Crean calls players’ excise arrests part of “a maturity problem”

Indiana just put out a release with statements from IU coach Tom Crean as well as guards Yogi Ferrell and Stanford Robinson after Ferrell and Robinson were arrested by Indiana State Excise Police on Friday night on charges of Minor Alcohol Consumption and Possession of a False Identification. Those statements follow.

Tom Crean

“We are aware of the two infractions with a couple of the guys on our team.  One of our big problems on the court this year was solid decision making, which directly mirrors our lack of decision making off the court.  We had too many players that had a maturity problem all year and that maturity has not grown yet to where it needs to be.  This isn’t about a time of year or a special week on campus.  This is about poor judgment, selfishness of actions, and disrespect for what this program stands for.  We will continue as we have all year to push the responsibility of what it means to play in this basketball program and to represent yourself beyond reproach.  We have been successful in doing that in the past and will continue to demand those same principles.”

Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell

“I apologize for letting down my family, coaches, teammates and fans and truly regret the mistake I made.  This is something I have to learn from, use better judgement and I have a responsibility as a leader on this team to make sure nothing like this happens again.”

Stanford Robinson

“I’m very sorry for my actions.  I know I have embarrassed my family and this program and have let a lot of people down. I have no excuses for the mistakes I made and I take full responsibility for them.”

48 comments

  1. Crean saying they’ve been successful in pushing responsibility on this team is like me saying I’ve been successful at sobriety this season. Might be stretching it a bit.

  2. So when we had virtually no incidents for creans first 4 or 5 years, he was a great leader. Did he suddenly stop pushing responsibility or something?

  3. Hey Tom, in this case, less would have been more, as in the less said, the more impact you’d have had. The players’ statements were far more important.

  4. This isn’t Creans fault–grow up! I’m surprised these kids had that poor of judgement—-Kilroys fake ID’s Basketball players LOL! Remember they R still kids. This will help them become much smarter in life.

  5. Why should these players care? They know nothing will happen to them as nothing happened to HMP.They might miss the first half of a game against a Div.III school that they wouldn’t play more than that anyway.Crean does not give any punishment to players who break the law…he can’t he is fighting for his job.Players leaving the program…asst.coaches leaving and 5th year seniors who were considering IU not coming and transfers from other schools not coming….get use to it…all we will get are “projects”.

  6. In a vacuum, this is a non-story. College kids drinking underage with a fake ID? Stop the press!!! But I must say this is a bit alarming. Stupid, stupid decisions. (Like you didn’t know the cops would be out in full force on Little 5 weekend? Like they wouldn’t recognize you? And Kilroy’s? C’mon, man. Have some imagination…) Not uncommon decisions for folks their age. But stupid. And when you look at them on the whole– with every other headline that’s been mostly negative recently– it doesn’t paint a pretty picture. Just another sad turn of events. I hope it all turns out to be more coincidental than systemic. But my wagers are getting smaller.

    I don’t give a hoot about press conferences and releases. I don’t really care about what you have to say when the heat is on. I care about how you respond in the intermediate and– more importantly– long term. Show us what you have. Don’t just tell us. Because, really, all we’ve had lately is talk. And it’s not been too promising.

  7. Guys, Hammer said it all. These young men made a mistake, and have apologized. Some of you are out to bash Crean, no matter what he does or say. The negativity about the program is why kids don’t want to play here. Please my Hoosier family, quit bashing the Coach and family.

  8. People like 87 know this is much more about college kids than it is BB players but their biases still consume their thinking.

  9. Patrick, as an isolated incident this is small potatoes. I really don’t care about two college kids drinking underage. Hundreds will get busted in Bloomington this weekend alone, and thousands more will skate by because they didn’t happen to get caught. I’m not even particularly concerned about the fake IDs, other than the fact that everybody in the state of Indiana knows that theses two guys are freshmen and sophomores trying sneak into a highly popular bar crawling with cops. (I’m actually surprised Yogi is apparently as close to legal drinking age as he is.) It’s not reckless or dangerous… it’s just moronic.

    What I’m more concerned with is the growing number of isolated incidents. Not to be an alarmist, but enough small potatoes can make a meal. It’s been a rough 15 months without a lot of positive publicity, and another blemish just gives the banshees more fodder with which to bash our coach and program. Minor infractions like this get harder and harder to overlook the more frequently they occur, and just makes it more difficult to defend as an administration. For those looking for reasons to believe this program is heading back in the right direction, this is not a positive sign.

  10. Very good post #9, Punjab, you got it exactly right. This is another seemingly small but important indication that something about the program has gone way off the tracks.

    It is hard to believe that Yogi was dumb enough, or arrogant enough, to think they would get away with illegally being in Kilroy’s on Little 500 weekend. With his extremely high recognition factor plus all the known exise police in town for this weekend, Yogi had to know they would get recognized, caught, and busted. Yogi can’t be that STUPID, since he did manage to graduate high school and now continues to pass college courses.

    Perhaps this was a deliberate move to get arrested, sort of like “a cry for help” for some yet unknown reason. Or a deliberate action to draw more negative attention to the basketball program, again for some as of yet unknown reason. That makes more sense than believing that Yogi is just plain STUPID, which is the default explanation.

  11. good posting #10!! Alot could be read or misread in the actions but I’m thinking CTC may have hit the nail on the head with whats wrong with HIS program: “poor judgement and selfishness of action”Look at all the playmaking that DIDNT happen, the assists that DIDNT happen,the turnover rate that never changed,the 1 on 1 while 4 acted like statues.perhaps life is mimicing “art” this time

  12. When Coach Knight was winning National Champioships and Big 10 championships everybody over looked his off the court incidents.But has soon as IU quit winning everyone was out to get him.Since 2000 when Coach Knight was fired…several IU basketball players under Davis…Sampson and Crean have been arrested.What would Coach do with these kids after getting arrested?Knight could get away with whatever he decided to do with them because he earned the respect of having a clean program.Not always the case with Knight himself…but his kids were clean.Crean has had 1 good season at IU since he has been here.The decline of the program will never go away until he is fired.He has earned no respect at all because he has never won anything until last season.He should have never been hired at IU and it is very apparant he is in way over his head.IU will never win 20 games a year again under Crean and will be a bubble team every selection Sunday and never higher than a 12-15 seed.The guy is a good man….just cannot coach at this level.He makes almost 3 million a year and this is what we get in return?Several coaches would take the IU job for half that and win alot more.If Crean had 1-2 championships or 1-2 Final Four’s then maybe we give him some time.He has 1 Final Four and will never see it again.

  13. It’s a known fact that radical Christians are heavy drinkers. With so much puritanical shackles to every aspect of existence, why is it a surprise to need the drink?

    It’s a way to finally release and take the burdens off the mind. I feel a bit sorry for the young men. It can’t be easy never having one ounce of joy and fun under Crean.

  14. Hoosier 1987, exactly the same thing will happen to Yogi and to Stan as happens to the other 200-500 under-age drinkers given citations over this Little 500 Weekend: 1) you go to court, 2) you pay about $100, 3) you do the assigned “education”, 4) the case is ultimately dismissed. That is NOT “nothing”. But it certainly is NOT a big deal!

  15. It’s also a well known fact that if you have the heart of a lion and the back of a salamander, you escape Michigan on a river filled with dirty bong water.

  16. Double Down-

    Think about it. You can get in a 3000 lb. car drunk on your ass and potentially that vehicle no differently than a deadly weapon in a random roulette wheel of tonnage colliding with innocent victims on the roadways. You incur no NCAA penalties for such reckless and irresponsible behavior that puts people in extreme harms way. You receive a slap on the wrist from your coach and sit out a couple games.

    You smoke a joint anywhere from a few hours to a few days before a game. Their are traces still left in your bloodstream. You fail a drug test and you’re given a 1-year penalty/suspension from the NCAA.

    I’m not advocating smoking pot as a regular locker room activity, but we’ve got to get our priorities straight. Abusing alcohol impairs the ability to drive a vehicle far beyond smoking weed. It’s a mass money-making industry and that’s why the abuses are trivialized. Adults abuse it and passing it off as their kids having harmless college fun is a way to deny their own booze addictions and a culture many kids are growing up in. Far more people are addicted to alcohol. It destroys far more lives and foster far more dysfunctional homes.

    To let kids keep their scholarships, never face any school/NCAA penalties, when arrested for underage drinking, falsify ID’s, or getting into vehicles while legally intoxicated, is ludicrous. Juxtapose that flippant careless policy that can promote endangering civilians against a 1-year forced removal from the sport because of marijuana use?

    And I’m sure the violence that occurred when the Mellencamp brothers and the IU baseball coach’s boy were allegedly involved in case of battery was fueled by excessive drinking jacking up the bravado and anger.

    We put the greater stigma on marijuana usage because so many American household are filled with alcoholics.

  17. Why do I recall having read some blogs posts here suggesting that Henner Mosquera-Perea be removed or, at least have his scholarship taken away or be suspended for years? The only difference being that the doorman at Kilroy’s got Yogi and Robinson before they made it through the door.

    Can we now to expect that CTC will have Yogi and Robs sitting through 3-4 games next year?

    My money says, yes he will.

  18. The words “…selfishness of actions…” are key. In their case, individually “selfishness of actions” leads to ‘bad judgment’. You can see this clearly in how these two players approached basketball in their play last season… very selfishly.

  19. An Issue of Love

    It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak” (Romans 14:21). Because one out of seven people who drink wine will become problem drinkers or alcoholics, how can a Christian support an industry that encourages more people to stumble than any other legal substance?

    According to Zig Ziglar, authorities know that approximately one in sixteen people who ever take a social drink will become an alcoholic! Would you even step one foot on an airplane if you knew there was a one in 16 chance that it would crash and end your life? (Actually, the odds for a commercial airliner crashing are closer to one in a million—but even with those odds some people will not fly. Yet many of these same people will take a drink!)

    Consider this other well-known fact: In the next 24 hours, alcohol will be responsible for nearly half of all…

    * … the homicides.
    * …the people who will die on the highway.
    * …the people who will be admitted to the hospital.
    * …the people who will be incarcerated in jail or prison.
    * …the people who will be arrested for domestic violence.
    * …the people who will be born with birth defects.

    In addition, alcohol deserves a mention for being responsible for a quarter of all suicides.

    It’s clear enough from these appalling statistics that any clear thinking citizen, especially a Christian, would feel profound conviction to avoid a drug that accounts for a veritable tidal wave of misery to every culture it touches. If we truly love our brother and God, how can we defend drinking alcohol in any degree? Paul said he would neither eat flesh or drink wine or do anything that caused offense to a brother (Romans 14:21). With so many alcoholics struggling to be saved from their addictions, we must never cause them to stumble again by being even slightly inconsistent in our example.

    Inviting Temptation

    Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

    It is also a well-documented fact that drinking even the smallest quantity of alcohol impairs reactions and weakens normal inhibitions.

    Put simply: It lowers a Christian’s resolve to resist temptation. Why would any Christian want to make it easier for the devil to snare them? Many men and women have awaken after a night baptized by a few glasses of wine or bottles of beer to discover they have violated the Seventh Commandment and forever scarred their lives and reputations.

    This is why Peter charges us to be “sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). The devil is already bent on getting us! Let’s not make it any easier for him by diluting with alcohol our God-given resistance!

    Remember, even when Jesus was hanging on the cross, with acute thirst, He refused to drink the wine they offered Him. “They gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He has tasted it, He would not drink” (Matthew 27:34). With the redemption of the planet hanging in the balance, He would not risk His judgment being impaired by receiving even a mouthful of wine, which might have made His suffering for us a little more bearable. Does He expect less of us?(courtesy: Amazing Facts, “The Christian and Alcohol,” by Doug Batchelor)

    More informative offerings found here.

    The devil tempts with the scantily dressed coed in yoga pants attending a party with the seductive holding of a cup from the devil’s Budweiser in her hand…The devil tempts with lazy choices of greed found in “self” indulgences over concern for teammates…and the devil tempts with the drink to cloud our minds in hopes the hangover is too severe to remember the sins. It’s all weakness, Ben. And the devil tempts us to seek those that label others as weak because we cannot bear a closer examination of our own weaknesses. When we villain-chase, we are basically persecuting others with a fake ID. We must be strong. We must be sincere to God in recognizing our own failings rather than give ourselves the hypocritical constant pass because we’re more Christian than the next drunkard.

  20. The difference bewteen the other 200-500 underage drinkers that will also be arrested this weekend is that they are not on scholarship and having their college paid for.When you are a student-athlete you are and should be held to a higher standard.The kids on this team have lost all respect for their coach-their teamates and the university.It is not Crean’s fault that this happened…but he is the head coach and making 3 million a year and he has to be held accountable for the players on his team.I am not saying Crean should be fired for the 3 getting arrested….I’m saying he should man up and let them know this is not accepetable and they should be given at least a 5-6 game suspension.HMP sat for what 1 game…they know Crean is fighting for his job and he cannot afford to sit them.This is just the start of the trouble Indiana is getting ready to have.Indiana is in horrible shape.Eric Gordon would not even live on school property because of all the drug problems going on when he was there.Fischer had drug problems…3 arrests since the season has ended…if this is The Movement…they can have it back.

  21. “Part of a maturity problem”? I would have thought Crean would have recruited players with enough “maturity” to be responsible enough to avoid stupid behavior on such a stage.

  22. Hoosier1987, I’m not aware “…Fisher had drug problems…”. Is this so? Where did you get that? I haven’t heard or read anything of the sort. Or, did you just invent that for good measure?

  23. …it is 2 arrests since the season is over…if “Fischer had drug problems”, please give us the source…you are not credible to be a source…

  24. Yeah, um, for the record, I’ve heard a lot of rumors about this team, but not one of them has involved the words “Luke Fischer,” and “drugs” in the same sentence.

  25. It’s three arrests in just over two months.

    I’ve also never heard anything about Fischer doing drugs. And when you make an accusation of someone partaking in drug use, you should be specific to solid evidence and verifiable sources.

    In my college days at Bloomington, I couldn’t go out my dorm room door on a weeknight without the halls being filled with the smell of fresh burning weed. Alcohol was everywhere, but it was mostly beer/keg parties. I think pot is boring to most students now. They want to indulge in hard liquor. I’ve heard crazy stories of college kids dying from taking strong liquor up the rear end by means of an enema bottle(butt-chugging) because the absorption into the bloodstream is vastly accelerated. We were so unsophisticated in my college day. Never thought about taking booze up the keister just to get pathetically wasted at lightning speed.

    Here’s a good story…When my kid graduated from high school, she was invited to a booze party hosted by her friend’s parents at the friend’s house. The parents(primarily the mother’s control-freak ideas) claimed this was to prepare their child and their child’s friends on the “how to” of hard liquor drinking and indoctrinate their virgin drinking child into how to find booze “intake limits” before they would go down to IU as college students. This was a very conservative family with strongly advocated Christian church-going habits/values invested in the raising of their children. My kid didn’t want to go..I didn’t even have to say “no.”

    I thought it was completely nuts. These same friends from high school(most attending IU)can’t do anything unless it involves getting plastered. It’s how they define having fun. I’m so proud of my kid for not needing it. Not saying my kid is perfect(far from it). Just very happy that my child found a different circle of friends at a school where it wasn’t so vital to filling the weekends.

  26. I am not saying Fischer was doing drug’s…I heard he was leaving because he was homesick and there was a drug problem on the team.I never heard that Fischer himself was using.I am sure he new of all the drinking problems then and I’m sure there were some other thing’s going on as well.Crean has this team is just has bad a shape has Sampson had it in.

  27. What I heard is that the class of 1987, or at least those that suggest to be in the class of 1987, can’t write or spell worth a damn; nor can they fact check or stop going on and on with rumors worth a damn either. From the sample I’ve seen of those who tend to be Hoosiers of 1987, I tend to not trust one single thing they say and write.

    Also, for the record, I tend to disbelief anything that comes to me with the words ‘rumors’ preceding or following it because it is usually intended to hurt or destroy someone. All I know about this team, and all I’ve ever heard about it is that some of its members that we can say with enough certainty to believe it is that three of its members made some dumb choices which include trying to get around the legal drinking age in Indiana; they’re young; sometimes not very smart (perhaps they should remember that Indiana Excise Police go to games and see pictures of them); they don’t shoot very well, sometimes have little idea what they are doing or were trying to do; and, throw the ball all over the place, even though sober and in public (and those are not from rumors).

  28. Post #22 & #29 are the reasons 87 gets no traction on here. College kids want to drink and do drink.

    H4H, 1 of my sons had a school friend with parents having the very same idea about personally initiating students to drinking pre-college. They were of the left wing, secular, neo-liberal, goof ball ilk. So nor you or I can brand that piss poor decision to any particular way of life.

  29. Harv, most anything not used in moderation is a bad thing. (Excessive smiling probably never hurt anyone, but you get the point.) Alcohol can takes lives and destroy families, no doubt. But so can food. Obesity, diabetes, and other long-term health problems. Though I don’t know of any state state or local statutes that specifically outlaw eating and driving, you can be cited for inattentive driving if navigating traffic while shoving that Big Mac in your face or putting hot sauce on your tacos.

    It’s a values thing. And even those with otherwise strict conservative values may otherwise have liberal views when it comes to certain aspects of their lives. I remember visiting my buddy’s parents house in Arlington while in technical training in north Texas many moons ago. They were mostly strict Baptitsts, except they got down on the weekend. They were very open about it. While mixing cocktails, I asked her about Baptitists and drinking. Her response was classic: “yeah, many a good Baptist won’t acknowledge another in the liquor store.”

    For some, that statement may be hypocritical, if not downright sacrilege. For others, it’s just funny. It’s all in what you believe.

    I respect your daughter’s decision. I hope mine make the same responsible choices one day. But I’m a realist, and if/when the time comes we discover our kids are partaking before it’s legally their time, I tend to believe it’s better to teach them to do it responsibly than to ignore or scold… Within reason, of course…

  30. HC, I lived in Germany for three years where the legal drinking age is sixteen. The legal driving age is 18. It’s a cultural thing, but they believe kids should know how to handle their booze before they know how to handle a car. Knowing your limitations is important, so the thinking goes. I can’t say I disagree.

    I remember the first time I drank. It was a high school party. I was 18 and about to graduate. Drinking beer and doing vodka shots, I was up until about 3 am and had to work at 7am at Burger King. I didn’t know any better, and thought I could just sleep it off for a couple hours and be good to go. I nearly found out the hard way that that it takes a lot longer for my body to process the alcohol. I didn’t know any better. All I knew was that drinking was bad and I shouldn’t do it, which is all most kids know. Some are going to do it anyway– kids will be kids, right?– and in that case is it not better to educate and potentially save lives?

  31. So what’s up with IU maintenance staff driving around Saturday and Sunday mornings cleaning up the yards of IU student rental properties that have been completely trashed by partying….picking up beer cans, hauling garbage away, folding up chairs, sweeping off porches. Seriously??? Our tax dollars at work???

  32. Really? You go into a bar, with a fake ID, underage, not remembering you’ve been on TV for about 6 months….Naaah, no one will know who we are.

    What a bunch of dummies.

  33. HC, Punjab…the kids will probably reflect the parent’s attitude towards alcohol. If the parents treat it for what alcohol is, a dangerous substance that must be consumed in the most careful and limited manner, they’ll probably respect its power to be dangerous, not only to the individual consuming it but to the entire family. And, I don’t mean only because you can cause physical harm to yourself or others; but. because it brings with it a host of other dangerous consequences and can affect the life of those we love in tremendous ways… family relationships, aggressive behaviors, economic ruin. professional collapse, etc…

    Where it comes to my kids, consumption of alcohol before age 21 (in Indiana) was absolutely prohibited, if for no other reason than I and their mother said so. Period. (That is still a really good, honorable and logical reason for setting limits. If you build the expectations, it is reasonable they will develop their own system of discerning right and wrong; but as my father would say…he wanted us to hear his voice for counsel and permission whenever we were making critical choices. Experience eventually taught me, dad was right. And that same message was passed to my son and daughter, and it pleases me no end when I see my son and daughter passing it on to their grandchildren.

    There’s just too much debate in America on those issues. Nothing to do with ideological or political, or even religious Punjab…it is much more encompassing than any of those ‘choice’ issues. The words obligation and obedience come to mind and they are just fine foundations for life (in the sense of establishing right and wrong) before judgement takes over.

    (Now I expect a whole host of replies counseling me for being autocratic (plead guilty), non-compromising (guilty), absolutist (guilty)…but first know that as a family I could not be more pleased with my children and grandchildren, their accomplishments in life, their own security and independence (for my two children) as adults, and the sense that the grandchildren are secure, happy and developing. Before you write, know that each note criticizing will be anticipated and received with a huge, knowing, happy (and somewhat arrogant)smile) where it comes to the outcomes for those I love.

  34. Damn!! I should have included Harvard in the salutation…sorry Harvard, absolutely accidental…TTG

  35. Tsau, in a perfect world you’re absolutely right. Assuming you’re honorable, caring parents who absolutely know right from wrong, what you say to your children should be gospel– given and received with the understanding that it is all out of experience and love and with their very best interests at heart.

    That’s not always the case. Some people just aren’t good parents. Most are, and even then there’s no gurantee for success. Some of the “hardest partiers” I’ve known– for lack of a better term– came from a home with strict parents with exactly the kind of code you described. Some of those kids were just rebellious, others were miserable. Most came back to earth as they grew out of it, often times better off for the experience and becoming phenomenal parents in the process. Others are still lost.

    Then you have the inexplicable circumstances of the proverbial black sheep– the ones who grew up in the exact same environment with the exact same value set as his/her siblings, yet somehow turned out for the worse.

    You’re right. It’s not just cultural, religious, ideological, biological, or socioeconomic factors that play into this. It’s almost always much more complex. And a child’s chance of success– whatever the hell that means– is greatly enhanced by good parenting. But they have to be able to fly once they leave the nest. You should (and I’m sure you do) count your blessings that your children turned out the way they did, because it was some combination of parental influence and luck that got them there.

    It’s a delicate dance, and I’m still stumbling with the steps. But I’ve got time on my side.

  36. Punjab, this much I know from my dad. The word ‘no’ is THE most loving word in the English (or any other) language when it comes to our children. We all want to say ‘yes’ whenever there is a question request, quandry, dilemma and somehow we (as a people and generally) believe yes comes from our power to love. But, I believe Punjab, it isw the other way around. “Yes” is the easy part, the tempting word that we think vindicates us and earns us the love, we always want to give it. But it isn’t, yes is the temptation already built into our brains and the easy escape from what we really owe our children and that which comes from love, real love… honesty and integrity.

    Whatever else happens in life, the ‘honorable’, the truth and the love with our loved ones is our willingness to say ‘no’, set the limits to all those experiences that carry the danger of damaging them, often permanently and which will twist the reality of their existence beyond their ability to control it.

    That’s what I owe my old man; his willingness to say no to me, to us and mostly to himself when it would have been so much easier for him to have said yes. I will carry the frown on his face and the setting of his jaw and the sound of ‘no’ to my grave for the love it showed and granted me from the moment I could recognize him to the moment his voice was physically stilled to continue to be heard and engraved to this day.

    Thanks Punjab for the chance to remember him…I really do hope your child will always remember you in the same way in your contemplative days. (I do very much enjoy- and get a smile- whenever you bring in your kid into one of your posts…quite something to see them when they look at you…it never ends Punjab.)

  37. I feel a bit of regret for talking as if my kid didn’t have friends with really decent and kind families. The alcohol thing is difficult for any family getting ready to release their child into the true independence of college life. It’s one of thousands of worries that go through your thoughts every evening.

    There’s really no way to prepare you child for independence…Nor is there really anyway a parent can prepare for the shock to the system when you drop your child off at college while fully knowing you can’t be there in a heartbeat when you think they need you. You want to always protect your kids and there’s simply a point you have to hope you’ve given them the values and instincts that are far above your own when you were walking the earth feeling immortal.

    I often felt I was too protective and instilled too much fear of all the ‘bad’ in the world. You don’t want to warn your child so excessively of all the dangers that you strip all trust and joy out of life.

  38. I’m really not a model parent. My wife has provided far more solid ground my child can lean on as an example of dignity and determination. I am unjustifiably lucky in how they make me look like I had anything to do with their making me so proud. In many respects, my child leads by examples I am often not as strong to adhere.

  39. In my humble opinion, there is no correct way to parent. It is forever a work in progress. Keep them forever in your loving heart. You will make mistakes. Invest the time to give them your utmost attention. You will watch twenty years fly by faster than a one-minute hourglass. You’ll cherish the thousands of memories and shove them into that hourglass for the dreaded days the rains come and they no longer come down the stairs each morning with their smiles hitting you like rays of sunshine upon your soul. You’ll need every bit of that hourglass for the days you’ll have to let go will come too soon. It’s the only thing that will turn the tears to joy.
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    Note: I wanted 41-43 to be one post. The spam filter was having no part of it(translated: Price has engaged the “put Harvard on hold” button).

  40. It’s obvious you love her and that’s where it all begins. And, she knows that. Don’t know what to tell you. I recall when my son and daughter, he at one of the Academies, she at Indiana…the same day! After the airport, I went home and laid down (mid-afternoon), and thought…”ok God, you got any other plans for me for the next forty years or so…?

    Then, I remember my dad once saying, “in spite of your efforts, you’ll survive”.

    Knowing you Harvey, I’m tempted to tell you ‘just trust God’, He’ll take care of her. I know better than to say it to you.., so I’ll just think it.

    You?, just keep loving her. She’ll be fine.

  41. Bottom line: Let’s not crucify Hanner, Stan, and Yogi for being young and no more perfect than ourselves at such an age. Yes, they’re scholarship athletes under a microscope they sometimes want to forget, but they are also the reflection(past, present, and future)of a time when you’ll face a truth that no parent and no child is without troubled pathways. It’s not fair to condemn them, or to condemn their families, or their basketball coach. Keep it in perspective. Forgive them and give them your trust that you still fully believe in them. Laugh with them and share the stories of days you did things far more foolish(and that can be ‘yesterday’ if you’re Harvard). Build them up for all the right choices they’ve made rather than humiliate them because they are merely naive, young, and full of life.

  42. Punjab, I perhaps believe that it is not ‘more complex’. Perhaps, it’s a lot simpler and the outcome depends, to a large extent, on how much love we are able to infuse into them.

    If so, you are headed the right way

  43. Thanks Tsao.

    My once blond hair turned dirty bronw is giving way to gray. Never too late to capture some kind and sincere advice when off the bat of Tsao…I’m always all ears when drinking my 3:00 a.m. beers. I’ll try to haul it in while heading to the deepest green grasses of Wrigley’s straightaway centerfield(picture Harvard as Adolfo Phillips searching in the blinding sun for Mr. Spalding while in his full, oblivious, determined stride as he goes crashing into the pretty ivy that gives no kissing back from its covered bricks*).

    *Another amazing matinee ;crowd of 32,733 saw Gibson, •unbeaten since May 28, nip a j£ o u r -g a m e Cub winning streak as the Cards pecked away at Cub starter Joe Niekro, 12-7, for nine hits in ;the first seven innings. : ; IT WAS Niekro’s first setback after six straight victories. ‘ Gibson, now 16-5, had his shutout bid spoiled in the ;fourth on Al Spangler’s double and Jim Hickman’s sin- file. In three weekday, games against the Cards, crowds of 30,693, 35,198 and 32,733 packed Wrigley Field. The Cards took a 1-0 lead in the third when Adolfo Phillips dropped Roger Maris’ fly to the center field wall for a two-base error and Orlando Cepeda followed with a double. ; PHILLIPS was injured on Ihe play and had to be carried from the field on a stretcher. He suffered a .bruised back,

  44. As I read your description of the green grass between Addison and Waveland, I could picture getting to an ending where Phillips would ‘sail through the bending green of green and trip over one two that mysteriously intertwined (with each other and his shoe laces)…You went one better…’on a stretcher’.

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