Curt Schilling Takes Down Cyberbullies Who Were Targeting His Daughter

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Last week, former Boston Red Sox pitcher and proud papa Curt Schilling sent out a tweet to his daughter, Gabby, congratulating her for signing a national letter of intent to pitch at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island.

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While the outspoken and sometimes controversial broadcast sports analyst expected to attract the attention of some internet trolls, he couldn’t believe some of the responses he was getting.

At first, he wrote on his blog, he got responses like, “I’ll take care of her,” “Can’t wait to date her!,” and “Looking forward to partying with her.” Soon, though, the tweets turned nasty and extremely sexually explicit.

“Now let me emphasize again,” Schilling wrote, “I was a jock my whole life. I played sports my whole life. Baseball since I was 5 until I retired at 41. I know clubhouses. I lived in a dorm. I get it. Guys will be guys. Guys will say dumb crap, often. But I can’t ever remember, drunk, in a clubhouse, with best friends, with anyone, ever speaking like this to someone.”

The protective dad couldn’t just sit back and let people make such lewd comments about his precious daughter. He starting posting screenshots of the vile tweets and information about some of the writers that he was able to find with some quick Internet searches.

“‘The Sports Guru’?” he wrote, “Ya he’s a DJ named Adam Nagel (DJ is a bit strong since he’s on the air for 1 hour a week) on Brookdale Student Radio at Brookdale Community College. How do you think that place feels about this stud representing their school? You don’t think this isn’t going to be a nice compilation that will show up every single time this idiot is googled the rest of his life? What happens when a potential woman he’s after googles and reads this?

“The other clown?” he continued, “He’s VP of the Theta Xi fraternity at Montclair State University. I gotta believe if Theta Xi is cool with a VP of one of their chapters acting like this I’d prefer to have no one I know in it. Also, does anyone attending Montclair State University have a student handbook? If so can you pass it along because I am pretty sure there are about 90 violations in this idiots tweets.”

Schilling only posted personal information about two of the trolls, writing that he “stopped because the rest was more of the same”–but provided leads for two others for anyone who might be interested in tracking them down.

Deadspin reports that both of the Twitter accounts Schilling exposed have since been deleted. Brookdale Community College released a statement on Facebook saying that Nagel has been suspended. Sean MacDonald, the other tweeter Schilling outed, a recent graduate of Montclair State University, was fired from his job as a part-time ticket seller for the Yankees.

“These boys have yet to understand one of life’s most important lessons,” Schilling wrote on his blog. “In the real world you get held accountable for the things you say and if you are not careful that can mean some different things.”

Schilling acknowledged that some people have told him to lighten up, saying that he is ruining lives by making such a big deal out of the offensive tweets; but he had some strong words for those naysayers:

You pieces of garbage out there who are even starting to think “what’s the big deal?” or “I was just joking around” can stick it.

Schilling included an apology to Gabby at the end of his blog post, telling her he knew she was probably embarrassed, but that he wanted her to know that it is never okay for anyone to talk to her or any other woman the way the men on Twitter had spoken to her. Gabby didn’t seem to mind her dad sticking up for her, though, later tweeting:

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This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Church Receiving Criticism For Seahawks Display On Altar Before Super Bowl

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A church is receiving criticism for putting football paraphernalia in the sanctuary ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl clash between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.

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The above display is from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Marysville, Washington. Behind the altar is the Seahawks’ 12th man flag, the phrase ‘GO HAWKS’ below the flag, and the team’s helmet logo with ‘Super Bowl XLIX’ on either side.

“To say it compromises the integrity of the Mass is an understatement,” Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League told Western Journalism Wednesday. “It distracts the attention of the faithful away from the celebration of the Eucharist. There is a time and a place for everything, but the Mass is not an open forum for every kind of cultural expression.”

Msgr. Richard Arnhols, Vicar for Pastoral Life in the Archdiocese of Newark, agreed. Nevertheless, he advised Western Journalism Tuesday that“charity should still prevail.”

In general, churches should reflect one’s looking toward God rather than looking toward things of the earth. Pride in a local team is praiseworthy, but the manner of expression and location of expression should be more producent. The sanctuary is not an appropriate place.

Donohue said he has witnessed instances where a priest, typically at the very beginning or the end of Mass, says something to the effect of “And let’s pray the Yankees win the World Series.” “That is okay because it does not compromise the Mass,” he said.

Rod Dreher of The American Conservative wrote: “Man, I would hate to be that pastor having to explain that desecration to his bishop.” When asked what he would do if he saw the instance himself, Donohue said he would confront the priest with his objections.

“If I were blown off,” he continued. “I would report him to his pastor; and if the pastor were the guilty party, I would contact the local bishop. While the offending priest should be reprimanded, it is not something that bears anything more.”

Though video of the Mass has been taken down from the parish’s website, it is still available on YouTube. Deacon Greg Kandra noted that if you fast forward to the final two minutes of the video, the celebrant of the mass adorns a Seahawks hat and a blanket during the final procession.

Still, there is agreement that God’s punishment, or lack thereof, had nothing to do with the Seahawks’ 28-24 loss to the Patriots. Arnhols asserted: “God does not maintain that level of interest in sports and, as taught by Jesus, the Old Testament vengeful God notion has been replaced by a much more forgiving One. ‘Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.’”

Donahue agreed: “He simply allowed [Seahawks coach Pete Carroll] to make a boneheaded decision.”

Marysville is the same town where a gunman opened fire on a high school last October, killing one and wounding four, before shooting himself.

h/t: Vox Cantoris

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Russell Wilson Threw The Interception That Lost The Super Bowl, But His Amazing Response Is Turning Heads

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Despite a tough loss, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was not hesitant to thank God “for the opportunity” to play in the big game.

Wilson tweeted the following Sunday after the Seahawks’ heartbreaking 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX:

He reinforced his initial tweet with a couple more a few hours later:  

h/t: Christian Daily

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From Working At Popeyes Part-Time To Super Bowl Hero: Patriots Rookie Malcolm Butler Blessed By God

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Video of Malcolm Butler interviewed  Monday on CBS This Morning.

Malcolm Butler, like many young men, was lost in life. He no longer was playing the game he loved or going to school, but he hadn’t lost hope.

After being kicked out of Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi, he took a job working part-time at Popeyes in 2010 for a year, before realizing how much he missed the game of football.

“That just made me realize how bad I wanted it and how bad I really needed it,” Butler told Providence Journal back in August. “You don’t know how good it is until it’s gone.”

Butler was invited back to Hinds CC for a year but moved on to Division II West Alabama, where he flourished as a cornerback. He quickly became one of the best defensive backs in the Gulf Coast, but went unrecognized in the NFL Draft and was signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 19th, 2014.

Fast forward to February 1st, and the rookie is now a Super Bowl champion and is being called the game’s hero. Butler had a vision he was going to do something special during the game and prayed all week leading up to it.

“When I really believed it, is when I called an Uber driver for my mom,” Butler told ABC News. “My mom called me and told me, ‘The guy spoke nice of you and he said he felt like you’re going to do something fantastic tomorrow.’ I just prayed on it and I just went out and played as hard as I could, and it turned out to be great.”

Do something great, he did. He jumped an in route at the goal line with about 30 seconds left to play and intercepted Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to end the game 28-24.

“I saw the stacked receivers and just drove on the ball and made a play because I know we needed it,” he said. “I believe in God and am just truly blessed.”

Butler admitted that his determination came from his rough times as a child, and that he hoped his journey could inspire other young kids.

“You see some tough things growing up, and I just always said, ‘I didn’t want to have that life,’” he said to ABC News. “I wanted to be someone. And I just wanted to make my family a better family and inspire young kids that anyone – that you can do whatever you wanted to to do if you put your mind to it, and you just believe and have faith.”

h/t: Christian Post

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Liberal Sports Editor: “If We Lived In A Sane World, Brain Damage For Profit” Football Wouldn’t Exist

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Dave Zirin, the sports editor for The Nation joined MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday to discuss Super Bowl 49 and his “facts of life.”

While admitting to Harris-Perry – who wore a MHP jersey and shoulder pads in tribute for the game – that he is a fan of football, he sees the game as “brain damage for profit” and claims that in “a sane world,” the sport would never exist.

“And it’s also a way to kind of say, as much as I am a fan of this game, that if we lived in a sane world, this sport would not exist,” Zirin said. “This is brain damage for profit. That’s what it is. Science is not this sport’s friend and the more we learn about it, the more we have to reckon with the fact that it is something dangerous.”

His appearance on the show seemed to unnerve Twitter followers:

Zirin recently authored a post in which he discusses the possibility of there being a conspiracy regarding the last play interception Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw in the Super Bowl loss last night. The theory is they wanted Wilson to be the hero instead of Marshawn Lynch – who has had his fair share of conflicts with the media.

This too has prompted reactions such as these ones on Twitter:

h/t: Right Scoop

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