"Don't ever give up, don't ever give up". --- Jimmy Valvano
I don't know.
I'm glad his kid got to go to the school he wanted to, but Stevens' "Linz" column a few months ago imparting "parental wisdom" as a result of that fact (and basically lording it over all the private school parents whose kids didn't get into Stanford) pretty much soured me to him. I won't miss his columns or his articles.
That said, yes, the "Little League" parents need to shape up. But I have a hard time seeing them or anyone else taking advice from someone who's seen his job for the past ten years as basically being a jerk to whoever was coaching the Lobo football or basketball team.
Everyone's a Lobo! Woof... Woof... Woof!!
Kind of ironic when he prints... They say that the only thing wrong with youth sports is the grown-ups, and there is truth in that just like there is falsehood.
If you think about it the fans of University teams are like the parents of the athletes. They practically live and die trying to please the fans and do their best for us. News reporters have to be bundled in with the fans with one exception, they can be heard more easily.
Stevens sits there and says how bad it made him feel when he saw that father ranting at his son for striking out. I am guessing he wanted that father to give the boy some encouraging words. I guess he blindly believes that the Lobos players after a loss don't need any encouragement and that when he blasts the team or the coach he is "just doing his job". I see some hypocrisies there but you have to look at it through the right lenses.
Richard Stevens reminds me of that dad he was criticizing in many ways with his journalistic style. He probably feels fine and sleeps well at night, but if he is serious about that dad he should consider his own actions and the feelings they hurt as he laughs at the fans who criticize him.
Good luck to you Stevens, maybe in your next assignment you will think about that dad before you blast some young players or a coach doing his best.
Time to let it go, folks.
Stevens is finished, and that was his swan song....and a rather nice one.
True - nicely done.
Whether you loved him or hated him, he was part of the "fabric" of local sports, and now he too is gone - for better or worse - like so many others. You don't have to mourn his passing, but you also don't have to piss on his grave.
As always, we move on...........
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