It took me far too long to come up with a title for this post, so I borrowed the “Are We Crazy” from a segment last night on “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Here’s what we’re teaching the kids these days.
First, we had the story of New York Islanders fans who cheered when Pittsburgh Penguins’ superstar center Sydney Crosby was hurt in a game last month at the Nassau Coliseum. Then, as the New York Post’s Phil Mushnick reports, things got worse:
And when Crosby, among the most talented players in the NHL, skated off for medical treatment, those Coliseum patrons chanted, “Crosby sucks!”
The Islanders will be moving to Brooklyn in 2015. Crosby and the Penguins will, once again, be headed to the playoffs this spring.
Next up, we have the braniacs at Duke, who sunk real low when the Blue Devils hosted the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The New York Daily News reports:
Tyler Lewis, a freshman guard for N.C. State, lost his 83-year-old grandmother, Margie Campbell Lewis, to complications from pneumonia on Feb. 1.
During Thursday night’s game in Durham, the Cameron Crazies — Duke’s junk-talking student section — relentlessly heckled Lewis with chants of “Bilbo Baggins” — the boyish guard is listed at 5-11, 157 pounds — and “Past your bedtime!”
Lewis was shooting free throws in the beginning of the second half when a group of students began shouting, “How’s your grandma?” according to an N.C. State sports reporter, a Wolfpack player and Lewis’ dad.
To cap it all off, I hope you all got a chance to read Scott Ericson’s piece in the Greenwich Time a few Sunday’s back commenting on the latest examples of outrageous parental behavior.
After you read about the father who was removed from a soccer game for berating an official, or the father who confronted a referee on the court during a basketball game, pay attention to Ericson’s commentary on these occurrences and others:
Why embarrass your child, yourself and your community?
I will spare you the, “what are we teaching our kids?” routine because it has been said before and, quite frankly, I think the students who see such behavior already know it’s stupid.
This behavior has become the norm. I could go on.