Showing posts with label Talking Smack About Sports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Talking Smack About Sports. Show all posts

Friday, May 14, 2010

What's Going on at Permian High School?

Guerdwich Montimere, in the white uniform, playing basketball for Permian High School
Officials say a 22-year-old man accused of posing as a high school student and basketball star in West Texas was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexual assault.
Sgt. Gary Duesler of the Ector County Sheriff's Office said Guerdwich Montimere was charged with suspicion of sexual assault, a second-degree felony, and was being held in the Ector County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.
No additional details were available.
Thursday, Montimere was released on $7,500 bond about five hours after his arrest on a felony charge of tampering with government documents.
Montimere originally was arrested Tuesday on a misdemeanor of failure to identify himself to a police officer. Permian High School officials say he admitted then that he wasn't 16-year-old sophomore Jerry Joseph.
The alleged victim, a 16-year-old girl, reported on Wednesday that in August 2009, when she was 15, she was involved in a relationship with Montimere under the pretense that he was Joseph. The girl reported to authorities that she and Montimere had a sexual relationship at a residence in East Odessa.
Now, as I said earlier, there's no way this homeless 22 year-old man could have, or should have, been able to start playing high school basketball at Permian without getting some sort of help. Help getting registered for school. Help getting a place to live. Help getting clothes, and shoes to play in, and all of the other things that go with being a high school student. What is the economic incentive for a kid to play basketball in high school? He should be in college, right? But he fakes his way back into high school? What were his grades? Did he go to class? Somehow, playing against smaller, weaker, and younger kids just doesn't ring completely true here. There had to be some economic incentive for a homeless kid to play high school basketball. And, why as a 10th grader? Why not as a senior, which would have been easier to get away with?
Hey, charity is a beautiful thing. But this kid is getting railroaded. He's taking the fall for the malfeasance or incompetence of a number of adults whose job it is to look after kids. Or, win state championships. Who the hell knows anymore?
Here are some pertinent details:
Guerdwich MontimereSuspicions about Montimere's identity first arose when three Florida basketball coaches familiar with the player recognized him at an amateur tournament in Little Rock, Ark. in April.

ECISD officials initially rejected the allegation and a judge granted coach Danny Wright guardianship so that Montimere would be allowed to remain in school. The district said Montimere had claimed to be an illegal immigrant from Haiti with the name of Jerry Joseph.
After continued investigations, ECISD officials, police and ICE agents confirmed Montimere's true identity Tuesday, and he confessed to the scheme after being confronted, officials said.
Montimere graduated from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 2007. Authorities determined he was not an illegal immigrant but rather a naturalized U.S. citizen from Haiti.
He first enrolled at ECISD as a ninth grader in February of 2009, having showed officials a Haitian birth certificate indicating he was 15, Adkins said.

At the time, Montimere told school district staff he was living with a half-brother in the dorm of a local university, Adkins said, but he later admitted the man he had stayed with was a friend.
Do you think that judge was a booster? I don't know. I read that and my bullshit detector goes off. He intercedes and grants the coach guardianship. How many games were left to play in the season? Was that really in the best interests of everyone involved? Or did this ensure that they could close ranks, ride out the season, and figure out a way to make this go away? Is someone going to look at this judge and his decision? I hope so.
Really, do you think for one second that a men's basketball coach, and a high school educator, and all of the people who work at that school, and the administrators of that school, can't tell the difference between a 22 year-old man and a 16 year-old kid?
Did the tattoos on his inner arm cause any warning bells to go off? Or, perhaps the rather hinky living arrangements? Or, the fact that he presented a birth certificate that probably wasn't anywhere near being real or valid? Or, perhaps the fact that he doesn't look like a 16 year-old kid?
If this young man is truly guilty of fooling all of those adults, then those adults have no business taking care of the educational needs of children. Period. End of story.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Don't Get Caught Stealing Signs


This old saw again?



The Philadelphia Phillies have won back-to-back NL pennants and were World Champions in 2008.
They have a talented roster, but is there more to their success than talent?
Major League Baseball issued a warning to the Phillies on Tuesday concerning accusations that bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer was stealing signs during Monday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
"We have looked at the video and talked to the Phillies about the actions of their bullpen coach,’’ a Major League Baseball official told


Stealing signs is as old as the game itself. You're not supposed to get caught. That's pretty much the entirety of this issue. Yes, it happens. No, you're not supposed to do it. When you get caught, ouch.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

There Are Hard Days Ahead for Tiger Woods

I had made a rather rash and bold statement that could have come back to haunt me. I said that the reason why Phil Mickelson was welcoming a pairing with Tiger Woods stemmed from the fact that Tiger's best years are now well behind him and I really don't think Tiger presents the same problem for other golfers that he once did.
Tiger will certainly win some tournaments in the future. He will do well enough to surprise some people. But he's not the Tiger of the Tiger Slam years, nor is he as formidable as he once was. The young man has pissed all of that away, and his mental issues are unresolved. 
Lee Westwood wound up where he started in The Players Championship - with the lead. 

Only now he has a lot more company.
Westwood avoided mistakes on the back nine for a 2-under 70 that gave him a one-shot lead over Robert Allenby going into the final round on the always unpredictable TPC Sawgrass.
Phil Mickelson, nine shots behind at the start of the day, shot a 66 to renew hopes of winning and becoming No. 1 in the world for the first time. He was five shots behind. 

Mickelson would have to win and have Tiger Woods finish out of the top five, and Woods did his part. His bogey-bogey finish gave him a 71 and left him 10 shots behind in a tie for 45th.
Tied for 45th is not exactly where we are used to seeing Tiger. What I want to know is, is he fit? Is he feeling any pain in his knee? This is not something that should be ignored. We don't know if he's even a hundred percent, physically. There was a real danger of him missing the cut; expect more of that until things start to turn around for Tiger, assuming they will turn around for him. Only the rubes are making him the favorite in these tournaments. How does your smart money look now, gamblers?
There was a time when Lefty didn't have a single major win to call his own, and it looked like Tiger would rule golf for twenty years or more. Those days are over.
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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sir Charles is Right Again

I have always appreciated the heck out of Charles Barkley:

I've always said if America, instead of trying to bring up this issue every couple of years to get elected...Ya know the governor she's not even a real governor. She's the interim governor. She's trying to get elected and John McCain is trying to get back in the ballgame from getting his ass kicked by Barack last time.
So they're doing anything to rile up the good 'ol boy network. But what I think we need to do is find a way to get people who work their behind off a path to citizenship more than anything. That's the way to do it. But it's a disgrace the way it is right now."

The man is telling the truth. Can American listen to the truth and deal with it? I hope so.

Barkley adds this as well:

Dan Patrick: You're a resident of Arizona, I'm curious if you think baseball should get involved with the immigration law. Do you like that they're standing up for their players to say we're concerned about this law?
Barkley: I think we all need to. As a black person, I'm always against any form of discrimination or racial profiling. I really respect Adrian Gonzalez for coming out and saying something. I didn't realize that in the major leagues there's 30 percent Hispanic players, and in the minor leagues it's like 50. Those are some daunting numbers. I think that we need to do two things. Living in Arizona, I'm disappointed that we came up with the law. But we need to do two things. We need to find a way to get these immigrants their citizenship, that's the first thing, is to find a way to help them get citizenship. I'm very disappointed in John McCain. He used to be somebody I really admired and respected. The second thing, to me, would be very simple. Anybody who hires immigrants, you just fine them. They're not working for other immigrants. Fine and penalize the people they're working for, because most of those immigrants here are busting their hump, doing a great job, and to go after them every couple years because you want to raise hell doing something to get re-elected, that's disrespectful and disgusting.

You can't get this kind of insight from the political punditry class right now. To offend Senator McCain, who is in worse shape in his home state than month-old diapers and fishwrap left in the sun, is anathema to the chattering class.

Who out there is telling it like it is? The problem is not illegal immigration. The problem is the exploitation of a cheap labor force that is working for wages just above poverty in order to get ahead.

Hey, I have some other blogs, too...

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Not Everyone is Thrilled to See Danica Patrick in NASCAR

You have to give Kyle Petty credit for pointing out that Danica Patrick isn't going to get very far in NASCAR if she blames the cars she uses if she isn't successful:
Most of NASCAR is throwing out the welcome mat for Danica Patrick. Former driver-turned-TV analyst Kyle Petty is a bit more cautious about what her arrival means for the sport and the risks she's taking.

"I've said it from the very beginning, she is an incredibly talented driver. Can this be huge for her and for NASCAR? Yes, it can," Petty said Saturday. "Obviously, open wheel built what the sport is now off of her because it was a floundering sport. They took her and that marketing machine that she is and they went there."

Petty spoke at Sound and Speed, one of the events that marks the unofficial start of the racing season and features country music singers and NASCAR drivers mingling with fans from across the country. One of the bigger topics for 2010 is the arrival, at least on a part-time basis, of Patrick from open-wheel racing.

She'll be driving for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the ARCA and Nationwide series before and after her commitments for the IndyCar Series are completed.

Petty, the son of NASCAR's all-time wins leader Richard Petty, said Patrick is stepping into a situation with a car that has won races.

"If she gets in that car and doesn't win races it's not the car, it's not the engines, it's not the team. They only changed one thing. Initially, she'll have an impact on the sport. If she's successful, she'll have a huge long-term impact on the sport.
The unspoken rule, though, is that you can't criticize anything Patrick says or does; then it becomes "unfair." Until there are more women in auto racing, who are able to follow Patrick into the ranks of the sport, statements like this one from Petty are going to open him up to criticism.