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PostBastards Again; from Ric Mauricio (John Eipper, USA, 05/06/17 4:50 am)
Ric Mauricio writes:
I would like to put forth that we desist in labeling a person a "bastard" in a negative tone when that person has been born out of wedlock. After all, it wasn't the child's doing that he or she was born out of wedlock. And yet, he is stuck with such a negative label. However, utilizing the term to denounce a jerk or an a**hole is perfectly fine.
In response to Ed Jajko (5 May), I often wondered why Antonio Bastardo didn't go by Antonio Rafael. Those with surnames of Butt have to endure being the butt of all jokes. I believe there is a football player with that name.
JE comments: Didn't we desist from that a century or two ago? The jerk/a**hole meaning of "bastard" has now fully taken over in popular parlance.
Regarding butts, I had this experience recently at a local diner. One of the featured pies was butterscotch. A wise-guy patron had erased the "erscotch" from the whiteboard, to leave "today's special: butt pie."
Jake Butt, Football Superstar
(Patrick Mears, -Germany
05/06/17 9:54 AM)
In response to Ric Mauricio's recent musing: Yes, there is a football player named Butt, and a great one at that.
And thank God he is a Wolverine. http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/jake_butt_843340.html .
Among many other honors he amassed during his college career, he was an All-American tight end at Michigan and in his senior year was named Co-Captain of the team. Jake was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2017 and hopefully will be healthy enough to start this season, notwithstanding a fairly serious injury suffered in the Orange Bowl. http://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/university-michigan/wolverines/2017/04/27/michigan-football-jake-butt/100976186/ .
JE comments: Fortunately, the Butts resisted the temptation to name their son Seymour, or Fillmore.
I fear we're destined to go down the road of funny human and place names. This happens once a year or so on WAIS. For his part, John Heelan has reminded us of the village of Apse Heath, Isle of Wight, which is frequently having to fix its signs when someone converts the "P" to an "R."
Ric Mauricio on the Michigan Wolverines
(John Eipper, USA
05/07/17 4:59 AM)
Ric Mauricio writes:
Yay! Go Michigan! Go Wolverines!
Ever since the San Francisco 49ers unceremoniously fired Jim Harbaugh and he got his new head coaching position at Michigan, I've been rooting for them. Especially since we 'Niner fans hate, and I mean hate in capital letters, the Yorks and now-fired General Manager Trent Baalke. Hopefully, things are changing due to the hiring of GM John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan. The way the draft went this year gives us great hope. But we sure miss Harbaugh.
Did you know that Harbaugh is the highest-paid college head coach at $9 million? Yup, higher than Nick Saban.
John, do you root for Michigan or Michigan State?
JE comments: My diploma's on the wall and I'm a Wolverine through and through, although the $9 million salary is one reason I direct my college donations elsewhere. Having the world's highest-paid college coach is a twisted sort of prestige in and of itself, but couldn't a perfectly competent football guy be found, say, for one million?
By way of comparison, Stanford's David Shaw makes a "mere" $4 million. Given the rent in Palo Alto, that's almost middle class. See below:
- Ric Mauricio on the Michigan Wolverines (John Eipper, USA 05/07/17 4:59 AM)