Sports news & notes – 6/24
It seems everybody is in lawsuit mode. Two anonymous Oakland Raiders cheerleaders recently filed a lawsuit against the NFL and the team, claiming they were denied wages, overtime pay and business reimbursements while being subjected to “degrading comments” and “grueling working conditions.”
Now I can sympathize over the money aspect since they are “employees,” but degrading comments. Hello! Women are subjected to harassment fully clothed; what do you expect when you’re half naked and shaking your booty like a tub of Jell-O. And no, that doesn’t excuse the men but as they say in the publishing field: Know your audience. If you constantly leave your door unlocked at home, chances are you’ll be robbed. Wearing scantily clad clothing around sober male species is bad enough, but when you add alcohol to the equation, well…put some clothes on!
• Bring back the Sound. N.C. Central band fans are not going away quietly. The Sound Machine Booster Club is holding a public forum June 25, 7 p.m. at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham to voice its dissatisfaction with the recent firing of band director Jorim Reid and two staff members, and a “history of pithy allocation of funds and overall support for the band.”
“They simply don’t give them all the money they need to run a successful program,” booster club president Marilyn M. Clemens wrote in a letter. “We’re volunteers. We don’t get paid one dime to do what we do. A lot of people are angry and upset; they want to know what needs to be done to fix this.”
• HBCUs on CBS Benedict at Miles is the only HBCU contest that will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network. The rivals go at it Oct. 2 at 8 p.m.
• A different world. Prairie View A&M recently unveiled sketches of its new football stadium and field house. First-class stuff. It will rival anything from any FCS or FBS school. Click on this link and judge for yourself. http://www.panther-stadium.com/?page_id=67
• Telling it like it is. Morehouse student De’Von Weatherspoon reveals his HIV status and the reactions from students and faculty in a blog on CocoaFab.com. It’s just amazing how many of us still have our heads in the sand when its comes to HIV and AIDS.
• Crumblin’ Classic. Will Southern have a new opponent in the Bayou Classic? ] According to numerous reports, Superdome officials \ hinted that replacing the G-men would reverse lagging attendance. “If Grambling has fallen off that bad, maybe Southern could take the lead and it could be an earned-in game and bring in somebody else,” said Robert Bruno, the commissioner of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District. “I just don’t know if Grambling can carry the load.”
Last year, Southern board member Tony Clayton also expressed dissatisfaction. “For the last several years, Southern has been doing 90 percent of the work and producing 70 to 80 percent of the fans, and we’re having to split the proceeds.”
However, Grambling President Frank Pogue said the university has no intention of dropping out of the televised classic. “This is a fierce, competitive rivalry in terms of football, but it is nothing short of a good, strong marriage between two world-class institutions when it comes to putting on a tremendous week of activities and events on and off the field,” he said. “There is no discussion to change this historic matchup, and there are no plans to change this annual challenge in any way.”
• WNIT bound. Jackson State is one of 16 teams that will participate in the preseason WNIT. JSU will take on Arkansas State Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. JSU coach Surina Dixon was an assistant at ASU in the early 2000s.
• Walkin’ the walk. Actor/comedian Kevin Hart has pledged $50,000 to the Texas Southern Ocean of Soul Marching Band to help the team travel to the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio. Former TSU alumnus Michael Strahan is being inducted.