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SECTION Wednesday, April 18, 2012 fff ll-.l'F~-lt,~,ON -INSIDE Page C3 -INSIDE Page C5 Shepherd Robotics Club takes third in international competition. Page C5 Culturally acceptable bread and circuses Poor Gregg Williams. Exiled in- definitely from the NFL. New- ly crowned as the poster boy for the NFL's bounty scandal, the defensive coordinator was just do- ing his job: filing up highly paid presentgladiatorsday ~i ~'~- ~.. .... ilii: before a vi-~i~ ~i!!ii~ olent game. John Mad- den, former president of the violent and reckless motorcycle gang called the Oakland Raiders, is calling for his head. Fran "That's Incredible" Tarkenton wants him in jail. Not even Buddy "Bounty Bowl" Ryan is speaking up in his defense. "Bountygate," for those who have been away possibly on the moon staking out the 51 st state with Newt Gingrich -- is the scandal where Wdliams was paying players to put big hits on key players. Many industries give bonuses for good work performance. And the job of a defense is to hit hard. "Kill the head and the body will die," Williams told his players be- fore a game. Did he mean this lit- erally or metaphorically? It sounds like he was saying, "shut down the running game ("kill the head") and the offense will shut down ("and the . body will die"). Sounds like the type i of pep speech I heard as a youngster - playing the game. "We've got to do everything we - can in the world to make sure we kill Frank Gore's head." Williams said. "We want him running side- i- ways. We want his head sideways." ; Sounds like ~-~ he is telling ~ i!:::..~.: : :. r::: ::.:::: -;h~s players o to pursue Goreand makehim lookand run side- ways. That is what a defense is supposed to do. Football is a violent sport. Not a contact sport, but a collision sport. The game has been described as participating in multiple car crash- es. This is the reason players wear pads and a helmet. The Steel Curtain. The Dooms- day I and Doomsday H defense. The Purple People Eaters. The Kill- er B's. Orange Crush. All legendary names of great, punishing defens- es part of the legendary lore of the NFL. Would these nicknames be al- lowed today? Who doesn't "oooh and aaah" af- ter a big hit? Violent hits are part of the game. Peewee football players are taught to keep the head up, wrap ~? the arms around an opponent and =~ drive the player backwards. Hard. -" o This is known as "tackling." ~- In our increasingly litigious and . "liberty be darned for the sake of . safety and security" society, the S NFL, it its infinite wisdom, is crack- : ~ ing down on one of the most allur- _ ing aspects of the game: the big hit. Their reasoning? "Player safety." - Yeah, right. It is about "money." A recent phenomenon in the NFL ~" are rules named after star players are injured. The "Brady Rule." What a ",joke. It should be called the "Palmer ~ Rule." Superstar Tom Brady gets hit -" in the knee and is out for the season. 7 Where were the "do gooders" when -. * Kimo von Oelhoffen did the same -~-thing to Carson Palmer in a 2006 ': playoff game? Maybe Palmer's jer- k" seys didn't sell as well as Brady's. ~ See CIRCUS Page C2 "O BOB MADISON Spirit Staff Politicians like to think of them- selves as being influential, mov- ers and shakers, at least in their own minds. They like to be out front, with a pasted-on smile, with an automatic handshake, with a photographed kiss for a baby. But politicians come and go. Many are there that can't be gone fast enough for the public's good. In the state of West Virginia, like most places, owners of the largest businesses, college presidents, and the richest of the citizenry are also among the most well-known and have some considerable influence at times. The flagship college in this state West Virginia University--can usual- ly supply two of the more influential people in the men's basketball coach and the football coach. Sports-- especially things con- cerning WVU, the high schools, and Marshall are well-watched in this state. Many athletes or coaches could be placed on a Top 30 list of See WEST Page C2 Jerry West will be greeted to a sellout crowd when he visits Martinsburg this month to promote his autobiography. R~ER~M~D Shepherd baseball, 500th ~1 College catcher now pitches for the Astr0s BOB MADISON Spirit Staff David Carpenter received the last warmup pitch from a West Virginia University relief pitcher. He quickly stood, and rifled an effortless throw to second base. The next half-inning could begin. Carpenter was only an average col- lege baseball hitter. Even with the alu- minum bats that were allowed when he played, he had too many strikeouts, not enough power and not enough hits to gain any interest from major league SCOUTS. But he had a very good arm. One day at a West Virginia University game, a major league scout was pay- ing attention to everything that was going on around him. He noticed the strength of Carpenter's arm. The scout knew Carpenter had no chance of ever becoming a major league catcher. But with his arm strength might he become a pitcher? The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Carpen- ter had been born in Morgantown and grew up in Fairrnont where he gradu- ated from East Fairmont High School. He came to WVU in the fall of 2002 to become a member of the baseball team. Carpenter's arm strength and ser- viceable defensive ability were the reasons he got to catch for the Moun- taineers. In June of 2006, Carpenter was se- lected in the 12th round of the major league draft of amateurs by the St. Louis Cardinals. See ASTROS Page C4 A sharp-eyed recruiter saw a potential pitcher in David Carpenter. MYRTLE BEACH -- After open- ing its weeklong stand in the Mingo Bay high school baseball tournament in South Carolina with a win over a New York team, Jefferson was stopped, 5-1, by Cherry Hill East (N J). Cherry Hill East pitcher Alex Dimpt- er silenced the Cougars on-fi.ve hits and only one run. All of Jefferson's hits were singles. Jefferson pitcher Cody Butts, who was victimized by two dropped flies in the outfield, kept the game close until the late innings where Cherry Hill East extended a one-run lead. On Wednesday, Jefferson moved past Saranac (NY), 11-2, and improved its record to 11-5. The Cougars scored in four of their six offensive turns. In scoring 11 runs, the Cougars had nine hits. Shortstop Andrew King contributed three hits and drove in three runs in the team's second win in three days. Matt Ballou had two hits while Corey Mangold and Fraser Brown each con- tributed a double. Right-hander Sean Spotts pitched a complete-game, eight-hitter and fared well mainly because he walked only one man. He fanned 10. Saranac scored single runs in the first and third innings, but the Cougars still led, 3-2, after three. Jefferson plated three more runs in the fourth and added five runs in the fifth to get some breath- ing space with an 11-2 lead with only two innings to play. On Thursday, Jefferson was paired with another team with a 2-1 tourna- ment record in Frontier, NY. There were two other teams Conway (SC) and Horseheads (NY) with similar 2-1 re- cords in the same grouping as Jefferson and Frontier. The Cougars had to win on Thursday in order to qualify for a game on Friday against the winner of the Con- way vs. Horseheads game. A loss to Frontier would end the Cougars week in Myrtle Beach. Jefferson rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat Frontier, 5-4, on Thursday. The Cougars still trailed, 4-2, when they bat- ted in the bottom of the seventh. Andrew Grove had a leadoff walk in See COUGARS Page C2 a lar ow as Gemologist was the winner of the Grade I Wood Memorial Stakes. BOB MADISON Spirit Staff Even along the shedrows at Charles Town or Mountaineer Park in Chester the denizens believe that "the rich get richer." They were shown the worth of that bromide when WinStar Farm's unbeaten goliath of a three-year-old, Gemologist, won the Grade I Wood Memorial stakes in preparation for the fast-approaching Kentucky Derby. WinStar Farm in the gently rolling pleasure that describes the land just out- side Lexington has risen to the top of the blueblood heap. WinStar is the "rich" getting richer every day they hold thor- oughbred races or breed horses. Winning individual jewels in the Tri- ple Crown series will quickly boost a farm's bank account status, and its pop- ularity with owners of well-thought-of broodmares. W'lnStar has sent the world Ken- tucky Derby champions Funny Cide and Super Saver and recent Belmont Stakes winner, Drosselmeyer. WinStar has stallions Tiznow, Distorted Humor, Bluegrass Cat, Speightstown, and Col- onel John in addition to first-year sire Drosselmeyer. Tiznow commands a stud fee of $75,000 and that number See GEMOLOGIST Page C3 I I i 1