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Since: 11.1.02
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...about the mentally challenged high school kid in Ohio that is able to run for a touchdown in a game.

Notice Mark Madden had to weigh in with his stupidity near the end of the story.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/inside_game/rick_reilly/news/2002/11/12/life_of_reilly/



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Mark Madden is a prick. There was no fix there... the game was OVER! I mean, if the score was 14-10, I would argue that the kid should not have run for the TD... but, a score or no score there meant nothing. To anyone. Except that kid. It is pure selfish idiocy to NOT do something that would be so special for someone, when it does not hurt you at all. How does taking a knee in that situation do ANYTHING to protect the integrity of the game?
Madden needs to be smacked upside the head something fierce.




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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05

    Originally posted by Pool-Boy
    Mark Madden is a prick. There was no fix there... the game was OVER! I mean, if the score was 14-10, I would argue that the kid should not have run for the TD... but, a score or no score there meant nothing. To anyone. Except that kid. It is pure selfish idiocy to NOT do something that would be so special for someone, when it does not hurt you at all. How does taking a knee in that situation do ANYTHING to protect the integrity of the game?
    Madden needs to be smacked upside the head something fierce.



Sport Center ran a touching piece on that kid over the weekend...


very classy act by the winning coach to let the kid run for that TD...his asst wanted to tackle the stuffing out of him, and still thinks that would have been right thing to do

prick.




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Listening to the kid on Sportscenter made me realize he was more coherant than Mark Madden on his best day. Hopefully, Mark will Spinarooni in front of an 18 wheeler doing 65.



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I would have called it the greatest moment in football history if one of the players from the winning team bolted and pulled the kid down just short of the goal line. But then I'm not a nice person.

Seriously though, not to sound like Mark Madden, it seems just sort of insulting, esp. upon reading the article, to the kid. The word "patronizing" jumps to mind, like "let's all get a feel-good moment by watching the happy retard run." If the people involved feel good for what they did, more power to them, but I always get a kind of dirty feeling when someone does something like that. I guess it reminds me of Clinton Sends Special Forces To Iraq



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This story made me really, really happy. From the sounds of it, there are few people as dedicated to making the most of their lives as the young man in question. The article mentions he's on the basketball, football, and track teams and rarely misses a practice. He dutifully checks in every day at the principal's office, ``Ready to Work.''

In the end, a large group of people acted together to make a memory for this person that he'd never forget, something that he can look back forever and ever that will bring a smile to his face.

If the only `cost' was that one team had to give up a shutout in a game they'd already won handily, I think everybody involved is well ahead of the game.

There are plenty of able-minded people in the world who wouldn't have wanted it to happen for them that way because ``that's not the way the game is played.'' Maybe not for those who obsess over statistics, those who worry only about winning, those who tie up too much ego and not enough heart, and those who feel that there is some eldritch ``integrity'' to the game that doesn't allow for a kid to live his dream unless he or she is ``normal.''

Me, I think it's a beautiful thing. Those who don't should take a good hard look at Jake Porter's ear-to-ear grin--if you can't see all of the good that has already come from this incident, you'll probably never know a smile like Jake's yourself.



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Normally, I wouldn't agree with purposely giving up a touchdown, ever, for any reason. But I think in this special circumstance, it's OK. It's only high school ball, and the kid will never know that he didn't earn that touchdown. It made his life. I think it's OK.

Otherwise, I would have agreed with spf's 'patronizing' assessment. Most cases it is.
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I don't mind them doing it in this case. What I can't *STAND* is something like the following: A basketball player has a very good year, and everyone knows she will break a record of some kind. But then she breaks her foot instead, and so she falls 1 shot short of the record. During the last game, the opposing team allows her to shoot an uncontested shot, allowing her to set the record. I bring that example up because I saw it happen once, and I hated it. That's the whole point of records. Everything has to be going just right. It's a celebration of the right person being in the right place at the right time. Records are not meant to be given away. But there's no record here, and I've got no problem with it.



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That was UConn wasn't it, Boffo? And wasn't it done at the beginning of a game, too? Bad form, I say.

As for the touchdown run, I am all for it. It happened up here in Central Maine at about the same time. Winslow/Waterville junior high game with the same basic story facts. It was pretty nice and the Winslow kids even gave the Waterville kid that scored a cupcake (in Winslow's colors of course).



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#10 Posted on

    Originally posted by pieman
    As for the touchdown run, I am all for it. It happened up here in Central Maine at about the same time. Winslow/Waterville junior high game with the same basic story facts. It was pretty nice and the Winslow kids even gave the Waterville kid that scored a cupcake (in Winslow's colors of course).


Was Schenck involved in any way?

Aw man, I grew up getting all my American TV out of Bangor...we used to watch the state high school basketball finals each winter just to hear how Schenck (pronounced "Skank") was doing. Good times...



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    Originally posted by pieman
    That was UConn wasn't it, Boffo? And wasn't it done at the beginning of a game, too? Bad form, I say.


Nykesha Sales, IIRC. At least we traded buckets with Villanova, though.



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The Schenck High School Wolverines of East Millinocket, Maine were in no way involved. But I am sorry to say it's pronounced "skenk" and not "skank," though I like that better!



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    I don't mind them doing it in this case. What I can't *STAND* is something like the following: A basketball player has a very good year, and everyone knows she will break a record of some kind. But then she breaks her foot instead, and so she falls 1 shot short of the record. During the last game, the opposing team allows her to shoot an uncontested shot, allowing her to set the record. I bring that example up because I saw it happen once, and I hated it. That's the whole point of records. Everything has to be going just right. It's a celebration of the right person being in the right place at the right time. Records are not meant to be given away. But there's no record here, and I've got no problem with it.


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    Originally posted by Big Bad

      I don't mind them doing it in this case. What I can't *STAND* is something like the following: A basketball player has a very good year, and everyone knows she will break a record of some kind. But then she breaks her foot instead, and so she falls 1 shot short of the record. During the last game, the opposing team allows her to shoot an uncontested shot, allowing her to set the record. I bring that example up because I saw it happen once, and I hated it. That's the whole point of records. Everything has to be going just right. It's a celebration of the right person being in the right place at the right time. Records are not meant to be given away. But there's no record here, and I've got no problem with it.


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(Honestly, I don't buy into that theory either. I just had to say it.)

(edited by drjayphd on 15.11.02 1623)


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