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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 18, 2011 / 12 Adar II, 5771

Saving the games from the thugs

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Barack Obama is taking flak for hiding out in the White House, assessing the chances of his favorite teams in the national college basketball tournament, while the rest of the world is exploding, melting or sinking. His critics should give him a break. Even presidents are entitled to succumb to March Madness.

Besides, the prez is said to be pretty good at shooting hoops, with sharp elbows under the boards. (He might in his spare time apply a sharp elbow to Muammar Gadaffi.)

But if Mr. Obama wants to show the love to his favorite sport he should emulate Teddy Roosevelt, who saved college football a century ago by encouraging the roughnecks to brawl somewhere else. Bigtime college sports have become a scandal, an outrage and a joke. Everybody knows it, some people even regret it, but the colleges are making too much money in the entertainment business to do anything about it. Entertaining is easier done that educating. "I never bet on anything that can read or write," Henny Youngman once said, "and that's why I stick to horse racing and college football."

Dexter Manley, an endearing young man who was a front-rank player in the pros a few years ago (for the Washington Redskins) once remarked, with considerable rue, that he went through four years at Oklahoma State, a national power in most years, and nobody ever bothered to teach him to read and write.

This makes perfect sense, observes columnist Robert Ringer. "After all, since Western Civilization has devolved into an anything-goes society through the magic of gradualism, who's to say that college athletes have to be serious students? Some kids go to college to learn, others go to play ball; and still others go to play ball and commit crimes. Who's to judge what's right and what's wrong? After all, aren't values relative?"

Jason Peters looked at the majors selected by players on the 68 teams in this month's NCAA tournament. "Lots of schools have their own 'athlete majors,'" he writes in Slate. This makes majoring in "sports management" easy. At Purdue, nine players are studying something called "Meeting Management" and "Leading With Integrity." An alumnus of Texas A&M once told an interviewer that "we're all in poultry science for a reason, and we're not really trying to learn about chickens."

But it's not the updated courses in basketweaving and the psychology of the slam dunk that threatens the existence of bigtime sports. Sports Illustrated and CBS News performed background checks on 2,837 players on the rosters of the magazine's preseason Top 25 college football teams, going through police blotters, court records, police and district attorney databases, and found that 204 players for these bigtime powers, both black and white, were well known to police blotters. Their offenses include "nuisance crimes" like disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and criminal mischief, but also includ 105 incidents of drug and alcohol abuse, and worse, 41 of burglary, grand theft and shoplifting, and worst of all, 56 incidents of domestic violence, sex crimes and assault and battery. Beating up women appears to be a favorite sport on some campuses. These statistics don't include juvenile crimes - 318 incidents from Florida alone; and 300 from other states.

Sports Illustrated naturally compiled another Top 25, this one measuring teams by the number of players with police records. The Top 10 were Pittsburgh, Iowa, Arkansas, Boise State, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Florida State and Miami - national powers all, and all from the major conferences.

This is similar to the crisis of the campus that confronted Teddy Roosevelt, a college football fan, in 1905. Ten of the Rough Riders who rode up San Juan Hill with him in 1898 had listed their occupation as "football player" on their enlistment papers. The early college game was wild and brutal; 18 young men died of football injuries in 1905 alone, from only a fraction of the numbers of players who will suit up this fall. Determined to save the game from extinction at the hands of the disgusted public, Roosevelt called in representatives of the three major college powers, Harvard, Yale and Princeton (do not laugh), and laid down the law. The rules were promptly changed. The forward pass was introduced, first-down-and-five became the first-and-ten, and the flying wedge and gang tackling were banned.

President Obama need only get rid of the thuggery. The integrity of the game would be restored, he could get back to making peace in the Middle East, and who knows? He might make the College Football Hall of Fame.

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