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first_imgEditor’s Note: This story is the first installment in a two-part series on Jenkins’ voice in these ongoing conversations in the Notre Dame community. This series is also the first of three similar “From the Office of the President” series on the Notre Dame presidency to appear in coming weeks. God. Country. Notre Dame. For students here, those three words are a mantra, a proud refrain. For University President Fr. John Jenkins, those three words are his entire life. “As president of Notre Dame, I live in three worlds,” Jenkins said. “One is the world of higher education, one is the world of Catholicism and religion and the other is the world of our nation, the United States of America.” The upcoming year will be an especially poignant cross of those three worlds for Jenkins, who began his presidency in 2005. The University, as one of the premier Catholic colleges in the nation, is challenging the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act as an overstep of the government’s rights against religious organizations. The beginning of the school year will be followed within months by a presidential election, as well as state and local elections around the nation. 2013 will see the implementation of a new strategic plan for the University, and administrators and students continue to discuss the ways in which the school will – and will not -address sexual orientation in its policies and ideals. In an interview with The Observer to begin the 2012-13 school year, Jenkins addressed these issues and others in depth. As the leader in many conversations that will define this upcoming year, his words were soft-spoken but sincere. “Any issue that’s controversial in the Catholic world or in the university world becomes more prominent at Notre Dame,” Jenkins said. “I believe that if we don’t have controversies at a university, [we’re] failing. Universities are about vigorous discussion of important issues.” One issue under heated debate among students and administrators in the past year has been the issue of sexual orientation at Notre Dame. Following public requests from students and faculty asking the University to improve inclusion of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community, the school announced last spring it would not add sexual orientation to its non-discrimination clause. “At Notre Dame, we do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation,” Jenkins said. “That’s a fundamental thing, but that’s not the only thing. The Spirit of Inclusion, which was approved by the Board of Fellows, higher than me, the highest level of the University, says that not only don’t we discriminate, but we want to be a place, an environment, where people feel – of same-sex orientation, anything else – feel respected, supported, fully involved in this community.” The clause primarily addresses discrimination against prospective students and employees in areas such as admissions, employment, scholarships and athletics. The current clause states the University “does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, veteran status or age.” What the University includes in the non-discrimination clause are “all and only” those categories required by federal law, Jenkins said. Other schools that include sexual orientation in a similar policy usually do so because they are required by state or local ordinance. “If Notre Dame voluntarily took this on, our fear is that it would be seen as a broader and stronger commitment with regard to same-sex orientation that may undermine our ability to live in accordance with the Catholic teaching because we distinguish between orientation and action,” Jenkins said. As a prominent Catholic university, Notre Dame could also become the target of high-publicity lawsuits related to the clause, Jenkins said. “I don’t believe that step [of including sexual orientation in the non-discrimination clause] would achieve the goal of creating an environment of welcome, of support,” Jenkins said. “I fear that it would tend to be divisive. So I am absolutely committed to try to create that environment, but I think there are other ways to do that.” Jenkins said the community has made progress in past years by embracing the Spirit of Inclusion, which states Notre Dame welcomes its LGBTQ community and seeks to create an environment in which “none are strangers and all may flourish.” The University has also established the Core Council for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Students, a group of administrators and students that advises the Vice President for Student Affairs on LGBTQ needs. “The non-discrimination clause, I know that’s an issue that people are quite concerned about,” Jenkins said. “But I don’t believe that will achieve the end that is most important.” Instead, Jenkins also emphasized the University’s discriminatory harassment policy, which is designed to protect current students and employees from discrimination and harassment for any reason. “In our academic articles for faculty for promotion and tenure, there’s a clause in there about the unacceptability of bias that includes same-sex orientation or any other quality where people feel they’ve received bias,” he said. “And just I want to say as president, we don’t tolerate discrimination. If people feel they are discriminated against, use the hotline. Go to the appropriate authority. Let us know, and we’ll address it.” Developing a welcoming culture on campus needs to go beyond the administrative level, Jenkins said. “I think so much of this is about climate, and it’s not what I’m, what the president, is doing in his office,” Jenkins said. “It’s about what all of us are doing on campus. I think that’s extremely important, and that’s something we work on with hall staff, that’s something we work on with our Student Affairs personnel. … We just have to keep working on it.” The Office of Student Affairs and its newly-appointed Vice President Erin Hoffman Harding are currently reviewing a proposal to create an official gay-straight alliance (GSA) at Notre Dame. AllianceND, currently campus’s unofficial GSA, applied for official club status in February. “Are there better structures to achieve our ends?” Jenkins said. “I think it’s time for a fresh look.” Tomorrow: Jenkins on the University’s lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services, the upcoming presidential election and more.last_img read more


DEET alternatives

first_imgBy Elmer GrayUniversity of GeorgiaIn mosquito repellents, the longtime standard DEET(N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) is still the most effective. However,the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently added twonew active ingredients to their guidelines.The CDC now accepts picaridin, or KBR 3023, and p-menthane3,8-diol (PMD), or oil of lemon eucalyptus, as viablealternatives for people who object to using DEET.Both of these new active ingredients have been used in Europe andAustralia for a few years. It should be noted that oil of lemoneucalyptus should not be used on children under age 3.A word of caution about “natural” products: Often they’re basedon oils distilled and concentrated from plants. Usually theseoils have evolved to help defend a plant from insect feeding.When they’re concentrated and refined, they can be toxic andirritating. As a result, “natural” doesn’t always mean “safe.”Safe for kidsBoth the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics sayrepellents containing 10-percent and 30-percent DEET appear to beequally safe for children over 2 months old.Parents should use lower concentrations on children if possible.At 10 percent, DEET is typically effective for 2 hours. At 30percent, it’s effective about 5 hours. Use higher concentrations(up to 30 percent for children) only when extended exposures areexpected.As with any repellent or insecticide, though, it’s critical toread the label and apply only as directed. The most importantaspect concerning children and repellents is for adults to applywhatever is used.When applying repellents in general, apply them only to parts ofthe body that are exposed to mosquitoes. Don’t apply anyrepellent to skin that will be covered by clothing. Don’t apply arepellent to sunburned, irritated, cut or abraded skin, either,or to the mouth or eyes.Be carefulWhen applying repellent to your face, put it on your hands andthen rub it over your face. Use this technique on children ingeneral. And after leaving the mosquito-infested area, wash alltreated skin with warm, soapy water.The risk of being bitten by a mosquito carrying a disease of anytype is extremely small. But never underestimate the dangers ofmosquito-borne diseases. Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain)is extremely serious and debilitating, no matter what version youget (West Nile virus, Eastern Equine, LaCrosse).The best ways to limit exposure to mosquito populations are: Wear light-colored, protective clothes.Keep screens repaired.Wear insect repellents when exposed to mosquitoes.Eliminating all standing water around your home andneighborhood can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes, too.Using common sense, minimizing your exposure to mosquitoes,eliminating standing water and following label directions onrepellents can help you have a safe and enjoyable summer.(Elmer Gray is an Extension Service entomologist for theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more


News & Notes

first_img July 15, 2004 Regular News Patrick G. Emmanuel was recently honored by the Pensacola area Rotary Clubs as the winner of the 2004 Ethics in Business Award, which recognized Emmanuel’s years of ethical dealings with his clients, employees, business associates, and the community in general. Howard A. Spier of Miami has been elected to the board of directors of The Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys. Tod Aronovitz of Miami served as a moderator for the Federal Judicial Roundtable program held at The Florida Bar’s 2004 Annual Meeting in Boca Raton. A group of about 15 U.S. district court judges from across the state discussed courtroom procedures, advocacy, and the need for civility in litigated matters with the lawyer attendees. Scott P. Chitoff of Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected to the board of directors of the Young Lawyers Division of the Broward County Bar. Michael G. Tanner of Holland & Knight in Jacksonville co-chaired the Advanced Trial Advocacy Program presented by the University of Florida College of Law and the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar on May 11-15 at the University of Florida campus. Brian A. Hart of Rafferty, Hart, Stolzenberg, Gelles & Tenenholtz, P.A., in Miami, spoke about U.S. real estate laws to a group of German investment advisors and business media representatives at a conference called “USA Real Estate” in Frankfurt, Germany. Christopher M. Fear of GrayRobinson in Lakeland was honored by Florida Rural Legal Services and the Lakeland Bar Association at a ceremony that applauded the efforts of pro bono attorneys in the 10th Judicial Circuit for their work to the Volunteer Involvement Project from 2001 through 2003. Edward J. Page of Carlton Fields in Tampa has been certified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Jason Hunter Korn of Cohen & Grigsby in Bonita Springs has been appointed to the board of directors of the Edison College Foundation. Patrick J. Lannon of White & Case in Miami has been named to the Probate Rules Committee of The Florida Bar and to the Executive Committee of the Estate Planning Council of Greater Miami. Michael D. Joblove of Miami presented, “Defining and Protecting Territorial Rights in Franchise Systems,” at the International Franchisee Association Legal Forum in Washington, D.C. News & Noteslast_img read more


Thai boy has avian flu; UK finds H5 virus in parrot

first_imgOct 21, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The 7-year-old son of a Thai farmer who died 2 days ago of H5N1 avian influenza also has the virus, but there is no evidence that the boy caught it from his father, according to news services.Reuters and Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports said the boy tested positive for the virus, but they didn’t say what test was used or where it was done. The boy is hospitalized but is expected to recover.”There is no evidence that the boy contracted the disease from his father,” said Siriraj Hospital Director Prasit Watanapa, as quoted in the AFP report.The father fell ill after slaughtering sick chickens. Prasit said the boy “had close contact with the virus” from being around the chickens, AFP reported.”The H5N1 virus found in the boy and the father was the same strain that has been found for the last two years, with no signs of a mutation,” Prasit added.Reuters reported that the 7-year-old was treated with the anti-flu drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) early in his illness. The boy has recovered his appetite and his fever has resolved, the story said.If the boy in fact has avian flu, his illness is the 19th case in Thailand since the disease began spreading in East Asia in late 2003. The country has had 13 deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO), which has not yet confirmed the boy’s case, currently lists a total of 118 human cases, with 61 deaths.In Britain, meanwhile, a parrot that was imported from South America and died in quarantine tested positive for a highly pathogenic H5 avian flu virus, government officials announced today.The parrot had been imported from Suriname, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said in a news release. It was part of a shipment of 148 parrots and “soft bills” that arrived Sep 16.All the birds in the consignment were being destroyed, DEFRA said. Chief Veterinary Officer Debby Reynolds said, “The confirmed case does not affect the UK’s disease free status because the disease has been identified in imported birds during quarantine.”As an additional precaution, the few people who had contact with the birds in the quarantine unit were being given antiviral drugs, the statement said.H5N1 avian flu has not been reported in the UK or in South America. DEFRA said no form of avian flu has been confirmed in Britain since 1992.Officials said another serious avian illness, Newcastle disease, has been detected in imported quarantined birds and successfully contained five times previously.In Indonesia, a 63-year-old man and his 22-year-old son who were suspected of having avian flu have tested negative, according to an AFP report today. The report of their cases yesterday had prompted talk about a possible family cluster.”The pneumonia they are suffering from was not caused by bird flu,” a health ministry official named Hariyadi Wibonoso was quoted as saying. He said further confirmatory tests would be conducted in Hong Kong.The WHO has recognized five cases of avian flu in Indonesia, including three deaths. But government officials have described several more cases as probable on the basis of local tests.Many news items related to avian flu were reported from around the world today. Here is a sampling:Three racing pigeons imported into Australia from Canada were found to have avian flu antibodies, which prompted Australia to consider banning all live bird imports. No virus was found, and it was known not what viral strain the antibodies were related to. A Canadian official said the antibodies are not dangerous to humans, and the pigeons could have been exposed to a virus years ago.Taiwan said it had developed its own version of oseltamivir and would begin producing it if avian flu surfaces there, according to a Deutsche Press Argentur (DPA) report. “We are ready to begin mass production and are waiting for Roche [the manufacturer of oseltamivir] to license us to do so,” a health official was quoted as saying.Canadian officials promised to endorse a Mexican proposal for wealthy countries to share their flu vaccine stockpiles with poorer countries, AFP reported. The idea is to be presented at an international meeting in Canada next week.To protect poultry from avian flu, the Swiss government banned outdoor poultry farming from Oct 25 to Dec 15, when seasonal bird migrations should be over, according to AFP.Officials in one German state eased a ban on outdoor poultry farming by saying farmers could keep geese outside so long as they are under nets or tarpaulins, DPA reported.David Nabarro, the United Nations avian flu coordinator, met with Chinese Health Minister Gao Qiang, who promised full transparency and cooperation in efforts to stop the virus, AFP reported.last_img read more


Thursday Night Football

first_imgIf you are not a football fan, the Thursday night games have a way of ruining your normal TV watching.  This is the least of the problems created by these games.  An article in Sports Illustrated magnified the real problem of this.Because of the nature of pro football and the violent hits that players take, the games on Thursday night ramp up the number of injuries.  When you play a Sunday game (especially Sunday night), the body does not have time to recover.  With the added pressure of wanting to win your division, most players want to take the field and go back into action before their body is ready.   We know how many of these players are now living with the results of those lasting injuries.  Some cannot even walk.So, why do we have Thursday night games?  It is all due to the greed of the owners.  Being on television means big bucks.  None of the owners are in the game to lose money.  You can bet that not only will Thursday night games continue, but some owner will get the bright idea to play on Tuesday!last_img read more


Freedom 40 win worth $1,000 to Wood

first_imgBy David Smith Jr.MEEKER, Okla. (July 14) – After surviving a mid-race battle for the lead, Joe Wood Jr. worked lapped traffic to perfection in the latter portion of the race to claim the Freedom 40 Sprint Series of Oklahoma feature at Red Dirt Raceway.Jake Martens opened a five-car length lead with 15 laps to go. Two laps later, Wood got a run coming out of turn four to take the front spot away on lap 27.Not even encountering slower cars on lap 32 could slow Wood’s pace as he went on to claim the half-stretch $1,000 victory, his second on the season and third career with the Smiley’s Racing Products-presented series.Martens held off Andy Shouse for the runner-up position while rookie Steven Shebester had his best performance of the season in fourth. Blake Dacus was fifth.Sheldon Barksdale led the first nine circuits and ended in sixth. Wood was scored first on a cou­ple laps at midway before Martens regained the lead, then returned the favor for the $1,000 pay­day.Feature results – 1. Joe Wood Jr.; 2. Jake Martens; 3. Andy Shouse; 4. Steven Shebester; 5. Blake Dacus; 6. Sheldon Barksdale; 7. Gary Owens; 8. Tristan Oakes; 9. Chris Kelly; 10. Chas Koch; 11. Dillon Laden; 12. Loyd Clevenger; 13. Michael Gossman; 14. Justin Fisk; 15. Warren Fields; 16. Blake Scott; 17. Josh Toho; 18. Mike Scott; 19. Tanner Conn; 20. Blake Anderson.last_img read more


Trio arrested in connection with murder of Florida fishing group

first_imgThis is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. GoodLifeStudio/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(FROSTPROOF, Fla.) — Police said they arrested three people Wednesday in connection with a brutal murder of three friends who were fishing on a Florida lake.Tony “TJ” Wiggins, 26, his girlfriend, Mary Whittemore, 27, and his brother, William “Robert” Wiggins, 21, were all apprehended after an extensive search following the deaths of Keven Springfield, Brandon Rollins and Damion Tillman on Friday.Springfield, 30, Rollins, 27, and Tillman 23, were found shot to death near a local fishing spot on Lake Streety in Frostproof, Florida. Before they were killed, Rollins was able to call his father and warn him that he and his friends were being attacked, according to police.Sheriff Judd is updating the media on the arrests of these 3 suspects in the July 17th triple homicide in #Frostproof: 26 yo Tony “TJ” Wiggins; 27 yo Mary Whittemore; and 21 yo William “Robert” Wiggins. We are live on Facebook https://t.co/rKNE28jFQl. Release to follow pic.twitter.com/1XxFHe2kFQ— Polk County Sheriff (@PolkCoSheriff) July 22, 2020last_img read more


SBF Petroleum Jaguars One-Day League… Johnson’s breezy ton sets up

first_imgcrushing 141-run win for GeorgetownBy Clifton RossSKIPPER Leon Johnson reminded the masses of his class after his magical century sealed an emphatic 141 run win for Georgetown in yesterday’s match against East Bank.The Bourda ground was more kind to Georgetown which snapped their 4-match losing streak to pile up a mammoth 292-6 in 50 overs, with the captain stealing the show with a throwback innings of 104 from 111 deliveries, decorated with 9 eye-catching fours.All-rounder Chris Barnwell narrowly missed a half-century as he clobbered three fours and as many sixes in his whirlwind 49 from 34 balls.A resistant knock of 60 from Captain Vishal Singh was the highlight of the East Bank innings. The former Windies Test player was rock solid as usual, hitting a single boundary during his stay.Coupled with 40 from Yudister Persaud, the visitors could only muster 151-5 when their overs expired as the Georgetown bowlers did well to share the wickets.During the chase, centurion from the last game, Trevon Griffith, gifted his wicket to good mate Barnwell, but not before smoking three fours and a six in a blistering knock of 20.Further inroads brought Singh to the crease, and he worked extremely hard for his half-century but the mountain of runs proved to be too much, even with their Skipper batting out the innings with 5 wickets in hand.Earlier, Georgetown’s Winston Forrester was promoted up the order and hit three fours before falling to Kishan Singh (2-52), the most successful bowler.Former West Indies U-19 youth batsman Joshua Persaud, also shook his scratchy form to hit 24 from 28, finding the boundary on three occasions but also failed to carry on.Johnson, the 5-time Regional 4-Day title winning skipper, finally made amends for his cold start to the tournament as his half-century kept the East Bank bowlers constantly searching for wickets following the departure of the openers.The Captain’s 50 arrived with five fours under his belt with Raymond Perez (27) providing ideal support from the other end with his turning over of the strike.The left-hander motored on and with Perez standing his ground, the two brought up Georgetown’s first 100 partnership of the tournament.When Perez fell, Johnson continued to find the boundary and when Barnwell came to the crease, it was then that the bowlers felt the brunt.The right-hander hammered anything loose while Johnson oozed with class to reach his milestone at nearly a run-a-ball.Sherfane Rutherford then denied the former Windies T20 player the chance to get to 50 when he was caught behind; inevitably bringing an end to the free flow of runs as the innings came to an end.last_img read more


Cazenovia boys lacrosse goes 1-2, beats Carthage

first_imgYet Cazenovia kept it from getting too far away and, trailing 6-2 at the break, cranked up its defense, able to blank the Comets as goalie Ian Fostveit worked his total to 11 saves.Netting five unanswered goals in the third quarter, the Lakers grabbed a 7-6 lead, and added an insurance tally in the final period as Ty Freyer and Cole Basic both found the net three times.Brian Pezzi earned the other two goals, with Brody Coleman piling up four assists and Tom Fabbioli adding an assist. Before this, Cazenovia had an opportunity for a quality road win at Homer last Tuesday night, and played strong defense most of the way, but just didn’t produce enough on the other end in a 9-6 defeat to the Trojans.Each half followed the same pattern, with Cazenovia trading goals with Homer early, only to go silent. In fact, the Lakers were shut out in the second quarter after a 3-3 tie, and blanked again in the final period, unable to overcome a 7-6 deficit.Basic and Cody Dickinson each got two goals, with single tallies going to Freyer and Gannon Houghton. Coleman added an assist. Everything else got turned away, Homer goalie Colin Perks stopping 12 of the 18 shots he faced.On the Trojans’ side, Jake Calabro, with two goals and three assists, led the way, Dante Patriarco adding three goals and one assist as Dylan Yacavone got two goals and two assists.It would not get easier for the Lakers since state Class C no. 3-ranked Christian Brothers Academy showed up on Thursday night. And the Brothers maintained its hot play, defeating Cazenovia 15-3.All that the Lakers could manage was a single goal in the first half, contained as CBA built a 9-1 advantage. Eventually, Colin Kelly would get four goals, with Wyatt Auyer adding three goals and one assist as Ryan Mackenzie got two goals and three assists.On Cazenovia’s side, Basic, Freyer and Dickinson had goals, with assists going to Coleman and Pezzi. Fostveit made 13 saves as CBA counterpart Z.J. Shanin earned eight saves.Chittenango has undergone plenty of its own struggles, and did not get out of them last Tuesday as state Class D no. 5-ranked Marcellus defeated the Bears 21-7.A 10-goal first quarter put the Mustangs in control, and it would eventually have 10 different players score at least once, with Emmett Barry (four goals, one assist) and Liam Tierney (three goals) at the forefront.When Chittenango was able to convert, Shane Kolb did so three times for a hat trick, with Caleb Barnard and Billy Demand getting two goals apiece. Zeph Scott added an assist.Chittenango (2-12) and Cazenovia (3-12) finish the season squaring off against each other on Tuesday night.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story A spring that has seen the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team face more struggles than it has for much of this decade is nearing its conclusion.Yet even amid these low points, the Lakers have found bright moments, as it did last Saturday at Cazenovia College’s Christakos Field where, on Senior Day, it made a stirring second-half comeback to beat the Carthage Comets 8-6.Even with Carthage making the long road trip and an early-morning start time, it was the Comets controlling the first half, moving out in front behind Josh Demko’s three-goal hat trick.center_img Tags: boys lacrosseCazenoviaChittenangolast_img read more


Point-counterpoint: Winless or Undefeated

first_img11-7 PCPWhat’s more difficult, goingundefeated or going winless? That’s like comparing a marathon to awalk from Vilas to Humanities. Seriously, we’re debating this?Not winning a game doesn’t take anyeffort. Essentially, we are talking about the difference betweenRocky Balboa’s anal retentive workout routine and a Richard Simmons”let’s have fun” one. To go unbeaten you have to work extremelyhard, maybe even shed some blood every time out, whereas to avoidgoing winless, you have to merely go through the motions (“up,down, up down, come on now!”). Week in and week out, a team that’strying to remain perfect must come to play. There’s little room forerror. Week in and week out, you don’t even have to show up to gowinless. Tell me that that’s strenuous. To back up my argument with facts,there are very few exceptions to this rule. The 1976 Buccaneers wouldbe one. They had to try real hard to go 0-14 in their inauguralseason and 0-26 before picking up their first win. However, look at how many teams havebeen on the lip of perfection, but fall short. Any of the NFL’s topteams in recent years, particularly the Colts, are perfect examplesof this. Injuries, resting players up for the playoffs, what haveyou, great teams are still going to lose — it’s the nature of thegame. No team since the 1972 Dolphins has gone undefeated in theprofessional ranks on any of the four major sports levels.Pretty much college football andbasketball are the most likely of sources to find an undefeated team.Even in basketball, it doesn’t happen often. The last NCAA hoopsteam to go undefeated was again in 1976, when Bobby Knight’sHoosiers went 32-0. That was 31 years ago. College football isunderstandably different because although a handful of teams gounbeaten during the course of the year, a handful also doesn’t wina game.It’s pretty clear that losing iseasy. If I wanted to do that, I wouldn’t have written anything. Point: Perfection doesn’t come easy. 11-7 pcp voelkelA little more than halfway through theNFL season, two teams are on track for perfection. The undefeated Patriots and the winlessDolphins not only share a division, but also a potential date withdestiny when the two play Dec. 23. Should both maintain their currentways, that game would be the latest game in NFL history between somediametrically opposite teams.That backdrop begs the question: Is itharder to lose ’em all or win ’em all?On the surface it seems like aslam-dunk answer: Of course it is harder to win every game you play. Dig a little deeper, however, and youwill see the error in your ways. Sure, winning every week takes copiousamounts of effort, talent and luck, but so too does losing. When youwin like it’s your job, teams give you their best shot. Similarly,losing every time out gives teams a reason to more or less take agame off when they play you. Even Screech, universally recognized asprobably the biggest loser ever to grace the planet, got Lisa tosoften up a little bit and see the good in the curly-haired nerd.If being the best at losing wasn’t sucha difficult task, why would NBC focus an entire series around seeingwho could be the biggest loser? It just doesn’t make sense.Plus we’re not talking about tankinghere. Legitimately trying and losing every time out is a nearmathematical impossibility. Sooner or later, a bounce will go yourway, the opposing team will have a bad game and you will win.Plus, you’re talking about hard? Losingall the time is about as hard to handle as anything.When it comes down to it, going 1-0just doesn’t hold a candle to 0-1. Losing. Count it.last_img read more