Showing posts with label You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up. Show all posts
Showing posts with label You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up. Show all posts

Mar 20, 2012

(USA TODAY) --- The University of Southern Mississippi revoked scholarships and dismissed five members of its pep band for taking part in a racially-insensitive chant directed at a Kansas State University player during last week's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in Pittsburgh.

In a statement, the university said the five had their pep band scholarships revoked, were removed from the band and will be required to complete a two-hour cultural sensitivity training course this week.

The names of the students were not released.

"The students have been forthcoming, cooperative, contrite and sincerely remorseful," USM Vice President for Student Affairs Joe Paul said in a statement. "They acted rashly and inappropriately, and now see the gravity of their words and actions."

A university investigation determined that the five were ones chanting, 'Where's your green card," while KSU point guard Angel Rodriguez shot free throws late in USM's 70-64 loss to the Wildcats in a first-round game.

USM President Martha Saunders issued a public apology from the school to Rodriguez, a native of Puerto Rico who attended high school in Florida.

Interim athletic director Jeff Hammond went to the player's hotel after the game to apologize.

Paul said the entire university should learn from the incident.

"This is a teachable moment, not only for these students, but for our entire student body and those who work with them," Paul said in the statement.

Feb 1, 2012

Just label me speechless right now. When I tell you there is some stuff you just can't make up. I don't care how creative of a fiction writer one may be you just can't make this stuff up.

Bishop Eddie Long has gone from being a virtual pariah to now being crowned a 'King'. This turnaround have left a lot people baffled for the simple fact that Long was embroiled in a sex scandal that nearly brought his church and his marriage to its knees.

During church service this past weekend at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Bishop Long was proclaimed as royalty by Ralph Messer, a visting preacher. “He’s a king. God’s blessed him. He’s a humble man. But in him is kingship. In him is royalty,” Messer said over Long, to applause from New Life congregants. “In him was a land of Israel. In him was a k chromosome...he was brought through the slaves, raised up in a city and God now wants to release a new anointing.”

Long was then wrapped in scrolls, raised aloft by four men, and paraded about the stage to raucous applause.

I promise you I'm trying my best not to judge, but what happen to church being about the message and not the messenger. It's like they are trying so hard to uplift Bishop Long, that people are forgetting to uplift God. Now I can be mistaken, but shouldn't he at least repented or something like that before you try to put a crown on his head. Like I said, I not trying to judge because I know we've all come up short to the glory, but not all of us are proclaiming to be shepherds of the flock either. That's all I'm saying....

Jan 4, 2011

(CBS) Get ready to start hearing about Ted Williams - not the baseball player but the "golden voiced" homeless man about to get a second chance in Columbus, Ohio.

Williams, a panhandler near Interstate 71, solicits donations with a sign saying that he's an ex-radio announcer with a "god-given gift" who has fallen on hard times.

A reporter from the Columbus Dispatch spoke to him and the result was an amazing video in which Williams demonstrates his soothing croon and explains how he went from a successful career to panhandling.

Williams describes meeting a radio announcer at age 14 who told him that radio is "theater of mind."

"I just said, well, hey. I can't be an actor, I can't be an on-air personality, but the voice just became something of a development over the years and I went to school for it," Williams says. "And then alcohol and drugs and a few other things became a part of my life. I've got two years clean, and I'm trying hard to get it back. And hopefully somebody from one of these television or radio stations will say, 'hey, I need a voice-over,' or ' I need something.'"

The story doesn't end there. The clip is gaining traction on YouTube and commenters have already begun offering Williams possible job opportunities in Columbus.

And a local morning radio show - Dave and Jimmy on Clear Channel-owned WNCI - will be interviewing Williams Wednesday and has hinted it might offer him work.

"We're going to find some way to help this guy!" the morning duo proclaims on the show's Facebook page.