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Archive for June 11th, 2008

Is Delle Donne Done at UConn?

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on June 11, 2008

Incoming UConn freshman Elena Delle Donne left campus last week during her first week of summer school and headed to her Wilmington, Del., home.

It is all Pat Summitt’s fault, I’m not sure how it is, but it is.

UConn women’s basketball coach Geno “Horse Face” Auriemma confirmed Delle Donne’s departure Saturday in an e-mail to The Hartford Courant.

“This is nothing out of the ordinary,” Auriemma told the newspaper. “It happens all the time.”

Delle Donne, a 6-foot-5 swingman and the national high school player of the year, chose UConn over Tennessee and Villanova without a tour of ESPN.

A source close to the Pennsylvania AAU basketball scene, where Delle Donne played during her high school career, told the Hartford Courant that the community had heard Delle Donne was upset about something that occurred during an informal scrimmage with teammates on campus.

However I believe she skidded into the popcorn stand after Gino raked his hair gel during an informal practice.

He told her that was one of the hazards of being coached by a primping prima-donna ego-manic.

UConn can only hope that’s how the situation is resolved. Ernie Delle Donne told The Courant late Saturday that he had no idea how long it will take for his daughter to sort through the issues that forced her to leave summer school.

Delle Donne told Auriemma on Saturday that she didn’t know how long it would take or whether a return to UConn for the second summer session — or ever — was an option.

Maybe she realized she made a mistake and she didn’t want to play for a cheater…or a disrespectful smartass.

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Racism in NASCAR??? Really??? You Don’t Say…

Posted by Joel on June 11, 2008

I have always been a casual NASCAR fan. I have been fortunate to see a few of the Winston/Nextel/Sprint Cup events in person, as well as a Busch Series race. I have been to Memphis, Bristol, and Talladega a few times over the years and I enjoyed the events a lot. So when this story broke, I chuckled a little bit, was slightly disturbed, and in the end, not surprised.

Mauricia Grant, a former technical inspector for NASCAR, is suing the organization for $225 million. I guess $226 million was asking for too much. Anyway, the suit is claiming racial discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination. Some of the things that were said include:

*Nappy Headed Mo

*Al-Qaeda

*Black Sisters Revenge

*How come the palms of your hands are white???

*I don’t want to start a riot when these fans see a black woman in my race car.

*Just get over the whole slavery thing.

And my personal favorite:

*Does your workout include an urban obstacle course with a flat-screen TV on your back.

I mean the guy could have said carrying a watermelon on your back while running in between buckets of KFC. Damn, be original. (For more racial taunts, here is The Smoking Gun’s post).

Back to my experiences at NASCAR races. Generally, I had a great time. True, I went with a bunch of buddies who were somewhat stereotypical of NASCAR fans, but for the most part, I had few problems…Except when I went to Talladega. What a surprise, a black man in Alabama getting harassed. I think they were upset that Logan Young didn’t have me paid for with his platinum Visa card. I did hear some comments not fit to be published on this blog, but I took it as though they were some liquored up nutjobs that were the obvious exception. Plus, they were probably there for the 5 cartons of smokes that used to be given out at the Winston Cup events.

It is times like these where I realize that as many strides that we have made as a country, we still have a looooooooong way to go. This puts bad press on NASCAR as a sport and maybe alienates us few minority fans, but at least homegirl is gonna get paid…….

If you ask NASCAR, they will tell you she has enough money to get her 8 kids by 10 different baby daddys off of welfare, and she doesn’t have to go on Maury Povich to pay for the DNA tests…

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