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The Connecticut coach has cancer and missed the first game of the tournament because of it. Talk about kicking a man when he's down! Sorry I missed you this weekend. Soon? John S.
almost forgot to write what I was going to write . . . I went to hear a jazz concert Friday night at the Library of Congress and got a bite to eat up on the Hill beforehand at a Mexican place called La Lomita. It was filled with kids, kids from parents of our generation. I can't tell you how startled I was to hear a boy standing next to me, no older than 3, saying in that unmistakable whiny, singsongy voice of children, "They Might Be Giants, They Might Be Giants, THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS!" before his mother picked him up and put him on her lap. Sheesh. Maybe they will need a crane after all. - John S.
fwiw, calhoun missed thursday's game because he was dehydrated and had the flu. he was treated for prostate cancer in 2003 and skin cancer last may. if either type of cancer resurfaced this time, it would have been an amazing recovery, seeing as he coached just fine saturday and is expected to coach the rest of the tournament, for however long uconn lasts. and just b/c someone has cancer, that doesn't make them any less of an a**hole.
arrrrrrite folks. My problem is a cancer science researcher makes about 50 grand/yr if she's lucky. (I spent last week writing about science researchers getting put out of work with cutbacks.) So couldn't the coach take one for the team and take a pay cut in hard times? Or at least not defend one's "worth" so gracelessly. The whole world seems kind of backwards.I think advertising writers make too much, too. In fact, I wish there weren't even such a profession. I belive NICU nurses and beat cops and poets should make millions, though.None of us get what we deserve, and maybe that's a good thing. Then again, I've spent the day watching Dante's Inferno (Synetic Theatre) and we're all goin straight to hell! See ya.
I honestly don't know what the coach said or did to trigger you all off. He probably is an a-hole, I don't know.
ohhhh. forgive any detail errors, cause i'm not looking it up right now, but he was asked at a news conference by a reporter (a blog reporter, not a "real" reporter) about his salary--did he feel like it was right, when others in the state were getting forced furloughs and layoffs and some were taking pay cuts, would he consider doing that, too. (He makes...i'm not looking it up, but I remember it was like $2-$3 million/yr.) He went off on a youtube broadcasted tirade, attacking the reporter, cussing and yelling and saying no one had the right to question his salary. that made me mad, because when other people are taking a hit, the least you can do is yeah, it is crap that they're getting laid off, and the best thing i can do is take 110 percent, good lord willing, etc. at LEAST go that route, sted of attacking a reporter and ranting about how great you are.
Sorry, Maria, but I TOTALLY 100 PERCENT disagree with this. What someone makes is NOT the whole world's business. Our responsibility to the rest of the people on the planet does not extend to our salaries. I'll be damned if I think someone who has clawed their way to the top of the cutthroat world of collge basketball needs to give away his money for the good of America. An America that lived far, far beyond its means by buying houses it couldn't afford, running up fool credit, and living a life of waste, disolution, theft, deficit spending, the whole lot of it. The Connecticut basketball coach owes the world nothing but a level best effort by his team. His money is his money. How in the hell do we know how much he gives away each year in charity? And some punk blog reporter he probably didn't even know is going to say this with a video camera in his face. If I were calhoun, I would have wanted to smash him to bits too. God, this pisses me off. The "reporter," rather than playing moral god, should stick to basketball or shut the hell up. And I've got the credentials to say this because I was sent packing by my job and am not earning shit right now. Jesus. -- John S. and with that, a gift: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnIJOO__jVo
he's a state employee. what he makes is public record, and it's anyone in the public's right to ask where their money's going...why don't more reporters ask?
If you watch the video (and I finally did), Calhoun invites the 'reporter' to meet with him to discuss it out in the hall and tells him to shut up or stick to basketball. The 'reporter' says something like, "I wouldn't have to do this if you all [the other reporters in the room] did it." -- Now that's fair, but to attack the coach for his salary is ridiculous. The question is far better addressed to the people who pay the salary. Is the coach supposed to say, "Gee, you're offering me too much money," when he negotiates his contract? The school officials who make these calls, not him, should be questioned. Still, rather than the coach going on a tirade, which he clearly did not, he said, "Go out and get some facts and then come back and talk to me." He said the program turns over $12 million a year to UConn., and he is in full charge of that program. That seems like a pretty good deal for the school and state, if you ask me. Connecticut gets tons of coverage in the media and the school's games are regularly televised -- High-profile athletics are a terrific advertisement for a university as a whole. It builds community pride, particularly in smaller markets that don't have major pro sports teams, and people like to be associated, consciously and subconsciously, with a winner. Calhoun and his program is a winner. If he wasn't, he would wind up where all losing coaches wind up: fired.His pay is commensurate with his worth, according to those who stroke the checks, and if an activist/'reporter' has an issue with that, don't freaking grandstand at a press conference, but do the proper legwork to get, as Calhoun said, the facts straight. - j.s.p.s. -- I'm not attacking here; just participating in the conversation!
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