Eric Crawford: Sunday Reading

off-the-field topics

“I dream a lot. I want to do extraordinary things. Someone was telling me that only ordinary people do extraordinary things. I want to be part of them. I am really looking forward to going back to the Final Four again. Win one more game, then another, and then win the national title. It will be one thing I will never forget. We are going to be a part of history forever. We have high respect for Duke. They beat us, but we forgot about it. This is a new game. It’s 0-0. We need to compete. I don’t know what the outcome is going to be, but I am sure we are going to compete and show a lot of energy.”

—   Louisville junior center GORGUI DIENG.

“This really is not a partisan political statement, but a statement about movies. The president today said he couldn’t work a “Jedi mind meld” to get a budget done. It should be noted — it’s either a Jedi mind trick, or a (Vulcan) mind meld. It can’t be both. No wonder our politicians are making such a mess of things if these types of fundamentals are not understood.”

—   Eric Crawford

Thoughts on an op-ed columnist quitting The Courier-Journal

Adapted from a Facebook response to discussion over the departure of John David Dyche from The Courier-Journal after an op-ed piece critical of the newspaper was rejected for publication by editors.

I had found this interesting, and figured it would turn into a bash-the-C-J list, and almost didn’t post it for that reason, but think it is a big deal, not because a contributor has left the paper in an ideological dispute, but because it is an overall change in journalism.

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Responding to an absolute evil

NASHVILLE, TENN. — I write about sports. There are a couple of stories that have been backed up on my to-do list today while making a 400-mile drive to cover a basketball game Saturday. But it seems none of that is going to come until I write about something else first.

I wandered into truck stops on the way down Interstate 65 between Louisville, Ky., and Nashville, Tenn. And around every television monitor people gathered, silently, to watch coverage of the Sandy Hook School shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Most of us were like one truck driver who quietly turned to a group of us watching a screen in a Wendy’s restaurant truck stop outside Franklin, Ky., and said, “I need to get moving, but I can’t.”

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