, lie, and attack the MLB, Commissioner Giamatti, John Dowd, and media interviewing him. His story has changed repeatedly. HIs 'apologies' are way too little, too late and smack of remorse over getting caught, not for his many years-long continuous violation of baseball's one cardinal rule.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||MLB and HOF are separate entities||
They are completely separate and different. Nothing Manfred and MLB does has any affect on the HOF. All Manfred can do is rule on his reinstatement to the MLB.
The HOF has a rule that *any* player (not just Rose) who has been banned from baseball is ineligible from the HOF.
Theoretically, they could change the rule. If so, it would be up to the Veteran's Committee to decide. HOF PResident Van Idelstine has already tated they have no intention of changing the rule.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||You are so right||
John Dowd has stated that there have been a number of players who have approached him privately to say the example of Pete Rose has prevented them from following down this path.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Rose did bet as a PLAYER||
John Dowd conclusively proved he bet as a PLAYER in 1989. There is a 225 page report and 7 volumes of exhibits which show this. Nothing went into that report which wasn't independently corroborated by TWO other separate sources.
The documentation found this summer by ESPN from hs bookie also conclusively shows he bet as a PLAYER.
Not that it matters. Rule 21 States that anyone, player, manager or otherwise, who bets on baseball is banned from the game for life.
Rule 21 doesn't make the player/manager distinction.
Also, Giamatti gave him the right to appeal in ONE year, not TEN.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||The HOF *does* recognize his accomplishments||
I have been to Cooperstown many times. His accomplishments as a hitter are included as a part of the exhibits. It is not as if all mention of Pete Rose -- the player -- has been eradicated from the HOF.
However, he does not have a plaque in the main hall. Under the rules of the HOF, no player who has permanently been banned from the game is eligible.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||It helps that both of us are||
It helps that both of us are ardent Wolverines. If/when there is a loss, no more sports - TV, computer, phone, whatever. We used to think it would be okay to watch some other sport, but that evil scroll crawling across the bottom always brings back the foul mood. Engaging in something physical like walks, raking leaves, working out helps. We also cook together. Don't recommend this if being around sharp knives is a danger!
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Thank heavens the life||
Thank heavens the life insurance application doesn't ask: "Are you a Michigan fan/alum?"
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Harbaugh will have the new||
Harbaugh will have the new recruits avoiding Sugar. Pops says any one could eventually be Captain. Crunch sit ups and weightlifting are the Lucky Charms. The whole group is Special, K? Gotta run. Cheerio!
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Love it! Harbaugh ran the||
Love it! Harbaugh ran the score up on the refs! Go Nebraska! Go LSU!
|41 weeks 6 days ago||Rodney Holman, TE, YHS '78,||
Rodney Holman, TE, YHS '78, Tulane '82, inducted into Tulane and Sugar Bowl Halls of Fame, played 10 years with the Bengals and three with the Lions. 213 NFL games played, 365 receptions for 4771 yards.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||I have a friend who named his||
I have a friend who named his dog Karma. He delights in exclaiming "Good Karma! Bad Karma!"
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Minnesota Dilly-Bar-Dallied||
Minnesota Dilly-Bar-Dallied the clock away and Michigan man balled that goal line stand. Grab that jug and get out of there!
|45 weeks 2 days ago||It was great seeing you!||
Thanks for stopping me to say hello! Wasn't this weekend one of the BEST Blasts from the Past ever?
|45 weeks 2 days ago||It was an epic experience for||
It was an epic experience for this Alumni Band participant. Now I can put 'played trumpet with the NY Philharmonic' on my resume!
|45 weeks 6 days ago||I'll be there representing||
I'll be there representing the Boston contingent. First Homecoming was 1983 (also against Northwestern!) I've been an annual attendee since 2011. I'm slated to talk at the business meeting Saturday morning. I'm the short blonde woman trumpet player. Come find me and say hello!
|46 weeks 6 hours ago||I'll be participating in the||
I'll be participating in the Alumni Band for Homecoming. I just got the schedule for the day -- the Drumline Step Show is scheduled for 1:50. I would get there in advance, especially for your son to get a spot in front to see.
|46 weeks 21 hours ago||Another good story: we did an||
Another good story: we did an afternoon rehearsal in our dress suits and travel clothes. Just as we w're blocking out the entrance, we were interrupted and told to move to the back of the stage. We had to make room for Betty Ford and Bob Hope doing a quick run through of a soft shoe song and dance number to "Once in Love With Betty." I remember the First Lady doing a backwards shuffle directly into one of the trumpet players, who swore he would never wash his leg where her bottom grazed him. She was charmed with the little flirtation.
|46 weeks 21 hours ago||Another Second Trumpet here!||
Another Second Trumpet here! I'm sure if we took the time, we could figure out who is who. If you're coming to Homecoming, I'm still the short blonde woman and I'll be on the field with the Alumni Band. Come say hello! Pierre Trudeau from Canada and the President of Mexico was also in attendance. Lots of Secret Service everywhere. The taping of the Bob Hope Special was delayed because the State Dinner ran late and then it took longer than they expected for everyone to pass through security. We passed the time chatting up the various stars backstage -- plus the very tall Marine Rifle Guard. Didn't we stay the night there because there was a parade with the full band the next day?
|46 weeks 21 hours ago||I was also there that day.||
I was also there that day. As I recall, the carpenters were still building the risers *while we were rehearsing* that afternoon. With the Tubas heading up the top, there was no way any of it would have held if we'd taken it at full cadence. Every word that came out of Bob Hope's mouth was on the cue cards, so we saw that quip about the Wisconsin game ahead of time. There was a subplot of the drum major and the Trumpet section leader plotting to steal that cue card ahead of time.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||The addition of alcohol helps||
The addition of alcohol helps to inhibit freezing. I add a tablespoon or two to help prevent homemade ice cream from freezing rock solid. My favorite is adding a little amaretto to peach ice cream.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||Article 46, which was the||
Article 46, which was the negotiated part of the CBA
|50 weeks 5 days ago||There is a very simple way to||
There is a very simple way to discourage players from appealing all disciplinary actions to the courts: No judge would overturn a decision by an impartial outside arbitrator who has afforded the parties due process and a fair hearing. What a novel concept!
|50 weeks 5 days ago||Article 46, which was the||
Article 46, which was the negotiated part of the CBA
|50 weeks 5 days ago||Actually this makes Goodell||
Actually this makes Goodell 0-5 recently
|1 year 6 days ago||I grew up during the Bo||
I grew up during the Bo years, so have to pick a lineman! Steve Hutchinson -- hands down!
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Went to Exhibition Stadium||
back in the day -- We should have known the seats (not even the ":Cheap" seats) were bad when we walked by a binoculars concessin stand ....
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Thanks! I told my husband I||
Thanks! I told my husband I thought it's name was 'Whiskey'! Dementia held at bay for another day!
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Does anyone remember the||
Does anyone remember the little dog who would push the ball down the field and into the end zone to the applause and cheers of all? I think it was in the early '70's?