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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I Thought Jesus Was A Notre Dame Fan

I love a good over reaction. They give us time to take pause and realize how stupid people can be. At Penn State University they have a tradition called the "Whiteout". No, it's not when students go crazy correcting misspellings with liquid paper. It is when, during sporting events, the home fans wear as much color white as possible.
(See video below)

This is designed to intimidate the visiting team. It is not unique to Penn State nor the color white for that matter. Last year the Chicago White Sox deployed a "Blackout" during a one game playoff versus the Minnesota Twins. I don't know if the 40,000+ fans all wearing the same color or the juxtaposition of the "White" Sox fans wearing "Black" worked more, but it was an awesome experience. And it worked, the White Sox won the game 1-0.

Now a couple of Penn State students designed a T-shirt to help motivate fans to wear white.
(See photo below)

Apparently, some people (six to be precise), were offended that the shirt's design looks too much like a crucifix. So, because religion was involved, the shirts were immediately pulled from shelves and made unavailable for purchase. One of those six callers to complain was the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of that region. The ADL's mission is "to fight anti-Semitism…and to seek fair treatment for all citizens alike."

I respect what the ADL sets out to do, but I think they are way off base on this one. Penn State was not having a "Jew Out". In fact, statistically, 1823 of those people in attendance might actually be Jewish.
Stadium capacity 107,282 vs. estimated 1.7% of U.S. population is Jewish)

This isn't even a religious issue. It's a fashion issue. If you don't like a shirt don't buy it. I've designed shirts and nobody has bought them, Just T's And Things. You don't see me crying to the...

Wait, I don't have anybody to go crying to beside my wife. And she doesn't like my T-shirts either.


roxyf said...

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bill said...

John: "If I had said television is more popular than Jesus, I might have got away with it, but I just happened to be talking to a friend and I used the words Beatles..."

Reporter: "Some teenagers have repeated your statements - "I like the Beatles more than Jesus Christ." What do you think about that?"

John: "Well, originally I pointed out that fact in reference to England. That we meant more to kids than Jesus did, or religion at that time. I wasn't knocking it or putting it down. I was just saying it as a fact and it's true more for England than here. I'm not saying that we're better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person or God as a thing or whatever it is. I just said what I said and it was wrong. Or it was taken wrong. And now it's all this."

Reporter: "But are you prepared to apologize?"

Mark Ploch said...

My blog is more popular than Soupy Sales.

But, that's because he just died.

You gotta climb the ladder somehow.

bill said...

is "Soupy" his god-given name?

PeaKay40 said...

roxyf needs to get a life.
Try To wriTe a resume like you wroTe in This reply.
There are a loT of Things ThaT are
a whole loT more imporTanT Than
worrying abouT a leTTer of our
alphabeT offending someone.
Try leaving The leTTer ouT of papers for school, see where ThaT
geTs you.
I know I have much beTTer Things to
do Than worry about This nonsense.

Ernest T. Bass said...

I like eggs.