Ovation for Rice abysmal display

I posted this last week on my Facebook timeline, but it deserves a second viewing for those of you not on my Facebook list of “friends” (it’s such an exclusive club—not).
Every single person who stood up at the Baltimore Ravens’ training camp last week and gave a standing ovation to running back/convicted wife-beater Ray Rice should be forced to phone their mother, grandmother, aunt, niece, daughter, granddaughter, and any other significant female figure in their life and beg their forgiveness.
To knock out a woman 100 pounds lighter than one’s self unconscious, as Rice did to fiancée and now wife, Janay Palmer, is bad enough.
To drag her around a hallway, instead of at least picking her up and carrying her properly, is worse.
To apologize at a press conference in May to everyone in the world but Palmer, then sit back and say nothing while she actually blames herself for the incident, reaches extreme levels of disgusting behaviour.
That people would celebrate such an individual is beyond revolting and utterly nauseating.
Shame on you, Ravens’ fans. You’ve disgraced your city in ways you cannot even possibly imagine.
Head down to the battered women’s shelters in your city sometime and explain to the victims there how Ray Rice deserves applause.
No, I didn’t think you would.
And as for Rice holding a press conference last week to finally apologize to Palmer? He seemed inexplicably surprised at the public backlash to his actions and the subsequent weak-kneed disciplinary approach of the NFL, who suspended him for all of two games.
In case you didn’t know, testing positive for marijuana as an NFL player gets you four games.
Yes, the NFL considers getting high a more grievous offence than beating one’s spouse. Mull that over for a second.
Rice should save his apology for the bathroom mirror at home. The guy standing there is the only one who believes him right now.
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Chalk up another oversight on my part.
I was informed by e-mail that I had missed mentioning some other players from the region regarding their participation on Team Ontario at the North American Indigenous Games in Regina two weeks ago.
Whitefish Bay residents Shan Paypompay, Gabe Joseph, Gage Oshie, Bryce Skead, and Blayze Skead, along with Onigaming resident Kallan Cowley, all were on the under-19 male volleyball team that won bronze.
Also, I had Lance and Henry Geyshick from Lac La Croix as being on the under-16 male volleyball team. In fact, they were on the under-19 team.
My apologies for any inconvenience these omissions and error caused.
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Good luck to Fort Frances native Kelly Lyons as she goes for gold this week at the 15th FINA World Masters Games in Montreal.
Lyons, who has been training under the tutelage of Fort Frances Aquanauts’ head coach Dawnn Taylor, will be in multiple events at this international meet.
Here’s hoping for fast times and plenty of medals in her near future.
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Thumbs up to the Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League, which really is coming into its own in the second year of its reincarnation.
From a highly-enjoyable all-star game played in Emo last Wednesday to exciting early-round playoff action on Monday that came down to the final at-bat, the league is leaving an indelible mark on the local sports scene.
Not too many leagues could have doubled in size, as the local women’s league did in going from five to 10 teams, and still remain a going concern in nearly all of its markets (Big Island’s forfeit Monday being a notable exception).
The atmosphere on the field between the players regularly switches back and forth from intensity to hilarity and back again, and the fans I’ve been around seem to be loving it.
After being gone for about 30 years, the return of women’s fastball to the district has been bigger around these part than the Elvis ’68 Comeback Special.
May this be only the beginning of a lengthy history yet to be written by the girls of summer.

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